Gotta Beat' Em All! Lengray’s profile

My backlog-killing strategy

1. Keep up-to-date stats about all the games I own
2. Be extremely selective about which games I want to add to my library
3. For potential additions, set up alerts on my gg.deals wishlist and stick to them
4. After adding a game, try to play it as soon as possible
5. Drop a game if playing it has become a chore

Backlog outside of Steam

Last updated: October 21, 2019

Origin   unplayed: 15/21  │  playing: -

 

Uplay   unplayed: 21/25  │  playing: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - Steep

 

Battle.net   unplayed: 4/7  │  playing: -

 

Wii   unplayed: 10/16  │  playing: -

 

SNES Classic Mini   unplayed: 18/20  │  playing: F-Zero

 

3DS   unplayed: 47/57  │  playing: Project X Zone

 

Emulation

DS  playing: Suikoden Tierkreis

GameCube  playing: -

My ratings explained

★★★★★  A complete disaster in every way. To be deleted.
★★★★  Very poor To be deleted too.
★★★★★  Didn't enjoy the game much but it might appeal to others.
★★★★★  Quite pleasant but has a few elements I didn't like.
★★★★  A very good game. Worth a second playthrough.
★★★★★  I thoroughly enjoyed this title from start to finish!

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    13 hours playtime

    DS

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors ★★★★


I had a great time playing this game! After the impulse buy of the Zero Escape trilogy on Steam when it was on a deep sale some time ago, I decided to have a go at the original before playing the "remastered" version. I found the puzzles very interesting, even if they are on the easy side with the game pointing you in the right direction. The story is original and quite gripping, the characters are nicely fleshed out and the flow of the game is excellent. The only issue I had with it is that when you get a bad ending and start over, you can skip the dialogues you've read but not the puzzles you already solved. I only got 3 endings and will hopefully get the true one on Steam.

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    8 hours playtime

    3DS

Sonic Generations ★★★★★


This 3DS version, apparently more than a port of the regular Steam/consoles version, is very fun to play. The gameplay is varied and the level design is good. The story is ridiculously simple and far-fetched with time distortions, double Sonics and Tails but no one plays Sonic games for the story. The only two problems I have is how it's sometimes difficult to react to what's coming (mostly due to the top screen specs) and that the game is too short. I understand it takes a good bit of effort to design levels suited for speed runs but a few more levels would have been great. However, to extend the playtime, there are plenty of short missions which unlock art and music.

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    13 hours playtime

    24 of 41 achievements

     

Infinite Air with Mark McMorris ★★★★★


After playing 60+ hours of Steep a few months ago, I was quite interested to try out this one. While it doesn't have the scope of Steep, the actual snowboarding gameplay is excellent and a lot more of a simulation than Steep is. The game rewards stomping clean tricks over simply landing crazy ones and I really enjoyed this. The big issue with this game is how crappy it runs and how ugly the landscape is. No matter what settings I tried, my computer kept running very hot, even with Vsync on, and there's a lot of stuttering on big maps (it's a Unity game...). And if that's not enough, there's a ton of texture pop-in. Yuck! The soundtrack is excellent though.

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    46 hours playtime

    20 of 28 achievements

     

Fallout 4 Season Pass ★★★★


The current monthly theme has given me the perfect reason to play though the Fallout 4 DLCs. I'll review them in the order I've played them. First Vault-Tec Workshop was disappointing. It only has a few quests which are just an excuse to give you control over your own vault. If you're into building, this is great. Unfortunately, I'm not. Then I played Automatron and it was better. Still on the short side, it was quite challenging, its story was quite good and this DLC gives you the ability to have custom robot companions. After that I played through Far Harbor and I feel this is the best DLC. The atmosphere is phenomenal, the storyline morally interesting and there's quite a bit of exploration to do. Finally, I got to Nuka-World and enjoyed it very much for the most part. The different sections of this amusement park are quite unique, the quests are interesting but I didn't like the end ones which force you to take over settlements in the Commonwealth. I didn't mind leading the Raiders in the new zone but back in the Commonwealth, it didn't fit with the moral stance I had taken since starting the game. Contraptions Workshop and Wasteland Workshop are just fillers and I didn't touch them. As a conclusion, only get it if you've really enjoyed the main game and can get it on sale as the full price is a joke.

August '19 Report

Another month, another few games beaten and … twice as many added to the Backlog of Doom! For a change, I played through two great titles and two disappointing ones. I guess I just expected more from games with high ratings.

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    105 hours playtime

    46 of 52 achievements

     

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    12 hours playtime

    Origin

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    9 hours playtime

    no achievements

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    2 hours playtime

    7 of 14 achievements

     

.hack//G.U. Last Recode ★★★★

My first experience with the DotHack universe, I really liked this RPG and tried to play it like when it was originally released, leaving a few months between episodes 1, 2 and 3. For those who are not familiar with series, it mostly takes place in a fictional MMORPG called The World. You log in and out of it when you're logged off, you can access ingame emails, news, forums and a card game. The story revolves around a virus spreading in The World which puts people in a coma in real life. While the combat felt repetitive and easy, there is no grind required and it's very simple to play. I can't compare this HD version to the original PS2 one but it all felt very sharp and smooth. Episode 4, new in this version, is much shorter than the other ones but serves as a nice epilogue.

Dead Space ★★★★

This was the first game I got on Origin a few years ago and it was high time I played it. I had quite a few jump scares and the camera, placed very close, forces you to constantly look around. The guns felt powerful and varied but it took me a while to realise the ammo drops you get depend on which guns you own. I really enjoyed the enemies' designs and how they move through air ducts to get to you from above. However, I didn't really like the fact that the hero, Isaac, is mute and just gets to do what he's told. And there's a puzzle I got stuck on mid-game and that broke the rhythm. Didn't like that either.

Narcissu 10th Anniversary Anthology Project ★★★★★

I generally like VNs but this one I had a hard time getting into. The core Narcissu trilogy was alright but the other stories just felt like more of the same. This game tries too hard to be sentimental and while I’m as compationate as the next guy, I felt something was off in the way the characters behave and how it all ends. It didn’t help that just before, I had finished reading Flowers For Algernon, which did make me cry. One annoying technical issue is that this game uses a launcher to start the different stories and the settings are not carried over from one story to the next. And finally, the art is very minimalistic: a tiny window and lots of reused assets.

The First Tree ★★★★★

The store pages says "a third-person exploration game ... a poignant and beautiful journey that crescendos at the source of life, and perhaps result in an understanding of death." Quite pretentious isn't it? In fact, there's not that much exploration. You play as a vixen, listen to a guy and his wife talk about his memories of his dad, and collect stars placed in the different levels because ... I don't know. The fox is looking for her missing kit but spends her time looking for collectibles. Another thing that completely broke the immersion for me: the fox can double jump! On the plus side, the game is quite pretty but was made in Unity, an engine I don't really like.


Also played
PC  Euro Truck Simulator 2 • The Elder Scrolls Online • Tokyo Xanadu eX+
3DS  Pokémon X • Project X Zone

July '19 Report

I'm posting my report a little late this month as I'm just back from my holiday. I hope everyone had some nice gaming time and maybe managed to score good deals during the summer sale. I was weak and spent a little too much. It's bad for the backlog but ... well ... you know ... :)

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    42 hours playtime

    3DS

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    25 hours playtime

    23 of 29 achievements

     

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    21 hours playtime

    31 of 35 achievements

     

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    12 hours playtime

    24 of 36 achievements

     

Animal Crossing - New Leaf ★★★★

If you're looking to play a relaxing game for half an hour a day, this game could be right up your alley. As mayor, you spend your time doing activities like picking up fruit, fishing, catching various bugs, digging up fossils and very slowly improving your town. They are lots of items to collect through purchases and trades and a few different activities done on a separate island but after 40+ hours spread over 5 months, I feel burned out. While it was fun to find new species of fish and bugs and donate them to the museum or do some house design, the pace of the game is way too slow and everything gets very repetitive. So, I've decided to shelve it as there are just not enough varied activities to keep me playing.

Shenmue ★★★★

Since the HD version was released last year, I kept reading how "unusual" this game was. I like games that like to take their time and are centred more on the story than combat so I picked it up and boy what a good decision that was! You play the role Ryo whose father gets killed by a strong fighter over a rare relic. Obviously, you decide to track this guy down and avenge your father. Most of the game is spent asking dozens of NPCs for clues and directions. There are few combat and QTE sequences you have to complete to continue the story but what shines in this game is the sense of immersion in 1980s Japan. NPCs have their own routine and every single one is voiced. There are also fun mini-games to waste time on. The game is capped at 30 FPS but my biggest gripe is the controls which I had a hard time getting used to.

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom ★★★★

Yet another good game which was taken off the store for licensing reasons and a real shame in this particular case as this game is excellent for the most part. It's a blatant Zelda clone where almost every mechanic is ripped off A Link to the Past. That didn't bother me much as it was still fun to play. The controls are tight, the dungeons are very well designed and left me scratching my head more than once. The game can be quite challening at times, especially for the bosses or for the long sections before you open shortcuts. There is little dialogue but it's quite funny. The only big problem I have with this game is that there are a few moments where you are left clueless about what to do next and have to waste hours finding that character which will unlock the rest of the story.

Dead In Bermuda ★★★★

I'm not usually fond of survival games but having this one in my library from some bundle, I decided to have a go at it. While the mechanics are quite basic, the game is still very fun to play. The 8 main characters this game features are all different enough to weave interesting relationships between them. Every day is spent doing activites like fishing, hunting and gathering around the camp while one or more characters are sent to explore the island you're stranded on. The story revolves around a prophecy and mystical NPCs spread over the island. it's not excellent but serves its purpose of breaking the repetitiveness of the daily activities. And finally, this game has made me want to watch Lost again.


Also played
PC  Euro Truck Simulator 2 • Redout: Enhanced Edition • The Elder Scrolls Online
3DS  Project X Zone

June '19 Report

I hope everyone's month has been pleasant. For me, it was kind of special because I turned 40 and believe me, none of my friends who are 40 or older still play video games. At work, I still get funny looks when I open my 3DS at lunch time but I just don't care. Anyway, enough rambling. In May and June, I was completely hooked to Watch_Dogs. I'd read many times the game was meh but I guess it just clicked with me, enough to drive me to complete the main story and all the side missions I could find. I haven't started the DLC though so I can't really comment on it.
Unrelated to gaming, I've seriously taken up the guitar (been a keyboardist for over 25 years) and meditation. That will leave me with even less time for video games but I'm perfectly fine with that. Hope you have nice July and see you in August!

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    51 hours playtime

    Uplay

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    6 hours playtime

    25 of 29 achievements

     

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    5 hours playtime

    22 of 22 achievements

     

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    5 hours playtime

    25 of 28 achievements

     

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    5 hours playtime

    23 of 27 achievements

     

Watch_Dogs ★★★★★

I love this game and I think the mixed reviews are unfair. The main character is not very interesting but that doesn't stop the game from being fun. Taking place in a very detailed Chicago, your job is to find who ordered your car gunned down, an act that ended up killing your niece and leaving you unharmed. The balance between the hacking and gun play is fine even though the hacking works a little like magic. There are many side activities to do (my favourite was the QR code ones) and the story is alright. The controls are tight and intuitieve and driving around Chicago is fun if you have a controller for that (I played the rest of the game using M+K). But what I loved the most about this game is how immersive it was.

Marlow Briggs ★★★★

Probably the most over-the-top game I've ever played. It's pure action from beginning to end and the combat system is simple and direct. As the story unfolds you unlock new weapons but unfortulately, they replace the one you had just before. The story itself is quite weak and, while the level design is full of details, the pace of the game doesn't give them justice as you ended up blazing through each.

OPUS - Rocket of Whispers ★★★★ SG win

Simple in its concept, this game tells a very nice and unusual post-apocalyptic story. There is a real sense of loneliness while exploring and love/hate relationship between the two characters works well. There are plenty of artefacts to uncover, each tied to a small story, giving insights about what was life was like before everything disappeared.

Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends ★★★★

As good as the previous game in the series, this one scratched my itch for a decent HOG. While the story is far-fetched, you can't be too iffy with these games.

Chronicles of Magic: Divided Kingdoms ★★★★

Slightly better than the one I review above. The story and the puzzles are nothing to write home about but it's a cohesive whole.


Also played
PC  Euro Truck Simulator 2 • Redout: Enhanced Edition • Shenmue • The Elder Scrolls Online
3DS  Animal Crossing: New Leaf • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate • Project X Zone

Killing Report • May '19

First, I hope everyone has had a good month. I don't have much to show in terms of beaten/completed games as most of my time was spent in Steep, .hack//G.U. Last Recode, Watch_Dogs and Animal Crossing New Leaf. Anyway, here is what I have to say about those I played through.

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    9 hours playtime

    30 of 30 achievements

     

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    13 hours playtime

    3DS

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    5 hours playtime

    no achievements

Minecraft: Story Mode - Season 2 ★★★★★

Superior to the first game (which I loved), the story has a better pace, there's more action and the graphics and music are great.

Mario Kart 7 ★★★★★

The classic recipe still works very well.

The Journey Down: Chapter 2 ★★★★

A very funny second part, I really liked the story. The graphics, however, seem to be from 15 years ago.


Also played
PC  .hack//G.U. Last Recode • The Elder Scrolls Online • Watch_Dogs
3DS  Animal Crossing: New Leaf • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Killing Report • April '19

This time, I'm posting my monthly update a day early since I'm not going to beat any new games. April has been pretty great and I've bought more 3DS games. Last month I wrote that I only wanted to add a few more games to my collection. I've bought ... 16 more, to my wife's dismay. Now the only one I've left to get is Metroid: Samus Returns but it's still expensive in the second-hand market. I've also spent about 10 hours playing through Steep's X-Games and Olympic DLCs.
As a not-so-good conclusion, I was playing with my kids two days ago when I fell on a large concrete slab and broke a rib. It's not serious if I rest but it's damn painful. I was off work this week anyway but I wanted to be out and about and now I have to be careful of my every move.

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    33 hours playtime

    Origin

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    18 hours playtime

    DS

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    5 hours playtime

    3DS

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    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

Mass Effect ★★★★★

What else can I say that hasn't already been said? A truely great game which has aged very well (except for the Mako controls).

Professor Layton And the Unwound Future ★★★★★

I really liked its puzzles and story, even though it drags on a bit in the last part. The end is heart-wrenching!

Super Mario 3D Land ★★★★★

A superb entry in the series and the 3D effect really shines in it. It's a little short, not very difficult but it has great level design.

Old Man's Journey ★★★★

Played it in one sitting, the game slowly grew on me. The story is the standard emotional one but the "puzzle" gameplay felt original.


Also played
PC  .hack//G.U. Last Recode • The Elder Scrolls Online
3DS  Animal Crossing: New Leaf • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Killing Report • March '19

In March, I went completely crazy. I bought 30 Nintendo 3DS games! Over the previous months, I had sold stuff I didn't need and decided, since the 3DS is almost at the end of its life, to buy the best games the system has to offer. So I made a big list and started to look for them on the second-hand market. I spent countless hours browsing sites, contacting people, negociating, sometimes meeting the sellers and it became an addiction. I just had to get one more from the list. I even bought a second SNES Edition New 3DS XL that I found in mint condition for cheap. So that's where I am, with still a few games I'd like to get. On the upside, the whole thing has rekindled my love for physical console games (I hate the eShop) and they just look damn nice together! I got a 3DS last year but I hadn't found serious time for it, except when I borrowed Pokémon Sun from my son for a while. But I've realised I absolutely adore this system. At the moment, I'm playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. If you are curious about the games I got, here is a pic of the collection.

Being a Nintendo fan, I've also started playing old emulated games from the DS and GameCube and set up my Wii controllers on my computer so I can play the Wii games I don't own. I barely touched Steam in March and my backlog has once again exploded but I don't regret what I've done.

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    46 hours playtime

    Uplay

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    12 hours playtime

    Wii

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    4 hours playtime

    GameCube

Steep ★★★★★

A phenomenal winter sports game. Plenty of events to do and places to discover, great physics and free roam is spectacular.

Endless Ocean ★★★★★

A game I'd bought for my son which I ended up playing myself. It's nice for a while but too slow and shallow ;) for my taste.

Mario Kart Double Dash!! ★★★★

A great Mario Kart game. Two-person karts are refreshing but winning on higher difficulties still relies too much on luck.


Also played
PC  The Elder Scrolls Online
3DS  Animal Crossing: New Leaf • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate