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SHORT UPDATE!

Hello there! I am advancing in some games, but some problems happened IRL and I have a lot of work, so not a lot of time…

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BLACKLISTER #99

Train Valley 2

9/10
36 hours
0 of 63 achievements

I LOVED this game! I received it for free with a bundle choice last year, and I did not think about it, but it seems I was totally wrong. This is a management/puzzle hybrid, in which you must send trains with resources to fulfil the demands in each level. For example: Send people to log camp –> Send logs to board factory –> Send boards to city. This seems very simple at the beginning, but starts getting fairly complex by mid-end game.

GOOD

  • Graphics are marvelous, animation is kinda childish, appealing directly to your inner child. I played all game in normal time speed, only to see those trains run along the tracks, those little factories expelling smoke…

  • Game is very long, with 50 levels + 20 levels in a DLC (Did not play). Also have a lot of community created levels in the workshop, increasing replayability

  • Gameplay is simple but fun, and scaling difficulty makes it good for everyone. Excepting some very few levels, it’s not possible to lose a scenario, so skill entry level is low, but it can be quite challenging to get those 5 stars in some of the levels.

  • Music is quite nice, again with playful tones. Those train sounds are really cute.

BAD

  • Track placement can be finicky and obstrusive some sometimes

  • Due to previous point, some of the extra challenges in some levels become very annoying (Don’t destroy any tracks, for example)

I really recommend this game to everyone.

I also abandoned 2 games from the 100 challenge :_(

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BLACKLISTER #39

Spintires®

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0 hours
0 of 77 achievements

I checked on this game and it seems it’s an old version of the newer MudRunners, which I also have. The game is conceptually the same (Developer created a new IP due to some shady stuff from the distributor), so I will just support and play only the developer current version.

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BLACKLISTER #29

Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor

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0 hours
0 of 44 achievements

I did not understand this. It’s ugly, confusing and annoying to play. Uninstalled very fast, this game was obviously not for me : )

That’s all for today, happy gaming!

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Greetings, fellow gamers! I had a busy week so I did not play a lot, but had some games still for sharing here. None of these were great games for me except for one, so I will keep it short. The good news is that I am right on schedule in the challenge! Let’s see if I can keep the pace till the end of the year.

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BLACKLISTER #55

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

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0 hours
0 of 14 achievements

This game seems very good. Graphics are impressive, audio design is amazing, it's binaural sound that really must be experienced with headphones. For the negatives I think combat seemed a bit clunky. The main problem for me is the incredible atmosphere of this game, it was too "heavy and scary" for me, and I uninstalled to avoid some unnecessary anxiety.

I cannot offer any meaningful insight on this game, but I'd recommend to any non chicken gamers

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BLACKLISTER #89

Rebel Galaxy

6/10
0 hours
0 of 37 achievements

This is a spaceship game! Nice to play, but feels unpolished. It felt a bit grindy towards the end, since you need a lot of money to be able to destroy end game ships. Overall enjoyable.

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HUMBLE CHOICE

Train Station Renovation

7/10
0 hours
0 of 54 achievements

I liked this game, but I should have loved it, since I enjoy a lot this niche genre. It's about renovation train stations, in similar fashion to House flipper or Viscera cleanup detail. You pick up the trash, make everything tidy and neat and furnish the stations. Nothing more, nothing less. It's like a zen experience to disconnect from world, and perfect for procrastinating real life cleaning.

UI is a bit clunky, and it had massive performance problems, which has been mostly fixed, but this together with the fact that the last levels feel rushed, make evident for me this game was not finished at release. With some more work this could be a very good game.

I'd recommend to play if you play it, it's very relaxing, but if you don't own it and are interested in trying this genre, go for Viscera cleanup, which is far superior, offers multiplayer, and it's just hilarious to play.

I also played FOR HONOR and STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II. Since I don’t own them on steam, and I don’t have time today for fixing the panels, let’s wrap this up quickly:

For Honor

I just played the campaign for this. It’s competent enough, serves as a tutorial for the game mechanics, and the story is not bad. This is meant to play multiplayer, but I disliked the combat so much I finished the story and uninstalled without trying it.

Battlefront

I got this for free in epic games. That is the best and only good thing I will say about this game. EA crap with lootboxes and stuff is known by all of us by now, so I will not insist on that. Out of all the people I got to download the game to play some Star Wars! together, only one friend and I were able to play the game, if that unplayable mess can be called a game. Crashes, unstable connection for an MP game, even playing vs bots. Campaign again is meant as tutorial for different characters, and it’s bland and not very fun overall. Not recommended at all :)

And that’s all for this week, I continue with the pending games I have before starting another batch :)

Happy gaming to all!

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Hello all again! I feel much better these days, even if works seems to be increasing. Today I will make small review for the games I was challenged to play, I want to thank EvilBlackSheep for choosing these for me!

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BLACKLISTER #27

Cat Quest

7/10
0 hours
0 of 12 achievements

Let me start saying that I don´t like cats. At all :D. But this game is quite a charming little RPG. The gameplay was fun yet simple, with a cute selection of equipment. While the main quest was predictable and nothing special, the side quests were really good, since every small town has its own chain quest that follow nice small stories. Overall enjoyable game.

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BLACKLISTER #32

Little Misfortune

6/10
0 hours
0 of 35 achievements

Disclaimer: this game is very depressive. Misfortune is a really appropiate name for this "Little lady". I will not comment much to not spoil the game, I found the story quite entertaining, but I was not a fan of the art (Those animations… Yikes forever!), but the voices and dialogue are quite good, and Misfortune herself is a charm to follow around. Some design decisions made the game fall a bit short, but I enjoy it anyway

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BLACKLISTER #49

Yoku's Island Express

8/10
0 hours
0 of 31 achievements

I loved this game. It's a platformer game with elements of metroidvania and … PINBALL! F****NG PINBALL! Awesome design, really fun to play, not much else to say, if you like original gameplay play it.

I don't rate it more because while fun and innovative, it's not a groundbreaking game, but I still recommend it to everyone that has access to it.

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BLACKLISTER #73

Wargroove

8/10
0 hours
0 of 23 achievements

I did not finish Wargroove, only played the initial missions, because I know I will not finish it within the time limit, so I write down my thoughts so far. This seems a pretty decent "Advanced Wars" Fantasy game, which is a really cool idea. I am enjoying it, but you cannot truly jugde these games until you reach later stages, so I will review it again when I finish it.

And I leave my favourite of the bunch for last:

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BLACKLISTER #57

Night in the woods

9/10
0 hours
0 of 23 achievements

I don't know what other people will think about this game, but I was really touched by it. As an expat leaving far from home, I felt really identified with the feelings when you finally return back, even just for a few days. Life continues with or without you, your hometown changes and your relationships simply fade away, even the ones you are able to maintain just are not the same, and never will.

It also touches important themes about growing up, growing out, mental illness and such. I loved the art and most of the characters, they are charming and interesting. World construction is really good, you get the vibe of a small town dying out due to economical situation, something most of us experienced as well. It combines crazy moments with very mundane ones, as life is always doing. Some parts are not really good, like most of the dream scenes, and it's surely not a game for everyone, but I really liked it. Crimes?? Crimes!

I have more games to review, but I leave them for next time.

Happy gaming!

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Hello fellow assassins. This past weeks have been very slow. I was diagnosed with post-Covid syndrome, which it’s making hard to breath and walk more than 100 meters, so I did not feel like playing anything, honestly. Please be careful with this shit, for you and your loved ones.

Anyway, I was able to do something for the 100 game challenge:

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Blacklister #75

Yooka-Laylee

6/10
22 hours
0 of 35 achievements

This game has always had mixed reviews from the community, and for me now it's clear why. It tries to emulate the good ol' Banjo games, which I did not play (PC gamer + Nintendo portable only, never owned a PS), so I cannot discuss if they are accurate in the feeling or not. But, what I can say:

The GOOD:

The game is beautiful, cute and very charming. Characters and worlds are colourful and fun, gameplay and challenges are a joy to experience. Variety of moves and powers is very good, you can feel the progress. Collectibles (a fuckton, but usual for this genre), do not get in the way too much, progress is bound to them of course, but I did not find it grindy at all to advance. Bosses were original and fun (not the last one, more about that below), and since they are not mandatory for the most part, it's an optional challenge you can enjoy or pass.

The BAD:

Here is were things start to get downhill. I loved the characters, the worlds and the general challenges, but there were 3 points that dampened my whole experience:

  • The CONTROLS. They are abysmal, unresponsive at times. I understand recreating the games of old in terms of gameplay and challenge, but for fuck's sake, you cannot create games which control like they are 30 years old. Huge dissapointment, and biggest sin of this game for me.

  • The last boss is unnecessarily long and unfair. I say unfair and not difficult, because I hate artificial difficulty. When you cannot dodge attacks because the flying controls are wonky as hell, then it's just not fun to play anymore. It's design is just annoying, and I saw this point repeated all over the internet as well. A lot of people just raged-quit at this point.

  • Minecart and some other minigames. They are a very good idea, badly implemented again due to poor controls.

That's all from my side, I really think controls in a game are very important, and if you get them wrong, you are hampering your customer's experience. This is not 1980 anymore.

RECOMMENDED TO PLAY: YES
RECOMMENDED TO BUY: NO, buy A Hat in time if you want a better game in this genre. That one is 9/10 in my book.

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Blacklister #92

Shadowrun Returns

7/10
10 hours
no achievements

This game feels incomplete. I think the idea was for it to be a tool, in which you would download and play other people's campaigns. Official campaign is short, but decent, kinda as a presentation card for Shadowun. Gameplay speaking is nothing special, your standard turn based RPG. Difficulty is very lacking, even on hard, but does not matter much.

Setting is very interesting, and I look forward to read some more about this world and to play the next games (Dragonfall is also in this challenge).

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Blacklister #81

Faeria

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0 hours
0 of 54 achievements

I tried, but I really don't like card games :_(. I got bored almost inmediately, but it seems very interested, if multiplayer focused hybrid between card and board game.

Currently playing:

  • Train Valley 2

    15.6 hours playtime

    0 of 63 achievements

  • Rocket League

    15.3 hours playtime

    52 of 88 achievements

  • Sunless Sea

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 54 achievements

  • That’s all for today, be safe and happy, and keep gaming :)

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    Hello everybody! Today I present the final format for my challenge. I had some time between minutes and it ended like this, trying to keep the categories I set up last time (Big names, short games, things I think I will like, and bundle lefovers I did not know much about) . I also reduced my assassination target for this year, as troublesome times are coming (Extra advanced trainings and stuff that will absorb a lot of time), so it went down to 60 games from the grid, and we will see how it goes.

    I will be adding 5 new games every month to the “to play” list. February ones were already stated last time, from the comments of you people.

    Now, for this report, I will only comment one game, but it’s a big one…

    0 hours
    None
    BLACKLISTER #1
    Played on uPlay

    Let me state this. This is a big game. VERY big. Probably it's size it's the main issue I had with it. I will analyze it a bit more than usual since it's a big name game, but will try to keep it short:

    POSITIVES

    • It's fun to play. Combat is good, overall gameplay is very good if you avoid the grindy, repetitive parts. There are some epic fights in this game.

    • It looks very good. I felt it was a bit a downgrade from Origins, but it's beautiful, and the ancient Greece setting was very well done, IMO.

    • I found the story to be quite decent. I mean, it's still bullshit, like every other AC game story before, but it's at least bearable and does not get in the way of the enjoyment. I actually liked how the linked myth with AC lore.

    • The Fate of Atlantis DLC is the single best DLC I played since Blood and Wine from the Witcher 3. It's huge, it's beautiful (OMG Elysium) and it's fun to play in. It does not feel cheap at all like the first DLC.

    • Sokrates

    • Got to kill all those malákas

    NEGATIVES

    • The world is too big. Half the areas are totally empty, with almost nothing to do, which makes them feel like filler. If you are not going to properly use every area, just make it smaller, but richer in detail.

    • I did not like the main characters. I played as Kassandra, which seems to be the canon, and It's not that bad, but Bayek from Origins was hugely superior as a main character. Where he was believable and developed, with clear personality and motives, Kassandra felt plain and uninspired, where most quests only involve her a "mercenary", without any real personal involvement.

    • Forts and camps are very repetitive, but it's easily avoidable, since only some quests make you go to them, and you can skip most of them with no real impact.

    Resuming, I find the pros of this game superior to the cons. I love AC games, and I've played all of them. While this one is not really a "proper AC" in terms of gameplay, I liked how it linked the story together and enjoyed my playtime with it.

    FINAL SCORE: 9/10

    RECOMMENDED TO PLAY: YES
    RECOMMENDED TO BUY: YES


    That’s all for today. Until next time, Be happy, Stay safe, and keep playing!

    100 BLACKLIST CHALLENGE REPORT #2 - FOLLOWING ADVICE

    Good day, friends!

    In my list post, I asked for your advice regarding the backlog games I know little about, and I chose 5 of them from your comments as the new aditions to my inmediate to play list. Thank you very much to all for your advice and input. These are the 5, in no particular order:

    Sunless Sea
    Train Valley 2
    Shadowrun Returns
    Rebel Galaxy
    Faeria - I don’t know if it’s possible to finish this one, but I will give it a fair trial

    Now, for the games I finished since last time. I am still playing AC Odyssey, which is taking most of my playing time since December, so most of these games are quite short.

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    **BLACKLISTER #28**

    Dark Strokes: The Legend of the Snow Kingdom Collector’s Edition

    6/10
    0 hours
    no achievements

    This is a fairly decent HOG game, but nothing special. If you are very into this genre it might be interesting, but there are much better games out there. To my knowledge is the last HOG I had, so time to play other things.

    RECOMMENDED TO PLAY: YES
    RECOMMENDED TO BUY: ONLY IN BUNDLES, THERE ARE MUCH BETTER GAMES IN THIS GENRE

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    **BLACKLISTER #41**

    Tacoma

    8/10
    0 hours
    no achievements

    What a fantastic small gem! This is a short "walking simulator" game with a quite compelling story and original gameplay that made the game interesting. I will not spoil anything, but I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys this type of story driven games.

    RECOMMENDED TO PLAY: YES
    RECOMMENDED TO BUY: YES

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    **EXTRA GAME 101**

    The Supper

    7/10
    0 hours
    no achievements

    This is how you make classic adventure games. Nice art, dark short story and a really nostalgic aura around it. For the grand prize of free, I'd recommend to try this 20 minute long adventure. I'll definitely keep an eye on this developer.

    RECOMMENDED TO PLAY: YES
    RECOMMENDED TO BUY: THIS GAME IS FREE ON STEAM

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    **BLACKLISTER #91**

    Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown

    0/10
    0 hours
    0 of 29 achievements

    As some fellow assassin adviced me, this game is no longer playable, since the servers were taken down. A pity that I could not try it, i'm deleting it from the challenge.

    RECOMMENDED TO PLAY: CANNOT BE PLAYED
    RECOMMENDED TO BUY: CANNOT BUY

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    **PLAYED AS COOP**

    Remnant: From the ashes

    3/10
    0 hours
    0 of 29 achievements

    This game is hard. VERY hard, at least for the small team that was playing together. Gameplay is quite decent, and it seems to be kind of a "souls-like", but with guns. Atmosphere was good, story was spare but intriguing, but we could not finish the game. Difficulty was very high and my companions and I decided it was too much for us and uninstalled.

    RECOMMENDED TO PLAY: IF YOU ENJOY A CHALLENGE MAYBE
    RECOMMENDED TO BUY: NO

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    That’s all for today, have fun!!

    100 BLACKLIST CHALLENGE REPORT #1 - NO PROGRESS YET

    Hello there!! Happy new year to all! Today I write to ask you for advice from your vast pool of gaming knowledge. As I said in last post, I will try to tackle my remaining 100 backlog games, from which games 76 to 100 are in an undefined category for games I don’t know what to think about. Could you please recommend me some you enjoyed so I can prioritize them in the challenge, or that you hated so I can try them and axe them quickly to the abandoned category? They are the ones which interest me the least, so If not I’ll probably just procrastinate them till the end, which will be bad if I have to play 10+ bad games at once…

    Here is the list:

    American Fugitive
    Ancestor’s Legacy
    Aquaria
    Cities in Motion
    Devil May Cry
    Faeria
    Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes
    Full Metal Furies
    Hob
    Little Big Workshop
    MudRunners
    Outcast: Second contact
    Phantom Doctrine
    Rebel Galaxy
    Satellite Reign
    Shadowrun Chronicles - Boston Lock.
    Shadowrun Returns
    Shadowrun: Dragonfall
    Sudeki
    Sunless Sea
    Survivalist
    The Bard’s Tale IV
    The Incredible Advent. of Van Helsing
    Train Valley 2
    Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

    Finally, since I should always post some kind of review, I post my first finished game of the year, which is not included in the challenge since it’s a coop game.

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    BONUS (COOP)

    We Were Here Together

    7/10
    6 hours
    13 of 22 achievements

    This is a little gem to play with a spouse/friend. It's a short puzzle game for 2 players, which must work together (Often in separate locations, communicating via walkie) to advance. Story makes no sense, but puzzles are interesting and varied, and overall it's a very enjoyable experience to share with someone.

    RECOMMENDED TO PLAY: YES
    RECOMMENDED TO BUY: Only if you have someone to play, since it's COOP only game, and online match may prove hard.

    Thanks for the help. Enjoy the weekend, and keep gaming!!

    THE BLACKLIST 100 CHALLENGE

    Good day everyone!

    After some years out killing backlog alone I came back here with the hopes of sharing some more advancement with you. This year was terrible for most people, but at least it allowed me to play more than usual. Always see the positive side of things :).

    About the backlog, when I started some years ago I had almost 200 names in the list, of which I managed to reduced to almost 60. Then I got the brilliant idea of reclaiming (and gifting!) a lot of the keys I had in different platforms. That, combined with some recent bundles I got, finally gave me the actual number of 100 backlog games. Overall, my data sheet tells me I’ve got:

    • 57% games finished
    • 27% games abandoned
    • 16% games in backlog

    So with this very even number of 100 games, I separated them in categories, because I tend to be very dispersed sometime, playing a lot of indie and short games, which is normally a very good thing, but at the cost of procrastinating playing the bigger and longer games, which are also very good, and potentially costed me more money. The idea is to choose at least one game from each category and play all of them till completion/abandonment without playing any more games in between. (Exception to this are games that cannot be finished and cooperative games, which I play with my wife and are not included in the list)

    This is first draft of a grid, in which I will be following this challenge. My target is to eliminate at least 70 names from it during 2021, starting with the ones I am already playing or have installed:

    #1: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
    #28: Dark Strokes: The Legend of the Snow Kingdom Collector’s Edition
    #41: Tacoma
    #55: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
    #75: Yooka - Laylee

    We will see how it goes, I will make small reviews as I finish them.

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    For the last category, games 76 to 100, I will request some advice from you in the next post :D.

    Don’t forget to stay safe for you and your loved ones, I just got out of COVID and I cannot recommend it at all, 0/10

    Have a very merry christmas time, and thank you for reading.

    Hello assassins!

    This year of backlog quest has finally ended, and I must say it was a great idea to start with it. While the final balance is not very good and the backlog did not shrink much, (I marked as finished 113 games, but added 97), I managed to greatly renew it with new games, tackling some very old entries in my steam library.
    This gave me a lot of good moments and surprises, from games from a lot of different genres, and I have now a different view of gaming as a hobby. My gaming objective for this year will be in harmony with my other life objectives, especially with my “funds for travelling plan”. So I will mostly halt on buying new games for a bit, since I really want to save the money for other things and feel like what I’ve already spent is worth, and not only hoarding.

    I will also stop writing about games here too, since I am no critical and I don’t think my reviews are very interesting for you. I might write some progress posts in the future, and I will surely keep reading about your progress and answer on some topics.

    This community gave me some serious motivation for playing my backlog, and I love how the tone of everything always keeps respectful, tolerant and friendly. For that I thank you all, since this is clearly a safe haven for all who looks for a place to speak about games, and feel gaming as I do.

    I’m not going anywhere, but may be some time until my next post!!

    Be happy, and keep gaming.
    Elvidur

    Hello fellow assassins;

    This time I continued with the ABC challenge, which I think I’m almost halfway through.

    Letter K: Kathy Rain

    I finished this game, even when I didn’t want to finish it. The first half of this point and click
    adventure is very good. Sweet nostalgic old graphics, interesting detective-like story, likable
    premise… But the ending was some paranormal-psychological bullshit that I think didn’t fit the game.
    I expended the last half an hour of the game wishing for the pain to finish. I can feel the love that was
    put into this game and I can appreciate the effort, but as we have seen many other times, bad or
    incoherent endings hurt a story badly. As a fan of Point and Click, I wouldn’t recommend this game,
    the latter half destroyed the game for me.

    FINAL SCORE: 4/10 – MEDIOCRE

    Letter S: Sniper Ghost Warrior 2

    Let’s start saying that this game doesn’t have the best reviews. I found it a quite generic FPS game,
    but a reasonable entertaining one. The sniping tactics that you use most of the game make it a bit
    different. Beware that lower difficulties have a little red circle pointing the impact place for the
    bullets, and this makes the sniping trivial. Other than that, and the game’s age, it was an
    unremarkable but entertaining game to pass a few hours. Would recommend only if you already
    have it or can get it on sale.

    FINAL SCORE: 6/10 – ABOVE AVERAGE

    Letter O: Ori and the Blind Forest
    This game is good, very good. Not only it is BEAUTIFUL, but the controls are almost perfect,
    something critical in platformers, and the skill array varied and interesting. The game is challenging
    and some parts can be a bit difficult, but it never felt unfair. Saving mechanic was very unique, as you
    can save anywhere, but need energy for it, which can be a scarce resource in some of the more
    complicated areas, so you need to choose whether to save or try pushing a bit longer before saving,
    risking it all.
    Probably the best game of this genre I’ve played in a lot of years. Very recommended.

    FINAL SCORE: 9/10 AMAZING

    Letter J: Jet Set Radio
    It seems like this was a very good game, but it’s a not very good port. I tried it a bit, and didn’t like
    the controls, like at all. Note that if you play with a controller this might very well be a very fun game.
    But I don’t use controllers, only mouse+keyboard and maybe driving wheel fot ETS2 in the future. I won’t give
    it any score, as I didn’t play enough to know it.

    Instead of this I chose to play one of my installed games at random, and it was the turn for:

    Letter J (Again): Submerged

    I kind of liked this game. Is quite simple, your character has to climb different tall buildings in search
    of long forgotten supplies in a post-apocalyptic world where everything is… well… submerged in
    water. Soundtrack is superb, and it’s a chilling game to spend a couple of hours with. Is also very
    short. The main problem with it is the repetitivness, and the end. I won’t spoil it, but it doesn’t make any sense within
    everything previously shown about this world.

    FINAL SCORE: 5/10 – DECENT

    Letter F: Freedom Planet

    This game reminded me a lot about old sonic games. It was overly well built and fun to play. Difficulty in normal or higher settin is hard, especially the bosses, but it’s a rewarding game to finish.

    *FINAL SCORE: 6/10 - ABOVE AVERAGE

    And that’s all, I leave you with the farm alphabet!

    Statistics
    487 games (+204 not categorized yet)
    26% never played
    1% unfinished
    0% beaten
    61% completed
    12% won't play