While discussing with my friend Doom the prospect of playing and finishing one game a week for the year 2020, I thought I would take a look at my data from 2019 to see if I did indeed clear 52 games for the year.
Not only that, but as I skimmed through the titles that I had finished within the 2019 calendar year, I decided that a brief look back at my gaming history for 2019 might be a somewhat interesting blog post. And since I have been completely negligent of this WordPress since 2017, here goes.
Please keep in mind that my library of physical games comprises more than 1400 titles and I am not above cheating through most of them if I am to have any hope of playing them all within my lifetime.
January – 2019 started, as every good year should, with some Pokemon. I had filled out my gen3 collection by receiving a copy of Sapphire for Christmas 2018, which was my first completed game in 2019 on January 2. Attention shifted to Let’s Go Pikachu, another Christmas gift, that I played and finished the storyline within the month. January rounded out by finishing Hot Wheels Stunt Track Driver 2, a PC game I bought bundled with the first Stunt Track Driver many years ago. Neither of those games are particularly great by today’s standards, but I’m terribly nostalgic about the first, which I played a lot at a cousin’s house in my youth.
February – Continuing through my Christmas gifts, I knocked out Xbox One’s Quantum Break, Super Mario Odyssey, and Skyrim VR in pretty quick succession. I plan on replaying Odyssey someday since it was a lot of fun and I’d like to spend more time collecting moons. Skyrim I had actually played often through January, spending most of my time completing sidequests and leveling up several skills. Once February hit I decided to power through and complete the main quest, for which I was massively over-leveled. After those three I tackled two more PC games that have been sitting in my library far too long: Quake (actually a shareware disk that only has the first mission, but for whatever reason, I count it in my collection) and Transport Tycoon, one of my earliest and favorite sim games.
March – During March I was still chugging through Christmas gifts, which this month included Let’s Go Eevee and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl (Christmas 2018 helped fill out my main series Pokemon collection, until Sword and Shield were released anyway). I spent some quality time with a Game Boy, playing the monochromatic Defender/Joust and Final Fantasy Legend plus Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land (GBA – not a great game, play the DS version instead). While on a Tony Hawk kick, I also played TH Motion, one of the DS’ most gimmicky games. As a huge fan of the THPS series, I do not recommend Motion to anyone, although the pack-in title Hue Pixel Painter was decent. In March I continued the trend of trying to knock out my PC collection by finishing Myst 3: Exile and thus the Myst 10th anniversary collection.
A note on compilations: Although I tend to play through individual games in a compilation separately, I treat the compilation as a singular entity when considering it played/beaten in my library. For instance, I may have played through Myst and Riven in February, but not marked the compilation as played until I wrapped up Exile in March.
April – I’m not sure what happened in April. The only game I have marked as played during this month is Pokemon Heart Gold, which I bought alongside Soul Silver and XD: Gale of Darkness in a buy 2 get 1 free sale.
May – Another fairly quiet month as I played through Soul Silver and the first Uncharted game. This was not part of the Nathan Drake Collection. Rather, I bought the PS3 games separately after my PS4 came bundled with the fourth game.
June – June provided me with more Nintendo Switch titles in the form of Crayola Scoot (vaguely THPS-esque) and Sonic Mania, which I completed prior to month’s end. I also played through the PSVR title Farpoint, which was a holdout from Christmas 2017. In June I also went hard and heavy at my PSP collection, playing through a Disney Cars race game, SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 2, and Madden 07, 08, and 10.
July – Mario Maker 2 releases and when I saw that Walmart was selling it for $10 less than other retailers, I couldn’t pass up. Played through every single story mode level quite early in the month, then spent some more time playing hundreds of levels in endless mode. Continued the Uncharted saga with the second game in the series; played Robinson, another PSVR title; and enjoyed Thatgamecompany’s compilation of Journey, Flow, and Flower. Each game in the compliation was quite short, but quite enjoyable.
August – This is another very quiet month. Not because I wasn’t playing anything, but I only finished one game: Job Simulator on PSVR. This is a very quirky game whose novelty wears off fairly quickly. It’s still pretty fun and funny. The reason I didn’t finish any more in August is because I was slowly going through the games that I would finish in September.
September – I remember the games from September being slow and tedious. First was Driveclub VR. Although VR racing is a lot of fun, the headset drift is worse in this game than any other VR game I’ve played so far. It got so bad at times I’d practically be sitting sideways on the couch just so I would be facing forward in the game. Next was the Japanese exclusive DS title Slide Adventure: Magkid. This is a fun game where you use an optical mouse attachment on the bottom of the DS to move your character around on-screen. This game was tedious due to the language barrier and lack of help guides on the internet. Also finished in September: God of War II and the PS3 version of Dance Dance Revolution.
October – My birthday month, and what a month! In late September I discovered how easy it is to play PS1 games on a modified PSP. The quick pick-up/put-down gameplay that the PSP’s sleep mode enables combined with dirty rotten cheats enabled me to play through these games quickly: Dance Dance Revolution (PS1), 007 Tomorrow Never Dies, Gran Turismo, Azure Dreams, Dave Mirra (RIP) Freestyle BMX, Chrono Cross, Crash Team Racing, Andretti Racing, Battle Arena Toshinden, D, and Darklight Conflict. During this month I also started focusing on my Sega Saturn collection, realizing that I could easily play some of the PS1 ports on my PSP. I also played the post-apocalyptic racer Scorcher, another of my Saturn games that I don’t think received a PS1 port. The game D is notable because it’s the first of my 3DO games I’ve ever played, albeit not on the actual console.
November – Nintendo comes in with a HUGE list of games played, many Atari 2600 and SNES games. Since most 2600 games don’t have any form of endgame, I played these until a game over.
Air-Sea Battle, Armor Ambush, Berzerk, Bowling, Combat, Venture, Donkey Kong (Colecovision), Adventure, Demon Attack, Centipede (2600 & 7800), Street Fighter II, SF II Turbo, Revolution X, Super Bomberman, DBZ Super Butoden, Super Butoden 3, Mickey’s Magical Adventure, Wheel of Fortune Deluxe Edition.
Additionally this month, I played the Switch remake of Link’s Awakening, PS2’s Alfa Romeo Racing Italiano, Call of Duty: Big Red One, Uncharted 3 (time to finally play chapter 4), and The Last of Us. It should be noted that in November I toyed around with the finer points of softmodding PS2 and PS3, enabling easier cheating on both consoles. Without which, I would easily still be playing The Last of Us and Racing Italiano well into December.
December – In December I completed Torna, which is the Xenoblade Chronices 2 expansion/prequel. Short, but I really enjoyed it. Also played Yoshi’s Crafted World, which rounded out the remainder of my birthday games. It was fun, but I gave up on trying to 100% complete the game as the scavenger hunt objectives grew tiresome. Continuing with PS1 ports of other console games but played on PSP, we have Hexen, which I’m fairly sure I softlocked my self toward the end of the game and had to restart; the N64/PS1 Spider-Man; Return Fire, my 2nd 3DO game; and Star Fighter, a pretty fun space shooter that did some interesting things but I will never play again due to the monotony.
There you have it: my year in gaming. I received some Switch and PS4 games for Christmas 2019 which I’m really excited for. In 2020 I would really like to knock out the remainder of my Saturn library, perhaps pick up some stragglers from my Game Boy library, and continue to blast through PS1 games on my PSP. I hope you enjoyed this retrospective as much as I’ve had looking back.