Avium's Year Challenge

Published on September 25, 2021
Last updated on October 4, 2021
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I'm jumping on the trend! Games I've never completed before, based on their original release years, from the year I was born until now.

Very much skewed to Visual Novels and RPGs, they are my favourite genres.

Pokémon Blue


A classic for sure and a great way to start off the list! I only had Yellow as a kid so I guess it's time to return to the OG.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night


I've never dipped my toes extensively into the Castlevania side of Metroidvanias... aside from Aria of Sorrow and Rondo of Blood. This is supposed to be the best one and may kickstart my love for the franchise!



I'm fairly certain this will take me a veeerry long time to get through, but hell, this was basically the inception of Monolith Soft who in my eyes have done no wrong. I'm sure I'll at least like it.



Perhaps I'm being too ambitious with my list. Kanon was the first Visual Novel from Key, which if you didn't know, release monolithic-sized games. This doesn't have an official English release but fan translations are available.

Paper Mario


To be honest, I'm surprised this game isn't from the 90s. It's regarded as a classic: I've only played Super Paper Mario which "ruined" the series, guess I'll find out why.

Golden Sun


People seem to really love this RPG, and admittedly the graphics look stunning for the Game Boy Advance. I'm curious about it but never tried it out before.

Ever 17: the out of infinity


A couple of months ago I heard of this game when I put together the "Top Rated Visual Novels" stack. After looking into it, I found out that it's from the same mind behind "999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors" and "Virtue's Last Reward", two of my favourite visual novels. This one is rated higher, so I'm hoping I'll love it.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!


This was the Mario Kart I missed as I never owned a GameCube (it was the console generation I skipped as a kid). Similarly, I've never played Super Smash Bros. Melee either. Mario Kart is a safe pick: it's likely to be amazing fun, and it's short enough that I won't get bored of it. Plus, I know that Baby Park originated from this game.

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes


I tout myself as a Metroid mega-fan, but Metroid Prime 1 is the only one in the Prime Trilogy I've beaten (I've done every 2D Metroid). Metroid Prime is my 2nd favourite game of all time and whenever I go to play Metroid Prime 2, the allure of replaying the first game draws me in instead. It's tough loving a game so much, especially when they're on the same Wii disc!

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance


I do find the older Fire Emblems difficult to get into. These past few years, challenging games have lost their allure to me (I'm so glad I got into Dark Souls when I was younger). The idea of permadeath doesn't gel with me very well, but I'm sure there's going to be a lot to love here.


Sengoku Rance


There's two things I know about this game:
1. It's a very highly rated Visual Novel (29th best according to VNDB, in fact!)
2. There's a hentai adaption
I don't have any explanations for why I am the way I am



Struggled to choose a 2007 game, as there weren't many that I was interested in. I settled on this.


428: Shibuya Scramble


This is a game that I've started but never completed. It's extremely goofy. I also cannot believe it came out in 2008, when I played it, it felt much more recent!


Majikoi! Love Me Seriously!


Seems kind of generic from the outside looking in, but the ratings on VNDB are very promising! Guess we'll see.

Super Mario Galaxy 2


This is kind of another Metroid Prime situation for me. Super Mario Galaxy is far and away my favourite Mario game, and when I go to play the second one I find myself being pulled toward replaying the first one. I've heard that this one is even better, and it's about time I find out.



I mean, yeah, I've played Minecraft. But I've never beaten Minecraft, hell, I rarely make it to the Nether before restarting my world. I will endeavour to actually kill that dragon this time! I swear!

The House in Fata Morgana


I remember people were very upset when the Metascore of the Switch Release was 98 (I mean... it's the fourth best game of ALL TIME on Metacritic at the moment). I bet I'd agree with that score when I finally give this acclaimed Visual Novel a go!

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD


Yet another GameCube game that I missed due to skipping that generation of games. I purchased the physical copy for my Wii U, but that ended up not working due to region locks (and led me to ahem modify my Wii U)... and yet I've never beaten it.

Alien: Isolation


You might notice that I'm drawn to bright, colourful games, so this is probably going to be the oddity in the list. I'm convinced I'll love it, though. I do like my horror when it's done exceptionally well.

Steins;Gate 0


The sequel to Steins;Gate, set in the worst case scenario timeline. I love comparing the covers to this game and its predecessor: in the first game, he's a goofy mad scientist. In this game, he's fucking depressed. Anyway, I was going to play this game eventually, but the spin-off (My Darling's Embrace) left a bad taste that put me off the characters a little bit. I need some recovery time, OK?

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir


A game I bought a while ago because of the raving reviews, and have barely touched. The art looks great and I think it's the same team behind 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (not that I've played it, but they seem like they have a good track record).

NieR: Automata


When I bought my PS4, I also bought this game... but I bought two games with my PS4, the other being Persona 5. You could guess where my time went, and this game has been neglected on my shelf for about 2 years now. It's supposed to be amazing too...




I see this game come up a lot, and a lot of my favourite games that have come out more recently have been indies. Time to finally try this one!

Final Fantasy VII Remake


I've never played the original Final Fantasy VII, and this game was free for a time on PS4, so I picked it up then. I've played FFX, FFXIII and FFXIV and the only one I liked was XIV. So maybe I just picked a streak of bad games.
This is turning into a mini-rant, but it's a series I should really love that I just don't. Maybe this'll change it, or maybe I'll give up on loving Final Fantasy.


Tales of Arise


This game just came out, and it looks amazing! But, I'm a cheapskate and will almost never buy things full price. By the time I get around to this I'm sure it'll have been on a decent sale. Until then!

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