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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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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