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The Games Andrew Reiner Finished In 2017

by Andrew Reiner on Jan 01, 2018 at 09:00 AM

I have a family. I have friends. I try to balance work and play. That said, seeing the credits roll in over 50 games in a year's time is a somewhat ridiculous feat. Many late nights were spent completing what I believed was the final mission or act in a game, only to realize I was nowhere close. I kept playing. I valued game time over sleep. That's a sacrifice I make every time. A foolish sacrifice all for the love of the game.

The number of games I finished line up with my efforts in the last couple of years, yet I feel like I didn't do a good enough job of seeing everything I needed to this year. I only logged 30 hours into Persona 5, saw only one ending in Nier: Automata, and didn't touch Yakuza 0. I usually don't miss the "big" or "noteworthy" games in a year, but I feel I didn't see three of them in 2017. I gave Nier and Persona 5 legitimate shots, but maybe didn't see them to the points where I would truly understand what makes them special. I enjoyed both immensely, but not enough to say I truly get them.

So what did I finish? I was all over the map this year, playing everything from weird walking simulators like Blackwood Crossing to being blown away by the story in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. I found myself wanting to play more of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Assassin's Creed Origins, yet cut myself off once the credits flashed onto screen. I had to stay mobile and move on to something else.

Call me a hypocrite if you want, but I played Overwatch more than anything this year. Yes, that time could have gone to Persona 5 and Nier: Automata, but Overwatch was time spent with friends – both lifelong and new people I've come to adore just by gaming with them.

I also continued playing Pokémon Go and Clash Royale, but only when I was away from my gaming systems. Yes, I know I can take Switch on the go, but, well, okay, I should probably play more Zelda than Clash. You got me there.

As always, I would love to see the lists of games you completed. Just drop them in the comments section below. If you have comments on any of the games you see (many didn't get GI reviews), I'll gladly respond. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm close to finishing my first game of 2018!

Aaero
Among the Sleep
Ape Escape (Super Replay)
Arms
Assassin’s Creed Origins
The Assembly
Battle Chef Brigade
Blackwood Crossing
The Bunker
Candleman
Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot 2
Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Dark Arcana: The Carnival
Destiny 2
DuckTales
DuckTales 2
Embers of Mirrim
Energy Cycle
Eventide: Slavic Fable
For Honor
Four Sided Fantasy
Get Even
Golf Story
Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan
Horizon Zero Dawn
Injustice 2
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe
Knack II
Layers of Fear
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game
Little Nightmares
Livelock
Lost Grimoires: Stolen Memories
Madden NFL 18 (Longshot)
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Mass Effect Andromeda
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 2
Mr. Pumpkin Adventure
Night in the Woods
Planet of the Eyes
Prey
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
Sonic the Hedgehog 06 (Super Replay)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Star Fox 2
Star Wars Battlefront II
Super Mario Odyssey
The Surge
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
What Remains of Edith Finch
The Witness
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Your Toy

By the Years:
2017 – 56
2016 – 57
2015 – 52
2014 – 45
2013 – 48
2012 – 48
2011 – 70