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Best games I've played so far this 2023. Quick thoughts from left to right. 1) An anti-war game that hits hard. 2) A+ on game design. 3) A fable made into a game? Yes. 4) An addictive spin-off. 5) Masochism delight. 6) Getting lost never felt so good.


#28 Game beaten in 2023 is: Scarface. Being the movie one of my favorites of all time, I wanted to try this out. My first GTA like experience and one I had fun with, just like my brother did years ago when I helped him finish it. Loved the soundtrack. 4/5


#6 Movie of 2023 is: AIR. I only knew Michael Jordan was famous and appeared in Space Jam (1996). Also, I knew nothing about the whole Nike thing. However the movie script, pacing, and performances can be enjoyed nonetheless. 4 and a half stars out of 5.


We are back! #5 and probably last game replayed (as I'm taking a break from replaying) this year is: Final Fantasy 9. Timeless excellency that's worth revisiting. Maybe I'll play it again sometime, the HD remaster, to admire this piece of art even more.


Few weeks ago I finally got my hands on this game for 4$, which I post today as the Metal Gear Master Collection doesn't include it. Still good to see Metal Gear Solid 3 getting a remake. Gotta hang on to this one before prices go crazy.


#2 TV Show of 2023 is: Titans Season 4.5. Don't know if any of you have been following this, though I've seen many stopped since season 2 (understandable). However, season 3 delivered and 4 came to an emotional conclusion that felt nice. 4 stars out of 5.


Playing this game during the pandemic back in the 3DS was very addictive. Playing this game again on the Vita has been addictive as well. Runner and Runner 2 are so much fun. Will try the other games out of the 'The Bit.Trip' collection.


#27 Game beaten in 2023 is: Folklore. For years a friend of mine and my brother were telling me to pick this one up but I had my doubts. While the game sure has its flaws regarding level design and difficulty, this one is unique. A hidden surprise. 3/5.


#26 Game beaten in 2023 is: Mario Kart 8. I get it now: it is one of the best entries in the series. The new gravity gameplay, graphics, it all creates a wonderful racing game. And those retro tracks? N64 Rainbow Road is everything. 4/5.


#5 Movie of 2023 is: Dungeons and Dragons Honor Among Thieves. I have never played any Dungeons and Dragons game, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this movie. A smart script, charismatic performances, and refreshing third act. 5 stars out of 5.


Going back to posting the games I'be been beating again. #25 Game Beaten In 2023 is: Star Fox Zero. Yeah, the weird controls and the overall feeling of deja vu is there, but the fun is there, too. Star Fox 64 in HD? Could have been longer and better 3.5/5


Achievement & Trophy unlocked: I have leveled up to 29 years old. Turning the WiiU on today and watching that birthday animation was cute.


I'll be sharing the best out of my 28s as I turn 29 tomorrow. Continuing with #2: My nieces. Watching them grow up gives me those 9999 love points which I gladly take, and #1: Going back to therapy. Two sessions so far and I've been feeling a lot better.


I'll be sharing the best out of my 28s as I turn 29 next wednesday. Continuing with #4: My students. Some of them are now friends which is awesome, and #3: Games, movies, and TV shows. There will always be something to play or watch, plus making me smile.


I'll be sharing the best out of my 28s as I turn 29 next week. Continuing with #6: Kissing social network toxicity goodbye. It's incredible the amount of garbage I was consuming, and #5: Destructoid. For 3 years now, scrolling down here has been great.


I'll be sharing the best out of my 28s as I turn 29 next week. Continuing with #8: Teaching. Laughing with my students during classes is something I wouldn't trade for the world, and #7: my WiiU. That menu theme song is great plus the miis running around.


Following what I did last year, I'll be sharing the best out of my 28s as I turn 29 next week. Starting with #10: my dog Chester, and #9: my small but good circle of friends and acquaintances.


This may not seem like much, or kind of silly actually, but for years I have been playing through RE4's 1st chapter to do a mini mental health check-up. After feeling bad for two months and all that negativity, it feels good to have my thoughts in order.


Went to the psychologist again today. I thought I was suffering from Burnout but it turned out I'm not, thankfully. Still, she recommended me to reduce work hours, which I'm going to do as my mind could suffer if I don't. Here's hoping for the best.


#24 Game beaten in 2023 is: Persona 4 Dancing All Night. On the one hand, I'm glad to have finished the games that used a more traditional visual novel story, this and the arenas, but on the other hand, some remixes weren't good. 2/5. P5D next? Someday.


#23 Game Beaten In 2023 is: Fatal Frame Maiden of Black Water. Being a fan, I'm glad to see it returned to form after 4th. Story, characters, references, all good. However, it's easy difficulty, weird level design, and graphics don't do it justice. 3.5/5.


It turns out the rumors were true. Claire and Rebecca are back for this one, alongside one antagonist from the previous CGI movie: Vendetta.


Been busy with work and not feeling well lately. Burnout, it seems. I did go to the movies to relax a little & been finishing up some games, and today another good thing happened for a change: 3 years as a Destructoid user.


#3 Movie of 2023: Super Mario Bros Movie. Went almost blind and expecting anything at all, got out happy to have laughed and smiled thanks to the references, and people going crazy during the set pieces. The pacing was off, gotta admit. 3 stars out of 5.


#22 Game beaten in 2023 is: Super Mario 3D World. I love this acts like a sequel/follow-up (gameplay speaking) of 3D Land. So much was possible on the 3DS and a lot more was capable on the WiiU. This game displays creativity all over. Camera hurts. 4.5/5.


Don't remember if I'd uploaded this before. These are the games I've replayed so far this year. SteamWorld Dig 2 on the Vita is a thing of beauty. However, I don't think I can keep up with my 'to replay' as well as with my 'backlog'. Work takes up my time


#21 Game beaten in 2023 is: Infamous 2. This one's graphics are crazy for a 2011 game. Voice is top notch. New combat is welcomed but, the story goes to strange places. Would have been a better sequel without that. Still, Cole is the man. Nuff said. 3.5/5


Gotta admit I wanted to watch this for Taron Egerton alone as he's a great actor, but the movie really holds up. A video game documentary made into a film with Hollywood's touch? Yes, but a good one. That Game Boy scene is gold. Wish to see more like this


With the recent news of a supposed Skies of Arcadia remaster, I've been listening to this. Good were the times when I was teaching in classrooms with this on the background while preparing my classes. Best game not many people have played? Indeed.


About Exberone of us since 7:47 PM on 04.07.2020

I guess these would be considered as my stats, so here I go:

I'm Exber, not related to my name by any means. I'm from Venezuela and I'm an English Teacher.

I have been playing video games since I was 4 years old. Goldeneye 007 for the Nintendo 64 are among my first gaming memories.

Console gamer for the love of everything retro. I play on PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, PS Vita, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, 3DS, DS, GBA, and Xbox 360.

Resident Evil and Persona share the spot as my favorite gaming series. Following this, here are my favorite games per year along with the runner ups:

2006: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time

2007: Resident Evil 2

2008: Persona 4
Runner Up: Resident Evil 4

2010: Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater
Runner Up: Final Fantasy XII

2011: Radiant Historia
Runner Up: Okami

2012: Klonoa Door to Phantomile
Runner Up: Tomb Raider Anniversary

2013: Fatal Frame 3 The Tormented
Runner Up: Silent Hill 4

2014: Onimusha Dawn of Dreams
Runner Up: Resident Evil Zero

2015: The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
Runner Up: Final Fantasy IV

2016: Final Fantasy IX
Runner Up: A Link Between Worlds

2017: Persona 5
Runner Up: Brothers A Tale of Two Sons

2018: Skies of Arcadia Legends
Runner Up: Zelda Spirit Tracks

2019: Persona Q2 New Cinema Labyrinth
Runner Up: Ghost Trick

2020: Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
Runner Up: Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy

2021: Pandora's Tower
Runner Up: Xenoblade Chronicles

2022: Super Paper Mario
Runner Up: Child of Light

I try to learn the most I can with every video game, thus my Retro GOTY winners won a place in me. Best examples are Persona 4 (2008) and Final Fantasy IX (2016)

GameSpot and GameInformer were the sites that granted me the opportunity to blog prior to coming here. Good times.

I'm currently 28 years old. Come May 10th and I'll level up.

Favorite color: green.

Favorite number: 4.

Favorite video game genre: Survival Horror. RPGs come second.

Favorite movie: 13 going on 30.

Favorite game of all time: Persona 4.

And, that's about it for now.