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MVGL's Favorite Games of 2020

Written by jimmyb on December 31, 2020 @ 11:05 am

Cyberpunk 2077

Picked by jimmyb

Cyberpunk 2077 Logo

Actually this is the worst game... 😠

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Picked by VilkaTheWolf

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Okay, so my pick for 2020 is Assassin's Creed Valhalla, out of my top three, Valhalla had the least glitches. I loved the return of the Hidden Blade and callbacks to Assassin's Creed III. The story was also more engaging than the previous entry in the series, as each member of the Order of the Ancients go their own death monologue, similar to previous titles. Hunting down the Order also feels less like a wild goose chase and more a serious hunt. I also enjoyed the continued expansion of the lore, with many more Norse/Gaelic deities revealed to be Isu. The combat also improved, feeling much more like Origins with some added brutality. Blocking and counterattacking is also much easier too. There are some issues timeline-wise, it's difficult to track when certain quests are occuring but with historical fact checking I worked out a rough basis. With this title being the newest in a long line of titles, it's obviously not recommended as an introduction to the series. At the very least - play Origins and Odyssey first.

Ghost of Tsushima

Picked by bergdoll

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Out of the ten or so 2020 games I played this year Ghost of Tsushima would be my favorite. A gripping Kurosawa-inspired samurai tale set in 13th century Japan exploring the protagonists struggle to follow tradition vs effectively adapting to deal with a mongol invasion. The game plays like a well-made Ubisoft sandbox game, typical, but highly polished. Well-trodden world structure and inane side-activities aside, the combat is a highlight with fast paced, parry-centric swordplay and varied combat styles to deal with different enemy types. Another highlight is the cast which is properly fleshed out and given plenty of development. Lastly the Kurosawa-inspired cinematography presents the world and story beautifully. Highly recommended.

Doom Eternal

Picked by Veilor

Doom Eternal

This year have had a few great releases, but I have only played two of those games so my pick for Game of the Year was limited. But my choice went to DOOM Eternal. I loved the 2016 version of DOOM, I played it until completion, got everything maxed out and ran through the levels several times. When DOOM Eternal released I was ecstatic, I spent the next days only playing this game. And you guessed it, to completion. Right of the bat I have to say it is not better than the 2016 version. The game brings a few new enemies that will challenge you on your journey through the game and adapt the strategy used whenever a battle starts. The game introduces platforming and it's something that was recieved with mixed opinions amongst the playerbase. I personally think it works and is not overused as many others lead you to believe. The story itself needs no mention, you kill demons and try to save earth. I will mention however that in this game there's a hub (in space, Justice League style), between levels where you can train, look at collectibles and select missions. I will very much recommend people to play this game, but do play DOOM from 2016 before doing so.

Hades

Picked by Juliop

Hades

My Favorite Game of the Year goes to Hades, a rogue-like with a Greek mythology-based setting. Developed by Supergiant Games, which made a name for itself over the last decade with highly acclaimed titles: Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre. Hades feels like the culmination of what Supergiant has learned over the years, combining and improving the best aspects of their previous titles. It’s a game that does so many things so well - An epic soundtrack, thoughtful storytelling, beautiful art, charismatic characters, and a very engaging combat system. I like how there are a variety of weapons, each with different forms that change the way you can play, and the huge amount of abilities and modifiers that are gifted by the gods of Olympus. Despite the nature of the game, it does not feel repetitive even if you play over and over before returning to the underworld once you’ve been killed by one of Hades' powerful foes. That repetition builds the story itself. I highly recommend it, especially if you are new to rogue-likes.

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MVGL's Gaming Challenge 2019 Results

Written by jimmyb on January 01, 2020 @ 1:07 pm

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 MVGL challenges! Hopefully you got to try a variety of new games and got to know and make friends with other members of MyVideoGameList. Below are the community members whom managed to complete the challenges on a variety of difficulties. Please be sure to congratulate them!

MVGL Victory

Since we've retired the forums, the 2020 challenges will be managed on Discord. Come join us there if you haven't already!

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MVGL's Favorite Games of 2019

Written by jimmyb on December 27, 2019 @ 10:38 am

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Picked by VilkaTheWolf

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

An open-world action-adventure Star Wars game is something I’ve looked forward to since The Force Unleashed. Let me say, Jedi: Fallen Order does not disappoint. It has an engaging story with memorable characters and quality game play. There's some major call backs to the prequel movies and even The Clone Wars TV series which was really cool for them to have included. The Inquisitor villains are especially neat, and they’re not even originally made for the game. Second Sister and Ninth Sister were made for the Vader comic series and included in the game. The game also includes customizations, ranging from lightsabers to clothing and ship designs. I recommend this to anyone who is a big Star Wars fan, or as an introduction into Star Wars.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Picked by bergdoll

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest game in From Software's Soulsborne franchise (Soulsbornetwice now?), a franchise so good that it spawned a new genre which I'm particularly fond of. The game puts heavier emphasis on stealth, vertical traversal and parrying than its contemporaries, and the parry-centric combat in particular makes this the most skill-based game among them all. A delight to play with great bosses and excellent combat variety. The world-building is good as ever with a rich lore to explore, though as usual the overt plot and the characters that are more NPC than character detracts somewhat. The Sengoku period of Japan with mythological elements is presented beautifully here with picturesque vistas and vivid color schemes. Recommended to any fan of soulslike action games.

Kingdom Hearts III

Picked by Veilor

Kingdom Hearts III

Picking this years game was hard due to me not having played many games this year. But then Kingdom Hearts III came to mind. I waited 13 years for this game and waited eagerly the last weeks until release. Revisiting and continuing the story of Kingdom Hearts brought back the memories of the first games and also the confusion it brought. With the story I also got to meet Sora, Donald & Goofy again. They have always been an amazing and fun trio of heroes throughout the series and they kept that chemistry in the third game. But Kingdom Hearts has one unique part which brought me in 17 years ago with the first game, and that is the worlds of Disney. I might be a gamer for the most part but Disney is an equal big part of me and being able to run around in Andy’s room while talking to Woody & Buzz, run around with Rapunzel in Tangled or finally explore parts of Hercules world made this game so much more enjoyable than I ever thought it could. Because I enjoyed my time playing I can look past all the shortcomings of the game simply because it didn’t bother me while I was playing, I was having fun. Lastly this is a game I would recommend to anyone who likes Disney.

Blasphemous

Picked by Takashimai

Blasphemous

The Game Kitchen, previously known only from a small, independent and minimalist series of point and click games - The Last Door, went on to something more ambitious – Blasphemous. That's why I was quite skeptical about how the studio would handle a souls-like game. But I wasn’t disappointed. The game draws a lot from the Dark Souls series and from its 2D equivalent - Salt and Sanctuary, while it hasn’t lost its original character. The game is difficult, but pleasantly difficult, not annoying, which is sometimes difficult to do at an optimal level. The stages are very complex, interesting and diverse. The fighting system is amazing and satisfying. Additionally, quite an interesting character development was used, completely different compared to other souls-like games, resembling metroidvania games. The audio-visual setting is brilliant as well. The atmosphere is clearly inspired by the dark side of Christianity. To sum everything up, this is my favorite game of 2019 and I would recommend it to anyone who, like me, is a fan of souls-like games.

Three Houses

Picked by FalotForonke

Blasphemous

As a Fire Emblem fan since the days of the GBA titles, I have been looking forward to the release of Three Houses ever since it was announced. While the setting bothered me a bit first, all my doubts were swept away when I finally played the game. Three House managed to suck me in with its great story, interesting characters and fantastic soundtrack, which made me fall in love with this game. The gameplay is some of the best any Fire Emblem can offer, it's enjoyable for both veterans and newcomers. Anyone with a Switch and a love for strategic RPGs should put Three Houses on their wishlist.

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MyVideoGameList - 2019 Update

Written by jimmyb on December 22, 2019 @ 5:53 pm

My fellow gamers,

We hope everyone has had an excellent year filled with lots of new (and old) games and that everyone's backlog has gotten a bit smaller! This year at MyVideoGameList we have (unfortunately) not gotten a lot of work done on the site besides a few small fixes and backend changes. The development team (there's only two) has been busy with other engagements preventing us from getting much of anything done, beyond these small things here and there.

However, our Game Database Administration team has been working hard all year to get your requests added into our database. They've worked countless hours to ensure we have quality data for every game in our database. They've allowed all of us to fill our lists with the games we've enjoyed. For that I am extremely thankful and I know they will continue to work hard into the next year.

For 2020, we have a crazy plan to rewrite the entire website from the ground up using more modernized technologies. When MyVideoGameList was built in 2011 it was built for 2-3 people as a project to learn more about developing with PHP, MySQL and Javascript. In the last 8 years we've grown and gone to places we have never imagined. We currently have over 85,000 users, 42,000 games in our database and users have created over 16,000 threads in our forums. We have an active and fun group of people in our Discord server (come join and chat with us if you haven't)! This year we want to refresh our site and give it the much needed update that it deserves.

This is a huge undertaking and as such we honestly have no idea when it will be completed by. We'd prefer not to give an ETA given that we will literally be rewriting almost all of the code and functionality. We should also note that the forums will be going away. Our plan for replacing the game request functionality will be to build a custom game request system. The community/communication aspect is replaced by Discord. The reason behind getting rid of the forums is because the software that is presently used is about 7 years old and has not received any updates since then.

We're really excited to get started on building the new MyVideoGameList and hope you are too. We hope that in some small way our site and service has helped make your lives a bit easier and more organized. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season filled lots of new games and some downtime to play them!

From all of us on the MyVideoGameList Team, thank you!

As noted above, the forums will be going away starting January 1, 2020. If you can't find a game in our current database get your request in as soon as possible!

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MVGL's Super Smash Bros. Online Tournament #2

Written by jimmyb on July 04, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

Hello fellow gamers!

We all enjoyed the first MVGL SSBU Online Tournament, so we thought: why not have another one? That's right, on July 20/21 we'll be having another tournament! Check the link below for more information on how to sign up!

MVGL's Super Smash Bros. Online Tournament! - Discussion

MVGL Super Smash Bros. Tournament 2

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MVGL's Super Smash Bros. Online Tournament

Written by jimmyb on February 10, 2019 @ 1:48 pm

MVGL SSB Tournament

Hello fellow gamers,

We're happy to announce that we will be hosting our first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Tournament in March 2019! Head to the forums for more information!

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MVGL's Gaming Challenge 2018 Results

Written by jimmyb on January 04, 2019 @ 6:16 pm

We want to thank everyone who participated in last year's Gaming Challenge, we hope you had lots of fun playing all kinds of different games! Now it's time to honor the seven brave participants who completed their challenge in 2018!

Congratulations!

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MVGL's Gaming Challenge of 2019

Written by jimmyb on January 02, 2019 @ 11:26 am

Hello fellow gamers!

Some of you might have participated in the MVGL's Gaming Challenge 2018, so we are happy to announce we have a new challenge for you this year! If you're interested, come take a look at it in the forum and find out if you're gaming enthusiast enough to participate! Good luck!

Remember, you can sign up anytime!

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MVGL's Favorite Games of 2018

Written by jimmyb on December 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Picked by bergdoll

2018 was a backlog year for me, and while playing through the classics is all fine and dandy, it meant counting this year's offerings on one hand. Therefore this year's GOTY will have to be a safe and obvious pick. Still, I think it's safe to say that the polish and immersion of Red Dead Redemption II gives any competitors a run for their money. With an extensive world full of activity, plenty of attention to detail and Rockstar's writing chops, Red Dead Redemption II is an experience worth its salt. The wild west is better realized than ever here, with more powerful hardware than the predecessor to back it up and a borderline simulation approach RDR2 captures the tone and atmosphere of the period perfectly. The cast got an upgrade in screen presence as well with up towards 20 highly memorable characters each with an unique personality. The gameplay might not be much to write home about but gets the job done. If you want an extensive period drama to immerse yourself into then this is the game for you!

Octopath Traveler

Octopath Traveler

Picked by falotforonke

Ever since I played the first demo of Octopath Traveler, I eagerly awaited its release on the Nintendo Switch. Several months passed, and it finally came out in July 2018. I was already certain I would enjoy the game, but now I think that's an understatement. From the amazing graphic design to the marvelous soundtrack and it's incredible fun battle system, everything in this game just shines, while paying homage to the classic JRPGs of the 90s. If you love RPGs and own a Nintendo Switch, you should absolutely get this game, it's definitely worth it.

Darksiders III

Darksiders III

Picked by VilkaTheWolf

It was a tough call for my favourite game of 2018, between this, God of War and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. However, I’ve been looking forward to this game for at least five years and it was well worth the wait. All of the mistakes THQ made with Darksiders II were seemingly fixed by THQ Nordic, the gameplay is back to how it was in the first instalment. In Darksiders III, players control Fury – the next Horseman of the Apocalypse, on Earth during her brother War’s 100 year imprisonment. Fury must hunt down each of the Seven Deadly Sins who have escaped from their own imprisonment. Many ‘game journalists’ compared the game to Dark Souls on account of it being slightly hard and sharing some common tropes. All I can say is, this game is not Dark Souls, although it may share some minor similarities in gameplay. Playing this game on launch day meant that there were no walkthroughs available, so it was fun for me to actually work things out for myself (if you play this game, I do recommend merely working things out yourself if you’re stuck). Summing up; Darksiders III is a very fun and rewarding game and I hope they make a sequel.

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MVGL's Gaming Challenge of 2018

Written by jimmyb on December 28, 2017 @ 2:07 pm

2018 MVGL Gaming Challenge

Hey, fellow gamers! Happy Holidays! 🎁

So this year is coming to an end & we planned something special for 2018 since we want to bring our community more together here at MVGL. It involves videogames, of course!

Some of our users may know the MAL Annual Anime/Manga Challenge, so here in MVGL we thought about a videogame challenge!

What is it about? During 2018 you'll be playing videogames based on different challenges and difficulty.

The fun thing about this challenge is that it's a great way to learn about new games, play genres that you wouldn't even consider playing and, why not, get to know more people!

Remember you can sign up anytime! 😄

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