Some of My Favourite Roguelike and Rogue-lite Games (So Far)

For a long time, I actively avoided the Roguelike genre. Based on my limited understanding of how these games worked, the threat of losing all of your progress upon death had no appeal to me whatsoever.

Two aspects of the genre got me to change my tune. One, the advent of Rogue-lites made punishment less severe. Instead of losing everything when you die, your hero would gain permanent upgrades during each run, making successive runs a bit easier while also providing value to failed runs. Two, the Rogue-lite format has permeated beyond the dungeons of yesteryear. From action games, to turn-based strategy tiles, and even card games have caught the Rogue-lite bug. Having Rogue-lite elements incorporated into game genres I love has gone a long way towards me appreciating Rogue-lites and Roguelikes as a whole.

Here are some of my favourites!

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Sweet Surprise! – Animal Crossing Live Stream – Part 8

I started my quest on a search for Bob, my favourite Animal Crossing villager. We didn’t find him, but we found someone…sweeter. Who did we bring home to our island this time?! Also, I share two more opened packs of Animal Crossing Amiibo cards!

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Domination!* – Rogue Company Live Stream with Switch to Decaf, playertwostart, and MacGyverisms

Clearly feeling the effects of the holidays, Switch to Decaf, PlayerTwoStart, MacGyverisms, and I get off to a very rough start in Rogue Company. Can we overcome our initial struggles and finish strong? Between matches, we discuss how our holidays went, throw many anime punches, and the curse of sweaty hands!

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My 2020 Game of the Year

2020 was a strange year for many reasons. With this being a transition year between current and next generation consoles, the slate of games we got was on the lighter side. Furthermore, with a pandemic raging across the world, many game developers were forced to work from home, forcing delays for many upcoming releases.

Of the games I did play this year, very few were actually published in 2020. Nevertheless, there were some serious contenders for the crown. My 2020 game of the year is…

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2020 Was the Year I Caught Up on Many Games I Missed

Though I tend to be the type to ride from one hot new release to the next, 2020’s lineup was…subpar for me as a whole. Sure, there were a couple of games that made an impact on me, with one in particular that is likely to be crowned my personal Game of the Year. But for the most part, my year was defined by catching up on older games that slipped by me during their hey day. Here are some of the more notable titles I caught up on in 2020!

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Holiday Massacre! – Among Us Live Stream w/ PlayerTwoStart, Double Jump, Adventure Rules, Matylang, Hotfiya, jennathefool, jfraptorfan1983, & Copper Key Cosplay!

What better way to spend the holidays than to murder family and friends? A star-studded lineup join me for this epic Among Us stream filled with drama, betrayal and laughs!

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So Many Wins! – Tetris 99 Live Stream

When you’re hot, you’re hot! I set a new personal record for Tetris 99 wins on stream! As we played, we discussed a ton of different stuff. What super awkward thing did Jett just do? Is any of the new Twitch merch any good? And is it worth hunting for a PlayStation 5 right now?

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Winter Wonderland! – Animal Crossing Live Stream – Part 7

Winter is here! We catch snowflakes and roll our first snowman. Also, we add another new villager to our island. Who could it be?!

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Talon Strikes! – Rogue Company Live Stream with Switch to Decaf, playertwostart, mdomeer2, and MacGyverisms

As part of the Dubs All Day crew experimenting with new characters, I give Talon and his shredding SMG to good use! Between Rogue Company matches, we also discuss how buggy Cyberpunk 2077 is and unbox the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary edition!

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The Retro Magic of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light is a tough game to recommend in modern times. Yes, it’s the first time the original game has been released internationally. Yes, it’s available in a snazzy limited edition set. And if you don’t mind Nintendo’s oppressive approach to selling the game, you need to pick it up before it disappears from the eShop after March 31st, 2021.

Even if the argument around Nintendo’s business practices didn’t cloudy the picture, the original Fire Emblem game plays like a game that was made 30+ years ago. Limited by the NES hardware of its time, the game’s dialogue reads like the Coles Notes for another Fire Emblem game. You can’t see movement ranges for your heroes or your enemies, making it difficult to assess your movements. You don’t get the menu that shows the probabilities of hitting or getting hit. Worst of all, item management is handled so poorly that you’re better off playing the game as if it didn’t exist.

Playing Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is probably not worth the trouble. Even so, there’s something magical that the original game still possesses.

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