My favorite things from 2017

Last year was a pretty great year, I was happier, I had more money than I used to have and I just felt better than I have in a long time. Well except I had to remove more kidney stones later in the year, but before and after that everything was pretty good. Now that I’m heading into this year, I’d like to take sometime to reflect on the things I enjoyed most last year. One reason for doing this is to make sure, I have have some new experiences this year and hopefully it will continue to keep me growing as a person. I’m also hoping this year will be the year, I’ll loose som goddamn weight, so I have to really work for that.

 

* Manager at my work
I got a promotion and became manager at my work or as we say here ”driftledare”, so perhaps work leader would be a more correct translation. But I think they are about the same. Well anyway it felt great, I’ve worked hard and wanted to prove to myself I can become more and I can do better. Now I’m trying my best to make sure everything works as it should and everyone has been tremendously helpful and I’m glad I share this with a colleague of mine.

* I actually traveled
Yeah, I’m not still to fond of this. But after being totally out of it in 2016 due to kidney stones, I knew I had to be more active when I had my vacation. And I was, sure we never left Skåne, but it was nice leaving home a bit. Just of doing silly stuff my with the best of pals.

* I started cooking more
Sure not as much as I wanted or should have, but it’s an improvement. I’ve tried making stuff that seemed a bit hard do me and to my surprise it turned out great. I have a bit of a problem following recipes since I think they aren’t explaining all I need to know, but I’m pretty proud of what has come out of it. Gotta get better and better and hopefully try new things.

* I went out to eat expensive stuff
Perhaps not something to talk about really, but I’ve never really liked going out and eating expensive food. Mostly because I’ve never had the money for it and secondly it felt wrong somehow when I’ve never could afford it before. But it was damn good and fun, two times this year I was at out local Steakhouse with good friends. Hope to be able to do this more in 2018 and more of my friends will join us.

* Bowling for birthday
I usually don’t celebrate my birthday, but my friends dragged me out and took me bowling. It was super fun bowling with friends, I’ve only gone bowling with my work in the past and while that’s fun, this was even better. Good friends, having a good time and getting treated to good food. What more could you possibly want?

* I went on a date
Stop the presses!! What!? Yeah, it’s true. I met a very lovely girl and we went out, but sadly it didn’t click for me. Or perhaps I wasn’t ready for anything. But I’m glad we can be friends.

* I spent money on something I love
Well what so strange about that you are wondering? As I said before, I’ve always had a ruff economy, both growing up and in my adulthood. It was under 2017 I got rid of one big debt and I’m no focusing on the big last one, but thanks to this my economy became better and I decided to treat myself to some good stuff for my birthday. But it was more like a late birthday present. I bought both the Collectors Edition and Limited edition controller for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I next to never buy Special, Limited or Collectors editions of games, so this was pretty big for me and I don’t regret it at all.

* Release of the Nintendo Switch
I bought the Nintendo Switch on it’s release and it was fantastic, me and my buddy Elden was at the midnight sale our local GameStop had. They don’t have to many of those, so you’ll have to take your chances. Either way it was a great experience and seeing so many people there was awesome, the Nintendo Switch is probably one of my favorite things from 2017. I really like and enjoy this little console, I’ve always liked Nintendo but they had lost me for a few years. But now they are back in full force it seems and I couldn’t be happier.

The games I beat in 2017

While I did make a list about this before, that’s all it was. A list. I wanted to make it a bit more detailed and perhaps add some of my favorite games in the bottom. I kind of took inspiration with this from my friend opkji. Sorry mate, I hope that is okay with you? :)
In 2016 I beat 38 games and I tried the 52 games in a year challenge and as you’ve might have guess, I didn’t make it. But it was fun to try, might give it another go in a couple of years. But I managed to beat 44 games last year, so that feels good that I at least played more than 2016. Hope 2018 brings the same kind of number.

 

Nintendo 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
I hadn’t played Majora’s Mask before so I thought I had to give it a go now. And I didn’t like it, not at all infact. Disliked temples, I didn’t find it engaging at all and I didn’t like the time system in the game. I never once felt the dread of the world ending because of it. Now I understand that some people love this game, just like I love other games people hate. But for me, this has been the worst Zelda game I’ve played.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
With disappointment in my heart, I needed to play a Zelda game I knew I enjoyed. So I replayed A Link Between Worlds, hadn’t played it since it’s release. And this game just proved to me that I much prefer the 2D-style Zelda games over 3D the 3DS. Yes, this game has 3D models in it, but it has the same top-down style like older Zelda games and plays like the GameBoy games. One of my favorite games on the 3DS and they are using my favorite style on Link.

 

Nintendo Switch
SnipperClips: Cut it out, Together!
I’m not all that into puzzle games anymore, but man this is fun! Played it in 2player mode with my friend ZX-Omega and we had a blast!

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
DLC nr.2 let’s you play as Specter Knight and oh boy is he fun too play as! Shovel Knight and it’s DLC are all awesome! You need to play.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild
How I looked forward t this game, the shear size of Hyrule is mind blowing. See those mountains there in the horizon? I’m gonna climb those! One of the best Zelda games I’ve played and I’m looking forward to the next big 3D Zelda title. They don’t have to change much, just the weapon breaking, make the world more lively and not so ruined. I’ve heard many say, ”How will Nintendo top this title?”. In my honest opinion, they don’t need to top it, just make one that’s equally good.

Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope
One again I return to Shovel Knight! After Zelda I needed something a bit different, so I replayed Shovel Knight. Again.
Man I love this game.

Blaster Master Zero
Played the original on the NES when I was younger, but I never beat it. So I thought I’d give this version a try, it was pretty nice. Frustrating at times though.

Kamiko
A cute little game with Shrine Maidens trying to protect or save the world. It was cheap and it was short, but I enjoyed it.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
It’s a trap! Pretty good remake of a game I’ve never played before, but I did enjoy this. Love the new more cartoony mode. But it’s also nice for those who want to play with the original graphics, you can pick which one you prefer. Will probably replay in the future.

Super Bomberman R
While I’m not a fan of Bomberman it was nice to see the guy(‘s and gals) back. Still I wish we could get a remake of Bomberman 64, still my favorite Bomberman game to date. I really need to try the multiplayer in this game with a couple of friends.

Mighty Gunvolt Burst
What Mighty No.9 should have been. I like the style, it’s fun to play and actually feels like it has replay value. Again, everything MN9 should have been.

Cave Story+
Hear a lot of stuff about this game, so thought I’d try it when it came to Switch. It was good, but not worth the money. Not much more to say really.

Disgaea 5 Complete
The Disgaea series is nice, but if this game thought me anything its that I’ve grown tried of them. A good game of course, but it feels stale and it hasn’t evolved much.

Sonic Mania
Finally a more classic Sonic game and it’s not shite! Actually it’s really good, one of the better experiences I’ve had with Sonic in the past 10years.

Super Mario Odyssey
”Here we go, of the rails it’s time to set our sails” man that song has been stuck in my head so much! The Mario game I’ve been dreaming of since Super Mario 64, I much enjoyed it. But I wish they toned the the moon collection part, there should have been fewer moons and harder to get. The collection part of the game gave me nothing.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Currently 144 hours into this game and I have finished it and what a game! My favorite from last year without a doubt, but then again there are many games from last year that I would give first place. The emotions and the travels I’ve had with this title are all real, when I’m not playing this game I’m thinking about playing it and I’ve also dreamt about the game. My only problem with it is the damn RNG blade system, 144 hours in and I’m still grinding in hope of getting KOS-MOS…

 

PlayStation 2
Power Rangers: Super Legends
Not only the worst game I’ve played in 2017, but probably one of the worst games I’ve ever played.

Gitaroo Man
I really love this game, my favorite rhythm game, but I wish they had released it as a PS4 classic or something.

 

PlayStation 4
My name is Mayo
The only reason I ”played” this was because I heard it was easy to get a platinum trophy. It was. Don’t do this to yourselves.

Rise of the Tomb Raider
A lot of people seem to dislike this one, but I enjoyed it. Perhaps not as good as the first one, but since I never liked the original Tomb Raider games Is till think this is good.

Steamworld Dig
I don’t know what to say about this one, it didn’t really click. Don’t want to say much more, I think I’ll get death threats if I do.

Tales of Berseria
A fresh wind for the Tales of series, with one of the best casts for the series in a long while. If perhaps not my favorite cast, it is a prequel to Tales of Zestiria but you really need to play this. It’s so much better and darker than most Tales of games.

Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-
A nice little game where you play as Aqua and a good lite demo of what to expect of Kingdom Hearts III.

Stories: A Path of Destiny
No sir, this was not for me. I really don’t want to dwell deeper into it.

Batman A Telltale Series
It’s a Batman story game from TellTale Games. I think that says it all.

Kingdom Hearts II HD Final Mix
My first time beating Kingdom Hearts II and it felt good! Now I feel like I’m more ready for Kingdom Hearts 3, but I guess I’ll h ave to try and beat Birth by Sleep and DDD too someday.

NieR: Automata
A great game from PlatinumGames and a strange game, just what I expected from Yoko Taro. I like the original NieR much more personally.

Crash Bandicoot 1 HD
Never played any Crash games before, so this was pretty fun. Old school hard platformer. Need to play the other two games on day.

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
Didn’t like this game when it first released on PS2, but after FF13 I enjoyed this much more. Still not a favorite and I’m not a big fan of Ivalance, but it was a nice game.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier
While I’m really tired of TellTale’s games, this was really good. Will at least play the last season of Walking Dead, then I’m probably never touching their games again.

Shantae Half-Genie Hero: Pirate Queen’s Quest
While it was fun to play as Risky Boots, this DLC was so cheap… Same bosses, same stages as the standard game. Cheap, cheap, cheap.
While Shovel Knight reuses the same stages too, they at least change it around some. It’s still enjoyable, but I wish there was more.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Chloe and Nadie don’t need no man! These ladies are here to kick as and they kick well! A really good game, do yourselves a favor and play it if you like the Uncharted games.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
The first Ys game I actually finish and I enjoyed it, mostly of it at least. I hate ”Tower defense” mechanics in games and it was some of the worst parts of this game, other than that it’s fun! The game will be getting a new translation patch sometime in 2018, so if you haven’t played it yet, you can wait.

Knack 2
It’s speknackular! Ouch, that hurt my brain to write. Haha. Good sequel with the right kind of updates, I enjoyed this like I enjoyed the first one. Give it a try, you might just like it.

Dragon Quest Builders
Here a game I was very hyped on, played for 20hours and left alone. Until my friend Elden started playing it and put god knows how many hours into it and got me back in the grove. Now I’m eagerly awaiting the second game and looking forward to playing it multiplayer with Elden.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
Wait a tick? Didn’t I play this earlier in the year? Indeed I did good sir, indeed. But this time it’s the PS4 version and it’s just as great as the the Switch version. I’m so eagerly looking forward to the last DLC ”King of Cards” with King Knight. Will buy a new physical if they release the game again.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Seems like we waited an eternity for this game and I’m not sure what I think about it. I like it, but I think I like The Stick of Truth more. Still really good, but I didn’t feel the same ”hype” playing it as I did with The Stick of Truth.

Dragon Quest Heroes II
I had a pretty good time with the game, but then halfway trough I lost all will to keep playing this. After having to force myself to play through the rest I’m so sick and tried of Musou/Warrior games right now. Game was pretty okay, but frustrating at times.

Sonic Forces
I blame myself for actually thinking this Sonic game would be different. I think I love the theme song the most with the game, I really like ”Fist bump”.
Took this game in one sitting and I’m not returning to it.

 

MegaDrive, SNES, PlayStation 1 & Steam
Sonic The Hedgehog
After playing Sonic Mania, I wanted to go back and play the original. So that’s what I did, so nostalgic. <3

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
Me and my friend Elden went for some co-op play in Turtles in Time and it’s just as fun now as it was over 15years ago.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Me and Elden played this as out Halloween game, still one of the my favorite games of all time. And the first time we played it together.

Mighty Gunvolt
I actually played something on Steam!? Call a doctor. The prequel to Mighty Gunvolt Burst is short but nice. Really enjoyed this little classic.

 

Congrats if anyone is still reading after this long list. Well there they are the 44 games I played in 2017. It was a really good gaming year for me and probably the year with most played game for me in a while. This year I will take it a bit easier, I won’t be buying as many games day one, some special cases don’t apply to this rule. But for the most I’ll wait a month or a halv and get them for like 15-20bucks cheaper. Still have some games from 2017 I need to play.
Well I think my 5 favorite games from 2017 are the following, I don’t want to rank them since I enjoyed them all tremendously.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild,
Tales of Berseria,
and Super Mario Odyssey

Gott nytt 2018!

Jaha, då har det alltså gått ett helt år igen. Satan vad snabbt 2017 har passerat, men samtidigt känns det som för egen del att det har varit ett bra år. Bortsett från en del tråkigheter… Men i det stora hela känner jag att det har varit ett av de bättre åren på väldigt länge, det har hänt många bra saker och jag har mått lite bättre än jag gjort de två senaste åren.
Men som ett spelår var 2017 fantastiskt! Jag hoppas 2018 kommer att ge oss minst lika många bra spel, fast kanske inte i samma rasande takt, men hann ju knappt andas mellan de stora spel releaserna.

Nintendo släppte Nintendo Switch och den har gått varm här hemma kan jag lova, en helt underbar liten konsol. Föll mer för den än jag trodde och så har man ju spelat härliga spel som The Legend of Zelda Breath of The Wild och Xenoblade Chronicles 2. För att nämna några Switch spel. Annars har man ju även kört igenom Tales of Berseria som också tillhör ett av mina favorit spel från förra året. Det blev även 44 klarade spel förra året och Xenoblade Chronicles 2 blev det sista som blev avklarat, det blir också det jag sätter som mitt Game of The Year 2017, fast jag inte känner att det räcker med bara ett spel egentligen.

Hoppas kunna träffa fler av mina vänner detta året som har hamnat lite åt sidan, ha mer roligt och våga lite mer kanske.
Ska ju även börja på gym senare i månaden om allt träffar rätt. Återstår att se var dock. Blir ju att försöka lära sig äta lite bättre och nyttigare och få i sig mindre socker. Detta är inga nyårslöften så tro nu inte det! Detta är saker jag måste anstränga mig för att ändra på, så oavsett hur det hade varit nytt år eller ej är detta mål som jag kämpar för.

Xenoblade 2 har tagit all min tid

Det var ett tag sedan jag gjorde ett ordentligt inlägg här, det har varit ett händelserikt år, då jag och en kollega tog över driften på jobbet och jag blev driftledare.
Nu i slutet av året gick jag igenom en operation och tog bort ytterligare en njursten, som var närmare 1cm stor. Just nu mår jag riktigt bra, känner jag har ork och energi. Så nästa år ska fokus vara på mig själv, äta bättre, gå på gymmet. Motionera mera, allt som kan förhindra att det kommer fler njurstenar. Jag vill aldrig ha så ont igen…

Men det som har hänt den senaste månaden är att jag har helt fördjupat mig i Xenoblade Chronicles 2 sedan det släpptes, sedan den 1a december har jag inte tänk eller ens funderat på ett annat spel, det har alltid funnits i mina tankar. När jag inte har spelat, så har jag tänk på att spela, har otroligt skoj med spelet.
Helt klart en av mina absoluta favoriter för i år och en kraftig kandidat till mitt
Game of The Year. Är uppe i över 90timmar just nu och jag vet inte hur långt in i spelet jag, alltså hur långt ifrån slutet jag är. Men jag bryr mig inte så mycket, har kul med att göra sidouppdrag och bara utforska den enorma ställena som finns på Titanerna. Det är få spel som får mig att vilja utforska varje litet hörn av ställena jag besöker och Xenoblade 2 är verkligen ett av dom.
Bara hoppas jag kan få tag på KOS-MOS snart, håller på att bli smått galen på det!

Det är även med Xenoblade Chronicles 2 jag kommer spendera min julafton med, håller precis på att förberedda lite grejer. Telefon på ljudlös, alternativt stänga av den. På med hörlurarna och glömma allt och alla i övriga världen och bara fokusera på spelet. Det ska bli skönt att slippa känna stress denna dagen.

Tord, Tord! Den är klar nu!

Nu är jag här med ett inlägg jag gärna hade velat posta mer av! Nämligen modifikations inlägg. Jag har nämligen modifierat min Joycon till Nintendo Switch.
Har satt till ett styrkors istället för de fyra knapparna som är med från början.
Det fungerar fantastiskt bra! Shovel Knight som är på bilden känns så otroligt mycket bättre (i min mening) att köras bärbart nu än det gjorde innan.

Jag önskar jag kunde modda och ha mig mer, tycker det är fascinerande. Extra glad är jag ju av att jag fick ihop allt igen och det fungerar hur bra som helst.
Synd bara att Nintendo inte har släppt detta officiellt, så man slapp öppna och och modda sin kontroll, för att få ett styrkors. Lite trist att kontrollen är vit nu, även om vit är en snygg färg. Men hade velat ha den i samma gråa som kommer med maskinen. Vem vet? Släpps det ett grått skall med styrkors, gör jag nog om allt igen.

Varan-TV vecka

Då man mått dåligt under ett längre tag nu och jag har inte fått chansen att göra något för att komma ur detta heller. Så kände jag att jag behövde något att le åt.
Det blev då lite Varan-TV citat. Lite Skånsk humor blev försöket att få upp humöret på. Det är kanske inte det bästa och det roligaste, men det värmer lite åtminstone.
Har man inte sett det så kan jag rekommenderar att se serien på Öppet arkiv.
Inte för att man mår mycket bättre precis, men det blev lite mer färg på vardagen och kul att se att det var så många besökare på sidan i och med det också.

I övrigt har jag börjat spela Golf Story till Nintendo Switch. Det var faktiskt rätt kul, trodde aldrig jag skulle fastna för golf. Känns väldigt konstigt att säga, men det är som sagt rätt kul. Det blir väl det som får underhålla mig nu fram tills
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 kommer. Åh, vad jag längtar efter det alltså. Snart är det här, man ska bara överleva en operation för njurstenar till och ett julbord med jobbet sedan är det bara en vecka kvar.
Det blir en fin belöning för allt det man får gå igenom.

Mitt bästa tips till er

”Har du ett problem du inte kan lösa själv?
Då kan du be någon annan om hjälp.
Lycka till.”

/ VARAN-TV

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