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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 (August 10, 2022), The List currently has one game on it: Resident Evil 3. I got the latest Resident Evil bundle for that game. Before getting that bundle, The List had been empty for a while. 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.


After close to a year and a half without any wins on Steamgifts, I won two games in a week. Variance is fun :) Thanks to Yukiin and agpfrick for the giveaways.

I beat my two wins, plus the long-awaited Cuphead DLC.

My ratings are out of ten, with 5/10 being an average game.

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SteamWorld Dig 2

8/10
12.1 hours
22 of 34 achievements
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Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

6/10
17.5 hours
22 of 40 achievements
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Cuphead - The Delicious Last Course (DLC)

10/10
88.6 hours
42 of 42 achievements

Total playtime includes two playthroughs of the base game.

I keep forgetting to post, but rest assured, my backlog is shrinking far faster than it is growing.

My ratings are out of ten, with 5/10 being an average game.

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AMID EVIL

5/10
13.9 hours
22 of 37 achievements
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Inscryption

5/10
21.5 hours
24 of 40 achievements
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Resident Evil 2

8/10
22.6 hours
31 of 44 achievements
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Mirror's Edge™ Catalyst

6/10
7.4 hours
22 of 49 achievements
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ELDEN RING

8/10
171 hours
42 of 42 achievements
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Deadfall Adventures

5/10
8.7 hours
21 of 50 achievements
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Vampire Survivors

8/10
26.2 hours
105 of 105 achievements
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BPM: BULLETS PER MINUTE

9/10
17.5 hours
10 of 28 achievements
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Void Bastards

6/10
9.5 hours
12 of 24 achievements
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

8/10
50.0 hours
19 of 82 achievements
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Struggling

7/10
9.5 hours
11 of 35 achievements

In addition to the Steam games listed here, I also beat a number of games on other storefronts or platforms. My ratings are out of ten, with 5/10 being an average game.

Far Cry 6 (5/10)
SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE (5/10)
Nobody Saves the World (6/10)
Infernax (8/10)
Maneater (6/10)
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (7/10)
Death’s Door (6/10)
Bowser’s Fury (7/10)
Metroid Dread (7/10)
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (8/10)
Voidigo (3/10)
The Pedestrian (7/10)
Halo Infinite (5/10)

It has been a few months since my last post. I’ve beaten quite a few games in that time, just haven’t posted about it. I was given a gift sub to Game pass and have beaten a number of games on there in the last few months:
DOOM Eternal
NieR Automata
Psychonauts 2
Donut County
Morkredd
Katana ZERO
Madden 21
Monster Train
Dicey Dungeons
Battletoads (2020)

Now on to the Steam games that I’ve cleared from my backlog:

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Hacknet

7/10
9.1 hours
11 of 11 achievements
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Blue Fire

7/10
13.0 hours
22 of 22 achievements
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Superliminal

8/10
2.2 hours
6 of 27 achievements
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Carto

5/10
5.5 hours
14 of 20 achievements
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Life Is Strange

3/10
14.2 hours
60 of 60 achievements
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PGA TOUR 2K21

4/10
13.6 hours
18 of 29 achievements
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Dishonored®: Death of the Outsider™

7/10
10.0 hours
13 of 30 achievements
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The Turing Test

7/10
10.2 hours
15 of 15 achievements
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Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice

9/10
101.3 hours
34 of 34 achievements

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.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

7/10
32.0 hours
45 of 45 achievements

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.

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NightSky

3/10
9.1 hours
22 of 22 achievements

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.

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Back to Bed

8/10
4.3 hours
20 of 20 achievements

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.

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CODE VEIN

5/10
35.7 hours
32 of 43 achievements

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.

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The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom

9/10
4.5 hours
7 of 12 achievements

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.

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EXAPUNKS

7/10
40.7 hours
12 of 16 achievements

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.

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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.

Statistics
429 games (+4 not categorized yet)
42% never played
1% unfinished
43% beaten
11% completed
3% won't play