Another year is in the books and so is another month of gaming with your friendly neighborhood Warp Zoned staffers! In addition to hiding from the (not-so) wintry weather to work on our backlogs, we also found our stockings overflowing with new games after hanging them from the chimney with care. If you’re looking for a few end-of-year recommendations, look no further than after the break.
I reached the end of Alphabear and stomped all over that cuddly Mobile Bear! Now, excuse me while I dance a jig…
Wait, am I seriously getting this excited about a mobile game? Apparently I am, because the rest of my monthly playtime reads like a list of games I’ve been playing all year including Lucid’s twin-stick classic Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved, Capcom’s retro-tastic Mega Man Legacy Collection, Bandai Namco’s equally retro-tastic Pac-Man 256 (which is also another mobile game), and Workinman’s “single-stick” shooter Deathstate. Am I in a gaming rut? Hmm, that’s something to think about in 2016…
I spent most of my gaming time in December between Fallout 4 and Persona 4 Golden, as you’ve all come to expect from me! As always, I dabbled in Sportsfriends and TowerFall: Ascension, and I even spent some time playing The Jackbox Party Pack with friends. I can be social! See? Look at me being social! And that’s not all… I picked up Broforce and Downwell, so I’ve been helping liberate the world in the former and getting destroyed in the latter. It was a great month!
This December, I continued to slog through Lords of the Fallen, which is actually pretty enjoyable for a bargain bin buy.
Then Christmas hit and I decided to sample every game gifted to me, including Yoshi’s Woolly World, a remarkable platformer with secrets hidden everywhere. I also tested Star Wars: Battlefront, but since I don’t have a PlayStation Plus subscription yet, the offline play is hugely, almost criminally, disappointing. And I finally got to don the Batsuit again in Batman: Arkham Knight, which is just a marvel to play (despite some game-breaking bugs).
Thanks to the magic of gift-giving, I got to play some really fun titles. Aside from my monthly staples, Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition and Grand Theft Auto V, I got to play Destiny, Mortal Kombat X, and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (which isn’t as bad as you would think). Although out of all of them, I played Guitar Hero Live the most. I was very pleasantly surprised at how challenging the new button layout is, and the song choices are great. I highly recommend picking it up.