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Gaming resolution for 2019:
Beat more games.
And if possible, complete my own year-long challenge me (based on January 2019 theme).
Stop paying attention to achievements.

Gaming Platforms:
50% Steam, other half is either PS Vita, Switch or 3DS. Used to play a lot on Xbox 360 too.

Gaming Updates:
I’m bad at writing long report. So I finally thought of a nice way to tackle my reports. I’ll go with good, bad and a short conclusion. Might not be the best or super informative but it should give a fair idea of what I thought of the game. Hopefully.

Gaming Scores:
I’m not a fan of scoring games so I give them a fun rating. Basically it means I rate my games based on my personal enjoyment. So it’s totally subjective and irrational. I still tried to give an explanation to each level of fun, click the spoiler if you’re curious to see.


Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Play Time
32 hours
Status
Beaten
Achievements
73 out of 99
Platform
Steam
Fun Rating
5 out of 5

The good

I loved almost everything. I already loved the previous one and this one just tops it. First, the graphics are gorgeous. It's a pleasure to discover the world of Tomb Raider when it's this beautiful. I wish I had taken more screenshots but I was too busy discovering the world! Also, they focused a lot more on exploration which is a big plus to me. Not that I disliked the combat but I enjoyed exploring more than fighting. The story was pretty entertaining too. It also ends the trilogy pretty well in my opinion and left me satisfied. And I hope they'll continue in this direction with the next game as I am still wanting and hoping for more!

The bad

There are a few cons however but they didn't mean much to me. Still, I can say that it feels like they didn't exactly improve much or bring innovative things comparing to their previous game (but I didn't mind that at all). The scripted phase sometimes were a bit annoying to follow/execute. The voiced scripts also kinda got boring after a while. I mean, the line "Impossible, I can't carry any more" was repeated so much! And when you're in a tomb and use the special vision to spot clues, Lara will always repeat her hint every single time. But like I said, nothing major.

Conclusion

Definitively my game of the year. Too bad it released last year though. But It was a really great experience. I was curious about the game for a while now and seeing that its price didn't go down much I went ahead and caved in even if it was higher than what I wanted to pay (24€ for the complete collection) yet I feel like it was totally worth it! If you enjoyed the previous games, you will love this one as well.
 

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Play Time
72 hours
Status
Beaten
Achievements
Nop
Platform
Nintendo Switch
Fun Rating
5 out of 5

The good

My only other real experience with Fire Emblem was the musou game which doesn't exactly provide much in term of story. But you don't really need to be acquainted with the series as Three Houses works on its own which is a big plus for new players like me.
The game offers two modes, Casual (the one I picked) where units are revived if they die and Classic where there's permadeath. But really the game is split in two different games stitched together to form one. One side is a tactical turn-based battle game. And the other one is like a "The Sims" sort of game where you train your character and other units. Bond with them. Romance them. Do some fishing, gardening. And when you put these two parts together, you get one massive game that will keep you busy for a bit over 60h if you go through it while doing a bit of everything (my first playthrough is 61h24) and don't rush to the end.
The game also offers three different stories in one. I finished Edelgard side of the story (red cape) and started Claude (yellow cape). But I have too many game so I decided to drop my second playthrough for now and focus on beating more games!

The bad

Can't remember anything that I didn't like or that was annoying... I remember reading some con here and there comparing the game to previous main series entry but since I'm new to the series I had no particular expectation and thus didn't get let down by anything.

Conclusion

My favourite game of 2019. An awesome game, tons of play time, tons of fun. A must have even for new players. As long as you enjoy both side of the game (the tactical and "Sims" part).
 

Aragami

Play Time
7 hours
Status
Beaten
Achievements
30 ou of 39
Platform
Origin
Fun Rating
4 out of 5

The good

This was the other game I managed to beat while subscribed to Origin Access and it is a pretty great stealth game. Lots of fun ways to tackle each level too and it can be played in coop which was the reason why I wanted to play it. When starting the game you are like the basic assassin. But soon enough you unlock various abilities to help you along the way. And since we were two and both had our own skill tree, we could pick skills complementing each other. Which made the game even more fun since we had to really cooperate if we wanted to succeed with our plan. Which usually ended up in failure anyway but it was still glorious!
Anyway, the story was fairly interesting as well. And I liked the art style. Despite the graphism being rather simplistic it still managed to be eye pleasing to me.

The bad

I honestly don't remember any real downside. Except maybe it's a bit too simple when played in coop. Same with graphism, a bit simplistic but I didn't mind it much.

Conclusion

Definitively worth a try. A stealthy game that can be played in coop is a total win already. It's not too long nor too short in my opinion. Pretty much the perfect game to have some fun with a friends over 2 or 3 afternoons and it's heavily discounted so all the more reason to give it a go if you're looking for a fun coop game to play with a friend!
 

A Way Out

Play Time
5 hours
Status
Beaten
Achievements
4 out of 14
Photos
No screenshots
Platform
Origin
Fun Rating
3 out of 5

The good

The game features Fares Fares, an actor I quite enjoyed in the movie Kopps and he definitively left an impression so when I recognized him in A Way Out, I had to try the game!
The game is included in the basic Origin subscription, making it a good value (at least I thought it would be good value!). It was rather fun in term of co-op. Though it's not all awesome, we sure had our fair share of fun trying to time some QTE to get up or to catch fish. Basically, all the actions where we had to work together or play together were the best part. Even simply playing baseball or connect 4 was fun in game.

The bad

The game is really short and doesn't really offer any replayability. But at least there's mostly new things going on and it doesn't drag itself for too long. The story wasn't a highlight at all in my opinion, was pretty much full of cliché and I may even add that it was kind of disapointing. Coupled with an average gameplay, very simplistic and poor at times. If it was a solo game, it would be a bad game.

Conclusion

We had fun. That's undeniable. But the experience was also frustrating mainly because of the story which didn't really click with us. So as an experience it's definitively worth a try. And it's available with Origin Access. And because it's also super short, you should be able to beat it in about two gaming afternoons and spend the rest of your sub trying others games. So yeah, as a curiosity and if you're looking for a fairly fun co-op experience, it's worth it. But I would definitively not buy the game (or for less than 5 bucks I guess?).
 

The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Play Time
11 hours
Status
Beaten
Achievements
37 of 48
Platform
Steam
Fun Rating
4 out of 5

The good

So let's get this out first, the best part of the game was to have this final season completed. The graphics are also pretty great. I checked a few older Walking Dead games and it sure looks a lot more polished to me now. The cast of characters wasn't half bad and it wasn't as boring as the last game (New Frontier). But Clem, she is in a league of her own! I really enjoyed her character. Definitively one of the most memorable character I could play in a video game.

Now, as it was usual with Telltale Games, you still wonder if most (if not all?) choices have any meaning in the long run. Though the illusion here worked fairly well most of the time and there were many very hard choices to make as well. It turned out to be one really emotional game at times as well.

The bad

Some achievements are really stupid, some will require a second playthrough. I mean seriously, I checked what I missed and I was glad I stopped worrying about achievements. Also, being unable to skip dialogues can make this a pain to complete. And I won't even talk about checking all choices since you can't skip anything... Thankfully YouTube is there to satisfy my curiosity and I was able to see what I missed (or not most of the times). There are still a few plot holes left as well and questionable development. Some parts nearly made me hate the game also, especially some fighting or combat scenes. It's clunky and often fairly boring or badly executed. I really didn't enjoy these.

Conclusion

Being able to enjoy the conclusion of that series is definitively the best part. But that said, the game is far from perfect and if I wanted to be harsh I'd say it is a kinda mediocre game? But then I think that despite everything that happened to the staff at the time, they still managed to deliver this conclusion to us. So overall, yes I am left with mixed feelings. It could have been better, some things could have been different. But in the end, I chose to keep a positive outlook on the story. And I really am happy to have been able to play/watch this final season in its entirety and to have been able to reach the conclusion of this series. I may not have liked everything but I still really enjoyed this Final Season. Plus Clem is a badass.