July was a month games needed. It single-handedly was able to make up for a pretty lackluster couple of months before it, and delivered one of my new favorite games and a viable front-runner for my end of the year awards. Not bad! I’m glad it led the charge towards me not having another month as fruitless as June (I played less than 10 new games!) through the rest of the year. So, now, before we get into months with games like Super Mario Odyssey and Danganronpa V3, let’s talk about the year’s biggest surprise (for me) and why July made me very, very happy.
1. The End Is Nigh
Though a certain quote led me to believe this would never happen, a spiritual successor to one of my favorite games of all time made a surprise landing last month. Though not a true sequel to Super Meat Boy (Tommy Refenes wasn’t involved due to Super Meat Boy: Forever’s continued development [I REALLY HOPE THAT THING IS GOOD]) Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel’s partnership spawned the next best thing. The End Is Nigh is the closest thing to a perfect platformer I’ve played since Super Meat Boy, and it wasn’t even announced until a month before it came out. There was no build up, just a simple trailer and a release date. The first time I saw the trailer I was stricken with a sense of familiarity. I poured dozens and dozens of hours into Super Meat Boy, and by the first few seconds of The End Is Nigh gameplay I knew exactly what I was looking at. We’re just lucky it turned out as well as it did. I’ve said plenty about the game in my review, but just know this: it’s a slightly slower, more puzzle focused Super Meat Boy game. It’s also possibly the purest, best platformer I’ve ever played.
2. Splatoon 2
It’s more Splatoon, but you can play it in bed! Splatoon was good last time and this is more of that! Splatoon!
Kingsway is a surprising game that takes its concept of a game played in multiple windows to the limit. Like I said in my latest post, give it a shot and enjoy the ride.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles: Worst Named Game of 2017. Best Grindy Life Sim of 2017.
Pyre: Another one that I need to have more time with to make an informed opinion. Early impressions: Super cool combat, neat characters, lots of reading.
One week, My room: A tiny little game that you’ll finish in 10 minutes and but you won’t stop thinking about for a week.
Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator: Again, lots of reading. But if you like daddies, hoo boy are there some good daddies just waiting for you.
The Evolution of Trust: More like an interactive TED Talk, but it’s cute and neat and I’m glad I “played” it through.