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52 Games. 1 Year. 2020.

Wozzer

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A thread for people that are trying to play 52 games in a year. Tell us how you're doing and what you are going to play next - claim a post and update us on your progress.



How do I take part?
Claim a post (you may need two later). Write down each game and your thoughts about each one. In order to allow for yearly statistics please list your completions, using the following exact format using a spoiler block, somewhere on your main posts;

[SPOILER="All completions!"]
1. Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube (PC) | 4th Jan - 12hrs | 3/5
2. Snipperclips (Switch) | 6th Jan - 5hrs | 5/5
3. Doki Doki Literature Club! (PC) | 12th Jan - 4.2hrs | 4/5
[/SPOILER]


What goes before/after the above spoiler block doesn't matter, so please feel free to go excessive and extravagant with personalized list, image and review formats as usual!

If you only provide the game title that is fine, but please follow the format as show (<number>. <title> (<platform>) | <date> - <hours> | <score/5>) where giving details. Mistakes will make the parser unhappy and may mean your data gets skipped. If you're giving scores, please try to adopt/translate into a scaling system out of 5 (sorry if this is painful).


What is the benefit of the spoiler block living in my post?
If there's enough utilization of the format across posts I'll use it to populate statistics to share such as what game's are most played, enjoyed, loathed, average completions, hours completing, etc. The world together will be ours.

Anything new this year?
Those that beat the challenge last year will remain in the Hall of Fame, for eternal glory, and further yearly completions will see their medal increment as a badge of honor for long term backlog-beating consistency.

How do I know when I've completed a game?
That's up to you, it could be completing the game or playing 3hrs+ if it has no ending or is a MP game. You can do replays, as long as all the games are completed in 2019.

Do I have to record time?
No, though most platforms (Steam, Xbox, Nintendo, etc) will now do it for free!

Do I have to review or comment on the games I complete?
Not required but very much welcomed. A few words and maybe a quick score does wonders to share your impressions with other users as you go. Full blown mini-reviews aren't necessary.

Do episodic games count as a single game or X amount of games?
That's up to you. It's alright to count something like Life is Strange as one or five games. Your choice.

Can I finish a game I started in 1998 and count that?
Yes.

What should I do once I've completed the challenge?
Shoot me a DM with a link to your post that shows all the games you've completed. I'll make you thread famous.

Do board games count?
They do not. Vidya games only in here.

What are those medal icons I see on avatars?
That's the 52 Games Challenge Medal, achieved by beating the challenge on a given year. The number within the medal represents each year you've beaten the challenge since 2018. That's right, consistency and commitment comes with glorious numerical rewards.

Woah that medal is super cool, can I get one for my full sized avatar?
It's awesome you want to rep the thread, so sure here's a version you can slap on!


Is there a deadline?




Archive: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 (shout out to jshackles jshackles as the prior host)





The brave individuals that overcome the challenge for 2020;

(no-one yet!)

And below are the legacy participants who haven't (yet) overcome the challenge this year (disclaimer: I only pulled the last two years, as I'm unsure who is still active beyond that);




Here lists those that have risen to the challenge during this or prior years! If you see yourself beating the challenge, please remember to send me a DM with your post once you’re done!
 
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Ready for 2020!
Hit 38 last year so getting closer !


1) Jan 01 Ryse: Son of Rome
2) Jan23 Dark Souls
3) Feb 14 Frost Punk
4) Feb 20 Yakuza 0
 
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jshackles

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Claiming my spot for 2020. Hope I'll do better than last year (only made it to 43!).

Game 1 - Bloons TD6 - PC Steam - Completed Jan 24th, 2020
I've played this game before on my phone and I liked it well enough. Sometimes I just want to play a game that's simple enough that my PC can absolutely crush it and give me 300+ FPS and I figured this was that game. After about 10 hours though, it became readily apparent that this PC port was made with the intention of extracting micro-transaction payments from it's players rather than just trying to be fun. 1/5

Game 2 - Gal*Gun: Double Peace - PlayStation Vita - Completed Jan 26th, 2020
I'd heard both good and bad things about this game, and all of it seemed pretty controversial. So I decided to see what all the fuss was about. So imagine, if you will, someone created an on-rails shooter where the main character basically has the gun from Orgazmo - and now you know the plot essentials. Basically, you run around your school giving as many girls orgasms as possible. In the game it's called euphoria but any sane and rational person would know what's really going on. The game's subtitle, Double Peace, is a reference to when you successfully activate Doki-Doki mode and give the girl a kind of super-orgasm which causes them to throw up two peace signs with both their hands and get covered flowers. Which then activates a sort of bomb that causes every other girl on the screen to orgasm at once. Yes this game is weird and I doubt I'm even doing it justice. I'm glad I got to experience this so that I at least know what other people are talking about now when they reference this game.

Game 3 - Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon - PlayStation Vita - Completed Feb 2nd, 2020
I had played this lovely Castlevania 3 NES throwback title back when it first released, but I wanted to play it again after playing through last year's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and loving it to pieces. Now that I had a better understanding of the characters and their motivations, I found this game to be a lot more fun. I also originally played it on the big screen, on Xbox, and now playing it on the Vita I feel like it's the perfect handheld game. I also found this run through the game much easier than my last attempt unless it's just been a few years and my memory is fuzzy, I seemed to have a lot of trouble with the final boss last time. This time, I aced it on the first go. Despite being a kickstarter tier unlock reward, this game is surprisingly awesome and a great nostalgia trip!

Game 4 - Star Ocean: First Departure R - Nintendo Switch - Completed Feb 7th, 2020
I liked this game quite a bit but felt it was a bit of a letdown considering all the hype it had and how many people love the SNES original and PSP remake. The portraits were a thousand percent better in this release, and the voice acting was very nice as well. The story was interesting (until the end) and progressed nicely, but I definitely feel like I missed out on a TON of stuff. I guess that's the point? I took a detour in the middle of the game to cheese all of my main characters up to level 100, so that was fun I suppose. The skill system in this game is absolutely broken but it was a lot of fun to exploit. Overall I'd say this was a fun adventure but largely forgettable.

Game 5 - Sayonara Wild Hearts - Nintendo Switch - Completed Feb 9th, 2020
This game was absolutely brilliant on a few different levels. It worked well as a disjointed story of heartbreak and recovery (artistic, basically) but also worked well in that it was an arcade racer / shooter / score attack / collection of mini-games that were all surprisingly varied and a lot of fun. The overall mechanics of the game, as they were slowly introduced, were surprisingly consistent between levels which is saying a lot considering the game seems to seamlessly flip genres. The music in this game was really incredible and seemed perfectly timed for the action - very well done and a unique experience to be sure. I wish the game were a bit longer (it only took me just shy of two hours to complete) but other than that this was a great experience. However, I can't help but wonder how much of my $13 purchase went to paying Queen Latifah.

Game 6 - Home - PlayStation Vita - Completed Feb 9th, 2020
I've had this (short) game in my back log for a while now and decided it'd be a good time to tackle it. I remember it being pretty well received here a few years back when it released, but other than that I went into the experience blind. The game is like an old-school point and click adventure game, but it's also a side-scrolling horror title. The interesting thing was that the game seemed to react to just about every action / inaction that I took, which made the game's mystery pretty compelling overall. While on the surface it looked pretty simple, the game had a surprising depth to it and some interesting twists. I'd recommend it as a quick and short, but fun, experience.

Game 7 - Final Fantasy XI - PC - Completed Feb 11th, 2020
After 83 hours, my son and I finally finished the main campaign of Final Fantasy XI. We didn't do much of the DLC / expansion content although I did unlock a few of the expansion classes. I ended up with a level 66 Paladin / 33 Dancer, which was a great combo and a lot of fun. The game's super archaic PS2 era graphics and systems took a bit to get over at first but once we did it was pretty smooth sailing as the gameplay itself is punishing but shines. We mostly followed quest guides on the online wikis because everything about the progression in this game is more convoluted than Castlevania 2. We also found a vintage paperback guide from 2003 that was a fun read. Overall, this was an amazing experience to share a bit of gaming history with my son and for us to strategize about our party builds while doing dishes or he would text me about it while I was at work. That alone made this a truly unforgettable experience for me.

Game 8 - Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward - PC Steam - Completed Feb 17th, 2020
For about two months now, my son and I have been playing Final Fantasy XIV again and we just completed the Heavensward expansion. The story and setting were both top notch, along with the game's great music. It's been a few years since we finished the original campaign as well as the quests between it and Heavensward, but we watched a "catch up" video on Youtube to jog our memories then we were off to the races. Rather than continue on with our same classes, we decided to start new classes so I became a white mage and he chose bard. Thankfully as a white mage, most of our duty registrations were near instantaneous. Now my white mage is level 66 at the end of this campaign, so I'll likely stick with it until I hit level 80. Overall, this game is an amazing experience whose only downside is really the monthly fee to play.

Game 9 - Untitled Goose Game - Nintendo Switch - Completed Feb 23rd, 2020
I have to say, I don't understand the love and praise this game got last year. I found the game to be an absolutely frustrating experience overall. The goose was cute and was animated well, but the tanky controls combined with the game's stealth mechanics just didn't mesh very well in my opinion. The list of things to do was at times incredibly obtuse and I'll admit I had to look up guides online more than a few times to figure out what exactly I was supposed to do / what the guide was even referring to. The end sequence of the game was like nails on a chalkboard for me, I almost gave up at that point. Overall I'd say I just didn't "get" it maybe.

Game 10 - Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition - Nintendo Switch - Completed Feb 23rd, 2020
This game is a lot more shallow than it seemed to me back when it was on the Sega CD. I guess with modern games and their expansive choices it's easy to see how a little this game actually offers although on the outset it seems like a solid premise. To be fair, it's one of the better FMV games of a bygone era insomuch that it actually has gameplay associated with it. Find the bad guys, spring a trap on the bad guys, wait for the good guys to say what color code they're going to use, then change the color at the appropriate time. Miss too many bad guys or don't spring the trap at the right time, and it's game over. In a way, it's a lot like Dragon's Lair but with more steps. It took me a few run-throughs of the game before I got a hang of the controls and such on the Switch version. Still pretty fun for the nostalgia sake (and girls in sports bras!) but otherwise pretty lame by most modern standards.

1. Bloons TD6 (PC) | 24th Jan - 10hrs | 1/5
2. Gal*Gun: Double Peace (Vita) | 26th Jan - 4hrs | 3/5
3. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Vita) | 2nd Feb - 4hrs | 4/5
4. Star Ocean: First Departure R (Switch) | 7th Feb - 18hrs | 2/5
5. Sayonara Wild Hearts (Switch) | 9th Feb - 2hrs | 5/5
6. Home (Vita) | 9th Feb - 1hrs | 2/5
7. Final Fantasy XI (PC) | 11th Feb - 83hrs | 5/5
8. Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (PC) | 17th Feb - 74hrs | 5/5
9. Untitled Goose Game (Switch) | 23rd Feb - 4hrs | 1/5
10. Night Trap: 25th Anniversary (Switch) | 23rd Feb - 3hrs | 2/5

Previous Years
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
 
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Doc Honk

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4/52 - Now playing: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Pac-Man 256, and Wandersong.

1. Life is Strange 2 (Xbox One) | 6th Jan - 20hrs | 3/5
2. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Xbox One) | 14th Jan - 6hrs | 5/5
3. Tomb Raider - Definitive Edition (Xbox One) | 2nd Feb - 20hrs | 4/5
4. Journey (PC) | 15th Feb - 2hrs | 4/5

2020 ranked, from best to worst:

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Journey
Tomb Raider - Definitive Edition
Life is Strange 2

Previous: 2015 18, 2016 25, 2017 33, 2018 31, 2019 9.
 
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1. Breath of Fire (Switch) | 28th Jan - 31hrs | 2/5

2. Super Mario Bros. (Switch) | 30th Jan - 40mins | 5/5

3. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (Switch) | 15th Feb - 11 hrs 52 mins | 3/5

4. Luigi’s Mansion (Gamecube) | 20th Feb - 6 hrs | 3/5

5. Smash Tennis (Switch) | 24th Feb - 3 hrs 40 mins | 4/5

Breath of Fire: I saw the warnings online that this wasn’t a very fun game, but I decided to start from the beginning of the series and play it anyway. The sprite work is colourful and pleasant. The music is pretty decent. But, the game quickly becomes a chore to slog through. There is very little in the way of story and what is there is nigh on incomprehensible. I’m not sure if that is a result of a bad English translation or if the original Japanese script was just so barebones. Either way, it’s kind of understandable as this was such an early SNES RPG release. The gameplay is extremely repetitive. The game either gives you a very brief and obscure hint of where to go next or absolutely no hints of where to go next. A guide may be needed for the later game. Like I always say, I’m glad I finally completed it, but I can’t see myself playing this one ever again.

Super Mario Bros.: Come on, now. You know.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island: A fun platformer that takes a little getting used to due to the unusual egg shooting mechanic. Has challenging sections, but not too hard overall. Charming game with a unique art style.

Luigi’s Mansion: A fun and charming game. Probably could have been a little longer, but the provided content is satisfying enough. Not too challenging, but does have a few moments that will test you. I’m glad I finally played it, but pretty much what I expected.

Smash Tennis: Comment: A very fun and challenging game. Good representation of Tennis with attractive “cartoony” graphics. Is extremely fun with 2-4 players.
 
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marcincz

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I am in, I am in.
Rather without big chances this year (huge j/rpg backlog), but who knows.

Game 1 - Erica (PS4) - 01h 52m
Beat 03/01/2020 - my score: ★★★☆

Game 2 - Final Fantasy XV (PS4) - 37h 47m

Beat 26/01/2020 - my score: ★★★

Game 3 - Final Fantasy XV - Episode Gladiolus (PS4) - 01h 24m

Beat 27/01/2020 - my score: ★★☆

Game 4 - Final Fantasy XV - Epidode Ignis (PS4) - 01h 22m

Beat 29/01/2020 - my score: ★★★☆

Game 5 - Final Fantasy XV - Episode Prompto (PS4) - 02h 05m

Beat 01/02/2020 - my score: ★★★
 
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Off we go again to a (hopefully much better time this year) awesome list of games to finish!

Already beat one today in one sitting! :D

1. Control (PC) | 1st Jan - 12.5hrs | 5/5

1: Control (PC) - 12 Hours 30 Minutes
#1st Jan - Brilliant game with a very engaging story and fun, fast gun/special power combat. 9/10
 

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1: Titanfall 2 (PC)- 12 hours
01/01/2020 Good game with a good pace. Great graphic, wish it was in HDR. 8/10

2: Halo Reach (PC) 12 hours
03/01/2020 Great pacing, fast action, dumb character, BOOM! 7/10

3: Strategic Command 3 World War (PC Steam) 10 hours
05/01/2020 Played a campaign on the allied side, tedious clicky game with unrealistic mechanic, for amateur grognard. 5/10

4: Battlefield V (PC Origin) 100+hours
12/01/2020 Got all 4 class to level 20, upgraded like 3/4 of the guns to level 4 or more. Its really a beautiful game in 4k HDR but the player base getting lower and lower. It's done for me. 6/10

5: Kards (PC Steam) 100+ hours
18/01/2020 Got into the officer club, mastered 3 country. Great card game with ww2 theme and simple mechanics. I love the artwork of the card and it somewhat mimick the real stuff in the gameplay. French are annoying, Italian are useless, USRR are spammer, US is jack of all master of none, Germany got great tanks, Japanese are fast and deadly. 9/10

6: Forza Horizon 4 (PC Windows store) 200+ hours
25/01/2020 Beautiful game, did most of the base game, 90% of treasure island and 70% of Lego stuff, 500+ cars I'm done with it. The physic isn't that great but its really fun to play around in the colorful environment. Nice selection of car and and its graphic showcase for a 4K OLED HDR display. 10/10

7: Ravenfield (PC Steam) 10+ hours
14/02/2020 Nice battlefield clone in development, clean simple graphic, janky, lots of fun, don't take itself seriously. It will be great when its done, but now I finished the conquest mode and I'm done with it. 5/10

8: Steel Division Normandy 44 (PC Steam) 15+ hours
17/02/2020 Did the 3 campaign, I cheated a lot because I don't like this game. Its like a Wargame Red Dragon but on a bigger scale and dull. You need to micro and macro and neither feels good. 4/10



Currently playing :
Super Robot Wars T (Switch) Its very long
Grand Theft Auto V (PC Steam) Its long
Il-2 Sturmovik Cliff of Dover (PC Steam) Joystick problems!
 
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CRUNT

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💪07/52🤳
1. Halo: CE Anniversary (Xbox One X/TMCC) | 2nd Jan - 8hrs | 5/5
2. Assassin's Creed (Xbox One X/360BC) | 5th Jan - N/A | 5/5
3. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Xbox One X) | 7th Jan - N/A | 5/5
4. DiRT (Xbox 360) | 10th Jan - 6.5hrs | 4/5
5. Into the Breach (Switch Lite) | 12th Jan - 1.5hrs | 5/5
6. Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One X/360BC) | 18th Jan - 133.5hrs | 5/5
7. Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One X) | 29th Jan - 13.5hrs | 5/5

01: Halo: CE Anniversary (Xbox One X/TMCC) - [Campaign on Normal]
I want to replay all of the Halo games and play the Halo Wars games to get ready for Halo Infinite. First time playing this Anniversary edition and it look great. It's still fun for the most part, but some levels are a bit of a slog since I've beaten it so many times in the past. (I like the Library btw). Mostly playing to absorb the lore and picked up on lots of good stuff.

02: Assassin's Creed (Xbox One X/360BC) - [Full story]
Altair is pretty OP. No stealth required, just walk up and stab your target then dispatch 30 guards and walk home. First AC game completed. It's a good podcast game especially since the story is all riddles. Guess we're still waiting for that AC game set in Japan.

03: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Xbox One X) - [First playthrough]
It's pretty amazing that something like this actually got pulled off. It's more cinematic than game but that's ok with me. I did enjoy the combat though, especially when music started playing. It's an HDR showpiece and even has good HDR skyboxes. Playing with Dolby Atmos headphones was pretty cool too. I missed some of the Lorestones so I'll have to come back for a second playthrough, maybe on the Series X.

04: DiRT (Xbox 360) - [Full career]
Gotta play them in order for the lore right? Sooo much bloom, brown and grey. Definitely a product of the time. The vehicles, tracks, camera angles and damage are all very cool. Driving physics are pretty average compared to today's racers. The sound and music is really bad. It even has some performance issues with screen tearing and slow framerate at times. The career mode is a pretty standard checklist style, nothing special, except that they visualize the races in the form of a pyramid. Just a dumb thing I found enjoyable, getting fewer races each tier on the way to the top.

05: Into the Breach (Switch Lite) - [Playthrough on Easy]
Good game to play on the toilet, dropping bombs while dropping bombs. Good bite-sized strategy with FTL flavor but turned based so no rush. Saw the credits and likely won't 100% it by the end of the year so just gonna log it now and keep playing it off and on.

06: Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One X/360BC) - [100% 35/35 Achievements 1000/1000G]
Only took 10 years. Post-game content has a huge difficulty spike that requires lots and lots of grinding for the money needed for one particular achievement. I took my time with it and was able to grind while watching stuff on a second screen so it wasn't too bad. I did not like this game very much when it first came out but picking it up again years later for some reason I could appreciate the game so much more. I think this game really was meant to be played in 4K to see how much detail they put into everything.

07: Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One X) - [100% on Normal]
Finally getting around to playing this. Controls great with beautiful visuals and enough of a story to tie it all together. While playing I didn't want it to end so I ended up getting 100% of everything. I wish there was more of a reason to backtrack for orbs you couldn't get earlier other than just getting more powerful. Don't really understand the people who said this game made them cry, there is some emotional stuff but not that bad. Looking forward to The Will of the Wisps!

Currently Playing:
SUPERHOT (Xbox One X)
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (Xbox One X)
Temtem (PC/Steam)
Death end re;Quest (PC/Steam)
Pillars of Eternity (Xbox One X)
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (Xbox One X)
League of Legends - ARAM (PC)
League of Legends - Teamfight Tactics (PC)
 
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1. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES) - 8/10
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES) - 8/10
3. Untitled Goose Game (Switch) - 7/10
4. Moss (PSVR) - 9/10
5. Half-Life: Blue Shift (PC) - 8/10
6. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) - 8/10
7. Batman: Arkham VR (PSVR) - 8/10
8. Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order (PS4) - 8/10
9. Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels (Switch) - 7/10
10. Braid (PS3) - 8/10
11. Battletoads (Xbox One) - 6/10
12. Jetpac (Xbox One) - 6/10
13. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) - 9/10
14. Super Princess Peach (DS) - 7/10
15. Mom Hid My Game! (iPad) - 7/10
16. Emily is Away (PC) - 8/10

Currently Playing:
Half-Life 2 - PC
Ring Fit Adventure - Switch


2018 List - 68 Games
2019 List - 69 Games
 
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Kingwingin

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Here we go again. Think I made it to like 30ish last year, forgot to update since I was so busy with a new position at work.
 

eot

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I completed this once but I don’t think I could again. Is there a cripple version, like 12 -one per month? :messenger_grinning_sweat:
 

Mista

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I think I finished 52 games or close to in 2019 alone. 2020, you’re on!
 
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BusierDonkey

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I got this achievement last year, but I have a feeling I won't come anywhere close this year.

Finished (content that I've seen all I need to see or finished the game, but may not have 100% completed)
Working On
Open-Ended (Fighting or Racing games that are infinitely replayable)
Abandoned (either I suck or it sucked, or both)

1: Fallout 4: PC: 100 hours in 2020.

2: Astral Chain: Switch: 20 hours

3: Forza 7 : PC: 40 hours in 2020

4: Forza Horizon 4: PC: 20 hours in 2020

4: Project Cars 2: PC: 20 hours in 2020


5: Wreckfest: PC: 15 hours in 2020

6: Witcher 3: PC: 100 hours


7: Soul Calibur VI: PC: 45 hours

8: Tales of Symphonia: PC: 5 hours

9: Link's Awakening: Switch: 20 hours

10: Doom: PC: 5 hours
 
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tav7623

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Just gonna reserve this spot for my "list" and this will also be my 6th attempt at the challenge (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019). As of right now here are some of the games I've been playing going into the new year that I haven't finished yet: Medevil Remake (I just returned to the land of the living), Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair (I've currently rescued about 8 members of the "Bee-talion" so I've got about 40 to go before I'm ready to attack the "Impossible Lair"), and Yakuza Kiwami 2 (I'm on Chapter 13 so I've got about 4 chapters to go before I beat the game's story mode).

Game #1 - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 (PS4)
- Finished the game's main campaign (7-8 ish hrs) and have played approximately 10+ hrs of the online multiplayer mode this year (last year I played north of 250 hrs in this mode) on 1/2/20
- Overall the game's story wasn't too bad and the online multiplayer can get a bit infuriating at times, but this is imo still a pretty solid all-round game even though the game's story isn't as "bombastic" as
previous entries.

Game #2 - Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order (Xbox One)
- Finished the game's story campaign with about 76% overall completion (90% of in-game collectibles found and 61% of achievements unlocked) on 1/3/20
- I got this game as a Christmas present and overall I really enjoyed this game's story, especially the sequence near the end where a certain somebody shows up. Though I feel like the story was kinda
rushed in some areas and that there should have been more to the game/story. Hopefully there will be a beefy post story DLC expansion for the game, but if there isn't then I hope that EA doesn't f**k things
up and allows Respawn to make a proper sequel to this game.

Game #3 - Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (PS2)
- Finished the game's story in about 9 hrs on 1/9/20
- I first played this game Christmas morning the year it came out (2005) and got about as far as the battle with St. Germain before quitting/giving up on the game. After getting a Pound PS2 HDMI cable late last year I decided to return to some of my old PS2 games that I had never beaten/finished. I chose to do this game first because I've been on a bit of a Castlevania kick, I found out about the unlockable Trevor mode (which I sooooo want to play :p ), and beating this game would mean there'd only be one 3d Castlevania game (Castlevania 64: Legacy of Darkness) that I hadn't played/beaten.

Game # 4 - Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)
- Finished the game's story on normal difficulty in about 23 hrs on 1/13/20
- I got this game as a belated B-day present and have been slowly playing through the game's story. Overall I really enjoyed this over the top/ semi open-world/3D beat-em up/crime drama and plan to eventually 100% complete it down the road now that I've finished the main story.

Game #5 - Mega Man X3 (Mega Man X Legacy Collection Vol.1 on Xbox One)
- Finished the game, 100% (including all secrets & achievements) in (roughly) 15 hrs (overall) on 1/31/20
- I first started this game (which I had never played prior to getting the Mega Man X Legacy Collection Vol.1) after 100% completeing Mega Man X1 & X2 back in 2018 (which was also the first time I'd 100% completed X and the first time I'd played X2), but after getting a bit aggrivated by the Doppler Stages at the tale end of the game I ended up stepping away from the game until yesterday (1/30/20) after watching the Johnny Vs. Mega Man X2 & X3 video and remembering that "oh yeah, I haven't finished Mega Man X3". Overall I'm not a big fan of Mega Man X3, I prefer the first two games in the series instead. Though now that I've 100% completed 3 of the 4 games included in the Mega Man X collection I'll definitely have shoot for 100% completing X4 (another game in the series I hadn't played before) before picking up Vol.2 of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection.
 
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1. Diddy Kong Racing (N64) | 3rd Jan - 12hrs | 5/5
2. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (PS4) | 4th Jan - 6hrs | 2/5
3. Ratchet & Clank (PS4) | 6th Jan - 12.5hrs | 5/5
4. Extreme-G (N64) | 8th Jan - 2hrs | 4/5
5. Spyro the Dragon (Reignited) (PC) | 9th Jan - 6.5hrs | 4/5
6. Mario Kart 64 (N64) | 11th Jan - 1hr | 5/5
7. Max Payne (PC) | 12th Jan - 7.5hrs | 4/5
8. Star Fox 64 (N64) | 13th Jan - 2hrs | 5/5
9. Wave Race 64 (N64) | 13th Jan - 2hrs | 4/5
10. Rayman Legends (PC) | 16th Jan - 8hrs | 4/5
11. Serious Sam 2 (PC) | 20th Jan - 11hrs | 3/5
12. Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4) | 21st Jan - 10hrs | 4/5
13. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS4) | 24th Jan - 9hrs | 3/5
14. Quake (PC) | 30th Jan - 4hrs | 4/5
15. Quake 2 (PC) | 3rd Feb - 6.5hrs | 3/5
16. Journey to the Savage Planet (PC) | 6th Feb - 6hrs | 4/5
17. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (PC) | 14th Feb - 5.5hrs | 3/5
Completed 17/52



1. Diddy Kong Racing 5/5 - Loved it. Brought back memories of when games were pure fun.
2. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice 2/5 - Sound design and graphics: great. Boss fights and illusion mechanics are kind of cool but... fighting overall is too repetitive and boring, and the game's mechanics overstay their welcome.
3. Ratchet & Clank 5/5 - Unexpectedly amazing remake. Platforming is fluid and controls well, the different guns are fun to use, planets are beautiful, and graphics/sounds/voice acting are all great. Humorous too.
4. Extreme-G 4/5 - I forgot how awesome non-simulation racing games can be. And that soundtrack!
5. Spyro the Dragon (Reignited) 4/5 - Used reshade as I didn't love the look, but loved the game. Glad they had an original music option.
6. Mario Kart 64 5/5 - Continuing my 64 nostalgia trip. Beat every 150cc cup, shortcuts still fresh in my mind after all this time. A classic.
7. Max Payne 4/5 - Focused and intense. Noir executed to perfection. A few issues on PC but a unique work of art nonetheless.
8. Star Fox 64 5/5 - One of a kind. Was really fun to go back and play this through. The music, sounds, voices of the characters all brought back great memories. I had forgotten how the game has multiple paths based on your success or failure to meet objectives in certain missions. Really cool.
9. Wave Race 64 4/5 - I've always loved these arcade style racers. Beat normal, hard, expert difficulty modes and completed stunt mode.
10. Rayman Legends 4/5 - Great platformer, though the momentum based movement makes the game seem sloppy sometimes.
11. Serious Sam 2 3/5 - Decently fun wave shooter but the enemy spawn system can be frustrating and the flat arenas are boring (especially the last level).
12. Gravity Rush Remastered 4/5 - Loved the gravity mechanic and had a blast flying around. Music is wonderful. Combat is the only downside.
13. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 3/5 - Kind of surprised by how average this game was. One shooting gallery to the next gets old. Characters are likable though.
14. Quake 4/5 - Really enjoyed it. Levels are fun and short, and there's lots of them. Movement is fast which I love. Had never played the first one so I'm glad I got to play through it.
15. Quake 2 3/5 - Felt more bland than the first one, and I didn't like the level design.
16. Journey to the Savage Planet 4/5 - Pretty fun game. Lots of different acquirable mechanics and unique world.
17. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter 3/5 - Definitely a product of its time. Fun but very simple. Map design is decent.

Currently playing
Gravity Rush 2
Yakuza 0
Deus Ex
 
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1. Basketball Club Story (Android) | 1st Jan - 10hrs | 5/5
2. Jedi: Fallen Order (PC) | 1st Jan - 20hrs | 5/5
3. Unavowed (PC) | 5th Jan - 10hrs | 5/5
4. Witcher II (PC) | 19th Jan - 22hrs | 4/5
5. Metro 2033 Redux (PC) | 23th Jan - 10hrs | 4/5
6. Luigi's Mansion 3 (Switch) | 30th Jan - 14:58hrs | 4/5
7. Metro Last Light Redux (PC) | 2nd Feb - 11hrs | 5/5
8. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (Switch) | 6th Feb - 17:49hrs | 5/5
9. Guacamelee! 2 (PC) | 10th Feb - 11:25hrs | 4/5
10. SUPERHOT (PC) | 10th Feb - 3hrs | 3/5
11. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PC) | 16th Feb - 8hrs | 4/5
12. The Great Ace Attorney (3DS) | 19th Feb - 30hrs | 4/5

COMPLETED SO FAR:

Basketball Club StoryJedi: Fallen OrderUnavowedThe Witcher II: Enhanced EditionMetro 2033 ReduxLuigi's Mansion 3Metro: Last Light ReduxMonster Boy and the Cursed KingdomGuacamelee! 2SUPERHOTEnslaved: Odyssey to the WestThe Great Ace Attorney

PREVIOUS YEARS:


2019 / 2018 / 2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014
 
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Time to do this again, reserved!

1. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, 10/10
I've clocked in almost 200 hours in just little over a month, highly addictive stuff! Shadowbringers in particular has been pretty great so far, I just beat the main scenario and now I need to start doing those raids and stuff. Most of our play group is still in Stormblood, so maybe I should play something else in the meantime...
 

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I kinda feel this is cheating, as I'm mostly going to be spending this year working my way through the rest of my Megadrive Mini collection (16-bit games don't really compare to modern games in terms of length), but I'll join in anyway, just to add to the merriment.
 
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Alright, let's do this even though I most likely won't succeed.

The list:

1. Remnant: From the Ashes (PC) | 2nd Jan - 20hrs | 6.8/10
2. Dark Souls Remastered (PC) | 5th Jan - 41hrs |8.5/10
3. Death Stranding (PS4) | 27th Jan - 50hrs |6.9/10
4. Doom 2016 (PC) | 2nd Feb - 15hrs |8.8/10
5. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PC) | 6th Feb - 15hrs |7.2/10
6. Ori and The Blind Forest Definitive Edition (PC) | 9th Feb - 12hrs |8.3/10
7. Whispers of a Machine (PC) | 9th Feb - 6hrs |6.5/10

My reviews/thoughts:
1. Remnant: From the Ashes: was not as good as I expected and I genuinely only enjoyed it mainly because I was playing it with a friend. Decent combat, and some cool boss fights but everything else was meh. https://steamcommunity.com/id/stealthycockatrice/recommended/617290/
2. Dark Souls Remastered: I played the original when it came and never finished it, giving up half way in for no reason and honestly after so many years of playing all souls-like game except the first and now finally finishing it I can safely say I regret my choice back then. Fantastic game but not without its many issues and inconsistencies.
3. Death Stranding: Overall it was okay, better than my initial thoughts about it at launch after I gave up on it but certainly not something I would recommend to my friends unless they truly are desperate. Nice cinematics, visual, ending moments with the most boring gameplay I ever had the displeasure of facing. It's a miracle I did not give up on it and it's a miracle that I sorta also liked the gameplay mechanics of helping others.
4. Doom 2016: Just as when it came and even 4 years later it's still one of the best first person shooters ever made, with amazing soundtrack and awesome gunplay. The hype for Doom Eternal is unreal. https://steamcommunity.com/id/stealthycockatrice/recommended/379720/
5. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night: Nostalgia and creators renown is the only reason why this game is so overwhelmingly positive reviewed on Steam because besides fun combat and exploration everything from level/character designs and story is pretty meh. I just barely gave it a thumbs ups. Might chage my mind later. https://steamcommunity.com/id/stealthycockatrice/recommended/692850
6. Ori and The Blind Forest Definitive Edition: Decided to replay Ori since the sequel is around the corner so gave the Definitive version a go and the game sitll holds pretty damn well after 5 years and it's still one of the best platforming/metroidvanias out there. https://steamcommunity.com/id/stealthycockatrice/recommended/387290
7. Whispers of a Machine: It pains me not to recommend this game but honestly from a boring/average story to ugly backgrounds and overall atmosphere, the game just doesn't set itself apart in this genre. Music and voice acting were good tho. https://steamcommunity.com/id/stealthycockatrice/recommended/631570/


My ongoing:
Sekiro, replaying
The Division 1, replaying with friends.
 
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Well over 10h, managed to beat all leagues and cups.

I'm a big Kairosoft fan, this is nothing new. I have purchased all their games since Game Dev Story. And I think Basketball Club Story is easily their best, as it's like a "Kairosoft Greatest Hits".

It's both complex and accessible, both a manager and a city builder, both easy to pick up and hard to master. If I had to pick up a flaw, it would be that the difficulty curve soars every time you complete a rank and you have to spend some time "grinding" just to keep up. But it's easily worth the 5€.

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Reserved! I made an account just to participate in this!

Reviews and completion time included in list.

  1. Cadence of Hyrule - I've never played Crypt of the Necrodancer, and I've only seen speedruns of it at AGDQ. I got this game on a whim when I saw it was on sale, since I was craving a dungeon crawler. What I got was one of the best soundtracks in a game and a truly unique experience. The difficulty curve wasn't too much and there's plenty of options to make the game easier and less "Dance-y," but the core experience was very fun and satisfying. I haven't gone into all the additional modes, but it looks like there's a lot to keep going back to. The story wasn't very good, but the gameplay makes up for the lack of story and this game makes me very excited to see Nintendo let other smaller studies do interesting stuff with their IPs. Completed in 5 Hours and 30 Minutes.

    Final Rating: ★★★★

 
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This is an excellent thread, Wozzer Wozzer ! You have done a great job with the set-up and I am glad to start off the new decade with an fun game completed in short order.

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1. Concrete Genie (PS4) | 2nd Jan - 8-ish hrs | 3/5



Ash is a young teen who grew up in the fishing town of Denska. Due to an oil spill and numerous economic failures, it became abandoned and a haven for delinquents. Shortly after having a run in with one of said groups, you meet up with a magical Genie, one of your own creation, who provides you with a tool to bring life and vibrancy back to the town.

A cute, fun, and entertaining little romp that ends all too soon. I would love to see this concept return in a longer adventure with a bit more artistic options that lends to more control in what you can create.

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My scoring is a bit odd - I tend to score games dependent of how much I enjoyed myself. I don't particularly care much for the nuances, the graphical fidelity, the gameplay systems - as long as I enjoyed myself. I also am a bit lenient when it comes to ratings. 1 being a game I didn't enjoy, 2 being a mediocre/average/kinda-boring game, 3 being a game I found a good bit of enjoyment in, but has some minor issues or is just too short of an experience, 4 being a game I really enjoyed, and 5 being one that I find to be very hard to put down.
 
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Spot reserved, I'll try this. Maybe it'll help motivate myself to finish games I start and never go back to.

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Title: What remains of Edith Finch - switch
Rating: 5/5
Heard a lot of good things about this one but never gave it a chance. Decided to get it today and went through it in a sitting. Very beautiful and touching story. Time: 2h30
 
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Game #1 - Ord (PC/Steam)



Demo here: - https://ordgame.com

This game is all about endings, so it's hard to say whether I've actually beaten it (100% currently eludes me at present). The premise is simple, it's basically a minimalist take on the Zork style games of narrative adventures wherein you're presented with a word and you have two other words to choose from in response either of which may advance your story in some fashion (opening up another word) or potentially end it. There is some randomisation to the whole experience in terms of what words come up in sequence, but not necessarily in terms of how specific responses resolve so if you wrestle the Racoon you'll always get rabies and die for instance (which is an achievement), whereas if you bribe it you always get a deal and progress to the next word.

It's a charming little game that is I highly recommend people give a punt (my most gifted game of late) especially given the extremely low price point (less than a Latte). 5/5 would Pray at Altar again.
 
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Time to get in on the first page. I have a small backlog across a few modern and classic systems, it's my first time building a list. Let's dig in
 

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2019 in Review


2020 Goal
65 games​

1. Dragon Age: Inquisition
2. Minecraft (Win10)
3. Minecraft (One)

CURRENTLY PLAYING



- Elite Dangerous: Traveled to the center of the galaxy over the fall/winter and now in 2020 I'll get to grinding out the bubble achievements.


- Sea of Thieves: Started playing with a friend and I'm having a blast.


- Civilization 6: Got this for Christmas from my brother and it's a decent adaptation. I'll be going through most of the achievements over the next few months.


- Saints Row IV: Re-Elected - Only 40 hours of gameplay achievement left.

- Afterparty: Get the first playthrough done and rush to the end making the opposite choices.
 
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10h-ish, best ending.

Very cool point-and-click. The game setting is exceptionally solid, and left me wanting more. Since interaction is more limited than in other similar games, Unavowed can be a bit easy-ish at some points, but this is one you play for the story, not for the gameplay or the puzzles. As somebody said in a thread somewhere, point-and-click adventure is the liveliest "dead" genre for a reason - every year we get some hidden gems like this one.

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Excited for another year of completing games!

1. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES) - 8/10

Was really pushing to finish this in 2019 but I didn't make it. So this helps me get a head start on 2020. This was a lot harder than I remember it being. Some of the final levels had some pretty challenging platforming. I wish they would incorporate the challenge from this game into the newer Yoshi games. I have enjoyed playing them but they are incredibly easy. It was kind of a shock to go back to this and actually die a few times.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES) - 8/10

My kid really wanted me to play another Turtle game and this felt like a fun one to play again. I like the changes from the arcade version and it still plays really well. I did find it pretty easy compared to the NES ones. Still - solid beat em up game.

3. Untitled Goose Game (Switch) - 7/10

Short, unique and interesting. I liked the ending but honestly was hoping for a bit more. I am glad I played it but after doing the extended checklist... I don't know if I will return to it. I didn't bother with the timed challenge.
 
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1/52 Life is Strange 2

No spoilers. (Spoilers for Life is Strange 1.)

I scored this sequel 3/5 compared to Life is Strange 4/5, Before the Storm 5/5, and Captain Spirit 4/5. These three previous titles tied into this sequel in almost every episode, either directly (the game begins by asking the player if they saved Arcadia Bay or Chloe) or indirectly (they were some heartwarming cameos throughout). The puzzle elements of the game were noticeably more integrated this time around, giving a more solid narrative to the action, and a greater demand for exploration. Sadly gone were the outstanding soundtracks of the first games, as it only has a few key songs, but the soft guitar motif of the series doesn’t get monotonous. The story itself was a more adventurous tale than the previous games. Although, around the middle of each episode I felt that the intended audience was angsty teenagers (all the current American sociopolitical topics come up), but come the end every time I felt like a worthy story was being told, which gave me enthusiasm to see what would come in the next episode. Also the recap was an essential part of each episode, that starts in episode 2 and continues into episode 5, that really makes the player feel like they're living through a dramatic unfolding novel. I was shocked at some of my choices, and I felt like I had played the game quite different to most people, based on the stats after each episode. This played into my favour come the epilogue as I felt the Diaz brothers story had come to a satisfying conclusion even though I had lost on the players' choice majority vote, meaning that my choices had mattered. We all know that games have a long way to go before they can become like literature, but this is a step in the right direction. This is a story and a game about a journey with many different possible outcomes. Two brothers, living like wolves, living for each other, trying to find a home in a messed-up world. I gave this game a 3/5 only because if Life is Strange 3 follows it down the path of politically left leaning trendy ideology, then I'm out. But it's been a good run so far.
 
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Before I claim a post, can I ask a quick question?

Can I lists short videogames like the ones you find on itchio or in flash websites?

Thank you.
 

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1. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, 10/10
I've clocked in almost 200 hours in just little over a month, highly addictive stuff! Shadowbringers in particular has been pretty great so far, I just beat the main scenario and now I need to start doing those raids and stuff. Most of our play group is still in Stormblood, so maybe I should play something else in the meantime...
2. Transformers: Devastation, 9/10
I got the game like a thousand years ago off of PS+, just beat it for the first time. My my, what a game. Loved the combat, music and nods to the old series. I still remember the cartoons and toys from my childhood, so playing this was one helluva nostalgia trip as well. Also, Vince motherfucking DiCola. This song man...