We’re just over a week away from the end of 2019 — and this decade — and I thought I’d devote an entire week of Bio Break to looking back at the year and what I’ve done in gaming, podcasting, and writing.
For the first day, I want to share my retro gaming adventures., of which I had quite a few this year. To date, I’ve examined somewhere around 58 titles for this series, some of which were just one-shot looks while most others were extensive playthroughs. This year I explored nine games, which seems pretty respectable, especially considering that two of them were large CRPGs.
My retro gaming series is one that I squeeze into my lunch breaks (the days that I have them). I’ve been trying to go through my GOG (and, to a much lesser extent, Steam) library and justify all of the titles I’ve purchased over the years. 58 games might seem like a lot, but it’s just a fraction of the 257 titles that are residing there. I should pick up the pace!
I wrote up a trio of posts on RTS favorites of past years that I wanted to revisit, which was both delightful and disturbing. Warcraft II, Age of Empires II, and Majesty all got a one-post treatment from me here. I meant to get to Rise of Nations but didn’t find the time.
Other than those, I did three straight-up adventure games (Monkey Island 1 and 2 as well as The Dagger of Amon Ra), two CRPGs (Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines and Fallout New Vegas) and one adventure/RPG hybrid (Quest for Glory IV). Monkey Island was a hoot to play, especially as both games had a ton of humor and offered the option to flip between the original and remake versions. Vampire held up surprisingly well over the years since my last playthrough, although I do agree with critics that say that the latter part of the game feels rushed (and don’t get me started on that sewer level!).
But I was most excited to play Fallout New Vegas for the very first time, especially considering how it’s developed this cult status over the past nine years. It was strange to be playing it while also playing Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds, which is kind of considered to be the spiritual successor to New Vegas.
In any case, I put a lot of effort in these playthroughs, and I hope you enjoyed the write-ups on them. You can read or revisit them by clicking on these links:
Fallout New Vegas
- Part 1: Waking up with a splitting headache
- Part 2: From Goodsprings to Primm
- Part 3: Bug phobias
- Part 4: The long road to Novac
- Part 5: Giant dinos, space suits, and rocket ships
- Part 6: Side questing
- Part 7: Judge, jury, and tourist
- Part 8: All hail the King!
- Part 9: Bombers and mafia fantasies
- Part 10: The Mr. House always wins
The Dagger of Amon Ra
- Act 1: A Nose for News
- Act 2: Suspects on Parade
- Act 3: On the Cutting Edge
- Act 4: Museum of the Dead
- Acts 5 and 6
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
- Part 1: I’ve gone batty in the head
- Part 2: Blood dolls and bounty hunters
- Part 3: Grim grinning ghosts
- Part 4: Boom goes the dynamite
- Part 5: You can always go downtown
- Part 6: Fire and vamps don’t mix
- Part 7: Hello Hollywood!
- Part 8: A surprise in the bathroom
- Part 9: Forget it, Syp, it’s Chinatown
- Part 10: Smile, the game is over
- Part 1: The Largo Embargo
- Part 2: The practicalities of revenge-oriented voodoo
- Part 3: Jailbreak!
- Part 4: Spittake
- Past 5: What a Big Whoop!
The Secret of Monkey Island
- Part 1: A noob walks into a pirate bar
- Part 2: Swordplay and treasure
- Part 3: Piranha poodles
- Part 4: Guybrush overboard
- Part 5: Cruising around the Caribbean
- Part 6: Assignment: Monkey Beach
Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness