52 Games. 1 Year. 2020.

Phendrana

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Oct 26, 2017
2,703
Sydney, Australia
In for this! I managed 40 games in 2018 (which was huge for me), but only 25 games in 2019. So I don't have a great record, but hopefully 2020 will be the year that I seal the deal.

Currently Playing:
  • Persona 4 Golden (PSV) | Started 7th January. ~25hrs so far.
  • Slay the Spire (NS) | Started 17th December. ~30hrs so far.
  • Worms W.M.D. (PS4) | Started December. ~6hrs so far.
 

shaneo632

Member
Oct 29, 2017
14,225
Essex, UK
Next up, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, which is a whole 2 hours long lmao. Should buy me 6 extra days to get through Yakuza Kiwami 2 to keep up with the "1 per week" rule.
 

LonestarZues

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Oct 27, 2017
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Weekly update 2 - Finished another 2 games this week.

3. Hellblade - Amazing game. Puzzles kept it from being a masterpiece in my eyes. Really loved the environments, story, finding lorestones, voice acting and the music.

4. Devil May Cry - Didn't like this game. Good thing it's not that long. Enjoyed the last 1/3 of the game so I'm hopeful that carries over unto 2. Although I've heard that's the "bad" game of the series.

Currently playing:
Death Stranding - Chapter 3 about 25 hours in.
Baldur's Gate - Chapter 3.
 

Rirse

Member
Jun 29, 2019
479
Today game is Mario Tennis for the N64.




This was a pretty fun game at the time, through I am pretty bad at it, losing to a easy AI. Do note that Mario Tennis game I was playing a few days ago works with this, so I was able to bring in my character from it.
 

FRANKEINSTEIN

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,616
AZ
3. Afterparty (XB1) Jan 12 5 Hrs
Real big fan of Oxenfree. So I was immediately interested in Afterparty when it was announced. Finally got around to it and overall not a fan. Voice acting was good but both protagonists were annoying. Then I really don't like what they did with the ending. Also lot of frame drops and stuttering.
 

lewissk

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Feb 11, 2018
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1. Disco Elysium - Jan 12 - 20hrs - 8.5/10
I went into this game knowing very little apart from the immense praise it's gotten. It was more like an adventure title than I'd expected, and I personally don't enjoy those too often. I thought the design and writing of this game were brilliantly done, and overall I enjoyed it for what it is, even though it's not what I typically seek out in games.

2. Halo Reach - Jan 13 - 5hrs - 7.5/10
Reach isn't the best Halo, but all Halo is good with friends. Bloom is a really bad mechanic tho.

3. A Way Out - Jan 18 - 6hrs - 9/10
Played this with my boyfriend on our anniversary. We both play lots of games, but not usually together. This was the perfect game to enjoy with each other. I was surprised and impressed by the unique game mechanics that cropped up throughout the game, as well as the means of storytelling. Great for 2 friends or a couple.


4. Jump King - Jan 20 - 10 hours - 8.5/10
Was surprised to find this more challenging than Getting Over It. The two games have totally different mechanics though. The challenge of this game got very addictive for me at points.

5. What Remains of Edith Finch - Feb 2nd - 2hrs - 8.5/10
I love it when games try their best to use gameplay mechanics to tell a story, rather then just resorting to a cutscene. Also was surprised when I started the game and found it was set in a place I spent a good deal of my childhood. Added some personal connection to the story for me.

6. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - Feb 11 - 100 hours - 9.5/10
Played the base game with friends at launch on PC. Having a lot of fun with the same addictive gameplay loop again with those same friends. I think they made some essential additions to the game like the clutch claw. Going to keep playing this throughout the year as they add more monsters.

Now playing:
Yuppie Psycho
NiOh
 
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Tizoc

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Oct 25, 2017
21,211
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4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Decent enough FPS, don't think I'd ever revisit it. Has that cinematic story feel like Uncharted series but gameplay wise...didn't feel it much at least in its campaign mode.
 

shaneo632

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Oct 29, 2017
14,225
Essex, UK
3. Pistol Whip (Rift S) - 53 minutes to clear all 11 levels according to Steam. Really fun John Wick-on-acid VR shooter. Not too challenging but a solid workout. Could grind this out at higher difficulties but happy to move on for now I think, a nice easy entry into my 52 are two 15-ish hour games to start. 7/10
 

King Szmaragd

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Jan 28, 2019
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I don't expect to achieve anything even close to 52 games, since my work routine is very tough. However, I expect, at least, playing more games than I've done in 2018 and in 2019, which must have been about 10 or 12 games in each year. I'm in the 2nd game so far and I will soon edit this post in order to list the games and, maybe, to write brief reviews about it.
 

ChryZ

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Oct 26, 2017
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01. Bomb Chicken (PC, 2020/01/13, 7.8 hrs)

The player is a bomb laying chicken, stacks of bombs scale heights, kill baddies, destroy obstacles and if not careful ... also yourself. Its sprite work is really something, totally up there with the best. I had the biggest TAITO grin on my face while playing this puzzle platformer.

02. Steel Empire (PC, 2020/01/15, 2.1 hrs, Easy 1CC, Normal 1CC)

Somehow I completely missed the MegaDrive version back in its day. Played and liked the PC release and now I learned it's the port of a remake from GBA/3DS. This SHMUP is very traditional and classic. Its difficulty level more on the recreational side. The steampunk theme is depicted in 2D pixel and parallax scrolling backgrounds. I had a lot of fun clearing this game, but there are a few minor annoyances with this port. The scrolling isn't as smooth as the GBA/3DS versions and letting the game handle fullscreen introduce weird scaling artifacts. Windowed and the Lossless Scaling util solved that later problem tho. Time to hunt for a GBA or 3DS copy.

03. Snakeybus (PC, 2020/01/24, 1.2 hrs, 100%)

04. Sonic Lost World (PC, 2020/02/15, 8.8 hrs)

05. Dezatopia (PC, 2020/02/15, 1.9 hrs, Route A clear)

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shaneo632

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Oct 29, 2017
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Essex, UK
4. The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets (Rift S) - A really cute and fun little puzzle game. Only about 75 minutes long but an enjoyable little romp. 7/10
 

Bosh

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Oct 26, 2017
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#8: Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 (1/13/2020) | 7/10 | PS4 | ~ 4Hours | Recommend: Y
# Overall - 7 | Fun game to play with friends but no big difference from the first game
Gameplay - 7.4| Shooting still feels great while movement is slugish. Levels are still good, although difficulty seemed toned down
Sound -7 | Its so loud. Screams and yelling.
Story/Online -7 | Single player missions follow same structure of move forward, survive a few waves. Annoying lack of checkpoints still.
Asking Price- 7.33| Some replay value. The strategy can be interesting on how to get through levels.
 

Rirse

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Jun 29, 2019
479
Today game is Kirby in Nightmare in Dreamland.





Rather excellent remake of the NES Kirby Adventure, I honestly never finish either one. I should try to do this year for one of my proper 52 games this year.
 

Weiss

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Oct 25, 2017
25,082
4. Paper Mario - 14/01/2020

A lovely gem that hasn't aged a day since its release and unarguably the best looking game on the N64 (on top of being one of maybe a dozen games on the system that still holds up).
 
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oggob

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Oct 25, 2017
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Sydney, Australia
15/01/20 - First Completion for the year!


WRC 5 : World Rally Championship (Vita | ~20hrs | Trophies - 100%) - The Vita version was the last in the series on the device, seeing this against the PS4 version is just horrible, there are very little environmental aspects to the game, just barren geography.

This was also my 120th Platinum!
 

TheOneJat

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Oct 1, 2018
121
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Lego Lord of the Rings completed for 7/52. Main post edited.


One of my fav Lego games by far. Again, so much content packed into these that offers hours of fun.
 

Rirse

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Jun 29, 2019
479
Today game is the original Devil May Cry due to the rumors of the fifth Smash DLC.





I never beat it and want to try to beat it finally using the PS4 remaster. I always end up quitting shortly after the above boss in the picture for some reason.
 

TheOneJat

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Oct 1, 2018
121
Today game is the original Devil May Cry due to the rumors of the fifth Smash DLC.





I never beat it and want to try to beat it finally using the PS4 remaster. I always end up quitting shortly after the above boss in the picture for some reason.

I'd really love to get round to the original trilogy sometime myself. Not touched them for years.
 

MsMuerta

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Nov 8, 2017
467
7. Baba is you completed! Well, until I said enough is enough. I can get almost too invested in puzzle games so I feel like I had a good run and I finished almost all levels so there’s that. 8.5/10

Next stop: the Devil May Cry games! If Dante is coming to Smash I need to have some extensive knowledge on him. Plus, I love Bayonetta so I’m sure I’ll love these games.
 

Tizoc

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Oct 25, 2017
21,211
Oman
5. SaGa Scarlet Grace


This was a nice RPG, that while budgeted due to being a mobile game, still managed to deliver a nice combat system and a really engaging story.
The game consists of 4 scenarios telling and following the stories of each of the 4 protagonists who their own motivations that eventually lead to them battling against a common enemy.
This isn't a game I would suggest playing each scenario back to back as it can burn one out. Though generally I would recommend Bal as the best go to for a Normal difficulty playthrough.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Off to the races!

1. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - SNES
Completed 1/2/20
Score - 8/10

Tried to fit this into last years but couldn't complete it in time. There is a lot I like about this game and some that felt like a chore. It's definitely a lot harder than I remember it being, especially when compared to Yoshi's Wooly World which I played recently. It's definitely a slower game than Super Mario World and it rewards exploration which is nice. I know they dropped the SMW name on re-releases and I guess it makes sense. Hard for me to separate it since I grew up with it. My favorite thing about the game is the bosses. I wish other Mario game would look back at the uniqueness of the boss fights and try to incorporate them into other games. My biggest issue with New 2D Mario games are the same boss fights since back in SMB 3. Super Mario Odyssey, which I loved, had some lame boss fights. Anyway, this is still a great game but it's best to forget that it's a sequel to SMW and just the beginning of Yoshi.



2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time - SNES
Completed 1/3/20
Score - 8/10

Finished the original NES trilogy last year and my 3 year old is really into Turtles. This game holds up really well and the changes made from the arcade version help make it it's own game. I did find it much easier than any of the NES games. Graphics still look great and the music is fantastic. Too bad they couldn't find a way to get that Arcade 'Pizza Power' song into the cart.



3. Untitled Goose Game - Switch
Completed 1/4/20
Score - 7/10

I enjoyed this but not as much as everyone else. I followed the hype train and purchased this when it was released. It's a really short game and fairly basic. I was stuck a few times early on but eventually got the hang of what I would need to do. I found the ending to be comical but overall felt pretty meh on this.Not bad but maybe just not for me.



4. Moss - PSVR
Completed 1/10/20
Score - 9/10

I don't know why I stopped touching my VR games...well maybe it's the setup and the no-HDR when it's plugged into my PS. Anyway, I wanted to get back into VR this year and prepare for Alyx. I went back to Moss which I started and just stopped playing. This game is incredible. I love everything about it except for the length. I spent about 3-4 hours in it and even completed the DLC. I want more and I have no idea when I will get more. The graphics, detail and fun of the entire game is great. If you have VR you gotta try this game.



5. Half-Life: Blue Shift - PC
Completed 1/14/20
Score - 8/10

Finally tackled the last expansion to the OG Half-Life. I never touched these on release and I think that was a mistake. While not as amazing as the original, this was a great side story companion piece to the game. This one was much shorter than Opposing Force but it still felt right. I actually got stuck on a puzzle later in the game which is something the original and OF didn't do. Like OF, if you like OG Half-Life, this is worth a play. Soon I will be back in my favorite game Half-Life 2! The road to Alyx continues!

 

FRANKEINSTEIN

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Oct 27, 2017
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4. Guacamelee 2 (XB1) Jan 15 8.5 Hrs ★★★★★
Well maybe, maybe not as good as the original but if not, pretty damn close. I love this series and hopefully we get another next gen.
 

McBryBry

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
1,912
Alright I guess I'm in. Need to actually finish shit this year, here's to hoping I can make it happen!

2/52

1. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4) | 3rd Jan | 4/5
2. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PC) | 13th Jan - 28hrs | 4/5

1. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - 2019 (PS4)


Finished at the beginning of 2020, I also call it my game of the year for 2019. After a long rut of not really enjoying games, this was able to pull me out of it and get me playing again. I'd argue it does Star Wars better than the sequel movies. The gameplay, despite being Dark Souls-lite, is fun and entertaining. I enjoyed the story of Cal and watching him grow as a character, and I'm excited to see where it goes next.
4/5

2. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - 2010 (PC)


A VERY pleasant surprise. After Fallen Order I wanted to play a visual novel on my laptop and came upon this. The story is nuts, the characters are lovable and it really effects you if someone dies that you enjoyed, especially after building your relationship with them. The twists and turns are fantastic and I'm very excited to see where the series goes next. It got me to buy 2 right away! I'll be completing school mode on it and possibly getting all the Steam achievements before my next game, because I want to hang out with these characters a little longer.
4/5

Possibly next:
Resident Evil - 2002 (PS4)
Resident Evil 2 - 2019 (PS4)
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - 2012 (PC)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 2015 (PC)
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - 2019 (PS4)
 

Rirse

Member
Jun 29, 2019
479
Today game is Driver: San Francisco.





Such a bizzare game where you hop bodies to complete your objectives. Need to finish this game sometime.

Also I finished Pokemon Sword today, number 1 of 52 games to actually beat this year.
 
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newmoneytrash

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Oct 25, 2017
6,317
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Update #001

Just finished a couple of shorter games before Kakarot comes out tomorrow:

04. 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.

05. 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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TheOneJat

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Oct 1, 2018
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Steamworld Dig completed for 8/52.

Only took me just under 4 hours to complete this. Absolute little gem of a game. Addictive currency-collecting and not overly difficult. Recommended. 4/5.
 

Tizoc

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Oct 25, 2017
21,211
Oman
6. Saint's Row: The Third


Beat it co-op with a friend, was an OK experience I guess, but the fun came from us bickering and shooting each other up. The game has some nice humor and charm though I feel the gameplay could've been more 'tighter'.
 

Rirse

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Jun 29, 2019
479
Today game is Parasite Eve, which is looking to be the second game completed this year.





I am actually near the end of this game, only stopping due to dying after killing a boss due to a not clear way to leave the zone before a jet hit you.
 

bloodgate

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Dec 18, 2019
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Iowa
I saw the 2019 post and wanted to do this this year. I love this idea!

  1. The Messenger (PS4) | 1st Jan | 4/5
  2. blasphemous (PS4) | 1st Jan | 4.5/5
  3. Salt and Sanctuary (PS4) | 8th Jan | 4.5/5
  4. Valfaris (PS4) | 11th Jan | 3.5/5
  5. Detroit: Become Human (PS4) | 15th Jan | 3/5
  6. Monster Hunter World (PS4) | 18th Jan | 4.5/5
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch) | 26th Jan | 5/5
  8. Baba is You (Switch) | 1st Feb | 5/5
  9. The Surge 2 (PS4) | 1st Feb | 3.5/5
  10. The Outer Worlds (PS4) | 8th Feb | 4/5
  11. Dragon Warrior III (NES) | 9th Feb | 4/5
  12. Dragon Warrior IV (NES) | 16th Feb | 5/5
  13. Dragon Quest V (SNES) | 23rd Feb | 5/5



1. The Messenger - PS4
Completed 1/1/2019
Rating: 4/5


Probably doesn't count since I technically completed it on 12/31, so I'll do 53 games just in case, but I just wanted to write about it. I loved this game. The mechanics were thoroughly enjoyable and I loved the story and game twists. Well worth full price! I started playing it on 12/30 and got the platinum trophy on 12/31. I would say more, but I feel like even talking about it too much would enter spoiler territory.



2. Blasphemous - PS4
Completed 1/1/2020
Rating: 4.5/5


Another game I thoroughly loved. The art, the atmosphere, the music, the mechanics, the love letter to Souls games... all of it just hit me in the right spot. I highly recommend this game to any Metroidvania or Dark Souls fan. This would have been an easy 5/5 if it had more RPG elements to it. I achieved the platinum for this game as well on 1/5/2020.



3. Salt and Sanctuary - PS4

Completed 1/8/2020
Rating: 4.5/5


After hearing so much about this game, and hearing it mentioned in the same breath as Blasphemous, I had to buy and check out this game. I am glad that I did. As faithful to Dark Souls as you can get in 2D architecture, this game hooked me almost immediately. There's something about cryptic mystery in a difficult game that scratches some deep primal itch within me. Going directly from Blasphemous, the RPG elements in this game are exactly what I was wanting in a game like this. Unfortunately, it had the tough act of Blasphemous to follow, and I found the combat and platforming to be a little lacking in comparison. I still enjoyed every raging second of this!



4. Valfaris - PS4
Completed 1/11/2020
Rating: 3.5/5


My friend let me know about this game, saying it was like Contra metroidvania, but extremely difficult and full of metal. That's a very apt description! I am not great at side-scrolling shooters, although I did play through the entire contra collection on PS4 and achieve every trophy this past year, and this game kicked my butt. It was almost too difficult in some sections, and nearly made me rage quit multiple times. I would have to put the game down and come back the next day, which turned out to be enough to make it all the way through. The music, humor, and incredible pixel art in this game are sublime. I did think it was going to be less linear than it was, and some of the level design was not my cup of tea, but it is 100% worth playing if you are a fan of Contra, Slain, Metal Slug or other over-the-top side-scrolling action games!



5. Detroit: Become Human - PS4
Completed 1/15/2020
Rating: 3/5


My wife and I started playing this game late last year and slowly plodded our way through. The game itself is very well made, and the voice acting and characters are pretty wonderful. I guffawed a few times near the end, and I don't generally care for this style of game, but overall it was enjoyable. My wife is not into video games in the least bit, but enjoys watching these playthroughs and making the choices that affect the story. I'm hoping we can get through a few more like this one this year, as I really enjoyed the experience, even if I didn't particularly enjoy the gameplay.



6. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - PS4
Completed 1/18/2020
Rating: 4.5/5


Most of my gaming time has been reserved for this lately, and even after completing it, it seems like I'm only playing this game. I hope I tire of the grind and post game content relatively quickly, or I will get behind in a hurry! I loved the base game of MHW and I love everything they added with this expansion. The clutch claw mechanics breathed new life, and all of the new monsters are awesome. This is still the only Monster Hunter game I've played, but I can tell I will be a lifelong fan of the series from here out.



7. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Switch
Completed: 1/26/2020
Rating: 5/5


I got this game as a holiday gift for my daughter, and knew we would play through it together. She played Breath of the Wild and needed my help for the first half, but ended up finishing the back half on her own. We played this game together and she had me help for nearly every boss and the last few dungeons. It was an absolute blast and a perfect game. The only complaint I have is that it is a bit too easy, but that is likely because I have extensive Link to the Past knowledge and muscle memory. This complaint is easily counteracted by the fact that they are still giving love to 2D Zelda and re-introducing a lost genre of brilliance to a younger generation. I recommend this game to literally everyone.



8. Baba is You - Switch
Completed: 2/1/2020
Rating: 5/5


I finally picked this game up during the holiday after so much word-of-mouth hype. I knew the general concept but was not prepared for how mind blowing it truly is. This is the best puzzle game I've ever played, and it made me realize that this is a genre I do not play enough of. I LOVED this game to death. I cannot find a single flaw with this masterpiece. There are still some levels that I have no idea how to solve, so I have not 100% completed this yet, but I hope to someday. Everyone should play this game.



9. The Surge 2 - PS4
Completed: 2/1/2020
Rating: 3.5/5


I picked this up on sale over the holiday due to it being souls-like and relatively cheap. I knew the reaction to this series is pretty divisive, but I thought I'd give it a shot. It is a very solid game with some great ideas. The combat gets a little same-y after many hours of game play, which made me start skipping side quests towards the end. I liked the variety of weapons and gear choices as well as the body part targeting combat. The story was better than I thought it was going to be, but I was expecting it to be abysmal. Better than average, but not amazing.



10. The Outer Worlds - PS4
Completed: 2/8/2020
Rating: 4/5


I spent the entire week playing nothing but this, and it was a good week. This game immersed me pretty quickly and I was ready to sing high praises, but much like in most open world RPGs of this nature, I get overwhelmed doing all of the side quests and eventually just want to finish the story by the end. The combat is good, but really easy on the default difficulty. I was never challenged in this game in any regard, and most scenarios can just be avoided if you invested in dialog skills. I played a high intelligence, long gun, smooth talking scientist and feel as though it was a completely broken build. The writing in this is good, but I can only take so much of the "Will you do this for me, great" quest-style. The companion side quests were the best part of the game, and I feel there could have been more. All-in-all, it's a really fun game to play. I will definitely give it a go on the hardest difficulty, as New Vegas was the most fun for me on hardcore mode.



11. Dragon Warrior III - NES
Completed: 2/9/2020
Rating: 4/5


After achieving the platinum for DQ11 last year, I wanted to play through the entire DQ series as I had only ever played DQ1 as a kid. I got through DQ1, DQ2 and most of DQ3 before shelving the project to play the four job fiesta and Ritual of the Night in June 2019. After finishing the Outer Worlds, I was pining for a retro game and decided to pick the project back up as part of this challenge. I thought I had left off on the last boss, but apparently had an entire section of the game to complete left. I loved DQ1 as a kid and I still have great nostalgia for it. DQ2 was very difficult towards the end, but I enjoyed the advancement of the series by adding party members and making the game more tactical with buffs/debuffs. DQ3 was a major step up from DQ2 and introduced classes and a customizable party. I loved it! It was also very difficult for me to complete, as the last two bosses and their respective dungeons are brutal! Not quite as bad as say FF3 NES, but it was up there for me. I'm looking forward to playing the remaining games of this series, and hope they keep bringing the new ones to the West. I finished it a day before the 32nd anniversary of its release!



12. Dragon Warrior IV - NES
Completed: 2/16/2020
Rating: 5/5


Dragon Quest/Warrior IV caught me completely off guard. The way the story is told and unfolds is nothing short of remarkable for an NES game. I loved every minute of this game and believe it is a perfect game. It is one of the best NES games I have ever played. I can't believe how much of a leap from the already wonderful DQIII this was. I can't wait to play through the rest of this series!



Dragon Quest V - SNES
Completed 2/23/2020
Rating: 5/5


Apparently I just love every Dragon Quest game. This was even better than DQ4. Not quite as good as DQ11, but it's close. The emotional twists and turns of the story really got me. I wish this was a game I played as a kid. I watched the movie on Netflix afterward and it was solid. It can't compare to the game, though!

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I'm hoping I can update this once a week or so.

Good luck everyone!
 
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Whimsicalish

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Dec 30, 2019
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04 | Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

PC Steam | Jan 16th | 8hrs | 5/5


I have played the first Glass Masquerade last year, I believe, and I loved it. These are fantastic puzzle games. Classic jigsaw puzzles with beautiful mosaic artwork. Each puzzle feels like a complete treat. Each piece has a theme tied to a quote. The art is wonderfully done and the music eases you into a sense of magic.

I recommend these two games for late nights when you want to chill and relax. Since I'm normally anxious, I didn't want either game to be finished. My favorite jigsaw puzzle games I have found so far.

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saenima

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Oct 25, 2017
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1. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit - 2h - 01.01

A very charming little prequel to Life is Strange 2. Inventive and very chill, though it also touches on a couple of heavy issues. It achieves quite a bit in just a couple of hours.


2. Control - 27h40 - 01.01

Hands down, my favourite Remedy game. It plays great, and the art and sound design really draws you into this very weird place, one which i got to know intimately. The architecture is pitch perfect. The story and world are much meatier than a simple critical path playthrough promises. There is so much interesting stuff unveiled by exploring. I want more of this.

And the Ashtray Maze will probably remain this year's coolest moment.


3. Beyond Good & Evil HD - 11h30 - 09.01

A replay of one of my all time favourites. Jade still kicks ass. The world is still fascinating. The sequel still looks nothing like this in any way.
 

Lobotomaxx

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Dec 30, 2019
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Nebraska
3/52.


-Alan Wake, a human disaster

#3: Alan Wake (beaten 1/16/20) | Steam | 3/5 | 16 hours
Not really sure what happened in this game. Some of the sections you could do without weapons were sort of cool and I would frequently go hide in lights so bad guys would leave me alone. If you want to collect hundreds of items to fill a bar up and get an achievement for it, this is your game. If you want to platinum it, you will have to beat it at least twice. I was sort of underwhelmed by the two DLC chapters where nothing really seems to wrap up or happen? I might be too stupid for games like this!

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NarcAn

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Feb 1, 2019
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Small update after a long time! Had to study for some college tests and this game gave me LIFE.



4. Downwell (PsVita) / 17/01/2020 - 10+ h / 4/5. -> It's a fun roguelike endless game, perfect to pick and play anytime. I had to study for some tests and this game was really easy to play during my 15 min. breaks. Pretty addictive too!
Luckily i have a one week break before going back to class, so i prepared some games to play during it.
 

Bosh

Member
Oct 26, 2017
1,685

#9: Ace Attorney Investigations (1/16/2020) | 9/10 | 3DS XL | Recommend: Y
# Overall -9 | Awesome game and one of the best in the series!
Gameplay - 8.2| Game looks good and plays well. Pacing works well.
Sound - 9| Tons of great tunes, for characters and for background
Story/Online -10 | Great cases, the game builds itself up and uses all of them to tell a complete story
Asking Price- 9| Not a game I would replay but a ton of content thats with lasting appeal
 

Aru

Member
Oct 28, 2017
256
There is only 1 year that I reached 52+ games beaten. I'm not forcing myself to do so. :)
After having beat more than 600 games in my lifetime, I don't need to beat a lot of games each year. 20-30 seems to be the sweet spot.
 

FRANKEINSTEIN

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,616
AZ

5. Untitled Goose Game (XB1) Jan 17 2.5 Hrs ★★★
Kept hearing about this game and being on Gamepass, I figured I'd try it out. It was alright. Definitely perfect length.
 

TheOneJat

Member
Oct 1, 2018
121
Master Post edited. 9/52.

Lego Star Wars - The Original Trilogy - After the previous two Lego games I still had an urge to keep on going with the franchise. Unfortunately this games age really shows. Hit boxes are awful at time and the AI companions are terrible. Still not a bad little playthrough none the less. 3/5.
 

Rirse

Member
Jun 29, 2019
479
Today game is the newly released on Switch, Tokyo Mirage Session FE Encore.





Never finished it on the WiiU, but happy it got put out on the Switch. The lack of load times is so nice because I almost forgot how slow the game was on the WiiU at times. Wanting to finish this now that Pokemon Sword is done.
 

Tizoc

Member
Oct 25, 2017
21,211
Oman
7. Zuma's Revenge


This was a nice puzzle game, final area was really tough though, but I managed in the end. Will aim to clear its extra modes too.
 

rahji

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,138
1. Monster Hunter World Iceborne - Finished on 05/01/2020 Time: 75 hours for the campaign I guess but I started in 2019

One of the best expansions I have played. I enjoy the clutch claw and the new monsters very much. The new weapon moves are also a gamechanger. The best monster hunter game for me so far. I finished the campaign but you know that is just the beginning of the real endgame.

2. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair - Finished on 08/01/2020 Time: ~20 hours

A very good Jump'n'Run with an absurd difficult last level. It has tight controls, a lot of momentum in the levels and some really cool ideas. I especially like the overworld with all the tonics.

3. Professor Layton and the Curious Village - Finished on 010/01/2020 Time: ~15 hours

Due to the lack of new Phoenix Wright games, I started this franchise and I quite enjoyed it. Despite being 10 years old, the puzzles are still as crisp as fresh cornflakes. I finished it on a night where I could fall asleep so I solved some puzzles.

Coming up: Currently going RE2 Remake
 

Tizoc

Member
Oct 25, 2017
21,211
Oman
8. FEAR 2


An underwhelming sequel mainly due to the shotguns not having the same impact and feel as in the first game. It really feels like a major step down from the first game. Doesn't help that it has some annoying jump scares, but in the end I rushed through it to finish it. Not many positives I could say about it unfortunately.
 

KtotheRoc

Member
Oct 27, 2017
25,698
10: Secret of Mana. End: 1/18/2019. 14 Hours. Liked-A-Lot.

I really like this flawed but ultimately fun SNES game. I've beaten it many times over the years (I even beat it back in 2018 during that year's 52 game challenge), and I always enjoy coming back to it.
 

PUNQ

Member
Apr 18, 2018
15
Norway
Started the year with a bang! Have a massive backlog, so I'll be taking advantage of that this year. Gonna be many short experiences but there will be larger adventures too. Just want to make the backlog smaller first, if that's even possible on the Nintendo Switch (yes, all games will be on the Switch, as it's the only system I play).


January 1, 2020



1. Sayonara Wild Hearts
★★★★

3hrs

I've heard a lot of good things about Sayonara Wild Hearts. With it's short playtime and mellow mood, it was a good pick to start 2020. It's basically a Endless Runner with a soul. A lot of soul. And it's not endless. Or just a runner, as it keeps changing things up. In many ways it's a playable a soundtrack album. And it's simply beautiful. So much so, that once I had finished the individual tracks, I did the entire album version as well. Sayonara Wild Hearts is that good!




January 2, 2020



2. Donut County
★★★½

2hrs

Donut County is the type of game everyone can pick-up and play. From my 4 -year-old son to anyone wanting some stupid escapism. All you do is stuff everything into a growing hole! Can hardly be called challenging, but the concept is so incredibly fun! And it's so addictive that the adventure is over in no-time. For that's the big issue. Lack on content. It's over before you feel satisfied and you simply want to putt more stuff in that hole. And not in a perverted way either.




January 3, 2020



3. AER Memories of Old
★★½

5hrs

Nice little adventure through islands in the sky. Honestly there wasn't that much to do as far as puzzles go. You search for spots that are lit-up and that's practically it. A very non-stressful experience. Also a slightly missed opportunity as there was a ton of room to add side-quests to make the exploration more exiting. However the flying was mellow and landscapes worth the hours spent on this game.




January 4, 2020



4. Ape Out
★★★★½

10hrs

What a adrenaline kick! I went in like a mad ape until I completed the entire game! Including HARD MODE! That's not something I often do. Loved the atmosphere, art style and frantic blood spill! I died a thousand times, and loved every kill!




January 5, 2020



5. OVIVO
★★★

4hrs

A spot bouncing though black and white landscapes. Simple enough idea. And a enjoyable one at that. I did feel my enthusiasm was dwelling after a few levels, but they did change things up enough for the experience not to become stale. And they also didn't go overboard with the difficulty which they easily could have done with these artistic levels they had designed. So it was a well adjusted experience.




January 6, 2020



6. GRIS
★★★½

3hrs 40min

The highly acclaimed Gris. Such a beautiful game. Or an experience, rather. Not a passive experience, but there's no denying that it's the visual flow of the story that's the main event in Gris. You do have to do some solid platforming, but it's rarely too challenging. Had a real nice time with this visual treat, but I'm not going to claim I fell madly in love with the game.




January 7, 2020



7. Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood
★★★½

6hrs 30min

I've done a few point & click games on the Switch and the general formula has been the same. Finds numerous items within a picture, basic puzzles moving objects around and use the items you've just found to progress in the story. Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood is the best I've played in that style so far. The story was engaging, putting enough effort into the presentation to make it feel more than just a throw-away point & click game. Never so difficult that it'll stop you progressing, yet there were enough puzzles to keep one occupied without ever feeling bored through the story (and that little bonus story after the main adventure). Fairly thrilling it was too. So much that the rest of the family became interested in the adventure as I was playing.




8. Nicky - The Home Alone Golf Ball
★½

1hr

This one popped-up for practically nothing on the eShop, so I picked it put for a laugh. Actually the idea wasn't that bad. A golf platforming game. Execution however was rough. Hardly great physics, and sometimes my ball-character would disappear while I could still hit him (eventually turning up after a few strikes). On top of that the camera didn't always follow so you had to move that one manually a lot of the time. I guess it was a decent time-waster if expecting nothing, but even with its short run-time Nicky - The Home Alone Golf Ball had outstayed its welcome.




January 8, 2020



9. Refunct
★★

1hr

Very basic first-person parkour type game, jumping onto platforms to change their color. The flow was nice and I had a good time with it, but the lack of content makes it almost pointless. Had there been 3-to-5 more levels like that, sure, it would have been worth the effort, but seeing as it was only this little world, the challenge falls flat.




10. Old Man's Journey
★★½

2hrs

This was more a interactive animation movie, than anything else. We follow a old man as he goes on a trip, resulting in him having flashbacks of his younger days, and it's all sweet and warm. There is not much to the game play. Just shape the surroundings so that the old man can continue on his journey. Something to do while the story unfolds itself. It was fine.




11. KAMIKO
★★★

1hr 30min

Zelda-lite. A mini one. Short and sweet. I only did one of the characters, though there are three to choose from with different weapons. Didn't feel the need to repeat the experience twice over, but I did really enjoy my time with KAMIKO, and it reminded me it was about time I finished the first Zelda...




January 9, 2020



12. The Legend of Zelda
★★★★

16hrs

I probable played 2/3rds of this last year, and it took a little time to orientate myself on how far I had reached. Not exactly a linear play-through as the Level-2 dungeon was the last I did before entering Ganon's maze. The Legend of Zelda was my favorite game growing up, and while I got far in it as a kid, I don't think I ever finished it. Now 30 years later, I finally did it!




January 10, 2020



13. One Eyed Kutkh

45min

The animation was the only positive. The play and puzzle aspect left me wondering what was the point of this tiny adventure.




January 11, 2020



14. Isoland
★★★

3hrs

Clever puzzle point & click'er. I had to cheat a little to get to the final scenes, but otherwise there was enough clues laying around everywhere to make progress if observant enough.




January 12, 2020



15. Isoland 2 - Ashes of Time
★★★

4hrs 20min

Isoland 2 follows the same pattern as the first one and I found it a little bit easier, or it could just be me getting used to the quirkiness of this world, which I genuinely enjoyed. Relies a little too much on remembering codes found all over the place, but this was a creative puzzle game to pass the time with.




January 13, 2020



16. Aborigenus
★★

50min

A platforming diversion. If it's a good diversion or not is harder to answer. It runs fine and the 8-bit aesthetics are mildly appetizing, but it's one of those short and simple experiences that becomes a little too short and simple.




January 14, 2020



17. Zelda II - The Adventure of Link
★★★

14hrs

Some of those palaces were punishing! No way I could have gotten through those without the quality of life features of the Nintendo Switch Online service and detailed guides. The old school monsters attack in very random ways to go at it in a calculated manner and they were a little too creative with paths to the bosses. Especially the final one! At least I finally got the full experience of Zelda II, even if it was a frustrating experiences. While I haven't played all Zelda games, I can understand Zelda II being among the less impressive ones, but I appreciate what they were trying to do and I have fond memories of it from when I was young.




18. Super Mario Bros.
★★★★

3hrs

While on a old school kick, it's time to polish off those old platforming skills with the original Super Mario Bros. Used to play this to death in my younger days, and while I had timing problems on a few stages, the rust was quickly brushed off. Still as fun as it always was! Love this game!




January 15, 2020



19. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
★★★★★

15hrs

Done the first two Zeldas. So why not continue going through the games of my childhood and do A Link to the Past, the 3rd Zelda. Must be at least 25 years since I touched this one and this is my favorite of the early ones. The difficult level doesn't go super crazy, which makes this flow so well and stay fun from start to finish. Reliving A Link to the Past again was so great that I couldn't putit down except for necessary sleep. A ton of secrets and mysteries to unfold, and it's such a great world to move around. They really did wonders making this one. A masterpiece!




January 16, 2020



20. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
★★★½

5hrs

While I'm finally taking advantage of Nintendo's Online service, I'll do one I haven't played before. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, the original Super Mario Bros. 2. They said it was too difficult to release in the western world.... and they were right. This made me feel like a real Super Mario amateur. I'm sure those that specialize in Mario Maker and stuff like that will breeze through this, but I can only imagine how people back in the day would have felt getting through one tough obstacle only to get killed in the next booby trap the developers had lined-up. It was almost trolling. This was the first time I used the rewind function on the app. I'm sorry. There was no way I was getting through this without it. At this point I'm only out to get through the experience of these old games, not conquer them.




21. Football Game
★★★

2hrs

Now for a different pace. A quiet point & click game with a retro feel, seemingly very naive, but with a darker twist. Or so it leaves you thinking. Not a sports game at all. More a personal drama. Wish the story was longer, revealing completely what happened. But it was a cool experience.




January 17, 2020



22. Access Denied
★½

3hrs

A frustrating puzzle game. The concept was one I thought I'd like, cracking codes of various machines, but the challenge was more what the puzzle were than solving the actual puzzles. And many of the results felt very random. Not the chilled nut I hoped it was going to be.




23. Super Mario Bros. 2
★★★½

4hrs

Then to the Super Mario Bros. 2 version I grew up with. For some reason I remember it as a mellow experience, but this ended up being a lot more irritating than I had hoped. So much I had to do this one in two sittings. I originally tried right after playing The Lost Levels and lost all my platforming confidence from that nightmare. Recovered enough to complete this the next day, but I'm not sure I'm enjoying these 2D platformers as I did in the old days. Time will tell once I move on to the more modern 2D'ers. That doesn't mean I didn't have fun with SMB2, especially with it's alternative physics and worlds compared to the others in the series.



--PUNQ--
 

Lobotomaxx

Member
Dec 30, 2019
12
Nebraska
4/52.


#4: Angelica Weaver: Catch Me When You Can - Collector's Edition (beaten 1/18/20) | Steam | 2/5 | 4 hours
Steam says I played this for four hours, but I took a phone call and had to leave my PC a couple of times during play, so it is probably more likely that it was 3 hours. This is a hidden object / puzzle / point and click adventure game about solving murders as a time traveling psychic detective. I have no idea how I got this game other than it may have been in a bundle. It sort of reminded me of one of those games you would find at Walmart and it would have like 6 games on one disc. I don't know, the game was fine but I'm not really into hidden object games.

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