A lot of gamers keep lists of all the games they’ve finished throughout each year. That’s something I’ve always kinda-sorta intended to do, but I’ve tried to keep them all in my head, and at my advanced age (I’m all of forty-damn-six, you little punks), that’s nearly impossible for my withered old brain.
So since the beginning of the year, I figured I can keep track of them right here in a blog post, which I’ll continually update! The latest games will be added to the top. (I’m not including re-playing old games I’ve already finished, like, say, Super Metroid or Mega Man.) So here goes–!
The Spectre Files: Deathstalker (PC) and Simulacra (PC)
Two games, made decades apart, but not entirely dissimilar. I’ve been on a little bit of an FMV game kick lately, and I’ve been spending a lot of time with the legendary “lost” laserdisc arcade game, Deathstalker, which is available on Steam. After hours of muddling through it and never “beating” it, I looked up a couple of videos to find just one solution. Although I didn’t follow the exact patterns I saw, I tweaked a few things I was doing and managed to find my way to a successful ending! Craving more FMV intrigue, I played through 2017’s Simulacra, a total creepypasta game where you find yourself in the possession of a missing girl’s smartphone, and you must use it to unravel the mystery. Both games feature extensive branching pathways and can be solved in multiple ways, and I would love to go through each one again — I would especially like to really master Deathstalker and write a lot more about it, because if it had come out in the ’80s as intended, it would have actually been the deepest and most free-roaming LD game in the arcade. I’m also planning on playing Simulacra 2 soon, and have been looking into more recent FMV titles!
City Shrouded In Shadow/Kyoei Toshi (PS4)
I’d been meaning to get this Japanese-only game since it came out in 2017 — it’s jam-packed with all my favorite Japanese pop culture icons, Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, Evangelion, and even my favorite anime, Patlabor — but it took me until now to obtain a copy. An offshoot of the Disaster Report series, you must navigate the city while monsters attack and battle throughout. It’s not a particularly difficult game, and stages are broken up into short sections with lots of save points. There are lots of multiple-choice points that are all in Japanese, so non-Japanese-speakers may not get the whole story (I speak some Japanese, but most of it was still past my skill level), but if you just pick the first option it always seems to work. The game is also not technically great, with wonky control similar to the original Silent Hill, but I love the theme and spirit of the game so much that I can forgive that and I had a ton of fun dodging kaiju and meeting Patrol Labors!
Super Mario 3D World (Switch)
I loved Super Mario 3D Land on the 3DS (I played through the whole thing on my son’s 3DS when we were on vacation several years ago), so when this was announced for the Switch (I never had a Wii U), I figured it’d be a fun pickup. It is! Although I don’t really keep up on all the Mario games, this is a good one to pick up and play in small chunks. And with it pulling thematic references from several classic Mario titles, retro gamers should feel right at home. As of right now, I’ve cleared the main game, but not the (SPOILER) bonus world, and I haven’t played much of Bowser’s Fury yet.
Cotton Reboot! (PS4)
The Japanese version is out and has already made it to preorders in the US! Okay look, I’m not gonna lie, I *finished* the Arrange Mode, but I continued like 10 times. I got the trophy saying I cleared it, but I’m sure some people will say clearing a shmup doesn’t count unless it’s a 1CC. Pretty sure I’m never gonna 1CC this thing, but I’m gonna enjoy trying!
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4)
I really, really love these South Park RPGs. Super fun gameplay framed by South Park’s trademark proprietary blend of smart, acerbic satire and stupid dick and fart jokes. I hope they do a third sometime!
Ys Seven (PC)
The culmination of my “Ys kick,” I spent a little over 40 hours to finish the PC version of Ys Seven. Definitely different from other games in the series because of the party element, but still had enough of that Ys feel to keep me hooked.
Untitled Goose Game (PS4)
I finally got to play this game after my wife got me the iam8bit “Lovely Edition,” packaged entirely in eco-friendly materials, for Christmas — and a few days later I finished the game in one sitting. Original and hilarious! In my head, I kept calling it Metal Goose Solid.
Keep checking back for list updates!