I Don’t Know Who To Recommend This To
goes to Paradise Killer. I loved it, but a person needs to want to solve a mystery through first-person exploration. I think it got boring only when I decided I needed to collect everything (which is exactly how I ruined The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for myself about 3 hours in).
2021 Rise from the Backlog
goes to Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. Like Battlefront II, which I also played in 2021 for the single-player aspects, it’s better for being distant from what I remember hearing about its mistakes upon release. I feel good to taking a disc that sat around for some years, ostensibly to be played, and following through on that promise.
Tagged with Crafting and Survival, But I Loved It
goes to Subnautica. There must have been just little enough of those elements. I’ve played only the barest bits of this genre before. It’s like going to a concert for a band I don’t know because my friends want to do something. Usually it’s a death of time for me. Despite Subnautica working out, I’m remain highly skeptical of this style. Conan: Exiles frustrated me. I guess Valheim will end up being the next thing that might work.
I Hoped for Too Much from Tom’s Review
goes to Immortal Fenyx Rising. I thought there was supposed to be good dialogue. I thought I would save by buying the Gold edition with bundled DLC. The DLC didn’t end up being worth playing for me.
Never Would Have Played It If I Didn’t Listen to the Designer’s Podcast
goes to Gem Wizards Tactics. Enjoyable, but maybe because of the live reporting of bugs and feedback to a Discord server? I hadn’t really done that before. It was quite neat seeing things patched in the next day or two. Definitely a solid little tactical game.