Monthend Video Game Wrap-Up: February 2021

~ Game Over ~

Vader Immortal: Episode 1 (Oculus) – It’s cool to hang out in the Star Wars universe for a while, but there’s not a lot to do there, and the combat isn’t terribly satisfying. Which is a problem when 95% of the game is 40 levels worth of combat challenges.

Contra (NES) – Would you believe that I’ve never played this game before? And that it took me about 50 lives to get to the end. Thank goodness for that Konami code. Fun game, though. I see why it’s so highly regarded.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Wii) – Have I mentioned enough times how much I like this randomizer?

Contra (Arcade) – Imagine this: an arcade game that gives you a limited number of continues. Like, no matter how many quarters you mash in there, you get three game overs and then it’s Game Over. Madness! I had to save/load a whole lot of states to get to the end of this one.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC) – There are a lot of things that I can appreciate about this game, but I just don’t like it that much. Too many minigames, too much backtracking, too much guessing where you’re going to end up when you change time periods. Also being forced to hammer the d-pad to swim once you get the mermaid suit is terrible. My thumb hurts!

Control (PS4) – If I had to describe this game, it might be something along the lines of “The X-Files meets Star Wars”. Because it’s about investigating paranatural events, and you get a bunch of Force powers. Jesse is a great main character, and it’s a ton of fun to play. I’m still playing to collect all the trophies not because of a compulsive need to have all the trophies, but rather because I just don’t want Control to be over.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC) – It’s kind of… exactly like Oracle of Ages. It’s a fun game with some really good dungeons,. But also it’s plagued by a world map that’s a pain to navigate and too many annoying minigames. And stealth segments! Yuck! But the magnet gloves may be one of the most fun and brilliant items in any Zelda game, so… points for that.

~ Progress Notes ~

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 (Switch) – Stage 7

Hitman (2016) (Stadia) – Cleared mission 3.

Pixel Puzzle Makeout League (Switch) – There isn’t a really good way to gauge progress in this one. I feel like it’s a little more than 50% done.

Bravely Default II (Switch) – Heading to Savalon.


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