Gotta Play' Em All! Lengray’s profile
August was a good month. I spent a bit less time playing than in July but for the first time in years, my backlog has been reduced. Yay! I got really interested in the monthly theme and managed to beat 3 games for it. But as a consequence, I didn’t play on the 3DS much and Xenoblade Chronicles is still paused. Out of the 3, Darksiders was definitely my favourite. A nice combination of action and puzzles. Alpha Protocol, on the other hand, was a disappointement. The gameplay is too repetitive and the story is uninspired. This month, I also fancied playing through a walking sim and really enjoyed Firewatch which turned out to be a great mystery.
I’ve also decided to play every Dragon Quest games from the beginning and enjoyed the first one (SNES version) even though some of the mechanics are tedious.
If you happen to have access to Netflix, I highly recommend the mini series High Score. It’s about the history of video games up to the mid-90s and it covers a lot of ground. It did strick a chord with me as I was a teen in the 90s and lived through a lot of what the series shows.
Another month, another update and another increase of the backlog! July was a bit of a surprise month. I intended to keep playing Xenoblade Chronicles but actually didn’t touch it. Why? Mainly because I bought Cloudpunk on a whim and got completely hooked. I also picked two random games from my Steam library and played them (the second House in Fata Morgana game and Singularity). I also started making a dent in the huuuuuge itch.io June bundle and then played on handhelds since I was away. All in all, I really enjoyed the diversity of this month.
I hope everyone is still safe. Gaming seems a petty activity in the deadly health situation we’ve been in for months but it has helped me clear my head more than ever.
I’m happy with how I spent that gaming time in June, completing the second part of the Grisaia series, continuing my virtual visit of the Louvre on the 3DS and remembering to play Last Day of June on the last day of June :) My son got me Age of Wonders: Planetfall Premium Edition for my birthday (with my own money but hey, it’s still a very nice present) and it’s a great 4X game. I suck at those but I get a lot of fun out of them. I also suddenly had the idea of connecting a bluetooth transmitter to my 3DS to play without any cords getting in the way and I’m pretty happy with the result (pic here). There’s a little latency but it hasn’t been an issue so far. Finally, I was weak and added a few great games to the backlog such as Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Cat Quest II and Persona 4 Golden. See you next month!
First, I hope everyone is safe and that the lockdown hasn’t affected you too much. I managed to beat quite a few games this month and most of them were very good. When the remake of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was announced, I suddenly wanted to play that series again so ended up having fun in THPS3 on a GameCube emulator. I’ve also spent many hours on Xenoblade Chronicles but I’m nowhere near the end. Finally, since The Louvre is still shut (I live just outside of Paris and love this museum), I decided it was time to seriously “play” 3DS Guide: Louvre but didn’t realise it contains 30+ hours of audio comments.
Well, the backlog has grown again this year but I'm still very happy about 2019. I got to experience many great games, had fun building a nice collection of physical 3DS titles and got into emulation again. I guess the main reason I didn't beat as many games as last year is because I've spent a lot of time on The Elder Scrolls Online (430 hours and counting) and because I also played through many long games. Anyway, I wish you all the best for 2020!