Game of the Month: December 2019

All right, one final Game of the Month for the decade – though I shall very much be continuing this into the 2020s, so I guess there’s no need for a big song and dance about it.
But, that’s the future, so for now lets turn out attention to some games I have enjoyed playing or shall enjoy playing this month, with a particular focus on a fan game that reportedly had some rather interesting people working on it.
First, some honourable mentions. These mentions are more for games that have recently received updates rather than new titles.

  • BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle 2.0 – An update to the crossover fighter, bringing in new characters including Yumi from Senran Kagura (where’s Asuka?), Neo Politan from RWBY and a few others. Celica A. Mercury is one of the new additions I like most, and I pair her up with Heart Aino.
  • Super Mario Maker 2 – An update sees the addition of items that let you play as Link from The Legend of Zelda, as well as the return of some familiar Super Mario stuff.
  • Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout – I have mentioned it before, but I’m mentioning it again as I actually properly got to grips with the alchemy system.

There are a few other titles that I may or may not pick up before the year ends, but that is an uncertainty for the time being. Instead, I shall focus on something that I have definitely purchased, and that is my chosen Game of the Month for December 2019.Gensou SkydriftGensou Skydrift is a Touhou Project racing game. Developed by illuCalab, it has been reported that several former Mario Kart: Double Dash!! developers worked on this title. There’s definitely some similarities present, starting with characters pairing up to race.
In this case, though, the Touhou girls use each other to fly, having lost the ability to do so due to yet another incident in Gensokyo.
This involves one standing on top of the other, because of course it does.

Gensou Skydrift has a total of twenty characters to choose from. Each character has their own unique stats and special technique, and you are free to pair up any two you want – just not in the campaign, where your characters are predetermined.
There are also sixteen different tracks, based on prominent areas of Gensokyo. For Mario Kart fans out there, some of them might feel a little similar; there are definitely at least a couple of tracks that feel like they have been inspired by Nintendo’s racer.

The game offers a single player campaign, which naturally involves the residents of Gensokyo trying to figure out what is preventing them from flying properly by racing with each other.
The story takes you through the game’s tracks, and varies up the characters you control through a bit. Reimu and Marisa may practically be the faces of Touhou, but you’ll also end up controlling characters like Sanae and Suwako, and Remilia and Sakuya.
Of course, as a racing game, you’d expect the option to race online as well. Gensou Skydrift does provide that, so the multiplayer aspect gives it a bit more longevity.

One of the most outstanding things to come from Touhou is the music. Based on tracks from the original games, the soundtrack for Gensou Skydrift is excellent.

That concludes my last Game of the Month for the 2010s, but I shall continue with this well into the 2020s, I imagine.

About Rory

I enjoy writing, manga, anime and video games, so naturally here on my blog, you will find anime reviews, Nintendo news and other such things that I deem interesting.
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