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What've you played in 2022?

Posted: 30th December 2022 04:05

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People have been doing some retrospectives of their hobbies over the past year, and I play games across multiple "platforms" (including ones that are just standalone), so I went and manually compiled all my gaming activity (at least anything significant) over the past year.

Here's my rundown:

Tokyo Xanadu eX+: 120+ hours (and counting)
Update: Finished the main game at about 130.5 hours! But there's bonus content on top of this (the game literally told me I'm done with Tokyo Xanadu but not eX+ yet!).

This game is an action RPG but with the same style of character-focused storytelling as in a Trails game. (It's by the same dev, Falcom.) You go around the "real world" town interacting with NPCs and doing friendship episodes with playable characters (and some other important characters) and shopping for supplies etc., while the combat takes place within dedicated dungeons. The cutscenes and plot-centric railroading might be a bit much for people who aren't fans of that, but if you're expecting it and actually like the very detailed characterization that even seemingly unimportant people in town can get, then this is your thing. Also there's voice acting, albeit only in Japanese, but the game literally takes place in Japan -- specifically, it's set in a fictionalized version of the part of the Tokyo metro area that Falcom's own offices are located in, and you can even spot various landmarks. I like to joke that this game managed to do what watching tons of anime failed to do to me: make me actually want to visit Japan.

I am this close to finishing a first playthrough of this game. And I plan to finish it before the end of the year. This would be me finishing a JRPG for the first time in at least two years, by my estimates.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night: 76.5 hours

This game is pretty famously that one Kickstarter game that's a spiritual successor to the "metroidvania" entries in the Castlevania series. I backed the Kickstarter years ago, but finally got around to playing this game this year. Unlike its predecessors, though, it's not centered around the legend of Dracula, but rather, it's set in England and draws upon various occult sources, particularly the Ars Goetia. Nevertheless, I think it's a worthy successor to its lineage -- it's chock full of gameplay and flavor details to an extent similar to Symphony of the Night, and it really does look absolutely gorgeous.

I've now beaten this game, with 100% map completion and 100% bestiary/shards and what would be 100% item collection if not for the fact that there are apparently a ton of bonus weapons that are probably mostly Kickstarter cruft and that would require me to just do like half an hour of crafting to get one of each. (Yes, I've got a shard that lets me get bonus alchemy products, and it's even at max level, so this basically means I just need to buy and rebuy bucket loads of Alcahest from the shop two rooms over in order to de-synthesize the extras I make and then keep on crafting.)

La-Mulana (remake): about 34 hours this year

This highly complex archaeological adventure metroidvania is infamous for its puzzles. I'd played the original many years ago, following a guide, but I'd forgotten large chunks of it, and the remake also changes a number of things, especially later in the game. This time around, I played with a friend watching along, and later some other friends joined in and watched. I'd played this before and was streaming it for friends before the pandemic hit, and then I stopped for unrelated reasons. This year, I picked it back up, and together we solved all the riddles (with some hints), and I finally finished the remake -- a game I'd bought about a decade ago (December 20, 2012, based on my records). (The original is freeware.)

Metroid Prime: about 10 hours

I'd previously played this game (over a decade ago) about halfway through, but then stopped because I lost access to a TV I could use. Then I didn't pick it up again, until some friends bugged me to stream it for them. Then I dragged my feet on that, too, because I couldn't decide whether to webcam a TV or whether to use an XBox360 gamepad with an emulator. Eventually, one of them bugged me to buy a Mayflash GC to USB adapter so I could use my actual GC controller. And so I finally got started. FYI my current progress mark is that I've just gotten myself the Thermal Visor. Which is close to where I last left off, if I recall correctly.

Zelda ALTTP randomizer: about 15.5 hours

Those same friends who bugged me to play MPrime are also avid fans of Zelda and Metroid randomizers. One of them sent me a couple Zelda ALTTP randos to do, one being a dungeon door rando seed (randomizes door transitions between all dungeons), and the other being a keysanity seed (randomizes all the small keys and big keys so that they're not just in the dungeons they're used in) with enemizer (i.e. enemy randomizer) thrown in.

Each of these took me longer than usual; a standard item rando I can finish in about 3 hours and change, but each of these took me like 7+ hours.

Mega Man Maker: about 10 to 15 hours

I've played a bunch of different Mega Man Maker levels. Even played around with making my own, but not to any significant extent. The number of features the devs have added to this game are amazing.

For anyone who doesn't know: Mega Man Maker is basically Super Mario Maker but for NES-style Mega Man games. Various updates have also added content from the Game Boy, SNES, PS1, and modern-retro Mega Man games.

Pokémon Perfect Crystal (2020 edition): at least 10 to 15 hours spent planning

I didn't play this game at all this year. But, what I did do is take a ton of time writing up learnsets and proposed movesets for basically every evolutionary lineage of pokémon in gen 2. Previously, I'd been playing this game with the aim of getting a complete pokédex (plus all 26 Unown forms), but I'd encountered an issue where I'd basically just evolve stuff to their highest form and then unceremoniously dump them into the PC never to be used again. This was unfun in my opinion, and I'd also started to run into serious questions about which pokémon ought to have which HM moves. So, in order to settle these questions, I decided to just plan out movesets for literally everything (that I've caught so far; others to be added as I catch them); this way, I can know what HMs to put where and I no longer have to worry about annoying moveset choices (well, mostly; there are still a few with too many good move choices, e.g. Gengar). And I can also just let myself keep using pokémon indefinitely as long as I want! Now we can hang out together as much as we like, my dear Crobat...

Adventure of a Lifetime: about 10 hours?

I'd previously started reading this around 2019-2020, after receiving it via Steam's Curator Connect program. It's a nice visual novel telling a coming-of-age story (one of a trilogy of such VNs by Pulltop), and it's also a fun tourism guide for the real-life Ogasawara Islands. But I finally got around to reading probably about 2/3 of this (including getting both endings) this year.

Jeanne d'Arc: about 9 hours

This FFT-like SRPG is a heavily fantasized version of Jeanne d'Arc's story. I got further in it. I feel kinda meh about the game though; it's fun but not fun enough that I have that much of an impulse to keep playing. Also, I stopped at a point where I have to choose between a mission that I feel more like doing (for flavor reasons) and a mission that lets me recruit the only playable whip user in the entire game.

Highway Blossoms: about 8 hours?

Another visual novel that I started a while ago but finished this year. I got this VN via one of the giant itch.io bundles (specifically the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality in 2020), and I started playing it. It's a yuri (i.e. girl x girl) story set in the American southwest. It's well-written and has good voice acting (even though voice acting isn't something I really care for that much).

Super Metroid randomizer: about 6.25 hours

In addition to two Zelda randos, I also streamed two Super Metroid randos. These also take about 3 hours apiece on my usual settings.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance randomizer: about 6 hours

I also played and streamed a CvHoDiss rando for the first time. I had pretty vanilla settings, which probably lengthened the game more than if I had used less vanilla and more open-ended settings.

Money Garden: about 5 hours, mostly idling

This is an incremental/idle game that I got in another itch.io giant charity bundle (specifically the Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid). It's...okay. I played basically all of it, minus getting the last upgrade because it just takes too absurdly long.

American University Life ~Welcome Week~: about 5 hours?

I bought this short VN on a whim. The architecture looked neat, and the premise is at least not more of that Japanese high school setting again. The story's actual setting wasn't quite my cup of tea though, and while it's not bad, I only feel a mild interest in seeing what happens next in this series (of which this is meant to be the first story), despite having finished this entry. I can understand how an actual college campus or dorm might have a huge cast to manage, but the cast here just seems too limited in contrast.

FYI the paid version has NSFW scenes (basically just naked people though, rather than explicit sex).

Blazing Chrome: about 4 hours

While I bought this a while ago, I finally beat this Contra-like run-and-gun game sometime this year. It's set in an apocalyptic world that's been taken over by robots. It has enough checkpoints that I could get through it with unlimited continues. I'm not any good at it though. I've also only played one of like four playable characters.

Lenna's Inception: about 4 hours?

I picked up this game from one of the giant itch.io charity bundles (specifically the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality). It seems to take after the 2D Zelda games stylistically but have a plot that involve some messing with the fourth wall -- specifically, there's graphical glitching going on in-universe. I stopped playing this because I forgot to save and lost a bunch of progress, but I wasn't very serious about playing it at the time either.

Cuckoo Castle: about 2 to 3 hours

This game is also from a giant ich.io charity bundle (specifically I got it in the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality), and it's a monochrome mini-metroidvania with three playable characters. I've thoroughly explored it and even found the secret room with the devs.

Mega Man 5: about 2 hours

I replayed this classic on stream for some friends one night. It's a great game, one of the later NES entries that shows the real polish that the Mega Man series ended up enjoying later in its time on the NES.

Alba: a Wildlife Adventure: about 2 hours

This game basically feels like iNaturalist: The Game. You play a little girl who goes around taking pictures of wildlife and also helping revitalize a park in a fictional Mediterranean island. I've only played the beginning of it.

Terra Nil (demo): about 2 hours

This game is a strategy/sim thing where you take a wasteland and apply some ecosystem restoration technologies to restore natural resources and repopulate the land with plants and such. It's just a demo so far.

Tic-Tac-Crow: about 1 hour

I got this curious little...tic-tac-toe and bird interaction simulator? in one of the giant itch.io charity bundles (specifically the Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid). It's a game where you...play tic-tac-toe with birds, and they play with each other, and they're simulated via an AI that gradually improves, and then they also attract other birds that show up and play, and they have various unique behaviors (some of them cheat lol). It's a very interesting little game. Apparently the AI behavior also takes after a "nemesis" AI system, and this game is a result of a game jam centered around that idea.

King's Bounty: Crossworlds: about 1 hour

I bought this and Heroes of Might & Magic 5 at around the same time, and opted to try this out first. I never quite got into this though. I feel like I'm not yet really sure what this game is like or how to think about it, because I'm just not familiar with the genre.

Midnight Manor: about 1 hour

A short maze-like game about being in a large spooky house where you're tasked with finding keys to go through doors and stack crates to get more keys to open more doors in order to do various things. I played a big chunk of it but never actually finished it. I also got this in one of the giant itch.io charity bundles (specifically the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality).

A Community Garden Outside of Kyiv: about 1 hour

A collaborative virtual garden, I guess? It's a free game on itch.io that someone made shortly after war broke out with the Russians invading Ukraine this year (even more than they had before in 2014). There's a virtual garden of sunflowers (the national flower of Ukraine), and every day you can plant one new sunflower and also water six sunflowers. They take a few waterings each to grow. Each "play" takes just a minute or two, but I've played it at least like twenty times (I forget how many).



Everything else I played/launched this year was something of negligible attention. Closest thing to relevance was me playing through the beginning of Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force to see how well it'd run on my computer and mess with the settings to make it run better, which took me about an hour.

This post has been edited by Glenn Magus Harvey on 1st January 2023 03:20

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Tokyo Xanadu eX+
Jeanne d'Arc
Pokémon Perfect Crystal (2020 Update version)

tabled games (i.e. games i should get around to finishing)
100% Orange Juice
Frane: Dragons' Odyssey
Dragonsphere
Shining Resonance Refrain

recently finished:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Moon
La-Mulana
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Posted: 31st December 2022 01:20

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^ Nowhere near as many as you, sir.

Game I actually finished:

Cross Code: 177 hours

A 16-bit style indie action RPG I randomly found on GOG. I think it was crowd funded, then released back in 2015, but I was completely unaware of it until the beautiful visual style caught my eye this February while flipping through games on GOG. It plays (at least superficially) like Legend of Zelda or Secret of Mana, with around half the dungeon gameplay involving (sometimes brutal) puzzles. Even some of outside exploration involves puzzles, and the terrain itself is built to accommodate the exploration mechanics that are limited by design, making some areas feel like a maze (for instance, there is no manual jump; instead, you automatically leap across specific gaps or up/down specific ledges as you travel towards them).

Games I've started this year but haven't finished:

NieR:Automata: 38.5 hours (so far)

Gameplay wise, I'm not sure I'm get'n the most out of this game. I don't necessarily fully get the combo system, and getting certain weapons and higher upgrades seems like more of a chore than they're worth. That said, I like the story enough that I do intend to finish the game at some point.

As a side note, the soundtrack seems to get a lot of praise, but, for my tastes, I actually find it to be a little overwrought.

Ori and the Blind Forest: 26.5 hours

Beautiful visuals and solid metroidvania gameplay, with a difficulty that I thought was fair and fun...until I ran into the volcano dungeon. I tried playing through that one a few times, then watched a playthrough on YT, and my reaction was basically blink.gif . The sudden leap in difficulty is such that I'm not sure I want to (or even can) finish this game.

Shovel Knight: 11 hours 40 minutes (so far)

The latest game that I started recently. For whatever reason, I was in the mood for a platformer, and this game had been in my radar for the last few years. It's not an especially easy game for me, though (perhaps embarrassing to admit, but I die quite a bit). As this game can get somewhat frustrating at points, I can only play it in small chunks, so I'm not sure how long it'll take me to finish.

Game I started in previous year, but continued to play through this year:

Trails of Cold Steel 4: 500 hours

I actually started my playthrough of this game shortly after it was released on steam last year in April, and finished it by the following summer after roughly 200 hours. Then it was nothing but Pom! Pom! Party!, a surprisingly fun Dr. Mario-like mini-game that I often played while listening to YT vids. It shared that same place with Spider Solitaire and Cookie Clicker. But after 500 hours, I finally decided to put the game down and uninstall it to make room for other games.

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Posted: 31st December 2022 11:02

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Well I sort of went overboard to list what I played more comprehensively, even to the extent of including a number of games of...lesser significance. I mean, seriously, everything below CvHoDiss rando is not really that noteworthy, except maybe Blazing Chrome and Alba.

Also I made a conscious effort to try to finish some long-unfinished things.

But your list is quite respectable in its own right. All five are games that I've heard quite a bit of praise about.


Meanwhile I did end up finishing Tokyo Xanadu. Specifically, I've been playing eX+, and the game just literally told me I finished Tokyo Xanadu but not the eX+ content. There's bonus content, and I'm not even getting into NG+ yet!

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Jeanne d'Arc
Pokémon Perfect Crystal (2020 Update version)

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100% Orange Juice
Frane: Dragons' Odyssey
Dragonsphere
Shining Resonance Refrain

recently finished:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Moon
La-Mulana
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Posted: 3rd January 2023 17:06

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I mainly played big games over the last year or so, so my list is really pretty short despite the fact that I played way more games in general over the last year than I have for a long time. I'm also not gonna look up exactly how many hours I have in each game. biggrin.gif

Death Stranding: I had a lot of PS4 games that I bought all at once through a private Sony sale and I hadn't played yet. I started DS in 2021 but finished it over January and February, ending up with about 120 hours in it. I certainly didn't Platinum the game, and it wasn't the Director's Cut so there were some things I didn't bother trying to do under the more restrictive original edition, but I think I managed to get about 80% of the trophies.

Spider-Man: Another game from the private Sony sale, I started this up immediately after Death Stranding and probably put about 60 hours into it over the course of several months. It was also the original edition, without the playable Miles Morales, and I also definitely didn't get more than 80% or so of the trophies because I was nowhere near good enough to do a number of the challenges. Really fun Spider-Man story though.

Triangle Strategy: I wasn't blown away by the demos I'd played but figured I'd pick this up at some point, but when our Discord absolutely blew up about it after release, I figured I'd missed something in the demo and grabbed it right away. I put at least 150 hours into it mostly over the first half of the year, completing it no fewer than four times on various difficulty levels to get all the endings. I'm still missing one recruitable character, but I got a little distracted from it finishing and starting other PS4 games so I have yet to do that. There's also one battle I have failed to do on hard mode even now, and I suspect everyone who has played the game and might read this probably knows exactly which one it is. It's a worthy spiritual successor to FFT and might even outdo it.

Horizon: Zero Dawn: This is the third and final game I'd picked up from the Sony sale, in this case the Complete Edition that included the Frozen Wilds DLC. I wish I'd started it sooner, as I was very surprised at how much it grabbed me right away. I also put about 120 hours into this one, having completed it right after I upgraded from PS4 to PS5 in early December; I put it away for a couple new games after that, but I'd like to still come back to it this year to finish collecting the rest of the datalogs around the world before grabbing Forbidden West the next time I see it on sale.

Final Fantasy VII: Intermission: This is the DLC for Final Fantasy VII Remake that was released for PS5 only (until the PC release last year). I bought it as soon as I finished the 80GB upgrade from my PS4 to PS5 version of FF7R, and played through it on Normal mode in about 10 hours before Christmas. It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be and introduced some more connections to the FF7 Compilation and some additional canon weirdness to Remake. The Fort Condor minigame in the first chapter was a lot of fun, too. It's harder than Remake, hard enough that I'm going to have to play through it again on Normal Mode to grind up some for Hard mode, which I want to do since I managed to do just about everything on Hard for Remake.

Crisis Core Reunion: The only new PS5 game I got for Christmas this year, I was really wanting this right away so I could see what changes to canon they make in this remaster. So far, it's more fun than the PSP version from more than a decade ago, largely because the battle system feels way better with a real controller versus gripping the small PSP and following everything on its small screen. They didn't update the cutscenes, though, so they still look very PS2 era or at best PS3, and that's jarring. The game also still relies too much on the side missions in place of having an actual extensive plot, and those missions still get to feel very samey very fast. That said, I've only got about 20 hours into the game so far and have still done at least 40 missions on top of the plot I've done so far, which extends far enough to meeting Aerith. I will likely finish this before going back to Intermission.

Beyond those big games, I've probably got about 20-30 hours on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with my daughter this year, as the slow rollout of the DLC track packages bring us back for a little bit whenever a new one drops.

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Posted: 7th January 2023 01:44

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I'm procrastinating from working on a crocheted blanket/cleaning my room, so might as well add to this thread. biggrin.gif

Final Fantasy XIV - of course this gets top billing. I played all the patches as they came out, and worked on leveling jobs on my main character so that I could get the Amaro mount (which you get when all jobs released through Shadowbringers hit level 80). I have still not managed to do that, but I'm picking at it slowly. Also got a handful of Manderville relics, thanks to doing hunt trains.

Final Fantasy XV - This was a replay for me, as I had played it 1.5 times before, but this time I streamed it because my dedicated Twitch viewer had never played it. I had lots of fun showing the game off to him. The biggest shock was when I got to the endgame - my original copy was the Day 1 Edition, which had a completely different series of battles for the endgame compared to the Royal Edition, which I had bought to get the DLCs. We didn't quite do everything in game, but we did enough, and I remain of the opinion that the story is flawed but the journey is incredible.

Final Fantasy XII - Also a replay for me, I next streamed this for my viewer. I quite enjoy this game because it has the LEADING MAN in it (I adore Balthier, mostly due to his voice actor). I still don't quite grok all the politics of this game, but think it's fun to play anyway. Again, we didn't do EVERYTHING in game but we did a fair bit, and did finish it, so yay.

Final Fantasy VIII - Won the poll for what to stream after FFXII. It had been a while since I last played FFVIII. I had strong nostalgia goggles for it, though - FFVIII was my second Final Fantasy game, and I loved it to pieces and thought it was terrific for a long time, mostly because Squall was very easy for me to develop a crush on, haha. I'm still fond of Squall but the crush has mostly gone by the wayside. The game remains solid, with interesting gameplay and a captivating story. Plus, I'm a sucker for schmoopy romance and this game has it.

Final Fantasy IX - Currently streaming this. I've played it before but only once, so my knowledge of it isn't as great as other FF games, but I'm really enjoying it. It's a masterpiece of a game, except for one thing: IT'S MISSING A HUG VIVI BUTTON!! On Monday's stream we'll be hitting up Oeilvert, which I don't really remember so that will be fun.

A Short Hike - I'm in a group elsenet that is playing indie games together, and this was the first one we all voted on to play. What a delightful game. My only complaint is the ending came pretty quick, once I started
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climbing the mountain
but it was really fun, and I might replay sometime to see more of it. I didn't complete everything there was to do, so it'd be fun to try to do that.

Murder by Numbers - this is a cross between Picross and a murder mystery, with some science fiction thrown in in the form of a robotic assistant. It's great fun! Sadly, it is not without its problems. I had a save file mishap that caused me to lose some progress, and on one of the cases it's really easy to not find one of the puzzles, which happened to me. So the game's on hold while I decide what to do. I wish it gave me more save slots - I like to rotate saves and having just a few slots didn't cut it. Still, the story is solid and the gameplay fun, so it was well worth the price I paid for it, which is great because my funds are very limited.

Breath of the Wild - I started this, but didn't get far. I'm intrigued by what I've seen, but am not sure how I feel about the graphics. I don't consider myself a graphic snob, but something about these just didn't quite work for me. This game is on my list to play this year.

...and I think that's about it for what I touched. I'm hoping I'll be able to afford a PS5 this year so I can play FFXVI at launch, plus other games, but well, it all depends on if I find a job.... wish me luck!

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Posted: 9th January 2023 19:44

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...I just realized I mistook A Short Hike with Take a Hike.

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Jeanne d'Arc
Pokémon Perfect Crystal (2020 Update version)

tabled games (i.e. games i should get around to finishing)
100% Orange Juice
Frane: Dragons' Odyssey
Dragonsphere
Shining Resonance Refrain

recently finished:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Moon
La-Mulana
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Posted: 16th January 2023 15:27

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2022 was kind of weird for me. In the past few years I've finally started gaming again and it's a bit strange after so long not doing it. I've picked up a lot of things I wasn't expecting to and a lot of it I'm thankful to the tiktok community for. They got me into streaming with the Pixel Remaster of FF6 and while I was supposed to stop after just the one game, they've urged me to keep going. That being said:

Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster: I loved it but there were some complaints. Over all, positive experience.

Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster: Loved it. Holy snap, that Big Bridge!

Live-A-Live remake: I'm a fan now. Adored it. Going to cosplay the princess.

Grandia HD Remaster: First playthrough. Hated the game, dropped it. It made me so uncomfortable.

Control: One of my favorites now.

Horizon Forbidden West: Still playing it- a fantastic sequel.

Chrono Trigger Steam- I didn't think you could make a CT experience bad...

Scarlet Nexus- Another dropped game. Just make it an anime there's too many cutscenes as is.
Final Fantasy VI T-Edition - Welp...I live here now. biggrin.gif

Chrono Cross Remaster: Gorgeous but I wished they had done more. But I will always take a port to a newer system happily.

Final Fantasy XIV - This is not for me. I'm not enjoying it at all and no I will not being doing level skips to later expansions. If your first game and game play doesn't grab me, you get none of my money. Super glad for what it's done for some of my friends, though. They've come back to life after COVID because of this. I keep my account active to play with them when they need extra people. I'm a Guild Wars 2 player if that explains my feelings on this one.

That's not a complete list but it's the major hitters. I'm trying to get more stuff I've never experienced played this year and the stream is going to help a lot. I finally picked up FFTactics for the first time and I'm completely invested. Hope your gaming year goes well!

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Posted: 19th January 2023 13:40

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Cactuar
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End of year has to be

Crisis Core: I bought a TV adapter for the PSP and a PSP to play this the right way years back and I am finally excited to play this again.

I also replayed FF7 Remake and Intermission again.

I have been playing Fallout 76 almost on and off and off course replaying Star Trek Online which I glad I have the lifetime membership for the various benefits it gives you.



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Posted: 24th January 2023 19:33

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Maniacal Clown
Posts: 5,347

Joined: 31/10/2003

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Third place in CoNCAA, 2019. Celebrated the CoN 20th Anniversary at the forums. Voted for all the fanart in the CoNvent Calendar 2015. Voted for all the fanart in the CoNvent Calendar 2014. 
User has rated 75 fanarts in the CoN galleries. Member of more than ten years. Contributed to the Final Fantasy VI section of CoN. User has rated 25 fanarts in the CoN galleries. 
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Control: One of my favorites now.
Oh, my friend played and streamed this last year or the year before or something like that. It looks very neat and so I eventually bought it for myself too.

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current games
Tokyo Xanadu eX+
Jeanne d'Arc
Pokémon Perfect Crystal (2020 Update version)

tabled games (i.e. games i should get around to finishing)
100% Orange Juice
Frane: Dragons' Odyssey
Dragonsphere
Shining Resonance Refrain

recently finished:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Moon
La-Mulana
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