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I pick 5 games from the following categories and finish them as a batch:

  • SG win
  • Game gifted by friends
  • HB Monthly/Choice game
  • Any other game not from above categories
  • Game NOT on Steam (mostly PS4 now)

I use Harry Potter grading system to rate games I’m done with/played a lot:
Passing Grades: Outstanding; Exceeds Expectations; Acceptable
Failing Grades: Poor; Dreadful; Troll

Other stuff:

  • Endless/No story are marked as Beaten if I played 10+ hours (or Completed, if they have no achievements).
  • There’s a bunch of games I’ve played that are Just not for me, so they’ll be set as Won’t Play.
  • And then there’s Utter garbage. Honestly lots of games could go there after one look at them in Steam Store, but I’ll only add the ones I’ve tried to play.

31 May 2020 / Summary of May

A productive month this time.

Half-Life 2
Won on SteamGifts

Thief 2

0.5 hours
no achievements

Like the first game, it's too aged for me, I simply can't enjoy it.

Half-Life 2
Game gifted by friends

Half-Life: Blue Shift

Outstanding
3.6 hours
no achievements

I thoroughly enjoyed yet another different take on Black Mesa Incident. This one is much more pragmatic, with the sole goal of getting out of the facility, I really loved it, just like Opposing Force.

Half-Life 2
HB Monthly/Choice game

Flat Heroes

Poor
0.8 hours
3 of 44 achievements

Maybe it's fun with friends but as I was playing alone, the difficulty & luck factor quickly got frustrating.

Half-Life 2
Any other game from my library

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Exceeds Expectations
8.2 hours
58 of 58 achievements

I didn't really like the art style but the game is really fun and witty. I've never played it before as many others note in reviews, nonetheless it was an enjoyable experience even without the nostalgia.

Half-Life 2
Game NOT on Steam

UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves

Outstanding
12.8 hours
no achievements

27% trophies as this doesn't allow adding percentages. So much better than the 1st game, and I already liked that one! That train ride was a blast (pun intended). I'm already looking forward to playing the 3rd game.

Half-Life 2
Think Locally / Won of SteamGifts

The Howler

Acceptable
4.1 hours
no achievements
Half-Life 2
Think Locally / HB Monthly/Choice game

Gremlins, Inc.

Exceeds Expectations
36.4 hours
47 of 100 achievements
Half-Life 2
Think Locally

Scrap Garden

Poor
6.4 hours
13 of 42 achievements

The story first appeared ok but damn the gameplay is very repetitive.

Half-Life 2
Won on SteamGifts

Post Master

Dreadful
2.0 hours
no achievements

Looks like it would be a decent casual game but it keeps getting errors that cause the game to crash, rendering it unplayable.

Half-Life 2

The Ship Single Player

Troll
1.1 hours
no achievements

They call it single-player but in fact it's more like a tutorial for a dead multi-player game. Also crashes occasionally. Nope.

Half-Life 2
Won on SteamGifts

The Silent Age

Outstanding
3.4 hours
24 of 24 achievements

Excellent story, puzzles make sense - I really enjoyed this.

Next batch:
  • SG win: Ruzh Delta Z
  • Game gifted by friends: Half-Life 2
  • HB Monthly/Choice game: Morphblade
  • Any other game not from above categories: Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • Game NOT on Steam: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS4)
  • I also plan to finish remaining Steam Spring Cleaning games:
  • Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
  • Paratopic
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • ...and whichever games for the next monthly theme.

    27 April 2020 / Summary of April

    I’m finally done with the batch that took me so long:

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    • Legend of Grimrock: Acceptable. Although an interesting concept, I dropped it as puzzles got kind of tedious and I didn’t have will to go through it.
    • Half-Life: Opposing Force: Outstanding. I loved it, thought it was better than the original Half-Life.
    • Mini Metro: Acceptable. Nice little game, it’s probably going to be one of those games that I reinstall sometime later and play a bit again.
    • UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune / PS4: Acceptable. The game would definitely get a bigger rating from me, especially considering that it was released back in 2007. I really liked the characters and enjoyed the story. However, there were two very frustrating things that almost made me drop the game. 1) Jet ski. Oh man, I thought the level where you swim through the city was bad, with all the bad guys and barrels. But then they introduced additional obstacle in a later level: fighting the current of the river. I’m bad in driving stuff as it is but jesus that was horrible. 2) Facing constant waves of enemies in a same manner was frustrating enough, and then they introduce the level full of “cursed” things, and if you die the checkpoint is wayyy back so you have to fight all of them again. God no.

    Other stuff I finished:

    • The Secret Order 5: The Buried Kingdom: Acceptable
    • Demon Hunter 3: Revelation: Exceeds Expectations
    • Papers, Please: Outstanding. Gotta admit, it’s not the first time I played this game - I finished pirated version back in 2013 or 2014 when I was still an idiot. So I have remembered this game and bought it, finally, to relive this masterpiece.

    Next batch:
    SG win: Thief™ II: The Metal Age
    Game gifted by friends: Half Life: Blue Shift
    HB Monthly/Choice game: Flat Heroes
    Any other game not from above categories: Day of the Tentacle Remastered
    Game NOT on Steam: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    27 March 2020 / Long Time No Post

    I’ve been quite lazy and haven’t played much lately. Anyway, my first update after 7 months.

    Barely any update on the batch:

    • Legend of Grimrock

      7 hours playtime

      3 of 40 achievements

    • Half-Life: Opposing Force

      0 minutes playtime

      no achievements

    • RIVE

      3 hours playtime

      2 of 44 achievements

    • Mini Metro

      14 hours playtime

      19 of 49 achievements

    Still playing Legend of Grimrock and Mini Metro, haven’t started Half-Life: Opposing Force yet.
    RIVE: Poor. Seemed okay at first but when the biggest challenge in the game becomes double-jumping, I ain’t playing it further.

    Other stuff I played/currently play:

    • The Elder Scrolls Online

      1079 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

      311 hours playtime

      63 of 78 achievements

    • Plague Inc: Evolved

      30 hours playtime

      69 of 211 achievements

    • The Witcher Adventure Game

      7 hours playtime

      7 of 37 achievements

    • The Secret Order 4: Beyond Time

      7 hours playtime

      33 of 33 achievements

    • I came back to The Elder Scrolls Online and wasted tons of time on it (totally worth it) but dropped it again. Also now rated as Exceeds Expectations.
    • After the last post, I of course fully finished The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Blood & Wine was left), and then replayed the whole game once again (totally worth it).
    • Plague Inc: Evolved: Outstanding, playing this often now
    • The Witcher Adventure Game: Exceeds Expectations, also playing it often for now
    • The Secret Order 4: Beyond Time: Poor, what a shitty story.

    I also got my hands on PS4 so finished some stuff there:

    • The Last of Us: Outstanding, such a good game
    • Mortal Kombat 11: Acceptable, I’m really bad in fighting games so just finished the story

    Currently playing on PS4:
    UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune: hopefully will get through the whole series step by step

    24 August 2019 / Summary of Summer

    Done with the batch:

    • Quest for Infamy

      14 hours playtime

      6 of 59 achievements

    • Door Kickers

      4 hours playtime

      7 of 43 achievements

    • Hidden Folks

      6 hours playtime

      1 of 7 achievements

    Quest for Infamy: Poor. Funny, but not enough to overcome the frustration of “where the hell am I supposed to do and where to go?”
    Door Kickers: Acceptable. All fine, just not for me.
    Hidden Folks: Poor. Funny at first but then gets frustrating real quick. Also bad for eyes.

    Also finished - leftovers from Steam Spring Cleaning Event, HOGs, and my love:

    • Hustle Cat

      8 hours playtime

      12 of 12 achievements

    • Odysseus: Long Way Home

      9 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • Queen's Quest: Tower of Darkness

      5 hours playtime

      22 of 22 achievements

    • Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom

      6 hours playtime

      13 of 13 achievements

    • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

      179 hours playtime

      52 of 78 achievements

    Hustle Cat: Exceeds Expectations
    Odysseus: Long Way Home: Poor
    Queen’s Quest: Tower of Darkness: Dreadful. My mad review on Steam
    Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom: Poor
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Outstanding, of course. Haven’t finished Blood & Wine yet though.

    Also played:

    • Blush Blush

      11 hours playtime

      8 of 16 achievements

    • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

      412 hours playtime

      103 of 167 achievements

    • Crush Crush

      56 hours playtime

      17 of 24 achievements

    • Heroes of Might & Magic III - HD Edition

      25 hours playtime

      0 of 13 achievements

    • PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

      369 hours playtime

      29 of 37 achievements

    • Sid Meier's Civilization V

      164 hours playtime

      100 of 286 achievements

    • Sid Meier's Civilization VI

      51 hours playtime

      23 of 241 achievements

    • Gwent on GOG
    • League of Legends (TFT mostly)
    • The Sims 4 on Origin

    Next batch:
    SG win: Legend of Grimrock
    Game gifted by friends: Half-Life: Opposing Force
    HB Monthly game: RIVE
    Other game I bought: Mini Metro

    1 June 2019 / Summary of May

    Batch update:

    • Quest for Infamy

      5 hours playtime

      0 of 59 achievements

    • Door Kickers

      4 hours playtime

      7 of 43 achievements

    • Hidden Folks

      6 hours playtime

      1 of 7 achievements

    • Glass Masquerade

      5 hours playtime

      31 of 31 achievements

    Glass Masquerade: Exceeds Expectations. Such a beautiful and calm game!

    Also finished:

    • Grim Legends 3: The Dark City

      8 hours playtime

      36 of 36 achievements

    Grim Legends 3: The Dark City: Acceptable. The story wasn’t that good IMO.

    Steam Spring Cleaning Event:

    • SIMULACRA

      5 hours playtime

      8 of 24 achievements

    • A Plot Story

      4 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • Trolley Gold

      49 minutes playtime

      0 of 8 achievements

    • Teddy Floppy Ear - Mountain Adventure

      4 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • Don't Starve Together

      7 hours playtime

      no achievements

    SIMULACRA: Exceeds Expectations. I was mildly spooked and I love the concept, however expected more from the ending.
    A Plot Story: Poor. Dropped it as the story is put in a non-engaging way, and the puzzles are repetitive as hell.
    Trolley Gold: Troll.
    Teddy Floppy Ear - Mountain Adventure: No rating - didn’t play much because well, it’s a game for small children.
    Don’t Starve Together: Acceptable.

    Other games I’ve played:

    • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

      99 hours playtime

      20 of 78 achievements

    • Blush Blush

      10 hours playtime

      7 of 14 achievements

    • Crush Crush

      53 hours playtime

      17 of 24 achievements

    • Cadria Item Shop

      12 hours playtime

      7 of 50 achievements

    28 April 2019 / Summary of 4 months

    Finally done with the batch:

    • FaeVerse Alchemy

      17 hours playtime

      10 of 15 achievements

    • HuniePop

      40 hours playtime

      15 of 20 achievements

    • ONE PIECE PIRATE WARRIORS 3

      6 hours playtime

      7 of 40 achievements

    • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition

      75 hours playtime

      38 of 52 achievements

    FaeVerse Alchemy: Poor. It just gets boring and repetitive really soon.
    HuniePop: Exceeds Expectations. It was hilarious.
    ONE PIECE PIRATE WARRIORS 3: Poor. Barely got it running, controls were weird. I just didn’t like it enough to even go through the story.
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition: Outstanding. I finished it twice (took me a while…) to go through the two main story paths. Brilliant game.

    Also finished these on my HOG-spree-weekend:

    • True Fear: Forsaken Souls Part 1

      10 hours playtime

      36 of 40 achievements

    • Adam Wolfe

      9 hours playtime

      27 of 27 achievements

    • Alex Hunter - Lord of the Mind

      10 hours playtime

      no achievements

    True Fear: Forsaken Souls Part 1: Acceptable.
    Adam Wolfe: Exceeds Expectations. Looking forward to the sequel.
    Alex Hunter - Lord of the Mind: Poor.

    Also played:

    • Crush Crush

      52 hours playtime

      17 of 24 achievements

    • Minion Masters

      26 hours playtime

      21 of 38 achievements

    • Mighty Party

      3 hours playtime

      8 of 29 achievements

    • The Elder Scrolls: Legends

      15 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • Blush Blush

      8 hours playtime

      7 of 13 achievements

    • Castle Clicker

      32 minutes playtime

      1 of 17 achievements

    • Cadria Item Shop

      8 hours playtime

      7 of 47 achievements

    • League of Legends

    Next batch:
    SG win: Quest for Infamy
    Game gifted by friends: Door Kickers
    HB Monthly game: Hidden Folks
    Other game I bought: Glass Masquerade
    Aaand I’ll also start playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt properly. Goodbye real world, I guess.

    29 December 2018 / Summary

    Yeah well autumn was very busy for me, had to stay overtime at work almost every day. Nonetheless, I’m FINALLY done with the batch:

    • Restaurant Empire II

      2 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • Half-Life

      20 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • Space Run Galaxy

      5 hours playtime

      2 of 30 achievements

    • Space Run

      11 hours playtime

      14 of 30 achievements

    Restaurant Empire II: Poor. Too much micro-management
    Half-Life: Exceeds Expectations
    Space Run Galaxy: Poor
    Space Run: Poor. There’s so much going on yet it’s unbearably boring. Also a very poor attempt at being funny.

    Also played (a lot…):

    • PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

      365 hours playtime

      29 of 37 achievements

    • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

      27 hours playtime

      19 of 75 achievements

    • This War of Mine

      100 hours playtime

      35 of 42 achievements

    • Crush Crush

      34 hours playtime

      10 of 24 achievements

    • Ring of Elysium

      3 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • Heroes of Might & Magic III - HD Edition

      21 hours playtime

      0 of 13 achievements

    • Artifact

      3 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • American Truck Simulator

      7 hours playtime

      3 of 43 achievements

    • Book of Demons

      7 hours playtime

      47 of 202 achievements

    • Criminal Minds (DRM-free): Acceptable
    • League of Legends

    Next batch:

    SG win: FaeVerse Alchemy
    Game gifted by friends: HuniePop
    HB Monthly game: ONE PIECE PIRATE WARRIORS 3
    Other game I bought: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition

    23 September 2018 / Summary of August and September

    Done with the batch:

    • Thief Gold

      3 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • fault - milestone one

      11 hours playtime

      12 of 12 achievements

    • Poly Bridge

      11 hours playtime

      4 of 22 achievements

    • Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™

      44 hours playtime

      59 of 74 achievements

    Thief Gold: No rating, won’t finish due to annoying controls
    fault - milestone one: Exceeds Expectations
    Poly Bridge: Poor; won’t finish due to the annoying controls and difficulty (when your bridge collapses even after looking it up in a guide…how about no)
    Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™: Exceeds Expectations

    Also played:

    • PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

      250 hours playtime

      27 of 37 achievements

    • Dying Light: Bad Blood

      4 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • Rapture Rejects when it was in Open Alpha

    Next batch:

    SG win: Restaurant Empire II
    Game gifted by friends: Half-Life
    HB Monthly game: Space Run Galaxy
    Other game I bought: Space Run

    30th Week of 2018 (+3 days) / Summary of Second Half of June and July

    Significant events: Batch finished (sort of)! I’ve also wasted a shitton of time on MP games and also some on clickers which I’ve started playing again from time to time.

    Finished:

    • Beat Hazard

      11 hours playtime

      29 of 63 achievements

    • Papers, Please - The Short Film

      9 minutes playtime

      no achievements

    Beat Hazard: Poor
    Papers, Please - The Short Film: Outstanding (not a game but hey, it’s on Steam)

    Dropped:

    • Gothic II: Gold Edition

      2 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • Gothic

      2 hours playtime

      no achievements

    • Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!

      21 hours playtime

      19 of 45 achievements

    Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!: Poor - I loved the first one but something’s so wrong with this one, I can’t even finish it :(
    I will not rate Gothic and Gothic II: Gold Edition because I didn’t play them that much and dropped them because of horrible controls which I just can’t stand.

    Played:

    • PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

      170 hours playtime

      22 of 37 achievements

    • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

      410 hours playtime

      103 of 167 achievements

    • Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money

      9 hours playtime

      7 of 21 achievements

    • Clicker Heroes

      239 hours playtime

      58 of 111 achievements

    • AdVenture Capitalist

      80 hours playtime

      16 of 31 achievements

    • Scream Collector

      2 hours playtime

      2 of 44 achievements

    Next batch:

    SG win: Thief™ Gold
    Game gifted by friends: fault - milestone one
    HB Monthly game: Poly Bridge
    Other game I bought: Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™

    23rd Week of 2018 (+2 days) / Mid-June Update

    Significant events: I’ve finished my previous 3-game-batch, picked what to play next and I have also decided to update my further batches to consist of 4 games.

    Finished:

    • Total War: WARHAMMER

      52 hours playtime

      33 of 185 achievements

    Total War: WARHAMMER: Exceeds Expectations

    Played

    • PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

      64 hours playtime

      14 of 37 achievements

    • Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!

      3 hours playtime

      6 of 45 achievements

    • Holyday City: Reloaded

      3 hours playtime

      2 of 42 achievements

    Next batch:

    SG win: Gothic II: Gold Edition
    Game gifted by friends: Gothic
    HB Monthly game: Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!, which I’ve already started
    Other game I bought: Beat Hazard

    If I have time, I also intend to finish Mini Metro and Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ which were included in Steam Spring Cleaning Event for me.