Nice! I suppose I can share this one time.
Thanks for putting it all together @Tragosaurus , that was a lot of fun!
Time to play catch up!
The Demon's Souls remake was the first time I got to play that game and I really liked it! Having already played Bloodborne and Dark Souls 1, it definitely felt like some of the bosses were a little more gimmicky before they hit their stride there, but it was still a lot of fun to go through those environments, especially when it looks as good as it does.
I didn't end up using any votes on Astro's Playroom, but I almost did, what a great first impression for the PS5. Obviously it was a great way to show off the controller and stuff like that, but I didn't realize how much nostalgia I had for Playstation until that game, it was so cool to see how far they've come.
I loved Marvel's Spider-Man, and Miles Morales just built off of that love. I really liked how they made Miles feel unique and distinct from Peter, as well as how it was the same city but a different enough vibe. I wish they fleshed out a couple of the relationships a little bit more, but I so appreciate how they were able to give Miles his own due without relying on Peter or his main cast.
I've been waiting for Animal Crossing for so long and it didn't disappoint. Sure, there was an element of 'right game at the right time' given when it came out, but it also stands up on its own outside of that. They put in a lot of great QoL improvements, the villagers are as jolly as ever, and I love tuning in for events every month. Really my only gripe off the top of my head is I miss some of the vibes of the plaza in City Folk or New Leaf, but hopefully they can just give us more locations to build on our islands like Brewster soon to help with that.
And finally, I still haven't played DOOM Eternal, but I just played 2016 for the first time and it's definitely jumped up on my to-do list, I'm eager to check it out.
Anyways, I'm super proud of this community for putting Marvel's Avengers in the top 5.
Here's what I voted for:
FF7 Remake was probably the most fun I had playing a game last year. The combat system just resonated with me so well, a great mix of action but also a kind of turn-based strategy thing. I also really liked the way they were able to make Midgar interesting to explore and do everything there was despite it being more linear in nature. Plus, the music shift in the third phase of that dreamweaver fight? God-tier.
TLOU Part II on the other hand, just affected so deeply. Obviously there's all the technical stuff it excels at, it's an insanely good looking game, it's fun to attack every scenario differently and experiment (shoutout to the Rat King), but couldn't stop thinking about the story whenever I stopped playing. There were so many moments that I loved so much. Well, 'loved. is the wrong word, but appreciated how much they made me think and feel about everything.
I was hoping Avengers would crack the list, but I'm not surprised. Of course it has issues, especially at launch, but I honestly think people just continue to assume the game has been in the same rough shape since September, when they've really been on a roll since Kate Bishop. I think there's a ton of variety in the ways you can play each character, so much so that I've enjoyed putting together different builds for characters. They've also been really good about sticking to their roadmap and since they put it out around February or so. I think it's definitely worth people's time, especially with a bigger Black Panther expansion coming in August.
Name - Jacob
Located - Ohio
School - Juniata College, it's in Central PA
Non-Gaming Hobbies - I like to arrange music and sing/play instruments, reading, film/TV, comics sometimes, the works.
Gaming Historical Facts - I started on late SNES, mid-N64 as a young kid, loved Mario and Zelda and Donkey Kong 64 and everything, but the first time I remember actively choosing a game and loving it was with Sly Cooper and then Kingdom Hearts on the PS2.
Champion of - Gotta say, I'm pretty solid at that one glitch where you can beat a Link to the Past in 5 minutes.
PSN/Twitch - Jamicov (I'll probably be in the chat, hopefully able to start streaming soon!)
Twitter - @TheJacobNovak
Pretty much what a lot of people have already said, I think going through the list straight through as it's presented on the main menu is best story-wise. You could go in chronological order like @Brannox said, but I personally think it's best to go by order of release. I think the story has better payoffs when you're finding out info pretty much at the same time as the main characters.
I also agree that 358/2 Days is definitely worth looking into playing since you get a lot more context through the actually game, although the movie is good enough if you're not feeling it.
I hope you enjoy the games if you decide to pick it up! I've been a big fan for a long time, and playing through the new collection has definitely rekindled my appreciation for the series.
Got around to Metroid Prime finally! I figured there's a decent chance of Metroid showing up at E3, so I wanted to study up a little bit before that happened.
Really enjoyed it, and it wasn't as daunting of a task as I thought it might be. I'm usually the completionist type, and Metroid games always scared me because I knew(at least with the older ones) that it would be near impossible to 100% without a guide to help me out, but I almost got there on my own with Metroid Prime. By the end I was at around 90% and I decided I should just go ahead and beat it.
Probably gonna take a couple days before getting into Prime 2, but I'm excited for it!
The Last of Us - Wow, what a game. I had never played it before, since I never had a PS3, but played the remaster so I could be geared up for a potential Part II appearance at E3. I was NOT prepared for that emotional rollercoaster. I thought that story they told was so good, and I really liked the gameplay too, especially trying to stealth my way through infected and Fireflies. Sometimes I went in guns blazing, but it was a lot more satisfying when I took my time. Also finished Left Behind, and now I'm super stoked to see if the sequel pops up again next week.
Final Fantasy XV - While I liked the way this game played and being able to run around doing sidequests and hunts and stuff, the story just frustrated me. The way and order in which it was told seemed all over the place and mind-boggling to me. It seemed like the video game equivalent of Suicide Squad with the way it was put together. Even more, I thought the ending was really cool and would've made me want to play the game alone if I had just seen that, but the rest of the story didn't really support it in terms of togetherness and intensity. I don't know what the general consensus was on that, and I still liked the game, but that was just frustrating to me.
That's actually the first Final Fantasy game I've beaten, which is surprising to me cause it feels like I know the series more than that, but that might be the Kingdom Hearts in me talking. I want to finish FF7 before the remake and I think I'll pick up 12 when that comes out. Definitely looking forward to getting more into the series.
There are probably more games that I'm just forgetting, but these are the noteworthy ones, in no order:
Bloodborne - My first From Software game and I absolutely loved it. Trying to platinum it with the Chalice Dungeons is an absolutely pain, can't decide if I want to just skip it or power through, but either way, I'm really hoping for a Demon's Souls remaster or Dark Souls trilogy on Switch or something so I can go back and see what else I missed.
Shovel Knight - I wish I hadn't missed the hype train on this one, but I definitely dig the idea EZA had during E3 of Yacht Club doing a 2D Metroid.
The Last Guardian - I think if I had played this when it came out, I still would've picked Uncharted 4 for GOTY, but I completely understand why EZA chose this. I also get why others didn't like it, but I loved this game, I got super attached to Trico.
Final Fantasy XV - I liked it, but I feel like there was a lot of missed potential. Especially in terms of the story, I could tell there was a good story in there, but I just don't think it was told well. I might give it another playthrough just to sort out my feelings more.
Metroid Prime - Really liked this as well, inspired me to dig into the Metroid franchise more. It's always interested me, but I've just never gotten around to it, Definitely gonna put it higher on my priority list!
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - Maybe the 3DS version wasn't the best way to play this game, but I still dug it. Don't have a Wii U though, so unfortunately I can't play Tropical Freeze.
Wolfenstein: The New Order - There were a lot of really crazy moments that were really cool, but I felt super bad about myself lowering the difficulty.
The Last of Us - Probably a top 5 of all time for me, at least. I was super invested in the story, and gameplay felt really good, I loved trying to be super stealthy.
I know a lot of people are sick of ports, but I'd still love the Prime Trilogy and the Zelda HD Remasters to happen! I'd also really like to see some more Kid Icarus. I remember Uprising being really good, and it'd be great to see that series continue, even if it's just a remaster of Uprising. My huge never-gonna-happen dream, as always, is a remake of Mother 3 (HD2D Octopath style?), or even just an EarthBound trilogy. Maybe one of these years it'll happen.
In terms of what I think is actually gonna happen, I'm not expecting too many huge new things. We already have Luigi's Mansion, Link's Awakening, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, and Town as far as I can remember. Of those, Animal Crossing is what I'm most excited about. I'll most likely be happy with whatever they show, but I really hope we can see some change in the scale of the series. If we're stuck with the same sized maps as New Leaf and we still can't move the camera, I'll be a little disappointed.
If we do get any reveals for new big things, an Odyssey 2 is becoming less of a longshot to me as time goes on, Pikmin wouldn't shock me, I think adding SNES games to Online is likely, and I also don't think a Zelda tease is totally out of the realm of possibility. Even though they're primarily only announcing games that will release within the year, I think Nintendo is also fine with have one or two long-term announcements at a time. I'm still trying to figure out what I'd want from the new big Zelda, but in general, I'm hoping for something similar to what Majora's Mask was to Ocarina of Time in relation to Breath of the Wild.
Oh yeah, and Sora for Smash please
As someone who loves getting platinum trophies, I've been really bad about actually getting them, but I've been using the early 2020 lull to do some catching up. Here's my list of platinums up to this point:
And then I just finished:
14. Horizon Zero Dawn
I also got all of the Frozen Wilds trophies, but I think I'm gonna save the two NG+ trophies for just before the sequel comes out, whenever that is. But I had a great time with this game! It took a little while for me to really get into, but once I felt more comfortable with combat and just how all the systems worked, I loved it. The trophies weren't too bad in general. The most time consuming were the collectable trophies, but that wasn't even too bad since they tell you the general areas to find them if you buy the maps.
Big update today!
Platinum #17: Final Fantasy VII Remake
I loved this game, so getting the platinum was a pleasure. I was kinda expecting Hard Mode to be a super annoying slog, but it was a good challenge without getting on my nerves.
Platinum #18: Final Fantasy VII
Playing the remake got me in a mood, and this is a pretty easy platinum. The main thing is just having a guide on hand to make sure you get the date with Barret. Other than that it's smooth sailing.
Platinum #19: The Last of Us Remastered
Wanted to get this done before Part II came out. Pretty rough trophy list, luckily I got all the multiplayer done back in October when it was on PS Plus. Then it was just collectible clean up on Survivor+ and upgrading everything. I still have to do the DLC trophies for Grounded mode, but I'm gonna take a break before I attempt that.
Platinum #20: Kingdom Hearts - Birth By Sleep
I still really like this game, but this is the first time a platinum trophy has made me respect a game less. Glad to have this one over with.
Hey, I was beginning if none of the games I voted for made it in! I love Birth By Sleep. It definitely is the turning point of the series into the "wait, what?" kind of story, but I still really appreciated how much of a breath of fresh air it was to introduce new protagonists and establish more of the Kingdom Hearts world before Sora comes into the fold. I think Terra, Ventus, and Aqua are all great characters in their own right, getting Xehanort more fleshed out was pretty cool (especially with Leonard Nimoy's performance), and playing through the secret ending of KH2 was amazing. I can't imagine how many times I watched that FMV on YouTube back in the day.
Even though it's not a numbered game, I barely count BBS as a spinoff, really the only differentiator is that it uses a different combat system than 1, 2, and 3 (and it being on PSP, but whatever). I'll always prefer the combat of 2 and 3, but I still really liked the command system. It gives you access to some cool, unique moves that don't show up anywhere else, and even though you probably need a guide to figure out how to create some of them, I don't hold that against the game too much.
When I was going back to get the platinum trophy in each KH game, this was definitely the one that I realized had my least favorite side content. I couldn't really get behind the monopoly thing, the minigames were all kinda so-so, and I thought the Mirage Arena was fine, but didn't have the same charm as the Olympus Coliseum tournaments. But overall, I still respect the hell out of the things this game tried, how it built out the KH universe, and I'm also just a sucker for how bittersweet the story is in this one.
Just rolled credits earlier today! I had a really fun time with this game, just such a good vibe and aesthetic the whole way through. I also never really ran into the whole "dumb AI/too easy" thing, I played on Medium and although you definitely get powerful, I thought it was pretty even progression through each area. I mean, I could just be bad, but I like to think that's not the case.
I can't wait to go back and get the platinum for this one, the side quests had some of my favorite stories. I played with a pretty even split between English and Japanese VO, and I think both have solid performances.
Now for spoilery stuff:
In terms of the ending, I thought it was super interesting that they give you a choice in the Shimura fight, it definitely makes you think about Jin's transformation as you decide. I think they could've done more to seed his departure from the samurai/honorable way in Act 1 and 2 cause sometimes it felt like he rolled over to easily for Shimura, but I still think it was generally well executed. I ended up choosing to kill him cause I could still feel that they both cared about each other and didn't think Shimura would want to spend the rest of his life chasing Jin at the behest of the shogun, and Jin would still have enough ties with his family to understand what his uncle wanted. Seems like a lot of people are calling that the "bad ending", but honestly I don't think there is a bad ending. Even if there were, I think Jin having to be chased by his uncle who just sees his son who abandoned him is a little more tragic. According to the Kinda Funny Spoilercast, Nate Fox says he thinks letting him live is 'true' ending , which I can definitely see too. I wish there was a Telltale kind of thing that shows the percentage of what people are choosing.
Also, I usually like to max out the canon armor in games before I fight the final boss in games, so I would've gone for the Ghost outfit, but as soon as the Sly Cooper cosplay was available, there was no way I could play the rest of the game in anything other than that.
Alright, it's been a while and I've got a lot of catching up to do:
Platinum #23: Ghost of Tsushima. Pretty standard open world trophy list, felt really good to just check everything off. Still need to go back for the Legends trophies they added.
Platinum #24: Wolfenstein: The New Order. This was a clean-up time for me, just had to finish collectibles and beat the last mission on the hardest difficulty.
Platinum #25: Final Fantasy XV. More clean-up, basically just had to grind out the fishing/cooking/survival trophies.
Platinum #26: Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Really loved this game, it was a great first PS5 experience. I wasn't even that bothered by having to do a new game plus trophy off the bat, it was just a good excuse to keep playing.
Platinum #27: Astro's Playroom. Such a joy to go through, the dictionary definition of jolly.
Platinum #28: Hollow Knight. I already got 100%+ in the Switch version of this game, ut I was more than happy to go through this game again. The main thing is that the colosseum stuff added in the DLC is absolutely brutal, but there's a glitch you can perform that makes you invincible. I felt super duty using that trick, but I justified it by telling myself that it was okay since I already did almost everything in the Switch version.
Platinum #29: Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered. Transferring my old save and seeing ~70 trophies pop back to back was super satisfying.
Platinum #30: Bugsnax. What a weird, fun, creative game. Pretty easy list, I was just paranoid going through it cause there were a couple Bugsnax that were missable, but I think they have since patched the game to make them not missable (not positive on that though).
Platinum #31: Ratchet and Clank. I was only missing two trophies, so I just redownloaded with the PS Plus Collection to grind them out. Feels good to finally have this one all done.
Platinum #32: Final Fantasy VIII. I'd never played this one before. Definitely some interesting stuff going on, but I feel like the Junction combat system is too complex for it's own good, or at least they don't explain it well enough. I also missed being able to overlevel, having everything scale with you was kind of a bummer. But I still like the game, it'll never happen but I think a remake of this game could have a lot of potential.
That's it. It felt real good to be able to get through all these the past few months. I think the launch of the PS5 especially got me in the mood to go back and wrap up some of the easier platinums I was missing.
Just now am getting around to reading The Road, and then I'm going to start the Dark Tower series.
I'm also getting back to some comics, still need to read most of the DC Rebirth stuff that's come out, and I want to keep up with the new Civil War on the Marvel end of things.
@pinecone I was about to say Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone/Chamber of Secrets! I played them on PC and PS2, I remember loving how you could just explore Hogwarts, it really incentivised me to do all that was available.
I also had Toy Story 2 on Nintendo 64 as a kid. It probably isn't very good, but back then I enjoyed it, haha.
Getting pretty hyped for this! I was nervous about whatever gimmick Nintendo was gonna add to their next console, but this is something that I can deal with and actually get more excited about the more I think about it. Looks good, glad to see some big 3rd Party names there, nice to see Nintendo putting themselves back into the name of the console, and I'm excited for a new 3D Mario game!
Hoping we see Nintendo follow up soon to answer questions like prices, battery life, all that jazz. But I'm definitely very optimistic.
I'm also interested! I'm studying Professional Writing and Digital Media Production right now with the hope of being able to enter the games/tech/film industry in that realm. I've been wanting to get something going so that I can get so more experience in that whole vein, especially with writing, video, and podcasting.