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New games beaten:
- Hades (true ending, April 26)
- Death's Door (true ending, July 7)

Games replayed:
- Pokémon X (Jan. 9)
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps (a few times)
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- Metroid Dread (Dread mode)
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (July 14)

Just finished Guardians for the second time last night. I haven't been making posts for replays so far but this is different. Replaying Skyward Sword on the Switch took away some of that game's magic for me, but that's not what happened with Guardians. It was magical all over again, and it broke me all over again. Only this time there is no hope of a sequel to look forward to, so it's that much more depressing when it ends. I tend to like getting to the end of things and seeing the conclusion of a story, but with this game it's just so special to be there throughout, in the moment-to-moment, going from one place to another, that's where the characters really shine and finishing their story feels like they're being taken away from me.

And for as much as the magic is still going just as strong, I can't help but miss that first time playthrough I'm never getting back. And it also sucks that it's so hard to get other people to experience that, to find anyone to talk to about this game, because there's still so much skepticism over it for some reason. Anyways.

There's a side of me that wants to hold off on replaying this for a long time now, to make it feel more fresh whenever I pick it up again, but then another side of me wants to start playing it again right now because nothing else can fill that void.

I'm sad.




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