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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

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




November Roundup

And that brings up the 100

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in November 11 games

100% completed
  • Oracle

    5 hours playtime

    24 of 24 achievements

  • Full Throttle Remastered

    8 hours playtime

    40 of 40 achievements

  • Tiny Echo

    6 hours playtime

    6 of 6 achievements

  • Sniper Elite 3

    85 hours playtime

    77 of 77 achievements

  • Submerged

    7 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

  • Intrude

    13 hours playtime

    9 of 9 achievements

  • Sniper Elite V2

    56 hours playtime

    47 of 47 achievements

  • Block Survival: Legend of the Lost Islands

    16 hours playtime

    24 of 24 achievements

  • MechaNika

    10 hours playtime

    30 of 30 achievements

  • City of Fools

    6 hours playtime

    6 of 6 achievements

  • PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist

    30 hours playtime

    58 of 58 achievements

Wow this was a bumper month. Ok so I guess it was more just a case of doing a few shorter games and finally finishing some I've had installed for years, but either way my goals for the year have been met with 1 month to spare. I started 2018 wanting another 100 completions and a game completion increase of 5%, up to 72% and this month I reached both. Which means whatever I beat in December is bonus.

3 of my completions were for the theme. I usually try and play the games I buy on steam sales and most of them I've played, but there were 6 I had bought and never started. They were installed but had only ever been idled for cards. So it was great to play these 3, and I also beat Ori and the blind forest. It has a speed run and 100% run, so completion may have to go on the back burner, but at least I got to the end of the story.

Probably the happiest completions of the month (and maybe even year) were finally being able to beat 2 of the sniper elite games. Sniper elite V2 was one of the first games I got in a bundle, and I loved it but could never finish it because of the MP requirements. Same story with sniper elite III. It was actually the last game I pre-ordered, and it's been sitting incomplete since the time it came out. So when humble bundle randomly included V2 in their monthly bundle, I was reminded to seek out someone to help with co-op and found a couple of people who were just as keen as me to finish. So I made some friends and finally beat these two games. V2 went straight to the top as my longest time to completion, at 5 and a half years. Talk about playing the 'long game'

Steam sale was also this month and I had some trading card money so bought a few little games. Mostly puzzle games and things the kids will enjoy, but I did indulge my nostalgia and buy the lucasarts outlaws re-release. Still the same as I remember it, which is comforting in a way.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 326
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'I'll give you a war you wouldn't believe' in Broforce
Games added 12
Number of different games played 29
Achievement streak 950 days
Average Game completion 72%
Total number of completed games 341
Games completed in 2018 103




October Roundup

No spooks here thanks

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in October 6 games

100% completed
  • TY the Tasmanian Tiger

    47 hours playtime

    39 of 39 achievements

  • Mark of the Ninja

    62 hours playtime

    38 of 38 achievements

  • Egg Returns Home

    4 hours playtime

    11 of 11 achievements

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm

    9 hours playtime

    34 of 34 achievements

  • Thunder Wolves

    14 hours playtime

    20 of 20 achievements

  • Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends Racing

    2 hours playtime

    25 of 25 achievements

As tends to happen with life, this month was a lot better for me and mine. We got approved for a home loan, so we are well on our way to having a place that will actually be ours. The various ailments we were suffering with got better, and we've had some great spring weather. So yeah, all in all October was bid a much fonder farewell than September

On a gaming front, I took the opportunity of being ahead on my goals to focus a bit more on abandoned titles and also start a few longer ones, including the first Borderlands game. Not my usual style, but so far it's alright. I'm going to need to find a co-op partner though if I ever want to finish it properly. I also played a few games that I just know I'm never going to finish.

I'm a sucker for the occassional tough platform game and made the mistake of starting 2 this month. Splasher and Pewdiepie : Legend of the brofist. Both are very decent platform games and I've beaten them, but there's a few achievements in there that I don't think will be possible for me. Splasher has these speed run times and subsequent achievements that seem to require you are actually in the running for setting a world record in order to complete. I mean when even the in-game leaderboard only lists half a dozen people in the whole world that have beaten the platinum 100% run, you know there's no way you'll get it if you plan on playing other games in the next decade. Similarly, legend of the brofist has a hardcore single death mode, which may be doable on some levels, but that final boss, I just don't know. I think between the two brofist might be the more doable, but they'll probably both have to live on sub 80% completion.

This brings up an interesting discussion though. Should games add achievements that will only ever be unlockable by a very few people? I am on the fence. On one hand, beating that is a great brag, but I also think games should be beatable by normally skilled people, even if they have to do a bit of grinding to do it. For a lot of people getting a perfect game is not so much about bragging, but just about capping off a game, and closing the chapter on it. I don't think there's a large group of people going around looking at the achievements of others and being impressed that they beat such and such a game on 'superduperultra hardcore' mode. And besides for those kind of challenges there are usually leaderboards, so the glory is there for those that want. So I feel like for the most part developers should get someone with mediocre skills to set their time challenges, just so everyone can get the chance to notch off a game they've enjoyed.

2 of the games I beat this month were part of my new 'long game' list, which is a list of games I started and never finished, usually 4 years or more ago. I don't usually uninstall games I think I may be able to beat, so these were taking up space and I'm glad to have beaten them. Close to finishing at least one other on this list as well.

I also lost 2 of my game completions from the year, thanks to developers and their scummy DLC practises. I mean it's great to get new content, hooray! BUT do they have to add new achievements to the game as well? Guess I'll be ponying up for the DLC come next sale. Guess this has turned into a bit of a rant, but Screw those guys.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 336
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Special level finished' in Alien Spidey
Games added 16
Number of different games played 19
Achievement streak 919 days
Average Game completion 71%
Total number of completed games 330
Games completed in 2018 92




September Roundup

Wake me when it's over

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in September 11 games

100% completed
  • You Are Not A Banana: Better Edition

    6 hours playtime

    25 of 25 achievements

  • Super Golf 2018

    2 hours playtime

    34 of 34 achievements

  • Electronic Super Joy: Groove City

    87 minutes playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Toy Soldiers: Complete

    32 hours playtime

    32 of 32 achievements

  • Quantum Break

    15 hours playtime

    42 of 42 achievements

  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

    58 hours playtime

    44 of 44 achievements

  • Glass Masquerade

    3 hours playtime

    27 of 27 achievements

  • Renegade Ops

    15 hours playtime

    16 of 16 achievements

  • Fort Meow

    8 hours playtime

    16 of 16 achievements

  • Inventioneers

    13 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

  • Moonlight Minions

    8 hours playtime

    15 of 15 achievements

Well it's been a tough month for me and my family, so I'm glad to see the back of it. For some reason though I actually finished more games than I'd anticipated, I guess they were a good distraction for me. So with 3 months to go in this year, I only need 14 more games beaten to reach my goal of 100. So that's something I guess? I will maybe try and pick up one of my longer games again in an effort to finish off the year with something big. Don't know what yet

On a more personal front, my wife and I are expecting our third (and final!) child. It was something we'd both wanted in the past and it felt like the right time. Good news is that it looks like it's a girl, which would make it the first girl grandchild on both sides of our family. It's going to be quite different from raising boys, but I'm sure me and my daughter will find some games we can enjoy together.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 306
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Bot Beater' in Giana Sisters
Games added 12
Number of different games played 25
Achievement streak 887 days
Average Game completion 71%
Total number of completed games 325
Games completed in 2018 86




August Roundup

Trips to the beach are fun

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in August 8 games

100% completed
  • Visibility

    12 hours playtime

    17 of 17 achievements

  • 10,000,000

    20 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

  • Snuggle Truck

    6 hours playtime

    11 of 11 achievements

  • Alice's Patchworks 2

    24 hours playtime

    18 of 18 achievements

  • Sniper Ghost Warrior 3

    47 hours playtime

    48 of 48 achievements

  • Yooka-Laylee

    41 hours playtime

    35 of 35 achievements

  • The Cat Games

    5 hours playtime

    16 of 16 achievements

  • The Big Journey

    12 hours playtime

    31 of 31 achievements

So this was the month that I thought would certainly break my achievement streak, as we had my wife's parents visiting from overseas and we spent one of the weeks down at the beach, and I no longer had a laptop to take with me. BUT then I managed to borrow a laptop from a family member, and even though it was missing a few keys (thanks nephews) and it was toaster, it managed to run a few games and so by some miracle (and a once daily mobile data check in) the streak lives on. Don't know why I care particularly, but I think it's become a fun thing to see how long I can go for.

The holiday itself went pretty well. I didn't have high hopes as my wife's granny and slightly 'leechy' aunt and uncle had added themselves to the outing, but the house we stayed in was big enough that we all had our own space and with the kids we always had an excuse to find other things to do when the conversation about the 'good old days' from the older generation was getting boring.

Apart from the games I beat, I also played a fair amount of Toy soldiers and I'm getting to the end of quantum break. I'll admit I'm in a bit of a 'funk' at the moment, where I have a few really good games I need to play and beat, but I'm just not in the mood, so random little games have been filling my time. Nothing wrong with that I guess, and maybe after a little break I'll feel like playing some of those bigger games again.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 211
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Target Practice' in Company of heroes 2
Games added 5
Number of different games played 19
Achievement streak 857 days
Average Game completion 70%
Total number of completed games 314
Games completed in 2018 75




July Roundup

Everday pure grinding...

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in July 7 games

100% completed
  • Ghost of a Tale

    21 hours playtime

    20 of 20 achievements

  • Space Pilgrim Episode II: Epsilon Indi

    6 hours playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • Day of Infamy

    113 hours playtime

    97 of 97 achievements

  • Guts and Glory

    9 hours playtime

    30 of 30 achievements

  • ToaZZle

    2 hours playtime

    5 of 5 achievements

  • LEGO® MARVEL Super Heroes 2

    74 hours playtime

    75 of 75 achievements

  • Super Sports Surgery

    3 hours playtime

    40 of 40 achievements

Winter is fully here in my part of the world, and no better excuse to stay indoors. However, although I spent about the same amount of time playing as I do most months, my gained achievements were a bit on the slow side, as I was mostly concentrating on longer titles, where achievements are more spread out. Asides from those I beat, I also played a fair amount of Yooka-Laylee, A hat in time and Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. It's funny how one's mood changes in the course of gaming, earlier this year I was on a total 'hard' game drive, then into 'strategy' mode and this month I felt a bit more like doing 'adventure' type games. I would be so bored if all there was to play was shooter games or something like that.

On a personal front, my wife's family is coming to visit from overseas in a few days, and we'll be going away for a week. On one hand, nice to get away I guess, on the other... my 2 and a half year streak may well be broken... haha. Funnily enough this current streak started after they were here last time. Our laptop was stolen last year so I don't even think I could gain any on a low res indie game while I'm away. But maybe some kind member of my family will let me borrow theirs for a week, under the premise of needing it for 'work'

I also lost one perfect game this month in the form of 'mimpi dreams', after they added a new DLC with 3 achievements. And that's fine, new content is good. But what makes me a little mad about this case is the fact that the game I spent my money on (I bought it from steam, so not even bundle money), is now free to play, and the only thanks myself and everyone else who bought the game gets is the one extra level we already had that they are now charging $1 for. I don't know why in such a crowded market place some devs go out of their way to troll their fans. I mean I don't expect the new (overpriced) DLC to be free, but hey a 50% or even 25% voucher for paying customers would have certainly been a nice gesture to show some appreciation for the ones that thought the game was worth spending money on. As it stands now I'm not going to buy the DLC until it's on a heavy discount and I don't think the hordes of new players playing the game for free will pony up the $5 either. /rant

Other stats

Achievements Gained 244
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'National Hero IV' in Day of Infamy
Games added 15 (few from the monthly, 1 fanatical bundle, and one spam bundle because adelion said we needed to play 'Future Proof')
Number of different games played 17
Achievement streak 827 days
Average Game completion 70%
Total number of completed games 306
Games completed in 2018 67




June Roundup

Whoa we're halfway there

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in June 8 games

100% completed
  • LEGO® Worlds

    92 hours playtime

    71 of 71 achievements

  • Pixel Puzzles 2: RADical ROACH

    25 hours playtime

    26 of 26 achievements

  • Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series

    12 hours playtime

    30 of 30 achievements

  • Four Last Things

    3 hours playtime

    17 of 17 achievements

  • Firewatch

    7 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

  • Skylar & Plux: Adventure On Clover Island

    6 hours playtime

    33 of 33 achievements

  • All You Can Eat

    39 minutes playtime

    11 of 11 achievements

  • Last Day of June

    8 hours playtime

    21 of 21 achievements

June is the month of my birth, and also the Steam sale, so that is a lethal combination. Whilst I love bundles, and have discovered many great games from them over the years, there's something great about browsing the sale and picking out some games I really want from my wishlist that have hit their magical mark of what I deem to be a good price for them. I almost always jump the backlog queue on those games, and install them. This year I notice that once again the AAA publishers aren't coming to the party like they used to, or maybe it's just that I'm so used to the incredible value that indie games offer nowadays, but $20 for a 3 or 4 year old game seems like a lot to me, especially when that same $20 could buy me a fair number of other smaller games.

So yes, I added quite a few games from the sale, finished a few of them already, which I'll get to in a bit, but I just really wanted to recommend Ghost of a tale to anyone reading this, while it's still on sale. It's always a risk buying a game without knowing fully how it plays, but I'd heard good things about it and it seemed to be something I was interested in and I'm happy to report, it's exactly the game I thought it would be, which is rare. Branded as an "rpg" but not really much in the way of combat, mostly exploring and doing quests for the characters you meet. And the animal fantasy world that's been created is perfect. It really feels like the story doesn't begin and end with you, there's all this history to the world that you discover as you explore, and it's obvious that the creator read the Redwall series. The art style and animations are also beautifully realised, and all told this is one of the most completely immersive games I've played in a long time. Anyway, you may not like it, but I'd recommend checking it out and maybe keeping an eye on it if you like the sound of that.

Back to my summary and wrap up of June. I'm now on 300 completed games on steam, and 60 total for this year, so my progress is perfectly on track. I picked up DLC for a few games in the sale, so I'll be able to also get them more 'complete' soon enough. Amongst those was Bioshock infinite, so I guess it's time to try the infamous 1999 mode run soon, now that I have no more excuses. I spent a lot of time this month playing Day of infamy, and I'm down to just 10 achievements left, although I suspect a few of them aren't working correctly, so we'll see.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 270
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Springfield Deadeye IV' in Day of Infamy
Games added 12 (all from the sale, as I haven't bought any bundles this month)
Number of different games played 16
Achievement streak 797 days
Average Game completion 70%
Total number of completed games 300
Games completed in 2018 60




May Roundup

MAYbe it's all a dream

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in May 6 games

100% completed
  • The Little Acre

    6 hours playtime

    27 of 27 achievements

  • Pixel Puzzles Mosaics

    5 hours playtime

    34 of 34 achievements

  • Doodle Kingdom

    7 hours playtime

    13 of 14 achievements

  • Alekhine's Gun

    25 hours playtime

    28 of 28 achievements

  • Subnautica

    45 hours playtime

    17 of 17 achievements

  • 12 Labours of Hercules II: The Cretan Bull

    23 hours playtime

    22 of 22 achievements

So another quieter month for me then, but possibly less so than the number of actually completed games would suggest. For one I have been continuing to grind away on Company of heroes 2 and civilisation V, both games I'll probably never complete. I also spent a lot of time playing SG wins that I'd not fully beaten, and whilst I did complete subnautica, I only managed to 'beat' COD BLOPS II and Shadow of mordor for now. But they are at least played to the end, so I can confidently say that I have given all of my SG wins the attention the generousity of the givers deserves.

I have now done 52 games this year so far, which means my goal may need to be extended. I feel like 120 would be possible, but I guess we'll see how June goes. I also briefly touched on 70% completion for the first time during this month, but ruined it by starting a couple of new games. I think June will crack that egg properly. (He says, knowing that the summer sale is around the corner).

Other stats

Achievements Gained 388
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'I Missed That Day in History Class' in Civilisation V
Games added 31 (damnit)
Number of different games played 18
Achievement streak 766 days
Average Game completion 69%
Total number of completed games 292
Games completed in 2018 52




April Roundup

Big Game hunting

Games I beat this month:

Beaten in April 9 games

100% completed
  • Orwell

    18 hours playtime

    27 of 27 achievements

  • Raptor: Call of The Shadows - 2015 Edition

    8 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

  • Icycle: On Thin Ice

    10 hours playtime

    33 of 33 achievements

  • Cute Things Dying Violently

    17 hours playtime

    24 of 24 achievements

  • Potatoman Seeks the Troof

    8 hours playtime

    2 of 2 achievements

  • Agents of Mayhem

    49 hours playtime

    49 of 49 achievements

  • Space Pilgrim Episode I: Alpha Centauri

    4 hours playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • Alice's Patchwork

    27 hours playtime

    18 of 18 achievements

  • Hitman

    73 hours playtime

    69 of 69 achievements

As predicted last month, after going crazy in March, I did dial it back a bit this month and have been focussing on some more grindy games. There were still a few short little games thrown into the mix, as they make great coffee break games. In addition to the ones I beat I also spent a lot of time playing civilization V and company of heroes 2, both games I'm probably never going to finish, but being as I'd only ever earned like 5% of the achievements for both of them, I decided that I should at least play through what I could and lift the drag on my game completion a bit. So far I've got them both to over 20%, and I think once they're over 50% I'll consider them 'beaten'.

One interesting milestone I reached this month was a 2 year achievement streak. It would have been about 60 days longer, but we went away on holiday with my wife's parents. And they are coming again in August, soooo I guess that will be when my current streak ends. Oh well

I think May will also be a quieter month, as my 100 game goal is still well within reach.

Other stats

Achievements Gained 320
Most difficult (according to TSA) 'Escape the map' in Cat goes fishing
Games added 21
Number of different games played 22
Achievement streak 735 days
Average Game completion 69%
Total number of completed games 286
Games completed in 2018 46