I tried hard to clear my game backlog in 2016. And I even succeeded at it for few months. Thanks to that, I beat a handful more titles than in 2015 -- 27 in total if I am counting them right. Sales have brought the backlog back a bit again but such is life.
I started using isthereanydeal.com last summer and set its default sale alert to 75% off or more. With Steam's flash deals gone, games do not seem go that low very often. In fact, none of the 19 games on my Steam wishlist had a higher than 67% off discount during the Winter Sale. But I can wait; I am patient.
There are quite a few potentially really good games I look forward to finally getting to play in 2017 if/when their prices drop low enough. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dishonored 2, Divinity: Original Sin, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Pillars of Eternity, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to name the ones I am most excited about. Mass Effect Andromeda is also getting released in spring. I might be buying that on release. It would also be sweet if I could find a 50% off deluxe edition pre-order like I did with Mass Effect 3.
Anyway, I again divided the games I finished into 4 tiers (alphabetical order within). The division may be somewhat arbitrary but the general idea is that the more I enjoyed a title, the higher tier it is in. The names can be clicked for each individual post.
First person looter shooter. A huge improvement from the first game, though still designed around co-op. Especially environment variety and writing became a lot better in this sequel.
Third person ARPG. Fewer puzzles and more loot compared to the first game. Absolutely wonderful soundtrack by Jesper Kyd.
First person survival horror stealth game. Very authentic atmosphere in line with the first Alien movie. Suffers from a limited save system.
Blades of Time
Third person hack and slash. A very entertaining 10-hour experience.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
First person looter shooter. Not quite on the level of the second game but enjoyable nonetheless.
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
First person action/stealth game. Dishonored's predecessor -- gameplay quite dynamic. Limited by the clunky Source engine.
Fallout: New Vegas
Post-apocalyptic RPG. Obsidian's largely successful attempt to improve from Bethesda's Fallout 3.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
FPS. '80s VHS vision of the future. Entertaining enough for its short duration.
Hunted: The Demon's Forge
Third person hack and slash/shooter. A co-op game that works with an AI companion too. Quite enjoyable.
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
ARPG. A fine little meant-for-co-op game. Faithful to the setting.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Third person action-adventure. High production values and easy to play, but ultimately a shallow open world experience.
Post-apocalyptic FPS with lots of racing. Fun action and slight on story. PC port quality questionable.
FPS with time-manipulations mechanics. Not very deep an experience but still enjoyable.
Styx: Master of Shadows
Third person stealth game. Poor writing but solid mechanics. Bit more depth in terms of items and abilities would have made this one a great title.
Isometric ARPG. An all right experience. Not very memorable apart from Doug Cockle's voice.
A squad-based RTS sold as RPG. Real-time with active pause. Quite tactical but not much else.
Third person shooter/stealth/RPG. A somewhat unpolished spy game. A lot of choices to affect the story -- allegedly.
Third person hack and slash. Meant for co-op but works in single player. Unforgivably short.
First person looter shooter. A lot of rough edges. Single player enjoyment suffers from the game being heavily designed around co-op. Distinct visuals.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
Third person shooter. A poor man's Mass Effect.
Third person hack and slash. A spectacle fighter inspired by Zelda's design philosophy. All right though the PC port was a lazy one.
Just Cause 3
Third person action shooter. Barely improves from Just Cause 2. Many technical issues.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising
RTS. Small improvements over Dawn of War II's campaign. Interesting corruption mechanic. Some mysterious technical issues that may hamper one's enjoyment.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution
RTS. Different kind of technical issues. Campaign not as good as in Chaos Rising.
Third person vampire stealth game. A tedious and monotonous experience in the long run. Another Doug Cockle protagonist.
First person stealth game. Probably my worst game purchase in 2016. A school project level game that oversells itself and tries to pay homage to System Shock 2.
Third person stealth game. Very bare bones, especially on game mechanics.