52 Games Challenge: 2019 Edition
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  • The EAGERLY AWAITED 2019 ITERATION OF THE 52 GAMES A YEAR CHALLENGE!!

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    Here it is, the thread for badgers that fancy trying to play 52 games in a year to whatever they decide is some form of completion. Tell us how you're doing and what you are going to play next - either claim a post and update on your progress or keep posting your completions and then do a final count post at the end of the year! Just please don't fill it with pointless conversation as the posts will be quite big. Even if you're not gonna make it to 52 it's a good way to record all your completions/failures/hates.

    Gonna post a similar thread for Movie lists too in the other section so I can keep a record of movies watched!

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    How do I take part?

    Claim a post! Write down the game and your thoughts about each one in this format for your post:

    1: NAME - DURATION PLAYED
    # INSERT INFO AND COMMENTS HERE

    How do I know when I've completed a game?

    Up to you, it could be completing the game or playing 10hrs+ if it no ending or a multiplayer game. Replays count as long as all the games are completed in 2019.

    Do I have to record time?

    No. But you can if you like!! If so you could potentially see how long you’ve spent on games this year and then wonder how you got away with it!

    Do I have to review or comment on the games I complete?

    No but it'd be nice to give a few words or maybe a quick score. Full blown reviews or mini-reviews aren't necessary and will just make it an incredibly big post,though they will be anyway.

    Do episodic games count as a single game or X amount of games?

    That's up to you. It's alright to count something like Life is Strange as one or five games. Your choice.

    Can I finish a game I started in 1992 and count that?

    Yes.

    What should I do once I've completed the challenge?

    Shoot me a PM! If it takes off and people keep me updated I'm more than happy to FINALLY sort out a prize system?

    Is there a deadline?

    End of the current year!!!!

    People who have completed the challenge will be posted here, please send me a PM once you’re done or if I’ve missed you as it’s hard reading through them all as they end up being recorded everywhere!!

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    Winners and in what year:

    Muzzy in 18-52!!
    Wario in 18-52!!
    Moot in 18——72!!!!!!

    Others results in past Years:
    Verecocha: 17-38, 18-22 (Pathetic)
    Hylian Elf: 17-25, 18-13
    Muzzy: 17-59, 18-52
    Webbins: 17-27, 18-41
    Andy: 18-12
    Monkey: 18-7
    Wario: 18-52
    Moot: 18-72!!!
    JonB: 18-30
    Nina: 18-13

    GOOD LUCK!! After the last couple of years I’m gonna need it BUT I’M DETERMINED!!
  • 1: Spider-Man PS4 - 9/10
    Absolutely loved this but was happy to see it end. The main story was the perfect length but all the other elements such as the collectibles and challenges just became too much. At the beginning I was sure I was gonna 100% this but I found the last couple of hours I just focused on the campaign as I knew my time with it was coming to an end. Stunning to look at, so much fun to play, though the combat towards the end becomes a little tiresome, and you genuinely feel like the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Awesome game.

    2: Onimusha Warlords Xbox One - 8/10
    Awesome game, so simple and linear but just good early naughties fun! Simple story with some hilarious characters! Was aces going back in time to enjoy a game I first went through 18 years ago. Really enjoyed that.

    3: Resi 6 Xbox One - 5/10
    Finally finished this. Have tried so many times and just fallen away. God awful. Gets a 5 merely because it’s Resi. Unlocked the ADA campaign, tried that and literally could not put any more time in. Cannot wait for Resi 2 to erase this.

    4: Red Dead Redemption 2 Xbox One - 9/10
    There is little I can say about this, too raw at the moment. Me and the wife absolutely loved this and how we actually loved and hated some characters and we both found it hard to finish knowing what was coming. Was absolutely in love with this game, the only thing stopping it being a clear 10 is the ending. After spending so much time with Arthur though I knew what was going to happen I felt I needed more from then in his ending. Aside from that, almost perfect.

    5: Resi 2 Remake Leon Xbox One - 10/10
    The stuff dreams are made of. Absolutely everything I’ve always wanted in the remake of one of my greatest of all times. Absolutely perfect. Will just play over and over again. Stunning to look at, dripping with atmosphere, Dolby Atmos sound design is amazing, movement, aiming etc just to die for. In terms of Resi its absolute nirvana.

    6: Resi 2 Remake Claire Xbox One - 10/10
    Same as above, but loved the switch and how it actually makes you play a little different with Claire being so soft and minus a shotty. Some great different weapons and characters chucked in. Just wanna go again. Straight on to the B scenarios.

    7: Resi 2 Remake Leon - Scenario B Xbox One - 10/10
    Definitely counts for me, another 5 hours, actually much harder that Scenario A, ammo is scarcer, enemies more frequent, and more dangerous in their types, and the Tyrant goes through Walls...THROUGH FUCKING WALLS. Absolutely shat myself. This game is fucking awesome.

    8: Resident Evil 3 Vita - 7/10
    A decent game, certainly not one of the better Resi’s. Feels very rushed and lacking the charm of the others. Though I do like the multiple options and how they actually affect the story or position you find yourself in. Good little romp on the plane though.

    9: Metal Gear Solid 2 Vita - 7/10
    Actually became a chore to play this to the end. The least enjoyable MGS for me. Kojima at his worst and such irritating sections I gave up reloading the save to go for the perfect scores and just hit continue. Still a good game but nowhere near great.

    10: Crackdown 3 Xbox One - 8/10
    This game rocked. Tight little world with plenty to do in a fun, silly 8 hour campaign. Jumping, thrusting, Running, shooting, smashing and exploding my way through this was just the type of fun and nonsense I wanted, was sad to see it end. May do a little more orb hunting but got so much else to play that I may never come back. If not, you were Rad Crackdown 3, thank you agent!

    11: Anthem Xbox One - 6/10
    First unfinished game, put in a good few hours but it simply didn’t capture me. Some brilliant points such as the flying and gun play, however they are outweighed by awful wooden enemies and a beautiful but barren world. Will hopefully be awesome when I return at some point later in it’s life.
  • In.

    7 is a bad haul but I didn’t play any games at all for about half of last year. Probably aiming for about 30 this time around. One every couple of weeks plus a few shorter ones is realistic.

    1. Mario + Rabbids (Switch)
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    2. Mario Odyssey (Switch)
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    3. Celeste (Switch)
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    4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
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    5. Asterix (Master System)
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    6. Earthworm Jim (Megadrive)
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    7. The Terminator (Megadrive)
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    8. Bonanza Bros (Megadrive)
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    9. Quackshot (Megadrive)
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    10. Zelda - Breath of the Wild (Switch)
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    11. Sonic The Hedgehog (Megadrive)
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    12. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Megadrive)
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    13. & 14. Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Megadrive)
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    15. Pulseman (Megadrive)
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    16. Aladdin (Megadrive)
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    17. Sunset Riders (Snes)
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    18. Wonderboy in Monster World (Megadrive) 
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    19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Hyperstone Heist (Megadrive)
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    20 & 21. Rocket Knight Adventures and Sparkster (Megadrive)
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    22. Gynoug (Megadrive)
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    23. Thunder Force 3 (Megadrive)
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    24. Gradius (PSP)
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    25. The Lucky Dime Caper (Master System)
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  • Completed:

    1. Super Mario Odyssey [9]
    28 Dec-1 Jan
    Played to the credits, and got over 200 moons on the way.

    This is pretty special. Love the open levels and the cap mechanic, and there are loads of clever ideas to put it to good use. Some of the creatures you can capture are wonderfully inventive.

    It does often jump from one thing to the next too quickly, before making enough of them, but that's less of an issue once things get a bit more challenging. The low point of the game (other than those awful rabbit characters) is New Donk City about halfway in, but every stage after that is excellent. And now I've reached the end there's an absolute ton more stuff to get through. It's hard to know where to start, but I hope to come back to it and do more.

    I still struggle with the controls and camera a bit in the trickier platform sections, but it does get slightly easier with practice. Mostly forgivable as well in a game that's trying so many different things and has so much content. Best Mario since 64.

    2. Into the Breach [8]
    3-6 Jan
    Played 7 games in total (on Normal) and emerged victorious twice.
     
    I always like a good turn-based strategy, so this was always likely to suit me and I immediately got drawn into it. I really like the way it reduces everything down to concentrated bite-sized chunks, and that it mostly ditches any kind of percentage based play for clear rules and outcomes. 

    However, the downside of the small scale is a lack of variety, despite the different squads you can choose to control. I've had good value already, but I don't feel it has the replayability factor of the best in the genre, like Invisible Inc.

    3. Mega Man 11 [7]
    8-13 Jan
    Completed on Normal difficulty. Same old Mega Man really, but with plenty more polish. Visually it's lovely, especially some of the bigger characters (special mention to inflatable frog mini-boss). Gameplay wise there's some tight level design that's mostly testing without being too vicious.

    But there are leftovers of old design sensibilities and a generally odd approach to difficulty that don't quite work. It seems outdated now to make pits and especially spikes instant death hazards when everything else isn't. It makes certain screens difficult to pass at all while the rest are only likely to cause moderate damage if you mess things up. On the other hand you end up carrying a whole range of cheap useable items and equippable parts that can make many challenges insignificant. The big temptation is not to just stockpile a load of energy tanks for a boss encounter and then mindlessly blast through it, especially when a Game Over means repeating the whole stage again.

    The best moments, as ever with MM, are when you do things properly, especially making the breakthrough against the first boss and then working out the weaknesses of the others using the new weapons you get from each victory. In fact, one of the highlights in the end was probably the boss rush, which I made myself do in one life without items.

    Not sure I'm bothered about the extra challenges or difficulty levels now, but I've had a decent enough time with it.

    4. Vane [4]
    15 Jan
    Stylish indie adventure that looks nice and has an interesting scenery morphing mechanic. But it's full of technical issues and feels like most of the content had to be stripped out to make it work at all.

    5. Pikuniku [7]
    22-23 Jan
    Charming, funny, surprising indie game. The simple physics and character movement make some basic platforming puzzles more interesting, although never really challenging, and there's a good quantity of brief side distractions to discover if you explore the small game world. In the end, I was disappointed that some of the themes and ideas weren't developed enough, but by that point I'd had a few good hours of fun.

    6. Wargroove [7]
    01-08 Feb
    I haven't actually finished the campaign yet, because I got bored of it. I've got quite far into it though, and did arcade mode with one character, so that counts.

    In the end I'm not quite as into this as I'd hoped to be. The balance is still just right as in Advance Wars, but a lot of the battles drag on too long. I'm used to turn-based strategy games that pack just as much into smaller spaces and time frames now, and it can get tiresome shuffling units about rather than just getting on with it. It may be that I need to learn some better strategies, but it's hard not to get bogged down sometimes.

    I have played it a lot over the last week though, so it's not like I didn't enjoy it. It can still be great when the missions are a bit smaller. Puzzle mode is also a good change of pace (still want to finish that).

    But whether Advance Wars is just outdated now, or whether they didn't quite do it justice with the level design, it's not as quite as much fun to play as various other alternatives.

    7. Baba Is You [9]
    22 Feb-6 Mar
    I played this for about 30 hours in the last few weeks. It's a great puzzle game, full of clever ideas and endlessly flexible. There's also plenty of it. It gets difficult though. I got stuck a lot and sometimes spent ages on a single puzzle trying all sorts of solutions. Fortunately it's got an open structure, so you can keep switching between different routes until one of them gives way. And so often the solutions end up being simpler than you'd thought. I still haven't finished all of it, and I'm not sure I will, but it's probably a good one to go back to now and again just to see if anything new clicks. The system behind it is ingenious.

    8. The Stillness of the Wind [6]
    11-12 Mar
    A slow indie game about loneliness and a life unlived. Has some interesting ideas but is also dull to play, which is kind of the point, but still.

    9. Zelda: Breath of the Wild [10]
    11 Jan-17 Mar
    Finally decided to make a run for the middle and do the finale. The actual confrontation is a bit of a letdown in the end, but the castle was good fun. There's still tons more stuff I could do, of course. My profile says I've played over 70 hours. I've done 64 shrines, still got a few memories to find, and many many side quests to do.

    Overall, it lived up to very high expectations. It absolutely is one of the greatest games ever made, and the sheer scope and quality of it are incredible. Certainly as long as there was more map to uncover I was happy to keep wandering and jumping into whatever came my way. I lost a bit of impetus towards the end, but it's something I could return to some day to mop up various stuff.

    There's not much point going on about it all, especially as everyone else finished it 2 years ago, so here's 5 things that really made it for me:

    1. Mountains: The combination of my desire to explore and that climbing ability made every mountain and tower irresistible. Get as high as possible, see what I can see, glide down to a point of interest. Repeat. 

    2. The camera: I mean the camera in the Sheikah slate. As soon as it was introduced it changed the game for me. Suddenly there's a good reason to wander around observing the wildlife. You're not only an adventurer but also a tourist in the game world.

    3. Breaking weapons: It's a brilliant idea to make everything so disposable. It really encourages you to use whatever you find instead of getting all precious about it and hoarding it for later. Hit an enemy until your weapon breaks. Pick up his weapon. Hit the next one. Liberating.

    4. Leaving me alone: Who knew Nintendo would ever dare do this after forcing Navi, Fi and Boaty McBoatface on us? Someone's been playing Dark Souls, it seems, and then decided to take the idea even further. 

    5. It's still Zelda: And yet despite the fact they've taken such a change of direction and clearly been inspired by other RPGs and open world games, everything in this still feels like Zelda. Most of all it reminded me of A Link to the Past. Just 100 times bigger.

    10. Katana Zero
    9-12 Apr

    11. Steamworld Quest
    6-17 Apr


    Ongoing:

    Sekiro
    22 Mar-

    Waiting list:

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    Wish list:

    Monster Boy
    Bayonetta 2
    Resident Evil 2
    Devil May Cry V
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    Wooooo

    2019 then...

    Games:

    1 - Kami 2
    2 - Steamworld Dig 2
    3 -

    Coming soon: Stuff from the Fiscal Prudence thread (here), DQXI, FC5, Sundered, Minit, Mosaic Maze, Light Fall, Induction, Four Sided Fantasy, Tetrobot, DLC Quest, Gorogoa, Shuggy, Sokobond, Old Man's Journey, Jazzpunk, Hellblade, Ashen, Below, Gunpoint, The Shivah, Rive, Quantum Break, Slay the Spire, Into the Breach, Spiderman, Hitman, AC Origins, Dying Light, FFXV, Diablo III, The Surge, Rayman Legends, COD IW, Nier, Nier Automata, A Way Out, Little Nightmares, Rime, DkS 3 DLC, GoW4, Sunset Overdrive, Bayonetta 1 & 2, Resi 4, Pandora's Tower, Downwell, Monkey Island 1 & 2 Remastered, Grim Fandango Remastered, Day of the Tentacle Remastered,Trine 1-3, Catherine, Rogue Legacy, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell, Sleeping Dogs, Binding of Isaac, Gravity Rush, Stealth Inc 2, Transistor, Broforce, Magicka 1&2, Kentucky Route Zero, 1001 Spikes, Remember Me, Catherine, MGS V/GZ, Danganronpa, DmC, Dust, From Dust, Gears of War (1-4), God of War, Hitman (early ones), Splinter Cell, I Am Alive, Outlast,  SotC HD, Styx, Thief, The Crew, Ys, Yakuza, XCOM, Suikoden, TWD (s2), The Evil Within, The Banner Saga, Sniper Elite, Richard & Alice, Hydrophobia, Gunpoint, Else Heart.Break(), Door Kickers, Malicious, Castevania: Lord of Shadows, No Time to Explain, Apotheon, Capsized

    Books:

    1 - What I Talk About When I'm Running
    2 - Runaway
    3 - The Prince of Fools
    4 - The Liar's Key

    Movies / series:

    1 - Luther (s3)
    2 - Luther (s4)
    3 - Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri
    4 - Catastrophe (s4)
    5 - The Big Lebowski
    6 - Arrival
    7 - Line of Duty (s5)
    8 - Disobedience
    9 - The Victim
    10 - Fleabag (s1)
    11 - Fleabag (s2)
    12 - The Amazing Mrs. Maisel
    13 - Love, Death & Robots
    14 - Roma
    15 - The Vietnam War

    My 2017 link: here (59 completed, [394], average [6.68]; 25 books; 33 shows/movies)
    My 2018 link: here (52 completed, [342], average [6.58]; 18 books; 26 shows/movies)

    Other links:
     - Edinburgh advice: http://thebearandbadger.co.uk/discussion/comment/1563999#Comment_1563999
     - NowTV suggestions: http://thebearandbadger.co.uk/discussion/comment/1597595#Comment_1597595
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    Hi. Can I count boardgames?
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  • Completed:
    Florence ****
    07/01
    Short but very engaging mobile game that does some really novel things with the mobile platform to tell it's story.

    My Brother Ate My Pudding
    08/01
    Short, dumb, fun mobile puzzle game.

    Pokémon Let's Go Eevee *****
    24/01
    Its Pokémon.

    Gunman Clive
    28/01
    Fairly enjoyable platformer with some interesting ideas that doesn't out stay it's welcome or become too frustrating.

    Night In The Woods
    18/02

    Chuchel
    02/03

    Yakuza 0
    21/03

    Minit
    25/03


    Ongoing:
    Yakuza Kiwami
    Resident Evil VII
    Final Fantasy IX
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    A firm no.
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    Frosty can do what he likes.
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  • Can they be proper games this year?

    *runs*
    Let's go exploring....
  • In!

    1. Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
    6th January 2019–6th January 2019
    Iñupiaq flavoured puzzle platformer tale. Educational rather than entertaining. 6

    2. The Gardens Between
    7th January 2019–9th January 2019
    Short, whimsical, time bending puzzler entertains. Love your friends. 7

    3. >observer_
    27th January 2019–2nd February 2019
    Rutger barely elevates mildly diverting, talk heavy thriller. Average. 6

    4. Thomas Was Alone
    9th March 2019–11th March 2019
    Witty, simplistic but entertaining block puzzler. Wallace narration good. 7.5

    5. Strange Brigade
    17th December 2018–9th April 2019
    Fun and tricky Egyptian flavoured zombie co-op shooter, tally ho. 8
    GT: WEBBIN5 - A life in formats: Sinclair ZX81>Amstrad CPC 6128>Amiga 500>Sega Megadrive>PC>PlayStation 2>Xbox>DS Lite>Xbox 360>Xbox One>Xbox One X
  • Up and running with Mario Odyssey and Into the Breach.
  • I'll probably manage 4 this year.
    Let's go exploring....
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    I think I may struggle this year, given I'm staring down the barrel of DQXI, FC5, Spiderman, AC Origins, Into the Breach & Slay the Spire amongst others, each of which will take me like a month.

    But we'll see.  I'm sure I can find some fluff to fill the gaps with after all ;p

    Anyway, my post above is now up and running, albeit sparsely populated...
  • I'll list the stuff I finish, doubt I'll hit 52 as the Vita well has run dry (even for someone who's happy to lick a muddy puddle), there's nothing left on 3DS I want to play and I've worked through most of my GBA shoebox. Chances are I'll still hit 40ish playing indie games at home though, we'll see.
    You have minecraft?
  • I want to get rid of my pile of shame and play / replay / properly finish a few major omissions from the past. I’ve recently set up my old PS2 as there’s a few I never got round to properly. R-Type Final, Viewtiful Joe, Batman - Vengeance and Outrun 2006. These have been hanging around for ten years or more. I got about halfway through Outrun on the PSP before getting distracted or something.

    A couple of PS3 ones, quite a few on the 3DS, hundreds on the PC but I’ve whittled that down to about 10-15 essentials. Then the more interesting ones from the past couple of years that I’ve missed out on due to restricted play time and motivation. 5 or 6 I still want to get through from the SNES classic. Then any new releases that catch my eye. So that’s at least 30 there without much outlay.
  • JonB wrote:
    Wish list:Bayonetta 2

    You wanna borrow it? I’m halfway through at the mo and can send to you when I’m done? Cos I’m prob gonna do hard run on 1 before returning to 2.
    "But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!"
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    monkey wrote:
    R-Type Final, Viewtiful Joe

    You're gonna have a fun year, those two are cracking
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  • In, obv, but hey Cocha I did 14 last year not 13!
    "But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!"
  • Good luck finishing Viewtiful Joe. That was a pad-hurler for me.
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    I only played it on GC, think it might be easier with that pad, though I didn't finish it either
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  • cockbeard wrote:
    monkey wrote:
    R-Type Final, Viewtiful Joe

    You're gonna have a fun year, those two are cracking
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    Good luck finishing Viewtiful Joe. That was a pad-hurler for me.
    Yeah those two especially have been put off for a reason. I’ve got a gaming skill ceiling, it’s not high, and when I reach it, that’s it. Still going to count them though.
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    It's to a completion that you're comfortable with. I'm gonna be playing a lot of 16Bit and lower era game this year, and I reckon many of them will push me close but hell I'll count if I reach my finish even if it's not the games ending
    "I spent years thinking Yorke was legit Downs-ish disabled and could only achieve lucidity through song" - Mr B
  • Viewtiful Joe is one of my most wanted for a remake/remaster. Felt almost perfect to me except for annoying stupid boss gauntlet level.
    "But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!"
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    My other forum has a like option, I don't want it here but I keep reaching for it
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  • hylian_elf wrote:
    Wish list:Bayonetta 2
    You wanna borrow it? I’m halfway through at the mo and can send to you when I’m done? Cos I’m prob gonna do hard run on 1 before returning to 2.
    That would be nice. Thanks. I'm going to start Zelda next though, so no rush.
    hylian_elf wrote:
    Viewtiful Joe is one of my most wanted for a remake/remaster. Felt almost perfect to me except for annoying stupid boss gauntlet level.
    That's where I gave up.
  • Yeah boss rush is poor design and can see people give up at that point. You missed the amazing final level though. Lots of Star Wars.
    "But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!"
  • I probably gave it a good go actually, but just couldn't do it. I'm not sure the game ever really clicked with me anyway.
  • Hopefully this is a page turn so I can do my list here for ease...
    "But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!"
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