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Disco Elysium Log #4: The investigation is going GREAT! After soaring through the air, I ended up at the first boss and his vicious chair trap. I didn't almost die and went on to chase drug smugglers and got the body down. Kim respects me now. ^_^

 
 
 

All right class, today we will go over the importance of budgeting your dev cycle correctly and making sure not to spread your resources too thin while making your game. Sometimes that means cutting awesome bosses, but that's better than not shipping.


 
 
 

Hi-Fi RUSH complete! Absolute goddamn perfection. John Johanas with Mikami behind him cannot be stopped. I kinda ate dirt trying to unlearn my DMC habits, but it was still such an uplifting joy. Can we...can we get more games like this?

 
 
 

Wait, so you CAN'T take me to Lordran? This is some bullshit, I got my axe/crossbow build ready and everything. What a waste.


 
 
 

Kerrik52's Game of the Year 2022 Countdown

This was one hell of an awesome year of gaming for me. Not only did I manage to nab a PS5 and get myself my own place with an ostentatious TV, the gaming industry decided to wake the fuck up and tempt me into buying enough games to aaa...

 
 
 
 

I can't deal with this. Shinji Mikami framed in this solemn tone talking about God Hand is just ridiculous. But my respect has grown ever deeper.



 
 
 

Much like the second I played a bit ago, Steamworld Dig was a nice little game. It was more developed than I assumed, so I'm not sure which one I prefer. Nice duology nonetheless.


 
 
 
 

Disco Elysium Log #3: The first day ended without much excitement, though I do have a gazillion things to do next time. I sadly ran into the save bug, but redoing stuff led me to even more interactions and rewards! This game just can't shut up. Delightful

 
 
 

One level into Hi-Fi RUSH:


 
 
 

Damn, it's already been a year since I moved out and got my PS5. I'm really happy with this chunker, especially when reminded of how slow the PS4 is. I think I have some minor stick drift, but I should still be able clear the backlog on the right.


 
 
 

I wanted something short to play, so I settled on Wario Land 4. As an avid player of 3, having health is strange. But the level variety is phenomenal and the time limit makes it feel like a series of heists. I mostly hated how the bosses were though.


 
 
 

I underestimated John Johanas. I knew he had a sense of style and humor from the Evil Within DLC & sequel, but I would never have expected him to shadow drop a motherfucking character action rhythm game styled after Jet Set Radio. I NEEEED IT!

 
 
 

The Gamemaker's Notebook is a nice podcast. Usually hosted by Ted Price, the CEO of Insomniac, it's a series of down-to-earth interview with devs. It feels so sane compared to our usual view into the industry. The Ukraine episode was really good.



 
 
 

Mask of Deception done! Now I get why people compare this series to Trails, both for cameos and some plot points. But more than anything, this game reminded me of isekai anime. The tropes are all there, but it's not awful? It's like the writers had talent


 
 
 

Disco Elysium Log #2: The investigation began in earnest as I took in the hood and its people. I successfully pilfered funds from the bourgeoisie, had a mental breakdown about women in front of a child, aced some boulé and punched the shit out that kid.

 
 
 

Barely a month into this job and I already broke production using nothing but a perfectly fine little addition that had unknowable consequences. This is why they pay me the big bucks.


 
 
 

Disco Elysium Log #1: I successfully got my tie and made it all the way to Kim's motorcar without harmful incidents. I might even find my way home. Not sure if Physical Instrument or Half Light are going to cost me my nose first though.

 
 
 

If I had a nickel for every time I read a book in the last 12 months written by a video game critic who appeared on The Escapist about the British ministry of magic investigations I'd have two nickels, which isn't a lot, but it's weird it happened twice.


 
 
 

Being halfway through the games, I think I can succintly describe the Utawarerumono formula as: Lorebombs, warcrimes, booze, food talk, more booze and waifus dumber than the sacks of bricks they can easily carry for reasons too complicated for a Qpost.

 
 
 
 

Today's achievement was getting my dad through the first world of Overcooked. If that game ain't designed by Satan, I don't know what is. It's like running a FFXIV raid where you need to do eachother's skill rotations. Would recommend.

 
 
 

Man, finally playing the Evil Within DLC was a treat. It's still held down by the base game, but there are so many cohesive ideas for horror, encounter design AND A STORY THAT INVOLVES THE INNER STRUGGLES OF THE PROTAGONIST'S FEARS LIKE A HORROR GAME.


 
 
 

Starting up the second Utawarerumono game has been interesting. It does that Japanese thing where it replicates aspects of the first game in a way that feels like a reboot/remake, despite being a seemingly distant sequel. I think I'm more into this one.

 
 
 

It was bound to happen eventually. My backlog-shrinking streak came to an end in 2022 and it instead grew by 15. I beat less games (thanks to P5R & Elden Ring) and bought a lot more to justify the PS5. So now it sits at 75 in total. Time to get to it!

 
 


About Kerrik52one of us since 3:12 AM on 02.28.2016

Greetings, one and all. I'm known as Kerrik52 around these parts and I'm Swedish dude working as an app developer.

I play a lot of games, even the bad ones if they have something interesting to offer. I then write about them on this site for you all to read. I've written about a ton of stuff, but nowadays I mostly write reviews of games with the odd disscussion blog making its way out of my brain every month. My pride and joy is my From Software retrospective, which I highly recommend as a substitute to actually struggling through their first-person games on your own.

When it come to games, I'm mostly an action, platformer, horror, Immersive Sim and JRPG fanatic, but I try to keep my gaming diet varied from time to time. Here are some games/series I love:

Souls Games
God Hand
Immersive Sims
Resident Evil 4
Tales of
Ratchet & Clank
Devil May Cry
Legacy of Kain
Spyro the Dragon
Shin Megami Tensei
Anything by Falcom
Yakuza

I have a very low standard for movies, but I still have some distinct favorites. These include:

Coraline
Tintin
The Secret Life of Walter Witty
Pooh's Grand Adventure

Anime is a bite of a side-gig for me, but I'm a proud member of the Symphogear Choir.


Go ahead and share a piece of your world with me and I'll pay back in kind. Don't be deterred if I answer you with a wall of text though. I just can't help it sometimes.
 
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