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Personal gaming thoughts

With my limited time for gaming, a game has to be enjoyable to be played. I already have enough grinding in real life and would rather shelf an unsatisfying game than waste time on it. I don’t care much for achievements, unless they expand or improve the gaming experience.

Priorities for unfinished games

  1. Games won on Steamgifts a fair amount of time ago
    Well-reviewed games from mid-aughts and later
    Games started and enjoyed but not finished

  2. Recent Steamgifts wins
    Newer games

  3. Older games

Games not on Steam

Title Status Platform
Grand Theft Auto V Unfinished Rockstar
Assassin’s Creed II Beaten Uplay
Splinter Cell Never played Uplay
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Unfinished Uplay
World in Conflict Never played Uplay
Far Cry 3 Never played Uplay
Rayman Origins Never played Uplay
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Never played Uplay
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Never played Uplay
Assassin’s Creed III Never played Uplay
Driver San Francisco Unfinished Uplay
Watch Dogs Never played Uplay
The Crew Never played Uplay
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China Never played Uplay
Silent Hunter 5 Never played Uplay
Steep Never played Uplay
Assassin’s Creed Unity Never played Uplay
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Never played Uplay
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Never played Uplay
Valiant Hearts Never played Uplay
Rayman Legends Never played Uplay
Splinter Cell Blacklist Never played Uplay
Mass Effect 2 Beaten Origin
Dragon Age: Origins Beaten Origin
The Sims 2 Won’t play Origin
Battlefield 3 Never played Origin
Mass Effect 3 Beaten Origin
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Never played Origin
Plants vs Zombies Never played Origin
Peggle Never played Origin
Jade Empire Unfinished Origin
Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Beaten Origin
Syberia II Never played Origin
Dead Space 3 Never played Origin
Need for Speed Most Wanted 2 Never played Origin
Bejeweled Never played Origin
Crusader Never played Origin
Sim City 2000 Won’t play Origin
Steamworld Dig Never played Origin
Neverwinter Nights Never played GOG
Crysis Unfinished GOG
Fallout Beaten GOG
Fallout 2 Beaten GOG
Indigo Prophecy Beaten GOG
Torchlight Unfinished GOG
Sang Froid Never played GOG
Shadow Warrior 2 Never played GOG
Full Throttle Remastered Unfinished GOG
Distraint Never played GOG
STALKER Clear Sky Never played GOG
Deponia Never played GOG
Mount & Blade Never played GOG
Saints Row 2 Never played GOG
Amnesia, A Machine for Pigs Never played GOG
The Whispered World Never played GOG
Dungeons 2 Won’t play GOG
Still Life 2 Never played GOG
Consortium Never played GOG
Omertà Won’t play GOG
Age of Wonders Never played GOG
MDK Never played GOG

Report #2: March ‘20

March was a month when I supposedly would have little time to put into gaming, mainly for studying for a professional exam and taking a week off to travel. Instead, and like many others, I found myself with quite a bit of spare time.

Vendetta was my March entry into PAGYWOSG. I have a bit of an embarrassing soft spot for the Golden-Age-of-Piracy setting and figured that this game might satisfy, but I should probably have checked out reviews before entering the giveaway. Presumably, the elevator pitch for Vendetta was “GTA in 17th century Caribbean” which may sound like a lot of fun, but I don’t think I have ever played a game with such high ambitions that was so lacking in all relevant areas – narrative, character design, mission design, voice acting, programming, and on and on. Pick an aspect, Vendetta does it poorly. Above all, it doesn’t have a reason for having an open world, and as with most OW games, you end up spending most of your playtime traveling between mission locations.

For this month’s BLAEO theme, I chose two short walking simulators, both of which played more like demos than actual games. The best part was how Transmissions made me want to redo the whole HL2 experience all over again – a bit like how the Alyx promos make me want to plunk down for a VR set…

With the extra time, I have also been putting time into GTA V, Driver San Francisco, Borderlands 2, and Mini Metro. For next month, I plan to keep at it with those games, and to add Injustice and Yesterday Origins to hopefully finish. A normal month, that wouldn’t be doable for me, but we live in strange times, my friends.

Completed or Beaten

In Progress

  • Mini Metro

    37.7 hours playtime

    33 of 49 achievements

  • Borderlands 2

    74.3 hours playtime

    29 of 75 achievements

  • Driver San Francisco

    8 hours playtime?

    2 of 7 achievements

  • Grand Theft Auto V

    20.5 hours playtime

    4 of 77 achievements

Report #1: February ‘20

First a quick hello from a new user – I signed up hoping to use this site as an organizer for my backlog and possibly to get some encouragement by seeing other people make inroads on their unplayed inventory. In that spirit, a big thank you to all those who have put in time and effort creating or maintaining this site, and to those who keep putting in their backlog updates – I know this will help me with mine.

I have kind of limited time for gaming, so if I can get through one major title in a month, or 3–4 smaller ones, it’s a good month as far as gaming goes. During February, I started and finished Shuyan Saga, a visual novel with tablet-style combat moments, which was my entry in PAGYWOSG that month. I also finished Assassin’s Creed 2, which I had been working on for a couple of months, and started Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty, one of Borderlands 2’s many DLCs.