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Video games — Trivia vs Wordplay — one more time:

Here are twenty crossword clues that describe twenty video games. Solve them if you'd like! Or, if you treat each clue as cryptic wordplay (without a def), you'll find a different video game is the answer for each clue. When you get all forty written down, put the highlighted letters together to get one last clue. Which type of clue is that one? You'll see!

CLUE CROSSWORD # CRYPTIC #
Cataclysms? Ultimately, war is not changed 12 6
Snag criminals, swinging around megalopolis center 9 2
Fix or reorganize troubled heads, regularly seeing anxieties 23 8
Intense acrobatics after time's passage gets reversed 24 20
Building a neighborhood starts with some banter and a bunch of animals on deserted isle 32 30
A photo-led horror-show? 26 27
Caught in a misty development — investigation starts within 29 19
One hundred, then ten, fighting to one? Deep trouble. 1 11
Wandering batty around one asylum's origin 4 5
Twisted comedy follows Max's partner to middle of mystery 10 16
Tim's origin (to make a mistake) partly repairable when rewound 25 34
Mafia boss legend stoking gang violence, staging heist 17 3
Partial circle — ravenous head — in clear-out frenzy 28 18
Bring back animated characters from in deserted editor's shed? 31 22
Utter mayhem on roads starts in first place with directionless marsupial 36 39
Decapodan time battle, forgoing artistic limits; a color leads, a color hides. 33 15
Well-timed attack follows dance — lose will to weird musician 38 35
Small rodent returns, starting crude fart adventure 7 14
Start growing! Turn country-side to secure capital before winter begins 40 21
I keep wits about; fungal seed infests and everyone's beginning to disappear 13 37

Take 2

Notes:

  • Names of famous games, game-series, and game subtitles are used. For example, Ratchet and Clank, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Rift Apart are all acceptable
  • Answers are to be written with no spaces or punctuation
  • this took a really long time to make and I hope there are no mistakes

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    $\begingroup$ Never in my wildest dreams have I thought this could be done again, but here we are $\endgroup$
    – oAlt
    Commented Nov 30, 2021 at 4:05

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Solved! The completed grid looks like this:

Completed grid

Clue explanations:

Cataclysms? Ultimately, war is not changed

Crossword: FALLOUT
Cryptic: SAINTS ROW = _S + WARISNOT*

Snag criminals swinging around megalopolis center

Crossword: SPIDERMAN
Cryptic: ANIMAL CROSSING = SNAGCRIMINALS* around _O_

Fix or reorganize troubled heads, regularly seeing anxieties

Crossword: PSYCHONAUTS (suggested by @MOehm in chat)
Cryptic: FORTNITE = F_ O_ R_ T_ + _N_I_T_E_

Intense acrobatics after time’s passage gets reversed

Crossword: PRINCE OF PERSIA
Cryptic: WOLFENSTEIN = FLOW< + INTENSE*

Building a neighborhood starts with some banter and a bunch of animals on deserted isle

Crossword: ANIMAL CROSSING (making a second appearance in the puzzle)
Cryptic: BANJO-KAZOOIE = B_ A_ N_ + JOK(-e) + A ZOO + I(-sl)E

A photo-led horror-show?

Crossword: FATAL FRAME
Cryptic: DEATHLOOP = APHOTOLED*

Caught in a misty development – investigation starts within

Crossword: SILENT HILL
Cryptic: SIM CITY = MISTY* containing C and I_

One hundred, then ten, fighting to one? Deep trouble.

Crossword: BATTLEGROUNDS
Cryptic: CENTIPEDE = C + TEN* + I + DEEP*

Wandering batty around one asylum's origin

Crossword: ARKHAM ASYLUM
Cryptic: BAYONETTA = BATTY* around ONE + A

Twisted comedy follows Max's partner to middle of mystery

Crossword: SAM AND MAX
Cryptic: MINECRAFT = MIN + FARCE< + _T_

Tim's origin (to make a mistake) partly repairable when rewound

Crossword: BRAID
Cryptic: TERRARIA = T_ + ERR + _AIRA_<

Mafia boss legend, stoking gang violence, staging heist

Crossword: THE GODFATHER (thanks to @user39583 in comments)
Cryptic: DONKEY KONG = DON + KEY + (-st)OK(-ingag)NG*

Partial circle – ravenous head – in clear-out frenzy

Crossword: PAC-MAN
Cryptic: FAR CRY = F_Y containing (ARC + R_)

Bring back animated characters from in deserted editor's shed?

Crossword: BENDY AND THE INK MACHINE (thanks to @ShadowCat in comments)
Cryptic: RESIDENT EVIL = (LIVE + INDESERT(-ed)*)<

Utter mayhem on roads starts in first place with directionless marsupial

Crossword: CRASH TEAM RACING
Cryptic: MORTAL KOMBAT = M_ O_ R_ + TALK + (-w)OMBAT (this is my favourite clue!)

Decapodan time battle, forgoing artistic limits; a color leads, a color hides.

Crossword: SPLATOON
Cryptic: RED DEAD REDEMPTION = RED + DE(-ca)PODANTIME* containing RED

Well-timed attack follows dance – lose will to weird musician

Crossword: CRYPT OF THE NECRODANCER
Cryptic: TWISTED METAL = TWIST + (-w)E(-ll)T(-i)MED + AL (thanks to @fljx in comments)

Small rodent returns, starting crude fart adventure

Crossword: CONKER’S BAD FUR DAY
Cryptic: STARCRAFT = S + RAT< + C_ + FART*

Start growing! Turn country-side to secure capital before winter begins

Crossword: STARDEW VALLEY
Cryptic: FALL GUYS = FALL (winter begins, before) + G_ + U (turn) + _Y + S_

I keep wits about; fungal seed infests and everyone's beginning to disappear

Crossword: THE LAST OF US
Cryptic: WII SPORTS = WITS containing (I + SPOR(-e))

Final hidden clue: The final hidden clue shapes up like so (spacing mine):

BUILD NUMBERS FOR PEACEFUL START INHERITING VARIABLE DOMAIN NEEDING LEADER TWELVE

The 'TWELVE' at the end represents an enumeration of '(12)' for this final clue. Solving this clue, the final 12-letter video game answer to this metapuzzle is:

CIVILIZATION - clued both straightforwardly by the game's plot and cryptically:

CIVIL ('Build' a word meaning 'peaceful' using Roman numerals) + I_ (start of 'Inheriting') + Z (variable) + (-n)ATION (domain, needing leader)

Thanks to @user39583 (#17), @MOehm (#23), @ShadowCat (#31) and @fljx (#35) for their contributions in chat and comments.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't really have the domain knowledge for this, but got a few of the cryptics. "Well timed attack ..." is rot13(Gjvfgrq Zrgny - GJVFG + (JRYYGVZRQ - JVYY) + NY (Jrveq Ny) ) $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Commented Nov 30, 2021 at 14:03
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    $\begingroup$ @fljx Ooh, nice spot! Thanks :) Just could not see that one myself! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Nov 30, 2021 at 14:06
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    $\begingroup$ I think 17 is rot13(Gur Tbqsngure) so the word is actually rot13(vaurevgvat). $\endgroup$
    – user39583
    Commented Nov 30, 2021 at 14:06
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    $\begingroup$ @Dr.Roggia That was one of my first thoughts too, wondering if there was an 'S' added to the end or something, but I've just found an option that I think fits really nicely... :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Nov 30, 2021 at 14:50
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    $\begingroup$ 31 looks to me like ROT13(Oraql naq gur vax znpuvar) $\endgroup$
    – ShadowCat
    Commented Dec 1, 2021 at 15:50

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