Friday, 4 January 2019

Hello 2019!

Gosh, is it really that time already. Happy New Year to my loyal readers (that should probably just be singular now). Definitely not a vintage year for the blog. Last year was chock full of DIY on the new house and work craziness with a big book taking all of my time. I don't feel like I played much at all, so it'll be interesting to see the stats. 2018 had by far the least posts on the blog, so I'm sorry about that. I'll try and get more done this year. On with the stats:

This time last year we started out with:
   Done: 597
   Total: 4579
   Completed: 13.0%

Here's where we stand at the start of 2019:
   Done: 646
   Total: 4775
   Completed: 13.5%

Which means, for all you maths fans out there, my totals for the year were:
   Done: 49
   Total: 196
   Completed: 0.5%

So, all down on last year. The Done score is actually higher than I thought it would be, but I think an awful lot of those are ones I skipped. I had a lot of games last year that I couldn't get working or just didn't have time to really delve into. The Total score is also not going down as much as I thought. I did buy a few things in various sales, but I thought my bundle buying had actually been down quite considerably...I was obviously wrong. I know I did go a bit crazy in one sale... It does feel like there are actually less games that I'm interested in now, so I'll see how that pans out in 2019. This is also the year that Sony are dropping PS3 from the Plus free games, so I'll have less from there, too. I can't remember which month that is, though...May?

I can't really remember much about what I played last year except there was a lot of DOOM and a lot of random old DOS games that rarely worked. I also moved through a few more PS3 games, but they were a bit glossed over. Worst game of the year, then? Let's have a look back over the list. Hmmm... The Adventures of Fatman? That was pretty rubbish. Shoppe Keep was pure awful, and I had quite high hopes for those shop assistant/dungeon crawler games. The Last Ninja games were disappointing that I couldn't get them to work - I really wanted to play through those, and have done ever since the beeb days. I didn't enjoy Freedom Planet, but it wasn't a bad game. Nope, I'm going to give my worst game of the year award to...Prehistorik. That was just an absolute turd. It was one of the few I actually played from beginning to end, and I was miserable every second of it. Just rubbish.

So, after all of those bad games, that doesn't leave much room for what my best game might be. DOOM was certainly the most modern and polished game, but I've already given Doom enough love, and I actually didn't feel the modern versions as much as the originals. Nuclear War was surprisingly enjoyable, but it wasn't the best game of the year. No, the award probably has to go to Monster Slayers. I love a good card game mechanic, and this one fit the bill perfectly. Good deck building, fun combos, nice card advancement and an overall addictive game. It pays a big debt to Dream Quest, which I also loved, and I think it's only right that one of them should sneak in as GotY. 

Leading into 2019, I've got two new games that I've barely looked at - Heroes of the Lance (which I played on my gran's Spectrum many years ago and didn't get very far with it then) and Deathtrap Dungeon (which I remember well from the magazines of the time, but I've only played the first level to see if it worked). Hopefully I'll make some progress with those before too long. I've also just downloaded the new batch of PS Plus games, so my list's out of date already. Oh well, onwards... 

Have a great New Year, and may it be more full of Monster Slayers than Shoppe Keeps.