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|Year of Video Games: Month 5|
One game a week for a year.
A Hat in Time - 9.5/10 (PC)
The little indie that could. This game is the cutest thing I’ve ever played and the gameplay is nuts, it’s a lot like Mario Sunshine in a lot of ways, and similar to that near classic it suffers from the fact that it’s unfinished. This game has like 40 hourglasses, which are like stars from Mario, and those games have 120. You can’t really fault the game because it’s a low budget indie. My main issue with the short length is that the fourth world in the game is not nearly as good as the first three. As a whole though this is still one of the best platformers of the 2010s, and it’s a shame it came out around the same time as the Mario Odyssey hype train because I think this game is better. I could see a bigger budget sequel easily being a perfect game.
Breath of The Wild - 9.5/10 (switch)
I played most of this November of last year and then took a 6+ month break from it. I loved every second of my playthrough, but it’s hard for me to play 40+ hour games without a sizeable break. This game’s awesome, I love the sparse storytelling, the combat, how creative you can be with anything. The main thing that holds this back from being a 10 for me is that like 85% of the shrines (which function as mini dungeons) are just fucking utter garbage. At least most of them are really short, but that’s not supposed to be a good thing. Also if you play the game normally and free the four divine beasts you’re punished in that Ganon has his health halved and it makes the fight a joke. Great game, second or third best zelda.
Resident Evil Village - 9/10 (PS4)
Boy was I ready to slap a 10 on this sucker, that is until the story jumped the shark. I get it, I do, every RE game except 7 has a really stupid story, even 7 gets pretty dumb toward the end, but I was hoping they would build on the foundation of 7 and make a good story from start to finish. Oh well. The gameplay is great, although there’s some really boneheaded design choices, like how the knife now has a cooldown after every 2 swipes, and all the shotguns have a long cooldown after every shot, to the point that speedrunners figured out that it’s faster to reload a shotgun after every shot than wait out the cooldown. Why do this in an action game when in 7 these weren’t an issue? Why do you establish that Heisenberg has Magneto powers just to make you fight him in a stupid tank where he hardly even uses his powers because he turns into a FUCKING MECH. Why do you do this to me Capcom. Great game. Favorite line of dialogue is def “I’m the best!”
Donkey Kong Country 2 - 9/10 (switch SNES emulator)
This game does everything the first one does but better. More animal friends, more secrets, more varied gameplay, and goddamn Dixie Kong is the most fun Kong to play. The main hangup is there’s some pretty cruel spikes in difficulty, like the boss battle with the parrot vs the bee, and motherfucking SLIME CLIMB. No doubt one of the best SNES games.
Ico - 9.5/10 (PS3 remaster)
What a month, damn. Ico is a work of art. It’s the game that inspired the creator of Dark Souls to get into games. I was super interested in this game when it came out, I played the demo at some no defunct music store and was hooked. Saw all the marketing for it and fell in love. I did not have a PS2 at the time though, and wouldn’t get one for a few years. For whatever reason I just never picked this up when I did finally get a PS2. Well, I finally got around to playing it, and yeah, it’s incredible. It’s a puzzle platformer where the whole game is an escort mission which doesn’t seem too appealing on paper, but everything about this game just supports the story and the atmosphere in the perfect way. This game has no HUD and no in game instructions or text of any kind other than subtitles for the very sparse dialogue. Calling the combat basic would be an insult to the word basic.
Big Fish Theory
It’s a prime example of game design by subtraction, distilling common gameplay elements down until only what’s necessary to tell the story is left. It’s a short game, and it’s not exactly fun, and it’s hard to explain exactly why it’s so good. The story and the emotion it evokes is everything, it’s pretty much impossible to explain the impact without actually playing it. So give it a shot if you have a PS2/PS3 or an emulator.
|How will they fit IX into the next Resident Evil title?|
Resident Evil Ixnay on the zombie
|I read something in an article that was like, "How is it that there is competition for the best hat-based platforming game in a month, and both of them could also be on game of the year lists?" |
|huge month! I love Hat in Time and DKC a lot! I'm still yet to play BotW, just such a commitment and I feel like it will never stack up to the hype it's got now, always preferred 2D Zelda games, myself :P|
|Village fucking slaps. And as for 7 having a good story, 7's story was literally the most criticized aspect of it|
|RE8 was a pleasant buffoonery but by no means a 9/10 haha. Props for the other games' reviews though|
|" And as for 7 having a good story, 7's story was literally the most criticized aspect of it"|
The writing was really good though, and I think the story works really well until toward the end. The guy who wrote Spec Ops: The Line wrote it for fucks sake
|How would you rank the team ico games |
|only played Ico lol|
I plan on playing the other two soon
|I have Shadow Remake and Lasg Guardian but only have played the latter. It was the least fun really good game I've ever played |
|Also I played RE7 and then 2 Remake recently, they were my first experiences playing Resident Evil games through (aside from brief dabbling as a child at friends houses etc) and I loved both. 2 Remake slightly edged 7 out for me solely due to bring pursued by Tyrant single-handedly being the most stressful video game experience of my entire life |
|The 2nd half of RE7 after the encounter with Lucas radically shits the bed overall lol|
|Right on man, Mr. X was possibly the most realized thing from the remake, that thing possibly made me tense like any game ever made me feel even with the OG games when I was a kid..|
|Agreed slex, up until that point tho it was like the perfect survival horror game imo|
|Both 7 and 8 have really bad sections where you play as someone else. Stop doing this capcom|
|I fucking hated Mia from the second I laid eyes on her so needless to say I was not thrilled to have to play as her... however I am looking forward to seeing her get turned into Swiss cheese in 8|
|The first half of 7 is indeed possibly the best RE experience since 4 |