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Unpacking (2021)

Quite a sweet little game, the novelty of which probably wore out at around the half-way mark, endearing all the same. Your enjoyment of unpacking another person’s possessions will depend on your tolerance for clutter and hoarding - low, in the case of this reviewer, and by the end I was flicking little chickens anywhere the game would allow me. I nonetheless enjoyed threading the story together, but I must have missed a lot because:

 

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At one point a walking stick made an appearance, so presumably someone got in an accident? I missed that. 


Anyway, diverting enough but I didn’t enjoy it as much as others have done. 

 

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09/01/2021 - Bloodborne

10/01/2021 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

10/01/2021 - Halo 2: Anniversary

13/01/2021 - Little Nightmares

26/01/2021 - Donut County

27/01/2021 - Astro’s Playroom

06/02/2021 - The Medium

13/02/2021 - Paper Mario: The Origami King

21/02/2021 - Spider-Man: Miles Morales

28/02/2021 - Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

03/04/2021 - Dark Souls Remastered
03/04/2021 - Halo 3

15/04/2021 - Yakuza 0

08/05/2021 - Final Fantasy VII Remake

15/05/2021 - Resident Evil Zero

22/05/2021 - Blasphemous

29/05/2021 - Limbo

03/06/2021 - Inside

09/06/2021 - Resident Evil VII

19/06/2021 - Super Mario 3D World

28/06/2021 - Resident Evil: Village

03/07/2021 - Sonic CD

11/07/2021 - Sonic the Hedgehog

11/07/2021 - Sonic 2

11/07/2021 - Sonic 3

24/07/2021 - Sonic & Knuckles

25/07/2021 - Firewatch

11/08/2021 - Halo 3: ODST

16/08/2021 - Halo 5: Guardians

12/09/2021 - Halo 4

19/09/2021 - Axiom Verge

06/10/2021 - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

07/11/2021 - Metroid Dread

21/11/2021 - Halo: Reach

21/11/2021 - Alan Wake Remastered

23/12/2021 - Unpacking

 

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AI: The Somnium Files

 

Fantastic and for me an emotional rollercoaster. Cared a lot about the characters and some of the gruesome ways they perish was quite emotional. Dealt with a lot of themes as well as being a good mystery detective title with a few twists here and there. 

 

Oh and I'm in love with the end credits song. 

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The Crew (PS4)

 

This addition is sketchy because I certainly haven't completed it but then again it's a MMO so who has? Anyway, sunk enough hours into it for it to tip over into this column rather than the abandoned one.

 

So The Crew. It's a bit like being given the keys to a massive theme park for the day only they're the keys to Legoland Windsor rather than Universal Studios.

 

There's tons of stuff to see and do and I love the idea of cruisin' across America, but it all felt a bit flat and uninspiring. The changing scenery is nice and there are some great locations (nice touch to have monument descriptions) but the driving experience is so so weak.

 

The handling model is cumbersome and while I get that upgrades improve this it never got beyond the feeling that I was controlling a rain cloud.

 

Still, I sunk about 30 hours into it (more than most games these days) but those were mainly scoping out locations and avoiding the terrible plot-driven missions.

 

5/10

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Not a game, but probably more relevant here:

 

Power On: The Story of Xbox - I enjoyed Console Wars and Masters of Doom, unfortunately Dean Takahashi's books have been out of print for yonks, but here's Microsoft with a new free documentary that presumably covers the same stuff?

 

All the details you've heard about like them trying to buy Nintendo is in here, from the horses mouth this time. Unfortunately, creating a console to defend a megacorps monopoly is not the most inspiring origin story, and much of the early episodes are very focused on boardrooms, meetings, shuffling people between divisions and so on, it's all a bit dry and corporate, as is the "we love gamers" stuff throughout.

 

I was hoping there'd be a little on losing Bungie considering the development of the first couple of titles is a focus, but it goes unmentioned, them killing Lionhead for er... doing the exact priorities they wanted is brought up as a mistake, but briefly. The later episodes develop into open advertorial, both trying to draw a line under last gen and also sell Halo Infinite, so clearly they didn't want it to be just a list of failures. Overall there's not much new here to recommend. 4/10

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Dec

 

31/12 There is No Game:Wrong Dimension (PC) Last but not least is the the expanded version of a 10 minute gamejam game. Part point and click adventure game, part escape room, part critique of the game industry and very much the digital version of "There's a Monster at the End of the Book." Some of the jokes are very niche (there's a joke about the speech synthesis in Amiga point and click game Mortville Manor of all things) but full of ideas and twists. I didn't expect this to turn into a high stakes five hour game given how slight (but clever) the original was. Highly recommended.

 

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29/12 Gun Force 2 (Arcade) aka Geo Storm aka Metal Slug Zero aka the game I played while waiting for Halo Infinite to install the campaign properly.

It's the forerunner to Metal Slug. So over the top shooting combined with lovely pixel art and cheap shots.

 

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28/12 Lake (PC) I played a demo of Lake earlier this year and enjoyed the low stakes nature of the game. You take on the role of Meredith, a 40 year old computer programmer who's returned to her sleepy hometown on a "holiday" to cover her father's shifts as a postal worker. Imagine being in Life is Strange as an NPC. It's charming and relaxing for five hours. Unfortunately the game is about 7-8 hours long and it feels like the story runs out of steam for the last three. There's a lot of technical issues involving fuzzy recognition of button prompts and some very average lip synching. It does have one of the most obscure (but charming if you know the reference) easter eggs I've ever seen. It's on GamePass and it's worth trying out for the relaxing vibe but I wouldn't feel too guilty about putting it down if you've had your fill after 2-3 hours.

 

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24/12 Final Fantasy 14:A Realm Reborn:Seventh Umbral Era (PC) There were credits at the end of this and I've clocked up close to 50 hours. I'm counting it. This game carried my partner during a hard lockdown at a time when she couldn't work but I had to continue working. And she loves it. It's possibly her favourite game of all time. Me on the other hand...I treat MMO's with suspicion. I'm either wary I might get hooked and ruin my life or I might feel like I'm wasting my time. MMO's are the opposite to arcade games in that there's a design incentive to stretch things out so that you keep your sub going. And this didn't change my mind. This campaign has been trimmed of a lot of content by Square but it's still bloated even when mainlining it. I didn't really feel in touch with the story and the characters until the last five hours. I've heard it gets good, really good after the next campaign but so far this reminds me of all the wasted time I spent on Kingdom Hearts 20 years ago.

 

On the upside the player base so far has been incredibly nice which is the reverse of my experience in Wow. It looks lovely as well, if you like to play dress ups with your avatar there's a lot of scope here.

 

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Earlier this month

21/12 The Gunk (PC)

12/12 The Procession to Calvary (PC)

10/12 The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan (PC)

 

Earlier this year

 

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81. 30/11 Haven (PC)

80. 15/11 Fist II:the Tournament (C64)

79. 14/11 Day of the Tentacle:Remastered (PC)

78.13/11 The Sacred Armour of Antiriad (C64)

77. 9/11 River City Girls (PC) 

76. 6/11 Unpacking (PC)

75. 31/10 Lost Words : Beyond the page (PC)

74. 28/10 Murder by Numbers (PC)

73. 26/10 World Games (C64)

72. 23/10 Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion (PC) 

71. 21/10 Eastshade (PC)

70. 18/10 Super Cycle (C64)

69. 16/10 Concrete Genie (PS4)

68. 10/10 Life is Strange 2 (PC)

67. 09/10 Psychonauts 2 (PC)

66. 09/10 Dagon: by H. P. Lovecraft (PC)

65. 06/10 Fantasy (PC/Arcade)

64. 02/10 Get in the Car, Loser! (PC) (plus Battle on the Big Broadwalk DLC) 

63. 19/09 Superliminal (PC)

62. 18/09 The Artful Escape (PC) 

61. 13/09 Mass Effect 3:Legendary Edition (PS4)

60. 11/09 Boyfriend Dungeon (PC)

59. 29/08 Alpaca Stacka (PC)

58. 24/08 Mass Effect 2:Legendary Edition (PS4)

57. 22/08 Last Stop (PC)

56. 14/08 Omno (PC)

55. 03/08 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS5)

54. 25/07 Mass Effect:Legendary Edition (PS4)

53. 20/07 Law of the West (C64)

52. 18/07 The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (PC)

51. 17/07 Ikenfell (PC)

50. 08/07 Final Fantasy 7 Remake INTERmission (PS5)

49. 03/07 Deus Ex Machina Game of the Year 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition (PC)

48. 27/06 Answer Knot (PC) 

47. 26/06 1944 : the Loop Master (PC/Arcade)

46. 22/06 Commando (C64)

45. 21/06 GigaWing (PC/Arcade)

44. 19/06 19XX: The War Against Destiny (PC/Arcade)

43. 19/06 Warriors of Fate (PC/Arcade)

42. 18/06 Varth: Operation Thunderstorm (PC/Arcade)

41. 15/06 Carrier Air Wing (PC/Arcade)

40. 14/06 Senjō no Ōkami II (PC/Arcade) 

39. 14/06 1941:Counter Attack (PC/Arcade)

38. 14/06 Forgotten Worlds (PC/Arcade) 

37. 12/06 West of Dead (PC) 

36. 11/06 Raid Over Moscow (C64)

35. 09/06 Section Z (PC/Arcade)

34. 06/05 God of War (PS4)

33. 05/05 Ghostbusters (C64)

32.01/06 Beach Head (C64)

31. 30/05 Depanneur Nocturne (PC)

30. 30/05 Commando (PC/Arcade)

29. 30/05 1942 (PC/Arcade)

28. 30/05 Bionic Commando (PC/Arcade)

27. 29/05 If Found...(PC) 

26. 24/05 Final Fight (PC/Arcade)

25. 22/05 Sunset Overdrive (PC) 

24. 11/05 Batalyx (C64)

23. 09/05 Call of the Sea (PC)

22. 25/04 Carto (PC)

21. 24/04 The Little Acre (PC)

20. 24/04 Yorkshire Gubbins (PC) 

19. 22/04 Control:Ultimate Edition (PC) 

18. 20/04 Rain on Your Parade (PC) 

17. 02/04 Summer Games 2 (C64)

16. 16/03 Beach Head 2:The Dictator Strikes Back (C64)

15. 13/03 Assassin's Creed Chronicles:India (PS4)

14. 07/03 Alvastia Chronicles (PC)

13. 27/02 Oxenfree (PC)

12. 26/02 Assassin's Creed Chronicles:China (PS4)

11. 11/02 Beyond a Steel Sky (PC) 

10. 02/02 Stories Untold (PC)

9. 31/01 Katamari Damacy Reroll (PC)

8. 28/01 2020 Game (Browser)

7. 26/01 Observation (PC)

6. 25/01 Hades (PC)

5. 23/01 Donut County (PC)

4. 17/01 The Touryst (PC) 

3. 13/01 My Friend Pedro (PC)

2. 03/01 Tell Me Why (PC)

1. 01/01 Tales from Off Peak City : Vol 1 (PC)

 

Abandoned

Morkredd 

Katana Zero (PC)

Assassin's Creed Chronicles:Russia (PS4)

The Medium (PC) 

The Ascent (PC)

12 Minutes (PC)

 

 

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Black: The Fall

A little puzzle platformer that I picked up cheap after I remembered seeing it recommended by someone on this forum.

It's set in a very grim, futuristic, totalitarian Soviet dystopia. Very reminiscent of Another World in many ways.

Pretty short, but I like short games. You spend most of the game with a kinda "dog bot" that you can command, and it makes for some interesting puzzles that are never too tough. 8/10

 

Probably my last completion of the year.

 

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01/01/2021 - Syberia

07/01/2021 - Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

11/01/2021 - Fe

13/01/2021 - The Touryst

19/01/2021 - The Gardens Between

22/01/2021 - Donut County

22/01/2021 - Virginia

23/01/2021 - The Witness

08/02/2021 - Trials Fusion

14/03/2021 - Death Squared

08/04/2021 - The Medium

19/04/2021 - Control: Ultimate Edition

30/04/2021 - New Super Lucky's Tale

01/05/2021 - Kameo: Elements Of Power

08/05/2021 - Gravel

15/06/2021 - Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2

26/06/2021 - Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

06/07/2021 - Lara Croft & The Temple Of Osiris

16/07/2021 - R-Type Final 2

03/08/2021 - A Plague Tale: Innocence

07/08/2021 - Resident Evil 2

14/08/2021 - Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

30/08/2021 - Omno

15/10/2021 - Twelve Minutes

16/10/2021 - Limbo

17/10/2021 - The Procession To Calvary

18/10/2021 - Streets Of Rage 4

22/10/2021 - Psychonauts 2

26/10/2021 - Manifold Garden

06/11/2021 - Trials Of The Blood Dragon

17/11/2021 - Forza Horizon 4

17/12/2021 - Dishonored 2

24/12/2021 - Black: The Fall

 

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1. Immortals: Fenyx Rising

2. Control [Game Pass]

3. The Medium [Game Pass]

4. Astro's Playroom

5. Demon's Souls Remake

6. Ghost of Tsushima

7. Death's Door

8. Hades [Game Pass]

9. Psychonauts 2

10. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

11. God of War (2018)

 

12. The Artful Escape

I completed this ages ago but didn't really know what to say about it. It's ok, but probably goes on a bit too long. I think the game tries some interesting things but never really pulls it off. It's at it's best when you're just rolling through the environments, watching them unfold.

 

13. Halo Infinite [Game Pass]

 

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This could have been a game of the generation. Early on, the open world does enough to make Halo feel new again, to give you a sense of exploration and like the world is a sandbox. It really gave me a sense of BOTW, and I was keen to see what 343 had in store for me. As it turns out, you see literally everything the open world has to offer in the first hour or so of being in it. This would still make it a bloody good game, but 343 had to add an embarrassing plot and awful corridor shooter in there, the latter half of which prevents you from returning to the open world. Oh, and it's got some awful bosses in there, too.

 

The back nine is so poor that when I think about how I feel about this game, I don't feel positive about it, despite how amazing my first few hours with it were.

 

 

14. The Gunk [Game Pass]

 

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This game is utterly unremarkable. I think they wanted to make a 3D platform-puzzler but didn't have the budget or something. There's not really any puzzles or decent platforming in it. I wouldn't recommend it. You might like it, you might not, but you probably won't feel strongly about it either way. I don't really know why I finished it.

 

 

And that's probably it for me for 2021! :) Highlights of the year have definitely been Hades, Control and Forza Horizon 5, but I haven't come close to completing Forza. 

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1. Alba (Apple Arcade)
2. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
3. My Friend Pedro (Switch)
4. Don't Look Back (iOS)
5. Bowser's Fury [Story] (Switch)
6. Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts (SNES/Switch)

7. Yoku's Island Express (Switch)
8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Museum Collection Complete (Switch)
9. Donut County (Xbox Game Pass)
10. The Medium (XSX, Game Pass)
11. GTA V (XSX)

12. Monument Valley – Ida's Dream (iOS)

13. Gears 5 (XSX, Game Pass)
14. Resident Evil 7 (XSX, Game Pass)

15. Rain On Your Parade (XSX, Game Pass)
16. Titanfall 2 (XSX, Game Pass)

17. Batman Arkham Knight (XSX, Game Pass)
18. Call of the Sea (XSX, Game Pass)
19. The Walking Dead: New Frontier (XSX, Game Pass)
20. A Plague Tale: Innocence (XSX, Game Pass)
21. Tales from the Borderlands (Xbox One, GWG)
22. Batman: The Telltale Series – Season One (Xbox One, GWG)
23. Sunset Overdrive (Xbox)

24. DOOM 2016 (Xbox)

25. Lego Builder's Journey (Apple Arcade)
26. Super Mario 3D World (Switch)

27. Batman The Telltale Series – The Enemy Within (Xbox, GWG)

28. Part-Time UFO (Switch)

29. The Wolf Among Us (Xbox GWG)
30. Death’s Door (Xbox)
31. Jenny LeClue – Detectivú (Apple Arcade)
32. Katamari Damacy Reroll (Xbox Game Pass)
33. Limbo (Xbox, Game Pass)
34. The Walking Dead: Michonne, Episode 1 (Xbox, GWG)
35. Psychonauts 2 (XSX Game Pass)
36. The Artful Escape (XSX Game Pass)

37. Unpacking (XSX Game Pass)

38. Marvel's Avenger's (XSX Game Pass)
39. Shenmue (Xbox)
40. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (XSX)
41. The Gunk (XSX, Game Pass)

42. Halo Infinite – Campaign, Heroic (XSX, Game Pass)
43. Superliminal (Game Pass)

44. Firewatch (Game Pass)

 

 

 

45. Trover Saves the Universe (Switch)
A game by Justin Roiland of Rick & Morty fame, this is – unsurprisingly – a bit weird. Definitely designed as a VR game, you control Trover in the second person as you’re a chair-bound Chairopian who can’t walk. Gameplay-wise it’s nothing spectacular, but the bizarre story, seemingly endless dialogue lines and just messed-up shit kept laughing and intrigued enough to finish it. A game for fans of Roiland’s work, really.

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On 15/12/2021 at 11:09, RubberJohnny said:

Forza Motorsport 5 - This didn't grab me as much as it's predecessors and felt a little fatiguing, but I think a lot of that is due to the excellent post-launch support 4 had - despite a larger-than-normal 3 year gap between entries, the last time I played FH was only a year ago (and that's not because they stopped supporting it with new free content, they never stopped). Overall if you were new to the series this is an excellent package though, there's so much stuff that was added as post-launch that has made it in here in the base game like user generated challenges and alternate multiplayer modes, and the result is something that feels extremely polished and comprehensive.

 

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But there is one thing that I want to highlight and talk about - they've taken advantage of the larger map to make things realistically scaled. In videogames we're used to everything being scaled down, "theme-park sized", hills could fit in your back garden, mountains are only 100ft high (and everything has an absurd 60% gradient to look correct, which means you have horses walking up walls like mountain goats). I bounced off the Crew because despite the large world, the sheer area it was supposed to be covering felt even more theme park sized than normal.

 

But here, a single hill is a large shallow thing that can extend for a mile, the mountain is genuinely tall and due to a realistic gradient actually covers a big chunk of the map. It might not sound like much, because we've gotten very good at faking the look of things, but the effect is transformative, the world feels vast and real in ways few videogame worlds do. GTA4 vs the Division is another example of this - GTA4 shrinks down the size of a city block, and then shrinks down the buildings so they don't look out of scale with the smaller version (and due to the artistry, the illusion holds), but the Division recreates a big chunk of Manhattan at full scale, and has a completely different feel. I think doing things full-scale is an underappreciated area of gameworlds and would like to see more games tackle it.

This post has ruined video games for me. Just started RDR2 and the beautiful vistas just look like toy town Disneyland fakery to me now. 

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Previously...

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1.) New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Switch - 2019 (2012)
2.) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Switch - 2018 (2014)
3.) God of War - PS4 - 2018
4.) Shenmue III - PC - 2019
5.) Sonic Mania - PC - 2017
6.) Abzû - PS4 - 2016
7.) Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition - Vita - 2018 (1992/3)
8.) Secret of Mana - SNES - 1993
9.) Rez Infinite - PS4 - 2016 (2001/2)
10.) Moss - PS4 - 2018
11.) Halo: Reach - PC - 2019 (2010)
12.) Papers, Please - Vita - 2017 (2013)
13.) Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2011/2001)
14.) Undertale - Vita - 2017 (2015)
15.) Halo 2: Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2014/2004)
16.) Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Vita - 2013/14
17.) Final Fantasy VII Remake - PS4 - 2020
18.) The Wolf Among Us - Vita - 2014
19.) Halo 3 - PC - 2020 (2007)
20.) Halo 3: ODST - PC - 2020 (2009)
21.) Halo 4 - PC - 2020 (2012)
22.) Black Mesa - PC - 2020 (1998)
23.) Axiom Verge - Vita - 2016 (2015)
24.) MINERVA: Metastasis - PC - 2013 (2005/07)
25.) The Last Express Gold Edition - PC - 2013 (1997)
26.) Subsurface Circular - Switch - 2018 (2017)
27.) Beyond Eyes - PC - 2015
28.) Job Simulator - PS4 - 2016
29.) Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Switch - 2020
30.) Statik - PS4 - 2017
31.) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PS4 - 2017
32) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch - 2017
33.) Sonic Mania Plus - Switch - 2018 (2017)
34.) Doom - Switch - 2019 (1993)
35.) Doom II - Switch - 2019 (1994)
36.) Doom 64 - Switch - 2020 (1997)
37.) Doom 3 - Switch - 2019 (2004)
38) Firewatch - PC - 2016
39.) Inside - Switch - 2018 (2016)
40.) The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux - PC - 2015 (2014)

 

41) Super Mario Odyssey - Switch - 2017

I finally got around to playing this and it's pretty bloody great! The inventive new mechanics for this one (hat-throwing and body-hijacking) work really well, as you would expect from Nintendo. Mario is nimble and fun to control. The levels are beautifully designed, it's full of imagination and variety, the environments are gorgeous and it's the kind of game you can just sit and play and not realise the hours have flown by.

 

Some gameplay modernisations have slipped in - some welcome, some less welcome. The removal of lives was long overdue (replaced by a coin penalty when you 'die'), but the amount of Power Moons in the game seems ludicrous, leading to doing the same challenges multiple times in each Kingdom, repeating bosses, or just finding the damn things lying around. Granted, the majority of them are optional unless you're very obsessive, but it feels kinda cynical and cheap. A focus on quality over quantity would have done the game a world of good. I also have some reservations about the suitability of motion controls in handheld mode, but they're pretty minor.

 

Better than Sunshine, not as good as Galaxy. My final tally (at the point of giving up) was 533 moons and I got through the (final?) Darker Side level by the skin of my teeth. Fun times!

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The Gunk (series x)

 

Low-stakes adventure platformer with a fairly traditional 3D platformer feel. The central mechanic is sucking up the titular gunk to restore areas to their former glory (which makes me think of Mario Sunshine somewhat). Unfortunately, hoovering up goo isn’t very satisfying and feels like the chore hoovering is in real life.

 

Throughout, you’re collecting metals and organic matter (thankfully without inventory limit). There’s not a lot of context given to this, but its purpose is to allow you to craft upgrades to your hoover arm thingy.  Scanning objects in the environment determines upgrades, so you tend to walk around permanently holding the scan button. Having said that, I applied 15 upgrades and I’m not really sure what any of them did.

 

It’s visually appealing, with some nice animation and some entirely tolerable voice work and writing. 

Unfortunately the good work done to keep things lean earlier in the game, with minimal backtracking, are undone towards the end. The game feels artificially prolonged by delay mechanics and unfair/frustrating ‘arena’ fights. I would have been left with a better lasting opinion without this.

 

Overall a pretty solid game, but unlikely to live long in the memory.

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January
1. Sonic the Hedgehog 1 (SEGA AGES) Switch
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA AGES) Switch

February
3. Panzer Dragoon (Remake) Switch

July
4. Bare Knuckle 3 (SEGA Vintage Collection) Xbox 360

August
5. Vendetta (Arcade Archives) PS4
6. Metal Slug (ACA Neo Geo) PS4
7. Final Fight (Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle) PS4
8. King of the Dragons (Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle) PS4
9. Captain Commando (Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle) PS4

September
10. Rez Infinity (Area X) PS4

October
11. Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (Castlevania Anniversary Collection) Switch
12. Tetris Effect (Journey mode on Normal difficulty) PS4

November
13. Streets of Rage 4 (Easy mode as Axel) PS4

December 
14. 140 (main 4 stages only) Switch
I got this for free using Gold coins after @MW_Jimmy recommended it to me when it was in the sale for £1.79 well over a year ago. I finally got around to playing it today and it was an enjoyable mixture of precision platforming and rhythm action which didn’t outstay its welcome. 

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Previously...

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1.) New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Switch - 2019 (2012)
2.) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Switch - 2018 (2014)
3.) God of War - PS4 - 2018
4.) Shenmue III - PC - 2019
5.) Sonic Mania - PC - 2017
6.) Abzû - PS4 - 2016
7.) Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition - Vita - 2018 (1992/3)
8.) Secret of Mana - SNES - 1993
9.) Rez Infinite - PS4 - 2016 (2001/2)
10.) Moss - PS4 - 2018
11.) Halo: Reach - PC - 2019 (2010)
12.) Papers, Please - Vita - 2017 (2013)
13.) Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2011/2001)
14.) Undertale - Vita - 2017 (2015)
15.) Halo 2: Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2014/2004)
16.) Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Vita - 2013/14
17.) Final Fantasy VII Remake - PS4 - 2020
18.) The Wolf Among Us - Vita - 2014
19.) Halo 3 - PC - 2020 (2007)
20.) Halo 3: ODST - PC - 2020 (2009)
21.) Halo 4 - PC - 2020 (2012)
22.) Black Mesa - PC - 2020 (1998)
23.) Axiom Verge - Vita - 2016 (2015)
24.) MINERVA: Metastasis - PC - 2013 (2005/07)
25.) The Last Express Gold Edition - PC - 2013 (1997)
26.) Subsurface Circular - Switch - 2018 (2017)
27.) Beyond Eyes - PC - 2015
28.) Job Simulator - PS4 - 2016
29.) Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Switch - 2020
30.) Statik - PS4 - 2017
31.) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PS4 - 2017
32) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch - 2017
33.) Sonic Mania Plus - Switch - 2018 (2017)
34.) Doom - Switch - 2019 (1993)
35.) Doom II - Switch - 2019 (1994)
36.) Doom 64 - Switch - 2020 (1997)
37.) Doom 3 - Switch - 2019 (2004)
38) Firewatch - PC - 2016
39.) Inside - Switch - 2018 (2016)
40.) The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux - PC - 2015 (2014)
41) Super Mario Odyssey - Switch - 2017

 

42) Grow Home - PC - 2015

A delightfully different platform adventure from Ubisoft Reflections. You control your little robot's hands individually, using the analogue triggers to grip onto things, climb up surfaces and make a giant plant grow up into space. This is one of those games that relies heavily on its physics engine, a game that treads a fine line between control and chaos, much like Octodad, but here chaos is not the point and the robot B.U.D. is not supposed to be drunk or malfunctioning, so his inability to walk in a straight line and not fall off of cliffs is a bit incongruous (if not sometimes quite funny). It's definitely fun, and it's got some of the best climbing mechanics I've used in a game - creating genuine fear from hanging half a mile in the air on a floating asteroid. Another clever feature is how the plant growth is player-controlled, so huge parts of the level are essentially designed by the player as you get higher and grow more of the shoots. It's quite a sight from the very top, really impressive stuff. The game is over quickly, but there's more to collect and discover beyond the key objective, so long as your hands aren't tired from gripping those triggers.

 

Even if it's a bit on the frustating/chaotic side, I've certainly never played anything else quite like it, and that's worth a recommendation from me.

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Demon’s Souls (2020)

Happy to get this one under my belt as it means I’ve completed Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls all in the past 12 months, filling in a huge gap in my knowledge of the gaming landscape. I’ve gone from not understanding these games at all to having a standing preorder for Elden Ring, so needless to say I’m now a fan. 
 

This is one of the best-looking PS5 games, not only in technical terms but art direction too. The abject hopelessness of a Souls game has rarely been better realised than it has here, and the combat loops is as satisfying as ever. 
 

Very highly recommended - if you own a PS5 and you don’t own Demon’s Souls you’re not doing it right. 
 

Spoiler

09/01/2021 - Bloodborne

10/01/2021 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

10/01/2021 - Halo 2: Anniversary

13/01/2021 - Little Nightmares

26/01/2021 - Donut County

27/01/2021 - Astro’s Playroom

06/02/2021 - The Medium

13/02/2021 - Paper Mario: The Origami King

21/02/2021 - Spider-Man: Miles Morales

28/02/2021 - Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

03/04/2021 - Dark Souls Remastered
03/04/2021 - Halo 3

15/04/2021 - Yakuza 0

08/05/2021 - Final Fantasy VII Remake

15/05/2021 - Resident Evil Zero

22/05/2021 - Blasphemous

29/05/2021 - Limbo

03/06/2021 - Inside

09/06/2021 - Resident Evil VII

19/06/2021 - Super Mario 3D World

28/06/2021 - Resident Evil: Village

03/07/2021 - Sonic CD

11/07/2021 - Sonic the Hedgehog

11/07/2021 - Sonic 2

11/07/2021 - Sonic 3

24/07/2021 - Sonic & Knuckles

25/07/2021 - Firewatch

11/08/2021 - Halo 3: ODST

16/08/2021 - Halo 5: Guardians

12/09/2021 - Halo 4

19/09/2021 - Axiom Verge

06/10/2021 - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

07/11/2021 - Metroid Dread

21/11/2021 - Halo: Reach

21/11/2021 - Alan Wake Remastered

23/12/2021 - Unpacking

28/12/2021 - Demon’s Souls

 

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Oh, there's just time for one more.

 

Previously...

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1.) New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Switch - 2019 (2012)
2.) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Switch - 2018 (2014)
3.) God of War - PS4 - 2018
4.) Shenmue III - PC - 2019
5.) Sonic Mania - PC - 2017
6.) Abzû - PS4 - 2016
7.) Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition - Vita - 2018 (1992/3)
8.) Secret of Mana - SNES - 1993
9.) Rez Infinite - PS4 - 2016 (2001/2)
10.) Moss - PS4 - 2018
11.) Halo: Reach - PC - 2019 (2010)
12.) Papers, Please - Vita - 2017 (2013)
13.) Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2011/2001)
14.) Undertale - Vita - 2017 (2015)
15.) Halo 2: Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2014/2004)
16.) Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Vita - 2013/14
17.) Final Fantasy VII Remake - PS4 - 2020
18.) The Wolf Among Us - Vita - 2014
19.) Halo 3 - PC - 2020 (2007)
20.) Halo 3: ODST - PC - 2020 (2009)
21.) Halo 4 - PC - 2020 (2012)
22.) Black Mesa - PC - 2020 (1998)
23.) Axiom Verge - Vita - 2016 (2015)
24.) MINERVA: Metastasis - PC - 2013 (2005/07)
25.) The Last Express Gold Edition - PC - 2013 (1997)
26.) Subsurface Circular - Switch - 2018 (2017)
27.) Beyond Eyes - PC - 2015
28.) Job Simulator - PS4 - 2016
29.) Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Switch - 2020
30.) Statik - PS4 - 2017
31.) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PS4 - 2017
32) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch - 2017
33.) Sonic Mania Plus - Switch - 2018 (2017)
34.) Doom - Switch - 2019 (1993)
35.) Doom II - Switch - 2019 (1994)
36.) Doom 64 - Switch - 2020 (1997)
37.) Doom 3 - Switch - 2019 (2004)
38) Firewatch - PC - 2016
39.) Inside - Switch - 2018 (2016)
40.) The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux - PC - 2015 (2014)
41) Super Mario Odyssey - Switch - 2017
42) Grow Home - PC - 2015

 

43) Finding Paradise - PC - 2017

It's been nearly nine years since I played To The Moon, and I had forgotten just what a good storyteller its creator Kan Gao is. Once again, this sequel deals with some pretty weighty issues of regret, of love and loss, and memories, wrapped in a sci-fi concept that's not unlike Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and runs non-sequentially like Memento. Clearly, cinema is a big influence, and it's almost a shame that these stories are contained within creaky old RPG-maker game engines and cutesy little character sprites, and unlikely to find wider audiences. There's beautiful music, nicely-written dialogue, some surprisingly good imagery within the confines of a 16-bit style game world, and even the odd bit of genre-busting fun-poking at itself. Get drawn into it and it's quite an emotional five hours.

 

Is it as good as To The Moon? To be honest, I can't actually remember, but that game was certainly a surprise, whereas this is... more of the same? Although Finding Paradise is a self-contained story, it carries over some plot strands and characters, and leaves some breadcrumbs for the next game, so bear that in mind. It's also worth mentioning that it's a pain to get the thing running correctly, as I had to drop my monitor resolution and force it into 4:3 mode just to get a non-stretched aspect ratio. There's also no controller support. (Oh, it's coming to Switch - problem solved, get that version.)

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For those looking back over your lists this year may I commend the following threads to expand on?

 

For games released this year

https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/325072-the-rllmuk-game-of-the-year-awards-2021-voting-thread/

 

For games released before 2021

https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/325111-your-game-of-the-year-not-released-this-year-2021-edition/

 

For biggest disappointments of 2021

https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/325122-your-most-disappointing-game-of-2021/

 

Feel free to chat in here too but you're posts about your favourites will likely be seen by more people in the other two threads.

 

 

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OK, this is really it now. :lol:

 

Previously...

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1.) New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Switch - 2019 (2012)
2.) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Switch - 2018 (2014)
3.) God of War - PS4 - 2018
4.) Shenmue III - PC - 2019
5.) Sonic Mania - PC - 2017
6.) Abzû - PS4 - 2016
7.) Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition - Vita - 2018 (1992/3)
8.) Secret of Mana - SNES - 1993
9.) Rez Infinite - PS4 - 2016 (2001/2)
10.) Moss - PS4 - 2018
11.) Halo: Reach - PC - 2019 (2010)
12.) Papers, Please - Vita - 2017 (2013)
13.) Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2011/2001)
14.) Undertale - Vita - 2017 (2015)
15.) Halo 2: Anniversary - PC - 2020 (2014/2004)
16.) Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Vita - 2013/14
17.) Final Fantasy VII Remake - PS4 - 2020
18.) The Wolf Among Us - Vita - 2014
19.) Halo 3 - PC - 2020 (2007)
20.) Halo 3: ODST - PC - 2020 (2009)
21.) Halo 4 - PC - 2020 (2012)
22.) Black Mesa - PC - 2020 (1998)
23.) Axiom Verge - Vita - 2016 (2015)
24.) MINERVA: Metastasis - PC - 2013 (2005/07)
25.) The Last Express Gold Edition - PC - 2013 (1997)
26.) Subsurface Circular - Switch - 2018 (2017)
27.) Beyond Eyes - PC - 2015
28.) Job Simulator - PS4 - 2016
29.) Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Switch - 2020
30.) Statik - PS4 - 2017
31.) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PS4 - 2017
32.) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch - 2017
33.) Sonic Mania Plus - Switch - 2018 (2017)
34.) Doom - Switch - 2019 (1993)
35.) Doom II - Switch - 2019 (1994)
36.) Doom 64 - Switch - 2020 (1997)
37.) Doom 3 - Switch - 2019 (2004)
38) Firewatch - PC - 2016
39.) Inside - Switch - 2018 (2016)
40.) The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux - PC - 2015 (2014)
41.) Super Mario Odyssey - Switch - 2017
42.) Grow Home - PC - 2015
43.) Finding Paradise - PC - 2017

 

44.) Spec Ops: The Line - PC - 2012

Completed on Combat Op (normal) difficulty, 6.5 hours.

 

This was a recommendation from aaaaaages ago. I had it in my list as "run of the mill shooter with interesting story" and that's pretty much what I got. It starts out like it's gonna be your typical hoorah American war game, but gradually the characters start to question their mission and the player starts to question reality. It culminates in some pretty good twists, although I did struggle to follow the plot at certain points (too many character names being shouted while I'm  trying to focus on shooting things).

As a third-person cover shooter, it's nothing special, and in fact sometimes it's quite clumsy and frustrating. It's not as accomplished or elegant as Gears of War or Uncharted but it feels a little like both and it's not a bad looker either. It's even got Nolan North doing the lead voice, because of course it has.

 

I don't think I'll be finishing any more games before tomorrow night, so that's surely gotta be the last one now.

A respectable 44 games completed in 2021. Not quite the 56 that I got through last year, but that was an unprecedented year!

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1. Alba (Apple Arcade)
2. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
3. My Friend Pedro (Switch)
4. Don't Look Back (iOS)
5. Bowser's Fury [Story] (Switch)
6. Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts (SNES/Switch)

7. Yoku's Island Express (Switch)
8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Museum Collection Complete (Switch)
9. Donut County (Xbox Game Pass)
10. The Medium (XSX, Game Pass)
11. GTA V (XSX)

12. Monument Valley – Ida's Dream (iOS)

13. Gears 5 (XSX, Game Pass)
14. Resident Evil 7 (XSX, Game Pass)

15. Rain On Your Parade (XSX, Game Pass)
16. Titanfall 2 (XSX, Game Pass)

17. Batman Arkham Knight (XSX, Game Pass)
18. Call of the Sea (XSX, Game Pass)
19. The Walking Dead: New Frontier (XSX, Game Pass)
20. A Plague Tale: Innocence (XSX, Game Pass)
21. Tales from the Borderlands (Xbox One, GWG)
22. Batman: The Telltale Series – Season One (Xbox One, GWG)
23. Sunset Overdrive (Xbox)

24. DOOM 2016 (Xbox)

25. Lego Builder's Journey (Apple Arcade)
26. Super Mario 3D World (Switch)

27. Batman The Telltale Series – The Enemy Within (Xbox, GWG)

28. Part-Time UFO (Switch)

29. The Wolf Among Us (Xbox GWG)
30. Death’s Door (Xbox)
31. Jenny LeClue – Detectivú (Apple Arcade)
32. Katamari Damacy Reroll (Xbox Game Pass)
33. Limbo (Xbox, Game Pass)
34. The Walking Dead: Michonne, Episode 1 (Xbox, GWG)
35. Psychonauts 2 (XSX Game Pass)
36. The Artful Escape (XSX Game Pass)

37. Unpacking (XSX Game Pass)

38. Marvel's Avenger's (XSX Game Pass)
39. Shenmue (Xbox)
40. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (XSX)
41. The Gunk (XSX, Game Pass)

42. Halo Infinite – Campaign, Heroic (XSX, Game Pass)
43. Superliminal (Game Pass)

44. Firewatch (Game Pass)

45. Trover Saves the Universe (Switch)

 

 

 

46. Borderlands 3 — Campaign (XSX)
I’ve somehow missed the boat on the previous games (even though I own the 360 versions), except the Telltale one which was surprisingly great. This was also a lot of fun. Run, gun, shoot, loot, rinse, repeat. I’ve been doing a fair amount of side quests, but I got a few DLCs with it too, which I’ve started, but not completed and fully intend to play through all three.

 

I hate the inventory/backpack/lost items system and accompanying UI/UX.  It’s terrible.

 

I’m tempted to get the Legendary Collection on Switch at some point (it’s seemingly on sale most months) but with Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands out in March, I think that might be a bit too much Borderlands.

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On 19/12/2021 at 15:04, strawdonkey said:

00. Katamari Damacy
0X. Kind Words

01. Hello Charlotte Episode 1

02. Hello Charlotte Episode 2: Requiem Aeternam Deo

03. Hello Charlotte Episode 3: Childhood's End

04. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension

05. Mandagon
06. Heaven Will Be Mine

07. Tales of the Black Forest

08. Super Mario 3D World

09. Lair of the Clockwork God

10. Milk Inside a Bag of Milk Inside a Bag of Milk ...

11. Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

12. Tetris Effect

13. Luck be a Landlord

14. Rain on your Parade

15. The Red Strings Club

16. The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia

17. Shape of the World

18. Far: Lone Sails

19. Return of the Obra Dinn

20. Donut County

21. Warhammer: Vermintide 2

22. Cat Quest

23. Touhou: Luna Nights

24. World End Economica: Episode 1

25. Murder By Numbers

26. Hypnospace Outlaw

27. Behold The Kickmen

28. Lonely Mountains: Downhill

29. The Next Penelope

30. Doom (2016)

31. Monster Train

32. Loop Hero

33. World End Economica: Episode 2

34. What Remains of Edith Finch

35. Cube Escape: Seasons

35a. The rest of the Cube Escape Collection games

36. Forza Horizon 4

37. Sayonara Wild Hearts

38. Princess Remedy In A World Of Hurt

39. Glittermitten Grove

40. The Adventures of Elena Temple

41. Sorry, James

42. Deltarune Chapter 2

43. Golf With Your Friends

06a: Heaven Will Be Mine (all the other endings)

44. Cherry Tree High Comedy Club

45. Breath of Death VII

46. Get In The Car, Loser!

47. Kero Blaster

48. Lucius Demake

49. Inscryption

50. Glass Masquerade 2

51. Unpacking

52. Blue Revolver (1CC, Normal)

53. Empire of Steel (1CC, Easy)

54. Luigi's Mansion 3

55. Crimzon Clover World Ignition (1CC, Novice True Clear)

56. Pikuniku

57. World End Economica: Episode 3

58. One Finger Death Punch 2

59. Journey of the Broken Circle

60. A City Sleeps (all stages on 3/5 difficulty)

61. Ether Vapor Remaster (Shameless Credit Feed)

62. Supercharged Robot VULKAISER (1cc Normal)

63. Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth -Record of Lodoss War-

64. Higurashi When They Cry Hou Ch.1: Onikakuchi

65. Star Hunter DX (Space Cadet, totally used the limited coninues available)

 

Received this in this year's Steam Secret Santa. Found out about it via reading ImmaculateClump raving about it in the Shmups thread, it's by a small studio called 1CC games; a horizontal shmup which is dripping with 80s western sci-fi nonsense. Nobody cares about the story, you play as a tiny ship with big guns and destroy everything and it's really good. 

 

Space Cadet is the easiest mode, and for about the first half of the first stage you mow everything down and life's good, and then the bullets start coming and it's easy to think you've selected the wrong difficulty because there are tons of them. Generally they move slowly so you have plenty of time to avoid what's on screen but it gets hectic extremely quickly, and initially it feels like it's way too difficult to be enjoyable.

 

The thing is, there's a small learning curve to the mechanics which isn't immediately obvious. You can enter bullet time, which is available after you kill enough stuff. When in bullet time, you are more powerful, enemies move slower, and when killing an enemy all the bullets it had fired turn into giant gold points cubes. Your multiplier (which you build up quickly by shooting things with your weaker weapon, and slowly by shooting things with your more powerful weapon) plays a part in this too, so there's a great risk/reward feel of whether to save your bullet time for a scoring opportunity, or whether to just go "nope this is too many bullets" and use it to help navigate/wipe a bunch off the screen.

 

The other thing that's been a big level-up moment has been bomb usage. Bombs are traditionally an "oh fuck" button but here they double up as a proactive tool - they can be used to damage nearby enemies, they delete bullets in the blast radius, but also any stuff you impact with the bomb also recharges your bullet time. As a result it gives you more opportunities to nope out of a pattern you might not make it through, but also it lets you prepare for the next wave of nonsense that's coming with a full charge of bullet time.

 

In a couple of days I've gone from being utterly hapless and barely getting past the second level, to being able to no-hit the first four stages before getting utterly tanked on the fifth. I think the 1CC is coming, but I need to spend a bit of time practicing that fifth stage first because it's a real step up in complexity.

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That's probably the last one from me this year, unless I get a few hours to finish The Artful Escape tomorrow (which is probably unlikely). I'd lined up Disco Elysium to play over Christmas and have instead been knee-deep in stuff I got in the Secret Santa, and also trying to complete the Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex, which typically also won't quite be done for tomorrow either, but 65+ games is still a lot and it's been really interesting having a debrief after finishing something, as well as seeing thoughts from others on things I'd been considering picking up/have already played/etc.

 

Quick shout out to the top 5 I've played this year in no particular order:

Touhou: Luna Nights
Crimzon Clover: World Ignition
Deltarune Chapter 2

Inscryption
The Hello, Charlotte games

 

Probably see you next year! The way things are going with the pandemic I expect to have a few more nights at home on the sofa yet.

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Cris Tales

 

RPG on game pass. Relatively short for the 1000/1000, around 20 hours. Love the art style and there's a couple of cool/cute characters but the amount of backtracking is insane towards the end. Twice I thought I was on the final boss only for more story to be added. Good music, meh combat system. 

 

Attack On Titan 2

 

Started this when it came out a year or so ago. The combat is fantastic and really makes you feel like your part of the show. However, it recycles pretty much the whole story from the first game and doesn't add much past that. There is a £40 DLC that adds Season 3's story arc but no way in hell could I justify that. 

 

As with a lot of these games, the grind is real. Finishing the story took maybe 10 hours at the absolute maximum. The other 110 hours were spent grinding out materials to upgrade all weapons and maxing our friendship ranks with literally every single character (think there's about 30 in total.) 

 

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Resident Evil 4 (Quest 2)

 

Snuck this one over the line just in time.

 

Easily the best narrative / adventure game native to Quest. It feels massive compared to the likes of Vader Immortal and Saints & Sinners. They've done a brilliant job converting it to VR and all the extra hands on lever pulling and gun-loading features gives you a sense of being there second to none. It's testament to how brilliant the original design was that this 16 year-old game still competes with anything else on the market right now. Little touches - such as villagers continuing to stumble towards you even though their heads have been blasted off, and being able to shoot sticks of dynamite out of their hands - makes more modern games like Arizona Sunshine feel pedestrian.

 

If there's one minor criticism it's that a couple of the boss fights have suffered in the conversion to VR. The leviathan fight, for instance, gives you no haptic feedback when you pierce it with spears and therefore felt a bit flat. It was also too easy. Free movement gives you too much leeway to run rings round the enemies and bar a few of the more epic pitched battles I breezed through this. (This latter criticism is probably offset by the unlocking of Professional mode once the first play through is achieved.)

 

9/10

 

29 games completed last year and only 19 this year. I'm going to have to up my game for 2022.

 

 

Vampyre

Just Cause 4

Walkabout Mini Golf

Shadow of War

Abzu

The Witness

Control

Valfaris

Twin Breaker

Battlefield V

Mr Driller Drill Land

The Last of Us Part 2

Burnout Paradise Remastered

Super Arcade Football

The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners

Far Cry 5

Dangerous Driving

The Crew

Resident Evil 4

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On 01/01/2021 at 12:03, U-1 said:

My 2021 list:

 

06/01/21 - Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS5)

21/01/21 - Yakuza: Like A Dragon (PS4)

24/01/21 - Hitman 3 (PS5)

26/01/21 - Donut County (Xbox Gamepass)

30/01/21 - Pistol Whip (Quest 2)

03/02/21 - 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4)

07/02/21 - Audica (Quest 2)

02/03/21 - Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5: Lvl 100 (Xbox)

17/03/21 - Baldur's Gate 3 (PC Early Access) 

19/03/21 - Dirt 5: Encore DLC (PS5)

21/03/21 - Gears 5: Hivebusters (Xbox Gamepass)

21/03/21 - Super Mario 3D World: Bowsers Fury (Switch)

23/03/21 - Half-Life: Alyx (PC)

06/04/21 - Dirt 5: Uproar DLC (PS5)

15/04/21 - Outriders (PC)

17/04/21 - Teardown (PC Early Access)

23/04/21 - Oxenfree (PC Gamepass)

09/05/21 - Resident Evil Village (PS5)

23/05/21 - Mass Effect 1: Legendary Edition (PS5)

06/08/21 - Streets of Rage 4 (Xbox)

08/08/21 - Everspace 2 (PC)

09/08/21 - Deaths Door (Xbox)

10/08/21 - Omno (Xbox Gamepass)

23/08/21 - Twelve Minutes (Xbox Gamepass)

27/08/21 - Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC)

08/09/21 - Psychonauts 2 (Xbox Gamepass)

11/09/21 - Dirt 5: Super Size DLC (PS5)

11/09/21 - The Artful Escape (Xbox Gamepass)

12/09/21 - Dirt 5: Wild Spirit DLC (PS5)

19/09/21 - Deathloop (PC)

22/09/21 - Lost In Random (PC)

29/09/21 - Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5)

01/10/21 - Hot Wheels Unleashed - SP Campaign (PS5)

18/10/21 - Metroid Dread (Switch)

24/10/21 - Tales of Arise (PS5)

27/10/21 - Sackboy: A Big Adventure - Co-Op (PS5)

29/10/21 - Mass Effect 2: Legendary Edition (PS5)

26/11/21 - Guardians of the Galaxy (PS5)

19/12/21 - Chorus (PC)

 

In (various states of) Progress:

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5)

Resident Evil 4 VR (Quest)

 

Not Yet Started:

Lost Judgment (PS5)

Mass Effect 3: Legendary Edition (PS5)

 

Abandoned:

Persona 5 (PS4) - Its just too damn long

Wasteland 3 (Xbox Gamepass) - Its just too damn long

Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox) - Too much busy work

 

 

By far my most successful year in-terms of completion rate. Really managed to cut back on my backlog and surplus purchases too, resulting in me actually enjoying gaming a hell of a lot more. Can safely say its been one of my best years gaming in a long time.

 

As for my favourites from the year:

Favourite game completed released in 2021: Deathloop

Favourite game completed not released in 2021: Half-Life Alyx  

 

Look forward to tackling my 2022 progress.

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My final list for the year:

 

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Hypnospace Outlaw (PC)
Mario Galaxy (Switch)
Maneater (PS5)
Paradise Killer (Switch)
Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5)
Rain On Your Parade (PC)
Concrete Genie (PS5)
Borderlands GOTY (PS5)
Darksiders Genesis (PS5)
Spider-Man Miles Morales (PS5)
Maquette (PS5)
Picross S4 (Switch)
Borderlands 3 + 4 DLCS (PS5)
Picross S2 (Switch)
Toripon (PC)
Picross S5 (Switch)
Luck be a Landlord (PC)
Operation Tango (PS5)
Tetris Effect (Journey Mode) (PC)
Glass Masquerade 2 (Switch)
Lengend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)
EDF: World Brothers (Inferno - 100%) (PS5)
One Finger Death Punch 2 (PS5)
Omno (PC)
Sega Picross (Switch)
Journey of a Broken Circle (Switch)
Superliminal (Xbox One)
Katamari Damacy (Xbox One)
The Artful Escape (Xbox One)
Flynn Son of Crimson (Xbox One)
Super Arcade Football (story mode) (Switch)
Unpacking (PC)
The Procession to Calvary (PC)
Nier Replicant (PS5)
The Gunk (Xbox One)

 

Could easily add FIFA 21 (PS5) and Forza Horizon 5 to the list as well

 

I'm sad this has been my only update in this thread this year but there has been too many other things on and once the backlist of games had built up a bit I kept putting it off. The completed games threads are my favourite on the forum as there is such a mix of games, playstyles and opinions in here, it is great for finding out about games that might have been missed. I can already see a few games in @strawdonkey's list, for example, that I will have to look into for next year.

 

Happy New Year to all and may 2022 bring you many more completions 😁

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On 22/12/2021 at 21:54, Mawdlin said:

The Crew (PS4)

 

This addition is sketchy because I certainly haven't completed it but then again it's a MMO so who has? Anyway, sunk enough hours into it for it to tip over into this column rather than the abandoned one.

 

So The Crew. It's a bit like being given the keys to a massive theme park for the day only they're the keys to Legoland Windsor rather than Universal Studios.

 

There's tons of stuff to see and do and I love the idea of cruisin' across America, but it all felt a bit flat and uninspiring. The changing scenery is nice and there are some great locations (nice touch to have monument descriptions) but the driving experience is so so weak.

 

The handling model is cumbersome and while I get that upgrades improve this it never got beyond the feeling that I was controlling a rain cloud.

 

Still, I sunk about 30 hours into it (more than most games these days) but those were mainly scoping out locations and avoiding the terrible plot-driven missions.

 

5/10

 

It has a story mode...

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I've started the 2022 thread here https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/325155-what-games-did-you-complete-2022-edition/

 

 

which kind of speaks volumes as to my new year's eve plans. Post-mortems of 2021 are welcome in here, I'll be posting my summary of 2021 for me once I get a few hours sleep.

 

Thanks everyone who contributed to this thread, you've all been very entertaining and some of your posts have guided my purchases and playing choices this year!

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Yoshi’s Crafted World - 8/10

 

I think the world of this game but it seems obvious to me that they didn’t think it was long enough so they added the annoying “you need 10/15/30 sunshines to get past here” gates.
 

I’ve tried to put this to one side because the graphics, in handheld mode, are fantastic. There is plenty of variety in the levels - it’s so much fun to play. Just this gating makes it a couple of hours too long but……yeah I’ll try and forget about that.

 

I find that I’m not very forgiving of these kinds of issues even when 90% of the game is great. It’s not fair but when a game wastes my time (even a little bit) I really feel it.

 

I’m going to have to tolerate it a bit more than I am atm as a lot of good games are going to be soured otherwise.

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