I wrapped up Cursed Mountain this weekend, and I’m happy to report that the initial very positive impressions I had of it continued all the way to the end. It’s hard not to compare it to the Fatal Frame series, and I think that any fan of that series would be well-served to hunt down a copy and dig the Wii out of your closet, where it’s been sitting since roughly 2008. Cursed Mountain has the same sense of being isolated from civilization and hunted by the unfortunate by-products of Ancient Rituals Gone Wrong, and your means of defense is, well, not quite as weird as a spiritual camera but still plenty quirky in its own way.
The motion controls never really got less awful, but I did eventually get to the point where I was getting over 90% recognition on the assorted swings and thrusts used in the ghost purification rituals your character needs to perform to properly take the un- out of undead, and that was enough to carry me through the last couple of fairly combat-heavy levels.
It’s also the hundredth game I’ve played to completion this year, which is a nice big round number to marvel at. Granted, many of those were very short – fully a third of them were visual novels (16) and hidden-object games (17), and those all tend to be wrapped up in under 6 hours.
The big genre just after those, however, was RPGs (15) and those tend to be on the longish side, especially things like Tokyo Mirage Sessions#FE and Dragon Age Origins, both of which were 40+ hours.
The one big genre almost completely absent so far has been FPS/TPS style games. I’ve only played four this year, and that’s with counting both Typing of the Dead and Star Trek (2013) in this category when they could easily be filed elsewhere.
It’s been a very varied year for platforms, too, since I’ve been trying to finish off the games libraries of any console I have where no new games are coming out. I’ve played games across 18 different platforms, including weird little systems like the Bandai Wonderswan and prematurely-discontinued systems like the Saturn and Dreamcast. I don’t think I’ll ever see that level of diversity again.
Even with the focus on clearing out the old, just over 40% of the titles I played were from 2015 or newer. That’s a good thing to see, because it means that I’m actually buying new things to PLAY and not just to sit on the shelf. 20% were 10 years or older, though, which just goes to show that I used to be really bad about that.
I have about three months left in the year, so as long as I can stay off MMOs I should be able to break my 2015 record of 115 games and go into 2018 with a much smaller backlog and much less guilt. Wish me luck. 🙂