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December 31, 2014

2014 Year Retrospective

Hello everyone! Welcome to the KVR Gaming 2014 Retrospective. This post will be as straightforward as possible, taking a look at this year month by month and then detailing the events of the year.

Y'all ready? Okay, let us begin:

January:

Kicking off the year was one of my favourite reviews, the one of Hotline Miami. While unbelievably gory and nasty, Hotline Miami is unforgiving, grueling and insanely difficult, pushing you and taunting you to try and conquer it's short but very sweet campaign.

After that came a review of Left 4 Dead 2, originally slated to be a "Duel Review" of Left 4 Dead 1 and 2. However, after seeing that one review was best, I went with that option instead. 

Shortly thereafter, because I was playing so much L4D2 and loving every moment of it, I started a short-lived series where I review the levels of the entire game. This proved to be far too demanding for me, as I had already come down with a huge depression in January, one which I spent the better half of the year in denial of.

Capping off the month, was another one of my favourites: Ryse Son of Rome. Quite surprisingly, I enjoyed this game's story and hero, and it's genuinely effective (if basic) ending. Maybe it's just nostalgia, but it's actually quite a memorable game, in spite of the flack it gets.

February:

Hoo boy, this was a tough month. I started off February with a review of an obscure free game called Serena. I loved the atmosphere and story of the game, but also reviewed it because I had way too little energy left to actually do something "bigger", if that makes sense.

Later the month, I did a review of Papers, Please, yet another "easy" game to review, because of it's simplicity and lack of much content. Afterwards, I continued with my unfortunately short-lived series of "Level Reviews", which I sincerely wish to continue at some point.

March:

Abandoning the Level Reviews due to my ever-present anxiety, I did a Content Rundown of Thief, a game which was average in just about every way, but it was passable and not too demanding, at least.

Afterwards, I quite clearly had a struggle with anxiety and couldn't find any games to review. (Quite hilariously, I had three update posts where I consistently made poor excuses for why I couldn't post that week.)

Finally, I did a Content Rundown for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Not the most memorable game, partly due to it's short length and the fact that it's a freaking full-price demo!

April:

Ah, South Park: The Stick of Truth. The most vulgar, disgusting and downright repulsive game you'll ever come across. Of course, it's job is to purposefully offend people with ANY boundaries and beliefs, which it succeeded in doing and then some.

After that, I did a Content Rundown of Infamous Second Son. A lighter game for once. Around this time, I also bought A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay. Probably one of the best music albums I've ever listened to.

The month ended with a Content Rundown of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, a game which I've never played, only watched, and yet still thoroughly enjoyed it because of it's story and cinematic qualities.

May:

Well, I did up a rather embarrassing injury this month and got thoroughly burnt out from work and anxiety, so no review was posted that entire month. However, it was also very good for me, in the regard that I finally saw just how valuable my little blog was and decided to make a plan in getting it back off the ground.

June:

First thing after getting back from my hiatus, was to make hilarious excuses for my anxiety and make a review of Watch Dogs, one of the most boring games I've ever played, even if it did have a bright moment here and there.

Deus Ex followed shortly after, which featured me experimenting with my review structure and then abandoning the concept altogether shortly afterwards. Not one of my greater moments.

July:

The month started off on a rather dour note for me personally, the details of which I'll divulge only when I'm far more comfortable doing so. However, I did manage to squeeze out a Content Rundown of Wolfenstein: The New Order, which received high praise from me because of the experience.

I've yet to actually play the frigging game, but I still like it immensely, haha. Shortly afterwards, I did a decent review of Half-Life 2, although it took some effort to actually play the game due to Kyle's Anxiety Syndrome, a rather annoying condition which the author suffered from at several points, mostly affecting his ability to actually make decent blog posts. 

I finalised my Content Rundown of The Wolf Among Us and decided to make a hard decision: To change my review schedule from once a week to once every two weeks, in order to help myself recover from anxiety.

August:

Hilariously enough, it didn't really help, as I only managed to post a single review...A ReMix Review, nonetheless. One of Batman Arkham City, which had been promised by me long beforehand and finally posted in August, a month of intense stress for us as we prepared to move from our home into a new one.

September:

After moving, I finished up a review of The Walking Dead Season 2. I noticed that my enthusiasm for reviewing increased as I reviewed something which I genuinely enjoyed playing.

I also did a Content Rundown of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines based on a request by blog reader InfamousPotato. The only thing I have to add is this: Feel free to request again, bro. ;)

October:

Lacking funds, I decided instead to do a Content Rundown of The Sims 4 instead of a full review. The Sims is a series I enjoy as a whole, and as such, doing a Content Rundown for it was far from a chore or a bore.

I initiated a Content Rundown of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, but my returning anxiety hindered me, especially after my friends lost some of their own friends to sickness. Three friends of friends died in the span of a very intense week, the last death of which was a rather hard knock for me as I had been praying (at the request of my friend) for the guy in question.

November:

I discovered very quickly that Japanese games are incredibly difficult to review, mostly due to the fact that they're needlessly hard to describe in terms of content. It didn't help that The Evil Within lacked a compelling story, so there was no real drive for me to finish the review beyond my stubborn commitment to reviewing.

COD: Advanced Warfare was also released shortly thereafter and I did my obligatory annual review of it, and wouldn't you know it? It wasn't completely unbearable.

Assassin's Creed Unity capped off the month, the story of which was interesting enough for me to actually want to review it, and as such, the quality improved. 

December:

And last but not least, we get this little month of wonders, where I was finally able to open up about my anxiety and take small but highly effective steps to dealing with it.

While I only did two games from Telltale Games this month, this is was done primarily as a means to recuperate and plan for the next year. Matter of fact, I'll have to work out a review plan for the entire year and see where I can fit what in.

Lastly, before I end off this rather scatterbrain post of mine, I would like to thank all of my loyal readers for supporting me even in this incredibly tough year. I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you guys stuck with me in the midst of a horrible year and helped me through it.

I'm genuinely touched by every single one of you's undying support, and pray that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will bless you richly for all you've done for me and the blog by extension. :)

I can't promise things will get better next year, but let's just say that this little blog has made it this far, and you can rest assured that it will survive for many more years. Unless I don't, then this blog's pretty much kaputt.

But anyway! Thanks for reading this post. Enjoy the end of the year. Many blessings to you, and have a wonderful 2015!

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