It’s Loresworn Games of the Year Week! Today, we run through the games you won’t see on our Games of the Year list tomorrow… but we think probably would have made it if not for the fact that we just didn’t get around to them. 2016 was stuffed to the gills with awesome games, and we wouldn’t have been able to hit all the ones worth playing even if we didn’t have so many other demands on our time. We hope to loop back around and tackle some of these next year.
Friday: GAME OF THE YEAR
Saturday: Most Anticipated Games of 2017
T.J.’s Pile of Shame
5. World of Warcraft: Legion
My ongoing, complicated relationship with World of Warcraft is well-documented. Warcraft has been a staple of my entertainment universe since Warcraft II hit my CD-ROM drive and introduced me to strategy games. I was there on the original launch day of World of Warcraft (and in beta before that). Since then, we’ve had several messy break-ups and jubilant reunions over the years. The fact is, I didn’t find the time, nor was I able to justify the subscription dollars to come back for Legion. My regret largely comes from the buzz I’ve heard about this being “the best expansion yet” from several people I trust. Maybe 2017 will allow me a window to at least level through the main content, if for no other reason than because I’m still very invested in the story of that world.
4. Final Fantasy 15
We’ve got something of a theme going here. Final Fantasy is a series I have deep roots in (especially 6, 7, and 10), but have largely ignored for the last decade. Yet watching D.M. play it, and hearing quite a bit of positive buzz, has given me the impression that maybe it’s time to give the series another shot. On the bright side, the developers have committed to make some substantial, story-related changes to the game in the coming year to address some of the loudest criticisms. So maybe it’s best that I held off.
3. Offworld Trading Company
With 2016 being the Year of Strategy, even a strategy nut myself couldn’t get around to playing all the big releases. OTC was the major one I regret missing (if you don’t count Rimworld, which is still in Early Access and thus was not up for consideration). I’ve always had a thing for capitalism simulators, and really any in-depth strategy system that isn’t entirely focused around combat. My inner circle of fellow strategy nerds have also sung OTC’s praises, so it’s definitely a market I want to get in on as 2017 allows.
2. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
The continued adventures of Adam Jensen were writ large on my Most Anticipated list last year, but just happened to land at a time when I had way too much going on to pull myself away and check them out. I’ll absolutely be rectifying this mistake the next time I see a Steam sale that allows me to wade back into the cyberpunk future I loved so much in Human Revolution.
1. The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
As you may remember, the great scandal of our awards lists last year were that I, T.J. Hafer, self-proclaimed RPG disciple, did not play one of the best RPGs of all time, The Witcher 3, in 2015. I am happy to say that has now been rectified… but I’m still sailing about in Skellige and am nowhere close to finishing the game, much less its associated DLC. Every word I’ve heard about Blood and Wine has been a rave endorsement, so I look forward to capping off my Witcher 3 experience with it. After I finish every single side quest in existence (so probably sometime in 2018).