Glass Half Empty


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Games Played, November 2019

One of my 2019 favorites
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No one asked for my opinions, but here’s my fist Collection post about my favorite games, music, and other stuff. Cause why not? (I'm joking. This series is inspired by Khoi Vinh.)

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a beautifully crafted piece about the journey of heart mending. Who knew that motorcycle racing, electronic pop music, and neon colors would go so well with a story about heartbreak?

The last time I came across a game with such a strong emotional impact was Life is Strange. Sayonara staged the story in an impressionist world with enchanting metaphors. The gold collecting system encourages you to follow your heart to find the way out. The final chapter combats the biggest enemy of heart mending in an unexpectedly sentimental method. The thrilling ride lasted for about an hour, but the aftertaste and the fantastic soundtrack could linger for a long time.

The control wasn’t perfect—I haven’t touched racing games for years, and it’s pretty difficult to complete some levels in one pass. Playing on Apple TV with the tiny remote is straight up painful. I had to skip multiple scenes in the final chapter, a decision I somehow regretted. But it doesn’t matter: you could feel the creativity bursting out of screens when you fly past the cityscape fixing your broken heart. I loved it.

Other Games I Played

  • Assemble with Care. Another nice game on Apple Arcade. The core gameplay is very well designed and memorable. The conventional storytelling is less exciting than I expected though.