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For the last 15 years or so, I’ve maintained what I call “The List”. If I bought a game (whether real money, Steam wallet, gift certificates, etc), if I got a bundle specifically for a game, or if I asked for a game for a gift, and I haven’t beaten that game yet, it goes on The List. Freebies and bundled games that I didn’t specifically get a bundle for do not go on the list, but I do play lots of those also.
Some games that I own on Steam I’ve beaten on other platforms or storefronts (Xbox 360 primarily). Many of those have been included in bundles over the years, so if I liked a game and might play it again at some point, I happily added it to my Steam library. I don’t consider those part of The List though, since I have already beaten those games, just on another platform.
As of today (May 17, 2021), the list is currently empty! There are a lot of other games in my Steam library that I want to play and do play, but The List was ones I’d spent my heard-earned money on and hadn’t beaten yet.
Now that the list is empty, what should I do to celebrate? Hmm well there is a Steam sale soon…
Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice
Another Miyazaki classic. When I first started, I tried to fight like it was a Souls game. I quickly learned that that does not work in Sekiro and had to learn how fighting in Sekiro works. It doesn't quite have the variety of a Souls game due to the lack of variety in gear, but on the plus side, it plays differently enough from Souls games to feel like a new experience.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
I'd start with the Ori games, Hollow Knight, Shadow Complex, etc if you are new to Metroidvanias, but this is a decent addition if you've finished all the usual games in the genre. There are some things that you have to do to progress that are completely nonsensical or are completely unobvious and will usually require looking it up.
The controls aren't great, it is missing some things that modern titles should have, and the game makes you repeat puzzles for no other reason than artificial length. There are better puzzle-platformer options out there.
Back to Bed
I had no idea where I got this game from (evidently it was free on Steam in September 2017), nor did it even sound even slightly familiar when I saw while randomly looking through my library yesterday. My library is small enough that I usually remember all the games in it even if I haven't played them before, but not this one. When I saw it yesterday and looked into it, it sounded fun, so I gave it a shot. It ended up being a short but quite enjoyable isometric puzzle game. If you are a fan of puzzle games, check your steam library, because you too might have gotten it free and completely forgotten about its existence.
The story is poor, the levels are bland, and the boss fights are completely forgettable, but the game is still playable. If you are desperate for more Soulsbourne games, then this might scratch your itch. At least the cutscenes are skippable.
The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
If you enjoyed Braid or puzzle games in general, I highly recommend you check this out. Great style and pretty original gameplay mechanics.
Considering it usually goes on sale for a little over $1 US during Steam sales, you can't really go wrong here. I first played this on the Xbox 360 many years ago, but wanted it on Steam too. I enjoyed it even more than I remembered.
I enjoyed Opus Magnum and Shenzhen I/O a bit more, but this is another solid Zachtronics game. If you liked Shenzhen, you'll like this one too. I think Opus Magnum is my favorite of the Zachtronics games that I've played so far.
I was a bit worried when I first started that this game wouldn't be good for me since I was playing solo. I was worried that some things wouldn't be possible without a second player, and that it just wouldn't be as fun. However the game scales the requirement on each level based on whether you have one or two players, so everything is easily doable as a solo player. By five levels in or so, I was hooked, and definitely enjoyed 100%ing the main game.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
The first game was good, but this one is even better. It has a better save system, better combat, NPC interactions, and better control. Similar to the first one, it has beautiful graphics and music. Pretty much a must-play for Metroidvania fans.
Games that are supposed to be scary never seem scary to me, so I can't judge it from that standpoint. I'm not sure if it is even supposed to be scary, but I did see some people mention that it is. I did enjoy the atmosphere though and exploring the whole station. I know some people have issues with the backtracking, but I don't think it is a problem. You are on a space station that you have to work to explore and open up areas that were locked down or inaccessible before. In some ways, it kind of plays like a FPS Metroidvania. Having it be linear wouldn't really make sense. The station is well-interconnected, so getting around is pretty quick.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Do you like watching the same attack and skill animations over and over because they’re unskippable? Do you like having even the simplest of battles take at least 3-5 minutes? Do you think that the world can never have too many fart jokes? If so, this is the game for you. I enjoyed Stick of Truth, but by the end of this one, I was just greatly annoyed.
100 hours later, Pathfinder Kingmaker is mercifully done.