Thursday, 28 January 2016

PC Game of the Year - 2015: The Wildcard

Greetings friends,

So we have had the 4 runners up and the winner of this year's PC Game of the Year award, now here's a new category I've never featured before: The Wildcard.

This is for the one game that doesn't really fit in the classifications required for either winner or runner up. Maybe it is a game that was released on another platform in a previous year, or it was DLC, or maybe Early Access?

Well for the first ever NFN Wildcard I present you with D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die.

D4 is an episodic game much like Life is Strange or anything by TellTale Games where you play a detective from Boston who is investigating the murder of his wife. This is done through a unique talent of the characters in how he is able to travel back in time through objects and the time relevant to them.

It is also a total mind-fuck.

Imagine a murder mystery where every character is designed and played by Jean-Paul Gaultier. That is pretty much how D4 plays out even going as far as having one character who I am pretty certain is an actual cat, but for some reason you see her as a human girl.

Then there's the really tall slow talking doctor dude who appears out of no where in order to give you mini games involving snow or 4-leafed clovers or some such nonsense.

The whole game is crazy, but ingenious for the exact same reasons.

Much like Life is Strange; the writing, acting and music is spot on pulling you right into the situation, storyline emotional engagement. Unlike Life is Strange, this game is incomplete.

Advertised as Season 1 the game ends on a huge cliff-hanger with no closure at all. To begin with you want more, you really want to know what happens next, but after a while apathy sets in and you know it's not coming and really it's just annoying.

The final episode ends in such a way that should actually be the gap between penultimate episode and finale, not the last episode, but instead this is the last episode and because of a lack of fore thought (what if this doesn't sell as well as I hope it will) we're left with an incomplete mess.

An incomplete mess that is insanely lovable!

Don't get me wrong, I love this game! It is such an experience I would recommend that everyone buy it, and who knows if they did - maybe we'd see Season 2 produced, but it is incomplete and because of that it is unable to feature in my list outside of the Wildcard listing.


And so ends my PC Game of the Year for 2015. I hope you enjoyed these and I would welcome thoughts and feelings. Yes there were certain big names that were left out. Trust me; I played them, but I didn't think they were all that great - but this is not about bashing on those games, and instead celebrating the games I loved.

Until next time; stay safe and be excellent to each other!

- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley

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