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Games Played Report: July 2017

posted Jul 31, 2017, 7:21 AM by Bill Sannwald
Wow, July was a busy, full, but very fun month for me. A lot happened in my personal life, but I still managed to squeeze in some game time every day. I have had a lot of fun digging back through my library, and I found myself particularly drawn to Nintendo handheld games this month, partially due to convenience of being able to play anywhere.

Some thoughts:
  • The Crash Bandicoot series is so simple and straightforward, but I find that relaxing.
  • Joe Danger is great fun and it's too bad No Man's Sky has made a lot of people discredit Hello Games.
  • Pinball of the Dead represents an interesting era where Sega was putting lots of strange, cool stuff onto GBA.
  • NieR Automata is a total masterpiece. I'm blown away. I need to carve out time to play a lot more of this.
  • Ms. Pac-Man is still so fun and engaging. 
  • Meteos was the first game I could point to to truly justify having a DS. Such lovely production values!
  • Nex Machina is a great spiritual successor to Robotron 2084.
  • Wario Land 4 was ahead of its time. Truly one of the best "Mario universe" platformers, period.
  • Pulstar is a such a cool R-Type game, even if it's technically not part of the official series.
  • Splatoon 2 is basically Splatoon 1.5, but that's okay! As my son says, it's "fresher." Extremely fun.
  • Away Shuffle Dungeon has an intriguing concept and is worth returning to.
  • Shining Soul II on a GBA is essentially all I ever wanted out of video games.
  • Beat City is nowhere near as refined as Rhythm Tengoku, but it's a nice game all the same.
  • Miitopia feels like it was made for me. Such a fun and funny RPG!
  • Hey! Pikmin is making me wonder if Arzest hired some new talent, because it's really good.
  • I bought Koro Koro Puzzle Happy Panechu! when I was in Tokyo in 2006. It's cute and colorful.
  • Ridge Racer 6 is the last great Ridge Racer game, in my opinion. The pinnacle of the series, perhaps!

July 1: Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy
July 2: Tokyo Xanadu
July 3: Tomb of the Mask
July 4: Joe Danger
July 5: Altered Beast
July 6: Pinball of the Dead
July 7: Kirby's Blowout Blast
July 8: NieR Automata
July 9: Looty Dungeon
July 10: Ms. Pac-Man
July 11: Meteos
July 12: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
July 13: Space Harrier
July 14: Cursed Castilla
July 15: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
July 16: I am an Air Traffic Controller: AIRPORT HERO OSAKA-KIX
July 17: Nex Machina
July 18: Wario Land 4
July 19: Pulstar
July 20: Sonic Lost World
July 21: Boost Beast
July 22: Splatoon 2
July 23: Dialhex
July 24: Away Shuffle Dungeon
July 25: Advance GTA
July 26: Shining Soul II
July 27: Beat City
July 28: Miitopia
July 29: Hey! Pikmin
July 30: Koro Koro Puzzle Happy Panechu!
July 31: Ridge Racer 6
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