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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
    Games with sequels also in the backlog

  2. Recent Steamgifts wins
    Newer games

  3. Older games

Off-Steam Games

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
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
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
Batman Arkham - Trilogy Unfinished Epic
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Unfinished Epic
Full Throttle Remastered Unfinished GOG
STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl Unfinished Amazon DL
The Witness Unfinished Epic
Torchlight Unfinished GOG
>observer_ Never played Epic
10 Second Ninja X Never played Amazon
12 is Better than 6 Never played Humble
20XX Never played Epic
A Normal Lost Phone Never played Amazon
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
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
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
Battle Chef Brigade Never played Amazon
Battlefield 3 Never played Origin
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Never played Origin
Bejeweled Never played Origin
Blair Witch Never played Epic
Bomber Crew Never played Amazon
Braveland Never played Humble
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
Conarium Never played Epic
Consortium Never played GOG
Costume Quest 2 Never played Epic
Crashlands 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
Dandara Never played Amazon, Epic
Darkest Dungeon Never played Epic
Darksiders Never played Amazon
Darksiders 2 Never played Amazon, Epic
Dead Space 3 Never played Origin
Death Coming Never played Epic
Death Squared Never played Amazon
Defense Grid Never played Epic
Deponia Never played GOG
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
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
Faeria Never played Epic
Far Cry 3 Never played Uplay
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Never played Uplay
Farming Simulator 19 Never played Epic
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
Furi Never played Amazon
Galactic Civilizations III Never played Epic
Gato Roboto Never played Amazon
Ghostbusters Never played Epic
GNOG 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
Her Story Never played Amazon
High Hell Never played Amazon
Hob Never played Epic
Horace 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
Into The Breach Never played Epic
Jackbox Party Pack Never played Epic
Jalopy Never played Humble
Joggernauts Never played Amazon
Jurassic World Evolution Never played Epic
Just Cause 4 Never played Epic
Kabounce Never played Amazon
Keep in Mind: Remastered Never played Amazon
Killing Floor 2 Never played Epic
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Never played Epic
Kingdom: New Lands Never played Amazon, Epic
Kingsway Never played Amazon
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
Mable & The Wood Never played Amazon
Madden NFL 08 Never played Amazon DL
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
Metro Last Light Redux Never played Epic
Minit Never played Epic
Moonlighter 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
Need for Speed Most Wanted 2 Never played Origin
Neverwinter Nights Never played GOG
Next Up Hero Never played Amazon, Epic
Night in the Woods Never played Epic
NHL 09 Never played Amazon DL
Nuclear Throne Never played Epic
Observer Never played Amazon
Oddworld: New and Tasty Never played Epic
Offworld Trading Company Never played Epic
Old School Musical Never played Amazon
Orwell 2 Never played Amazon
Outlast Never played Humble
Overcooked Never played Amazon, Epic
Overload Never played Amazon
Pankapu Never played Amazon
Peggle Never played Origin
Pikuniku Never played Amazon, Epic
Planet Alpha Never played Amazon
Plants vs Zombies Never played Origin
Poi Never played Amazon
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Never played Uplay
Psychonauts Never played Amazon
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
Remnant: From the Ashes Never played Epic
Republique Never played Amazon
Retro City DX Never played Humble
Rising Storm 2 Vietnam Never played Epic
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Never played Epic
RUINER Never played Epic
Saints Row 2 Never played GOG
Sang Froid Never played GOG
Sanitarium Never played Amazon
Serial Cleaner Never played Amazon
Shadow Warrior 2 Never played Uplay
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
Splasher Never played Amazon
Splinter Cell Never played Uplay
Splinter Cell Blacklist Never played Uplay
STALKER Call of Pripyat Never played Amazon DL
STALKER Clear Sky Never played GOG
Star Vikings Forever Never played Amazon
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Never played Epic
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
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
Super Meat Boy Never played Epic
Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery Never played Epic
Superhot Never played Amazon, Epic
Surviving Mars Never played Epic
Sword Legacy Omen Never played Amazon
Syberia II Never played Origin
System Shock Never played Amazon
System Shock 2 Never played Amazon
Tacoma Never played Amazon, Epic
Tales from the Borderlands Never played Amazon
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 Flame in the Flood Never played Amazon
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
The Red Strings Club Never played Amazon
The Swords of Ditto Never played Amazon
The Talos Principle Never played Epic
The Textorcist Never played Epic
The Walking Dead: Michonne Never played Amazon
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
Totally Reliable Delivery Service Never played Epic
Transistor Never played Epic
Treadnauts Never played Amazon
Trine 2 Never played Humble
Tropico 5 Never played Epic
Tumblestone Never played Amazon
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
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
Whispering Willows Never played Amazon, Humble
Whispers of a Machine Never played Amazon
White Night Never played Amazon
Wilmot’s Warehouse Never played Epic
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 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 #12: February 2021

I was pleasantly surprised to manage to knock three titles off the backlog in February, including two that had been there for a long time and one that had been there for a looong time: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.I wouldn’t say it looks fresh, but it probably has about the level of 3D graphics that I find acceptable to play today. The story is nice and straightforward, and the banter between the prince and his romantic interest is enjoyable. The game is split 50-50 between combat and action puzzles as you traverse the huge palace of some sultan. Combat is pretty simple and occasionally challenging, but the game is not much of a puzzler, as the solutions are always pretty obvious - it’s mostly a question of pressing the right button at the right time.

I’m not familiar with the Walking Dead graphic series, but Telltale’s game series and the TV show make me feel the same thing: I don’t like to be manipulated. Over and over, the game moves to make you care about a character, only to have them killed an episode or two later. Or worse, it puts you in front of a cringey timed choice “Which one of your friends will survive!” What the game has going for it, though, is Clementine. She is a great character with a nice development arc (at least, two seasons in), to the point that I’m actually looking forward to playing the following seasons, despite everything else…

I also finally finished TASTEE, where I sort of got stuck halfway through about a year ago. Up to that point I had been playing my missions slow and methodically, which the game mechanics actually disfavor. When I turned to using speed and distractions I had a much better success rate.

This month I will participate in the “Monthly in a Month” event again, after a few months off. Stay slaying, assassins!

Beaten

Chipping away

Report #11: January 2021

Things are heating up with work, so my spare time took a nose dive in January. Even so, I managed to finish one SG win and one non-Steam title. I had previously finished The Devil’s Daughter, which made very marginal changes to the gameplay and interface of Crimes and Punishments. They are both moderately enjoyable, but lacking in challenge – essentially, if you click on everything, you solve the cases.

The Whispered World was the latest episode in my ongoing played-a-p&c-and-didn’t-like-it rigmaroll. I’ve been trying to eliminate from my backlog games with sequels that I also have, otherwise, this game would be pretty low on the to-do list. It’s kind of amazing that the trope of solving contrived puzzles by combining disparate items in your inventory was so long-lived. (But it’s gone now, right? Please tell me it’s gone.)

I haven’t yet decided what to make a go for this month. Hopefully/sadly, spare time will continue to be scarce, but I would like to keep my streak of beating at least one win a month going.

Beaten

  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

    22.1 hours playtime

    22 of 25 achievements

  • The Whispered World

    26.2 hours playtime

    11 of 20 achievements

In Progress

Report #10: December + 2020 Afterword

Wow, what a year, huh! Don’t worry, 2020, I’ll keep this post civil and gaming-related. For all its mess-ups, this year turned out to be pretty good for my backlog (as in becoming smaller). I don’t really have any reliable record of my assassinations prior to joining this site, but I can say with confidence that this is the highest number of games I’ve ever beaten in a year, with some margin.

In December, I took a break from most of the gaming events I usually participate in, and just picked a bunch of games I had been wanting to play for a while. Since the events require any participating games to be played on Steam, it was also a good month to play a few off-Steam titles.

My favorite of the month turned out to be Ori and the Blind Forest, which was maybe a little surprising. Platform games aren’t normally my bag, but Ori so shines in every aspect - artwork, level design, progression, lore, music, you name it - that it was completely irresistible. It also has a certain holiday feel to it, which I’m sure helped. I also love Valiant Hearts for its artwork, atmosphere, and evocative narrative, but its gameplay is perhaps a bit simple for an adult…

Jade Empire, on the other hand, was a bit of a letdown for me, not one of Bioware’s best for sure. Fairly unengaging storyline, with an inordinate amount of effort going toward making the player feel that the main character is special. Boring side quests. Clunky, unfun mechanics. Hammy voice acting, except John Cleese and Nathan Fillion in bit parts. The graphics must have been outdated already when the game was released in 2005 (for comparison, Half-Life 2 came in 2004 and has vastly superior graphics). Even the romance options were dull :sadlewdcat: Maybe I expected too much from a 15-years old game - I guess I’ll just have to break out the Mass Effect trilogy again for that Bioware magic.

Have a wonderful 2021, fellow assassins!

Beaten

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    71.8 hours playtime

    33 of 85 achievements

  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

    30.4 hours playtime

    29 of 57 achievements

  • Shadowrun Returns

    25.4 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing

    2.5 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Jade Empire™: Special Edition

    unknown playtime

    no achievements

  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War™

    unknown playtime

    no achievements

  • Crysis

    unknown playtime

    no achievements

Favorite Games Played in 2020, in no Particular Order

Steam Library Snapshot

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

Report #9: November ‘20

The six games I beat last month were all part of Cjcomplex’s Monthly in a Month event over on Steamgifts. When I participate in a thing of that sort, I pick my games based on a) how long I figure it might take me to finish them, b) how long they have languished in my backlog, and c) what pleasure I think I can get out of them. Seeing as I managed to beat these games, I did a pretty good job on a), except for Jotun, which took me a heck of a longer time than the five hours HLTB indicated. Must have been some kind of speed run… On b), a few of these titles had been in my library for three years, so I’m sure they were happy to be shown some love. Most importantly, I had a great time with the games this month! Other than Jotun, they are all pretty narrative-driven, which is up my alley. Top title last month: I loved Kentucky Route Zero for its subversion of the old point-and-click and text-based adventure genres, although I realize it’s not going to be a game for everyone. Lots of reading…

Beaten or Completed

In Progress

Report #8: October ‘20

Good month for the backlog, not so much in quantity, but rather because I knocked off my oldest unplayed SG win as well as GTA V - a real timesink I had been chipping away at since pre-Covid times. Overall, I had a good time with my games this month and realized that it’s a lot more enjoyable to play good titles rather than so-so ones. Shocker!

Beaten or Completed

  • Grand Theft Auto V

  • Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™

In Progress

  • Crysis

  • TASTEE: Lethal Tactics

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Report #7: August–September ‘20

Dear Diary,
You haven’t heard from me in a while. I’m sorry, but I can only assume you too have been busy. After the somewhat embarrassing month of July (zero games beaten), I attempted to beat six former Humble Monthly titles in order to participate in Cjcomplex’s Monthly in a Month Steamgifts event. I only managed to knock off four before time ran out, but no worries Diary, that’s still a good dent in the backlog for me.

I came back with renewed spirits in September and actually managed to beat the full six. Huzzah! It looks like a lot of games, but remember it’s for two months, Diary. As a wise man said, if you take everything I’ve accomplished in my entire life and condense it down into one day, it looks decent.

The best of the bunch by a good margin was Shadow Tactics, but I also enjoyed Kathy Rain (a mystery point-and-click) and Seasons after Fall (a very pretty puzzler-platformer).

This month, I’m taking a break from the Monthly event to hopefully finish off some older wins and chip away on GTA V, as time permits.

I’ll see you next month, ta-ta!

Beaten or Completed

In Progress

Report #6: July ‘20

As expected, not much gaming done this month, due to travels, work, warm weather, etc. I played about 3/4 through Shadow Tactics, an excellent stealth RTT game I won a year and a half ago. :embarrassedspacecat:
I’m also not very optimistic about August, but we’ll see. At least I’ll finish off Shadow Tactics; anything else is a bonus.

In Progress

Report #5: June ‘20

Some unexpectedly good progress on the backlog this month - of course, knocking off a few shorter games helps with the numbers. I reached a milestone of sorts in that I beat my 100th Steam game, according to my friendly BLAEO tracker. Out of June’s crop, I particularly enjoyed The Turing Test, which had languished in my library for a good two years, and the Commander Lilith DLC for Borderlands 2, although I realized that I played the DLCs in the wrong order. Torgue and Hammerlock turned out to be completely unchallenging after Lilith, so it was a bit of an anticlimactic ending to my BL2 career. I’m now also back chipping away at GTA V after having my Rockstar account hijacked for the better part of last month. The hacker kindly left me $15M to play with - although I have yet to play the online part of the game, so not sure what to do with it. Somewhat pessimistic about continuing the good progress into July, what with vacations & warm weather around the corner, but I’ll try to keep my streak of playing at least one SG win per month alive.

Completed or Beaten

In Progress

  • Grand Theft Auto V

    32 hours playtime

    7 of 77 achievements

  • TASTEE: Lethal Tactics

    6.7 hours playtime

    18 of 41 achievements

Next Month, Maybe?

Report #4: May ‘20

Another pretty good month as far as backlog-clearing goes. I didn’t play as many games as last month, but April was most likely an outlier. The two SG wins I played sadly turned out to be pretty lacking. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens was my first Lego title and will probably be my last, and Rebel Galaxy was truly monotonous.

Happily for me, I had picked two Dontnod titles for the Think Locally theme - Remember Me and Life is Strange - and while I have a few issues with each of them, I also enjoyed both quite a bit. It was interesting to play two games from the same design team back to back, especially when the writers have a clear ambition to examine certain topics. Life is Strange was probably the highlight for me this month - think ctrl-Z meets My So-Called Life - and I was particularly captured by the depiction of a true and honest friendship. I’m not sure I have seen it portrayed so sincerely in a game before. This is also the reason why I thought the concluding chapter was disappointing and out of place - the narrative didn’t really need it. Finally, it’s another example of great voice acting. Chloe Price happens to be voiced by the same actor as Tiny Tina of Borderlands 2.

Completed or Beaten

In Progress

  • Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary

    7.4 hours playtime

    2 of 6 achievements

  • Grand Theft Auto V

    25 hours playtime

    4 of 77 achievements

  • Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

    11.1 hours playtime

    1 of 90 achievements

Next Month, Maybe?

Report #3: April’20

Like many others, I found myself able to make an unusually large dent in the backlog during April. Managed to finish six Steamgifts wins plus two won DLCs, so I’m quite happy with that progress. I addition to those, I also finished two old titles from the backlog - Left 4 Dead, which I had never gotten into before but found pretty satisfying, and Driver San Francisco, a rather blah police streetracer game with supernatural moments.

Mini Metro was probably the most addictive game I’ve played in the past couple of months. It was obviously designed for touchscreen, but it worked fine on computer as well. I normally don’t care for achievements, but Mini Metro’s achievement design was pretty good and added to my experience of that game. If anything, I wouldn’t have minded a third level of achievements, especially since the first level is so easy to get.

This month’s games also made me realize that while I thought I liked point&click games, that is probably not true anymore. The way that one always seem to run up against the mechanics of the game (e.g. “I don’t think I want to do that right now.”) is such a blow to the suspension of disbelief. I find myself thinking not “How do I solve this problem?” but “How do the game designers think I should solve this problem?” Oh well, I only have 40 or so unplayed P&C games in my backlog…

I enjoyed the newest Call of Duty installment, set pieces and all, but my computer is coming up against its limits with these newer action games.

Finally, a word about the voice acting in Borderlands 2 - it’s really, really good. Special shout out to Tiny Tina!

Completed or Beaten

In Progress

  • Borderlands 2

    95.7 hours playtime

    35 of 75 achievements

  • Grand Theft Auto V

    20.5 hours playtime

    4 of 77 achievements

Next Month, Maybe?