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September 2020 Recap

On 10/05/2020 at 05:10 PM by daftman

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Games Beaten

-Carrion (Xbox Game Pass)

You play as an amorphous, many-mouthed monstrosity that escapes containment in a secret science facility. Simple movement is so satisfying in this game. So is eating humans. The various upgrades work well to aid progression and the game has definite puzzle vibes at times. I wish the extra energy upgrades actually mattered and not knowing where to go was a big problem near the end. Most importantly, though, the game does not overstay its welcome, and so none of the nitpicks are too damning.

-New Super Luigi U (Wii U)

I found this game frustrating in co-op (and that's after playing all the console New SMB games with multiple people) but I enjoyed plowing through it solo. The levels are harder and lack checkpoints but are much shorter. It was a good time, mostly, and I got to play that Van Gogh level again!

-Strikers 1945 (Switch)

This arcade shmup from 1995 is good for some quick fun on the lower difficulties but gets too quarter munchy on the higher ones. It is very loosely based on WWII but I love how all the bosses turn into giant mechs at some point. There is a nice variety of ships that play differently and it's certainly not a long game, so playing through it multiple times isn't burdensome. You just have to beat the last two levels without continuing or you start the level over.

-Astral Chain (Switch)

I appreciate Astral Chain's unusual premise and setting and the game feels great to play. But I have a few complaints, like the red matter clean up, which quickly felt tedious, and the side quests could drag at times. Each legion has a tech tree but they feel superfluous in the normal mode (until the final boss—so hard!). I often forgot I had points to spend! The story is also nonsense even by anime standards, but the game itself was a lot of fun to play, regardless of my quibbles.

Games Bought

September turned out to be a very tight month and we bought zero games, though I did pick up the two PS+ games for PS4. I could potentially see myself trying Street Fighter V at some point but probably not PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Still, it seemed like a good thing to have.

Games Being Played

-God Eater 3 (PS4)

I am two trophies away from getting the Platinum and then I'll be done with this game.

-Destiny 2 (PS4)

Trying to clean up some quest lines before half the planets go away into the new content vault in November.

Looks like I need to start some new games!



Cary Woodham

10/06/2020 at 08:04 AM

That Carrion game makes me think of an old Genesis game called The Ooze.  You can play it on some of the classic collections.


10/09/2020 at 07:46 PM

I figured I must have The Ooze, since I have the Genesis collections for the GameCube and PS4 as well as the Genesis mini...but a quick google search reveals that the only US release post-Genesis is the PS2/Xbox collection. *sigh*

Matt Snee Staff Writer

10/06/2020 at 11:08 AM

I've heard a lot of good things about Carrion. Great idea for a game. 

Yeah, I've heard that Luigi game is brutal. 


10/06/2020 at 06:41 PM

I'd really love to pick up a Switch this holiday, but we'll see. It's not like I don't already have too many games to play. 


10/10/2020 at 03:49 PM

Can you have too many games??

*glances at backlog*

...yeah, I guess so. But the Switch is so great!


10/10/2020 at 09:40 PM

Darn Game Pass is flooding me with games on top of the ones I own. I can't manage it. Argh!


10/12/2020 at 10:02 AM

If I didn't have friends and family to keep on PlayStation and an irrational need for physical versions of games, I could totally be happy with an Xbox One and game pass. It's really quite good.


10/12/2020 at 09:46 PM

I should just stick to Game Pass, but there's always a few titles I really want for the permanent collection. I was looking today for certain titles' physical copies, but I think some publisheres don't even bother with that anymore. 

The Last Ninja

10/10/2020 at 12:27 AM

Astral Chain's combat is so great, although I agree with you that the stroy is bonkers. 

For new games, I would recommend Bloodstrained: Curse of the Moon 2, which I'm playing right now, it's just really great NES-style action! Play the first one first if you haven't done that one yet. 


10/10/2020 at 03:51 PM

I got the first Curse of the Moon as a bonus for backing the Bloodstained kickstarter and it was great! I plan on getting the second one eventually.

Super Step Contributing Writer

10/11/2020 at 08:15 PM

Let me know if you do end up playing SFV. Wouldn't mind an actual human opponent. 


10/12/2020 at 10:03 AM

My main opponent is time...and it is really good Cry

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