Game completion 2019 #13 – New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

  • Game: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo

A typical b-tier Nintendo game in that it won’t blow your socks off, but is a good time nonetheless.

Game completion 2019 #12 – Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

  • Game: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Inti Creates
  • Publisher: Inti Creates

Castlevania is one of those series I’d never gotten to outside of Lords of Shadow, but with this 8-bit (but somewhat modernised) platformer heavily inspired by (I believe) Castlevania III, I feel like it would have been my kinda thing.

Looking forward to Bloodstained’s follow-up due later this year.

Game completion 2019 #11 – Mortal Kombat 11 (story mode)

  • Game: Mortal Kombat 11
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Netherrealm Studios (ported by Shiver)
  • Publisher: WB Games

Mortal Kombat 11 carries on the series’ path of having the most schlocky, 80s-style b-movie gorefest for a plot, and it’s as enjoyable as any I’ve played since MK9.

Game completion 2019 #10 – Dead Cells

  • Game: Dead Cells
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Motion Twin
  • Publisher: Motion Twin

A game I desperately wanted to play last year but just never got around to. A wonderful roguelike, with combat that’s just so much fun that starting from the beginning every time I died never felt remotely a chore. Keeping it on my Switch for more runs through in the future.

Game completion 2019 #9 – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • Game: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: From Software
  • Publisher: Activision

Sekiro is both From Software’s friendliest game, but also its hardest to master. I loved it overall, but there were a couple of sour points that mean I’ll probably never revisit in the same way I would happily with Dark Souls or Bloodborne.

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Game completion 2019 #8 – Shovel Knight

  • Game: Shovel Knight
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Yacht Club Games
  • Publisher: Yacht Club Games

I rage quit this early into the Switch’s life, but having gone back I think I just never bothered to engage with its systems, which made it a joy this second time around.

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Game completion 2019 #7 – Diablo III: Eternal Collection

  • Game: Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

Second time playing through this and had even more fun this time around. A fine fit on the Switch.

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Game completion 2019 #6 – Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

  • Game: Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Namco Tales Studio
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco

Apart from 10 minutes of Tales of the Abyss on 3DS, this is my first taste of the Tales series. The story doesn’t quite deliver on its premise and the combat was a little clunky, but I liked it well enough to pick up both Tales of Zestiria and Beseria to see how that combat has evolved since.

I’m probably going to write about it more, so I’ll save the bulk of my thoughts for now.

Game completion 2019 #5 – Minesweeper Genius

  • Game: Minesweeper Genius
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Blowfish Studios
  • Publisher: Blowfish Studios

A fun little puzzler that riffs on the infamous Windows built-in, Minesweeper, but with a few tricks of its own. Had a lot of fun running through this while watching TV shows, though there wasn’t much challenge in getting 3 stars on every level.

We spoke about it more in-depth on Episode 62 of the Switch Focus Podcast.

Game completion 2019 #4 – Dark Souls Remastered (Yes, again)

  • Game: Dark Souls Remastered
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: From Software
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco

Same game, different format, so I’m counting it. Please read this thing wot I wrote.

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