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I’m working on it, I swear. But those bundles are so tempting…
Finished in March (1-5)
Syberia - The World Before
Syberias were one of my favourite childhood games, and after very bad Syberia 3 I thought my memories were ruined and forgotten. And then came forth Syberia. I love the atmosphere of this game, even if it is much darker than previous entries. The story is about “definitely-not-jevish” girl and “definitely-not-nazi” political force in 1937 in “definitely-not-Austria”, so you propably know, where it is going. (and I also love, how they changed names of clue parts of the history, to avoid talking about, what really happened during WW2…). And of course about a hero from three previous games - searching for clues about girl’s history. The game is an easy adventure game - real puzzles are few and far between, and you are mostly walking, talking with people and watching cutscenes (sooooo maaaany cutscenes…). But the heart is there, the story is engaging, even if some plot points are quite stupid, and the ending is quite touching. It was really nice nostalgia trip.
Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2
Those games are so similar that I can treat them as one - a puzzle games, bringed from mobile phones, with some impossible geometry tricks and very vague story. The second one is a little bit better, a little bit more complex, etc. Everything you expect from a sequel. But both are nice way to spend couple of hours.
Very, very indie game, where you are managing your little cafe. In fact what you are doing is running from NPC to NPC, doing their little quests (mostly simple ones), and slowly revealing the whole little island, you are living in. The cafe stuff is mostly cosmetic, + cooking, which in itself is quite fun, and various serie of minigames. It is nothing special, but this is the first game, in which I could mount a giant rabbit, so I can appreciate that.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Yonder is similar to Calico - you are mostly running and doing chores for people living on a small island, but it lacks any charm. NPC’s have an personality of old MMO characters - they are existing only to give you fetch quests. You can build farms, craft items and trade, but there is very few reasons to do it - honestly the most important thing to do is to find enough creatures called “spirits”, which can open you next areas - and those guys are sitting here and there, waiting for you. The story is so deep, I think ChatGPT wrote it, there are tones of little problems, like the fact that if I want to craft 50 copies of something, I need to click on it 50 times… All in all - I’m not a fan….
Finished in February (5-6)
I managed to squize two more games
Ring of Pain
Nice little roque like deck building game, in which you are going on a circle, and deciding do you want to deal with a card on the left or on the right. Very luck based, but I had good amount of fun, beat the whole game once, and will propably play it from time to time.
I grown with Harry Potter and I’m saying - this game is awesome. It was clearly done by Potter’s maniacs, there is tone of little things nodging to the books, but at the same time - the idea of making a game around 100 years before Potter is brilliant - writers could make a tone of their characters, and had a lot of creative freedom. I love how they took bits of lore and twist them to make gameplay elements - like Floo powder is working as a quick travel system. And I also love how alive the world is - there are so, so many little interactions and dialogues between students, or people of Hogsmeade, there were times where I was just walking through Hogwart and listen to dialogues in the background. There are little problems - some subplots are a little underwhelming, I wish I was playing on pad, because keyboard is a bit wonky, but I had awesome time, and I want more.
Finished in February (1-4)
I finished 4 games in the first part of the month, and honetly I don’t think I’ll finish much more, because, well, I have too much work going to school, learning new spells, flying on a broom…. :D
A small 3d platformer game with some interesting mechanics. The main character is a part of a dream, and to not vanish, he must collect energy from flowers. You can collect seeds and plant those flowers, and by that effectively make your own checkpoints, and because the whole game is one big area, you will use those flowers time and time again, and create your own paths through the levels. Beside that the gameplay was solid, but my one big issue was, that I hate, when I need to go through the same challenges multiple times, and there was some parts, like the freaking labirynth, I had to go through like 5-6 times…
More an experiment than a game, you have access to police database, in which there are interviews about particular murder case, cut into small pieces, and you need to find key words and use them to search for more clips. It was an interesting experience, but the story of the murder is so bizzarre, I lost my suspension of disbelief.
A little kinda roguelike game, in which you are a mage and you are using spells to fight. I went through one run, and finish the whole main plot, because honestly I think AI wasn’t ready for me jumping like a maniac and avoiding their attacks this way. Also after 2/3 of a game, I got bored, because the fights are quite similar. Looks like you are suppose to play it multiple times, because I unlocked a lot of new classes during my run, but for me one is enough.
Submerged: Hidden Depths
Weird exploration game, in which you are searching through ruins of a city. On the first glance it looks like a platformer, but every jump and climb here is done automatically, so in essence it is a walking sim. But I was enjoying it - the astmosphere is great, the images are pretty, even if a bit buggy, and there is a tone of stuff to find. You need to have proper expectation for it, but the game is really fun.
I had bad beginning of the month, so I wasn’t in the mood for playing. So I managed to finish only 4 games, and bought only 1. Although it is a big one
Best game of the month: Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Beaten and completed games
Finished in January (1-4)
The Suicide of Rachel Foster
No. Just no. I don’t care what characters in game want to tell me - 40 year old guy making 16 year old pregnant is not “romantic” and “pure love”. This has very specific name and paragraph in the criminal code. And the fact that other characters done even worse things is not an excuse.But even without this - this is quite boring walking sim in which you are wandering through empty hotel, and mostly hoping to find a trigger, which will start next dialogue. And the fact, that the game is saving only on the beggining of the chapter, crushed for me three times, and you cannot skip dialogues, so I needed to sit through them painfully after every crash is just nail in the coffin.
A Pokemon Snap clone, and a very nice one. you are going through an old safari park, making pictures of weird creatures, and trying to force them to do some specific things, to catch them on camera. I wish a bit, there were one or two more levels, but what I’ve got was really nice.
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Incredibly cute game about a world without colours, tackling some issues with artist block and imposter syndrome. You are going through a black and white world an painting it with colours, solving easy riddles, and just enjoying the atmosphere. Sweet game, my only, minor issue is that because of the art style, I had some problems with depth prespective and needed a few tries to dolve some jumping riddles.
Jazzpunk: Director's Cut
Adventure game, so easy it can be called a walking sim, which main selling point is completely random, and abstract humor. It is mostly weird and I really don’t know, what else say about it.
31 December - “Hi 2023, will you be a better year than the last one?”. First day of 2023 - my husband ended up in hospital. “Yea… you know, 2023, just forget that I asked anything….”
I didn’t have time or energy to sum up the whole year for the obvious reasons, so let’s not talk about the whole craziness, let’s talk about some good games.
Number of beaten games: 71 - significantly less than year before (99), but I feel there were more bigger games
New games: 72 (6 less than year before)
So my backlog is officially at +1 at the end of the year. I can live with that
Elden Ring - yea, I’m not original - this is an awesome game, and I don’t even like the original Dark Souls trilogy. But this one, thanks to the open world, fixed all the problems I had in DS series and left huge amount of fun for me.
Control - Such good world building… An immersive sim with everything happening in one building full of supernatural stuff. The world was incredibly interesting, and I just hope that there will be second part, I need more lore.
Stray - yea, I know everyone loved it, but before the release I was 100% sure that it will be bad game based on one gimmick. And I’m incredibly happy, that I was wrong.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap - this is a remake of 30-years-old game. It shouldn’t give me so much fun.
Worst game I actually finished
Odyssey - The Story of Science - Sorry guys, I love games, I love reading, but when half of the gameplay is me reading a book inside a game and then solving physics puzzles based on what I learnt… nope, I finished school couple of years ago, I don’t need another exam.
Most disappointing game
Raji: An Ancient Epic - I want to love this game, I really do. It is so pretty, the setting is so unique. But gameplay is just bad…
This one month, when all my backlog is going waaay overboard. Two seperate Steam sales, many reasons for gifts, and moreover - I won 3 Steamgifts… Oh well, at least I have something to play. I will write a summary of the whole year in a couple days.
Best game of the month: Doors: Paradox
Beaten and completed games
Finished in December (1-4)
I didn’t play as much, as I thought I will, but I finished a few games.
An interesting concept - a kinda-roguelite game, in which you need to climb the mountain, and live to tell a tale. The map is grid-based, every step cost you resources (hunger, sleep, temperature, oxygen…), and you need to plan your route to survive. There are also tones of events on map, which can help you with your journey, or not, so there is quite a bit of luck needed. The main problem in game - to beat it you need to climb about 20(?) mountains and after first one, you basically seen everything. So you are doing the same thing on slighty different maps over and over again. It is getting boring quickly, although I must say, I had fun, when I played it in short bursts.
Little puzzle game in which you need to finish set of door-based dioramas full with small riddles. Similar to Rooms series, but much, much easier. Dioramas look nice, there was rarely a moment, when I was stuck for more than a couple of seconds, and even then, there is a hint system. All in all nice little time killer, but nothing spectacular.
Classic metroidvania game about a witch, based heavily on slavic mythology. Decent, but I’m not a big fan of platformer games in which you need to go through the same places over and over again, and in this one saves and quick travel points are rare, so I had to backtrack numerous times.
Raji: An Ancient Epic
Beatiful game, decent story, I love the fact, that it tell me some Hindu mythology, and it is trying to go as deep in indian astethic as it could, BUT the fighting is just unpleasant. It is a orthogonal platformer/fighting game, which trying to do some souls-like fighting with combos etc, but the screen during fights is crowded, controls are wonky, and the enemies can do chain attacks which are taking a lot of damage, while you cannot even move to recover. More often than not I was just spaming basic attack and hope for the best, Which is a shame, because everything besides basic gameplay elements was good. Also, spoiler alert, I just love games, which are so convienient about it success, that they are doing cliffhanger ending…
Some very good games this month. Also - I went a bit overboard during steam sale, but I still finished one more then I bought.
Best game of the month: Sable
Beaten and completed games
Odyssey - The Invention of Science
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Slice of Sea
- Won on SteamGifts 159
- Finished in this month 7
- New games in this month 17
- Too hard :( 36
- Doubles 8
- Those games were bad.. 24
- I had some fun but that's enough 53
- I want to play this 47
- New games from 2019 87
- New games from 2020 91
- New games 2021 79
- New Games 2022 72
- New games 2023 19
- Technical issues 9
- Monthly theme 4
- To play with you tube 5
- Why do I have it? I hate this kind of games 12
- Steamdeck 32