Charles Nonsens’ profile

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
    Games with sequels also in the backlog

  2. Recent Steamgifts wins
    Newer games

  3. Older games

Off-Steam Game Library

Title Status Platform
Assassin’s Creed II Beaten Uplay
Bulletstorm Beaten Amazon DL
Crysis Beaten GOG
Dragon Age: Origins Beaten Origin
Driver San Francisco Beaten Uplay
Fallout Beaten GOG
Fallout 2 Beaten GOG
Far Cry 3 Beaten Uplay
Full Throttle Remastered Beaten GOG
Gone Home Beaten Amazon
Grand Theft Auto V Beaten Rockstar, Epic
Indigo Prophecy Beaten GOG
Jade Empire Beaten Origin
Mass Effect 2 Beaten Origin
Mass Effect 3 Beaten Origin
Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Beaten Origin
Metro Last Light Redux Beaten Epic
Mirror’s Edge Beaten Amazon DL
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Beaten Uplay
The Saboteur Beaten Origin
Trine Beaten Amazon DL
Valiant Hearts Beaten Uplay
Velvet Assassin Beaten Amazon DL
The Whispered World Beaten GOG
Title Status Platform
STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl Unfinished Amazon DL
The Witness Unfinished Epic
Torchlight Unfinished GOG
Title Status Platform
10 Second Ninja X Never played Amazon
12 is Better than 6 Never played Humble
2064: Read Only Memories Never played Epic
20XX Never played Epic
3 out of 10: Season 1 Never played Epic
3 out of 10: Season 2 Never played Epic
A Normal Lost Phone Never played Amazon
A Plague Tale: Innocence Never played Epic
A Short Hike Never played Epic
A Total War Saga: Troy Never played Epic
Absolute Drift Never played Epic
Adventure Pals Never played Amazon
Aegis Defenders Never played Amazon
Age of Wonders Never played GOG
American Fugitive Never played Amazon
Amnesia: Rebirth Never played Epic
Among Us Never played Epic
Anarcute Never played Amazon
Anodyne 2: Return To Dust Never played Epic
Antichamber Never played Humble
Antihero Never played Amazon
Ape Out Never played Amazon, Epic
ARK: Survival Evolved Never played Epic
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China Never played Uplay
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Never played Uplay
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Never played Uplay
Assassin’s Creed Unity Never played Uplay
Assassin’s Creed III Never played Uplay
Assassins Creed Syndicate Never played Epic
Automachef Never played Amazon
Aven Colony Never played Epic
Avicii Invector Never played Amazon
Axiom Verge Never played Epic
Aztez Never played Epic
Bad North Jotunn Edition Never played Epic
Barony Never played Epic
Batman Arkham Knight Never played Epic
Battle Chef Brigade Never played Amazon
Battlefield 1 Never played Origin
Battlefield 3 Never played Origin
Battlefield 4 Never played Origin
Battlefield V Never played Origin
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Never played Origin
Bejeweled Never played Origin
Blair Witch Never played Epic
Bomber Crew Never played Amazon
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Never played Epic
Borderlands 3 Never played Epic
Braveland Never played Humble
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead Never played Epic
Broforce Never played Amazon
Broken Age Never played Amazon, Humble
Burnout Paradise Never played Amazon DL
Carcassonne Never played Epic
Cave Story + Never played Epic
Celeste Never played Epic
Chicken Assassin Reloaded Never played Amazon
City of Brass Never played Epic
Close to the Sun Never played Epic
Cluster Truck Never played Amazon
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Never played Origin
Conarium Never played Epic
Consortium Never played GOG
Costume Quest 2 Never played Epic
Crashlands Never played Epic
Creature in the Well Never played Epic
Crossing Souls Never played Amazon
Crusader Never played Origin
Crying Suns Never played Epic
Cultist Simulator Never played Amazon
Cursed Castilla Never played Amazon
Daemon X Machina Never played Epic
Dandara Never played Amazon, Epic
Darkest Dungeon Never played Epic
Darksiders 2 Never played Amazon, Epic
DARQ Never played Epic
Dead in Bermuda Never played Origin
Dead Space 2 Never played Origin
Dead Space 3 Never played Origin
Death Coming Never played Epic
Death Squared Never played Amazon
Defense Grid: The Awakening Never played Epic
Deponia Doomsday Never played Amazon
Desert Child Never played Amazon
Devil May Cry HD Never played Amazon
Distraint Never played GOG
Double Cross Never played Amazon
Downwell Never played Amazon
Dragon Age 2 Never played Origin
Dragon Age Inquisition Never played Origin
Draknek & Co Puzzle Bundle Never played Amazon
Drawful 2 Never played Epic
Dubwars Never played Amazon
Dungeons 3 Never played Amazon
Earthlock Never played Amazon
Elite Dangerous Never played Epic
Enter the Gungeon Never played Amazon, Epic
Epistory - Typing Chronicles Never played Amazon
Etherborn Never played Amazon
Europa Universalis IV Never played Epic
Faeria Never played Epic
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Never played Uplay
Farming Simulator 19 Never played Epic
FTL Faster Than Light Never played Epic
Figment Never played Epic
Football Manager 2020 Never played Epic
For The King Never played Amazon, Epic
Fractured Minds Never played Amazon
FRAMED Collection Never played Amazon
Frostpunk Never played Epic, GOG
Furi Never played Amazon
Galactic Civilizations III Never played Epic
Gato Roboto Never played Amazon
Ghostbusters Never played Epic
Ghostrunner Never played GOG
GNOG Never played Epic
Godfall Never played Epic
Gods Will Fall Never played Epic
God’s Trigger Never played Epic
GoNNER Never played Amazon, Epic
Grim Fandango Remastered Never played Humble
Guild of Dungeoneering Never played Amazon
Gunpoint Never played Amazon
Headlander Never played Amazon
Heave Ho Never played Amazon
Hello Neighbor Never played Epic
Hellpoint Never played GOG
Her Story Never played Amazon
High Hell Never played Amazon
Hitman: Absolution Never played GOG
Hob Never played Epic
Horace Never played Epic
Horizon Chase Turbo Never played Epic
Hotline Miami Never played Amazon
Hotline Miami 2 Never played Amazon
Hover: Revolt of Gamers Never played Amazon
Hue Never played Amazon, Epic
Hyper Light Drifter Never played Amazon, Epic
I, Hope Never played Amazon
InnerSpace Never played Amazon, Epic
Inside Never played Epic
Insurmountable Never played Epic
Into The Breach Never played Epic
Ironcast Never played Epic
Jackbox Party Pack Never played Epic
Jalopy Never played Humble
Joggernauts Never played Amazon
Journey to the Savage Planet Never played GOG
Jurassic World Evolution Never played Epic
Just Cause 4 Never played Epic
Kabounce Never played Amazon
Keep in Mind: Remastered Never played Amazon
KID A MNESIA Exhibition Never played Epic
Killing Floor 2 Never played Epic
Kingdom: New Lands Never played Amazon, Epic
Kingsway Never played Amazon
Knockout City Never played Origin
Layers of Fear Never played Epic
Layers of Fear 2 Never played Epic
Legends of Eisenwald Never played Humble
Lego Batman Trilogy Never played Epic
Lifeless Planet Never played Epic
Lightmatter Never played Amazon
Little Inferno Never played Epic
Loop Hero Never played Epic
Mable & The Wood Never played Amazon
Madden NFL 08 Never played Amazon DL
Madden NFL 22 Never played Origin
Mages of Mystralia Never played Epic
Majesty Master Collection Never played Amazon
Manual Samuel Never played Amazon
Massive Chalice Never played Humble
MDK Never played GOG
Metal Slug 3 Never played Amazon
Metro: 2033 Redux Never played Epic
Minit Never played Epic
Moonlighter Never played Epic
Mothergunship Never played Epic
Moving Out Never played Epic
Mount & Blade Never played GOG
Mr. Shifty Never played Amazon
Mudrunner Never played Epic
Mugsters Never played Amazon
Mutant Year Zero Never played Epic
My Time at Portia Never played Epic
Narcos: Rise of the Cartels Never played Amazon
NBA 2K21 Never played Epic
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Never played Origin
Need for Speed Most Wanted 2 Never played Origin
Neverwinter Nights Never played GOG
Next Up Hero Never played Amazon, Epic
NHL 09 Never played Amazon DL
Night in the Woods Never played Epic
Nioh Never played Epic
Nuclear Throne Never played Epic
Obduction Never played Epic, GOG
Observer Never played Amazon, Epic
Oddworld: New and Tasty Never played Epic
Offworld Trading Company Never played Epic
Old School Musical Never played Amazon
Orwell 2 Never played Amazon
Outer Wilds Never played Epic
Outlast Never played Humble
Overcooked Never played Amazon, Epic
Overcooked 2 Never played Epic
Overload Never played Amazon
Pankapu Never played Amazon
Pathfinder: Kingmaker Never played Epic
PC Building Simulator Never played Epic
Peggle Never played Origin
Pikuniku Never played Amazon, Epic
Pine Never played Epic
Planet Alpha Never played Amazon
Plants vs Zombies Never played Origin
Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Never played Origin
Poi Never played Amazon
Prey Never played Epic
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Never played Uplay
Prison Architect Never played GOG
Pumped BMX + Never played Amazon
Pumped BMX Pro Never played Amazon
Q.U.B.E. 2 Never played Amazon, Epic
Rage 2 Never played Epic
Railway Empire Never played Epic
Rayman Legends Never played Epic, Uplay
Rayman Origins Never played Uplay
Relicta Never played Epic
Remnant: From the Ashes Never played Epic
Republique Never played Amazon
Retro City DX Never played Humble
Rising Storm 2 Vietnam Never played Epic
Riverbond Never played Epic
Rocket Arena Never played Origin
Rocket League Never played Epic
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Never played Epic
RUINER Never played Epic
Saints Row 2 Never played GOG
Saints Row the Third Remastered Never played Epic
Salt and Sanctuary Never played Epic
Sang Froid Never played GOG
Sanitarium Never played Amazon
Second Extinction Never played Epic
Serial Cleaner Never played Amazon
Serious Sam: The First Encounter Never played GOG
Shadow Warrior 2 Never played Uplay
Sheltered Never played Epic
Shenmue III Never played Epic
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Never played Epic
Silent Hunter 5 Never played Uplay
Slime Rancher Never played Epic
Smoke and Sacrifice Never played Amazon
SNK Bundle Never played Amazon
Solitairica Never played Epic
Soma Never played Amazon, GOG
Sonic Mania Never played Epic
Speed Brawl Never played Epic
Splasher Never played Amazon
Splinter Cell Never played Uplay
Splinter Cell Blacklist Never played Uplay
STALKER Call of Pripyat Never played Amazon DL, GOG
STALKER Clear Sky Never played GOG
Star Vikings Forever Never played Amazon
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Never played Origin
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Never played Origin
Star Wars Squadrons Never played Origin
Starseed Pilgrim Never played Humble
Stealth Bastard Never played Amazon
Stealth Inc. 2 Never played Amazon
Steamworld Dig Never played Amazon, Origin
Steamworld Dig 2 Never played Amazon
SteamWorld Heist Never played Amazon
Steep Never played Epic, Uplay
Stellaris Never played GOG
Steredenn Never played Amazon
Stick it to the Man Never played Epic
Stikbold Never played Amazon
Still Life 2 Never played GOG
Stories Untold Never played Epic
Strafe Never played Amazon
Stranded Deep Never played Epic
Stranger Things 3 Never played Amazon, Epic
Strife Never played Amazon
Subnautica Never played Epic
Sundered Eldritch Edition Never played Epic
Sunless Sea Never played Epic
Super Meat Boy Never played Epic
Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery Never played Epic
Superhot Never played Amazon, Epic
Sword Legacy Omen Never played Amazon
Syberia II Never played Origin
Symmetry Never played GOG
System Shock Never played Amazon
System Shock 2 Never played Amazon
Tacoma Never played Amazon, Epic
Tales from the Borderlands Never played Amazon
Tales of the Neon Sea Never played Epic
Terraforming Mars Never played Epic
Tharsis Never played Epic
The Alto Collection Never played Epic
The Banner Saga Never played Amazon
The Banner Saga 2 Never played Amazon
The Bridge Never played Amazon, Epic
The Crew Never played Uplay
The End is Nigh Never played Epic
The Escapists Never played Amazon, Epic
The Escapists 2 Never played Epic
The Fall Never played Epic
The First Tree Never played Epic
The Flame in the Flood Never played Amazon
The Jackbox Party Pack Never played Epic
The King’s Bird Never played Amazon
The Last Blade Never played Amazon
The Little Acre Never played Amazon
The Messenger Never played Amazon, Epic
The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor Never played Amazon
The Pillars of the Earth Never played Amazon, Epic
The Red Strings Club Never played Amazon
The Spectrum Retreat Never played Epic
The Swords of Ditto Never played Amazon
The Textorcist Never played Epic
The Hunter: Call of the Wild Never played Epic
Thimbleweed Park Never played Epic
Ticket to Ride Never played Epic
Titan Souls Never played Amazon
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove! Never played Amazon
Tokyo 42 Never played Amazon
Tomb of Annihilation Never played Amazon
Torchlight Never played Epic
Torchlight 2 Never played Epic
Tormentor X Punisher Never played Epic
Total War: Warhammer Never played Epic
Totally Reliable Delivery Service Never played Epic
Train Sim World 2 Never played Epic
Transistor Never played Epic
Treadnauts Never played Amazon
Trine 2 Never played Humble
Tropico 5 Never played Epic
Turmoil Never played Amazon
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Never played Amazon
Twinkle Star Sprites Never played Amazon
Tyranny Never played Amazon
Urban Trial Playground Never played Amazon
Uurnog Uurnlimited Never played Amazon
Valhalla Hills Never played Humble
Verdun Never played Epic
The Walking Dead: Michonne Never played Amazon
Wargame: Red Dragon Never played Epic
Wasteland 2 Never played GOG
Watch Dogs Never played Uplay
Watch Dogs 2 Never played Uplay
What Remains of Edith Finch Never played Epic
Wheels of Aurelia Never played Epic
When Ski Lifts Go Wrong Never played Amazon
Where the Water Tastes like Wine Never played Epic
while True: learn() Never played Epic
Whispering Willows Never played Amazon, Humble
Whispers of a Machine Never played Amazon
White Night Never played Amazon
Wilmot’s Warehouse Never played Epic
Windbound Never played Epic
The Witcher 3 Never played GOG
Witcheye Never played Amazon
Wizardry 8 Never played Amazon
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Never played Amazon
World in Conflict Never played Uplay
World of Goo Never played Epic
World War Z Never played Epic
Yoku’s Island Express Never played Amazon
Yono and the Celestial Elephants Never played Amazon
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Never played Epic
Dungeons 2 Won’t play GOG
Omertà Won’t play GOG
Sim City 2000 Won’t play Origin
The Sims 2 Won’t play Origin

Report #42: May 2024

Beaten This Month

Also Played

Added to backlog

  • Call of Juarez

    0.3 hours playtime

    no achievements

Report #41: April 2024

Beaten This Month

Also Played

Added to backlog

Report #40: March 2024

Beaten This Month

Also Played

Report #39: February 2024

Beaten This Month

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Report #38: January 2024

Beaten This Month

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Report #37: December + 2023 Afterword

I finished the year by strolling down nostalgia lane with Commandos, which is still fun but definitely shows its age. It includes a lot of game-y design decisions that destroys the suspension of disbelief. It makes little sense, for example, that the marine or driver characters are not able to drag a corpse out of sight, while the spy character can. Or that an enemy officer without batting an eye can pass through an empty camp that during his last walkthrough was filled with soldiers. This game clearly does not compare to newer titles in the genre, like the fantastic Shadow Tactics. Recommended, with reservations.

I had decent hopes for Deadfall Adventures which turned out to be completely missable. Yes, the Indiana Jones franchise owes everything to Allan Quatermain, but making the main character a Quatermain descendant doesn’t make this game any less of a Raiders of the Lost Ark ripoff. Magical treasures? Check. Jungles & pyramids? Check. Evil Nazis? Check. Charming banter between the main characters? Uhh… the banter is actually terrible and completely anachronistic. Add to that simple puzzles and unsatisfying combat - easily not recommended.

Happy New Year, assassins, and thanks, 2023, for the memories.

Beaten This Month

  • Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

    85.9 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Deadfall Adventures

    41.8 hours playtime

    25 of 50 achievements

Also Played This Month

Favorite Gaming Moments of 2023

  • Far Cry 3

    ? hours playtime

    22/50 achievements

  • Don't Starve

    32.8 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

    23.0 hours playtime

    16 of 48 achievements

  • Wasteland 3

    67.4 hours playtime

    27 of 86 achievements

Steam Library Snapshot

End of 2023

12% (59/482)
26% (124/482)
3% (15/482)
54% (260/482)
5% (24/482)

End of 2022

12% (56/459)
24% (109/459)
5% (21/459)
55% (251/459)
5% (22/459)

End of 2021

12% (54/440)
22% (95/440)
6% (26/440)
55% (243/440)
5% (22/440)

End of 2020

12% (47/408)
20% (82/408)
6% (25/408)
57% (234/408)
5% (20/408)

Report #36: November 2023

Beaten

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Report #35: October 2023

Beaten

Also Played

Added to Backlog

Report #34: August-September 2023

Beaten

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Report #33: July 2023

Until this summer, Klei’s Don’t Starve had been glaring menacingly at me from my library for five years. I had been intimidated by the combination of crafting, procedurally generated worlds, and assured & permanent death, none of which are really up my alley. (Especially assured & permanent death - I’m not a fan.) But as with Mark of the Ninja, Klei has taken a concept that might sound only mildly appealing and perfected the gameplay to create a really rewarding experience. Your character wakes up in a strange land with nothing but the shirt on his back (figuratively, that is, since he is also wearing pants) and needs to start collecting food and resources to survive as many days as possible. The first craftable items are easy to make - an axe to cut down trees, for example, requires two easily found resource items: a stick and a piece of flint - whereas others requires more or rarer resources, so you start exploring to find them. You need to keep an eye on three wellness meters: hunger, health, and sanity, and not let them go too low. If this sounds a bit boring, I hear you. I’m not sure I can capture in words how fun it is to attempt to extend my last living days by one or two. Sorry, I had ChatGPT write this review three times, and it only got worse so I had to write it myself. It’s an enthusiastic recommendation from me, just be aware it will probably ruin other survival games for you.

“Beaten”, i.e., I was beaten enough

  • Don't Starve

    32.8 hours playtime

    no achievements

Also Played