Game Completion 2020 #13 – A Plague Tale: Innocence

  • Platform: PC
  • Developer: Asobo Studio
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

A Plague Tale: Innocence is like a hyper-condensed The Last of US set in France during the Hundred Years’ War, with a unique take on the infamous plague, the ‘Black Death’.

I enjoyed its solid stealth action a lot, thanks to neat puzzles and an excellently-paced, engaging story with interesting characters.

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Game Completion 2020 #12 – Submerged

  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Uppercut Games
  • Publisher: Uppercut Games

A small thoughtful yet shallow attempt at hitting the emotional highs of the work of Team ICO or Thatgamecompany.

I’ll talk about it on episode 108 of the Switch Focus Podcast.

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Game Completion 2020 #11 – Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy

  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Level-5
  • Publisher: Level-5

The last time I played an entry in Level 5’s Layton series was Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, which was a smart, entertaining and charming puzzle ’em up. The Millionaires’ Conspiracy, unfortunately, is a downgrade on every level, thanks mostly to its boring story and a much lower caliber of puzzles. It started with so much promise too.

Game Completion 2020 #10 – Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Beenox
  • Publisher: Activision

Restored my faith in non-Mario Kart kart racers after the disappointment that was Team Sonic Racing. I’m now officially ready for a Diddy Kong Racing remaster. You hear me, Nintendo?

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Game Completion 2020 #9 – Team Sonic Racing

  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Sumo Digital
  • Publisher: SEGA

As a huge fan of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, I was pretty disappointed by Team Sonic Racing. The ‘team’ element had some neat ideas that never really gelled for me, especially when my team’s A.I. wanted to trigger mechanics at stupid times or push me off the road. The drift-themed challenges were also incredibly grating, with tiny margins for error for even the lowest passing marks.

Not remotely a challenger to its predecessor, let alone Mario Kart.

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Game Completion 2020 #8 – Astro Bot Rescue Mission

  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: SIE Japan Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Somehow both an incredible little platformer on its own terms and a smart nod to Nintendo’s mascot’s adventures, Astro Bot Rescue Mission is continually a delight.

Would be my favourite PSVR game were it not for Resident Evil 7.

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Game Completion 2020 #7 – Portal 2

  • Platform: PC
  • Developer: Valve
  • Publisher: Valve

Also still slaps, but with smart additions to the puzzle formula and a great story.

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Game Completion 2020 #6 – Portal

  • Platform: PC
  • Developer: Valve
  • Publisher: Valve

Still slaps.

Game Completion 2020 #5 – Mark of the Ninja Remastered

  • Platform: PC
  • Developer: Klei Entertainment
  • Publisher: Klei Entertainment

Enjoyable stealth platformer, but I didn’t really end up caring about the story as much as the game thought I should.

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Game Completion 2020 #4 – Spec Ops: The Line

  • Platform: PC
  • Developer: Yager
  • Publisher: 2K, Missing Link Games

Do you feel like a hero yet?

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