Monthend Video Game Wrap-Up: July 2020

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KIDS (PC) – Art (non-)game. Weirdly satisfying, except when it becomes tedious. You can only appreciate milking people through a digestive tract so many times. But it’s only like 20 minutes long, so.

LOVE (PC) – Retro platformer built for speedruns. Tense and occasionally frustrating, but not quite masocore. Interesting in that it allows you to plop down a respawn point just about anywhere. Very fun, but super short and of limited value if you’re not planning to learn and master it.

A Hat in Time (Switch) – Achieved 100% by clearing the DLC chapters. Seal the Deal was fun and super cute, but tragically short. I was less enthused by Nyakuza Metro’s massive, confusing, maze of a world. Didn’t play past the first two Death Wish challenges because ehhhhh I only have so much time, and I don’t really want harder remixes of all the things I’ve already done.

Xenoblade Chronicles DE (Switch) – Xenoblade is one of my favourite games of all time, and I’m super glad this great excuse to replay it came along. Just as good as I remember it, maybe even better. And this time I finished it in under 100 hours (95). Though I would like to go back and clean up some of the post-game content, who knows where I’ll find the time?

Among the Sleep: Enhanced Edition (Switch) – I didn’t write a review so much as an editorial inspired by this one. Decent horror walk-’em-up with a plot twist that I realized early on, but appreciated no less. Also I really like the interactive museum mode. Best way to show off art/models/etc.

Paper Mario: The Origami King (Switch) – I know people are generally split on the “new” style of Paper Mario, but I think that this might be my favourite game in the series. It’s a hilarious, epic adventure that has some surprisingly touching moments and a very fun puzzle-based combat system. Experience points be damned.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) – What do you want me to say about this that hasn’t already been said? Stone cold classic.

~ Progress Notes ~

Piczle Colors (Switch) – Cleared Red, Orange, Yellow

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour (Switch) – Ep 2, Stage 4

Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC) – Temple of the Gods

SINoALICE (iOS) – Act 2, Chapter 2

The Stillness of the Wind (Switch) – ????

Deadly Premonition Origins (Switch) – Cleared lumber mill otherworld

Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Switch) – Cleared a few Classic Modes

Pixel Puzzle Collection (iOS) – 180.6%

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