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The Round-Up – Best of 2019/2020 Hype

I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but December always becomes a blur.  My wife and I rush to get everything organized and once the 25th hits, it’s a tornado of presents, family, and delicious food.  We’re also currently in that weird stage before the new year where the kids are playing with their new gadgets and we’re just trying to keep ourselves entertained.  My productivity is drained, but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things in January.

Anyways, here’s a look back at some of my favourite things from 2019…

Children of Morta

Children of Morta was definitely my favourite game of 2019.  In my PC review, I gushed about how it’s combat and leveling systems were addictive.  How the story was emotional and really had you invested in the Bergson family’s destiny.  Children of Morta is an action RPG with rogue like elements (such as not being able to play as just one of the family members, you have to master them all to conquer the game).  It’s now available on consoles as well as PC, so if you haven’t given it a go, it’s definitely worth your time.  Developer Dead Mage has recently released a road map showcasing a bunch of new content on the way so I can’t wait to get back into it next year.

Resident Evil 2

So I was late to the party on this one.  The remake for Resident Evil 2 released in January, but I had been holding off on getting it because I wasn’t sure when I would get around to playing it.  Fast-forward to December and I ended up picking up the deluxe edition (Deluxe Edition $30 on sale) as my Christmas present.  Resident Evil 2 is one of my absolute favourite PS1 games.  I used to be able to speed-run it.  I literally had the entire game mapped out in my head.  I was obsessed.  I feel ashamed that it took almost a year to play it, but man was it worth the wait.  This remake takes everything great about the original and builds it straight from the ground up.  The camera is now third-person over the shoulder exactly like RE4-6.  You have a flashlight when things get dark.  It’s atmospheric and one of the best survival horror games I’ve played.  You’re constantly scrounging for ammo, always worried about the next step.  It really makes you think about how you should use your bullets and healing items.  Now that we’ve got the news that the Resident Evil 3 remake is coming in April next year, it’s as great a time as ever to jump back into the survival horror world to prepare yourself for the terrifying Nemesis’ return.

Borderlands 3

I have quite a personal history with the Borderlands franchise, especially the second one.  I wasn’t sure if the third one could have lived up to the hype, but it’s one of the funniest games I’ve ever played.  It’s consistently hilarious and the combat is fun and action packed.  I haven’t had a chance to try any of the DLC yet, except the Halloween event, but this is another one I  have to sink my teeth back into (and you should too).

Link’s Awakening

Yeah it’s another remake, but Nintendo nailed it with this one.  Link’s Awakening is such a joy to explore with its beautiful new graphics and satisfying puzzles, I couldn’t put it down for days until I had completed it.  Feel free to check out my review to see why this is another must have game of 2019.

The Mandalorian


The Mandalorian is totally worth the Disney+ subscription (but now that it’s over we’re probably going to cancel our subscription) and is one of the best Star Wars shows yet.  I even might have to say I prefer it to the movies, not only because of Baby Yoda (but mostly because of Baby Yoda.  I know it’s not actually Baby Yoda, but that’s what everyone calls the little guy, so I am too).  It actually inspired me to reinstall the Star Wars Old Republic MMO on my computer.  It’s just extremely entertaining and at only 8 episodes, you’ll quickly get through it and wish it was Fall 2020 already (because that’s when the new season starts).

This is also my favourite Baby Yoda meme, enjoy.

So looking back, 2019 was kinda slow.

Here are the things I’m looking forward to in 2020!

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Yep, another remake.  I’m a sucker for nostalgia what can I say. This one’s in March too!  It’s going to be an emotional roller coaster with a ton of hype riding on its shoulders.  My body is ready.

Resident Evil 3 Remake

The Tyrant turned me into a nervous wreck playing the RE2 remake, but the developers have said the Nemesis will have a ton of new ways to find you in the RE3 remake.  My anxiety is going to be through the roof playing this in April.

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red created something special with their Witcher games, and now they’re diving into the world of body augmentation and seedy crime.  It’s also first-person which is a bit of a deviation from their third-person games, and hey!  it’s something original and not a remake!

The Last of Us Part 2

The release date for this was pushed to May 29th, 2020.  Seriously, what the hell is going on?  We’ve got the Final Fantasy VII remake in March, Resident Evil 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 in April, and The Last of Us Part 2 in May.  MY MONEEE.

I’m also extremely excited for next-gen, which is definitely coming next year with Xbox Scarlett and PS5.  I’ll probably pick up a PS5, but there’s still so much to love about the current-gen that I want to savor it a little longer.

That’s it for The Round-Up, until next year! – NVJ

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