Author Topic: 52 Games Challenge 2019  (Read 524 times)

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2019, 04:00:59 am »
Reserve.


Playing:
StarCraft
Rage
Aven Colony


Completed:
TBA



Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2019, 10:01:43 am »
Reserved

 :D

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2019, 10:30:36 am »
Beat it last year with 107 games

https://vgcollect.com/forum/index.php/topic,8821.msg160906.html#msg160906

1. The King of Fighter XIV [Playstation 4]
2. Soul Blade [Playstation 1]
3. Hitman Codename 47 [PC]
4. Unravel 2 [Playstation 4]
5. Tekken [Playstation 1]
6. Yakuza 5 [Playstation 3]
7. Shadow Of the Tomb Raider [Xbox One]
8. Soulcalibur [Dreamcast]
9. Tekken 2 [Playstation 1]
10. Super Castlevania IV [Super Nintento]
11. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin [Playstation 2]
12. Tekken 3 [Playstation 1]
13. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 [Xbox 360]
14. Mortal Kombat [Arcade]

Currently playing :

- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Yakuza 0
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey
- Marvel's Spider-Man
- Hitman: Contracts
- Half-Life
- Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
- Soulcalibur VI
- Mortal Kombat II
- Killer Instinct
- The Walking Dead: The Final Season
- Life is Strange 2
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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2019, 10:42:02 am »
I have a few games I started 2018 that can move over to 2019. Going to focus on Switch mostly but also have some PS4 games I'd like to check out.

Games to Play
God of War (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn
Night Trap (Switch)
Yooka Laylee (Switch)
Saturday Morning RPG (Switch)
Fire Emblem: Warriors
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
ETC

Currently Playing
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Switch)
Pokemon Let's Go: Pikachu
Red Dead Redemption 2

Games Beaten
...

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2019, 03:00:41 pm »
2019 is off to a great start! Just finished Destiny 2, I started it in 2018 but beat it today so I'm gonna call that the first game of 2019!!
I've also been playing Moonlighter on the switch and I'm getting close to finishing that too and I'm starting Red Dead 2 tonight! 2019 is going to be a great year!



Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2019, 06:47:38 pm »
And just finished up Moonlighter, that's the last of the games I started in 2018, from here on out its fresh games for 2019!!



Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2019, 10:18:38 pm »
First review is up :)


Going to play the PS1 version of X-Men vs Street Fighter again soon to see how it stacks up to the Saturn version as well.

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2019, 10:54:25 pm »
Had a little extra time today so I knocked out Kirby's Dream Land on the Gameboy. 3 games in one day!



Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2019, 10:24:24 am »
Question, so aside from having one post with what games you have finished, you can also post separate posts for reviews or even just to say some impressions?

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2019, 10:36:36 am »
Question, so aside from having one post with what games you have finished, you can also post separate posts for reviews or even just to say some impressions?
You do you, friend.

That's what I do.  I have a main post where I kind of just track stuff and separate posts where I consolidate and track info and opinions about the games I play.


rayne315

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2019, 10:43:09 am »
reserving my spot...
PS2 Palooza: 6/2XXX games finished
Now Playing: Katamari Damacy
Stopped recording so now back on track.

XIII
.Hack//G.U. Vol 1//Rebirth
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Sly 2
.hack//g.u. vol 2
.hack//g.u. vol 3

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2019, 09:19:49 pm »
Ignore this

thewelshman

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2019, 12:43:22 am »
I started off exceptionally strong and then seriously petered out as soon as the summer hit. To my defense, I was studying for my Security + certification, and we had a major software deployment at my job. Sadly, I ended the year with only completing 17 games. A far cry from the 52, but I hope to complete more this year. Started 2019 out with finishing Dragon Quest 1 on IOS. I'll follow the same format from last year.

Completed

1. Dragon Quest: (IOS) Completed 1/1/2019 - Started this after completing DQ11's platinum trophy. Quick, easy, and as straightforward as you can get for a NES era game. Was cool to see where DQ started after playing the most recent release. I look forward to beating DQ2, and DQ3 on IOS as well. My goal is to beat all of the NA release DQ games this year.
2. Dragon Quest 2: (IOS) Completed 1/11/2019 - Decided to continue the Dragon Quest series on IOS after completing the first one. This release was definitely a step up from the first one as you recruit another prince, and a princess in your journey. Things are much easier with two caster/healers at your side. Looks like Dragon Quest 3 is next.
3. Trails in the Sky 3rd: (PC) Completed 1/13/2019 - It was bittersweet finishing Trails in the Sky 3rd. Wrapping up the Liberl Arc Trilogy was as quite satisfying as I got to see a part of the immense Zemurian world and the amazing character growth of the main protagonists. I've already started the fan translations of Trails to Zero to continue the story and plan on buying the PS4 releases of Trails of Cold Steel I & II. I only hope we get the announcement for Trails of Cold Steel III, and IV coming state-side.

Currently Playing

1. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness: (PS4) I'm close to 30 hours into Star Ocean I&F and have enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The main storyline is quite linear, but I'm fine with linear stories. The side quests, recipes, multiple endings, AND higher difficulties will make the platinum a long journey, but beating the main storyline should only take me another few hours.
2. Dragon Quest 3: (IOS) After beating the first, and the second, it only makes sense to move to the 3rd one. I've only played about 30 minutes of III, so I'm interested how its going to feel with the "create a party," part.
3. Trails to Zero: (PC) Wrapping up the Trails in the Sky Trilogy reminded me how much I enjoy these games, and the whole world brought to us by Falcom. Never getting an official North American release, I'll be using the fan translations for Trails to Zero, and Trails to Azure.
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Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #28 on: January 04, 2019, 03:10:14 pm »
Game 1 - Final Fantasy X (PS4) - 55 hours

I finally decided to go and beat Sin after spending several hours getting the ultimate weapons and doing side quests/grinding. Wakka was hitting for 99999 thanks to the AP trick so the final bosses were beaten in short order. Anyway, this will definitely be one of my longest reviews I've posted since doing the 52 games challenge. I haven't played this game in about 10 years, and it's always been in my top 5 games of all time. However, it was the first RPG I ever played back in my sophomore year of high school, so I've always wondered if it's been nostalgia that made me remember the game so fondly.

This time around I'll talk about everything I liked then try to speak to the main criticisms of the game to give my own perspective. It's time to gush  ;D

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~ First of all, the story is probably one of my favorites in all of gaming, period. And I don't say that lightly. This is a long-ass game, but the intriguing premise, impactful plot twists, and almost perfect pacing kept me hooked back then and still so to this day. I love the themes in the story including the dangers of theocracy, the inevitability of death, and the reconciliation with Tidus's father at the end of the game. Even though I already know how the story ends, there were still several moments that made me misty-eyed. lol

I also want to touch on the unparalleled worldbuilding in this game.  The game's story and pacing fills you in on the culture (like the prejudice against the Al Bhed and Guado), history, religion, different languages, and favorite pastimes of Spira in a very digestible manner. It's incredible the amount of detail and consistency that was put into this game, especially for the time. Don't believe me? There are even three different kinds of scripts in the game (Spiran, Al Bhed and Yevon), and they're implemented into real world locations even in places you wouldn't think to look.


There's a fascinating article about it here https://levelskip.com/rpgs/spiran-inscriptions-writing-ffx[/li][/list]

~ I really love the characters in this game (we'll talk about Tidus down below). I think Wakka is hilarious yet humble, Auron and Kimahri are badass, and Yuna is one of my favorite female video game characters of all time. She's gentle yet determined, and just awesome. I also think the voice acting was on the whole, very good. Especially for the time. The secondary characters really impressed me on that front.

~ The combat was traditionally something that I wasn't the biggest fan of, but overall I think it's good. I like how you can use all of your party members, which was always a bummer in previous FF games where you could only pick 3 of 4. I like how you have to actually use buffs, debuffs, and unique character traits to get and edge on your enemies. The sphere grid is also really interesting, especially on the expert version. In this playthrough I made Kimahri a powerhouse with a mixture of Auron and Wakka's abilities, and I took Rikku down Tidus's path instead of her own.

~The graphics still hold up, even to this day in my opinion. The pre-rendered backgrounds are beautiful and so are the 3D environments. The cutscenes are also great too.

~ The music is masterful, as always. I've been listening to this soundtrack for a long time now, and it's still great even today. The hymn of the fayth is still beautiful and mesmerizing, and there are countless other amazing songs like To Zanarkand, Seymour Battle Theme, Besaid Island, and Assault.The new arranged music they added into the HD version is a nice touch too, but I hardly ever turned it on.[/li][/list]

~The side quests are fun and the rewards are actually worth it. It's fun hunting for the celestial weapons, extra aeons, secret areas, and Al Bhed primers/Jecht Spheres. I plan on platinuming the game too, so I'm also looking forward to the bosses I never fought on the PS2, including the Dark Aeons, Nemesis, and Penance.

Now for the criticisms!
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~ Tidus is a bad/annoying character I know this may be controversial, but Tidus is my favorite Final Fantasy protagonist. I totally agree that he's arrogant, whiny, entitled and annoying, but that was intentional; he's a star blitzball player after all! Square took a huge risk designing a character like that, but it makes him flawed and a hell of a lot more interesting than Cloud or Squall. Tidus actually grows and develops over the course of the game because he's designed as a "fish out of water" protagonist. First, he has to realize he can't go home anymore, then because of that he develops and investment in saving Spira, protecting Yuna on her journey, and eventually he falls in love too.

I will say though that James Arnold Taylor (the voice actor for Tidus) doesn't show his best work here. There are some definitely some awkward lines and he doesn't handle anger well at all. It's tough to say how the limitations from bringing the game over from Japan affected the localization given the resources, but on the whole, it's great.

Oh, and I'll just leave this video here from James Arnold Taylor talking about the story behind the infamous laugh scene for y'all ;) It's one of the most misunderstood parts of the game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRWab0q9aw4

~The game is "too linear" I have never agreed with this criticism for two reasons. For one, I feel like the nature of the story fits a more linear style. The story is about a pilgrimage: going to a very specific set of locations in a very particular order, to gain the power to beat Sin; and all throughout the journey Auron and others are stressing the importance of haste and not lollygaging. I think if this game was more open ended, the impact and focus of the story would be completely lost. Also, I think the only thing that's really different compared to previous FFs, was the removal of the overworld. But come on... every Final Fantasy up until this point was mostly linear. When you leave Midgar in FF7, you have what, two places to go to? The big open overworld gives more the illusion of an open ended setting, but it really isn't. It's a very very small sacrifice that I really don't mind at all.

~The minigames all suck Now this is something that I totally agree with. All the minigames in this game are terrible. The butterfly catching, lightning dodging, hide and go seek/red light green light with Cactuars, and Chocobo riding are all terrible, tedious and frustrating. The only redeeming one is Blitzball, but even after 30 games or so it also becomes a drag. It's the only thing that I can say I don't like about the game.

So now that I've beaten the whole game for the 3rd time I can definitely say that this game is still one of my favorites of all time. It might even been in my top 3.
Currently Playing:
Final Fantasy X (PS4), Stardew Valley (PS4)

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2019, 11:31:04 pm »
Just finished up Bayonetta on the Switch, this was my first experience with a Bayonetta game and holy shit was it a wild ride! Gonna start up the second one next.