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Great list! I've only played the tutorial missions of Desperados III but I really need to sit down and spend some time with it. I'm more of a turn-based strategy guy but it seems like the emphasis on quick saves and queuing up actions provides a good balance.

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Great list! Gave you a little shout out on my list because you're absolutely right about Monster Train being the podcast game of the year (side note: I guess I should listen to Flagrant Ones, that clip was hilarious... I love Hollywood Handbook but haven't checked out FO). Yakuza is near the top of my backlog, just barely played the intro in December and need to dedicate some time to it soon.

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Good luck Dan, we're really gonna miss you!!

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Great list! Seeing a lot of love for Fire Emblem from the community, I really need to get back to it in 2020. I enjoyed it a lot but just got sidetracked by other stuff. And thank you for including a video to one of the funniest CBB moments ever, I'm going to have the lyrics "human skin truck baby" in my head for the rest of the day.

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Fantastic list yet again Zandra, always enjoy reading these every year. Your thoughts on A Short Hike and Sayonara Wild Hearts in particular were really beautiful. And reading about the La-Mulana randomizer encouraged me to install it on my PC and give it another shot. It seems like a special game but I didn't get beyond 10 hours or so, those puzzles can be really obtuse and daunting. Time to break out the notebook and pencil!

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Great list and write-ups as always! I really need to get back to Fire Emblem, I enjoyed what I played of it but then life got in the way and I ended up moving on to other games. I should have more use for portable Switch games in the near future though. And I imagine Hades will be on my 2020 list, it's already pretty great and I'm excited to see what they add in the new year. Supergiant has been awesome with the regularity and quality of their updates, they're a fantastic example of Early Access done right.

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Well said! I still remember seeing pre-release coverage of this game on X-Play, buying it, and giving up after a few levels despite a general fascination with the game. I could see it was cool and unique in some really special ways, but I just couldn't handle tougher games back then. I came back to it years later (2014 I think) and now it's an all-time favorite of mine along with Dark Souls 1. I also think it's aged well conceptually because it has a much stronger emphasis on an oppressive atmosphere and the level-based structure feels pretty distinct from the Dark Souls series. Mechanics feel a bit more clunky but I'm still happy to go back to it every now and then. I mostly have my PS3 around for Demon's Souls specifically. Oh, and I think Demon's Souls won GameSpot's GOTY, right? I remember that being a shock to a lot of people, especially for an experience so weird and bold back in 2009. That was the same year Uncharted 2 and Batman: Arkham Asylum came out.

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Happy Birthday Abby's mom!

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@slag: Thanks for reading! I'm probably the only person with SpyParty at the top of their list, but I truly feel like it's a special game to the small community that spends a lot of time with it. I wasn't expecting to like it so much when I bought it but video games can continue to surprise us! And yeah, I love that Discord makes it so much easier to set up multiplayer sessions with others, regular SpyParty matches wouldn't really be possible without it.

I have a feeling 2019 will be a big year for Slay the Spire since it officially comes out in a couple weeks and the Switch version is slated for this year. I wouldn't be surprised to see it on a lot of lists at the end of this year.

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Great list! It's crazy how much your first two paragraphs describe my year with games as well. I was less enamored with the Red Deads and God of Wars of the world and preferred a lot of smaller, more focused projects. And I also gravitated towards a lot of games where the mechanics and the way you play are the main hook, they just appeal to me more and more with each passing year.

Happy to see Bloodstained on this list, it wasn't on mine but it was close. It felt like playing a modern Castlevania III and that's rad. And I'm looking forward to finally trying out Hitman 2, I bought it on sale for $30 on PSN last night.

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