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Oh my gosh, you’re here! I can’t believe it’s really you. Please take a seat, and make yourself comfortable. Tea? Crumpets? I made them fresh this morning. So what brings you here today? You’re just browsing. By all means, we all do it. Oh… what can I tell you about myself? Well, let’s see… I like finishing games. I mean really finishing them. Not just ‘hooray we saw the end credits, the games is over’, but really sinking my teeth into those things until they are bled of content. Of course there’s some games that want me to play them for the rest of my life and I just can’t make that kind of commitment, so I resolve myself to just doing what I can for them. For the others I will keep them installed on my hard drives until they are done. So far the longest has been around 6 years from start to finish. 6 years sitting eating up space on my computer while I play everything else. But we get there eventually. And it feels good, so we keep doing it.

I’ve arranged all my games into lists, as one does. Over here, in the folders labelled ‘Beaten in’ are records of all the games I’ve beaten in any one year. I sometimes go back to those lists and think about all the good games I’ve played and enjoyed. And of course as each year progresses, I add the games as I’m beating them, so it’s nice to watch that list grow.

As we continue, you’ll also see the ‘Playing in XXXX’ list. Which I set up at the beginning of a year, with games I would like to at least try in a year. I probably won’t beat most of them, but the list serves as a reminder of some cool games I’ve got waiting, in the hopes I don’t let them slip through the cracks.

Then on our left, we have the “Big Game hunting” list, which is a list of mostly “AAA” games that I’ve beaten or am trying to beat. I guess the best way to describe this would be games that everyone should know. Of course the irony is that these are not usually the biggest games in terms of ‘time to beat’, ‘difficulty’ or much of anything apart from ‘popularity’ I guess. But it’s a fun list for me to track and make sure I’m getting my money’s worth on my ‘big’ games.

Up ahead, is a list entitled ‘the Almosts’. These are games I’ve started a while back and got quite far, but never quite finished. So I guess this list is just a way of reminding myself to give them another try one day. And so far it’s worked quite well. All the games I added were incomplete, but I’ve done half of them already. And I’ll continue to add to it as I finish more and more games lapse into ‘abandoned’ territory.

And over there is the ‘Long game’ list, which keeps track of all the games that I’m taking my time to beat. Usually games I got ages ago, played for a bit and then abandoned and now it’s been years and they are still on my hard drive, waiting to be beaten. The list is arranged by more or less length taken so far, and it’s helped add motivation. When the list was created, most were incomplete, but we’re now over halfway complete. Feels good to uninstall a game after that length of time.

So that’s the end of the tour. Oh of course, I also have my ‘won on steamgifts’ list, which shows my rather sad efforts at leeching, but at least shows that I have also played the games I won, so that’s something. And the almost ‘obligatory’ abc list, showcases my attempt at having a full alphabet set of completed games. Nearly there.

I generally only post once a month just to make my progress and comment on the games I played. I don’t expect any one to read an comment, but it’s always welcome.


October Roundup

Lucky number 7

Beaten in October 7 games

    A Short Hike

    A Short Hike

    4/5
    4 hours playtime
    8 of 8 achievements

    Well I guess they didn’t lie. The ‘short’ was right in the title. This was a humble original that they expanded on a bit for a full release and it feels like despite the short size there was a lot they squeezed in and at the same time there existed the potential for a lot more. It’s a bit like animal crossing in some ways, but with a definite end goal. There’s fish to catch, feathers to find and a few races to win as well as a few little side quests/ activities. Any one of these could have been filled out with more of the same to make a longer game, but the developers stuck to their goal and the result is a little 4 hour slice of fun.
    My assessment is based on the fact I got it for free essentially, so I’m not sure how the value would hold up if you bought it, but it’s a decent little game for what it is.

    PAC-MAN 256

    PAC-MAN 256

    3/5
    21 hours playtime
    10 of 10 achievements

    Last month I guess I was in a bit of a pac-man mode. I beat the championship DX version then but this one was also started then. And so I just mopped the last few achievements up.
    It’s a very one note experience. It’s fun to play with a friend or two, but eventually the perpetual score chase will get boring and you’re left to grind for money to upgrade all the power ups to maximum. So it’s fine to a point, but only the most die-hard pac-fans will keep going for too long.

    Deponia

    Deponia

    3.5/5
    16 hours playtime
    19 of 19 achievements

    Since the demise of lucasarts classic adventure games, Daedelic have been trying for years to fill that gap and I think this is accepted as the first time they started getting it right. I started the game a few years back and forgot about it, only to return this month. It has it’s fair share of illogical puzzles, and the main character is a bit of an unlikeable dolt, but it’s enjoyable enough.
    Oh yeah, apart from the stupid droggeljug achievement. Here, play through the entire game you just beat again, this time with no actual words included apart from droggeljug. Wonder which genius thought that was a great idea.
    Anyway, that aside, it’s a worthy enough entry into the genre and has some fun moments and puzzles. I’ve got the sequel installed for next time I feel a need to play a point and click adventure

    Tropico 5

    Tropico 5

    4/5
    52 hours playtime
    70 of 70 achievements

    I played the 4th tropico game a few years back and I loved it. I enjoyed sim city 2000 as a kid but always found the mechanics could be a bit unforgiving. Tropico 4 is a much kinder city building sim. It wouldn’t penalize you too harshly for doing the wrong thing and there was generally a way to fix your mistakes. And this carries through in 5 as well. The features they added didn’t really change the dynamic too much, although it’s nice to be able to tweak individual buildings with a manager as you need.
    They added forced multiplayer achievements on this one, but luckily I had a spare copy which I could activate on my wife’s computer, and the achievements were pretty easy to get with a few games.
    I will pick up tropico 6 some time I’m sure and hopefully it will maintain its status as my favourite city building simulator.

    The Adventure Pals

    The Adventure Pals

    4.5/5
    15 hours playtime
    31 of 31 achievements

    This was a game I’d wishlisted and forgot about until it was included in the humble monthly and it certainly was unexpectedly fun. It’s got a fun sense of humour and design and it’s a great game to play with kids as well, as the platforming and combat aren’t difficult and the array of colourful characters and silly story have a certain childish appeal.
    In terms of longevity, there are cupcakes and stickers to find but none of them are too well hidden and once those are done the game is pretty much over, but it’s a fun ride while it lasts, so if it looks like something you might enjoy, I can confirm that it lives up to the promise shown ‘on the box’

    Hotline Miami

    Hotline Miami

    3/5
    26 hours playtime
    35 of 35 achievements

    I played ‘12 is better than 6’ years ago and was informed at the time that it was a ‘hotline miami’ rip off. But when I played hotline miami, I found the game was just too brutal for my liking. But I’d earned an achievement or two by that point so it stayed installed. Then as I was exploring my games breakdown on completionist to see which games were bringing down my completion percentage, I saw this sitting there and thought I should have another crack at it.
    It’s still pretty violent and I’m not going to pretend I enjoyed every minute, but it does what it does well and there’s a certain art in doing a level over and over again until you get the perfect run. The story can be difficult to follow as it involves dream sequences and hallucinations, but I guess they felt like such brutality needed a motivation.
    The one thing I did really enjoy was the soundtrack, so there was that.
    I have the sequel as well, maybe one day I’ll install it, but for now I got my fill of hyper violence thanks

    The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game

    The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game

    2/5
    34 minutes playtime
    6 of 6 achievements

    Wow this was a short game. I mean I got it, knowing it was a short game and I was still surprised. And maybe I’m too old now to understand the humour but it really wasn’t as funny as it seemed to think it was. It felt like one of those art pieces where every psuedo-intellectual praises it for being very clever and every one else just looks at it and “doesn’t get it”. And yes, I ‘got’ the jokes, they just weren’t funny.
    In a nutshell the game is probably about 15 minutes of adventure game fetch quests, where you find a thing to give to someone to get another thing and listen to their random conversations. Then you do the thing you needed to do, find the ‘big surprise ending’ and spend another 15 minutes watching credits and random character dancing. I mean if the game had been a bit longer and allowed you to explore the characters and world a bit more it would probably have been a middle of the road adventure game. But like this, it’s hard to recommend.
    If it wasn’t so short I probably wouldn’t have finished it though, so I guess that’s a plus.

Well just like that we are staring down the end of another year. It always seems like the last 3 months of the year hit the gas in a big way and next thing you know it's Christmas and another year. This month I made a concerted effort to revisit some games I'd started years ago and abandoned with a completion percentage of 20% or less. It resulted in a few completions and also a few upgrades to a higher completion percentage. I figure even if I can't beat them all, just moving them up a few notches will help fix my graph break down on completionist, where there's a big number of games stuck in that zone. Asides from that I didn't really play any 'big' games this month. I've been a bit tired in the evenings and so loading up something that requires my full attention is not always an appealing option. So thank goodness for the smaller games doing their part to keep me entertained.

And so with 2 months to go, my average completion is up to 76 percent and my total for the year is 77 games done. So I think the goal of 77% AGC and 90 games total is still very much on track. In terms of adding to the backlog however, this month was terrible. Fanatical had a couple of decent bundles and then the humble monthly had good games, and the hydra grew far more heads than I wanted. But when I take leave at the end of this year I will get brutal with the library and remove anything I'm probably never going to play, and see if I can't shave the library back down to less than 2500.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 302
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Even Heavy Armor Cannot Withstand Fire of this Magnitude' in Company of heroes 2
Games added 37
Number of different games played25
Achievement streak 1285 days
Average Game completion 76%
Total number of completed games 438
Games completed in 2019 77

September Roundup

10 out of 10

Beaten in September 10 games

    PEG

    PEG

    3/5
    15 hours playtime
    34 of 34 achievements

    Another day another little puzzle game in the bag. This one was made by the same guy who made ‘Knights’, that I beat last month and it shares many similarities in UI and general design. Puzzles are pretty much the same thing throughout, jump over pegs to remove the one you jumped over. Boards change shape and the layout of the pegs can lead to varying degrees of challenge, but it never throws in new ideas, which leads to a pretty one note game. This one also has a daily levels mode to extend the game play. It’s ok, but don’t expect anything great

    Call of Duty: WWII

    Call of Duty: WWII

    4/5
    19 hours playtime
    35 of 35 achievements

    I know Call of duty games are frowned upon by the gaming elite, and I get it. They are the poster boy for style over substance, which each year bringing a new ‘flashy’ entry to the franchise that does very little to innovate or push boundaries of gaming. And of course the MP mode is where all the serious hard core players go to hang out.
    However, I still love playing the single player campaigns of these games. They usually have great motion capture and even if the story is usually pretty ‘hoorah for the US’, it’s still an enjoyable cinematic ride. And generally the gameplay is pretty easy, even on the hardest setting, so it’s a nice relaxing ride. I enjoyed WWII’s return to the classic setting, although I wish we could have spent more time with the other characters instead of the brief cameos. I could have played a whole game based around the french spy. Anyhow, overall, a pretty fun experience that got to the point without overstaying its welcome.

    Wuppo

    Wuppo

    4.5/5
    28 hours playtime
    23 of 23 achievements

    What a fun little game. It’s listed in various places as a hidden gem, and I can see why. It has very good ratings on steam, but it’s not a game a lot of people talk about. I gave a spare copy to my nephew and the younger couldn’t stop talking about it and asking me about things, and being as I hadn’t really played much, I got more into it and ended up finishing it all.
    Look it’s not the easiest game to get into initially. The goals aren’t extremely clear and there’s actually a lot of things that aren’t necessary to the plot so it can be confusing if all you want to do is finish the game. But when you get into the world a bit more, the level of detail put into this by the very small team can be appreciated. Oh and getting all the achievements is a proper challenge if that’s what you enjoy. Doing the boss run with no extra healing items? Insane!
    But yes, if you have this game sitting in your backlog and you like nintendo style adventure games, you might find you enjoy this as well.

    Dreaming Sarah

    Dreaming Sarah

    3/5
    2 hours playtime
    22 of 22 achievements

    So with the introduction of the new steam library function, I found myself searching through a lot of different tags and discovering games I had forgotten about. I had a bit of spare time and so ran a search on games tagged as ‘short’ and this popped up, so I thought why not.
    It’s an esoteric story taking place in the head of a girl who is presumably recovering from an accident or something. It plays as a series of fetch quests essentially, like a metroidvania-lite, in a way. And yes, it’s pretty quick, but I guess it was fine.

    Circuits

    Circuits

    3.5/5
    6 hours playtime
    15 of 15 achievements

    During another quick browse through my library using the new tools, I rediscovered a few games I’d nearly beaten but never got around to finishing up. This was the first one. It is an interesting concept. Using your ears you have to recreate the song you’re given, using a few sound samples and things like repetitions. It’s not that difficult if you have any kind of musical ear, but a few of the achievements require you to do not do specific things like using hints or switching layers, so I had to go through them all again to do this. My only criticism would be that the actual songs could have been more creative, but I guess the creator went with what they knew.

    Castle of Illusion

    Castle of Illusion

    4.5/5
    17 hours playtime
    12 of 12 achievements

    Another game that cropped up which I’d never beaten. I saw I’d never even beaten the final boss when I played this game first time round. It was because I played it with the kids, and they were a bit scared about the witch, so I stopped playing. Anyway, realising there wasn’t that much left to go, I sat all by myself and beat the boss then went through and collected all the missing collectibles to finish this game up.
    It’s a charming throw back to the classic 2d style platform games Disney used to make. I know it’s very much 3d in actual design, but the perspective gives it that same feeling. The challenge is aimed at younger players, but it’s still fun and I can’t really think of anything I didn’t enjoy about the game.

    Scrap Garden

    Scrap Garden

    3/5
    16 hours playtime
    42 of 42 achievements

    And another game that I rediscovered in my library searches.
    This game feels like one that could be a lot better with the help of a director or someone, taking a more objective look at the gameplay and streamlining it a bit more. The voice acting needs attention definitely, but other aspects could do with a little tweak. With just a little bit of change I think the game could have been much better. It’s not horrible to play through now, but it lacks the polish of a lot it’s competitors.

    Flat Heroes

    Flat Heroes

    4.5/5
    32 hours playtime
    44 of 44 achievements

    I am a sucker for punishment, so it’s pretty much a given that at any time I’ll have a few different brutal platformers on the go. This one is definitely one of the more punishing I’ve had the pleasure of playing. Look the standard level set I think most people could get through easily enough. Yes some of the boss fights are frustrating, but you keep trying and you get there. But then they’ve also got a ‘heroes’ mode. With another set of levels tweaked with new difficulty, and those will leave you wanting to throw out the controller. If that wasn’t enough, getting all the achievements also means hitting certain goals on the survival mode. Mercifully, you can play local co-op and revive each other in this mode, otherwise I don’t know how I would have done it. My wife might not be as good at these games as me, but there were still enough times that she could revive me and keep it going.
    So yeah, don’t let the simplistic presentation fool you, this is a tough one! Right up there with some of the hardest games I’ve beaten. But as a result, having it done and dusted feels really good!

    PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+

    PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+

    3.5/5
    2 hours playtime
    12 of 12 achievements

    So it’s pac man. I guess there’s not much else to say. If you don’t know the classic gameplay, then you’ve probably been living in a nuclear bunker for the last 40 years. This game adds a more ‘pix the cat’ type twist to the game play, where you’re going for a score attack and trying to perfect your route through the courses. Thankfully the achievements are pretty generous in terms of what they require, so I didn’t have to spend hours perfecting my technique to wrap this one up.

    GNOG

    GNOG

    4/5
    4 hours playtime
    20 of 20 achievements

    Saw this on gamivo going for really cheap, so picked it up. It’s a short little point and click type puzzle game with robot heads that have to be manipulated and ‘solved’. It’s got bright colours and cute animations so even though the puzzles are not too hard, it’s fun to play through. My baby enjoyed it very much too, thanks to the aforementioned bright colours, and fun sound design. So it will stay installed for a while, as a means of distracting when mommy needs a break.

Well that month certainly recovered. About halfway through I'd only managed to beat 2 games. And then the steam library update came and I started exploring my library in all sorts of different way. And it highlighted a few games I needed to get back to and finally did. So there was a sudden flurry of shorter games and returns to older ones that resulted in September being one of my best months this year. 3 months left to go and I think we're well on track to hit 90 by the end of the year.

Apart from what I finished, I played some co-op games with the kids and wife, and I'm sure a few of those will be done before too long. I didn't really spend a lot of time playing 'bigger' games, just because I wasn't in the mood really, guess it just goes like that sometimes. With spring in full effect there was of course also a lot to do in the garden, so that was where I spent a lot of my weekends.

That's a wrap for September, I think October will probably be spent more on longer games, so less completions, but you never know, moods change. Have a great October everyone

Other stats

Achievements Gained 232
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Boss Run: Impossible' in Wuppo
Games added 22
Number of different games played25
Achievement streak 1254 days
Average Game completion 75%
Total number of completed games 431
Games completed in 2019 70

August Roundup

A gust of wind

Beaten in August 5 games

    LineWay

    LineWay

    3/5
    30 minutes playtime
    1 of 1 achievements

    Another of my short puzzle games I picked up in the steam sale. This one is particularly short as well. Simple enough concept, just move through all the squares to reach the end. It has some nice twists as you go along, but none of the puzzles were particularly challenging and it was pretty forgettable.

    Borderlands 2

    Borderlands 2

    5/5
    120 hours playtime
    75 of 75 achievements

    I played the original game last year, and must say I didn’t really get why people were so excited about the series. It felt like a very grindy attempt at blending RPG and shooting and it felt a bit like I would rather be playing one or the other. But then I started playing this one through with my brother and his fiance. And it was such an improvement. The characters were so much more fleshed out, the humour was great and both the gunplay and skill trees felt much better. I did my main playthrough with them as Zer0 built as a glass cannon. But I also respecced and tried as other builds, and they all felt very different.
    Mercifully the achievements were made a lot less grindy with the release of the fight for sanctuary DLC as I could start a new level 30 character and get the other character specific achievements a lot easier.
    The worst one is of course the level 1 challenges achievement, and the stupid Jimmy robot one. I farmed 2 chests, loading and reloading about 100 times before finally meeting the little guy.
    Anyway, it felt good to finish such a long game and I’ll certainly look forward to playing Borderlands 3 some time after it releases next year.

    Stick Fight: The Game

    Stick Fight: The Game

    3/5
    9 hours playtime
    28 of 28 achievements

    Looking for games to play with my younger son, I installed a bunch of co-op, local MP games. This one apparently resonated with him the most as we were forced to play it every night for about 3 weeks. Look it’s fun enough for a while, but there’s no progression or unlocks or anything to motivate continued play. I had to remember to pull my punches a bit otherwise he would get frustrated. So he thinks his really good at this game at my expense. But hey some things are worth more than being the best.

    KNIGHTS

    KNIGHTS

    3.5/5
    11 hours playtime
    20 of 20 achievements

    Another of the short puzzle games of course. This one takes the concept of knights moving on a chess board as the basis for a whole game of puzzles. It has a theoretically endless mode using the daily levels. But being as it’s pretty one note, I don’t imagine there are many people who would sit and play the game forever. Still it’s not unpleasant to play and a good ‘coffee time’ game.

    Sniper Elite 4

    Sniper Elite 4

    5/5
    75 hours playtime
    85 of 85 achievements

    I have always enjoyed the sniper elite series, and I’m glad we seem to have reach the point in the series where our technology finally allows the promise of the earlier games to come to completion. In the earlier games, the lack of hugely open areas pointed to the limitation of the gaming consoles to load more than so many enemies at a time. And so there were only a few ‘fixed’ opportunities for really impressive shots. But finally here, we have maps where just about all the enemies can be loaded in and so the maps can open up to much more impressive landscapes. So on many of the maps you can set up camp on a high tower and sit just marking and picking off enemies for ages before needing to move. Great fun!
    Of course it has a few rather tough achievements to earn as well. Thankfully I had a buddy to help me out with the co-op missions. Then for the hardest mode, ‘no save’ challenge, I had a few false starts, try to be hidden, as is my normal play style, before I realised it was more efficient to find a good spot, and make a racket, then let the enemies come to me. Turn it into a more conventional shooter. Once they were all dead, the objectives became a lot easier.
    Anyway, the series continues to impress, and I will look forward to the 5th one when it comes out.

So a little less progress this month. But there's a good reason. I spent a lot of time playing 'big' games. Asides from borderlands 2 and Sniper Elite 4, I also 'beat' Assassin's creed origins, Deus Ex mankind and spent a lot of time playing Borderlands: the Pre-sequel. So that was where most of my evening game time was going. I also started a whole bunch of games with my sons. I'm not sure if I'll ever finish all of them, and they dragged me down in the completion ratio, but we found some good ones to play, so I guess that was a win.

My progress towards my year goals is still on track, although a slower month meant I erased the 'buffer' I had built up. But I will no doubt have some busier months at the end of the year, as my work slows down and I take leave

Other stats

Achievements Gained 264
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'The Collector' in Sniper Elite 4
Games added 0
Number of different games played20
Achievement streak 1224 days
Average Game completion 75%
Total number of completed games 421
Games completed in 2019 60

July Roundup

Bored on the 4th of July

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in July 8 games

100% completed
  • The Room Three

    8 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

  • Snail Trek - Chapter 4: The Final Fondue

    67 minutes playtime

    9 of 9 achievements

  • 7 Billion Humans

    12 hours playtime

    19 of 19 achievements

  • Cube Link

    6 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Delete

    3 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Quell

    3 hours playtime

    35 of 35 achievements

  • Super Lucky's Tale

    36 hours playtime

    58 of 58 achievements

  • Swapperoo

    11 hours playtime

    23 of 23 achievements

So of course July was the tail end of the Steam sale, and as I usually tend to do, I went through my wishlist and picked up a bunch of really cheap little games for a few cents each. Some of them were in bundles with other games so all told I gathered another 15 puzzle/casual games for about $9. A lot of them are perfect 'coffee break' games. Little brain teasers I can do during a work break. So most of my completions this month were those, being as the 'main' games I have been playing are all longer and likely to take a bit longer to finish.

Asides from these that I beat, I also played a lot of Borderlands 2 with my brother and his girlfriend. It has been a lot of fun and I'm very close to beating it now. I did not get the appeal of the series after playing the first game, but everything improved so much with the second game, I get why people like it now. I'll definitely pick up the third one when it's on steam and has a GOTY version.

In real life, things have been busy with work and the kids and the gardening. Feels a bit like spinning wheels some time, but it's good mostly. I mostly finished clearing the jungle around our mini orchard that the previous owners had allowed to grow unchecked, so the fruit trees will hopefully have a better chance of survival. By my count, we have 3 lemon trees, 2 peach trees, 2 guava trees, 2 avocado trees and something that seems to produce some form of tangerine or easy peel orange. There's also a grape vine and several goosebury bushes, that I had to cut right back as they were interfering with other plans. Hopefully the vine can recover when spring arrives, but the grapes were so sour, it's no great loss, but I guess the birds liked them.

Happy August to everyone. Hope it's a good one

Other stats

Achievements Gained 256
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'All-Pro Warrior' in Wolfenstein II
Games added 20
Number of different games played 16
Achievement streak 1192 days
Average Game completion 75%
Total number of completed games 416
Games completed in 2019 55




June Roundup

How you Ju`ne?

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in June 11 games

100% completed
  • Woof Blaster

    3 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

  • Replica

    6 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Saints Row: The Third

    93 hours playtime

    83 of 83 achievements

  • Among the Innocent: A Stricken Tale

    6 hours playtime

    13 of 13 achievements

  • She Remembered Caterpillars

    21 hours playtime

    13 of 13 achievements

  • Figment

    12 hours playtime

    23 of 23 achievements

  • Cheap Golf

    3 hours playtime

    4 of 4 achievements

  • Flat Kingdom Paper's Cut Edition

    27 hours playtime

    48 of 48 achievements

  • The Franz Kafka Videogame

    9 hours playtime

    12 of 12 achievements

  • Playing History 2 - Slave Trade

    38 minutes playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Snail Trek - Chapter 3: Lettuce Be

    37 minutes playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

Ahhh once again I'm late with the monthly update, but I've been feeling rather under the weather the last few weeks, so posting the monthly update didn't really take priority. Half a year done already, I can't believe it! This year is just racing past. My baby is already 6 months old, and a very busy little person.

June is the month of my birth, so it means usually getting a few games in the steam sale and sometimes some PC upgrades. This year I decided to buy a new controller, being as between my kids and my own button mashing, my faithful companion of the last few years has slowed down a lot, making twitch games an excercise in frustration. So a new controller was bought, as well as a 512 gb SSD to finally have enough space to install a few big games on. Then during the steam sale, I was stuck between buying Hitman 2, Shadow of War, Kingdom come, and Wolfenstein II, I concluded that kingdom come was the most likely to be in a humble bundle soon, followed by shadow of war, and so I went for hitman and wolfenstein. What do you know the very next month, what should appear in the monthly? So glad I made the right call. I also got the usual array of little cheap games and DLC for games I want to beat. True to my word, I also deleted a whole bunch of games I know I'll never be playing.

In terms of gaming, I did a fair amount of co-op gaming, which is rare for me. To start with, I joined burnedstriker in playing through Saint's row : the third and finally put that to bed, 6 and a half years after starting. I also teamed up with my sniper elite buddy to knock out the multiplayer requirements for Sniper Elite IV, as well as finishing the 'authentic plus' mode achievements. So there's no difficult achievements standing in my way to finish that anymore. And then finally, I got the handsome jack collection on special, to add all the borderlands DLC I didn't have, and my brother and his GF also got them, so I've been playing with them a lot in the evenings. I don't know if they'll have the staying power to finish all of the achievements, but I think I've gone far enough to be able to finish myself at a later stage if they get bored. So all in all, it's been fun to play with some other people again, when you play solo for so long you can forget that sometimes teaming up creates great new experiences.

Apart from those, I played a lot of smaller games, and with 11 games done this month, my yearly goals are back on track with a bit of wiggle room if I need to take a slow month again.

Have a good month everyone!

Other stats

Achievements Gained 222
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Trial of the Champion' in Next Up Hero
Games added 21
Number of different games played 20
Achievement streak 1162 days
Average Game completion 75%
Total number of completed games 409
Games completed in 2019 47




May Roundup

May be I will, May be I won't

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in May 7 games

100% completed
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition

    37 hours playtime

    47 of 47 achievements

  • The Zwuggels - Beach Holidays

    6 hours playtime

    32 of 32 achievements

  • World of Goo

    28 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • simian.interface++

    34 minutes playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Time Mysteries: Inheritance - Remastered

    6 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

  • MIND CUBES - Inside the Twisted Gravity Puzzle

    8 hours playtime

    315 of 315 achievements

  • The LEGO® Movie 2 - Videogame

    31 hours playtime

    50 of 50 achievements

Wow, that month seemed to go by really quickly. And here we are in June already. It felt like I spent a lot of my gaming time doing longer / grindier achievements, with little to show for it, but I guess 7 games down was better than nothing. I'm still off of my yearly goal by about a game and a half, but I guess that's what casual games are for. Highlights of the month: Finishing Arkham asylum (completing my 'rocksteady' trilogy), starting Yakuza Zero and coming really close to finishing Saint's row the Third, after I found a co-op buddy here on BLAEO. Saints row the third will go to the top of my list for longest completion times, as it was one of the first legit games I got on steam, and languished there on my hard drive for nearly 7 years, as I could never find someone willing to grind through all the activities. Just a few more story missions and we're done.

Oh and going back to Yakuza Zero, it's certainly a wild ride. Think it may be a slow burn for me though, rather than a 'sit down and complete', so much to go through. It's very Japanese in it's sensibilities and plotlines, and as a result, a few of the sidequests have been eyebrow raising, but I do like the overall plot and the action. Can see why it comes strongly recommended.

On the home front, winter is setting in with a vengeance. My efforts to undo years of neglect in the garden continue, and are definitely paying off. We've got 5 of these huge cycads plants in the one section, and I was trying to clear the ground under them on Saturday and got poked by their spikey leaves all over for my efforts. So yeah I'm all covered with cuts today, but guess that comes with the territory. The dog is also much happier, as we have now fenced off an area of the garden for him to run around in. The bordering fence with the neighbours is very climbable for our 'mountain goat', and we had a few times of him disappearing. So for months he's been restricted to going out on the lead only, which lead to a sad beagle. But now he's got a nice big area to mess around in and seems much happier for it. He's 5 this year, but still acts like such a puppy, chasing bubbles and teasing you to chase him as he runs away with random things he finds.

This month's gaming will probably be punctuated by adding too much to the backlog, courtesy of the steam sale. But I've made a resolution to delete 1 game I will never play, for every one I add. I will try and finish the maind storylines of AC origins, and Deus Ex: Mankind divided, and hopefully finish Sniper elite V2 remastered and Saint's row the third to 100%

As for the sale, I have my eyes on a few games, hoping they hit the right price point, but top on the wishlist are Wolfenstein II, Hitman 2, AC odyssey, Just cause 4 (reviews be damned) and Kingdom come deliverance.

Have a good month everyone!

Other stats

Achievements Gained 532
Most difficult (according to TSA) '500 Objects Smashed' in One finger Death Punch
Games added 12
Number of different games played 221
Achievement streak 1132 days
Average Game completion 74%
Total number of completed games 398
Games completed in 2019 36




April Roundup

I pity the fool

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in April 10 games

100% completed
  • Cypher

    5 hours playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • Cat Quest

    17 hours playtime

    12 of 12 achievements

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut

    50 hours playtime

    59 of 59 achievements

  • Minit

    6 hours playtime

    27 of 27 achievements

  • Arma Tactics

    20 hours playtime

    22 of 22 achievements

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

    17 hours playtime

    50 of 50 achievements

  • LYNE

    23 hours playtime

    33 of 33 achievements

  • The Fidelio Incident

    7 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

  • Cefore

    43 minutes playtime

    12 of 12 achievements

  • Go Home - Rage incoming

    2 hours playtime

    13 of 13 achievements

Right a bit late again, but here we are. Another month gone, and one third of the way through the year already. But this is a bit more like it. I am still behind on my target for finishing 90 games this year, but with this month my total for the year goes to 29, so it's only off by one game. Not bad considering the painfully slow start to the year. Also significant about this month is the fact I passed the anniversary date of my achievement streak and it's now been 3 years where I've earned at least one achievement every day. Not bad considering during that time, we've moved house, gone on holiday, had a baby and a few power cuts that lasted 12 hours or more.

Apart from the games I beat, I also added some more achievements to Sniper Elite 4 and started playing Staxel with my middle child. A nice little minecraft/animal cross/ harvest moon hybrid, even if a bit shallow. The kid likes it though.

On a personal front, the weather is definitely changing for Winter and Easter weekend was very rainy and quite cold. And my lawn finally seems to be slowing down the growth, which is good, because I've been having to mow it every weekend for months, so I'm looking forward to a break, to do some other things.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 210
Most difficult (according to TSA) ' Role: Griefer' in Guncraft
Games added 21
Number of different games played 21
Achievement streak 1101 days
Average Game completion 74%
Total number of completed games 389
Games completed in 2019 29




March Roundup

Time moves on, if only there was a word to better describe a steady and rhythmic forward motion

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in March 7 games

100% completed
  • DeadCore

    16 hours playtime

    29 of 29 achievements

  • Please, Don’t Touch Anything

    4 hours playtime

    15 of 15 achievements

  • Chip

    12 hours playtime

    22 of 22 achievements

  • Sleep Attack

    23 hours playtime

    70 of 70 achievements

  • Mount & Blade: Warband

    166 hours playtime

    80 of 80 achievements

  • 12 Labours of Hercules III: Girl Power

    22 hours playtime

    22 of 22 achievements

  • Shipwreck

    15 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

Well... I did improve this month at least? 7 is certainly better than 6, and I actually spent a lot more time playing overall I think. I was mostly focussed on Mount and blade warband and Deus ex human revolution, both of which are longer games. As you'll see I finished mount and blade, and it went straight to the top of my longest time taken to beat, having taken more than 6 years. Apart from those 2, it was the usual mix of randomness, still feel like I need to get some of my bigger games done and uninstalled before I move on to some of the new big games I have waiting

On a personal front, I've been very busy in the garden, building a jungle gym for the kids and putting up fences. Years ago just after school I worked as an apprentice in a piano repair shop, and I don't think I've been this fit and strong since that time, and I remember how much I do like working with my hands. Even if I've had to crawl to bed a few times now after a long hot days work. I conclude that I've over engineered the jungle gym a bit in terms of structural strength, but being as we intend to be here for a while, maybe it will still be strong enough for grandkids one day. Long term goals!

This month I will probably still try and finish Human Revolution directors cut, just because it's one of my favourite games and it would be nice to have it in my beaten list. I will also probably return to Sniper Elite 4, as there's a hardcore run I still need to finish.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 175
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'The Killer's Dream' in Sleep Attack
Games added 11
Number of different games played 16
Achievement streak 1070 days
Average Game completion 73%
Total number of completed games 380
Games completed in 2019 17




February Roundup

A very late update

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in February 6 games

100% completed
  • CHUCHEL

    4 hours playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • The Mean Greens - Plastic Warfare

    27 hours playtime

    24 of 24 achievements

  • Chroma Squad

    29 hours playtime

    43 of 43 achievements

  • Alicia Quatermain: Secrets Of The Lost Treasures

    6 hours playtime

    20 of 20 achievements

  • LEGO® City Undercover

    100 hours playtime

    48 of 48 achievements

  • Virginia

    13 hours playtime

    17 of 17 achievements

And so the slow year continues with not only another slow month, but even a near 2 week delay to posting this. But you know, sometimes real life takes precedence. Probably the biggest news is that my wife and I finally own a house. It's taken 6 months of lawyers and paperwork, but we're finally done. I didn't think it would actually make me feel as emotional as it did/does, but honestly, I did not think there would ever come a day where we would have a place to call our own. And on top of that it's in a really beautiful area. We have a big garden with so many trees, and plenty of wildlife that comes and visits. It's comforting to know that we're not just throwing away rent money every month.

Anyway, on to the gaming. Asides from the ones I beat, I also spent a fair amount of time playing Assassin's creed origins, which I think is fantastic. Looking forward to playing odyssey one day as well. And then a string of various other little games. Honestly, I think I'm in a bit of a 'down cycle' when it comes to games. I think any one who has spent years playing games knows what I'm talking about. Sometimes you just don't feel that much like playing, so you find yourself playing weird little games, trying to find something to hook you in again. I have lots of really good games on the backlog, but mentally I can't move onto them until I've cleared some more of the games I started as well. Anyway, I'll find something I'm sure. That's the thing about games, there's always something else new to remind you why games are great.

March is already looking to be on track to be better than the first few months, so hopefully I'll be back soon with more than 6 games to show for a month of work!

Other stats

Achievements Gained 153
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Top 99th Percentile' in Probably Archery
Games added 6
Number of different games played 20
Achievement streak 1040 days
Average Game completion 73%
Total number of completed games 375
Games completed in 2019 12




January Roundup

Small Beginnings

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in January 6 games

100% completed
  • Snail Trek - Chapter 2: A Snail Of Two Worlds

    21 minutes playtime

    6 of 6 achievements

  • Watson's Watch

    3 hours playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • Tacoma

    10 hours playtime

    12 of 12 achievements

  • West of Loathing

    39 hours playtime

    23 of 23 achievements

  • Hatoful Boyfriend

    11 hours playtime

    16 of 16 achievements

  • A Fistful of Gun

    28 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

Well that was certainly a very slow start to the year. I knew it would be slow, but this is literally the least number of achievements I've earned in a month for the last 3 years. But I have good reasons.

For a start, my daughter was born in the second week of the year. Much happiness and joy all round. She is too perfect. But she also means a lot less free time. Because while my wife has been recovering and looking after the baby, I've been doing a lot of the things she was doing and looking after the older 2 kids. There were a few times where I'd finally get round to playing a game at 10 in the evening and it was a stretch to even get one achievement just to keep the streak going. But honestly, she is worth it.

Secondly, I had a computer break down. Basically my company got me a new i7 computer, but it was a stupid compact box, with some proprietary plugs in it. So I needed a new motherboard to house the chip and ram and ditch the lame motherboard. So I got a new case to put everything in, and when moving my old rig into there, while I waited for the new motherboard, I think the power connector got damaged as it was quite stiff. (Hadn't been unplugged for the last 4 years). So it just had zero life when I tried switching it on. Luckily I had the old cheap motherboard I got with the processor 7 years ago, but unluckily it didn't fit my graphics card. My graphics card also didn't fit into the stupid compact box. So I put my old graphics card in there with a dodgy fan, and had to party like it was 2009, as anything too intense and the fan would go crazy and my computer would freeze. Anyway, after a few weeks, my new motherboard arrived, and I put it in the new box, and I'm now rocking an i7-8700 with 16 gigs of ram. The i7-2600 will be built into the old box with the old graphics card and do quite nicely as an upgrade for the wife come occassional game station for the kids. Anyway all of these troubles wasted time and also meant I could only play a limited library of games

And then thirdly, I also spent a lot of my time playing longer games. Ones that don't throw achievements at you. Assassin's creed origins, Sniper elite 4, Deus ex mankind divided being the main ones. And then after over a year space cat finally had mercy on me and I won Insurgency: Sandstorm from Mousewithbeer. It was a playing appreciated giveaway, so I was 'forced' to install it right away. Oh so tough being forced to play such a cool game. I played a fair amount there and have plans to keep on. It's multiplayer obviously, but I've already earned a lot of the achievements I think would be 'harder' for me, so I think this will definitely be completed some time in the future. Well worth the wait between wins I think

So that was my January. I suspect February might still be a slow month. Here are more opinions on the games I did beat.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 134
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Whistle whetter' in A fistful of gun
Games added 2
Number of different games played 20
Achievement streak 1012 days
Average Game completion 73%
Total number of completed games 369
Games completed in 2019 6