Games of the Year 2019

Gaming Omnivore

In what seems obligatory for anyone with a gaming-related channel or site, I’ve finally created my list of ten favorite games of 2019. After what seemed like hours of discussion and lists, not to mention the countless hours of playing research, I was able to devise a definitive list of favorites released in 2019…until I change my mind anyway. I know of many out there that felt underwhelmed with the year’s offering of games, but I feel this year has still been a great one. No, we didn’t get near masterpieces like in 2017 with Breath of the Wild or Mario Odyssey or with God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018, but there’s still been a sizable crop of quality games. What I have found so interesting this year is the fact there hasn’t been the one game held above all the others as the unanimous choice…

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That Green Dude: Top 10 Games of 2019

That Green Dude

My favourite games of 2019

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2019 gave us some fantastic games with compelling stories, engaging characters and awesome gameplay. There are some games on this list that I have been waiting for several years and thankfully the wait paid off. Where do these long-awaited games appear on my list? That’s what we’re going to find out. Here are my top 10 games of 2019.

10 – MediEvil (PS4)

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I’ve been asking for a remake or a return of MediEvil and its silly but lovable hero Sir Daniel Fortesque, for a while now and we got that in 2019. What we got was a remake of the PS1 classic and it was brilliant revisiting this game with a new coat of paint.

I have to admit, I cried whilst playing MediEvil. I have many fond memories of the original PS1 game and seeing the game return from the dead and looking…

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Games I’ve Completed 2019 Edition

That Green Dude

I’ve completed many games in 2019 both old and new. Some games were better than others but every single one of them made up my gaming experience in 2019.

Here is the list of games that I completed in 2019. Count how many I have done.

Dino Crisis 2

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Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage (Part of the Spyro Collection

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise

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Kingdom Hearts 3

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Resident Evil 2 Remake

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Crackdown 3

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Resident Evil 5 (+DLC PS4 Version)

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

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Devil May Cry 2 (PS4 version)

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3

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Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition (PS4 Version)

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Devil May Cry 5

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Final Fantasy XV (Ardyn DLC)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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Call of Duty: WWII

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Resident Evil 6

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Yakuza 4

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Mortal Kombat 11

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Guns, Gore…

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D&D Diary – Waterdeep: Dragon Heist -Session 1

Game Night Blog

The Saviors of Phandalin move on to better things in Waterdeep. But first, they slog through wetter things in a deadly swamp.

When last we left our heroes, they had just completed The Lost Mine of Phandelver. Having cured the little village of all that ailed them, namely goblins, thugs, and Drow, they decided to seek greater fame and fortune in the greatest city of Faerun, the crown jewel of the Sword Coast, the City of Splendors; Waterdeep. But first, they have to get there.

The High Road to Waterdeep skirts alongside a notorious swamp called the Mere of Dead Men. The swamp has a great and tragic history that dates back to the same time as the original fall of Phandalin. In 951 DR, the same Orc horde that laid waste to the Phandelver Pact laid siege to the kingdom in this area. The humans pleaded with the…

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Shadows of the Ruinous Powers – Session 7

Dyson's Dodecahedron

(Being a series of quick game notes trying to account for the events of many sessions of playing through The Enemy Within using the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1e rules.)

Session 7

Shadows over Bogenhafen

  • Martin [Scout]
  • Wilfried [Bawd]
  • Larry [Bodyguard]
  • Othmar [Bunko Artist]
  • Gottlieb [Bounty Hunter]

The session begins with the newly-advanced Bounty Hunter Gottlieb finding the magistrate of Bogenhafen, one generally pleasant if slightly soft Councillor Heinz Richter. He informs them that there are no current active bounties, but if anything comes up, he’s glad to know there’s a professional in town – and to please enjoy the Schaffenfest.

True to the name, the Schaffenfest involves a lot of sheep trading. And wrestling. And charlatans. In the wrestling ring Larry made short work of the resident “champion” Crusher Braugen, nearly breaking his knee after crushing his more… sensitive parts. Instead of becoming the victims of pickpockets and charlatans, the…

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Starting Gold Dice

ThinkDM

In 5th Edition D&D, a character’s starting equipment is primarily determined by their class. Players can choose from a list of equipment or roll starting gold to purchase their equipment.

This sort of exchange seems normal. Except, the gold value doesn’t really match the value of the starting equipment.

Variance

We’re not going to have an exact fit, since there is variance for both chosen equipment and rolled gold.

Variance in Chosen Equipment

If you choose to take the equipment, you may be offered a selection of different equipment. This isn’t always an equal trade in terms of value.

For example, a Fighter is offered the choice between light crossbow and two handaxes. Even before factoring in the free ammunition that comes with the crossbow, its value (25 gp) is significantly higher than the handaxes (5 gp each).

Oftentimes you’ll be offered a choice of a class of weapons, such…

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Listmas 2019: Games For Christmas-time

VIRTUAL BASTION

Hey everyone! I hope your Christmas season was filled with fun times and good cheer! I know this is coming a little late, but we’ve still got New Year’s this week, so maybe you’ve still got enough quality time with your consoles coming to really enjoy some your favorite games. I definitely do, and these are a few of the games I’ll be playing alongside Trails of Cold Steel III (thanks bro)!


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Bio Break 2019 Wrap-up: Massively Overpowered

Bio Break

For my final post of this “look back at gaming, blogging, and podcasting in 2019” week here at Bio Break, I wanted to share what I’ve been up to over at Massively Overpowered. Counting both the old and new sites, I’ve been writing for Massively for a full decade now. This was the first full year where I scaled back on news writing due to my main job taking up more time, although I was still pretty active in special projects elsewhere.

I did write the occasional news post as well as the weekly MOP Up column, which gathered up smaller news stories that we either didn’t have time to write or weren’t worth a full post on their own.

I also clocked another full year of doing the Massively OP Podcast with my co-host and editor Bree, which means that I’ve done something like 500 to 600 of…

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