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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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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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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Monthly Summary: January 2020

January has been a strange month. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it seems to have dragged despite my fresh optimism for the year ahead. I’ve had a pretty productive month aside from gaming too, mainly focusing on planning our trip to Japan in March and also trying my hand at drawing (for the first time since I was doing my GCSEs). I’ve also been playing my guitar every night for the past week and studying Japanese most nights throughout the month too. I’m enjoying this routine and plan to keep it up!

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Completions List [2019]

During 2019, I managed to complete 35 games! My yearly target was 40 (although I said I’d be happy with 30) so I’m very pleased with my progress. I was a little worried at first due to only playing 12 games by the end of June, but I managed to pull it back after some changes to my working life which allowed more free time. Obviously, there are a lot of other games I played last year that I didn’t finish e.g. Smite (never-ending) so much more of my time was put into games than credited on this list. I don’t plan to finish as many during 2020, but I suppose we’ll just have to see what happens.

The list below has been taken from the Twitter thread I’d been composing during the course of 2019. After completing each game, I wrote a very short summary on the key points and/or main features also including the platform, hours spent and the date I finished each game. I’ve also rated each game out of 5 and left a description of my rating system below.

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Monthly Summary: September 2019

September has been a mixed month overall. In some ways, I feel like this month for gaming has probably been the best so far this year, I feel like I’ve played loads! On the other hand, some awful stuff has happened in my personal life which has brought the month’s overall positivity down.

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Upcoming 2019 Games [11:11] – The Subseries

The next few months are looking phenomenal for new releases and there are so many new games I have on my wishlist right now. I don’t think there’s ever been a year I’ve had my eye on so many new releases before, but obviously I won’t have time to play them all at once.

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Smite: 6.8 Patch Notes – Queen of the Underworld

Update 6.8 is here with a whole new bunch of changes and new content. As the previous patch was the mid-season update, we can expect this patch to be a lot smaller with a few balance changes to the new items too. This update also includes the remaining content for the Battle for Olympus event including the long awaited T5 skin for Kukulkan, regular balance changes and a brand new God!

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Smite: RWBY Crossover

Yesterday, Rooster Teeth announced their hit web series, RWBY, would be crossing over with the Free-to-play MOBA, Smite. The announcement Tweet didn’t initially give much away, but a few more details have come to light overnight.

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