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Batch 33 assassinated …
This has been a really SLOW batch to complete. I moved to Portland back in November and despite still being stuck inside due to Covid keeping public spaces closed, I just haven’t been playing a lot of video games lately. I slow-walked a second playthrough of The Last of Us Part II for the achievements I missed the first time.
On the other hand my library/backlog has only grown! We managed to snag a PS5 during the holidays, and if you were a Playstation Plus subscriber and PS4 owner you got a ton of games for free right out of the starting gate for buying the new console. Also have been grabbing some free stuff through Epic Game Store. And nabbed two items in the Steam winter sale. So here’s what got added since November.
- Metro Exodus
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Days Gone
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy XV
- The Last Guardian
- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
- Persona 5
- Ratchet & Clank
- Resident Evil: Biohazard
- Until Dawn
- Darkest Dungeon
- Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishment
That’s a lot of stuff. I won’t play all of it, but there’s a lot of titles in there that could perk my interest.
Not really enough games here to qualify as one of my batches, but I did meet my October challenge with them.
I thought I might play a lot more games than I did. (I had planned to play Darkwood.) But in the later half of October we had a turn of events in our housing search and then last week we signed a rental lease on a new place in Portland, OR.
So it’s bye-bye to the Bay Area and we are trekking north. My other half is leaving tomorrow to square everything with the leasing company and driving the first load of household items. I have to work this week so am staying behind to do more packing.
I might be a little while before I jump into my backlog again. We’ve got a lot other stuff to keep us busy. But when I do I’ll be in the new place, and I’ll hopefully have my Vive set up again. We both love doing the VR games, but haven’t had the space the Vive requires for about two years now.
Hope everyone had a great October. Be safe and be good!
Batch 32 Complete
Four more games and September already gone. No monthly challenges in this batch.
Of course with October looming I intend to focus on horror games for a little while like I usually do. However I may have my backlog work interrupted. We are currently working with a rental broker to find a place to live in Portland. We have some fairly demanding needs, so it might take a bit to find a place. But once we sign a lease and start the moving process I’ll have to pause until we are settled in Oregon :D
Hope everyone is doing well and stay safe!
Batch 31 completed!
This batch progress took a huge, multi-month pause in the middle of playing Dead in Vinland. I was going through my backlog, loaded up Skyrim Special Edition just for nostalgia and got sucked into modding it.
I never learn.
While I have mostly got Skyrim modded the way I want, I haven’t started seriously playing it yet. I returned to my other games because I needed a Skyrim break!
… the walking simulator batch.
Hope everyone is staying safe.
Batch 29 finished!
I did a lot of Steam reviews in this larger-than-normal batch, so apologies if it opens a lot of extra windows for those interested in reading.
Stay safe, everyone!
Kentucky Route Zero
16.5 hours, 8/10
24 of 24 achievements
This War of Mine
72 hours, 8.5/10
40 of 55 achievements
Taking a short hiatus
During the next 4-6 months I’m re-directing more time toward in-person social activities, baking, and board gaming. Also, I got married last month! My partner is a gamer as well but with different interests – mostly sims, RTS and simpler games on tablets. We are still figuring out where to go on a honeymoon. We also are trying to find a larger place than the cramped 2-bedroom we share.
During my hiatus I will be watching the news closely as several titles are rolling out in the near future. In particular I’m eager to see the reviews for Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Cyberpunk 2077.
And I’ve pre-purchased The Last of Us, Part II which comes out in mid-May. ;)
Have fun, everyone!
Batch 28 finished
So this is the last of the Telltale games in my backlog. It’s a shame the studio folded, but I’m glad I’ve finished with their games from my library on such a positive note with the Batman series!
Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series
9.3 hours, 9/10
30 of 30 achievements
Batch 27 - The “Not Steam” Batch … Mostly
I’ve been spending a lot of time away from Steam the past few months. Here’s what I’ve been keeping busy with…
How Much Have I Enjoyed the Games I’ve Played?
Apologies for the long post.
I haven’t been playing much of anything new for several months now. However I thought upon reviewing my list of played games that I might try a different way of rating them. Mostly when I slap a rating of 1-10 on a game it’s a combination of enjoyment plus how well I feel the game is designed. That way I don’t pan a good game that doesn’t personally appeal to me.
So I took my list of beaten games and rated them solely on enjoyment on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest. I also marked my SteamGifts wins .
There were a few surprises in each category. “Dust: An Elysian Tail” in the lowest group. “Papo & Yo” and “Stacking” with only a 2. “Never Alone” and “Valiant Hearts” with a 3. “Hatoful Boyfriend” with a 4. And “Dark Dreams Don’t Die” and “Dead in Bermuda” with a 5.
For reference, I also track the games I abandoned out of lack of fun or interest: My Abandoned Games
Do you find yourself playing games you don’t like but seeing them through anyway instead of abandoning them?
Rating 1 - Can I have these hours of my life back?
|A New Beginning - Final Cut||Call of Duty: Black Ops||Call of Juarez: Gunslinger|
|Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller||Deadlight||Dust: An Elysian Tail|
|Five Nights at Freddy’s||Five Nights at Freddy’s 2||Human Resource Machine|
|Maize||Mars: War Logs||N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure|
|Rolling Sun||Subject 13||The Journey Down: Chapter One|
|To the Moon|
Rating 2 - Meh…
|A Bird Story||Animal Lover||Blameless|
|Broken Age||Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons||Collisions|
|Cross of the Dutchman||Epistory - Typing Chronicles||Fire|
|Grey Cubes||Hexcells Plus||klocki|
|Layers of Fear||LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4||LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7|
|Masochisia||MIND Path to Thalamus||My Name is Mayo|
|Nihilumbra||Pandemic: The Board Game||Papo & Yo|
|Particulars||Project Temporality||Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut|
|STORM VR||Strata||The 39 Steps|
|The Cat Lady||The Fall||The Silent Age|
|The Stanley Parable||The Walking Dead: A New Frontier||Toby: The Secret Mine|
|Universe Sandbox||Vanishing Realms||Windward|
Rating 3 - Pleasant Distraction
|Alan Wake||Among the Sleep||Amphora|
|Batman: Arkham Knight||Between Me and The Night||BioShock 2|
|Dear Esther||Euclidean||Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series|
|Glass Masquerade||Goat Simulator||Gone Home|
|Hexcells Infinite||Hive - Complete Pack||Kentucky Route Zero|
|L.A. Noire||Little Nightmares||LYNE|
|Mass Effect 2||NaissanceE||Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)|
|Obduction||Of Orcs And Men||Portal Stories: Mel|
|Refunct||Remember Me||That Dragon, Cancer|
|The Bridge||The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav||The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed|
|The Novelist||The Swapper||The Talos Principle|
|The Town of Light||The Walking Dead: Michonne||Typoman|
|Valiant Hearts: The Great War||Year Walk|
Rating 4 - Enjoyed
|ABZÛ||Alice: Madness Returns||Borderlands|
|Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel||Botanicula||Braid|
|Deus Ex: Mankind Divided||Dishonored||Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator|
|ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West||Eufloria||Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture|
|Half-Life 2: Update||Hand of Fate||Hatoful Boyfriend|
|Hero of Many||Hexcells||Hook|
|Journey||Kona||LEGO The Lord of the Rings|
|Life is Strange: Before the Storm||LIMBO||Little Inferno|
|Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes||Paws: A Shelter 2 Game||Pillars of Eternity|
|Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire||realMyst: Masterpiece Edition||RiME|
|Spate||Spec Ops: The Line||The Banner Saga 3|
|The Unfinished Swan||The Vanishing of Ethan Carter||Thomas Was Alone|
|Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception||Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End|
Rating 5 - Loved
|Alien: Isolation||Bastard Bonds||Bastion|
|Batman: Arkham Asylum||Batman: Arkham City||Batman: Arkham Origins|
|BattleBlock Theater||BioShock||BioShock Infinite|
|Borderlands 2||Child of Light||Cities: Skylines|
|D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die||Dead In Bermuda||Deadpool|
|Deus Ex: Human Revolution||Firewatch||Half-Life 2|
|Half-Life 2: Episode One||Half-Life 2: Episode Two||Horizon Zero Dawn|
|INSIDE||Life is Strange||Mad Max|
|Mass Effect||Mass Effect 3||Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain|
|Metro 2033 Redux||Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor||Mini Metro|
|No Man’s Sky||Ori and the Blind Forest||Oxenfree|
|Portal||Portal 2||Quantum Break|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||Saints Row IV||Shadowrun: Dragonfall|
|SOMA||South Park: The Stick of Truth||Tales from the Borderlands|
|The Banner Saga||The Banner Saga 2||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|The Last of Us||The LEGO Movie Videogame||The Room|
|The Room Two||The Walking Dead||The Walking Dead: Season Two|
|The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings||The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||The Wolf Among Us|
|This War of Mine||Tomb Raider||Transistor|
|What Remains of Edith Finch|
- Batch 20 6
- Batch 21 6
- Batch 22 7
- Batch 23 5
- Batch 24 6
- Batch 25 10
- Batch 26 7
- Batch 27 1
- Batch 28 4
- Batch 29 12
- Batch 30 5
- Batch 31 6
- Batch 32 4
- Batch 33 3
- Batch 34 2
- 🏆 Won on SteamGifts 104
- 🎁 Gifts 12
- 🏅 SG Wins Played 53
- 🌟 Theme/Challenge Played 36
- ♻️ Extra Playthrough 21
- ❌ Abandoned 29
- 🕹️ More Playable Content 4
- 🎞️ SteamVR 24
- ➕ Multi-player 44
- 🔄 No End 13