2020 was something, wasn’t it? Between all of the bad things that have been happening, we have had a pretty good year for gaming! I’m following in my fellow writer’s steps and detailing what I’ve been playing! Most I have reviewed, and some I just played for fun, that’s a thing! Without further ado, let us begin!
In the Beginning…
This was not how I expected to start my year off, I will say that! I have never been a big sports fan, but I decided that this is the year I dive into the world’s (arguably) most beloved sport. I was in over my head and, while the game is 100% functional, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it was not for me. Maybe I should have played Mario Strikers instead?
NEO GEO Classics
I love arcade games, so much that I went to Galloping Ghost in Illinois back in 2018 to see one of the largest arcades ever! Thanks to SNK and Hamster’s NEOGEO arcade titles, I have been having my fill of the arcade this year. Between King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, Garou and Art of Fighting, I’ve had the full arcade experience from the comfort of my own home.
I have more fond memories of this title now, for what it did in its very short run time, than when I first played it. It feels more like a teaser than a full game, but sometimes appetizers hit differently than a full course, and that is why we eat them. Hi-Bit Studios proved they can do great things with pixel art, and I am hoping we get a sequel sooner rather than later.
This one feels like it has been years, but it was just February and March that Abram and myself made the trek to Boston to represent Nintendad! There were so many games available to play and, I cannot stress this enough, if there is another PAX in the future then do yourself a favour and GO! Even if it is 10 years from now and I am just going as a fan, I would love to go back.
Spring into Summer
This title hit me out of left field. Since it was a port of a mobile title, my expectations were rather low. Boy, was I shocked when I spent almost every waking moment devouring every inch of this game. I do have a love for the ocean and being able to explore it with a touch of sci-fi made it that much sweeter.
Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada
Another mobile game that chewed me up and spat me out. This deceptively simple line-RPG hooked me with its goofy story and high replayability. Not to mention that it is chock full of content and received a “sequel” of sorts in it’s free DLC. It was also on sale, so it was a complete win for me.
This was a dream come true for me. I spent countless hours playing the original trilogy, to the point that I thought I was dreaming when this one was announced, let alone when it actually released! I stand by the assertion that it may be the perfect beat-em-up title. So much so, that I don’t want the developers to make another sequel. It’s time for them to give this amount of love and care to another title.
Who didn’t get pulled into this title for at least a month or so? My wife and I were hooked for quite a few months in spring. I had my fun with the title, paying off loans and just feeling a sense of relaxation and normalcy that I wasn’t receiving from the real world.
So many people were disappointed by this title, but I can honestly say that my wife and I were genuinely excited for this. We love digital card and board games. It’s all the fun, without any of the setup or clean up. Plenty of games of Takoyaki and Speed were played over the summer. It really is a perfect title for families or couples that want a simple game to play, that doesn’t take too much faffing about.
The Final Stretch
I love weird stories and movies. I am an avid fan of Twin Peaks and anything David Lynch, and Swery65 is always known for his quirky and out there titles. This sequel to the cult classic didn’t disappoint; I was enthralled, glitches and all. I don’t want more games copying what was done in this game, but I would like for more teams to step out and try things that are weird in general.
Blade Arcus Rebellion
This was a title that I imported last year but have been revisiting periodically. I love SEGA’s fighting game division, but we haven’t received anything in the west in years. Even if they keep making titles and only releasing in Japan, I will keep importing them, but please SEGA, release them in the West. I want to know what is going on and why these crazy anime characters are fighting!
I love retro games and having them in the palm of my hands is always a good thing. Whether it was finally beating Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts (with save states), grinding in Breath of Fire, or playing Super Mario World for the 1000th time, I was revisiting the nostalgia of my childhood. Yes, Nintendo could flesh out the collection here greatly, but what is available is still top tier.
Another title that could end up being a cult hit years later. Sakuna is one of those odd titles that shouldn’t work when you describe it. You farm rice, but doing so makes you stronger to hunt demons. Then you use the demon materials to strengthen your rice! Its a twisted circle of life, and it is so much fun!