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I did quite a bit of gaming this year because I find it relaxing and an easy escape from everything around me. I also (finally) upgraded my gaming system and stepped out of just Nintendo. Before now I’ve only ever played Nintendo games (except for a few computer games), being faithfully addicted to The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, and Professor Layton.
Because so many of these games are available on multiple platforms, I’ve also included which system I used to play the game.
Breath of the Wild
Although this list isn’t in any specific order, Breath of the Wild definitely tops the list as my favorite game of the year. I’m honestly more than a bit obsessed with the Legend of Zelda (the first game I ever played was Link’s Awakening, which I stole from my half-brother (still haven’t returned it)). I even named my two leopard geckoes Link and Zelda.
Not only does Breath of the Wild have a huge open world and stunning graphics, it also has a compelling storyline (although I’m still not sure how it fits into the Zelda timeline). And this Zelda game has by far my favorite version of Princess Zelda (I swear I’m going to cosplay her one day), whom I love despite thinking her voice actor sounds like she was trying really hard to do a Hermione Granger impression (no hate though, just a note). Here’s a funny story I found about her voice actor.
I didn't hear my ringtone because I was playing Zelda…. And my ringtone is Zelda….. I thought it was the game……
— Camryn (@CamrynDaytona) July 17, 2016
I haven’t gotten the expansion pack yet, but I definitely plan on getting it soon.
I played this on Wii U, because I’ve yet to upgrade to the Switch, but my friend who has a Switch says it plays perfectly. And I’m still impatiently waiting for any updates on Netflix’s Legend of Zelda series. Which might have moved to Amazon. Or not be happening at all. Seriously, I NEED UPDATES.
I don't actually know what these options mean, but clearly Zelda is always the answer. pic.twitter.com/atIZct2qpK
— Camryn (@CamrynDaytona) July 17, 2016
Another honorable mention is Hyrule Warriors, which helped fill the void while I was waiting for Breath of the Wild. If you’re considering getting it, I would suggest getting it on Wii U, not DS, as it really benefits from a larger screen.
The Elder Scrolls
This year I played both Skyrim and Elder Scrolls Online, and I have a hard time picking a favorite. While there were definitely parts of Skyrim which I preferred, ESO had the advantage of a bigger world. And so much more to do! I’m still not even a fraction of the way through all of it. It’s the first online multiplayer game I’ve played since my Lord of the Rings Online phase a few years ago (I finally gave up on that because the graphics were so bad), and I was surprised by how little I minded having other random players running around. Other than one instance in which a guy added me to a multiplayer just to flirt with me, the other people have more or less left me alone to kill people in peace.
Shadow of Mordor
I’m once again using this broadly to mean both Shadow of Mordor and the recently released Shadow of War. I played both of them for the first time this year, and they played no small part in my decision to finally get a PS4. I was really hesitant going into this game because I knew it included both Celebrimbor and Annatar, as well as a lot of other references to Middle Earth History. As a huge Tolkien Nerd, I was afraid they wouldn’t do the characters justice. Despite the fact that they gave Celebrimbor a wife and child seemly for no other purpose than to kill off (and so that he could say Sauron “seduced” him without sounding gay), I didn’t mind the changes to canon at all.
— Camryn (@CamrynDaytona) December 18, 2017
Shadow of War takes the changes even farther (and seems to contradict their own canon at times), but I still don’t mind. It’s a great game and even though I really wish there was more Celebrimbor and less Talion, it’s still enjoyable. Shelob still worries me though.
The Sims 4
I currently have a Lord of the Rings inspired world (90% of which is just me creating characters, making them befriend Elrond, killing them, and making them haunt him), one with a bunch of characters from Doctor Strange (for some reason The Ancient One wants to marry Karl Mordo), and then a world with random sims with funny names. I never really got into the Sims when I was younger, but I have been enjoying playing it more recently.
Mac & PC
I’ve been playing the Nancy Drew Computer Games by Her Interactive for years, but this year I got really addicted to working my way through them (over the summer, when I had meant to be working through Zelda).
It's almost two AM and all that matters is that I got Nancy Drew out of jail. Sleep is for the weak. Detectives don't sleep. @HerInteractive
— Camryn (@CamrynDaytona) May 14, 2017
Any fellow gamers out there?
Feel free to add me on platforms so we can play together!!! And let me know what games you enjoyed this year!!