That’s All Games’s 2018 Year End Review

26-12-2018 21:12

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Well, it is hard to believe, but it is the end of 2018 already. This is the end of the first calendar year of my blog, and while it hasn’t been a full year since I started, I would like to look back on what I had done in this first year, and share some articles that might have been missed.

First off, I started writing on April 30th, 2018. I was looking for a way to express myself, my love of gaming, and to do so in a productive way. I figured with my education in Video Game Design, I could talk about games in an intelligent manner. As such, I decided to start reviewing the games in my collection, with the first one being my Review of Box Boy (3DS). I thought I would start with a somewhat obscure but still commercially available game that fewer people might not have heard of. It is at a good price, and is a lot of fun to play for puzzle enthusiasts.

At the time, the site was going under the name of Talk About Games. I had later upgraded the site to Talking About Games in June, thinking that name was less likely to be taken. I had later found out in September that the name Talking About Games was taken too. I had then changed the name of the site to its current name, That’s All Games, and hope I never have to change it again. I am currently happy with the name, and look forward to continue using it moving forward.

Additionally, and friend helped me touch up my crude logo to the current one. He can be found here, if you are curious: JackSquatJB on facebook

Also, here’s the old logo:

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It was nice to get this cleaned up.

I also teamed up with a friend from the Gamer Collective to assist me in acquiring new games, and to share space on his Facebook page. His page, as well as most of my articles go up there. The Gamer Collective can be found here: The Gamer Collective on Facebook.

It was also a blast going over my 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook this year. In case you missed them, these articles, which expanded on my selections can be found below:

  • Day 1: The 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook Featuring Super Mario Bros.
  • Day 2: The 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook Featuring Super Mario World
  • Day 3: The 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook Featuring Mega Man X
  • Day 4: The 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook Featuring Kirby Super Star
  • Day 5: The 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook Featuring Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Day 6: The 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook Featuring Pokemon Blue Version
  • Day 7: The 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook Featuring Super Smash Bros. on the N64
  • Day 8: The 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook Featuring Earthbound
  • Day 9: The 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook Featuring Splatoon
  • Day 10: The 10 Day Video Game Challenge on Facebook Featuring the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I also plan on listing the runners-up for this list in my first article of 2019.

Looking back, I also included gaming news articles, such as when Nintendo releases Nintendo Directs, and even trying to keep track of larger Pokemon tournaments. For the most part, this is a review site that focuses mostly on video games. Here, I will take note of the best and worst reviews I gave this year. Please note, that not every product I covered this year was released this year. This isn’t a best of 2018 list, due to the nature of the games and entertainment I have access to.

Go to Page 2 to see my best and worst reviews:

Best reviews:

The top review has to go to my favorite comic book review of Bone by Jeff Smith Review (Single Volume, Comic Book Series) This series of comics was astounding, and one I keep coming back to.

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If you haven’t read the original series of Bone comics, I highly recommend it

The next highest review was of the recent Review: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch). I felt that this game was the most fun, and the best product I reviewed that was released in 2018.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the best game I played in 2018. It is best with other players, and offers a lot of fun that you can return to any time.

The next best review was my Review: Octopath Traveler (Switch). This JRPG made me excited for the genre once again. I still love turn based RPGs, but this is the best I played in recent memory.

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This was a great RPG. Sorry it took so long to review it!

Worst reviews:

Here are the lowest scores I gave this year. Keep in mind, these are not necessarily bad products, but were the ones that gave me the least value of those covered this year. Let’s start with this year’s Review: Pokemon Quest (Switch).

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Pokemon Quest took a while to cover too. Sadly, the free to play model, and the fact the game was mostly on auto-pilot hindered some otherwise unique ideas.

Next on this list was my Review: Ittle Dew 2+ (Switch). This game barely made this list. This game got too difficult, too quickly, plus the writing was lazy. With more polish, this could have been a really good game.

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Ittle Dew 2+ had lazy writing for a video game. It was fun in a retro NES game way, but was too hard for modern tastes.

Finally, the one book that made this list was from my Book Review: Star Wars: Phasma (Delilah S. Dawson). Again, not a bad book, but it felt like it could have been much more.

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Star Wars Phasma needed to delve more into character motivation to really shine. Otherwise, it was cleanly written

Go to page 3 for what is next for 2019:

Looking Forward:

With all that reflection out-of-the-way, it is time to look towards the future of That’s All Games. I hope to collaborate more with The Gamer Collective, as well as other friends with similar interests. I want to go through more of my library of games, and to perhaps get into videos soon. The idea is to do game walk-throughs with my friends, and to add to the games we end up playing. I will do a personal review of anything that ends up being played as part of a video.

In the meantime, I have some things planned for my audience to look forward to:

  • Review: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)
  • Article: Kirby Star Allies’ final update
  • Review: Splatoon 2 post update review (Switch)
  • Review: Sonic Mania Plus (Switch)
  • Retro Reviews: Golden Sun series (GBA, DS)
  • Reviews: Games I get post-holidays (It is a surprise!)

The Metroid Prime 3 review and Kirby Star Allies update coverage are already in progress. I may cover Sonic Mania Plus soon. The post holiday games will follow Metroid Prime 3’s coverage. The Splatoon 2 post update coverage’s date will depend on when the last update for the game is released, with that date being unknown. The Golden Sun coverage will follow most of these articles, and I intend to cover these games in order around spring time.

It was an exciting year starting my blog, and I look forward to covering everything I can in the new year. I hope you had as much pleasure reading my content as I had making it, and I hope you found every article to be informative. Here’s to another year of That’s All Games, and many happy gaming sessions!

Cheers!


And that was my review of my year of writing content for That’s All Games. What article was your favorite? What kind of content do you want to see next? Shall I cover more books and comic books? How about board games or movies? As long as my coverage includes some games and entertainment, I will be willing to cover it, so let me know what you would like to see in the comments below!

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