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Sunday, April 16, 2023

300 Review Special: Some Silly Stats and Other Nonsense

As of April 15, 2023 I have 188 Quickie Reviews and 300 Full Reviews.

 Breakdown by Rating

Ranking Full Quickie Total
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 25 - 25
⭐⭐⭐½ 23 1 24
⭐⭐⭐ 83 13 96
⭐⭐½
86 49 133
⭐⭐ 50 63 111
⭐½ 20 18 38
14 28 42
½ 2 13 15
💩 - 2 2

So, despite what some people have said, my reviews are mostly weighted toward average-to-good ratings rather than toward the negative.  It also helps that I don't go out of my way to spend more time than I have to on sucky games, because really, who has time for that?  We're all gonna be gone one day, might as well spend your life doing something you enjoy rather than slogging through dreck.

First Full Review - Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Written September 8, 2016 (Rating: ⭐⭐)
100th Full Review - Chrono Trigger, Written May 27, 2018 (Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐)
200th Full Review - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Written March 10, 2020 (Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✩)
300th Full Review - Baldur's Gate III, Written April 15, 2023 (Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✩)

The Three Most Common Starting Letters in Titles I've Reviewed
  • 41 start with F. 
  • 48 start with D.
  • And a whopping 59 start with S.
Only 2 start with Q though - exactly one Quickie and one Full review.
I also have no Quickie reviews of games whose titles begin with I or Z.

The Year With The Most Games I've Reviewed

2000.  It was the turn of the millennium and everyone was just making cool games that year.  And not so cool games, too.

Oldest game I've Reviewed 

Akalabeth (1979)

Most Obscure Game I've Reviewed 

GayBlade (1992)

Longest Titled Game I've Reviewed

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda

Shortest Titled Game I've Reviewed

Nox

Only Two Series to Run the Entire Gamut of Scores From 💩 to ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Final Fantasy and Ultima

Only Two Franchises To Appear On All Four Best of the Decade Lists

Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy.  No surprise there.

Series With the Most ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Games

Winner: Ultima with four ⭐⭐⭐⭐ scores.
Runner up: The Legend of Zelda with three ⭐⭐⭐⭐ scores.

Most Prevalent Developers In My Reviews, Surprising No One

Square and Square Enix, with 28 and 33 reviews respectively

Most Prevalent Series With No Bad Games

Dragon Quest hasn't had any bad games in its mainline series; I've reviewed all of em except IX and X, all have gotten at least ⭐⭐✩.  Some of its spinoffs (Builders, Heroes, Treasures) are decidedly pretty average, though.

Top 3 highest Metacritic Score Games I've given ⭐ or Less to 
  1. Persona 5 (93 on Metacritic)
  2. Final Fantasy X (92 on Metacritic)
  3. Hollow Knight (90 on Metacritic) / Chained Echoes (90 on Metacritic)
Top 3 lowest Metacritic score Games I've Given ⭐⭐⭐ or Better to 
  1. Ikenfell - 69 on Metacritic
  2. SaGa Frontier Remastered - 71/77 on Metacritic (Switch and PS4/PC versions respectively)
  3. Trials of Mana 2020 - 74/76/78 on Metacritic (Switch, PS4 and PC versions respectively)
Top 5 Games I've Gotten the Most Shit for Refusing to Reinforce Peoples' Violently Fanatical Views on (Never Mind That They'll Forget All About Them 6 Months From Now Anyway)
  1. Any of those dumbass copy-paste Souls games phrenology tests for sociopathic incels
  2. Xenoblade Chronicles
  3. Octopath Traveler
  4. Witcher 3
  5. Any and all Tales games
Top 5 Games I Love But People Seem Determined to Hate On For No Clear Reason
  1. Suikoden II
  2. Breath of Fire 1
  3. Phantasy Star III
  4. Torchlight II
  5. Zelda II: Adventure of Link

My Top 21 Eastern RPGs as of November 2023

  1. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition
  2. Dark Cloud 2
  3. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
  4. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  5. Final Fantasy IX
  6. The Legend of Zelda
  7. Final Fantasy VII
  8. Persona 4 Golden
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  10. Terranigma
  11. Grandia
  12. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  13. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  15. Phantasy Star IV: End of the Millennium
  16. Illusion of Gaia
  17. Final Fantasy Tactics
  18. Chrono Trigger
  19. Suikoden II
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy)
  21. Earthbound

My Top 21 Western RPGs as of November 2023

  1. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
  2. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  3. X-COM: UFO Defense
  4. Hades
  5. Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds
  6. Starflight
  7. Baldur's Gate II Enhanced Edition
  8. XCOM 2
  9. Divinity: Original Sin II
  10. Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
  11. Baldur's Gate III
  12. Deus Ex
  13. Dust: An Elysian Tail
  14. Undertale
  15. Fallout 2
  16. Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny
  17. Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
  18. Planescape: Torment
  19. Fallout: New Vegas
  20. System Shock 2
  21. Ultima VII: the Black Gate