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Sr. Churros vs the Eternal Backlog - Ep 05 - Finally giving PC games some love

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It was about goddamn time

Hi, and welcome to another monthly edition of Sr.Churros vs. His Considerable Amount of Games.

You guys already know that I’ve been compulsively ignoring PC games since I started this series, right? Well, not anymore! Or not this month, at least.

Anyway, I would like to announce 3 changes for this next month:

 

#1 - No more voting (at least for now)

Yes, I know I was the one asking for you guys to participate, and I’m really really glad for anyone who took part on it! Thanks to you guys I ended up playing stuff I didn’t expect I would end up loving so much, like Chrono Trigger and Alan Wake.
BUTT I also noticed a certain tendency on these pools: games that are already popular usually won while the most obscure titles would rarely receive any votes. And I realised that sometimes I really wanna play these less voted titles, or play another specific title, or press “fortune cookie” on backloggery and play a random game or even make a dumb mini-marathon like I’ll explain on #2.

So that’s it, thanks for taking part on these so far, but I’m putting those pools on ice until I feel like doing them again.

 

#2 - #OhNoVember

I think I’ve been pretty open here on Destructoid about how much I do love old school Sonic games, anout how I think newer stuff can be good and fun (Colors, Generations) but they tend to lack the level of polish from the old gems, and how I feel like things were never the same since the Adventure series (well, until Mania happened at least) .

Ok, so Bass got me Adventure 2 last month(I asked for it tbh) and while I’ve played most of the levels from Sonic’s path on the first Adventure game (and had a mixed-to-bad time with it), I thought I should probably replay the first one now and do a mini Sonic Adventure marathon this month.

I’m calling it OhNoVember because it reflects my expectatives, but hey: best case scenario, I discover I was actually wrong and end up liking those games. Or worst case scenario, now I can have a better grip of what went wrong with this series on the transition to 3D and become able to better criticise these games. So in the end it is a win-win situation!

 

#3 - I’ll start playing some PSone titles but I don’t know shit about the library

My Android bluetooth gamepad arrived! Which means that after I finish my current 3DS games I I’ll give the portable a break, because I need to buy a new battery for it and I haven’t even ordered one yet. Until my old pal receive a lung transplant I’ll feel its gap by emulating PS1 and N64.

I already had a N64 when I was younger, so I’ll be prioritizing PSone games. The problem is, I know nothing about its library, so I would like to ask you guys - pretty please - to leave suggestions in the comments! Feel free to post the name of one classic game and/or one hidden gem. I’ll look them up on google and then choose the ones I feel like playing. Planning on adding up to 10 of those to my backlog.

Yeah, I kind of lied when I said this month wouldn’t having any sort of voting going on. Ooops!

 

Games Finished in October 2017:

Alan Wake

Bought it blindly a few years ago because I heard it was great and it was dirty cheap, and then I never installed it. That is, until you guys voted for it. Still, I went into this game having zero idea of what I would find.

This was a really, really pleasant surprised! An action thriller inspired by RE4 but with a simpler, more minimal and more oppressive combat, with top notch presentation and a good as heck narrative.

I loved, loved this game! It has a tone different from most games I’ve ever played, its duration didn’t overstayed its welcome and I really dug that it was divided in episodes like a tv series.

What a fun little game it was! I hope it gets a true sequel someday.

 

Night in the Woods

 

I’ve been wanting to play it since I first saw its trailer. It was really pretty, had good music and it seemed to tread on themes I could relate with.

So I bought it a while after its release, but somehow just started playing it this month. Aaaaand… it was as good as I was hoping for! And maybe a bit different from what I was expecting, but in a good way.
This one is a narrative focused game at heart, and by this I mean HOLY HECK THERE IS A LOT OF TEXT WOAH. But the text is presented in a way that never got me tired of it: the dialogue feels very natural, characters have a ton of personality, and it tackles some really serious issues not usually seen in games, like the struggles of being a young adult trying to figure out its place in the world, mental health issues, being stuck at a shitty, draining daily routine because you are poor and can’t afford education, and stuff like that. But it is far from being a tragedy and can often be upbeat: spending time with Mae’s friends usually is very pleasant, and there are also a bunch of humorous situations sprinkled through the game. Oh, and there is harkle, the most precious character of the entire game (sorry Mae, you are a close second, even if you are a bit of an asshole).

At the end of the day, all I can say is that this game committed crimes and stole my heart. It is special, meaningful, beautiful and full of personality. I really really do wish there were more games like this one out there.

LIMBO

 

Always heard this one was an incredible indie classic and ended up getting it for free during Inside’s release.

So I’ll keep this one short: great oppressive mood and atmosphere, minimal but really effective audio, incredible art direction, good gameplay, interesting puzzles, short but intense. It simply deserves every bit of praise it receives.

And maybe I was a little bit really pissed off at some sections due to how this game simply loves to troll the player by killing him again and again before you realise the area’s puzzle, but I think it is part of its charm.

 

Aftermath Y2K

Hey, this one is that platformer our own Dinosir made!

It is a retro platformer based on 8 bit games, and it kind of shows it both in aesthetics and difficulty. I love some of the pallets - specially the one from the first level - but some of the later levels have some not-so-good pallets, so it is kind of  mixed bag.

And while it can be quite enjoyable sometimes, it feels very amateur-ish in general. That said, it can be enjoyed if you are in the right mindset, and heck yeah I'm eager to see the next games our boi Dinosir will cook for us next.

 

Currently playing:

Lovely Planet

Cute as heck, hard as balls. Specially those two last worlds, uuuugh.

 

Monster Hunter Stories

Still good, but pacing takes a nosedive near the end of the story, specially when you wanna add new monsters to your party, because of course they all are born at level 1 and need to be grinded until the current party level.

 

Pokémon Silver

Pretty good, pretty fun, trying to only use Gen 2 monsters and avoid using the ones I always use when playing this game, like Poliwag, Cyndaquil and Dunsparce (AKA the best Pokémon ever designed ever). I just finished the lighthouse on Olivine and barely touched it since then.

 


Current Status:

 

Playing at home

  • Lovely Planet

Playing on the go

  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • Pokémon Silver

Next games to play at home:

  1. Sonic Adventure DX
  2. Sonic Adventure 2
  3. Dunno, probably GoNNER? Probably GoNNER

Next games to play on the go:

  1. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
  2. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Games acquired

  • Pokémon Silver
  • Sonic Adventure 2 (thanks Bass!)
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered (thanks Agent9!)
  • Kentucky Route Zero (thanks again Agent9!)

Games beaten

  • Chrono Trigger
  • Spark the Electric Jester
  • Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
  • Sonic CD
  • Super Meat Boy
  • EarthBound
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt
  • Sonic Mania
  • Retro City Rampage
  • Hiveswap Act 1
  • Dragon Quest VIII
  • Pokémon Moon
  • Alan Wake
  • Night in the Woods
  • Limbo
  • Aftermath Y2K

 

Favorite game of the month: Night in the Woods (sorry Alan Wake, I swear I really love you too)

Final monthly game balance: +-0

 

Total stats: 55 beaten, 199 to go


Final thoughts:

 

Heck yeah, another 4 games down. That's great, but I'll probably finish less games during November due to having to finish my final college project until the end of the month. Ugh.

Thanks for reading, and see you guys next month!

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About Dead Churrosone of us since 10:08 PM on 02.07.2012

Hello! My name is André and I live in Brazil. Currently I'm a System Analisis and Development student and I'm a hobbyist game dev (current status: life block).

My love of games comes from when my parents gave me a Sega Mega Drive when I was 4 (i think). My mom still regrets this decision to this day.

Love all consoles equally, but my current game devices are a trusty 3DS and my ok-ish laptop (at least it was a neat machine back in 2014).

Dango made me a list with my very favorite games ever (thanks a lot dude!):


Also here are some other games that I really love, like, really much, in no specific order:

- Pokémon Y
- Pokémon Blue
- Pokémon Platinum
- Sonic 2
- Sonic Colors
- Sonic Generations
- Phantasy Star 4
- Phantasy Star Online 2
- Need for Speed Underground
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Soul Calibur 2
- Final Fantasy Explorers
- Torchlight 2
- Thunderforce 3
- Thunderforce 5
- Fire Shark
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
- The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap
- Elemental Gimmick Gear
- Cannon Spike
- Fantasy Life
- GTA: San Andreas
- Etrian Odyssey 4
- Outlive
- Deadly Premonitions
- Ikaruga
- We <3 Katamari
- Ace Combat 5
- Ace Combat 0: The Belkan War
- Shining Force 2
- I'm probably forgetting stuff and will add more latter