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52 Games. 1 Year. 2019.

Oct 25, 2017
I'll use this post for my regular list, and the one below it for the spoiler block.
#1 Titanfall 2 – Completed 1/1/2019 PC – 5 hours
#2 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Completed 1/5/2019 Switch – 25 hours
#3 Rayman Legends – Completed 1/8/2019 Vita – 10 hours
#4 What Remains of Edith Finch – Completed 1/10/2019 PC – 2 hours
#5 Bright Memory Episode 1 – Completed 1/11/2019 PC – 1 hour
#6 Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix – Completed 1/28/2019 PS4 – 26 hours
#7 Kingdom Hearts III – Completed 2/6/2019 PS4 – 45 hours
#8 Devil May Cry – Completed 3/5/2019 PC – 5 hours
#9 Devil May Cry 2 – Completed 3/5/2019 PC – 4 hours
#10 Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition – Completed 3/6/2019 PC – 9 hours
#11 Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition – Completed 3/7/2019 PC – 9 hours
#12 Devil May Cry 5 – Completed 3/9/2019 PC – 10 hours

Titanfall 2 - I had the game on PS4 already, but decided to pick it up again with Origin Access since the friends I had played the multiplayer with on console had switched to PC last year. Finally got around to the campaign this time, and it's definitely as good as everyone says!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - I was a little disappointed in the games lack of series staple modes like Break the Target, but World of Light was very, very good. I think I enjoyed it more than Brawl's Subspace Emissary.

Rayman Legends - Had this on my backlog for years. I platinum trophied Origins on Vita back in the day, but just... never got around to playing Legends. I think Origins is the better game, but I had a blast with this one too. Might go back to play some of the other extra levels eventually.

What Remains of Edith Finch - Thanks, Epic. I had planned on picking this up from a steam sale, but getting to play it for free is nice too. Short, sweet, I loved how each section was very distinct feeling. I LOVED the comic book aesthetic about halfway through.

Bright Memory Episode 1 - This was a random Chinese developed FPS I saw some folks chatting about on Twitter. It was cheap, and I decided to give it a go. It's not the most polished, and the TL definitely needed some work, but I enjoyed it - it'll be interesting to see what the new content offers, later.

Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix - I had originally intended to clear up my Kingdom Hearts backlog before KHIII hit, but I only managed to get through the first game. It starts off *very* slow, but I did enjoy it in the end. Never starting a new game though, fuck that.

Kingdom Hearts III - For a non Final Mix version of the game, it's very good. Obviously has its faults, but as long as you weren't over-hyped going in I'd say it's a solid end to the Xehanort saga. Can't wait to see what the Final Mix DLC brings!

Devil May Cry series - I played all 5 of them back-to-back, so I'm putting all my thoughts here. DMC1 is still great, but obviously very different from the rest of the series. I don't know why I played DMC2 but it's short so whatever. DMC3 is fantastic and everyone should play it at least once. DMC4SE is still only half a game. DMC5 is fantastic but I felt that the level design got a little dull. I think DMC3 is still my favorite, but DMC4/5 have their strong points, too.
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Oct 25, 2017
Reserved #2!

1. Titanfall 2 (PC) 1st Jan. - 5hrs | 5/5
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) 5th Jan. - 25hrs | 5/5
3. Rayman Legends (Vita) 8th Jan. - 10hrs | 4/5
4. What Remains of Edith Finch (PC) 10th Jan. - 2hrs | 4/5
5. Bright Memory Episode 1 (PC) 11th Jan. - 1hr | 3/5
6. Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix (PS4) 28th Jan. - 26hrs | 4/5
7. Kingdom Hearts III (PS4) 6th Feb. - 45hrs | 4/5
8. Devil May Cry (PC) 5th Mar. - 5hrs | 4/5
9. Devil May Cry 2 (PC) 5th Mar. - 4hrs | 2/5
10. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition (PC) 6th Mar. - 9hrs | 5/5
11. Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (PC) 7th Mar. - 9hrs | 3/5
12. Devil May Cry 5 (PC) 9th Mar. - 10hrs | 4/5
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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 - 4/50

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.

The catchup has begun. I mostly finished the original version of this back when it first came out but could never beat the final boss. Finally, this game has been conquered and now I get to move on to the 8 other games between here and Kingdom Hearts III. Most impresively this remaster holds up and the ending (which I had previously only seen on youtube) still hits me all these years later. Truely, Simple and Clean.

For all the complaints about not enough content and expensive cardboard, LABO is a really fun litte project. Even though I will probably never play around with this stuff for an extended amount of time, the joy of building things and seeing how smart the design is was enough for me.

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
4. Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (PS4) | 19th Feb - 55hrs | 5/5
5. NINTENDO LABO: Toy-Con 01 - Variety Kit | 25th Feb - 10hrs | 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.
  2. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War (PS4, 2019/PS2, 2004) - 13:08 - COMPLETED January 26
    Well, the game definitely took it all away and shoved it in my face. (In a good way?) The story is borderline laughable, but it does the job when it needs to. As for the combat, I'd forgotten how much I enjoy flight sims, and this one really hits the spot. I just hope later Ace Combat games learn what a checkpoint is.
  3. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PS4, 2019) - 13:45 - COMPLETED February 2
    It's better looking than AC5, and the airplane tree is a cool progression system. The missions are a mixed bag: I liked a lot of the ground attack missions, but there are also a lot of gimmicks that don't quite work and later missions get really frustrating and annoying. And somehow the story is worse than AC5 by a decent margin. Still, a fun time.
  4. Apex Legends (PC/PS4, 2019) - 6:17/7:03 - CONTINUING February 10
    I honestly thought I was done with multiplayer games after Overwatch, but Apex Legends addresses my three biggest concerns with multiplayer games. It makes it fun to lose (most of the time, anyways), it makes it fun to play with randoms, and it makes it fun to play without requiring voice chat. I'll get tired of it eventually, but I'm shocked at how much I enjoy this game.
  5. Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4, 2018) - 40:25 (+2:51 in 2018) - COMPLETED March 2
    Hides its origins as a decade-old game far better than Kiwami 1, and a fantastic Yakuza experience.
  6. Yakuza: Dead Souls (PS3, 2012) - 4:27 (+22:10 in 2018) - COMPLETED March 8
    Came back to clean up the last Yakuza game I hadn't yet completed. The shooting is horrendous and the last few chapters are infuriating sequences of constant stunlocking, but I like the post-apocalyptic take on the Yakuza formula in principle. My secret hope of a Dead Souls 2 starring a dual-pistols-wielding Haruka with better shooting controls remains strong.
  7. Anthem (PC, 2019) - 25:56 - COMPLETED March 9
    Flawed in ways that have been comprehensively examined, but still potentially interesting. Right now Anthem's legacy will rest on the content coming in the next few months and hopefully years; if Anthem can fix its major issues and break from Destiny's "buy all our DLC or get shut out of the story" business model, Bioware could yet pull a win out of this quagmire.
Metro Exodus (PC, 2019)
- 5:14
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix HD (PS4, 2017) - 1:57
Baba Is You (PC, 2019) - 2:41
Beat Saber (PC Early Access, 2018) - 0:25
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (PC, 2019) - 4:31

Everspace (PC, 2017) - 7:40 (+8:21 in 2018)
Fallout 76 (PC, 2018) - 1:42 (+68:08 in 2018)
Sokobond (PC, 2014) - 0:39 (+0:45 in 2018)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch, 2018) - 0:29
Slay the Spire (PC, 2019) - 1:02 (+4:23 in 2018)
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (PC, 2019) - 6:41
Tales of Zestiria (PC, 2015) - 8:51 (+1:31 in 2015, 2018)
Katamari Damacy Reroll (Switch, 2018) - 1:10
Opus Magnum (PC, 2017) - 7:48

1. Yoku's Island Express (PC) | January 5 - 3.6hrs
2. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War (PS4) | January 26 - 13.1hrs
3. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PS4) | February 2 - 13.8hrs
4. Apex Legends (PC, PS4) | February 10 - 13.3hrs
5. Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4) | March 2 - 40.3hrs
6. Yakuza: Dead Souls (PS3) | March 8 - 4.5hrs
7. Anthem (PC) | March 9 - 26hrs
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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
4. Super Mario Bros 2(NES)| 18 Jan
5. Majora's mask 3d(3ds)|20 Jan
6. Pokemon Y(3ds)| 23 jan -32:56hrs
7.Super Mario bros 3(nes)| 26 jan
8.Super Mario World(SNES)| 30 jan- 3:48hrs
9.Yoshi's island(SNES)| 3 FEB
10. Super Mario 64(N64)|10 FEB
11. Super Mario Sunshine(GCN)|21 FEB
12.Final Fantasy VI(SNES)|26 FEB
13.Windwaker HD(WiiU)|26 FEB
14. Bravely Default(3DS)|1 MAR-64hrs
15. Metroid Prime 2 Echoes(wi)|9 MAR-10hrs
16. New Super Mario Bros(DS)|13 MAR-12hrs
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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 | 2.5/5
6. Odin Sphere: Leifdrasir (PS4) | 19 Jan - 39hrs | 4/5
7. Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time (PSP) | 20 Jan - 55hrs | 4/5
8. Braveland (PC) | 21 Jan - 4hrs | 2.5/5
9. Star Ocean 5 (PS4) | 26 Jan - 40hrs | 2/5
10. 河洛群俠傳 (Ho Tu Lo Shu : The Books of Dragon) (PC) | 16 Feb - 75hrs | 5/5
11. Beneath a Steel Sky (PC) | 17 Feb - 3hrs | 3.5/5
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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
2. Far Cry 5 (PC) | 16th Feb - 17.5hrs | 4/5
3. Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness (PC) | 16th Feb - 2.1hrs | 3/5
4. Resident Evil 2 (PC) | 3rd Mar - 26hrs | 5/5
5. Metro: Last Light Redux (PC) | 13th Mar - 12.3hrs | 4/5

1: Forgotton Anne (PC) - 6 Hours 18 Minutes
# Beat 1st Jan - Beautiful little platformer with amazing visuals and lovely story. 8/10

2: Far Cry 5 (PC) - 17 Hours 30 Minutes
# Beat 16th Feb - More Far Cry. Solid, fun, open-world bang bang shooter. 7/10

3: Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness (PC) - 2 Hours 5 Minutes
# Beat 16th Feb - Pretty standard shooting and less of the Far Cry goodness 6/10

4: Resident Evil 2 (PC) - 26 Hours
# Beat 3rd Mar - Best game so far of 2019 and a hell of a remake. 9/10

5: Metro: Last Light Redux (PC) - 12 Hours 15 Minutes
# Beat 13th Mar - Replayed Last Light with now the DLC to get ready for Exodus - Still a great shooter 8/10
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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 25, 2017
Saskatchewan, Canada
#1 - Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine | PC | 10 hrs | 02.14.2019 | 7/10

Doing a let's play for this game right now so you can pretty much double the hours spent if you want. It's a game from my childhood that I loved and decided to revisit this year. The game is basically a Tomb Raider clone with an Indiana Jones skin, but one that I find controls a lot better than the original Tomb Raider games. Does it still hold up? To me, absolutely. The story is fantastic, the level design is fantastic and the music is also amazing for a game that came out in 1999. There definitely are some negatives though. It's a late 90's 3D platformer so you can still expect a lot of clunkiness navigating through the levels; Uncharted this is not. Combat can also feel a little stiff because of this as well and there's no manual aim button so when you are trapped in a room with a ton of enemies it can get frustrating when Indy decides to shoot at a dude way off in the distance instead of the guy right in front of him.

Overall though I had a great time going through this game again and it wasn't nearly as hard or confusing as I remember. Just a great 3D platformer that deserves much more recognition than what it gets.


#2 - LA Noire | PC | 43 hrs | 02.25.2019 | 8/10

Started playing this game last year and unfortunately had to restart several times due to computer failures lol. Finally was able to finish it today with a 90% completion rating (got every collectible except for the cars and finished all the side cases as well). Overall it was a fantastic experience and really captured the feeling of being in a Noire film of the 40's. Nicely paced between investigation and action sequences, the game gives you a very complex intertwined story taking place over the course of all 5 desks. The technology they used for the faces still holds up well today and LA itself is very alive and detailed.

Now onto a few negatives. The ending wasn't very satisfactory to me. I knew because it's supposed to be a noire film, the ending would be bitter-sweet but I felt it cut off very abruptly and left a lot of things unanswered. Maybe they were leaving it for a sequel but at this point I think a sequel is very unlikely to happen making this ending feel pretty lackluster. Some of the driving could also get tedious but they do give you the option to just fast travel to locations which fixes this pretty easily. The last thing I want to complain about is that some of the questioning can get a little confusing at times when you aren't following the games' logic. Clues that seemingly have nothing to do with the question at hand were the right answer a few times because Cole pulls some convoluted reasoning out of his ass that would never hold up in court. Oh well, this can pretty much be expected in any detective game (looking at you Ace Attorney!) so it's not a huge flaw to me.

Overall I had a great time with this game and hold on to the faintest glimmer of hope that it will get a sequel some day.


#3 - Half Life Blue Shift | PC | 3 hrs | 02.28.2019 | 6/10

Finished this game last night and with it, I have finally finished the original Half Life 1 trilogy. This is easily the weakest of the 3; it's incredibly short even compared to the other expansion Opposing Force and adds nothing new to the game at all - mechanic or lore wise. They did try to make this one a little more difficult as some of the platforming sections and puzzles are very confusing and hard to figure out. I did still enjoy the mindless shooting that makes half life great though so I can't be too hard on it. It was a nice little extra add on to the game so you can revisit Black Mesa one more time.
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This time it's for real.
2016: 25 games
2017: 42 games
2018: 28 games

01. [XB1] Tom Clancy's The Division - 31:43
02. [XB1] Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 - 4:06
03. [PS4] God of War - 25:00
04. [XB1] The Gardens Between - 3:00
05. [XB1] Spintires: Mudrunner - 12:15
06. [XB1] Dead Rising 3 - 9:54
07. [XB1] Dirt 4 - 24:48
08. [XB1] Never Alone - 3:45

09. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human - 15:00
10. [XB1] Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 20:34
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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.
02 - Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry 1/18/19 - 9/10
I enjoyed the story, and I really enjoyed the power fantasy of taking down plantations and slave ships.
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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

  1. Mortal Kombat X (XB1) - 9/10 - 5 hours (Jan 4)
  2. Celeste (XB1) - 9.5/10 - 8 hours (Jan 7)
  3. Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (PS4) - 7.5/10 - 14 hours (Jan 13)
  4. Kingdom Hearts 0.2: A Fragmentary Passage (PS4) - 6/10 - 3 hours (Jan 13)
  5. Amplitude (PS4) - 7/10 - 1 hour (Jan 16)
  6. Devil May Cry (PS4) - 8/10 - 5 hours (Jan 19)
  7. Contra (NES) - 6/10 - 1 hour (Jan 19)
  8. Double Dragon II (NES) - 6/10 - 1 hour (Jan 19)
  9. Ninja Gaiden (NES) - 7/10 - 3 hours (Jan 19)
  10. Super Mario World (SNES) - 9/10 - 5 hours (Jan 22)
  11. Contra III (SNES) - 7/10 - 1 hour (Jan 23)
  12. Devil May Cry 2 (PS4) - 6/10 - 3 hour (Jan 24)
  13. Resident Evil 2 (PS4) - 9/10 - 7 hour (Jan 28)
  14. The Gardens Between (XB1) - 7/10 - 2 hours (Jan 30)
  15. Until Dawn Rush of Blood (PS4) - 6.5/10 - 3 hour (Jan 31)
  1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Android) - 8/10 - 10 hours (Feb 6)
  2. Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4) - 8.5/10 - 26 hours (Feb 12)
  3. Devil May Cry 3 (PS4) - 9/10 - 5 hours (Feb 15)
  4. Devil May Cry 4 (PS4) - 8/10 - 5 hours (Feb 15)
  5. Metro Exodus (PS4) - 8/10 - 15 hours (Feb 18)
  6. Bioshock Infinite + DLCs (PS4) - 9/10 - 20 hours (Feb 24)
  7. AC Brotherhood (PS4) - 8/10 - 10 hours (Feb 28)
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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

4. Apex Legends - PC - 2.9.2019 6:30am

5. Metroid - Switch - 2.14.2019 9:45pm
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The Champions Ballad - 3.2.2019 7:00pm
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Nov 10, 2017
Spain, EU

1 - ELOH (27/01/19) (? hours) (Smartphone/Android) - 8/10

A gorgeous rhythm-puzzle game. It's quite short, but it's rewarding and fun in every level. Recommended.

2 - Gears of War 2 (04/03/19) (? hours) (Xbox One S) - 8/10

Really enjoyable game. Great atmosphere, action and gameplay. I didn't expect to like it so much! Recommended.
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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!

3/52 Gotta get back to playing more Win games.

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

Game 2: Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drops Distance HD (PS4) - 23hours COMPLETED (JAN)
Fuck that 2nd last boss fight's design, spammy teleporting bs boss fight with a dumb mechanic at the end.

Out of all the KH games, DDD easily has the best combat and movement, quick and snappy and not overpowered and easy like KH2, IMO balanced. Visually, it looks as good as any PS2 remastered on current gen consoles go. My biggest gripe with it is the story, it's the most convoluted KH story thus far. Time travel, sleeping, parallel worlds but run in slowed down time, Xehanort???, utterly confusing to the end. Also I found the Spellican and 2nd last boss fight shittily designed boss fights that are also designed to drag on playing this game longer.

4/5 two annoying boss fights and wack as fuck story but best movement and combat.

Game 3: Iconoclasts (GPD WIN) - 7hours 45min
This game is pretty gory if not for the cutesy pixel artwork.

Game 4: Kingdom Hearts: A Fragmentory Passage HD (PS4) - 2hours 35min COMPLETED (JAN)
Visually, it's a looker but something's off with the lighting though. Combat and movement wise, it's fun but magic can get too OP at times but makes sense given it's Aqua but it aint topping DDD for me. An interesting filler story that ties BBS to KH1 that explains some of the stuff in KH1 and even connects to the future KH3 with it's teasing at the end. Consider me ready and hyped for KH3.

4.5/5 A neat preview of what may come in KH3.

Game 5: Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4) - 32hours COMPLETED (MAR)
It's finally over, kinda. Who knows what SE/Nomura has in plans after that ending.

Easily the best looking out of the series aside from the few ugly looking 2D characters such as Hercules. Combat is fun enough and quick but at the expanse of the easiest game of the series and the most repetitive. I usually don't tend to notice pressing the button alot but specifically in KH3, pressing X is so so much noticeable. Sure the variety of Keyblades and magic add some kinda change up in the combat but again, those also made combat way too easy again. It's about on par as KH2 but BBS and DDD being the top of KH's combat gameplay.

Story wise, the beginning and ending were great but everything in the middle just felt like so much of a waste of time or filler, especially made worse with worlds like Frozen and Toy Story feeling underutilized. Also where the heck were KH's spin on the FF elements of SE side of KH? Disappointingly lacking. The writing is about on par as previous game, as in it's not that well made and super confusing BUT frustratingly entertaining.

Sountrack was kinda disappointing, I expected a bit more new OST for this addition to the series but only a handful of recognizable new tracks where as everything else was same old OST from past games. Seemed like there's more old soundtracks compared to newer ones. Still though, those old OST were just as great when I first listened to them in past KH games.

Overall, combat's way too easy, story was not paced well in the middle and super confusing and entertaining.

4/5 Free from KH...for now.
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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 when I feel they are really good. 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 started pressing the button to match my breathing. 8/10.

Game 4-The Walking Dead The Final Season Episode 3 Broken Toys-(2019)-Switch-Beaten on January 18
-This was my favorite episodes ever in this series. It was action packed, emotional and had me really thinking with my decisions. So good! Can’t wait for the finale! 10/10

Game 5-God of War(2018)-PS4-Beaten on January 20
-This game was great! Great looks, great sound, great combat. Everything about it was great. However, I do think I enjoyed he PS3 God of War games more. 10/10

Game 6-Bury Me, My Love(2019]-Switch/PC via GPD Win-Beaten on January 20
-I loved this visual novel/text adventure about the plight of a Syrian refugee trying to get to persons Europe. The game highlights many of daily issues that refugees face, especially women. The game is really a text conversation between the wife who is leaving Syria, and the husband who is in Syria. Educational and emotional. The Switch version froze on me numerous times so finished on my Win. 10/10

Game 7-Ruiner(2017)-PS4-Beaten on January 22
-I knew I would like this game and I did. Dark, dirty, Hotline Miami like. Just good, old fun. It did have some noticeable slowdown(felt like lag) and I do think attacking enemies could feel better with better rumble. Good game. 8/10

Game 8-Resident Evil 2 Remake(2019)-PS4-Beaten on January 28
-Survival horror is probabaly my favorite genre of games and this ranks near the top of my all time favorites. So good! 10/10

Game 9-Opus The Day We Found Earth(2017)-Switch-Beaten on January 30
-This as a short little adventure game that was pretty good. I didn’t like it at first but the little robot grew on me as I played. 7/10

Game 10-Drowning(2018)-PC via GPD Win-Beaten on February 1
-This short game is a walking simulator where you basically walk and read about a young person that is struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide. I thought it was very powerful and did not overstay it’s welcome. 9/10

Game 11-The Hong Kong Massacre(2019)-PS4-Beaten on February 8
-I loved this game! This is a mix of Hotline Miami and the slow momof Max Payne. Great fun! Too bad the story was stupid and really non-existent. 9/10

Game 12- Resident Evil 2 Remake Leon 2nd Run(2019)-PS4-Beaten on February 11
-Playing it through the second time with slightly different story beats was just as good as the first time. 10/10

Game 13-VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action(2017)-Vita-Beaten on February 14
-I enjoyed this visual novel but I still think it is a bit overrated. There are just to many people whose stories are just a waste and the time would be better served with the main characters. Looking forward to the sequel. 8/10

Game 14-Cosmic Star Heroine(2018)-Vita-Beaten on February 20
-This is the second straight gMe that I played on the Vita and it reminds me how much I love this device. I love the Switch too but sometimes having a smaller device is better. Anyway, I loved this ten hour rpg. Had a great time with it. Was it perfect? No, but very few complaints. 9/10

Game 15-2064 Read Only Memories(2017)-Vita-Beaten on February 25
-I enjoyed this point and click visual novel with puzzle elements. It was my least favorite of the three Vita games I recently beat but still a good time. 7/10

Game 16-36 Fragments of Midnight(2017)-Vita-Beaten on February 25
I never expected to beat this game. I played it a few times when it first came out and got like 3-6 fragments before died. The I picked it up a few days ago and got to 30 pretty easily and so I decid d to try it again today and got all 36 fragments in my second try. Fun little game. 7/10

Game 17-Metro Exodus(2019)-PS4-Beaten on February 27
-I have really liked this series a lot and I enjoyed this one too but it is my least favorite of the series. 7/10

Game 18-A Way Out(2018)-PS4-Beaten on March 2
-I really enjoyed playing this game with my daughter. It wasn’t perfect and would prefer it to not have split screen, but it was a fun cooperative game that got quite sad at the end. 7/10

Game 19–Crackdown 3(2019)-Xbox One-Beaten on March 5
-I enjoyed the overall gameplay loop but I am glad it was a a relatively short game because it was starting to get monotonous by the end of the game. I got this game via a $2 Gamepass for two month special, so for that, it was great! 7/10

Game 20-Ape Out(2019)-Switch-Beaten on March 9
-Inactually beat this game a couple of days ago but just finished the post game extra level Ape-In and it literally took me three days and about 200 tries to finally beat the extra level. Frustrating but super fun! I loved everything about this game. The graphics, the music, the way the ape runs, and of course, the Hotline Miami inspired gameplay. 10/10

Game 21-Crow the Legend, Kingdom Heart VR Experience, Fate Grand Order VR(2019j-Beaten on March 10
-I didn’t feel like doing each one of these separately was fair so I put them all together. I loved the Crow The Legend animated short. It was great! Kingdom Hearts was a huge let down but mor eis supposedly coming. Fate Grand Order was really meant for one purpose. In order-10/10, 2/10, 6/10

Game 22-Valley(2019)-Switch-Beaten on March 13
-I really liked this game. It was what a AA game was like back in the PS2 era. Fun game but it is mostly a walking or rather sprinting/jumping simulator with some combat and one boss fight in the game. I also like the mysterious story. 8/10

Game 23-RD(2019)-PC Via GPD Win-Beaten on March 16
-Terrible game that should not have been made.

Game 24-12 is Better than 6(2019)-Switch-Beaten on March 16
-I really can’t get enough of Hotline Miami style games and this one was pretty good. I liked he black, white and red color choice for the game and the fact that I could play guns blazing or stealthily. 7/10
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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 26, 2017
Off to a subdued start for the year but I’m knocking out games I needed to finish badly.

1. Celeste (Xbox One)
Enjoyable game with pretty tight level design and nice music and atmosphere. I did not connect to this one quite the same as many others, with the 8-directional controls being a particle barrier to my enjoyment. Found the inputs frustrating to execute consistently and found myself fighting the controls too often. Overall a very engaging game even if flawed.

2. Hollow Knight (Switch)
I played this game in chunks across a 6 month period. I loved the exploration, all though I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was overwhelmed early on. As the movement abilities began to compound I felt like the world become more enjoyable to traverse, and combat became more nuanced. I don’t quite put it in the masterpiece category as some do, but it’s an excellent game that is quite a technological feat given the small team and limited resources.

3. God of War (PS4)
Another game that took me nearly a calendar year from start to finish. It makes a strong first impression, but the first act grinds to a bit of a halt once you begin to explore the lake and first few realms. The gear grind felt needlessly slow paced, and I found myself not playing it for weeks on end. However the main storyline receive a huge boost in the late second act, which not only deepens the father son plot but adds an entire new layer to combat that makes things much more interesting. As great as the game is, I think the pacing could’ve been a bit more urgent in the early goings. As it stands, it’s a rock solid game and a fine addition to Sony’s already daunting exclusive lineup.

4. Tetris Effect (PSVR)
I've developed a bit of a Tetris obsession between Puyo Puyo Tetris, Tetris 99 and Tetris Effect. TE features a strong original soundtrack laced with a sweeping visual pallet of varied locales and themes. It all makes for a cathartic experience that is well realized in VR. One drawback is that the low fidelity of the PSVR goggles results in many of the stages looking quite jaggy and rough. I found myself wishing for a more developed version of the tech to support the breathtaking vision that is being attempted by the developers. Additionally - and this is a bit nitpicking - the UI, menus and level up bar have a lack of sound effects that makes navigating and level up seem... barren. This stands out even more due to the fact that this is the type of games you almost have to play with headphones on. Overall this is a strong recommendation for Tetris veterans and newcomers alike.
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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.

3. DOOM (2016) (PC, 10 hours)

A pretty fun and exciting shooter, with frantic battles and great looking environments. Highly recommended!

4. Tales of Berseria (PC, 46 hours)

My second 'Tales of' that I play to completion. It tells a good story that becomes less and less interesting as you get to the end of the game. The combat system is serviceable, but it is a little too complicated for something that you could just mash your way to victory. Nonetheless, I think this one deserves a playthrough if you are a JRPG fan. Oh, and everyone in the main cast is fantastic.

5. Vanquish (PC, 4 hours)

Another great game from PlatinumGames and Shinji Mikami. The frenzy of this third person shooter is something unmatched in gaming I think, with fantastic gameplay and set pieces. The downside is that the story is just plain weird and ridiculous. And it is very, very short.
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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.

Original Post
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.

Butterfly Soup
I've been meaning to play this free itch.io game since it came out in 2017. It's a VN about gay asian-american girls playing baseball. It's really sweet and had me smiling like an idiot the whole way through.. except for the moments where I was straight up cackling because it's so hilarious. Please play this little game you won't regret it :) And consider paying a few bucks for it as well!

Fast Like a Fox
Fun little mobile platformer I downloaded a couple years ago. It has a really interesting control scheme - you tap the back of the phone rapidly to make the fox run, and tap the screen to jump. I have no idea how it works. It's pretty addicting and now that I've beaten it I can see myself losing some hours to trying to find all the collectibles and improve my times.

If you have $3, do yourself a favor and download this game from the app store. Florence is short, sweet and tells a really thoughtful story about love. It uses the medium creatively - the simple interactive setpieces it has you solve get turned on their head to feed into the emotional arc of the story. Really made me think about some things when it comes to relationships and the different ways one can affect your life. Plus it's just super charming and made me smile a lot.

Sonic CD
I'm a huge Sonic fan and it was a treat to play this, the weirdest of the 2D Sonic games, for the first time. I'm a sucker for the very 90s music and aesthetic it has going on (I've always been especially starstruck by the animated cutscenes) and have been meaning to experience it firsthand for quite a while. So I bought the lovingly crafted mobile port by Christian Whitehead for all its QOL features. This game... is a lot. and I love it. It takes level mechanics from previous Sonic games plus lots of its own, and goes absolutely hogwild with them, from the ridiculous bounciness of Wacky Workbench and Collision Chaos to the chaotic blistering speed of Stardust Speedway. Even after beating it, I feel I haven't even scratched the surface of this game with its time travel mechanic with 4 (!?) different versions of each zone, exploring alternate routes, and collecting the Time Stones. I'm excited to dig more into it!

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
4. Fast Like a Fox (Mobile) | 4th Feb - 3hrs | 5/5
5. Florence (Mobile) | 7th Feb - 1hr | 5/5
6. Sonic CD (Mobile) | 17th Mar - 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!

3 | High Hell | PC
4 hours | Completed January 8th

This was a fun little arcade shooter with Superhot-esque structure. Well designed short levels where you have to act fast but also think about your approach if you want to get the highest score possible. I really enjoy this game's style; the hot pink cel-shaded visuals, Doseone's banging soundtrack and the over the top enemies really make for a fun experience. It's a short game but going for the hidden collectibles and the high-scores adds a good amount of replayability to the levels. Burn the money and the drugs, free the monkeys and KILL BO$$!

4 | Resident Evil 2 | PS1
12.5 hours | Completed February 26th

In anticipation for the Resident Evil 2 remake, I started playing the original since I never actually finished it and I wanted to find out what changes they would make in the remake. I played the Leon A to Claire B route (so the non-canon one apparently) on normal difficulty and I had a lot of fun with both playthroughs. I had a bit of a rough time at the start (I must have died four to five times while making my way to the station...) but the game gets easier to manage later on. Like most Resident Evil games, I don't think the game is really that scary but some of the Mr. X moments definitely got my adrenaline pumping and the sewer section was horrifying. I think I honestly enjoyed RE1's mansion setting a bit more than the police station but the station (and the lab area) was still fun to explore. Really good soundtrack and sound effects in general and I think the goofy storytelling is honestly very endearing. Personally I don't mind the tank controls at all, of course they feel dated but I think they fit these games quite well. All in all a very enjoyable ride, even in this day and age, and definitely makes me appreciate the remake more (at the time of writing this I have already played quite a bit of it)! I also have RE3 downloaded on my Vita so when I get the RE itch again (itchy, tasty...) that's going to be next in line for sure.
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Oct 28, 2017
Reseved. I'll finally attempt it. This time I feel confident~!

1. Dragon Quest XI: Echos of an Elusive Age (PC) | 1st Feb - 77hrs | 4/5
"Jumped to this as a fan of Blue Dragon and it definitively deserve all the praises it got"
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