Kantaloupe’s Game of the Year 2017

2017 saw the release of many great games and the release of the first next-generation console, the Nintendo Switch. On a personal level, 2017 has been a great year, as I have left the army and started school at a great university. What this means is that I haven’t gotten the chance to play lots of games (and it’s also partially the reason this post is so late!). Every year, I keep a tally of the games I’ve beaten. For example, in 2014 I beat 22, in 2015 I beat 34, and in 2016 I beat only six. Well last year I beat: Final Fantasy XVPersona 5PortalRed Dead RedemptionStardew Valley (finished Community Centre), and Star Wars: Racer’s Revenge (beat campaign), putting 2017 on par with 2016 at six games.
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A Year in Reflection (GOTY 2016)

It’s that time of the year again, the season of exchanging presents and spending time with family. With school out, it’s a wonderful time to catch up on some of the best games of the year. You might notice that I haven’t really been keeping up with updating the site in recent months. I’ve been pretty busy with training (I’m still serving in the Singapore Armed Forces) so I haven’t gotten much time to play. In 2015 I beat a whopping 34 games whereas in 2016 I only beat six: Three Fourths Home, Her Story, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, Dark Souls III, and Life Is Strange. Before I talk about Kantaloupe’s Game of the Year 2016, I want to give a couple honourable mentions.
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GOTY 2015: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Well, if you saw our post from a couple of weeks ago, you’ll know that The Witcher 3 was one of the five contenders for Kantaloupe’s Game of the Year 2015 award. It was a tough decision between The Witcher and Bloodborne, but ultimately the sheer scope of CD Projekt Red’s take on the Western RPG trumped the focused tightness of From Software’s Japanese one. I spent more time in The Witcher 3 than I have in probably any other single playthrough of a game, and though there were some slumps in the action, there was a certain satisfaction I got from the gameplay that kept me going. The world of The Witcher is so fleshed-out that it’s never a chore to poke your nose around corners and sniff out some lore. And though the main quest in interesting enough, it’s really the sidequests that make you feel like a part of that world. There’s just an abundance of things to do in The Witcher 3, and if you’re at all interested in fantasy or action RPGs, The Witcher 3 should be at the top of your to-play list.

I haven’t gotten to playing much recently, what with army training (I’m currently in NCO school) and Netflix, which just came to Singapore two weeks ago. But I just got the Banner Saga, Bastion, and Three Fourths Home, so I might review one of those if/when I finish them.

In the meantime, check out the rest of our videogame-related stuff right here!

Kantaloupe’s 2015 Game of the Year Contenders

In 2015, I played and beat more games than I have in any other year in my entire life (and I’ve been in the army for the last 4 months, too!). These are all the games I beat, in the rough order in which I beat them:

The Unfinished Swan, The Swapper, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, BioShock, Mega Man 2, Killzone Mercenary, Borderlands 2, Suikoden, Grim Fandango, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Final Fantasy IV, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Home: A Unique Horror Adventure, Guacamelee!, Spec Ops: The Line, Resogun, BioShock Infinite, Dark Souls, Sound Shapes, Catherine, Murasaki Baby, Lone Survivor, Journey, The Last of Us, Bloodborne, New Super Mario Bros., Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, The Witcher 3, Wild Hunt, Super Mario Bros., Undertale

Yeah. But of course most of these games aren’t 2015 games and are therefore irrelevant. I’m just showing off. But there were a handful of this year’s games that I got to play, and it’s finally the time of the year when we reflect upon them and their mark on the world of gaming. So without further ado, these are the contenders for Kantaloupe’s highly coveted Game of the Year award!
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Blog: GOTY 2014 – And the winner is…

Shovel Knight! We announced our five Game of the Year contenders a couple of weeks back, but none of them were quite as polished, addictive, or captivating from start to finish as Shovel Knight (which I reviewed back in September). Despite its retro style, Shovel Knight stands among modern games by introducing novel mechanics to a tried-and-true formula, all the while providing just enough difficulty to be moderately frustrating at times without feeling unfair. The bottom line is, this is one game you’ll want to play immediately if you own a Wii U, 3DS, or a PC (who doesn’t own a PC!). And if you’re like me, you’ll even get it again when it comes to PlayStation in early 2015 … with full trophy support!

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As always, you can find the rest of our video game reviews here. Be sure to check back as we move into the new year, as there’s plenty more content coming down the pike!