Videogames New To You January 2015
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What games are you playing for the first time this month, January 2015?

These lists are posted at the start of each month, so that when we start playing a new videogame, we can post our initial thoughts on it. (Thanks to Ncik for the suggestion to change the format).
These don't have to be games that you've beaten, or abandoned.. just simply games that you picked up and started playing this month.

Please feel free to add a new entry each time you start a new game, as this will be useful for generating statistics.


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1. Video Game: Far Cry 4 [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:515]
Video Game: Far Cry 4
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Been playing this a gawd awful amount since Christmas.
Really been enjoying it. Specially sniping people with the bow.
My only problem with the game is the awful DJ. He says some rude, obnoxious garbage that is inappropriate. Shutting him up leads to endless joy, because the rest of the game is gaming gold.
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2. Video Game: Might & Magic Heroes VI [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:3531]
Video Game: Might & Magic Heroes VI
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Started playing this yesterday. Aside from the fact that it's a bug-ridden train wreck which may stop me from playing the game (and which makes me very angry with Ubisoft that they would cease patching something in such a horrible state), it's quite good. I mean, release a broken game, sure. Everyone makes mistakes. But fix your mistakes, guys. C'mon!

But otherwise - a wide range of units to play with, lots of cool toys, interesting hero level-up choices... All good stuff.
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3. Video Game: Sudeki [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3975]
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I started playing this as part of my 2015 video game challenge. I have only been playing it a couple of hours, but the game has pulled me in. The graphics (though updated) do show their age. The game is linear with obvious barriers in your path preventing you from going certain ways. But it is a nice looking game. It is an arcade-y hack and slash RPG, if I would have to class it. Battles are arena type where your way forward is barred until you beat the denizens. The different characters play differently and it does take some skill to get through combat, more than just button mashing. Looking forward to playing some more.
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4. Video Game: Batman: Arkham Origins [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1058]
Video Game: Batman: Arkham Origins
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So far, not so good. Multiple graphics and sound glitches make this unplayable beyond the opening battle with Killer Croc. This game is on my list for the 10 games to beat in 2015, but since I don't feel like battling with the game in order to actually play it, I may just move on to something else. When I looked up what could have been the cause, I found a list of other game-breaking bugs that is definitely dissuading me from trying to sort out this initial setback.
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Video Game: Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures - Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees
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I have decided to start working on my challenge and make a hardcore list. I won this great bundle of games in the giveaway and Wallace and Gromit really spoke to me. I like watching them. So even though I knew nothing about it I started the game.

And it is fun. I like the animations and I like the puzzles. They are hard and crazy. I was expecting crazy and they have not dissapointed me so far. I had a fun time playing this and I'm looking forward to continue this game, which says quit a bit.

It is also a fun break from the Batman games and a totally different vibe to this game.
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6. Video Game: The Witcher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:231] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
Video Game: The Witcher
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This is one of my 10 x 100 challenge games for 2015 and it just so happens that it rates as being playable on my Office PC.. so at lunchtime today I watched the ~8 minute intro, and then played for about 35 minutes.

The game starts out in Over The Shoulder (OTS) mode, but I tried the other 2 options and decided that the isometric view is probably what I'm going to stick with. I fought some bandits and made my way down to the Witcher Lab at Kaer Mohrn (sp?).

The combat requires you to change between modes depending on the opponents you face... Strong, Fast, Group are the ones I've used so far... and it requires you to perfectly time your mouse clicks in order to chain attacks together. This I can see will take a bit of getting used to, but should be interesting.

Although it does play on this PC, I've had to lower the resolution and the game is still a bit choppy, so I may eventually need to switch to playing on my gaming PC... probably once I've finished Fallout 3.
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7. Video Game: Intake [Average Rating:5.78 Unranked]
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I came across this game, thought I'd play it for a few minutes and get the Steam cards and it had the wackiest theme. Instead of being an anti-drug game, it's pro-drugs. Really! It even starts off with this FBI warning against drugs and means it ironically. You score points -- it's a typcial shooter really -- by making sure you take the right coloured drugs. The bonus levels are to shoot tablets and you get bonuses in the drugstore. And in the background is this girl chanting BE AGRESSIVE, B-E AGRESSIVE, B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E. What the hell is that supposed to mean?

I've got the cards now but keep coming back to it, so there must be something about the gameplay that is interesting. Or maybe I'm addicted and will have to go to rehab.
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8. Video Game: Child of Light [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:729]
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Yesterday I decided to try out another game on my want-to-play-soon-and-hopefully-that-means-within-the-year list. I had received this one as a gift (thanks, Jonna!) and though I started to fear the worst when I remembered that this game carried the Beast of Uplay upon its back, I was relieved to see how unintrusive the DRM system was, though "vyran" was already taken as a username. cry

Fortunately, this game has no problems with gameplay whatsoever. The art style is fantastic, even better in motion than it is in screenshots. The actual battle system, which is very reminiscent of JRPG systems, has enough of its own little nuances to make it fresh and yet be incredibly easy to pick up. And Aurora having trouble keeping her balance after triumphantly raising her sword is funny long after it should be.
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9. Video Game: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [Average Rating:8.52 Overall Rank:20]
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It only took me a day and a half to play through this for the first time where, for a variety of reasons, I had not much else to do, but it was an awesome day and a half. Great game, and I regret waiting so long to play it.
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10. Video Game: Portal (2007) [Average Rating:8.61 Overall Rank:5] [Average Rating:8.61 Unranked]
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With Portal 2 finished last year I picked up Portal during the Christmas sale on Steam. First off all I was very surpised to see how short this game was in comparison with Portal 2.

Still I did enjoy it altough I'm already got the hang of it. It's not that easy but there are a few brain teasers or things that can go wrong anyway. At the moment I'm involved with the final battle against Gladys, looking forward to the end.
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11. Video Game: Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures - Episode 3: Muzzled! [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:5120]
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And started with part three of the Wallace and Gromit adventures series. And to my big suprise finished it as well in one go. 2u40 on the clock. It let me do something out of town at a town fair, which was fun to see. I found it a bit shorter and easier than the first two though.
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12. Video Game: Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures - Episode 2: The Last Resort [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:5291]
Video Game: Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures - Episode 2: The Last Resort
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Finished part two of the Telltale Game series of Wallace and Gromit. Now that I have finished part one I had the idea that I started to know what I needed to do. Altough some stuff was still hard to figure out. Other moments things just went quickly like hell. I have played the game with my controller but later decided to use both my controller and my mouse to be better at selecting.

I must say that I did find that the final scene was a bit strange. It kept going even though there was a dire threat. I did think that it should have a fail option there. Or maybe there was and I just played well enough, I don't know.
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13. Video Game: SolForge [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1739]
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I fired this up today, inspired by the humble bundle I bought, and gave the tutorial a try.

I also tried a quick game with the AI on Normal and got smashed... The trouble with any type of CCG is learning the cards and I'm not sure I have the patience or commitment to get deeper into the game. We'll see.
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14. Video Game: The Witcher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:231] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Played this for the first time tonight. Seems like a linear game. And a cutscene galore. The graphics in the prologue is nice, but not as nice in the first part!? Hope it is a good game. Now I not sure.
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15. Video Game: Never Alone [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1783]
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This is a platforming puzzle game where you control a native Alaskan girl and an arctic fox as they search for the cause of an unending blizzard. Also referred to as "Kisima Inŋitchuŋa," this game is very heavy on the storytelling of the Inupiat people, which is interesting for both the unusual mythology (as far as video games go) and the format of the narrative being told to you by an elder. In fact, all of the narration is done in their native language (with English subtitles, thankfully), so basically, you are being handed down an Inupait story as you play the game.

The gameplay itself is entertaining as well, with the fox being able to jump higher and run faster, but the girl, Nuna, able to move crates and use bolas to crack ice or get the attention of nature spirits that help you on your journey. Still, this would probably feel like an incomplete experience if it weren't such a fully realized story from an unrepresented culture in video games.
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16. Video Game: Rogue Legacy [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:547]
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Had some bonus points on the ol' credit card, so I decided to treat myself and not wait for this game to go on sale. Ended up playing for 3 hours or so last night. So many generations of knights and mages and knaves littering the floor of that castle now...

Interesting game. Interesting ideas throughout. Deciding whether it's worth it to lock down the castle and take the paycut, or roll the dice and hope that you don't get a rough first couple rooms and waste a generation. Money is always an issue, so I've been trying to balance out keeping gear and skills up to date, but also putting points into money saving skills.

I did beat the first boss, so I was doing SOMETHING right in those initial hours. My guys can also survive pretty well in the forest. Took a crack at that boss, and got him down to 2/3 health, so I can take him, too. Need a good castle layout and I'll lock it down again.
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