Game Completion 2018 #52 – Star Wars Battlefront II (2017)

  • Game: Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: DICE
  • Publisher: EA

I don’t know anything about the development of Battlefront II’s single-player campaign, but after playing it, I can’t help but feel that the creative team had the bones of a really interesting Star Wars side-story, and had it compromised by meddling corporate decision-makers. Forced to abandon their original characters at regular intervals to include trite segments with Luke Skywalker and his buddies, it leads to an uneven campaign that manages to feel bloated despite only being around six hours long.

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Game Completion 2018 #51 – Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Game: Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony

Hadn’t really expected to ever get around to playing this if I’m being honest. I’m not even entirely sure why I even started it this week, but I’m glad I did as it has managed to scratch all the Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider and Witcher itches I’d been having. I am, however, glad I didn’t play it on release, because I just would never have stuck with it with Breath of the Wild out at the same time.

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Game Completion 2018 #50 – Shadow of the Colossus (Remake)

  • Game: Shadow of the Colossus
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: Bluepoint Games (Original by Team Ico)
  • Publisher: Sony

I’ve owned Shadow of the Colossus on both PS2 and PS3 and never played more than an hour. That’s nothing to do with the game itself, just I had other priorities each time and never got around to going back to it. And while I should have seen it through previously – it’s terrific – I can’t deny that I’m glad I waited until now, to experience this utterly gorgeous PS4 remaster.

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Game Completion 2018 #49 – Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

  • Game: Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Nihon Funcom
  • Publisher: NIS America

Ys VIII is a perfectly competent, action-focused JRPG, but never anything more. It features a number of elements and systems similar to those I enjoyed in the likes of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Ni No Kuni 2, but does none of those things half as well.

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Game Completion 2018 #48 – Bastion

  • Game: Bastion
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Supergiant Games
  • Publisher: Warner Bros.

I have been wanting to play this since it launched on the Xbox 360, nearly started it on Vita, but finally got around to it on Switch. A slick and smart mini-RPG with compelling, ever-evolving combat and a decent plot. Can’t wait for Transistor to hit Switch too.

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Game Completion 2018 #47 – Subsurface Circular

  • Game: Subsurface Circular
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Mike Bithell Games
  • Publisher: Mike Bithell Games

A short, but super-interesting experimental effort from Mike Bithell. Enjoyed!

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Game Completion 2018 #46 – Final Fantasy Pocket Edition HD

  • Game: Final Fantasy Pocket Edition HD
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV is still probably my favourite game this generation, and I’ve had the hankering to revisit it often. This pocket edition has been the perfect way to do that without spending another 120 hours, while still landing all the emotional highs and lows, especially with that pitch-perfect ending. Loved it.

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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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