Hey, so I’ve been killing a lot of my time playing games that I’ve had for awhile, but never got around to diving into, and I wanted to share my thoughts on a few of my recent favorites!
Probably the biggest surprise of the bunch for me was just how much fun I had with Golf Story. With the graphical style and easy-going feeling of Stardew Valley, the quirky humor and clever writing of games like Earthbound and Undertale, and the simple but fun golfing mechanics you’d expect from a game like this, I can honestly say that Golf Story is one of the better RPG’s I’ve played lately.
•Crypt of the Necrodancer
Holy shit, I feel stupid for waiting so long to play this one. As a fan of dungeon crawlers like Binding of Isaac and Enter the Gungeon, as well as a sucker for rhythm games, Crypt of the Necrodancer is a no-brainer. It’s just as fun and exciting as it sounds, and quite difficult at times. This is a game for the patient man, but boy is it worth it if you’re a fan of this style of game.
Celeste is a game that I told myself I’d play back when it first came out, but I just never found the time for. I expected a challenging platformer akin to Super Meat Boy, but what I got blew me away. While you’ll certainly find yourself with difficult and precise jumps, and hundreds upon hundreds of deaths piled up afterwards, what really drives this game home for me is the narrative. Yes, it’s one of the best 2D platformers in recent memory, but it’s gameplay is equaled by a beautiful and simple story of overcoming anxiety, depression, and the ghosts of your past. No matter how hard it became o make certain jumps, I kept willing myself to push forward to see Madeline reach her goals, and as far as storytelling goes, this is one of the most simple and rewarding stories I’ve ever played through. Able to accomplish more in a few hours than most games can, this is an absolute masterpiece of retro-style games. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
•Animal Crossing: Nee Horizons
Obviously you don’t need to tell me to tell you how good the new Animal Crossing game is. I’ll keep this one short, because I know it’s been talked about to death, but it really is the perfect game to keep you sane during quarantine,
Superhot is by far the best action game I’ve played in VR yet. If you own a VR system, and you haven’t picked up Superhot yet, don’t waste anymore time, because it’s just as good as it’s hyped up to be. Superhot brings one of the most unique approaches to an action game I’ve ever seen, and takes full advantage of its VR environment. I’ve never played a game quite like it, and I’m happy to say that I’ve yet to regret the purchase of my Oculus Quest.
•Shadow of the Colossus Remastered
I remember a lot of people seeming disappointed when this game cane out, and I couldn’t tell you for the life of me why. If you’ve never played Shadow of the Colossus, this is undoubtedly the definitive way to play it. The updated graphics do wonders for the game’s sense of spectacle, and while it’s still about as janky as the original, it’s well worth your time and money to experience/remember one of the most important games of the PS2 era.