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I finished my game of the year blog. I bet you can't guess what won.


 
 
 

Kerrik52's Game of the Year 2019 - Devil May Cry V

It's been one hell of a gaming year compared to 2018, especially for me, since I actually bought some new games this year! I've made it a bit of a personal policy as of late to wait a year before buying a game, since by the time I get ...

 
 
 
 

Merry Christmas, Destructoid! Stay weird!


 
 
 

Traveller In Playtime – Parasite Eve II

Parasite Eve II is an action RPG with survival horror influences developed by Square and published by Square and Square EA on the Playstation in 1999-2000. Following the New York incident in the first game, Aya Brea has joined the FBI'...

 
 
 
 

Pros of suffering a temporary power outage: The router reset and returned my internet speeds to acceptable levels. Cons: I lost about 30 minutes of progress in Tales of Graces. Feels like a fair trade all things considered.

 
 
 

I bring you the song of my people.



 
 
 

In lieu of those fancy Switch summaries I'll instead gloat over the fact that I've beaten 6 Tales of games this year! Might hit 7 if I hurry. Only 4 (or maybe 6) games to go before I can tell you all which are the best and the worst!


 
 
 

Traveller In Playtime - Assault Spy

Assault Spy is a character action game developed by Wazen and published by NISA on the PC in 2018. Self-proclaimed master corporate spy Asaru gets assigned the mission of stealing the company secrets of the esteemed security company Ne...

 
 
 
 

I'm conditioned to think that the PS4 only gets a handful of games per year. But it gets a lot of indie games too. Like this rad-looking juiced up PS1 action RPG Final Fantasy Castlevania-esque mess! I feel kind of compelled to try it.



 
 
 

RIP in peace, Gamestop. You really should have tried to sell me weeb PS4 games for less than your obscene prices. Still, thanks for the metric fuckton of PS2, PSP and PS3 games you provided me with. I'll treasure them always and never trade them in.


 
 
 

For once, an ad told me about something interesting. I know one of the devs were sad about being restricted to digital, so this is great news! I'm tempted to double dip just to support the games and free more of my game collection from PSN.


 
 
 

Traveller In Playtime - Shining Resonance Refrain

Shining Resonance Refrain is a rerelease of the action RPG Shining Resonance originally developed by Media. Vision and published by Sega on the PS3 in 2014. This new version, handled by O-Two Inc. features new content and was also publ...

 
 
 
 

So, Tales of Vesperia had Lunar Phase and style switching and now I see that Tales of Graces has Rainstorm, charged fist attacks and an actual parry move. Bless you, DMC-fan over at Bandai Namco, you're doing the world a service.


 
 
 

Traveller In Playtime – Whiplash

Whiplash is a 3D platformer developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Eidos Interactive for the PS2 and Xbox in 2003-2004. It was also made available on PS3 as a PS2 classic. In the animal testing facility of the mega corporation ...

 
 
 
 

Sā anata kara Merī Kurisumasu, Watashi kara Merī Kurisumasu, Santa Kurōsu izu, Kamingu tu taun




 
 
 

I haven't read a book in forever, but I recently finished Ender's Game. Really good book with its share of gut punches. The exploration of military life, internet trolling and how child geniuses act around regular people really hooked me.


 
 
 

All right, one Destiny 2 strike worth of Stadia later and I am ready to offer my judgement. More details in the comments, but as someone who didn't pay for the thing at all, it's:


 
 
 

The evil has entered our home. I fear for my internet connection and the sanctity of our wooden walls. Send thoughts and prayers. Or maybe a Switch. That's quirky enough to capture my father's interest over a Stadia, right?


 
 
 

Traveller In Playtime - Tales of the Abyss

Tales of the Abyss is a JRPG developed and published by Namco/Namco Bandai for the PS2 in 2005-2006 and 3DS in 2011-2012. The teenager Luke fon Fabre lives out his days restrained to the manor of his father, the brother of the king of ...

 
 
 
 

My dad bought into the Stadia. I tried to stop him. Tried to tell him that it was doomed to fail. But no, the allure of a new toy was too grand. Don't let your family buy into the Stadia. Educate them on its faults and make them listen.


 
 
 

WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME THAT THERE WAS A HAMMY OPERA VERSION OF DEVIL TRIGGER WITH ALTERNATE LYRICS?! THIS THE BEST, BUT ALSO THE WORST!



 
 
 

Tales of Graces is really nice so far. Having an extended prequel chapter with the party as kids is adorable. I'm glad the series is living up to the expectations I had of it going into my mad marathon. Good JRPGs deserve to be played.


 
 
 
 
 

I played through A Story About My Uncle. It has neat 1st-person platforming, but the actual story told wasn't to my liking. The script is just a bit off (using specific gameplay terms, changing tenses) and I'm not sure what the point of it is.


 
 
 

OnRush is pretty baller and seemingly solves the standard issues in racing games by inventing racing modes that allow players who fall behind to teleport back into the action. A shame then that it's styled entirely after Fortnite and its monetization!


 
 


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 with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

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 stuff about about a lot of genres, but if you need recommendations, I suggest my From Software Retrospective and my "Let's Bitch" series about the Souls-games. At present, I am writing weekly reviews, which is a fun exercise.

I also have a little Youtube channel bearing my name that mostly contains videos related to my blogs.

I'm mostly a character action game and JRPG player, but I try to keep my gaming diet varied. Here are some games/series I love:

Souls Games
God Hand
Resident Evil 4
Tales of
Ratchet & Clank
King's Field
Devil May Cry
Legacy of Kain
Spyro the Dragon
Ys
Shin Megami Tensei
Patapon
Legend of Heroes
Yakuza
Locoroco
Ape Escape

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

Coraline
Tintin
The Secret Life of Walter Witty
Pooh's Grand Adventure
Scott Pilgrim VS the World

The last TV shows I watched were House, Mythbusters and Fringe.

Anime on the other hand, is something I watch a decent amount of. I like:

Symphogear
Jojo
Nichijou
WIXOSS
Black Rock Shooter
Nobunagun
Airmaster
Fist of the Northstar

I don't read very much anymore, but I like Asimov and Lovecraft.

Music-wise I'm an apostle of Dio and the German power metal scene. Other favorites include:

Gamma Ray
Iron Savior
Freedom Call
Dreamtale
Axel Rudi Pell
Edguy
Avantasia

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 in a wall of text though. I just can't help it sometimes.
 
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