33Bayonetta 2Switch10hrsAmazon1-Aug-2022★★★★★
31Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy OriginPS521hrsGameStop25-Jul-2022★★★★☆SoP is a chaotic mess of a game and I enjoyed the hell out of it. It is a bizarre journey that's carried by the strengths of its Souls-like combat gameplay and the oddly aggressive and one-dimensional cast of characters. It's such a weirdly inspired game that I didn't think would stick it's landing but yet Jack manages to nail it. Not perfectly, but enough that I'd buy more if there was anything.
30Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & KnucklesPC7hrsSteam8-Jul-2022★★★★☆
29Sonic the Hedgehog 2PC4hrsSteam2-Jul-2022★★★★☆
28Sonic CDPC2.5hrsSteam1-Jul-2022★★★★☆
27The RampPC1.1hrsSteam30-Jun-2022★★★★☆
26Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)PC3hrsSteam28-Jun-2022★★★★☆
25Borderlands: Game of the Year - EnhancedPC14hrsSteam28-Jun-2022★★★★☆
24Tony Hawk's Underground 2PC5hrsY25-Jun-2022★★★★☆
23Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's RevengePC3hrsGame Pass23-Jun-2022★★★★☆
Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-Shot
21The QuarryPC12hrs15-Jun-2022★★★★☆
20Sonic Colors: UltimatePC5.8hrsYEGS12-Jun-2022★★★☆☆I definitely don't love this game as much as I did back then, but revisiting Colors was a fun way to spend a Sunday. The gameplay is on point still and has some fantastic levels, but the way everything is set up makes it feel like they were trying to drag this out as much as possible.
19SifuPC9hrsEGS8-Jun-2022★★★★☆Sifu was a challenge I don't think I was ready for. The gameplay loop tested my patience but when things started to click, it felt extremely satisfying. Being able to perform combos without a scratch on me, getting those parries just right, and overcoming the difficulty were great rewards to me.
18Boomerang XPC3.2hrsSteam3-Jun-2022★★★★★Furious fun. The speedruns have to be crazy.
17Mafia: Definitive EditionPC10.5hrsSteam16-May-2022★★★☆☆It alright. My big thing against this is just the gameplay didn't feel too good. I enjoy the driving (even that race mission was pretty fun), but everything else wasn't really doing anything for me. Everything else about the game I love though. The story was great and the overall presentation is just fantastic. The city looks incredible and really shines during certain missions. Shame about the other stuff though.
16Resident Evil 3 (2020)PC7.1hrsSteam8-May-2022★★★☆☆There's a lot of aspects of RE3 I enjoyed, such as the story and overall presentation is fantastic. Gameplay is more of that good stuff I loved in RE2, plus a new shiny dodge button. Overall though, it's definitely lacking. It feels like a small excerpt of something bigger and more in-depth. It's linear, with a bit of exploration and the few puzzles weren't as much of a challenge as expected. Despite my mixed thoughts, I still had fun running through it. I need to play more of these Resident Evil games.
15Rock BandPS35hrseBay7-May-2022★★★★☆Completed all 58 songs on the solo guitar tour.

Never had the opportunity to play through Rock Band fully, so going through this was new and pretty exciting. It's got a pretty banging setlist that would be fun to play on any instrument. The big rock endings are pretty dumb and I'm glad they're used so sparingly in the game. Visually, I loved the look of the game. Characters have a nice style to them and the overall UI is super clean, though I'm not really into the look of the setlist. Super excited to get into 2 and beat 3 at some point.

Favourite Tracks to Play: (Don't Fear) the Reaper, Highway Star, Welcome Home
14AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track PackXBOX 3603hrs3-May-2022★★★☆☆This is AC/DC's Live in Donington DVD in Rock Band form, complete with additional crowd noises and extended bridges to make me fall asleep build up hype. It's a good setlist, though studio recordings would've been way better.
13Max Payne 3PC11.3hrsSteam2-May-2022★★★★☆I had a good time going through the third instalment of Max Payne. The Rockstar take on the gunplay feels faithful but slightly different thanks to some of the new mechanics/features. Visually, it looks fantastic nearly a decade from release and honestly holds up way better than GTAV. Wasn't a big fan of the aesthetic. I'm fine with a more cinematic take, but the chromatic glitching and words popping up to add more emphasis was kind of overkill. Still absolutely fun all around.
12Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max PaynePC6.1hrsSteam26-Apr-2022★★★★★Amazing sequel! More of the good stuff that I loved about the first one, but further refined for a really satisfying experience. Really didn't expect some of the moments in the game, but I'm all for it.
11Max PaynePC8.1hrsSteam22-Apr-2022★★★★☆First time diving into this series! Had a friend singing Max Payne 3's praises, so I figured it would be cool to jump into them in order. This first title is a fantastic introduction. I guess the best way to describe this is simple and satisfying. It doesn't try to make things overly complicated with the mechanics or story and that's alright. I loved the noir tone - it's got a bit of cheese in it with some lines or the voice acting, but I feel like it compliments the darker aspects of the story fantastically. The gunplay is great and Bullet Time just pairs with it really well. I really thought I'd be tired of kill cams by the end of the game, but I didn't. The one knock against this game is just some of the platforming moments absolutely suck. It's really difficult to make precise movements due to Max being a bit too big and the ledges just being too small. But overall though, this was a really fuckin' cool game. Looking forward to the second one.
10Tony Hawk's UndergroundPS26hrsYFuture Shop10-Apr-2022★★★★★I really wish my PS2 still worked. The Tony Hawk replays continue with Underground. Lots of people consider this the falling off point of when Hawk games started to get bad, but if I'm being honest, this is the best one. I think there are a handful of aspects of this game that haven't aged too well, be it the corny dialogue in the story mode or the character models. But even so, the game still plays like perfectly. Despite the shift to a narrative, the missions featured are still classic Hawk stuff - hitting high scores, doing big combos, and collecting various objects. Gameplay is still snappy and quick but isn't as punishing. The new mechanics, getting off your board and acid drops, aren't anything groundbreaking compared to reverts or manuals, but are welcome additions to the lineup. Plus, that more harder aesthetic is a really awesome change of scenery compared to the brighter, cleaner THPS4. Soundtrack, as usual, still bangs.
9Elden RingPC89.8hrsSteam6-Apr-2022★★★★★Elden Ring was never on my radar until a friend offered me a copy of it. At the time, I was playing another big open-world adventure game but figured I'd pause that to dip my toes in and see what all the fuss was about. However, I just ended up falling in and just get consumed by this game for the past month.

For me, the big thing that kept me hooked was just how huge and open the game was. I didn't have to remain locked into the main quest and I was free to just roam the map, finding secrets around every corner. Regardless of what I was doing, every little step felt like progress to something bigger. I've spent almost 90 hours in the game with 27 of the 42 achievements and it still feels like there's so much I'm missing out on. The one issue I had, especially with the late game, was just how much pressure the bosses put on. I get that every obstacle can be overcome but often I just felt like there just wasn't enough breathing room to do anything. Though, I don't expect the final area of any game to be easy especially from the people who made Dark Souls.

I had an absolute wild time going through Elden Ring and I'm coming back for a second journey soon. Definitely a GOTY 2022 contender.
8Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4PS27hrsYEB Games27-Feb-2022★★★★★Completed 100% for the first time ever.

I hold a lot of nostalgia for this Pro Skater in particular so getting to revisit after being away for so long was an absolute treat. I gotta say though that this game is way harder than I remember it being. Controls feels snappier and slightly less kind on the balancing, the Career Mode offers some incredibly varied missions with lots of characters along with the classics, and the additional missions as a reward for beating the current set is a nice little gift too. The one thing I don't really like are a lot of the levels. Some of them just feel a bit too big and don't offer too many good spots for continuous lines (maybe that's a me thing? IDK). My favourites are College, Alcatraz, and London. And as usual, the soundtrack is a really good mix of rock, punk, and hip-hop.
7Ratchet & Clank: Rift ApartPS513hrsCostco23-Feb-2022★★★★☆Honestly, there's not a lot for me to say that hasn't been said already. It's a fantastic platformer that showcases what the PS5 is fully capable with some top notch visuals, smooth gameplay, and a really fun story to boot.
6Astro's PlayroomPS53hrsCostco17-Feb-2022★★★★☆A cute, little game exploring the PlayStation console family filled with so many easter eggs and references. Each level has it's own ability that takes advantage of what the DualSense can do and I'm all for it. Didn't get all the puzzle pieces or PlayStation gear, but I'm probably going to go through it for the plat before I pick up another title for the PS5.
5Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3PS22.5hrsYWal-Mart15-Feb-2022★★★★★100% completion with the Custom Skater (lovingly named Jon Skater).

Out of all the Pro Skater titles, 3 was the game that I've had the least amount of time in just due to picking it up last. Honestly, not my favorite entry but it's a really good time still. Just the addition of the revert just adds so much to the gameplay and the levels are some of my favorite in the series (shoutsout to Airport). Really hope this game gets the remaster treatment in the future.
4God of War (2018)PC15.8hrsYSteam25-Jan-2022★★★★☆Game is still great, though I don't think I enjoyed it as much as the first time around. Not really sure why though. The port for PC is fantastic. Runs smooth with some small framedrops here and there, but that's to be expected. Looks absolutely fantastic at 1440p. Looking forward to Ragnarok this year (hopefully)!
3ARMSSwitch6hrsToys 'R Us10-Jan-2022★★★☆☆I'm not really sure how to classify a completion with fighting games, especially something like this. I did two runs through the Grand Prix/Arcade mode and played as many matches against friends and strangers as I could stomach.

For a new arena fighter-type game, ARMS is a pretty good time. Combat feels fun and fresh, especially with the ability to swap arms between rounds to keep opponents on their toes. Each arena is unique and fun without being too distracting with a specific gimmick. Music slaps too. Compared to other fighting games, ARMS isn't a game that'll keep me locked in for hours doing matches compared to other games. Perhaps it's the lack of content, though I've poured like 250 hours into Smash Ultimate only doing QP. Still, the matches I played against friends were pretty great. Wondering how the future looks for this one.
2SUPERHOT VRPC4.1hrsSteamVR4-Jan-2022★★★★☆I picked up an Oculus Quest 2 with leftover holiday money and I immediately knew this was something I have to play. The original SUPERHOT is the most unique FPS games I've played and it absolutely rules in VR. It translates so well into VR and feels both easier and a bit more challenging now that you're moving about. The only issue I ran into a lot was throwing just didn't work at times, though I feel like that might just be a me thing. Either way, this was an awesome first experience in VR.
1SkatebirdPC5.8hrsSteam1-Jan-2022★★★☆☆First completion of the year! Skatebird is a very charming arcade skateboarding game with a cute concept and a bumping soundtrack of lo-fi beats and ska tunes. But, the skateboarding itself just feels very clunky, making the game pretty rough to play through at times. My cat liked watching the birds bump about though, so that's worth something I think.
52Super Mario Bros.NES1.5hrsNSO29-Dec-2021★★★★☆I don't think there's much I can say about it. It's a classic, damnit!! A nice challenge, especially those final two worlds, and controls feel really good despite being a bit slippery at times. But, I had a blast.
51UnpackingPC4hrsGame Pass29-Dec-2021★★★★☆A short but really sweet puzzle game about, well, unpacking your stuff. I love its detailed pixel art and overall chill vibe. Always cool to see something a bit different out here.
50Cthulhu Saves Christmas PC6.6hrsSteam27-Dec-2021★★★☆☆He really did do what the title said! The writing is fantastic and I dig the music. Gameplay was good until I started getting bored by the repetition near the end, but still had a fun time going through this.
49Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2Switch4hrsYAmazon27-Dec-2021★★★★★THPS1+2 was my game of the year for 2020 and this marks the third time I've completed it - now on the Switch. Unlike previous completions where I went for as many challenges/trophies I could handle, I just went for the standard - both the Pro Skater 1 and 2 levels completed as the Custom Skater with all stat points collected. The game itself an absolutely gorgeous nostalgia trip that gives these classics a much deserved upgrade and then some. As for the Switch version, it's pretty solid all things considered. Of course visuals take a hit, but overall it looks fantastic and runs pretty smoothly with the only frame drops I've encountered being on the main menu of all things. I don't think I could ever play this game with Joy-Cons though, it just doesn't feel right? I had a great time revisiting GOTY 2020. Hope we see more of that guy that looks like Tony Hawk in the future.
48Mighty GunvoltPC.5hrsSteam26-Dec-2021★★★☆☆I didn't know I had this in my library? It's Mega-Man without Mega-Man. Pretty, pretty good.
47Bioshock Infinite: Burial at SeaPC4hrsSteam26-Dec-2021★★★★☆Pretty good! Episode one is extremely dull, but really loved the shift to stealth gameplay and the story in the second half.
46SCARLET NEXUS - Kasane's StoryPC28.4hrsSteam24-Dec-2021★★★★☆Scartlet Nexus is like right in the middle for me. The combat is a ton of fun and the game has overall fantastic presentation, but ultimately when the anime bullshit kicks up into high gear in the story, I kind of lost a bit of interest. The halfway point and I'm sitting here thinking "Yeah, sure. Fuck it. Go nuts." But, regardless of the tropes, the overall gameplay really made the whole experience worth while. Might return at some point to see the other what the other protagonist's story is like.
45Forza Horizon 5PC24hrsGame Pass22-Dec-2021★★★★★I don't have too much experience with the previous Forza games, so this was my first time really jumping into it. Overall, I had a great time. I loved the events, both the regular ones and the bigger set-piece based ones. Game looks absolutely incredible throughout with some killer audio design. I dig how in-depth the customization is to let you make the vehicles your own. As much fun as I had working to the hall of fame, I do think the map was a little bland after a bit? I loved driving through sun-soaked Mexico (especially now considering there's snow on the ground outside) but the look just kind of blends together and doesn't really offer much variety visually. Still though! This was a fun one. I'll definitely pick this up again when the expansions drop.
44Ghost of TsushimaPS441.2hrsPSN11-Dec-2021★★★★★Not sure why I put this game on pause last year because DAMN, I needed this. Thoroughly impressed by everything Sucker Punch delivered here - the gameplay/combat, the main journey and its' side stories, and the overall presentation. It's all so wonderful. I spent about the first 20 hours going through Act 1 and the side-quests it introduced, then spent the second half just going through the story as things developed. Gonna go back at some point to complete those tales, maybe for a new game plus run on PS5 or something.
43Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2PC4.3hrsSteam30-Nov-2021★★★☆☆Ok, so this one was a lot better. Sonic's gameplay is still more of the same as Episode 1, but I think the level design helped make things more interesting this time around. Plus, Tails joined the game and adds a bit more flavor with some new co-op moves. Visually, this looks a lot better too! However, the music is still pretty bland. Not a bad time, though my expectations were put pretty low after playing the first episode. It does kind of bum me out that Episode 3 was scrapped, but at the same time, maybe that's a good thing.
42Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1PC2.8hrsSteam28-Nov-2021★☆☆☆☆The gameplay feels bad, the music is incredibly forgettable, and visually doesn't look good at all. Maybe someone had a lot of fun with this, but I'd rather forget about this adventure. Episode 2 looks a lot better though.
41Marvel's Guardians of the GalaxyPC19.5hrsSteam21-Nov-2021★★★★☆Another game that I was seriously on the fence about from reveal until launch. I had zero expectations going in, but was surprised how much I loved this adventure. While the combat gameplay wasn't a smash hit at points for me, it was carried by it's incredible soundtrack, writing, and visuals. Oh man, the visuals are so CLEAN for this game and truly made me feel like we're in a new generation of gaming. Definitely going to revisit for a new game plus run in the future.
40Back 4 BloodPC45hrsGame Pass5-Nov-2021★★★☆☆If you ever wanted more Left 4 Dead and wasn't interested in the custom campaigns, Back 4 Blood is that and a bit more. Really didn't have many complaints overall about this one - the card-based progression is fantastic and makes the game a lot more interesting, the campaign is pretty solid, and when you add co-op with friends to the equation, the game rules. My biggest issue with the game is difficulty. Veteran (Normal) is just way too difficult to handle as the mutation spawn rate is way higher than it should be. Meanwhile, Recruit (Easy) feels like a cakewalk at times in comparison. We ended up pausing our Veteran run in order to complete the campaign atleast once on Recruit, and now we're grinding out skill points for additional cards. Turtle Rock has tried to address this in the last balance patch, but ended up making it worse. It's annoying, but despite that flaw, I'm loving my time with the game.
39A Short HikePC1.5hrsSteam11-Oct-2021★★★★☆Cute little adventure, exploring an island and talking to folk. Don't really have much to talk about for this one, but can confirm - the name checks out.
38PICO PARKPC2.9hrsSteam22-Sept-2021★★★☆☆A short co-op platformer that manages to keep itself fun and fresh throughout the 12 world run. Also manages to evoke pain when the lobby is full. Would run through again.
37DEATHLOOPPC19.7hrsSteam19-Sept-2021★★★★★DEATHLOOP is one tight package. It's got a really damn cool sense of style, gorgeous visuals, and incredibly fun gameplay. Once I got accustomed to the various abilities and made the ideal loadout, blazing through enemies or taking them down stealthily felt so satisfying. I loved how hands-off the game is, giving you the freedom to follow leads however you want, when you want. Though, it did feel a little frustrating to find a clue to another lead but Colt doesn't have enough context to put the pieces together even though me as a player already has. Still, had a fantastic time going through these loops. Also, this was the first game that I've played with full DualSense support on PC. Not 100% sure I'd use adaptive triggers in every game, but this was an interesting experience.
36Sonic Adventure 2PC9.8hrsSteam12-Sept-2021★★★★☆Sonic Adventure 2 is great. It took the things I really liked about the first one and just focused on making those way better and it worked for the most part. Wasn't much of a fan of treasure hunting this time around due to the radar tracking one item at a time, but still had a blast with the hunting, shooting, and speed levels. Really glad that the levels were just divided into three story modes this time around. Overall, really impressed by this adventure!
35Sonic AdventurePC8.1hrsSteam9-Sept-2021★★☆☆☆Sonic Adventure was a pretty alright experience. Sonic's gameplay was fun and offered a pretty great balance between speedy set pieces and some careful platforming. I wasn't much of a fan of the other characters play styles. Knuckles' treasure hunting was pretty fun, and Gamma's shooting sections was a fun detour. But, Tails offered a pretty sub-par retelling and Amy and Big's campaigns just exist. The story was decent, but I couldn't stand any of the voice acting. Not super sure why people say Sonic had a rough transition into 3D. Yeah, the game has not aged well, but I still had a good time.
34Watch_Dogs Legion: BloodlinesPC5hrsUbisoft7-Jul-2021★★★★☆Legion was already kind of an OK game for me, so more of the same is fine. The DLC's big selling point was bringing back Aiden Pearce and Wrench, way older but still not as wise. I always liked Wrench, but never was a fan of Aiden. Bloodline makes him slightly more tolerable and gives him a bit more personality, probably just due to the location change. The missions are alright, with a few standouts here and there, but nothing spectacular. A nice fan-service filled bit of content that I may re-visit in the future.
33Mass Effect - Legendary EditionPC13.9hrsSteam18-May-2021★★★★☆Wasn't really planning on picking this up, but after hearing a friend gush about the series for so long, I figured now would be a good time to jump in. For this first run through the trilogy, I'm going with Paragon John Shepard. Figured it would be good to just experience these games in like the most ideal route.

Mass Effect is a solid introduction to the world and characters. The writing is great and I love the crew I had with me. Well, most of them anyways. I can't really compare it to the original release, but it's definitely clear from this experience that the gameplay has some rough bits here and there. After awhile, I got used to the jank and everything was smooth sailing. Hell, I kind of like the Mako no matter how bad it felt to drive. Looking forward to playing Mass Effect 2 soon.
32Rock Band 4PS413.5hrseBay11-May-2021★★★★☆I was gonna come back to Rock Band 4 at some point, but that final We Be Drummin' stream pushed me to get back to it. Going through the campaign with my new band, Rock and the Band, was a good time. The overall gameplay is still super solid, though I feel like I was definitely off for most of the time either due to input lag or my controller acting up. They added a new feature for freestyle guitar solos. Instead of playing the original chart and solo, you can now just make up your own on the go! It's a great concept on paper that definitely works, but it sounds absolutely terrible.

Not much of a fan of the track list for this one. I dig the how varied the tracks are, however they just left a lot to be desired. Though, I suppose if there's something you really want to play, there's a good chance it might be DLC already? I have the RB3 export and a few DLC tracks, so adding them into the mix definitely helped make the experience way more enjoyable.
31Tony Hawk's Pro SkaterPS13hrsEB Games3-May-2021★★★★☆I've owned this game for so long, but I've never bothered to complete it until now. First, I thought my game disc was busted for a long while. As it turns out, it works with some music skipping and FMV issues. Second, if you had the sequel that improves everything, why would you go back to the old one? Whatever. Anyways.

The original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater feels outdated compared to the subsequent entries in the series, but it's still an extremely fun game all these years later. It's very simple to pick up and play, but it was definitely a challenge trying to get a high combo. There aren't a lot of moves in your arsenal, so you really have to make do with the tricks you're given. It makes getting any kind of combo over 4 tricks something to celebrate for me. The sound is absolutely perfect for this game. Yes, I know how good the soundtrack is, but those sound effects to go with it are just so excellent to listen to. I just love how crisp and crunchy they are. Kind of a shame that they didn't keep them for THPS2. It's kinda crazy to play the 2020 remaster and then come back to the original after so long, but it was worth the trip.
30Daytona USAPS31.1hrsPSN2-May-2021★★★★☆Really enjoyed my time with Daytona USA! Very terrible at the game, but I loved everything about the racing. I dig those blue skies, the chunky cars and the infectiously catchy soundtrack. Definitely keeping this one installed to try and get better times.
29The Beatles: Rock BandXBOX 3605hrsEB Games1-May-2021★★★★☆The Beatles: Rock Band is a loving tribute to an incredibly iconic band. I'm not much of a fan of The Beatles, but I had a lot of fun going through the track list for this. The charts are pretty mixed in terms of difficulty, so it's a nice balance. The big draw for me was it's visuals. The early tracks in the game are mostly recreations of some memorable performances, but later on, they start getting more creative and wild with the visuals to fit. Compared to Green Day: Rock Band, The Beatles: Rock Band still manages to come out on top. GD:RB felt more like an add-on for an existing Rock Band game with some new character skins. But, this game definitely stands out from the mainline titles by embracing a retro and psychedelic aesthetic that fits perfectly with the setlist. Easily the best band focused rhythm game in my eyes.
28Green Day: Rock BandXBOX 3603.5hrsEB Games17-Apr-2021★★★☆☆Didn't expect to go back to this game, but here we are I guess! Had a pretty fun time going through Green Day's discography in this interactive greatest hits compilation, though it did feel like the overall package was lacking compared to other band-centric rhythm games.
27Disco ElysiumPC22.2hrsEGS15-Apr-2021★★★★★Wasn't super sure if Disco Elysium would be for me but I got sucked into it the more I moved through it. The writing is incredible - vivid, morbid, raw. It captures the human experience incredibly well, flaws and all, and isn't afraid to go to places. The people and the city they live in all play a part in this game and say a lot, even if they don't appear for long. It can make you laugh, it can make you cry. The game has plenty of options to create your own ideal version of the main character through new thoughts, your psyche skills, and the initial character build. Perhaps it's due to the type of games I play normally, but Disco Elysium is the first time I've ever felt like my choices mattered. Small comments can have large effects on the way characters treat you in the world and I'm all for it. The one mechanic that's been hit-or-miss was the dice roll. I love the idea that the larger choices in the game are done via skill checks, but there have been crucial points where I need to pass, but miss completely. It gets frustrating, but that's the way it is with dice rolls I suppose. Overall, I had a blast playing through this and I'm definitely revisiting it in a few months to see what I missed.
26STEEP: Road to the OlympicsPC2.5hrsSteam2-Apr-2021★★★☆☆The DLC for STEEP has been rather hit or miss, but I think Road to The Olympics is probably the best pack out of them all. The new Japan/Korea map and additional challenges felt like more of the same good stuff that I enjoy in this game. Plus, the Olympic content was fun to go through as well. I enjoyed the different events that you could play, and surprisingly the campaign was kind of cool? It feels like an interactive documentary, detailing your character's journey to PyeongChang 2018. Complete with a narrator and various interviews with actual Olympic athletes that surround the various events you participate in. Definitely feels like a step up compared to the generic narrative cheese you'd get from other sports games, but I do miss that a bit.
25STEEPPC30.5hrsSteam2-Apr-2021★★★★★STEEP is probably up there as one of my favorite action sports games of recent history. The individual sports are easy to pick up and get into, feeling super smooth to control and do stunts. But with the varying terrain on the mountains and a health mechanic, it's been a challenge. I've always been a snowboarding fan so I've leaned towards that a lot throughout my time, but the wingsuit material is a lot of fun to play with. There's plenty of challenges to go through, so even if a specific event is making me feel frustrated, there's at least 3 others that might be for me. Even just cruising around the expansive map is fun. Playing this has got me feeling all kinds excited about the sequel whenever that gets released. Riders Republic leans into a much louder aesthetic and I dig it a lot. However, these past few Ubisoft releases have left me feeling a bit disappointed. I dunno, I guess we'll cross that bridge when it starts coming up.
24AdiosPC1.2hrsitch.io27-Mar-2021★★★★☆Don't remember where I heard about this (probably Twitter), but Adios sure was something. There's not a whole lot going on with the gameplay that will blow you away. You walk and talk with the other characters and sometimes get to do activities. The game's biggest strength is in the narrative. Adios has some fantastic writing and performances from the actors to deliver a really morbid slice of life story. It's very short and to the point, only showing the most important aspects of this day. I wish the game had more choices to expand and possibly influence the events, but honestly, I don't think it needs it. It's fantastic the way it is.
23Star Wars: Battlefront II - ResurrectionPC1.7hrsEGS24-Mar-2021★★☆☆☆Eh. I could've lived without this.
22Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017)PC12.2hrsEGS23-Mar-2021★★★★☆Didn't expect to like this one so much. I dig the 20vs20 combat in Multiplayer and having the option of playing as a hero to wild out on the other team. Campaign was alright. It gave a good sampling of what the game can do and tried to weave a story throughout each level. Heavy on the fan service and very straightforward. This game is a lot of fun and I'm probably gonna have this on rotation since a lot of my friends also have it thanks to Epic Games Store.
21Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarPC13hrsBlizzard8-Mar-2021★★★☆☆Never thought this would be a game I'd pick up in 2021, but here we are I guess. I played the trial during the free week and got really hooked into the MP, so here we are. The general note about the multiplayer I have is that I love the speed and how much fun the gunplay is. The maps are basic in setup, but get extremely chaotic in the different modes. On the other half of the game, we've got a pretty good single-player experience. The campaign is a short romp, but I had fun. Was mostly expecting going in guns blazing or linear stealth missions, but they give you a lot of room to work within the varied mission structures. I think the missions closer to the end of the game were easily highlights to me. The overall story is decent. Generic setup with the writing of an action blockbuster that I'll forget in a few weeks, but I don't think I would've expected anything less from a Call of Duty game. Really not a bad way to spend 7 hours. Looking forward to adding more hours into the multiplayer.
20Uncharted 4: A Thief's EndPS413hrsYAmazon4-Mar-2021★★★★☆Don't have a lot to say about this one. I initially played it when the game came out without having experienced the original trilogy. After finishing the Nathan Drake collection last month, I knew I had to go in and replay this once more. It felt wrong if I didn't. A lot of my thoughts on this game haven't change too much from 2016 surprisingly. If anything, I think I appreciate the effort and feel the love Naughty Dog had for this title. As a whole though, this series is incredible and I'm glad I took the time to go through each entry.
19Persona 5 StrikersPC29hrsSteam24-Feb-2021★★★★☆I didn't need a follow-up to Persona 5, but if ATLUS is gonna deliver one, I'll partake. The big thing about Strikers is the gameplay, moving away from traditional turn-based mechanics to real-time hack n' slash combat with the help of Koei Tecmo. The combat is chaotic and messy sometimes, but it's an absolute blast to play and feels true to the Persona series. The presentation is still fantastic, with some incredible new music tracks and remixes to accompany the trip across Japan. For me, I think the story may have been the weakest part. I feel like some of the reveals were obvious and sometimes left me scratching my head asking why, but still was enjoying it quite a bit partially due to the new additions to the cast, Sophia and Zenkichi. The two have some pretty good arcs and I hope they return in the future in some way shape or form.
18Uncharted: Golden AbyssVita9hrseBay20-Feb-2021★★★★☆Going from The Lost Legacy's extremely rich visuals on the PS4 Pro to Golden Abyss on the Vita was jarring at first, but Bend Studio really did their best with the hardware and keeping true to the rest of the Uncharted games. I'm always down to see how games take use of hardware features and I think this is like maybe the 2nd Vita game I've played that's taken advantage of every feature the handheld had. It all really worked, though I wasn't much of a fan of using the touch screen for boss fights. Cool idea, but it got kind of annoying after the first one. Not the best in the series, but definitely a fun time to be had. Kind of sucks that this game is stuck on the Vita, but I don't think it would be the same experience playing it on anything else.
17Uncharted: The Lost LegacyPS47hrsPSN15-Feb-2021★★★★☆A shorter run time than usual, The Lost Legacy is still super solid and very high quality. Coming right off the heels of Drake's Deception, the overall jump in quality is MASSIVE. Chloe is a great character, so having her lead this adventure was fun. I was pretty mixed about Nadine when I played 4 initially, but by the end, I warmed up a lot more to her. The relationship between the two of them is really fun and entertaining to watch as they slowly become better friends. Gameplay is fantastic. Everything just flows together so greatly - the gunplay, the stealth, the melee. It just blends together so well. The series has always had a linear level structure and even though this one is no exception, I really dig Chapter 4 and really letting the player explore the environment. Just that alone added a lot to the game for me. Also, I'm still in awe over how beautiful this game looks. The character models are so lifelike and detailed, not to mention India looks fantastic. Looking forward to playing 4 again in the future.
16Uncharted 3: Drake's DeceptionPS48hrsWal-Mart13-Feb-2021★★★★☆Uncharted 2 set the bar high for the third installment and after finishing it, I was not disappointed. The story goes all over the place and explores one of the key relationships of Uncharted that hasn't been touched upon at all. It's really satisfying to end it and also show how it all really started. I don't have too much to write about gameplay since it does feel about the same as 2, however, the melee combat feels much better in this one. I always felt like it was too slow, but this one flows a lot better and moves quicker too. It was fun getting to throw hands and do some real painful finishers too. As a whole, the game feels way more cinematic thanks to the incredible set pieces to explore, the fantastic visuals/locations, and some great music. I feel like I was very late to the party getting to experience the Nathan Drake Collection now, but I'm happy I did. These games were a blast and 3 was a great way to finish it off.
15Uncharted 2: Among ThievesPS410hrsWal-Mart9-Feb-2021★★★★☆All I wanted from a followup was just for it to be as great as Drake's Fortune, but Uncharted 2 delivered something way better. The story and characters are fantastic still. We've got a bigger roster of characters that just fit right in with Nate, Elena, and Sully. It's great to have the adventure go global, adding some variety to the puzzles and shootouts of the game. The overall gameplay though remains unchanged from the previous, though it did feel much easier to playthrough on hard than UC1. However, I wasn't much of a fan of keeping things stealthy. Maybe I'm just bad with these types of sections, but it did feel difficult trying to find good openings and staying hidden within some of the smaller locations. Overall though, I loved it. I dig these games way more than I thought I would. Looking forward to jumping into Uncharted 3 soon.
14GRISPC2.7hrsSteam7-Feb-2021★★★☆☆Right off the bat, this game is a 5/5 visually. It's absolutely beautiful, especially with these color palettes in certain sections like the forest. The watercolor aethetic with the fluid animation of GRIS running, jumping, and sliding around are really something when it's all together. Despite the gorgeous visuals, I just really didn't find the gameplay itself very entertaining to be honest. It just felt alright - nothing mindblowing or world shattering, just OK. The storytelling was interesting at times, but again, I wasn't really that into it. This game got a lot of hype and positive player reviews, but I'm really thinking that because of the visuals. Nothing wrong with that, but hmm. Was definitely expecting a bit more.
13Bulletstorm: Full Clip EditionPC8hrsSteam6-Feb-2021★★★★☆If Uncharted was an interactive adventure movie, then playing Bulletstorm is like playing a big budget popcorn flick. Everything about this game is over the top and incredibly dumb, however, it was a blast to playthrough. The emphasis on pulling off creative kills is fantastic and really adds a lot since the levels are kind of basic. They give you the tools to pull off some incredibly gory and oddly satisfying kills with a large crunch and I'm all for it. The story, however, is fairly generic though I do think that it's saved by the dialogue. Has it aged well? Probably not, but, it works for this game. Overall, this was a fun shooter to go through and I'm kind of interested to replay the game as Duke Nukem at some point.
12The PedestrianPC4.1hrsKickstarter4-Feb-2021★★★★☆I backed this game a few years ago on KS, but kind of forgot about it until recently. It's a cozy puzzle-platformer where you take control of a stickman and navigate through various 2D signs in this 3D world. Most of the time you're traversing street signs, connecting them to reach other sections of the city. The game manages to keep the puzzles fresh throughout the short playtime by adding various new mechanics in different sections that add a nice level of challenge. The final sections did take me more time as the puzzles sometimes got complicated, but I didn't mind too much. The one issue I have with this game is that, as previously mentioned, it's pretty short and has left me wanting more. But, I'm kind of okay with that.
11Skater XLPC132.2hrsSteam2-Feb-2021★★★☆☆I love me a good skateboarding video game and Skater XL has been a blast to play. There's no real ending, but I'm definitely done with the game. There's a very solid foundation that sets the groundwork for something bigger, but it still hasn't changed too much from those early access days. The base title has very little in terms of content with 5 maps created by the dev team and some small challenges for each one. However, the modding community for this game has plenty of additional maps and gameplay tweaks to push this game way further. It's a great chill-out game to relax with, but only after some modifications under the hood on PC.
10HadesPC28.8hrsSteam2-Feb-2021★★★★★I wasn't really feeling the game at first. It was kind of tough and the constant repetition and dying was putting me off. However, as time passed and I started making my way through the game with the smallest steps, it all clicked. There's so much I enjoy about Hades. The combat is fast and extremely fun, especially when you build yourself with the right boons. Even though you die constantly, you're not being held back by your death. You continue to grow and the world starts to expand aswell as the story unfolds. The visuals are incredible and the soundtrack feels so diverse but all works so well together. This is absolutely one of the best games I've played so far this year and odds are I'm probably not gonna shut up about it until my friends play it.
9Captain Toad: Treasure TrackerSwitch6hrsWal-Mart29-Jan-2021★★★★☆After playing a few heavy games, I needed a palate cleanser with something lighter and that came in the way of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Excellent little puzzle game that had a lot more variety than I expected. I really love the visuals and these extremely condensed maps, especially the ones based on Odyessy. God, I miss that game. But yeah, really fun title. Don't think I would've paid full price for this title, so I'm thankful for that glitch at Wal-Mart for letting me get to experience this.
813 Sentinels: Aegis RimPS425.5hrsAmazon27-Jan-2021★★★★☆I'm keeping this short because I really don't wanna accidentally spoil anything. Wasn't particularly fond of the combat sections, but the story was INCREDIBLE. I'm really glad I gave this a shot.
7Uncharted: Drake's FortunePS49.2hrsWal-Mart18-Jan-2021★★★★☆I was raised on watching dumb action-adventure movies and getting to play through one was fun as hell. The story and characters feel pretty simple, but I was thoroughly entertained by their banter to give them a bit more dimension. The gameplay was fairly smooth - platforming and puzzles were great and the gunplay was equally entertaining. Played through on hard and that really kicked my ass. I get that it's in the name but holy shit that was tough. Looking forward to playing through the rest of the series.
6Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The GamePC1.5hrsYUbisoft15-Jan-2021★★☆☆☆I remember enjoying my time with this game so much on the 360 but playing it now years later, it's definitely not as good as I remember it. Combat is fun when you hit higher levels and are way more stronger, but man is it a pain at the start. The gameplay loop after awhile feels kind of bland due to pretty one note boss fights and stages. Atleast the pixel art and soundtrack is still fantastic after all this time. Still bought a physical copy of the game though.
5RESIDENT EVIL 2PC14.9hrsSteam15-Jan-2021★★★★★I really am not a fan of horror, but man, I loved this. I've always wanted to try a Resident Evil game and I'm really glad I picked up 2. It's tense and terrifying, but so much fun to play. I dig the limited resources, making me think more about when I should engage or run. The puzzles were fun to figure out and I absolutely enjoyed backtracking through the station (yeah, that's a weird one to like). Everything was a genuine threat, so managing to get through a long hallway packed with zombies felt like an accomplishment for me. Overall, I'm really damn impressed with RE2 remake. Definitely gonna check out the rest of the series at some point.
4Grand Theft Auto VPS428hrsYEB Games7-Jan-2021★★★★★Despite being 6 years old at this point, GTA V still manages to be one of my favorite open-world games. Everything about it feels just right - writing, gameplay, presentation. Having three different protagonists to control was definitely the right call, gives the game time to present the different areas and inhabitants of LS. Even on a PS4, visually it's still great. Getting a little bit dated, but I think it'll hold up for a little while longer. The missions can have you do the same shit over and over again, but there's always something to add much needed challenge or variety to it. I still really dislike the helicopter flying in this game though.
3ClustertruckPC7.3hrsSteam2-Jan-2021★★★☆☆It's chaos, but fun chaos. Put this down for awhile and decided to finish it up since I was fairly close to the end. The controls feel pretty damn smooth, making jumping truck to truck very extremely fun. Really didn't expect that last level though, like damn lol
2Rainy SeasonPC50minSteam2-Jan-2021★★★★☆It's raining and you're stuck inside. You explore the house, talk to your family, and enjoy the calming sound of rain. Really not sure how I found this game, but it was a fun and comfy experience to go through. Upon looking into it, this was a smaller project that was made while the dev behind this game is working on a bigger title set during a not rainy day. I'm looking forward to it whenever it gets released.
1Call of Juarez GunslingerPC4.6hrsSteam1-Jan-2021★★★★☆Picked it up on a whim awhile ago after hearing about it from a friend and WOW, I didn't expect it to be this good. I'm really impressed with everything about this game. The gameplay is so much fun, really enjoyed the duel mechanics. Loved the unreliable narrator controlling the environment and the narrative was super solid. Overall, this is a fantastic Western FPS that didn't overstay it's welcome. Definitely gonna consider going back to play the arcade mode or do some duels.
27Steins;Gate ElitePS46Amazon29-Dec-2020★★★★☆
26Yakuza: Like a DragonPC61Steam25-Dec-2020★★★★★
25Cyberpunk 2077PC54Steam19-Dec-2020★★★☆☆
24Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2PS425YBest Buy25-Nov-2020★★★★★
23Watch_Dogs LegionPC25Ubisoft19-Nov-2020★★☆☆☆
22Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesPS416Amazon12-Nov-2020★★★★☆
21Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2PC48EGS11-Sep-2020★★★★★
20Fast and Furious: CrossroadsPC4Steam31-Aug-2020★★☆☆☆FAMILY/10
19Mortal Kombat 11PC10Steam6-Jun-2020★★★★☆
17WheelmanPS36EB Games18-May-2020★☆☆☆☆
16SKATE 3PS38YEB Games26-Apr-2020★★★☆☆
15Burnout Paradise RemasteredPS410YEB Games25-Apr-2020★★★★☆
14Sonic ForcesPS42YPSN19-Apr-2020★★☆☆☆