Monthend Video Game Wrap-Up: August 2020

~ Game Over ~

Ellen (Switch) – Pixel-art, side-scrolly, spook-’em-up adventure. Head and shoulders above nearly any other similar game I’ve played. It’s right up there with The Cat Lady on my list of best horror-themed adventure games. Only a few hours long, but told an interesting (if somewhat clichéd and poorly translated) story and did an excellent job of maintaining its creepiness all the way to the end.

The Talos Principle (PS4) – Wrote lots of words. Actually beat it twice to claim all the trophies, and then played the DLC expansion.

Erica (PS4) – I wonder if I should actually put this here, as it’s less a game than a choose-your-own-adventure movie. Played through twice to see a couple different endings, but two was enough. There isn’t nearly enough variance in the story to bother with more replays. At least not right away. Notably, there’s an companion app that you can download to use as a controller, which is good since the game is otherwise controlled entirely by the DualShock 4’s touch pad, and the DualShock 4’s touch pad sucks ass.

Black Bird (Switch) – Defender-style shoot-them-up. It took a few tries, but I managed to beat… the normal mode. That unlocked a “true mode” which promises more playable characters and endings. I haven’t tried this new mode yet, but probably will. This is a fun video game.

The Amazing Spider-Man (PC) – A real blast from the past… When was the last time I played a game provided by floppy disk? Anyway, it’s crazy hard and required copious amounts of cheating to overcome. But it’s done. Seven-year-old Ryan would be in awe.

Donkey Kong Land (GB) – Cleared to 100%. Not… not my favourite Donkey Kong game. I don’t know why Li’l Ryan was so obsessed with it.

Blood Breed (Switch) – A retro-styled horror game that is so bad that I turned it off and deleted it after fifteen minutes. That never happens. Fortunately, I had downloaded it at a legitimate 100% discount.

~ Progress Notes ~

Zelda: The Wind Waker (Switch) – Partway through Tower of the Gods.

Gauntlet: Dark Legacy (GC) – Up to the Sky Dominion realm.

Donkey Kong Country (SNES) – Finished world 1.

SINoALICE (iOS) – Just grinding events.

Super Kirby Clash (Switch) – Grinding experience.

Prince of Persia (GC) – About 30% through.

God of War (PS4) – Heading to Jotunheim.

Ring Fit Adventure (Switch) – Halfway-ish through NG+


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