The Video Game Nostalgia Wave: The Comfort Of Returning To Older Gaming Devices

Each console or handheld generation gets updated every few years. The tech is newer and shinier, and the capabilities are greater than what came before. For instance, the Nintendo Switch has become groundbreaking in what it means to game on the go or stationed on a dock to play at home. Whatever your needs are, the Switch has become the gaming device to adjust accordingly. As we move further and further away from what has become outdated and no longer “in”, sometimes, I do appreciate going back to what once was the darling of the gaming world.

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Tying Up Loose Ends: Wrapping Up Previously Started Video Games

Getting a brand new video game feels a little like Christmas morning. You’re excited and can’t wait to get started. The very idea of it being new is enough to entice you to take a peek at the game, even if you’re already in the middle of playing something else.

I have been guilty in the past for starting games and getting pretty far with some of them, only to stop just as I’m so close to the end. Now, I’m trying to go back and finish some of the games that have been outstanding for a while.

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The Allure Of Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s Happy Home Paradise

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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Video Game Review: Neo – The World Ends With You

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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The End? The Fake Ending In Video Games

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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Testing The Waters: Figuring Out The Next Video Game To Play

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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Video Games In Review: What I’ve Completed In 2021

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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November Update: What I’ve Been Playing, Reading, And Watching

As the weather gets increasingly chillier, at least from where I am, many of us are opting to stay inside and curl up with a good video game, book, or show. While the end of 2021 isn’t quite here yet, here are some of what I’m hoping to have finished before the year is out.

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First Few Hours With Neo: The World Ends With You

Of all the video games to come out of the 2021 season Neo: The World Ends With You is by far the highest on my list of games I’ve been looking forward to play. Now that the game is fully released, I have spent a good many hours diving back into Shibuya and the Reapers’ Game.

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GRIS: A Deeply Moving And Affecting Video Game On Grief And Depression

Sometimes you’ll go into a video game not knowing what to expect, but give it time, and you may find the hidden jewel underneath. The 2018 game Gris by Spanish developer Nomada Studio, and published by Devolver Digital, is one of those games that will stand out in your mind as a uniquely crafted game full of beauty and emotional depth.

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