• It's the most wonderful time of the year! Make your list and check it twice. The ResetEra Games of the Year 2019 Voting Thread is now live. Voting will be open for the next 6 days, 7 hours, 29 minutes, 34 seconds, and will close on Jan 26, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

52 Games. 1 Year. 2020.

Illusionary

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,227
Manchester, UK
Do games without a clear end count? I feel like I'm gaming the system by writing down Viva Piñata, and it's not like I was ever going to 100% it but I'm trying to beat my personal mark when I was a kid (I believe I got to level 22...?)
If you've played to the point where you feel like you've exhausted what the game can offer, by all means include it.
 

LexusRacer

Member
Jan 15, 2018
71
I’ve attempted this every year and can never complete it. This year will be the year.

1. Death Stranding (still playing)
2. Astral Chain (currently playing)
 

KtotheRoc

Member
Oct 27, 2017
24,219
7: Dragon Quest. End: 1/7/2020. 6 Hours. Liked.

This is still a gaming classic, and it can be fun to go back to the basics. The presentation on the Switch version isn't the best, unfortunately. Still, no regrets.
 

ApinchofSaltz

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3
Completed: 3
1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS4) | 6th Jan - 12hrs | 4/5
2. Borderlands 3 (PS4) | 16th Jan - 32 hours | 4/5
3. Resident Evil 0 (PS4) | 19th Jan - 8 hours | 3/5

Currently playing:
Yoku’s Island Express

1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS4) | 6th Jan - 12hrs | 4/5
2. Borderlands 3 (PS4) | 16th Jan - 32 hours | 4/5
3. Resident Evil 0 (PS4) | 19th Jan - 8 hours | 3/5
 
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Rirse

Member
Jun 29, 2019
365
Little late posting this due to work, but January 7th game was Mario Golf for the GBC.





This game is still pretty cool and unique, as it a tennis rpg with Mario and pals barely being part of it. Need to get the device for the N64 so I can bring my characters to the game whenever I buy that game up again.
 

Whimsicalish

Member
Dec 30, 2019
9
Midwest
Update 2!

Five games at a time seems to be a good amount. If I held this pace I would be done with the challenge in February but that won't happen. Half the games have been stuff I didn't manage to finish in 2019 so it looks faster than it is. I spent about 100h on Persona 3 (coming soon to an update post near you) and Dark Souls III last year!




6. Arrog (PC) | 3rd Jan - 0.5hrs | 2/5 | 100% Completion

Prior knowledge:
Absolutely none. Got it in a Humble bundle and thought the picture looked cool.​

The positives:
The style! I really love how it looks. It's sad that this is the only thing I can put here. The tale it wants to tell might fit here too since it is fine.​

The negatives:
The length has to be mentioned, mostly because I wish I could see more of this great art. The puzzles also goes here... they are not even puzzles to be honest. You just click around a little. The game doesn't do anything badly, it just doesn't do much at all.​




7. I Am Bread (PC) | 4th Jan - 12hrs | 3/5 | 100% Completion

Prior knowledge:
I had seen some videos of the first level or so. I knew what it was about and how it controlled. It's hard to miss the "meme games" like this.​

The positives:
Most of the modes! I was surprised at how fun it was to play overall, but Bagel Race and Cheese Hunt were especially fun. The first is simple and fast while the other is the most tricky while still being enjoyable. Until I got how the speedrunning works and the tricks for it I had no idea how you would be able to get A++ on every level. It was really nice to figure that out by myself!​

The negatives:
The physics are wonky by choice and I understand why, but it can still be very frustrating when something flings you away so that you get stuck in an object and have to restart a run that went well. Also, Zero-G sucks. It isn't fun in any way, just dumb. I learned how to steer pretty fast but it was still a pain to finish the levels. Never again.​




8. Gone Home (PC) | 5th Jan - 3hrs | 4/5 | 100% Completion

Prior knowledge:
I had completed the game with all journals many years ago, long before they added achievements.​

The positives:
Most of the developer commentary was really fun to listen to. I loved to get confirmations about the references I understood and info about the ones I missed. It's interesting to play through a game like Gone Home when you know how it all goes, it is a very different experience. The story is still good, if a little less special now.​

The negatives:
The floaty feeling when you walk isn't very pleasant and you can get stuck on corners and stuff which is annoying. The varying sound quality and volume of the dev commentary was jarring and one kind I skipped entirely because it wasn't fun to listen to due to how it was delivered.​




9. Dark Souls III (PC) | 5th Jan - 115hrs | 5/5 | 100% Completion

Prior knowledge:
I had gone completely spoiler free until I beat it once so I knew nothing about this game specifically. I just knew it was more Dark Souls.​

The positives:
Pretty much everything and it has ended up being my favorite Soulsborne game. It has my favorite bosses, great areas, fun builds/spells/weapons and basically does everything I want it to. Surprising invaders with a combination of sorceries, pyromancies, miracles and my awesome "weapon skill" (that was basically a mad bullrush) was very fun. One of my overall favorite games for sure.​

The negatives:
It has done most things right when it comes to QoL, but I would have liked to be able to level up at bonfires. All but one game in the series require you do go talk to a lady to level up and it's just so unnecessary. Oh, right, the covenant grinds for cheevos weren't exactly fun.​




10. Minit (PC) | 6th Jan - 3hrs | 5/5 | 100% Completion

Prior knowledge:
Almost nothing. I knew it was something about only living for a minute at a time.​

The positives:
Pretty much everything. It really succeeds at what it wants to be. I love the simple design, it sounds good and it's just the right length. The gameplay is very fun and I quickly understood what to do and how. The second run was a real challenge which I appreciated.​

The negatives:
Can't think of any specifics. Loved the game.​

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Love the images and the fact that they're different shapes. I like reading your thoughts on each game too. Very organized!
 

Hanzakisan

Member
Oct 27, 2017
6
Reserved! Let's do this...

Currently playing:

Fallout 4 (PS2)
Lego City Undercover (Xbox One)
No Man's Sky (PS4)
Slay the Spire (PC)
 

Tizoc

Member
Oct 25, 2017
20,891
Oman
3. Uncharted Lost Legacy


Best Uncharted game. Took them 10 years to finally figure out how to make actual proper gameplay in their games.
Would've liked more puzzles and less extended traversing but otherwise a solid game IMO.
 

LonestarZues

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3,007
Reserved! Let's do this...

Currently playing:

Fallout 4 (PS2)
Lego City Undercover (Xbox One)
No Man's Sky (PS4)
Slay the Spire (PC)
I too would love to play Fallout 4 on PS2. :)

3. Uncharted Lost Legacy


Best Uncharted game. Took them 10 years to finally figure out how to make actual proper gameplay in their games.
Would've liked more puzzles and less extended traversing but otherwise a solid game IMO.
Great game. This one and Uncharted 2 are the most replayable of the series.
 

TheOneJat

Member
Oct 1, 2018
78
3. Uncharted Lost Legacy


Best Uncharted game. Took them 10 years to finally figure out how to make actual proper gameplay in their games.
Would've liked more puzzles and less extended traversing but otherwise a solid game IMO.

Still hoping for this on PSN. One day! Started playing some 'Hidden Folks' today on steam. Charming little Wheres Wally? like gem.
 

NarcAn

Member
Feb 1, 2019
193
Completed 2 more today!


2. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GB) / 08/01/2020 - 12:20h / 4/5. -> Wow! I'm not a big Zelda fan. In fact, i kinda dislike Zelda games in general, but... this one was actually pretty good! Funny at times and with a good amount of fun puzzles to solve, it's a pretty solid game. The story got me too.



3. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Pc) / 08/01/2020 - 8 h / 3/5. -> I found the story a little confusing at times and the hack'n slash action is a bit weak, but the platforming is solid and fun.​
 

TheOneJat

Member
Oct 1, 2018
78
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Fifth game done. Hidden Folks on steam. Got this recommended a while back by a friend and I really enjoyed it. Took about 3 hours in total but really quite charming. Would love more games like this for PC.
 

DoradoWinston

Member
Apr 9, 2019
1,982
2020.

1. The Outer Worlds (PC)


2. Pokemon Sword (Switch)


3. Life is Strange 2 : Episode 1 (Xbox)


4. MCC: Halo Reach (Xbox)


5. Old Man's Journey (Xbox)


6. Tracks - The Train Set Game (Xbox)


7. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Xbox)


8. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PC)


9. Age of Empires II (PC)


10. Resident Evil 5 (PC)


11: COD: Modern Warfare (PC)


12. Minecraft (Xbox)


13. Kind Words (PC)


14. Pavlov VR (PC)


15. TABS (Xbox)


16. SoulCalibur VI




(This is by far the largest dump ill make all year as im going to be extremely busy, its gonna probably be more switch games and mobile games than last year because at least ill have time in transit. Best of luck to everyone! and yea ill update this with my thoughts either later tonight or on the weekend)
 

Rirse

Member
Jun 29, 2019
365
Today game is Tetrisphere





I like it, but I honestly have no idea how to place blocks outside of the ones with the shadows on screen. Half the time I try to place something and get a skull instead.
 

Bosh

Member
Oct 26, 2017
1,669

#7: Final Fantasy Adventure (1/6/2020) | 8/10 | Switch | ~ 10 Hours | Recommend: Y
# Overall -8 | Great story and meaty campaign packed into the first Mana game
Gameplay -8.2 | Lots of enemie types, including bosses. Controls and dungeon layouts are only okay.
Sound -8 | Some excellent tracks hidden behind the few sub par ones that play the majority of the game
Story/Online -9 | Fantastic story. Overworld also leads to fun single player experience.
Asking Price-8.33 | Lot of content, not a game I would replay because of some of the more obtuse elements but worth playing once!
 

laoni

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,120
A very small update, but, in terms of hours, a bit of a doozy.



1. Slay the Spire (Switch) | 15hrs

I only cleared Act 3 on Ironclad, but, I did play all 3 characters available for me. It's wonderful for those pick-up, put-down play sessions where you just want something quick and easy. It's unlikely I'll clear Act 3 on the other characters, I think, but, I can certainly see myself coming back again and again when I just want that quick gaming fix.



2. The Witcher 3 (Base game) | 76hrs

Hoo boy, this ate up my life for the past week or so. I enjoyed pretty much all of the quest lines, and watching the show at the same time gave me some nice backstory for stuff I had not run into, having not played the previous games or read the books. It's a shame about the combat though, actually playing the game wasn't too fun, and in the end I turned the difficulty right down so I could just blast through it and go for the stuff I was really enjoying, the plot and characters. In the end,
Ciri was a Witcher, Radovik was dead, Temeria was a vassal state and Geralt and Yenn retired peacefully. I was pretty happy with this ending.
. Next up is the Heart of Stone DLC, and then Blood and Wine (I've seen a playthrough of Blood and Wine before)
 

ChrisD

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,107
Posting even though I don’t think I ever updated last year’s post? I actually finished more games than ever, despite being more busy lol. Maybe I’ll remember to update this year.
 

Weiss

Member
Oct 25, 2017
22,988
3. Banjo-Tooie - 09/01/2019

Is it as good as the first? No, but it tried a lot of new ideas and was maybe too ambitious for its own good. Still a great game.
 
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1. Shadow of the Tomb Raider - The Path Home - 3 hours
After 133 hours playing SotTR, I'm finally done with the main game and all DLCs. The last DLC is probably one of the best ones for this game, decent tomb, nice story bits - nothing amazing, but it's good for that it is. It's not worth it as a separate entity but as part of the Definitive edition? Sure, I'll take it.
 

BPHusker

Member
Oct 26, 2017
705
Nebraska
#2 Tetris Effect - 1/8/2020 - 3 Hrs - 5/5
I finally decided to play through Journey mode. What a great game, the music and graphics are amazing. If you have the ability, play it in VR.

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honorless

Member
Oct 28, 2017
180
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Fifth game done. Hidden Folks on steam. Got this recommended a while back by a friend and I really enjoyed it. Took about 3 hours in total but really quite charming. Would love more games like this for PC.
This one's on my shortlist. Looks cute AF. Did you get the Beach DLC?

Today game is Tetrisphere


I like it, but I honestly have no idea how to place blocks outside of the ones with the shadows on screen. Half the time I try to place something and get a skull instead.
Suuuper underrated game. One of the two I truly wish wasn't trapped on such a terrible console.
You HAVE to make a match (3 or more of the same piece) when you drop a block, otherwise you get dinged. Note that you can drag pieces on the sphere around if you have room, and the little Lego-looking pieces are destructible (so you can drag blocks through them). It's been a long time since I've played, so I'm likely forgetting some things. GL with it!
 
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Whimsicalish

Member
Dec 30, 2019
9
Midwest
03 | Monster Prom
PC Steam | Jan 8th | 13hrs | 4/5


Monster Prom is a dating sim you can enjoy solo or with 2 - 4 players. The writing is humorous and self aware it is a dating sim. It does use stronger language like cursing; that's how I speak so it was fine with me. The voice acting is fantastic. The art is amazing. Bright, beautiful colors and the characters even have multiple outfits. They're not wearing ONE thing throughout the entire run.

All the characters are fairly cliche in a way. Ex: the werewolf is a dumb jock. The vampire is a hipster that can only enjoy things if they're unpopular. But that works with this ridiculous sim. The more runs you do, the more events you unlock. My only dislike would be some routes are RNG. You can't get certain secret endings unless you are lucky and that's the route the game decides you'll see. Kinda a bummer but does encourage you to keep playing. I recommend if you feel silly.

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Baybob

Member
Oct 4, 2019
54
Update #1



1. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Switch) | 4th Jan - 52hrs | 4/5

I had a good time with this game, not great, not awful, just good. I had been playing it off and on sense it came out on the switch and finally got to the first ending and said that was enough for me right now. All of the characters are good, but none stand out to much to me except sylvando. The combat was a bit boring at times but I love how you can avoid most monsters by running right past them. In the JRPG I played just prior to this one ( Ni No Kuni) I found it difficult to avoid battles when in certain areas which I found annoying. I mean to get back sometime in the future to get the real ending but right now it seems like to much grinding to me.



2. Mutant Mudds (Switch) | 5th Jan - 6hrs | 3/5

I have started This games several times and never got past the third level, getting annoyed at the cycles of the flashing platforms. I decided to sit down and give it a good try, and I am now glad that I did. It took a while for me to understand exactly how the game was asking to be played but when it did click, I finished the rest of it in a sitting or two. The art and music are unremarkable but charming. The real reason to play this game is for the challenging platforming (for me at least).



3. Pokémon Shield (Switch) | 9th Jan - 19hrs | 3/5

JAPG ( just another Pokemon game.) A fun romp thru a England inspired Pokemon region. While I agree that Pokemon has a lot of untapped potential, the games they do make are still fun and well worth playing if you are a fan of the franchise.

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Jakenbakin

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Jun 17, 2018
1,260


First game of the year is complete. Having played Shovel Knight way back when it released, I had decided to hook up the Wii U and start moving through the old Treasure Trove. Specter Knight appealed to me the most and I just say it was... pretty good. I like his agility and range of moves, but the battles are too easy and the platforming too finnicky. I enjoy the game a good amount, but it definitely didn't live up to the original game as much. It took me 5:42 to complete, and I didn't bother with the challenges or the few extra red skulls I missed.

I went ahead and played the first level of Plague Knight to move on to, and I absolutely hate it. I'm going to stick with it and hope I get better at controlling him, but right now it is a nightmare. I'm going to buy Tanglewood on the Switch sale so that will be added to my collection of things to probably play soon.

Currently Playing:
Plague Knight
SaGa Scarlet Grace Ambitions

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Rirse

Member
Jun 29, 2019
365
Late posting this due to work, but today was Panzer Dragoon Orta running on the Xbox One X.





Hard to do the game justice since it moves so fast, but this is a very pretty game that also a great rail shooter too.
 

KiDdYoNe

Member
Oct 25, 2017
403
Right, last year was a step up from the year before. I ended up finishing around 40 games and while this challenge was the thing to push me to play the games, I kinda ended up finishing some games I wouldn't normally finish. Like, I just went for the completion so I can say "hey I've completed this and this".

2020 should probably be a clean up year for the generation, at least for me. There's plenty of stuff to finish, a new console at home and a huge backlog from previous years. Good luck to everyone participating this year!
 

FRANKEINSTEIN

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,574
AZ
2. Resident Evil: HD Remaster (PS4) Jan 10 15.5 Hrs ★★★
I never played RE on the GameCube but I did play it on PS1. Although never beat it. Really great game. A few puzzles I had to look up and most of the time I shook my head because the answer was obvious.
 

Allfer2

Member
Feb 21, 2019
6
First year participating! Seems unlikely I'll make it between work/school, but I'm at least going to try.

Games I'm playing currently
1. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
2. Destiny 2
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare


January
1. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (PS4) | 01/04/2020 | 2 hours | 4.5/5
2. Life is Strange 2 (PS4) | 01/10/2020 | 12 hours | 4/5
3. Sayonara Wild Hearts (PS4) | 01/10/2020 | 1 hour | 4/5
 
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Lobotomaxx

Member
Dec 30, 2019
6
Nebraska
2/52.



Aegis Defenders | 1/10/20 | Steam | 2/5 | 3 hours 25 minutes
This game really wasn't bad, I just am not fond of tower defense games. I must've gotten this in a humble monthly at some point. You'll start levels with some short-ish platforming levels with some puzzle solving as well. There are several collectibles and currencies in each level to collect. You can buy weapon upgrades and class specific upgrades as well. The second half of the levels is the tower defense portion of the game. I don't know what it is, but they stress me out. They also used a color system for each characters' abilities and the colors were too similar for my color blind eyes to figure out. I got fed up and decided to stop when I did, but this is a game that has been in my library and would've not been played at all if not for this challenge.

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Whimsicalish

Member
Dec 30, 2019
9
Midwest
2/52.



Aegis Defenders | 1/10/20 | Steam | 2/5 | 3 hours 25 minutes
This game really wasn't bad, I just am not fond of tower defense games. I must've gotten this in a humble monthly at some point. You'll start levels with some short-ish platforming levels with some puzzle solving as well. There are several collectibles and currencies in each level to collect. You can buy weapon upgrades and class specific upgrades as well. The second half of the levels is the tower defense portion of the game. I don't know what it is, but they stress me out. They also used a color system for each characters' abilities and the colors were too similar for my color blind eyes to figure out. I got fed up and decided to stop when I did, but this is a game that has been in my library and would've not been played at all if not for this challenge.

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sick dude, I'm proud of you
 

Illusionary

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,227
Manchester, UK
2/52.



Aegis Defenders | 1/10/20 | Steam | 2/5 | 3 hours 25 minutes
This game really wasn't bad, I just am not fond of tower defense games. I must've gotten this in a humble monthly at some point. You'll start levels with some short-ish platforming levels with some puzzle solving as well. There are several collectibles and currencies in each level to collect. You can buy weapon upgrades and class specific upgrades as well. The second half of the levels is the tower defense portion of the game. I don't know what it is, but they stress me out. They also used a color system for each characters' abilities and the colors were too similar for my color blind eyes to figure out. I got fed up and decided to stop when I did, but this is a game that has been in my library and would've not been played at all if not for this challenge.

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It's a very recent game from Humble Bundle - it was in the new-style Humble Choice for December.
 

Thauros

Member
Dec 11, 2018
14
Hey there, I attempted this on my own last year and missed the mark by a bit. Had no idea there was a club of people doing the same! Here's what I've got so far for the year:

3/52
1. Resident Evil 2 Remake (PS4) | 4th Jan - 8hrs | 4.5/5
2. Cadence of Hyrule (Switch) | 5th Jan - 5hrs | 3.5/5
3. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate: World of Light (Switch) | 18th Jan - 20hrs | 2.5/5

Currently Playing:
The Witcher 3
Chrono Trigger
 
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2. The White Door - 2 hours
The White Door is a new point-and-click adventure game made by Rusty Lake and Second Maze. I’ve never played previous Rusty Lake games, but this one instantly caught my attention with its unusual artstyle and concept, so I’ve decided to give it a try. It's a pretty straightforward game, you just need to click or drag items on the screen to progress further. There’s a lot of puzzles, but they were all quite easy to solve and you probably won’t get stuck for more than a minute. My main issue with the gameplay is how it controls, it’s very noticeable that this game was made mainly for touchscreen devices. You occasionally need to do swipe moves with a pointer, and it just doesn’t feel natural to do them with the mouse. So yeah, if you don’t mind on which platform to play this game, getting it on mobile instead of PC is probably a better idea.

Anyway, you are not going to play The White Door for its gameplay, but for its artstyle and story. This game has some interesting ideas in terms of narrative design and keeps a few surprises for the unprepared player. You are playing as Robert Hill who suffers from severe memory loss and he’s getting treatment in a mental health facility. Your goal is to go through 7 days of strict routine in order to explore his dreams and recover his memories. Developers were clearly trying to get that Twin Peaks vibe, the storyline and atmosphere are surreal and mysterious, and at some point, it even gets downright creepy. The game is not very long, it took me 2 hours to complete it, and it’ll take you another hour or two to unlock all achievements.

Since The White Door was my first game in the Rusty Lake series, I’ve probably missed most of the references, but I think it was good as a standalone experience too. If anything, it got me interested in playing the older games in this series, which I already have in my library but never played them before. Yeah, the backlog problem is real to me as well. It’s a short game, but considering its low price, I really can’t complain about its length. If you love weird and unique story-driven games, then The White Door is what you are looking for. Just remember that you’ll probably want to play it on a touchscreen and mouse controls is not the best option in the case of this game.
 

Brock Reiher

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Oct 25, 2017
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Time for my first set of 5! Master Post


1. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64) | 1st Jan - 8hrs | 5/5

I think of Mario 64 as one of my favorite games of all time, but I haven't actually played it in a while. I think it still holds up. I played it while studying for two huge exams so I could keep my body busy while my brain was free to listen to study materials, and it was amazing for that. I still think it's the best 3D Mario game: the music, visuals, and creativity are still unmatched by any of its sequels. I love the file select theme. I love that I was able to straight up skip Whomp's Fortress and never open that door and still beat the game.

Only complaint I have is that the game does get worse as it goes on. I was definitely having fun in the first section, before Bowser Dark World. Once you start getting up to the top floors a bit of the magic is gone, but it's still one of my favorite games ever.

2. Chameleon Twist (Nintendo 64) | 8th Jan - 1hr | 2/5


This was one of the games I remember owning for the N64 when I was really little, and the recent thread on it made me want to check it out again. I remember almost nothing of this game, outside of vague memories of some hallways and those little domino enemies. It probably would have been better if I didn't remember it, to be honest. This game looks terrible, plays worse, and has the word kind of puzzles, where you're just doing one kind of easy thing 20 times before the next check point, and if you fail you have to restart. They get points for creativity though, I really like the designs and art style a lot, and all of the levels aren't just Mario ripoffs like you'd see in other 3D platformers.

3. Chameleon Twist 2 (Nintendo 64) | 8th Jan - 2hrs | 3/5


Now we're talking! The game still isn't good, but the addition of the umbrella and the ability to stick your tongue to the terrain makes actually playing it a lot more fun. It suffers from a lot of the same problems as the first one, but I think it's just done a lot better here. The reason why I don't regret my time with this game, and it may just be nostalgia from barely formed memories talking, but I love love love love love the backgrounds in this game. All of the levels are basically ugly 3D islands floating over sprite-based backdrops, but they look soooo gooood. The visuals made me happy, so it was worth finishing.

Also, this game reminded me of Mario Odyssey quite a bit. The rabbits, the levels based on ancient japan, the odd character designs... just saying I think Nintendo stole from this game just a bit. It's the kind of game where it feels like if they had just nailed the controls a tiny bit more, it could have been actually good.

4. Yoshi's Story (Nintendo 64) | 9th Jan - 2hrs | 4/5


Look, I get it, but this game has the best vibes of all time. The way the music changes from screen to screen despite always being the same song, the background visuals, the sound effects... all 10/10. It's definitely too easy but it is short, which puts it above other Yoshi games like Yoshi's Crafted World which wear out their welcome despite their good vibes. Add in the scoring mechanic and the incentive to play through the game multiple times to check out all the stages (which all have their own distinct vibes)... and you've got a classic.

And the credits theme... tears every time.

5. Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy) | 11th Jan - 30mins | 4/5


This one is kind of padding, but it's fine. When I played Dream Land last year I gave it a 3/5, but returning to it after finishing many other Kirby games last year, my opinion on it has improved. It's the perfect length and the music and enemy designs fit it nicely. I don't miss Kirby's lack of copy abilities at all; sometimes in later Kirby games they'll put puzzles in your path that require you to use different abilities, and those are always the kind of puzzles that are more busy work than anything else. I also like that the game has shooting sections which are actually pretty fun but again don't wear out their welcome. It's a simple game but a really good one.



Last year I played almost exclusively new games, this year is all repeats so far (I think I beat Chameleon Twist 1 and 2 before). Oh well.

Currently playing:
Dark Souls
Dark Souls 2
Viewtiful Joe
Pikmin
Sonic Adventure DX
Banjo-Kazooie
Shovel Knight King of Cards
Papers Please
Planet Zoo
 
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KtotheRoc

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Oct 27, 2017
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8: Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. End: 1/11/2019. 4 Hours. Liked.

And so I close out my playthrough of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy with Warped. It felt like an easier game than the others in the trilogy, but it was also not afraid to try something different. (The game needed more plane levels!)
 

SlayerSaint

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Jan 6, 2019
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Obligatory online games I always play and first single player game I've beat of 2020.

**SPOILER WARNING**

1. Outer Wilds / 1-11-20 / ~10 hours / 3 Stars

A game I wanted to love so much more than I actually did. The sense of exploration, discovery, and progression is great at first but the game quickly finds itself bogged down by further and further complications with less and less sense of wonder. If I could maintain that joy of seeing everything for the first time throughout the entire experience, my feelings on this game would be much better, but I just couldn't.

Once that luster wore off, I was left with a shell of the experience I think I wanted. However, I still liked it well enough to give it a 3 and would consider this a recommend. It is worth it for the first several loops alone and will lead to some great moments of discovering. The sense of wonder I felt as I explored the underbelly of Brittle Hollow. The sense of confusion as I learned to navigate Giant's Deep. The sense of dread I had as I followed a light on Dark Bramble only to see what awaited me.... if you know you know. The "hold my beer" like attitude as I just decided to fly into the sun for one of my lives and see if anything happened. Nothing did.

2. Rocket League / 1-11-20 / ~1000 hours in total, ~20 this year already / 3.5 Stars


This game used to be higher rated for me but the more time goes on the more flawed the game becomes to me. I still enjoy it, obviously, but continued issues with the net code to this day are still bothersome to me. Regardless, it's a fun concept that is otherwise executed to perfection. Don't have to say much about this game, we all know. Just wish I didn't have to say "Psyonix Pls" as much as I do!

3. Madden NFL 20 / 1-11-20 / 4 hours / 2 Stars


This is just more Madden, and unfortunately that means in all of the bad ways. I no longer buy Madden and haven't in years, but someone got this for me for Christmas so I checked it out. It's just riddled with the exact same issues that they never bother to fix because they make mad cash, so I can't blame them. I get the pleasure of rating it low though, so ha, take that EA.

4. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep / 1-11-20 / ~450 hours total (in all of D2), ~5 this year / 3 Stars


Shadowkeep was definitely a downgrade from the greatness that was Forsaken but I've still enjoyed it and still play some Destiny from time to time. For the rating I decided to rate just Shadowkeep content specifically, but D2 as a whole package right now would be 4 or 4.5 stars for me. So much great content, so little time.

5. Overwatch / 1-11-20 / ~600 hours total, ~6 this year / 4 Stars


Unlike Destiny but like Rocket League, Overwatch is one of those online games that has only gotten worse over time for me. I still enjoy it, and I enjoy the Overwatch League, but the game itself has been bogged down by bad patches, overkitted heroes, and a general jumping away from what made Overwatch so fun in the beginning.

Role queue however was a great addition which did bring a little life back into it for me. Overwatch was my 2016 GOTY in 2016 and well I'd still have to say it's my 2016 GOTY in 2020 as well, but I await Overwatch 2 with a cautiously optimistic attitude, eager to see how many issues with the game they fix.
 
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Rirse

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Jun 29, 2019
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Have to double up today due to being sick yesterday, so here January 10th and 11th games for both Control and Pokemon Red.




Control I gave up on last year (and posted about in another thread) due to constantly dying to a mini boss guarding a respawn checkpoint. Dunno if it was the patch that it downloaded or just the downtime but I killed him with zero problems this time. Want to finish it finally.




And the second game is Pokemon Red. I actually want to do something similar that I did last year where I beat all the mainline (minus the two MMO) Final Fantasy games after having only beat half the entries in the series with Pokemon. After I finish Pokemon Sword (featured a few days ago), I want to go back to this and beat it and go on to Crystal, Emerald, Leaf Green, Colossum, XD, Platinum, White 1 & 2, Y, Alpha Sapphire, and Ultra Moon.
 

Spyware

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Oct 26, 2017
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Update 3!

Another batch of five! Two long games that felt good to finally finish and a couple of short experiences. Perfect mix!




11. Persona 3 Portable (PSP) | 7th Jan - 120hrs | 5/5 | Max S-Link and all Personas

Prior knowledge:
Played through the story of the Male MC on PS2 ages ago, played about half of Female MC around P3P release in 2010.​

The positives:
Almost everything, I love the combination of "dating sim" like gameplay where choices matter at least somewhat and the visits to the dungeon. The battle system is great in this game and this version is my favorite for a couple of reasons, among them the simple fact that you have control over the whole party instead of only the main character. The FeMC playthrough is miles better too! You can actually have platonic relationships! You also get a little less of the sexism shit, even if it still shows up in different ways. Thankfully "Beautiful Lady" is nowhere to be seen either.​

The negatives:
Sexism. Homophobia. Transphobia. I have to bring these up when talking about Persona. Since I played the FeMC route I didn't have to handle the worst stuff and my score doesn't reflect these things. My experience with the game was amazing so it gets a 5/5, but I still want to be super clear I hate this shit. Another negative is a whole character from start to finish. Please go away Ken.​




12. A Plague Tale: Innocence (PC) | 8th Jan - 14hrs | 3/5 | 100% Completion

Prior knowledge:
Pretty much none!​

The positives:
I really liked all the characters and the game is beautiful both in design and some of the themes. The dark themes and feelings are well presented too and I felt for the characters. I like stealth games and this was nice to play through in general.​

The negatives:
I hate to be so critical of a game I like but some stuff just bother me a lot. The game is very "gamey", and I know that sounds silly but it feels off to have things like material gathering, crafting and some other things in a game with this kind of heavy story focus where a lot of it revolves around having to hurry and such. Especially the material gathering and collectibles are often detrimental to the story and the way its supposed to be told. The devs decided to have several sections where all the characters are yelling for each other to hurry up, and even the main character saying to "herself" (the player) that "I should go do that! Now!" but all around you there are things the devs put there for you to collect, glimmering to really scream "here I am, come and collect me! You will need me for all the stuff you are going to do next!". It bothers me so much.​




13. ASTRONEER (PC) | 8th Jan - 108hrs | 5/5 | 100% Completion

Prior knowledge:
I hadn't looked at it much before buying it, I knew it was a game about base building, resource gathering and exploration and that it was cute.​

The positives:
Everything! It's one of my fav games for sure. It's super fun to play, very relaxing but still deep enough that you have to plan ahead and such. Great co-op too! The mystery that you set out to solve is interesting enough to do but doesn't take the spotlight from the sandbox-y stuff, which I like. It's a game that feels made for me.​

The negatives:
Uhm... nope. Can't think of any.​




14. The Touryst (Switch) | 9th Jan - 5hrs | 5/5 | 100% Completion

Prior knowledge:
I had seen a handful of screenshots and part of a short trailer I think. I had no idea what the game was about, I had only heard it was good.​

The positives:
I feel like I am just repeating myself here. Another game where I can put pretty much everything here. Graphics, audio, gameplay... they are all here. The variety in the gameplay is great, it never got boring or tedious in any way. Some stuff was easy, other things were a bit more challenging, but generally it was a very smooth experience. No road blocks to be found. Superb experience and it looks so stunning!​

The negatives:
Nothing I can think of.​




15. Sea of Solitude (PC) | 11th Jan - 4hrs | 4/5 | 100% Completion

Prior knowledge:
A short trailer around E3 a couple of years ago? I don't remember the actual trailer, but I remember liking it and thinking "I should play that at some point". So I went in pretty much blind.​

The positives:
The heavy themes of the game were handled pretty well. Some of it hit very close to home too so I really felt for a couple of the characters. Unlike A Plague Tale the collectibles in this were not the least bit harmful to the experience and I really liked finding one kind to see what it would tell me. The gameplay is just light 3D platforming and it works fine.​

The negatives:
Nothing really specific, it's a fine experience overall.​

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newmoneytrash

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Oct 25, 2017
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2020 Master Post

Short List:


Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (04/01/2020)
killer7 (12/01/2020)
Ape Out (12/01/2020)
A Short Hike (14/01/2020)
Katana ZERO (16/01/2020)

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1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice | PC | Completed 04/01/2020 | ★★★★

Notoriously finished this using an easy mode mod and had fun like a true godless idiot

2. killer7 | PC | Completed 12/01/2020 | ★★★★★

I had never played killer7 before and it... rules? It took me a long time to get my head around the gameplay loop but once I did I had a really good time

3. Ape Out | PC | Completed 12/01/2020 | ★★★

It was alright. I completely understand why people are so high on this game but I don't really have the desire to go back and replay it on hard or anything. The art style and music goes a long, long way to the experience (even more so than Hotline Miami imo). I'm glad I played it but it don't really move me one way or the other

4. A Short Hike | PC | Completed 14/01/2020 | ★★★

I got about forty five minutes to an hour in poking around at all of the stuff to do before I was like “fuck it, I’m just gonna get to the top of this mountain”. This was on a lot of people’s best of lists last year and I get it, I just wasn’t really in the mood to wring as much out of it as I probably should. I love the art style and it controls really well and is tonally extremely chill, but it didn’t really stick with me the way it did with others.

5. Katana ZERO | PC | Completed 16/01/2020 | ★★★★

I
*Ioved* this game. The only thing I really knew about it before I played it was that it was a side-scrolling action game and that it was really good. I didn't know anything about the mechanics, which were really fun, and I definitely had no idea there was such a strong emphasis on story. The way the story was presented was just... it's so good. This game is so good. On it's face it just seems like a cyberpunk ninja game or whatever but I really enjoyed the world building and just the shitty, awful characters that were juxtaposed with the sweetest relationship development with a kid in your apartment building. I can't say enough good things about this game, it's very, very good.
 
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KtotheRoc

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Oct 27, 2017
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9: Dragon Quest II. End: 1/12/2019. 9 Hours. Liked.

I made my way through the Switch port of Dragon Quest II, and enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. While I'm not wild about the graphics, I was wild about the QOL improvements. You can now Zoom to any town you have been to before instead of just going to the last town you saved at. This is a god send for this game, and greatly improved the experience.
 

Yahtzee!

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Nov 12, 2017
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Update: January 13th, 2020

Game 5: The White Door (PC) (1 Hour, 46 Minutes) (3/5)

Another short game but an extremely enjoyable one none the less. I've never played a Rusty Lake game before but this games premise and design and everything about it is so interesting and there is so much attention to detail at every corner. The story is a genuine mystery cause I still have no idea what was going on and I love it. My only problem with the game is that some puzzle feel just a bit, weird? Like there is one puzzle where you have to match up fingers and it took me 10 minutes to figure that out. Great short interesting game, easily the best game released in 2020 so far!

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