My Lifetime Challenge of Emptying the Backlog Daze The Bear Chieftain’s profile

I have come into 2020 with a challenge to myself to complete as many games as possible in my backlog through multiple systems I own. I am going to try and not buy any games (which will be tough)but I will be keeping my Humble Choice Classic going so I do not lose classic. I’ll be playing games on PC (Steam, Epic, GOG, Origin), PS3, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and the Xbox One w/game pass. I have put together a basic chart in excel where I’ll be keeping track of what I beat, the number of trophies/achievements I earn, what I tried and gave up on, and anything I may have cleaned up for some trophies/cheevos that was already beat before.

I’ll try to keep an update on here frequently. It will most likely be after I beat some games. I’m also open to suggestions on what I should play. For Steam I am using Steam Random Game Picker and then everything else is just a random “I’ll start this” type of thing. Also, comments are always welcome for discussions on what I played or anything else you might feel like saying.


My categories, for main preset stats (wish these categories were more customizable), will be filed as described below:

Never Played: This will be any game I haven’t actually played or maybe popped on for a minute or two. (Some of these may show time but that is from idling for cards)

Unfinished: This will be the games I started before this group and I either got sidetracked or just forgot to get back to.

Beaten: This will be for the games I reached end game on. Beating final level, boss, etc.

Completed: This will be the games that have achieved either 100% cheevos or 100% in-game if they don’t have achievements.

Won’t Play: This is for anything I have I gave up on.


2020: Year of the Backlog #3


I have a brief update today before I forget what I thought of some of the games I played. So let’s get to it.
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PS4

I actually knocked out a few small games since the last update. Three of the games I got with PS+ and one I had bought for like $7. I am working on Sekiro and have actually beat the first main boss and a sub-boss after him. I’m really loving the game but man is it challenging. I just need to quit panicking sometimes and hitting the wrong button. This may be a bit before I beat it but that is ok.

Games I beat are starting with Star Wars Battlefront II. I tried working towards the platinum since it is said to be pretty easy. I just cannot get myself to do it. I am not really a fan of this game and just decided to beat the sort campaign and call it good. Even the campaign I was not that impressed with. The game felt generic to me and I am not sure why. My friend enjoys it but I have other games calling my name that I would rather spend time with.

Burly Men At Sea is up next which was like a choose your own adventure style game. It is pretty short to beat once but I went through and did every possible story to earn the platinum for this one. It had some humor and was pretty good overall. I would give it a thumbs up for a worth checking out. Plus it was very easy to platinum.

Next would be Hue which was a puzzle game using the color palette. It somewhat reminded me of Braid. Your character is named Hue and you find letters that are read to you in your mother’s voice explaining how she discovered color. I enjoyed the story but the gameplay was a little frustrating at times. I felt his movement was a little floaty. I would jump onto a platform and keep sliding sometimes. It deserves a thumbs up from me.

Last but not least I finished up What Remains of Edith Finch. I 100% the trophies but no platinum came with this game, unfortunately. It is a walking simulator where you play as Edith Finch discovering the stories of what happened to the Finch family. The story was fantastic with excellent voice acting. Humor and sadness all rolled into a great experience. If you get a chance then play this game.
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PC

On the PC side of gaming, I have not beat anything yet but I have a few that went into the gave up list. I am working on eden* and have not started Haunted House yet. I am not a big visual novel person but so far I am liking the story to eden. I will have my final thoughts on that later after beating it. Below is the stuff I dropped with revies and links to upvote or downvote if you please.

Think of the Children

Think of the Children

4/10
3.8 hours
2 of 27 achievements

This game could have been fun if you had people to play with. It is just way to difficult to play by yourself. Trying to manage 8 kids and set up other tasks is too much for one. I just can't give this a thumbs up. Unless you have some friends hanging out to play then do not bother.

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Invasion: Brain Craving

Invasion: Brain Craving

2/10
4.2 hours
7 of 15 achievements

Mediocre garbage. RPG style zombie survival with bad controls and just overpowered enemies. Not sure exactly where I got this but it was most likely something that was in a bundle I bought. I gave it a try and now I am moving on.

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Well that is all I have for now. Until next time have fun working on those backlogs.

2020: Year of the Backlog #2


Time for my next update on my backlog clearing for 2020. I have been using Random Steam Game Picker for my PC stuff for the time being and my PS4 will be just picking something installed and clearing it out. So let us get to it and start with the PS4.
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I completed Gravity Rush and earned the platinum for this. I forgot how much fun this game was. Kat, the main character, is cute and adorable and always trying to do what is right even though she does not remember who she is or how she got there. I also forgot all the sexual innuendos they had in this game. She is constantly excited when someone mentions here looks and it seems like she really wants to get laid. Using her gravity powers and flying around was super fun and can get pretty crazy. There are still some mysteries to be discovered which are hopefully revealed in part two which I do own. If you have a PS4 I recommend checking this game out and I’m pretty sure it can be picked up for pretty cheap in a PSN sale.

I then finished up the four added trophies to Accounting+ the game from the Rick & Morty guy. I do not know his name so sorry about that. It is a VR game that was pretty funny. I also tried out another PSVR game I had bought in a bundle on the PSN store for some reason called Ace Banana. In this game, you are a banana and you have a bow and arrow to shoot monkeys that are trying to steal baby bananas. Not sure if that is what they are. Anyways I beat the first boss and made it to the second and then got destroyed. The game is poorly made with bad tracking for the Move controllers. It was a pain to aim exactly where I wanted all the time and it made me finally just give up and move on. I did earn some trophies from it at least but this one goes down as a hard pass.

My next game up for completion I was thinking Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Not really sure yet but that will most likely be it. With that, we move on to PC.
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PC

Update: I played through the four games listed below but for some reason when I generated the tiles the reviews are not showing up when you click the tile. So I beat Moon Hunters and A Plague Tale, but Fermi’s Path I got bored of and Clergy Splode was just garbage. Next time I’ll use different tiles since I cannot seem to update these ones. You can go to my reviews if you would like to see what I wrote up about the games. They are not long reads either.

    Fermi's Path

    3 hours playtime, 5 of 37 achievements (13.51%)

    Fermi’s Path is not a bad game but I just grew tired of it after two hours. It is basically a music rail shooter of sorts. Collect tokens to build your combo to earn a higher score. There are three tokens to collect on each map and also a secret portal to take you to a hidden section of the map. It is challenging and I did have issues where I pressed a direction and it would partially go then come back to where I was and causing me to take damage or miss something. This became annoying but I looked past it. You have 23 levels to play through on three difficulties, and then an infinite mode that I think unlocks when you complete all the levels. I just didn’t get there. You can also create your own levels if you are into that which can then be loaded up to Steam Workshop. Overall it has some fun to it but I don’t think it is worth more than five dollars.

    You can see this review on Steam to upvote or downvote if you’d like. Steam Review

    A Plague Tale: Innocence

    13 hours playtime (about 12 hours this month), 28 of 35 achievements (80%)

    I had been wanting this game since I watch the review by ACG. The game looked fantastic and the story sounded intriguing. I kept holding off on it because of the number of games I have but a friend of mine bought it for me as a Christmas present. I was super stoked and started it at the end of December.

    This game was full of sadness and heartbreak and it brought tears to my eyes a few times throughout my playthrough. Amicia was an amazing strong lead who you see struggle with keeping her brother and herself alive while on the run from the Inquisition and all the plague rats. Her brother Hugo was adorable and brought some happiness and sunshine to the dark world with his innocence. You meet great supporting characters who bring a lot of life to the group. Every character in the game was brilliantly voiced and helped immerse you into the game that takes place in 1349 in France.

    You can find resources while on the run that will help you upgrade your equipment. Your main weapon is a sling which was fun to use. Especially the first time you kill someone and you feel and see the remorse from Amicia who lived an innocent life before this. You will learn how to create other weapons that will help you out a lot along the way.

    I really loved this game and still need to go back and finish up the final achievements I missed because this is a game I consider fully completing. A Plague Tale is an amazing piece of work and Asobo Studio deserves all the praise they get. I also want to congratulate them on winning the 2019 Steam Award for Outstanding Story-Rich Game and all the other awards they won from various sites. You ever get the chance to play this do not pass it up. It will go down as a classic.

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    Clergy Splode

    3 hours playtime, no achievements

    This game is garbage. Not sure where I got it but it was probably some extra crap in a bundle I got and just redeemed the code. I cannot recommend this game to anyone. Avoid at all costs.

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    Moon Hunters

    11 hours playtime (about 8 hours this month), 28 of 47 achievements (59.57%)

    I chose to finally play Moon Hunters with Random Steam Game Picker and it was a great pick. I had a lot of fun playing it. Each hero you can play as has different play styles for combat and strengths in different stats. You have five days to explore and hope to beat the Sun Cultists. It doesn’t take long to complete one playthrough but there is plenty of replayability.

    You can play with your choice of seven heroes but only four are unlocked at the beginning. Each night you camp after exploring a zone on the map. This is where you have your choice of what stats to level up. You can cook but you will need to discover ingredients to make food, sleep which usually talks of a dream, look at the stars, hunt, or stand guard. Each of the items levels up certain skills so you want to pay attention to what your character is strong in. Sometimes you may also get a visitor which may unlock something in-game or an achievement.

    I went through the game multiple times and tried to discover as much as possible. It was a cool adventure and definitely worth playing. It has online co-op, local co-op, and remote play together. The online part did not find any matches for me so if you have a friend to play with you can do the remote play. Do not pass this little gem up.

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For my next round of Steam games, I randomly picked a few to go through since the ones picked seemed like they may be short. I have Think of the Children, Invasion: Brain Craving, Haunted House, and eden*. It is a variety of different style games so who knows what I will enjoy and what will just get tossed. My goal is to try and complete them all though.

Until next time keep up the gaming and I always appreciate comments or even game suggestions on what I should play next. You name it, I may most likely have it.

2020: The Year of the Backlog #1


So, l have been tracking the games I beat for the last three years and last year I knocked out 29. When I first started doing this in 2017, I knocked out 40 games that year. 2018 was not so good which was almost cut in half with only 23 completions. I am hoping to get back up to at least the 40 number again this year. I am going to try and not purchase any new games either this year but I cannot make a promise on that because it is one of my addictions. I do know I will at least keep my Humble Monthly going since I do not really want to lose out on my choice sub. I was thinking of having two categories for games getting knocked off the backlog. One for games I beat and/or at least play for a bit like multiplayer games and others that have no type of ending. Then a category for games I at least tried and just couldn’t keep myself playing or bother with.

So, to start this year off I beat Batman: Arkham Asylum Remaster on PS4. It is not much of a remaster as just a rerelease on the PS4. This is probably about my fourth or fifth time beating this game just on a new system this time. I beat on PS3 and PC also before. It is a great game. My next challengers for PS4 are going to be Apex Construct for PSVR and then Gravity Rush Remaster. I did beat Gravity Rush on the Vita when it came out and I have been wanting to see how it plays on the PS4. Oh, I also started up Final Fantasy XIV on PS4 with a few friends.

On PC I am working on A Plague Tale that a good friend bought me for Christmas. I also play Destiny 2 on PC for some never-ending multiplayer gaming. I am not sure what else I throw into spend some time on but I know when I start spreading myself to thin, I do not get things done. Hell, I still have a Nintendo Switch that does not really get any love. I have a lot cut out for me but it should be fun and I hope to keep things up to date here also. Maybe a post when I beat something and start a new game.

Days Gone but Not Forgotten!

Lots of cool stuff coming with E3 right around the corner. I’m super excited to hopefully hear more info on the new consoles coming. Mainly PS5 since that’s the only one I’ll be buying. I do want to hear what MS has planned but since their planning on bringing more games to PC then there’s no reason for me to buy their next console. So far though the PS5 specs shown off so far are sounding pretty sweet. I’m also hoping to see some new unannounced games. It’s always a great day to be a gamer with so many options out there for us to have our fun with the hobby we love. Enough about that and on to my gaming update.
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PS4 Gaming News Updates…

I finally finished Days Gone and unlocked the platinum trophy. I really enjoyed the story and gameplay. It starts off a little slow and you meet new characters a pretty big expanding map. When you first look at the map it only lets you scroll over a section of it which makes you think that’s the size of the whole area. Then you unlock a new area and you’re like holy crap there’s more. The story picks up when you start to discover new things that surprised me and really pushed me forward. There is quite a lot to do with all the main storyline, side missions, upgrades, and collectibles to find. I’m not sure how long it took me to finish it all since Sony doesn’t show us our game time and the game also doesn’t have anything in the in-game stats. I would figure around 50 hours for the 100% completion. It did have some bugs which weren’t game breaking but did give some annoyance once and a while. Most of them I experienced near end game too. Overall I had a great time and would definitely love to see a sequel. There’s plenty to go off of for future titles. I’d say the game stands about an 8/10.

Let’s see I also played some Battlefront II with my buddy who decided to pick it up since it was like $7 on PSN. We had some fun in the multiplayer modes but I do need to get around to playing the campaign since I have had the game for like six months. I did reinstall Destiny 2 cause part of me wants to play it with my other friends again but I’m also kind of burnt out on it. The Season of Opulence starts on the 4th and it has a new raid so I may just have to get back into it. Last I’m not sure what I’ll work on finishing next on my PS4 but it’ll most likely be God of War or Assassin’s Creed Origins. Both I have put some playtime in but just not finished and actually not too far into them.
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PC Gaming News Updates…

Nothing new with Grim Dawn since I didn’t play it this last week. May jump on it today or tomorrow.

Started playing this a few days ago with Killshot my main gaming buddy on PC. We finished the first game Thursday night and then knocked out the second game last night. We’ll probably finish off the third one tonight or tomorrow. We’ve had a good time playing them and had some pretty funny moments. It’ll be great to knock another game off the backlist with the completion of this game.
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Final Thoughts…

On a final note, I forgot to mention I’m looking forward to GOG Galaxy 2.0. Could be a really cool thing to have if it all works the way they are planning. Having all my gaming info, Steam, Origin, PS4, GOG, etc, in one spot could be awesome. Will make it a lot easier to track what I own and where. It looks like a big job for them but it could be a game changer. If you haven’t seen what they are planning you can check it out here and even sign up for the beta: GOG Galaxy 2.0

They also have a pretty good sale going on right now and I was thinking of picking up Pillars of Eternity II Obsidian Edition since it’s 60% off. Signing off for now so take it easy and GET GAMING!!!

Backlog Rehab Day One

Doh! well, that wasn’t supposed to happen. Started the title and then accidentally hit create. Onto rehab updates…


Grim Dawn

140.4 hours, 37 of 178 achievements



Played a little more of GD and beat the first boss on ultimate. Still, need to clear out a section of the map in the first area. Respect’d some of my stats to go more in line with my pet build on my conjurer. I about level 75 so still a ways to go for 100. Not much else with this game at the moment.
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Misc. PC gaming news updates…

I finally played some World War Z and I loved it. Reminds me so much of Left 4 Dead. There are 5 classes to choose from and level up with perks to unlock to improve your game, a bunch of weapons that can be leveled up and improved, a co-op campaign, and regular multiplayer. I only played the co-op part so far which is broken up into 4 levels with I think was 3 chapters each. I finished the first level and two chapters from the second. It was really fun to play and look forward to more.

I tried out the Heavy Rain demo which was released on the Epic store. I played the game back on the PS3 when it launched but I wanted to see how it ran on PC and the demo was smooth and looked pretty good. I ran it with max settings and never dropped below 60fps. I have a Ryzen 2600x, 16gb DDR4 3200 ram, and a GTX 1080. I’ve been itching to pre-order this and Beyond: Two Souls since with the Epic sale they are only $10 a piece. Also thought about picking up Ashen cause it looks really cool but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I really shouldn’t because my backlog is big enough as is.
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PS4 gaming news updates…

I tried out Dauntless and have had some fun with it. It got me to reinstall Monster Hunter and give it another try to see if I could get into it. I actually started a new character and went with dual blades to see how I felt and I liked it a lot better. A couple of other friends have it and they were looking to get back into it because of the new expansion coming later this year. I should have enough time to get caught up and ready to go by the time the expansion launches.

Days Gone is still unfinished but I feel I am close. The final area is almost fully uncovered but I still have like 9 missions at least showing left for the camp. It’s been a great time and I do plan on earning the platinum for this game. Shouldn’t be too hard anyways so why not. If you have a PS4 I feel it’s a great game to check out sometime if you ever get a chance.
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That’s about it for today. Might try to do these updates twice a week but it may get tough sometimes so expect at least once a week. Signing off for now so good luck and GET GAMING!!!

Road to Blog Recovery Alpha

Hello BLAEO Assassins, it’s been quite some time since I made a post. I saw the thread for recruitment up on SG and was like hey is my account still on there? Lo and behold it was. I was pretty busy for a while since I had decided to go back to school after 22 years. I did 1-1/2 years of college and decided to take a break and rethink my plan. Money and all is a big factor with kids and paying on the wife’s student loans. Really didn’t sound worthwhile to be 100k in debt.

Anyways I plan on posting on here again with random stuff I’m gaming on and trying to knock out. Of course, my backlog didn’t shrink or stabilize during my busy time. I have sunk more time into my PS4 for a while and mostly playing Destiny 2 but I burned out on that. I beat Division 2 on my PS4 and then sunk close to 200 hours into that. Took a break and finally decided to really focus on single player games with Apex as my main multiplayer game for now.

The first game I’ll list for my working towards completion/beat is Days Gone. I feel like I’m close to 75% complete. I plan on getting the platinum for it since it seems pretty simple to do and I have enjoyed the game. The main story and side stories have gotten pretty interesting this far into the game. I am starting to see some bugs show up more often now or I’d say one bug and that’s where the freakers(zombies) just appear out of nowhere. It’s not just one of them either it’s usually six and up. Overall I think Sony Bend did a fine job.

On PC I started Rage 2 which I like so far. I’m only like an hour worth of gameplay into so don’t really have a lot to say yet about it. There seems like there is a lot to unlock and upgrade so it could be fun.

Last but not least I did break down and buy two new games and many might not like it but they were on the Epic Store. With their sale active, I just had to buy World War Z because I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about it and it looks fun. I also picked up Hades because I enjoy SuperGiant Games. It really just comes down to wanting to play some games no matter where I get them from. I’ll probably get some hate for this but I just don’t really care. I’m here to have fun and that’s what’s going to happen.

I look forward to the next post which maybe I can get some screenshots posted up. If you read through this then I’d like to say “that’s awesome and thank you for wasting some time on my nonsense. Also feels good to be back writing about gaming again.

Road to Victory #26

Been a while but that’s how it goes for me. I tend to not feel like writing about or review my games I play. This one though deserved the post.

Slain
This game was awesome. It was given to me as a Christmas gift and I enjoyed every minute of it. Very challenging and will make you mad but very rewarding when you get the next checkpoint. I finished it today and actually wrote a review about it here.

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I highly recommend the game. It’s a must play in my opinion.

Road to Victory #25

I beat Sleeping Dogs Definite edition a few days ago. I never played the original version so can’t compare the two. I did have some fun playing it and thought the story was pretty good. I also went through both DLC packs which weren’t bad. I did have some issues with certain things glitching out at times and having to restart to get it to work again. Overall the game was good and a must play in my book.

I’ve also went through Dead Island Definite Edition with a friend and had a good time playing it. This version was loaded with bugs when we started playing like invisible boxes and audio glitches to name a few. It did get patched recently which did fix a lot of that. The game also crashed on us once and when we restarted it my game would constantly crash after a minute or two. After going through settings and everything we found it to be the modded weapon I was using was the problem. It was the ripper mod and after getting rid of it the game never had another crash.

We beat that and then started Riptide Definite Edition which we have completed 83% so far. We have run into a few issues but mainly just audio stuff. Sounds will cut out sometimes and then kick back in later. Overall both games have been a blast to play with a friend. I don’t really recommend playing by yourself. If you can play with someone cause it just makes things more enjoyable.

I finally started Skyrim since I got the SE version for free. I never played back when it came out because of a long story. I’m looking forward to finally jumping into what I’ve heard is an amazing adventure. Only got a little bit in and had to go to work but will have more progress next time.

In other news I’ve won a few cool games from SG. I won Abzu a few weeks back and then today I won Owlboy. Both amazing looking games and stuff I’m looking forward to playing. I’m also hoping to learn how to make my posts a little flashier like some really impressive ones other members have. That’s about it for now. I’ll update on my progress as soon as I can again.

Road to Victory #24

Accidentally created my last post before I was finished and then had to leave for a few hours. So this is basically a continuation from that one. lol


Shadow Warrior
I finally started this after seeing the trailers for the second one and friends telling me to play it. I think I’m on the 4th mission right now and the game is a blast. I really love the dialog and B movie feel to the game. Lots to upgrade and have fun with. No screenshots yet for some reason so I’ll have some next time I post about it.


Doom(2016)
Beat this a little while ago and really enjoyed it. Ending made me a little mad but nothing like Rage ending mad. Hopefully there will be some campaign DLC to maybe continue the ending. I knocked out most of the cheevos so far. I plan on getting a few more still and maybe 100% the main game at least. I’m not going to bother getting MP DLC.
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The Last Door
This is a fantastic point & click game. It’s broke down into four chapters in this first season and they won’t take to long to complete but it’s story makes it well worth it. Wrote a small review here
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Last thing I have is that I finally got around to installing the PS2 emulator and Dolphin to emulate Gamecube & Wii games. I also bought the Dolphin light bar which is bluetooth so I can use my Wii remotes on my PC. Loving it so far and it’s awesome to be able to play some games I missed and make them look even better.

Road to Victory #23

Been quite a while since my last update. I tend to get lazy and not care about writing stuff for games and just play. So lets just get to what I’ve been doing.


Oceanhorn
Finished this off last night. It was a fun game and took me about 20 hours to knock out. I didn’t get 100% on the cheevos as the ones for fishing irritated me and I just didn’t care. I wrote up a review you can read here. Definitely a game worth playing.
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