First off: I've moved a lot of my
tracking stuff off-site, so from now on I won't be doing the monthly tallies or any continuously-updating stats in this page note.
My ⭐GOTY⭐ for 2021 is Final Fantasy VII Remake
. It's an S-tier Final Fantasy and it's nothing short of miraculous that it turned out as good as it did, given its development time. The combat is near-perfect and the story manages to hit the exact right tone of the original -- serious, but not THAT serious. See you in like four years when part 2 comes out.
My 🎵SOTY🎵 is 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
. It's my favorite Hitoshi Sakimoto soundtrack, and what put it in the top spot was how its battle tracks get more intense the closer you are to winning. Favorite track is the penultimate level theme -[DEOXYRIBOSE]-.
-- This year I replayed the entire Donkey Kong Country series
(not including 64), including 100%ing 2 and 3 (surprisingly reasonable) and clearing all the extra stages in TF (a goddamn nightmare).
-- I also did what I thought I'd never do and got into free-to-play mobile games
, the standouts being Tokyo Afterschool Summoners, Bullet Hell Monday Finale, and World Flipper. BHMF particularly blew my mind.
-- I played Ring Fit Adventure
religiously for a few months and lost weight because of it. I dropped it in August but am still exercising regularly thanks to RFA. God bless that hot buff dragon.
-- One final shoutout to Baba Is You
, which got 2nd place in both my GOTY and SOTY nominations. BABA IS NOT WIN. BABA IS SAD.
I'd tell you to have a good 2022 but let's be honest, we all know how good it's gonna be. Have a survivable
Past years: [Link]
What's the first game you played?
I dunno! For a while I was convinced it was Super Mario World, but now that I think about it it might be something like Tetris or Mario Land on the Game Boy instead. I do know that I started playing games in the mid-SNES/early N64 era, though.
What's your favorite game? / You said you love this game but you only gave it 4 stars!!!
Anything I've given 5 stars on here I consider one of my all-time favorites (i.e. nothing but ten-out-of-ten stuff). Picking a single favorite would be nigh impossible, but if I had to narrow it down to three, I'd say Ghost Trick, Portal 2, and Super Mario Odyssey.
What's the whole GOTY/SOTY thing on some of your games?
⭐GOTY⭐ = Game of the Year. (It doesn't necessarily mean the game was released
during that year, only that I played it that year.) 🎵SOTY🎵 = Soundtrack of the Year.
Who's that guy in your avatar?
That's Benjamin/Zash from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest! Specifically the version in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call.
What does "CastlevaniaTest" mean?
Back in 2007 I really liked Castlevania for the NES, and started messing around with Game Maker to make a sort of Castlevania clone. I didn't get very far but called the project "CastlevaniaTest," and I just kinda picked it as a username because it sounded cool. Doesn't sound quite as cool nowadays, but what can you do?
OK sure, but what does "ZAJ573" mean?
It's my initials plus the Konami number. Mystery solved!