Gotta Play' Em All! Lengray’s profile

Backlog outside of Steam

Last updated: August 5, 2019

Origin   played: 4/21  │ playing: Dead Space

 

Uplay   played: 2/14  │ playing: -

 

Battle.net   played: 3/8  │ playing: -

 

Wii   played: 6/16  │ playing: -

 

3DS   played: 8/51  │ playing: Pokémon X - Project X Zone

 

Emulation

DS  playing: -

GameCube  playing: -

My ratings explained

☆☆☆☆☆  A complete disaster in every way. To be deleted.
☆☆☆☆  Extremely poor. To be deleted too.
★★☆☆☆  Didn't enjoy the game much but it might appeal to others.
★★★☆☆  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!

Killing Report • July '19

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

Killing Report • June '19

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

Killing Report • February '19

Well, it's been a pretty good month. Once again, I spent most of my gaming time in ESO but I've finally managed to complete The Fruit of Grisaia and made the most of the Origin Access promo featured at the end of January (1 month for 0.99€). I've also finalized my monthly post formatting to keep it concise and easy to read.

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    77 hours playtime

    no achievements

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    25 minutes playtime

    no achievements

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    7 hours playtime

    Origin

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    6 hours playtime

    Origin

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    4 hours playtime

    26 of 30 achievements

     

The Fruit of Grisaia ★★★★★

It took me a few months to read through all the routes of this extremely long VN but it was well worth my time. It's amazing!

The Leisure of Grisaia ★★★☆☆

A dispensable addition to the main game. It's extremely short and doesn't bring anything new. For fans only.

Unravel ★★★★★

An adorable game from Sweden. The puzzles and the platforming are spot-on and the soundtrack gave me goosebumps.

Fe ★★★★

Another game from Sweden but a 3D platformer this time. It's gorgeous but a little too cryptic for my taste.

Eventide 2: The Sorcerer's Mirror ★★★★

While the story was quite generic (but fine for the genre) I was quite surprised by the great quality of the cinematics.


Also played
PC  Redout: Enhanced Edition • The Elder Scrolls Online

Killing Report • January '19

January has been a pretty good month. I've got back to playing ESO and my playtime got a little out of control but I like how the game has evolved recently. I also got around to playing and beating games which have been in my backlog for a long time so that's that.

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    202 hours playtime

    no achievements

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    22 hours playtime

    no achievements

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    13 hours playtime

    41 of 105 achievements

     

The Elder Scrolls Online ★★★★★

I'm really getting into the game now. This month, I've beaten the main quest, the mages quest line and brought my first character to CP 60.

Bully: Scolarship Edition ★★★★

A good title which hasn't aged very well. The missions are fun but some are a tad too disconnected from the plot.

Gas Guzzlers Extreme ★★★★★

A surprisingly great racing game with plenty of tracks, funny AI names and devastating weapons. Mario Kart for Real Men™.


Also played
PC  Redout: Enhanced Edition • The Elder Scrolls Online

Killing Report • December '18

First of all, I hope you're having a good cosy end-of-year holiday and wish you all a happy new year when it comes. I've had quite a bit of free time this month and most of my playtime was spent playing great titles. I've also beaten another of my Wii game, which I meant to do for a few months.

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    38 hours playtime

    Uplay

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    22 hours playtime

    29 of 90 achievements

     

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    7 hours playtime

    Wii

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    5 hours playtime

    35 of 38 achievements

     

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    2 hours playtime

    17 of 34 achievements

     

Far Cry 3 ★★★★★

Oh boy did I like this one. I really enjoyed the story (though a bit far-fetched), hunting, the challenges and clearing out all the outposts. Time well spent!

Civilization: Beyond Earth ★★★★★┊SG win

Though not as complex as Civ V, it still has a lot to offer and playing in a sci-fi setting is very refreshing.

New Super Mario Bros Wii ★★★★★

I enjoyed this one in every way. It felt a little more difficult than other Mario games I remember.

Orange Moon ★★★☆☆SG win

Another dispensable sci-fi shooter. The gameplay is a tad too slow and imprecise and everything feels stiff.

ICEY ★★★☆☆

Though it had its moments, I felt this game was just okay. The sci-fi setting is nice but the game is ultimately too short and repetitive.


Also played
PC  Super Cloudbuilt

Killing Report • November '18

It's been great month, especially since I played through Memory's Dogma, which is now one of my favourite VNs. The funny thing is that I chose to play that one because I was away and it was the only short game I could decently play on my very weak netbook laptop thingy.

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    41 hours playtime

    27 of 74 achievements

     

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    13 hours playtime

    31 of 92 achievements

     

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    11 hours playtime

    0 of 9 achievements

     

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    11 hours playtime

    36 of 52 achievements

     

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    3 hours playtime

    6 of 9 achievements

     

Age of Wonders III ★★★★SG win

A great 4X game more focused on combat than most. The campaings are very lengthy and the challenge is very progressive.

Shadow Warrior ★★★★

A good game if you're in the mood to slash through waves of enemies. However the story is weak and the game very repetitive (but fun!).

Memory's Dogma CODE:01 ★★★★★

An excellent VN with surprising plot twists. The soundtrack is so good that I bought it (which I hardly ever do).

Phoning Home ★★★★SG win

A nice mix between an exploration and a puzzle game. The story is okay but the game felt like a long escort mission.

Distraint 2 ★★★★★

Bought, played and beaten on release day. I had enjoyed the first one a lot and the sequel is just as good.


Also played
PC  The Fruit of Grisaia

Killing Report • October '18

This month, the weather's been pretty good and I spend a little less time playing games and a little more enjoying the fresh air. Only a few games beaten but I enjoyed them all very much.

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    22 hours playtime

    27 of 31 achievements

     

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    21 hours playtime

    23 of 46 achievements

     

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    4 hours playtime

    39 of 86 achievements

     

Distance ★★★★★

A superb racer which feels like TrackMania in many ways. Challenging, fast and a pleasure for the eyes. Just what I needed.

A Hat In Time ★★★★★

This one is a great platformer. It's fun, the voice acting is amazing and it never feels boring. The DLC, on the other hand, I didn't like at all.

The Lion's Song ★★★★

A very good point & click which feels like a VN. The first episode (which is free) is weaker than the rest though.