The Evergrowing Backlog stef’s profile

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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.


progress

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


August Update

15 hours
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My friend and I finally caved and bought this. I normally love platformers and multiplayer games, but this one didn't exactly click with me. I can't exactly pinpoint why, but we had fun with it regardless.

Like any game, Fall Guys had some pretty big pros and cons.

The pros are that it's goofy, easy to learn, colorful and fun. It's full of simple games that don't take much skill or effort. It's hard to beat every competitor, but it's not hard to learn how the games works. It's absurdity makes it all the more appealing and fun. It's also appropriate and enjoyable for all ages, which is really neat. You can play with your mom, child, friend, etc. I also like that there is no chat, because I feel like this game would be incredibly toxic.

On the other hand, there are some issues. The games get really repetitive and boring. There are only so many levels,. I'm sure the devs will add more, but if you play for a short while you've run through them all multiple times. There are still jerks on the game who will do things like grab you at the end of a finish line, even when it doesn't benefit them at all. Also plenty of hackers even though it's practically a kids game. Why take the time to hack a family friendly platformer?
It also requires a whole lot of players (60) so I'm wondering what they'll do when the hype dies down.

Either way, I'm glad I purchased it. It's not my favorite game but its cute, fun, and time flies when you're playing it. And after 15 hours, I finally beat a game!

 

Fallout 4

77 hours, no achievements

Fallout 4 was my first Fallout game, so I'm just going to write about my experience with it, since I'm not at all familiar with the Fallout franchise.

First off, the game does have achievements but I installed mods which removed my ability to get achievements. Secondly, I had to put on mods because this game is so broken. I'm not sure how this game was at release, but playing it now was a pain. I enjoyed a lot of parts, but ia big con of the game was how buggy it was.

Other then that though, I had fun. I liked the characters. The male and female protagonist had nice voice acting and I enjoyed all the dialogue choices I could choose. I enjoy any game that allows me to be sarcastic 24/7. Some voice acting wasn't great, but I really enjoyed others. I also really like the companions. My favorite was Hancock. I also really loved Nick Valentine and MacCready.

The story was okay… I didn't fully mesh with any of the factions, but I enjoyed the railroad the most. I played a lot of Detroit Become Human, so you better believe I'm all for those android rights. The other factions were also pretty evil and racist so it was a no brainer.

The gameplay wasn't really my thing. I thought the VATS, radiation and everything was pretty neat. I just didn't really have fun with the gameplay. Probably from all the bugs that came with it.

Going back to the story, it was kind of predictable at times and it wasn't too exciting, but the game really thrived with all the side missions. There were so many missions to do and paths to take. There is so much freedom to do what you want and that was the most fun part of it.

Overall, for my first Fallout games, I did enjoy it. I'm not sure if I will continue to play the rest but I did buy a few of them so I might give them a try .I think I'm into more light-hearted things and the ending still left me feeling a little melancholy.

I haven't played the DLCs yet but I'm doing that right now and I'm already interested in the one I'm playing. So I still have plenty left to do!


SUPERHOT

7 hours, 10 of 26 achievements

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is a short first person shooter where time only moves when you move. You have to plan out each level because if you take the wrong steps, you will be shot before you can shoot back. It's a really neat concept because shooters are usually so fast paced, that taking out that element changes the genre entirely. It has some really cool features like watching replays in real time and being able to watch other peoples. I also didn't know it had a story. I thought it was just a bunch of levels, but there is a small story that connects them all. I enjoyed that a lot.

Overall, I highly recommend SUPER HOT. It's short, but it will definitely get you hooked. It's pretty difficult to put it down once you've started. I'd say SUPERHOT is one of the most innovative shooter I've played in years!


Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.8 Matsuribayashi

16 hours, 14 of 14 achievements

After all this time I've finally finished the finale, and I have to say it was a wild ride…

Higurashi is one of those visual novels that look basic and cutesy on the service, but unveils an intense, emotional, and crazy mystery. I won't say anything else about the story, except it's worth playing if you are a fan of mystery and figuring things out as you go.

As far as the finale went, I enjoyed it. Most things were already explained but the new twists and turns all made sense. You can tell it ended how it was always supposed too. I really enjoyed some of the smaller characters having bigger roles. Some characters I didn't care for turned into my favorites. I think it's hard to live up to the hype of the question arcs, but they did it well. The answers will never be as entertaining as the questions, but as a complete package, it was incredibly fun.

If you are thinking of playing, I highly recommend it. The beginning of the first game (and a few games after) are very boring. It reminds me of Doki Doki Literature club, where the pay off is worth the wait, but the wait is very very long and tedious. Stick with it though and I think you'll enjoy it!


Playing Next:

I’ve been working on Death Stranding but that’s going to take ages to finish. I’ve already finished Simulacra but I’m trying to find other endings. Other then that who knows, I have a huge list of next games to choose from and I’m excited for all of them.

  • Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 38 achievements

  • SIMULACRA 2

    7 hours playtime

    12 of 27 achievements

  • DEATH STRANDING

    41 hours playtime

    31 of 63 achievements

June/July Update!

I’m still working on those itchio games, but I have so many great steam games that I’ll have to mix it up!

 

borderlands 2

110 hours, 37 of 75 achievements
4/5 fun, silly, and still great on co-op

I've beaten this before with my bf, but we decided to add another friend to the mix and have a three person co-op session. The game is more broken then I remember. I took us a week to be able to play because the servers wouldn't allow for co-op. Then while playing, some days it would work, some it wouldn't. All on the games end.

When we did get it to work though, it was a blast. Last time I played the character Zero, this time I played Gaige. I felt like she was more fun to play with my playstyle. We did missions that we missed before and as always, we used the infamous Bane gun to take down the final boss.

The game is a lot of fun and it's more fun the more people you play it with. Hopefully we can save up for the third game soon!


Spore

19 hours, no achievements
3/5 nostalgic and cute but sadly outdated

This is my first ever game on steam. I remember buying it and playing a bunch of it, but giving up before making it past the second or third stage. Thanks to the Spring Cleaning Event, I finally defeated my very first steam game.

Spore is a game that gets worse with age. In Spore, you start off as a little organism trying to eat and survive in the world. Then you go through different stages in your life until you finally end up in (spoiler) space!

The stages didn't age well, like I previously mentioned. Ignore the next parts if you don't want to know about the levels.
The single cell stage is cute and relaxing. You pick herbivore or omnivore and you eat plants or little cells to grow bigger. Eventually you develop and enter the creature stage.

The creature stage has you making friends or enemies. You are on land now and you have to learn dances, poses, and greetings to impress and recruit the other species. You learn these by customizing and equipping different parts to your own creature. You can also choose to attack if you want to be violent. I liked this stage the best, although it can still be a drag. I just enjoyed the random unexplained events, and discovering new and interesting creatures.

The Tribal stage is when things get a little longer and a little more tedious. Your species has evolved in a tribe of creatures and you can command them all on what to do. This includes picking food (which is used to build resources and buildings) and going to other tribes. Equip instruments to befriend or weapons to attack. You have to defend your little village while also befriending/dominating the others to continue. Then the Civilation Stage.

This is where the game just goes off the wall in terms of even attempting to mimic reality. But you should go into Spore knowing that its more goofy than educational. In this stage you own land, and you want to own the whole city. It's a simulation level where you build buildings, conquer others, and bring in revenue.

Lastly, the space stage. This one would have been the most fun, if not for how long it is. At this point I wasn't having a ton of fun. Nostalgia was the only thing keeping me going. Also that the game's aren't necessarily bad, it's just that other games have surpassed it in terms of similar gameplay. The space level is most creative. You can do a lot. Travel to different planets, paint them, upgrade gear, study, create colonies, talk to other species, trade, etc. It's pretty detailed. The ending was very… meh.

Overall Spore is a cute little silly weird fun game, but it's not as fun as it used to be. I think it's outdated now and there's no reason to grab it unless you have a nostalgic attachment.


Firewatch

5 hours, 8 of 10 achievements
4/5 great characters, atmosphere, scenery, and story

I know I'm late to the party. I just bought this and then it got picked for my POP so I was happy to try it. I went into this game completely blind. The only thing I knew is that the ending was mixed with a lot of people. So I'll be really vague in this review because it's much better with zero spoilers.

Firewatch is a walking simulator with dialogue choices. You play as a man named Henry who takes a job at a wilderness reserve.
The location is beautiful and I found myself walking around just to grab nice screenshots. The characters are likable and fully voice acted. The voice acting is pretty good too and very believable.

The story, which I'll be very vague about, captures your attention and you want to know more about these people and the location you work at.

The ending was disappointing to a lot of people. I do agree that it drags the game down a little, but I didn't hate it. I think it leaves a lot to think about and figure out on your own. I do wish it ended differently though.

Overall, I really loved Firewatch. Go on completely blind and I think you'll become engrossed in the setting and characters.


Doorkickers: Action Squad

17 hours, 20 of 51 achievements
4/5 fun, simplistic, and great on co-op

This game is a blast. it wasn't even on my radar until someone on Steamgifts mentioned it.

Doorkickers: Action Squad is a pixel side scroller where you go into buildings, kill the bad guys, and save the hostages. The more levels you get through, the more gameplay elements they add to the game.

Action Squad has beautiful pixel art. It also let's you pick from different characters. You have the basic easier characters like assaulter,. then the more strategic ones such as recon or shield. On our first playthrough we did assaulter and off duty cop. You can equip different weapons and abilities. My off duty cop had a twinky that made him invincible for a few seconds. It was great.

The game also has workshop so you can create levels, character, enemies, or just download ones that others have made. That way you have more levels to level up each of your characters.

Overall, The game is just… fun. It's nice to put aside the more serious time consuming games and just put on something that is mindless and entertaining.


We Were Here Too

5 hours, 11 of 20 achievements
3/5 good idea, but buggy and not much different then first game

We Were Here Too is a puzzle game where you and your friend are in a castle. One person is in one part of the castle, and the other is in another part. Each of you have different clues to the same puzzles, and you have to use your walkie-talkie (or mic) to solve it together.

Okay, so I want to love this game series, I really do. I love the idea behind it. My friend and I played the first game (which was free.) It was a buggy mess but for a free game, it was really fun!

A different friend and I just tried the sequel. The game is still a buggy mess, and it's no longer free… Lot's of bugs made us restart the puzzles, plus one timed based puzzle was delayed. It was not incredibly buggy, but for a short game, it did seep a lot of joy out.

Another thing is the price. I never try to use the price of a game against it, because the quality is what matters. But the price does matter here. The game is ten dollars, and is practically the same game as the original free one they made. The puzzles are of course different, but it's even more buggy and has the same story. Even the ending is the same. This game has two different endings, but we would have had to restart to get the second one, which isn't much more exciting. It's also very short. We took five hours due to the bugs, but it would have been an easy 3 to 4 hours.

Overall, do I like the game? Yes. I love the idea of two people having to solve the same puzzle using clues from two different areas. I just wish the developer would perfect their games. I got this one on sale, but had I guarantee that the next one is better, I'd gladly pay full price.

TL:DR we had fun, but avoid buying it full price. Buggy, short, and the first game is just as fun if not more. I hope the developer(s) improve upon it because I love the idea and I really do wish them luck!


New Additions (alternative title: I’ll be busy all year!)

  • Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Resident Evil 7

    53 minutes playtime

    2 of 58 achievements

  • Divinity: Original Sin 2

    11 hours playtime

    5 of 97 achievements

  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 39 achievements

  • Tabletop Simulator

    34 minutes playtime

    1 of 27 achievements

  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 52 achievements

  • VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

    4 hours playtime

    4 of 34 achievements

  • Super Trench Attack!

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • Unheard

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 12 achievements

  • Superflight

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • Outer Wilds

    14 minutes playtime

    0 of 17 achievements

  • SIMULACRA 2

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 27 achievements

  • Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.8 Matsuribayashi

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 14 achievements

  • Mount Your Friends

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 8 achievements

  • Optika

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 5 achievements

  • Sagebrush

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 14 achievements

  • Forever Home

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 22 achievements

  • Fallout: New Vegas

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 75 achievements

  • Fallout 4

    37 hours playtime

    8 of 84 achievements

  • Fallout 76

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 60 achievements

  • Finding Paradise

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 1 achievements

  • Terminator: Resistance

    58 minutes playtime

    1 of 25 achievements

  • Among Us

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Cattails

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 43 achievements

Tackling the Itch.io Equality bundle (Batch #1)

 
Hi guys. I had this (not so brilliant) plan to try all the games in the “racial justice and equality” bundle.I wanted to do this because people kept pointing out the obvious good games in the mix, but I wanted to see if there were less obvious hidden gems. I put all the games on a spreadsheet (excluding tabletop games) and then used a random number generator to pick games for me. This has lead to some.. interesting results. If I didn’t like a game I usually gave up on it very quickly, so the reviews are just of games I played a lot of or completed. Some are also on steam in case you didnt’ buy the bundle so I’ll make sure I list those. Overall, I’m having fun randomly playing games so I hope you enjoy the reviews!

rating system:

red = bad!
green = “meh”
purple = good!
 

also on steam!

Shipwreck

3 hours, no achievements

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Shipwreck is a Zelda clone where you go through different dungeons to retrieve artifacts. The game is similiar to Zelda (specifically Link's Awakening) in many ways. Heart containers, combat, dungeons, story. Even some references.

The story isn't much but the dungeons are fun and it's not very difficult. Sadly I can't review any further because I ran into a game breaking bug. At the very last dungeon I ran into a problem where I can't get passed because enemies that I have to kill won't spawn. I tried writing to the developer so I'm just waiting for a reply.

Hopefully I can beat this some day but for now I'll give it a 3/5. It's worth it for the 3 dollars on steam


Dominique Pamplemousse

1 hours, no achievements

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Dominique Pamplemousse (say that ten times fast!) is a very unorthodox stop motion point and click musical. You heard that right! There's a lot going on in this game.

You play a detective who is hired to find someone. The gameplay is normal point and click style. Most of the time you'll be talking to the same four characters. The music is awful, but the game is charming enough to forgive it. The game really wasn't for me, but I will give it the fact that it has charm and uniqueness. I've definitely never seen anything like it.

Check out the screenshots and trailer and see if it's for you. Personally I wasn't into it and I think it fits in a very niche department. I'll give it a 2.5 out of 5. For the $1 price tag it is definitely worth it. You can tell the people who made the game had a lot of fun.


A Mortician's Tale

1 hours, no achievements

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A Mortician’s Tale is a short little game where you just got the job at a funeral home. You have to cremate, embalm, and clean the bodies as well as attend the funerals.

You get an email everyday telling you who the deceased is and how they should be presented at the funeral. You also get email updates about the company you work for. Once you read the email, you do whatever task it asks. Each process is really easy and just requires a step-by-step process.
It does get repetitive pretty quickly and there's isn't really anything compelling about it, but I enjoyed learning about how the process works (or at least the quick version of it.)
You can also read daily updates from a funeral blog. I actually enjoyed the blog the most because it was really educational and brought up some things I've never thought about.

Overall, the gameplay is basic but the story and theme of the game keeps you interested. It does have a strangely abrupt ending that makes you think the game could have been something great if they fleshed it out with more features.

I really enjoyed the game though. I felt like I learned some things and it addressed some heavy themes with a different perspective. I'll give A Mortician's Tale a 3.5/5. I don't think it's worth it for the 10 dollars on steam but it is for the 2 dollars it's on sale right now.


Long Days Gone

6 hours, no achievements

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Long Days Gone is a turn based pixel rpg. You play Rourke, a new recruit who goes on his first mission and realizes, he might be fighting on the wrong side of this war…

Long Days Gone is a surprisingly good game! It has a very interesting story with equally likable characters. The dialogue is nicely written and I really enjoyed the pixel and 2D art. The beginning is a lot more compelling them the middle, but that's because it does have a very strong hook.

The gameplay is not too interesting. It's turn-based combat with probability mixed in. You pick a target and then choose which part of his body to hit (head, arm, body). The head is critical damage but low accuracy. The body is low damage but high to medium accuracy. The arm is low damage and high accuracy, and usually has a chance to stun.

The game also uses a morale system which I thought was really neat. Depending on what missions or choices you choose, your team can gain or lose morale. If they are happy and have high morale, you get more critical hits in battle. additionally, if you use skills in battle, your character will lose morale. It's a nice balance.

The game isn't finished yet, it's missing the last chapter, but i'm enjoying it so far. It also has a ton of side missions, so you can easily spend a good chunk of time on it.

Overall I'll give Long Days Gone a 4 out of 5. $15 does seem steep, so maybe not full price, but if it looks up your alley, it's not an unreasonable price. If you got it on itchio, definitely give it a shot!


Orion Trail

4 hours, no achievements

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Orion Trail is a luck based choose-your-own adventure game. You have stats and different situations, and you have to choose the right answers to not run out of food,fuel, hull etc. The higher your stats are for each choice, the more chance you’ll win the situations.

I'm not sure whether to put this in the "good" or "meh" category for a few reasons. It's a lot of fun and I enjoy the different scenario's it comes up with. Picking and naming the crew is neat and so are the solo missions you can go on. The problem is that the game is entirely luck based. There is little to no skill involved (except picking the right stats which is really easy) and your winning or losing just depends on what marker the spinner lands on. You can be doing amazing one second and the next, land on a skull and lose half your fuel.

There is also not really an endgame cutscene, or at least in the itchio version, so It was really anticlimactic when I finished it.

Overall I did have a lot of fun. I liked building the crew, reading the situations, deciding the least dangerous paths. I'm still going to consider this a good game and give it a 3.5 out of 5. Just know what your getting yourself into!


Corinne Cross's Dead & Breakfast

3 hours, no achievements

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I really enjoyed this game. Dead & Breakfast is a story about Corine Cross. Corinne’s high school acquaintance, Gale has recently died. She promises Gale’s sickly mother that she’ll look after the house while she recovers in the hospital. Little did Corinne know, that it was a haunted bed & breakfast!

The game mostly consists of gardening, cooking, and talking to ghosts and living beings. Everything is really easy and it’s a very relaxing game. The characters are very likable and it has a lovely little story.

The game is just delightful and wholesome, with a good story. It also has a new game plus feature. I haven't used it, but I appreciate that it exists.

Overall, Corrine Cross deserves a 4 out of 5. It's worth the $5 dollars on steam or a moment of your time on itchio.


Death and Taxes

3 hours, no achievements

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Death and Taxes was on my wishlist so I was very happy it showed up in the bundle. The game is similar to Papers, Please and other related games, in the way that you have to make choices that will effect the outcome of the world and ending. You're the new grim reaper. Summoned to choose who lives and dies. You do have to follow certain rules of course, we aren't barbarians! Will you decide to follow the rules even if you can see how it effects the world?

The game is a lot of fun and if you enjoy papers, please you'll probably enjoy this. It has a more light hearted tone, even if it is talking about the subject of death. There are multiple endings, interesting characters, and fun outfits to wear.

I'll give Death and Taxes a 4 out of 5.


 

Itchio only games!

Just Another Day at the Office

1 hours, no achievements

Just Another Day at the Office is a sidescroller game where you get fed up at work and decide to murder your co-workers. Everything about this game is low effort. No original assets, movement and gameplay is janky. Dialogue is horribly written. This is just one of those games that can be made in a matter of minutes.


Destiny Fails Us: a New Life

6 hours, no achievements

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Destiny Fails Us is a choice based otome about a girl named Idril. She is trying to balance school, friends, home life, and her recent break up.

The game isn't groundbreaking or too unique, but it has some good qualities. The writing isn't bad and a lot of the characters are likable. Some characters are very unlikable and you wonder why the mc gives them her time of day, but thats a small flaw.

The game has some darker themes that it explores, which did give it a more interesting plot. I haven't done all the paths, but it did make me curious on how things would go. It also has some small stat building and a text message feature where you can sometimes respond to friends or family.

The writing can be generic but it's also believable and there are many paths this VN can go. The art is not great, but it makes up the effort the creator put into the story.

This VN won't amaze you, but it could be worth your time. I'll give it a 3.5 out of 5.


Lonely Wolf Treat

1 hours, no achievements

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Lonely Wolf Treat is a cute little rpg-maker game about a wolf who is stranded by an avalanche and forced to live by a bunnies village. The wolf, who is used to relentless discrimination, is surprised when a little bunny wants to make him curry…

The game is very basic and to the point. No side quests or extra activities. You follow a one hour story to the end. It has nice art and music and the message is wholesome. There’s nothing you won’t predict, but for free, it’s a nice one hour spent.


1365

.20 hours, no achievements

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1365 is a platformer where you ignore your anxiety and get through your first day of school. Overall the game isn’t very good. The message is nice but it's been done before many times. The platforming isn’t fun. The controls are too slidey and it’s hard to land on specific spaces. Some enemies were impossible to get through without getting hit. At first I thought it was designed that way, but way to many times I fell down when it wasn’t possible otherwise. There isn’t really an ending and it just kind of abruptly ends. It’s only like 20 minutes and it left me feeling empty.


Can Androids Pray

.30 hours, no achievements

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Can Androids Pray is a short game where you play a dying android who is talking to another dying android about life, god, and the meaning of it all.
This just wasn't for me. I didn't really feel connected and I needed more backstory to put myself in their shoes.

I don't think it's so much the game makers fault but my own preferences. Overall it was just okay.


Conversations with My Anxiety

1 hours, no achievements

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Conversations With My Anxiety is a cute little game where you go on a first date and try not to flub it up. You make choices and every so often the little anxiety people in your head attempt to complicate things. There isn't much to it and it's fun but not too memorable. Overall it had some sweet and funny moments and I'd give it a 3 out of 5.


Thanks for reading! I’ll soon have an update with the actual steam games I played. As a thank you to this community and a father’s day gift, here’s a little giveaway

Quarantine Game Binging Update!

This was originally called “May Update” but since I didn’t play these all in May I changed the name. Every day blends in these days and games are what keeps me sane. Thank goodness I found some really good ones!

273 hours
27/40
5/5 new updates, fantastic multiplayer, all around fun.

First off, I didn't know this giant banner things was a feature. I only noticed when I saw everyone else using it. It's really neat.

I've already beaten and reviewed Stardew Valley. It's one of my favorite games and I didn't even know I liked farming sims. It's just so much fun. Making friends, mining for materials, growing crops and buying animals. Discovering new places, attending events, waiting for each update, etc.

I'm on year 3 on my single-player profile so I decided to see if my boyfriend and work friend wanted to play it with me. They agreed and the rest was history. We are having a blast and getting through quarantine together. Stardew Valley has been a huge stress reliever for me and I'm glad.

The multiplayer is just as good as the single-player in almost every way. You can choose to share the money, but you also have to each seperatly buy house upgrades, tool upgrades, etc. They days go by faster since you can't pause at any point, which is why were already on year 4. Each player that isn't the host gets their own little cabin that they can upgrade and decorate. Each person can also date a spouse meaning extra extra help on the farm. Overall, its fun to be able to sort out our tasks separately and get things done.

There have been several updates since I last played. There are new monsters, new items, and new story quests. Mods are now aplenty. We downloaded the Stardew Valley expanded and a lot of other mods.

Overall, this game is a gem. A kind soul bought it for me when it was barely out of early access and it's amazing to see how far it's come. If you haven't bought this yet, I definitely recommend it!

 

Barro

.30 hours, 109 of 109 achievements
2/5 not recommended unless you want easy achievements

This is one of the free games that was given out due to Covid. I installed it because, why not? It's free.
As soon as I loaded up the game it asked me if I want to enable achievements. Hell yeah, why wouldn't I?

BOOM 100 ACHIEVEMENTS SPAM!

all joking aside this is an achievement grabbing game. As soon as you load it up you get around 100 free achievements for doing nothing. Letters, numbers and symbols. The rest of the game is… not great. It's a racing game but it plays like an old flash game. It's clanky, not fun and way too easy. I got all the achievements and beat more than half of the levels in 30 minutes.

As far as achievement games go, this one at least has gameplay, but it's not enjoyable without the promise of all the achievements.
Personally I wouldn't recommend this even for free because I really don't like these games. I'm not an achievement hunter but I still think it takes the fun out of earning one. Everyone has their own opinion though, and if you're looking for a game to decorate your profile then check it out. It was free after all.


Lovers' Smiles

3 hours, 100 of 100 achievements
3/5 eh, it's okay.

This is another good game if you want a lot of achievements. It does have some pretty fun gameplay though.

There isn't really anything special or unique about Lovers' Smiles, but it can be a fun relaxing game. It's a puzzle game where you have to draw line's to get one smiling emoji to the other. Sometimes the smiles are in the air so you have to draw a single line to connect the two. I'm awful at these physics games, but that made it fun to figure the puzzles out.

For free, the game was a nice little break from my more intense games. For one dollar, it's still worth it. You know what you're getting into when you watch the trailer. Nothing less, nothing more.


Magicka

12 hours, 33 of 88 achievements
3.5/5 unique and fun, but broken :(

I tried to play magicka on local multiplayer with my bf years ago and it wouldn't work. It kept kicking us over and over. My friend and I just beat it on online multiplayer, and sadly it was even worse.

Magicka is a fun little fantasy game where you can combine different elements to make spells. The game is comedic, goofy, and a lot of fun. Fighting enemies while trying out different spells was a unique experience. Friendly fire was a thing which made the game harder but way more hilarious. The story was pretty non existent but it didn't really matter because it was just fun to go around blasting things with thunderbolt.

Speaking of thunderbolt, that spell was. the. best.

We would thunderbolt like 90% of the enemies and it would kill them instantly. It was still hard because of the amount of enemies it threw at you, but thunderbolt was our best friend. We legitimately both thunderbolted the final boss to death before he could even attack. Than we went back and played the normal way to see what his move sets were.

but enough of the rambling. Magicka is a very fun, but sadly it's very broken. It had a lot of bugs. We couldn't see our spells some times, we'd die randomly, we wouldn't be able to move, we'd turn invisible, we'd disconnect CONSTANTLY. I think he got kicked twice a level.

If you are going to purchase magicka, due it at an insanely discounted price. It's a lot of fun but its so broken. It's sad to see. I wish the developer could go back to fix it, but I know budget could be an issue. Hope they can get to it one day.


Magicka 2

7 hours, 7 of 47 achievements
3/5 less broken... but less fun

And the saga continues…

This time my bf joined in so we had a three person game. Fortunately this game didn't have a connectivity problem or that would have been triple the pain.

Magicka 2 changes some things up from the original game. The graphics look better and the spells are a lot cooler. There is a quick slot now so you can quickly cast a spell if you're bad at memorization (me). You don't really find the spells as much now and they are just given to you at the end of each chapter. It is kind of a bummer but you do get more spells.

and you wouldn't believe it… they took out thunderbolt. Our favorite OP spell was just… gone. It took me half the game to get over it.

Magicka 2 is a lot less broken though. There are some bugs but not many and it functions a lot better as a game. I was really excited about it, but it turned out to be… less fun? It had less charm and it threw way to enemies out at a time. It was stressful as hell. Every battle felt like a boss fight. The first game had some problems with pacing. It was too easy and too hard at times. But this game just throws a million enemies at you after every step you take. It was more exhausting then fun.

There is an actual story in this game, and it's alright. Not the main focus but I was glad they added one. The outfits are more unique. We were a little sad it didn't have the same type of outfits though. Like, in the first game my friend wore one that let him heal by electricity. I wish they had something like that. I did like how they looked though and you could change the colors. The Robin Hood outfit was a personal favorite.

Overall the game is okay. It's just a crap ton of battling and then its over. It's a lot shorter, like 6 to 7 hours. The final boss is more unique (but so hard and frustrating!). But I liked it, it was different.

Overall Magicka 2 wasn't as fun as the first one imo. It is a better game as far as functionality though. Both are fun, and it's the one that works, so I'll take it. I'd recommend it on sale. I got it for three dollars and I think that was a fair price.


Tomb Raider

13 hours, 15 of 50 achievements
4/5 still holds up, would recommend

I played this for my PoP challenge. This is my first Tomb Raider game (since the N64) and it was really good!

You play as Lara Croft as she sets off on an expedition. Problem is, her and the rest of the group get stranded on an island. Just like the tv show Lost, this island just aint right and they find themselves fighting for their life.

First of all, no spoilers but this game is darker then I thought. I thought Tomb Raider was like a cute exploration game. I didn't realize it had a much darker tone. I really liked it though, felt more realistic.

The graphics still look beautiful. It must have looked fantastic back in 2013, because it still holds up today. The gameplay is enjoyable. I played the Uncharted series so I already love climbing and high stakes action scenes. I love the levels that have you running away from a collapsing building or a large fire. You could customize your weapons and abilities which I loved. I actually prefer a lot of linear games over open world so this fit that criteria perfectly.

The story was interesting and the characters were likable. I wish I got to know the characters more. Even though it's an origin story, I felt like I was thrown into the middle of the story a little bit. Everyone knew eachother well and I didn't get to really learn about them. But they were all unique and I didn't want anything to happen to any of them.

If I had to have one gripe with the game it would be the puzzles. A lot of them were illogical, downright difficult, or just didn't give enough hints. Once I looked them up I was like ooooooh, but before then, it's really hard to figure them out. Some were downright tedious. But with google available, I didn't care much.

Overall I really enjoyed Tomb Raider. I might have to check the sequels out. Does anyone know if they new one that just came out part of this series or was there another reboot? I recommend this on on sale or off. it's a fun game. If you got it for free like I did, then give it a try!


Mass Effect

30 hours, no achievements
4.5/5 would be perfect 5 if less outdated

yay, I finally did it. I played the first Mass Effect. Dragon Age Origins is one of my all time favorite games, so it's about time I played this.

Mass Effect is a space rpg where you command a ship and crew and have to save the world. Meanwhile your choices effect the story.

I loved loved loved this game. The story was so engrossing I couldn't put the game down because I had to know what happened next. The characters were likable and some of the choices were hard but fair. I didnt love the gameplay. I didn't like the type of gameplay to begin with, and it felt old and outdated on top of it. I did love the futuristic feel though. I absolutely adored the amount of lore that went into each planet and species.

I loved learning about each character because each alien had a different culture. I really grew to love some of my crew because of how exciting their stories were. Tali was my favorite character. I also really liked Liara and Garrus. There were a lot of very annoying bugs, but I managed to look up a fix for each one

Sadly I didn't get to play any DLC because I got the games on steam. I also won't be able to play the Mass Effect 2 DLC's unless I rebuy the game on origin.

If anyone hasn't played yet and they enjoy choice based rpg's, then really give this a shot! It is outdated but the story and characters still hold up. Buy the games on origin though so you can get the dlcs.


Next time!

Here are some more games I’m playing right now. Mostly with friends. Times are tough but I hope you guys are doing okay.

  • Dying Light

    7 hours playtime

    4 of 68 achievements

  • Borderlands 2

    71 hours playtime

    36 of 75 achievements

  • Observer

    4 hours playtime

    1 of 19 achievements

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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! 🎉