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Daerphen
  • Caffeine

    2 hours playtime

    11 of 11 achievements

Report #313: Caffeine


Wanted to play a short game in between. Had this on my To-be-played list for some time now. Unfortunately an episodic, abandoned game. It looks like it could have potential, but it is in a really bad state. There are no savepoints and some controls are not very nice to handle. Also it feels like the character is too small (maybe a kid?)

Never the less it was nice for 2 hours.

MikrosPL

April 2021

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End PS4 - finished

Yesterday

RileyHisbert

Been focusing a bit more on my book backlog than my games, but the Wholesome Direct had me grabing two new games and wishlisting like… 30. So here’s one of the games I grabbed!

1.2 hours

Once again, I wish Steam had a better rating system than "recommend" or "don't recommend". Where the game is right now, I definitely have a fair few issues, but overall the game was enjoyable and I see potential for updates and improvements.

Overall, this game is relaxing aside from the usual frustrations of the nuances of claw machines. I actually had to laugh at how realistic it could be at times, where just being that little bit off gets you nothing. Of course, it is overall easier than the real games, aside from the fact that the fish move.
There are (at the moment) three claw machines you can play (and one out of order). Each one has a new gimmick you have to deal with when it comes to dropping and grabbing with the claw. While I found them annoying at the time of playing, I do really like the idea. It means you're not just doing the same thing for the entire game.

Now, my issues.
My biggest one first. There's no save. And it doesn't tell you there is no save. While the game is short, sometimes I don't even have the 30 minutes to sit down and play it to completion. It's really disappointing to be almost done, have to run an errand, and then come back and start over. It wasn't much of a time loss, but. It almost was enough to stop me from playing it to it's entirety.
Next, the fish LOVE to hug the walls of the machine, where your claw can't go. And I get that that's a thing in reality when playing these games too, but they literally just. Swim the parameter until they get near the box, then move out for a moment. You just have to sit there and wait for them to come out. If it'd be possible to better randomize the fish patterns, I think that would help.
Also, it only happened once and was an easy fix, but the fish CAN get stuck in corners. All you have to do is leave for a bit and come back, so it's not at all a make or break issue, but definitely a little annoying.
Lastly, I imagine it's just a bug, but having finished the game I ended with only 27/28 fish. I got the achievements for both getting all the claw machine fish and bucket fish, so unless there's a hidden method somewhere else, I'm not sure what happened. I still wound up with all achievements.

And one other thing I'd love to see is the ability to view the fish you've caught again, in a little book or something. Either in the game or in the main menu would would, I just think it'd be a nice little touch :)


killergege

Monthly Report - April/May 2021

  • Won : -
  • Free : Little Nightmares, Samorost, Quiplash
  • From bundles/gifts/sales : Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!, Metro Exodus, Darksiders Genesis, Fury Unleashed, Relicta
  • Victor Vran

    40 hours playtime

    38 of 90 achievements

Victor Vran - beaten

Won this one on SteamGifts years ago. I played a lot of Diablo 3 so I might compare this game with it a lot. Because it looks like it and a lot of enemy skills and mechanics are similar. So what’s interesting is what is different. There are good ideas: there are no classes, your character depend only on the outfit, weapon and demon powers you choose. And I like that, it allows you to switch whenever you want.
I also like the destiny card system, which also allows you to really customize according to your gameplay or immediate needs.
So… The game is ok, but it has a lot of annoying flaws. The big one is the enemy difficulty system. The enemies level/difficulty increase as you level, but your items power don’t usually follow (yes there are weapons that level with you, but not with the same curve), which mean that you feel weaker and weaker as you progress…
At some point, without changing the difficulty, levels that I could do easily before became almost impossible. Ok, it could be interesting as a challenge, but it’s not always fun. Sometimes you just want to feel powerful and kill enemies by hundreds, not fight enemy sponges.
Also, but this is probably me, I feel that ranged weapons are the only viable option. Each time I tried to use melee weapons (even the sword which is supposed to be the best), even with a defensive build (heal on hit, …) I don’t survive very long, almost all enemies do heavy damages in melee or have AoE damages. So I use the shotgun and grenade launcher a lot, any attempt to use something else means that I die A LOT. Not fun. But again, probably my fault.
Let’s be honest, the crafting / upgrading system sucks. I dont like to have to flip through pages of a (virtual) book to know what components I need to upgrade an item. Just let me select what I want in a list and tell me ! Also, I know that the inventory is unlimited (a blessing and a curse !) but please, automatically take components required from the storage, I’m tired of doing the round trip.

So. I had fun to play the game, I completed a lot of challenges and finished the story, reached max level, I’m currently progressing on hard, but farming doesn’t feel very fun. In Diablo, if you want fun farming, you play in a lower Torment difficulty. Yes items will be less interesting, but you can have a few fun runs and feel powerful.
In Victor Vran, even on hard with loot bonuses, I never find weapons that are better, so I don’t feel any progress… The endgame feels boring and everything is tedious, as you never feel powerful and all enemies take way too much time to kill. And the bounty & treasure hunts are boring (and not that well rewarded), having to look for codes on the Internet is not a great idea.
I may try a few build guides to see if I missed something or if I could improve my character, but I’m not sure I’ll continue to play it.
Achievements : Surprisingly for this kind of game, there are not so many “farming” achievements, and it looks like I’m not far from unlocking all “normal” achievement so I might play a little more to finish that.
But a bunch of them are related to DLCs and reviews says that one of them is not great (although, as a metalhead, I might buy the Motorhead one…), so I doubt I’ll complete the game.


  • Metro 2033 Redux

    27 hours playtime

    49 of 49 achievements

Metro 2033 Redux - completed

As I liked a lot Metro Last Light, I bought this one when it was on sale. Yes I played them out of order, but I don’t feel that this is a issue.
Obviously, I knew where the story was going, as Metro Last Light is a direct sequel, but the journey is important :). And I think that you find it equally cool to see how some level evolved between the two games (in Last Light, you go back to a few levels that you visited in 2033, but… different).
I don’t have much to say though. This is pretty much the same as Last Light.
What surprised me is that there is also a “moral” mechanic, but it doesn’t seem to have any impact. In Last Light, the ending depends on it, but in 2033 it seems that you can still have both endings, whatever your behavior during the game. So it is a bit strange to have it there.
As Last Light, the game is not really hard, and I never had any resources issues even in survival mode (even filters).
So the gameplay feels good, the story is nice, this one is maybe playing a little less on the sound design to set a creepy mood, Last Light improved a bit on that side. But it is still very good. Check my Last Light review, I would probably repeat myself here !
Achievements : Most of them are pretty straightforward, you can replay levels so most achievements can be done after finishing the game, the only real annoying one is “Weaponsmith” (kill with every weapon in the game), or achievements “Kill X enemies with Y weapon”. Those are not easy to keep track of :).


  • Starbound

    57 hours playtime

    24 of 51 achievements

Starbound - beaten

Looking for a game to play in co-op with my friends, we went back to Starbound. I played it when it was first released (in early access I think) and it really feels like a different game ! Now there is a tutorial, hub area, quests… !
I don’t have much to say, but I liked the improvements they made. I marked the game as beaten as we completed the storyline, but this is not really the kind of game that you finish :). There are always things to explore, base to build, resources to collect…
Although a good game, a few improvements would still be welcome. For instance, building is a bit tedious, being able to quickly select an elements by clicking on existing one (you want a specific kind of wall ? Search through dozens of similar looking small icons to find the right one…), I really liked that feature in Satisfactory (middleclick on anything, it will select it and you can now build it), all sandbox/building games should have that.
Achievements : Besides the ones you get by following the story, a lot of them are very very VERY grindy. I won’t even try :). But there are a few that I can still unlock easily, I’ll work on that. I don’t know why they made all of them hidden, not many spoilers there…


  • LEGO® Star Wars™: The Complete Saga

    6 hours playtime

    no achievements

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Complete Saga - unfinished

This will be quick : it’s a Lego game. But the camera really sucks in this one. Usually it’s not great but still ok. Here it just sucks. The graphics look very old, so I guess this is one of the firsts (checking Wikipedia… Yes, this is one of the first using this formula).
I played that on co-op with Remote Play (which didn’t work very well, several playing session started with 10 minutes of trying to make it work).
There are better Lego games ;).
Achievements : No achievements.


Powthekiller

So I decided to clean my Backlog 1 moth ago (Cause I have A LOT of Steam games (a lot for me) and I got my new Laptop that should run all of my games). I wanted to start with the games I won on SG from A to Z. So my fist game was Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders.
As stated in the game title, it's based on the story of The ABC Murders a book from Agatha Christie. It's a classic point and click adventure (you can look, talk and interact with objects), in a 3rd person perspective and has a beautiful cell shading graphic (it should run on every PC). You play as Hercule Poirot, the detective of Agatha Christie. In the game you even get "Ego Points" for behave like him.You investigate in different cases. You inspect the crime scene, talk to witnesses and relatives.When you got all the clues, you got to the reconstruction mode, where you have to reconstruct the murder. After that you come to the "think" mode where you think about who could be the killer. Ive spend like 8 hours to finish this game (don't wonder, that in my steam profile are only 3,6 hours cause I play most of the time without an internet connection).
Overall it's a great short game would buy it for 5€ or less currently it's in sale for 1,49€ until June 14th.


Jun 11 2021

Garcias

Main Quest #158 - 11 June 2021

Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV

6/10
about 12 hours playtime
14 of 73 achievements (19%)

I’ve played only the main quests on easy. I think I’m getting tired of these types of open-world non-sense shooter games, since my favorite Saints Row was the second one. It’s just stupid fun shooter, with over-the-top action scenes.

Kyrrelin

May 2021 report


Good luck in a new month and enjoy your games!

115.6 hours
4.5/5

Different addition to the Heroes of Might and Magic series. This time you have a strategy RPG mixed with puzzles and match 3 battles. And all of it works perfectly. Although the gameplay is in theory still the same = repetitive, it's actually rather addictive and variable as the battles are changing, developing and can get pretty challenging. Diversion to the main story lines are bounty quests, puzzle challenges and artifacts scattered around. Also you can skip random fight encounters if you don't want to waste time with small fishes, but they are good sport to get your units leveled up.

Story will put you in the shoes of five heroes (Anwen, Godric, Fiona, Aidan and Nadia) and their sidekicks as they struggle to save the world from destruction. This way you will play with every faction - elves, humans, undead, demons and wizards; so you can nicely enjoy the diverse tactics the different armies offer.

Story is okay, nothing too surprising. Graphics are very nice, suiting the younger heroes. Fights are fun and quite enjoyable.
Weakest point is the last campaign (wizards), it doesn't offer any bounties or puzzles, it's quite rushed and Nadia is an unappealing heroine. Also, there can be some problems with optimizing, changing the compatibility to Win7 helped. Multiplayer was supposed to get shut down at the 1st June, but it will stay alive… for now at least, bear it in mind if you aim for 100%.

I wouldn't mind seeing some similar addition to the HoMM series again, be it prequel, sequel or with some different heroes.



Half-Life 2

The Fog: Trap for Moths

1/5
4.0 hours
no achievements

Mother and her daughter are enjoying a road trip together when their car gets sabotaged and they crash (if the mother would drive more carefully and slowly in the rain (!) their car wouldn't end up in the forest...). As mother regains consciousness she realizes that her daughter is gone and mysterious fog is slowly spreading around. Can a mother find her daughter sooner than something horrible happens to her? And what else will she uncover in the fog?

Oh well, a lot of mothers and daughters here…

Mediocre HOG. No voice acting so the cutscenes felt somewhat hollow. Sometimes you search for completely different items in the hidden object scenes. Lots of backtracking. Few times it wasn't clear what to do next. Story is… weak, not very captivating. There is apparently game breaking bug, which we were lucky to miss though. :P

Half-Life 2

Lost Civilization

2.5/5
3.6 hours
no achievements

Playing this I had terrible Déjà vu. Exactly the same pictures, same lines… I was so sure that I had already played it… and yes, I did. But not this game.

Lost Civilization is a HOG remake of a classic adventure game NiBiRu: Age of Secrets, with a slightly different approach - main characters got swapped and you are playing as a woman. But you will see the same scenes (graphically remade to suit the HOG genre better), characters and lines, even some of the puzzles are the same.
I am not sure if it's because I know the original game, but the story feels rushed and a little inconsistent. Also the voice acting is pretty strange - one line is voiced, the other two not and so on. All in all it wasn't so bad.

83 hours
∞/5

During May I managed to beat first Mass Effect and almost got to the end of the second. Letting some of the achievements for my soulmate to obtain in the second run. ;)

I am a big fan of the series, so I am truly enjoying it. First game really deserved the improvement in the textures, also squadmates got rather clever and can manage pretty well without me. Sometimes there is nothing left to shoot at for me. XD
There are few slight mishaps, nothing serious, mostly laughable matters.



Nothing new as I can't be adding more of Mass Effect... I have almost all of the squad now. I tried to take same shots as before so you can compare them to those I took from the orginal games (modded).

Wrex ME1

Wrex ME:LE

Legion ME2

Legion ME:LE

Saren ME1

Saren ME:LE

Shep ME1

Shep ME:LE


Anton Sokolov ; Aliena ; Aria T’Loak B C D Enzo and Erine Kori-Odan F
Grimm ; Garrus Vakarian Hornet I Jack Koa Legion
Mata Hari Nyreen Kandros The Outsider P Quirrel Ronan O’Connor
Saren Arterius T U V Wrex Urdnot X
Y Z        
Random additions
My ABC plan contains many unfinished games because I would like to complete them before starting new ones, this is my huge problem. ;) This plan should help me with it.
  • So for the purpose of this list, only games marked as completed counts - until said otherwise.
  • Games can be played in whichever order.
  • Unfinished games will be restarted or continued.

Assassinated 10 of 29

34% (10/29)
31% (9/29)
34% (10/29)
  • 16bit Trader

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 16 achievements

  • Agarest: Generations of War

    124.7 hours playtime

    15 of 50 achievements

  • Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 12 achievements

  • Cooking Academy Fire and Knives

    18.7 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Dark Messiah of Might & Magic

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Eventide: Slavic Fable

    4 hours playtime

    25 of 25 achievements

  • Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Glass Masquerade

    8 hours playtime

    32 of 32 achievements

  • Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 36 achievements

  • Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 36 achievements

  • Chaos on Deponia

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 34 achievements

  • Inquisitor

    15 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars
    J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars

    27.4 hours playtime

    40 of 40 achievements

  • KHOLAT

    10 hours playtime

    20 of 20 achievements

  • Loren The Amazon Princess

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 40 achievements

  • Merchants of Kaidan

    36.7 hours playtime

    22 of 22 achievements

  • Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor

    10.7 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Overlord: Raising Hell

    6 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Postmortem: one must die (Extended Cut)

    20 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Quest for Infamy

    1.4 hours playtime

    0 of 59 achievements

  • Remothered: Tormented Fathers

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 10 achievements

  • Sins Of The Demon RPG

    15 hours playtime

    9 of 9 achievements

  • Tempest

    15 hours playtime

    1 of 24 achievements

  • Unium

    5 hours playtime

    9 of 22 achievements

  • Velvet Assassin

    27 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Weird Park Trilogy

    14.0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    37 hours playtime

    35 of 85 achievements

  • Yomawari: Night Alone

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 27 achievements

  • ZanZarah: The Hidden Portal

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

Cece09

1st Try

0.38 hours
None

Idk if I liked this game more. The guy was still frustrating and while I enjoyed seeing more reactions from the girl but at times it was just to much. We still don't know much but instead we get more questions. Like this girl is apparently 20, the dude is 24 so he went into a coma when she was 13. How has she been looking after him all this time? Plus she has a lot of erotic toys and the whole game is us questioning did she use that on us cuz she definitely makes it sound like she did stuff to coma us. But yet no matter what we choose the same thing happens, we say no we shouldn't look, we look. No we cant do it in public but we do. Its just an over the top lewd game that could've gone to fleshing out the story more

Here's the thing though its not a great game but it ends on a cliff hanger where another girl appears. Like I just wanna see who this other girl is but this game also isn't that amazing.


Cece09

Weekly Games #145

Away

0.1 hours, 1 of 1 achievements


Carpe Diem

0.4 hours, 2 of 2 achievements


Confess My Love

5.2 hours, 21 of 21 achievements


Cooking Companions: Appetizer Edition

0.6 hours, 15 of 15 achievements


East Tower - Kurenai (ET Series Vol. 4)

11.0 hours, 41 of 41 achievements


Endless Fables: The Minotaur's Curse

6.2 hours, 33 of 33 achievements


Garden of Oblivion

0.5 hours, 9 of 9 achievements


Good Morning World

0.3 hours, 1 of 1 achievements


Jellyfish Season

0.2 hours, 1 of 1 achievements


Paradise Cleaning!

1.0 hours, 27 of 27 achievements


6 PEOPLE

0.6 hours, no achievements


A Raven Monologue

0.3 hours, no achievements


AftLife -Girl and Cats, and Lost world-

0.4 hours, no achievements


Artificial Iridescence

0.5 hours, no achievements


Beneath The Cherry Trees

0.1 hours, no achievements


Pyrite Heart

6.5 hours, no achievements


I didn't realise I was doing a lot of 2nd chance games, it just happened that way and then I had a big streak of free games while I was sorting out things out and of course I knew they were short which is why I played them. I've stuck with the whole 2 posts only (unless 3+ 1st try) so it shouldn't be impacting everyone to much. However by the time I'm posting my review a whole 3 days after writing this I'll think I'll go for 1 a day depending on just how much everyone else has posted. Some days we get like 10 reports then others we might get 1 or even 0 and like I said I don't want what I'm doing to be more spam then it needs to be.
NateSCC
Half-Life 2

The Companion

5/10
5.8 hours
5 of 9 achievements (56%)

As weird as it is beautiful.

#106

June 11, 2021