Tackle the Backlog - 12 in 12 2020



  • Still left from last year:
    Dragon Quest VII
    Persona 4
    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
    Shenmue II
    Devil May Cry 3
    Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
    Shadowrun (SNES)
    Ultima VII
    Luigi's Mansion 2
    Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

    12 new ones:
    Yakuza Kiwami
    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
    Nioh
    Devil May Cry 4
    Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic
    Halo 4
    Gradius Advance
    Metal Slug Advance
    Castlevania Chronicles
    MediEvil
    Rhythm Tengoku
    Icewind Dale

    I finished Yakuza: Kiwami. It's the first Yakuza game I've played and I loved it! Now I really want to play the rest of the series.



  • Just finished Minit, as in defeating the factory boss. There's still things to find so I'll be playing a bit more. Anyway, I really enjoyed this one. I love the 60 second mechanic, and it wouldn't work at all if the world isn't well designed, which it is. The game never goes overboard with the hints, which makes progression quite satisfying, not to mention finding the hidden secrets all over the map adds to that satisfaction. It does feel too short, but I enjoyed it so much that it doesn't matter too much. Also, this would be a super fun game to speedrun. I might try learning the speedrun strats for this. (9/10)

    1. Death Stranding
    2. Concrete Genie
    3. River City Girls
    4. What Remains of Edith Finch
    5. Life is Strange Before the Storm
    6. Journey
    7. Tetris Effect
    8. Dragon Quest XI
    9. Mega Man XI
    10. The Witness
    11. Hollow Knight
    12. Thumper
    13. Hotline Miami 2 Wrong Number
    14. Yakuza 0
    15. Horizon Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds DLC
    16. Prey - Mooncrash DLC
    17. Marvel's Spider-Man - The City That Never Sleeps DLC
    18. Ace Combat 7 - The three DLC missions
    19. Minit
    20. Celeste
    21. Gris
    22. Hard West
    23. My Friend Pedro
    24. 1979 Revolution Black Friday


  • I have a lot of games to go through but a few on my list weren't ones I was very keen on for long. Such as Pokemon & the Yakuza spin-offs but I'm currently on Nioh 2 which is possibly going to be around hundreds of hours like the original. I generally have a backlog thanks to the likes of Animal Crossing, The Sims and city builders depending on their expansions. I still have the entire Resident Evil series to play but I'd probably get onto these first. :D

    1. God of War (I've been repeatedly game over'd by dark elves a bit late in the game so... thats the story of Kratos and his boy. theyre stuck)
    2. Days Gone
    3. Yakuza Remastered Collection
    4. BREATHE Yakuza Dead Souls (revisit for Majima karaoke but I wasn't a fan of the gameplay)
    5. Dragon Quest XI
    6. Octopath Traveller
    7. Mario Odyssey
    8. Kirby (pretty much the entire series)
    9. Yoshi's Crafted World
    10. Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze
    11. Nioh 2
    12. Ori
    13. Ori 2
    14. Trover Saves the Universe
    15. Fist of the North Star
    16. Judgement
    17. Concrete Genie
    18. Blood & Truth
    19. Dragon Quest Builders 2
    20. Shadow Of the Colossus
    21. Sonic Forces
    22. Moss!
    23. Pokemon Sword
    24. Control


  • Got Yakuza 0 down!

    1. Death Stranding
    2. Concrete Genie
    3. River City Girls
    4. What Remains of Edith Finch
    5. Life is Strange Before the Storm
    6. Journey
    7. Tetris Effect
    8. Dragon Quest XI
    9. Mega Man XI
    10. The Witness
    11. Hollow Knight
    12. Thumper
    13. Hotline Miami 2 Wrong Number
    14. Yakuza 0
    15. Horizon Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds DLC
    16. Prey - Mooncrash DLC
    17. Marvel's Spider-Man - The City That Never Sleeps DLC
    18. Ace Combat 7 - The three DLC missions
    19. Minit
    20. Celeste
    21. Gris
    22. Hard West
    23. My Friend Pedro
    24. 1979 Revolution Black Friday


  • I'll just dump the comment with my update that I posted on reddit.

    Lots of time in the house plus my vacation plans getting scrapped due to the virus means that I've put a lot of time into games, and took down three games of my list, and another one of which I'm very proud of, and all of this just in time for the release of Persona 5 Royal, which will be my absolute priority until I finish it because I'm a slave to this franchise.

    Finished This Month:

    Dusk Diver 7.5/10

    Dusk Diver is a janky and low budget Persona/Yakuza match up and I love it, 7.5/10 because it has enough problems that I can't go higher, but I had so much fun with it.

    When I say it is a mix of those two things I think it is fairly apt comparisson, the world is free roam like Kamurocho and has some various events you can do which are never as good as Yakuzas, and it simply has a vibe that is too reminiscent of Persona, and that I think it does a good job with it.

    Onto the combat I found it to be pretty entertaining, specially compared to Yakuza games where the combat is boring at best and usually tedious, this one is still kinda basic but it can make for some pretty entertainting beatdowns, I think the main complaint on this side would be the repetition and lack of enemies, but even then on that aspect I found the game to be enjoyable.

    If it looks like something appealing give it a shot, it has it's fair share of shortcomings but if you can get past that them there's fun to be had with it.

    Katamari Damacy Reroll 8.5/10

    I mean this is just fun and the right size, great music an amusing concept that makes for a lot of laughts and just enough of it to not outstay its welcome, I enjoyed all my time with it and I don't think I have many more complaints with it.

    Utawaretumono: Mask of Deception 9/10

    Man this is tough to rate, but I'll just say that I loved it, I could see others taking more issue with it, and there were parts that I still don't really know if they were all that necessary, but I'm very glad I played this, and the sequel will most likely be in my list for next year's games.

    The game does not compromise with the fact that it is a visual novel, and that the combat is very basic, if you can't make due with that, don't even bother, it is gonna be close to 30 hours of gameplay with +90% being just visual novel, but the characters are charming and what is happening generally always entertaining, and there's enough of a lead of what will happen next with the actual plot that it does leave you wanting to know more.

    And that ending ... wow, hands down one of the best and most impacting endings in a game I've played, clearly a set up for the sequel, but it is a banger that made me glad to play through the game as it really build fantastically towards it.

    Bloodborne 9.5/10 Not on the list

    I genuinely thought I would never beat a souls game, which is why I didn't put it on my list, I had tried some of them but never advanced much and that including at least three attempts at Bloodborne after it was given for free with PS+, but well I beat Bloodborne and I'm extremely satisfied about it.

    I didn't think it would go differently to the previous times, it started rough but for some reason I decided to push a bit further, this was in January I think, eventually I started to make some progress and finally reached the Cleric Beast, after various attempts I managed to win and said to myself, hey maybe I can actually handle this. On to Gascoine who took me an incredible amount of time and effort to beat, and I was getting tired and ready to drop the game.

    In one of our Cyberpunk 2020 sessions we hold on my apartment one of the players saw the game and told me it was his favorite, and offered to give me some tips to keep at it, the main two things I took away were two of the most basic mechanics I had somehow managed to miss two bosses into the game, running and locking into enemies. If you are familiarized with the game and that sounds like playing a whole different game, well yes it certainly is, suddenly I didn't feel helpless playing and actually started making some decent progress, so much so that I plowed through pretty much the second half of the game in a week when it had taken me more than a month to beat Gascoine.

    In summary I love this game, it is great and if it weren't for the story being so damn cryptic I might like it more, but what I do know is pretty cool, and I'm glad I kept with it, I'm playing the first level of new game plus and making pretty good progress so I'll just keep with it at a leisurely pace.

    Currently Playing:

    Trauma Team Second Opinion

    I'm still stuck in a mission that is honestly complete BS and it makes me so mad I haven't even tried it much, I'll get back to it but at least reading things online lets me know it is actual BS and not just me sucking or doing things wrong.

    The World Ends With You

    Barely touched this.

    Bloodstained

    I've advanced a fair bit on Bloodstained, love it, and got a bad ending already, I keep making progress and it will be my priority after I'm done with P5R.

    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore not on the list

    Barely touched this.

    Dreams

    GTA SA

    FIFA 17

    These are just what I play while watching podcast or other videos.

    My List

    Finished

    A Hat in Time 8/10

    The Banner Saga 3 8.5/10

    Dusk Diver 7.5/10

    Katamari Damacy Reroll 8.5/10

    Utawarerumo Mask of Deception 9/10

    Bloodborne 9.5/10 (Not on the list)

    Started

    Persona 5 Royal (the literal minute it is available)

    Trauma Team Second Opinion

    The World Ends With You

    Bloodstained Ritual of the Night

    Not Started

    Cyberpunk 2077

    Psychonauts 2

    Persona 5 Strickers

    13 Sentinels Aegis Rim

    Shin Sakura Wars

    Trails of Cold Steel4

    Digital Devil Survivor

    Metro Exodus

    River City Girls

    Travis Strikes Again

    AI The Somnium Files

    Killer 7

    Forgotton Anne

    Control

    Katana Zero

    Taken of the list

    Gravity Rush 2 - DNF 5/10

    Persona Q2 DNF 6.5/10



  • New update: 2 more games down, I'm now at 5/12 with a fourth of the year gone (but we all know there ain't no time for backlog from now on...)

    Resident Evil HD Remaster

    The one thing that always stressed me out was the limited ink, meaning I could not save as often as I want. So I decided if I'm ever gonna play this game, I'll just play on Easy, screw it. I realized afterwards that I picked "Very Easy", which was clearly overkill. I finished the game with like 40 ink ribbons left, and more ammo than I could ever hope to use. So I went a bit overboard, but at least now I have the confidence to play it again on Normal!

    I liked it a lot, it's close to a Metroidvania in many ways, and the progression and story are cool, although very formulaic and similar to the other games in the series (but since this one was first, it's the other games' fault really). Some very clever and engaging puzzles, also a few annoyances (that door won't open anymore, you have to go all the way around now...). I'll probably try to do a Chris playthrough someday, but it's time for Resident Evil 3 now!

    Mystic Quest

    Also known as Final Fantasy Adventure, this was the very first game in the Mana series, on Game Boy. And boy, for a Game Boy game, it's quite impressive. It plays similarly to Link's Awakening, but the similarities with Secret of Mana are a lot more present than I expected. Pretty much all the enemies (and bosses) are the same, the weapons handle similarly too, a lot of the lore and town names were already there.

    Now, it's still an old Game Boy game, so it won't blow you away and I wouldn't play it again. It's a nice piece of history, but not a must play. And I had to use a guide because it can obscure as hell. For anyone who's played it, I only need to say "Palm trees and 8", and you'll know what I mean.

    So I can't recommend it unless you love the Mana series and want to see where it all began, like me. It's not too long if you're following a guide, otherwise you could seriously get stuck for days. Now I'm ready for the Trials of Mana remake!



  • @axel said in Tackle the Backlog - 12 in 12 2020:

    Resident Evil HD Remaster

    I tried to finish this before RE2 Remake but I couldn't stand it after a little bit. Then I proceed to RE2 and eventually RE3 in coming days.

    I am holding my breath for a remake in the sense of RE2 and RE3 so that I can play and finish it.



  • @scotty After playing RE2 Remake you do feel the age of the original Resident Evil. But I feel like it's still worth pushing through, that's why I played on Easy, didn't want to punish myself and just wanted to enjoy the flow, exploration and story.



  • i'm terrible at keeping on track with games so might start updating here with personal scores(i will add new release games to playing so they hopefully don't end up in the backlog but likely add them here.).

    Backlog beats(i go rogue)

    Resident Evil HD Remaster8/10

    kinda like Axel the saves stress me out, along with not liking scary things in general (the spiders were rough). so i finally finished a play through i started a year ago(residence spider room) (binged it all today in 7 hours) i was playing on easy jill and by the end i was swiming in ammo etc though i had a little trouble at the beginning because i didn't understand the language of this game very well and obviously control difficulty (dpad is the way to go.).

    thing is i enjoy tense and dark experiences, so i rather enjoyed it and might go for some of the speed runs and other unlockables at some point, only other RE game was 5 which i liked alot (co-op with brother) so it was nice to see the beginnings of wesker,chris and jill.

    i own 4 on pc so will do that eventuly and might pick up 2/3 remake on sale (i've watched playthroughs so am not to worried about the scare factor.)

    Dark souls dlc 9.5/10
    never grabbed the dlc as i'm usually finished with a game once beating it but i grabbed the remaster last year and got to the dlc and then stopped for the holiday season onslaught.

    went back and finally polished it of and love it, some of the best bosses from that game i even fought Artorias with a weaker build because i had a crazy great shield at that point that would have made him too easy. love the lore and story stuff but wasn't a massive fan of the look olicilie and the santuary guardian was an ehh boss.

    technically also beat gwyn straight after but yeah.

    Dropping

    Dark souls 2: scholar of the first sin.
    planing to play through all the souls as i never did the dlc on any of them(i did with bloodborne) but i just got bored with DS2, i made it to drangleic castle in mid/late game and just didn't want to finish. the level design and lore are missing what i love and while it does alot good with the combat most of the bosses are pretty uninteresting(miror knight being the only one that really stood out) so instead of just burning out i am just going to jump to DS3 (for reference i have beasten DS2 about 3 times when it launched)

    Playing

    FF7(20hours)
    was planning to beat this first and then above happened

    Pathfinder:kingmaker
    20 hours in... hopefully <100 to go

    The last of us remake(3 hours)
    only played it once and was pretty ian hinck about it so i want to see if i like it more and get a refresh before part 2

    Ori and the will of the wisps(2 hours)
    on game pass like it but doom took priority.

    Death stranding(15hours)
    been a couple months but might try to mainline it a little more i spent alot of time building roads and then lost interest because the story had slowed down....because i was building roads.

    P5 Royal (bought this since p5 was on my backlog and might as well play the best version)

    jedi:fallen order



  • Still left from last year:
    Dragon Quest VII
    Persona 4
    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
    Shenmue II
    Devil May Cry 3
    Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
    Shadowrun (SNES)
    Ultima VII
    Luigi's Mansion 2
    Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

    12 new ones:
    Yakuza Kiwami
    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
    Nioh
    Devil May Cry 4
    Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic
    Halo 4
    Gradius Advance
    Metal Slug Advance
    Castlevania Chronicles
    MediEvil
    Rhythm Tengoku
    Icewind Dale

    Finished two games from the list this week.

    Persona 4 Golden
    I loved it but not as much as Persona 2 and 3. The characters are great and the soundtrack is awesome but I think the story is a bit too thin and too light hearted compared to the previous games. I do like the lenght of the game. I beat it in 60 hours whereas Persona 3 took me 90 which was way too long.

    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
    I don't have a lot to say about this one. It's a remake of the first Fire Emblem and it really feels like Fire Emblem stripped down to its basics. It's not very memorable but I did still enjoy a great deal. Goes to show just how good the core gameplay of Fire Emblem really is.



  • April was fruitful: I knocked down 3 more games from my list, which brings me to 8/12! I might actually be able to do this, especially since none of my remaining games are 50+ hours epics.

    Shovel Knight: King of Cards

    I enjoyed it a lot! More than Plague of Shadows and Specter of Torment for sure. I enjoyed the simpler, to-the-point control scheme, you have a dash which can turn into a spin, and it quickly feels intuitive to use in every situation. The level design is top-notch as usual.

    I also connected a lot more with the story than I did for the others, it was silly as usual but its social commentary felt on point: the self-serving arrogant asshole who almost inadvertently amasses a cult-like crowd of supporters to carry him to the top... reminded me of a certain someone. And the ending is extremely fitting in that sense.

    I didn't care for the card game at all though, at first I was excited to get into it but... well I kept getting my ass kicked by the AI, and just like Triple Triad losing a match means losing a card, which felt way too punishing while I was still learning the ropes. Maybe I just suck, but I thought the AI was way too good, planned moves several steps ahead, never made a mistake. It felt like an uphill battle and I quickly gave up on it. Thankfully it's totally optional and you can just play the regular levels.

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

    Back in the day on GameCube I almost made it to the end but the Triforce shards hunt stopped me in my tracks, like many people. Finally got back to it, and it was alright. The dungeons are a highlight, although there's been some very obvious cuts, and the last two are particularly annoying, with those characters you need to literally carry throughout. The game also gets a bit formulaic at the end, with gauntlet battles and rehashed bosses (is this Mega Man??): it's very clear that it needed at least 6 months to a year of extra dev time back then.

    Refreshing soundtrack, fun sailing. I didn't find it nearly as painful as in the past, even before I got the Swift Sail which removes the need to alter wind direction and makes traversal a breeze (pun intended). Not my favourite 3D Zelda, not my least favourite either.

    Devil May Cry 5

    I wanted to love it but it never clicked with me. I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more if the entire game was only Nero, or only Dante. I hated V, never got the hang of him, I had no idea what I was doing, and still somehow he's the one I most consistently got S ranks with, which baffled me even more.

    Overall, I felt like as soon as I started to grasp the combat system, I had to switch characters, or a new weapon or playstyle was introduced, way faster than I could ever hope to master them. I appreciate the effort for variety, but I was overwhelmed by the game's systems from beginning to end. It's weird to complete a game while feeling like you suck at it every step of the way, and I didn't appreciate that at all. I played on Devil Hunter (Normal) too, so I guess I wasn't terrible, but I never felt good.

    The world and story were fun, this was my first Devil May Cry so a lot to take in, but if you boil it down this game's plot is paper-thin anyway. Some good quips although Dante and Nero pretty much have the same personality. I enjoyed Nico the most, and the ridiculous ways she manages to reach your location every time you call her were a highlight. Trish and Lady felt meaningless to the plot and like they were only included to please the fans.

    It's an extremely polished game and there's so much to dive into if you're looking to master it, that's undeniable. It's just not for me. I much prefer Bayonetta.



  • The month began fully dedicated to P5R as soon as it released and a good amount of progress with other games.

    Finished This Month:

    Persona 5 Royal 10/10

    As usual with the revised versions of the games, they add small yet significant things throughout the game to make it just a tad easier to enjoy what was already in my mind the best JRPG ever made, the rebalanced combat and slightly altered dungeon design made it so going through the palaces again, while a familiar experience was still very entertaining, and it again just feel like a refinement of something that was already fantastically made.

    For the new content, having gone through depression last year (and still going through it) and having a newer more profound appreciation for many social interactions irl, the new social content and even the old SL struck me very hard at some moments, and the additional chapter at the end was something I enjoyed greatly and to which I could relate very strongly.

    At one point I was talking to a friend that is not familiar with the games, along with another friend that did play P5, and while it was clear that just a baseline description of the games are sound weird and potentially unnapealling we ended up going back to just how well made everything is in the game that it manages to make what seems like a potentially unappealing idea for some still captivating, and for me that I'm 100% in I just get to enjoy something I love refined to highest extent (which depression was actually making me think I wouldn't be able to).

    Loved it, playing NG+ casually to complete everything and I'm extremely happy with the additions, Persona remains in my top spot as solidly as ever and I'm looking forward to Strikers and Re:Fantasy as much as ever.

    Bloodstained Ritual of the Night 8.5/10

    A great game putting it simply, which makes zero attempts at masking that it is just trying to be an old school game and a SoTN copy, and it simply makes for a very entertaining playthrough, and honestly the hole fashion and appearance change options were something I enjoyed maybe even too much.

    Nitpicks abound but the overall experience was so enjoyable that's all I really care about with it.

    Currently Playing:

    Trauma Team Second Opinion

    No Progress, I can't allow this to just fall behind.

    The World Ends With You

    Starting to make progress with it, the Switch controls are definitively weird at times, and some of it's mechanics just seem sort of irrelevant, but enjoying it a lot.

    Forgotton Anne

    Put a little time into this one, it kinda just throws you into stuff, but it is making for a compeling and entertaining experience so far, fairly janky though, but the pace of the game makes is so it is a trivial issue.

    My List

    Finished

    A Hat in Time 8/10

    The Banner Saga 3 8.5/10

    Dusk Diver 7.5/10

    Katamari Damacy Reroll 8.5/10

    Utawarerumo Mask of Deception 9/10

    Bloodborne 9.5/10 (Not on the list)

    Persona 5 Royal 10/10 GOAT!!!

    Bloodstained Ritual of the Night 8.5/10

    Started

    Trauma Team Second Opinion

    The World Ends With You

    Forgotton Anne

    Not Started

    Cyberpunk 2077

    Psychonauts 2

    Persona 5 Strickers

    13 Sentinels Aegis Rim

    Shin Sakura Wars

    Trails of Cold Steel4

    Digital Devil Survivor

    Metro Exodus

    River City Girls

    Travis Strikes Again

    AI The Somnium Files

    Killer 7

    Control

    Katana Zero

    Taken of the list

    Gravity Rush 2 - DNF 5/10

    Persona Q2 DNF 6.5/10



  • @axel said in Tackle the Backlog - 12 in 12 2020:

    Overall, I felt like as soon as I started to grasp the combat system, I had to switch characters, or a new weapon or playstyle was introduced, way faster than I could ever hope to master them.

    an interesting thing i heard early on in my playthrough (think maybe Maximilian dood) is that your first playthrough is basically the tutorial to give you all the gear and abilities you need for the harder difficulties (eg you get neros "mode" in literally the final fight.)(not saying its a smart idea)

    cause i felt kinda the same especially with dante late game he got so many new weapons, what helped was just focusing to reading the ability menus and basically just sticking to 1 or 2 weapons.

    what really put dmc5 as my 2nd for last year was my hard playthrough, where i basically had all the tools and i could just focus on mastering them, i remember spending 2 hours on "V" at the end because i just wanted to beat him without using any revivals and really master him(and this was literally the night before i got sekiro)

    also this was the first game of this type when it finally clicked after just mashing my way through bayonetta years ago(which i really wanna replay now)

    update:
    beat some new games but no backlog picks

    Dropping
    Jedi:fallen order 7ish hours
    weird? this game ran rather badly on my ps4 pro and all around just felt clunky, maybe because of the gameplay style i was expecting it to feel much more like GOW(2018) and dark souls but ehh it just would not click, i made it to wookee planet and dropped it, from what i've heard i'm around a 3rd or more into it and yeah... also alot of bugs mutiple hitches and god that loot and progression just feels worthless.

    Playing

    -Active-
    FF7 OG(25hours)
    added another 5 hours on, just got cid

    P5 Royal (7hours)
    hoping to beat it before xenoblade remake... don't like my chances. am loving it though

    The last of us remake(5 hours)
    only played it once and was pretty ian hinck about it so i want to see if i like it more... edit:enjoying it more and it's a good side game among my behemoths

    Assassins creed:Origins
    have not liked an ac game since brotherhood, so gonna try jumping back onboard, Going to be my side ape-brain game once i finish TLOU and am stuck in the JRPG heaven (and hell) of P5 though xenoblade remake.(btw am so excited for xenoblade after loving what i played of XC2)

    -on pause-
    Pathfinder:kingmaker(it's gonna be a while)
    20 hours in... hopefully <100 to go

    Ori and the will of the wisps(2 hours)
    on game pass like it but doom took priority.

    Death stranding(15hours)
    been a couple months but might try to mainline it a little more i spent alot of time building roads and then lost interest because the story had slowed down....because i was building roads.



  • @nimbat1003 said in Tackle the Backlog - 12 in 12 2020:

    this game ran rather badly on my ps4 pro and all around just felt clunky

    Rushed game.



  • Update from my progress over the last month

    I only finished 1 game this month, however I'm making pretty good progress with 4 games in my list, that I think should be done this month.

    I'm also taking out Trauma Team from my list because I can't, and replacing with Bloodborne, which I have already beaten, so I'm just throwing myself a bone with that one, since after all it was a 40 hour first playthrough of a game I didn't think I would beat.

    Finished This Month:

    Forgotton Anne 7.5/10

    It's a shortish and charming game, that looks pretty most of the time, at the cost of fluidity on it's gameplay, and honestly the main drawback it has is that it feels too clunky most of the time, and it becomes a hindrance at some points, would be much easier with some improved controls, the story is enjoyable but nothing so memorable that I think I will end up thinking back on it, but it was fun enough for what it is, the aesthetic was the main thing that drew me to this one, and it ended up looking good byt not amanzing most of the time.

    Currently Playing:

    Trauma Team Second Opinion (dropped from the list) 6.5/10

    I'm quitting on this game because one of the missions at roughly the middle point is absolute bullshit and it is simply a poorly designed mission that can't just be skipped or cheesed through it, you have to know what to do, and apparently get fairly lucky with the RNG, and after 20+ attempts I'm done with it, there are a good number of things I liked about this game, and I would look into a new release if that were to happen, but I'm done with this game, I prefer the idea to the execution, but I still think it makes for good base for a series with an interesting concept.

    The World Ends With You

    I think I'm at the half point of it, definitively like it, but there are aspects of it that I'm not completely sold on, I guess I'm waiting to see how things wrap up to decide where I ended up with it, but overall positive impressions.

    Sakura Wars (2020)

    This game is dumb as shit, and I love it, it has a ton of the things I would normally find issues with, but they did such a good job with the characters that I can't help but love it.

    No More Heroes Travis Strikes Again

    Probably a third of the way with this one, I can see it growing old, but so far this game is phenomal, I love the references it makes and how it is so bold with the attitude and presentation it takes, gameplay wise it is entertaining enough that I have little complaints, so as it is going I'm hoping I'll end up really liking this game.

    Killer 7

    A few missions from the end on this one, the weirdness and difficulty to comprehend what the hell is going on is a bit alineating as was the control scheme at first, but I'm absolutely loving this game and I think it is if nothing else a very well designed game that could use some QoL improvements.

    My List

    Finished

    • A Hat in Time 8/10

    The Banner Saga 3 8.5/10

    Dusk Diver 7.5/10

    Katamari Damacy Reroll 8.5/10

    Utawarerumo Mask of Deception 9/10

    Bloodborne 9.5/10

    Persona 5 Royal 10/10 GOAT!!!

    Bloodstained Ritual of the Night 8.5/10

    Forgotton Anne 7.5/10

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    The World Ends With You

    No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again

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    Psychonauts 2

    Persona 5 Strickers

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    Trails of Cold Steel4

    Digital Devil Survivor

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    AI The Somnium Files

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    Persona Q2 DNF 6.5/10

    Trauma Team Second Opinion 6.5/10



  • New update: I finished The Talos Principle so I'm now at 9/12 completed for the year. And we're not even halfway, I might be able to pull this off.

    I enjoyed it a lot, possibly more than The Witness. I appreciated what The Witness was doing but sometimes I didn't have any idea what it even wanted from me (eventually figured it out, but it could be a bit demotivating). In Talos though, you always know what your objective is, the new abilities and mechanics are introduced in a very natural manner, the learning curve is pretty much perfect.

    There was only ONE puzzle I had to look up, and I'm glad I did because I would never have figured it out. This one actually required a mechanic that was never even hinted at anywhere, and was the only time I think the devs messed it up. Reading the comments on the video I looked up for it, many other people were stuck on this one.

    Apart from that, it was an amazingly smooth experience. There's this sweet spot that only great puzzle games manage to hit: every new puzzle feels impossible at first, like you must be missing something, there's no way you've got all the knowledge or abilities required for this one... and just when you're about to give up, something clicks. What if you do that? And lo and behold, that's it! It now feels obvious, why didn't you think of this before? And you feel smart, like surely tons of people never managed to solve this one, because it's so outside the box... And you get this feeling puzzle after puzzle, many times over. It's extremely gratifying.

    On top of that, the story is impressively well crafted. It touches on various philosophical topics, in a deep but approachable manner. You engage in conversations with an AI throughout the game, and it challenges you in very clever ways. I caught myself a few times thinking "Wow, I had never considered life this way!" Which is quite a feat. I feel like they could take all these conversations out of the game and offer it as a stand-alone philosophical interactive experience.

    The ending (I think I got the good one, although I didn't get all the secrets so maybe there's an even better one) is also more satisfying and meaningful than The Witness, less abstract I guess.

    I might play the Road to Gehenna DLC too, but I'll take a break from it for a while, don't want to burn myself out.



  • @axel Definitely don't burn yourself out on Talos. I did every puzzle and secret in it and it turned the game from what HowLongToBeat told me was 15-20 hours into well over 50. I loved the story and a good portion of the puzzles, but by the time I got to the end after that, I was completely burned out on the game and didn't want to spend an equivalent amount of time playing Gahenna since it uses the exact same puzzle mechanics in much harder puzzles. I'd say give it a break for a bit, especially since you're feeling good on it! The good ending (which I think is what you got) was a lot more satisfying to me than the perfect ending.

    I agree I think I enjoyed it more than The Witness, but both are games I equate with a different side of frustration. With The Witness for me, a lot of it came from a lack of understanding puzzles and the audio recordings feeling like a lot of unearned pretentious preaching. Talos was the opposite for me; I would have loved more audio logs and story by the end, but some of the harder puzzles were just too much for my tired brain by the end. I was looking a lot of things up by the end (not for lack of trying).

    But by far Talos's story, diary entries and audio logs make the game well worth it! It showcases an interesting philosophical set of quandaries you may have never taken a look at before. While I personally would have trimmed like 50% of the puzzles, there is so much more in this game than I initially expected.