Somehow, some way, we made it to another Christmas! Hard to believe just how fast the year has gone. In fact, it feels like we just completed last Listmas. :) But this Listmas is going really well, and it’s been great seeing all the #Listmas2014 posts out there in the blogosphere. Outside of that, hopefully you are having a great holiday and have found more than a little bit of time to sink your teeth into some of this year’s best games.
With a little time off myself, I’ve been lucky enough to spend some of it with Dragon Age: Inquisition. While I’m only about a dozen hours in, I’m truly impressed with the game’s scale. The lands of Ferelden and Orlais are H-U-G-E. I think I’ve spent most of my game time just exploring and doing side quests, which are very plentiful, to say the least.
On UWG, we’ve had folks (joshorne, Sam Leung) contribute lots of great and solid ideas concerning the perils of open world gaming — time, boredom, lots of effort with little in return are all issues concerning sandbox games. No doubt, these notions come to the forefront of my mind as I’m getting lost in the environs of Dragon Age: Inquisition. But then I remember that not all games are extra-large and immersive. For every Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Grand Theft Auto V, there are tons of games that can be completed in close to or less than a long day. With that in mind, here are my favorite short games that I played in 2014. (Completed times count main stories only.)
Gone Home (completed in 2 hours)
Though one of the shortest games, er…interactive stories I’ve ever completed, the couple hours I spent with Gone Home were well worth it. Okay, so it wasn’t a life-altering activity, but playing Gone Home made me reconsider the meaning of the phrase “video game.” With it I achieved that same feeling of finishing a good book, for it’s really the story that makes the “game.”
The Stanley Parable (completed[?] in 3 hours)
I still don’t know if I’ve actually completed The Stanley Parable, a game about, frankly, futility in gaming. This game is an odd one that’s fun at first, then gets a little old, but then veers back to being oddly fun upon finding some place new to explore. For that reason I can’t really call the game “finished,” but my three hours with it gave me enough of a sense of “complete” satisfaction.
Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers (completed in 5 hours)
Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers is an amazingly fun 3D platformer (and the one game that began my descent into Steam). While it’s main story is somewhat short, there’s plenty else to explore, which I may get around to someday. More than anything, though, it was Tiny & Big‘s art style that really drew me in. Such fun and creative environments to play in!
LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes (completed in 10 hours)
We got LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes as a Christmas gift last year, and it was the first game of 2014 that we (yes, my husband and I, together) completed. I L-O-V-E LEGO games, like, lots, and LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes was not a disappointment. It was as hectic, funny, and adventure-driven as a game should be, and we flew through the main story in a mere weekend. (At some point however, I have to crawl back through the game for it’s many, many secrets!)
Bayonetta (completed in 12 hours)
I recently wrote up a full apology to Bayonetta on my blog, and also highlighted it here, and I don’t have much more to add. Bayonetta was an incredible and compact game, and I’m looking forward to completed Bayonetta 2 next year…probably…hopefully!
Got any favorite short games of your own? Any that you’re proud to say you completed quicker than anyone else? Let us know in the comments!