Went through and handily beat FF II for the first time. I'd always heard how terrible it was, but it's just...different. Well worth the play through. Had some interesting dynamics and I don't regret it one bit.
Now I need to figure out whether I want to get on with platinuming FF LR or beat Trails in the Sky, or Radiant Historia.
2014 completion list:
1. Final Fantasy XIII-2
2. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
3. Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
4. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
5. Final Fantasy II
So I'll weigh in a bit more on how I felt about the games I beat this year.
FFXIII-2 - To be honest, I bought it on release day, and never played it until about a month before Lightning Returns came out. I felt it fixed a lot of the issues with XIII (but I am in the minority camp that actually likes
XIII). The characters grew on me, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ending. The fights were a blast, and it the game was pretty straight forward.
LR FFXII - I'll come out and say it, I love this game and what it did. I totally dig Lightning's character, and while I get the complaints about the "time limit", I thought that if you felt there wasn't enough time, then the game design had its intended effect. I had an absolute blast with the combat system, and while I felt customization was there for customization sake, you more or less relied on only a handful of schemata. Overall, I felt it was an appropriate cap on the XIII trilogy and tied mostly everything up quite nicely.
Dead Nation: Apocalypse edition - Played couch co-op with my brother and it was a nice little way to pass the time. Played on the hard setting, and genuinely had fun as it was a challenge. My only grip is that it has trophy glitches if you aren't going to play it all in one sitting. I missed out on a number of trophies that way for sure.
Diablo 3 ROS - Felt like what Diablo 3 should have been. It is what it is.
Final Fantasy II - Played the PSP edition. I've never really given this game a real shot, but after catching a few minutes on twitch, it had its hooks into me. Blasted through this game, and had a genuine good time with it. A lot of the things it did, or tried to do don't seem to far out of place with modern game design, and the PSP version cleaned up a lot of the issues the original NES version had (or so I'm told). Great game, and it definitely took me by surprise.