Author Topic: 52 Games Challenge 2019  (Read 1969 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]
15. Killer Instinct Classic [Xbox One]
16. Hitman: Contracts [Playstation 2]
17. Half-Life [PC]
18. Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection [PSP]
19. Mortal Kombat II [Arcade]
20. Killer Instinct II Classic [Xbox One]
21. Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny [PSP]
22. Ultimate Mortal Kombat III [Arcade]
23. Red Earth [Arcade]
24. Marvel's Spider-Man [Playstation 4]
25. Hitman: Blood Money [Xbox 360]
26. Soulcalibur VI [Xbox One]
27. Red Dead Redemption 2 [Xbox One]
28. Half-Life: Opposing Force [PC]
29. Mortal Kombat Gold [Dreamcast]
30. Hitman: Absolution [Playstation 3]
31. Yakuza 0 [Playstation 4]
32. Half-Life: Blue Shift [PC]
33. Hitman [Xbox One]
34. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [Xbox One]
35. The Simpson Hit & Run [Playstation 2]
36. Vampyr [Playstation 4]
37. Sniper Elite 4 [Xbox One]
38. Hitman 2 [Playstation 4]
39. Pipe Street BMX [PC]
40. Skater XL [PC]
41. Blade & Soul [PC]
42. Watch Dogs: Bad Blood [Xbox One]
43. Yakuza Kiwami [Playstation 4]
44. Half-Life 2 [PC]

Currently playing :

- Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey
- God Of War HD
- The Simpsons Game
- NBA 2k14
- Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive
- Half-Life 2: Episode One
- Killer Instinct
- The Walking Dead: The Final Season
- Life is Strange 2
« Last Edit: March 24, 2019, 02:13:52 am by chrismb »

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
Pokemon Let's Go: Pikachu
Red Dead Redemption 2
Dead Cells (Switch)
Flinthook (Switch)

Games Beaten
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Switch) 1/17
Parappa The Rapper (PSP) 2/04
Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch) 2/10
« Last Edit: February 20, 2019, 01:32:13 pm by bfbeam »

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!



droaa

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 »
Main List

Quote from: Legend
bold games are games that have been beaten, previously beaten, or are unbeatable.
italicized games are in progress.
standard games are games I am not currently trying to beat.
strikethrough games are games that have been abandoned.

20. Snake Pass (NS)
Decided to start this one after finishing West of Loathing.  Started up and beat the first couple of levels collecting everything, and then levels started putting stuff out where I kept dying, so I said fuck it and I'm already deciding that I'm just gonna play to beat this game and nothing more.  The controls for this game are wildly frustrating.  Maybe I just don't get it, maybe it's sorta Octodad terrible, I don't know, but I don't have a great grasp on the controls for this game.  Also, while trying to do stuff, the camera will automatically move around, generally where you don't want it.  The button placements don't make for a pleasant experience in that you need to be able to press face buttons, move the right stick, and press the shoulder buttons all at the same time.  Also, that same thing makes it wildly uncomfortable to use the joycons while playing.  Overall, early impressions, this is a pretty terrible game.  My hands hurt like crazy after 1 level.  It wasn't until about 12-13 levels in that I decided to read up on the game and found out that the little bird that follows you around can pick up your tail and help you so you don't fall.  This would've been great to know from the beginning but the game never let me know that.
Rating: Pass.

21. Resident Evil HD (PS4)
Started this game shortly after completing 0.  First thing I noticed with this game is that it takes like 15 bullets to down a zombie, compared to 0's 3-4 bullets.  And I learned very slowly that you are supposed to burn any zombies that don't despawn so that they don't become quick strong zombies, but they don't give you enough kerosene to keep that going because the zombies are unlimited, but kerosene is not.  And the strong fast zombies take like 3-4 shotgun shots to kill... I tried to kill one with a pistol and used 15+ bullets and that didn't even faze it before it killed me.  I've gotten more used to the game in general, but I am constantly having to manage inventory because I need to carry around 3 big damage dealing weapons because everything can't be killed with a pistol, not that I have pistol ammo at this point.  I'm pretty sure I'm pretty close to the end of the game.  I'm not really enjoying this game so much as I'm not a huge fan of survival horror in general, and this one is super spoopy and dangerous.  I think about playing again, to play through as Chris, but I just don't know if I can be bothered because of how much I'm just not enjoying this game.  I may think about it, but play it on super easy or something.  As it is, it's frustrating that you can't change difficulty on this game after starting, I'm not enjoying the difficulty I chose, but I don't want to start over.  In retrospect, I enjoyed my experience and I constantly looked forward to hopping back into the game... but was it stressful and difficult.
Rating: Soft Recommendation, I have a lot of complaints, but Resident Evil is a solid franchise for the most part and lore/story.

22. Resident Evil 2 (PS4)
Current Progress: Leon B
Been looking forward to this as Resident Evil 2 was one of my favorite Resident Evil games.  Game plays so well with the over the shoulder controls, inventory expansion is a freaking godsend, but I still had to do an annoying amount of inventory management.  Game doesn't let you drop items, so if you discard something, it's gone forever.  A lot of folks I've read are bothered by the fact that Leon and Claire look nothing like their OG counterparts.  I'll agree that it's jarring, but it didn't take long for me to get used to it.  Leon's face is a little too psychopath for me.  Claire only bothered me the entire game because the character model constantly looked like an actress (I know it's not who I'm thinking of) but I couldn't figure out who she reminded me of.  Closest I could come up with was Trish from Nick and Norah's infinite playlist, but I'm still pretty sure that's not who I was thinking of.  I enjoyed the game until Mr. X/Tyrant showed up.  Once he left I got back to enjoying the game.  I understand it's a survival horror game and it adds more to that survival OMG I'm gonna die feel, but I just don't enjoy being constantly hunted by an unstoppable killing machine when I have so limited ammunition.  Mr. X is probably the reason I won't complete Leon B, just because I don't want to deal with that shit on top of the game giving LESS ammo.
Rating: Recommended.

23. Golf Story (NS)
I've heard so many good things about this game that I decided to finally pop it in and give it a go.  I think I was expecting more of a Harvest Moon type of game for some reason, but it's not.  It's honestly what you should've expected from the game, a golf based RPG game.  It's an interesting and funny game, but if you can't get past the fact that you're essentially playing an old school golf game, you're gonna hate the game.  I won't say I love this game, but it's good.  The game adds in interesting enough mechanics to keep the game from being too bland, you gain xp and increase your skills (I think specifically your driving range), and get paid so you can buy equipment.  The dialogue is interesting and funny at times.  As I reached the final course of the game, I found myself feeling like the game had overstayed its welcome, but the next day I was perfectly fine playing again, so that might have just been me being in a mood... this was the same night that I felt that RE2 had overstayed its welcome as well... so it's possible.
Rating: Soft Recommendation, if you are okay with the fact that you're essentially playing an old school golf game.

24. Dear Esther: Landmark Edition (PS4)
I wanted a short game to play just to fill an evening before Sekiro comes out.  My wife suggested this one, and I have had it suggested to me before.  Can honestly say I didn't enjoy this game very much.  It didn't quite outstay its welcome at 40 minutes to beat the game.  I didn't really follow the story, part apathy and part my infant crawling/cruising and just kinda yelling at everything.  Slightly better than Ether One and Everyone's gone to the rapture, because it's short... but good god did this game really not deserve a physical release.  Might sell my copy.
Rating: Hard Pass.

25. Fire Emblem Warriors (NS)
Current Progress: Chapter 6
I went through hassle to get the CE of this game on launch day given BB screwing things up for me.  Was sitting in my car for an hour or so over the weekend, so I played this for an hour or so and got through a few chapters.  I think I'm at Chapter 4, not entirely sure.  Has that generic Musou gameplay.  Feels bland compared to Hyrule Warriors so far.  Sounds like the game is almost exclusively Awakening/Fates characters with a few of the really popular heroes from other games added in.  There is a tad of that Fire Emblem style to it.  There are some "tactic" type things you can do, like telling specific characters to go and do certain things, and you can swap between playable characters mid battle, all things that weren't available in Hyrule Warriors, but it still just feels like the same game.  I'm not a giant Musou fan, so this may be a long play for me, doing a Chapter every now and then.

26. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PS4)
Current Progress: How do you even track this?  10/40 prayer beads?
I'm enjoying this game too damned much.  Played the majority of the weekend it came out and 3 days later I've put in nearly 20 hours so far.  This game is closer to Bloodborne than any of the Souls games.  The prosthesis feels similar to the alt modes on the weapons in bloodborne and the deflect system is similar to the gun mechanic in Bloodborne.  This game is currently my #1 game for 2019, but still behind Spider-man and West of Loathing for games played.  Spider-man because the characters, character models, and voice acting were just out of this world.  West of Loathing because it just blew me away, didn't expect it to be that good.

27. Dragon Quest XI (PS4)
Current Progress: Beginning
This is my alternate game that I'll play during the day when my kid is awake.  I was hesitant to play this because the switch version is coming later this year and will add more content, but I already bought this, so I'm gonna give it a try.  So far, I already feel like this game would play better being handheld, so ugh.  It's slow going and I'm not at a point in the game where I'm really into it, so we'll see as I progress, but I'm foreseeing that this game will wind up like DQ8 where I'm under leveled because of no random battles and I can ignore a lot of enemies.

28. Wild Arms 3 (PS4)
Current Progress: Little Rock
I started up this game at some point shortly after it came out on PS4.  Then I picked it back up last year when I needed a baby friendly game to play while my son is paying attention now that he's paying attention to things.  So this game is going to be played when I kind of can't play other games.  Finished the Prologue at some point last year and finished up the beginning train section on New Years.  So I'm just at the beginning of the game.  I love this game because of its part Zelda puzzle dungeon stuff and part traditional turn based RPG.  But 2 major complaints about this game that I forgot about.  1. The random battles while you are trying to solve a puzzle, it's frustrating having to do the like 15 steps of a puzzle, but having like 30 random battles, makes the puzzles less enjoyable because you have to essentially figure them out all over again after each battle, because who remembers what the puzzle was between the battles.  2. The games HIGH use of status effects.  After getting through the prologue stuff, almost every battle, random or boss, deals with you being given a plethora of status effects, so you are constantly having to manage curing these ailments and managing to keep remedies on hand for all of the 10 or so different status effects.  And some of the status effects are just plum pains in the ass.  Amnesia being the most annoying personally, because if you end a battle with Amnesia, you gain 0XP.  I've got one character with like 2k more xp overall than one of my other characters because he never gets amnesia and she ALWAYS gets amnesia.  Given battle will gain you about 20-30XP, with bosses handing out like 200-300xp.

29. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (SNES)
Current Progress: Not sure yet, probably won't track this game at all given how short it is.
I've never really played this game before.  I'm sure I've told the story before, but I'll sort of give a quick run down again.  I got this game for Xmas one year, probably the year it came out, but that xmas we went to Louisiana to visit family for xmas and didn't bring our SNES.  My brother had to take a plane back home ahead of everyone else (we drove) because he had to go back to work, so he asked if he could take the game with him so he could play it since I couldn't play it anyway.  By the time we got back home he had already pawned the game to buy alcohol and drugs.  Never got to play it, my parents never rebought the game for me, and I only in recent years re-acquired the game, but still being so bitter about it never really got around to playing it.  So after being super bitter about this game for over 20 years, I'm finally getting to play it.  That being said, this game feels like a completely different game.  The controls feel more refined and the graphics look much better.  Mind you this game came out on SNES AFTER the N64 was already out.  The world seems more open with the boat thing, but I'm not far enough into the game to really understand any of that stuff yet.

30. Sniper Elite 3 (PS4)
Current Progress: Mission 2
Been wanting to continue this franchise for some time after really enjoying Sniper Elite V2.  So far, I'm not really enjoying this entry, but I think it's just the getting used to the controls again.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2019, 11:56:47 am by ignition365 »


rayne315

Re: 52 Games Challenge 2019
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2019, 10:43:09 am »
1. Kingdom hearts 3 (ps4): this was defiantly a fun game and I loved it but I do have major issues with 2-3 worlds in particular. they JUST followed the movie and pulled the movie sceenes into the game. those were seriously the most boring thing ever and it made it worse they were at the start. set a bad taste in my mouth until the further worlds brought it back with careful crafting and good storytelling. unfortunately the hardest difficulty Proud mode was a walk in the park. half way through the game I put on zero exp just to artificially inflate the difficulty and ended up beating the game at level 28. overall I think it was a 8/10
« Last Edit: February 04, 2019, 10:28:45 am by rayne315 »
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

droaa

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.
« Last Edit: January 13, 2019, 09:43:23 pm by thewelshman »

telly

PRO Supporter

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

    +

    ~ 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!
    -
    ~ 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.

    Back to my list
    « Last Edit: March 02, 2019, 07:58:40 pm by telly »
    Currently Playing:
    Cosmic Star Heroine (PS4), Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

    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.