Looking Back On… the 2014 Year in Review Staff Commentaries

(Well, here we are, a year removed from the 2014 Year in Review, and aside from the fact that I’ve not had a lot of time or energy to update this site, and probably won’t until April or so, when I finally graduate, there are two things I can say definitively: first, that it turns out I went back to three of the games in my 2013 list in Terraria, Saints Row IV and XCOM, for personal fun, review of a rerelease and livestreaming respectively, and second, that holy shit was 2014 a wonderful year in gaming in comparison to 2015, at least for me personally. I can understand if you thought 2015 was a wonderful year in gaming, because indie gaming exploded for a lot of folks, but I was one of those people who was looking forward to a lot of sequels that didn’t deliver, so 2014 feels like a wistful remembrance in comparison. To each their own and whatnot.)

Mark B.’s Top Ten
Senior Editor

1.) Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)
2.) Dangan Ronpa 1&2 (Vita)
3.) Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed (PS3)
4.) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4)
5.) South Park: The Stick of Truth (PC/360)
6.) Demon Gaze (Vita)
7.) Goat Simulator (PC)
8.) Dragon Age: Inquisition (XBO)
9.) Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (360/PS3)
10.) Five Nights at Freddy’s (PC)

(I might shuffle the first and second spots around, but otherwise the top five games in the list are honestly more or less fine as is. Goat Simulator would probably move up a slot, and I’d probably slot in something else in place of Demon Gaze in retrospect… maybe If My Heart Had Wings, as weird as that sounds. Otherwise, though, it’s a fine list, and I’m mostly still happy with the majority of the games on it.)

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Looking Back on… the 2013 Year In Review Staff Commentaries

(Well, here we are, at the end of the recap road as far as commentaries go; since this was last year I don’t know if I’ll have too much to say about this commentary, but we’ll never know until we get into it.)

Mark B.’s Top Ten
Senior Editor

1.) Terraria
2.) XCOM: Enemy Within
3.) Metro: Last Light
4.) Saints Row IV
5.) Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
6.) Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded
7.) Dead Rising 3
9.) Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
10.) Dead Space 3

(This list, on reflection, is still generally fine as is, though I haven’t really gone back and played anything that came out in 2013 as of yet. I find that I’ll probably have more of a retroactive opinion of 2014 when I go and play some things, rather than 2013, because fuck me if I can remember anything that came out last year. 2014 at least has stuff like Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2 that I need to spend more time with.)

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Looking Back on… the 2012 Year in Review Staff Commentaries

(This year is notable for two things: first, I took over as the person who posted the yearly recap articles from Alex, who was getting burned out in 2010/2011, for good reason, and second, I lifted the word count cap on write-ups, so expect this to be long as fuck.)

Mark B.’s Top Ten
Senior Editor

1.) Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
2.) XCOM: Enemy Unknown (360)
3.) Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
4.) Hitman: Absolution (360)
5.) Far Cry 3 (360)
6.) Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (Vita)
7.) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (360)
8.) Doom 3: BFG Edition (360)
9.) Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (360)
10.) Dance Central 3 (360)

(I could kind of see swapping Hitman and Far Cry 3 there, since ultimately Far Cry 3 was the game that occupied more of my time, but the rest of the list is more or less fine as is. 2012 was really kind of an odd year for me, gaming-wise, as a lot of the games I played weren’t great, so you end up with a list that’s a third classics, a third “shit I think is fine now but wouldn’t honor with anything,” and a third “shit I don’t have much of an opinion of anymore,” so this should be fun.)

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Looking Back on… the 2010 Year in Review Staff Commentaries

(This was the last year Alex assembled and posted the GOTY-related commentaries; 2011 didn’t really see anything get posted that I can recall, or at least not for staff commentaries, and I picked up the role from 2012 onward. Otherwise there’s nothing to note, save that this was the first of two years I attended E3, the second being 2011, before real life kind of got in the way of doing this thing, sadly. I’d like to go back once life sorts itself out a bit, though the older I get, the less likely it seems that’ll happen. Oh well.)

Mark B.’s Top Ten
Senior Editor

1. Mass Effect 2 (360)
2. 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (NDS)
3. Dead Rising 2 (360)
4. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love (PS2)
5. Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage (360)
6. Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (360)
7. Splatterhouse (360)
8. Deathsmiles (360)
9) Yakuza 3 (PS3)
10. Bayonetta (360)

(That top five is fucking rad as hell, I don’t care what anyone says. I’d easily say Harmony of Despair could be subbed out, since right afterward they patched it to “balance” it and fucked up so much of the game that I’ve actively uninstalled the game and never gone back. Strange Journey could’ve easily taken that spot, I think. Otherwise, Splatterhouse could’ve been moved down a couple notches, though I still like that it comes with the classic games enough to keep it in there.)

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Looking Back on… the 2009 Year in Review Staff Commentaries.

(BUT FIRST: We also did a write-up of our thoughts on the games announced during E3 that year, and since I’ll really never have another chance to share it, since I’ll almost certainly forget about this thing after now, let’s take a look at that.)

Mark B. Choses: (Aaron submitted this one, so I’m not going to yell at myself for that one.)

Things I’m looking forward to coming out of E3:

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Looking Back on: the 2007/2008 Diehard Gamefan Staff Commentaries

(Well, ’tis the season, so let’s look back on Staff Commentaries of yesteryear, partly because I’m thinking about it at this moment, and partly because, with how… not bad but uninspired gaming was this year, certainly… it helps to look back at prior years and say “Well maybe it wasn’t that bad…”)

1. Persona 3 (PS2)
2. Mass Effect (XB360)
3. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (PS2)
4. Trauma Center Second Opinion (Wii)
5. Monster Hunter Freedom 2
6. Front Mission DS (DS)
7. Rock Band (XB360)
8. Earth Defense Force 2017 (XB360)
9. Spider-Man Friend or Foe (Multi)
10. The Darkness (XB360)

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