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A year of backlog fight in review: 2016 - 2017 - 2018

= SG win - = Gift or Other Win


October’s Stats

aka. Still struggling with the backlog fight

Wow, time flies, how is November here already? I hope October’s been good to you all and that you had a lot of time to play (and eat candies). I haven’t been doing much better than last month between real life being really busy and my ongoing addiction to Gems of War, but depending on how you look at it, I’ve finished twice as many games as last month… (it’s something right? RIGHT?)

On the plus side, I’ve finally started using my Xbox pass again as The Outer Worlds came out and it was worth the money just for this game alone. I’m having a lot of fun with it so far, I’ve read that a lot of people are disappointed with it but I’m a happy sheep. Will probably report on it next month. Now that I’m done with this report, I’m gonna try to get some gaming done on this day off. What about you, how was your October gaming, anything interesting worth recommending?


Played Finished Completed Backlog+ Achievements
9 2 0 5 30 + 7

EvilBlackSheep
Backlog of Doom

ABC Challenge 2.0 Progress (0/27)

Finished this month: 0

96% never played
4% unfinished

Most Satisfying Finish

Most Exciting Addition

  • Gems of War

    104 hours playtime

    58 of 70 achievements

  • Overland

    5 hours playtime

    10 of 48 achievements

  • WARSAW

    16 hours playtime

    17 of 34 achievements

  • Dicey Dungeons

    14 hours playtime

    4 of 53 achievements

  • Don't Starve Together

    83 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Borderlands 2

    85 hours playtime

    45 of 75 achievements

  • The Outer Worlds

    16 hours playtime

    4 of 48 achievements

  • Descenders

    23 minutes playtime

    3 of 32 achievements

  • Bridge Constructor Portal

    38 minutes playtime

    0 of 26 achievements

WARSAW

16 hours playtime, 17 of 34 achievements

WARSAW was one of those turned based tactics games I was having high hopes on being the successor to Darkest Dungeon. It was not, but it was also a pretty good game on its own. It started a bit rocky at launch (very unbalanced) but the devs patched it quickly (and are now following a roadmap of updates to add more things to the game, which I'm not gonna lie give a bit of EA feeling, even if it's not). That being said it's now pretty well balanced while still being hard enough to be interesting to play. Basically it's roguelite turned based tactics that let you replay the insurrection of Warsaw during the second world war. It's also pretty historically accurate, which is sadly what brought the only thing I regretted about the game: there is no endless mode. No matter how good you do during the game, the game will end at 63 days like the insurrection did in real life, and you cannot "win" it. Still, I played 2 full runs of it this month and I would recommend the game for tactics lovers.

Borderlands 2

85 hours playtime, 45 of 75 achievements

Finally, after months of playing this in co-op with my GF (we started in June), we finished both the game (that was actually done in july) and ALL the DLCs. As for the first time I played this back when it first got out, the best part of this is actually playing it with a friend, as otherwise it can get pretty grindy. My favourite part was still the Tiny Tina Dragonkeep DLC, which is probably one of my favourite DLC ever, all games considered. At least it scratched my FPS-looter itch for a while and I can wait that BL3 gets all its DLCs out AND an extremely cheap deal. Any of you've been playing BL3, and if yes, how is it?

  • WARSAW

    16 hours playtime

    17 of 34 achievements

  • Encased

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 15 achievements

  • Sonic Mania

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 18 achievements

  • MISTOVER

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 64 achievements

  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 44 achievements

= SG win - = Gift or Other Win - = Part of the Xbox Pass

September’s Stats

aka. F.A.I.L.U.R.E

Well well well… This was not a very productive month. I played quite a few games, but only managed to finish one. I was really close to finish the last DLC of Borderlands 2 but we couldn’t manage to fit it in the schedule before the month ended, so I guess it’ll be for next month. And I’m not gonna talk about my Gems of War addiction, because it’s really bad (the addiction, not the game). I hope your september was more productive than mine when it comes to the backlog.

I’m excited that October is finally here, because it’s Halloween season so I’ll be trying to play my scary games again. I’ll be away for a little more than a week during the month so we’ll see how it goes. Do any of you have special plans for October?

PS: Go play Cat Quest II if you liked the first one, it’s PAWESOME!!


Played Finished Completed Backlog+ Achievements
10 1 0 6 40

EvilBlackSheep
Backlog of Doom

ABC Challenge 2.0 Progress (0/27)

Finished this month: 0

96% never played
4% unfinished

Most Satisfying Finish

Most Exciting Addition

  • Gems of War

    82 hours playtime

    51 of 67 achievements

  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

    4 hours playtime

    2 of 39 achievements

  • Knights and Bikes

    5 hours playtime

    11 of 36 achievements

  • Destiny or Fate

    6 hours playtime

    7 of 23 achievements

  • Invisible, Inc.

    22 hours playtime

    6 of 23 achievements

  • Borderlands 2

    84 hours playtime

    44 of 75 achievements

  • Dicey Dungeons

    9 hours playtime

    3 of 53 achievements

  • Jenny LeClue - Detectivu

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Overland

    3 hours playtime

    6 of 48 achievements

  • Cat Quest II

    4 hours playtime

    2 of 9 achievements

Invisible, Inc.

21 hours playtime, 6 of 23 achievements

I went back to Invisible Inc thanks to adam, who picked for me in PoP. I completely restarted the campaign, and what I didn't realize at first is that I also had the contengency plan DLC activated, which made the main campaign consequently longer than what I remembered. Nonetheless, it was a great coincidence because it was fitting for this month's theme, but also it made the game (which I already loved) even more interesting. Invisible Inc is such a good infiltration tactics game that I strongly recommend it to any turn based tactics lovers.

  • Deep Sky Derelicts

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 54 achievements

  • The Adventure Pals

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 31 achievements

  • Destiny or Fate

    6 hours playtime

    7 of 23 achievements

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  • Jenny LeClue - Detectivu

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Overland

    3 hours playtime

    6 of 48 achievements

  • Cat Quest II

    4 hours playtime

    2 of 9 achievements

= SG win - = Gift or Other Win

August’s Stats

aka. Revenge of the backlog

Hello fellow assassins,

It’s this time of the month again already! August went by really quickly for me and I didn’t have as much time as I wish I had for games. I only finished a few games, and sadly fed the backlog quite a lot (add to the shame list that I now have a Xbox Pass ‘til the end of march next year… Thanks Kale).

On other bad news for the backlog, I have caved it to the sirens of a F2P (and I blame people talking about it on the BLAEO discord for that, you know who you are…) and I’m pretty addicted to it, so that’s sucking a big part of my gaming time too. OH WELL what can you do. I’m also sad to report that for the first time since it started, I failed the “Play a game you won on SG” challenge this past month. SHAME.

I’ll promise I’ll try to do better next month. I hope you all have a wonderful September! Out of curiosity, are any of you also putting too much time into a F2P instead of your backlog? And if yes, which one?


Played Finished Completed Backlog+ Achievements
8 4 1 9 67

EvilBlackSheep
Backlog of Doom

ABC Challenge 2.0 Progress (0/27)

Finished this month: 0 (That starts well...)

96% never played
4% unfinished

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Most Satisfying Finish

Most Exciting Addition

  • The Church in the Darkness

    6 hours playtime

    23 of 48 achievements

  • A Short Hike

    5 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • This War of Mine

    56 hours playtime

    29 of 54 achievements

  • Borderlands 2

    71 hours playtime

    38 of 75 achievements

  • Dicey Dungeons

    8 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Gems of War

    25 hours playtime

    38 of 67 achievements

  • Invisible, Inc.

    17 hours playtime

    5 of 23 achievements

  • Knights and Bikes

    4 hours playtime

    9 of 36 achievements

The Church in the Darkness

6 hours playtime, 23 of 48 achievements

This game was probably my stongest disappointment this month. The premise caught my attention: a roguelike infiltration game with the unusual setting inspired by the tragic Jonestown events. I wrote a more in depth review about why I didn't enjoy this game overall, but it can be summed up to this: the game doesn't deliver on its promises. It gets pretty boring after very few runs (because sadly it's always the same map, just with sections aleatorily moved around) and the different cult leaders personalities are not that game changing, just leading to different endings. Equally, the potential of the context kind of get wasted in a mediocre story telling, leaving the player unsatisfied. It's not an awful game per se, but I can't really recommend it, especially not for the full price they ask for it at the moment sadly.

A Short Hike

5 hours playtime, 8 of 8 achievements

By far my favourite game I played this month, despite its apparent simplicity and the other good things I've played this month. This game was just such a delightful parenthesis, it gave me a mixed feeling of Firewatch and Animal Crossing, but just the great parts of it both. It's a short adventure where you decide to take a hike at the summit of the island/park where you're spending your summer to catch some phone coverage. That being said, there is so much more than meet the eyes and so many other things to discover that it made a game way less simple than it seemed. I won't spoil too much about it because the discovery is part of what was great, so do yourself a favor and go play it. 100% recommended. #BeachstickballForever

Dicey Dungeons

8 hours playtime, no achievements

This dice/card deckbuilding roguelike is the last work of Terry Cavanagh (VVVVVV, SuperHexagon) in a genre that finally speaks to me, and I have to say, the man's reputation is deserved. He knows how to make video games with good mecanics that makes you wanna keep playing. If you've liked Slay the Spire, this game might be for you (I'm not saying it's the same though, it does involve different mecanics). The game has both a funny tone, lots of good puns and a compelling gameplay. It has a good run lenght to allow you short sessions, and the difficulty gets more complex as you progress in the levels. I'm taking a break on it right now but I plan to go back to it as soon as they've implemented achievements. Definitely a recommend if you like the genre.

This War of Mine: Stories - Fading Embers

12 hours playtime (DLC only), 29 of 54 achievements

And finally this DLC. I do not have the 2 previous DLCs in the 'stories' series for This war of mine, but I loved the base game so I was really happy to go back to it and put more hours into it. The DLC is only one story with specific new mecanics that were not in the base game, as well as new locations and characters, and a few different endings. This DLC focuses on the importance of the collective memory and relic of a people's history versus the survival of a few individual in a critical time period like war. I encountered a few bugs but nothing too bothering (for me at least) and really enjoyed the story overall. It actually made me want to try the 2 previous Stories DLCs, anybody who played them have an opinion on them?

  • The Church in the Darkness

    6 hours playtime

    23 of 48 achievements

  • Yoku's Island Express

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 31 achievements

  • A Short Hike

    5 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Dicey Dungeons

    8 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Knights and Bikes

    4 hours playtime

    9 of 36 achievements

  • Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 38 achievements

  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 33 achievements

  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 35 achievements

  • The Town of Light

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 20 achievements

= SG win - = Gift or Other Win

July’s Stats

aka. An unexpected small victory over the backlog

Hello fellow assassins, it’s that time of the month again. July started really slow for me and I accomplished nothing in the first half of it but playing Borderlands 2 and Subnautica before taking a well deserved week of vacation. When I came back home however, I managed to finish Subnautica and play a few other shorter games, which made the fight against the backlog somewhat successful this month.

I also came to the realization earlier today that the reason I’ve been stuck for months (years) now at the same stage of my ABC playlist was because I don’t feel like playing those 2 remaining games right now, but Blue also helped me realize it was ok to just give up on them and start a new list that I’d actually play instead (Thank you Blue 💙). So I’m retiring the list for now, I will play those games eventually, but let me present to you the ABC Challenge 2.0. Hopefully this one will get finished.

While making the list I noticed games that, either in early access or episodic have still not been completed for what seems to be year. Any games you have given hope seeing completed?

I hope you all have a good August, see you in a month!


Played Finished Completed Backlog+ Achievements
11 7 4 3 96

EvilBlackSheep
Backlog of Doom

ABC Challenge Progress (24/26)

Finished this month: 0 (RIP - Now retired)

4% never played
4% unfinished
54% beaten
38% completed

ABC Challenge 2.0 Progress (0/27)

96% never played
4% unfinished

Most Satisfying Finish

Most Exciting Addition

  • She and the Light Bearer

    3 hours playtime

    13 of 15 achievements

  • Borderlands 2

    58 hours playtime

    35 of 75 achievements

  • Subnautica

    52 hours playtime

    17 of 17 achievements

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    123 hours playtime

    59 of 93 achievements

  • Glass Masquerade

    5 hours playtime

    32 of 32 achievements

  • Detention

    4 hours playtime

    5 of 8 achievements

  • Mushroom Cats

    3 minutes playtime

    24 of 24 achievements

  • Mystery of Unicorn Castle: The Beastmaster

    4 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • INSIDE

    5 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

  • The First Tree

    4 hours playtime

    13 of 14 achievements

  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

    3 hours playtime

    2 of 39 achievements

Subnautica

52 hours playtime, 17 of 17 achievements

This took me long enough, but I finally finished Subnautica. This was such a great experience and a refreshing twist on survival/craft games. I won't say too much about the story itself, as I feel the interesting part is for everyone who wanna play it to discover it by themselves, but unless (and it's a big unless) you are phobic of underwater environment (I've read some people found Abzu panic inducing), I strongly recommend the game. I'm already missing the experience.

Detention

3.5 hours playtime, 5 of 8 achievements

Girlfriend got me this game during the past steam sales after playing it herself, and I was pretty excited of playing it myself. Yes, it looked a bit scary, but she promised there was no jumpscares (I'm a wuss with those) and the story sounded intriguing. I won't tell you too much into it either because it's part of it to discover the mystery behind it, but it was visually really interesting in a disturbing and creepy kind of way. I think I'd have enjoyed the game even more if I knew more about Taiwan's history, but I still recommend the game if you don't.

She and the Light Bearer

3 hours playtime, 13 of 15 achievements

I won this from Skatrzoo on SG and it had been on my wishlist for a while so it was really nice to finally play it. The game is an extremely cute point and click with a story based around nature and ancient folk tales. It's very pleasant and the puzzles were all well balanced. It was on the shorter side but totally recommended. The only sad thing about it is that it has limited profile features for a reason I fail to understand (when some garbage games pass those mystery requirements all fine).

Mystery of Unicorn Castle: The Beastmaster

4 hours playtime, no achievements

Finally came around to play this HoG I won quite some time ago on SG, and it was just meh. Not awfully bad, but far from the best HoGs I've played. Nothing much to say about it.

Mushroom Cats

3 minutes playtime, 24 of 24 achievements

This free game is only 3 min long to completion, but it has the most adorable design, so if you like cats I suggest you download it and give it a try. As I said, worst case situation, it's only 3 min of your time.

INSIDE

5 hours playtime, 14 of 14 achievements

Inside was an horrifying yet beautiful and well made game. Think about it as a great improvement on the studio's previous game, Limbo. There is a bit of exploration involved but mostly some linear puzzle/plateforming. I have to admit though, except conveying that horrifying feeling, the story itself grew more and more confusing, and I didn't really understand it at the end (even less with the secret ending).

The First Tree

4 hours playtime, 13 of 14 achievements

I wanted to have great things to say about this game, but I only have one: it is a great game for eye candy screenshot extravaganza. Apart from that, the game is a short yet extremely tedious experience, and I don't recommend it at all. It's inversely proportionally enjoyable as it is beautiful. And it's very beautiful. The game tries to convey some touching message but it's delivered in such a way that I couldn't get emotionnally invested in it (And i'm someone who cried playing that free captain spirit adventure FFS, I'm an easy target for those. NOTHING.). Add to that some quite awful plateforming, tedious collectibles and stupid mechanics to artificially extend the gameplay time and you have it. My recommendation: watch at other people's screenshots but stay away from playing it yourself.

  • She and the Light Bearer

    3 hours playtime

    13 of 15 achievements

  • Detention

    4 hours playtime

    5 of 8 achievements

  • 60 Parsecs!

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 40 achievements

= SG win - = Gift or Other Win

Challenge



Inspired once again by Blue Lightning, I decided to retire the previous ABC list and start a new one all over. As previously, I’ll use this post to track my progress (the reviews will be added along to the corresponding monthly report when I beat the game). I went with even less rules this time around, because all I want is have fun and play my games.

NB: For now the list is made but I didn’t copy the table yet. To check it out, use the link at the bottom of this post)

Rules:

  • The previously started games will be restarted.
  • I just need to beat the game to move to the next one, no need for completion.
  • No time limit.
  • I can (and will) play other games while this challenge is ongoing.

ABC Challenge 27 games

96% never played
4% unfinished


Link to the list for always up to date progress

June’s Stats

aka. The sheep is a melted puddle of goo

Pathetic. There is no other word for it, I only finished 2 games this month (and played quite a lot of Subnautica and Borderlands 2). Real life bullshit has continued and intensified, and the heatwave is not helping either. On one hand it’s pushing you to stay inside but at the same time, the heat generated by the PC is not a welcome addition to the already hot air.

At least I managed to only add one game to the backlog as I caved into buying the Borderlands Handsome collection for super cheap, and I was kind of upset to add to the backlog a game I had already finished. Thankfully, GF also decided to get it and we started playing the whole thing co-op, which was really a lot more fun than I remembered. Didn’t help much with the backlog fight, but at least it helped a lot with having fun and getting my mind distracted from the real life BS. I haven’t bought anything yet in the Steam sales but that might change before it ends.

How was your month of June fellow assassins? Did you have to deal with the heatwave too? And most important question, did you buy yourself anything during the steam sales?


Played Finished Completed Backlog+ Achievements
5 2 0 1 73

EvilBlackSheep
Backlog of Doom

ABC Challenge Progress (24/26)

Finished this month: 0

4% never played
4% unfinished
54% beaten
38% completed

Most Satisfying Finish

Most Exciting Addition

  • It Lurks Below

    8 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Flat Kingdom Paper's Cut Edition

    11 hours playtime

    35 of 48 achievements

  • Submerged

    4 hours playtime

    9 of 10 achievements

  • Subnautica

    15 hours playtime

    5 of 17 achievements

  • Borderlands 2

    35 hours playtime

    24 of 75 achievements

Flat Kingdom Paper's Cut Edition

11 hours playtime, 35 of 48 achievements

Somewhat classic 2D plateformer with a cute fantasy story. You keep acquiring new upgrades, that unlocks new mecanics as you progress. Nothing too innovative but an enjoyable game nonetheless.

Submerged

4 hours playtime, 9 of 10 achievements

Submerged was a really relaxing and refreshing walking/climbing game set in a flooded post apocalypse world. You play a young girl trying to collect different dropped ressources boxes from the pre apocalypse to save her injured little brother. You navigate your small boat from one building in ruin to another and find the path to climb to the top. I think the game is just the perfect length (finished it in about 4h) as it would maybe get a little repetitive had it been much longer. However it was a really nice experience as it is.

  • Borderlands 2

    35 hours playtime

    24 of 75 achievements

= SG win - = Gift or Other Win

May’s Stats

aka. The backlog remembers. And it’s not happy.

Hey fellow assassins! How have you been this past month?

May’s been pretty shitty for me in real life, and as a collateral damage, the backlog fight took a hit. On the bright side, I finally managed to finish Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (which was A LOT) and a few other things, but not much. The only bright side is that I didn’t add too much to the backlog either, but the backlog still won. I’m not sure if the upcoming month will be any better, because Summer seems to be finally coming, but I’ll try. At least, I haven’t caved in to buy all those new/upcoming games I was interested in.

What about you, anything new and exciting you’ve been playing? Or upcoming release you have your eyes on?


Played Finished Completed Backlog+ Achievements
5 4 0 6 118

EvilBlackSheep
Backlog of Doom

ABC Challenge Progress (24/26)

Finished this month: 0

4% never played
4% unfinished
54% beaten
38% completed

Most Satisfying Finish

Most Exciting Addition

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    122 hours playtime

    58 of 88 achievements

  • Forager

    24 hours playtime

    62 of 84 achievements

  • Lamplight City

    9 hours playtime

    23 of 42 achievements

  • Karma. Incarnation 1

    2 hours playtime

    5 of 7 achievements

  • It Lurks Below

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

122 hours playtime, 58 of 88 achievements

What an adventure! It was my first AC since Blag Flag (which was a good pirate game but as an AC? meh), and what a great one to pick up the series again. They refreshed the gameplay and I felt the writing had greatly improved. I hadn't been interested in a protagonist that much since Ezio, and even tho, I loved Cassandra so much more that I was sad saying goodbye when I was done with the game. Don't get me wrong, the game is not perfect. It's still an ubi game with their own set of repetitive side quests, but it also has a great lot of unique side and main quests and an incredible game world. I wish they had finally dropped the "present time"/alien bullshit but I guess they're dragging it to justify it's still part of the AC license, and at least it's kept to a minimum. Strongly strongly recommended. Great value for your bucks.

Forager

24 hours playtime, 62 of 84 achievements

In my quest for a Stardew Valley substitution, my eyes got caught by Forager when it was first announced. Marketed as "inspired by exploration, farming and crafting games such as Stardew Valley, Terraria & Zelda", 3 of my favourite games, I had high hopes. And it did start well and sort of addictive. But then after a few hours of collecting stuff, expending the map and solving very basic puzzles/dungeons, the game just hit the grindy wall of doom. It's like a bonified clicker with a crafting/surival game appearance to lure you in. I didn't dislike it, but I wouldn't strongly recommend it either, especially not for the full price they ask for it. Wait for a discount/bundle and give it a try maybe.

Lamplight City

9 hours playtime, 23 of 42 achievements

Another really amazing game I played this month, Lamplight City is a steampunkish detective P&C by the creator of Shardlight. It does give that wadget eye feel and you know that in P&C it's a sign of quality. Really compelling and interesting adventure with 5 separate cases to solve, and where you can either fail or succeed to find the true culprit. I loved the game and can't recommend it enough to all P&C lovers.

Karma. Incarnation 1

2 hours playtime, 5 of 7 achievements

Another P&C with an amanita design feel to it (not as detailled visual style, but still), Karma Incarnation 1 was really nice to play through even tho on the quite short side. Sadly, it's clearly the first episode of what should have been a trilogy, but there hasn't been word of episode 2 from the devs in ages, so it's probably dead. That being said, this adventure is nice on itself and I recommend giving it a try if it's in your library.

  • Underhero

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 44 achievements

  • Finding Paradise

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 1 achievements

  • Forager

    24 hours playtime

    62 of 84 achievements

  • Frostpunk

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 75 achievements

  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 30 achievements

  • It Lurks Below

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

= SG win - = Gift or Other Win

April’s Stats

aka. where Sheep goes on an Odyssey, and the backlog takes over

I hope you’re all doing great and have made progress during April. On my part, the progress was minimal because almost all my playtime went into Assassin Creed Odyssey, and it is so dense that it left little space for other things. But more on that next month probably, because I am still not done with it as I write those lines. On the plus side, that report won’t take much of your time if you decide to read it. Have a good time in May!


Played Finished Completed Backlog+ Achievements
7 4 2 12 130

EvilBlackSheep
Backlog of Doom

ABC Challenge Progress (24/26)

Finished this month: 0

4% never played
4% unfinished
54% beaten
38% completed

Most Satisfying Finish

Most Exciting Addition

  • The Council

    15 hours playtime

    34 of 42 achievements

  • Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

    17 hours playtime

    38 of 38 achievements

  • Nonogram - The Greatest Painter

    13 hours playtime

    26 of 26 achievements

  • Minit

    3 hours playtime

    19 of 27 achievements

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    86 hours playtime

    30 of 82 achievements

  • Pathway

    19 minutes playtime

    3 of 74 achievements

  • Steep

    11 hours playtime

    no achievements

The Council

15 hours playtime, 34 of 42 achievements

The Council was such an interesting take on detective games with a touch of supernatural. It had a lot of dialogues, some branching so it adds some replayability (even if I suspect some of it will stay the same) and overall I thought the story and plots were interesting enough, even if I'm not sure about the way it goes after a certain point in the story (no spoiler). I really enjoyed the game overall even if you can notice a bit of a down curve on the quality of the writing in the 2 last episodes compared to the earlier ones, I'd still recommend the game nonetheless.

Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

17 hours playtime, 38 of 38 achievements

A beautiful jigsaw type of puzzle game that greatly improves on the first one. A harder mode was added where the pieces are not fixed in the correct orientation when you pick them up, which makes the whole thing way more interesting. Definitely a recommended one if jigsaw are your thing.

Minit

3 hours playtime, 19 of 27 achievements

So, how to explain Minit. It's an adventure game with a very simple retro look that you only play one minute at the time. Every 60 seconds your hero dies but some of the progress you've made is kept, obviously. It's kinda weird to explain but was a pretty interesting concept to play. I wasn't expecting much of it but was curious of the whole gimmick, and it turned out pretty enjoyable. Recommended if you're curious and like short but interesting gameplay.

Nonogram - The Greatest Painter

13 hours playtime, 26 of 26 achievements

A basic nonogram (also called Picross) game that had nothing too special but served its function well for me.

  • Ash of Gods: Redemption

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 50 achievements

  • 11-11 Memories Retold

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 50 achievements

  • We. The Revolution

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 38 achievements

  • Nonogram - The Greatest Painter

    13 hours playtime

    26 of 26 achievements

  • Minit

    3 hours playtime

    19 of 27 achievements

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    86 hours playtime

    30 of 82 achievements

  • Pathway

    19 minutes playtime

    3 of 74 achievements

  • Supraland

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 59 achievements

  • ISLANDERS

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 26 achievements

  • Kynseed

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • The World Next Door

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • NAIRI: Tower of Shirin

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 20 achievements

= SG win - = Gift or Other Win

March’s Stats

aka. Keeping it balanced

It wasn’t a bad month overall, I had a lot of free time, mostly because of a lot of insomnia, and could get a lot of playing time in. I didn’t beat that many games because two of them were way longer than I initially planned, and they absorbed most of that gaming time, but still some progress was made. How was March for you, fellow assassins?


Played Finished Completed Backlog+ Achievements
13 7 4 6 181 + 42

EvilBlackSheep
Backlog of Doom

ABC Challenge Progress (24/26)

Finished this month: 0

4% never played
4% unfinished
54% beaten
38% completed

Most Satisfying Finish

Most Exciting Addition

  • Steep

    11 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Forgotton Anne

    12 hours playtime

    33 of 33 achievements

  • State of Decay 2

    51 hours playtime

    55 of 65 achievements

  • Milkmaid of the Milky Way

    2 hours playtime

    6 of 6 achievements

  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight

    8 hours playtime

    6 of 9 achievements

  • We Happy Few

    55 hours playtime

    37 of 40 achievements

  • Solitaire Mystery: Stolen Power

    2 hours playtime

    5 of 5 achievements

  • Monster Prom

    19 hours playtime

    17 of 32 achievements

  • Forgotten Tales: Day of the Dead

    22 hours playtime

    58 of 58 achievements

  • Vive le Roi

    5 hours playtime

    6 of 8 achievements

  • Subterrain

    55 hours playtime

    45 of 48 achievements

  • Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

    3 hours playtime

    8 of 38 achievements

  • The Council

    2 hours playtime

    12 of 42 achievements

Forgotton Anne

12 hours playtime, 33 of 33 achievements

This game is the prettiest I've played this year so far. It feels like you're playing a Ghibli movie (yes, you've read correctly, that's how good the animation/game design is). The music is really good, and the story is interesting (even if the "twist" is very predictable). I really loved the universe, exploring it and the game overall. That being said, don't expect a challenging puzzle plateformer, as the game itself is on the easy side. You can't die and the puzzles were nice, but never too hard. I'll recommend the game to anybody who cares more about the story and a beautiful delivery than the challenge itself. It surely lived to the expectations I had about it.

Milkmaid of the Milky Way

2 hours playtime, 6 of 6 achievements

A cute and very short point & click with pixely graphics and a curious story. It's not very expensive and I recommend picking it up during a sale if you like the genre.

Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight

8 hours playtime, 6 of 9 achievements

Momodora is a solid metroidvania, with a cute and creepy atmosphere. Despite it apparently being the 4th in the series, it's the only one I played and I didn't have any problem. It was really enjoyable, even tho it wasn't that long for a game in that genre (keep in mind in 8h, I collected everything there was to collect and explored 100% of the map). That being said, I thought the difficulty was just right and I loved the experience. Recommended.

We Happy Few

55 hours playtime, 37 of 40 achievements

One of my two big time sink this month. It was the second game that caught my interest in the windows/xbox games pass, as after the trick the devs and the publisher pulled, I was never gonna give them my money on steam. Especially for the outrageous price they ask for the game + season pass. So, that being said, the game was way more interesting than I thought it would be after all the feedback I read about it when it first came out in early access. The campaign actually consist of 3 separate consecutive stories where you play 3 different protagonists. The 3 stories are actually going on at the same time, and they sometimes intertwine. I found the plot quite interesting but the gameplay got quite repetitive after a while, even if each character had their own mecanics. I liked that it was possible to go through the whole game without many confrontation but a lot of stealth if you decide to (as usual, I went for the no kill playthrough), but some parts do require you to fight, you just have to be careful if you decide to go non lethal. Overall a great experience even if I refuse to recommend the game itself because of devs/publisher practices.

Solitaire Mystery: Stolen Power

2 hours playtime, 5 of 5 achievements

This is one of the worst solitaire game I've ever played, and in that I even include the old windows solitaire game that was coming with antique versions of windows. Not only you can finish the content of this game in 2 HOURS, but it also managed to be stuttering during the cards dealing sequences. A SOLITAIRE GAME. *insert flip the table gif* Clearly not recommended.

Forgotten Tales: Day of the Dead

22 hours playtime, 58 of 58 achievements

This one, on the other end, was great value for the money (which I probably got in a bundle or an exchange). Lot of solitaire content (100 levels), which is always perfect for relaxing when I just want to unplug my brain or while doing other things.

Subterrain

55 hours playtime, 45 of 48 achievements

My second huge time sink this month, and after all that time invested in this, I have very mixed feelings at the end of the adventure. On the plus side, it's a quite cool top down survival game where you wake up stranded on Mars while some sort of infection has taken over the human colony, and you seem to be the only survivor. I liked the crafting/survival part, as well as exploring the colony. There was 3 problems to this game tho, and one of them almost ruined the whole experience for me. First, the tutorial is ridiculously unclear that I had to go on youtube watch a video to understand the basic mecanics. That could be overlooked tho. Second problem, which was part of my mistake, was that I took my sweet time exploring in my first playthrough, and after 15-20 hours I reached a point where the infection was too high and my equipment too low to go anywhere, including to retrieve what I needed to progress. I felt like it was never really clear that I was in a race against time until it was too late. I had to resolve to restart the game and throw away a whole week of gaming. That was not a nice feeling. That being said, the second playthrough (where I rushed to retrieve the data chip to upgrade my equipment first, and then explored later) was instantly better... until I reached problem number 3, which was kind of the worst in my eyes. So problem 3 is the final boss. It's such an outrageous difficulty peak that I almost rage quit the game without beating said boss. It took me maybe 3 hours between my first encounter with said boss and when I finally managed to kill it. Which didn't give me any satisfaction. Here's why: in between I unlocked another ending, which is supposedly the bad ending. Well after seeing both endings, I felt like the "bad ending" was actually the better ending, in a way I don't want to spoil here, but yeah. So I'd recommend this game if you have it in your library and want a nice crafting/survival game BUT A- first go watch a tutorial on youtube and B- spare yourself the frustration and don't try to kill the final boss. Sorry for that huge block of text, and thanks for reading if you reached this far.

  • The Council

    2 hours playtime

    12 of 42 achievements

  • Cultist Simulator

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 68 achievements

  • Tangledeep

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 45 achievements

  • The First Tree

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 14 achievements

  • 嗜血印 Bloody Spell

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

    3 hours playtime

    8 of 38 achievements

= SG win - = Gift or Other Win - = Part of the Xbox Pass

February’s Stats

aka. Where the sheep is weak and feeds the backlog, yet progress is made.

So I’ve been a bad sheep, I need to confess, not only I’ve bought 2 games during the Ubisoft sale earlier in February, but thanks to an anonymous octopus friend, I got tempted by a really good promo on the Xbox pass (2€ for 2 months) which included a few games I wanted to try in their “play anywhere” (ie. on PC through the windows 10 store) program. And I was weak, I resisted a bit but ended up caving in on the last day of the promo. At least, I feel like I already got my money worth with the time I sank into State of Decay 2 (more on that in the assassination reports), and plan to also give a try at least to We happy few (which I probably will never get on steam after the editor’s fucked move with the price of the game). I also wanted to play Gears of War 4 but it’s 133 Go to download and install so it kind of dissuaded me.

Anyway I still managed to make some progress with the backlog, slow but steady. What about you guys, made good progress in February?

Oh, and I almost forgot but I wanted your input on something I was pondering about last night. What is your personal stance on games that you’ve beaten/completed BEFORE discovering later achievements were added? Do you plan on replaying them eventually to make the achievements reflect the fact you did indeed play the game and not just arbitrarily marked it as done? (I discovered while browsing on completionist.me that it apparently happened to one of my SG wins, which I didn’t really enjoy playing through the first time around, and I am now frustrated as a result, which I realize is kind of silly/stupid). I was just curious if it happened to anybody else.


Played Finished Completed Backlog+ Achievements
14 9 5 5 152 + 50

EvilBlackSheep
Backlog of Doom

ABC Challenge Progress (24/26)

Finished this month: 1

4% never played
4% unfinished
54% beaten
38% completed

Most Satisfying Finish

Most Exciting Addition

  • Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

    20 hours playtime

    63 of 63 achievements

  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor

    12 hours playtime

    31 of 44 achievements

  • MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD

    262 hours playtime

    44 of 50 achievements

  • Steep

    11 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Wargroove

    61 minutes playtime

    1 of 23 achievements

  • Monster Prom

    19 hours playtime

    15 of 32 achievements

  • Even the Ocean

    9 hours playtime

    9 of 21 achievements

  • Lost Grimoires 3: The Forgotten Well

    4 hours playtime

    13 of 13 achievements

  • My Time At Portia

    39 hours playtime

    18 of 91 achievements

  • Noir Chronicles: City of Crime

    4 hours playtime

    20 of 20 achievements

  • VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

    16 hours playtime

    32 of 34 achievements

  • State of Decay 2

    35 hours playtime

    50 of 65 achievements

  • Ogrest

    86 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Double Fine Adventure

    10 hours playtime

    no achievements

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

20 hours playtime, 63 of 63 achievements

Adam picked this game for me for February's PoP and I have to say the game exceeded my expectations. It's a pretty good Zelda-like and I loved it so much I ended up going for a clean sweep of the achievements. Not only it was visually pretty, but it really gave me that snes-period Zelda feeling gameplay wise. Strongly recommended if you like the adventure genre.

Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor

12 hours playtime, 31 of 44 achievements

I still don't really know what to think about this game. It was "interesting" to say the least, but gameplaywise it wasn't my cup of tea. My main problem with it is that I lost a lot of time navigating the small city every day to actually achieve what I intended to do. WHO makes games nowadays without a map when it would be more than useful. Also, the visual aspect of the game made me a bit dizzy at times, but nothing dramatic. Just a weird game overall.

Even the Ocean

9 hours playtime, 9 of 21 achievements

An interesting action adventure RPG plateformer, by the dev of Anodyne. Story wise, it was okay, even if a little bit weak around the ending. Gameplaywise though, it was pretty good in term of balanced puzzles and new mecanics being introduced along the way. Note that there is 3 possibilities to play through the game: playing only the story, only the dungeons or the full experience, which mixes both. For my first playthrough I went with the whole experience, and it was pretty enjoyable. Recommended.

Lost Grimoires 3: The Forgotten Well

4 hours playtime, 13 of 13 achievements

I really had liked both previous Lost Grimoires games, so that one was okayish but a bit of a let down. It's inferior to its predecessors, while not being fundamentally bad. Nice graphics, story as cliché as an Artifex game can be, but not enough hidden object scenes to my taste, and the game is way too short, especially for the asked price. This reminded me why I only buy AM games when they're bundled: while always raising the prices, they also make their games shorter and shorter, and it might be okay to some people, but I think it's a pretty shitty practice. Okay in a bundle, but still inferior to the 2 previous ones.

Noir Chronicles: City of Crime

4 hours playtime, 20 of 20 achievements

Another AM HoG from the same bundle, okay but not the strongest of their games either. Maybe more your thing if you prefer a noir/crime setting instead of a fantasy one. I don't mind either way, and I enjoyed playing it but like I said, not their best (not their worst either, it's more in the par area of what they produce) and only at bundle price.

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

ABC 16 hours playtime, 32 of 34 achievements

Now, THIS was a great and interesting game. It's sort of a visual novel where you play as a barmaid in a cyberpunk future. From what I read it's in the same universe as 2064: Read Only Memories, but I haven't played that one yet. Along the way, as the story unfolds, you mix cocktails to try and please your customers, as well as trying to pay your rent at the end of the month. It was a really nice and refreshing game, pretty unique in it's genre and nicely executed. I'll be looking forward to it's upcoming sequel. Strongly recommended.

State of Decay 2

35 hours playtime, 50 of 65 achievements

This game is the main reason I got that Xbox pass promo thing. I played quite a lot of the first State of Decay, and I actually enjoyed it, even if it wasn't perfect, and was looking forward to play the sequel before it turned out to be a windows store exclusive. The reviews at launch were pretty mixed so I made myself a reason that I wouldn't get to play it. Now, I'm glad in the end I got to play it. It's not perfect, and it doesn't add much to the first game actually, it's looking better, sure (I haven't played the remastered version of the first one though) but it's more of the same stuff. Which is why I liked it, because I liked the first one. Nothing revolutionary, sure, but I had a lot of fun, and I've currently started a second playthrough with a few survivors from my first one. I guess I'll playsome more til I get bored with it or my pass expire, but it was worth it.

Ogrest

86 min playtime, no achievements

A cute little anime movie from the studio who makes Wakfu, in the same universe, which I know nothing about. I think it's mostly either for fans of the universe or younger kids, because I found it nice looking but pretty boring. Note that it only lasts 45min but I had to let it run a second time to get the remaining cards.

Double Fine Adventure

10 hours playtime, no achievements

One of the perks of playing a game on a non-steam plateform is that I finally got to watch that entire docu-series about the making of Broken Age while I was playing State of Decay 2. It was pretty interesting if you're curious about the subject, but if there is anything I learned by watching that, is that if Tim Schafer might arguably be good at writing game scenarios and what not, he shouldn't be trusted with money. Also, a reminder of how crappy steam streaming video system is, and that it's not a shame that it's being ended.

  • Wargroove

    61 minutes playtime

    1 of 23 achievements

  • Evoland Legendary Edition

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 65 achievements

  • Far Cry 5

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Steep

    11 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Far Cry New Dawn

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

= SG win - = Gift or Other Win - = Part of the Xbox Pass