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So it's now the end of the year. How did I do?

1) I greatly curtailed my video game spending. Not as much as I should have or could have (especially if you include the $800 PS5 bundle...yipes) but substantially. Giving myself a win on this one.

2) I played more 2021 games in 2021 than 2020 games in 2020. Not quite as much as I would have liked, but more.

3) I played Werewolf: The Apocalpyse -- Earthblood and Balan Wonderland so...uhh...gonna go ahead and take the L on this one.

4) I played the majority of Ratchet & Clank games, I played a lot more Assassin's Creed, and I did some more mini marathons (like all of Psychonauts.) They were fun. I also did other themed marathons that were fun. This was a W.

5) I finished some of these but not all of them. I did NOT finish Inversion. In fact I did not touch my Xbox 360 despite planning to several times. Taking the L.

6) This was a mixed bag. I played a greater number of games on the treadmill but not as much time as I would have liked. A lot of that was due to health issues, though, so I'm going to give myself an incomplete here.

7) I definitely did not play less. This year sucked for me outside of games and I played more video games than ever. Here's hoping for 2022.

Overall I would say that I had some success here and where I was able to follow through on the resolutions it improved my gaming life. Overall the act of making these resolutions and trying to stick to them was positive even if I didn't fulfill every one to my liking.

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@billymaysrip: Thanks for the read!

I think the Finnigan Fox looks okay still, but the animation is what kills it for me. I do think that Fox n Forests looks better and it just seems like an odd choice to swap out a good art style for one that isn't an upgrade, especially with that hideous animation. My understanding is that the Amico won't have pixel graphics games and that's why they did it.

For people who are interested, here's what Finnigan Fox looks like. The gameplay starts about 45 seconds in.

Fox N Forests comparison here, with the equivalent area starting at about 4:30.

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This is too new fangled and scary for me. How do I get notifications for Giant Bomb goings on mailed to me through the USPS?

Forget notifications on my phone or computer, I want to get a letter every time a Quick Look is posted.

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@shagge: I fully agree that VR can be awesome and has a place going forward. AS I said in the beginning of this blog, I was really enjoying PSVR when I was playing it, and I know the hardware and games have gotten way better since then. If it weren't for my hatred of Facebook and the current economic/chip situation I might consider buying a PC VR rig myself.

I think that a lot of VR users act as evangelists and really feel compelled to push the concept, and it backfires. Insisting that VR is the way forward just doesn't do any good for anyone. I think that there's a bit of a bottleneck in that VR is expensive to develop both hardware and software for, but there's a limited market for it, and nobody wants to admit that, but denying it doesn't do anyone any good.

As it is I think VR seems like it was a fad, since there's just not much coverage of it anymore, but I don't think it actually was. It's awesome! But it's something you have to carve out time and space for, and that's naturally going to limit it.

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So it seems likely that FF VII Remake is going to remain Sony exclusive for now (they didn't say that but it would be odd to end the show with it if it's also going to be on Xbox) but there WILL be paid DLC, which might be the compromise.

How substantial it is remains to be seen (looks like new character and story but same locations; no information on length yet) but it looks cool.

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This game is now half off on both the Xbox and PS4 store. The description now puts its emphasis on the single player campaign, but does list online multiplayer in the features and does not mention that it's only for another month or so. That seems pretty shifty to me. Big thumbs down on that one.

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I was kind of upset when Serious Sam 4 was a Stadia exclusive on console because I'd hoped to play it on Xbox or PS4.

This stream has made me no longer upset about that. Woof. Everything about this game looks bad. It's the cringiest game writing I can remember in the last 10 or so years. It's like 2007-2008 level terrible writing, and even bad for that time period, which had some pretty great writing in games like Mass Effect and even COD4.

So, umm, thanks Jeff for making me feel better?

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Wishing not to offend Amiga fans or whatever, what I saw in the quick look for that game was a game that looked a lot like this one, with the exception of the talking.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams had a gimmick where you could shift between the two sisters and it would change the world and the enemies and allow you to pick up different collectibles etc... That was the main mechanic of that game, and it was fun enough, even if it overstayed its welcome a bit.

This game is just that game without the gimmick or interesting level design which...no. I liked Twisted Dreams enough to finish it (7/10 feels about right) and I have zero interest in this game.

Either they were underfunded and rushed this or they lost the designers who actually had ideas, and replaced them with terrible writers trying to make the game "funny." Either way, this game looks like a pale imitation of a Giana Sisters game from 5 years ago, with a lot of annoying stuff layered on top.

This has the smell of a studio killer. Too bad.

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@onemanarmyy: Chick's review reads as either supremely sarcastic or like he was high when he played the game. I do not recognize Agents of Mayhem in the game he described. Of course He gave Forza Horizon 2 one star and I put 100 hours into that game and loved it so maybe he and I have opposite tastes in games. Regardless, his review is utterly baffling to me.

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@dza360 said:

I think if anyone is on the fence about this game they should consider the Tom Chick review. His take - "Agents of Mayhem is an action RPG. The open world is the setting. The content is the characters." If you look at it less as an open world Saints Row follow up and more of a Diablo like action RPG the games design makes more sense. I do agree that there is a lot of jank, hopefully they can patch a lot of that out.

Even on those terms it fails. The loot is half-baked and literally ran out for me two third through the game (I got all the gadgets and vehicles so the only things left were skins.) None of it is game-changing. This is NOT Diablo 3 or Borderlands in any way.

The characters themselves are the best part of the game, but they're shallow and don't evolve.

A Diablo 3/Borderlands style action RPG needs more content. More to do.

And even if there were five times as much loot the cut and paste lair design would still be dire. Diablo 3s dungeons showed a ton more variety and had much more interesting stuff to do.

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