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52 Games. 1 Year. 2019.

Sep 23, 2018
Thinking about trying this too, I have more than enough games in my PS4, Vita and PS3 backlog. Although... I started with No Man’s Sky, I’ll have to mainline that story this week and I have no idea how long it is.
Oct 25, 2017
ThisOneHasNoName - 3/50

I love Smash and when Nintendo said this was the ultimate Smash, you can't imagine how much they meant it. World of Light is Amazing in it's scope, but might go on a little too long. And really everyone is here, what more do you want

Swery65 is and interesting developer, but even still I don't think I ever saw this one coming. A game about queerness that is completely unafraid to wear it proudly. It's heartening to see this kind of story outside of a free game on itch.io or something. It may not be the best game ever but, like Celeste from last year I think this one will stick with me for a long time. (I don't know how it took me this long but that's what the game clock said at the end.)

This had all the potential of be one of the best games ever. All the pieces were there, and yet some how it's a let down. Boring mission design, odd and confusing story, mixed with an updated control scheme that feels worse than the first one, and an almost 3 times as long game that way overstays it's welcome. The characters are still likeable and floating endlessly still incredible, but in the end a disappointment.

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NSW) | 2nd Jan - 53hrs | 4/5
2. The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories (NSW) | 4th Jan - 23hrs | 5/5
3. Gravity Rush 2 (PS4) | 7th Jan - 46hrs | 3/5
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Oct 25, 2017
Debated whether I should try this year, as last year was a dismal failure after four years of making it to 52. I think I will give it a shot, but not hold myself to it if I feel like I'm forcing myself to play games. Hopefully I'll at least finish more than nine!

  1. Yoku's Island Express (PC, 2018) - 3:38 (+0:48 in 2018) - COMPLETED January 5
    The most adorable game I've played in a long time. Everything in it--the music, the lovely characters, the unique pinball platforming, Postmaster Yoku--feels like a warm hug. Highly recommended.

Fallout 76 (PC, 2018)
- 1:42 (+68:08 in 2018)
Sokobond (PC, 2014) - 0:39 (+0:45 in 2018)
Everspace (PC, 2017) - 7:40 (+8:21 in 2018)
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (PC, 2019) - 3:58
Tales of Zestiria (PC, 2015) - 5:12 (+1:31 in 2015, 2018)
Katamari Damacy Reroll (Switch, 2018) - 0:16

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch, 2018)
- 0:29

1. Yoku's Island Express (PC) | January 5 - 3.6hrs
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Oct 25, 2017

1. Persona 5(ps4)| 8 jan -239hrs
2. Metroid Prime(wii)| 13 jan -7:21hrs
3. Super Mario Bros(NES)|13 Jan
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Oct 25, 2017
2019 list:
1. The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (PC) | 2 Jan - 39hrs | 4/5
2. Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (PC) | 6 Jan - 6hrs | 4/5
3. Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 1 (PSV) | 11 Jan - 6hrs | 3/5
4. Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 (PSV) | 13 Jan - 4hrs | 2/5
5. Mother Russia Bleeds (PC) | 13 Jan - 4hrs | 3/5
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Oct 27, 2017
Failed badly last year! Gonna make 2019 right!

I start by my annual beat a game in one day on New Year's Day :)

1. Forgotton Anne (PC) | 1st Jan - 6.3hrs | 4/5
Oct 26, 2017

Game #2 - Submerged
Time: 3.5 hours

Neat little exploration game that mixes simple boat navegation (sorta like Wind Waker I guess) with Uncharted-lite climbing. There's no combat so I have half a mind to call it a walking sim, but there is a lot of actual gameplay like the climbing, using your spygladd to find secrets and mission objectives so, well I won't. It's a shorty especially if you stick to the main objectives (which I advise, the collectibles are just simple abstract small pictures that dont amount to much and the simple climbing gameplay gets old fast), but its pretty, has a enat concept and a cute story, and all around it just has heart. Worth a playthrough imo sticking with the main objective (which should take you about 2 hours, I had about 3/4ths of the collectibles and I finished it in around 3 and half).

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Oct 31, 2017
I'll try this again. I didn't participate in 2018, but I got to 22 games in 2017. I cleared out a decent chunk of my backlog.

01 - Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag - 1/10/19 - 8/10
A return to form after Revelations, AC3 , and Liberation.
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Oct 26, 2017
Goodness, Its that time of the year again :)

My records so far:
2014: 35
2015: 41
2016: 56
2017: 78
2018: 113

Don't think I'll be able to beat 2018, I'm getting burned out but my backlog is almost finished-ish XD

Jun 15, 2018

Gonna try to attempt this again. The only goal is to beat more game than I buy and I thought this would be a good motivator. I also want to write more about games as well so I'll be keeping up on here and my blog as well. Good luck to you all!
Oct 27, 2017

Did 53 games last year and probably will never finish that many games in one year ever again. I didn't like how it influenced my playtime. I still had a blast last year and played a lot of great games but never again. My goal is 12 games and that's good enough for how much time I have to devote to this hobby.

1. Holedown - Phone - 1.8.2019 7:46pm

2. Portal 2 - PC - 1.12.2019 2:23pm

3. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PS4 - 1.17.2019 11:00pm
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Oct 25, 2017
I was terrible last year, completed only 30 games. Normally I am over 50 easy. This year I will try to get back.

1. Organ Quarter

This indie old school RE game in VR is one of the best experiences I've had. It very much lacks to polish of a big game cause it was made by a few guys but it captures what made old RE great. Managing health and items, stashing items in item boxes, solving weird puzzles by using items you find around and of course shooting monsters in the face. All done in first person with your hands interacting with the environment. No real jump scares which is a plus, that's cheap in VR, it's more silent hill style atmosphere. Any fan of survival horror with VR needs this.

2. Devil May Cry 3 SE

Still the GOAT hack and slash action game.

3. Red Dead Redemption 2

A masterpiece. Will write more in the GOTY thread.

4. Budget Cuts

One of the best VR demos ever was for this game where you in full room scale have a portal gun and need to sneak around an office while avoiding killer robots with only throwing knives as your weapon. The game expands the demo into a full game. You will duck behind desks, open many drawers, peek around corners physically. The immersion factor is impressive. Sadly I never felt they really developed any further than the demo. Its just the same gameplay loop repeated with new areas. Not until the last level does it really throw you a crazy "boss" enemy, which sadly for me ended up glitched. A good first attempt for a game. Those without VR just do not understand how immersive it is to be in a stealth game where you are literally croutched on the floor and peaking over cubicles.

1. Organ Quarter (PC) | 1st Jan - 4hrs | 3/5
2. Devil May Cry 3 SE (PS3) | 3rd Jan - 15 hrs | 5/5
3. Red Dead Redemption 2 (One) | 10th Jan - 150 hrs | 5/5
4. Budget Cuts (PC) | 16th Jan = 5 hrs | 3/5
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Oct 28, 2017
1. Cube Escape: Paradox (PC) | 1st Jan - 3hrs

60 games / XXXX hrs / 2013
84 games / 1244 hrs / 2014
65 games / 1403 hrs / 2015
62 games / 1258 hrs / 2016
72 games / 1077 hrs / 2017
69 games / 1298 hrs / 2018
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Oct 29, 2017
Taking this spot, usually clutch the last game before the end of the year. This time, I'm hoping to reach 60 games beaten this year lol. Decided to take 2 uncompleted games from last year to this year!

Game 1: Tales of Berseria (GPD WIN) - 10hours
Off the boat and into more fire~

Game 2: Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drops Distance HD (PS4) - 19hours 45min

Game 3: Iconoclasts (GPD WIN) - 7hours 45min
This game is pretty gory if not for the cutesy pixel artwork.
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Oct 27, 2017
Game 1-Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 Roads(2018)-PS4-Beaten on January 1
-First game beaten this year was a good one! I really enjoyed this one a lot even if it might have started a bit slowly. I really look forward to episode two later this month. 8/10

Game 2-The Gardens Between(2018)-Switch-Beaten on January 2
-I really enjoyed this short puzzle game about the magic of childhood and childhood friendship. 8/10

Game 3-Meditation for January 2-Fill the space(2019)-PC via GPD Win-Beaten on January 2
-I really love his idea and it will make it really easy to get to 52 games. Maybe I shouldn’t count them? I’m going to. What the heck! The goal for today’s game is really a breathing exercise game. That’s how I beat it. There is a dot in the middle of a big circle and all you have to do is hit a button to make the dot grow. Your goal is to fill the entire circle. Hold the button too long and the dot goes back down to its original size. I beat it when I startedpressing the button to match my breathing. 8/10
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Oct 31, 2017
Not America
You folks are such ravenous beasts. It takes me months to finish a single game that is less than 10 hours long. I wish I had your dedicated pace given my ever expanding backlog.

For RPGs and open world games, do you folks just stick to most direct path to conclusion or wander about delving into sidequests and sightseeing? If so, how the hell do you still manage to finish games in reasonable time?

Just as an example: It took me north 150 hours to finish the first playthrough of Persona 5 (granted there was a lot of "walking" and restarts).
Nov 12, 2017
Reserved, didn't get to finish last year after my PS4 decided to delete all my data and lost motivation to play games

Scoring System

5/5: Excellent 100% of the way through, ground breaking, can have some small nitpicks still.
4/5: Awesome, almost perfect, few big nitpicks.
3/5: Great, few problems, but kept me hooked all the way through
2/5: Alright, a lot of problems, but enjoyable
1/5: Bad, unenjoyable
0/5: Big Rigs Off The Road Racing, unplayable, nothing redeemable
Games completed

1: Portal (PC) (2 Hours) (4/5) (Jan 2nd, 2019)
Metro 2033 Redux (PC) (6 Hours) (4/5) (Jan 2nd, 2019)
3: Portal 2 (PC) (4 Hours) (3/5) (Jan 7th, 2019)
Metro Last Light Redux (PC) (8 Hours) (3/5) (Jan 12th, 2019)
Spider-Man (PS4) (17 Hours) (4/5) (Jan 13th, 2019)
Currently Playing

God of War (PS4)
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Oct 27, 2017
52 Game Challenge 2019

1. Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4, 28 hours)

What a fantastic game, as good as the other Yakuza games I've played (0 and Kiwami 1). My only problem is that it doesn't perform that well on console, here's hoping for a PC release.

2. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (PC, 5 hours)

The CoD with more spectacle of the MW bunch, and the most ridiculous in terms of plot.Its not a bad game, it is just meh. And its depiction of Africa is pretty fucked up.
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Nov 12, 2017
Update: January 2nd 2018

Game 1: Portal (PC) (2 Hours) (4/5)

Beat Main Story
My yearly playthrough of the Portal games begins here. God I love this game, every room is interesting, and GLaDOS is such an interesting, funny character that keeps you going throughout the game. The Portal mechanics are so simple yet so complex, with every test chamber being completely different from the last.

There's not much more for me to say, glad that I got to finish it again this year.

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Oct 25, 2017
You folks are such ravenous beasts. It takes me months to finish a single game that is less than 10 hours long. I wish I had your dedicated pace given my ever expanding backlog.

For RPGs and open world games, do you folks just stick to most direct path to conclusion or wander about delving into sidequests and sightseeing? If so, how the hell do you still manage to finish games in reasonable time?

Just as an example: It took me north 150 hours to finish the first playthrough of Persona 5 (granted there was a lot of "walking" and restarts).
I poured about 200 hours into Persona 5 and got the platinum trophy in 2017, which also happened to be the last year I managed to finish the 52-game challenge. I didn't even come close in 2018. So I've seen both sides. It's definitely doable even with a bunch of big JRPGs under your belt, it just means you'll probably be playing a lot more short games to make up the difference. (In the case of Persona 5 specifically, it also helped that I played all those 200 hours during a two-week staycation. Obviously not everyone has the ability or desire to do that.)

For me the key has always been not to force myself to finish the challenge or go too far out of my way to make it happen. If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen; you don't have to turn in your gaming card or whatever. Play what you enjoy and don't stress too much; if you're having fun the whole time, I find it's naturally easier to fit more games in.
Oct 27, 2017
I guess I'll stop being a lurker as part of the new year and reserve a post. Hopefully will make sure to update, unlike when I tried this at the old place.
Doubt I'll get all the way there without playing some short stuff but I least want to get one larger game a month.
Apr 5, 2018
This will be tough but I want to do this. The most games I've beaten in a year was last yr with 23. Not even half of 52
I currently have 103 games started, and about 200 more in my backlog that I haven't touched.

Daikon Set
I came across this free game when browsing the Wii U eShop for good games that haven't made it to Switch or anywhere else yet. I downloaded it out of curiosity and ended up playing all the way through. It gives you a choice of 3 simple minigames to play, with 3 levels each, that last as long as the song playing in the background of the level. It reminded me of my days playing flash games in the 00s, since I could tell it wasn't super polished or complex, but was interesting and fun enough to keep me playing. The fun music and flashy cover art of each game helped too.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
This one has been on the backburner for a while for no particular reason. I bought it on Wii U a couple years ago and got about a 3rd of the way through, and finished it up this past week. I'm so glad I did, too!! Super Mario 3D World is my favorite Mario game and one of my favorite platformers of all time, and this semi-sequel satisfied that part of me that wanted more of this style (at least for now). It has that irresistible Nintendo charm in spades with adorably bright characters and worlds. Not to mention the collectathon puzzle platformer design just feels so good to play. Here's to more delightful games being unearthed from my backlog pile this year.

1. Daikon Set (Wii U) | 4th Jan - 2hrs | 5/5
2. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U) | 5th Jan - 10hrs | 5/5
3. Butterfly Soup (PC) | 9th Jan - 3hrs | 5/5
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Nov 1, 2017
Reserving a post. Didn't make it last year but succeeded in 2017.

1 | Football Game | PC
1.5 hours | Completed January 2nd

This popped up in my Steam discovery queue during the winter sale and it looked very intriguing so I decided to give it a try. It's a short mystery game set in 1987. You play as Tommy, a boy who needs to get to his important football game and also figure out what's going on with him and his girlfriend. Although it isn't a horror game, there's an eerie sense of mystery surrounding you and I liked the ambiguous atmosphere throughout the game but in the end, I felt a bit let down by the way the story wrapped up. Still, for the 2€ price tag (and less than an euro on sale) I'd recommend it if you enjoy thrillers and point and click adventures (don't expect any real puzzles though).

2 | Life is Strange | Xbox One
16 hours | Completed January 7th

I finally decided to give Life is Strange a chance since it was added to Game Pass on Xbox. Sixteen hours of gameplay in total of which only a few were actually interesting and/or enjoyable to me. Yeah, this was a bit of a bummer... I did not have high expectations since I'm not the biggest fan of this type of adventure game but I still went into it with an open mind because I was intrigued by the Twin Peaks-ish vibe and I enjoyed Heavy Rain and a few of the Telltale games. However, I started to realize the game was more "13 Reasons Why" than Twin Peaks as it went along and although I wanted to see the story to the end I didn't really enjoy most of it. There were some cool, actually touching moments sprinkled here and there during the episodes and I didn't mind the soundtrack (the menu music rules!) but overall this just did not stick with me like it apparently did for a lot of others. The rewind ability was alright and it was cool that you had the ability to mess around with it to change dialogue choices etc. but on the other hand, I couldn't help but feel that it sort of hurt the core of the game in a way. Yes, you still had to make big, difficult choices but it does still give you the option to just freely explore every possible outcome in most situations which is sort of a double-edged sword in my opinion. I don't know, like I said, this game didn't really do it for me and I most likely won't check out the prequel or the sequel but I'm glad I gave it a chance at least. It's cool to see Dontnod Entertainment creating all these different types of games though, seems pretty bizarre that Remember Me, Life is Strange and Vampyr are all from the same studio!
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