It's time once again for the indomitable staff here at Push Square to share their own personal Game of the Year picks. Every year, we herd our writers together and force them to spill their opinions on their five favourite games of the last 12 months. Usually, this involves poking them with a stick until they come clean. Below, you'll find the personal PlayStation picks of reviewer Jade Sayers.
Fifth Choice: Root Letter
Root Letter came to me at a really key time in my life. I used it as an escape from a lot of 'real world' stuff that was happening to me, and it's partly due to this emotional connection that I now have with the game that it's one of my favourites of the year. This is helped by the fact that Root Letter is also a great game in which you're able to solve a mystery and interact with a lot of relatable characters.
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Fourth Choice: Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness
I watched the whole first series of the Psycho-Pass anime in about a week just before this game was released, so it couldn't have come at a better time for me. I loved the way that Mandatory Happiness put me directly into the world that I'd become so enamoured with, and enabled me to interact with my favourite characters.
Third Choice: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted 4 was actually my introduction to the Uncharted series, and although probably not best entry point plot-wise, it was enough to get me hooked. It's hard to play Uncharted 4 and not be blown away by the spectacle of it all. Not only is the game a visual masterpiece, it also has a compelling storyline and some fantastically written characters.
Second Choice: Attack on Titan
In the absence of a second series of Attack on Titan and having fully caught up with the manga, I bought the game just to fill the Titan-shaped hole in my life. I didn't expect much from it, having played my share (and probably everyone else's) of duff movie and TV show tie-ins. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Attack on Titan. Perhaps my low expectations helped, but to me, playing the game really felt like being part of that world, and it remains one of the most immersive games I have ever played.
First Choice: Zero Time Dilemma
The Zero Escape series has long been one of my favourites, so Zero Time Dilemma was one of my most anticipated games of the year. Luckily, I wasn't let down, and consequently, I found I wasn't able to put the game down (which led to its own problem of it being over far too quickly). I've been recommending Zero Time Dilemma to anyone who'll listen, and will continue to do so until everyone I know has played it. It has everything I love in a game, and the plot brings mystery white the puzzles are challenging and prevent the experience from purely consisting of written text. Zero Time Dilemma fills in a lot of gaps in the Zero Escape story by bringing familiar characters in, while also keeping things fresh by introducing new ones.
What do you think of Jade's personal picks? Are there any games on this list that would make it into your own top five? Spill your own opinions in the comments section below.
I've been considering Root Letter for a little while now. As a non-anime avatar kinda person, do you think I'd like it at all? I did enjoy Danganronpa a lot if it helps.
Really enjoyed VLR on Vita so I'm excited to see the sequel is a goty for someone. It's quite expensive but most definitely on my to buy list. I think it's in a sale at the moment so I might grab it.
What an incredible list. It's thanks to reviewers like you that we get some variety and not all the attention goes to the blockbusters or that one indie that everyone is crazy about.
Haven't played any of them, but I'm definitely getting Attack on Titan and Psycho-Pass (after I start and finish the anime, that is). Perhaps Zero Time, too.
This guy is obviously an anime/manga fan like me, my profile pic is the MC of Psycho-Pass!! I finished VLR and it was amazing so I need to get ZTD !! HYPED FOR AOT S2 BECAUSE OF THE TRAILER
@hieveryone Girl, if I'm not mistaken
This is an amazing list. Having staff with such a wide interest in games which are not necessarily the biggest AAA's is why I love push square.
Fantastic that four of these titles are also available on vita (which is where I will play each and every one of them). What a year the system has had! Hope I can say the same in 12 months time! Still need to get root letter, AoT and Zero escape, but all on my wish list!
Finally, a list that a hopeless weeb like me can relate to.
It's nice to see ZTD getting some love. The game has been getting slammed from all sides since it released (from fans of the series, at least).
I heard mixed things about Root Letter. I'm waiting for a good sale.
Honestly, I thought Zero Time Dilemma was the worst one in the series. I still liked it though.
Zero Time Dilemma was good but that stupid twist at the end ruined it
Whoa jade likes VN's, I like them too but I can't play them back to back.
Thanks for the nice comments everyone! Glad you like my list ^_^ @get2sammyb it's definitely no Danganronpa, but it's still a really good mystery novel with a really good replay factor to get all the storylines and such. It feels a little obvious at times, where I think Danganronpa keeps you guessing a bit more, and it sort of tends to hold your hand at times and do things for you rather than let you figure out what you've got to do.
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