This week (This is actually a 3 week update!) we are sitting 70% un-played (down from 71%, I got a few gifts from friends/roommate, and of course, bundles… ) 1592 (+254!) games total.
So I took a little break on updating this to tackle the backlog. Currently, I am trying to 100% my won games. Two games are unplayable, one I just really suck at. Otherwise, I am up from 16 games completed to 28! Unfortunately, I have a number of games that will take quite some time (Ryse, Tropico 5, Cooked, etc)
Games that I 100%-ed this time around.
Most of these were very short or already started.
|Played Games/In progress||Percentage Done|
|45% or 33/73|
|38% or 6/16|
|15% or 8/52|
|64% or 38/59|
|17% or 6/35|
|63% or 44/70|
Made good progress, as of today I have 38 wins and a bunch of them are now completed. I have a day off soon, but school starts on the 15th. I am aiming to finish Ryse and or Tropico by then. I am going to go back to a weekly posting, probably on Friday or Saturday nights.
This week we are sitting 71% un-played (up from 69%, I got a few gifts from friends/roommate, and of course, bundles… ) 1338 (+106!) games total.
Changed up the format for this week, since I didn’t feel like typing much.
This week, I did play some games for a little bit, but actually focused on reaching 100% on a few games that I had a good amount of achievements on. At the moment, I have only 16 games completed on Steam.
Games the I 100%-ed this week. (And one I am very close to)
Most of these only had a few achievements left, so that’s why there quite a few!
GIFTS/RECEIVED FOR FREE
Too many to list. FFX/X-2, Crypt of Necrodancer, the whole Millennium Series, Tropico 4, Factorio, Slime Rancher and more!
I am trying to finish up games before grad school starts up, since I have a little extra time now. After I finish Epic, I want to play Rollers of the Realm, a game I won.
If you have time, and want check out my games, let me know if there is something else I should bump up in priority. Some games look like I have very little time in them, but its usually because I played them on console first. (Skyrim and Fallout 4 are the most notable I think)
Also have a puzzle going, that might be done soon!
There were a few. Some featured;
Lazy Guys – I really like this bundle site, though the bundles are infrequent.
Humble Indie Bundle – I like HB, and the Beginners Guide was on my wish list. I accidentally spent 25 dollars on it though, thanks to ordering on my phone.
This week we are sitting 69% un-played (up from 68%, I did do the bundle thing again, and got some gifts. ) 1267 games total.
Thanks to Mandrill, this will be my format until I am tired of it.
I am still playing random games for a few hours to sort them and battle the “Never Played” part of the chart. Anywhere from 2 – 4 hours seems to do the trick.
|Played Games Stores||Thoughts|
|If you had asked me my opinion on my first day or two playing it, I would have hands down said yes, buy this and play this. It’s an atmospheric strategy simulation, its got a decent story, and the cut scenes (although there are a lot) are enjoyable. I got my half million (your characters goal) in about half the time the game gives you. The game doesn’t end there, but I wanted to see what other options did. There are some big decisions that change parts of the game. But when I went back and started it up again, I felt uneasy about the racist, homophobic, and misogynistic themes that I feel weren’t addressed. This is a game about police, albeit set in a former time. But, because it is this day and age, this political climate, it could have been so much more, but it didn’t try to be. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. A lot of gamers won’t notice and/or care. That’s fine. But for me, it brought my opinion of the game a little lower. I still recommend it if you like these kinds of games. It’s still enjoyable, I am stilling playing it through to the end.|
|On a completely different note, I also recommend this game! It’s a pixel graphic RPG where you fight against zombies. The RNG can be cruel, there are a lot of random events (some are pretty strange, but I don’t want to spoil you!) You can even make your friends in the game and stumble upon them randomly. They might get you killed though. The music is fantastic, maybe not what you’d expect for this time of game though. I have not made it to Canada yet, but I have gotten to the last day twice. There is local co-op, but haven’t tried it yet. Also there are no achievements (or cards), but I hope they add them.|
|Another completely different game, this is in early access. I would not suggest buying it right now, and the reviews on steam are mixed. I appreciated the simplicity of this game, it made it very easy to manage and enjoy. Chat is very nice, at least from what I have encountered, but it seems like a better game if you have someone else to play with maybe. Oddly enough, it seems like there are not restrictions on attacks. Fighters can use the same spells as mages (which is what I play), but one review says that I level up faster then a fighter who uses magic. It is grindy, I don’t mind that. But right now it feels more like a mediocre test of what the Devs can do. Since it is Early Access, I am only judging them on what they have now, vs what they promise. I’ll play again when there is a big update.|
|Another game with mixed reviews, and mine is mixed/do not buy unless it’s in a bundle you want. It is painfully obvious it is a mobile port. And as far as tower defense go (a genre of game I love to play when I have extra time) it kind of sucks. You can upgrade everything long before the end stages, which I haven’t reached yet. I don’t know if there will be a challenge, or if it will be too easy. Also in the two different times I played this, I experienced different bugs that were mentioned in other reviews. 1. The enemies were invisible, but luckily the turrets could still see them and attack. 2. Stats don’t seem to be applied to the character you upgrade. 3. Character wouldn’t move to the correct spot/disappear. Some people really like the game though, so maybe I am just being grumpy.|
|I bought all 5 Labours of Hercules during the summer sale, and just started them this week. I really enjoyed the first one, but I found it way too easy, even on the difficult setting. Mostly, it felt like a clicker, with some strategy thrown in. But I didn’t find it unenjoyable, and the easy 100% made me a bit happy to add to my completed part of the pie chart. I had wished it was a but longer, and maybe the cut scenes a bit more fleshed out.|
|After finishing one, I went on to two. It added some new mechanics, such as thieves and puzzle pieces (I am only on the first chapter). I don’t really mind the new mechanics, but they feel a little lazy to me. I will have to see how they work later in the game. I still enjoy the game, recommend it. It still feels too easy, but we will see. I think I will take a break after completing this one before going onto three though.|
|Lastly, I am playing this on mobile (have a 3 hour round trip on train to my second job) This is weird, but also amazing. The music gets stuck in my head, there is no game over, very simple mechanics, and a lot of upgrades are available. I am not sure how far I am in the game, but I imagine close ish to the end as I have gotten a bigger boat several times. I also have 10,000,000 downloaded, but haven’t started it yet. It looks very similar though.|
Since I don’t want to make my post too long, I only highlight a few games I played during the last week. As usual, some will continue to be played, but others might go to the “Will Not Play” pile.
How do I choose my games? I prefer to prioritize gifts and GAs, but sometimes it is whatever strikes my fancy. Usually however, I pick 20 – 25 games, and put them in a randomizer to pick 7 or so. This week, it wanted me to play The Magical Silence, but I heard about the ending and vetoed it for the police. Not really in the mood for that.
There were a few. Some featured;
August Monthly – I didn’t think it was that bad, though RAM was not expected or wanted.
Dharker Bundle o.O – AKA the “research” bundle, maybe a train will be incoming soon.
This week we are sitting 68% un-played (up from 66%, I won a lot of games and did do the bundle thing. )
I think this will be my format, at least for now.
And like last time,Still playing random games for a few hours to sort them and battle the “Never Played” part of the chart.
|Won games||Thoughts beforehand|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/284730/||Another HOG (one of many this week actually!) I haven;t started it yet, but it has a very positive rating, and the trailer looks good.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/350010/||A second HOG. Haven’t played this one either, but this one has negative reviews. Problems are usually for small bugs, so hopefully winning it will let me overlook them.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/432470/||It caught my eye as a histroical walking simulator, but I can’t remember what else i wrote, and can no longer see the GA.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/344410/||Another puzzle-platformer, but this one looked really good. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but immediately downloaded it.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/326650/||When I first entered, this had a 6% postive rating, it has gone up to 9%. That alone intrigued me, I will probably regret this.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/319320/||Another HOG, but this one the reviews are mostly positive again. I am trying to win the second one before I play the other two, but I might just need to start without it. Edit Now have all three.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/284890/||More HOGS! I think the man with a claw is a bit silly, but otherwise, the game looks good, and the reviews support it.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/242780/||I am not sure if the “Female Protagonist” tag is new, or i just noticed it. But, since one of my favorite genres is point and click at the moment, I decided to take a chance. It is on my to play list very soon!|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/295910/||Another “Female Protagonist” tag with some charming music. I can;t wait to play this one either.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/284390/||A point and click with pixel graphics and a horror tag, call me intrigued. And I missed the numerous bundles it was in too.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/351340/||I almost didn’t enter this because the doll reminded me of the one from the old Rugrats show, but i decided to with a couple of minutes left, and won. Admittedly, this game looks promising, and the story line has me intrigued, but I only just won it, and have yet to play it.|
|Played Games Stores||Thoughts|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/239820/||I actually 100% completed this. I liked it, but I did have a few issues with it. The number one issue was the constant pop-ups. I wish it had a side screen with alerts or something, especially towards the end when there are a few years where I didn’t need to do much. I played around with the mods after I was done, but the time skip one makes the game unplayable. Overall I feel this game is more in an Early Access kind of mode, but they are now working on another game. It’s not a bad game though, I’d still recommend it, as long it is on sale.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/314240/||I played a little of this, and it was not good. I tried sandbox mode, and it still unlocked achievements, when it clearly stated that would not happen. Sending your heroes out seems to be a secondary thought, as you just watch a bar fill up on the lower left. People can be unhappy, but there is no clear way to cheer them up. There are objects in the game that seem to have no use, and are not explained. I am sure i will go back to it, but not anytime soon.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/342580/||I bought all of the 12 Labours this year during the Summer Sale, and just started this one. I enjoyed it a lot, but it is very easy, even at the difficult setting. Nonetheless, enjoyable, and I fully recommend it! I hope to finish it soon.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/269330/||Another game I haven’t finished yet, but I think I am close. At first I was skeptical of the image first shown, but this game is solid! Music, artwork, story, game play. Just get this if you like platformers It’s been in a few bundles so it might be easy to get.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/485570/||Lastly, I will mention this game. I haven’t been able to make a full decision on this one yet, so I’d say go for it if you can win it or get it cheaply. It’s simple, but fun. I will have to play more, and am looking forward to it.|
So i won most of those game on one day, effectively almost doubling my win count. I don’t even understand how, some crazy good luck.
I also played a lot more games;
Popixel, Goblin Defenders, State of Anarchy, Puzzle Galaxies, AOF - World, Flix the Flea, Goocubelets 2, and Club Manager 2015. For the most part I didn’t like these games, some even went on my will never play list. Some warrant a second return.
I’ll try to feature ones i like first. Or ones I didn’t like but have positive reviews. This week, fortunately, there was a lot to like.
There were a few. Some featured;
We are still sitting at 66% un-played (down from 67%, but I actually added a lot to my library. )
Sorry for the super long post. Still trying to figure out a nice way to format this.
Still playing random games for a few hours to sort them and battle the “Never Played” part of the chart.
|Won games||Thoughts beforehand|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/92200/||A bullethell anime game. Not my usual type of game. But I really liked how it looked, and the reviews were pretty good,|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/313650/||A HOG. To be honest, these make me nostalgic. My mother loves to play these, and as a kid I used to sit next to her and help her find stuff.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/247020/||Another game that usually doesn’t peak my interest, but every once in a while I decide that i am in the mood for a game that super stresses me out. Working in a real restaurant stressed me out way less.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/369420/||Another HOG, though this one comes more positively recommended.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/331760/||I actually won the whole Season pass to this too. I love Point and Clicks, and although reviews were iffy it seemed like it could be a lot of fun.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/304750/||Another HOG, but this one the reviews and faults were so bad, I really wanted to try it. Apparently, there are un-clickable objects and developer named objects (OBJ_001)throughout.|
|Played Games Stores||Thoughts|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/428690/||To be honest, not really liking this one all that much right now, but I think it might have potential. At the moment, it reminds me more of a clicker game then a simulation. A lot of things aren’t explained fully either, so i am not sure if I am right about assumptions I am making.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/370490/||Kind-of mindless, and although it looks very basic, the game is solid. I played with a controller, and I had no issues whatsoever. Music gets a little annoying, but I kind of appreciate that it is a game I can mute and listen to my own stuff easily.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/489700/||An arcade beat-em-up. Very basic, and not very fun at all. The lack of moves and the controls make me want to put this in my will not complete category, but i will give it another go at some point.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/242880/||Well, the title caught my eye. The music from the video sounded pleasing to my ears. And then the actual gameplay… well I don’t usually play these types of games. There seems to be a lot of walking around aimlessly (maybe I am missing something?) You have to go searching for people to kill (expected) and objectives are not always immediately clear/easy to find. I do not believe this should be bought at full price at $20, and if it hadn’t been in a bundle, I wouldn’t have tried it.|
|http://store.steampowered.com/app/335220/||Lastly, I will mention this game. Music is calming, game play is easy. But it’s not a game I find myself wanting to play. There isn’t anything to distinguish it from the various entries into the matching puzzle genre.|
A few friends congratulated me on my new level, and one of my whitelists felt bad after winning over 10 GA’s for me. He is really lucky. They are all very kind.
There were a lot. I won’t go over those.
Currently working on sorting all my games in the side categories. Some are very hard to choose!
This week I finished two games, but played plenty more (aiming to wittle down my “Have Not Played” by playing each one for a little bit, a half hour to about 2 hours. This will help me choose what I want to continue first, and what may be put in my “Will Not Play”. Let’s not talk about how many games I have accumulated these past few months though.
For those two games I beat though, they were both very short, and I beat them 100%.
In the case of Aozora, beating it 100% takes less then a minute. The only achievement at the moment is starting the game. But I did unlock all the gallery files by playing through a few times offline. There is an uncensored patch, but I did not install it.
Suits, I won in a GA. Truly, I entered the GA to bump it up to 5 entries (ended with 4 though). But I loved it! I wrote a really quick and bad review on steam;
“Can’t say much else that other people haven’t already brought up.
The humor and relevancy to today.
The “cameos”, such as Chef Ramsey.
Hidden secrets throughout.
I wish there was a bit more customization, and that it was a little longer.00
The teammates were nice, but I wish they were fleshed out a bit more.
Lastly, the “To be Continued” makes me happy and hopeful.”
I don’t think I will hit my goals to finish Brothers or Oceanhorn this month (though I did play Brothers on console with a friend). But I’ll consider it a win to keep chipping away at my backlog. I am toying with an idea to do a GA with a poll or something for people to pick what game I should play through next. If you have any time and suggestions, let me know! I do play offline though sometimes, so my hours and achievements can be a little weird/off.
Been playing different games for a little bit each night, to wittle down the never played list. Some of these will be moved to “will not play”.
Completely sorted my games, and we are at
66% 69% 70% 68% untouched! Bought some bundles darnit!
This was a decent week for games, though my backlog increased with the sale and Humble. I even won 2 GA’s in one day, one the ext, and another the following. But only these 3 I played this week.
I am working at planned games, but making progress otherwise too. At least I gave myself a goal date of August 1st. Higurashi was good, at least chapter 4 has a short wait.
All of these games are visual novels and 2 have some fanservice in them.
I played Sword of Asumi, which I won in a GA. It wasn’t bad, but not very good either. I was kind-of expecting this though. I played through once for real, and then used a guide to get the specific endings/achievements. Surpringsly, I got many of the optional achievements in my first run. I just cannot get one achievement to trigger, despite following three different guides/hints. So I put it in beaten for now, and can try again later. In all, I’d say I spent about 7 hours playing through it, including my extra runs which heavily used skip. I feel bad about this
Next, Go! Go! Nippon! also had a similar issue, but there are no achievements. I also won this game
in a GA. Another game that’s not bad, but not great either. I am still glad I got to experience it though. I can see how it would be useful to people who are interested in Japan and it’s culture, but are new to it. I might even suggest it to the students that I tutor in Japanese/Japanese culture/history.
Lastly, I recieved Cyber City 2157, which has very positive reviews, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. On one hand, I found the stories intruiging, but I also felt there was much to be desired in the language. I noticed several reviewers also noting that the translations seemed off. I eventually had to turn my sound off/way down though. Some of the noises were too jarring. No achievements here either, but I hope they work on the translation first. My playthrough was about 2 hours.
Really wanted to play
The other big game I played this week was Zero Time Dilemma, the third game in one of my favorite series. I only had one real gripe with it, and it is the fact that the lip syncing doesn’t work, even for Japanese. But I really don’t care about that. Maybe because I play a lot of games like this, I figured out the twists pretty early on. I got lucky with one puzzle by solving an entire room entirely by accident, trying something I shouldn’t have even touched yet. Yay. Overall, a superb game that I had a lot of fun with. I hope the other two make it to steam soon though, as it really flushes out the story. It took me about 17 hours, which is well under the average that I can see. Yikes.
Lastly, I played Kivi, Toliet and Shotgun Which as many reviews point out, is incredibly buggy. Thank goodness there are no achievements in steam (there are in the game itself) or I would probably go a little mad. Otherwise, not really my type of game, and I was not expecting it to be. I did like that I could upgrade my car though. And while not techinically beaten, I played about 6 hours and suffered through bugs enough to say i was satidifed where I got.
Down to 74% untouched! (for what is sorted)
Mostly worked on super cheap bundle games with varying success. Not many have achievements though. I guess I’ll do Tuesday updates until grad school starts up again.
I found time after work, and was sent home early one day!
Starting off with the bad:
Added another game to my Will not Play list, a mostly negative Digital homicide game. No real surprise there from me, but I believe you have to try before you decide. It was truly awful, and I could make it’s own post why, but I won’t.
Going back a little further, I played Attrition another very negatively reviewed digital homicide game. Pretty much the same as above.
I’ll also add Ampersand to the above as well.
A little better:
I also started Cosmic Dust and Rust. Not a bad game, but not great either. It has no achievements, and I’m not sure how far I am in the game exactly. But I love Tower Defense games, even though this one isn’t very polished, at all.
I also played Clergy Splode Not really feeling the game style. I will put it in unfinished for now, but may update it to will not play.
As I mentioned in an earlier update, I beat Calcu-late. It’s a super short game (under an hour) I beat it in about half an hour on hard difficulty.
What I liked:
I had also started Battle Ranch. Another Tower Defense game, with a farming twist. I enjoyed the few hours I played, and will continue to play when the mood strikes me.
And saving the best for last, I’m in the middle of Higurashi Chapter 3, I didn’t realize chapter 4 comes out so soon though. I will finish this by the morning, staying up late. Even though I have seen the show, read the books, and the synopsis of these games; it is still highly engaging and I doubt I could go to bed without finding out what happens in this chapter. Oddly enough, I am getting achievements before they make sense in the story.