• Hey, guest user. Hope you're enjoying NeoGAF! Have you considered registering for an account? Come join us and add your take to the daily discourse.
  • Hey Guest. Check out the NeoGAF 2.2 Update Thread for details on our new Giphy integration and other new features.

52 Games. 1 Year. 2021.

IKSTUGA

Member
Jan 9, 2019
869
700
415


2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- 9/10
Okay I was wrong about this game, it's damn good. Once I got past breakable weapons, it was pretty much smooth sailing. There were a few minor sources of frustration like the temperature mechanics and combat jank, but they didn't bother me enough to hinder the overall experience. Must play for every Switch owner and a top 3 Zelda game for me.


3. Persona 5 Royal -- 10/10
Took me around 80 hours to beat. It's Persona 5, but bigger and better. GOAT material for sure and worth it even if you've already played the original version. Here's a sick new song, because why not:


Edit: I played DQXI, BotW and P5R in a row, probably going to do smaller games for a bit, lol.
 
Last edited:

jshackles

Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the capability to make the world's first enhanced store. Steam will be that store. Better than it was before.
Jul 2, 2013
17,102
17,202
1,325
Oregon


Game 7 - Diablo II: Lords of Destruction - PC / Battle.net - Completed Jan 29th, 2021
It's been forever since I've played through Diablo II, and after finishing the first game earlier this month I decided to give this one a good go. While it's certainly an improvement on the first, I found it to be not quite as good as I remembered. Even though I was able to play in ultrawidescreen (which was awesome!) there are still a lot of aspects of this game that did not age well. I found that I had to cheese my skills a lot more often than should be required of a game like this, although I know some people think that's what makes it "hardcore". Overall though, I had fun with it and was sure to listen in on all the story bits and follow along - something I don't think I've done since the game first released! I think I actually prefer modern Diablo III to all of them so far.
 

IKSTUGA

Member
Jan 9, 2019
869
700
415


3. Persona 5 Royal -- 10/10
Took me around 80 hours to beat. It's Persona 5, but bigger and better. GOAT material for sure and worth it even if you've already played the original version. Here's a sick new song, because why not:


Edit: I played DQXI, BotW and P5R in a row, probably going to do smaller games for a bit, lol.


4. Resident Evil: Revelations -- 8/10
It's no masterpiece, but still, I enjoyed going back to RE:R. By far the biggest problem the game has is the fact that RE2 and 3 Remakes are a thing. They're just way better, if you're looking for some over the should horror action.



5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze -- 9.5/10
With each replay, the game just becomes better and better. The level design is just insane, who cares if there are crocodiles or not.



6. Gravity Rush: Remastered -- 8.5/10
What an interesting concept. Really enjoyed it for the gameplay and soundtrack, story didn't quite catch my interest.



7. Gravity Rush 2 -- 7.5/10
They really dropped the ball with the level design here. Too much cinematic BS and too many unfun stealth sections. I still enjoyed the core gravity based gameplay though.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: Phase

BadBurger

Gold Member
Nov 6, 2019
2,496
4,080
535
  1. Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PlayStation 5) | Jan 4th - 11 hours | 4/5
    A charming platformer that rivals the greats from Nintendo. Amazing use of the PS5's features, great use of the DualSense controller, innovative cohesion with what is terrific music. My only knocks are that it relies too much on its gated advancement, and some levels were a bit tedious

  2. Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PlayStation 5) | Jan 7th - 11 hours | 4/5
    Better than the game it spun out of (no pun intended). It refines any rough edges while implementing the best features of the PS5 and improving upon character models. The story has heart, the combat is great, the music bumpin'

  3. Days Gone (PlayStation 5) | Jan 14th - 57 hours | 2.5/5
    A game that doesn't really get anything gameplay wise wrong, but it doesn't achieve anything I'd consider innovative either. The story telling is very poor IMO, something Bend Studio needs to learn to execute more organically and with more compassion. I think "mediocre" might be the best word to describe it

  4. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PlayStation 5) | Jan 27th - 10 hours | 3/5
    Good, not great as a kind of addendum to Uncharted 4. It gets the core gameplay right, the story is light, and it relied perhaps a bit too much on merely peddling around a kind of lackluster tiny open world

  5. Destiny 2: Beyond Light (PC) | Feb 1st - 5 hours | 2/5
    If you've played Destiny 1 or 2 you know what to expect. Bungie is still failing to offer a compelling or even coherent story. I found myself tuning out. Some of the newly introduced mechanics enriched the game, however. PvP remains oddly limited and boring. Some of the added content that is available following the short story campaign is all grind for few rewards

  6. Genshin Impact (PlayStation 5) | Feb 9th - 12 hours | 3.5/5
    Logging this now even though it's one of those games that are ongoing like a MMO. I wrapped up the introductory content and am working on the business of furthering the story and acquiring heroes, etc. It is a surprisingly well fleshed out game for something that's free - quality characters with full voice acting, great presentation value, deep and well designed systems, simple yet enjoyable combat, a large open world, etc. One spends a lot of time walking, even given fast travel options, and that thin veneer of design that nudges people toward the store is of course there. With just a tiny bit of QoL improvements this would be a 4/5, easy

  7. Samorost 3 (PC) | Feb 14th - 5 hours | 2/5
    Another vibrant chapter in the series. Great art and music. Some easy puzzles, some on the tricky side. Amanita Design fixed some of the rough edges from 1 and 2. Unfortunately too many of the puzzles can be essentially failed, forcing one to go back and redo entire areas / puzzles to reacquire items if they don't methodically save at every single juncture. This made it occasionally frustrating and a struggle to get through at times, which was the exact opposite of the experience I had with the first two installments of the franchise

  8. Civilization VI: Gathering Storm (PC) | Feb 15th - 5 hours (first complete match) | 4/5
    This second expansion adds a plethora of helpful and fun systems, fixes problems related to resources and diplomacy in the core game, and adds some rather effective leaders. In fact, it fixes so many problems that I think it's kind of shitty for Firaxis not to release at least a few of these system changes in an optional patch for all owners of Civ VI. But business is business I guess. It's very good, I think essential as it repairs so many issues with the core game.

  9. The Banner Saga (PC) | Feb 22nd - 9 hours | 4/5
    Phenomenal tactical strat game

9/52



 
Last edited:

jshackles

Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the capability to make the world's first enhanced store. Steam will be that store. Better than it was before.
Jul 2, 2013
17,102
17,202
1,325
Oregon


Game 8 - The Medium - Xbox Series X - Complete Feb 7th, 2021
I really enjoyed this game, even though I wasn't sure if I would or not when I first started playing it. I've played a few other Bloober Team games, Layers of Fear which I really liked and Blair Witch that I enjoyed but didn't care for it enough to finish. Thankfully, this game was a lot better put together than Blair Witch and even threw in a few elements of Layers of Fear that I really liked. First off, the music was incredibly well done. The absolutely haunting melody and tunes carried the spooky uneasy vibe of this game throughout - top marks. The story was interesting and original. Lots of Silent Hill vibes, which I appreciated greatly. Voice acting - top notch. Kelly Burke did an amazing job, and I was surprised to see Troy Baker in the credits as well! Thank god for Game Pass, if it weren't for getting this game for free I likely would have skipped it - but knowing how much I liked it I definitely would have paid full price. Only downside is that it was a bit on the short side (for a full price game) at 8 hours, and not much replay value if you know how the story goes. But otherwise, it's a hell of a ride!
 

bender

Bending Rodríguez (22, 1,729)
Apr 12, 2010
8,540
11,990
1,310
I just hate finished Control. The game is so boring to look at and play. Modern Remedy is such a bummer.
 
  • Like
  • Empathy
Reactions: Phase and BadBurger
Jun 17, 2015
187
53
360
Ohio
Main Post

1. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (PSVR) - 9/10 - my only complaint is I wish I could backtrack and move freely. Outside of that this game is a complete joy! Excellent boss encounters!


2. Sonic Lost World (Wii U) - 5/10 - Started out fine and I grew annoyed by the end. Uninspired bosses and designs. The controls aren't explained well and I had to legit open the manual to figure out what I was doing wrong. Yet another Meh Sonic game as I work through the series.


3. Jurassic Park (Sega Genesis) - 6/10 - I think I just liked the idea of playing as a raptor in this as a kid. This game is hard and super confusing. I had no idea how to finish the game until I looked it up on youtube. It definitely has moments and is different but I am not so sure it was fun.


4. Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure (Neo Geo Pocket Color) - 7/10 - Decent enough Sonic game. I think it's impressive for what it did on the hardware. Nothing really new here just a fairly solid old school Sonic game.



5. Adventure Island(NES) - 3/10 - TRASH!!! I hated my time with this game. I must have only rented 2/3 as a kid. When I finally made it to 8-3 i had to save state at some ridiculous jump. It probably took me over 100 tries to finally do what I needed to do...and I think I just got lucky. I didn't realize how hard (impossible) this damn game it. It's barely fun, every level is almost the same and the bosses are the same the whole time. Trash game.


6. Mirror's Edge (PS3) - 7/10 - I loved running and jumping and I hated the combat. I wish the majority of the game was just puzzles of jumping and getting somewhere instead of running from guys and occasionally fighting them. How does Catalyst compare to this? I heard open world (which sounds meh) but hoping the combat is either refined or removed.
 
Last edited:
Oct 27, 2012
2,275
2,676
865
38


58:53h, Normal difficulty. Saw all 5 endings, with "The Star" as the one I got first. Finished all non-blue quests. I'm not going to say any major spoilers but I'm not going to tag them either, so be careful, samurai.

What a pity. What a waste. I'm so mad.

Cyberpunk 2077 could have been an easy GOTY for me. An engaging main story, a breathtakingly (get it hyuck hyuck) designed world, engaging, distinct and memorable characters,... even with its faults, it would be an easy 95/100 game for me.

The reason I think so highly about Cyberpunk 2077 can be summed by paraphrasing dunkey; in other open world games I've played recently, even if I enjoyed them thorougly, I barely remember what they were about or who the hell were the NPCs. Hell, I'm playing AC Valhalla right now and I have to struggle to remember what's it about and why should I care about the woodfaced people I encounter on my travels. But in CP2077 I came to care about Johhny, Jackie, Panam, Takemura (they did my boy dirty), Judy (poor, poor Jude) and the others. An RPG lives and dies by its characters and CPR knows that. The stories unfolding around them were so engaging, the quests so (mostly) well designed and supported by some of the best use of ray traced graphics to date, that I had to stop myself from fistpumping from time to time.

But now let's talk about bugs shall we. I played the GOG version, 1.06. The first 10h or so everything went swimmingly, though I broke my brain trying to understand why the performance deteriorated so fast while I was playing (more on that later). But then the bugs started, at firsts lowly. V t-posing on his motorcycle every now and then, quests that required me to reload to be able to finish them, weapon info not disappearing from the game screen, V perma-crouching even in cutscenes, my car appearing clipping through the road and then exploding. Annoying, sometimes hilarious, nothing too big.

At first. Those annoying bugs started appearing more and more and some more serious issues appeared. Clipping through the ground in the badlands and falling through the geometry, quests that never popped up (The Milltech base in the southeast corner, for example), NPCs that were supposed to call and never called, the interface not being disabled during cutscenes so I ended calling my car when navigating a conversation tree and getting trampled over... and I discovered the game has a very serious memory leak that prevented me from playing more than a couple hours before the fps went from a smooth 60 to a wobbly 40. Then finally, I encountered not one, but three different gamebreaking issues during a single playthrough (an infinite loading screen during "Queen of the Highway", Takemura not calling during his questline, Kerry's quest not popping up) that had my progress stalled for days while I contacted CPR (never heard back) and looked for workarounds online. I soldiered on and passed all those hurdles, only because the game is THAT good. I wouldn't have bothered with a minor game.

While completing "Don't fear the reaper", I couldn't help but chuckle when I saw Johnny t-posing while waxing lyrical next to Arasaka's tower elevator. Also, in the quiet driving scene in the Temperance ending, the main character reminiscing nostalgically about Night City while the car was trampling parked cars and civilians alike. Those scenes were the perfect summary of this game; fantastic gaming moments ruined by the absence of QA.

But then I recognize the quality of CP2077 and I would feel dirty giving it less than 4 stars because it's a 6 star game for me. However, in its current state, I cannot fully recommend it, even on PC. I'm sure future patches will get it ironed out even more and it will eventually become the killer app it's supposed to be, like The Witcher 3.

My Score: ★★★

Original post
 
Last edited:

marcincz

Member
Sep 16, 2013
1,566
211
545
Wroclaw, Poland
February, so far, is a Capcom month for me. Next title must be something different than these:

Game 10 - Devil May Cry V (PS4) - 10h 48m
Beat 03/02/2021 - my score: ★★★★☆

Game 11 - Resident Evil Zero (PS4) - 16h 11m

Beat 06/02/2021 - my score: ★★★

Game 12 - Resident Evil (PS4) - 17h 49m

Beat 11/02/2021 - my score: ★★★★☆

Game 13 - Resident Evil 2 (PS4) - 09h 11m

Beat 13/02/2021 - my score: ★★★★☆ (Leon)

Game 14 - Resident Evil 2 (PS4) - 05h 40m

Beat 15/02/2021 - my score: ★★★★☆ (Claire)
 
Last edited:

tav7623

Member
Feb 15, 2013
939
27
560
NC
Main Post

3. Jurassic Park (Sega Genesis) - 6/10 - I think I just liked the idea of playing as a raptor in this as a kid. This game is hard and super confusing. I had no idea how to finish the game until I looked it up on youtube. It definitely has moments and is different but I am not so sure it was fun.
Congrats on finally beating this game! I have fond memories playing that game (and the semi-sequel/remake Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition) as a kid especially since it was (outside of the Sonic the Hedgehog pack-in game) the first Sega Genesis game I ever owned. In fact I still have it though the case & manual (which has several old passwords I had written down in the notes section as a kid) are in rough shape. I played this game so much as a kid I actually managed to beat it with both Grant & the Raptor.I distinctly remember hating the raft sections with Grant as well as the sections with the Brachiosaurus and the Sewer/Power Plant stages with the Raptor.
 
Last edited:

IKSTUGA

Member
Jan 9, 2019
869
700
415


4. Resident Evil: Revelations -- 8/10
It's no masterpiece, but still, I enjoyed going back to RE:R. By far the biggest problem the game has is the fact that RE2 and 3 Remakes are a thing. They're just way better, if you're looking for some over the should horror action.



5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze -- 9.5/10
With each replay, the game just becomes better and better. The level design is just insane, who cares if there are crocodiles or not.



6. Gravity Rush: Remastered -- 8.5/10
What an interesting concept. Really enjoyed it for the gameplay and soundtrack, story didn't quite catch my interest.



7. Gravity Rush 2 -- 7.5/10
They really dropped the ball with the level design here. Too much cinematic BS and too many unfun stealth sections. I still enjoyed the core gravity based gameplay though.


8. Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition -- 7.5/10
Don't have much to say about this one. It's good, but it feels very old.



9. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic -- 9/10
It's like Mass Effect, but in the Star Wars universe, love it. Some gameplay elements haven't aged that well, but it doesn't matter, because of the excellent writing.



10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim --8/10
Did a quick playthrough. It's Skyrim, janky as fuck with unbeliavably dull characters and lore. It is fun though.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: ArtemisClydeFrog
Jun 17, 2015
187
53
360
Ohio
Congrats on finally beating this game! I have fond memories playing that game (and the semi-sequel/remake Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition) as a kid especially since it was (outside of the Sonic the Hedgehog pack-in game) the first Sega Genesis game I ever owned. In fact I still have it though the case & manual (which has several old passwords I had written down in the notes section as a kid) are in rough shape. I played this game so much as a kid I actually managed to beat it with both Grant & the Raptor.I distinctly remember hating the raft sections with Grant as well as the sections with the Brachiosaurus and the Sewer/Power Plant stages with the Raptor.
Haha, the raft portion was so frustrating. I have my old copy as well and found some of the stage codes that I wrote down as a kid. Was pretty cool to come back around and finally finish this one. How did you figure out how to finish the last levels? I had to resort to youtube after a bit.
 

tav7623

Member
Feb 15, 2013
939
27
560
NC
Haha, the raft portion was so frustrating. I have my old copy as well and found some of the stage codes that I wrote down as a kid. Was pretty cool to come back around and finally finish this one. How did you figure out how to finish the last levels? I had to resort to youtube after a bit.
Yeah, it was, I can't tell you how many times I died trying to go down to the next part of the level or getting through it only for the T-Rex or a Brachiasaurus to get me and have do it all over again. Nice! yeah totally agree, a few years back as part of the 52 game challenge I went back and played through/beat a bunch of NES games (mostly the Castlevania & Mega Man games) that I'd never managed to beat as a child. Honestly I remember it taking a lot of trial & error (and patience/perseverance, which I apparently had in abundence at the time) with both characters as well as a little bit of dumb luck in the case of the final boss fight against Grant as the Raptor cause at the time I couldn't find a single strategy guide for the game in any of the gaming magazines I could get my hands on and it would be a few months before the first cheat codes/level select codes would start popping up in said magazines.
 
Last edited:

bender

Bending Rodríguez (22, 1,729)
Apr 12, 2010
8,540
11,990
1,310
Finally got around to starting and finishing Miles Morales the last few days. I really like how focused it was compared to Peter Parker's campaign. Way less padding and most of the side missions and content felt more meaningful and integrated into the story. Clocking in at under 10 hours was also great considering the city is reused (duh). I've also now completed every PS5 game I've purchased (3 for 3 or 4 for 4 if you included Astrobot).
 
  • Like
Reactions: ArtemisClydeFrog

ArtemisClydeFrog

Gold Member
Nov 7, 2020
1,130
2,203
495
3. Jurassic Park (Sega Genesis) - 6/10 - I think I just liked the idea of playing as a raptor in this as a kid. This game is hard and super confusing. I had no idea how to finish the game until I looked it up on youtube. It definitely has moments and is different but I am not so sure it was fun.

Yeah this game fucking slapped but was hard af. I'd love to play it again someday on an emulator or whatever because I never beat it as a kid.
 

GametimeUK

Member
Jul 2, 2015
1,579
822
520


GAME 19: Banjo Kazooie (in progress)

Mate, I'm just about to wrap up Banjo Kazooie. I played it briefly as a kid, but I never had my own N64 so I have always felt like I've missed out on a great game. I've been enjoying the game so much, but then I hit this part. It's beyond infuriating and quite possibly my worst segment in any game I have ever played period. It sucks so bad that I have dropped my score from 4 stars to 2 stars. This isn't a heat of the moment thing either. If I wasn't so stubborn and wanted this game for my list I would have just given up. What a disaster. I may play the 2nd game if it doesn't include any BS like this. Can someone tell me if Banjo Tooie has an awful segment like this in it?
 
Oct 27, 2012
2,275
2,676
865
38


10h-ish, Hurt me plenty difficulty, full game and the Lost Levels.

This game was pretty swell, actually. Most of the levels were very well designed... except for the last one, which is basically impossibru if you haven't found the three MacGuffins (whose existence isn't even alluded to during the course of the game. Apart from that, A+ gameplay as always.

The absence of music (or, mostly, how quiet and unobtrusive the music was) was a bit jarring compared to the kickass metal music the Doom saga is known for. Maybe replaying this game on PC with mods would improve the experience.

My Score: ★★★

Original post
 
Last edited:
Oct 27, 2012
2,275
2,676
865
38


18h-ish, Easy difficulty. Completed everything except for Season Pass stuff. Some metaspoilers in the text.

City builders tend to be relaxing. When you complete the campaign mode of a city builder you are usually content and satisfied. You feel like you did a moderate effort and achieved a moderate victory. But Frostpunk is not one of these games. Even on Easy (which is sort of a misnomer, really - even Easy mode is nerve-wrackingly hard) Frostpunk is a game that makes you clench your teeth and square your shoulders and when you are finished with an scenario, you realize you've been tense for the most part of it. A misstep and your carefully constructed city goes to shit. In the masochism scale, I'd say it's somewhere below Rimworld and Dwarf Fortress and a step above your average Soulsborne.

But that's part of what makes this game special. In order to win, you have to carefully manage your resources, including people, and you have to take some really drastic measures -child labor, using corpses as fertilizer, legalizing prostitution, establishing a dictatorship or a theocracy- and then, even if you win, the game calls you a bastard. It plays with your feelings, and that is good. I think this is one game that everyone should play.

Also the OST is full of absolute bangers.

My Score: ★★★★★

Original post
 
Last edited:

IKSTUGA

Member
Jan 9, 2019
869
700
415


8. Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition -- 7.5/10
Don't have much to say about this one. It's good, but it feels very old.



9. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic -- 9/10
It's like Mass Effect, but in the Star Wars universe, love it. Some gameplay elements haven't aged that well, but it doesn't matter, because of the excellent writing.



10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim --8/10
Did a quick playthrough. It's Skyrim, janky as fuck with unbeliavably dull characters and lore. It is fun though.


11. Super Mario 3D World -- 10/10
Super strong level design and tight controls.



12. Bowser's Fury -- 10/10
A fantastic new experiment in the Mario universe.



13. Persona 5 Strikers -- 9.5/10
Almost as good as actual P5.
 

KungFucius

Member
Jul 16, 2008
1,731
564
1,120
These threads give me a chuckle. I tried to give it a go in 2014 after the PS4 / Xbone launches. I thought maybe there would be enough cool games to get 10 big titles and a bunch of small indy ones. But really 52 games is ridiculous. I beat AC: Valhalla this year that took nearly 2.5 weeks worth of full time job and most of it was last year. I then spent a work week on Immortals, a half work week on Miles Morales and another work week on TLOU2. I am not sure how much time I spent on Mario 3D world plus the expansion but it was a significant time suck. I am waiting for big patch 2 to spend a work week on Cyberpunk on PC and I am currently deciding what the next time suck is since that patch is a few weeks away. Technically I did beat 7 games counting MM, Astrobot and Bowser as games so far which isn't too shabby, but with the weather improving and the pandemic looking to be less of a factor that will be a peak for the year. I also technically received my PS5 this year which I consider beating the mobile twitch game of respond to fucking notifications and keep pasting links to force it through the bogged down online ordering system. That's kind of beating a game even though most was done in 2020 and the dev team was fucking incompetent.

I see an outside chance of hitting 13 proper games this year which is 1/4 this absurd goal. I wonder if any more of them will actually be PS5 games.

List so far:
  1. AC: Valhalla (PC) - January 8/10 ( first 40 hours, shoot me in the head last 50 hours)
  2. Immortals (PC) - January - 9/10
  3. Spider-Man Miles Morales (PS5) January 8.5/10
  4. Astrobot Playground(PS5) January - 7.5/ 10
  5. Mario 3D World (NSW) - February 9.5/10
  6. Mario Bowser's Fury (NSW) - February 10/10 - I really liked this little game and want more like it.
  7. TLOU2(PS5) - March - 9/10 - Liked the game/story except for the overly scripted parts where you die unless you do A then B then C then D exactly as intended shit.
Likely:
  • Cyberpunk (PC)
  • Far Cry 6 (PC) - Have code coming from AMD
  • Zelda SS Remaster - (NSW)
Possible ( have copies didn't play or started but didn't finish)
  • Watchdogs Legion (PC) - Played about halfway through this then started AC:V
  • Latest COD (PC) GPU freebee. - Never played a CoD game.
  • DOOM 2016 - Half way through got distracted by AC/ Watchdogs and RTX
 
Last edited: