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Nothing special here for now, really. Just my updates divided for somewhat navigable lists using the artwork I used when updates were originally published with all now updated to current art assets fitting to match 2019 updates and also easier to click on if you're using mobile. Maybe I'll add more to the "homepage" at some point, but this is serviceable for now.

2023 rolled around and so has the time for a new Report. This might be the only short game in the near future so it's a good pick-me-up to start the year with. Anyway, I hope you had a great time and this year ends up being even better. Enjoy the read and share thoughts on P&C adventure games that, despite pretty gloomy past when they were considered a dead genre, made a surprising comeback thanks to plenty of small developers.

This Report was supposed to come out about two weeks ago, but my PC decided to check out following a power surge which left my motherboard fried. Then the holidays rolled around, new motherboard was “in expected deliver” from my chosen online store and things just dragged out. So here I am on the very last day of the 2022 putting this hastily together for your enjoyment. Do excuse some fumbling around and enjoy the read.

Christmas came and went by the time I got around to writing this part for my 2022 summary so I hoped you had, and you're about to have a great New Year's celebration as well. Time to bust that vacation open.

My output sank from last year which I attribute to reading more yet again, but some slumps were present. I also got around to playing multiple JRPGs and open world games which tend to be time sinks in their own right, and if anyone asks that's my excuse I'm sticking to! Also, more non-Steam games in my repertoire this time around. As is now the tradition I've linked all the Reports from 2022 below in case you want to peruse them.

Ever get that feeling you're playing too much of the same thing? Well, that's me right about now with open world titles I've tackled in the last few Reports. This had to be done to cap off the “old” Assassin's Creed games as what follows after Syndicate is Ubisoft re-imagining the franchise. This ended up surprisingly favorable considering it does what Unity don't, and the other way around. Two games almost make for complementary experiences. Enjoy the read and share your own thoughts.

In totally unplanned fashion I went and played Saints Row. No, not the reboot that seems to be getting rather terrible reviews all-around, but the original 360 title that started it all. It's also been two months since my last Report and I accidentally tackled another open world game. These things just happen, I guess. Enjoy the read and share your thoughts if you've had any exposure to Saints Row as a franchise.

I cannot believe I finally get to check off this one. Looking back on the original post I made the optimistic proclamation of getting to Odyssey by 2020, and only now realize what a fool I was made into. In hindsight, I think Rogue may have tampered with my expectations about the size of Assassin's Creed games. Are you up to date with the franchise? Has Ubisoft rightfully laid claim to “open world games” with this stuff? Am I going crazy? Only my readers know these answers.

Even following up on the game with its DLC this review took way longer to put together than I expected. What can I say? Distractions [Did you know that the critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV has a free trial, and includes the entirety of A Realm Reborn AND the award-winning Heavensward expansion up to level 60 with no restrictions on playtime?] abound. I'm getting into the JRPG groove once again with another genre entry already on the horizon, but I hope to sneak in something different if time permits.

Told you I'd be back faster than usual. I bring you some Batman adventures I never got around to back in the day. You know, it's funny to look back and realize Arkham Knight was released only a year after this, but I still have to play that one as well. With no time to waste I'm back into RPG waters after this. Occasional literary diversions notwithstanding.

Is it normal for a ~35 hour game to take over a month to finish? I don't know, but that's one more JRPG checked off of the list. Now it's time to continue where I left my previous game at, and hopefully I'll get around to it faster. Perhaps even share thoughts on the franchise as a whole if you've played it. Hope you enjoy the read.

I'm back after accidentally 100% completing a game despite not really aiming to. Well, no complaints here. Finishing this just got me pumped up to check out Heart of the Forest at some point in the future. I also got around to re-watching Cowboy Bebop so that took some time as well. Hope you enjoy the read.

It is most assuredly NOT my intention to subscribe to monthly Reports, and posting on the very last day of February is entirely accidental. Besides pattern laziness I finally replaced my budget components from ten years ago... with modern budget ones. Some issues persist that would probably require formatting the HDD and fresh Windows install, but I'm unwilling to do either so here we are. Playing a JRPG on the side couldn't have helped, either.