Monthend Video Game Wrap-Up: March 2023

~ Game Over ~

Windbound (Switch) – I want to say nice things about this game, since it’s all about exploring and building a boat and sailing that boat to explore more. A very fun gameplay loop, in my opinion! However… there’s combat, and it’s slow and janky and not very fun. Also the game tended to crash at the end of each chapter in my playthrough and that’s… that’s really bad. You can watch me suffer here!

Kwaidan ~Azuma Manor Story~ (Switch) – A survival horror set in Meiji-era Japan, where you’re tasked with saving a mansion from being occupied by yokai (or yoki, as the game calls them). The controls are truly mind-boggling, but it’s otherwise a pretty good, if very short and small, game. Also, made by a single person!

Half-Life 2 (PC) – Played it for the first time nearly twenty years after it was released, and… I’m honestly pretty floored by how good it is. Or, how well it holds up, I should say. I really liked how every chapter has its own gimmick, and never once did said gimmicks feel forced or out of place. I also appreciate that the wide variety of weapons are more than just a dozen different ways to put bullets in your enemies.

Mayhem in Single Valley (PC) – A top-down adventure-’em-up that tasks you with saving your town from toxic goo that’s zombified the local fauna. It’s got a wild suggestion of a twist about halfway through, but unfortunately doesn’t quite stick the landing. Still, it’s fun and looks quite nice, so I’m glad I experienced it.

~ Progress Notes ~

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (Switch) – 52% quest completion.

Fitness Boxing: Fist of the North Star (Switch) – Defeated the first two bosses.

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut (PS5) – Chapter 3 (of 3)

Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (PC) – Halfway through, maybe?

Resident Evil 4 (PS5) – Chapter 6 (of 16)

Dread X Collection (PC) – Finished 3 of 10 games.

~ Purchases ~

  • Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut (PS5)
  • Fitness Boxing: Fist of the North Star (Switch)
  • Resident Evil 4 (PS5)
  • Dread X Collection (PC)
  • Dead Beacon (PC)

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