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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 & how I classify games:
- I mark games as Beaten if they have achievements and 1) I've finished the story; 2) I've played 10+ hours if there's no story.
- I mark games as Completed if 1) I got all achievements; 2) they have no achievements and I've finished the story, or played 10+ hours if there's no story.
- I mark games as Won't Play only if I tried them and 1) they don't work anymore; 2) I didn't quite like them enough to finish; 3) they are utter garbage.
PlayStation 4 Pro
DRM-Free finished games-Criminal Minds
9 January 2021 // S21E03 - Half-Life finally done
Half-Life 2: Episode Two
So I'm finally done with Half-Life series, it was a great ride (even though I'm over a decade late). This last game has no chance of getting the highest rating from me as 1) it included a car chapter. No, please just stop it, no. And 2) the final boss battle was ridiculously hard compared to the rest of the game where there's almost always someone helping Gordon, and it also involved driving around in a car, so no, just no. Apart from this, I really enjoyed the game, especially the new environments introduced here and more involvement from NPCs. The ending is great too, and even though it's a huge cliffhanger and I understand people's frustration of third game never being released (including that it was kinda promised), I actually don't really care about it. As I wasn't sitting anxiously back in 2008 (or so) waiting for it, the cliffhanger itself is like…whatever - I couldn't care less about the whole Borealis thing and especially that lady what's-her-name.
8 January 2021 // S21E02
Half-Life 2: Episode One
Quite different from the previous ones, with Alyx helping out throughout most of the game - so it felt quite different (the previous games are so solitary). I liked the soundtrack in this one a lot. Sucks that it ends with a cliffhanger, nonetheless there's still Episode Two. If that one ends in the same kind of cliffhanger, maybe I'll start to FULLY understand all the HL3 memes…
As I’m almost done with Half-Life series, I’ve also listed these two as Won’t Play due to being multiplayer games which, I expect, are dead by now and I’m not interested in multiplayers anyway.
3 January 2021 // S21E01
12 Labours of Hercules IV: Mother Nature
Surely better than the previous ones, as far as I remember. Enjoyable for the day to be forgotten on the next one, as all games from the series.
2 January 2021 / Summary of December
So I just thought I’d make a post although there’s not much I played this December aside from Cyberpunk 2077 which I’ve already posted about. Before its release, however, I played mostly random games and none from my batch, of which I only have The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition and The Last of Us Part II left. I think I’ll be parking both of those for now and picking other games to play instead, as I just don’t feel like finishing them right now. I also don’t feel like my batch system has been working for me that well so this year I’ll be just playing games one by one in whichever order (of course still trying to focus on gifted games). I still intend to finish by Bad ABC and HOG ABC as terrible games and HOGs is something I tend to play every once in a while.
Book of Demons
I've played this before quite a bit but during December I've finished the story playing Rogue. Of course I should finish playing Warrior and Mage too and then there's free play, but I think I'll be coming back to that later - it's one of those games I tend to remember and play once in a while. Not too special but includes some nice comedy to brighten the "serious" dungeon atmosphere.
Mansions of Madness
It says right there I have 0 hours but in fact we've been playing this with friends for a couple of months on friend's account, and in December we've finally finished all investigations in the vanilla game. Yay! We've got our hands now on some physical expansions as well as digital DLCs so I expect we'll continue playing this for quite some time.
HOG ABC progress: I played some more of these but I won’t continue as they’re endless and got boring real soon.
It only took half of my holidays
2 December 2020 / Summary of November
Well can’t tell I’ve actually done much in terms of what I originally planned to play. However, I played a considerable amount of other stuff, including some progress on my brand new HOG ABC challenge which I decided to add for the times when I just binge-play a number of HOGs. No progress on Bad ABC though…
This does not get a Troll rating as it has some actual gameplay. Despite that, it has no point whatsoever. You just blast enemies and try to survive, 2 minutes per run probably. No achievements, in-game unlockables, story or levels to keep playing longer than a couple of runs.
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
Sadly, this one-chapter tech-demo/game doesn’t run on my PC for some reason. After multiple tries I just gave up and watched a video on Youtube what's it about and gave a rating based on what I've seen. Yeah it's short and not really a game but I really wanted to play "everything half-life" so it's a pity I can't run this one.
I mean it’s ok, it looks nice and plays nice and all but…it just was not fun? I really didn’t feel like playing it anymore after my first try, and there being no story (which means a lot for me in games) felt the game was void of something. I don’t know, this one’s just really not for me.
Chronicles of Magic: Divided Kingdoms
Some new mini-games (like chasing a guy on a horse) but all are way too short and way too easy. The story was way too clear immediately. The voice acting…”Nevin” and “my son” was repeated like 2000 times and I wanted him to die somewhere mid-game already. HOPs were beautiful although that alone doesn’t change the fact the game overall is disappointing.
Dark Arcana: The Carnival
Way too simple. Way too much walking back and forth with no fast travel. Sadly, it needs two playthroughs to get all achievements.
Ghost Files: The Face of Guilt
It’s a detective vs serial killer story, and I like those. Of course it’s super simple with a magical twist but it was decent for a HOG. Nothing much else to say, I liked however that HOPs could be swapped to Monaco games so you can actually finish HOP with a couple of items left real quick without using hints.
Lost Lands: A Hidden Object Adventure
Ok so this one's endless and not very well made. Anyway, as I'm a sucker for achievements, I'll play a bit daily to maybe get those in time.
Portal of Evil: Stolen Runes Collector's Edition
Definitely one of the best HOGs I’ve played - I can only compare it to the Enigmatis series and Darkarta. It looks good, has interesting and quite challenging puzzles, and the story is great for a HOG. The game follows its logic, and isn't dumb in how and where items are used. And you actually use some items multiple times - a lack of such feature always bothered me in other HOGs (e.g. when you "drop" the hammer and need it 2 minutes later).
Another endless HOG, apparently. Same as with Lost Lands, I'll probably play it some more for the achievements.
3 November 2020 / Using the long weekend to catch up with games
So, here in Lithuania we had a free Monday (public holiday) and I decided to finally finish up the batch I left abandoned for so long. I also made some progress with my bad ABC challenge, where I try to give a chance for games that are mostly garbage.
I have finally righted the wrong of never finishing HL2 before and oh boy do I wish I had done it earlier. The game is excellent as expected, even Water Hazard and Highway 17 didn't upset me that much, although I usually hate driving games. Seeing the ending I can now fully understand the HL3 meme. Of course I still have Episodes 1 & 2 to finish - looking forward to finishing the saga.
Clunky controls + dying sends you back to the start of the level. This combo ain’t lasting more than 3 runs (I didn't last for 3 hours - that's from farming cards). Also for a stickman game one would expect to see tons of blood and guns blasting. This, however, has level 2 as stealth level. Nope.
Upon turning it on, I immediately thought it’s just a badly made arcade game. It was lame and I thought “I’m gonna see the first boss and then uninstall the hell out of this”. Turns out, the first boss is the last one, so I beat the game, yay. I can’t believe this was ever sold for any amount of money, it looks like an assignment for college someone made overnight just to stay out of trouble. Jeez.
Will continue my achievement hunt for these:
23 October 2020 / Just felt I should post an update
Not much done though, same batch, still intent to finish that old theme + spring cleaning (in autumn…great).
Ruzh Delta Z
A dreadful little game.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
I thought it was great - somewhat reminded me of HoMM with all the game dynamics. Not as good as main Witcher games of course, but still a very enjoyable experience.
!Dead Pixels Adventure!
Ok so I actually played this garbage and it’s a shitty platformer with 10 levels and horrible soundtrack. Yay to me for playing it. It also has 5000 achievements with letters and numbers that you get for just running the game. Now I can write something super cool like “boobs” or “gamergrill” on my profile using achievements. Yay again. A true troll.
A Detective's Novel
I’m pretty torn on this one. What I liked was the characters (Knox and Mr. Smith were hilarious), and the story itself (the good ending is still bad, yay, my favorite type of story!) - it was an interesting murder case, also not too long and boring which is the case with most VNs.
However, the art is rather bad, so I didn’t even look most of the time, just read, therefore I missed quite an important visual detail regarding the culprit and although solved the case, the second person wasn’t who I thought it was and the game just played itself out lol. Another super annoying thing is the grammar - there are lots of typos, weird phrasing, and man, they don’t know a difference between “where” and “were”.
Overall I still give it a positive rating as the story and characters are way more important, however the developers could have cared more about their own game (although seeing other games from this developer, it is highly unlikely they cared at all).
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game
I may come bad to it yet again…as I tend to do.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI
This time I played A LOT to grab some rare achievements. Will come back later for sure :)
31 May 2020 / Summary of May
A productive month this time.
Like the first game, it's too aged for me, I simply can't enjoy it.
Half-Life: Blue Shift
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.
Maybe it's fun with friends but as I was playing alone, the difficulty & luck factor quickly got frustrating.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
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.
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves
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.
The story first appeared ok but damn the gameplay is very repetitive.
Looks like it would be a decent casual game but it keeps getting errors that cause the game to crash, rendering it unplayable.
The Ship Single Player
They call it single-player but in fact it's more like a tutorial for a dead multi-player game. Also crashes occasionally. Nope.
The Silent Age
Excellent story, puzzles make sense - I really enjoyed this.
27 April 2020 / Summary of April
I’m finally done with the batch that took me so long:
- 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.
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
- Currently Playing 4
- Bad ABC 28
- HOG ABC 24
- Beaten/Completed in 2021 3
- Won on SteamGifts 149
- Received as Gifts (excl. SteamGifts) 144
- Humble Monthly/Choice 387
- Done - 100% 71
- Done - No Achievements 16
- Done - I'll get the achievements I promise 40
- Endless/No story 91
- Abandoned 21
- Utter garbage 6
- Beaten/Completed in 2020 27
- Beaten/Completed in 2019 18
- Beaten/Completed in 2018 16
- Outstanding 29
- Exceeds Expectations 40
- Acceptable 46
- Poor 47
- Dreadful 9
- Troll 6