That’s All Games’ 2020 Year End Review

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Well, it has been a tough year for many this year. Luckily, That’s All Games was still able to move on and inform and entertain those who read this blog. Today, I will look back at the plentiful content provided to my readers on That’s All Games. I am quite thankful for an increase in views the site received this year, but let’s see what kind of activity went on this year.

Reviews:

There were quite a few reviews this year, but not all of them were new games. Quite a few of them were ports, retro reviews, or games not released this year. I will list them in order from highest score to lowest, with links provided to the article, for those interested in these games.

  1. Review: Final Fantasy X HD Remaster (Switch) (9.1/10)
  2. Post Update Review: Splatoon 2 (Switch) (8.7/10)
  3. Review: Mega Man X Legacy Collection (Switch) (8.6/10)
    1. Mega Man X (9/10)
    2. Mega Man X2 (8.8/10)
    3. Mega Man X3 (8.6/10)
    4. Mega Man X4 (7.9/10)
  4. Review: Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) (8.5/10)
  5. Review: Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Part 1: Super Mario 64 (Switch) (8.5/10)
  6. Retro Review: Final Fantasy IV Advance (GBA) (8.5/10)
  7. Review: Super Mario 3D All Stars, Part 2: Super Mario Sunshine (Switch) (8.4/10)
  8. Review: Aviary Attorney: Definitive Edition (Switch) (8.2/10)
  9. Review: Baba is You (Switch) (8.1/10)
  10. Retro Review: Breath of Fire II (SNES) (7.9)
  11. Review: Cadence of Hyrule (Switch) (7.7)
  12. Review: Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster (Switch) (5/10)

As you can see, a lot of classic games are here. Of note, some collections got separate reviews, due to the length of each individual game. Super Mario Galaxy wasn’t finished in time to be covered this year, but will be the next game to get a review. Also of note, the lowest score yet in any of my reviews went to Final Fantasy X-2. I also branched out and covered a few indie games, such a Baba is You and a visual novel in Aviary Attorney. Keep in mind that Mega Man X Legacy collection was covered in one article, and the rating was an average of all four games.

Next year, I have these games planned for review. Bear in mind, that this may be subject to change as more games get released.

  • Super Mario Galaxy (Part 3 of Super Mario 3D All Stars)
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
  • Final Fantasy V Advance
  • Bravely Default II 

If there are more games you would like me to review, then check out the Game Library page and leave a comment on what you want to see next!

Videos:

So I managed to acquire the equipment to record videos from my Nintendo Switch. Most of these were of me climbing the ranked ladder in Pokémon Sword and Shield. I did try to explore custom levels briefly in Super Mario Maker 2 as well, but it was hard to find quality levels using the methods I used to find them. Unless I get some suggestions from viewers for levels to critique in this game, this series may not come back anytime soon.

I should note that there is a pending law that may restrict the types of videos I could make in the near future. I am waiting to see if it passes before I make more videos or stream again, so unfortunately, there will be no new videos until I find out if it passes or not. Nevertheless, I found it fun to experiment with new media, and I hope to bring more content like this in the future.

The Pokémon Starter Challenge:

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A new type of article I started this year were the Pokémon Starter Challenges. In these articles, I record my progress in these challenges, where I play each Pokémon game I own three times, once with each starter as the only one that participates in battle. I also don’t use items in battle either, and the times and losses are recorded in each game. For the rules of the challenge, check out The Pokemon Starter Challenge: Intro.

Here are the completed challenges so far:

White version will be next in the new year, followed by X, Alpha Sapphire, Sun, then finally Sword Version. Hopefully this challenge will end next year.

Game Story Case Studies:

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This type of article was started about a year and a half ago. In it, I almost line by line analyze the story of a particular video game. So far, I only have done Puyo Puyo Tetris, which I finally finished this year! A new Case Study page will be made in the near future to keep track of all these. If you want to read the ones written so far, here they are in full:

I am getting ready for season 2 of this series, where I cover the writing of another game. So far, I received a suggestion for Final Fantasy IX, but I will list some other ideas I have for you to suggest. If I see enough of a demand for a particular game by the time I write the next episode, then I may cover that game next. Here are games I am considering for season 2:

  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Undertale
  • Octopath Traveller
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Aviary Attorney
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Breath of Fire II
  • If you want to see another game here, then check the Game Library page. Be sure to vote on a Switch game with a fair amount of writing, as that is what I have the equipment to capture the writing with so far.

On that note, I hope to eventually write these articles as an eBook per game. This won’t happen until I have written at least 3 complete case studies, so that I may release the best of the three at that point. This may take a while, but is something I hope to write to guide new writers or game writers on what to do and not do when crafting a story.

As for more of what may come in the new year, I hope to write more news articles and game design topics. Feel free to give suggestions in the comments below, I’d like to see what my audience cares about in the realm of video games! Hopefully, next year will be better for everyone! Cheers!


And that wraps up my year end review of 2020! What article from this year did you like the most from That’s All Games? What would you like to see covered next? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this article, then click that like button and share on social media! To keep up with That’s All Games, you may subscribe via email or WordPress! Until next time, have fun gaming!

 

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