Anything finished in 2020 counts. Doesn't matter if you started it last year or 2010 as long as you finish it in 2020.Fuck it, think I'm gonna compete this year. Got too much of a backlog and not enough desire to spend. Reserved!
Quick question (I'll delete this if I get an answer):
What's the policy on finishing half-finished games either from years or weeks prior? For instance I've already started Control and am about 4 or so hours in; if I finish it now will that count towards my total or not? Similarly for longer games that might take more than a week to complete (like Cyberpunk 2077, for example).
Thanks. That makes sense, then. I think I'll put a personal restriction on "if the game's more than 50% complete when I start it in 2020 then it doesn't count." So that would have disqualified The Outer Worlds if I had finished it today (instead of a few days ago) as I only had to do 2 story quests to finish it after coming back from a fairly long hiatus.
Just the ones that have stats, though most do. Others have their own internal counter, especially RPGs. Those who have neither you just have to control yourself. If you're interested in recording times ofc. Some people do, some don't.
1. Ben 10: Ultimate Alien - Cosmic Destruction (PS3) - January 3 - 6/10
This is a solid game. Definitely my favourite Ben 10 game so far as it pretty much perfects the formula here. I particularly love how smooth the combat and switching between aliens is.
2. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan (PS4) - January 12 - 7/10
Honestly, I'm quite disappointed by this. I LOVED Until Dawn. I enjoyed it so much that it was literally my 2015 Game of the Year. As a follow-up, Man of Medan is a major disappointment. I still enjoyed it because I greatly enjoy this style of game, but it misses the mark in so many ways. Firstly, the writing is extremely poor. Until Dawn never had Oscar-worthy writing, but they managed to nail the perfect schlocky horror tone. Unfortunately, Man of Medan misses big time in this aspect. The writing isn't even cheesy, it's just straight-up cringeworthy. I genuinely couldn't believe some of the lines I was hearing from characters. Not to mention how the tone of the game is all over the place. The characters are in life and death situations but will spring from being terrified to cracking dad jokes in the span of seconds. I also hated how many red herrings the plot served up. Well, at least I assume they were red herrings. I'm certainly not playing through the game a bunch more times to find out what was going on there. Plus, there is a plot hole or two thrown in for good measure! My biggest one was the fact that the military seems to confirm they're coming to rescue the group, yet just never show up?
Outside of the story, the QTEs feel a little sloppy here, particularly the ones based around controlling your breathing/heart rate. There were definitely times where I successfully pulled up the QTE, only to have the game tell me I failed. Needless to say, these were extremely frustrating and definitely directly lead to multiple character deaths in the final 20 minutes.
3. Pokémon Yellow (GB) - January 12 - 6/10
While this game undoubtedly improves on many aspects of Red and Blue, playing it so close to those two games is an absolute chore. They hype of the anime references, but those references disappear very quickly and have almost no impact on how the game plays out. While it does smooth over a lot of issues, many of the major fundamental issues from Red/Blue are still here and still annoying as ever. Despite not changing much, they also manage to sneak in a bunch of new issues.
4. Johnny Test (NDS) - January 13 - 6.5/10
Who knew a Johnny Test game could be so enjoyable? It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but this game is a genuinely good platformer. It's heavily derivative of series like Mario and Mega Man, but it executes those notes rather well. The platforming is rather tight for a licensed game and I can't say I had any major issues with the gameplay. The biggest negatives is that this game is too damn short. It'll take you no more than 90 minutes to breeze through the games' three worlds. It honestly felt like I'd only played through the introductory levels. Also, the final boss battle is terrible.