According to the Xbox statistics, my most played games this year were Elite: Dangerous and Destiny 2. Contrary to the number of hours played I got the best experience from older single player games I finished this year.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
I have not played the original Tomb Raiders, but I enjoyed the previous instalment of the franchise. Overall the game was enjoyable but feels a bit too much like a plain shooter from time to time. It would also be nice to have the tombs to play a more prominent role in the main plot.
I decided to get Firewatch after getting fed up with grindy experience in Destiny and Elite: Dangerous. I wanted something compact to be able to finish quickly, and I was not disappointed. The game is basically a walking simulator but the art is pretty, and the plot is interesting enough. I also liked the fact that you can try to do some actual role-playing with the conversations. I might even return to the game some time to try out different options.
Assassin’s Creed III
Assassin’s Creed III was a bit of surprise since I am not that much of fan of the series. I got the game years ago for Xbox 360 because I was liked the era and inclusion of sailing. When the game became available through backwards compatibility, I decided to return to the game. I also finished Black Flag this year, and even if it is technically better, I enjoyed the plot and setting of Assassin’s Creed III more.
Rise of the Tomb Raider © 2015 Square Enix Ltd.
Firewatch © 2017 Campo Santo
Assassin’s Creed 3 © 2012 Ubisoft Entertainment