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Hi! 🙋 My name is Stefani and I’m slowly tackling my backlog. I enjoy mostly story driven games, especially ones with choices.

If anyone is interested in playing multiplayer games with me I have a list of online multiplayer games.


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Games Beaten in 2019

Games Beaten in 2018

Games Beaten in 2017
 


Steam stats

Total Games: 815 games
Beaten: 242 games
Completed: 72 games
Won’t Play: 212 games
Games left: 289 games
(Last updated 12/31/19)

Blaeo Stats

Joined: December 2016


End of March Update!

This update is a little early, but I don’t see myself making another big update until next month. My job is closed down so the only upside is that I got to play some wonderful games.
 

Eliza

7 hours, 0 of 1 achievements
4/5 recommended on sale

Eliza is a visual novel with choices. Mostly dialogue choices although you get a couple of real choices mixed in. There are no branching paths, but there are multiple endings. It follows a woman named Evelyn, who helped create an A.I counseling program named Eliza.

Without going into spoilers, the game has very good themes and messages, but never feels preachy or overbearing. It makes you think about how technology affect our lives, and what makes us happy as human beings. The game has great dialogue and surprisingly believable voice acting.

I thought all the characters were well done, especially the main character. Every one's goals and intentions were well explained and the story kept you engrossed .

It's not game of the year or anything, but Eliza is one of those niche hidden gems that's worth a play. It tackles topics we all think about,, and it's entertaining. If you're interested in games about technology, human emotions, or just thought provoking topics, then I highly suggest you give Eliza and chance. It may be steep on sale for the hours put in, so Id def recommend it on sale.

(Also I did not get the one achievement because I have no idea how to play solitaire :P)


Underhero

17 hours, 36 of 44 achievements
4/5 recommended full price or on sale

Underhero is a sidescroller rpg that feels like an old gamecube game… and I definitely mean that as a compliment, I loved the gamecube :P
It compares itself to Paper Mario. I get the comparison somewhat, but it's definitely it's own thing.

In Underhero, the hero has failed his mission and a minion takes his place. Then you go on an adventure to get stronger and defeat the main villain himself.

First things first, I loved the quirky characters and atmosphere. The whole game is charming and that's what makes it feel like an old Nintendo game. The art looks really nice and the story is fun. The fact that you're an underling doesn't come into play as much as I hoped. I mean, your pretty much a good guy from the start. It would have been cool to see some character progression, but it's more of a fun concept. The main appeal is the gameplay and the nostalgic feeling you get from playing.

The gameplay is turned based but at the same time… not. You and the enemy have a stamina bar and you use stamina to attack, dodge, or block. You don't wait turns, but you also strategically plan out your attack and blocks.

The game can be rough at times. There are a couple maze like levels that aren't fun. Sometimes it's hard to tell what you can land on and what you can't and the pacing felt a little off at times. A few times I thought I was at the end, but I wasn't. The length was good, but it felt like it had to many false endings, if that makes sense.

Overall, it may have some issues but I've really missed this style of gaming. I miss the charm, the quirky characters, the platformers rpgs that have a lot to offer. If you did like games like paper mario, this won't be the next big thing, but it will scratch that itch somewhat.

For the fun I had plus the time spent playing I'd recommend this full price or on sale. Now please put Paper Mario 1 and 2 on PC!


Dead In Vinland

40 hours, 32 of 50 achievements
3 (maybe 4)/5 recommended on sale (or full price if you're a challenge addict :P)

oh man. When I put this many hours into a game I usually want to write a novel of a review. I'll try to keep this short for your guys sanity. Dead in Vinland is a good game that has great ideas and actual fun dialogue and characters, but it has so many flaws on top of it.

I'm awful as survival strategy games but I enjoyed Dead in Bermuda (which also had some flaws) so I gave this a shot. Dead in Vinland is better in pretty much every way, but that just makes the flaws more noticeable.

First of all, I really enjoyed the characters. I liked that you could change the dialogue and scenes by making them like or hate eachother. I liked the difference choices. Things change depending on how you level them up. Kari was my favorite. I also love how you can let them have relationships. The dialogue and the story was intriguing to me. I love slowly unlocking story, it makes continuing the game more exciting.

You can also add people to your camp. Being able to choose who to add, makes it even more fun and better for replayability. The survival part was also fun to a point. You can craft better things for your camp, upgrade your camp, get resources, grow or hunt food, etc. There is a lot of choices on how you want to survive on your camp. The survival part is pretty big and even though I played on easy, it was hard to make some tough choices.

Now to the negatives. The survival part was fun, but felt unbalanced a lot. The game was just way to hard. I know I said I'm bad at this, but it's incredibly hard. I know a lot of people are into a challenge, but I want to warn everyone going in, even on the easy setting, it gets impossible at points. The game can easily go to like day 140 before you beat it so be prepared for a long challenge.

Some things feel really unbalanced. One example, is that if your fire runs out you need tinder. Tinder is super rare and you need to explore to get it. You need to explore waaaay far down the map which could take you like a long time to get there. You can't explore without water. You cant get water without fire. You see where I'm getting at…
Cant get water w/out fire. Can't get fire w/out tinder. Can't get tinder w/out exploring. Can't explore w/out water.

There's a lot of problems like that, but luckily you can reload saves, which is a life-saver. Another thing is the pacing. It feels like they really wanted to make a long game so they make the winning objective annoying. It's like, bring these things to this person. Then when you do it, it makes you do it again, then it makes you do it again, then it makes you do it again. No indication when it will stop. I also did the first winning objective before the other which ended the game and I had to redo both objectives by reloading. Could just be my stupidity, but I wish they had made it more clear that the game would end after you did one of the winning goals over the other.

but enough of my ranting, it's actually a fun games if you go in expecting a long challenge. The characters were fun, the different events were fun, the surviving (for the most part) was well done. I bought the dog DLC which helped a lot. Plus I had a dog so win.

Overall, I'd recommend this on sale due to it being aggravating. But if you loooove a challenge, then buy it full price, it sure it long enough to justify it. And I think there are even more modes like endless mode that I didn't even attempt.


Steins Gate

30 hours, 33 of 42 achievements
4.5/5 Recommended full price

Steins Gate is going to be weird to write about because I almost didn't recommend it at all. I almost stopped playing because of how bored I was. It might just be my pickiness with VN's, but the game starts out soooo slow. Like 6 hours in, I was like, please let something happen. I didn't really care for the characters and I also didn't care for all the references. The characters use a lot of anime and nerdy Japanese reference, which I actually liked at first because it felt more realistic. But I had to go into the list and look up what something meant every two seconds which kind of took me out of it :/

But that was just my initial reaction. At a point in the game, things really start to pick up. The characters grow, the story takes a very entertaining turn and the pacing feels so much better. That's when I fell in love with the game. I don't want to spoil much so I'll just say: art, fantastic. Loved the style. Music, also great. Wish they had more songs but I loved what it had. Characters were very likable after a certain amount of time. The main character himself goes through some very good development. I didn't dislike any of the characters.

The story telling (although it had some pacing issues) it was thought-provoking, emotional, and just smart. I loved how the went into the science of it all and really gave lore to the story. It wasn't just like "It works how we say it does, just deal with it." It actually explained how everything is happening and the science behind it all.

I don't like when I have to use a guide for VN's but in this one you most likely do. I got most of the endings on my own butI did have to use a guide to get the true ending. It's one of those where I think it's almost impossible without one. You have to make exact correct choices in a row, when it's a really a random guess which ones are right. I loooved the true ending though.
surprisingly all the endings were good and thought out. They weren't just tacked on. They were all fairly long and felt like a real ending to a game.
I was impressed by how they handled each separate ending, even if they weren't the intended one.

Overall, I recommend Steins Gate on or off sale. If you are playing it, I encourage you to push through it if you are bored. It does pick up. It's emotional, interesting, somehow original even though its a very unoriginal topic. It's worth a try!


Next Time

Here’s some games I plan to play next!

  • Life is Strange 2

    5 hours playtime

    5 of 46 achievements

  • Super Bit Blaster XL

    59 minutes playtime

    10 of 17 achievements

  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy / 逆転裁判123 成歩堂セレクション

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 30 achievements

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 37 achievements

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Mid-February Update!

Well it’s been a good minute since I actually beat a game, but I’m getting back on track! It’s been a good month. My anniversary with my boyfriend just passed and my birthday is coming up. So I decided to celebrate by playing some games I’ve been looking forward to. I also beat Breath of the Wild on the Switch, which took most of my time. I won’t review it cause it’s not on steam, but it’s really good. If you’re interested then of course play it!
 

Disco Elysium

35 hours, 12 of 24 achievements
5/5 recommended full price

Man I love rpgs that let me make my own choices and explore at my own will. Disco Elysium is no exception.

Disco Elysium is a heavy text based rpg (no combat) where you play a detective who must use your skills to solve a murder. Along the way you'll meet a lot of interesting people with a lot of detailed lore of this alternate world.

First things first, Disco Elysium is heavy on skills. By investing in these skills (which are more like personality traits), you can totally create the detective you want. You want to be goofy, serious, crazy, strong, smart, an addict, a jerk, a saint, etc. You name it, you can be it. Combine skills and traits and you you're detective will never be like another persons. Personally I went the boring route and made an eccentric but smart detective who is trying to redeem his past actions.

Unlike most rpgs where you want to spend your skills right away, Disco elysium rewards you for holding on to your skills. If you fail skill checks that let you progress through the story, side missions, or overall details, you can upgrade that skill and try again. Holding onto your skills to pass the white checks is the best move.

The game also has fantastic characters, especially your partner who is with you for most of the game. I won't go into any detail with the story or characters to avoid spoilers. There are so many ways the story can go so multiple playthroughs are probably encouraged, although I'm going to stick to my one playthrough for now.

Disco Elysium is VERY text heavy so keep that in mind. If you get bored reading for endless hours, it might not be for you. There is no real combat so it's mostly making choices, doing detective work and reading. Lots of reading. If you love amazingly written and rich detailed dialogue and worlds, then you will definitely enjoy the game. The game rewards weird and obscure dialogue and choices, and the writing reflects on that.

There's nothing else I can say without spoilers. The game isn't perfect but its better then a lot of AA games I've played lately. It's very impressive for the people that made it. If you enjoy text heavy, choice-based rpgs then Disco Elysium is a no-brainer! I recommend it on sale or full price.


Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.7 Minagoroshi

10 hours, 14 of 14 achievements
4/5 recommended full price

Here we are at the seventh chapter in this crazy series. If you've made it this far, you know what to expect. If you haven't, then I'll still keep this review vague.

Ch 7 Is another answer arc and this chapter provides more answers then we've seen so far. It mostly follows Rika Ferude's point of view. Before this chapter, chapter 3 was my favorite story of the series. This chapter is similar but enhances it in every way. This is by far my new favorite chapter.

Minagoroshi gives us great character development, emotional moments, and a lot of long awaited answers. It makes it to my favorite game list along with Disco Elysium.

Apparently there is only one more game in the series, so let's hope it ends on a high note!

If you've played this far then it's an easy recommendation full price. If you haven't, then I'd start with the first one of course. It has a slow and boring start, but keep going and you'll get invested.


starting the game

.30 hours, 18 of 18 achievements
2.5/5 recommended on sale

So there's no much to say about this one. It's cheap so I don't want to be too harsh. It's about 15-30 minutes of "random LOL" humor. It def reminded me of the early 2000s. There's not much to the game other then random (pretty cringy) humor. if you like achievements, I got them all without trying so it's easy.

It's about the price of a mcdonalds hamburger… so you can get this or a hamburger.


Next Time

here’s some games I (might) be playing next time. If you have any recommendations for which one to play next then let me know!

  • Life is Strange 2

    5 hours playtime

    5 of 46 achievements

  • Analogue: A Hate Story

    57 minutes playtime

    0 of 14 achievements

  • One Finger Death Punch 2

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 63 achievements

  • Starbound

    3 hours playtime

    2 of 51 achievements

  • Sonic Mania

    88 minutes playtime

    1 of 18 achievements

  • Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 72 achievements

  • Bug Fables

    4 hours playtime

    1 of 30 achievements

2019 Wrap Up!

A lot of things happened this year which is both good and bad. Good, because now I have more things happening in my real life, bad because my backlog is taking a big hit! In 2017 I beat 115 games. In 2018 I beat 67 games. This year it continued to decline with 42 games beat.

Here are my End of the Year stats!

Top Five Games Beaten This Year! (not in a specific order)

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  • Portal 2

    25 hours playtime

    25 of 51 achievements

  • Rogue Legacy

    idk played offline

    8 of 29 achievements

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  • Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.3 Tatarigoroshi

    14 hours playtime

    16 of 16 achievements

  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

    31 hours playtime

    11 of 38 achievements

  • The House in Fata Morgana

    30 hours playtime

    13 of 16 achievements

Portal 2 was a no brainer. The puzzles were well done, I loved the humor and characters, and the co-op was a lot of fun! Rogue Legacy is on the list because I am not a fan of rogue-lites but it warmed its way into my heart. When my computer was broken, it was the only game I could really play, and after playing enough to be able to beat foes, I was hooked! The next three are a surprise to me. I have trouble getting into VN’s but these three were fantastic. The entire Higurashi and Danganronpa series (haven’t played 3 yet) are in the top. Loved them both for seperate reasons. Then The House of Fate Morgana, because of course, its also fantastic!


Most Hours played in a game this Year

Hidden Gems I didn’t expect to be so good

Favorite BLAEO theme this year

I admittedly wasn’t very good with themes this year. My favorite though, was definitely Popularity Contest, Unfinished Business and of course SCREAM


Final Thoughts

Overall 2019 had it’s ups and downs like every year. I didnt beat a lot of games, but the ones I did were actually really good. I couldn’t even find enough games to make a “worst games” list. I had a lot of fun reading all your reviews and I can’t believe I’ve been on this site since 2017! I’m so glad I joined this group and I hope you guys have an amazing New Year!

November - December Update!

I haven’t done a lot of gaming due to work, holidays, etc, so here’s a small post of my (small) progress.
 

Bioshock 2: Remastered

9 hours, 24 of 53 achievements

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I really enjoyed Bioshock 1 and Infinite so I was really nervous to play this one because I've heard bad things about it.
I agree it's not as good as the first one, but I actually enjoyed Bioshock 2 and I think it improved on a lot of things.

The story is not as good. I love Bioshock for its story and lore so I was a little disappointed in that category. There are still plenty of tapes and the lore does continue on, but the main storyline was kind of shallow.

The gameplay was improved in a lot of ways though. I haven't played the first one in a while, but the sequel feels more smooth, especially when using your abilities. I like all the different abilities and how they were incorporated into the game. It just feels cooler to string the abilities together now. The little sister harvest segments were neat, but after a while it got tedious. I did like that it explored the Little Sisters more so I could understand what they were and how they act.

The choices were pretty straightforward like the first game. There was one that just didn't make sense to me, so when I thought I was doing the good choice it was actually the bad one. I like that there are more then two endings now.

Overall, I didn't like it as much as Bioshock 1, or infinite but I still really enjoyed it. I will always agree to take a trip down to rapture (or any other setting these wonderfully creative games give us). I heard there is another game being announced so I'm very excited!

I didn't have any issues with this remaster or the first one. I know a lot of people are having crashes but I personally had no crashes or bugs. I recommend this game (or the original non-remastered) on sale or full price!


The Haunted Island, A Frog Detective Game

1 hours, 5 of 6 achievements

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This is a cute little game that will take you about an hour to beat. You play as a frog detective who must investigate the mysterious noises on a "haunted" island.

The gameplay is basic, You speak to someone who needs an item. You speak to someone else who gives you the item, then you give the first peron that item. Repeat a few times and tada! The gameplay is basic but Frog Detective does have a lot of charm.
The dialogue is cute and funny. The game can be enjoyed by kids and adults.

There isn't much to say about Frog Detective. I saw that they just released a sequel so I wish them luck. It's not a great game, it's pretty average actually. But for the price of a McDonald's meal, it's not a bad deal!


Up Next

These are the games I plan on buying before the sale ends, so I’ll be playing some of these next!

  • Bug Fables
    Bug Fables

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Intralism
    Intralism

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Graveyard Keeper
    Graveyard Keeper

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Life Is Strange 2
    Life Is Strange 2

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Dying Light
    Dying Light

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

End of October Update!

 

The House in Fata Morgana

30.3 hours, 13 of 16 achievements

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So I've heard so much about this game from users like Giselle and tsupertsundere. I decided to fork over the $25 and see what all the fuss was about. This is definitely one of the best (if not the best) visual novels I've played!

The House of Fata Morgana is a visual novel about a mysterious house and the people throughout time that had lived in it. In every story, there is a white-haired girl connected to it all.

At first, it took me a while to get into the game because of it's really dark tone. I like a mix of happy and sad, and most of this is very sad. About halfway through it really clicked with me and I enjoyed the story so much I couldn't put it down. The tone is somber, but it really needs to be for the story to have the impact that it does by the end.

I really don't have anything negative to say since I loved most everything about the game. One of my favorite things was music. Most (if not all) of the music is original to the game, and it's just sooo good.
It sets the tone perfectly and sticks in your head long after you logged off. The art is also spectacular. Probably the best art I've seen in a visual novel so far.

The writing is fantastic and so is each and every character. Fata Morgana has some great character development and constantly keeps you guessing on character motivations.

Overall, this is a great visual novel and I recommend it if you enjoy reading VN's. I liked the second half better than the first half, but both fit together to create a satisfying ending, and story overall.

I still have to get some achievements. (I'm missing some endings and I have to replay the game. I'm not sure if there is any changes from the first to the second playthrough.) but finishing this will be next on my "to do" list. Also CAREFUL WITH SPOILERS. I just realized my screenshots are no longer censored so don't click if you haven't played!


Speed Dating for Ghosts

2.1 hours, 6 of 6 achievements

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Speed Dating for Ghosts is a goofy little VN where you are a ghost trying to date other ghosts. It's a cute game and had some sweet moments, but it's a little short and lacking for it's price.

You start by picking one of the three rooms. Each room has three ghosts you can speed date and talk too. By the end you can choose which ghost to go on a real date with. Then you get a short date scene. The characters were quirky, the little storylines were interesting and overall It's a charming game.

It's also easy to get the achievements for all you achievement hunters out there!

Not sure If I'd recommend this full price but I got it on sale ($2) and it was well worth it!


Kingdom Come: Deliverance

60 hours, 18 of 82 achievements

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TL;DR at the bottom :P

I LOVE medieval and/or fantasy RPG's. That's why Dragon Age Origins and Witcher 3 are two of my favorite games. So when Kingdom Come went on Sale for $15, I just had to grab it. Yes, this game has a lot of flaws, but I had a lot of fun with it.

In Kingdom Come: Deliverance, you play as a blacksmith's son named Henry. Tragedy forces Henry to leave his home and go on a quest for revenge.
Keep in mind there are no fantasy or magic elements in the game, it's a more realistic take on the time period.

There is a lot to unpack with this game (and every long RPG, really) so sorry if my review is crazy. I had a long day and can't keep my thoughts straight :P

First of all, the game is buggy. From what I read it used to be much much worse. Game breaking even. It's not nearly that bad anymore and I never had a glitch that I had to fix to continue. There is a side mission I had to pass on because of a bug though, and that angered me a bit. Other than that it's just the usual small stuff, like clipping… or my horse getting stuck in a tree again.

The combat is also a divisive topic. I wasn't a huge fan, although I liked what they were going for. It's basically a realistic type of combat where you have to learn when and where to hit and dodge. It's fairly difficult and I never actually learned how to do it correctly. I just bypassed not knowing how to fight with other abilities or taking alternate routes. It's not that it's bad… just different.

Speaking of alternate routes, that's probably my favorite thing about Kingdom Come. The game doesn't really explain well, but you have several different ways you can do each mission. Every time I could not do something or I was really bad at a gameplay mechanic, I had another way I could approach the problem. I loved the freedom and never felt trapped during any of the missions.

Kingdom Come does have a terrible tutorial and slow beginning though. I had to google a lot (which breaks immersion) and I didn't enjoy the game until I started to understand how it worked. Also it takes a bit for you to get to the fun parts, but long rpg's can sometimes have a slow burn.

I did really enjoy the characters and setting. The map was fairly large and I've already stated I love a medieval setting. The characters were likable. Henry (the main character) is probably the most boring out of everyone. He gets more likable throughout but he isn't a stand out character for sure. I loved other characters like Capon, Radzig, Teresa, and the priest. The graphics also nice and there were a lot of fun places to explore.

The game does have a survival mechanic as well as a day/night mechanic. The survival part is very easy, so don't be persuaded if you are bad at survival. There is food found everywhere and a bed given to you fairly quickly. The only thing I didn't like is a lack of tutorial (like mentioned earlier) I kept dying for so long before I realized I was eating bad food. Once you unlock some skills though it makes the survival part a peice of cake. I don't know if the survival gameplay was necessary, but I didn't hate it. I did love the day and night cycle though. Doing a mission during the day or doing it during the night can lead to very different results and I thought that was really neat.

As far as the missions go, I thought they were done well. Some side missions were hilarious and the highlight of the game. With so many different routes to take, you can do missions several different ways.

The last thing I'l say is that the ending was lackluster.It ends with a second game in mind, and if a second game isn't made, it'll feel like a huge waste. The game ends very abruptly and I was pretty disappointed. I hope they make a sequel!

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is fun, but unpolished. It sometimes feels like a AAA games but most other times, like an amitious indie game. It's no Witcher 3, but… that's okay. The game is it's own thing, and I enjoyed it a lot. it's hard to say if it's worth the full price. I really love games like this, but it is buggy and lacking at times. I think it's definitely worth it on sale though, and I would have been fine paying full price. Kingdom Come has a lot in it, and I think the devs really enjoyed making it.

(I just realized I wrote a novel of a review and it's all over the place, so here's a quick TL;DR)

TL:DR

PROS:

  • realistic medieval setting
  • likable characters and story(for the most part)
  • many alternate ways to do missions and make choices
  • graphics are nice
  • day/night cycle
  • some hilarious side missions depending on what routes you take
  • choices matter (although it ends the same)

CONS:

  • bugs
  • feels unpolished at times and sometimes has wonky animations
  • Henry can be boring
  • tutorial is lacking and a lot is not explained.
  • the survival aspect is not bad, but not necessary.
    -the ending


Next Time

  • DOOM

    2 hours playtime

    1 of 54 achievements

  • Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy

    4 hours playtime

    10 of 105 achievements

  • Bye-Bye, Wacky Planet

    2 hours playtime

    0 of 23 achievements

  • The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 6 achievements

End of September Update!

 

A Short Hike

2.1 hours, 4 of 8 achievements
4/5

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I've been playing some bigs games so I haven't done much this month. I did beat a "Challenge Me" game, and I really enjoyed this one. So thanks for the pick, Samwise84!

A Short Hike is relaxing, cute and all-around enjoyable. You play as a bird hiking to reach the top of a mountain. Along the way, you can do tasks, collect feathers, etc. Collecting feathers is the main objective because you need them to climb up the mountain. You'll also find a lot of fun activities on the way.

I enjoy the pixel graphics, the characters were nice, plus the soundtrack was also fun and relaxing. It felt like the perfect length and I enjoyed the fact that you could move at your own pace.

If you are into short and relaxing games, then I highly recommend this one. I'm not an achievement hunter so I didn't find everything, but the achievements are very doable and won't take long to get!


Next Time:

I’ve got these games on my mind, but next month is also October so I’ll be adding some horror games to the mix down the line!

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  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    34 hours playtime

    11 of 82 achievements

  • The House in Fata Morgana

    9 hours playtime

    3 of 16 achievements

  • Yakuza 0

    17 hours playtime

    7 of 55 achievements

End of the Month Stats:

Games beaten this month: Quantum Break, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, 60 Seconds Reatomized, Kind Words, A Short Hike.
Least favorite game this month: 60 Seconds
Most Exciting New Edition: The House of Fata Morgana
Biggest disappointment: Quantum Break (but still enjoyable!)
Biggest surprise: Kind Words, A Short Hike.

Favorite Game this Month: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair! 🎉

Mid September Update!

 

Quantum Break

11.5 hours, 27 of 42 achievements
3.5/5

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Quantum Break is a game where you get the ability to control and manipulate time. You play Jack Joyce, who must use his new time abilities to stop time itself from being destroyed.

There are things I liked and things I didn't. I thought the different time abilities were pretty neat and well balanced. you can upgrade them and combine abilities to make the combat more interesting. If you don't use any abilities, it becomes the standard cover shooter.
I wish the enemies were more varied. Some enemies had the ability to zap around quickly, but I wanted them to introduce more powered enemies throughout the game.

The story was pretty good. The main character felt a little bland and I didn't really connect to him, but I enjoyed some other characters in the game. The story isn't amazing but if you enjoy time-traveling tropes then you'll probably like it. I wasn't a big fan of the ending though.

The biggest gimmick of the game is the choices and live-action segments. I thought overall, it was pretty neat. There is only one choice per chapter and it doesn't change the whole game or ending. It does change small details and a scene or two from the live-action parts. The acting was good and the story was engaging so I think it was a successful game/show hybrid.

I enjoy Remedy games overall. I liked Max Payne and Alan Wake. Quantum Break fell a little short of my expectations, but I still enjoyed it. I'd recommend it on sale, or full price if you really think it's your type of thing!


Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

32.5 hours, 15 of 47 achievements
5/5

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Danganronpa 2 is even longer and crazier than the first one. I can't tell which one I like more but I loved them both a lot. I enjoyed the first game because I didn't know what to expect and it was wacky and weird while grounded by realistic themes. This game is just bonkers. It actually does make sense when you finish the game though.

This game introduces new characters and a new story but still has the detective parts. I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the new locations. I thought the cases were really well done. One, in particular, shocked me a lot.

The game added a lot of extra things like a Tamagotchi like pet, a leveling up system, and some other extra editions. Also, a lot of extra bonus things after you finish the game (that I still have to complete).

I want to keep this vague, but if you enjoyed Danganronpa 1 I think you'll really enjoy 2 and it is worth it on sale and full price. It takes some time getting into but it's worth it when it picks up. I especially enjoyed the ending. I will be buying the third game in a couple of days so I hope it's just as good!


60 Seconds! Reatomized

3 hours, 16 of 60 achievements
3/5

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60 Seconds! Reatomized just showed up in my library one day and I was really confused. Turns out it's an updated version of 60 seconds I got for free for owning the original one. I really respect when devs will give away a better and updated version of their game for free.

Anyway 60 seconds! Reatomized is definitely an improvement from the original game. I only played the survival again (because my boyfriend is using the good computer that can run the scavenger part) but that's really the only part that's heavily updated anyway.

The improvements I noticed right away was; the graphics were better, the rations were portioned better, and there were new events and art added. The menu is also different along with the book you use during the survival portion. Also, now when everyone leaves the shelter it's not an instant game over. That bothered me a lot in the first one so I was very happy to see that changed. I'm sure there are some little changes I didn't mention but overall it's much improved.

Sadly, even with the update I still felt a little bored playing and it didn't make me want to replay the game again several times. Overall 60 seconds is average at best (imo) and it's just not for me. If you are interested though then I definitely recommend picking up this version instead of the original since it doesn't remove any features and just adds a lot of better ones.


Kind Words

5.6 hours, no achievements
4/5

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I saw Kind Words and thought it looked really cute. Then after a particularly bad day I wanted to try something wholesome so I went ahead and bought it. Definitely no regrets.

Kind Words is less of a game and more of a wholesome letter-writing experiment. The game plays relaxing music while your character sits in a room. Then you have the option to write letters or respond to them. These letters are written by real people with problems or insecurities. You can then reply to people anonymously and try to cheer them up, or you can write out your own problems and have people anonymously reply to you. You can also send out paper airplanes with messages on them that float around the room and reach everyone who is playing.

If someone replies to your letter, you cannot reply back to them, but you can send a sticker as thanks. There are like 8 stickers you can collect in total that add items you can use to decorate your room.

Since it's not really a game, there isn't much to do, but it's nice to pop in and read the nice letters or paper airplanes or write to some people who are feeling down. Surprisingly I've seen no trolls so far. There is a report button and devs have most likely been on top of it. Plus it helps that everything is anonymous and you can't reply to letters back and forth.

Overall I'd recommend Kind Words if you are feeling down or if you want to help others who are feeling down. Or if you just want to relax to chill music and read the paper airplanes as they fly by.


Next Time:

I have a lot of big games to look forward too. Here are the games I’m working on next.

  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    16 hours playtime

    6 of 82 achievements

  • Yakuza 0

    17 hours playtime

    7 of 55 achievements

  • DOOM

    25 minutes playtime

    0 of 54 achievements

  • A Short Hike

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 8 achievements

End of August Update!

 

Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.5 Meakashi

10.2 hours, 16 of 16 achievements
4/5

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Higurashi CH. 5 is the first answer arc in the series. It answers what happened in Ch. 2: Watanagashi.

Without spoilers, I'll say that it exactly what I wanted from an answer arc. It answered most questions, it was exciting, and it made Shion a much more interesting character. So far this is my second favorite game of the series, right behind Ch. 3.


Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.6 Tsumihoroboshi

11.4 hours, 15 of 15 achievements
3.5/5?

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This is the second answer arc in the series. I have mixed feelings about this one. I think the writing is still great, but it has a different feel to it. Tsumihoroboshi centers mostly around Rena (my favorite of the group) and is kind of the answer arc to chapter 1. I enjoyed Rena's POV and how the game escalates, but it felt weak in some parts.
I'm really not sure how I feel about the explanation for chapter 1. In some ways, it made chapter 1 less exciting and I didn't quite understand all of it. I know that there is more to the mystery though, so it's no big deal.

I'll have to replay this one to give a final verdict but overall it's written very well and fits fine into the series!


Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

31.4 hours, 11 of 38 achievements
5/5

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This was one of the games I beat for PoP. I bought this during a sale based on positive reviews and went into it completely blind.

I really loved this game! I had no idea what the plot was, but once it got started, I couldn't stop playing! I enjoyed the story and how story-heavy the game was. The characters were interesting and so was the villain. I also like VN's where you can interact with things. In this game, you can investigate, talk to people, give gifts, etc.
The animations looked so nice and so does the art. The voice acting was also pretty good.

If I had to throw some negatives out there, I wish the gift-giving did more then just earn skills. I also hated the bullet time battle and some aspects of the court cases weren't great.

Overall, the game was great. I'd recommend going in with little to no info (even though it's a well-known game). I liked most everything about it, but the story is what surprised me the most. I didn't expect it to be so in-depth.

I'm definitely adding this onto my favorite games list


Little Nightmares

4.0 hours, 7 of 22 achievements
4/5

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I also played this game for PoP. Little Nightmares is a horror platformer where you play a child trying to escape on a ship while trying to avoid being captured and eaten.

Little Nightmares reminded me of the game "Inside." Both are eerie platformers that involve easy puzzle-solving and avoiding dangerous situations. I liked Little Nightmares slightly better though. I enjoyed the design of the characters and the locations. The gameplay and controls felt smooth and rewarding. It really captures the feeling of being small in a big world.

I was so busy being spooked I didn't quite understand the story until I read it online. I really enjoyed it afterwards though. If you like atmospheric platformers then I'd definitely recommend this one. Preferably on sale, because it is pretty short.


The First Tree

1.4 hours, 5 of 14 achievements
3/5

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The first tree is a walking simulator where you play a fox who is looking for her cups. Meanwhile, a (human) narrator is telling his wife his regrets and memories he had with his deceased father.

Overall, I thought this game was okay. It's very pretty and it has collectibles around to learn more about the narrator's father and his overall life. The voice acting is passable and the story can be relatable to anyone who has regrets or has felt a personal loss.

The game just didn't hit me on a deep enough level. I didn't feel motivated enough to find the collectibles so overall it was just an "okay" experience. I did like a few moments in there but overall I'd only recommend it on sale.



 

Next Time:

Here are some games that I plan on tackling next!

  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

    2 hours playtime

    1 of 47 achievements

  • Slay the Spire

    16 hours playtime

    6 of 44 achievements

  • Quantum Break

    4 hours playtime

    13 of 42 achievements

  • Yakuza 0

    16 hours playtime

    7 of 55 achievements

  • Tower Unite

    48 hours playtime

    41 of 362 achievements

  • 60 Seconds! Reatomized

    2 hours playtime

    15 of 60 achievements

  • BioShock 2 Remastered

    4 hours playtime

    6 of 53 achievements

  • Analogue: A Hate Story

    8 minutes playtime

    0 of 14 achievements

  • DOOM
    DOOM

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 54 achievements

 

End of the Month Stats:

Games beaten this month: The Hex, The Walking Dead: Final Season, Higurashi Ch 5. Meakashi, Higurashi Ch 6. Tsumihoroboshi, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Little Nightmares, The First Tree.
Least favorite game this month: The First Tree
Most Exciting New Edition: DOOM
Biggest disappointment: The First Tree
Biggest surprise: Danganronpa

Favorite Game this Month: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc! 🎉

Mid August update!

The Hex

7.5 hours, 8 of 28 achievements
4/5

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The Hex is the second game created by Daniel Mullins. In the Hex, you play six different video game protagonists as you figure out more about their game and story.

The Hex has some of the meta gameplay/humor that Pony Island had, but it's a very different game overall. It feels like a tribute to video games and the different game genres. I really don't want to say much because it's better to play blind, but if you liked Pony Island or if this type of game appeals to you, then I think you'll enjoy it.

I will definitely be checking out the games this developer makes in the future. I think the game is worth it off sale, but much better on sale.


The Walking Dead: The Final Season

10 hours, no achievements
4.5/5

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I played this one on PS4 (because I didn't want to buy it on Epic) and I really enjoyed it.

I played the first Walking Dead game when it first released and it became an instant favorite. The sequels never really lived up to that and I felt like the series would always disappoint me. Luckily, they picked it back up in the end. And by they, I mean whoever was left to finish this game when the company went under.

The Walking Dead: Final Season takes place sometime after season 3. Clementine and AJ (now older) find themselves seeking refuge in a school that is run by kids.

Basically, I liked most things about the game. I think it started off strong and fizzled a little (understandably) but overall I enjoyed the whole thing. The characters were likable. Clementine and Aj were had great character development. The different choices they added were interesting and I actually liked the ending a lot.

I don't actually know how much the choices matter (although they looked like they mattered more then usual in these games) but I felt good about most of my choices and enjoyed the different paths I could take with a couple of them.

Overall if you are a Walking Dead fan I recommend this one on any platform you want to play it on.. I'm not sure how the reviews are for it, but as a fan, I felt like I got the conclusion I wanted from the series.


Next Time!

Guess what, I got my new computer. Woooo! I can’t wait to tackle my SG wins and the games I’ve been wanting to play for a long time. Here is an estimate of the games I’ll be trying for the rest of this month

Play or Pay

  • Last Day of June

    2 minutes playtime

    0 of 21 achievements

  • Little Nightmares

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 22 achievements

  • Bayonetta

    33 minutes playtime

    0 of 50 achievements

  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

    52 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • BioShock 2 Remastered

    4 hours playtime

    6 of 53 achievements

  • Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword

    36 minutes playtime

    0 of 21 achievements

  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

    17 hours playtime

    6 of 38 achievements

Other games

I’m not sure which ones to start on or finish so if anyone as any suggestions let me know!

End of July update!

Last post I said I probably wouldn’t be playing any more games this month. Well… I lied. I picked out a few short games that’ll play on this old laptop and I really loved most of them!
 

Tiny Guardians

8.3 hours, 6 of 16 achievements
3/5

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Tiny Guardians is a fun little mobile port where you must summon guardians to protect the main character, Lunalie as you traverse through the level. It's like one long escort mission where you have to use different abilities and characters (paladin, wizard, archer etc) to beat the enemies trying to get to Lunalie.

The game is pretty fun but it gets repetitive fast. I enjoyed the different enemies and boss fights but overall I got a little bored and chose not to pursue most of the extra missions and characters. The art is nice and the gameplay is enjoyable in short bursts, but I wouldn't recommend this one at full price.


Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.3 Tatarigoroshi

13 hours, 16 of 16 achievements
5/5

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I'm continuing to fly through these Higurashi games and loving them.. Like always I'm going to keep this review vague, but I will say that this has been my favorite one so far. This time the novel focuses on our favorite prankster (trap maker?) Satako. This chapter takes a more emotional and character-focused turn. In the previous chapters, I was more hooked on the story, but this one made me care about the characters themselves.

There were some things that are lost in translation for me like ~is it supposed to be normal that the coach fetishizes young girls?~ and other small things that I didn't quite get. But that small in comparison to the overall story.

The story was great as usual and it had one of my favorite endings of them all. I was starting to get a little bored by how repetitive the series was getting, but this renewed my interest and I am enjoying every minute of the mystery. I'd highly recommend this chapter if you enjoyed the rest, or if you're not sure if you should continue.


Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.4 Himatsubushi

4.9 hours, 8 of 8 achievements
3.5/5

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Higurashi Ch 4 is the shortest of all the chapters so far. The last game said that this installment would have Shion as the narrator so I was naturally very confused for a short bit, waiting for her to pop up. I guess the devs changed it and decided to do one more arc before the answers came.

Himatsubushi is the first game to change narrators. Instead of the expected narrator, Keiichi we are introduced to a rookie investigator, Akasaka.
Ch. 4 is a prequel, taking place before the other three chapters. It doesn't feature most of the main characters but it's still an important installment in the story.

Overall this was probably my least favorite chapter so far. I think the narrator was less interesting and the story didn't pack the punch that the others did. Still, I think it's worth a read and adds some intriguing questions and answers.

The next chapter will be the first answers arc and I hope it's good! I've been enjoying the mysteries so much that I hope the answers can hold up to my expectations. Either way, I think it'll be enjoyable.

IMO this is the weakest installment, but still very good. I recommend this chapter if you enjoyed the others.


DISTRAINT 2

3.3 hours, 7 of 9 achievements
4/5

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Distraint 2 is an atmospheric horror game about a man named Price and his inner demons. I enjoyed the first distraint, so I was happy to pick this one up from Humble Bundle and play it.

Distraint 2 takes place right after the first game so I won't really talk about the story. I'll only say that it continues to focus on the theme of mental illness and depression. It never delves into the themes on a deep level but it has a bittersweet vibe overall.

the games are not very scary but I enjoyed the atmosphere and creepy imagery. The puzzles are also very easy which can be a pro or con depending on if you enjoy hard puzzles.

Overall Distraint 2 is my favorite blend of horror. Which is creepy but not terrifying.
I'm a huge wimp so I like to play horror games that are spooky but won't make me throw my laptop across the room.

If you enjoyed Distraint 1, I recommend this sequel. Both games are cliche but fun. If you did not enjoy Distraint 1, this game will probably not sway you. I'd recommend you skip it. If you aren't sure about the first one, I'd still recommend the sequel. it is only three hours so it should be an easy 100%


The Lion's Song

4.8 hours, 36 of 86 achievements
5/5

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I picked up The Lion's Song solely because it was on tsupertsundere visual novel master list. The list has proven to be helpful to me in the past (Higurashi, Dream Daddy,) so I decided to give Lion's Song a try.

I was expecting Lion's Song to be good but I was still pleasantly surprised! The Lion's Song is an anthology with different stories and characters. Each of the four chapters give us a different story that connects with the others in some way.

The stories are fantastic. The writing is great and there are several choices in each chapter that shape the story the way you want. It's hard to come across a visual novel with great dialogue, intriguing stories, and emotional themes.

I'm in no way an achievement hunter, but I will be going back eventually to get the achievements and find all of the many things I missed. I can't really find one bad thing about Lion's Song so I'll give it a 5 out of 5. I'd recommend it on sale or at full price.


Orwell: Ignorance is Strength

5.0 hours, 9 of 19 achievements
3.5/5

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Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is a sequel to the very popular game "Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You."

Much like the first game, Orwell has you using surveillance to spy and report on civilians. Everything in this sequel is a step down from the original. There are fewer choices to make, you have less impact on the world. The story isn't as good and it feels very short. The ending I got was also incredibly anti-climatic.
The first game let you decide what choices to make and how you want to drive the narrative. This game keeps the same mechanics but gives you less of that freedom.

There are some nice additions such as voice acting and a few more gameplay mechanics. Overall the game isn't bad, but it is a step down from the first Orwell. I still enjoy games like this and hope they make more. I would recommend Orwell: Ignorance is Strength, but on sale and not at full price.


The Darkside Detective

6.9 hours, 19 of 30 achievements
4/5

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The Darkside Detective is a point and click comedy adventure game where you play as Detective Mcqueen alongside his dimwitted partner Dooley. Follow the two detectives as they investigate the supernatural (Darkside).

I don't know why, but this game is so darn charming. Meta humor alone doesn't normally get me, but everything about this game just collectively comes together in the perfect way. The humor is hit or miss (lots of pop culture and meta jokes) but the characters are likable and the game is goofy and delightful. The point and click puzzles are not too challenging and make since with the logic in the world.

Overall, Darkside Detective isn't going to win a million awards but I enjoyed the crap out of it. I'll definitely pick up the sequel when it comes out. It's a short game and I'd recommend spending an evening on it.


Portal 2 (Co-op)

6 hours, no achievements
4/5

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I already wrote a review on Portal 2 the last post, but my friend and I just beat the co-op in the game. Since it took us like 6 hours, it's pretty much a game in itself.

Portal 2 has some great co-op mechanics. I love the small things, such as having a pointer to show your friend where to place a portal. Or having the ability to look through the eyes of your partner and see what they are looking at. It's small stuff like that which really adds to the experience and makes solving puzzles more fun. I also loved that most puzzles needed both players to solve, so the smarter person (my friend) can't solve the whole thing on their own.

The puzzles were just as good as the main storyline and some even let you kill your friend (just in case you had a fight in the puzzle before it). I enjoyed GLAdos dialogue and the two new characters were charming. I loved the gestures you could do and how you could be hostile or friendly towards each other. I just wish there were different endings depending on how you worked together (violently or friendly)

The story wasn't much and the ending was a little anti-climatic, but the main appeal was the puzzles so I think it did a great job. Overall, with such an old game, it still holds up splendidly and the co-op is no exception. Even the credits were creative and fun to watch (even if there was no song this time)

I'd recommend Portal 2 for the single-player and/or for the co-op.



End of the month stats:

Games beaten this month: Portal 2, 60 seconds!, To Be or Not to Be, Higurashi: When They Cry - Ch 2, Watanagashi, Tiny Guardians, Higurashi When They Cry - Ch 3 Tatarignoroshi, Higurashi When They Cry Ch 4 Himatsubushi, Distraint 2, The Lion’s Song, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength, The Darkside Detective
Favorite game this month: Portal 2
Least favorite game this month: 60 seconds!
Most Exciting New Edition: Terraria
Biggest disappointment: orwell: ignorance is strength
Biggest surprise: The Darkside Detective

Next Time

If everything goes right I should have my new computer by next month. If so, then I’ll finally be tackling my want to play list!