Game Completion 2018 #45 – Marvel’s Spider-Man

  • Game: Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive

This is a dream come true for a Spidey fanboy like me. It’s an open-world Spidey game that doesn’t stray too far from the tried and tested blueprint we’ve seen since Spider-Man 2 in the PS2/Gamecube era, but one that polishes that blueprint to the nth degree and then some, and wrapped in a story with real heart.

I’m notoriously anti-collectables and busy-work in open-world games, but both the swinging and combat mechanics are just so much fun that here I was compelled to it. I highly recommend it.

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Game Completion 2018 #44 – Owlboy

  • Game: Owlboy
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Hazel
  • Publisher: D-pad Studio

A terrific game that’s a little Metroidvania, a little bit platformer, and a little bit bullet hell. Loved it. Great art style and an utterly amazing soundtrack that I’ve since bought.

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Game Completion 2018 #43 – Minit

  • Game: Minit
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital

What a fun, fast-paced little puzzle adventure. I’ll talk more about it in Episode 45 of the Switch Focus Podcast.

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Game Completion 2018 #42 – Octopath Traveler

  • Game: Octopath Traveler
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Square Enix & Acquire
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Octopath Traveler is a terrific game, but I have some reservations about the plot structure that I’ll address in Episode 45 of the Switch Focus Podcast.

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Game Completion 2018 #41 – Pokémon X

  • Game: Pokémon X
  • Platform: 3DS
  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Spurred on by finishing Pokémon Yellow two weeks ago, I jumped back into Pokémon X, which I’d never quite finished. Now I have.

Going from one of the Game Boy originals to a 3DS iteration is really eye-opening about how much the series has come in terms of flow and improvement of its still not quite perfect UI.

Onto Pokémon Sun!

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Game Completion 2018 #40 – Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

  • Game: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo

This is the second time that I’ve beaten this. A fantastic example of a B-tier Nintendo game that won’t rock your world, but you’ll experience nothing but joy while playing it.

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Game Completion 2018 #39 – The Banner Saga 3

  • Game: The Banner Saga 3
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Stoic Studio
  • Publisher: Versus Evil

A great conclusion to what has been a fantastic series. Won’t say more as to do so could border on spoiler territory, and I’ll be speaking about it in more depth on episode 42 of the Switch Focus Podcast.

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Game Completion 2018 #38 – Pokémon Yellow

  • Game: Pokémon Yellow
  • Platform: 3DS (Originally Game Boy)
  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Although I’ve started both Pokémon White and X previously, I’d never completed a core Pokémon game before. I think I’d just missed being the right age for it originally.

Yellow, then, due to the 3DS virtual console release over a year ago, becomes the first I’ve seen through to the end. An enjoyable JRPG-lite, a piece of history, but full of design decisions that were common in its original era, but simply frustrating now.

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Game Completion 2018 #37 – Splatoon 2 (single-player)

  • Game: Splatoon 2
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Nintendo EPD
  • Publisher: Nintendo

It wasn’t until the Octo Expansion was announced that I realised that Splatoon 2 already had a decently-sized single-player component. Since then, I’ve been using it as a Saturday afternoon game, chipping away at each of the five worlds every week.

It’s been a fun experience overall, but one that gets annoying at times, and I’m not sure it’s wholly convinced me to check out the DLC, but maybe I could pick it up in a sale down the line.

If you’re interested in the multiplayer side of things, which of course is the main event, then I wrote at length about why it’s the perfect team-based online shooter for those that don’t tend to enjoy team-based online shooters.

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Game Completion 2018 #36 – Inside

  • Game: Inside
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Playdead
  • Publisher: Playdead

Another interesting puzzle-platformer from Playdead, and wow is it a wild ride.

I have thoughts, but won’t share them due to spoilers, but will talk about it in more depth in episode 39 of the Switch Focus Podcast.

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