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|5 50%||Blasphemous (2019) - Sep 16, 2020
"Hmmm, I'm a bit mixed. I'm very positive on the pitch-black tone and visuals (think Castlevania with the dark fantasy toned down and replaced with sheer gory religious horror), but as a Metroidvania - it's fun to explore and reveal the map of course, as always. Good boss battles too. But it's full of frustrations, too. Wayyyy too many useless collectables, poor sense of growth and progression, opaque design and mysteries, annoying features with one hit-kill spikes."
|7 82%||Trials of Mana (2020) - Sep 16, 2020
"An old school-style pleasure dressed up a little with a slicker, faster combat system. Cheesy story and script and voice acting but a lovely lush fairy tale presentation in visuals, design and music and fighting that is fun enough that I was still enjoying it hundreds of battles in. Played through all three main stories and all three final bosses, new game plus, secret super dungeon/super boss, etc., got pretty into it. Fun stuff."
|6 68%||Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 (2020) - Sep 05, 2020
"Reviewed it on YouTube: https://youtube.com/watch?v=eqN8uNsFyV8"
|6 68%||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) - Aug 22, 2020
"(As always with me, I don’t care about FPS multiplayer - review is for campaign only.) 99% of all dialogue about this game at the time seemed to be about “No Russian,” but actually the highlight is the missions where you get to battle your way through American suburbs instead of the rural/military base Russian & Middle East locales like the last game. Wayyyy too much “follow your squad leader” as the objective though. Occasional last time; seemed almost constant here."
|7 82%||Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) - Aug 15, 2020
"In “patient gamer” fashion, I have just now finally played through this game 13 years after its release (single player campaign; don’t care about FPS multiplayer). And it’s... pretty darn enjoyable! Cheesy macho military action with a good mix of all-out action, stealth, sieges, corridor shooting, cinematic set pieces, vehicles, etc. Difficulty curve seemed a bit off to me though. Like, mission 18 is no tougher than mission 5, while the hardest level is in the middle of the game."
|8 92%||Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020) - Jun 21, 2020
"Exceedingly well made in many respects - aesthetically, fun hack n slash gameplay, still a great base story, music/voice acting, extra modes and stuff to do - but there’s just these little things about it that bug me so much. The “Whispers,” ugh, what were they thinking?"
|6 68%||The Mummy Demastered (2017) - Apr 08, 2020
"Level design was pretty standard issue Metroidvania and the death mechanic a bit maddening. But the great presentation with beautiful retro pixel art and chip tunes made it worthwhile - still listen to a few of the tunes regularly."
|5 50%||The Messenger: Picnic Panic (2019) - Apr 08, 2020
"Decently fun little expansion to kill a few hours with; nothing that expands on the base game too remarkably."
|7 82%||Far Cry 4 (2014) - Apr 07, 2020
"No way in hell would I ever spend the 100+ hours it would take to do every side mission but just playing it in a fairly straightforward fashion going from outpost to outpost to fortress to campaign mission and repeat until the Royal Palace it’s definitely a fun FPS. The feeling of power when you get a mighty new weapon is great. Never mastered the stealth though; got spotted every time."
|8 92%||Terranigma (1995) - Mar 22, 2020
"I thought this game was pretty excellent. The “god mode” city-building progression system is pretty inscrutable without a guide and the magic system is fairly useless. But in the basic gameplay in dungeons, combat, world exploration and so on it does a great job continuing on the work of A Link to the Past and Secret of Mana, with charming presentation/music, mythical feel in its storytelling, and a climactic set of twists and bittersweet ending that are very memorable."