Welcome to my final post of 2019, and the final post of the decade! This is the last Monthly Summary of the year and as you’ll probably see from this post, I’ve been trying to finish a lot of games off to prepare for my fresh 2020 gaming quest! I’ve been looking forward to 2020 for such a long time now and I’m honestly excited to begin the year ahead. So let’s take a final look back at the events of December…
Ef – the first tale
Bokuten – Why I Became an Angel
I basically stocked up on a bunch of visual novels this month during the Steam Sales and picked up MangerGamer’s new release, Bokuten – Why I Became an Angel while it had 10% off. This is most likely going to be the next game I get round to playing and from what I’ve heard about it so far, it’s going to be pretty good (but sad).
My plan is to focus a lot on visual novels during 2020 as I have so many of them in my backlog despite playing a decent amount during 2019. It’s a genre I’ve grown very fond of over the past year, so I would love to experience more of them and hopefully get something up and running I’ve had planned for a while now! No spoilers yet though!
AI: The Somnium Files
London Detective Mysteria
Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise (Rhythm Heaven Fever)
Dragon Quest II
After finishing Ai: The Somnium Files, I decided to go back to a game I’ve started a few times before but failed to stick with – WorldEnd Syndrome. I did manage to stick with it this time around, but I still failed to see why everyone was talking so highly of it. This could entirely be down to the fact that I played TOYBOX’s previous title, 7’scarlet, earlier in the year and I found their stories far too similar – and I mean WAY too similar, so much so that their stories were pratically identical.
I then moved onto London Detective Mysteria only to be disappointed with the quality of the port. I’m sure I’ll revisit this later, but I’m leaving it well alone until I can at least finish Bokuten.
My boyfriend also bought Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise for the Wii. After finally getting our Wii back from my brother (who gave it to a friend) and having a meltdown over how poorly it had been looked after, we managed to get it working and had a blast on this incredible rhythm game. I’ll admit I’ve mainly been watching and I’ve only had a few games on the multiplayer games, but it’s unbelievable creative and can easily get stuck in your head (the Japanese voiced version is the best)!
AI: The Somnium Files (100%)
WorldEnd Syndrome (100%)
Dragon Quest II
I managed to 100% complete AI: The Somnium Files a few days into December, awarding it my GotY 2019. I had such a great experience with AI, and I would without a doubt recommend it to anyone.
GRIS was another game I managed to finish this month. I’ve had this in my backlog for a few months now, so I’m so pleased I made time for it one afternoon and finished it all in one sitting. I don’t think I loved it as much as some people did, but it certainly deserves all the credit it gets for it’s mesmerising art style and animation. It really was a magnificent piece of art and worked very well as a light puzzle platformer.
My final completion of 2019 (making that a total of 35) goes to Dragon Quest II. I finished this only a few hours ago, panicking slightly that I wasn’t going to finish it in time as the difficulty spike shoots through the roof in the final area. During the final boss fight, it seems I got a little help from Hector, my boyfriend’s cat, as he tried to sit on my lap with the Switch and when he moved the boss had been defeated! Good job Hector!
Game of the Month:
Love Esquire is a widely creative visual novel unlike any I’ve seen before. You play from the point of view of a Squire as he prepares for the upcoming war. Use your time to improve your skills, go questing for money, or to win the hearts of 5 ladies. The plot is fairly simple, but there are so many choices you can make to play the game however you like as well as having a wide selection of multiple endings. The dialogue in Love Esquire is hilarious, supported by a fully voiced cast, and all the features included fit very well together to create an intriguing and engaging journey.
Looking Forward To:
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Seeing this poster is all it takes to get me all hyped up for Ori and the Will of the Wisps! Look how beautiful it looks! It’s a shame the release date has been pushed back from 11th Feb to 11th March as I’ll be leaving for Japan 10 days later, so it looks like I’ll be waiting until the end of April to play this.
Animal Crossing New Horizons is also coming out in March next year – also the day before I go to Japan! I’m hoping this won’t be pushed back for any reason as I’m relying on Animal Crossing to keep me occupied on a 9 hour flight!
There are a few other announcements that I’m interested in, but these are the main two. After all the new games I’ve purchased this year, I’m planning on cutting back on what I buy to tackle the never-ending Steam backlog (probably won’t happen).
My 11:11 post was late this month as I wanted to feature the 11 Best Games I Played During 2019. I really enjoyed writing this post, so if you haven’t seen it already, you can check it out by following the link!
Song of the Month:
A Warm Star – Harumaki Gohan feat. Hatsune Miku
ぽかぽかの星 / はるまきごはん feat.初音ミク
My final song of the month for 2019 goes to my favourite vocaloid producer / composer, Harumaki Gohan. This song is featured as the SNOW MIKU 2020 theme song which makes it a perfect fit for December’s song of the month.
I absolutely adore how smooth Harumaki Gohan can get Miku’s vocals in his songs and every song he creates has his own distinct sound. Another thing I love is that Harumaki Gohan also draws all the art for his videos and album art himself, once again giving him his own unique design that is so personal to him.
Thank you all for reading my last post of the decade! I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you have a wonderful year during 2020!