Gotta Play' Em All! Lengray’s profile
This month was another good one! I played quite a few differerent games and the hightlight is definitely Eastward, though it's not quite the masterpiece I thought it would be. But it's my own fault for expecting too much from it. I also played through a very nice VN and started another, Chaos;Head, the first game in the Science Adventure series which I intend to beat in order since I bought another few games from that series this month.
wasted spent quite a few hours improving my update layout. All reviews are now hidden by default and can be revealed by clicking anywhere in the box except on the game art. There's a "plus" sign to show there's more to read but you don't actually have to click on it. Having collapsible reviews is something I had wanted to add for a while but it took me some time to figure out how. Hope you enjoy this change!
Well, for the first time since I joined BLAEO, I haven't beaten any games in a month! That's what I get for only playing long games and getting sucked (again) into Skyrim. I ended up spending over 110 hours with it in August and loved every minute! For September, my objectives are to keep playing the games I've already started, beat at least one game for the monthly theme and discover Eastward, which I'm super excited to play.
I hope you had more success with your backlog and wish you all a very good September.
How has everyone been this month? Despite being busy with various things, I managed to finally reach the end of Xenoblade Chronicles, which I had started during last year's lockdown. It's such a great game that I deliberately made it last, just like good food. I also started a new playthrough of modded Skyrim and it's going to be a time-sinker for the next few months. Finally, I reserved a Steam Deck which I'm pretty excited about since I love handhelds and my gaming computer is now 7 years old. According to Steam I should have it for Christmas and I'll report whether it's worth the purchase or not. Finding out it runs on Linux got me interested (again) in this OS so I installed Linux Mint on a laptop and I'm slowly discovering how it works. So far, I really like it.
Once again, June was a good month though I don't have much more to report than what's shown below. I decided to play on the Switch differently and picked up Ring Fit Adventure which is a great way to exercise. It's surprisingly engaging and well thought-out. I've also been quite reasonable during the sales and only picked up 6 games, half of which are long VNs I'm looking forward to read over the next few months. How about you, fellow assassins? What gems did you add to your backlog?
Do we need a 6th category to sort out our games?
Something has been bugging me lately and that’s how to sort out games that I’ve liked but didn’t see to the end because of difficulty or endless games I’ve enjoyed a lot but want to stop playing (and mark off the backlog).
I don’t like sorting them into the “unfinished” category because I reckon I won’t start these games again and the “won’t play” category seems too harsh. (I only use that one for games I dropped and didn’t like or games I have no interest in playing).
In the Excel sheet where I track my game stats, I’ve sorted those games into a “sufficient playtime” category which fits my needs but can’t translate on BLAEO.
Do you think a new category for those games is something we need or is it me being too particular about sorting out my games? Thanks for your input.
For me, May was filled with Nintendo goodness and a lot of excess. I spent the vast majority of my time on Nintendo games and added quite a few to the backlog. I got all the remaining Yo-Kai Watch titles I didn't already have (all versions) to finish my physical 3DS collection and also purchased another two 3DS consoles (a second New 3DS and a New 2DS XL) as I love this system so much. Also, because I played a pinball game on Game Boy Advance (more about that below), I got the itch to start up Pinball FX3 and ... bought all the tables I didn't own. Yes, I was a weak but boy did that feel good to get all that! I also found it difficult to stick to one or two games at a time so that's something I need to improve in June. I hope you were more reasonable and focused that I was.
What a crazy month it was! Since many places are still shut and I had to work remotely, I spent a lot of time at home and played. In fact, I played so much that earlier this week, I buggered my right thumb and wrist after 4 hours straight using a controller. They were very painful and started to swell a bit but fortunately, my hand is fine now.
I played lots of different games and on different systems but most of my time was spent on Xenoblade Chronicles and The Elder Scrolls Online, which I modded to make it as close to an immersive single player experience as possible as I'm not at all into the multiplayer side of it.
My bet of not buying any games except for Humble Choice was called off by my kids as they wanted me to get more Switch games. And just like I did for the 3DS 2 years ago, finding good deals became a game in itself. I ended up getting Kirby Star Allies for my kids and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore and Diablo III Eternal Collection for myself.
In March, I mostly stuck to my objective to only play with a controller; the only exception was the second DLC for The Outer Worlds which is great! The result is a mix of genres and a few great games off my backlog. The most surprising one was definitely Eastshade. It's such a lovely title! Along with it, I managed to cross out another two games off my Tag Challenge list and for the first time in ages, my backlog has shrunk!
For April, I'm going to continue playing Xenoblade Chronicles, probably a few more unfinished games and whatever else I feel like playing.
Well, February was a good month but my plans got disrupted pretty quickly. My first intention was to continue playing Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii but I didn't. The reason is that after catching up with The Expanse, I really wanted to play a space game. I picked The Outer Worlds, the last game I bought in 2020, and it sucked me in for 53 hours. My second objective was to knock at least one game off my Tag Challenge list. I did try but after 41 hours, I'm still not done with BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extent!
You may be aware of my personal challenge to refrain from buying any game except for Humble Choice and looking at the 14 games I added this month, you may think I've failed. I came quite close but there is a twist to the story. The day the new Artifex Mundi bundle came out, I was really tempted to get it. I told my kids about it (my daughter loves HOGs) and my son said to me: "Look Daddy, I'll give you 5 euros out of my pocket money to get the bundle and I'll trade it to you. I offered him 4 TF2 keys so he could sell them on Steam and make a little profit. He agreed and I activated 8 new games into my account :) The rest are just trades I've made on Steamtrades.
For March, I don't have a definite list of games I want to play but I'm going to make it "Couch March" and exclusively play from my couch. My computer is hooked to my TV so I'll only play Steam games with controller support, my Nintendo consoles (SNES Mini, Wii, Switch, DS, 3DS) and my emulation handheld (Pocket Go).
Stay safe and keep playing. Lengray out :)