Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 Portfolio

All my written pieces for 2017. See the first post for more details about the Mentonomicon.

The Top Shelf

The Top Shelf is a new feature for 2017 that explores a huge cross-section of the PS2's library, specifically the games I own. I'm essentially trying to determine a list of favorites via a long-form process of elimination. This repository is the "contents page" for this particular feature.

The Top Shelf: Case File Repository

These "first round" blogs consider five (later ten) games at a time:

The Top Shelf: Case Files 001-005: "From Small Beginnings"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 006-010: "Tempus Fugeddaboudit"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 011-015: "It's Oni Fair"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 016-020: "Giant Bombad"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 021-025: "The World Needs Laughter"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 026-030: "Yuri On Crisis"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 031-035: "A Raw Kickflip Off Hara-Kiri Rock"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 036-040: "No Rez for the Wizard"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 041-045: "Jaks, Max and Kodaks"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 046-055: "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 056-065: "Terror from the Deep"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 066-075: "...And My Lombax!"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 076-085: "Vexxed and Confused"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 086-095: "A Lot More Than a Thousand Words"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 096-105: "Ubivember"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 106-115: "One More Dog Rejected"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 116-125: "The Blood of the Covenant"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 126-135: "Bards, Bands, Balls"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 136-145: "And Someday You Feed On Lasagna"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 146-155: "Psycho Killer, Qu'ape Escape?"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 156-165: "Colossalvania: Soulthroney of the Fahrennight"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 166-175: "Penultimate Perambulations"
The Top Shelf: Case Files 176-185: "It's the Great Finale, Charlie Tunoku"

These "second round" blogs, for the games that passed the first round, are more in-depth articles on single items:

The Top Shelf: The Second Round 001: Onimusha Warlords
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 002: Headhunter
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 003: Nightshade
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 004: Oni
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 005: Kuri Kuri Mix
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 006: Onimusha 2
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 007: Grand Theft Auto III
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 008: Medal of Honor: Frontline
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 009: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 010: Rayman Revolution
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 011: Robotech: Invasion
The Top Shelf: The Second Round 012: X-Treme Express: World Grand Prix

These are one-off specials, usually discussing games not in my collection:

The Top Shelf: Special: The Ones That Got Away

Indie Game of the Week

 Self-explanatory. An effort to play/review more Indie games, at least one a week.

Indie Game of the Week 01: Flywrench (Messhof Games, 2015)
Indie Game of the Week 02: Refunct (Dominique Grieshofer, 2015)
Indie Game of the Week 03: Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios, 2015)
Indie Game of the Week 04: Shardlight (Wadjet Eye, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 05: Abzu (Giant Squid Studios, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 06: VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action (Sukeban Games, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 07: Adventures of Pip (Tic Toc Games, 2015)
Indie Game of the Week 08: Oxenfree (Night School Studios, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 09: N++ (Metanet Software, 2015)
Indie Game of the Week 10: Pony Island (Daniel Mullins Games, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 11: Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 12: Valley (Blue Isle Studios, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 13: 2064: Read Only Memories (Midboss, 2017)
Indie Game of the Week 14: Doki-Doki Universe (HumaNature Studios, 2013)
Indie Game of the Week 15: Tales from the Borderlands (Episodes 1 & 2) (Telltale Studios, 2014-15)
Indie Game of the Week 16: Severed (DrinkBox Studios, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 17: Tales from the Borderlands (Episodes 3 & 4) (Telltale Studios, 2015)
Indie Game of the Week 18: Song of the Deep (Insomniac Games, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 19: Tales from the Borderlands (Episode 5) (Telltale Studios, 2015)
Indie Game of the Week 20: Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Double Fine, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 21: Goat Simulator (Coffee Stain Studios, 2014)
Indie Game of the Week 22: Owlboy (D-Pad Studio, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 23: Rebel Galaxy (Double Damage Games, 2015)
Indie Game of the Week 24: Ziggurat (Milkstone Studios, 2014)
Indie Game of the Week 25: Lara Croft Go (Square Enix Montreal, 2015)
Indie Game of the Week 26: Wuppo (Knuist & Perzik, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 27: The Room Two (Fireproof Games, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 28: Salt and Sanctuary (Ska Studios, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 29: Bound (Plastic, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 30: Yesterday (Pendulo Studios, 2012)
Indie Game of the Week 31: Jotun (Thunder Lotus Games, 2015)
Indie Game of the Week 32: Cosmic Star Heroine (Zeboyd Games, 2017)
Indie Game of the Week 33: Trine 2 (Frozenbyte, 2011)
Indie Game of the Week 34: Virginia (Variable State, 2016)
Indie Game of the Week 35: SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form, 2015)

All-New Saturday Summaries

A truncated form of 2016's Sunday Summaries feature, aggregating a week's worth of writing accompanied with some musings about the past week and a supplemental piece on what I've been playing.

All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-01-07 (Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End [2016])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-01-14 (Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles X [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-01-21 (Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles X [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-01-28 (Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles X [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-02-04 (Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles X [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-02-11 (Nintendo's Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker [2014])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-02-18 (Amusement Vision's Yakuza 4 [2011])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-02-25 (Amusement Vision's Yakuza 4 [2011])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-03-04 (Avalanche's Just Cause 3 [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-03-11 (Avalanche's Just Cause 3 [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-03-18 (Eidos Montreal's Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [2016])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-03-25 (Eidos Montreal's Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [2016])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-04-01 (Drakar Studios's Ginger: Beyond the Crystal [2016])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-04-08 (Hello Games's No Man's Sky [2016])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-04-15 (Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee [2017])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-04-22 (N/A)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-04-29 (Arkane's Dishonored 2 [2016])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-05-06 (N/A)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-05-13 (N/A)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-05-20 (N/A)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-05-27 (N/A)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-06-03 (N/A)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-06-10 (ChunSoft's Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc [2010])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-06-17 (N/A)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-06-24 (N/A)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-07-01 (Bandai Namco's Tales of Zestiria [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-07-08 (Bandai Namco's Tales of Zestiria [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-07-15 (Bandai Namco's Tales of Zestiria [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-07-22 (N/A)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-07-29 (Bandai Namco's Tales of Zestiria [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-08-05 (Bandai Namco's Tales of Zestiria [2015])
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-08-12 (N/A)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-08-19 (An assortment of games)
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-08-26 (Bandai Namco's Tales of Zestiria [2015])

May Maturity

This new iteration of the recurring May blogging series focused on 1990s games I'd been meaning to catch up on.

Welcome to May Maturity 2017!
May Maturity 01: Toonstruck (Intro) (Burst Studio, 1996)
May Maturity 01: Toonstruck (Outro)
May Maturity 02: Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (Intro) (Blue Sky/Origin, 1992)
May Maturity 02: Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (Outro)
May Maturity 03: The Legend of Kyrandia (Intro) (Westwood Studios, 1992)
May Maturity 03: The Legend of Kyrandia (Outro)
May Maturity 04: Jagged Alliance 2 (Intro) (Sir-Tech Software, 1999)
May Maturity 04: Jagged Alliance 2 (Outro)
May Maturity 05: The Dig (Intro) (LucasArts, 1995)
May Maturity 05: The Dig (Outro)
May Maturity 06: Menzoberranzan (Intro) (DreamForge Intertainment, 1994)
May Maturity 06: Menzoberranzan (Outro)
May Maturity 07: The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate (Intro) (Westwood Studios, 1994)
May Maturity 07: The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate (Outro)

A Marvelous Alternative to E3

This year's "Alternative to E3" looked at the 1996 Super Famicom game Marvelous: Mouhitotsu no Takarajima, the first game directed by Zelda bigwig Eiji Aonuma.

A Marvelous Alternative to E3: Part One
A Marvelous Alternative to E3: Part Two
A Marvelous Alternative to E3: Part Three
A Marvelous Alternative to E3: Part Four
A Marvelous Alternative to E3: Part Five
A Marvelous Alternative to E3: Part Six

Miscellaneous

Awesome Games Wiki'd Quick 2017 - A "Wiki Project" style rundown of a few curious games run during AGDQ 2017.
Wiki Project: Super '96 - A "Wiki Project" rundown of the 1996 releases for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom.
Wiki Project: Super Finale - A "Wiki Project" rundown of the 1997-2000 releases for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom. This completes the SNES library for the Giant Bomb Wiki.

Lists

List: "List of Games Beaten in 2017" - Usual yearly list of completed games, with mini-reviews.
List: "GOTY 2014 (Adjusted)" - Another living "adjusted" GOTY list, which continues to re-rank the year's best games as I eventually get around to playing more of them after the fact.
List: "GOTY 2013 (Adjusted)" - Similar to above and the other "adjusted" GOTY lists.
List: "Princess Personality" - A Legend of Zelda series-wide look at the evolution of its eponymous Princess as a character. 
List: "The Top Shelf: The Reserves List" - An accompaniment to The Top Shelf, sorting the surviving games in order of preference.
List: "Trailer Blazer: E3 2017" - A recurring list feature, wherein I review every E3 trailer uploaded to Giant Bomb.
List: "Iglored" - A list that looks at games that create dense amounts of world-building reading material in an optional capacity, leading to many players ignoring it completely. 

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