Hoardz of gamez Mskotor’s profile
I try to get rid of my hoard of unplayed games. It's not much, but still it's some kind of backlog, right?
October - Princess Isabella: The Rise of an Heir, Fairy Tale Mysteries: The Puppet Thief, The Beginner's Guide, Ether One, Her Story, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, Fallout 4
November - Regency Solitaire, Chroma Squad, Broken Age, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut
December - Mad Max, Undertale, Paladins, Sakura Beach 2, Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube
January - Crime Secrets: Crimson Lily, Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala, The Secret Order 4: Beyond Time, Anna's Quest, Plantera, Oxenfree, Far Cry 3, HuniePop, TRISTOY
February - ABZU, Contrast, The Turing Test, Victor Vran, ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West
March + April - DARK, Mushroom 11, Evoland 2, Event, The Journey Down: Chapter Two, Castle of Illusion, Tales of Zestiria
May - Aragami, Gods Will Be Watching, Unravel, Orwell, Beholder, Pony Island
June - The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams, Tibetan Quest: Beyond the World's End, Melissa K. and the Heart of Gold, The Room Two, The Swapper, Jotun, SteamWorld Heist, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
July - Adam Wolfe, Toby: The Secret Mine, Hollow Knight, Sniper Elite 3, RAGE, Alone With You, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
August - Tales from the Borderlands, Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter, Risen 3 - Titan Lords
September - Witcher 3 GOTY
October - INSIDE, TitanFall 2, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, The Technomancer, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell, Shadowrun: Hong Kong
November - Mass Effect: Andromeda
December - Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Milkmaid of the Milky Way, Secret World Legends, Deadpool, Seasons after Fall
January - Valley, Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, Sword Coast Legends
February - Tacoma, Quantum Break, Dex, OwlBoy, The Whispered World Special Edition
March - The Walking Dead: Season Two, Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout
April - EARTHLOCK, Styx: Master of Shadows, Rise of the Triad
May - Alpha Protocol, Lara Croft GO, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
June - Finding Paradise, AER Memories of Old, Dreamfall Chapters, Stories: The Path of Destinies, RUINER, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
July - The Sexy Brutale, Renegade Ops, Dying Light, Final Fantasy XIII
August - Firewatch, Dungeon Siege III, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, A New Beginning - Final Cut
September - Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, DOOM
October - Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Figment
November - Ghost of a Tale, Pillars of the Earth, Fe, Path of Exile, Rakuen
December - RIME, Wuppo, Orwell - Ignorance is strength
January - Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, GRIS, Outland, Zombie Army Trilogy
February - Valiant Hearts: The Great War
March - A Way Out
April - Angels with Scaly Wings
May - Ticket to Ride, Witcher Adventure Game
Also short legend on my scale:
⭐️⭐⭐⭐⭐ - game I really enjoyed. For either really good story or humor. It can has flaws, but they are minimal in comparison to fun I had with it
⭐️⭐⭐⭐☆ - game I enjoyed, but has it’s visible flaws that can make gameplay annoying. Or games with solid gameplay and good story, but without this something that would make me really enjoy it
⭐️⭐⭐☆☆ - starting point. Neither good or bad. Average story with average gameplay
⭐️⭐☆☆☆ - when game has average story, so I could beat it to see plot but it didn’t make me want learn more about characters or universe. Plus gameplay is so bad it make whole experience terribly annoying and irritating
⭐️☆☆☆☆ - only one type of games will get lowest note. Games that are unplayable or barely playable due to devs laziness. And their story is not interesting enough to push me into spending hours on the internet, finding a way to make it work. If game would be playable, but I wouldn’t enjoy plot or it’d have bad game mechanics it’d get 2 stars
- good gameplay
- base game has only one map
- extra maps are a bit overpriced
Story: No story, as it's boardgame.
Gameplay: Conversion was done properly, and there are no irritting gameplay flaws or problems with the connection. If you like the boardgame, and are fine with playing only one map (or find DLC maps cheaply) this game will be a good pick.
Graphic, music, bugs: Game is bugless, music is limited to sounds of card shuffling and train riding, graphic is of good quality.
Witcher Adventure Game ⭐️⭐☆☆☆Board game
11,2 hours playtime, No achievements
- it's cheap, so you don't feel you wasted your money
- it's not possible to re-connect after the connection is lost
- bad UI
- it's not possible to filter which actions you want to see in history
- playable characters are not balanced
Story: No story, as it's a boardgame.
Gameplay: It's clunky.
When you click on the button to bring up the ability-action menu, and decide to pick charge-ability-action instead it's not possible to click out anywhere outside of the active window to cancel it. You must click again on ability-action button. Same goes for cancelling all others actions...
You have the card that gives bonus when using magic spell? Game will pop up info you have this card every single time you use it. Even when you're well aware of this fact... When you throw the dices, and have not enough to defeat the enemy (for example 1 out of 4 shields) - you still must put this one shield at the enemy position. Game will not auto-fill dices...
Out of 4 playable characters Triss is obviously superior. Geralt may have a lot of dices to throw, but do not have any magic actions. Dandeleon focus on getting buffs from other players, so unless you play in 4 he's useless. While Triss can both teleport around like crazy, and have spell that gives both 2 shields and 2 swords. Which is enough to beat up pretty much all enemies.
Graphic, music, bugs: Random bugs that do not allow players to perform actions. Inability to re-connect after connection is lost. Graphic is fine, same for the music. I wanted to leave this game with 3 stars, but inability to re-connect to ongoing game is so ridiculous I'm not able to.
I started to think about PC I want to buy “soonish”. So most probably few months after the parts release date. R5 3600 as a base, non-RTX GPU, 16GB RAM and dual monitor set up :spacecat:
- bits of biology, but not overly scientific
- not many romanceable characters
- interactions between NPCs are rather shallow
Story: We're sent to world where dragons live, to trade our PDAs for their generators in order to save humanity. Similar to Hatoful Boyfriend things are not as easy as they seem to be, and there is hidden ending. But in overall story is worse and more predictable than in HB. And playing through romances of all characters, in order to unlock true ending, was not really satisfying. There is no thrive that we learn something new about characters around us in every gameplay repeat.
Gameplay: It's visual novel with decisions and save system. Skipping already seen cut-scenes and dialogues works fine. Not much more to write here.
Graphic, music, bugs: Game is bugless, characters models and backgrounds are of high quality. Only problem is that characters do not have many poses, so they repeat really often. Music is more like ambient thing, nothing extraordinary
I’m alive. Barely. With whopping 4h of sleep daily for past month, and working 12h per day :D
I will hopefully have more time now, so can play more games. Steam Sale is approaching and I still did not beat everything from previous Sale…
- really good co-op experience
- involving story with twist at the end
- well implemented co-op mechanic
- only one player must own it
- some delay problems on joining player side
Story: "We must bust out of prison" game. One character is already inside, and wants to run away. Second character only arrived, but is sure they did not commit crime they were sentenced for. Which feels like typical scenario of all prison-action movies. They have their own personalities, which were written as "typical opposites" - calm and analytical vs aggressive and impulse driven. But it does not feel forced, they feel fleshy in what they do, and their actions are clearly justified by their past experiences. Game ends in a way I did not predict, and that it's strongest point for me. I did feel like literal shit during last sequence, and was like "yeah, yeah do it, I deserved it".
Gameplay: Split screen without need to sit on the same sofa. Only one player needs to own game, for both people to play. Which is neat. It is strictly co-op game, and is unplayable with only one player (AI won't control second character). Fact that screen is split in half all the time can be bit confusing though. Action-linear game, where we can do some small side activities. You can compete in throwing darts, play baseball, throw horseshoe, play music or just annoy your partner by not going towards objective. It's possible to interact with objects individually, and each character react differently. While one will open fridge and say there is nothing of value, other will open fridge, pick up beer and drink it. Talking with NPCs will result in different dialogues, depending who talk to NPC right now. It does help to flesh out characters and makes game really enjoyable. There are moments where cutscene is shared, and characters must pick what they will do. For example they enter elevator with guard inside. Try to talk your way out of it, or attack?
Graphic, music, bugs: I did not encounter any bugs in this game. Music is fitting, and graphic is fine. There are minor delays in transition from "shared cutscene" to "actual gameplay" for joining player. So while cutscene per se plays fine, then at the end I was stuck a bit on loading screen, while other character was already in-game, playing.
First time in a long time my progress dropped, as I activated more than I beat. Lame. I play now in Angels with Scaly Wings and it’s nice game. But looks like I will need to replay it few times, to see all routes.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War ⭐️⭐⭐⭐☆Adventure Historical
9,7 hours playtime, No achievements
- historical facts shown in condensed, not boring way
- Ubisoft game that's not another AC / FC clone
- collectible objects are poorly visible and often found by mistake
- QTE sequences could be made in better way
Story: Story revolves around events from I WW. German father of French-German newborn gets mobilization letter from German army. Kid grandpa is mobilized by French army, which results in grandfather and father serving in hostile armies. There are two extra playable characters - nurse and soldier from USA (or Canada :P). Game in accessible way shows how terrible and pointless war is. When people which were living next to each other are forced to attack one another. Game uses few of the big war events (like use of planes, tanks or combat gases) as backstory, which ties fate of playable characters.
Gameplay: Simple adventure game with bit of really easy puzzling, and bit annoying QTE (similar to guitar hero minigame). Game is made as 2D side scroller, with ability to move upwards / down to enter buildings or go down the stairs. No inventory system - our character can hold only one item at a time. We are accompanied by rescue doggo, which can perform simple commands - like bring object, or push levers.
Graphic, music, bugs: Graphic is simple but fitting into whole war-theme. Music is rather ambient, and game is bugless.
Bit cheated update, as i beat this game in March (today). But I do not want to have empty months in my spreadsheet, and writing one quick update is easier, than gathering few and then sit a lot to write reviews xD
I played a bit in Evolution:The Video Game beta when it was up, and it’s nice. But damn, I am bad at competitive games when I try to play online versus others xD
I was also trying Witcher: Adventure Game on GOG. It is nice, and as there is no real direct competition I don’t get annoyed when I play. Still, this game is so badly designed at times, like inability to hide card menu by simply clicking somewhere on the background, or pop up “tips” menu that can’t be turner off. Which likes to remind me every single turn I can use specific card.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice ⭐️⭐⭐⭐☆Adventure Atmospheric Gamepad
11,4 hours playtime, 14 of 14 achievements (100%)
- fluid controls
- nice combat system
- voices in your hear are creepy, but show what people with mental problems go through
- no tutorial
- runes with lore (Nordic mythology) don't have fixed symbols. So it's possible to miss one and be unaware of this
- not possible to backtrack or pick chapter to go back an grab rune-stone. Ugh
- some environmental puzzles are annoying
Story: Our beloved died in unknown circumstances. And we go with his skull (yuck) to underworld to recover his soul. Our guides are: memories of man that died some time ago, and voices in Setsuna head. Voices help mostly with combat and environmental puzzles, and man gives "life advices" by telling stories from Nordic mythology (i.e. that vengeance always ends badly). I did like this mix, as it both explains Nordic mythology (which I did not have in school), and is used as thing that drives us forward. At the end of the game we also learn who stands behind mental problems of protagonist.
Gameplay: It's story driven game with batman-style combat, environmental puzzles, inability to jump and one proper path. Only problem with this mix is that there is no combat tutorial, so someone without experience in "batman games" will die constantly and most probably resign quite fast. I did play on normal difficulty, there may be some sort of tutorial on easy, did not check. Puzzles focus on finding right rune shapes in environment. They can be created by trees, shadows, planks etc. Combat focus on either parry + counter attack or avoid + attack scheme. There are few different enemy types (including bosses), and each one need a bit different approach.
Graphic, music, bugs: Graphic is nice, and game worked fine on my R9 280X, even when I heard it can be resources heavy. Music is not really noticeable, game focus mostly on voices we constantly hear. Some encourage us, some pester and other chide us. I did not find any noticeable bugs.
- fluid controls
- really nice art-style
- nicely done simple environmental puzzles
- no option to skip cut scenes
- achievements for beating the game unlocked after unskippable credits... ugh
- checkpoints are too far apart, so collecting mementos is annoying (I skipped it)
- game lacks story
Story: Well there is no story. So not much to write here. No images showing main character past, no memories, no nothing. There is one cut scene after player collects all mementos and beat last chapter of game again. But IMO it's weak to hide only useful bit of information behind that much backtracking. Names of optional achievements points towards stages of grief, game does not hint why main character has depression.
Gameplay: Well made platformer with very easy environmental puzzles, most of them are skippable. Controls are fluid, and we unlock new abilities along the way - double jump, swimming, ability to smash things etc. But there are no metrovidania elements - it's not possible to backtrack and there is only one possible way at any time. Only after game is beaten it's possible to pick previous levels to look for collectibles.
Graphic, music, bugs: Strongest point of this game is art style, and I do think that game should not be rated based on story or puzzles. As both those elements are totally secondary. Game starts in black and white. With time we unlock colors, which fill world like water color paint fills canvas. Sound is ambient, game is bugless. This game is more of calm art experience, than story-driven or gameplay-based game.
- fluid controls
- good platforming
- proper co-op implementation
- not many co-op challenges
- last boss is annoying
- map could be better
Story: We're reincarnation of hero that trapped god-sisters long time ago. And surprisingly we must defeat them again. So nothing extraordinary or deep.
Gameplay: Our character has ability to change alignment. When we're blue we're protected against blue enemy attacks, and against red attacks when red. But at the same time we deal not much damage towards enemy of the same alignment. There are also alignment-dependent platforms and blocks, which are solid when we have the same color. This mechanic forces us to constant shifting alignment, often mid-jumps which can be challenging. Certain abilities are blocked behind story-important events. Killed enemies and pots drop down coins which can be used to extend health or energy pool.
Graphic, music, bugs: Graphic is simple, and all objects have yellow outlines. With exception for blue / red enemies or blocks / platforms. Music is hardly noticeable. Game is bugless, and only problem is that there is weird delay between pressing jump button and actual jump. Which requires bit of getting used to.
- hordes of zombies to kill
- good implementation of co-op mode, and game is quite hard in SP
- we can kill Hitler
- small bugs, like when enemies get stuck in the ground or objects have bad ragdoll effects
- not many open areas
- it feels that game is dated and made on ancient engine
Story: Hitler was close to be defeated, so he released disease which turned all alive and dead Nazi soldiers into zombies. And they wan to rule the world! We must of course stop them. During story we visit Berlin and some other areas.
Gameplay: Game is similar to Sniper Elite with exception that there are not many glory shots, as it'd be hard to have slow-mo shots in game for 4 players (when other player gets glory shot, other see it as well). Game is quite corridor like, and there is not much incentive to roam around. There are few enemy types, but in the end they all boil down to "shot in the head till it's dead" strategy. There are no mission challenges or optional objectives. We can choose how our character will look like and our weapons at the beginning of mission. No character progression or different abilities sets though.
Graphic, music, bugs: Graphics looks fine, but it is already bit dated. Music is nothing extraordinary. And game is mostly bugless, but there can be bad ragdoll effects of objects and enemies. Plus enemy can get stuck in half-dead state somewhere on the map, which blocks further progress.
I am without PC at the moment, so I can’t play in anything demanding. Even Magicka was working with 20 FPS at my laptop :D So updates will be very smol for some time.
And damn, I don’t understand how people want to have kids. I have enough after 3 weeks of constant screaming :sweatsmile:
RIME ⭐️⭐⭐☆☆Adventure Walking simulator Origin Access Gamepad
11 hours playtime, 24 of 31 achievements (77%)
- really nice art style
- music fit to overall atmosphere
- native DS4 support
- no map in semi-open game
- clunky controls
- camera that sometimes knows better where you want to look
- drops to 20 - 25 FPS
- ending twist that doesn't go well with previous narration
- only one checkpoint at chapter beginning in level selection menu, so hunting for achievements is annoying
- only one automatic save
Story: We start game on an island. Follow red fox, see character in red hood that's always few steps ahead of us. Like if they want to guide us. There are paintings that show us bits of the story, we can find collectible "books" that allow us to learn more. And then game ends with twist that basically negates whole story. It's game where everyone can have different ending, and be sure their version is only proper. So meh. I don't like games with open endings, where nothing in the end is explained as part of the lore.
Gameplay: It's simple platformer with puzzles. When puzzles are fine, don't require weird logic and don't have step learning curve, platformer part is bad. Controls are wonky and sometimes not really responsive, character can have problem to understand we want to jump from the edge instead of move along it etc. On top of that camera can know better where we want to look. Which is annoying. Character can roll, but there is no gameplay-wise reason to do so (no places to crawl through or need to avoid enemies).
Graphic, music, bugs: Art style is nice, but game is poorly optimized. I did comparison last month in my GPU undervolt add-on. ME: Andromeda has way more effects and advanced graphic, and it still never drops to 20 FPS and is less GPU-heavy. RIME can work poorly on GTX 1070 from what I saw in discussion page on Steam. So yeah. You can mess up Unreal 4 game as well, and not only Unity games can be so badly made. Music is fine, fits nicely to changing game atmosphere (and have violin moments, I love violin). On top of that game is bugless, if we don't count poor optimization and random problems with platform detection.
Wuppo ⭐️⭐⭐⭐☆Action Platformer Origin Access Gamepad
14 hours playtime, no achievements
- fluid controls
- well made bosses
- interesting and well thought lore and story
- characters wrote in humorous way
- not best journal
- no ability to sort items in inventory
- not all game mechanics are explained properly, even when we're forced to use them
Story: Our character is thrown away from house (or more like hotel?), as they were lazy and messy. So we're forced to find new home for ourselves. It later turns into "save the world" theme, but it's shown in not so-serious way. So it doesn't feel overly forced or pompous. We learn history of Wuppo land, and facts about creatures that live there. Nothing is overly deep though, but it doesn't need to be in this type of light game.
Gameplay: It's similar to Hollow Knight. We have backstory to push us forward, responsive controls so platforming parts feels well-made, simple boss fights that doesn't require nanoseconds accuracy. Both platforming and boss fights are way simpler in comparison to HK, which makes gameplay less stressful. There is only one annoying boss mid-game that could be designed better. There is a bit of metrovidania touch here. We find objects that are needed to progress plot - like onions to make soup. We collect a lot of objects, and can equip them to use as weapon or costume. They are tied without any restriction to any button on controller we want.
Graphic, music, bugs: Graphic is really simple, but specifically colorful and weirdly happy. Music acts well as background, characters are not voiced but use sims-like blobs / clicks when they talk. Game is bugless, I didn't find anything that would make it hard to play. Only (as I wrote earlier) one boss could be designed bit better, because it's possible to get stuck between it's body parts during the fight.
Orwell - Ignorance is strength ⭐️⭐⭐⭐☆Adventure Simulation Origin Access
6 hours playtime, no achievements
- addition of influencer tool
- story is bit intertwined with events of 1st game
- information added after official day ends (so a bit like in free roam mode) are not marked as "added" next day. They can't also be added again (already in database), so sites are marked as having unread info
- finale with rather not shocking revelation
- characters feel bit less fleshy than they were in previous game
Story: It did feel like story was worse than in previous game. Maybe because I was caring about main suspect from previous game more. In this game our task is to localize double agent, who went missing while spying for other country. It later changes into task to discredit journalist, who wants to put The Nation (so our mother country) in bad light. Of course nothing is simple. People have their backstory, which explains their motives. And it's again strongest point of this game - showing that reality is not black-and-white, and it may be better idea to dig up longer to see someone's motives, instead of acting on 1st bit of info we find.
Gameplay: Just like in previous game we read internet sites, check people phones and PCs to find bits of information. After they are uploaded into Orwell (so big spying program), can lead to other bits thanks to cross-linking. We found that someone met suspect in park? Let's put park address into facebook-like site search, to find photos made there, and see who suspect met with. On top of that we have influencer tool (unlocked near end of the game), which is used to create narrative that's later send into social media. Similar to what trolls on troll farms in Russia and other countries do. It is bit scary, that something we do in game, is happening every day in real world. Where gov departments responsible for propaganda use farms, to send certain narrative into the internet, to create "reality" that's convenient for them.
Graphic, music, bugs: Apart from this "can't mark as read" bug game is bugless. Graphic is basic, but well designed and serve it's purpose well. I do think though developers could use some slider to change interface size. I did feel like a lot of space is wasted for too big buttons, instead of giving more reading / compare space. Music is really ambient, nothing exceptional or memorable.
End of the year 2018 stats:
- Beaten 43 games:
- 1 Uplay game
- 8 Origin games
- 34 Steam games
- Favorite game beaten in 2018: Pillars of the Earth / Ghost of a Tale
- Worst game beaten in 2018: Final Fantasy XIII
- Longest game beaten: Dying Light - 51h
- Shortest game beaten: Tacoma - 3,3h
- In 2017 I’ve beat 60 games - 17 more than in 2018
- 7 of them were HOGs I stopped to play in 2018. Which partially explains worse stats this year
- I started to spend more of my time outside of gaming - work placement, getting driving license, moderating SG, being more social
Seeing that I beat games on Origin and Uplay that I already have (old free copy of AC:4 / games from Origin Access) it’d be pointless to add them on the graph. As I add game to library on Origin, beat it, remove from my Access list. So it’d artificially shrink my backlog and boost my progress.
Winter Sale 2018 update
1. Games I get as gifts.
2. Games I bought myself.
That’s it. I get only 1 game for myself, and 2 as gifts from others. Was thinking about Little Nightmares but even when base game was -70%, complete version had only -60% discount. Wanted to stick to my “no buy if not -75%”, so I did not grab it.
Which is nice, my pile of shame did not grow much, to start making me feel uncomfortable. I’m in place where I no longer feel like I must play games to beat them. But can buy smol game like Valliant Hearts to beat it in 5h and be happy about it.
I have 8 games left to beat on Steam. And I’m quite sure that very last will be Pillars of Eternity. I will need a lot of time for this one xD
I managed to beat most of the games I bought during last 2 big Steam sales. So I also don’t have feeling I bought something just to have it.
Ghost of a Tale ⭐️⭐⭐⭐⭐Adventure Origin Access Gamepad
14 hours playtime, 15 of 20 achievements (75%)
- story focus on "look for our wife", but doesn't feel pushed or cheesy
- lore is really interesting, and doesn't require reading encyclopedia long texts
- this mouse is so cute D:
- game is not linear, we can do any quest in whatever order we want (not counting main quests, they must be done in certain order :P)
- there are more side items on the map than we need to complete quest, so we don't need to frantically look for every single item
- nice metrovidania elements
- easy to read map
- learning curve is really good, so I was never stuck, thinking "what the hell am I supposed to do now" when new mechanic is introduced
- full Dualshock 4 support, so game both don't need DS4Windows running, and have DS4 prompts on the screen
- even when map is easy to read, it lacks information where are passages to other areas
- would be nice to have interactive objects highlight on / off option in game menu. Some places are quite dark, and even with candle it's not possible to see perfectly fine
Really nice game about mouse that must flee prison, to find his wife. Of course nothing can be simple, and we must help other characters to achieve it. Ending sets start of another game really nicely, so I will gladly play in Ghost of a Tale 2, if they will ever release it.
As for gameplay - you get experience for solved quests, which gives more health with every level. Health bar also serves as stamina bar, and is needed for running. When stamina depletes, we must stand still (or sneak around) for it to recover. And it refills only till it hits actual health level. We recover health by eating food. Some quests give ability to learn perks. Like ability to recover stamina faster, drop down without fall damage (from reasonable height), or make guard armor lighter, so we can move around faster. But I would surely not call this game an RPG. More like adventure game with very light RPG elements. And bit of sneaking at the beginning of the game.
We can find pieces of clothes, 5 in total for each set. They unlock certain perks. Like thief set gives a lot immunity towards poison, guard set allows us to walk around rat guards unnoticed. Some sets are required to complete side quests. For example - fool pirate captain that you're also pirate, to get certain item.
Start of the game (before we complete guard set) is focused on sneaking. We use chests, barrels etc to hide when guard walks by, and run to another hiding place when road is clear. Hiding places are also used as saving stations. It's not possible to save game anytime. Guards can kill us when they spot us and hit enough times with weapon. But we simply re-spawn in previous save point, so no gruesome death animations etc. And at the same time we can't attack guards. They are immortal, and all we can do is throw sticks at them to get their attention, or throw bottle on their head, to knock them down for few seconds. Weirdly it never worked for me, so I didn't use sticks or bottles at all.
Overall it's really cute game with interesting characters; without gruesome images, complicated puzzles or hard to understand mechanics. So easy 5 stars for me, I really liked it. Plus it's nice game to play with kids.
Pillars of the Earth ⭐️⭐⭐⭐⭐Adventure Choices matter Origin Access
16 hours playtime, no achievements
- really nice story, where it feels that choices do matter (not "Telltale whatever style" gameplay)
- well written characters
- interesting setting
- well designed UI
- it's always easier for me to find 5 cons for every pros, and I need sometimes think really hard to find some pros in game. But here I really don't see any cons. Huh
Pillars of the Earth is a game adaptation of the book series (there is also TV series). And damn, it's nice. It shows power struggle between gluttonous church and smol-ego "I'm the best" king / Earl. We're thrown between schemes of people way more influential than we are, and we must wiggle our way around them. Game is following book story, so when someone dies in book, they will die in the game as well. But in other places it does feel like we do have impact on the story, it's not telltale style "no matter what you do game will end like that, we will simply kill this characters off-screen later".
Story is shown from few characters perspective, and in some places intertwine. E.g. later in game we have small retrospection, and now-NPC says thing we said when we were controlling it. It's a nice touch. Game has well-made point&click mechanic, with easy to understand logic. So to have water in a bucket, you must use bucket on water. No super complicated and surreal or illogical solutions. (I still remember I had to use cheese on puncher machine, instead of actual punch card... to read certain sequence and open door... what?)
Graphic is nice, characters move in natural way and there is no feeling that they are "floating" above background. There is only this one small thing, as characters have only few "default poses". So you will see the same animation over and over again - like when monk says something, he will use either "open arms" or "cross hands and think" animations. But it's not enough to count it as a cons.
I liked best to play as a monk, as we can either cite bible as responses, or use more "human" approach. So instead of citing bible to answer to "why god abandoned us?!" I could pick "I don't know" option. There is also one character that refuses to talk at the beginning, and is only nodding head or grumbling :hehe:. My type of man!
I will follow Lost.FM suggestion and read books when I have time. It was not possible to fit whole books content into a game, so it focuses on most interesting aspect of church-king-Earl power struggle. But I know that books also talk about architecture and building techniques.
- really nice art style
- fluid controls
- interesting setting and story
- map could be updated with collectibles we already have
It starts slow and really peaceful, for a moment I even thought there are no enemies. Heh. Enemies are present, but are easy to avoid and death is not "scary". We run around, sing to animals so they follow us and help with really easy environmental puzzles. At the end of each section is "main animal" that teaches us their song. After that we don't need to rely on certain animal to move around (bird song opens flowers to give us bombs, lizard song activates flowers that allow us to jump further etc.). In order to hide from enemies character hides in grass bushes.
Nothing is said or written in this game, story is learned by observing environment and discovering monuments with images. Monuments that are most basic are visible along main roads; to find more of them some sidetracking is needed. I disliked AER for just teasing some info about world and then leaving me with pile of unanswered questions. I don't have this feeling when it comes to Fe, so I say even when in both games story is discovered in similar way, Fe does it better. It also has really nice addition - we can find helmets that allow us to see story through enemies perspective. It made story to be way more interesting.
Platformers need good controls, and this game is fine here. Camera also works properly, it doesn't move on it's own to show something important, when I want to look in other direction etc. So in short it's nice platformer with interesting background and child-friendly gameplay.
- F2P game that is not aggressive with monetization, and don't give impression I had to pay to unlock some needed functions (glaring at you Star Wars: The Old Republic)
- good variety of enemies
- as for F2P game story is fine. But nothing extraordinary
- ability to create really diverse classes...
- terrible crafting system with way too much currency items
- awful item drop - you basically never get anything for your own class, I played mostly with Fnord and get tons of wands for his witch, but never found any bow or quiver for myself... used bow that dropped for Fnord around 20th level till end of the tame
- no respec option
- I did feel that maps resets way too early
I do dislike this game. But I know some may like it, as it's not a bad game. Only game that was not made for me.
I could do barely any damage, as I picked wrong perks and abilities early on, and it's not possible to reset character. So I was able to die 3 times, trying to kill one yellow enemy, when Fnord basically just stomped through it without stopping, and it was dead. It does punish people that don't start game with guide, knowing what abilities to choose. You get books that give ability to return perk points. But I ended on 65 level (so I spend 65 points), and through whole game I get like 25 return points? So it's way too little to "fix" broken character.
Same as gems drop (they give actual abilities) is random, and you may invest time to level up gem that turns out to be useless in the end. And it's not possible to level up something fast, when you already invested a lot of time to upgrade "bad" gem from 1st to 10th level. You will start again with gem at 1st level and need to grind to upgrade it. Bonus point for selling all gems you *think* are useless, and then hoping you find them again. As it's not possible to buy many good ones at vendors
I haven't seen worse crafting system in my gaming career. Normally you have 1 - 2 currency types, you buy materials, craft things, upgrade them at blacksmiths and so like. Here you get currency items as enemy drop. And there is like 20 different kinds of it... It's main function is direct crafting. So you can use orb of alchemy to upgrade normal pair of jeans to rare quality, or orb of transmutation to upgrade other normal jeans into magical jeans. But as I wrote earlier items that drop are useless for you, so only thing to do if you're not into trading with other players (like me) is to sell them to vendors... and in return you get bunch of currency items! You want to buy something from vendor - you need specific type of currency item. Like rings can be bought with one kind, and flasks with other. You don't have enough currency items of certain kind to buy something? Exchange other currency items at vendor! But sometimes it's not possible to be done directly. When you have a lot of currency a and not enough currency d, you may have to change currency a to b, then b to c and only c can be exchanged into d. Just ugh.
Story is enough to make you leave camp and kill monsters. But not much more. You basically have to kill one or few gods in every chapter, and as fast as you kill one, another one emerges and you must yet another time save the world!
So... I can't say how combat really is, as my character was utterly borked and I couldn't kill anything reasonably fast for half of the game. As a single player from the bottom of my heart I found crafting to be bollocks (but it will be less or not at all problem for someone that likes to play with others, exchange items, gems and so like). Story was fine enough to make me playing, but flat enough I don't remember much more than go - kill god - return theme. That's why I must give it just 3 stars.
But if you like hack & slash, social aspect and don't want to pay for game - it's easy 4 stars for you and worth playing. And it will surely be better than Diablo: Immortals, even when you all have smartphones most probably :hehe:
- involving story
- some things may look superficial, but have deeper reason or meaning
- characters we interact with are well written and complex
- event that took place in 2011 sets up nice background for whole story
- I get stuck in one sequence for an hour, as guide created by game authors was so bad to explain what you need to do D:
- not everyone must like singing parts that can't be skipped or hurried like rest of dialogues
- no Steam support. No information achievements are unlocked, no native DS4 support. Even using DS4 Windows is wonky, as keys are mapped to different keys than they should be
It's how sequel to To The Moon should look like. Not the thing we get with re-used setting and ideas. We're kid in a hospital. Our mother visits us, and we begin adventure to help other patients on the floor. Through the game we get ability to find special doors that teleport us to alternate world, where we meet other-versions of patients from our floor. That way, by moving between real and magical word, we learn their story and learn how we can help them.
I obviously won't write anything more about story to not spoil it. Game is combat free - so it's perfect for kids. It would be also good medium to poke some deeper topics for older kids - depression for example. There are "enemies" in game, but are mostly stationary, and we simply must watch out to not touch them. Chests found in game contain either story objects, or gold. Gold can be spend on buying items for hospital "fun zone" as side activity, and is needed to buy few main story items.
I don't remember when I was involved enough in a game, to cry a bit when one of the stories ended. So yeah, I think it's well worth playing.
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Aka I'm late with everything, and waited with undervolt for over a year
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-Mass Effect: Andromeda - started with IDLE GPU at 33C and 1000 RPM fans, played game for 10 min, wrote down results
-RIME - played game for an hour at 1,1V with stable GPU temperature and fans RPM, rose voltage to 1,175V to see where temperature will stabilize (took 10 min), wrote down results and went back to 1,1V (took 3 minutes for temps to drop down)
Both on stock and lower voltage GPU 3D Mark Fire Strike benchmark (DX11 test) ends with the same score.
|Game||GPU temperature at 1,175V||GPU temperature at 1,100V||GPU fan RPM at 1,175V||GPU fan RPM at 1,100V||Change of temperature||Change of fan speed|
|Mass Effect: Andromeda||70°C||64°C||1600||1320||6°C / 8,5%||280 RPM / 17,5%|
|RIME||70°C||66°C||1750||1440||4°C / 5,5%||310 RPM / 18,7%|
I moved Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 into beaten category. I think I played enough of it.
I’m close to beat my Steam backlog, but will keep playing games on Origin. EA did add some games I either had on my Steam WL or was interested in to their Access Vault. Samorost 3, RIME, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shotgun, Wuppo, LEGO Batman, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength, the Surge… damn that’s a long list D:
I will also repeat my resolution from last sale, and not buy anything that doesn’t have -75% discount. Worked well last time.
Big thanks to ZephyrusRaine for showing me how to add jump to next post buttons. It will make navigation on profile a bit easier.
I also must cut down length of my summaries, they are way too long >_> But sometimes it feels appropriate to write more :thinking:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag ⭐️⭐⭐☆☆Action Uplay Freebie Gamepad
No idea how long, 29 of 60 achievements (48%)
- naval battles where we control ship are really interesting
- naval minigame - not only it's super slow without ability to turn on auto-combat, it's also not possible to auto repair all your ships. It took me once 25 min to lower danger level on all trade routes from red to green...
- capitalization of words in subtitles in the middle of sentence.. why?
- literally no other content in game than main quests, rest is just copy-pasted filler activity
- upgrading ship is really grindy, as you can't buy iron and wood. But you can sell them for profit... so you have economy where people can sell certain goods, but not buy them. Yay?
- inability to buy more than one hunting good at a time, so it requires a lot of clicking. Funny enough you can buy a lot of ammunition at time. But not hunting goods. You can't also craft few darts at a time
- sorting menu system that cycle between available / acquired / not owned. But when you use available to buy filter, items you already have (or can't afford) are still visible... again why? It makes whole filtering system utterly pointless when you still need to browse through things you already have (or can't afford)
- game is without closure, I literally thought I go to start another quest, not see to credits
- underwater sequences, where sharks patrol area, waiting to kill you.. seriously? I know they had to make underwater a bit dangerous, but repeating this stupid superstition that sharks just swim around, waiting for people to kill them??
- main character is not likable. Well he's not unlikable either. He's so... empty and shallow
- there is only one good sword / pistol set you can get quite early in the game. Rest is visibly inferior, so it's pointless to waste cash to buy it. So you're stuck with yellow menu highlight, indicating there is something to buy. As items don't get de-highlighted when you hover over them. Like they should
- neither Uplay nor game save playing time. I'd say something like that is basic functionality in XXI century
It's fine Ubisoft game, with exactly the same gameplay like in all other Ubisoft games (only non-standard thing is nicely made sea combat). I run around, unlock towers to uncover map (and shitload of pointless collectibles), and sometimes find my way to main story quest. Story is average "pirate wants to become the best pirate", and shallow like a puddle. I wanted to play in Watch Dogs, as it was also free on Uplay. But as I see that AC:1, AC:4, Far Cry 3, FC: Blood Dragon are carbon copy of each other with different guns - I will pass. And most probably won't play in another "main series" Ubisoft game ever. Because games like Child of Light or Valiant Hearts are way better than them.
If you like Ubisoft games - you will like this one as well, as it's more... of the same. If you already played in few Ubisoft games and have enough - don't look here. Naval combat may be nice, but it's not enough to turn this game into something more than.. "generic Ubisoft game".
- interesting and easy puzzles
- some characters speak with rhymes - can be counted as cons for some people
- graphic style is light and pleasant
- light and not complicated humor
- lack of map
- already acquired collectibles are not marked
- bug which made it impossible to get all achievements, due to faulty camera work - after transition from previous level camera is locked at the end
of next level. So it's not possible to move around, as we in fact move character that is not visible - so don't see where are walls, paths and so like
- forced returns to hub area after beating the boss
- combat controls can be wonky, and fights are more annoying than interesting
Some ugly creature steals our ice, and we can't have drink without ice! So we go on adventure to get our ice back. It'd be start of the game summary. Turns out we're inside someone's head, and need to fight their fears in order to bring back normality (and ice). Best thing is that main character doesn't do it because of some higher goal or need to bring order. He does it because it's annoying to leave things as they are. As normally he'd gladly lay down and do nothing.
We solve simple puzzles to progress. For example - there are clouds of poisonous gas, and we need to start fans up to blow them away. It requires starting them in certain order, re-purposing batteries to turn off fans we don't need, and power up platform or other fan we need. So it's nothing demanding, but made well enough to keep me entertained. There are also time-based sequences, but thankfully they are rare.
There is hub area, and 3 routes branching from it, with boss at the end. They must be completed in certain order, as later levels are unlocked when we beat previous boss. And here comes my main problem with this game - after beating boss I'd want to go back to hub area on my own, and collect items I missed along the way. But it's not possible, game automatically kicks us to hub area. And to collect missed things, I'd need to again go all the way to the boss, and then all the way back. As you don't get "magically" teleported to hub area 2nd time. Game should ask if you want to go back to hub area, or stay on level with the boss.
Overall it's fine game, but nothing extraordinary. It does feel like nice game for kids, as puzzles aren't really complicated. But timed sequences or wonky combat in narrow areas could be frustrating for them.
I’ve beaten Ghost of a Tale and it’s so nice game with cute mouse :blobaww: But it will be in November update. I started Pillar of the Earth and playing feels weird, as I did see fragments of TV series. So for example I know who the bad guy is.
I hope I will beat Path of Exile this month, and maybe play Fe. It’s on Origin.
Stats didn’t change since last month, as I played only non-Steam games.
Also it’s exactly 2 years since I joined BLAEO, writing updates every month (1st post at 12.11.2016). It did turn into nice history of my backlog killing progress. I’d like to be able to see profile with pagination though, it may take a lot of time to dug all the way down :D
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration ⭐️⭐⭐⭐☆Action Adventure
37 hours playtime, 81 of 143 achievements (56%)
- nice story that's not based on "oh no I must save my crew" theme like in previous game
- collectibles that feel interesting and not boring to find
- nice and smooth controls in parkour sequences
- mostly bugless apart from some small collision problems
- works well on older PC (i5 4590 + R9 280X)
- tombs are terribly easy and don't pose any challenge at all
- combat is enjoyable, but whole game is focused on it. So it feels more like FPS rather than adventure
- even when parkour is really well done, there are some parts that feels bad - I'm looking on you ice-axe that works like rocket grappling hook
- lack of boss battles (apart from one boss at the very end). I liked those small bosses in TR2013 that were bit more tactic and were introducing new combat mechanics
- DLCs are not really worth paying extra. Most of them are cosmetics that look ridiculous (like full plate armor in Siberian forest, where temps reach -20C), and there are only 2 story DLCs (1h long each)
It's nice parkour / exploration game. It has good combat and collectibles that do fit into setting, so I didn't feel like I'm collecting feathers in Assassin't Creed. Story is more personal than in previous game, so I didn't feel like rookie savior of the world.
But at the same time tombs are super easy and rare, upgrading equipment feels grindy (thankfully there are no microtransactions that allow players to either grind for upgrades or pay and unlock them right away). DLC (and some base game) armors look ridiculous. Half of the Season Pass content is focused on multiplayer skins, bonuses and so like. Story DLC are short and not interesting.
I paid for it (kind of xD) ~8€ so I think it was money well spent. But I wouldn't pay much more. This game has Tomb in the title. And offer no logical/puzzle or tomb part at all.
- nice slasher game
- interesting weapons and glory kills
- various enemies
- story is meh. But it's slasher and I didn't expect it to be any good
- bugs that forced me to replay sections, as scripts didn't fire up. So I was left on empty map without NPCs starting to talk with me etc.
- sadly enemy AI is not spot-on, and they can for example get stuck, looking at wall till we approach them
- completely corridor level design
I have very vague knowledge about Warhammer universe, so most of the things that were happening in game were out of context. But apart from that it's nice slasher. Sadly there is not much more to say about this game. I will try later to play a bit in multiplayer.
- really nice fast paced shooter
- rune mechanic which allows to personalize gameplay a bit
- maps are semi-open, so it doesn't feel like corridor shooter
- works well on older PC (i5 4590 + R9 280X)
- problems with Steam Overlay
- only one checkpoint without auto save, so corrupted save can mean having to replay game
- ammo is overflowing the screen, so it doesn't give any kind of strategy approach
- boss fights are predictable and easy
- map controls could be made better
- ability to turn off gore etc for people that don't want to see swimming pools of blood
I played in Doom 2003 and liked this horror atmosphere. And I thought this game will be similar. Thankfully I saw before playing that it's not horror game, but fast paced FPS. So I wasn't surprised / disappointed.
Apart from that it's nice fast paced shooter with fine plot. Nothing amazing though, just enough to justify slaughter. Many people say that music is spot-on... well I don't care much about music in games. So I can't say anything about it. But it surely wasn't not fit for this type of game. So it's fine?... I guess.
Multiplayer is nice and fast paced, level creator in MP mode is terrible and obviously created for console users. But downsides aren't big or important, so it's still really good game.
I have few games more to beat on Steam, but I will move now to play in games on Uplay and Origin. Right now I’m in the middle of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. And it’s the same like any other Ubisoft game… climb tower, uncover crapload of items to collect, maybe progress plot, close to none side missions. So I think I will skip AC:3 and Watch Dogs that I also get for free on Uplay. And focus on games I have on Origin thanks to Origin Access.