Monthly Summary: May 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Summary here at gamergal.exe! This month has not turned out as expected… I was planning a bunch of anime posts including a new tournament style series, but unfortunately, they still need a bit of work before I can share them. Since I’m back working my job full time now, I seem to be struggling with my free time management as my hobbies switched focus during lockdown and now I just don’t have time to do everything. I apologise for the delay, but they’ll be posted real soon! As for my gaming month… let’s take a look:

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Monthly Summary: April 2021

Welcome to yet another Monthly Summary here at gamergal.exe! I’ve been much more productive this month, seeing a handful of completions over different genres and I’ve invested much more time into larger games that are still ongoing. I’ve still been watching plenty of anime which will soon come in handy for my yearly month of AniMay, a whole month dedicated specifically towards anime, which will of course be taking place throughout May! Although I don’t look to have been very active recently, I’ve been working on a fair few posts in preparation for this annual event that I can’t wait to share with you all.

Before I get too ahead of myself, let’s take a look back at my progress during April:

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Monthly Summary: March 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Summary here at gamergal.exe! March marks the anniversary of my blog and I’m hoping to make more content throughout my 4th year, with plans to bring back reviews for new games! Before I get too ahead of myself (talking about things I aim to do), let’s get back to talking about what I have actually done. Well, there’s not all that much to be honest. This month has been another slow one for gaming but I have at least started a few more games than I had last month. I hope to wrap some of these titles up within the next few weeks as I recently purchased some new games that I can’t wait to try and I promised myself I’d finish what I’d started before I move on. I’m finding this a little difficult though as I’m constantly getting sucked into watching anime – I thought my anime phase would’ve been over by now, but I guess not. I blame my Crunchyroll subscription…

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11 Upcoming Games of 2021

March is the time to celebrate my blogging anniversary over here at gamergal.exe! I was unsure how to mark the occasion this year for my 4th anniversary, but I suddenly recalled a short while ago that I’d acquired a sudden urge to get back into writing game reviews, which I aired over on Twitter. With this in mind, I decided that the best place to start would be to write about the games I’m most excited about playing – and what better way to do that than talk about new releases! So, here we are with a list of 11 upcoming games I’m looking forward to (and will hopefully re-introduce reviews back to the blog once I’ve played them)!

I’ve already purchased a few new 2021 releases so far including Nioh 2 (Steam release), Little Nightmares II, Code:Realize Wintertide Miracles (Switch release) and Taisho x Alice Episode 3. I’m still working my way through these titles at the moment (I did finish Little Nightmares II), but once these are complete I’ll hopefully get started on some releases from this post. Although there are other games I’m interested in that haven’t made this list, the following titles are all games I’m very interested in buying on release. I’ll link a trailer for each one too.

Let’s get started!

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Monthly Summary: February 2021

I know February is a short month, but these past few weeks seem to have been a total blur. I haven’t got a great deal to report in regards to gaming this month as my desire to play anything came to an abrupt halt a few weeks ago despite the amount of new releases I was looking forward to playing. Instead, I’ve been getting completely sucked into watching as many anime shows on Crunchyroll as I can possibly fit in, with Fruits Basket Season 2 being added last night as the 18th series (and 2 films) in just three weeks. That’s more than I watched throughout the whole of 2020…

I was considering adding an anime section to these Monthly Summaries, however, I think I’ll be over this phase in a few weeks so I’m just going to continue as I usually would. At least I’ll have plenty to write for #AniMay this year! Anyway, back onto the topic of gaming, since this is a gaming blog after all – here’s what I’ve been up to during February:

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Completions List: 2020

At the start of 2020, I composed a Twitter thread to record my gaming progress throughout the year. Instead of transferring that list to my blog like I did for my 2019 Completions (which ended up being ridiculously long), I decided to showcase all 66 games in picture format to hopefully make it more engaging this time around. I’ll link in my original Twitter thread and my Steam Curator Page in case anyone wants to read my thoughts on any of these games, but I wanted to keep my visual summary simple by only displaying my playtime and overall star rating.

Firstly, here’s a short list of gaming stats and a summary of my star rating system.

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Monthly Summary: January 2021

I’m kicking 2021 off with a pretty good start to the gaming year, even if I do say so myself! This year, I plan to focus on some 2020 releases I didn’t get chance to play and some other larger titles from the backlog. After completing 66 games last year, I’m content with my record and now just want to take my time with games that will last me a good few weeks before moving on. Of course, it’s still a never ending process.

Since I’m not posting as regularly anymore, I’ve decided to pad out these monthly summaries to give a bit more detail on my thoughts of each game rather than just writing out a basic list. Each game of the month will receive a mini review and I’ll be talking a little bit more about the music I’ve listened to each month too.

So, let’s take a look at the events of January:

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11 Best Games I Played During 2020

With 2020 feeling like a distant memory, I’m taking one last look back at my year in gaming – and what a time it was to delve into the backlog. I picked my favourites from the 66 games I completed to create my own Top 10 list of the year, however, over here at gamergal.exe, I like to do things a little differently by adding an extra title to all my lists, keeping the theme from my [11:11] series last year. Since I’ve been focusing on the ever-expanding backlog, I haven’t played many new games (aside from otome releases) and somehow managed to avoid the majority the ‘popular’ choices of the year, so I image my list will be quite different to others you may have seen.

Without delaying it any longer, here’s my list of the 11 Best Games I Played During 2020!

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Monthly Summary: December 2020

Here we are with the final post of the year. 2020 has been quite a year and I’m sure a lot of us will be glad to see the back of it, but it has had it’s upside for gaming. I’ve managed to get through a fair bit of my backlog (66 games to be exact) which I plan to continue with next year.

I’m feeling a little miserable right now as I’ll be seeing the New Year without WesleyWhale for the first time in 8 years, so it’s not like 2021 is going to get the best start, but I hope to start some new games during yet another lockdown next week… I’ll be posting my Top Games of 2020 list next week to completely end the year once and for all, but for now, let’s take a look at what December had to offer.

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The End of Year Gaming Tag [2020]

With 2020 pretty much over now, I decided to do the End of Year Gaming Tag to round off the year. I first saw this idea from McKenna over at McKenna Talks About Games and thought it was a fantastic way to end the 2020 gaming year before starting fresh in 2021.

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