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I made the following list two years ago:

"kingdom hearts: chain of memories // metal gear solid 2 // ratchet and clank // super mario land 2: 6 golden coins // undertale // shadow of the colossus // fire emblem fates: conquest // final fantasy vi // star wars battlefront (ps2) // astro boy: omega factor"

At the time (and now), it's moreso just a record of my best gaming experiences, not necessarily which 10 games would be the greatest to play in 2019. Updating it now, with one game per series as the general rule(?), I'd offer up the following games (unranked, because it's hard to do that):

  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories- This one gets so much hate due to its card-battle system and its rehash of the first game's plot. As a fifth-grader, though, this game really hit all the right notes for me (I was a melancholic kid lol). I only had a GBA from age 7 to 11, but the amount that I loved this game pushed me to save up money all summer to experience the bigger console experiences.
  • Hollow Knight - Listen, it's okay if this one didn't hit for you. It seems like popular consensus recently has relegated this one to "recent overrated hit." But seriously, this game's atmosphere and mechanics (including the much-hated map system, which I thought perfectly accentuated the feeling of exploration) are unparalleled in the genre. Only a few games have really given me the sensation in adulthood that a Kingdom Hearts boss battle gave me as a teenager, and this game is the most notable of them.
  • Metal Gear Solid 2 - This is important to get out of the way, so I'm going to toss it here. My ranking of the MGS series in general: 2 > 4 > 1 > 3 > 5 > PW. As you can see, my tastes tend more towards the near-future, and no MGS game (or maybe any game?) has done it better than MGS2. The themes were mind-blowing to me when I played this at 20. The gameplay was frustrating but rewarding. And, hey, I like Raiden, annoying as he may be sometimes.
  • Ratchet and Clank- I dunno, this is the one here that I could probably cut. Then again, I just haven't booted up the HD remaster recently, which made me realize just how essential this game was to me in the first place. This was one of two games that I purchased with the PS2 that KH:CoM inspired me to save up for. The other, some version of NFL Gameday, only spent a few minutes in my system. R&C, on the other hand, was the game that I played from the beginning over and over again until I had saved enough for a memory card. It's etched in my memory. How could I ever cut it from this list?
  • Persona 3 - It took me 4 years to beat this. I've never loved grinding, but the plot, character, and social system was always good enough to draw me back in after enough time had passed. Love how the eventual hopelessness of the situation brings all the characters down; only makes the continual drive to grind and win that much more palpable. And, though I can understand why people hate it, I personally liked only controlling the main character. It helped flesh out the other characters' personalities a bit.
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia- This has the best story and music of any Fire Emblem game that I've played. I love Fire Emblem in general, and this one was the perfect blend of bittersweet and challenging for me.
  • Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins- My first game! Played it on my sister's Gameboy Pocket, which she eventually gave me for my sixth birthday in 2001. Didn't actually beat the final castle until early 2018. Will there even be another game with as large of a gap in start to finish time for me? Maybe some of the FFs that I started in the late 00s will eventually take that throne. Love the aesthetic of this one, even if the performance is a bit wack. The levels were really out there, but personally I think that helped shape my idea of what games could be, even at a young age.
  • Undertale- This meant a lot to me in 2015.
  • Final Fantasy VI- Another long delay from beginning to end. I started it on my GBA around 2006, I think, and finally finished that save in 2018. I still remember experiencing the apocalyptic centerpiece of the game while riding in the passenger seat of a family car on a long road trip and slowly gathering and reuniting with my party members while half-watching Hitchcock movies on TCM during Alfred Hitchcock month. It's a special one. I love basically every FF I've ever started, but this has the privilege of being one of the only ones I've fully completed. Seeing the credits role after 12 years... amazing!
  • Star Wars Battlefront (PS2)- This one I also thought about cutting. What could go in its place? A Kirby game, or a more recent Switch game I loved, or a PC masterpiece that I enjoyed during my brief period of PC gaming in high school? Nah, ultimately there's not much else that I truly feel belongs here. I spent hundreds of hours playing this game, most often with my primary friend from middle and high school. We played it even when we had better things to play, after we both got (then) current gen systems. Eventually, I gave him my extremely destroyed copy when I moved away for college. I hope he still has it.
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Ikarie XB-1: 3.5/5

Saw this at a tiny, classic-oriented movie theater. It's often cited as a comparable film to 2001: A Space Odyssey, mostly due to a robotic voice system that can control the ship the astronauts are on. It was a very solid movie. Some cool effects and shots for the time (1963). Naturally a lot of it has been done many times over since then, arguably to greater effect, but it was cool to see it all in an old Czech film.

Tossing this on here, too, because I saw it twice recently:

Midsommar: 4.5/5

I loved this one. Saw it alone on opening night and walked away in a somewhat depressed daze (in a good way?). Saw it a week later with a close friend and my girlfriend and had a totally different experience--the jokes made way more people laugh and the experience was just generally more jovial. Both times I thought the length felt perfect despite the 2 and a half hour runtime. Great film! Would recommend it.

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#3  Edited By Zoidberg

Can somebody please photoshop the "Do It For Her" image but with Goku covering the message with photos of Gohan instead (and make it say "Do It For He")?

Homer is worse, though they're not too far from each other in terms of child endangerment. Though Goku never strangled his kids.......

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#4  Edited By Zoidberg

Rogue Legacy takes it for me, but I haven't played many of these.

On that note: Sleeping Dogs is $2 for PS3 on the US PSN store right now. Is it worth it?

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A lotta folks on Switch-specific websites seem to be disappointed by this mini direct, but I'm feeling good about it. Granted: I've played 0 of these games before, so I've got quite a few new experiences to look forward to (though, even for me, the most exciting games happen to be the truly new releases, Kirby and Mario Tennis).

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why didn't you have an option for less than 100 but more than 80 :(

(that's where I am, and where I may remain for the moment, until I get the drive to get some more rare blades)

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#7  Edited By Zoidberg

Weird year for me: I fell into the increasingly common thing for people my age, whereby podcasts took my main attention away from albums/etc this year. However, here's some stuff that I really enjoyed:

  1. Frank Ocean- Single Series (who says I can't count these disparate singles as one release?)
  2. Rostam - Half-Light (seriously good--the second Discovery album we never got. Vampire Weekend and Panda Bear all mixed up)
  3. SZA - CTRL (clearly a special release)
  4. King Krule- The OOZ (I'm only 2 days in to listening to this album, but it's already left its mark on me)
  5. Brockhampton - Saturation II (still waiting for Sat 1/Sat 3 to sink in for me, but this one is immediately great)
  6. Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder (high school me would have been so amped by this album)
  7. Strange Ranger - Daymoon (sure, it can be a little same-y throughout, but this album is still extremely my shit)
  8. Lil Uzi Vert - Luv is Rage 2 (this thing ain't perfect, but some of the songs are so good)
  9. Viator - We Are Sleeping (all my friends make noise music now)
  10. Yeah Wings - Tomorrow Will Be Better (RIP to the best MPLS slowcore revival band out there)

A few other thoughts:

  • I love Mount Eerie more than almost any other artist, but I could only listen to all of A Crow Looked at Me once. I just wasn't in the place to listen to it this year. Love you forever, Phil.
  • I bounced off of the Kendrick Lamar album really hard after thoroughly enjoying his last few releases. What changed more: him or me?
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This year saw me shift towards gaming with a non-gamer significant other. I spent more time with games that I otherwise wouldn't have spent much time with at all. The best of these, and probably my favorite gaming experience of the year, was burning through Kirby's Dream Land 2 over the course of a weekend. Pure bliss.

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Echoing what other folks have said, I don't mind so long as it's not completely integral to the plot of the game itself. Unless I'm an extremely big fan/very interested in the pitch of the book/comic/etc, I'm probably not gonna read it.

I'm cool with having to figure some plot stuff out during the game itself (in fact, I generally prefer it that way), but obviously there is a point where it's not a cool narrative thing anymore and instead just gets in the way of enjoying the game.

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#10  Edited By Zoidberg

"switch is my only current gen console" goty edition: [edit: putting explanations]

  1. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
    • This game has a lot of problems--the character designs are often embarrassing, some of the gameplay elements can be too repetitive, some of the hoops you have to jump through to level blades up, etc, are just too much--but I really love the earnestness of the characters themselves, the worlds we've explored together, and the basic tropes of the story so far. I've lost myself in it a bit, in a way that didn't happen with a lot of other games this year!
  2. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
    1. Full disclosure: I'm probably 20% of the way through this game. However, I knew I'd love it from the title screen. This takes the extremely good and refined gameplay elements of the recent FE games, adds in a story that is actually seriously good/enjoyable/emotional, and tries some successful experimentation with the dungeon crawling segments.
  3. Splatoon 2
    1. My most played game this year. As a person who doesn't play many modern multiplayer games, the lack of now-standard features hasn't bothered me much. It's good.
  4. Breath of the Wild
    1. Maybe the most talked-about game of the year? I don't have much to add. I enjoyed my time with it.
  5. Super Mario Odyssey
    1. Lovingly polished. Playing this with my girlfriend this year was a highlight for me.
  6. Tumbleseed
    1. I love this game. The difficulty problems were resolved before I picked it up, and it's probably the most effective rougelike that I've played since FTL.
  7. Puyo Puyo Tetris
    1. PUYO PUYO FOREVER
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    1. It's Mario Kart! It's easy to play with people! It sells itself!