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    RPS Advent Calendar 2014 Guessing Game

    EDIT: Entries are now closed. Fumarole has made a wonderful spreadsheet tracking our standings, which you can find here.

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    Building on last year's tradition, it's time to place your non-monetary bets on which 24 games will comprise the hivemind's advent calendar! I realize we've still got a month to go, so feel free to write your lists later, or edit them until December (I know I'll be editing mine!). But posting this now to see if we can get higher participation than last year's measly four guesses.

    Here are the rules:

    • List the 24 games you think will appear on the Advent Calendar. Most correct guesses wins!
    • Order doesn't matter, except for day 24 (the GOTY). This will be the tiebreaker.
    • You can edit your post to change your picks any time during November. Afterwards, it's locked down.


    As for what games are eligible, I'll leave that to Jim himself:

    Quote Originally Posted by Rossignol View Post
    Well basically any game that we've said "this is the year of this game". So if a game came out last year, but we didn't get excited about it until this year, then it's eligible. We're nothing if not consistently inconsistent in our logic.
    This year, I'll incentivize things by giving the winner the highest-listed game from their steam or GOG wishlist (their choice) that costs $20/pounds or less (steam sale prices). And if I win my own competition again...well, I don't have to spend the money, I guess.
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    I never saw this last year, looks fun.

    I have a few psycho-societal thoughts on why this Advent will be starkly different than last years. RPS and games writing in general has had HELLADRAMA and the advent is as good a place as any to draw up an identity. I think you'll see more indie fringe games and SJW flavoured games in the listings just to help affirm a lack of tolerance for intolerance.

    Here is page 258 of RPS which is currently around the end of 2013 http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/page/258/

    Good hunting.
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    It's difficult to tell with so many games still coming out.

    1. Hexcells Infinite
    2. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
    3. Door Kickers
    4. Unrest
    5. The Walking Dead Part Deux
    6. Banished
    7. One Finger Death Punch
    8. Wolfenstein
    9. Endless Dungeon
    10. Civilization: Beyond Earth
    11. Path of Exile
    12. South Park: The Stick of Truth
    13. Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall
    14. Wasteland 2
    15. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
    16. The Wolf Among Us
    17. Transistor
    18. Dark Souls 2
    19. Endless Legend
    20. Alien: Isolation
    21. Legend of Grimrock 2
    22. Divinity: Original Sin
    23. Dreamfall: Chapters
    24. Shadow of Mordor

    Wild card: Dragon Age Inquisition.

    This list was created utilizing superior guessing algorithms.
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    to wound the autumnal city.

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    I'd like to participate, but I was wondering if someone had a list of games from 2014 we can look at. Not every game ever under the sun, like Steam, just a list of, I don't know, 150-200 relevant games that came out in 2014? (yes, I know it's not limited to 2014 strictly, but most games will have been released in 2014 nonetheless)

    @Anthile: No football manager? They talked about it a lot this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelodyMeows View Post
    I'd like to participate, but I was wondering if someone had a list of games from 2014 we can look at. Not every game ever under the sun, like Steam, just a list of, I don't know, 150-200 relevant games that came out in 2014? (yes, I know it's not limited to 2014 strictly, but most games will have been released in 2014 nonetheless)
    Something like this?

    Edit: I realise that list doesn't filter for PC releases, but I guess it's something to start from.

    Will add my own predictions lateron. Great idea, even greater idea to provide a price!

    Edit: Nevermind, I'll skip this year's prediction, as I've got no interest in guessing best-in-category titles.
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    So far I have:


    1. Shovel Knight
    2. Qvadriga
    3. Xenonauts
    4. Transistor
    5. Hack’n’Slash
    6. South Park: The Stick of Truth
    7. Tales of Maj’Eyal (Steam release)
    8. The Banner Saga
    9. The Wolf Among Us
    10. Dark Souls 2
    11. Dungeon of the Endless
    12. Blackwell: Epiphany
    13. Door Kickers
    14. Alien: Isolation
    15. Crypt of the NecroDancer
    16. Divinity: Original Sin
    17. Wolfenstein: The New Order
    18. Luftrausers
    19. Spy Party
    20. The Evil Within
    21. Nidhogg
    22. Shadow of Mordor
    23. Hearthstone
    24. Legend of Grimrock 2


    Upcoming and possibly relevant: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Assassin’s Creed: Unity; Far Cry 4

    I'm probably missing a lot of smaller releases because I haven't dug through the archives of RPS yet, but it feels like a year where we got a few surprisingly good AAA releases, but fewer nice surprises in the form of small indies. This could just be me - I haven't bought / played as many new games this year as last. Would be interested in other people's thoughts on this.

    Cheers for giving me a pleasant time-waster!
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    It seems I haven't played very many major games released this year. Of those I have, I'm going to guess that Age of Wonders III and Divinity Original Sin will be on the list, Warlock 2 might just sneak on, and Xenonauts and Banished won't be there.
    Irrelevant on further examination of the rest of the thread.

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    I haven't even played 24 different games this year. :(
    Bad practices often become a trend if not dealt with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanMan View Post
    I haven't even played 24 different games this year. :(
    Neither this nor even a game released in 2014.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somini View Post
    Neither this nor even a game released in 2014.
    Nor me :/

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    Edit: ooh, MIND: Path to Thalamus came out in August and got that in a bundle. It's very pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliocentric View Post
    I think you'll see more indie fringe games and SJW flavoured games in the listings just to help affirm a lack of tolerance for intolerance.
    Selecting games based on perceived social issues rather than on their actual quality is really going to help restore the goodwill lost over the last few months.

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    I didn't say it was a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliocentric View Post
    I didn't say it was a good idea.
    Combing the writers twitter contacts to determine the most likely winner isn't exactly what I had in mind for this thread. If it's all the same to you, I'm just going to make a list of who I think should get mentioned.

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    1. Dark Souls 2

    I don't know the rest.

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    Ok, for the ease of others, I have compiled an (incomplete) list of possible games, based on my research and the lists that have already been made.
    Use at your own risk.
    I'll update with further suggestions if needed, but 99% of the games in the Advent Calendar should be in this list. It includes as yet unreleased games.

    In alphabetical order

    1. Age of Wonders 3
    2. Alien: Isolation
    3. Always Sometimes Monsters
    4. Among the Sleep
    5. Assassin’s Creed Unity
    6. Banished
    7. Betrayer
    8. Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
    9. Blackwell Epiphany
    10. Borderlands: TPS
    11. Broken Age
    12. Child of Light
    13. Civilization: BE
    14. Consortium
    15. Crypt of the Necrodancer
    16. Dark Souls 2
    17. Defense Grid 2
    18. Divinity: OS
    19. Door Kickers
    20. Dragon Age: Inquisition
    21. Dreamfall Chapters
    22. Dungeon of the Endless
    23. Eldritch
    24. EndlessLegend
    25. Far Cry 4
    26. Football Manager 2014
    27. Fract OSC
    28. Goat Simulator (Please, don't. RPS. Please. Don't.)
    29. Hack’n’Slash
    30. Hatoful Boyfriend
    31. Hearthstone
    32. Hexcells Infinite
    33. IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
    34. Jazzpunk
    35. Legend of Grimrock 2
    36. Luftrausers
    37. Luxuria Superbia
    38. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
    39. Mountain
    40. Never Alone
    41. Nidhogg
    42. Octodad: DC
    43. One Finger Death Punch
    44. Path of Exile
    45. Planetary Annihilation
    46. Qvadriga
    47. Risen 3
    48. Roundabout
    49. Rymdkapsel
    50. Serena
    51. Shadow of mordor
    52. Shadowrun: Dragonfall
    53. Shovel Knights
    54. Sir, You Are Being Hunted (Possible non-inclusion due to Jim's involvement)
    55. South Park: TSOT
    56. Spintires
    57. Spy Party
    58. Sunless Sea
    59. The Banner Saga
    60. The Crew (2nd December, may not make it)
    61. The Evil Within
    62. The Forest
    63. The Talos Principle
    64. The Walking Dead Season 2
    65. The Wolf Among Us
    66. Thief 4
    67. This War of Mine
    68. Titanfall
    69. Transistor
    70. Ultimate General: Gettysburg
    71. Unrest
    72. Valiant Hearts
    73. Valkyria Chronicles
    74. Vanishing of Ethan Carter
    75. Wasteland 2
    76. Wolfenstein: TNO
    77. Xenonauts
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    Neat, thanks for that, Melody!
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    Quote Originally Posted by somini View Post
    Neither this nor even a game released in 2014.
    Let alone good ones.

    Here's another list of 545 games: http://www.mobygames.com/browse/game...ws/list-games/
    Lot's of re-releases and different editions though.
    Bad practices often become a trend if not dealt with.

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    these things are getting harder with early access, post release content, episodic releases and these fancy new gamma builds, but here goes

    1 vanishing of ethan carter
    2 crypt of the necro dancer
    3 BOI:rebirth
    4 divinity: original sin
    5 hearthstone
    6 Valkyria Chronicles
    7 grimrock 2
    8 dragon age: inquisition
    9 spintires
    10 dungeon of the endless
    11 this war of mine
    12 dark souls 2
    13 luftrausers
    14 nuclear throne
    15 ziggurat
    16 banner saga
    17 hexcells:infinite
    18 shadow of mordor
    19 the wolf among us
    20 sunless sea
    21 planetary annihilation
    22 Age of wonders 3
    23 Endless legend
    24 elite:dangerous
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    I'm obviously going to change this over the course of the month (particularly since there are some heavy hitters coming out through the end of the month), but right now I'll go with:

    1. Banner Saga
    2. Titanfall
    3. Valkyria Chronicles
    4. Transistor
    5. Nidhogg
    6. Alien: Isolation
    7. Wasteland 2
    8. Luftrausers
    9. Dragon Age: Inquisition
    10. Risen 3
    11. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
    12. Shovel Knight
    13. Mountain
    14. Divinity: Original Sin
    15. Hatoful Boyfriend
    16. Far Cry 4
    17. Banished
    18. Hexcells Infinite
    19. Dark Souls II
    20. Legend of Grimrock 2
    21. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
    22. Endless Legend
    23. Wolfenstein: The New Order
    24. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
    Last edited by Track; 16-11-2014 at 02:42 AM.

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    You guys left out Spintires! Adam and Tim liked it. And I guess Sir, You Are Being Hunted might show up? Or won't they include it because of the reasons? And maybe Betrayer?

    I'm not gonna make a list because I'd just end up copying most of the lists that have already been made.

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