As an adult with two young children and a full-time job, it can be tough to balance all these aspects let alone find some time to game. That is why this award is important. The average age of gamers has steadily increased over the years. Now, it sits at 34 years in the US. Most probably have commitments and other responsibilities to take care of on a daily basis. That is why here at LOGNET we felt it was important to include this award this year. With that in mind, here are the recipients of this year’s Golden Lance Award for the Game that Most Respected Your Time
Winner: Psychonauts 2
In an age of vast open worlds, long unskippable meaningless cutscenes, and boring slow-walking sequences where you look at a painstakingly detailed environment. Psychonauts 2 refuses to put the player through all of that. Each level is carefully condensed with Metroidvania elements infused for the post-game. The game isn’t ridiculously long either, and never feels like a single step in the main story is shoehorned in. It’s a game that not only makes its initial playthrough an absolute treat. But ensures that the next playthrough you do never appears as a chore.
Runner Up: Final Fantasy XIV
Runner Up: Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite is a tremendous entry in the long-running franchise. It changed up the formula from its predecessors by introducing an open world for Master Chief to explore. Although, some may bat an eye at the idea of an open-world game since they are notorious for filler content. Luckily, Halo Infinite never felt like a slog. It is a well-paced game from start to finish. In fact, you can entirely skip all the additional missions if you so choose and just focus on the story missions. Fortunately, most of the side activities do not take up much of your time and are often rewarding for your playthrough. With that said, Halo Infinite deserved to be on the nomination list for Game That Respected Your Time for its focused, yet flexible, game design that incorporates meaningful and enjoyable content.