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Robazoid
01/01/19 3:08:18 AM
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Happy New Year! Good luck in 2019. #bump#

Credit goes to tazzyboyishere for first starting this in 2016. Basically, there are 50 challenges outlined below that will require you to beat 52 games total. This isn't a competition and there's no prize for winning aside from a sense of accomplishment. This is just a fun thing to participate in while we all work through our video game libraries. It also gives us a place to discuss what we're playing. Feel free to join in!

Rules:
- A single playthrough of a game can only be used for one challenge
- Use your own judgment to decide if game fits in a certain category
- Games started in 2018 or earlier are fine as long as they're finished in 2019
- Please add your own games to the spreadsheet linked to below, which anyone can edit
- When using the spreadsheet, please don't mess with checklists/tallies that aren't yours
- There's a tab listing favorite games in the spreadsheet if you need help with Challenge 43
- If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mRUyVOBX3kW739tgPTiWoLk64myvoXYy6F5njwp_rQw/edit?usp=sharing

Challenges:

Years (5)

1. Beat a game released before 1990
2. Beat a game released between 1990-1999
3. Beat a game released between 2000-2009
4. Beat a game released between 2010-2018
5. Beat a game released in 2019

Series (4)
6. Beat a game in a completely new series
7. Beat a game in a series you've already played some of
8. Beat a spin-off or a game that rebooted a franchise
9. Beat a remake or enhanced port

Creators (3)
10. Beat a game made by a director/composer/artist/etc that you like
11. Beat a game made by a developer you like
12. Beat a game made by a developer you've never tried

Genres (11)
13. Beat a WRPG
14. Beat a JRPG
15. Beat a puzzle game
16. Beat a rhythm game
17. Beat a first-person shooter
18. Beat a third-person shooter
19. Beat a platformer
20. Beat an action game
21. Beat a strategy game
22. Beat a fighting game
23. Beat a sports game

Themes (6)
24. Beat a game with romance as a central theme
25. Beat a game with horror as a central theme
26. Beat a game with revenge as a central theme
27. Beat a game with mystery as a central theme
28. Beat a game with the supernatural as a central theme
29. Beat a game with comedy as a central theme

Demographics (6)
30. Beat a game with a female lead
31. Beat a game with a child lead
32. Beat a game with a non-white lead
33. Beat a game with a robot/artificial lead
34. Beat a game with an animal lead
35. Beat a game with a lead that's from a fictional species

Time (5)
36. Replay a game from a long time ago
37. Beat a game that's been in your backlog for a long time
38. Beat a game you'd dropped or had a long hold on
39. Finish a game in one day
40. Finish a game that took you at least twenty-five hours to beat

Stats (3)
41. Beat a game with a Metascore below 70
42. Beat a game with a Metascore above 90
43. Beat another user's favorite game

Adaptation (3)
44. Beat a game based on licensed stories/characters
45. Beat a game that's been adapted into another medium
46. Beat a game that features historical events or people

Miscellaneous (4)
47. Play a technically unbeatable game for at least six hours
48. Beat a game that starts with the first letter of your username
49. Choose a random page on TVTropes and beat something from the video game section
50-52. Beat three games in a series
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Robazoid
01/01/19 3:10:38 AM
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Johnbobb
01/01/19 7:49:09 AM
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for the record I still find it odd that the list is technically 52 games. My goal every year is still to hit 50 regardless

came closest in 2018. Managed to finish 46, but got stuck playing Smash and Red Dead, both of which were too long to finish by the end of the year
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KCF0107
01/01/19 7:52:56 AM
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Due to my large quantity and affinity for sub-5 hour games, I have been able to clear the 50 mark with relative ease. That will end some day, hopefully not this year, but one year it will.
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Johnbobb
01/01/19 10:46:07 AM
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already at the start of this year, I have Red Dead and Smash and Splatoon 2 and the Crash trilogy to finish, as well as AC Odyssey, The Last Guardian, We Happy Few and Far Cry 5 to start. And I plan on getting KH3 this month

so pretty much all long games for a while coming up
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davidponte
01/01/19 11:36:54 AM
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Tag.

I'll have a bunch of entries to add over the next few days. Instead of doing my usual thing of playing one game at a time to completion, I started playing a bunch of games in the last week so I have 3-4 that I'm over halfway done.
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davidponte
01/01/19 2:50:19 PM
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12. Beat a game made by a developer you've never tried

Onrush

First entry! I really liked the concept and innovation that this game brought, but it got a little stale by the end as I struggled to remain interested enough to finish the campaign. Maybe if I spent time in the online or playing with friends I would have found it more fun throughout. I actually had trouble finding a spot for this game until I looked through the developer's games and found about a hundred bad sports and racing games that I've never played.

1/50
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KCF0107
01/01/19 2:55:59 PM
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I don't think that we can be friends if you are going to badmouth Codemaster's racing portfolio.
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Drakeryn
01/01/19 2:59:36 PM
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retroactively editing 2018 to add FFXIV: Stormblood, and moving A Realm Reborn and Heavensward, as my trilogy

technically it's game + 2 expansions but the expansions are full-game length so it counts imo
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SantaRPidgey
01/01/19 3:01:39 PM
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I never finished updating last year's challenge. I wonder how I did.

Anyway, we'll see if I do this this year, I kind of want to spend less money on games and this could encourage me to just finish up my backlog
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werd
davidponte
01/01/19 3:08:02 PM
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KCF0107 posted...
I don't think that we can be friends if you are going to badmouth Codemaster's racing portfolio. And I just saw that you admitted you haven't even played them!


I've heard good things about the Dirt and F1 games, and did play a very very small amount of Grid 2 actually which was okay, but pre-2010 does not look great for them!
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Robazoid
01/01/19 3:54:50 PM
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Johnbobb posted...
for the record I still find it odd that the list is technically 52 games.

I think the original idea is that it's one game for every week of the year. Only having 50 challenges is just catchier, I guess.
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davidponte
01/01/19 9:58:20 PM
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37. Beat a game that's been in your backlog for a long time

Transistor

Supergiant Games has become one of my favourite developers over the last five years with Bastion being great and Pyre being one of the best games I played in 2018. I've owned Transistor since it was given away on PS Plus back in 2015, but kept putting off playing it for some reason. After seeing Supergiant's new game Hades at The Game Awards I figured I should finally play Transistor, and really liked it!

2/50
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however Advokaiser was the Guru Champion!
davidponte
01/01/19 10:02:00 PM
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The second page I hit on TV Tropes was "Bleak Level" so I'll go with that. I'm sure I'll find something this year that features something bleak. Posting it here so I don't forget later.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BleakLevel
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HBJDubs
01/01/19 10:15:43 PM
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40. Finish a game that took you at least twenty-five hours to beat

Tales Of Symphonia: Dawn Of The New World

As usual for me, I end the previous year on a RPG expecting to beat it in the new year. The story is fine, but I had major issues with the gameplay. The monster recruiting system is garbage, but unfortunately is kinda necessary since the party members from the first game are always at fixed levels (usually underleveled too). I'll do a full Tales ranking once I beat Xillia 2 but I think this is the worst one I've played.

1/50. This year is going to start RPG-heavy as I'm doing Xillia 2 next and I'm likely following that up with KH3.
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Cody11533
01/01/19 10:33:27 PM
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Tag

Got a few games I'm close to beating, so my checklist should have a strong start to 2019.
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"Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone." -Satoru Iwata
Congrats to Advokaiser, the Guru Champ!
Mega Mana
01/02/19 3:48:07 AM
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Have a good amount of games I missed finishing in 2018. Time's passed though and it's tough jumping back in
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MZero11
01/02/19 7:00:19 AM
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https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AwesomeMomentOfCrowning

Rolled my trope so going to put it here. Hopefully I do better this year than the last two years
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MZero, to the extreme
Listen to Advokaiser's bracket, this may be our last chance
Mega Mana
01/02/19 10:11:17 AM
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https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FantasticCasteSystem

Good thing I bought Dragon Age: Origins in the Fall sale. Slim pickens here.
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TheArkOfTurus
01/02/19 11:43:29 AM
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https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SofterAndSlowerCover is my trope. Already started to replay Fallout: New Vegas, so that's convenient.
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Johnbobb
01/03/19 12:39:14 AM
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50. Beat three games in a series (First game)

Crash Bandicoot

fuck that game is hard
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davidponte
01/03/19 12:53:30 AM
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35. Beat a game with a lead that's from a fictional species

Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (PS4)

The original game was #10 on my 'Top 100 Games List' I did a few years a ago, so I had high expectations for this game to deliver on everything that the original did, and it succeeded for the most part. As with the first game, it looks great, plays great, and is faithful to the original, which is all I wanted. The one spot that it isn't as great, though, is in the voice acting where a bunch of the voices have been changed. In almost all of these cases it was because the original voices were "bad", but there was some charm in the awfulness of them and that same charm is missing here.

It's also my first platinum of 2019!

3/50
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however Advokaiser was the Guru Champion!
Arti
01/03/19 1:31:07 AM
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Starting off with

26. Beat a game with revenge as a central theme

Yakuza Kiwami 2

1/50
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MZero11
01/03/19 2:46:06 AM
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34. Beat a game with an animal lead

Donkey Kong Country

about 20+ years after I first played it, I have finally beat Donkey Kong Country!

1/50
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MZero, to the extreme
Listen to Advokaiser's bracket, this may be our last chance
sraegonex
01/04/19 2:00:10 AM
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924 thread count, it's some pretty luxurious stuff.
davidponte
01/04/19 4:36:49 PM
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24. Beat a game with romance as a central theme

Florence

This is a very short mobile game about a relationship that makes excellent use of the platform. I hadn't even heard about it until watching/reading Giantbomb's GOTY content, but it might be in my top 5 games of 2018.
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however Advokaiser was the Guru Champion!
Mobilezoid
01/04/19 5:47:20 PM
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47. Play a technically unbeatable game for at least six hours
BanG Dream: Girls Band Party

I should've listened to all the warnings to stay away from gacha games. It starts as a free mobile game featuring characters from an anime I liked and a fun rhythm game aspect. Now GBP owns portions of both my wallet and my soul.

1/50
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**R.O.B.A.Z.O.I.D** (On mobile)
249USDollars
01/04/19 6:00:40 PM
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I'll likely forget about this because I don't plan on hanging around that much, but why not

26. Beat a game with revenge as a central theme
Yakuza Kiwami 2

1/50

It's worse than the original version of 2
Mega Mana
01/04/19 8:49:43 PM
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12. Beat a game made by a developer you've never tried

The Flame in the Flood


- Pretty fun and relaxing survival game. There's a nice zen to the late game with enough supplies built up, enough warmth, enough food, that it's kind of chill getting to the end. I understand playing endless mode would be scavenging always, but I had a decent run of it at the end there just cruising along. Excellent soundtrack that reminded me of Life is Strange at times, some decent learning curve... it was enjoyable. Parts of me wish there was a bigger difficulty spike in the latter half or that there were lots more recipes that I needed to hoard for, ending the run with everything full of long unneeded items.

Also, the ending? My mind's kind of reeling on just the mechanics of it.

P.S. Just loaded up the other game I'm playing, and I may have back-to-back same publisher, Curve Digital.
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CrazyJake816
01/05/19 2:22:47 AM
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Whoop, I love doing this challenge. I was so close to getting 50/50 in 2017, but got really burnt out around the end of that year. 2018 wasn't really much of a good year for me, so I didn't finish a lot of games but I'm determined to finally finish 50 games this year.

Here's to a good 2019!

37. Beat a game that's been in your backlog for a longtime

I started Banjo in 2017 but I never finished it until the other day, 100%.

17. Beat a first person shooter

Wolfenstein: The New Order

15. Beat a puzzle game

The Gardens Between
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Mega Mana
01/05/19 11:48:12 AM
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32. Beat a game with a non-white lead

Caravan


What It Is: You're a prince who lost his home and family in the middle of the desert and must trade to survive the harsh land.
Estimated Time Played: 8 hours

Decent game. It was difficult in the beginning getting a hang of the mechanics that I died twice, but once you have some levels, some income, and a strong party, the game becomes much easier to navigate. Decently fun.
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"In my headcanon, some staffer saw Trump pull out his phone and start typing so they just Terry Tate Office Linebacker'd him out of his shoes." - FFD
davidponte
01/05/19 11:51:11 AM
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16. Beat a rhythm game

Amplitude

I figured out last night that this was cross-buy with PS4 on PS Plus this month, so I downloaded it and played a whole bunch of it yesterday and this morning. Just went through the campaign on medium, time to see where my skill cap is.
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Mega Mana
01/05/19 3:51:59 PM
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44. Beat a game based on licensed stories/characters

Batman: Arkham City


What It Is: After the events of Arkham Asylum, Batman infiltrates an entire section of city walled off to keep the inmates in and fight against the clock to keep Gotham safe.
Estimate Time: 25+ hours

- Played this five or so years ago and beat it, but itched to do it again after Arkham Asylum. Definitely a much better game. The exploration is awesome, the combat fluid, the boss fights actually good, some great side missions and story twists, and the riddler's riddles and puzzles are my favorite parts. Going to find everything before I fully put this game down, but for now, consider it beated.
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"In my headcanon, some staffer saw Trump pull out his phone and start typing so they just Terry Tate Office Linebacker'd him out of his shoes." - FFD
249USDollars
01/05/19 8:07:00 PM
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Just posting my tvtropes page for future reference

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/AmericansHateTingle/VideoGames
SantaRPidgey
01/05/19 11:28:17 PM
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tazzyboyishere
01/05/19 11:29:23 PM
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48. Beat a game that starts with the first letter of your username
Tetris Effect
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tazzyboyishere
01/05/19 11:32:20 PM
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Also my trope:
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CrazyHomelessPeople

Might be time to finally play Deus Ex
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SantaRPidgey
01/05/19 11:33:00 PM
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I feel like there's more video games that involve stockholm syndrome than the ones listed. Anyone got any suggestions?
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werd
tazzyboyishere
01/05/19 11:34:08 PM
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Final Fantasy IX
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davidponte
01/05/19 11:45:07 PM
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47. Play a technically unbeatable game for at least six hours

Hearthstone

Don't play Hearthstone.
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KCF0107
01/06/19 2:35:08 AM
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https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RecursiveCanon

My most likely bets are Metro 2033 or Uncharted 4
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davidponte
01/06/19 5:40:42 PM
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28. Beat a game with the supernatural as a central theme

Devil May Cry 4

I am now ready for the new game after playing through the entire series for the first time (mostly) in the last few months. This one had the best, and most, story of the bunch, which is kind of what I was looking for as someone whose main goal was to familiarize myself with the lore before the new game, but the game play was also very good in this too. Dante was hilarious and had me laughing out loud at a few of the cutscenes. Fun game overall!
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Arti
01/07/19 1:21:55 AM
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27. Beat a game with mystery as a central theme

428: Shibuya Scramble

2/50
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249USDollars
01/07/19 2:18:14 AM
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50. Beat three games in a series - Game #1
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

2/50

Ocarina still places at about #7 on my Zelda rankings. 3D version has many great changes, but man did they ruin the scene where Ganondorf first meets you thanks to the sped up text boxes.
mccheyne
01/07/19 2:32:55 AM
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Tag for later. Never done this, but looks awesome!
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TheArkOfTurus
01/07/19 11:00:48 AM
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27. Beat a game with mystery as a central theme

Chaos;Child

Had some issues (including one of the worst translation issues I've ever seen in a game), but I enjoyed it overall.

47. Play a technically unbeatable game for at least six hours

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius

49. Choose a random page on TVTropes and beat something from the video game section

Fallout: New Vegas

I think I've beaten this at least a dozen times, now. Played an explosion focus build, and sided with the Legion, since it had been a long time since I've done either. Going to hop back in to play the DLC before I'm done. The Outer Worlds can't come soon enough.

3/50
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Our eyes were removed
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Cody11533
01/07/19 6:31:49 PM
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42. Beat a game with a Metascore above 90
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Finished up World of Light and got all the currently available spirits, so I feel good about calling this beaten.
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"Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone." -Satoru Iwata
Congrats to Advokaiser, the Guru Champ!
249USDollars
01/07/19 10:37:23 PM
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51. Beat three games in a series - Game #2
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

3/50

Figured I might as well make Zelda my three game series because I had this one lined up ready to beat. I would have beaten this in 2018 if it wasn't for RNG bullshit on searching for certain rings and one of my heart pieces. Still my #2 Zelda game and my #1 if you count the Linked game as one game.
sraegonex
01/08/19 10:00:20 PM
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I don't think Kojima has never had an idea and thought no. And that's why he's amazing.
Except for that toenail.
davidponte
01/09/19 12:19:14 AM
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19. Beat a platformer

Spyro 3

Trilogy complete! Every time I start this game, I wonder why it isn't my favourite as the first few levels are great, and then a few hours in I realize that all of the extra characters control very poorly, the level design isn't as great as the second game, and a lot of the challenges are incredibly annoying. In all my previous playthroughs this wasn't enough for me to not 100% the game, but this time I couldn't handle it anymore by the third world, and so I did what I needed to do to get the platinum and beat it.
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