Videogames I have played during 2019

Published at Fri, 27 Dec 2019 00:00:00 UTC by soywiz

It has been a while since the last time I wrote about topics other than programming. I have been a couple of years working as self-employed and continue working on my spare time on my Kotlin libraries at github. It has been a stressful period, full of exciting things, and where I created tons of things in little time both at work and for my projects. In the past I suffered a couple of burnouts because I did not care about my mental state and pushed too much my limits.

I used to play from time to time to Overwatch and Starcraft II with my wife, even sometime ago played some games focused on farming or musical games while doing exercise, but I had the feeling of not progressing. Not discovering new stories. Not finishing stuff.

So six months ago I started an experiment that I enjoyed and I’m still enjoying a lot: I decided to invest some time everyday, weekends and holidays playing long single player games with story that start and end ideally in english and dubbed. It allows me to have time for myself, without anyone else, and allows me to practice english listening and reading, to relax and to forget about the stress and to gather strength to keep going with other things.

And this post is about the games I have played in this time.

Heroine’s Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok

This is the first game I played when I decided to do this. This is a free, adventure game that shows a great love for the old adventure games from Sierra. It recalls me a lot one game I owned and played as a child: Quest for Glory III. It has a good voice acting, and it is really enjoyable.

It was not too long (I invested about 14 hours), so I was able to finish it quickly and feel a rewarding feeling to keep going.

I totally recommend it.

King’s Quest

This is the second game I played. A bit longer than Heroine’s Quest (it took me 22 hours). I’m a fan of King’s Quest series. I played KQ5 and KQ6 when I was a child, and later I played the rest AGI and SCI-based games 1, 2, 3 and 4. Later I played KQ7 and the last one KQ8. They were all inspiring games.

I was a bit skeptical about this game. Looked too comical for what I recalled about the other games: even if they had their fun nuances, they were most of the time serious. But know what? The game ended being super great and memorable. It is divided in chapters, each chapter has different mechanics: from micromanagement, to old adventure style, to develop personal relationships, and to give a legacy. I enjoyed it a lot.

Tales of Berseria

This one took me 87 hours to finish. I have been always a fan of the Tales of series. I started with Tales of Phantasia, then Tales of Eternia, Tales of the Abyss and Tales of Vesperia. I even helped to unoficially translate some of them into Spanish a while ago. This Tales of is probably one of the darkest of the whole serie. Characters are just great, the story is thrilling and graphically is very pleasant. The PC port, even if not perfect was pretty good. Totally recommend it.

Tales of Zestiria

Around 54 hours. After finishing and enjoying Tales of Berseria I decided to plan the origins next. It is pretty obvious that this one was create dbefore. The PC port was pretty bad. Had a lof of issues even with some fan-made hacks to fix them. The gameplay was clearly worse, and the story felt much less rich than Berseria, and characters not as good. Probably I should have played this one before Berseria. I would recommend to play it if it had a better PC port.

NieR: Automata

61 hours with all the endings except one. What to say about this game? It is a masterpiece. After finishing it, it became one of my favourite games ever. The soundtrack is so good that I kept listening to it for weeks. The ambientation and gameplay is so good that I decided to continue playing and to complete the other endings. Liked it that much that suggested to my wife to play it too after I finished it, and stayed with her watching her play the game and commenting the story. I also changed my wallpaper to one from this game :) Play it!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Not finished yet. I have been playing around 29 hours. I have not played the other games, nor read the books, nor watched the Netflix adaptation, but so far is pretty damn good. I will write about it at some point in the future once I have finished it. I have been playing other games and alternate with this one.

Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom

14 hours. I played as a child to the Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap on the master system. I have a very good memory of it. I also played the remake and enjoyed it. This one is a metroid-vania, a platformer game where your character evolves adquiring new powers, abilities and stats and allows you to re-explore the world with new powers to access new places, adquire new items and conquer the game. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a very good evolution of the original game. It has beautiful 2d graphics, new mechanics and pretty good puzzles. If you like platformers like castlevania or metrod, just play this one ASAP.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

This is the one I’m playing right now (7 hours at this point and around 25% of the map). Symphony of the Night was one of my favourite games. This one feels quite good and challenging for now and I’m enjoying it. I will write about it at some point in the future once I finish it along The Witcher 3.

And that’s it. Hope you have the opportunity to play these games and enjoy them as I did! I will write reviews of other games as I play them.