As someone who personally likes to utilize the time I have, video games are one of the areas where I do my best to spend enough time on each new game I have before moving onto the next. While there are certainly plenty of games I have played that have a ton of replay value like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, I have not gone back to replay them much only because I want to give all the other games waiting to be played their chance in the spotlight.
After playing and beating a first playthrough with Cyberpunk 2077 last year, I have been mostly waiting for the promised DLC CD Projekt Red said would be coming much later. Now with their most recently released 1.5 Patch Update, it has been touted as an entirely new experience and one the studio should have released from Day 1. However, going back into a game I already considered “done” has me feeling a bit reluctant to replay from the beginning.
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When the DLC add-on of Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s Happy Home Paradise came out last year, it has given players more to do on their island even with the final free update Nintendo released for the game. It couldn’t have come at a better time after many players of New Horizons started checking in on their islands and residents less and less. A game that united people during the start of the pandemic as a way to cope with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and to stay connected with friends while everyone isolated themselves from the comfort of their own homes, players, eventually, would max out just about everything there is to do on their island.
Happy Home Paradise has been the perfect add-on to draw AC fans back in and keep people playing at least for a little while longer.
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Writing the first draft of my YA fantasy novel has gone through many stops and starts over the years. There have been a lot of trial and error to figure out what writing practices worked and didn’t work for me as far as getting the bulk of my story written. A common piece of advice given by writers is to create a word count goal.
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When I finished Neo: The World Ends With You on the Nintendo Switch last month, marking the end of games I started playing last year, that left me with a new conundrum of what to play next. After much deliberation I decided to play another game that came out of last year—the surprising hit Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy published by Square Enix.
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Since the start of the new year, one of the things I would like to do is finish a full draft of my work in progress. I have been consistently writing in some capacity for the past two years, the pandemic making it easier to keep up a regular weekend schedule, and have gotten further with my story than I have in a really long time since I first came up with the idea. But as eager as I am to complete the draft, it has been a struggle to continue with my novel, often not knowing where to steer the plot or how to get to a cohesive and satisfying ending.
When this happens I would take a “break” from my novel by writing something else.
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Sequels to beloved video games can either be everything you hoped for and more, or it can barely hold a candle to the original game. Neo: The World Ends With You is the long anticipated followup to 2007’s The World Ends With You, which originally came out on the Nintendo DS. While there is plenty to love about the game, with an upgraded battle system, wider areas of Shibuya to explore, and a soundtrack that continues to stay on point, there’s also some weak spots that made playing the game frustrating at times.
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Reaching the end of a video game can be exciting. After spending many hours with a story and characters, going on a journey and getting to know the characters until they start feeling like good friends, the end can feel bittersweet but hard earned to finally see how it all ends. As the anticipation builds toward the end, something happens in the game that pulls the rug from right under you. Maybe the end credits roll but you’re left flabbergasted, thinking, “That can’t be how it ends?!” or a chapter labeled as “Final” actually opens up a few more subchapters that eventually get you to the real ending of the game.
This has been my recent experience with two video games in particular—Control and Neo: The World Ends With You. Fair warning, there are some light spoilers for both of these games.
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Ever since the start of the new year I have been finishing up a few games I’ve been playing since last year, like the DLC for Control and Neo: The World Ends With You. I recently completed the two DLCs for Control but I’m still working through getting to the end of Neo. One of the things I have been thinking about, as I get closer to finishing the story of Neo, is what video game should I play next?
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One of the things I love about a new year is the chance to start fresh. There’s an opportunity for things to be different and to change aspects of your life that could use a little upgrade. That may sound very Pollyanna but I’ve always been an optimist at heart even as time, experience, and the state of the world has made me a tad cynical over the years. I like to hold onto a bit of hope during these tough times.
Now that it’s 2022 here are some of the goals I’m looking to achieve in this new year.
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Whenever I choose a video game to play for the next few months the hope is I’ll stick with it and not stop halfway in the middle of the game. That has happened with a few games I played in the past where I start off excited to devote most of my time with a game only to abandon it for another game, or not being in the mood to play for a little while. This is why when I do commit to a game and see it all the way through, it’s a massive achievement for me personally to consider it finished and crossed off my backlog.
Here is a list of all the video games I played and beaten in 2021.
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