Gotta Play' Em All! Lengray’s profile

My backlog-killing strategy

Stay away from games deals websites. Play new games right away. Start on easy difficulty if available.
Ignore achievements on the first playthrough. Drop a game if playing it has become a chore.

Tag Challenge #1

November 2022

A lot of good things happened here in October. First, I managed to get my hands on a used Switch Lite for a killer price so now, I don't need to borrow my kids' Switch to play the family collection, except for Ring Fit Adventure. However, that made me realize how terrible playtime tracking is on the Switch. It doesn't track anything right when you use the same account on two different consoles and manual tracking is the only way to get accurate times (I use my phone for that). I also bought another 6 Switch exclusive games after finding great used games deals. I guess that's very bad for my backlog and wallet but since my kids can (and hopefully will) play these too, I don't feel too guilty about it. Finally, I fixed my PocketGo v2 emulation console with conductive tape. Pretty much all units shipped with faulty membranes and on mine, the D-pad didn't work right. Now it does and I can spend quality time playing retro Nintendo games on the go.

  • Potion Permit

    Steam

    38 hours

  • Samurai Shodown

    Switch

    13 hours

  • Dry Drowning

    itch.io

    10 hours

  • Super Mario Land

    Game Boy

    1 hour

  • Song of Iron

    Steam Review

    2 hours

Other games played

Steam
The Elder Scrolls Online
642 hours
Switch
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
7 hours
Switch
Kirby Star Allies
2 hours
Switch
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
14 hours
Switch
Ring Fit Adventure
28 hours
Wii
The Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess
3 hours
Game Boy Advance
F-Zero: GP Legend
2 hours

October 2022

A month both surprising and somewhat disappointing. I was really excited to play Airoheart and while the game delivered an overall pleasant experience, it's still a little buggy and the dev isn't in a rush to fix it. The surprise came from Sumire which I really really liked. You can read my review and if you're interested, I highly recommend you buy it now as it's on a deep sale for a few more days.

  • Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen

    Steam

    52 hours

  • Sumire

    Steam Review

    7 hours

  • Airoheart

    Steam Review

    28 hours

  • Arietta of Spirits

    Steam

    5 hours

Other games played

Steam
The Elder Scrolls Online
635 hours
Steam
Potion Permit
5 hours
Steam
Road 96
14 hours
Switch
Ring Fit Adventure
20+ hours
Switch
Samurai Shodown
10+ hours

September 2022

Not much to report this month except that the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater remake is excellent and just as fun as the originals. About two years ago, I backed Airoheart, which was released yesterday, and I'm really excited to play it this month.

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

    Switch

    25+ hours

  • STAR WARS™: The Force Unleashed™ Ultimate Sith Edition

    Steam

    9 hours

  • The Journey Down: Chapter Three

    Steam

    4 hours

August 2022

True to my decision of cutting my gaming time to enjoy other activities, I don't have much to show for August. However, the game I played is the first (of two) I backed on Kickstarter and despite some slight narrative and translation issues, it was pretty good. See ya in a month!

  • One Last Crane

    Steam

    14 hours

July 2022

I didn't play much in July but did some serious soul-searching. Without going into details, the conclusion is that video games simply use up too much of my free time and I can't keep up with the growth of my backlog. For those two reasons, I've decided to leave SteamGifts, stay away from games deals websites and just take my sweet time enjoying the games I already have. An immediate consequence is that I'm going to fail the 2022 goals I had set for myself, which were all about numbers. I'm going to scrap the lot and replace them with the simple wish to finish the year with fewer games in my backlog than I have now.

  • Kirby: Planet Robobot

    3DS

    21 hours

June 2022

I don't have much to report for June except that one of my objectives for this year (spend no more than 100 euros on games) is now in a fail state :/ Too many good bundles and interesting bargains, I guess. I'll have to be careful and seriously work on the backlog during the second half of the year if I don't want to fail all my other objectives.

  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

    3DS

    26 hours

  • Road 96

    Steam

    12 hours

  • Arcade Spirits

    itch.io

    8 hours

  • Ame no Marginal -Rain Marginal-

    Steam

    3 hours

May 2022

May in one word: variety. Longish games, short ones, good ones and meh ones. The highlight is definitely Citizen Sleeper. I hardly ever buy games on release but since I liked In Other Waters very much, I was really curious about what its dev would pull off next. And boy, is it good! I've also dropped my first game this year, Sniper Elite, which I found so repetitive that I couldn't bring myself to finish it.

  • Citizen Sleeper

    Steam Review

    17 hours

  • Observation

    Steam

    7 hours

  • Star Wars Battlefront

    Origin (EA Play)

    3 hours

  • One Night Stand

    itch.io

    1 hour

  • Heavy Rain

    Steam

    10 hours

  • Sunlight

    itch.io

    0.5 hours

  • Endless Fables 3: Dark Moor

    Steam

    4 hours

  • Sniper Elite

    Steam

    10 hours

April 2022

I've kept the backlog in check this month and managed to beat another game for my Tag Challenge so I'm quite satisfied. I also finished a really nice VN and a long JRPG but that one was a drag in the end. I hope April was also productive for you.

  • The Quest

    Steam Review

    33 hours #1

  • Christmas Tina

    Steam

    10 hours

  • Dagon

    Steam

    2 hours

  • Conception PLUS: Maidens of the Twelve Stars

    Steam

    63 hours

March 2022

March was a very good month and I beat more games than I expected considering I missed my intended assassinations. I also spent about 15 hours on the Steam Deck and it's a really nice piece of hardware. It's not going to replace my 8-year-old computer just yet but it's the perfect companion to continue playing on the couch or in bed.

  • Dead Cells

    Steam

    23 hours

  • Metroid: Zero Mission

    Game Boy Advance

    9 hours

  • Carto

    Steam

    7 hours

  • Aperture Desk Job

    Steam

    0.5 hours

February 2022

A pretty good month even though the unfinished games from January are still unfinished. Sometimes, getting a bit distracted is a good thing.

  • Golden Sun

    Game Boy Advance

    29 hours

  • Master of Orion

    Steam

    14 hours

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