Here we go again. For the ninth year in a row (since 2006!), I’ve counted up how many video games I either started or finished in the past 12 months. Let’s see how I did.

As always, some notes:

  • I only list games I played on my own, outside of any shows like E3 where I may have tried a new game on a demo kiosk. All of the games you listed are games I either bought or was provided access to. I played most of them at home or during my commute.
  • I don’t play old games very often, but even if I do on rare occasion return to an old game, I only list games that I either started or finally finished in a given year.
  • People justifiably get hung up on what I mean when I write that I “finished” a game. I basically mean that I got to the credits or storyline conclusion of a game. That’s why I’ll count Diablo III as “finished” even though I only cleared Act V with one character on a non-Torment difficulty and only have one level-70 hero. There is a lot more that I can and will get out of playing that game. I considered dropping the “finished” part of this list this year, since I think it’s interesting enough to tally which games I started playing. Doing so would keep me from listing older games that I finally finished in 2014, and I thought that was still worth noting. Maybe I’ll change things next year.
  • I played no games on Facebook or Ouya in the last year, so I’ve eliminated those categories. I did play a GameBoy game on my 3DS, so I’ve added that one. I played very few games on my MacBook Air—none that I didn’t also play on my PC—so I’ve eliminated that listing, too.
  • I’m including standalone DLC as games this year. I’m not trying to pad the count. It just feels like something like Burial At Sea or Freedom Cry can be seen as its own thing.
  • I’ve included Early Access games, some of which I’ve put quite a few hours into. After all, it isn’t just the idea of a player finishing a game that is a murkier concept these days; so is the idea of when a developer is finished making a game. Some supposedly unfinished games that I played this year (Crypt of the NecroDancer!) gave me plenty to play.
  • I’m surprised to see how many games I played on PS4, especially because I’ve been using my Xbox One more regularly this fall. The PS4 had the early-year advantage.

On with the list!

My 2014 Games Played/Finished List

(Games I started listed below. Finished games are bolded. Games not from 2014 are noted as such)

3DS

(16 games played; 6 finished)

  1. Bravely Default
  2. Fantasy Life
  3. Fire Emblem Awakening (2013) - FINISHED
  4. Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  5. Luigi’s Dark Moon (2013) - FINISHED
  6. Mario & Luigi Dream Team
  7. Paper Mario Sticker Star
  8. Picross e4
  9. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy - FINISHED
  10. Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball - FINISHED
  11. The Starship Damrey (2013) - FINISHED
  12. Steel Diver: Sub Wars
  13. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
  14. Tomodachi Life
  15. Weapon Shop de Omasse
  16. Yoshi’s New Island - FINISHED

DS

(2 games played; 1 finished)

  1. Professor Layton and the Last Specter (2009) - FINISHED
  2. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

GameBoy

(1 game played; 0 finished)

  1. Metroid II

iOS

(33 games played; 1 finished)

  1. A Dark Room
  2. Adventure Quest Dragons
  3. Alternative Function IV
  4. Angry Birds Epic
  5. Boom Beach
  6. Circle Stop
  7. Civilization Revolution 2
  8. Clash of Clans
  9. Craft the World
  10. Crossy Road
  11. Farmville 2
  12. Flappy Bird
  13. Framed
  14. Hearthstone
  15. Helix
  16. Hitman Go
  17. Hoplite
  18. Incredipede
  19. Kingdom Rush Origins
  20. Kiwanuka
  21. Monument Valley
  22. NarcoGuerra
  23. Pako
  24. SimCity Buildit
  25. Subete al SITP
  26. Sunburn!
  27. Swing Copters
  28. Summetrain
  29. Tengami
  30. Threes
  31. Tilt To Live 2
  32. Trials Frontier
  33. Year Walk (2013) - FINISHED

PC

(25 games played; 2 finished)

  1. BioShock Infinite Burial At Sea Parts 1 and 2 - FINISHED
  2. Broken Age
  3. Civilization: Beyond Earth
  4. Cookie Clicker
  5. Crypt of the NecroDancer
  6. Dungeon Of the Endless
  7. Endless Legend
  8. Far Cry 3 (2012) - FINISHED
  9. Habitat
  10. Hack ‘n’ Slash
  11. Infinity Runner
  12. Invisible Inc
  13. Jazzpunk
  14. LA Cops
  15. The Nightmare Cooperative (also played on iOS)
  16. Nom Nom Galaxy
  17. Nuclear Throne
  18. Road Not Taken (also played on PS4)
  19. Serena
  20. Spacebase DF-9
  21. Sunless Sea
  22. The Talos Principle
  23. Ultimate General: Gettysburg
  24. This War of Mine
  25. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

PS3

(4 games played; 4 finished)

  1. Assassin’s Creed Liberation - FINISHED
  2. Assassin’s Creed Rogue - FINISHED
  3. The Last of Us: Left Behind - FINISHED
  4. Puppeteer (2013) - FINISHED

PS4

(24 games played; 8 finished)

  1. Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry - FINISHED
  2. Child of Light
  3. Destiny
  4. Diablo III Reaper of Souls - FINISHED
  5. Far Cry 4
  6. Infamous Second Son - FINISHED
  7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes - FINISHED
  8. Lego The Hobbit - FINISHED
  9. Mercenary Kings
  10. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor - FINISHED
  11. OlliOlli
  12. P.T.
  13. PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
  14. Rollers of the Realm
  15. Secret Ponchos
  16. Strider
  17. The Tomorrow Children (Alpha)
  18. The Lego Movie Video Game - FINISHED
  19. Transistor
  20. Valiant Hearts: The Great War - FINISHED
  21. Velocity 2X
  22. Watch Dogs
  23. Wolfenstein: The New Order
  24. WWE 2K15

Vita

(3 games played; 0 finished)

  1. Luftrausers
  2. Metrico
  3. Dangaronpa

Wii U

(9 games played; 3 finished)

  1. Bayonetta 2
  2. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - FINISHED
  3. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - FINISHED
  4. Dr. Luigi
  5. Hyrule Warriors - FINISHED
  6. Mario Kart 8
  7. Pushmo World
  8. Shovel Knight
  9. Super Smash Bros.

Xbox 360

(1 games played; 0 finished)

  1. Dark Souls II

Xbox One

(11 games played; 1 finished)

  1. Alien Isolation
  2. Assassin’s Creed Unity - FINISHED
  3. Dragon Age Inquisition
  4. Forza Horizon 2
  5. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
  6. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  7. Kinect Sports Rivals
  8. Nutjitsu
  9. Sunset Overdrive
  10. Super Time Force
  11. Titanfall

The final 2014 tally is: 129 games played; 26 finished

That compares to:

2013...117 played; 31 finished

2012...139 played; 23 finished

2011...161 played; 28 finished

2010... 195 played; 52 finished

2009... 165 played; 48 finished

2008… 135 played; 37 finished

2007… 118 played; 35 finished

2006… 102 played; 21 finished