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FFD: What did you play this holiday?

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FFD summer vacation

I love summer vacations. They’re the perfect excuse to take afternoon naps, play all the games, eat all the things and catch up on series that you might have missed out on during the year. Here at the Lazygamer Emporium, we were granted a couple weeks of freedom by our overlords, time spent healing wounds and playing games.

Darryn apparently spent the entire holiday playing Far Cry 4. I’d tell you what Geoff played, but he’s still totally lazy and continuing his holiday in Thedas. Gavin moved house instead of playing games and Sandy jammed Dragon Age: Inquisition, Uncharted 2 and Elite Dangerous.

I played a whole bunch of Dragon Age: Inquisition. In fact, I did a completionist play through, finishing every side quest and killing all the things with my 101-hour play through. I also grabbed a bunch of new achievements for Civilization: Beyond Earth and tried to finish off The Walking Dead: Season 2 only to discover that my saves and entire game were corrupted. Oh, and I gave King’s Bounty and Divinity: Original Sin a whirl. I also caught up on series by binging on Orange is the New Black and finally starting to watch Doctor Who.

What did you play during the holidays? Did you spend the whole time hacking through your backlog, or did you focus on the new and fantastic titles released at the end of 2014? Was it a holiday filled with gaming, or did you spend most of your time sleeping and watching TV with family?

Last Updated: January 9, 2015

106 Comments

  1. Mandom (Umar)

    January 9, 2015 at 10:32

    Wanted to play so many games this holiday, ended up completing Xenoblade instead which took up my ENTIRE holiday, but it was really fun though, I’d go as far as to call it the best JRPG of the last generation.

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  2. Jaded_Reprobate

    January 9, 2015 at 10:32

    Have you met Amy Pond yet Zoe?

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  3. Jaded_Reprobate

    January 9, 2015 at 10:36

    between Doctor Who and GTA 5… nothing else existed

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  4. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 9, 2015 at 10:37

    I played & finished Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 1 & 2 & Thief. All good.

    And a bit of Warframe every day too.

    Now I’m trying to decide what to start next. Either Child of Light or Arkham Oranges.

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    • Mandom (Umar)

      January 9, 2015 at 10:38

      CoL

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    • Rock789

      January 9, 2015 at 10:40

      I hear Arkham Oranges goes nicely on toast… So perhaps try it out with that new game “I am Bread”. 😉 🙂

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  5. Quo Vadis?

    January 9, 2015 at 10:38

    GTA V, Borderlands Pre-Sequel, God of War Essentials, Far Cry 2, The Last of Us and Fallout: New Vegas. Fallout, I didn’t like. Played half an hour, and that was me done with it.

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  6. Rock789

    January 9, 2015 at 10:38

    Had such good intentions going into the holidays of catching up on my gaming backlog or perhaps re-experiencing old games I’ve been wanting to replay recently, like the ME trilogy, Fallout 3, Oblivion and Red Dead Redemption.

    Eventually settled on… Nothing! Literally no gaming whatsoever coz I didn’t take any consoles with when I went to visit family. Instead spent my time going on walks / hikes, catching up on some series and watching Christmas and New Year Cricket / Football (the soccer kind, not the American kind).

    Disappointed I didn’t get to game, but honestly I really enjoyed my holiday – it was the break I needed.

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    • Mandom (Umar)

      January 9, 2015 at 10:40

      YOU DIDN’T PLAY GAMES?…..Feel the wrath of a thousand judgmental gamer stares!!

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      • Rock789

        January 9, 2015 at 11:13

        I know!! **so ashamed**

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 9, 2015 at 10:41

      That sounds awful. I’m glad you’re okay bro!

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      • Rock789

        January 9, 2015 at 11:15

        I know bud… I’m actually seeing a therapist to try help me get over this mentally…

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        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 9, 2015 at 11:19

          Dr Walker or Smirnoff? 😀

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          • Rock789

            January 9, 2015 at 12:40

            Both? 😉

    • Brady miaau

      January 9, 2015 at 10:46

      Good on yer.

      The problem I have is that everyone wants to go sleep at 22:00 and I do not. I also read a lot.

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      • Rock789

        January 9, 2015 at 11:15

        Yeah – same here. I finally finished a book in December that I had started back in August… Just too few hours in the day to get everything done.

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        • Brady miaau

          January 9, 2015 at 11:19

          I started and finished five books, I just love to read on holiday (and I read very quickly, lots of practise growing up). Much more difficult with a baby now, only read at night but that is ok too.

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          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 9, 2015 at 11:24

            I’m trying to read a little bit every night again. This work thing really cuts into my leisure time.

          • Brady miaau

            January 9, 2015 at 13:24

            It does. And it gets worse.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 9, 2015 at 13:54

            You’re not helping… which proves your point about it getting worse I suppose 😉

          • Brady miaau

            January 9, 2015 at 14:08

            I have some of the trappings of “success” and it takes some time to maintain and look after, which I never had before. So just at home, there is more to do. By this I mean baby girl (baby proof, fix stuff for her, get stuff), average size house, swimming pool, garden, pets, church and et al

            I had only cats when I was in my twenties to look after. I sometimes miss that feeling of freedom.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 9, 2015 at 14:47

            I know about the house thing already, and I don’t even own one. I’ve always tried to keep things as low maintenance as possible, otherwise you just end up being beholden to said things. (Obviously that doesn’t really apply to family in the same sense.)

          • Brady miaau

            January 9, 2015 at 15:04

            Yip. Rip out carpets helped a lot. Make no mistake, I bring in people to work on the house, like painting or fencing and stuff.

      • CAE9872

        January 9, 2015 at 12:26

        What is this read you speak of?

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    • Dutch Matrix

      January 9, 2015 at 11:11

      Y’know? Going without games for a week or so is never a bad idea. I’ve spent some time catching up on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and in all honesty, that was way more fun/interesting than trudging around in and around New Vegas.

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  7. Brady miaau

    January 9, 2015 at 10:44

    While on Holiday, Cape Town and Langebaan, (and the hospital – not me, child, of course) I played Dawn of War 1, all expansions. Man, I love the space marines and I love being able to replenish squads in the field and choose different arms for them.

    Dawn of War 2 not fun. 3 or 4 missions in first game completed.

    Back home I played and am still playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. Nearing the end.

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 9, 2015 at 10:47

      I also preferred DoW1 to 2. Didn’t really enjoy the emphasis on hero units.

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      • Brady miaau

        January 9, 2015 at 10:54

        But no base, slow moving, and the controls? It forgets control groups, so it forgets that 2 is sniper dude and so forth. Damn annoying.

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        • Lardus-Resident Perve

          January 9, 2015 at 10:58

          I liked 2, but also prefer Nr 1. Before the whole THQ crash, the last mention was DoW 3 would combine concepts from 1 and 2, and be on a much larger scale. Not upgrading my PC until it completely breaks or DoW 3 is out!

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          • Brady miaau

            January 9, 2015 at 11:10

            Totally with you there. I am also quite disappointed about the THQ crash. The games, the mythos, the whole package (number 1) just works together.

  8. Raptor Rants A Lot

    January 9, 2015 at 10:48

    I got a DS for myself second hand. But I still have to get games for it. Other than that I was actually away from my PC

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    • CAE9872

      January 9, 2015 at 12:25

      So you played “Look at DS” – apparently a GREAT game that. OK I will leave now.

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 9, 2015 at 13:18

        lol no. Just had a holiday for a change 🙂

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  9. Matthew Holliday

    January 9, 2015 at 10:51

    farcry 4, dota2, CoD AW, dungeon defenders 2 & replayed borderlands 1

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  10. Hammersteyn

    January 9, 2015 at 10:53

    DESTINY oh and Black Flag.

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    • Rock789

      January 9, 2015 at 11:05

      You enjoying Black Flag? I honestly really enjoyed that game – best AC game since ACII.

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 9, 2015 at 11:31

        Loving it. I had to use the exploit to down the legendary ships but it was really frustrating. That was the only part I didn’t really like.

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        • CAE9872

          January 9, 2015 at 12:25

          What exploit is that? Tell more as I have yet to down all of them – curse them!

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 9, 2015 at 12:39

            Youtube legendary ship glitch. Basically you let go of the steering wheel just before the cinematic of the legendary ship approaching. Then you run to the front of your ship and wait till the ship is close enough for you to jump on. Kill all the crew and go back to your ship. The ships health should be empty. It takes a couple of tries for some ships.

            I never do this but it was a hot December afternoon and I was irritated and found a few videos after searching Youtube on how to beat these ships. Even with my ship fully upgraded I could not sink them. yes it is possible by my patience ran out that day.

        • Rock789

          January 9, 2015 at 12:41

          I agree with CAE – share the love! 2 of those buggers still live in my game and I must defeat them!

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 9, 2015 at 12:46

            done and done

        • Sageville

          January 9, 2015 at 14:07

          Nice, I was so sad when my last Legendary ship died… it was the end of Black Flag… so sad.

          But definitely the best AC I’ve played.

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 9, 2015 at 14:21

            Everything ends, except Destiny 😛

  11. Jonah Cash

    January 9, 2015 at 10:53

    Your mother…… sorry I couldn’t resist!!! Hahahaha
    I played The Wolf Among Us, Destiny, Fifa, Far Cry 4, Sherlock Holmes, Trine 1 and Injustice…. And started First Light last night and plan to get to The Swapper later in the weekend!!

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    • Rock789

      January 9, 2015 at 11:05

      The Swapper is really cool… I started it 2 nights ago and it’s really interesting – the puzzles are cool. Plus I’m intrigued by the story – you’re sorta thrown into the game without any knowledge of what / why… But you find logs that help piece it all together. Really cool game – I’m enjoying it.

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      • Jonah Cash

        January 9, 2015 at 11:33

        That is what I hoped!! Liked the look of it also, so very happy that PS+ gave it to me for the low price of a one year sub!!

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  12. Lardus-Resident Perve

    January 9, 2015 at 10:54

    PC:
    XCom Enemy Within with the Long War Mod – that Mod is AMAZING SOUCE!
    Shogun Total War 2

    Console:
    AC Black Flag
    Mass Effect 2, starting ME3 tonight.

    Series: caught up on NCIS Los Angeles

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    • Lardus-Resident Perve

      January 9, 2015 at 10:59

      Of course I ACTUALLY wanted to build my Warhammer 40K army and watch some cricket…but damnit when people do not maintain the roof and it leaks and messes with my plans…was actually depressing spending so much time on the games and series rather than resting 🙁

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      • Matthew Holliday

        January 9, 2015 at 11:09

        Ive been itching to buy a few space marines and get painting, but im so out of practise, I’ll have spent R1000 befor i get back to being good :<

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 9, 2015 at 11:11

        I have one little painted Warhammer ork heh.

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      • Norm (@e3zype3zy)

        January 13, 2015 at 15:07

        Thinking of starting a WH40K army (finally).

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        • Lardus-Resident Perve

          January 13, 2015 at 15:11

          What army you looking at? Some these days work best as an ally rather than a main force…like the Grey Knights I spent around 16K on before their codex changes 🙁

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          • Norm (@e3zype3zy)

            January 13, 2015 at 15:19

            Tau (1st prize) or Chaos Space Marines.

          • Lardus-Resident Perve

            January 13, 2015 at 15:26

            Tau would be good if you like shooting more than close combat. They are really good at it! Chaos has some nice cheese as well. Damn deep striking Hellbrutes grrrr

          • Norm (@e3zype3zy)

            January 14, 2015 at 10:42

            I love the look of the Tau, look fun to paint. Plus I love a more ranged attack style.

          • Lardus-Resident Perve

            January 14, 2015 at 10:56

            Damn, more Riptides and Broadsides I can’t deal with 😛

          • Norm (@e3zype3zy)

            January 13, 2015 at 15:20

            16K? Epic ouchies.

  13. Aries

    January 9, 2015 at 10:54

    Ass Ass Sins Creed 4, some Destiny, some Diablo3, lots of Fifa 15 and lots of BF4

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    • Mandom (Umar)

      January 9, 2015 at 10:56

      Ass Sins!?????? Oh lala, you like sharing your dirty laundry don’t you

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      • Aries

        January 9, 2015 at 10:57

        haha, Watched that Honest Game Trailers on it and was laughing way too much not to use it some time

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        • Mandom (Umar)

          January 9, 2015 at 10:58

          Gonna check it later! Ass Sins is my jam

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  14. ReaperOfSquirrels

    January 9, 2015 at 10:58

    Played South Park, Brothers a Tale of Two Sons, Don Bradman 14, Metro 2033, Goodbye Deponia, Mount & Blade: Warband, Diablo 3 and Broforce. Only finished 1 of those games though… was a very ADHD “holiday”.

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    • CrasH

      January 9, 2015 at 14:20

      Nice to see the steam sales was useful to someone….

      And on another note…. Deponia… that ending…. just did not feel right

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      • ReaperOfSquirrels

        January 9, 2015 at 14:38

        Lol, I only bought Mount & Blade on the Xmas special.

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  15. Spathi

    January 9, 2015 at 11:04

    Mainly Wasteland 2 – Loving every second of it!

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    • Brady miaau

      January 9, 2015 at 11:21

      Hmm, never tried but want to someday. but I too now have a backlog of games to finish.

      AND I just bought Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox One (special price)

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    • Ceyber, The Metal Rabbit

      January 9, 2015 at 13:47

      Great game. Finished it once but refuse to delete regardless of HDD space, still need a second playthrough to find out how that other story arc unfolds 🙂

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  16. Ghost In The Rift

    January 9, 2015 at 11:04

    DA:I and Metal Gear Solid:GZ was my games i enjoyd very much the holidays,but it seems DA:I is only getting started on my play-trough and ive been playing for 3 weeks:/

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  17. Ottokie

    January 9, 2015 at 11:05

    Played waaay to much Arma 3

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  18. Guild

    January 9, 2015 at 11:08

    Managed to finish Shadow of Mordor and start D3 with the little time I had. Otherwise the rest of spent running around with the in-laws. Actually feel like I didn’t get a holiday since I was so busy.

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    • Ceyber, The Metal Rabbit

      January 9, 2015 at 13:44

      D3?

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      • Guild

        January 9, 2015 at 13:50

        Diablo 3, started a Monk think I’m about lvl 21 and still first Act but ya I’ll get into it when I get time

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        • Ceyber, The Metal Rabbit

          January 9, 2015 at 13:56

          Realized too late what you meant, apparently I can type faster than I can think.

          Monk is helluva fun so enjoy… when you can/are allowed to play 😉

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          • Guild

            January 9, 2015 at 14:06

            Shot, I’m hoping things will go back to normal a bit and I can get down to some game time again. So far the game has been awesome

  19. Anon A Mouse

    January 9, 2015 at 11:17

    Mmmm let’s see. I planned a golfing holiday, booking all the courses on the garden route to play every second day. Ended up playing two rounds a Pinnacle. The rest of the time lying in bed with a sinus, throat and lung infection thanks to my brothers oldest [explicit deleted]. Came back to work still not 100%.

    That was it, spend my time off high on drugs and sleeping.

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  20. Lynley

    January 9, 2015 at 11:24

    Had so much on my list but only played the following:
    Banner Saga, Halo MCC and AC:Unity (trying completionist, currently at 55% or so)

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  21. hubble19

    January 9, 2015 at 11:26

    Played XCOM and Banished….now back at work and so bored that I’m playing Pot Farm on Facebook. Yes, it is possible to be that bored.

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  22. Malachaai

    January 9, 2015 at 11:35

    I was lucky to have a friend from Canada who I met playing Mass effect 3 a few years ago come to visit 🙂 Was the first time we’d met in the flesh, and he spent a couple of awesome weeks here. When I wasn’t playing tour guide to the Mother City, we played some Uncharted 3, Warframe and Titanfall. And after he left, I spent the remaining 2 weeks of my vacation playing Dragon Age: Inquisiton, Shadow of Mordor, and watching The 100 with my hubby and son. In between braaing and going to the beach. Of course. Best Christmas holiday ever!

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 9, 2015 at 11:41

      I think you win.

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      • CAE9872

        January 9, 2015 at 12:23

        Only because he mentioned Warframe!

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        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 9, 2015 at 12:34

          If that were the case I would have won because I mentioned it first ;P

          Didn’t hurt though lol

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        • Brady miaau

          January 9, 2015 at 13:23

          he?

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        • Dan

          January 9, 2015 at 15:18

          my sister-in-law makes $63 an hour on the laptop . She has been unemployed for 9 months but last month her check was $13796 just working on the laptop for a few hours. visit;.Eventually settled on

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      • Lance

        January 10, 2015 at 04:37

        my .alf-sister makes $79 an hour on the internet . She has been unemployed for five months but last month her income was $21378 just working on the internet for a few hours. read the article;.Only

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      • Carl

        January 11, 2015 at 10:47

        my .other makes $67 every hour on the laptop . She has been out of a job for 9 months but last month her payment was $19877 just working on the laptop for a few hours. read the full info here;.Only because

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  23. JacoZAB

    January 9, 2015 at 11:35

    Dragon Age, GTA5 for PS4, Legend of Zelda: Windwaker HD, Pokémon X,Alpha Sapphire and Far Cry 4. Was a busy holiday. LOL!

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  24. Ryanza

    January 9, 2015 at 11:43

    Is this a good time for a DRM message? Like no internet plug on holiday.

    Don’t support DRM.

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  25. caponeil

    January 9, 2015 at 11:56

    Nothing – This holiday it was wife and kid time! The first year in about 12 years where I did not buy a single game.

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  26. ToshZA

    January 9, 2015 at 12:13

    I played Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and AC4: Black Flag. Both amazing games. Still playing both because most of the holiday was spent with family. 😀

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  27. Weanerdog

    January 9, 2015 at 12:27

    Did not actually play a damn thing. Well not true, Tried to teach my son some board games. Helped him through some tower defense game level he was struggling on. Other than that, got outside a bunch and watched some movies.

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  28. CAE9872

    January 9, 2015 at 12:28

    Borderlands 1 360, 4 Elements PS3, Driveclub PS4

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  29. January 9, 2015 at 12:44

    I played with myself 🙁

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    • CrasH

      January 9, 2015 at 14:22

      guess it was a very, very, very short holiday

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  30. Tiaan Pat

    January 9, 2015 at 13:32

    But did you finish Don’t Starve?? That game is giving me grey hair!

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  31. Ceyber, The Metal Rabbit

    January 9, 2015 at 13:43

    Finished one of my playthroughs of DA:I, very satisfied with my “ending” but the obvious DLC plot holes are annoying as hell. Finished FC4 too, good but not great. Also got Ryse:SoR, pretty epic and surprisingly has a lot more depth than most reviews would like you to think. Gavin’s review made me chance it and I’m really quite happy with the game.

    Backlog shall not be mentioned.

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    • Brady miaau

      January 9, 2015 at 14:39

      Ryse:SoR, yes, Gavins review made me think I want to get it too. Will wait for sale

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  32. Sageville

    January 9, 2015 at 14:03

    Played some Valiant hearts (so simple but good), some Hearthstone and a lot of Elite Dangerous, all sandwiched between a few seasons of Grimm.

    New games 1 – Backlog 0

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  33. DJSkippy

    January 9, 2015 at 14:05

    Scored a PSP + 5 games for R1400 from Incredible Corruption. So played Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell, Driver 76, Naruto ultimate ninja and Assassins Creed while at the beach 🙂

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  34. Mossel

    January 9, 2015 at 14:17

    Only played Child of Light, Borderlands 2 and Valiant Hearts. Rest of the time I went skydiving and bungee jumping! Was insane!

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  35. Happy Meal

    January 9, 2015 at 14:28

    COD 4 double exp all the way

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    • Brady miaau

      January 9, 2015 at 14:39

      going to enter the LazyGamer comp? Or do you not have PS4, so not even option?

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      • Happy Meal

        January 10, 2015 at 09:11

        run a pc really not good enough for comp, i mostly rev and throw down ammo and medi packs around a corner hoping not to be shot. But am starting to realise what the trigger is for

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    • Happy Meal

      January 10, 2015 at 09:15

      Meant to say BF 4

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  36. Ricardo Harvey

    January 9, 2015 at 15:44

    I was busy with The Evil within but then I had to RUSH through it because my wife surprised me with Dragon age Christmas morning. 55hours later and I still cant get enough of it.

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  37. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 9, 2015 at 16:38

    I wanted to clear my backlog, instead I bought more games during the steam sale and barely played any games at all. With only two days left in my holiday, I’m even worse off then at the start of the vac.

    I did get to play: Warframe, Loadout (on PC and PS4), Plants vs Zombies (PS4) and FarCry 4 (PS4).

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