What’s On the Agenda – December 2017 Edition

December is here at last. As we gear up for the Christmas season and attempt to keep our gaming catalogue under control, I like to look back at what I’ve done and plan ahead for the month of what will be expected on the blog.

First, looking back at November…

  • I took a stab at my thought on gaming as an art form, you can read all about it here if you missed it.
  • My review for 10tons Time Recoil went up. I really enjoyed the game and it’s a great addition to the Switch library. Check it my review here.
  • Following up m craze about Time Recoil, I discovered one of the hidden talents behind the amazing soundtrack to the game. You can read about the retro electronic band Nightstop in Volume 3 of the Video Game Music Chronicles. Check it out here.
  • I reviewed a game called Violett for the Nintendo Switch. Although it was an imagintive game, it was hampered by sloppy controls, overly difficult puzzles and some game breaking bugs. I plan to update the review once the bugs are corrected, but in the mean time, you read all about it here.
  • I reviewed another one of 10tons releases for the Switch, this time King Oddball. It’s a casual physics based puzzle game where you toss rocks and destroy enemies. Kind of like Angry Birds. You can read about it here.
  • Catching up with Super Mario Odyssey, I had a blast with the game, but unexpectedly with it’s amazing photo mode. You can read all about it and see some of the fun snaps I caught here.
  • The unexpected announcement of Oure caught us all by surprise for the Playstation 4. I posted my review of the game, and although it sure looks pretty, it had some glaring problems. You can read about it here.
  • Hyping up the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, I talked about how the series has come full circle by coming to Nintendo’s latest portable hybrid console. Read all about it here.

Phew! November was pretty busy, and I still feel I didn’t get to post all I wanted to. That being said, my upcoming plans for December will be just as busy, and I’m hoping I can keep to schedule. Given how the holidays usually are, it may be a bit tough, but some time off work may steer me in the right direction.

Without further delay, here’s what’s planned for December!

Question of the Month?

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As always, Kim at Later Levels is hosting December’s Question of the Month. This months question is “Which video game character would do a better job than Santa?”. I’ve already submitted and post my entry, which is none other than Link. You can read my post here, and be sure to check Later Levels official QOTM post to see everyone’s great answers and cast your vote!

 

12 Days of Christmas

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Well, as if Kim at Later Levels already doesn’t have enough on her plate, she’s decided to host another terrific event in celebration of the holidays. This event is a collaboration of of fantastic WordPress community, and is themed around all the wonders of Christmas and gaming. Each of the involved members will be posting their answers to the Christmas themed gaming questions Later Levels has provided on each day between December 19th to January 1st. I will be participating and looking forward to this fun event.

 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is out now, and you can be rest assured that I nabbed up a digital copy last Friday and started playing right at midnight. I’ve yet to get very deep into the game, and it’s still teaching me all about the systems, but I’m slowing tearing into the story and so far, I’m really feeling it. I really appreciate the strong story and narrative compared to Xenoblade Chronicles X, which took a greater focus in creating a massive world. I expect to invest some heavy hours into this one.

 

Reviews, Reviews and More Reviews!

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Without boring you of all the crazy details about each, I have some big catching up to do for review, both from my personal collection and review codes supplied to me. As you saw, November was quite a busy month, and December looks to be more of the same. There are some games I really want to have reviews published for, even if they are a tad bit old. See below for the list of games I hopefully can get published this month. Realistically, this list may trickle into the new year, but who cares.

  • Spellspire
  • Xenoraid
  • Crimsonland
  • Nine Parchments
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Splatoon 2
  • Stardew Valley
  • Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle

 

*** UPDATE 12/06/2017 ***

I hate updating this post a day after it was posted, but I forgot to include something dear to me happeing this month. I may or may not talk further about it on the blog, but I though I should disclose my love and excitement for…

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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That’s right, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The trailer looks awesome, and I’m sure this will tickle my fancy for Star Wars. The movie looks like it’ll be dark, and the trailer does seem to explicitly give away a possible key moment, but regardless, it looks like it’ll be a fun, action packed, dark movie. I’m looking forward to all the ship to ship combat and seeing more Luke this time around. Got my tickets ready to redeem for the 16th. Woohoo!

 

What’s your plans for the holidays? Any games, movies or any other media you plan on taking on? Let’s get talking in the comments!

8 thoughts on “What’s On the Agenda – December 2017 Edition

    1. if that catches your fancy, i’d say check out JYDGE and Time Recoil. Both can be played in quick spurts and function of the same engine as Crimsonland. I personally prefer Time Recoil out of the two. There is also Neon Chrome from 10tons which I hear is quite fun as well.

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      1. Yea, only thing to keep in mind with JYDGE is it can be very hard to progress. You are required to get medals to unlock other stages, but the amount of medals means you’ll be playing older stages to get pretty much all medals available. This includes things in hardcore mode. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s great though, as the scenarios presented are tough and being able to customize and upgrade gear give you a big arsenal of tools to use.

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