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GAMES BEATEN BY THE AJSA (2020)

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Game: Gyossait: Deluxe Edition

Platform: PC

Play Time: ~45 mins

 

I remember playing the creepy Flash game Gyossait back when it appeared on Newgrounds in 2011, but I never actually finished it. Well, apparently the game was re-released on itch.io and was on sale for 100% off, so I seized the opportunity and grabbed it. The main thing Gyossait has going for it is the atmosphere: the art style, sound design and music all come together and create a distinct overall aesthetic that, in my honest opinion, outdoes most indie horror games. The gameplay is extremely simplistic but works well in the game's favor, with relatively few gameplay mechanics. The overall experience is only brought down by two things: the floaty controls and the disappointingly short length.

Rating: 4 / 5

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90) Uncharted 4

Platform: PS4

It's Uncharted 4, and as awesome as it was before. After playing all 3 remaster back to back, this game shines even brighter when it shows just how much improved the gameplay & graphics are. The E3 chase sequence is still freaking awesome to do, and even though the first time I played this game I'm not that much of a fan with Sam especially because of the thing that happened in the middle of the game, in the end he's just trying to honor his mom's last unfinished business. Still think the whole game could've been avoided if Nathan just tells Elena the truth about Sam since the beginning of the game & it'll end with less drama.

 

Favorite part in the entire game is definitely the part where you play the original PS1 Crash Bandicoot. I retried the level so many times just to beat Elena's high score, but it's just not possible. Not until the second time you play it in the game's epilogue that is. And wouldn't you know it, Crash 4 is coming soon. Damn what a perfect timing to play this game right at the announcement!

 

91) Last of Us Part 2

Platform: PS4

Despite this game not worthy of getting the 10 out of 10s because of the story based problems it has, especially that one sex scene 20 hours into the game that still haunts me, I really like this game, but I suspect Joe will make a very2 angry review in these coming days & probably give this game either a 6 or 7 just like he did with Destiny or Rome Total War 2. If that's the case, it's too bad there's not going to be a music skit similar to the Fox song on Rome Total War 2 because of music copyright. That gag makes me laugh so hard. Eh, that's how it is sometimes. 🤷‍♂️

 

92) Mosquito Must Die

Platform: iPhone

It's a game where you hit as many mosquitos as you can before you miss a couple of times. As you kill a bunch of them, you'll unlock new backgrounds, like having the background be egypt themed, or bar themed, or wild west themed. The difference between these are the game over scenes which are ok, but I was hoping for more crazy stuff. Eh, at least the game's free.

93) Faeria

Platform: PC

Aha, now THIS is a pretty cool game. It's like Heartstone (oh how far Blizzard has fallen) but instead of the game being played by just placing units & abilities based on your cards and have them attack the other team, this game is much more territory-based. 

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In this game you have to create platforms first which will lead you to the enemy player. And you place your units on the platform that you have created & have them move to kill the enemy hero. This game is more about blocking the opponent's way to your hero while having your own unit spawn near the enemy location, and it's WAYYY more fun than it was in Heartstone. Not because it's more territorial based, but because the units are balanced & no such bullshit like "have a unit that will annihilate every other unit on screen" like Heartstone had with their bullshit cards. Some unit can only be spawned on the right field. Water pond for water based units, forest platform for nature units or desert platform for earth based units. You can experiment on your own & pick the right units that suits your playstyle, and watch them destroy the enemy units with ease. Check this game out if you want an alternative to Heartstone or any similar card-based game.

 

94) Tomorrow Never Dies

Platform: PS1

Ahhhhh, the childhood memories. This was my first 007 game when I had the PS1. The intro still hype me up for the stuff up ahead in the game.

Playing it back now though, wooooooowwwwwwwwww. This game is fucking jank as hell. I played the game on recruit back then, but at the end the game gives me a "now try the game on 00 agent difficulty to get the ending". So now I go up to 00 agent difficulty. And holy crap, the game not only gets a lot harder, but it's harder in an unforgiving bullshit way. Enemies shoot you WAYYY too fast. Strafing doesn't work because they'll just immediately fire at you while you keep on missing shots, even though the game is on autoaim against the enemies. You have the option to manual aim which turns the game first person, but it's SO. GODDAMN. SLOW. So slow that by the time you aim at an enemy, they will kill you first. So the best way to play the game and survive is to play the long range game. But most of  the stages takes place in a lot of tight corridors where enemies will come out of whatever secret door they're hiding in and end you. A couple of stages even have enemies that infinitely respawn so you're definitely on shit's creek when it happens. Fighting the bosses are pretty simple though, except the helicopter. All you do to win is to immediately aim for their head in first person and shoot them over and over and over again. Watch as their health bar go from 100 down to 0 and laugh as they keep on having seizures. While hearing the kickass 007 remix.

The game thankfully breaks up the shooting with minigames. Skying, destroying stuff with a fighter jet, destroying cars with your pimped BMW, and at one point deciphering a passcode by pressing random square x circle triangle button until you get the right combination. It's definitely has shown it's age.

This is also probably the only 007 game where you actually play as someone other than James Bond for the main mission. In the second to last mission, you get to play as Michelle Yeoh's character Wai Lin. Unfortunately the only difference with her in gameplay is her stealth attack, which you will probably never use anyway unless you're lucky and an enemy is not looking straight towards you, which is a bummer. And she has to fight the most annoying boss in the game: HELICOPTER. And you can beat this thing by keeping your distance and shooting at the sky when the helicopter's not in full view because the draw distance of this game is ASS. If it's in full view, the thing will blow your ass away.

What do you get for beating this game on 00 agent difficulty? Just a short recap of all the previous missions in the game with mission complete & a song at the end. As seen here.

Yes, the game is only 1 hour 30 minutes long if you managed to get through it without dying too much & restarting a mission......... holy crap, I remember this game took me forever to beat when I played this game for the first time. And that's because I keep on dying a lot, and one time I got completely stuck in mission 4. You're supposed to open this painting's secret safe, but the game doesn't tell you what to do. Do you shoot the painting completely with bullets? Do you move the painting? NO. You have to know to go to an office cabinet that's in a specific spot & push that thing to open it.............. HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT?

 

In short, this game made me realize that Syphon Filter is an infinitely better game with similar controls because it has WAY more variety & missions to do. Might need to go back to that classic game. ;) 

 

95) Feather - Social Zen Bird Flight

Platform: PC

Wow.......ok so............... I'm pretty sure you guys know Joe's reaction when a game has a short length.

 

That time Joe mentioned that when he immediately turned on the game, he beat the game? IT FINALLY HAPPENED.

 

I immediately beat this game I just played as soon as I hit play. I am not joking. I immediately get the only achievement in the game for just starting to play the game & it says thank you for playing............................... THEY DID IT! THEY BROKE THE DAMN RECORD FOR SHORTEST GAME OF ALL TIME!! IT'S TIME TO DANCE AND CELEBRATE!!

 

So what's next after that? What does the game actually offer? Well, it's a game where you play as a bird and explore a small island, but the more correct way to describe the game is that it's an interactive music player. As you explore this island, you can travel through some spheres to change your bird species, or travel to other spheres to change the game's background music while you look around at the various architectures, mountains & plants. You can play the game with other players and make bird noises with them, but that's about it. It's pretty relaxing and the songs are really nice though. 

 

I knew about this game last year when I went to this comicon convention in my city for one of the Dragonball FighterZ tournament. One of the booths there have this game on demonstration and the dev team was there for me to chat with. Turns out they made another game I played called Screencheat, a game where you kill other players by literally screen cheating

 

I asked them about whether or not the game has a story, and they said "there is, but you have to play the game and find out"....... 

Good thing I got this game as part of a cheap game bundle, or else I will have wasted $14.50. Though I would immediately ask for a refund if I did buy it. Thanks Steam refund!

 

96) Dark Souls 3: complete edition

Platform: PC

Since Demon Souls is going to get a remake on PS5, I felt like celebrating the occasion by replaying this gem. Unfortunately since this game doesn't support cloud saving & I switched my gaming laptop, I have to replay the entire game from scratch........ but that's fine because this game's fucking awesome & I would love to replay the game all over again anyway!

 

It's quite a different feeling playing this game again after playing Sekiro all this time. I had to forget about jumping & stealth killing all the time and just go ham against enemies and go back and forth with attacking them. And oh yes, had to get used to being invaded by other players because souls be like that. Other than that, once it all settles in, it's back to boss slaying Souls work once again. The Ringed City final boss is still so damn good to fight that I just prolong my fight with him as long as I can before I defeat him. Thankfully this time I made sure to have a backup save file for all the boss fights that I really like so that I can fight them over and over again. HAH, take THAT no cloud save!

 

97) Bloodroots

Platform: PC

This game is another one of those Hotline Miami "kill everyone while you avoid being killed since you die in one hit" kind of game. This time you play as a very angry bearded man with a wolf hat that got left for dead by his own crewmen and is on to get his payback.

Love the music & artstyle. Most weapons have 3 uses to them and the fun of the game is to switch weapons constantly to rack up the style points & get a high rank in each missions. Shame there's no character skills or upgrades to unlock, but it's still fun. That is until the end of the game happen and get this:

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it's all just a dying dream of the main character after he gets betrayed by his crew for being a nutjob that kills civilians for no reason. So either the whole game did happen, he got his revenge and died in the snow, or everything is just a dying dream he had and none of what happened in the game happen...................... URRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Good thing I used my Epic Games coupon to get this game for only $5 or else I would be even more pissed at the end. WHY YOU DO THIS GAME???

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Game: Her Story

Platform: PC

Play Time: 1.6 hrs

 

For once, I'm at a loss for words as to how I felt about Her Story. All I found myself doing in this "game" was half-mindlessly typing words into a search box and watching a bunch of video clips - there's no actual gameplay to speak of here. I didn't even pay much attention to the story. I guess there's some sense of enjoyment to be gotten from filtering all of the useless bullshit and actually putting it together, but honestly, Her Story has a chance to become incredibly tedious unless you know what to look for. It certainly did for me.

Not giving this one a rating yet, but I might do when/if I play it some more.

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On 12/07/2020 at 2:20 AM, Madfinnishgamer38 said:

Game: Her Story

Platform: PC

Play Time: 1.6 hrs

 

For once, I'm at a loss for words as to how I felt about Her Story. All I found myself doing in this "game" was half-mindlessly typing words into a search box and watching a bunch of video clips - there's no actual gameplay to speak of here. I didn't even pay much attention to the story. I guess there's some sense of enjoyment to be gotten from filtering all of the useless bullshit and actually putting it together, but honestly, Her Story has a chance to become incredibly tedious unless you know what to look for. It certainly did for me.

Not giving this one a rating yet, but I might do when/if I play it some more.

I made a review of this game when it was released.

It certainly is an interesting way to make a gameplay out of googling. I like having to play something different like this once in a while. B)

 

98) Enemy Front

Platform: PC

This was a game made by the people behind Sniper Ghost Warrior, or Lords of the Fallen. City Interactive, aka an ok game dev that once just made fps shooter games that uses the same game engine for FEAR with just under 2 hours of length for each games. They also once did a pretty interesting point & click mystery game series named Art of Murder. Unfortunately the recent games in that series abandoned the point & click and goes to the most atrocious & soul suckingly dull game genre of them all: HIDDEN ITEM CLICKING GAMES.

Download Hidden Object Games - Art of Murder: Secret Files

IHIHIHIEHEHEHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! FUCK YOU YOU PIECE OF SHIT!!

 

Ahem. Anyway, Enemy Front. This is what I can see as City Interactive combining all their experience making fps games & put them into one game. It certainly is a fun time, even though it's a pretty generic WW2 story about you a journalist somehow managing to destroy the German military. At first he's only in it so that he can make a good story, but then he found out war's fucked up & decided to help out various people in Europe. 

 

This game reminded me of really old school Medal of Honor games on PS1. Specifically Underground. 

The only Medal of Honor game with a female protagonist. And it's one of the best games in the series. Oh how Medal of Honor has fallen since then.

 

You are able to select 1 out of 2 options during various missions which varies your gameplay a little, but not much because in the end you just need a gun to kill every nazis in sight. The game strangely has a stealth gameplay put in, but you will probably never do any stealth in this game because you can just go guns blazing & the game would play just fine. Maybe they're just copy pasted mechanics from Sniper Ghost Warrior. I like a couple of the music in this game, specifically the loading screen before each missions & the song during the mission in France, though the other songs are just ok afterwards. All in all, it's 6 hours of a surprisingly fun time. It's one of the better City Interactive game that's for sure, not saying much since most of their other games are too short or pretty damn glitchy. But it's still a good time.

 

99) One Way Heroics

Platform: PC

A pretty refreshing idea for an action rpg. It starts like any normal rpg with you selecting your characters. But what's different here is that you can select what map you want to be in. After that, the game starts & you have to move to the right of the map constantly because the area to your left will kill you if you're too slow. After that it's just about you leveling up your characters, dying over and over again until you finally kill the demon lord. Time moves when you make a move, so you can safely just stand still to think of your next move, which is what I did a couple of times. 

 

You also have the ability to stop time to get more breathing room, but also character ability depending on which class you picked in the beginning of the game. When you die, you'll get points that you can use to either unlock new perks, characters, or increase inventory for your "dimensional chest", which is like those boxes in Resident Evil/ Biohazard games, only when you put the items in, you can use it for your next playthrough after death. It's a surprisingly really fun time, and really fast paced so you can beat it under an hour, but expect to die over and over again due to sometimes random super strong enemies that will kill you, or because you had to swim/ climb a mountain but the fog of death catches up with you.

 

Thankfully you can save your game if you enter an inn with a save progress lady, or if you use a save crystal, and you can continue from then on when you load the game. 

 

The songs are awesome, and a good way to prepare you for the many deaths ahead.

Best part is there's a lot of characters & perks to unlock, so you can definitely replay the game all over again

 

 

100) Rose and Camellia: the Rose Bride of Legend

Platform: iPhone, and an old PC game before this

I stumbled upon this game by chance from a gameranx video, and man, am I glad I did. This is like Punch Out, only with girls slapping the shit out of each other. I mean......... that's a damn good and simple concept that I'm surprised I haven't seen it until now!

You fight increasingly more ridiculous women in a battle to become the head of the family that your recently deceased husband belongs to. 5 of them in fact. And the best part is in this game you can do a hundred slap combo if you managed to not get hit by the other fighter I mean other bitches I mean other slappers. Yes, you can do this to them.

And when you beat them this way, the women will be flown so hard back that their face got stuck to a wall. XD

 

The iPhone version I played is an updated version of the original game, and the original game is on PC since 2011. Which is made by the same people who made the Indiana Jones esque dungeon crawler La Mulana. Yes, this game

Apparently there are actually sequels to this game, and I want to play them. Let's see how crazy things will get.

 

101) HopBound

Platform: iPhone

Man....... this game's dark.

At first this game looks like another typical endless runner parkour game. But then as soon as you play the game for 2 minutes, things get fucking dark. Holy shit does it get messed up. I will not spoil it, but it's kind of like Pony Island where you find WAYYY more than what you're getting. And I love it! Definitely an underrated hidden gem for the iPhone, even if the controls are quite slippery & you will die many2 times.

 

102) Devolverland Expo

Platform: PC

After seeing the Devolver Digital press conference & they showed this, I just had to play it. And it's essentially a pretty cool multi advert showcase for upcoming games. The story's that you stumbled upon the Devolver Digital E3 convention center or something, and the whole place is completely abandoned because of well, corona. So you are free to check out the many game trailers the place has! But watch out for the robots & alarm lasers. Good thing you're equiped with a Devolver nerf cannon thing that you get at the start of the game to disable robots & even unlock securities. The bummer is there's so many games, and there's a bunch of consoles that has the games, BUT YOU CAN'T PLAY THEM. There's even a Serious Sam 4 & Shadow Warrior 3 booths with weapons obviously on display, some are even spinning, SPINNING I TELL YA, but you can't use any of them. URGHHHHH, WHY YOU TEASE ME LIKE THIS GAME??

 

During the game, you can find collectibles for 3 games that are unannounced, and when you collect them all, you'll get a new screen at the end of the game that gives you screenshots of those 3 games. Not much, but it's still cool that you get to see what's next.

 

103) Remnant: From the Ashes

Platform: PC

I had been eyeing this game for a while ever since people call this Dark Souls but third person shooter. So finally I got this game.

 

They lied. THIS IS NOT DARK SOULS THIRD PERSON SHOOTER. It is in fact a dungeon crawler roguelike shooter that's more akin to Warframe with a bit of Darksiders. And it's quite appropriate because the dev actually made Darksiders 3, and that's what you call a Dark Souls esque game. To be a Soulslike game, you gotta have the same death mechanics, the same souls for leveling up + buying items & retrieve your lost souls mechanic. So games like Ashen, the Surge, Lords of the Fallen, Code Vein, Mortal Shell, THOSE are what you call a damn Soulslike. 

 

This game has none of those things, which makes me annoyed that the one who actually started calling this game a Soulslike is IGN. The only thing that this game has that's similar to a Souls game is the rechargeable healing item, the fog walls before fighting bosses & crystals that's a fast travel spot which respawns all enemies when you rest there, but even that bonfire system is not really a Souls game because it existed with hundreds of other games before. And in here it's actually done interestingly because there's crystals that you can fast travel to, but there's also dungeon crystals that give you temporary resting places, so you can't fast travel to those places. You can only go back to the main world hub, and then return to that spot after you get the necessary upgrades before continuing your adventure. 

 

This game's actually pretty damn awesome when you get past that inaccuracy though. It's a pretty solid looter third person shooter where every weapons feels nice to use. The melee weapons don't use stamina thank God, you only use stamina to run & dodge roll. The name of the game here is to kill enemies, loot scraps which acts as in game currencies & materials off them. Exploring areas & opening treasure chests are also a great way to get scraps + materials, but another way to get good scraps is to destroy breakable objects. Tired of not getting anything from destroying boxes, vases & glass items in other rpgs? Now you can actually get rewards from them!

 

You get a couple of weapons to discover around the world, and I found out that the best weapons in the game are the laser beam you get from the second world + the flamethrower machine gun you get from the first world's boss. How the world works in this game is quite interesting. The areas and the main boss areas are the same, so in the first, you'll visit earth, second is a post-apocalyptic Mad Max esque planet, third's a swamp and fourth is a jungle. The cool thing though is that many of the layouts are completely randomized, which makes your playthrough different from the walkthroughs on youtube. In these areas, you'll also stumble upon dungeons which are randomized as well, and they have different mini bosses you get to fight, which are pretty much just upgraded elite enemies you will fight throughout your journey. Beating the bosses will give you crafting items which you can then use to create either weapon ability or a special boss weapon, though I only use the "heal yourself for 30 seconds" ability for the entire game because that thing is such a good Godsend. Since these thing acts on cooldowns which is recharged by damaging other enemies, you can use these things infinitely. And that is so damn helpful in this game since your estus equivalent is very limited, though you can buy a lot of "drink a potion and it will restore health every second" drink.

 

You may be asking "wait, so how on earth can I get all the boss items? Do I have to replay the game in new game plus? And since it's randomized, I can get pretty unlucky and won't ever get the boss item I'm looking for!" And the good thing is you don't have to go to new game plus. There's 2 modes you can do: campaign & adventure mode.

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Adventure mode is the "free roam without needing to reset story progress" mode, so you can go to an area that you want & do those dungeons until you fight all the bosses in that particular area. Best of all, you can adjust the difficulty if you so please. And if you feel the harder difficulties are too much, you can create a new adventure immediately. It's a pretty sweet mode, especially after you beat the campaign mode but don't want to reroll the entire campaign. This is a damn good game & I can't wait to see what's next from the dev, aside from Darksiders 4 that is.

 

Funny thing with this game's final boss, it has 2 phases. The first phase is like fighting Doc Oc from Spiderman, and the second phase is like fighting Medea from Fate when she does this.

Fate Stay Night - Caster - Lights on Cloak - Cosplay.com | Fate ...

 

In the second phase, you're teleported to this dark area with a lot of enemies swarming towards you. I thought I had to beat them all to get out of the area to return to the boss, then after 5+ times of dying, finally beating the boss inside this area, only to get confused because the fights keep on repeating itself, turns out I can actually get out of this place at any time by going to a portal. You only need to kill enemies to refill your ammo......................... URHAFAINHFIAUDFBAPDFJAQDAEHFSOJFVOSHFSADFOSJF

 

But once I found THAT out, the boss becomes really easy & I beat the game. Damn me and my inability to just get out of harms way. DX

 

Also fun fact, as it turns out, the final boss is actually the main character of an Oculus game named Chronos, made by the same people.

Chronos by Gunfire Games for the Oculus Quest

This game is a surprise sequel to that game after that game's ending. That's a pretty cool connection!

 

104) Time Crisis: Razing Storm

Platform: PS3

Ahhhhhh, I love me some good rail gun games. This is that one that's about destroying giant robots & plays like Crisis Zone which I mentioned on Gal Gun. And it's a damn good satisfying game to play.

 

This also comes with it's own PS3 story mode, just like what Time Crisis 4 did. It finally continues the plot of what happened after the arcade game's ending, and it's pretty simple fun. The thing that surprises me the most is how this mode plays out. It's a weird hybrid of fps & Time Crisis, so there's spots around the game where you can take cover & shoot by moving your own PS3 controller down & up, or you can just play the game like a regular fps game. Only difference is that you don't aim down your iron sight, but instead use the directional button to control your cursor to wherever the enemies are on screen. Some weapons with a scope can be zoomed in by pressing X. I tend to use the hiding spots a lot, which makes me wonder why there are no more games like this. I'm down for this kind of way to play a game. Maybe in Time Crisis 5 when it's out.

 

Also now that I noticed it, the final boss likes to do evil laugh a lot, and he REALLY sounded like Joaquin Phoenix's Joker when he's laughing. Did he got his way of laughing from this game? ?_?

 

105) Deadstorm Pirates

Platform: PS3

This game...... THIS FUCKING GAME.

It's that game in the arcade that has a steering wheel. I was initially excited that I finally got to play this game. The cast of characters are pretty funny in that aside from the main characters, the other people in the ship crew are just ripoff from Pirates of the Carribean. Then I found out that this game is not meant to be played using a regular PS3 controller, because there's so many times where the game goes to "shoot the enemy weakpoint" minigames, and I can't hit them because the bosses move all the damn time, so I had to die over and over and over again until I got a game over, the game gives more credits because that's how you can get more credits here & do the whole thing over again now with more knowledge on proper cursor placement. Which doesn't help at all when the bosses move like they're the Flash.

 

Worst enemies in this game: fucking crabs. One of the mission have you use a boat & fight seafood monsters. Including these damn crabs

Deadstorm Pirates 2

Not only are there swarms of these things, but they can't be killed unless they move their claws away. And some of them instantly appear out of nowhere and damage you in an instant!

 

I was actually able to get to the final boss when I have 6 credits. I used up 5 credits before, and the boss have a lot of cheap attacks that forced me to use the last credit. The boss was on his last healthbar, and then he killed me because he had one of those annoying weakspots that moves really damn fast. So you know what that means: I HAD TO REPLAY THE ENTIRE GAME ALL OVER AGAIN. ARRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

 

Thankfully I finally beat him after that. TAKE THAT YOU BASTARD! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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Game: Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians

Platform: PC

Play Time: 5.2 hrs

 

I jumped into Beatbuddy knowing next to nothing about it, and what I found was a decent 2D side-scrolling adventure game with a flair of delightful uniqueness. In Beatbuddy, you swim around, collect things, solve puzzles and kill the occasional enemy, all the while listening to an admittedly catchy soundtrack that dynamically adapts itself to what's happening in-game. Next to the music, the visuals and sound design are also quite good. The gameplay I have mixed feelings about; while it was mostly fine, I wasn't a fan of how some gameplay gimmicks were introduced in a few of the levels. As for the puzzles, they were mostly fine as well, but there were a few that frankly overstayed their welcome, and there was a particular section in the final level that caused me more deaths alone than the rest of the levels did combined. My biggest gripe, though, lies with the few sections in the game that relied on being as fast as possible - which isn't helped at all by the fact that the "fast-swimming" controls are incredibly slippery - and seemed to rely on trial and error to boot. Speaking of trial and error, one of the puzzles in the game involved picking out the correct "key" from a pile of them (all of which were identical as well) and placing it in the "hole" in order to progress. That puzzle made me facepalm and is a prime example of bad game design. With all that said, I honestly hesitate to recommend Beatbuddy, as much as I would want to because the game's audiovisual department is worth the price of admission. But not so much the gameplay.

Rating: 3 / 5

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Game: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Platform: GBA

Play Time: ~7 hrs (in-game time)

 

Ah, Castlevania - another classic franchise I'd been meaning to try out for years. And Aria of Sorrow had the honor of being my entry point into the franchise. Overall, the game turned out to be quite enjoyable and had a damn good audiovisual department to boot. Perhaps my only real criticism towards the game is that it seems to be pretty reliant on grinding in order to make any notable progress, but other than that, I enjoyed Aria of Sorrow thoroughly.

Rating: 4 / 5

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106) Huntdown

Platform: PC

Ahhhhh, this is a trip back to the SNES & Sega Genesis memory lane. This is as simple as a fun game gets: a 2D shooting game with a cover mechanic like Blackthorne which is full of 80s references

John Sawyer's my main character in this game & I conquered every stage, collected every collectibles & try my best to complete every optional objectives. The only one I didn't do is the final level because I found out that you don't get anything unlocked for completing everything 100%, which is such a damn shame because this game is perfect for those unlockables. I would've loved Robocop, or Predator, or hell, new characters to play as like in Broforce so I can play this game some more! Maybe they'll add them as dlc later.

 

107) Lorelai

Platform: PC

The next & final game from the developer of the Cat Lady. This game takes place in the same universe & it's about a poor2 girl named Lorelai, or Laura Wood dealing with how shitty her homelife is. Things start from bad where she returned home from her nursing home job with her depressed mother, her baby sister being neglected & this piece of shit scumbag stepfather of hers at the same house, to absolutely rock bottom. I won't say what happens because it's too good, but I can say that you will meet the Cat Lady's Queen of Maggots once again, and when you manage to get the best ending in the end, you will feel DAMN good. 

 

Also Jim Sterling & YongYea voiced a character in this game, though YongYea had the most significant role. Awesome job man!

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108) Ghost of Tsushima

Platform: PS4

Currently one of my picks for GOTY besides Doom Eternal. I freaking love this game. All this time playing & I still want to play more. And good thing that there's an upcoming co op mode for this game so I can play it once more.

 

109) Fall Guys

Platform: PC

Yes it's currently the next battle royale game that everyone's been playing nowadays, BUT IT'S SO MUCH FUN DAMN IT. Even though I had to endure the pain of making it to the end of Fall Mountain & fell off the damn crown after 1 hour of being so close to victory
https://www.twitch.tv/agent17805/clip/ImpossibleHeadstrongDovePMSTwin

 

I finally won through the most fair game of them all: Hex A Gone. It felt so damn good. 

https://www.twitch.tv/agent17805/clip/GoodAnnoyingMochaDuDudu

And from then on Fall Mountain was next, and now I'm just teaming up with my pals to give them the win, with mixed success. But that's ok as long as we're all having fun!

 

110) Mortal Shell

Platform: PC

This was that soulslike game that has you using a body harden ability to block yourself.

From first glance this game looks like another souls clone, but this game actually have a lot of cool stuff that makes it separate from the Souls games. For once, you don't use a shield to block. You have to use your harden ability to block attacks, and you have a cooldown with this thing so you can only use it once when it counts. Healing is also different. You do have traditional healing items, but those doesn't replenish itself once you rest at a bonfire, or in this game's case talk to a woman with a mask at specific locations & drink tar to upgrade yourself. The primary method of healing is by parrying an attack & counterattack your enemies. You can't just parry anytime though because you have to fill a "resolve bar", and you can use this bar to either parry which takes out 1 bar, or use your weapon ability which takes out 2 bars. Using them at the right situation is the key to victory in your battles.

 

Aside from 4 weapons you can collect, you also have 4 "shells" in this game. They're bodies that you possess and each of them have their own strength & weaknesses. The starter character is balanced, while the other ones either have a lot of stamina but poor health, while the other have really good health but ok stamina. Whichever one you pick for the battles ahead depends on you. And to level them up, not only do you have to collect souls, but you also have to use that particular shell a lot to collect "glimpses" points after killing enemies. You are able to just collect items that give you glimpses & just use them when you're possessing a particular shell though. My favorite shell is Eredrim, the Venerable. He's the one with the most health out of everyone, and his character specific ability is really good. He can make himself stronger & more durable which makes fighting bosses & enemies SO much easier. 

 

This game is pretty damn good for what it is, but there's 1 particular place where the game, for whatever reason, just decided to say "f this" and had crazy shit happen. This is the place where I acquire Eredrim, and for some reason, 3 of his skill descriptions have typos in them. Damge? Damange?? Occsionally??? Oh and that's not counting this crazy glitch I found after I got attacked which makes my character just slide through the floor when I try and walk backwards.

Thankfully the next day there's a patch that fix all of these issues, but man. That was a crazy time.

 

Surprisingly this game is quite short. I got through the entire game, collecting every collectible I can find in just around 10 hours. I still don't know what this game's story is about other than you just collecting souls to become God after you collected them all. But you do have multiple playthroughs that you can do & abilities to unlock when you upgrade your shells a lot. And for $45 AUD, that's a pretty good deal. So overall, I'm happy with this game. 

 

 

111 & 112) Rayman Legends + Rayman Origins

Platform: PC

I had been holding off Rayman Legends even though I had this game for many years, and now it's finally time to complete it. I think this is one of the very few games aside from Hitman Season 2 & Chronicles of Riddick that actually have the previous game as well but with new improvements that makes them more awesome to play again.

 

Long story short, this game........ is probably one of the best platformer ever. Everything about the game just hits the right note. The controls are great, the artstyle is awesome, the stage variety is great, the bosses are fun even though they kick my ass here and there, and the music is so damn good that there's a bunch of missions where the game becomes a rhythm game with kickass covers. My favorite is definitely the Eye of the Tiger cover.

This game makes Mario & Donkey Kong look lame in comparison. Why isn't there a sequel to this game yet?? I want more damn it, MORE!!

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Game: Descent

Platform: PC

Play Time: ~7.5 hrs

 

I didn't know much about Descent prior to jumping into it, other than it's a series that made its beginnings in the DOS era. But I ended up quite enjoying the 6DOF space shooter. Now I played the DOSBox-powered Steam version of the game, and one thing I have to say is I'm surprised how fluidly the game controls for a DOS game from 1995. The feel really was spot-on. The soundtrack was the game's uncontested highlight, followed closely by the delightfully crusty early 3D graphics. Gameplay was fun for the most part, counting out some dickish design elements in some levels - a particularly frustrating example was having to somehow weave between a dozen homing rockets with next to no cover - and a couple enemy types that caused insurmountable amounts of grief. The two boss battles weren't particularly fun either. At any rate, Descent was overall a pretty fine package, and I'm looking forward to playing the two sequels.

Rating: 4 / 5

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Goddamn, been a while since I updated this. And I played so many damn games that I forgot about them until I look back on it. XD

113) Stories: the Path of Destinies

Platform: PC

This is a pretty cool "choose your own adventure" game. So you play as Reynardo the fox guy war vet in the middle of a war between other bipedal animals. You stumbled upon this book after you failed to safe a friend from being killed, which I guess gives you time travel power, and then what you do from here onwards is up to you. The combat is pretty simple in that it's a simplified Batman Arkham game where you hack and slash and dodge enemy attacks, with each enemy getting progressively stronger & annoying. You have a skill tree that grants you more complex abilities the further the game goes, but the main part of this game is the explorations & the multiple paths you can take. This game has 25 different endings. JEEZUS. But don't be scared, you're only required to do 4 endings, but it has to be the endings with a different outcome than the others. Some endings are just variants of the other ending you picked. So for example: you can get an ending where you try to win the heart of a girl you like, and she will either get turned to the darkside & kills you, or turn to the darkside a different way & kills her father and then you. Something like that. I like how the entire game is voiced by one guy, and he did a good job of narrating & voicing, even the only girl in the story is voiced by him.

 

Each time you beat the game, you can retain all the upgrades you get from the previous playthrough. And the goal of the game is to see the possible outcome, and then use the knowledge to get a new option which will bring you to the best ending. So there's 24 bad endings, and 1 best ending. Be prepared to see a lot of the same areas visited over and over again during your multiple playthroughs, but the best ending is worth fighting for. After this, there's a spiritual successor game the dev made named Omensight, which from what I see is an improved version of this game with more features put in & it takes place in the same universe. Oh, and they actually have different voice actors for different characters. Can't wait to try that out one of these days!

 

114) Rogue Legacy 2 Early Access

Platform: PC

It's been a LOOOOONG time since the first game whooped my ass & killed generations upon generations of knights, and now the cursed tale begins again. Since this is early access the game is still only giving you the first part of the castle to explore + an unfinished part of the next area, but it's still the same difficult game as the first. This time though you got new classes & abilities to help your journey just a tiny bit easier. And even new traits like making everything seem like an old gameboy game, making everything upside down, make a spotlight shine only on you so you have limited visibility you get the idea. The plus side is some of these gives you MASSIVE gold bonuses so you get rewarded more if you made it through the game with these handicaps. Wonder what the full game will be like.

115) Alternate Jake Hunter: DAEDALUS The Awakening of Golden Jazz

Platform: PC

That is one of the longest game titles I've ever seen. Which is why I got this game to begin with. ;p

As the name suggests, this game is part of the "Jake Hunter" series of detective games. I kind of saw the previous games in the series a bit, and this game is a prequel to many of the games. Also even though usually the character's name is Jake Hunter in the english version, they decided to put his original Japanese name Saburo Jinguji here instead. It makes sense since this game takes place when he visits USA to avenge the death of his grandfather years before he becomes a full adult chainsmoking detective, so better make it not confusing.

Aside from the title, the game's artstyle also draws me in to play it. Look at how cool it looks!

Yep, it uses that real life google map view mixed in with 2d sprites. It's pretty cool. 

The gameplay of this game is like playing the investigation portions of Ace Attorney games. Go to this location to trigger cutscenes, then go to the next spot in the map to trigger the next cutscene. Many trial and error random picking is required until you get to the next parts of the game. Rinse and repeat. Unfortunate that it doesn't have an epic courtroom scene, but in its place are the "I will solve the case" confrontation with witnesses. The first case in this game is the most annoying of them all because there's so many back and forth to the same place that you have to do, but it ends in a cool way so it makes up for it.

Later in the final acts though is when things gets intense & cool. And the whole game even have specific moments where you have to pick the right option to solve the final mystery of the game: who killed your grandfather. If you pick wrong, you get the ending where the true culprit gets away, so there's a bit of a replayability present. You should definitely see the walkthrough of this game after finishing the game once to have an easy time getting the options right. There's also a second multiple choice option that give you the cute romance resolution, but you can easily do it in the first case of the game.

Now that I've played this game, I'm interested in seeing how the other game in the series plays like. Probably the same way with completely changed names for the characters. Ahhhhh the good old localization shenanigans. Only Phoenix Wright can do it right. 

116) ULTRAKILL Early Access

Platform: PC

It's Quake/ Doom 2016 + DMC with a biblical motif. That is an instant win right there. You're a robot that has to get through various onslaught of enemies pestering you, racking up skill points along the way while collecting well hidden secrets. You get different weapons with infinite ammo starting with the pistol to a super sick railgun & a nail machine gun with the same tracking ability as a ZF 1 which makes it instantly my favorite weapon in the game.

Each weapon have an alternate config that you can buy. Currently since the game is early access, you only get 1 alternate variant with most weapons. Rest assured though, when the full game is out, CHAOS WILL REIGN SUPREME!

 

117) Mafia: Definitive Edition

Platform: PC

The remake of the first game in the Mafia trilogy. I have been waiting for this game ever since it was announced, which was surprisingly recent. And well, it's the remake of the first game, the one with the best story in the trilogy by far. And it doesn't disappoint. Mostly.

The story is more or less the same as the original game with the same missions. The biggest difference though are the character personality. Tommy is no longer the nice guy that got put in a bad situation like in the original. Here he's more or less Vito with the same hot head & he's much more fitting to be a mafia. Paulie's less of a Joe Pesci looking guy & more like that friend you have that drinks & unsuccessfully try to hit on ladies, Sam's less stoic & more expressive, Salieri's more prone to being angry, Sarah actually have more roles in this game than she ever did have in the original which was just 1 mission, and Frank gives you this very good life advice.

The game gives you more reason to believe the story progression than the original game did, which is cool. The end of the game still gets you, but at least this time you don't have to cry & get depressed too much. 
 

Gameplay uses the same engine as Mafia 3, but Tommy is less deadly in his execution than Lincoln. Still the gunplay is fun even if the weapons lack their great punches & it's perfect for the many action sequences you get to play. Unfortunately the same can't be said to the music department. Aside from the always great main theme that's only used TWICE in the entire game, this game decides to have an original soundtrack. This new soundtrack........ is ok, but the game insists on having most of the same 3 songs over and over and over in the story cutscene & the action cutscene. The original game still to this day has a superior list of songs. Hell, I even put the original song for one of the main mission, and it actually makes the part even better than when it uses this game's song!

Ah well, if you mute the soundtrack & play the original Mafia 1 music, it's perfect so there's that. Still a great time I had revising the story, and even though the free roam section of this game is pretty much bare boned, I would've liked for the mode to have action sequences rather than just collecting collectables, the main story missions are fun & I think this game is the best balanced out of the Mafia trilogy.

 

118) Batman Arkham Origins

Platform: PC

AT LAST. I have finally completed this long time coming Arkham prequel!! Back in 2013 I was about to finish the game, but unfortunately the final boss section bugged the fuck out, so I ended up getting stuck down in the floor, falling endlessly into a black screen & can't continue the game. The only choice I had back then was to replay the entire game over again..... FUCK THAT. Good thing years later they patched it, so when I reloaded my save file, the part was fixed & I finally beat the damn game. PHEW.

But I did go back to the first few missions of the game because I wanted to fight Deathstroke again. He is still after all this years such a damn good boss fight, I love it!

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/737839760?filter=highlights&sort=time

 

119 & 120) Captain Tsubasa Rise of New Champions & Hades

Platform: PC

2 unexpectedly awesome games that are my personal top 10 best games of 2020. I suspect Watch Dogs Legion & definitely Cyberpunk 2077 to be on that list. Hieheehehehehehahahahahahaha

121) Streets of Kamurocho

Platform: PC

Oooohhh man, what a fucking letdown this was. When the game had it's trailer & it shows Kiryu & Majima having the same movelist as Axel,

I was already disappointed that they don't have special moves of their own. But I was still looking forward to play the game because I want to see the many stages of Streets of Rage 2 be Yakuza themed. THEN I found out that this game is just the first SOR 2 game reskinned and you play it over and over and over again. When you get enough points, you get Ichiban from Yakuza 7. YAY. But HE'S ALSO JUST FUCKING AXEL ALL OVER AGAIN. FUCK. THIS. SHIT!!

 

It was so depressing that I immediately play Yakuza Kiwami 2 to wash the bad taste off my mouth. Good thing my pal accompanied me when I played the games so I didn't lose my sanity!

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/776964061?filter=highlights&sort=time

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I would normally just edit my previous entry or wait until someone else did their entry first, but since it's almost the end of the year & it's a long time since my last entry, might as well put a new one.

 

122) Sekiro: Boss Gauntlet

Platform: PC

At last! The long awaited boss gauntlet for this awesome game is finally here! There were many trial & errors, but it's a damn good fun time regardless. Got a few costumes after beating the 3 gauntlets, though the Shura costume is the best one

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while the other 2 were, eh, pretty derpy on Sekiro. This is my whole attempts at the 3 boss rushes, and by the end, I was fully satisfied.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/786250948?filter=highlights&sort=time

I could do the last gauntlet if I want which is to fight all the bosses, but there's no reward for it so there's no point.

 

123) Perfect Vermin

Platform: PC

A short game where you use a hammer to destroy aliens disguised as office objects like chairs, tables, fridge or other things. There's modifiers in later stages that changes things, but it's pretty straightforward. Then the game ends with the explanation that my main character's probably just having a mental breakdown from having cancer, but the game ends before a full conclusion was shown. Eh, still fun to wreck stuff up.

 

124) Touhou Luna Nights

Platform: PC

I've been looking forward to playing this game a long time, and as soon as I saw a great discount, I immediately grabbed it. And this game is freaking awesome. Even though it's pretty short for a Metroidvania game, around 6 hours for 100% completion, the bossfights & cool moves you get to use are amazing. I roughly know about Touhou so I know that the main character Sakuya's more like a maid ninja version of Dio from Jojo, and man it feels SO damn good to timestop & za warudo knifes all over my enemies.

You can do it often, and it never gets old.

The highlight of the entire game are absolutely the normal & true final bosses. The true final boss whoops my ass, but I love every second of it & was satisfied when I beat it. I am definitely up to playing a sequel to this if it's possible, and maybe have multiple characters to play as cause a couple of the bosses here are definitely great playable characters. And to be fair, a couple of em are main characters in other Touhou games.

 

125) The Textorcist

Platform: PC

Free Epic Games giveaway ftw.

This game have you playing as a priest with a, less than stellar record which got him kicked out from the Vatican. But demons has corrupted the Vatican & he has to save the day. 

This game's more like a boss rush Typing of the Dead + Bullet Hell, with a little bit of exploration here and there. Every boss battle have you typing exorcism words to beat a boss, and you have to do this while dodging onslaught of bullets in every direction. As the levels progresses, it gets a lot harder, but everytime you finish your exorcism & cleanse your enemies in the name of God, MAN it feels damn good.

It also surprisingly ends in a happy note, which I am afraid it won't considering the direction the story was taking at the last few hours. And I'm glad it did.

 

126) Watch Dogs Legion

Platform: PC

Now..... I am aware that Alex & Joe had a BAAAAADD time with this game because of the glitches that crashes the game a lot. Thankfully for me I didn't experience that, but that's mainly because I switch the graphics from DX 12 to just 11 so I don't have to experience it. Most of my time with this game was actually a lot of fun. I recruited a lot of characters, one of them this 75 year old former soldier that whoops people's ass like a pro wrestler which is SO much fun to do.

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/787456235?filter=highlights&sort=time

 

And then................... after 20+ hours of playing & recruting 39 characters............... the save file for some reason shat itself & this happened.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/807301937?filter=highlights&sort=time

This is undeniably, the most cursed & buggy moment of 2020. NOTHING will beat this moment.

 

Luckily my story progress was still ok & I managed to beat the game after recruiting 4 new characters, but man, it still freaking hurts my soul that 39 of my characters got wiped out & replaced like that. URGHHHHHHHH. I ain't playing Valhalla or Immortals after this thank you very much!

127) Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time

Platform: PC
 

Yet another game that I had been eyeing this year that I got after a discount. I've been following Samurai Jack & knows how the series ends, so my main motivation of playing this game was because I found out that this game is the canon conclusion to the entire series instead of the depressing ass way the show ends. 

 

This game is developed by the people behind the Xbox Ninja Gaiden + the torture that was the second game. Thankfully not as frustrating as those two. The game is like a trip back into a couple of Jack's previous adventures throughout the show because it starts off during the final battle with Aku. Instead of going back in time & slicing up Aku to pieces like the series, Jack instead had to go to other points in time in the past & fight Aku's minions. So he went to places like that one time he entered the future & fight the Imakandi hunters that hunted him throughout the city just for a thrill of the hunt, and also that 2 bounty hunters on a train

 

Also he had to travel back to the time he fought the flute robot that keeps on saying jazz beats Scaramouche, and fight daughters of Aku once again. Most of the time travel locations are definitely for Season 5, which is a shame that Jack didn't fight the really cool villains like X9 or have a rematch with the Guardian, but eh it's still cool.

 

Also it's great to see the game ends in a good way this time unlike the cartoon which was depressing. Sure you had to collect all the hidden collectibles to get the best ending, but it's definitely worth it. And it's canon so that's extra plus!

 

128) Wonderful 101: Remastered

Platform: PC

OHOHOHOHOHOOHOHOH MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN. At last, this legendary Wii U game that I had been wanting to play for so long is finally mine. And while there's a couple of issues with the cameras & weird glitches which makes me unable to parry incoming attacks for some reason, this entire game is just amazeballs. From beginning till the end, I was laughing so damn hard at how funny, epic & how this game just doesn't give a crap about the fourth wall. It is a game that is very Nintendo, but with Platinum Games doing the action. I was smiling so much from playing this game & am so damn happy the whole way through. Aside from Nier Automata, this game is now one of my personal favorite Platinum Games. More people should definitely play this classic & I cannot wait to see the next game in this series, which is oddly that Ultraman looking thing.

Let's see how this game connects to Viewtiful Joe & 101!

129) ScourgeBringer

Platform: PC

This & Hades from this year has shown 1 thing: roguelikes can be freaking awesome when it plays so damn well. While Hades is about making a roguelike with a nice story that links to Greek mythology, ScourgeBringer is about you as this badass ninja lady just flying all over the damn screen with slick controls killing everything in your path, while listening to Doom inspired hard rock music.

While the gist of this game is similar to other roguelike games with exploring randomized maps & getting equipment + buffs to make your journey easier, while upgrading yourself permanently after you die to make things easier, the slick controls & movement you get to do is what makes this game so damn good to play. And once you beat the game 1 time, it ain't over. A new hell awaits you if you want to do it, so I wish you luck on your journey towards finishing this game. You're gonna need it. ;)

130) DMC 5: Vergil time

Platform: PC

Vergil's just as awesome as he was in DMC4, and this time he's even more awesome with the new moves he gets to do. It is always a great time playing him & cutting monsters up with my sweet2 Yamato. Level 19 & 20 though, MUAH, byoutiful. Especially with Vergil's theme playing in the background. Urrghhh why do we have to wait 1 month while the PS5 got the special edition early with Turbo + Legendary Dark Knight modes while PC & PS4 Xbox One doesn't??? It's not fair damn it!

 

131) Ghostrunner

Platform: PC

Hotline Miami + samurai Mirror's Edge, with cyberpunk aesthetics thrown in. You get to be as swift as the wind, but you will die over and over again because you're dead if you get hit once. But it's all really fun in the end. I do wish that we get more story out of this game cause the backstory with Zoe & her resistance group in this game's settings sounds like it could have its own separate game, so hopefully we'll get that down the line.

 

132) Cyberpunk 2077

Platform: PC

Wait till this game gets patched, then it'll be awesome.

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