My Top 10 Games of 2021

Another year, another Top 10 Games list that only JUST made it to 10. Well, actually if I’m honest Number 10 is a bit of a cop out I put in because “Top 9” just sounds stupid. Still, given I’ve played a lot of older games this year it’s no surprise that I nearly fell short… Anyway, with that out of the way (and another reminder that I’m not a professional outlet and therefore if a game you think should be best isn’t on here it’s more likely that I just haven’t played it yet, if ever, than I think it wasn’t worthy) let’s take a look!

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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA) Review

After a long break its time to complete our look at the GBA Castlevania games with Aria of Sorrow, finally mine after the recently released “Castlevania Advance Collection”. A lot of people site Aria as their favourite Castlevania of all time and it’s not hard to see why, its certainly the closest any game’s come to capturing the fun and freedom of Symphony of the Night. So let’s finally take a look at it!

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WWE WrestleMania X8 (GameCube) Review

I remember being really excited for WrestleMania X8, assuming that since it was a Nintendo console exclusive it would be like the AKI games on the N64… Boy, was I ever wrong. I can’t say it was terrible but given the Smackdown! series on the PS2 was about to hit its stride I can say that I only played this for a month or so… What’s it like now, in 2021?! Well, the answer may surprise you… Okay it won’t.

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Fire Pro Wrestling (GBA) Review

Here we go, my first step into the world of Fire Pro, a step that led to one of the most addictive games I can ever remember playing in Fire Pro Returns. GBA’s Fire Pro to get back on topic was a really fun game and it didn’t take long for me to get the hang of the timing-based controls, plus it’s always fun to rename characters! Let’s take a look then…

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Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Wii) Review

While Umbrella Chronicles covered RE 0, 1 and 3 as well as giving us a pivotal moment in the RE timeline it’s sequel, Darkside Chronicles, covers RE 2 and Code: Veronica while showing as a bit of background between Leon and Krauser set before RE 4. So… not as interesting. Still, is it still fun to play though? That’s the main question! Let’s find out…

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Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (Wii) Review

I was quite excited for this at-the-time-Wii-exclusive on-rails shooter back when it was released. Not only did it have an entirely new scenario that showed the final straw that took down Umbrella but it also had new mini-stories set during or in between the three games it covered (RE 0, 1 and 3). Story aside though, what was it like to play, and what’s it like now? Let’s find out!

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WWF No Mercy (N64) Review

Well… here we go then. A few months ago I reviewed GoldenEye on the N64, now I get to the other biggie: WWF No Mercy, a game I played for literally years after the console ended. The main draw was me and my friend playing 40-Man Royal Rumble matches with Hardcore, pin and submissions on. There nothing quite like brawling to a bar backstage, pinning someone, hearing a countdown to the next entrant who then walks into the bar to continue the match. It’s a fun, usually hour-long multiplayer experience I have yet to be able to recreate in a game since. Beyond that though, what else is great about No Mercy? Let’s find out!

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy (DS) Review

It’s time for the only DS game on this list (plus the first DS game review on this blog!) and the only anime-based game (though I admit I was tempted to include Dragon Ball: Advance Adventure, but that’s still more of an action platformer in my eyes…) Fullmetal Alchemist: Duel Sympathy, which has to be one of the worst attempts to get a “DS” subtitle ever, is a decent scrolling beat ‘em up, but it is somewhat drowned by text boxes and mini-games… Let’s take a look!

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My Top 10 Games of 2020

2020 was a weird year, but for games it was pretty much business as usual (if not bigger business than usual due to so many people staying at home!) and the same goes with my experience with them. I played quite a few 2020 games this year, but once again I lost a couple of months to a Super Robot Wars game, plus I played a lot of older games thanks to both the Games to Movie marathon and the “Scrolling Sundays” weekly feature. That’s not me complaining, for the record! Just explaining why some big releases are missing (with the exception of The Last of Us Part 2, which I didn’t end up getting due to having a bunch of things spoiled for me by whiny idiots… Stupid internet! *shakes fist*), and with that: let’s take a look!

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GoldenEye 007 (N64) Review

Little known fact (because how the hell would anyone else know?) I was going to review this all-time great alongside my review of the film, but decided to hold off on it because it’s arguably my favourite game of all time (I say arguably because I’d have to sit down and really think for a very long time to come up with any actual all-time best list…) and I wanted to give it more attention. Well, when better than a series of reviews celebrating 1,000 reviews? This was always hanging over my head as something I “had” to review at some point, so may as well make it now! Let’s have a look at this classic and see if it still holds up!

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