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My goal is to play every single game I’ve won on steamgifts. After that, the plan is to replay some of them to try to complete a few of them and maybe try to rescue some from my “won’t play” list.
Currently number of games left to play: 100!

Reasons why a game can be marked as beaten/completed with 0 play time:
a) finished on another plataform
b) played the remaster/new ed.
c) broken achievements

Wanna unlock some online achievements/ play coop games? Add me on steam! :D


Long post because it’s been a while. Ops. xD
At least I got a bunch of new, cool screenshots:

Altar of Transformation B C D Eiffel tower Finches’ House
G Hyrule Castle I J K L
M N O Peach’s Castle Q Restaurant
Sphinx Temple of Time U Vanderboom Farm Weldry Prison XCOM Bureau
Yoku’s hut Z        

If you’re interested in one of the games, you can find the list of games used here
Link for the Screenshot community challenge

  • Switch screenshots look bad because Nintendo won’t let me transfer high quality pics to my pc. I had to post them on Twitter and take a screenshot. It’s stupid.

Steam

Injustice™ 2

11.6 hours, 34 of 74 achievements

My older brother was here for a week and he only plays fighting games. Usually MK/SF, but I had bought this game a long time ago and decided to give it a try while he was here. He liked. I'm not much into fighting games, but it's fun playing versus. I finished the Story, but it's not that great. I'm really tired of this "Superman has gone bad" trope. Every single DC movie/series has done it by now.


BATTLETECH

40 hours, 58 of 128 achievements

One of the best Strategy games I've played in a long time. I usually stick to 1-2 games in that genre, instead of trying to find new games. The reason is that strategy is such a niche genre that I find it really hard to trust new devs. Most indies in this genre are terrible and there are just a handful of AA studios actually making games in this genre. I won BATTLETECH on SG and got challenge to play it (Thank you!) and it was a very pleasant surprise.
Honestly, I should have known better, considering I liked their previous games (the shadowrun series), even though they were more rpgs than strategy. The story, the music, the gameplay everything is really fun in this game. Looting old mech and using their parts to create a new, heavier mech is incredibly addicting.
If I have to nitpick, I'd say that the worst part of this game is the difficulty curve. The game starts really hard as you only own terrible mechs. It gets really easy at the middle, but then you reach a point you can't progress without grinding for new mechs or money to buy parts and weapons.
I highly recommend this game to any strategy fan!


Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story

7.5 hours, 20 of 30 achievements

It looks like a tablet/mobile game and it plays like one. It's repetitive, the story has all possible cliches, it has a terrible User Interface, but the core gameplay loop teaching your stundents until they can evolve to one of the 3 professions, which in place can also evolve into 2 more professions each is quite fun and addictive. Graduating characters that have been with you all the way from lvl1 until lvl 30 is great.


Rusty Lake: Roots

6.2 hours, 12 of 16 achievements

It's a short and fun game about a weird family. Interesting puzzles that are not unfair. One can't really ask more from a game in this genre.


Yoku's Island Express

7.1 hours, 25 of 31 achievements

I'm not a pinball fan, but I absolutely loved this game. I never expected to play a pinball metroidvania, but the devs manage to create something that is not only innovative, but also incredibly fun to play. It's up there with Hollow Knight.
If you like metroidvanias, do yourself a favor an buy this game.


Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

6 hours, 11 of 13 achievements

It's a 1:1 remake of the original game. You can switch to the original graphics and sound on the fly. I never played the original, so I just played using the modern visuals.
The game is hard, as all older games used to be. I'd have spent at least a hundred quarters to finish it on the Arcade back in the day because I died so much… I bet a speedrunner can finish it in less than an hour. It's quite short. The worst part about it how slippery the characters are. It feels like playing with Luigi in the old Mario games. I hate this. >.<


Non-Steam

Axiom Verge

9 hours, no achievements

I love metroidvanias, so I couldn't pass this freebie from the Epic Games Store. It's the closest to the original Metroid feeling a game has ever reached imo. Everything in this game screams Metroid. It's quite good. I just wish the bosses were a bit better. Most of them are easy or predictable. The last boss was a joke thanks to the OP red coat which gives you a teleport that damages enemies you pass through, while making you invulnerable. Just spam it and you'll defeat anything. :/


Octopath Traveler

38 hours, no achievements
Nintendo Switch

I was having a good time with this game, until I realized that I was just doing the same thing over and over. You reach a town -> cutscene -> start the quest for one of the eight protagonists -> cutscene -> go to a nearby dungeon -> defeat boss -> cutscene. Repeat this for all 8 characters, 4 times each. The same thing 32 times… Had the characters been written well, this might not have been a problem… However, while some of them have interesing stories and great voice actores, others are incredibly boring. You have so many cliches: The disgraced knight, the naive cleric, the thief with a heart of gold… At least the soundtrack is probably one of the best of all time.
PS: What the hell was that Hunter speaking 16th century shakespearean english >.<


Barakamon

Anime 12 Episodes

A friend recommend me this because I was looking for a "feel good" slice of life anime. I have to say this it's exactly it. It's simple, it's fun and you feel good after watching it. Solid.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Animated movie 117 minutes

Probably the best animatd movie I've seen in a while. It's a fresh take on the Superhero origin story movie. It's surprisingly funny and well-written.

In Cold Blood

Book 343 pages

I always liked thrillers/crime books, so I decided to try the True Crime genre. I haven't finished yet, but so far it's an amazing book. I can definitely see why this book is a classic.

Link for the Screenshot community challenge

My Screenshot challenge is coming up very nice:

A B C D Eiffel tower Finches’ House
G Hyrule Castle I J K L
M N O Peach’s Castle Q Restaurant
S Temple of Time U V W X
Y Z        

If you’re interested in one of the games, you can find the list of games used here

  • Switch screenshots look bad because Nintendo won’t let me transfer high quality pics to my pc. I had to post them on Twitter and take a screenshot. It’s stupid.

Steam

Return of the Obra Dinn

8.3 hours, 14 of 16 achievements

Pros:

  • Amazing detective game. I was surpised that I got so many people right by myself. I had to use some hints in the last 13 people. I only found 5 ocrew members with a guide.
  • Interesting Story.
  • Art style
    Cons:
  • Gameplay hindered by its art style. I loved the art style, but it's not good for a detective game. What's the first thing you ask when you have to indentify a person? It's either skin, hair or eyes color. It's impossible to that in a monochromatic game. :/ Besides that, it makes a lot of characters look almost the same. This game didn't need this added difficulty. It's already difficult enough thanks to the way the story unfolds from the end to the beginning.


Minor games played:
Burly Man at Sea: It’s a very short game with a focus on multiple playthroughs to unlock different story paths. It’s not very good. I was bored after my second playthrough. I still got to a fourth one, but I couldn’t bring myself to play anymore.
Far from Noise: The whole game feels like an excuse to get you to read dialogue while you listen to the sound of nature. Rain and wave sounds are always appreciated. Dialogues are really good too. Unlike, Burly Man at Sea, I enjoyed the 2h I spent with this game.
Elegy for a Dead World: I expected something completely different when I read its steam page. It’s a game about writing stories and reading other people’s stories. However, UI is terrible. I couldn’t find anything and the achievements are completely crazy. You need to get 1000 people to read your story in each world, but there were only 2 people playing when I tried. TL;DR: Game is dead and devs are crazy.

Non-Steam

What Remains of Edith Finch

3 hours, no achievements

The Epic guys finally got me to download their client. This game was too good to pass.

Pros:

  • It's really easy to get sucked into the story.
  • Interesting characters. I loved most of them, but the fish cutting guy really got me T_T
  • Quite easy + good visuals
  • Unlike most walking sims, this game added a lot of gameplay to keep you engaged and not just reading. It's a game, not a book afterall.

Cons:

  • A bit short, but since I got it for free, it wasn't an issue for me. Full price is a bit too much.


And here’s the where I spent all my free time this month:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Finally completed this game after 105h!
Let me start by saying that Ocarina of Time is my favorite game ever and this game got really close to top it. It was also my first Zelda since Majora’s Mask, which I didn’t like very much.
Unlike previous Zelda games, it’s an open world game. I’ve played thousand of open world games - 10 ACs, Far Cry, both Mordor games, etc, etc -, but I’ve never experienced such freedom in a game. I think, I finally get why people love open world games. I mean, you still have to defeat Ganon and save Zelda, as always, but in this game

ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you Zelda

Because you can climb, swim and walk literally everywhere.

Unlike previous open world games, towers aren’t there just to unlock a part of the map. Since the game doesn’t add icons on the map, you have to use these vantage points to find all the hidden things in the map, and trust me, there are a lot of interesting things hidden all over the place.

Combat was really good. Controls are very tight and the fact that the weapons break, means that I had to try a lot of options and think about which weapon I was gonna use against every enemy, even trash mobs. It’s good to break this tradition of owning 1000 weapons while only using 1-2 in games.

TL;DR: This is definitely the best game I’ve played in a decade. It’s clearly a system seller. If you have a chance to buy/rent/borrow a Switch, you must play this game. Honestly, I can’t remember the last game I played for more than 100h just because I refused to put it down. Even after 100%’ing it, I still feel like booting this game up. I gotta be strong and stop myself because my backlog can’t take more hits like that. >.<

PS: I got both Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Octopath Traveller. Anyone has played any of them? I don’t know which one I should start next. xD
PPS: I almost forgot. I’ve also been playing a lot of Dota Auto Chess. It’s a custom game inside dota 2 that is a lot of fun, even if you never tried Dota 2.

Link for the Screenshot community challenge

My Screenshot challenge is coming up very nice:

A B C D Eiffel tower F
G H I J K L
M N O Peach’s Castle Q Restaurant
S Temple of Time U V W X
Y Z        

If you’re interested in one of the games, you can find the list of games used here

  • Switch screenshots look bad because Nintendo won’t let me transfer high quality pics to my pc. I had to post them on Twitter and take a screenshot. It’s so stupid.

Steam

My Memory of Us

4.6 hours, 17 of 23 achievements

Pros:

  • WW2 and the Holocaust through children's eyes.
  • Intuitive puzzles. I only had to look for a guide once.
  • Short and sweet.
    Cons:
  • Controls suck and you can't remap in-game. (Seriously who uses the arrow keys to move intead os AWSD in 2019?)


Remember Me

10 hours, 39 of 50 achievements

Pros:

  • Graphics hold up quite nicely for a 2013 game.
  • Chapter selection and great checkpoint system (It's criminally underrated how these awesome features are never talked about. People only notice them when they get stuck in a terrible checkpoint)
  • Interesting Story

Cons:

  • Combat is a bit boring.
  • I hate the rewind sections
  • I found a game-breaking bug. (If you kill the bosses on chapter 7 before their minions, the game won't let you get out of battle stance and therefore you won't be able to open the door to progress.)


Non-Steam

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

26 hours, no achievements

Pros:

  • Looks and feels like a Nintendo game with the price of a Ubisoft game.
  • Movement during combat is awesome. You can walk, team jump, dash and shoot in a single turn. (much faster and less static than XCOM, for example)
  • Interesting collectibles (There are a lot of them) that you have to go back to previous worlds after acquiring some powers.
  • Challenges are awesome, especially the the first ultimate challenge.
  • Amazing visuals
  • I loved the boss fights, especially the Opera Singer

Cons:

  • A bit too easy if you're a turn-based veteran
  • I hated the escort missions (Seriously, I cannot think of a single where escort missions are fun. Why devs keep adding them?!)
  • The game could use 1-2 extra worlds. 4


The ABC Screenshot challenge!

A new year demands a new community challenge!
I’d like to thank a lot of people for the ideas, especially Blue and Ninglor.

How does it work?

  • There is no set game list, run the games that you believe that will give you the best chance of getting an amazing screenshot
  • There are 26 letters, so you’ll have to take at least 26 pictures. Each one should feature something started with a different letter.

Create your own theme! (optional)

If you think the challenge above is too easy for you, you may create your own theme. A theme that all pictures will have to follow.
Examples:

  • A blue theme: All pictures will feature something blue or blue will be their main color
  • An animal theme: There will be a different animal in each screenshot, corresponding to each letter - Rat, Zebra, Lion, etc
  • Winter theme: Santa, Pine cone, Gingerbread, etc

You get the idea. Be creative. Create your own challenge!

You can use this as a template to post your screenshots
[A](screenshot) | [B](screenshot) | [C](screenshot) | [D](screenshot) | [E](screenshot) | [F](screenshot)
[G](screenshot) | [H](screenshot) | [I](screenshot) | [J](screenshot) | [K](screenshot) | [L](screenshot)
[M](screenshot) | [N](screenshot) | [O](screenshot) | [P](screenshot) | [Q](screenshot) | [R](screenshot)
[S](screenshot) | [T](screenshot) | [U](screenshot) | [V](screenshot) | [W](screenshot) | [X](screenshot)
[Y](screenshot) | [Z](screenshot)


FAQ:

Can I used games that I already played before?
Sure. It’s all about being creative! It’s not an official theme, there are no “rules”. No one is forced to participate as well. I was gonna do it alone, but I thought it would be more fun to transform it into a community challenge.

I have another question!
Which part of no rules, did you not understand?! xD But seriously, do whatever work best for you!

I was gonna write this post next week, but I’m not sure I’ll be at home to do that, so I had to do it now. Unfortunately, I haven’t finished many games, so be prepared for a lot of half assed reviews! yay!

Steam

I barely played games on my PC this week. The only thing I’ve tried was Sunset Overdrive. I haven’t finished it yet, but so far the game has 2 big qualities: a sense of freedom and mobility + a great sense of humor. After playing games where the protagonist moves really slow, it’s a breath of fresh air to have a protagonist that is always jumping and grinding through the city. Running around is a delight in this game. The last game I remember the main character being so agile was Prototyp, but even that game wasn’t as fast-paced as Sunset. I can never blink twice in this game. I like the humor as well, but it’s kinda dark. I can definitely see why so many people didn’t like that aspect of the game.
On the other hand, the Story is just dumb: A crazy company created a soda that turn humans into zombies. Yes, it’s that stupid.

Non-Steam

I know that my Non-Steam could be called Nintendo Switch these last couple weeks, but it’s the only thing I’ve been playing lately. sorry! xD Anyway, I finally “completed” Super Mario Odyssey. What a game! I’m still humming that soundtrack daily. I got all the 883 moons for the completionist ending. There is also another ending if you grind enough coins to buy more moons from the shop. It only adds a fireworks cutscene + the original Mario victory theme Definitely, not worth the time imo. I just sold my sold my copy for $50. I had forgotten this about buying physical copies. It’s so good to resell games! At the end of the day, I paid $10 to play a AAA game. Amazing!

I bought 2 games from the eshop. Goetia because it was just $1 and Cat Quest. Goetia is kinda boring and the hint system is terrible. Some of the puzzles make no sense. I caved halfway through and started using a walktrough. Cat Quest on the other hand is actually quite fun. If you like cat puns, this game is purrfect for you! :P

On more exciting news, I got both Mario + Rabbids and Octopath Traveler for ~$60! Both digital, but still :D

Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)

Anime 13 Episodes

This anime seems highly regarded, but I didn't like it. Honestly, it was boring to me. I think the premisses are interesting and I like the dynamic between Natsume and his cat sensei, but the whole story falls short. It never reaches a point where you just wanna binge the whole season. There are some nice episodes though (loved both episodes with the little fox and the also the firefly episode), but overall, I felt most episodes were just boring. There are at least 5 more season, so people must really like this series. Maybe it gets better later. Dunno.

Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)

Anime 12 Episodes
I haven't finished this yet, but I'm really liking it so far. It has THE most stupid anime title EVER, but it's a very high quality anime.I won't spoil the story, but it's really good. It starts a bit slow and the first and second episodes might have one too many lewd jokes, but if you like slice of life animes, give it a chance. Don't judge it by its stupid name or cover image.

Merry xmas!Happy New Year!!

It’s been 2 weeks, so here I am again! I’ll probably change to sundays from now on. It doesn’t make much sense to post on a monday.

    Learn Japanese To Survive - Hiragana Battle

    Learn Japanese To Survive - Hiragana Battle

    10 hours playtime
    no achievements

    I always had difficulty to memorize japanese letters - if you don’t know, japanese uses 3 different alphabets: hiragana (for japanese words. There are around 80 of them), katakana (for foreign words. Another 80 letters) and kanji (those symbols that represent an entire word. 1000+ to memorize. T_T). This game only covers hiragana. It’s an j-rpg where enemies are japanese letters and to kill them, you must guess their correct counterpart in english or vice-versa. The story is boring, characters are bland and the combat is uninteresting and a bit grindy, but that is not the point of the game. It’s supposed to teach you everything you need to know about huragana and it does that very well. Well enough to overlook the bad parts.

    TL;DR: The game promises to teach you hiragana and it definitely delivers on that.

    Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War

    Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War

    7 hours playtime
    19 of 24 achievements

    The second game in the trilogy. (I’m starting the game about kanji later today). It improves a lot on the original formula, but the story is still uninteresting. You still need to guess the correct letter, but now in katakana, instead of hiragana. Combat is a bit better, but the added VN parts are just boring. I skipped it all. (There is also a bug that might freeze your screen during VN scenes)

    TL;DR: Second game of the trilogy. It helps a lot with katakana.

I haven’t played much these weeks. I spent most of my time reading and watching stuff. Well, since I don’t have much to talk about game and I feel like writing about anime, that’s what I’m gonna do this week. Sorry if you only care about games! xD

Btw, here’s my MAL profile if you wanna be friends and/or share some suggestions! :)

edit: I almost forgot to say, since I could find those formatting templates from akantha’s profile (is he still around?), I had to find a collapsible box and after trying to find it for 30 minutes, I gave up and stole borrowed it from Arbiter Libera. I hope you don’t mind. :P

Believing in someone. That's a weird phrase, isn't it? After all, if you truly believed in a person, you wouldn't need to say, I believe you.


Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Seinen
Aired: Jan 8, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
Episodes: 12
Boku dake ga Inai Machi roughly translates to "The city where only I don't exist." It's the name of the poem below, written by one of the main characters.

"When I get bigger, big enough to go somewhere by myself, I want to go to a land that’s far away.
I want to go to a faraway island. I want to go to an island that has no people. I want to go to an island that has no pain or sadness.
There are no adults, children, classmates, teachers or my mom on that island.
On that island, I can climb a tree when I want to climb, swim in the sea when I want to swim, and sleep when I want to sleep.
On the island, I think about the town that I left behind. Kids go to school, as if nothing has changed.
Adults go to the office, as if nothing has changed. Mom eats, as if nothing has changed.
When I think about the town without me, I feel a sense of relief. I want to go far, far away.”

A friend suggested it and I really liked this anime. It tells the story of Satoru Fujinuma who is wrongfully accused of murdering someone. When that happens, he is sent back to 1988. He soon realizes that this new murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates,a solitary and mysterious girl, named Kayo. (The girl who wrote the poem)

It's an amazing story full of twists, with a terrific soundtrack. I highly recommend it. There is a live action version on netflix called "Erased", in case you don't like anime.

Never trust anyone too much, remember the devil was once an angel.


Genre: Action, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Seinen
Aired:: Jul 4, 2014 to Sep 19, 2014
Episodes: 12 (24 if you cont both seasons)
I read the manga some time ago. It has 14 volumes and 140+ chapters, iirc. (Not that long for a manga) The premise of the story is quite interesting. Creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans and they blend in with society. However, they need human meat to survive and use their full power.

The story follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who after meeting a girl that is an avid reader like himself, end up attacked by a ghoul, but instead of dying, he becomes a half-human, half-ghoul and thus begins his new, secret life.

Another anime with great action scenes and an awesome story that shows that life is not black and white, that sometimes human can be monsters and ghouls might be heroes.

I will save people with a smile! The Symbol of Peace cannot be daunted by evil. I smile to show the pressure of heroes and to trick the fear inside of me.


Genre: Action, Comedy, School, Shounen, Super Power
Aired: Apr 7, 2018 to Sep 29, 2018 (3rd season)
Episodes: 25 episodes (63 if you count all 3 seasons)
I watched the first 2 seasons a long time ago and decided to start the 3rd one, since it just finished airing in Japan. (I hate to watch 1 episode per week. I prefer to binge watch stuff)

“All men are not created equal.”

In this world, people now have "quirks," newly discovered super powers. Now, 80 percent of humanity possess various abilities. The rest is still powerless, including the main character, Izuku Midoriya whose dream has always been about being a hero, like his favorite superhero, All Might. This synopsys might make it sound childish and bland, but it's one of the best action animes of the last few years and it puts in perspective the quote above.

The fighting part is impeccable. Every single smash is awesome.

Music speaks to people's hearts, all throughout the world. I believe it's a powerful language.


Genre: Music, School, Drama
Aired: Apr 8, 2015 to Jul 1, 2015
Episodes: 13 (26 if you count both seasons)
I'm not into shoujos, so it was the first one I've tried. (if you don't know, japanese manga/anime are divided into categories according to its target audience. Shoujo and Josei are marketed for women and shounen and seinen, for men. Difference is that the first two usually have romance and girl protagonists, while the rest have more action/fights and male protagonist. Eg: Sailor Moon x Dragon Ball)

That said, I decided to give it a chance, since I love classical music and a friend recommended it to me. Besides, it would be a great oportunity to improve my katakana because most music related words in japanese are from english and therefore written in katakana. I haven't finished seasons 2 yet, but so far I cannot complain. Quite the opposite, it's actually really good. Besides the soundtrack being amazing (It's an anime about music, duh), I'm enjoying the story and most of the characters - although I'd prefer fewer of them, There are like 20 of them. I can't remember all those japanese names.

Only a fool leaves cash where a servant can find it,' he said.


I just started both. I can't talk much about it, but I'm liking them so far. Steins;Gate was suggested by a friend from Steam and 20th century boys from Blaeo. (Btw, thanks for the suggestion, msboring27!)

I'll definitely have more to say about it in the next update!

The ABC Screenshot challenge!

A new year demands a new community challenge! This challenge is a mix of the old scavenger hunt theme and Blue’s ABC challenge.
I’d like to thank a lot of people for the ideas, especially Blue and Ninglor.

How does it work?

  • There is no set game list, run the games that you believe that will give you the best chance of getting an amazing screenshot
  • There are 26 letters, so you’ll have to take at least 26 pictures. Each one should feature something started with a different letter.

You can use this as a template to post your screenshots
[A](screenshot) | [B](screenshot) | [C](screenshot) | [D](screenshot) | [E](screenshot) | [F](screenshot)
[G](screenshot) | [H](screenshot) | [I](screenshot) | [J](screenshot) | [K](screenshot) | [L](screenshot)
[M](screenshot) | [N](screenshot) | [O](screenshot) | [P](screenshot) | [Q](screenshot) | [R](screenshot)
[S](screenshot) | [T](screenshot) | [U](screenshot) | [V](screenshot) | [W](screenshot) | [X](screenshot)
[Y](screenshot) | [Z](screenshot)

Create your own theme! (optional)

If you think the challenge above is too easy for you, you may create your own theme. A theme that all pictures will have to follow.
Examples:

  • A blue theme: All pictures will feature something blue or blue will be their main color
  • An animal theme: There will be a different animal in each screenshot, corresponding to each letter - Rat, Zebra, Lion, etc
  • Winter theme: Santa, Pine cone, Gingerbread, etc

You get the idea. Be creative. Create your own challange!

FAQ:

Can I used games that I already played before?
Sure. It’s all about being creative! It’s not an official theme, there are no “rules”.

I have another question!
Which part of no rules, did you not understand?! xD But seriously, whatever work best for you!

I haven’t used BLAEO in a while since I wasn’t playing enough games + being lazy. Anyway, I hope to get back to it since I miss this site.
I’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and damn, it’s such a good game. I haven’t binged a game, since The Witcher 3 a couple years ago (which reminds me, I need to buy the expansions) I just reached lvl 43 (max is 50) after ~40h of gameplay and finished the main story, which was surprisingly good.

Pros:

  • The game has something called exploration mode. In this mode, quests are not marked on your map (you may remove it as well), you have to actually talk and listen to the NPCs to know where to go and what to do. Combined with the huge map, I had forgotten that I could get lost playing a game, but more importantly I also forgot the sense of pride and accomplishment when you finally finish a quest. It’s amazing.
  • Good story (not another vengeance story, thank god)
  • Amazing graphics (seriously, look at the pictures. It’s not even Ultra. I had to reduce some settings to achieve 60fps)
  • Naval combat is always fun.It was improved since Blackflag
  • Kassandra’s voice actor is 11/10. Perfect for the character
  • Mythical creatures to fight Medusa, Minotaur, Cyclops and the Sphinx, iirc and ride (You can ride unicorns, hell horses and even pegasus)
  • Legendary items feel legendary. Not because of their stats, but because each one of them has a unique ability that change your playstyle. I loved using both Herakles Mace (+40% from bows if you’re above the target) and Falx of Olympus (+100% dmg, but health is capped to 25%) together. This glass-cannon build is SO. MUCH. FUN. You hit like a truck with a good bow from a elevated spot, but you die to pretty much anything.
  • Huge wars between Athens and Sparta. First time a huge battle is well-represented in a game, tbh.

Cons:

  • The game was clearly balanced with people who use microtransactions in mind. It’s literally impossible to progress in the story if you’re not doing side-missions. You can’t get enought XP just from story missions. The only way to play the game exclusively for the main story is by purchasing Helix Credits and using it to get XP boosters. It’s the same thing if you wanna upgrade your armor/weapons. You need to grind a lot for components if you don’t wanna buy them from the ubistore.
  • You get sooooooo much loot that gold is meaningless. I was already rich when I got to lvl 20.
  • I wish the game had more mythical creatures. Greek Mythology is full of them. Minotaur fight isn’t that special. The sphinx you don’t even fight. Just solve riddles. I haven’t reached Medusa yet
  • Too many “?” on the map. Well, it’s still a ubisoft game full of camps and caves filled with the same bandits. What was I expecting?!
  • I hated Alexios (the male protagonist) voice over. Thankfully, you can just pick Kassandra and enjoy the game.


Edit: I forgot to ask. I bought Grim Dawn this sale. Anyone wanna play coop?

July

I haven’t written a monthly report in a while. Besides a lack of time in a couple months, I haven’t played as many worthwhile games during a month in a while. Let’s start with PoP games:

Firewatch

3.9 hours, 10 of 10 achievements
Final score: 9/10

I've looking forward to play this game this beautiful game in a while. The graphics/art style is really pretty. One could spent up to an hour just looking at it, but it's the story and the soundtrack that is the best part of this. I have a few theories about it. Delilah and the main antagonist (Ned?) were messing around with Henry. I'm pretty sure that they did this to keep him away from some old secrets. A bunch of evidence points to it, especially the fact that they knew each other and they could see each other from their locations.


Batman™: Arkham Knight

22.7 hours, 43 of 113 achievements
Final score: 5/10

I bought this game a long time ago, but it was unplayable at the time. The game was stuttering to a halt thanks to a choppy framerate. 2 years later, it's much better. At least, it's playable now, if you have a decent rig. Technical aspects aside, the game it's has its ups and downs. Playing as the Batman against all the villains is superfun and Mark Hamill does an amazing job voicing the Joker. On the other hand, you still have a bunch of boring missions/repetitive side-missions and a combat that has been stale after so many titles using it: Batman, older ACs, etc. This press X to hit and Y to counter isn't fun anymore.
I would say that the game is just an average game, if it weren't for one reason: the decision to make the Batmobile the most important part of this game. Its combat is boring and all the missions that you have to use are repetitive or unispiring. Why would I drive when I could just fly?!


Those were my short and long games from PoP July, respectively. I also played this month:

Celeste

8.3 hours, 24 of 26 achievements
Final score: 10/10

I wrote a post about it a couple weeks ago, so just click here to see why this game is a 10/10


SpellForce 3

25 hours, 29 of 39 achievements
Final score: 8/10

I loved this game. It's been a while since I've last played a good strategy game. This game is a mix of RTS/RPG, like Warcraft 3. Talking about it, SpellForce 3 reminds me a lot of it. In both games you try to bring all the races together against an evil group that is trying to summon a demon from another dimension. Very similar, isn't it?
The writing is good. The rpg parts are well done. Just the RTS part that isn't really that good. You cannot control your workers, you just assign them to buildings. I prefer to micromanage all my units. There are also a few bugs here and there and some achievements do not unlock when they should.


The Surge

12.3 hours, 26 of 57 achievements
Final score: 6/10

It's another one of those Dark Souls clones. It's from the same guys that made Lords of the Fallen, IIRC. They tried this futuristic aproach, and imo, this made the game more interesting than just being a clone. The combat is very similar, but you can now target body parts. You can either target an unprotected part for extra damage or a piece of armor and hope it might drop when you kill the enemy. It's an interesting mechanic.
Unfortunately, the game has a bunch of stupid design decisions. First, your damage is tied to the level of your weapon and you need to keep killing enemies to get weapon level, so unless you wanna grind weapon xp, you'll be using the same weapon from start to end. Second, the game is hard for the wrong reasons. The bosses, for example, are hard simply because have too much HP and 3-5 different phases, not because their moves are special or anything like that. Be prepared for 15-20 minutes fights -.- Third, some bugs made this game extra hard. You have to predict when a enemy would throw you out of a ledge or simply attack you through the wall. T_T
The story is a bit boring, as well.


Pinstripe

2.9 hours, 8 of 12 achievements
Final score: 6/10

The art is pretty and the story is nice. Game itself is very easy, I believe I manage to finish it in less than an hour without taking damage in my first playthrough. Even the last boss is quite easy. The devs have a handy guide online, if you want.
It has a bunch of bugs. If you click outside of map when shooting with your slingshot, it won't shoot ever again and you'll have to restart the game. It happened to me in my second playthrough. Some achievements also didn't want to unlock during this 2nd playthrough and I think it could have been caused by the slingshot bug, but I'm not sure. Thankfully, I read in the community hub that veryfing the games integrity would resolve the issue and it did. However, all the achievements unlocked at the same time. Be careful when playing this game, so you run into the same problem.


Legends of the Universe: StarCore

8.3 hours, 24 of 26 achievements
Final score: 4/10

It's a poor man's Megaman. It's just that. I thought it would be way worse, but it was kinda decent. If you can't afford megaman, give it a try.


I’m not sure I’ll write another report next month. Since I’ll be travelling until the 16th, I might not have time to play enough games to for a monthly report. We’ll see.

I don’t usually spend a whole post to talk about a single game, since I”m too lazy for that. I also don’t go out of my way to 100% a game because I feel like it’s a waste of time and yet, I’m gonna make an exception for this game because it’s truly a masterpiece.

  • Celeste

    23 hours playtime

    30 of 30 achievements

I first heard about this game when I was watching SGDQ if you don’t know what SGDQ is, it’s a speedrunning marathon and some guys where speedrunning it.

The controls are simple, but tight and accurate. Exactly what you want in a difficult 2d platformer. A to jump. X to Dash in whatever direction you want and RT to grab on walls. There are more advanced techniques, but you can beat the whole game without using any of them.

The dash is the star of this game and the biggest reason it’s so good. Giving the player this ability since the beginning was a ginus move from the devs. It opened up so many possibilities… Thanks to that, the devs could add new - and completely different - mechanics in each of the 8 chapters. Which makes the game fresh for its entire duration. (Main story is around 10h long) This video goes into details about each different gimmick that the devs used to spice things up.

The game has 3 difficulties, but 2 of them are hidden: A, B and C-side. A-side is the normal level. The main story. It’s hard, but fair. Unless you’re colleting all the strawberries. Then it’s really hard. I’ve died some 100 times just in one room because a damn strawberry. B-side is harder version of the map. C-side is just insane.

The second reason why this game is a masterpiece is Assist Mode. As the name says, it helps people that are not good enough in some levels, but not before it asks you 5 times if you’re sure you wanna use it. It reminds me a lot about the old cheat codes. There are 4 assist option: slower time, extra stamina, extra dash and invincibility.
During the main story, I never felt the need of using any of them. I highly recommend not using Assist Mode during that part Same thing for the first 5 B-sides. However in the last 3 I needed a bit more time to think between tight jumps, so I slowed down the game a bit (20-30%). I found that amazing because, unlike Super Meat Boy, I didn’t had to abandon the game. I could just tailor it according to my abilities. I’m a decent player, but definitely not as good as the person they had in mind, when designing that level and the fact that it’s ok in this game, is beautiful to me. During C-side, for example, I had to use extra stamina (so you don’t fall while grabing walls, i.e. more time to think/plan ahead) and a 30% slow. There were 2 rooms where I had to use the extra dash because I had no idea what to do. xD I never felt the need to use invincibility, but it’s there in case someone needs it. Who am I to judge?! ¯_(ツ)_/¯

This brings me to the last 2 reasons why this game is the first 10/10 I’ve played in years. The story and the soundtrack. I’ll let the soundtrack speak for itself The story is about depression, loneliness and overcoming one’s fears. Madeline decides that she has to confront her fears, so she decides to climb a mountain called Celeste.
I’m can’t go into details or I’d risk spoiling it, but I gotta say that after playing such a hard game for so long you start to embrace the challenge and to feel as exhausted as Madie and that’s the reason it’s so damn satisfying when you finally reach the peak. It really feels like she wasn’t the only one who climbed it. That in a way, you climbed every inch of your mountainskill level as she climbed hers.

TL;DR: Game is a masterpiece. The story is amazing, soundtrack will give you an eargasm, gameplay/design is simply flawless, controls are easy, tight and accurate and you can tailor the experience according to your skill level.

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