Game completion 2019 #1 – Wasteland 2

  • Game: Wasteland 2
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: inXile Entertainment
  • Publisher: Deep SIlver

I got pretty far into Wasteland 2 on PS4, but deleted it there the second I knew it was coming to Switch. This was a mistake: the Switch port is pretty buggy, particularly in terms of crashing during loading screens, which became so regular towards the end I would have just dumped it had I not been so close to finishing.

The game itself is a weird one. It feels like it had 20 lead creative directors all pulling in different directions, while barely any of the jokes or dialogue landed, but there’s definitely something about it. Every time I was about to decide that I was no longer enjoying it, a good stretch would kick in and I’d be right back in there.

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Game Completion 2018 #62 – Tetris Effect

  • Game: Tetris Effect
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: Monstars Inc. and Resonair
  • Publisher: Enhance, Inc.
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Game Completion 2018 #61 – The City That Never Sleeps (Marvel’s Spider-Man DLC)

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Game Completion 2018 #60 – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (World of Light)

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  • Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (World of Light)
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Best. Singleplayer. Fighter. Ever.

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Game Completion 2018 #59 – Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu

  • Game: Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Publisher: Nintendo

This is the fourth Pokémon game I’ve completed this year! In-depth thoughts will be coming later on a different site.

Game Completion 2018 #58 – Pokémon Sun

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

If I include Pokken, then Pokémon Sun becomes the fourth Pokémon game I’ve completed this year after Yellow and X. With Let’s Go in progress, it probably won’t be the last.

Sun/Moon has been an interesting shake-up for the series in a number of ways, from structurally by ditching gyms, and to far deeper, thanks to interesting tweaks to battle systems and UI, the latter being the best I’ve experienced so far.

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Game Completion 2018 #57 – Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

  • Game: Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Yes, yes, there’s another 20 hours of game left, but I had a complete start-to-finish story that lasted 80 hours, and I saw end credits, so I feel more than comfortable calling it.

I have started the post-game, which so far seems completely optional, but will take more of a poke at it another time as I need to take a break and play something else for the moment.

I’m writing something more specific about Dragon Quest XI, so won’t say much more at this stage, other than the fact I enjoyed it a lot.

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Game Completion 2018 #56 – God of War: Ghost of Sparta

  • Game: God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  • Platform: PSP (Played on PS Vita)
  • Developer: Ready at Dawn & Sony Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony

Once again, a handheld spin-off that’s meant to be non-essential to the series has more heart than the mainline games, which is as baffling as it is sad.

One more to go and I can finally check out God of War 2018.

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Game Completion 2018 #55 – God of War III Remastered

  • Game: God of War III
  • Platform: PS4 (Original PS3)
  • Developer: Sony Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony

Soooo, God of War III is certainly a God of War game with higher production values allowed by better hardware at the time of development.

Here’s the thing I’m finding with this series so far: I’m enjoying the moment-to-moment gameplay loop and the big set pieces that show the scale of the mythological world that Kratos rampages through, but I couldn’t begin to tell you what game a particular scene is from, such is the way they’re all blurring together into my memory. None of these games are, of themselves, memorable in any way.

The ending was… interesting, I guess, and I’m sure it’d have been really impactful had any amount of effort been made to make me sympathise with its raging protagonist. The only instance of trying to address any sort of sympathy so far has come in a non-essential handheld spin-off.

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Game Completion 2018 #54 – God of War: Chains of Olympus

  • Game: God of War: Chains of Olympus
  • Platform: PSP (Played on PS Vita)
  • Developer: Ready at Dawn & Sony Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony

Chains of Olympus is one of Kratos’s portable spin-off adventures, and therefore should be pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of the series, but wow if it isn’t both tighter and better focused than either of the previous mainline games I’d played up to this point.

It still has some childish crap thrown in the misguided name of ‘maturity’, such as a dumb sex mini-game that makes no sense in the context of the action or the urgency of the plot, but that blemish aside, this is my favourite in the series so far.

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