It’s already been 6 months man this year flying by fast. This is going to be a summary of this year so far in terms games, film and anime (Based on what I’ve experienced this year NOT what was released this year). Anyway here we go.
Coco: An enjoyable little family movie that was predictable but quite fun.
Black Panther: A fun movie but nothing amazing as far as Marvel standards go.
Rampage: A surprisingly good movie considering what it sounded like on paper. This was a lot of fun to watch and despite it’s own stupidity it had quite a bit of heart.
Avengers: Infinity War: Quite ambitious and went in a different direction than expected. Will have a more solid opinion once the next movie comes along.
Incredibles 2: About as good as I expected to be honest. While not always masterpieces Pixar rarely produce anything I would consider even bellow average. This movie wasn’t as good as the original but it worth my time.
Net-juu no Susume: A cute slice of life/romance anime that actually had a decent ending which unusual for the genre from what I can tell.
Kakegurui: A pretty damn good show with good style and good writing although it could use a second season.
Fate/Apocrypha: An action packed spin-off of the fate series that takes place in an alternate timeline where the holy grail is stolen during WWII and ends up in Romania (At least from what I remember anyway). There’s plenty of new faces and few old ones showing up here and there. Overall it was a blast to watch even if it’s not of the same calibre as the main series.
Blend S: A simple comedy that has it’s moments. Was often funny but hasn’t exactly stood out in my long term memory.
Killing Bites: Looks like trash at first glance but it’s actually a fun and often brutal battle anime that really needs a second season.
Kokkoku: This show was just really good and well worth watching for yourselves. Probably the best anime I’ve seen these past 6 months.
Shoukugeki S3 part 1: It’s pretty much the same as the previous seasons but with much greater steaks and drama. Looking forward to more.
Overlord II: I honestly didn’t expect the direction this went but I can’t say I’m disappointed. This show is a lot of fun and another that keeps me wanting more.
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens: This was a pretty good movie… wait why does it keep going? This never really peaked past the first story arc and I guess that happens with some shows.
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Flat: A somewhat mediocre follow up to a decent show however there’s a movie on the way that should give this a proper ending.
Violet Evergarden: A really beautiful show and a really sad one. It’s no Clannad but it really pulls on the heart strings.
Classroom of the Elite: This show has some potential but it felt kind of bland, though it might go in an interesting direction after the reveal in the last episode. I have no clue if more is on the way or not.
Batman: the telltale series (PS4): A fairly standard Telltale game that’s a little glitchy and didn’t leave a strong impression one way or the other.
Pacman 256 (PS4): A fun take on Pacman that while somewhat visually pleasing feels too much like it was designed for mobile at times.
NieR: Automata (PS4): An excellent game that is fun to play, visually interesting, has an in depth narrative and world building, and really makes you think about some heavy topics. Really enjoyed this one.
Grow Home (PS4): Short platformer that was quite charming and fun with a somewhat unique climbing mechanic.
Super Mario Odyssey (Switch): A fantastic game and one of Mario’s best outings giving the series the creativity it was desperately needing as of late.
Detective Pikachu (3DS): While there’s some laughs to be had Detective Pikachu feels like a very bare-bones Ace Attorney Investigations. It was cute seeing all the pokemon but the human characters all look low budget and ugly. The plot also kind of falls apart at the end with the true villain being quite underwhelming. A lot of wasted potential.
Maro Kart 7 (3DS): I finally got around to finishing this game and quite frankly it was better than my first impressions lead me to believe. It certainly has a terrible character selection though but it’s not as bullshit unfair as Mario Kart Wii and introduces many of the great mechanics that were perfected in Mario Kart 8.
OPUS: The day we found earth (Switch): A somewhat forgettable point and click game where you locate planets using a telescope. It’s very simple but it’s cute and tells a neat little story.
Kirby: Star Allies (Switch): A somewhat standard Kirby game but with a lot more characters for multiplayer and some interesting twists. It’s a little on the short side but there’s more content on the way from what I can tell.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (Wii U VC): This game has an addictive quality and I ended up playing to a point where there wasn’t really much fun stuff to do or anything particularly interesting to unlock. I’m quite fond of it but I’m hard pressed to recommend it to anyone.
Hey! Pikmin (3DS): An adorable spin-off to one of my favourite games. It’s a 2D puzzle platformer that reminds me a little of Kirby’s Mass Attack but at a calmer pace. I really enjoyed the presentation and it was a lot fun.
Zero time dilemma (PS4): The final game in the Zero Escape trilogy. It certainly provides an interesting conclusion and many scenes of characters dying in brutal ways. It takes on less of VN feel and looks more like a Telltale game (but without the constant glitching and a lot more polish). However the core gameplay is the same as the first 2 entries. I recommend playing them all in order but good luck finding the first game.
Rime (PS4): Kind of a pretty game with some okay puzzles but it moves too damn slow for my liking.
Beyond: Two Souls (PS4): This was an interesting experience, very similar to other story based games but there was an extra layer of interaction that kept me engaged and intrigued. The story ends on some weird cliffhanger trying to hint at a sequel which kind of sucks (There’s multiple endings though so maybe only some do this?).
Persona 5 (PS4): Never played a Persona game before so I was surprised just how much I enjoyed this. I didn’t 100% this one but I can’t say I was expecting to either without looking up a walk-through or having intimate knowledge of the game. Hell maybe I’ll come back one day to play the New Game + it’s just that fun.
Well that’s all for now folks. See you all in another 6 months I guess.