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March: Popularity Contest

We’re marching on with our monthly themes! All credit for this month’s theme goes to Yeliena - the idea is to play games that everyone is talking about but you haven’t played yet.

I think there’s no need to post a list of eligible games; there are a lot of games we all keep hearing about because they’re just so popular, but some of it also depends on where we get our gaming news from, which genres we’re interested in, which websites we visit, what our friends are playing, etc.


To participate, reply to this post and tell us which games that fit the monthly theme you’re going to play.
Please use the following (or similar) format to make it easier for me to keep track of everyone’s progress, but feel free to add any extra thoughts about the game(s) to your post!

Name | Achievements obtained | Playtime | Status
:-: | :-: | :-: | :-:
name of game 1 | achievements obtained | playtime this month | unfinished/finished
name of game 2 | achievements obtained | playtime this month | unfinished/finished
name of game 3 | achievements obtained | playtime this month | unfinished/finished
TOTAL: | achievements obtained | playtime this month | Number of games finished

Have fun!


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FAQ

Do I have to participate in this month’s theme?
No, as with every theme, these are merely suggestions for anyone who is unsure about what to play next. If you already have a battle plan for your backlog and/or don’t like this month’s theme, you’re free to ignore it.

What happens if I don’t participate in the monthly theme?
Nothing.

What happens if I play all of my unfinished games this month?
Your backlog will be a much smaller place.

I don’t have any unfinished games!
Really? well that makes one of us… I salute you.

I already finished my entry can I play another?
Go ahead - the goal is to reduce your unfinished games list. The more you can play the better.

EvilBlackSheep

Such a great theme idea, thanks Yeliena!

Will be back later with a list, but it’s for sure a wide theme that will give the occasion to finally play those games we keep hearing/reading about :3

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Forgotton Anne 33/33 11h completed
We Happy Few 37/40 50-60h beaten
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished
JaffaCaffa

Yay for playing Forgotton Anne! Hope you liked it. :)

EvilBlackSheep

I did really like it, yes! It was like playing a ghibli movie.

JaffaCaffa

Always happy to see more people playing it, completely agree!

JaffaCaffa
Game Achievements Playtime Status
Kingdom: New Lands 6/34 (+6) 2.7 hrs Currently Playing
HITMAN™ 2 40/118 (+40) 28.1 hrs Currently Playing
The Escapists 2 39/58 (+14) 15.8 hrs Beaten (Missing 1 achievement besides DLC)
Two Point Hospital 14/31 (+14) 34.7 hrs Currently Playing
    72.7 hrs  
adam1224

Starting with a pun, I like it!

86maylin

Last month. Still one per month. :P

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
SUPERHOT 0/26 0 hours Not Started
Orwell 0/27 0 hours Not Started
Total: 0 0 hours 0
the Traveler | ♥ to NZ
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Tomb Raider 23/50 23.7 hours beaten

I won’t be 100%ing this as that requires multiplayer and I doubt I have time for all that.

Cece09

Well both Dark Souls and Higurashi series seem to be a very popular talked about games so I’ll do them since they were for play or pay + sg wins

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Dark Souls 3 35/43 45 Finished
Higurashi When They Cry CH.1 14/14 10.2 Finished
Yeliena

Woo, for once my already started game matches the theme. Thanks, past me.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
King’s Quest 53/53 15.1h finished
Trent

Yeliena, did you conceive this topic as, “games that everyone is talking about recently / nowadays but you haven’t played yet?” (Like say, Monster Hunter: World) Or is it games that people might have talked about several years ago but I haven’t played? (Like say, Mass Effect)?

Yeliena

I was thinking about the latter, for the most part. That’s a great excuse to pressure your friends to finally play that game you’ve been nagging them about!

Trent

Oh, good. I don’t know if I’d even have anything in the first category since I seldom have new (or new-ish) releases. Now the challenge will be to try to choose one of those games that I hear so many great things about, and try to squeeze in more than one since they tend to be longer games.

Tempête Joachim
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
The Beginner’s Guide - 1.3h Beaten
Doki Doki Literature Club! - 3.6h Completed
Undertale - 0.9h Unfinished
TOTAL: - 5.8h 2/3

List

Trent

Question– is it, “games that everyone is talking about recently / nowadays but you haven’t played yet?” (Like say, Monster Hunter: World) Or is it games that people might have talked about several years ago but I haven’t played? (Like say, Mass Effect)?

ninglor03

MASS EFFECT! \o/ xD

skanda

It can apply to older games as well, Mass Effect would definitely count for something like this!

Trent

Well, then half of my itching to play list would probably qualify, lol. Thanks, Skanda.

Yeliena

You still haven’t played The Talos Principle and SOMA! judgement intensifies Memoria and The Witcher 2 are some of my favourites as well.

Trent

I usually get the most crap for never having played Mass Effect or any of the Bioshocks…or, um, Skyrim. But yes, those four you mention have been causing an itch for some time now.

Fnord

You’re in for a treat with The Talos Principle, it is outstanding!

adam1224

You’re officially banned from checking my BLAEO list. That’s the best for you.

ninglor03

Yeah, so although the idea sounds nice, I really have no idea what to do with it. I have zero clue what of my games might be considered popular, so… eh… Help? Pls!
Or I’ll just skip the month. That’s fine too :]

Settled on:

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Bioshock 2 (Remastered) 1/53 playtime this month unfinished/finished
HITMAN 20/69 (20 starting point) 0h (46h) unfinished/finished
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished
Quisty

If it helps, I used Lorenzo Stanco’s library filters and made a list of games with more than 5000 reviews.
https://www.lorenzostanco.com/lab/steam/

Narayan

Nice tip! :)

ninglor03

Thank you, Quisty! This is really helpful! Although I can only set it on 1k? Uh, what ever, right? :D

gsrafael01

Select “Reviews count” under “Order by”.

ninglor03

thumbs up

Quisty

As Rafael said, it’s at the top of the page. Just set whatever limit you feel like. For me 67 suggestions are more than enough, that’s why I stopped at 5k :p

ninglor03

Yeah, that makes sense :)

skanda

I’d say Assassin’s Creed Games, Arkham games, Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Deus Ex games, Fallout NV, Hitman, MGS V, Monkey Island 2+games, KOTOR, The Witcher 3, Watch_Dogs 2. Those are the ones that stand out most, but hopefully some other assassins will chip in as well.

ninglor03

Oh right! Totally Witcher 3! Yeah, sometimes my brain is not my best friend xD
Thank you <3

gsrafael01

Going for Witcher 3 this month? Finally you’ll beat less games than me. xD

ninglor03

I’ll see how much time is left after my PoP games, so BEWARE! xD

devonrv

games that everyone is talking about

Eh, I don’t know about this one. I feel like, by their very nature, these are the kind of games people are going to play anyway, especially if they already own them (besides the rare spectacle-flops like Fallout 76 or Anthem). Maybe a future theme could be about prioritizing more obscure releases, with a rule that it needs less than X Steam user reviews or something.

skanda

Eh, I don’t know about this one. I feel like, by their very nature, these are the kind of games people are going to play anyway

I understand where you’re coming from, but we get so many amazing game releases every year that it’s almost impossible to keep up with them. A lot of popular games then keep being pushed down the priority list because something else pops up - so this is a good time to play some of the ones we’ve neglected for too long.

Maybe a future theme could be about prioritizing more obscure releases, with a rule that it needs less than X Steam user reviews or something.

Yeah I’ve considered that before, but this month didn’t feel right for it since the previous monthly theme was already kinda restricted so it seemed better to do one that’s a bit “easier” this time.

Fnord
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Notes
Full Throttle 34/40 3,4 finished Considering this is a classic Lucas Arts game, it should fit the theme
Ghostbusters: The Video Game N/A 7,6 finished This game was kind of a big deal, 10 years ago, using the original actors as voice actors, and it was more or less considered a direct sequel to Ghostbusters 2
TOTAL: 34 11,0 2  
stef

I really love this theme but my computer is busted so I have to think of some potato running popular games to play. If anyone has any suggestions my ears are open!

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Dream Daddy 17/19 achievements 14 hrs finished
Punch Club 29/47 achievements 16 hrs finished
Portal 2/15 achievements 2 hrs unfinished
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished
JaffaCaffa

Mini Metro, Reus and Punch Club are all pretty potato friendly and widely known! (I like how Punch Club says OS: Windows XP+ and Graphics: Toaster haha)

stef

Haha perfect. Thank you for the suggestions!

skanda
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Hitman 17/69 9.7 h finished
TOTAL: 17 9.7 h 1 game finished
Quisty
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Dungeon of the Endless 23/33 80 hours kinda finished - need DLC
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 4/34 3 playing

PS: Any DotE players missing the multiplayer achievements?

uguleley

I’m jumping in the Fallout hype train, just 10 years later! I downloaded a mod manager and installed a bunch of stuff, seems to be working well so far. Since the game has no achievements I think I’ll add a link to my screenshots when I’ll get to uploading some.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Fallout 3 no achievements 22 hours finished (screenshots)
TOTAL: - 22 hours 1
Trent
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
The Stanley Parable 10/10 yes, “cheats” 3.8h completed
TBD TBD 0.0H not started
TOTAL: 10 3.8h 1
LinustheBold

Oh, I get to post again and participate a bit in a Monthly! Last summer I fell into a giant gaming hole called Elder Scrolls Online, and it’s a beast. I’ve got over 600 hours in there, which is apparently 20% of my total game-time on Steam, and it’s a blast. ESO is actually the only MMO that I’ve ever bought an ongoing subscription for, and in my play so far I’ve hardly dented the enormous amount of content hidden there. I’m not much of an MMO player - I’ve always played a couple, and never gone in deep with any of them - so this has been a big change.

And I’ve hardly played anything else since I waded in, because I gather there are only so many hours in the day.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Elder Scrolls Online N/A 59 hours questing
TOTAL: N/A 59 1ish