Game of the Year Awards 30

Game of The Year Awards – 2017

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I finally got around to writing my game of the year awards! There are a ton of different categories and I’ve chosen the games that I think stood above the rest in their categories. 

Best Shooter – Mass Effect Andromeda

I considered Wolfenstein 2 for this award, but I enjoyed the gunplay in Andromeda more than Wolfenstein. Wolfenstein has the better story, but Mass Effect: Andromeda has the better gameplay and I can’t think of a shooter that I put more hours in last year than this one. Getting lost in the world of Andromeda was a real treat for me. It’s no mystery that I love the Mass Effect series. It’s tied as my favorite series of all time with The Elder Scrolls and I think Mass Effect: Andromeda is a damn good game.

Best Action – Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Andromeda may be the best shooter, but when it comes to nonstop fist-pounding action nothing tops Wolfenstein 2! B.J. Blazkowitcz returns as the main protagonist and goes on another Nazi killing spree. The big difference is that it takes place in America this time. The level design isn’t as strong as the previous game, but if you’re looking for a great FPS action game look no further than here. This game is gory, has a fantastic story, and will keep you entertained for hours.

Best RPG – Divinity: Original Sin 2

This was a no-brainer for me. No RPG came close to the excellence of this game last year. The amount of freedom that this game gives the player is amazing. Combat can be incredibly easy or incredibly hard depending on how you approach each situation. Is fire blocking your path? Cast a rain spell and put it out, but beware of all of the smoke you just created by doing that. How about summoning a tornado to blow the smoke away? That worked perfectly, but now there’s a huge cliff that you couldn’t see because of the smoke. It’s easy… just grow some wings and fly over it. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is amazing. I can’t list all of the different things you can do in this game. It’ll take forever and I would never be able to finish this post if I did. The lore, story, characters, and gameplay is fantastic. There’s no hand-holding here. You’ll be using your brain to try and figure some of the quests out and it’ll take you awhile (unless you Google it). The main campaign isn’t even all this game has going for it. How does multiplayer sound? You can play the entire game with friends, but be warned… only one of you can become Divine…

Best Horror – Little Nightmares

Little Nightmares is a short game that kept me on the edge of my seat for the 4 hours that it took me to complete it. It’s an amazing little game and it left its’ mark on me. I often think about the experience I had in this game. There are no guns, over the top monsters, or jump scares here. It’s pure horror and it’s finest and the ending left me wanting more. Little Nightmares is really short but totally worth playing and it easily earned the award for the best horror game.

Best Platformer – Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is so freaking good. It’s taken me back to the good old days of awesome Metroidvania titles like Castlevania. I love the dark aesthetic, enemy design, gameplay, soundtrack, lore, and everything in between. Hollow Knight didn’t get much coverage when it released because it dropped around some pretty heavy hitters, but it’s absolutely worth playing through. It’s a fantastic game that I can’t stop playing.

Best Fighter – For Honor

For Honor gets a lot of flack, but it’s actually a really good fighting game. It’s easy to complain about getting ganked, pushed off a cliff, and dying from higher leveled players, but, honestly, you just need to git gud at it. Once I learned how to play this game I could easily hold my own against 3, sometimes 4, people until my partners arrived to back me up. Now that the game has dedicated servers the biggest problem many people had with the game has been fixed. For Honor rewards you for playing it. The more you play the better you’ll get. I had a lot of fun with For Honor last year and hopefully, Ubisoft continues to support the game this year. For Honor is a unique fighting game with awesome gameplay and it easily won the award for best fighter.

Best Multiplayer – Ghost Recon: Wildlands

This game is actually pretty boring to play by yourself, but when you play the game with a group of friends it’s fantastic. I had so much fun playing this with Lunaliah. We got into all sorts of trouble. I can’t tell you how many times I was about to assassinate this dude and my wife thought it would be a good idea to blow something up and get us both caught and killed by the enemy. This game is fun and can be played in various different ways. The open world is beautifully crafted by Ubisoft and I love the realistic gameplay too. One or two bullets will drop just about anyone in realism mode and that goes the same for you too. Ghost Recon: Wildlands is the best multiplayer game of 2017.

Best MMO – The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

The Morrowind expansion added a lot to ESO last year. Zenimax recreated Vvardenfell, gave us a new class, and all sorts of interesting quests to complete in ESO. This game has grown a lot. I used to hate it, but it’s been improved a lot since its release and it’s my go-to MMO now. I’m really excited to see what else Zenimax has in store for us this year. This MMO is helping me get my Elder Scrolls fix while I wait for part VI to release. Hopefully, I’ll still be somewhat young by the time it gets here :).

Best New IP – Elex

Elex released to mixed reviews. I didn’t give it a glowing score either, but I really like this game. Piranha Bytes knows how to design an open world game. I loved the three different factions and how each of them played completely different than each other. The gameplay does bring the game down, but I’ve come to expect that from Piranha Bytes games. I can’t think of a new IP that I enjoyed more than Elex last year.

Best Male Character – B.J. Blazkowicz

B.J. was just awesome from start to finish in The New Colossus. He showed me that he was more than just a Nazi killing machine. He has character and he loves Anya and he’ll do anything to make sure that his kids are born in a Nazi-free America. He went from a broken man in a wheelchair to the B.J. Blazkowicz that I grew up playing as in the classic Wolfenstein games. I love what MachineGames has done with this series and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

Best Female Character – Irene Engel 

She’s crazy, murders people for fun, and will probably kill her own child to keep her appearance. Irene Engel is one of those villains that you just love to hate. She’s not a good person and the entire time I played I was hoping she would get hit by a bus or something. I felt bad for her daughter, but she totally deserved the way she was treated by everyone else. I don’t know where I would place Irene Engel on my top 10 antagonists of all time, but she would definitely be somewhere on the list.

Best Story – Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

What else can I say about this game? The New Colossus told one dark story that never let up. Irene Engel is one sadistic villain that continued her evil ways in the sequel, B.J Blazkowicz is a beaten up hero on his last legs, and resistance is on the brink of destruction… until B.J. starts killing Nazis again. I loved every moment of the story and I can’t wait for the sequel to finish things off.

Best World Design – Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Ubisoft knocked it out the park last year with multiple game releases. All of them were good and I think Assassin’s Creed: Origins stood above all other open world games last year in terms of design. Ubisoft recreated ancient Egypt and took Assassin’s Creed in a brave new direction. Assassin’s Creed: Origins is beautifully designed and it really shows the talent that the developers of Ubisoft has for creating these gigantic open world games. I never considered myself an Assassin’s Creed fan. Origins changed that for me and I can’t wait to see what the future has for this series. Just don’t make them yearly releases again…

Best DLC – The Elder Scrolls Online – Morrowind

Morrowind was fantastic. I’m glad Zenimax went with their own ideas instead of trying to live up to the legend of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. I enjoyed traveling through Vvardanfell, getting to know Vivec (again), and playing through this expansion with my wife. Morrowind was the expansion that I looked forward to the most last year and I’m glad that it didn’t disappoint.

Best Comeback Game – Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Ubisoft went back to the drawing board after two straight mediocre Assassin’s Creed games. The series future was in doubt and Ubisoft delivered something great to us. I really enjoyed roaming around Egypt and getting to know the best Assassin in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Assassin’s Creed came back with a bang and it’s made me a fan of the series. I prefer my Assassin’s Creed games like this and hopefully, Ubisoft continues to improve future installments and gives us something unforgettable.

Best Developer – Larian Studios

Larian Studios created an instant classic with Divinity: Original Sin 2. It’s the best game they’ve ever made and is one of the best games I’ve ever played in my life. This game is filled with interesting things to do. It’s creative, tells a good story, and is a major step up from the first Original Sin game. I never expected the sequel to be this good. Larian Studios has earned this award from me.

Innovative Game of The Year – Divinity: Original Sin 2

The amount of freedom this game offers the player is insane. What more can I say about it? I’ve already written about it multiple times. I’m in love with this game. I’ve put well over 100 hours into it and I plan on playing it a lot more. This game changed the way I look at CRPGs. I don’t have to deal with shitty gameplay in a CRPG anymore. I don’t know how future CRPGs will compare to this one.

Underrated Game of The Year – Mass Effect: Andromeda

I can still remember all the shit I had to go through for liking Mass Effect: Andromeda. People made fun of me big time for liking this game. The facial animations controversy, “shitty” story, and “dull” characters ruined Mass Effect, right? Nope. Not to me anyway. Mass Effect: Andromeda is a great game that I’ve put 120 hours in. The main campaign took me 85 hours to complete and I sunk a bunch of hours into the multiplayer too. People jumped on the hate train and bashed this game so hard that EA pulled support from it. The Mass Effect series future is in doubt now and we may never get another game in my favorite series of all time (tied with Elder Scrolls).

Game of The Year – Divinity: Original Sin 2

No game came close to the excellence of Divinity: Original Sin 2. I know you’re probably tired of reading about this game by now, but I can’t help it. It’s that damn good. This game is like a great tabletop RPG. You have so many ways to complete your objective and I love that I can choose to work with my friends or go my own way and reap the rewards for myself. I love the lore, gameplay, and characters that I got to know on my long journey. As soon as I was done with this game I started another playthrough. It’s rare when I do that. I usually take a break and back months later, but I immediately jumped back into this game with a different build and started playing it again. I wanted to see the different choices I could make and I wanted to get to know the companions that I didn’t take with me on my journey to become the next divine. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is fantastic and it rewarded me with unique loot, story segments, moments that I’ll never forget and that’s why it is my game of the year.

I usually do these post with a guest blogger, but I changed the way I write my yearly game of the year awards. Instead of just having pictures of my (and whoever helps me) favorite games I wanted to go into detail and, as you can see, it’s pretty long. What are your favorite games from 2017?

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  • Reply
    Feb 16, 2018 5:34 pm

    Sadly, I have played none of these games. I do want to get around to the Mass Effect series though.

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      Feb 16, 2018 5:39 pm

      It’s cool dude. Not every game is for every person and not everyone has time to play as many games as I do :). That being said you should totally get into Mass Effect. It’s so good. If you’ve got $10 lying around you can get all of them on Origin Access :).

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    Feb 16, 2018 6:21 pm

    I really enjoyed Mass Effect Andromeda as well. I played it and had some issues but none that stopped me from playing the game or enjoying it (the issues annoyed me at times but I still played it through). I put in over 100 hours total, it was a good game and I thought good set up for a new series in the Andromeda galaxy. It’s a shame that the support was withdrawn and the series is now in doubt.

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      Feb 16, 2018 6:51 pm

      I agree. I LOVE the Mass Effect series. I didn’t think Andromeda was as bad as everyone made it out to be. I was expecting the game to be completely broken and I honestly didn’t have any issues with the game outside the facial animations that have been patched already.

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        Feb 17, 2018 4:13 am

        I expected it to be pretty much unplayable as well given all the complaints but I was going to play it anyway.

        The issues I had were annoying but easily solved – infinite loading screen trying to go down to a planet (happened once out of probably hundreds of times, reload last save before trying to go to the planet), the Architect on one of the planet’s was unbeatable (the areas you need to attack and wear down before it moves to another area for the next stage wouldn’t open at all, reload last save before entering the fight – again only happened once). They were the only two ‘bad’ issues I remember having the others were the doors could sometimes be really slow to open and I thought I’d be stuck before getting to used to them, my ally essentially falling through the ground and seeing the top of there head when exploring (happened a couple of times, maybe 5 max, but they always reappeared fully after a minute or two). Then going to speak to characters that I was told to go see but they didn’t appear and all I needed to do was walk away and come back which happened a couple of times at most. So in over 100 hours these were the worst issues I had and most were easily solved and the worst I had to endure was reloading a last save from a few minutes prior and that was only needed a couple of times and I kept a manual save as well as the auto save just in case anyway.

        People should try the game and go into it open minded as I still say it’s a good game and should be treated in its own right without complaining because someone else said it’s a bad game type of thing.

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          Feb 17, 2018 8:51 am

          That’s pretty much how I felt. I never had any of the bugs you mentioned. Worst thing that happened to me was everyone’s guns pointing at themselves. It was a pretty funny glitch to be honest. It happened twice I think. People aren’t going to change. If someone popular says a game or movie sucks then everyone else will claim the same thing too. It happened with Andromeda and it’s happening now with Dynasty Warriors 9. I enjoyed Andromeda and I’m currently enjoying Dynasty Warriors 9. I tend to ignore all negativity surrounding a game and decide for myself if it’s good or bad.

          • thegamingdiaries
            Feb 17, 2018 10:04 am

            I just got unlucky I think but they happened once for the loading screen and once for the architect so in the grand scheme of things a tiny amount. The others were occassional with the doors and only a couple of times with my ally which I found quite funny to be fair. I still recommended the game to people and told them if they are worried do what I did and have a manual save and an auto save to make sure if you got a problem you had a fall back (something I did because years ago a save got corrupted on a game so I started being a bit more careful).

            Yeah I want to decide if a game is good or bad for myself. If I still want to play it I’m going to. Sure I might read on what is said about games but I still want to play what I want to play.

            I’m glad you enjoyed Andromeda as well, and that you are enjoying Dynasty Warriors 9.

          • drakulus
            Feb 17, 2018 10:14 am

            I was nervous about Dynasty Warriors 9 because they changed it so much, but I think the changes are great. I completed my first story last night and I plan on playing through a few more before I review the game. The biggest negative is the lack of multiplayer. It’s the only Dynasty Warriors game with no MP and that sucks because I wanted to play it with my wife :(.

            It’s always good to check reviews to see if a game is broken, but whenever a game is hated universally the way Mass Effect and Dynasty Warriors is it’s best to keep an open mind. I felt the same way about Homefront. Everyone hated it and said how “broken” it was and I really enjoyed it and didn’t experience half the bugs that were reported.

          • thegamingdiaries
            Feb 17, 2018 12:18 pm

            I have to admit Dynasty Warriors 9 hasn’t been on my radar so I haven’t seen what has been said about it. Thats a shame you can’t play with your wife.

            I check reviews but keep an open mind which works for me. I won’t always like a game that scores highly and I might enjoy a game that is reviewed poorly.

          • drakulus
            Feb 17, 2018 5:04 pm

            And that’s the best way to play games in my opinion. Go in with an open mind and judge it for yourself on whether it’s good or bad.

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    Feb 16, 2018 7:26 pm

    Having been playing Mass Effect: Andromeda again lately I can’t help but think that if it had shipped in the state that it is in now, with the patches, it would have been much better received. The facial animation and t-poses got it a lot of undeserved bad press. I’m enjoying it still but it brings me down that there will never be DLC.

    Ghost Recon: Wildlands wasn’t a hit with me. I put a good bit of time in the beta and maybe the problem was that I played solo the entire time. You make it sound like it was a much better game in a squad.

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      Feb 16, 2018 10:45 pm

      The game would have been received better if it had launched in the state it’s in now. The sad thing is games rarely launch without issues. Especially open world games. I bought Mass Effect the day it released and I still enjoyed it. I didn’t experience a lot of the issues other people had with their games. It’s sad that we won’t ever get closure on the story because there was obviously a sequel planned and maybe even some DLC.

      Wildlands is super boring alone dude. I mean… it can be fun by yourself, but I highly recommend playing with friends. I’ve had a lot of funny moments playing this game with my wife and friends :).

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    The Shameful Narcissist
    Feb 16, 2018 7:34 pm

    Little Nightmares is so damn good. In the spirit of me being a gigantic wuss puss, I watched it instead of playing it. The creepy atmosphere, minimal explanation, and shocking visuals make it stand out. I think it even did DLCs right. They weren’t that expensive, and they expanded on the story without being necessary to tell the main one, if you get what I mean.

    I still plan to play Andromeda, because whenever a game gets a shit ton of hate, I want to play it myself. I do it less, but I hate when I just jump on hate bandwagons without experiencing the game for myself. I know my husband gave up playing it, but we don’t have exactly the same taste in games so that means nothing lol.

    I need to get back into Assassin’s Creed again. I only played Origins once for a half an hour due to my stupid motion sickness, but I really liked what I saw.

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      Feb 16, 2018 10:48 pm

      Little Nightmares is a creepy ass game. I almost quit multiple times because of the scary crap that was happening around my character. I noped out like twice before I finally got the courage to finish the game. That ending was fantastic and I’m glad I stuck around to the ending. I’m not brave enough to play the DLC yet lol.

      It’s shame that so many people jump to hate on things they haven’t tried because it’s the cool thing to do. If you ever get around to Andromeda I hope you enjoy it. I really did and I think it’s a great game. Especially now with all the patches.

      Assassin’s Creed is fun. I love open world games and Origins open world is crafted really well and it’s so fun to get lost in it. I need to make space on my HD so I can download it again.

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        The Shameful Narcissist
        Feb 17, 2018 10:46 pm

        I could not have played either that or the DLCs. What parts did that to you? Did it involve that long armed monstrosity? He was creepy as hell. The part when he literally grabs you from that little passage was horrifying.

        Yeah…I’m guilty of that and I’m trying to improve/catch myself. I might play it before I do the trilogy since I’ve watched that already.

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    Feb 17, 2018 3:19 am

    I’m guessing you reeeally liked AC:O and Wolfensten 2? 😉

    I’ve played neither of those but the one that stood out to me was Little Nightmares. I loved the visual style of it but just didn’t feel the horror side of it. I got the feeling it should be scary but it just didn’t click with me. I think it may be because I felt it lacked the environmental storytelling of similar games. Still, there weren’t that many great horror games last year so it’s a pretty fair shout.

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      Feb 17, 2018 8:46 am

      There’s been lots of love for Little Nightmares in the comments :). I’m glad I’m not the only one that enjoyed it. To be fair I am a giant wuss in Horror game. It takes me longer to pass a stage than the average person because I have to will myself to walk into that dark room or find out where those creepy noises are coming from :). On scary meter I would say Little Nightmares is probably a 7 from me. And yes, I really did enjoy Origins and Wolfenstein 2 :). I still rank Divinity: Original Sin 2 higher than both of those games though. If you don’t like open world games you’ll probably hate Origins.

      There weren’t many good horror games last year. I played Resident Evil 7 (hated it), Outlast 2 (hated that too), and I never got a chance to play The Evil Within 2. Little Nightmares was the only good horror game I play in 2017. Oxenfree doesn’t count unless you count the Switch version :).

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        Feb 17, 2018 9:22 am

        Yeah, it’s a genre I’ve gradually become less interested in over the years. There are a couple here and there I like, but not many. I do want to get around to playing Wolfenstein though!

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          Feb 17, 2018 9:52 am

          I agree. The sad part is I love the horror genre. Movies and games. Now everything wants to be an Outlast clone (Resident Evil) and all of the unique horror games aren’t around anymore (F.E.A.R., Silent Hill, Bloodshot).

          • iplayedthegame
            Feb 17, 2018 10:13 am

            Mmmm, I did like F.E.A.R and the follow up to it. Shame the third one was a bit shite on the horror front. I liked the multiplayer mode (contractions) though.

          • drakulus
            Feb 17, 2018 10:16 am

            The third F.E.A.R. was a letdown, but it still had some moments. I never played the MP. At the time I was a teenager without access to the modem in the house so all my games I had I was forced to play single player :(.

          • iplayedthegame
            Feb 17, 2018 10:48 am

            That’s a pity as it’s one of the better parts of it. It was a wave based survival mode, but with Alma turning up sometimes. If you looked at her your health would drain. Between waves you could go into the misty area outside your safe zone to search for better equipment at the risk of being attacked. It was pretty cool.

          • drakulus
            Feb 17, 2018 5:03 pm

            That sounds really awesome. Sounds like I missed out on some good multiplayer. Funny thing is F.E.A.R. 3 still has a small community of players playing MP. I might jump in it one day.

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    Brandon Green
    Feb 17, 2018 9:52 am

    I still need to play Wolfenstein and Divinity. I chose AC: Origins over Wolfenstein, a brave choice at the time but thankfully Origis was fantastic.

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      Feb 17, 2018 9:53 am

      Both Wolfenstein and Original Sin 2 are fantastic. You’ll be happy with either one you decide to get. I recommend Original Sin 2 first :). Origins was really good. Ubisoft had a good 2017 imo.

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        Brandon Green
        Feb 17, 2018 10:05 am

        It was about time Ubisoft had a good year. Hoping they carry on being good in 2018.

        I don’t know if it’s your kind of game but I wholeheartedly recommend Yakuza 0.

        As for The Evil Within 2, it is brilliant. Controls are more refined and I had no framerate issues (I played on PS4 though). The game has a Silent Hill esque vibe to it, not as creepy though.

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          Feb 17, 2018 10:12 am

          It is about time. They improved The Division and made it fantastic, they gave me another MP game with Ghost Recon and it’s actually good (with friends anyway), they released a Mario game (who would’ve thought), and the best Assassin’s Creed game ever made. Great year for them for sure. I’m starting to get excited about Far Cry 5, but I’m not a huge Far Cry fan. I don’t know I’m getting that or not.

          I don’t own a Playstation (or any console). Yakuza doesn’t look my kind of game, but if it ever came to Steam I would probably buy it during a summer sale. I do own a 3DS and Nintendo Switch. Not an Xbox or Playstation :).

          I regret missing out on The Evil Within 2, but I had to make a choice. Wolfenstein 2 or The Evil Within. I went with Wolfenstein :). And eventually bought Mario too.

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    The Night Owl
    Feb 19, 2018 7:24 pm

    Wolfenstein II is easily my most memorable game from last year because of the number of moments that happen during the story that make you stop and think “I can’t believe they just did that!”. It really made me want to play through it to the end and I loved it… even that little finishing touch with BJ and his axe made me chuckle.

    If I had played it last year when it first arrived on Xbox I might have added PUBG to my own list. It’s buggy and way behind the PC version but it’s the first online multiplayer shooter I’ve played in years that lets me get my fix in short doses and sometimes without even firing a shot. It’s an aberration that makes me feel like I can be competitive and has sucked me in more than I had ever expected.

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      Feb 20, 2018 1:40 pm

      Same here. I still think about how awesome Wolfenstein 2’s story was. Some fucked up shit happened in that game and I can’t wait for third game to drop.

      PUBG isn’t for me, but I’m glad you like it :). I don’t have a go to shooter at the moment. I’m hoping Anthem fixes that next year for me.

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        The Night Owl
        Feb 20, 2018 2:44 pm

        Really hoping that the delay to Anthem pays off and we get something special. If Bioware can create a Destiny clone set in a universe I care about I’ll be very happy. 🙂

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