Our Biggest Video Game Regrets Of 2017

Often, video games are about making decisions, and you won't always make the right one. Sometimes, there is no right answer. Sometimes, you've got to live with what you did.

In the latest episode of the Favecast, we bring in special guest Danielle Riendeau from Waypoint (disclosure: my girlfriend) to discuss some of the most memorable moments in video games from 2017 with Gita Jackson and me.

(You can download the MP3 here.)

Around the 1:20 mark, we discuss our favourite video game moments of the year, followed our favourite video game characters of the year (21:20), and finally our biggest regrets of the year (51:00.) There are some spoilers for games like Pyre, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Persona 5, and Nier -- though we warn listeners before they happen.

Without spoiling too much from the podcast, I'll dish on one of the choices that still lingers with me months after it happened: in Pyre, you meet a girl who is an outcast in the real world. She gets banished into a purgatory of sorts, just like you. While most people think this is a hellish fate, she actually enjoys being a denizen. Nobody can judge her here.

The twist is that by playing Pyre's version of NBA Jam, you can send someone from your team back into normal society. So, I got her some redemption. She went back. But even now I can't help but wonder if I should have done that. Would she have been happier staying behind in a place she felt comfortable, rather than going back into a world that hated her? Did I make that choice for her, or for myself? I still don't know. Stuff like that is what makes Pyre so damn good.

What about you folks, what choices have you made in a video game that still haunt you to this day? I'll clarify that I mean in-game choices, else most responses will probably be about buying a game you didn't like/ended up being terrible.

Other moments discussed during this podcast include:

  • Makoto's Persona reveal
  • Rachel Amber's acting scene in Before the Storm
  • The best boss battle in Nier Automata
  • Billie Lurk's narrative arc in Dishonored
  • The incredible race of skeletons in Divinity 2. Also the mechanical complexity at the heart of Divinity 2.
  • Arkasha's shitposting in Butterfly Soup
  • The space lesbians in Prey
  • Breath of the Wild's DLC

This is our last episode for 2017! We'll be back next year, but in the meantime, We're on iTunes here (leave us a review!), Google Play, Spotify, Sticher, and iHeartRadio.


Comments

    While I played through it...... I didn't enjoy Super Mario Odyssey and do not consider it to be a GOTY contender at all. It's one gaming purchase I regret in 2017. On the flipside I don't regret getting the Switch itself........... many hours spent playing Mario Kart - and have added many other games to the collection from Wonderboy, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Ultra Street Fighter II, Sonic Mania, Rocket League and as recently as this week Fifa 18.

      Bar MK , every one off those games are available on other consoles.
      What draws you to the switch?

        Being able to play those games hand held, any way I choose to. I'm someone that has purchased the same game across multiple platforms in the past (the Arkham series, GTA from the original to V, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat. To the various sports series around like NBA 2K, Fifa, Madden etc). I have Wonderboy, Sonic Mania, Rocket League on multiple platforms... buying the Switch version for each was an easy decision (enjoyed playing them on console/pc... enjoyed them again on the Switch!). Super Mario was alright, but once the game was finished there was nothing left to do. Even in the older Mario games I could replay them over again and again and not get bored.

        I have no interest in Zelda: BOTW - the Zelda series just isn't for me. I've tried getting into it in the past (the only one I really enjoyed was Zelda II on the nes). I played through the Zelda game on the SNES Mini....... but it hasn't inspired me to chase up other entries in the series (especially BOTW).

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