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Fatty, fatty, fatty - Magnus Armstrong. (in honour of the best forgotten games series ever)
So I guess you're here.... welcome? I enjoy gaming and I enjoy finishing games. It's easier to track down on games with achievements these days, but even since I was a kid I used to love finishing off my games as much as possible. Nowadays the abundance of cheap games in bundles and steam sales has meant I've added far more games than I'll be likely to finish in my lifetime, but I am still going to keep plodding on and trying to reduce the number of untouched games on my list.
The best list of games I've beaten this year can be found here, as it's the one I'll update most regularly

The "100 Club"

0RBITALIS • 10 Second Ninja • 12 is better than 6 • The 39 Steps • 8-Bit Commando • 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek • Access Denied • Ace of Words • Aces of the Luftwaffe • Age of Empires II: HD edition • Agent walker : Secret journey • Another Perspective • Back to Bed • Bad Hotel • The Banner Saga • Bastion • Batman : Arkham city • Batman : The telltale series • Bedlam • Big Brain Wolf • A Bird Story • Bioshock Remasterd • BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien • BiT Evolution • Blockland • Blue Estate • Boot Hill Heroes • Botanicula • Braveland • Braveland Wizard • Braveland Pirate • Bridge Constructor Medieval • Bridge Constructor Playground • Brothers - A Tale of two Sons • Call of Juarez Gunslinger • Cat Goes Fishing • Cat on a diet • Catch A Falling Star • Citizens of Earth • Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink • Clustertruck • Collisions • Consortium • Contrast • Copoka • Crayon Chronicles • Crosscells • Cubot • Day D: Tower Rush • Day of the tentacle : Remastered • The Deadly Tower of Monsters • Defend your life • Defender's Quest : Valley of the forgotten • Deranged Rabbits • Detective Case and Clown Bot in: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon • Deus Ex: The Fall • Dex • Divide by Sheep • Doodle God • Doodle Mafia • Draw a Stickman Epic • Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler • Dyscourse • Eets Munchies • Entangle • Epistory • Event[0] • Fester Mudd Chapter 1 • Fieldrunners • Finding Teddy • Fine Sweeper • Fire • Fist of awesome • Fitz the Fox • Five : Guardians of David • Freebie • GabeN : The Final Decision • Gemini: Heroes Reborn • Global OPs : Commando Libya • Go Home Dinosaurs! • Goat Simulator • Gravity Badgers • Hare in the hat • Headlander • Heavy Fire: Afghanistan • Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear . • Her Story • Hero of the Kingdom • Hero of the Kingdom II • Hexcells • Hexcells Infinite • Hexcells Plus • Hidden folks • Highrise Heroes • High Strangeness • Hitman: Absolution • Home sheep Home 2 • Homefront: The revolution • Hue • Human Resource Machine • Ichi • Inexistence • IS Defense • Jagged Alliance: Back in action • Jazzpunk • Job The Leprecaun • Jones on Fire • Jumpjet Rex • Just Cause 2 • Just Cause 3 • Karaski: What goes up... • Kick-ass Commandos • Kill The Plumber • Kingdom Rush • Lara Croft Go • The Last Tinker : City of Colors • LEGO® Avengers • LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham • LEGO® Jurrasic World • LEGO® MARVEL Super Heroes • The LEGO® Movie - Videogame • LEGO® The Hobbit™ • LEGO® The Lord of the Rings™ • Letter Quest • Letter Quest : Grimm's Journey remastered • Lexica • Life is Strange • Life of Pixel • Light • Lightfish • Lili : Child of Geos • LuftRausers • Machinarium • Mad bullets • Mad Max • Magnetic : cage closed • The Masterplan • Max : The curse of brotherhood • Metal Gear Solid : Ground Zeroes • Micron • Mimpi Dreams • Mind Games • Morphopolis • Mousecraft • My Name is Mayo • Neon Struct • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) • Nightsky • NotGTAV • Not a Hero • Oceanhorn: Monster of unchartered seas • Octodad : Dadliest Catch • One More Line • Papers, Please • Papo & Yo • Party Hard • Perfect Angle • Pix The Cat • Pixel Piracy • Pixel Puzzles 2: Birds • Pixel Puzzles 2: Space • Pixel Puzzles: Japan • Planet of the eyes • Plantera • Poker night at the inventory • Poker Nights 2 • The polynomial • Pony Island • Portal • Projector Face • Puddle • The Purring Quest • Puzzle Agent 2 • Puzzler World • Puzzler World 2 • Pythagoria • Qora • Reach for the Sky • Remember Me • Rise of the Triad • The Room • The Room Two • Root • Rube Works • Samorost 3 • Scribblenauts Unlimited • Scribblenauts Unmasked • Shadwen • Sid Meiers Ace Patrol • Sid Meiers Ace Patrol : Pacific Skies • The Silent Age • Skyshine's Bedlam • Slime Rancher • Small Radios Big Television • Snakebird • Snik • Spec Ops: The Line • Squarecells • Stacking • Stay Alight • Stick it to the man! • Strata • Subnautica • Suits: A business RPG • Super Hexagon • Supreme League of Patriots Issue 1: A Patriot Is Born • Supreme League of Patriots Issue 2: Patriot Frames • Supreme League of Patriots Issue 3: Ice Cold in Ellis • Surgeon Simulator • Tales from the borderlands • Tap Heroes • Team Indie • Tembo the badass Elephant • Tengami • Thief Town • Third eye crime • Thomas Was Alone • Three Digits • Tiny Bridge: Ratventure • Tiny Guardians • Tiny Thief • To the Moon • TransPlan • Tropico 4 • The Turing Test • Two Digits • Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 4 • Type : Rider • Unium • Volume • War in a box : Paper Tanks • Western 1849 reloaded • Wheely • The wolf among us • Wolfenstein: The New Order • Woolfe : The Red hood Diaries

This year I plan on beating a few of these games:

  • Ori and the blind forest
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Metal Gear Solid V
  • West of loathing
  • Sniper Elite IV
  • Quantum Break
  • Agents of Mayhem
  • Batman Arkham Knight
  • Inside

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




2018 Summary - A big year indeed

So when 2018 started I set a few goals for myself, namely, to get my completion rate up to 72% from 67% and to finish another 80 games, to bring my total to 320. As 2018 closed I had managed to finish 124 games as well as bring my completion up to 73%, so all told a very successful year indeed.

Oddly enough however I didn't gain that many more achievements than in previous years, still averaging about 10 a year, but the difference this year was that I revisited a lot of abandoned games, I'd tried for a while and forgotten about, and I also spent a bit more time mopping up some of the 'bigger' games I had. I had a list I created here on BLAEO of games I wanted to beat, and by the end of the year I'd at least started 70% of them and beaten half, so minor success. This year I'll do better

I won exactly 0 games on Steamgifts in 2018, but I did play a bit more of the longer games I had won, and I've now beaten all of the games I won, with the exception of the 'multiplayer, but now abandoned "Of Kings and men". It was early access, so I tried it straight away, with the aim of revisiting it once it was fleshed out, but then it got abandoned. Which is a pity! Anyway, all my others are at least green coloured here, and I'll try and get 100% on "shadow of mordor" and "call of duty black ops II" in this year, just for completion sake.

The full list of games I 100% beat in 2018 is here , you'll see it's a big mix, some filthy casual short games, some controller breakers, and a few long games. It will be difficult to pick just 10 highlights, but here we go...

    A Pixel Story

    A Pixel Story

    9/10
    81 hours playtime
    32 of 32 achievements

    This was definitely a highlight for me. It was a well put together puzzle platformer on it’s own, but then it also had the insane challenge room low-death challenge. It took me running the game for 24 hours on 2 computers to beat it, but I finally did, and on a few of the stats website I was the first, and so far only, one to beat the game fully. It had a nice mix of hidden secrets, storyline and challenge achievements that I think make a game interesting to beat. I think it deserved a lot more credit than it got.

    Batman: Arkham Knight

    Batman: Arkham Knight

    8.5/10
    123 hours playtime
    113 of 113 achievements

    So this one might not be the most favoured of all the batman games, but it is the final and I beat it fully. As with other arkham games, the biggest challenge came from the challenge maps, and after bouncing off them the first time I played, I came back and suddenly they were a lot easier. I think in the meanwhile I’d been playing so much more with my controller, and playing games like shadow of mordor, so the combat suddenly felt a lot easier. Whatever the reason, I was really glad I came back to this and finished it up, as it’s a great one for the collection.

    Hitman

    Hitman

    10/10
    73 hours playtime
    69 of 69 achievements

    So I have always loved the hitman series, after playing the first game almost straight after it came out back in the day. I was in my early teens, and with that game I really started to see what games could be. Here we had an action game where not every one was trying to kill you straight away, and your actions had consequences. It was a revelation. So over the years I’ve played all of them and couldn’t wait to play this one after the reviews praised it. I just loved the methodical approach to everything. Each level is a little series of puzzles, and there’s plenty of ‘right’ ways to do each assassination, so in the end if feels like you made the choice, and 47 is an extension of your personality. My favourites are the ones where I’d sneak in, trigger an accident and leave without even changing my suit. Bald bad-ass indeed. Can’t wait to play hitman 2. Was very tempted in this sale, but chose AC origins instead, as it seemed more likely that hitman 2 would be in a monthly bundle.

    Ghost of a Tale

    Ghost of a Tale

    10/10
    21 hours playtime
    20 of 20 achievements

    The only game that actually released in 2018, that I bought in 2018 and beat in 2018, and with good reason. I was crazy about the redwall books as a kid, and the minute I saw this it raised my interested. It apparently had some serious bugs when it released, but by the time I bought it June these were all ironed out and it plays great. It also looks gorgeous, because the main guy behind is primarily an animator, so the way the world looks and the characters move is charming. It claims to be an RPG, but it’s really more of a stealth adventure game. You explore the prison and do quests to advance the story. There’s also so much back story that’s revealed, and I love the sense of starting the game right in the middle of something. I really hope a sequel is in the works.

    Yooka-Laylee

    Yooka-Laylee

    8/10
    41 hours playtime
    35 of 35 achievements

    I grew up in the age of the PS 1 and N64 and even into the PS2 and gamecube eras, it felt like every second game was a generic action platformer, emulating the style of much better Nintendo franchises, but not quite being as good. Yooka-laylee, was made with the stated goal of being a throw back to the likes of banjo-kazooie, and I think it does a good job for the most part. Some of the aspects were annoying, but then I remembered that the old games were even more annoying, so ultimately this was spot on. I loved the expanding skill set and open world level design and whilst the dialogue was a bit cheesy, it was still a fun story for the kids sitting next to me. So definitely worthy of a place in my top 10 list of 2018.

    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

    9/10
    58 hours playtime
    44 of 44 achievements

    Along with hitman, another game from my teenage days that I loved to bits was the commandos series. It was branded as an action game, but even then I saw it as more of an intricate puzzle, where you would clear the map piece by piece to get to the objective. It’s a genre that died a few years ago and I’m ecstatic that Shadow tactics has revived it. It’s a good modern take on the genre, and even though I felt like the skills needed more variety or progression, the maps did a good job of scaling up the challenge. And the addition of extra challenges to each map was great because it forced me to play outside of my usual style, and do it faster or without murdering everyone. It was difficult at times, but a nice way to enhance the game. I’m excited to play the new desperados game they are making and also hoping that Kalypso is going to actually revive Commandos as well.

    Sniper Elite 3

    Sniper Elite 3

    8/10
    85 hours playtime
    77 of 77 achievements

    It was a toss up between this or Sniper elite V2, but the reality is I am super happy to have beaten both of them this year. I have always loved the sniper games, but multiplayer achievements are where many of my completion attempts die when it comes to games. Because I don’t always start playing early enough and because my gaming times are convenient, and because I live 200+ ping away from everyone else. So I was really grateful to find someone who could help me out with the co-op and multiplayer achievements. I’ve played a lot of shooters over the years, but I also love stealth gameplay, so the sniper elite series combines both, and finishing it on the hardest mode is very satisfying, as you take in the wind and bullet drop and carefully hold your breath for that perfect shot. Good times. I’ve still got Sniper Elite 4 to finish at least. Maybe by then 5 will be out.

    Subnautica

    Subnautica

    10/10
    45 hours playtime
    17 of 17 achievements

    Generally speaking, me and horror games don’t get on well. And looking at subnautica I knew it had elements of ‘scariness’ to it, but I also was intrigued by the exploration and overarching concept of the game. So it was wishlisted and I won it on SG. This year it finally came out of early access and I jumped back in. I was really surprised by how I managed to hold it together. Yeah there were some scary things down there, but the compulsion to explore was stronger, and after a while I realised, they were just behaving like normal creatures would, and if I left them alone they would mostly leave me alone. The storyline and progression of new unlocks was brilliant and this game really does deserve the accolades it received. And I’m still sad I lost my first cuddlefish.

    Mark of the Ninja

    Mark of the Ninja

    62 hours playtime
    38 of 38 achievements

    Why did I abandon this game all those years ago? I got it in a humble bundle, played the first few levels, even bought the DLC and then forgot about it until they gave all of us a free upgrade to the remastered version. Then I felt like I should finished the original before returning. And it’s actually a brilliant stealth platformer, and exactly the sort of game I enjoy, so why I didn’t take to it the first time round I’ll never know. Anyway, I’ll be playing the remastered version sometime this year I’m sure, just wanted to give myself a chance to enjoy it properly.

    LEGO® MARVEL Super Heroes 2

    LEGO® MARVEL Super Heroes 2

    9/10
    80 hours playtime
    75 of 75 achievements

    I play a lot of lego games, allegedly for the kids sakes, but I do secretly quite enjoy them myself. This particular one was the best I played in 2018, with a few new ideas, but also a funny original plot that pokes fun at some of the traits of heroes and villains and manages to send up a few of the MCU films better than the ‘lego avengers’ game did previously. Definitely one of the better lego games.


As far as lowlights go, well there were plenty of those. Thankfully most of them were over quickly, but the biggest was probably 'Agents of mayhem'. It had so much promise and potential on reveal. Funny characters, skill unlocks, saints row universe. And instead the actual gameplay involves killing the same boring bad guys across an endless number of the same boring bases. Once I committed to finishing, I ground through it, but I was literally falling asleep at points while I played.

Goals for this year

I've put together a little list of games I want to at least beat this year, a few I've already started, some I've not even installed yet, but I think it's a good mix. I want to have at least half of them finished completely by the end of the year, and to have at least tried out all of them. List is here

My other goals are less intense than last year, the reality is I have a new baby on the way and that always throws a disruption to leisure time, so I want to bring my total of completed games up to 450, (so adding 90 games roughly), and my AGC up to 77%. I may adjust up if I feel a burst of energy later, but I think that's a good starting point

Here's to all you fellow hunters, may we all beat more than we add in this year!

December Roundup

Going out with a bang

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in December 21 games

100% completed
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior 2

    34 hours playtime

    38 of 38 achievements

  • Hitman GO: Definitive Edition

    21 hours playtime

    26 of 26 achievements

  • Burgers

    5 hours playtime

    5 of 5 achievements

  • Teslagrad

    14 hours playtime

    36 of 36 achievements

  • Space Pilgrim Episode III: Delta Pavonis

    7 hours playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • Home is Where One Starts...

    7 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Wave Mechanics

    5 hours playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • Draw a Stickman: EPIC 2

    59 hours playtime

    20 of 20 achievements

  • Far from Noise

    4 hours playtime

    9 of 9 achievements

  • Anarcute

    15 hours playtime

    25 of 25 achievements

  • Broforce

    32 hours playtime

    17 of 17 achievements

  • Hook

    4 hours playtime

    1 of 1 achievements

  • Crazy Machines 3

    19 hours playtime

    41 of 41 achievements

  • Antisquad

    85 hours playtime

    178 of 178 achievements

  • Electronic Super Joy

    25 hours playtime

    37 of 37 achievements

  • Depth Hunter 2: Deep Dive

    24 hours playtime

    17 of 17 achievements

  • Curvatron

    12 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Snail Bob 2

    7 hours playtime

    27 of 27 achievements

  • Snail Trek - Chapter 1: Intershellar

    15 minutes playtime

    6 of 6 achievements

  • Super Life of Pixel

    37 hours playtime

    72 of 72 achievements

  • hocus

    5 hours playtime

    4 of 4 achievements

Last month I surpassed my goal for the year of 100 games beaten, so I figured I'd end 2018 on a bang, and try and beat as many games as I could. I did cheat a bit, as one does, by mostly playing games I'd already started before and shorter ones, but I still think 21 games was a good tally for the final month. Overall 2018 was the best year yet in terms of beating games. I'll make a separate post summarising the year sometime, but even though I only earned a few more achievements, I managed to beat 24 more games total, mostly because I spent a lot of time revisiting old games and finishing them up in this year

So part of the reason this was a bumper month was because it is the first time I've scaled down my work over the holidays. In previous years I've only worked for myself, and under contracts, so didn't get any official leave, and no work meant no pay. But this year I finally consented to becoming a full time employee for the one company I've worked for and one advantage of that is that when they go quiet at the end of the year, I also don't have to work as much and I spent a lot more time with my kids, and working in the garden, and of course gaming. Child number 3 is due any day now, so it was also nice to be able to help more around the house.

Christmas was the usual subdued affair. My family wisely decided years ago that we would permanently shift to a 'secret santa' type arrangement, so the adults only buy one gift for one person. And we all get gifts for the kids. But not having to find gifts for everyone makes it a lot less stressful, and it's nice to be able to seek out a gift that is super special for that one person. The kids loved it of course, and lots of lego means lots of fun for daddy too. At least the next one is a girl, so maybe my wife will finally be co-opted into playing with new toys.

And then New year was also super relaxed. My wife and I walked around our garden admiring the fireworks and then came back inside to continue watching netflix. Perfect.

Steam winter sale managed to hook me. Mostly because I had money from the in laws to spend. So I bought Assassin's creed origins, and have been loving it. I also bought some DLC for games I have been wanting to finish for ages, and also red strings club, Lego DC villains and a few other small games. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a bargain, but I've installed a lot of them already, so they won't languish in the backlog too long.

So anyway, on to my opinions of the games I beat this month.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 369
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Elegant rescue' in Antisquad
Games added 19
Number of different games played 42
Achievement streak 981 days
Average Game completion 73%
Total number of completed games 362
Games completed in 2018 124