31-Day Game Challenge



  • Day 29 - Final Boss
    Ratchet and Clank 2: Going Commando

    This is a unique situation, because I can't tell you much about this boss. It's not just because I haven't played this in a long time. It's also because I completely and utterly annihilated them in a matter of seconds with my RYNO 2 that I got after multiple hours of playtime to complete all the necessary side stuff to get it. In other words, I beat the boss so hard, I pretty much skipped them. It feels so good, man. I love hard-to-earn but overpowered shit like this.

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  • Day 30 - End Credits

    Journey

    After an emotionally exhausting adventure through life itself and all the adversities, there's a sense of catharsis in the end of the game. As we see our character enter the light and we bid them a tearful goodbye, we get to watch as they fly above all that they've encountered and all the adversities we went through together, showcasing all of the adventurers we saw along the way. It's all brought together even more by the final song, and the beautiful singing of Lisbeth Scott in "I Was Born for This". It's a final, emotionally charged concluding farewell to the character and the emotional arc we were able to be a part of together.

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  • Day 30 - End Credits

    WWE Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth

    As far as credits go I can't think of a credits sequence more enjoyable and uplifting to watch than the ones in WWE Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth. Real American starts things off as we get to look at a lot of geometrical constructions and weird looking created characters. Then the credits switch over to Marilyn Manson's The Beautiful People and the credits get all bizarre and quite hilarious in places with superstars making faces inline with the music. I also love the Just Bring It credits for its beautiful first piece of music which is like an ode to the Attitude Era and No Mercy's for the chill vibes.

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  • Day 30 - End credits
    Final Fantasy XV

    Seeing the photos that Prompto took all the way from the beginning, and also the dialogues from the past, makes me feel nostalgic in my favorite kind of way: it's reminds me of how deficient our brains can be in interpreting temporal relations, and it leaves me stunned while I still try to process the story up to this point. The mid-credits absolutely broke me with it's beautiful showcase of the emotional bonds that the game has developed, and the post credit scene made me instinctively clap in awe, the same kind of clapping like after seeing being so thoroughly entertained by a movie in a theater even knowing that there are others that would be disturbed by the act. Also, Florence + The Machine's Stand by Me rendition is fucking flawless. It's a wonderful end to a long, messy, and memorable journey.

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  • Last day of the month before I put up the new one tomorrow. Being Halloween I can't think of many better games to put up than this one.

    Day 31 - Spooky Halloween Game

    Silent Hill

    I wasn't always into horror, but this was the game for me that turned me over. It isn't loud, buy incredibly slow and creeping. The beginning portion alone still has this sense of dread that gets under your skin as you walk through an alley looking for your daughter as things get dark and sirens blare, and you come across misshapen things that sound like they laugh as they grab you. Silent Hill is about subtext, it's about what could be underneath, and how that's much more scary than when you die in the game. It balances the survival very well, you'll still need to manage your bullets and health, and that's tense, but unraveling the secrets of the town and the protagonist, like it's loved sequel, is a spooktacular delight!

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  • Day 31 - Spooky Halloween Gane
    MediEvil

    The PS4 remake is more jolly than spooky (the PS1 version feels way spookier), but pretty much every horror game is too spooky for me. It's just a fun game to go through. The old school game design can feel pretty novel at times, and there's some levels that really stand out, either because of how they visually look or because of the objective of the level and how it is structured. The framerate kinda sucks on base PS4 though, and there's some sections where I feel like the controls could be a bit tighter to make it more fair. Still, it's more than fun enough to make up for it's shortcomings.

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  • @bam541 out of curiosity, how would you rank the remake to the original? Halloween is almost over here but I'm still down to pick this one up, especially given the original is around the same price and I've got nice nostalgia for it.



  • @happygaming I only played a bit of the original (maybe like the first 4 levels), so I can't really say too much. I think the controls are objectively better in the remake, and the camera feels less claustrophobic (although it's still kinda clunky). The original game feels spookier, which is mostly because the remake opted to pursue this brighter, cartoony feel with the art style. I seen some Youtubers (like Caddicarus) preferring the original because of this, but I personally like the new remake look way more.



  • Day 31 - Spooky Halloween Game

    Alien: Isolation

    I don't know if there's a better game to get good and scared out of your skin by on Halloween night than Alien: Isolation. Sometimes the simple set up of man vs monster is all one needs to create plentiful frights but Alien: Isolation is unrelenting and a favourite even six-years after it came out.

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  • Finishing up:

    Day 22, town/village

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Zora's Domain

    Spoilers

    Day 23, underrated game

    Robotron 64. An excellent 3D adaptation of a classic arcade game. Unrelenting gameplay backed with a very bangin' soundtrack:

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    Day 24, game you constantly have stuck in your head

    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. Specifically, the sounds of booting up the game and getting a game over.

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    Day 25, game that gets you pumped

    Crazy Taxi

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    Day 26, game you haven't played

    Planet Coaster. There's nothing else I want to play more, but my current computer can't run it, and there's no way I'd ever play it on console. I do have a much better computer, but there are reasons I can't use it yet.

    Day 27, handheld game

    I'm not into handhelds at all. The only handheld games I've beaten are the first two gens of Pokémon. I prefer Red & Blue, but it's been mentioned, so Gold & Silver it is. Great use of colour, lovely town themes, and one of the most epic final battles ever.

    Spoilers:

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    Day 28, game that makes you nostalgic

    It's such low hanging fruit, but honestly, Ocarina of Time. It has an indelible charm. It blows every other Nintendo 64 game out of the water in terms of production values. There are a million little touches that prevent your brain from wearing on it. And the eternal soundtrack...

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    Day 29, final boss

    Diddy Kong Racing - Wizpig

    The races against him have a completely different tone from the rest of the game - dark and dangerous. And the difficulty level is just right - damn hard, but learnable.

    Day 30, credits

    Star Fox 64 (Spoiler, of course.)

    Day 31, spooky Halloween game

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has some pretty spooky stuff in it.

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