Listed in order of completion

When 2020 started, I had a series of gaming goals that I wanted to focus on. My year ended up being a hectic mess (COVID, I moved to England from the states, my PS5 preorder never arrived), but I think I did pretty well considering.

This article captures everything I beat in 2020. All the games, both big and small. I wrote a paragraph or two summarizing my feelings after I rolled credits, so these pieces are written in real time. I’ve also included links to releated articles here on Game Loot. …


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How many hours? How many eggs?

“Madness lies on Route 5, a party full of Pokemon Eggs…”

- A Pokemon Trainer (probably)

Since March of 2020, I’ve been hatching Pokémon eggs. I’ve done everything in Pokémon Shield. I’ve beaten the story and each of the excellent DLCs. I’ve put together a competitive team, cultivating IVs and EVs in the franchise’s slightly convoluted way. Once I reached the other side of the content provided to me by Game Freak, I set out on a new quest.

I wanted to hatch a shiny Dreepy.

Preparation

Shiny Pokémon are a hot commodity. The feature was introduced in the Second Generation. They are functionally the same Pokémon that we know and love, but their coloration is shifted. For some Pokémon, the color design is barely changed. …


The games I loved in 2020, ranked

This post is coming out a bit late (mid-January), but I’m still working my way through 2020’s wealth of excellent titles. My PS5 has finally arrived, so I’ve been dedicating my hours to Astro’s Playroom and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Consider them both honorable mentions at this point, and we’ll see where we are in a few months.

Let’s talk top five: each of these games defined my year. They came out all across the last twelve months, entertaining me, terrifying me, and making me smile at times when I needed them most. Here they are, loosely ranked. …


The Quest to this Sneaky Desert Platinum

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Photo credit: Ubisoft Montreal

Welcome to Platinum Quest!

If you didn’t get a chance to read over the introduction post to this new feature, click here.

The Game:

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Release date: October 27th, 2017

Date I earned the Platinum: June 11th, 2018


This game as a disservice

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Photo credit: taken from my play through.

In a year filled with compromises and disappointments, Marvel’s The Avengers stands apart. It’s not the worst game of 2020, but it wears a different crown altogether.

Since this was announced in 2017, my curiosity has grown. Once we got details (including the choice of a games-as-a-service model), my stomach started to turn. We’ve seen this choice before, and we’ve seen all the pitfalls that come with it. The early days of both Destiny titles. The evil that is Fallout 76. The infamous abomination named Anthem. Games with big designs that launched with so little and with SO many issues.

As I’m sure you’re aware, Marvel’s The Avengers fell into that trap. It almost feels like a self-fulfilling prophecy at this point. They launched in September to the heaviest of sighs. The reviews all painted the same narrative, which was exactly the narrative we expected. The game was buggy. The game was dull. After you completed the story mode, you were left with little to do and no real reason to come back. Crystal Dynamics has been mum on what the next couple of months look like, leaving fans a little uncertain of this game. …


Why this game is an utter masterpiece

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Bright Shibuya.

(SPOILERS for Persona 5 Royal. All photos included are from my play through.)

It took me six months to beat Persona 5 Royal. I defeated the God of Control, the secret boss, and earned the Platinum trophy.

Six months is a long time. The 120 hours it took me to see Persona 5 Royal through was exhausting, fascinating, and ultimately beautiful. I wanted to write this article to try and sum up the jumble of thoughts and feelings that this JRPG has given me. This wasn’t my first Persona 5 experience, so I guess we should start there.

Persona Origins


The Quest to this Rage-God Platinum

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Photo credit: SIE Santa Monica Studio, Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Welcome to Platinum Quest!

If you didn’t get a chance to read over the introduction post to this new feature, click here.

The Game:

God of War

Release date: April 20th, 2018

Date I earned the Platinum: May 9th, 2018


So many games, so little time. So what do I play?

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Photo credit: Ubisoft

We are headed into game release season. The rest of the year is a barrage of titles being dropped within a few weeks of each other. It’s been this way for many years, but 2020 is special because we have a new console generation waiting for us during these cold holiday months.

So what will I be picking up? I love games, and I do my best to experience as many of them as as I can. Because I am just a mere mortal, I can’t play everything. I don’t have the time and I certainly don’t have the cash. So how do I choose? How do you choose? Let’s talk it through a bit. I’m hoping that seeing some of my thought processes on your screen can help us both be better gamers. Hmm. …


Running through my Eshop Wish-List from top to bottom

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Photo credit: myself

I am currently on a 14 day quarantine.

I have not been exposed to COVID, nor has my wife. I just moved to England for work, and I’ll be here for the next couple of years before I’m once again shuffled off to my next adventure. All the moving and stressing has eaten up a lot of my time. But it’s okay! I’ve been given 14 days back.

I’m using my quarantine time to battle my way through Persona 5 Royal (I have two palaces left and I’m itching to see how this plays out), so that is consuming all my game time while my wife and I kick it in this hotel room. In my boredom, I’ve resorted to some online shopping. Because of my move, I’m counting every penny I own to make sure I can get everything I need once we find a place to rent. …


Nintendo’s feel good new hit explored

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Screenshot from my play through

Listen: the world is obsessed with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Can you blame us? It has done insane sales numbers, especially in the age of self-quarantine and social distancing. It has already outsold the entire lifetime of the last two entries, and it’s barely been out!

I’m not surprised that this game is doing well. It’s another first party Nintendo title, polished to almost perfection. It’s yet another title in a series that has migrated from gaming systems to smart phones and back again with staggering success. I think the most obvious reason for New Horizons’ victories is the age we’ve found ourselves in. …

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Logan Noble

Logan Noble (@logannobleauthor) is a freelance video game writer and horror fiction author. Editor of Game Loot. For more, check logannobleauthor.com.

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