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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.

After a somewhat disastrous string of poor decisions on what to play next, putting multiple open world games on pause and just life getting in the way here I am with a new Report. Tackling Assassin's Creed Origins at long last all the while putting my old estimate of “being done with the new trilogy by 2020” to even further shame. I hope to write another one before the year is over, but no promises. Enjoy the read and share your own thoughts if you've stuck with the franchise for this long.

It would appear I've once again bit more than I can chew with big aka open world titles taking way too long to finish. That's with taking into account I've paused some as well. Fortunately, this time I've come prepared with shorter games or those I'd be hard pressed to make a full length review out of. Extra points for ¾ being free so you can check it out any time for yourself, but there are no screenshots or score at the end. Handy opportunity to drag out one of my old formats.

Enjoy the read and have fun.

That was quite a break I took there, huh? As much as I'd like to say it was entirely due to a massive JRPG that wouldn't be entirely truthful. Still, looking at 60+ hours it took without even doing everything game has to offer this is definitely a big 'un that threw a wrench in my plans. I now also have a hankering to play more like it.

As usual, enjoy the read.

Here we go again with a shorter game taking longer than expected due to external reasons. Better late than never, I suppose. Maybe I'm reaching a point where I need a break. How do you deal with slumps when it comes to your hobbies and interests? As usual, enjoy the read and share your thoughts.

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.