Since blogging on Destructoid, I haven’t done as many stupid ‘update on what games I’ve been playing/thinking about/excited for recently’-type blogs as I used to. I guess I feel like there’s more pressure here to better develop my ideas into something more fully-formed – something with a point – lest I appear in the recaps under “could be better” and feel bad for pushing more worthy blog posts off the first page.
But then there are times when I’m inspired to think about videogames enough that I just want to unite morph my random unconnected thoughts into a giant fist and punch my blog with demented prattle. And anyway, random blogs ‘because videogames’ are in fashion now, so let me be!
Anyway, I declare this a new segment on my blog (meaning I might do another one ever): Grethiwords! I write the words about the videogames! Because I’ve been thinking about the videogames! Videogames!
I just finished The Wonderful 101. It’s awesome. Like, my favourite game on the Wii U awesome. Like, the best action game I’ve ever played awesome. I didnt even realise it was an action game at first – to me it just looked like a cross between Pikmin and Ōkami, from the creator of the latter, and that was enough to sell me on it, I needed no more. But this is an action game. Like God of War. Or some other action game. I don’t play a lot of action games honestly. Combo systems scare me. Maybe I should try Kamiya’s other action games – Devil May Cry or Bayonetta? I’ve played the demos for those games… Bayonetta I could barely play. Maybe if I played it from the start – like Wonderful 101 where the gameplay isn’t especially satisfying at first but gets more and more fun the better I get at it the farther into it I get, maybe I could get better at Bayonetta? Anyway, I always thought that game looked totally pandering, and I figure these games lack the charm I love in Kamiya’s cartoony games besides. Now Viewtiful Joe… I will buy that in a heartbeat if it gets made available through the virtual console or an HD update or something.
Anyway, The Wonderful 101 does not play like a typical action game, and perhaps that’s why I was so able to embrace it. Its gameplay is also nothing like Pikmin or any of the other 100-guys-following-you-around games. But it is such a unique system, that like I said gets steadily more enjoyable the better I got at it, and I just love it. And like a true action game, it is breathlessly paced, and full of ludicrous set-pieces. It is also one of the most gorgeous and visually intensive games I’ve played. And it’s also damn long for a game paced so – I had heard it was gonna be short, but it lasted me a good 20 hours. I cringe to think how much they spent on this game considering the sales – but I don’t care, because I love it for the spectacle it is. It’s such a complete game, so full of detail and perfectly executed. I wasn’t sure it was gonna end in a way that truly manages to feel climactic in the wake of everything that came before, while still utilizing all the mechanics and everything I’d learned to that point – I wasn’t sure it was possible – but holy hell did they ever pull it off. Hats off to Platinum games.
And did I mention how damn funny and full of personality the game is?
Anyway, The Wonderful 101’s got me thinking about my 2013 games of the year. Which I’ll be posting on this blog no doubt well into February or March with all the games I still need to play. But I can’t wait ‘til then! I wanna talk about it now! So, spoiler alert: The Wonderful 101 is the frontrunner for my GOTY. Anyway, I already have eight games this year (nine if you count Earthbound; I won’t) that are so damn good it’d be sin to leave them off my top 10 at the end of the year. Whereas last year I could only come up with 3 must-play games for the year.
At the risk of sounding like a twat, 2013 is an amazing year to be a Nintendo fan. Six out of these eight games are on Nintendo consoles. And four of those are Wii U games. The Wii U is amazing and people should start buying it. There’s enough good stuff now, and I still have to play the new Mario game next week, and Deus Ex (though I’ll wait for a price drop on that), not to mention The Wind Waker HD. So much good stuff.
Anyway, I also still need to play Killer Is Dead, and Fire Emblem… The upcoming Zelda game… I gotta pick up Grand Theft Auto V. And Saints Row IV. And if that’s not enough, I’ve been watching some Hong Kong movies lately and feel compelled now to play last year’s Sleeping Dogs. Too much open-world! Waiting for a price drop on Dynasty Warriors 8, but I’m excited to finally try that series. Gonna get Pokémon X. And maybe I should play Bioshock Infinite, now that I think of it. (Edit: I forgot about Attack of the Friday Monsters, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, and the new Ace Attorney...) Haha. Fuck. Do not expect my games of the year list by March.
And how the hell will I narrow it down to 10?
And now for something completely different. I did a blog about Love-de-Lic recently, which I’m actually kind of proud of, although it’s secretly just a romantic love letter to game director Yoshiro Kimura. There’s a scene in his game Chulip where the boy writes his first love letter, and that scene makes me so happy I want to cry.
Anyway, I didn’t know what he was up to now when I wrote that blog, but I just found out, from Podtoid of all places. He’s started an indie company called Onion Games and, as discussed on Podtoid, he has a twitter account in which he writes from the perspective of a sentient onion. It is amazing. But even more amazing to me is his blog/website, started mid-September. He writes diary updates like this one, and somehow, because of the cartoons he draws with it, and because of the way it’s written, in broken English, it somehow captures that mixture of child-like innocence and serious feelings from his games that I always find so beautiful and makes me want to cry so. I love it so much!
He also posts pixel art on the blog. Like this:
Isn’t it the best?! Look at it!! <3
Anyway, I still have no idea what kind of game he’s working on, but according to the blog, “Onion games is making game happily”, and I couldn’t be happier to read that.