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.

Firewatch

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

The Keelback is the cheapest ship which can fit a fighter hangar. I bought it to have some variation while bounty hunting for community goals. It is surprisingly fun to fly, and the rotating thrusters look cool. The mothership is not very agile, but the option to switch to the fighter makes up for that. I outfitted turrets to make aiming easier and missiles to finish off enemies.

[Elite Dangerous © 1984 – 2017 Frontier Developments Plc]

I first tried passenger missions with the Hauler, but due to limited space and jump range, I did not find enjoyable. After getting more credits via trading and community goals, I wanted to give passengers another try and bought a proper passenger ship.

The Dolphin has sleek looks and is fun to fly. So far I have been doing sightseeing missions which are relatively effortless with Dolphin’s decent jump range and a fuel scoop. I want to try a data collecting mission next, but so far I have not had the time for a long trip.

 

[Elite Dangerous © 1984 – 2017 Frontier Developments Plc]

Destiny 2 © 2017 Bungie, Inc.

Destiny 2 © 2017 Bungie, Inc.

I got the Type-6 to try out bulk trading but found the endeavour boring and the cargo space limited. It is still a fine ship to get the lowest tiers of community goals and nimble enough to evade most pirates.

I plan to upgrade to Type-7 but will keep my Type-6 around. Maybe set it up for exploration.

[Elite Dangerous © 1984 – 2017 Frontier Developments Plc]

Destiny 2 © 2017 Bungie, Inc.

Diamondback Scout is a nimble and affordable ship bounty hunting, and it has an excellent jump range.

[Elite Dangerous © 1984 – 2017 Frontier Developments Plc]

 

Cobra Mk. III is a well rounded ship, but I like the more specialized ships. Diamondback Scout has better turret placement and Type-6 can haul more tonnage so I ended up fitting the Cobra as planetary explorer while saving money for Asp.

[Elite Dangerous © 1984 – 2017 Frontier Developments Plc]