January 7, 2020

A few words about most of the PS4 games I played in 2019

Every year I mean to do one these, because it gets to December and I'm like, "what the fuck did I do this year?" So, some kind of documentation, at least a few thoughts. Starting with the most recently played. and not counting the ones I barely spent any time with. I played a few games on PC and Switch too, but I can't remember which at the moment.

Days Gone

Last played January 5. Late to the party because I'm tired of zombies. Had a blast and platinum'd it. The story is solid and I thought I'd be annoyed by Deacon constantly talking to himself but I actually loved it.

Death Stranding

Last played December 13. Never made it through a MGS title but this one felt real special. It's a lonely, melancholy world to spend time in, and I liked that. Traversal is so damn satisfying, and nothing compares to building your first few ziplines and zooming around.

Story is pretty batshit.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Last played November 23. The best Star Wars game I've played in a long time. There's a ton of room for improvement but it just feels so good to have positive things to say about a Star Wars game again. Combat felt like a solid riff on Sekiro, and who doesn't love twirling around with a lightsaber? And that ending, just holy shit.

What Remains of Edith Finch

Last played November 11. Like reading a fascinating and totally depressing collection of short stories.

The Outer Worlds

Last played November 4. I really liked the world and the characters, but the gameplay really feel flat toward the end. One of those games where the longer you play the easier everything gets, and at the end I just have this big inventory of gear and consumables I don't care about and I just want it to be over.

Great for 20 or so hours though.

Borderlands 3

Last played September 30. Much improved gameplay from the last one I played. Story and dialogue are just so, so bad though. Guns, guns, guns, guns, eventually you get bored of so many guns.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Last played September 10. Shit, I really need to go back and finish this. I'm to the point where I honestly just need to start over, because I don't remember what the fuck I'm doing.

Control

Last played September 1. Loved everything about this game besides the performance issues on a base PS4, which were still only momentary frustrations. The Oldest House is such a fully-realized setting, populated by a bunch of weird people and even weirder shit. Combat is great, I think Remedy figured out launching shit with telekinesis better than any other game? Can't wait for the DLC and inevitable crossover with the Alan Wake universe.

Detroit: Become Human

Last played August 20. Like binge-watching a great new show on Netflix. Great performances all around, and I had fun checking out the other potential paths before I got burned out going for the platinum.

Slay the Spire

Last played June 3. Got more mileage out of this one than I do out of most rogue-likes these days. Fascinating to be able to see what the enemies are going to do next turn, and build a deck to enable the right strategies. Still planning to get back to this one day.

Marvel's Spider-Man

Last played April 30. Pretty great for a superhero game. Nothing quite beats the feeling of swinging around the city, and the Arkham-style combat stayed fun for the length of the story.

SOMA

Last played April 17. The story was pretty disturbing and will stick with me for a long time. I enjoyed playing this on easy mode so I didn't have to worry about the monsters.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Last played April 15. I'll be okay if we never get Bloodborne 2 if we keep getting completely rad one-offs like Sekiro. The boss fights in this game felt satisfying like in no other Souls-like, maybe because I'm a wimp and always summon people to help me. But I beat Sekiro, so suck it, maybe I am good at video games.

Far Cry: New Dawn

Last played April 10. I think I remember having fun with this. Villains were so uninteresting though, similar to Far Cry 5, which I think I also played this year?

Hollow Knight

Last played February 28. Pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to the Metroidvania titles of the last few years. Combat mechanics, world and character design, music, story, top shelf across the board.

Far Cry 5

Last played February 18. Okay yeah, I did play this. I thought Montana or wherever the hell this takes place wouldn't be cool enough, but I liked it a lot. Villains and story were godawful.

Kingdom Hearts III

Last played February 6. If I could tell my younger self who cried during the ending of Kingdom Hearts and used to play Simple & Clean on repeat how boring and bad this game is, he would be so, so sad. Never finished this one and doubt I'll ever go back to it.

Dragon Quest XI

Last played January 25. It's just so damn charming. I loved all of it, even the turn-based combat which struggles to hold my attention these days.