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.

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 hour

  • 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

  • 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

January 2022

A good slash on the backlog this month. I had more time to play than usual, mostly because of COVID-related isolation.

  • Tales of the Neon Sea

    Steam - Review

    12 hours

  • Binary Domain

    Steam - Review

    9 hours

  • Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

    3DS

    13 hours

  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning - Fatesworn

    Steam

    25 hours

  • Devious Dungeon 2

    Steam

    9 hours

  • Ghost Files: The Face of Guilt

    Steam

    5 hours

2021 Stats

While I found plenty of time to play and managed to beat many games, I still failed all my goals and it kind of makes me sad to see how weak I was.

I was probably overly ambitious so I’m setting reasonable objectives for 2022:

  • I didn’t give enough love to Nintendo last year so I’ll try to beat 6 games on the Switch and as many on the 3DS.
  • I got a gift voucher for Christmas (which I’ll probably spend on Triangle Strategy on the Switch) and reserved a Steam Deck so I don’t want to spend over 100€ on games.
  • Beat the remaining 9 games in my Tag Challenge.
  • Reduce my total backlog by 10 games. Simple on paper but I’ve never done it over the course of a year.

To help me with that I've almost completely cleared my Steam wishlist and I'm down to 4 unreleased games/DLCs.
I hope you did better than me or at least didn't give up on beating your backlog. I wish you (again) all the best for this new year.

Platform Beaten Dropped Added Backlog evolution
Steam 39 0 133 +94
Origin 0 0 0 -0
Ubisoft Connect 0 0 5 +5
Battle.net 0 0 0 -0
Switch 1 0 28 +27
Wii 1 0 0 -1
SNES Mini 2 1 - -3
3DS 3 0 5 +2
TOTAL 46 1 170 +124
Emulated & CFW games beaten 3DS1 Game Boy Advance2

December 2021

I'm finally done playing Skyrim! (for a while anyway).

  • Skyrim

    Steam - Review

    281 hours

  • Cleo - A Pirat's Tale

    Steam - Review

    10 hours

  • The Darkside Detective

    Steam

    7 hours

  • Kathy Rain: Director's Cut

    Steam

    11 hours

  • Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru Part 1

    Steam

    5 hours

  • Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru Part 2

    Steam

    4 hours

November 2021

I'm very happy with the long games I've played this month, especially Chaos;Head which was quite disturbing but gripping.

  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II

    3DS

    33 hours

  • Chaos;Head

    PC

    22 hours

  • Descenders

    Steam

    22 hours

  • Resident Evil Revelations

    Steam

    8 hours