Oh... I have so much "work" to do... Andy’s profile

My name is Andy and I'm trying to change my attitude for games. It turned out that I'm more hoarding games, rather than playing them. This is not something I intend to put up with - I will try to change the situation. But for now...

Monthly progress

Date Games owned Added this month Never played (monthly change) Beaten/Completed during month
November'22 312 +8 144 (+3) 3
October'22 304 +17 141 (+4) 10
September'22 288 +10 (-4 removed) 137 (-10) 9
August'22 282 +3 147 (-2) 5
July'22 279 +11 149 (+4) 4
June'22 268 +19 (-6 deleted from library) 145 (+4) 7
May'22 255 +16 141 (-7) 3

Thankfully I found Akantha and her scripts. Thanks to her I will be able to do something good in the future!

October&November'22 overview

Still hoarding games, but at least I'm playing some of them at the same time...

Had some sort of vacation from online socialization and missed the October report. So will report two months at once :) Sometimes taking a brake from any sort of activity is really important ;) Also it turned out that when I’m not spending time on Discord/SG and other places - I have more time to play games :D

Date Games owned Added this month Never played (monthly change) Beaten/Completed during month
November'22 312 +8 144 (+3) 3
October'22 304 +17 141 (+4) 10

In May, when I came to BLAEO, I had 141 unplayed games. Now I have 144 unplayed games… Might look like I’m not progressing at all. But in May I had 255 games in my library and now I have 312. In May I had 33 beaten/completed games and now I have 75. I haven’t played that much since years! Even that I’m focusing mainly on lowering amount of my unplayed games - I’m managing to beat a lot of them. And I’m getting a lot of fun along the way!

In October there was a huge injection of new games to my library mainly because I got afraid of getting “gift ban” on Steam. Since June till October I bought ~70 games as gifts for others, while bought for myself around 7 games -_- So I decided to slightly increase the amount of games I purchased for my self so that Steam won’t think I’m doing business… This decision statistically destroyed my backlog progress. But, you know, better safe than sorry.

Games highlights of October&November:

Batman: Arkham Knight: I have never paid attention to it this title as I thought it wasn’t my kind of the game. But I was lucky to win this game in July in public giveaway on SG (0.0048% chance of wining - sick!). Right after I won it I spent 9 hours in the game. It was interesting, but felt slow and too much mixed up (fighting, stealth, racing, running, flying, searching…) and I put it on top of pile of my unfinished games. Some months later I gave it a second try and, oh boy, it turned out to be epic. Once I unlocked more gadgets and figured out how to play “properly” (including the “force saving” of the progress, as my playing sessions can be as long as 15 minutes…) the game become more enjoyable. It is so cinematographic and story was told so good, there are so many details in everything… After spending 20 hours more in the game I bought Arkham Collection. By now I’ve finished all story related stuff and happy that fate brought me to this game. In total I’ve spent almost 58 hours in game (that is a lot for me for one offline game) and can see my self playing it for another 20 hours (new game+, finishing the riddles and challenges) :) Probably will do it after I will buy a Steam Deck :) 10/10 - it become one of my favorite games.

Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition: Since I have played Arkham Knight first - Asylum felt more like a big DLC :) If Asylum was the first game I played from this trilogy - probably I wouldn’t be interested to try City or Knight. It is not bad but everything felt slightly off. Not enough intrigue in the story, stealth and fighting are not distinguished enough by diversity, lurking between the locations felt more like a punishment rather than exploration… 6/10

Call of Juarez Gunslinger: The game is good. I really enjoyed how the shooting part is handled (very pleasant) and how the story was told. Not sure how to explain, but I will try :D Moments when you are going the wrong way and eventually dies and the MC tells something like “I knew that it was a suicide to go this way, so I choose another one” before restarting from the checkpoint. Or when, depending on your choices, the story is told slightly in a different way (“I saw them first before they saw me” vs “They saw me first, before I saw them”). And the way the map transforms when certain goals achieved (“After I disarmed the dynamite, I noticed a ladder that I hadn’t noticed before”)… Overall experience is very cinematographic. The plot itself is very simple, yet interesting. The way the whole story is told through small connected “novellas” is really good find for developers. The abrupt change of scenery made the game fun (no need to go to the same locations just to make the game last longer). BUM! - you are in the city, BUM! - you are in the forests, BUM! - you are in the caves, BUM! - you ride the train. Very dynamic. 8/10

My Friend Pedro: Saw this game here, on BLAEO, and it caught my interest and landed in my wishlist. Later won it on SG and got a pleasant time playing it. While there is nothing special in any part of this game: story, action, graphics - everything separately is pretty average… But all togather works really good and gives good experience. Defenetly worth one playthrough and couple of my evenings. 6/10

Cats in Time: Was playing it with my daughter, so game took 6 hours instead of 3 :) Game is pleasant, but definitly too simple and doesn’t worth the price they ask (unless you are playing with a kid). 5/10 get it only with 50%+ discount and only if you are really into this type of games.

XIII - Classic: Played it years ago (before even got my steam account, and it is 15 years old already) from a localized CD and should say: original text and voiceovers are way more better. Getting back to this game was a very pleasant journey to the almost forgotten feelings when life was much more easier :) Also was surprised that the game aged so well in terms of both, graphics and gameplay, it is not bad at all - while played it I’ve never thought to drop it (and such thoughts usually happens a lot while playing older games). 7/10

September'22 overview

Some more positive results!

8% (22/287)
14% (39/287)
21% (59/287)
48% (137/287)
10% (30/287)
Date Games owned Added this month Never played (monthly change) Beaten/Completed during month
September'22 288 +10 (-4) 137 (-10) 9

Well, I’m very happy with my self this month. I finally managed to drop my un-played amount of games below 50%! That is a milestone for me. I’m not focused on beating all my games, but at least to try all of them and beat those I really enjoy. Probably in future it will become harder and slower since I’m staying away from some big titles in my library that I know I want to beat but also know that each of them will take more time than I have for gaming during one month… But that time will eventually come. Also I feel like I can semi-control my self in terms of obtaining new games, so I expect to see the number of un-played games continue to drop.

New games I got this month are mostly short and most of them were beaten (like Mushroom Cats, A Building Full of Cats, Ever Seen A Cat? - very pleasant small games to play with daughter). Also I’ve refused to even think about playing some of games I got for free (like ARK: Survival Evolved) and removed them from my library. I think it is one of ways to take control of my library back and lower the psychological pressure during my crusade against backlog :) The only reason why I got them is because they were free…

Games highlights of September:

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition: I was ignoring Shantae games every time I saw them. Solely based on the visual part and my opinion formed from it. I thought it was a children’s game aimed at slightly horny teenagers… Well - I was completely wrong. I finished main story (with 100% completeness) and I plan to get back to it and play all included DLCs. Playing it was a pure joy for me. Also it is my first Metroidvania and I’m re-evaluating my perception of games of this genre. 8/10 - If I knew what this game is actually like - I could buy it years ago :)

Going Under: I really liked the story (who turned out to be the main villain was a surprise for me). The story itself is very stupid, but stupid in a good way :) I liked that a lot. Unfortunately, outside of the story, the gameplay is too repetitive. Once I’ve finished the story line going through the same 3 dungeons (even albeit with options) is not that fun at all. 6/10 good for grab on big discount.

Thomas Was Alone: I bought this game on May 16, 2014 and never played it until September 2022… And I’m sorry about that. Awesome little game. Not complicated at all, very meditative, with excellent sound design. And what a great voiceover! I even became curious who gave the game this voice. It turned out to be comedian Danny Wallace, and for this voice acting in the game he received an award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In 2022, this is still a great game for a couple of evenings. 9/10

August'22 overview

Some positive results!

6% (16/283)
12% (33/283)
21% (59/283)
52% (147/283)
10% (28/283)
Date Games owned Added this month Never played (monthly change) Beaten/Completed during month
August'22 282 +3 147 (-2) 5

This month was very productive! Not only I managed to play and even finish some games - I almost avoided adding new titles to my library! I even managed to avoid adding any freebies this time :)

All 3 new games in my library is the fault of the SteamGifts :)

I won Going Under on SG in August and it was beaten in September, so my impressions will be later. Rest two games I bought, but it’s still fault of SG. And of my daughter in case of Hidden Paws :) I stumbled upon Prey keys on gray market and decided that it is a good option for future giveaways. And to make sure keys are working - I activated one for my self. No regrets - this is a great game that worth to be completed after so many years. And Hidden Paws… I was making giveaway for that game and my daughter forced me to buy it and play it :)

Games highlights of August:

Forgotten Anne: Before I started playing, I expected it to be just an arcade/platformer. But it turned out to be more of an interactive “choice matters” graphic novel with platforming and puzzle elements. I’m not a fan of graphic novels… But I enjoyed this one! The graphics are very attractive, the plot, although naive, is intriguing. 7/10

Necrosmith: Well, there are not many games I finished for 100%. And now that is one of them. It was good enough that I made a giveaway for it even before I finished playing it. It is fun to play in the beginning because of the short sessions (it will take some grind time before you will be able to withstand all the waves of enemies, and the game simply does not allow you to play more than 15-30 minutes, depending on the overall progress). Slightly disappointed that there is no save option as last final run took me more than 2 hours and it was beyond my free time I had at the moment… But it wasn’t very frustrating as, in the end, I was able to find the way to reduce amount of mobs needed to guard the base from 8 units with one mob constantly being under my control to just 2. That allowed me to rush the search of the final scroll without too much involvement on my side to finish the game having 13 mobs exploring the map on their own. 8/10 Great value for its price.

Voidigo: This game was gifted to me by a total stranger. That made my day and even week. I’ve beaten it (finished a run defeating all the bosses) but there are dozens of hours of gameplay is still available. Very well made game, even it is in “Early access” it already feels like a finished product. Short runs, pleasant graphics. Very dynamic with very responsive controls. 7/10

July'22 overview

I'm still loosing the battle...

5% (14/279)
10% (29/279)
21% (59/279)
53% (149/279)
10% (28/279)
Games owned Added in July’22 Never played (change in July’22) Beaten/Completed in July’22
279 +11 149 (+4) 4

In July I bought only one game - It’s Spring Again Collector’s Edition:

The sole propose was to play it with my-soon-to-be 3 year old daughter and to watch theatrical performance that is part of DLC. She liked both, but most of the time she forced me to move mouse instead of her (she was just clicking) :)

The rest games are presents (8 out of 11 new games in my library are part of SG_SummerSecretSanta22 https://www.backlog-assassins.net/lists/9b45k9l) or SG wins or random freebies….

My resolution for August is to finally reduce amount of unplayed games I have and keep new additions to minimum (will try to avoid adding anything except wins from SG, if any will accrue).

Games highlights of July:

Slime Rancher: I liked the game in common. Can rate it 7 out of 10. But it also can be called “Shuttle Run Simulator”. Many repetitive actions, while they are not meditative. Very limited inventory - it does not allow you to fully immerse yourself in either the exploration part of the game or the collecting/farming part. You often have to run back and forth and it gets boring. Probably it can be improved with automation and teleports, but they are too expensive and I didn’t have the patience or spare time to grind it. Nevertheless I liked the game in the end: exploration part is grate, some locations are truly beautiful, setup of basic economy is fun.

Redeemer: Overall impression is very good: I liked how the fighting part is done and the graphics. Also as that gaming sessions can be 15-30 minutes made me able to beat the game in a very leisure manner. Oh, and that there are extra condition in every chapter (like kill everyone, or don’t brake something or kill X in a specific way) made the game more interesting. On bad part: Storyline is weak, but not boring. Last 3 chapters and final boss were slightly disappointing. The game worth buying during sales if you like “Beat ‘em up” games.

Donut County: I enjoyed playing it (with my daughter). But overall experience was less fun then I expected. There was a constant feeling that the jokes could be a little funnier, that the levels could be a little more interesting, and so on. Everything seems to be good and fun, but something is always missing.

CROSSBOW: Bloodnight: My biggest disappointment in last months. I’m a big fan of arena shooters and was expecting to get a lot of fun from this game. But in the end came to conclusion that it doesn’t worth a dollar I paid for it :)

June'22 overview

My progress is negative...

Yes, really late June overview. Almost in the end of July…

Games owned Added in June’22 Never played (change in June’22) Beaten/Completed in June’22
268 +19 (-6 deleted from library) 145 (+4) 7

On the bright side: I have bought only 5 games for myself. “Fallout New Vegas: Ultimate Edition”. I’m big fun of classic Fallout games and I was completely disappointed by the Fallout 3. Never followed franchise after that… But recently I was convinced by the fellows gamers community that “New Vegas” is a thing and that as fan of original Fallout I must try it. Now it is in my backlog :`) Also it was dirty cheap in my local retailer.
The second one is Fibrillation HD - it was originally released in 2012 by the developer of the Armored Head (one of my favorite games, it is one of those hidden gems on Steam). Wanted to support one-man-company and will eventually beat it.

“Vampire Survivors” - At first I made a giveaway of this game, after the end of giveaway almost all participants bought this game. So did I to try it some day as I like the genre… And I spent there about 17 hours :) Good game, hope to get back to it one day again.

And the last one is “100 hidden cats 2”. I liked the first part, was playing it with my 2.8 yo daughter for more than an hour :) Plan to play it once again with a daughter later.

On the “dark side”: I took a part in the “Summer Secret Santa” event on SG (for a local community) and as result I got huge amount of excellent games… I planned that I will gift some and will get some, but everything went out of the control… I got 8 gifts in June and 7 more in July. Made a separate list here to follow the progress, all games are from my whilst so I will eventually beat them. Community was crazy and total amount of gifts went beyond 429 games!

Also I started to remove from my library games I got as freebies just because they were free, or games that were part of the bundles that I never intended to play (I even didn’t know that they exist in my library).

Still ashamed, hope this felling will push me in the right direction and won’t cause extra depression :)

Games highlights of June:

BioShock Remastered: First of all I need to say a huge THANK YOU to Skanda as it is fully her responsibility for me playing this excellent game as she named it for a challenge. Without being challenged I would probably keep it under dust in my library. The game, as I already said, is excellent. Before I only played Infinity and can say that Bioshock 1 is not worse, maybe even better in some cases.
I enjoyed both gameplay and the story. Also graphics still is beautiful to my taste. Also game helped me to stay in positive mood during treatment in hospital. There were 10 days when I had to do drips and every morning I was playing the game awaiting for my drips to be ready. That rare case when game was more that just a game.

Vampire Survivors: Very addictive gameplay, also not very time consuming. Runs are from 15 to 30 minutes, so it is easy to progress in game if you have just 15 or 30 spare minutes :) Can recommend to all genre lovers, well made game.

Next two titles were my submissions for “June is a “play a game you won on Steamgifts” month” and I will allow my self to just copy-past the aftertaste I had from there.

FAR: Lone Sails: First play run was a charm.I enjoyed mechanics, graphics and tension in couple of places. It was really interesting. Second run (to get “finish game under 90 minutes” achievement) was also good as I got even more tension because of time pressure. But after that I had to farm miles to get last achievement That is a piece of stupid achievement for such a game. There is no content to play it for that long… At first you are trying to manage resources, avoid threats… But once you know that game is 100% scripted and that you can burn engine 100% of time (you get more stuff to burn then you actually need) - there is nothing you can still enjoy. Still 4/5 - can recommend at least to play once.

Armed with Wings: Rearmed: I was expecting it to be more of a platformer/puzzle game (because of the bird). Turned out it is more of a grindy action game. Story line was uninteresting and unintriguing. Fighting was good after I learned how to make combos and opened some good swords. Didn’t like that at first I was straggling to progress in campaign because my attacks were to weak and that lead to unnecessary grinding to open better swords. Once I have got a really good sword - difficulty dropped significantly. And once I learned that after getting all relics you can beat a special level and get access to a god-like character… Well, that It devalued all past work. With this character you can rush through all levels on basic difficulty without any problems (I tried final boss on lvl 40 with this character and beatn it in 3 minutes or so). And on hard difficulty you also car rush all levels, but in last boss fight die from 3 missed blows (aslo tried finall level from mission picker). My overall experience was 6/10. I enjoyed playing the game, but not ready to grind all the achievements. Can recommend only for genre lovers.

May'22 overview

Thank you BLAEO, now I know for sure I have a problem...

First I stumbled upon Steamgifts in mid May, and shortly after that I stumbled upon Backlog Assassins. Before that I have never paid attention to my steam library and my “consumer behavior” under such an angle. Can’t say that I considered myself a games hoarder before that, but now I clearly can see the problem.

There are 16 (!) new games on my account by the end of the month. Most of them appeared before I joined BLAEO… Most of them I got before realizing that I have a problem. From now on I will starve to get less new games per month then I’ve played. And will use this “diary” to track my progress.

Games owned Added in May Never played (change in May) Beaten/Completed in May
255 +16 141 (-7) 3
4% (9/255)
9% (24/255)
21% (54/255)
55% (141/255)
11% (27/255)

Won on SG:

Painkiller Recurring Evil - My first win on SG! Hurray!.. The experience was awful. I saw ratings but was thinking “It can’t be that bad.” - I played first games in series and it should be hard to spoil the idea of the game. Turned out it can be that bad. I deleted game twice from my laptop. After the second and the fourth chapters. It wasn’t fun, the level design is terrible, the enemies are stupid and gameplay is too monotonous. I went out of my way to end the story line just to prove to myself that I can be a responsible gift recipient :)

Tropico 5 - my second win. A real gift that I am very happy with. Once I will finish the campaign (on mission 7 I realized that I did everything wrong and short-sighted - and had to start over) - I will definitely try some ideas in the sandbox. The game turned out to be almost perfect for me. 8/10

Armed with Wings: Rearmed - Won it on May 26 and so far just tried the game a little. First impression: it is not bad at all. Submitted it for a June is a “play a game you won on Steamgifts” month - Fire and Ice event.

Can you challenge me?

I want to join June event (Dune) with one of my games I have never played before. Can you choose a game for me that will suit the June’s Theme? Preferably not a long one to beat. Thanks! :3