Games on GruntLogic's Agenda
5 8.5 01. Shovel Knight - PC Games
This might be one of the best old-school platformers ever made.
It has an almost perfect difficulty curve, requiring ever greater precision the further along you progress.
It incorporates the Dark Souls idea of dropping money when you die, but giving you the opportunity to reclaim that money by making back to the point of your death. If you can't do that in one try, then that money is gone forever.
Also, there is a fairly generous checkpoint system, but you do have the option of destroying the checkpoint for some more treasure.
There are new enemies in each and every single level of the game, ensuring that the game never feels repetitive, and each boss has a unique theme to go along with their respective levels, much in the same way that the Mega Man games had unique bosses for each level.
There is a fantastic upgrade system that requires you to acquire greater and greater riches to upgrade the Shovel Knight's shovel, armor, health, and magic, with additional subweapons becoming available frequently.
Most importantly (to me, at least) there is an actual STORY. Now, it might not be exactly riveting, but it's definitely something that I want to see through to the end, which is certainly more than I can say about most platformer games.
This indie gem can stand proudly next to the best AAA developed games of this generation, proving that you don't need to have the most impressive graphics to have an impressive game. All you need to do is have incredibly solid gameplay and a good story. This is easily one of the best games released this year, and should not be missed by anyone.
9 8 02. Lego City Undercover - Nintendo Wii U
I took a good long break from this game, and now I feel like getting back to it.
5 7 04. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge - Nintendo Wii ... - Nintendo Wii U
I'm not going to lie, I've really hated all of the Ninja Gaiden games on the last three generations of consoles. They are hard as shit, and the story is absolutely bizzaro, and not in a way that I usually enjoy. Still, I'm strangely drawn to try this Ninja Gaiden game out, regardless of how turned off I was by the previous iterations. I'm glad to report that the issue of the ball-busting difficulty has been addressed by adding a "wimpy" mode, although the story still doesn't make a lick of sense. At least the gameplay is now fun.
1 7 05. Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers - PC Games
Alright, so far, this game has been kind of a mixed bag.
The tutorial was a little rigid in it's hand-holding, and it was completely un-skippable. Not a good start. I've heard a lot of people complain about the menu screens, and I can see what they mean, there are animations for each and every thing you do, and it gets to be a little much. It's not terribly slow, but it's just slow enough to be mildly irritating. Also, they finally broke down and introduced micro transactions to the game. Yup, you can pay real money to buy digital booster packs, and yup, just like real life, most of the cards you pay for are going to be either shit, or duplicates of what you already have. yay. BUT, this is the only way (at least to my knowledge) to get the "premium cards". So... yeah, that's pretty horse-shit.
Okay, so why am I rating this as a 7 out of 10? Well, they've FINALLY managed to do the ONE thing that I've been PRAYING for them to do with a Magic the Gathering game: Giving the player complete control over every aspect of building a deck. It's about damn time! Every Magic game up until now has had some kind of restriction in regard to deck building, for some obscure reason. I cannot understate just how happy this new found freedom makes me.
Oh, also, they nixed several other game modes. I guess some people are bent about this, but personally, I could give a shit less, because I almost never played those other game modes: Two-Headed Giant, Arch-Enemy, Planechase, and some others. Oh, also the puzzles are gone too. That I'm a little sad about. It was a fun diversion where they'd give you a seemingly impossible game, like where you have one life point left, and the opponent has a full 20 health, and next turn, you WILL die, but... you do have everything you need to pull off a win with what you have in your hand and on the table, it's up to you to figure out how. THAT was kinda fun. Maybe they'll add some of those game modes back in in a future expansion, maybe not. I'm not too upset about it either way.
18 9 06. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Nintendo Wii U
I do love me some Donkey Kong. I'm just glad that Nintendo is finally starting to put out some of it's staple games for the Wii U. I already know what to expect, and I'm excited for that.
24 8.3 07. Mario Kart 8 - Nintendo Wii U
I crushed the 50cc circuit, now it's time to take on the 100cc circuit. So far, every race has been a battle. I love it. Which is interesting to me, because normally I hate racing games.
1 8 08. Batman: Arkham Origins - Nintendo Wii U
Well, it's another Batman game. I suppose some people would fault a game for just offering up more of the same, but when it's Batman, and it's basing it's gameplay on the superb work of it's predecessors, I'm hard pressed to find fault with it. That said, I do get this odd feeling of deja vu. I really feel like I've done a lot of this already. Still, I'm thoroughly enjoying myself.
*edit* Well, I've had this nagging feeling that something is just... off about this game, and sure enough I did a little homework on who made this game, and sure enough, they switched development studios for this game, which explains why things SEEM the same on the surface, but it's definitely not the same studio.
27 8.4 09. Pikmin 3 - Nintendo Wii U
All of the reviews of this game have been lavishing praise upon this game, and as a Wii U owner, I'm absolutely STARVED for some really good games to play on it. I really liked the first game, so my hopes are up for this one.
6 8.5 010. Darksiders II - Nintendo Wii U
I finally tore though the first Darksiders game, and now I'm ready for the sequel.
6 9.5 011. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Director's Cut) - Nintendo Wii U
This "Director's Cut" of Deus Ex: Human Revolution supposedly fixes what are seen as the biggest gripes that people had with the original release. Most notably, the game no longer forces you into gun battles with the bosses. It's now possible to complete the game without so much as firing a shot. Being that this is one of my favorite games of all-time, I'm very excited to give this Director's Cut a play through. *update* Having played this game for a little while now, I managed to reach the first boss, and I'm happy to say that if you concentrate your points into hacking, you won't be completely screwed like you would have been in the original release.
1 7 012. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Regardless of what it's based on, all of the LEGO games are pretty much the same. And you know what? I'm perfectly okay with that.
24 7.1 013. ZombiU - Nintendo Wii U
Alright, so I feel like this game was made to show Nintendo fans that they're really going to start making "Mature" games for adults, not just kiddie games, but... it's really not that compelling of a game. It has a lot of really good ideas, it's just a shame that it's not terribly fun to play.
222 8.8 014. Planescape: Torment - PC Games
I am loving every minute of playing this old-school RPG again. I'm taking my time, reading every word of dialogue, doing every side-quest, just fully absorbing the game once again. I love it.
36 8.3 015. Papers, Please - PC Games
I find this game oddly compelling. I'll agree with Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw in calling it a "Bureaucracy-em-up." It's just a day-in day-out simulator of a soul-crushing, monotonous job that requires something of a hard heart to perform.
61 8.1 016. Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm - PC Games
I'm enjoying this game quite a bit, and it actually inspired me to try completing Wings of Liberty on Normal difficulty, (I only beat it on casual previously. I suck at RTS games. I did end up beating it on normal though.)
7 7.7 017. Arma III - PC Games
This is easily the single most realistic war simulator ever created. I have been looking for a successor to the old-school, hardcore tactical shooters of yore (ie: Rainbow Six  and Ghost Recon ). I have been both thrilled and incredibly frustrated by this game, and I'm not ready to put it down yet.
158 8 018. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions - PlayStation Portable
I'm playing through this game yet again. It's my favorite game of all-time.
9 8.6 019. MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries - PC Games
I just like to bust this game out every once in a while. It's my favorite Mech game.
112 8.8 020. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis - PC Games
Lucasfilm Games in their prime. Simply marvelous. Thank you Steam!
8 7.8 021. The Bridge - PC Games
I loved the look of the art style of this puzzle game.
103 8.3 022. Dishonored - PC Games
I feel the need to play this amazing game yet again. This time, I'm actually going to go the High Chaos murder-machine route. I tried that earlier, and after being browbeaten by all of the friendly npc's for that behavior, I went for the Low-Chaos, non-lethal route. This time, I don't care what they think, I'm going to leave a trail of corpses on my path to vengeance.
7 8.5 023. Titanfall - PC Games
I'll be damned. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a general antipathy towards multiplayer games, to put it delicately. I am making an exception to that general rule for this game. I am actually having a LOT of fun playing this game. I think part of it has to do with the fact that I'm playing it on PC, which along with the usual perks of playing a game on PC (control over how the game looks and performs, especially), means that not everyone is issued with a mic, which cuts down on the inane asshat chatter from other players, at least compared to playing a multiplayer game on a console. I cannot understate how much of a difference that makes. But as far as the game itself goes, I love the fact that everything seems really well balanced. I've never felt like I didn't have a chance to do well. Okay, when you first start off, your options for customization are extremely limited, but the default kits work reasonably well, if played with a fair bit of caution. But once you are able to customize the loadouts for your pilot and your Titan, that's when the really exciting things can happen. Whether in a Titan or on foot, things are always happening around you, and you are never at a loss for things to do. I am really, REALLY enjoying the hell out of this game so far.
14 8 024. Doom 3 BFG Edition - PC Games
What can I say? I love DOOM games. This has all of the first three games bundled together. Marvelous.
872 8 025. Gears of War - Xbox 360
After getting my Xbox 360 back from my girlfriends brother, I was looking forward to playing this game. It turns out that my save file for the game is missing, so I have to start over from scratch. No biggie, because I actually thoroughly enjoy this game, from beginning to end.
49 7.3 026. Bulletstorm - Xbox 360
Again, I'm looking forward to playing this game again, now that I have it back. It's pure, ridiculous, over-the-top action. It's just flat-out fun.
144 8.8 027. The Walking Dead - PC Games
Well, I played through this game once already on the Xbox Live Arcade. However, I have ditched that console in favor of the PC. That means that I'm going to have to play through this game again before I can play Season Two of the Walking Dead. I don't mind that one bit.
6 0 028. Killzone: Mercenary - PlayStation Vita
This seems like one the better games available for the PS Vita, so I decided to scoop it up, being that I have actually enjoyed the Killzone series so far.
1 6 029. Space Hulk - PC Games
Well, it's an okay game. I like it, mostly because I love pretty much anything that has to do with the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It's a video game based on an old-school board game. I agree with most reviewers in that while the game is slavishly true to the rules of the old game, it probably would have benefited from altering some of the rules for the sake of smoother gameplay.
37 8.6 030. Bravely Default - Nintendo 3DS
This game is pretty much the JRPG distilled into perfection.
5 8.5 031. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - PC Games
Well, they seemed to fix every single gripe I had with Diablo III, aside from the always on DRM, but I suppose I can't have everything. This is easily my favorite Diablo game.
14 7 032. Assassin's Creed III: Liberation - PlayStation Vita
I've played every single Assassin's Creed game thus far, so why the hell not?
7 8.3 033. Bionic Commando: Rearmed - PC Games
I really love the hell out of this game, and I'm looking forward to playing it again. Simple as that.
79 7.3 034. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - Nintendo ... - Nintendo DS
I really dig the retro feel of this game. I actually played the original Grand Theft Auto game, as well as Grand Theft Auto 2, which both had the same top-down perspective, so it's actually strangely refreshing to have the return in a GTA game. I will say that the story is significantly better than the original two games, which really didn't have much of a story at all. This game's story, so far, is pretty much on par with Grand Theft Auto III.
14 8.8 035. Tearaway - PlayStation Vita
This seems like a pretty good game to make use of all of the PS Vita's gimmicks. And ya know what? I'll be damned, some of those gimmicks are actually kinda fun.
41 7.3 036. Resident Evil: Revelations - Nintendo 3DS
All of the reviews that I read of this game have convinced me to give it a shot.
18 8.1 037. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward - Nintendo 3DS
I've been highly curious about this game series, and it seems like this is as good a place as any to dive right in.
10 7 038. Unit 13 - PlayStation Vita
Well, it seems that Zipper Interactive (of SOCOM fame) have finally managed to make a game that I actually like playing. I'll be damned.
39 8.8 039. XCOM: Enemy Unknown - PC Games
I'm playing through the DLC/Expansion for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, known as XCOM: Enemy Within. Ya know, being able to give my soldiers mutant abilities or cybernetically enhance them wasn't something that I was asking for, but it turns out to be just the thing I needed to breathe some new life into this game. I'm impressed not only with the new friendly and enemy unit types, but also the MANY maps this expansion introduces. I'm definitely getting my monies worth out of this game.
6 5 040. Nidhogg - PC Games
I picked up this game on a lark, because it looks ridiculous and fun.
40 8.5 041. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask - Nintendo 3DS
I'm not going to lie, I love these games. These games absolutely ooze charm out of every orifice. Many of the puzzles in these games end up being real brain-benders. I like that.
159 8.3 042. Fallout: New Vegas - PC Games
After taking a break from playing Fallout: New Vegas, I decided to give it another shot, this time on my PC. The visuals looking REMARKABLY better than they did on the Xbox 360, and by now it seems like most of the major bugs have been fixed, so playing this game on the PC is a solid improvement, which has enhanced my enjoyment of this game considerably.
4 8.5 043. Volgarr the Viking - PC Games
I am loving the hell out of this game. It's easily one of the hardest games I've played, easily on par with Super Ghosts n' Ghouls. It has the same play style, so if you've played that, then you know what kind of game Volgarr the Viking is. What I especially love about this game is the fact that it borrows heavily from a relatively obscure arcade game by the name of Rastan. In fact, the entire first level is almost exactly lifted from it. There are cosmetic changes, to be sure, but it's almost exactly the same level. Still, I love the fact that instead of ripping off Conan like Rastan does, it comes up with it's own Viking themed aesthetic. I love it.
41 8.3 044. Tales of the Abyss - Nintendo 3DS
The Tales series of games have always seemed like games that I would like to devote more time to, but there always seem to be other games that I'd rather play. I'd REALLY like to get around to playing this one.
7 0 045. Wasteland 2 - PC Games
Alright, I got in on the ground floor of this game with Kickstarter, and I had early beta access, and man, that game was in rough shape. I could DEFINITELY see the potential, so I'm just going to wait until the game is actually released in the final version, so I don't have to go through the rough parts of this game's development.
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