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I don’t think I would be able to stick to any “X games in Y time” kind of plans.
I’ve found that writing about games on this page after being done with them is a great feeling, so I’m more inclined to keep using BLAEO as a log of sorts.
January/December 2020 - Whole year update
My last post was in December 2019, so I’m long overdue an update. I guess it’s time for a 2020 recap as we are at the end of the y-
Uh, we’re halfway into 2021?
I closed the previous year’s post with
Speaking of 2020, have a nice and safe New Years’ Eve
In hindsight I should have mentioned having a safe rest of the year too. While the worst might be over it’s been a trying year, and games have been a big help. So let’s get to them, shall we?
I had prepared a 𝒻𝒶𝓃𝒸𝓎 𝑔𝓇𝒶𝓅𝒽 like last year to show the progress month by month but I must have misplaced it somewhere, so I’ll only mention that the tally for 2020 totals 69 kills ⁿᶦᶜᵉ and 127 total additions to the backlog.
Crunching the numbers (major maths at work here, 69 divided by 127) I was 54% of the way to tie with the backlog, nowhere near my goal but still up from the 46% of 2019 and the 25% of 2018.
The honorable mentions for 2020 are Horizon Zero Dawn, Disco Elysium, Danganronpa V3, My Time At Portia, There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension and Marco & The Galaxy Dragon.
The honorablest honorable mention is of course Hades, which deserves every single award and GOTY nomination it got.
Moving forward I’ll try to be more timely with the end of the year update and to improve my % a bit more, so far I’m around the 50% mark for 2021 but a few kills might swing the momentum my way. Anyway, have a nice rest of the year >_>
October/December 2019 - End of the year update
Stats are scary but still useful in assessing the… uh… damage. Man did I do a lot of damage to my chances to ever win a little against the backlog ;_;
To look at the positives I beat almost twice as many games as last year (91 vs 48) while keeping the backlog growth rate stationary (198 vs 194). That means I beat 46% of the games I’ve added versus last years’ 24,7%, and that makes it kind of a good year nope it still hurts inside
In the last 3 months of this year I tied some loose ends, going back to games I had started months ago and beating some small games I added to the backlog last year, some of which are listed as a comment for December’s theme as they don’t show up in BLAEO due to the Limited Profile features B.S.
I won’t write reviews like usual
due to me being lazy but I will give some honorable mentions to Danganronpa Ultra Despair Girls, Minoria, Cat Quest 2 and missed messages., as well as some (jokingly) dishonorable mentions to the absolute time vampires DemonCrawl and Dicey Dungeons, hoping I won’t carry the addiction to either of them into 2020.
Speaking of 2020, have a nice and safe New Years’ Eve and [obligatory see you next decade dad joke] \o
July/September 2019 Update
I’m pretty surprised I managed to get here, I didn’t expect to survive the 179 heat waves in this crazy summer but I guess it was destiny, I couldn’t die without getting fully caught up with my BLAEO updates. guess I’ll die now? >_>
Numerically-wise most of the backlog slaying this month has been in the month of August, thanks in part to the monthly theme and in part to my newfound resolve in finally clearing up my ABC Challenge list (only one to go ^o^). Speaking of which, I prepared a second semi-WIP list which already has 2 kills on it, so yay me :3
April/June 2019 Update
Easter is gone, summer is just starting, it’s time for another update! After all, July has just sta-what do you mean I already used this joke and it wasn’t funny the first time?! *double-checks sanity meter*
As usual, I’m only gonna write about a few of the games I’ve played; for the full list clicky the button on the bottom of the post :3
Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice
The Slaughter: Act One
Six Days of Snow
THE AWKWARD STEVE DUOLOGY
My Big Sister
Mhakna Gramura and Fairy Bell
Yakuza Kiwami 2
The Spiral Scouts
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Love at First Sight
Fare Thee Well
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark
The Room Three
January/March 2019 Update
The Winter festivities are gone, so it’s time to talk about some of the games I’ve played during these first 3 months of the year.
After all, April has just sta-what do you mean it’s AUGUST?! *double-checks calendar*
Ahem. So… things have happened and I’ve missed *a few* updates. Time to bridge the gap, let’s get going shall we? :3
a Museum of Dubious Splendors
Banyu Lintar Angin - Little Storm -
Kitten adventures in city park
A Raven Monologue
Four Last Things
What Remains of Edith Finch
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Her Majesty's SPIFFING
Garden of Oblivion
Cat President ~A More Purrfect Union~
The Witches' Tea Party
One Night Stand
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
Detective Case and Clown Bot in: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon
November/December 2018 Update
I never stood a chance.
Looking at other people’s posts I remembered that one of my resolution for my 2018 on BLAEO was to keep track of games backlogged and played to make a proper balance at the end of the year.
Surprising no one I forgot about doing that, but I still cobbled something together by looking at my product activation page on Steam and going from there. Let’s just say it was not pretty…
I thought I’d be more bummed out that I am when looking at the numbers, but I’m actually fine with how things went, considering the circumstances. I like to look at the positive side: I have some nice games to look forward to play whenever I’m in the mood for some, so all’s good :3
It’s just… a little disappointing there was no month in which I gained any advantage on the backlog, but that has more to do with my chronic wishlist feeding addiction >_<
As for the Nov/Dec blacklog kills there’s not much to see, so I’ll just plug an honorable mention for Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death, a game that I would have never heard about if not for Totalbiscuit’s video about it several years ago. It was the right kind of cheesy fun I was looking for to lift up my spirits ^_^
September/October 2018 Update
To keep in line with Spooktober I received multiple scary threatening messages like the one pictured above. I guess I’d better post a new update :3
Sooo… In the past couple of months I’ve (sorta) come back to having some time to play, so I’ve taken down around a dozen games.
While that sounds pretty great on paper, it was mostly pretty short titles and I’ve been really weak in the past 6 months, adding close to 50 titles to the backlog (yes, I know T_T)
hope plan to have more free time early next year to get more slaying done, and in the meantime I’ll keep nibbling at the beast whenever I can squeeze some gaming in.
It’s nice to be back, now let’s slay some games again! he blatantly lied, again, not having played a single game so far this month
April 2018 Update
Oh, April’s over :p
I spent a lot of time both off and online with people I enjoy being around and I’m starting to work again in a few days. Those are the 2 reasons the time I have to play games has slowly been shrinking, so there’s not a whole lot to show in this month’s update. On the other hand, that’s a pretty nice tradeoff so I’m not really complaining ^^
I think I will hold off buying bundles and entering giveaways until I figure out whether or not I can squeeze some gaming time in over the next few months. he lied, knowing full well to have no actual power over the backlog addiction
I’m not sure if I’ll have enough content to make a meaningful monthly update, we’ll see I guess :3
I did manage to take down a couple of SG wins early this month and I started playing 2 more in
the time not sucked by Slay the Spire my free time, so I hope to report on those in the next update at least. One of the 2 games I started in particular - The Red Strings Club - is what I’m eager to get back into as soon as I’m back in the mood, as it has surprised me so far.
March 2018 Update
March, also known as “the month that disappeared thanks to Final Fantasy XV and Slay the Spire”.
As you might have guessed, this month I made no progress on the backlog, which actually gained ground on me thanks to 3 SG wins and a bundle I picked up T_T
I’m not too unhappy about it though as I hit my target of getting FFXV out of the way. I might not have that much free time in the next few months so I really wanted to take that behemoth (pun intended, not a spoiler~) down and I did that - with days to spare :3
I don’t have much else to add other than writing this has been pretty hard due to a killer cold and headache, I hope it will be gone soon >_<
Shoutout to kubikill for their game bar generator, it will be useful once I’ll be back to playing and showcasing more than 2 games in an update :3
I really liked the first game released by Osmotic Studios so I had high expectations for the sequel.
I was a bit puzzled when they revealed there were only 3 episodes planned (compared to the first game’s 5) but I was weirdly reassured when I saw the game’s price was still 9.99, almost as if they were stating “yes, we are confident this shorter game will still be worth just as much as our previous one”.
After playing it, I’m not entirely sure I would agree with that.
Let’s talk about new stuff:
- time now passes every time you upload something to Orwell, meaning that you are at times encouraged to choose carefully what to upload and what to ignore;
- some websites let you use datachunks that you’ve already uploaded to Orwell as input, meaning that you can potentially access new data by guessing a password or looking up the right name
- there’s a new tool (called Influencer) that you can use to craft a narrative based on the info you fed to Orwell and then spread it using a hashtag and a small description
The big theme of this second game (and what much of the marketing effort from Osmotic focused on) is the concept of the creation of fake news and how they can be used to mislead and manipulate the public opinion.
It goes without saying that the new Influencer tool goes hand in hand with that, and using it is just as awesome (and terrifying) as it sounds.
There’s one fatal flaw with it though: it comes up too late: you get access to it only during the last chapter, leaving you a little confused and disappointed you didn’t get to use it more. It would have been fine to introduce it in Chapter 3 out of 5, but as I said before this one only has 3 chapters T_T
I liked the overall message they were trying to go for, a warning about the way stories and facts can be presented and manipulated to create and/or fit a narrative.
It’s a shame that they didn’t quite deliver a 10/10 execution, and it makes you wonder what went wrong, if it was merely a lack of funds or if they ran out of creative juice at some point during development.
Orwell: Ignorance is Strength feels incomplete and a bit of a step back: the scope of the game is narrower, the stakes are not as high, you get to investigate and know fewer and less interesting people, the voice acting is utterly terrible and the ending feels like the game just ends too soon, without managing to engage you emotionally or making you feel like you had an impact or as much agency and you would have liked.
Still, I would still like to see more games in the series, as despite all the flaws Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is still a decent game and I think there’s a lot of untapped potential for future episodes.
I wrote and deleted entire paragraphs and I'm not sure even multiple pages would be enough to put into words how I feel about it.
I could spend hours focusing on complaining about the crappy magic system; the disconnected pacing of the narrative; the important plot points glossed over or hidden in a DLC episode or in the movie or the animated series; and so on.
I could also spend that time focusing instead on the attention to detail and the love that was poured into the game; the top notch world building; the amazing graphics; the believable group-of-friends dynamics; the epicness of the monsters and boss battles; the show-stealing antagonist...
All of that would be... pointless. I don't want to convince anyone to play the game as I am aware that it's a "love it or hate it" one. I just want to say that I greatly enjoyed my time with it and that the overall story and world they've built are among the best in the series, even though the narrative is delivered across multiple pieces of media and in a sometimes confusing manner.
If you end up picking up the game at some point, do yourselves a favour and watch the animated series (it's less than 1 hour long) before starting, then the movie Kingsglaive after the end of Chapter 1 (you could watch it before too, as it doesn't really contain spoilers). Those two give a lot of information that is sadly not explained quite as well in the game by itself.
As for the playable DLC episodes, Episode Gladio can be played after chapter 7, while the other 2 episodes can be left for the post-game or at least after chapter 12 (Episode Ignis) and 13 (Episode Prompto) respectively. While Episode Gladio is mediocre and potentially skippable, I definitely recommend playing the other two, especially Ignis' :3
I was half-tempted to just link this 45 minutes long review of the game and calling it a day, just commenting on how much I agree with a lot of the points that are brought up. One of their quotes is a fitting way to close: "Final Fantasy XV is probably the worst game I've ever loved".
February 2018 Update
February was cold, rainy and windy, so that meant a lot of time to spend inside playing games :3
I’m really satisfied with this month’s progress, as I beat 3 SG wins while also finding time to play the games that were given to me as birthday gifts and some extras that I just felt like playing. Great month overall (^・ω・^ )
I wanted to prepare a full post with reviews like past months but I kept procrastinating, so I ended up being late and still without a proper update T_T
The month started with 2 more games for the monthly challenge, Tacoma and The Norwood Suite, played again with a still anonymous sheep. I was really glad to see both of them when they popped up in the Monthly, as I had both of them wishlisted.
Anyway, stay warm and keep slaying your backlog, cat out :3
Tacoma, from the creators of Gone Home, felt like a straight-up better version of the latter, with a really nice setting and a lot of characters that you get to really care about. It’s not going to change the mind of anyone who’s not already into Walking Simulators, but for those that like them it’s definitely a good way to spend a couple hours.
The Norwood Suite is harder to recommend, not because I didn’t like it but because I believe the completely surreal experience of this game would be very hard to stomach for most people. I liked it enough to actually look into the dev and their previous work (which seems to be a less-refined free game with a similar style).
Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! was a bit of a weird one for me: I saw it pop up in a bundle and I just thought “even if it doesn’t seem like my usual cup of tea, I have to get it and play it right now”. Maybe it was the space cat, who knows! I just know that I ended up sinking 18 hours into it and I had a lot of somewhat mindless fun. I wouldn’t want to play any game like it any time soon but it was a nice little obsession for a week or so.
As you probably could tell from my Rakuen review last month, I have a really soft spot for games like it and Finding Paradise, which I won and played right away.
I had high expectations after loving To The Moon but I also felt A Bird Story wasn’t up to par, so I went in rather cautiously. Without spoiling anything I have to say Finding Paradise manages to tie the previous games up in a really nice way while also delivering a beautiful story of its own.
I find it really hard to pick a favorite between Finding Paradise and Rakuen, but I’m absolutely glad I got the opportunity to play them ^^
Monster Slayers and Slay the Spire fill both a very similar niche, so it’s kind of weird to see them both on the same update post.
What happened is that I got obsessed over the idea of Slay the Spire but I didn’t want to jump in this early, as I felt like it was not anywhere near finished and content-complete, thus I wanted to wait a few months.
When I saw Monster Slayers in a bundle I bought it right away and sunk several hours into it. While the interface didn’t feel as polished as StS’s it’s still a very valid game and I had fun playing it.
Then… my birthday arrived, and a dear friend of mine bought me
the real deal Slay the Spire, triggering 12 more hours of playing card games in the span of a week :D
I’m adding both to the “beaten” list for this month but this is definitely not the last time I play Slay the Spire, I think it will become my “filler” game for a long time ^_^
- Won on SteamGifts 149
- Gift 132
- Currently playing 2
- On hold 18
- To be played soon™ 266
- To be read eventually™ 62
- ABC Challenge 26
- ABC Challenge 2.0 26
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- APG win 3
- Waiting for Halloween 21
- Sep-Oct '17 Challenge Me! 5
- Aug-Sep '17 Challenge Me! 5
- Jul-Aug '17 Challenge Me! 5
- Makes me sick 7
- Dropped 10