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Koji Igarashi's Top 5 Games of 2019

The director of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night takes us through the games he managed to find time for in a busy 2019.

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Known as IGA to his fans and considered one of the godfathers of the “-vania” genre, Igarashi-san has been designing games since the early '90s. Beginning with his work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, a groundbreaking title that’s inspired two generations of game developers since its release in 1997, IGA served as producer and scenario writer for a long series of fan-favorite Castlevania titles.

1. Astral Chain

The action part of the game was done very meticulously. It was especially fun controlling the chained Legion, making the battles really enjoyable.

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2. Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood

Not only are these two games I was deeply involved in, but the launch was also around the same time as Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in Japan. It felt like it was fated.

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3. Slay the Spire

This is a game I bought on Steam after seeing all the rave reviews. This reminds me of the first time I played Magic: The Gathering in English. The way the deck of cards evolve also gives it that Dominion-like quality, which was very fun to play.

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4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Although I'm not far into the game yet, I really like this type of game and it's one of those titles where I want to sit back and take my time.

Personally, the romance element is a bit abashing, but the character development and seeing their growth in this series has a consistent quality every time.

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5. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

The game I put the most time into playing! It was really special to play a game that is very close to my heart. Also, the reason it's on the list is it illustrates that I have not had the chance to play very many games this year...

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