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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 (December 22, 2020), with the recent completion of South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Steam) and Hey! Pikmin (3DS), The List is empty for the first time in many years! 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 going on right now…


Half-Life 2

Moving Out

8/10
10.8 hours
25 of 38 achievements

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

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

9/10
15.2 hours
29 of 37 achievements

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.

Prey

Prey

8/10
29.9 hours
20 of 58 achievements

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

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

3/10
17.9 hours
21 of 35 achievements

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.