Games of 2022

I had a bunch of wonderful game experiences this year, it's so hard to pick out which ones to talk about. Eastward stuck with me the most. It's a bleak-yet-beautiful world with great characters and awesome music! Battles were fun too. Only negatives for me were some story scenes drag on a bit and I could have done without the item crafting.

Following on from playing Lufia I and II last year, I played the third game, Lufia: The Legend Returns. Dungeons were a boring, randomized slog, but the story and characters were actually a step up from Lufia I and it looked and sounded pretty damn good for a GameBoy Color game! It just makes me wish even harder for a proper sequel to this series...

The pixel remake of Final Fantasy IV is a great and fast way to play the game. It's refreshing playing something so jam packed with awsomeness while many modern games have so much filler. I'm a little disappointed at various music, sound, and visual effect changes (especially spells), but it's still an overall authentic experience.

Shovel Knight was a lot of frustration with a little joy sprinkled in. Yet, it's so well made I did keep going back to it and got up to the maddening re-beat-every-boss-in-a-row nonsense before I finally gave up. I felt trapped every time I played, forcing myself to get through a given level so I didn't lose my progress, hands hurting more and more over time. I should probably steer clear of games that are a love letter to the NES era because it was rarely fun times for me.

I streamed every game I played AND archived the full playthroughs, so feel free to check them out!

Games beaten in 2022

  • Ys: The Oath in Felghana - Jan 2
  • Psychonauts - Jan 9
  • Ys Origin (Yunica) - Jan 30
  • Ys Origin (Hugo) - Mar 6
  • Eastward - Mar 6
  • Paladin's Quest - May 15
  • PixelJunk Eden - May 24
  • Just Shapes & Beats - Jun 24
  • PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate - Jul 16
  • Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure - Jul 17
  • Final Fantasy IV (pixel remaster) - Aug 5
  • Lufia: The Legend Returns - Oct 2
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale - Nov 5
  • West of Loathing - Nov 18
  • Ys I Chronicles+ - Dec 11

Games obtained in 2022

  • Ys: Memories of Celceta - Jan 29
  • Nom Nom Galaxy - Apr 30
  • PixelJunk Eden - Apr 30
  • PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate - Apr 30
  • PixelJunk Shooter - Apr 30
  • Final Fantasy IV (pixel remaster) - Jul 24
  • The Adventures of Panzer - Aug 29
  • The Adventures of Panzer 2 - Aug 29
  • Typoman Remastered - Sep 14
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale - Oct 6
  • West of Loathing - Nov 5
  • Cesspool - Nov 20
  • Ys I & II Chronicles+ - Dec 3
  • Chained Echoes - Dec 17
  • Death's Door - Dec 17
  • Get In The Car, Loser! - Dec 17
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps - Dec 20
  • Psychonauts 2 - Dec 20