Setting up my own Game Journal (finally, only been meaning to do this for months!) to keep track of everything so we can all look back and laugh at how badly I manage my time and money, haha. Will update this weekly (hopefully) or when I have something worth talking about.
Expect this to get more organised as and when I have the time =P
- Complete at least 50 games. Preferably new games, but replays inevitably sneak into my schedule at points when I feel l like doing something.
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)
- Immortals: Fenyx Rising (Nintendo Switch)
- Control (PS4)
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope 4K + HD Remaster (PS4)
- Umineko When They Cry: Question Arcs (Part I) (PC)
To play this year (hopefully)
Dragon Quest II
Divinity: Origin Sin II
Grandia I + II
No More Heroes I + II
Yooka-Laylee: The Impossible Lair
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling
Children of Morta
Wandersong Power Rangers SPD Astral Chain
Robotics;Notes Elite + Dash
Lapis x Labyrinth
One of the Saga games
Dragonball Xenoverse 2
Death End Re;Quest
Death End Re;Quest 2
Dragon Star Varnir
The Liar Princess & The Blind Prince
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
So. I've been away pretty much since the start of this year, owing to...complications. Unpleasantness. General inability to cope. All leading to an overwhelming desire to be isolated generally...because I tend to bring down the mood, get very short-tempered, and can't trust people which is probably no different from normal me. It's no wonder I don't have any friends, haha.
But. I have been busy. VERY busy. I have completed 19 games since I started this blog, and whilst a fair few of them have been short, that's still quite a lot for me this early in the year. When I'm stressed I tend to lose myself in video games, and I've been...weirdly in the mood for games lately. I tend to stumble about a lot between games until I settle on the next thing I want to play - comes from having a terrifyingly huge backlog you will never clear I suppose - but I've had almost laser-like focus recently. Probably because I haven't wanted to waste time on anything, because time is something I don't feel like I have much of at the moment. In a general sense. I don't feel any impending death approaching...I hope.
So I have a lot to cover. But to save time - and my sanity - I'll just write a short recap of what I've played between now and my first post here. If you're interested in more detailed thoughts on each game, I point you in the direction of my blog, which I have been keeping since the start of last year and have somehow miraculously managed to keep up to date. That has a record of my 2020 gaming progress as well if you're bored and want to read more. xD
Oh! I also got this. After a morning of misery in which I was trying to work, praying nobody would call me on teams whilst I watched my queue time stay stuck at 22 minutes for 10 minutes longer than it should have. Then getting website crashes which refused to let me see my cart. Then finding out I had TWO in my cart when I finally got there. All with a 30 minute timer before I got booted off the site. I haven't been this stressed trying to get my hands on something since the Fire Emblem Fates Limited Edition fiasco. It was worth it, though - now I don't have to worry about my PS4 exploding in my face. That might sound hyperbolic, but the fan really was THAT loud.
I'll try and keep this updated moving forward with progress as I make it - I'll construct another post with what I am currently playing over the weekend, perhaps - but I am having a rare good moment right now and they never last longer than a couple of days, so...eh, yeah. Gotta take advantage of it whilst I can.
Anyways, this is my progress for the year thus far, with a VERY short summary of what I thought! I don't feel like putting it all in spoilers, though =P
A fun puzzle game I wasn't expecting to enjoy but got a lot more out than what I put into it...considering it cost me 99p. But the narrative was minimalistic, pretentious rubbish that didn't deliver on the emotional experience it promised. Sometimes less is not more.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did...I just didn't like the tone of it. But I loved everything else! I think I was hoping for another Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and what I got was..a bit more diluted.
Children of Morta
Another one of those pixel indie games that is nowhere near as good as advertised. Or at least, nowhere near as good as Hades.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Just a replay of the remake of my favourite Zelda game. Because I need downtime sometimes. Also replays are good.
Umineko No Naku Koro Ni: Ep 1 Legend of the Golden Witch
Was engaging enough to keep me reading, although god the introduction was tedious as hell. Also, Maria's very existence is cursed. I hate children in video games.
Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line
This game was psyducking AWFUL. It was a frustratingly unbalanced, status-effect happy, generally broken mess. Square Enix sequels are cursed. I'd sooner forget I played this.
A very mediocre Metroidvania that left me wanting more but at the same time being very glad it didn't drag on for longer...and it's designed for NG+ and speedruns. After the first miserable playthrough, why on earth would I endure a second?
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix
I finally cleared every Normal song with an E or above and I am never looking back. Unless they add more songs. Then I'll be downloading it again.
Umineko No Naku Koro Ni: Ep 2 Turn of the Golden Witch
Focusing on the least interesting characters, yet still a rather good read. Mostly. I'm not a huge fan of romance in video games, really.
This was psyducking spectacular and I wish I lived in an AU where this was the pre-eminent SRPG instead of Fire Emblem, because it bloody well deserves to be with such fantastic writing. I really hope the other games get the remaster treatment, because I would love to play more like this.
Not sure if I finished this before, but if I hadn't, then I have now. Psyduck timers in stages.
Resident Evil 0 HD
Extremely threadbare in places but still quite enjoyable...but definitely showing its age.
A replay, but with different characters this time. My appreciation of Red Mages has now gone up quite a bit.
Umineko No Naku Koro Ni: Ep 3 Banquet of the Golden Witch
Probably the best "Just kidding!" I've ever read. Pay-off was definitely worth sticking through this.
Resident Evil HD
*screams in terror as four zombies come bursting through the window*
Resident Evil 2
Leon's side of this, at least, thoroughly deserves the critical acclaim it has received. Claire's...not so much. Not at all, in fact. Ugh.
Resident Evil 3
A colossal disappointment coming off of Resident Evil 2. In fact, this might be the biggest disappointment I've had from this series since I played Resi 5 for the first time.
Super Mario 3D World
I loved almost every second I spent with this, but I think if I had continued on to do the postgame worlds my enjoyment would have ended rather abruptly, so I'm a little unsatisfied. But my masochism has its limits...and so does my patience.
Umineko No Naku Koro Ni: Ep 4 Alliance of the Golden Witch
Finished this last night and I'm still sorting through my thoughts on it.
Someone send help - I have an overwhelming desire to replay Xenoblade Chronicles 2 right now, and I HATED that game. The plot and characterisation were both utter garbage, and that gacha system for Blades...ugh. Why would you do this. But I played it before any of the updates it received, and I'm wondering if time will have softened my perspective on it, after Future Connected...annoyed me. A lot. I also enjoyed Torna more than I thought I would, considering Malos is literally the worst villain I have ever seen in any video game, ever. What even is my life, that I want to put myself through this again? I'd probably enjoy it as well, knowing me. Sometimes I just get in the mood for things I shouldn't. This is what I get for rediscovering this...and this. Welp.
I'm also debating picking up Yakuza 0 in the near future and giving that a try. I have a weird desire to play series right now. There's just something very satisfying about playing things sequentially. I have Judgment though, so I might give that a try first. This. This right here is how my backlog grows...and grows...and grows. I have a lot to buy between now and June and I just got a PS5, I shouldn't be making frivolous impulse purchses. Sigh.
Anyway, that title would be funnier if I was playing five games that were the fifth instalment, but I don't feel like playing Persona 5 Royal, FFV, or Disgaea 5...and I am definitely not dipping my toe into Star Ocean 5 again. Farcry 5 also bored me to tears. I think that's all the fives I have...I think. Except for the three I am currently playing, as detailed below!
RESIDENT EVIL 5
I. Hate. This. Game. I've been going through the Resident Evil series in order - this has nothing to do with Lady Dimitrescu, btw, nope - and I finished 4 yesterday, which is game 20/50 for the year and was pretty damn enjoyable, awkward controls aside. I don't think I could ever get tired of Resi 4. But 5...5 is where my interest in the franchise died completely. But it's the next one to play, so here I go. I hate Sheva. She uses up her ammo within a few seconds then starts whining that she needs ammo. Just...let me do it. You stand in the corner and heal me if I need it or something. The controls are also quite unwieldy - although not as much as Resi 4, in fairness - and could have used a touch-up for the PS4 re-release. But it's early days yet! I'm only on Chapter 2. If nothing else, Wesker will put on a good show...before he gets killed off, ending the only decent villain the franchise has had. At least before a certain giant vampire lady entered the picture...
Also Chris' array of punches and kicks, whilst they might be more realistic - to a certain degree - aren't as cool as Leon spin kicking and suplexing people's heads off. Jesus Christ. I'm reminded of nothing so much as Goku and Vegeta when I think of these two and their displays of physical prowess...which would make Wesker Frieza in this analogy. Now that's a scary thought.
UMINEKO EPISODE 5
FINALLY got through the slog that was Episode 4 and diving into the infinitely more interesting Answers Arcs! But...god, do I wish Bernkastel and Lambdadelta didn't exist. It's nice to have some new characters introduced into the game to keep things interesting, but...well, Beatrice could have done that herself. I just...don't like children. Maria was bad enough, now there are two more little girl witches, and they're more than just casual spectators now? Siiiigh. Persevere with it, Dawn...it'll pay off. Hopefully.
PERSONA 5 STRIKERS
Despite getting this early and being kinda excited for it, I haven't been playing it much yet. My initial first impressions are positive, though - it's more Persona with Warriors gameplay than it is Warriors with Persona characters, and unlike Age of Calamity (which was disgracefully bad) this works in its favour, because P5 had a pretty good cast. I'm a little disappointed it's not a sequel to Royal, but eh...I've not finished Royal, I got to the third palace after 30 hours and burned out. Maybe I'll come back to it somewhen...in a year or two. Honestly playing through P5 once was enough for me, it's not like it's Xenoblade or Berseria quality or something. But anyway! I'm enjoying the gameplay twists in this, the narrative is interesting enough to keep me engaged - and it's still fully dubbed, thank god - and the music is just SO. MUCH. BETTER. This is very much a Warriors spinoff thing, though. Both Hyrule Warriors games had better music, and even Fire Emblem Warriors had some amazing remixes. Heavy rock just makes everything better. I'm looking forward to seeing where this will take me, but...it's going to be a slow playthrough for the time being, probably. I might try and devote some time to it on Wednesday morning though.
So I finished Resi 5 today...thank god. That's 21/50! I really don't want to type out another review of it - god knows I've wasted enough time - so if you want to know why this game is bad, click here!
Anyway, this is an Intermission because I am presently playing two games I probably shouldn't be playing:
So it turns out you can't disable rumble in Resi 6, which is...muk. I loathe rumble features. I think there is an option to in the console menu, but tbh I'm burned out of Resi at the moment - I've played six of the damn things back-to-back, and I'd like to use my PS5 for something else, haha. I'll pick up VII before Village is released, but I think for now I'm going to take a breather. So I am playing Medievil! I loved this on Playstation, and I loved the PSP remake, so I'm excited to be playing an enhanced version. So far, so good!
THE LIAR PRINCESS AND THE BLIND PRINCE
Persona 5 Strikers requires concentration and time to get through cutscenes, so it's a slow burn. This is a nice little pick-up-and-play title I grabbed in the sales last year. The visuals are stunning; I love the storybook motif, it's not something I see often in video games so it's refreshing. The premise is quite cute as well, and I'm interested to see how it's going to turn out, although I think I have an idea. My only complaint is that they couldn't be bothered to dub it...and I mean, really. It doesn't have THAT much dialogue. It wouldn't have killed them to hire someone to narrate. Such laziness...