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Social Games 2019 gaming challenge - 52 Games in 1 Year - You can do it!

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

10h-ish
. Completed all cases with the correct deductions. 22/25 achievements (Forgot to pet Toby :( ).

Being a mix of a detective procedural and a visual novel, some of my favourite genres, I really, really enjoyed this game. Even though it's more limited technically than the sequel (some models are the textbook example of the uncanny valley, and the exploration is limited to the very few locales provided by the game instead of the semi-open city streets that Devil's Daughter had) the cases had more personality and were truly interesting and engaging.

There's not much I can say because this is not one of those games that makes you feel, nor is this a game that will stay with me for weeks. It's simply a very well made mystery/whodunnit game, great at what it does and lots of fun.

My Score: ★★

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Game 37 - Dead Cells - PC Game Pass - Completed Nov 19th 2019
Even though my final "run" only took about 35 minutes, I probably spent the better part of 20 hours playing Dead Cells. Obtaining upgrades (I didn't even come close to getting everything), unlocking new weapons and abilities, absorbing new powerups, this game definitely had it's hooks in me. I tried playing the game earlier this year on the Switch and it didn't quite grab me the same was as the PC version did with it's ultra-tight controls and rock-solid 60fps gameplay. The game is definitely a lot more frantic and action-packed than I usually enjoy but this had my heart racing and palms sweaty like there was vomit on my sweater already through most of the intense moments. The only drawback I encountered with this game (and what originally turned me off the Switch version) is that in the beginning of the game the "rogue like" mechanics can be pretty unforgiving and you can easily lose TONS of time dying before being able to bank your cells. Once you get a few equipment unlocks though, and progressively get better at actually playing the game, it gets quite a bit easier to complete levels and get into the groove of things. If you're looking for 2D Dark Souls meets Metroidvania, this is the game for you. Absolutely fantastic.
 

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#14 Gris

Wasn't sure what to expect but I'm happy to say I had a lot of fun. As it stands, easily one of my favourite games this year.

The whole thing is minimalistic - story, gameplay, music. It's a basic puzzle platformer but beautifully haunting in a kind of aesthetic-first way.

Some have called it a rumination on tragedy and sadness, and while I agree it's probably that, it's not particularly specific. More broad thinking, a lot like Celeste was.

Anyway, I recommend it.

4/5.
 
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#14 Gris

Wasn't sure what to expect but I'm happy to say I had a lot of fun. As it stands, it's easily one of my favourite games I've played this year.

The whole thing is minimalistic - story, gameplay, music. It's a basic puzzle platformer in many ways but beautifully haunting in a kind of aesthetic-first way.

Some have called it a rumination on tragedy and sadness, and while I agree it's very much that, it's not particularly specific. More broad thinking, a lot like Celeste was.

Anyway, I wholly recommend.

4/5.
I really liked Gris a lot, it was a wonderful and beautiful experience. Glad to see others enjoying it and to see that's it's getting a bit of recognition in the Game Awards this year too.

Game 49 - Kingdom Hearts III (PS4) - 33h 33m
Beat 12/11/2019 - my score: ★★★

Game 50 - A Plague Tale: Innocence (XBO) - 12h 46m

Beat 18/11/2019 - my score: ★★★
Dude - you are SO CLOSE.
 
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60. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, 9/10
I liked the campaign, visuals were really nice and the story was ok. I was expecting a bit more edge based on the previews, but oh well... MP on the other hand is just amazing... Most fun I've had with a COD game since MW2.

61. Garou: Mark of the Wolves, 9-/10
Classic fighting game from SNK, great roster and mechanics.

62. Luigi's Mansion 3, 9/10
What a sweet game. Creative level design and bosses, length was pretty optimal as well. Fuck that cat, though.
63. Pokemon Sword, 9.5/10
I'm a huge Pokemon fanboy and would give basically every game in the main series at least a 9/10 (maybe not SM). I just didn't find too many things to complain about. Sure, the framerate dips in the wild area and at times the game is just way too easy, but those are really minor issues in my books. I just love the gameplay loop of catching, grinding and battling too much to care about Dexit or whatever.
 
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63. Pokemon Sword, 9.5/10
I'm a huge Pokemon fanboy and would give basically every game in the main series at least a 9/10 (maybe not SM). I just didn't find too many things to complain about. Sure, the framerate dips in the wild area and at times the game is just way too easy, but those are really minor issues in my books. I just love the gameplay loop of catching, grinding and battling too much to care about Dexit or whatever.
I dunno man. I heard a bunch of people who haven't played it say it was shit.
 
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

6:49h
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Really enjoyed this one - the Campaign was real fun, and the mix of different playstyles (stealth, using the drone, etc.) kept the gameplay fresh. Some of the levels were frankly unsettling (like the attack on Picadilly or the mission "Hometown") and I'm a bit miffed that the game is so short, because if it was a 50% longer it could be up there with the greats. Oh well!

My Score: ★★

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63. Pokemon Sword, 9.5/10
I'm a huge Pokemon fanboy and would give basically every game in the main series at least a 9/10 (maybe not SM). I just didn't find too many things to complain about. Sure, the framerate dips in the wild area and at times the game is just way too easy, but those are really minor issues in my books. I just love the gameplay loop of catching, grinding and battling too much to care about Dexit or whatever.
64. God of War III: Remastered, 8/10
I finally finished the original trilogy after all these years. I always thought 1 & 2 were pretty overrated and I feel pretty much the same about this one as well. It's just not clicking for me. I like the combat, but pretty much everything else feels just meh. Story, themes, level design are all so damn uninspiring. I'm really glad they decided to reboot this franchise.

65. Mega Man X, 9/10
Man, this game was on my to-do list for over 10 years, fucking finally beat it. Never played it back in the day, but always heard good things about it. People were right, this game is definitely an all time classic. Dashing and shooting feel soooooo gooood. The music and bosses were also just amazing. My only gripe with this game is Sigma's fortress, because there are some SUPER annoying parts in there. The climbing section after the purple guy boss almost gave me rectal cancer, same thing with Sigma's final phase.
 
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Game 38 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - PC - Completed Dec 6th, 2019
I loved this game quite a bit, even though mechanically I had some problems with it. I played on the normal difficulty even though I liked the idea of a higher difficulty game being more "Dark Souls" like. I just didn't have the extra time it would take to fight the enemies with the higher health or to learn all of the maneuvers required to take down every enemy. Normal difficulty was alright though, even though I died (and learned) quite a number of times. The story was the stand out point, which is a surprise to me as a Star Wars fan after the last decade or so of terrible Star Wars games. Overall, I'd rate this pretty high and definitely the best EA game I've played in a long, long time.
 

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Sitting at 50 games :messenger_grinning:

Trying to think of the next two to play. After those I can get into some meaty PS2 RPG's that I've been holding off playing.
 
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56. The 7th Guest (PC) - 7/10

Hard to say if it holds up. I loved this game when I was younger, it felt so mature. Now it is super cheesy. I had a good time remembering the game and going through the puzzles. Not sure if I would recommend but I am glad that I played it again.

57. Metroid (NES) - 7/10

Another game that I had as a kid but only made it about 5 minutes in. I always loved the idea of this game but could never get anywhere. Finally decided to find a map online and just go through it. It felt like descending through hell but I think it works. Without a map the game is almost impossible unless you want to chart it out yourself. I found all of the bosses to be hard as hell. I am glad I beat it and the genre it created...but I know the other games really refined what this tried to be.

58. Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Gameboy) - 7/10

This was alright. I liked that they added some variety to the mix. It's an old game but it still has its charm. Kirby has never been hard and this doesn't change much up on that. The animals were kind of pointless.

59. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS) - 10/10

Picked this up day 1 back on the N64 and was never able to get very far. The time mechanic really through me off and stressed me out. I set out to correct my mistake and play through the game. I loved it and was actually a little sad when it was all ending. It was pretty much perfect and really jumped up my favorites list.

60. Gunman Clive (3DS) - 8/10

Was pretty shocked at how quick of a game it was but man it was fun. I actually went back and sped through some earlier sections. I liked it enough to pickup 2 and I will probably get to that sooner rather than later.

61. Dead Space 3 (Xbox 360) - 6/10

Loved Dead Space 1 and 2. Did not love this. It was a chore, the characters sucked and the story blew. If Dead Space were to come back from the dead and be like this...I would rather it stayed dead.

62. Half-Life (PC) - 10/10

Still fantastic after all these years. All of Black Mesa is pretty much perfection. Xen is chaotic and doesn't make much sense...but I feel like that works in the game. Xen is way too rushed though which I think hurts it a bit. Still, this is one of my favorite games ever and it was a joy to play again.

63. Spyro the Dragon (PS4) - 7/10

It was alright. The controls never felt great to me and I was uncomfortable flying and charging. It looks really nice but the game is pretty basic. I assumed there was more to it than what it was.
 
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Done at 52 - Main Post

Final Game:

(Biggest Fish 28.7 in., 11.2 lbs.)

My list is pretty dirty, filled with lots of 1-2 hour games and Life is Strange episodes. Split some singleplayer and multiplayer modes into separate entries and some 100% achievement runs that only took an hour or two. Don't know if it can officially qualify but I'm happy with it at 52 myself. I'll try to do better next year with more full games.

Next I'm playing Romancing Saga on PS2 since those sequels are out on modern consoles. Might not finish it before the end of the year and no worries about that now. Plus you know, catching up on anime and TV shows.
 
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Pokémon Sword

30:08h
. Main game + Postgame. Final team was Rillaboom - Corviknight - Coalossal - Dragapult - Toxtricity - Sirfetch'd, rotating with Runerigus and Grimmsnarl.

I'm going to preface this review with this bomb: Pokémon Sword is a waste.

I don't care about the Dexit controversy. It's just that the main game is so short (I might have been able to beat the game in half the time if I haven't dawdled) and easy, and devoid of any real plot to make it stand out.

And I'm unhappy because I've had lots of fun. Pokémon Sword does a lot of things well. The sports-like ambience on the gyms is just perfect and makes you feel like you're doing something important when you're battling a gym leader. The art is fantastic, and I've loved every town and city I've visited during the game - but again, I'd have loved if I would have stayed in them for more than half an hour per town. I've enjoyed meeting all the named NPCs and I think the gym leaders, the rivals (except for Hop. Fuck Hop) and the Champion are amongst the best in the series. The wild area was a great step on the right direction and I hope to see it return in an expanded form.

Every piece was here to make this an unforgettable game, but the final result was simply less than the sum of its parts.

Pokémon Sword is a waste because it had so much untapped potential that it could have been the best game in the series. If the main story had been longer and meatier (Sordward and Shieldbert could have been easily integrated in the main game, for example) with dungeons, harder fights, longer routes, more legendaries (only 3 legendaries? Really) and a less restrictive gimmick...

I think this is the first review in which I remove a star punitively. I've enjoyed this game enough to give it 4 stars or even 5, but I can't be blind to what this game could have been.

My Score: ★★★☆☆





Pocket Harvest

6h-ish
. Giant farm. Around 16,000 high score.

The more Kairosoft games I play, the more convinced I am that they have several game directors, each with his/her own style. This game belongs to the "town builder" style, like "Oh! Edo Town" for example. Pocket Harvest starts as a very opaque, difficult game, with lots of stats to consider, but the difficulty curve is great and it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.

Mastering the game, however, is a wholly different issue and almost impossible to do without some sort of guide. Good luck conquering the S-Rank tournaments in your first try... you'll need it.

My Score: ★★★★☆

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