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September 2019

Ok. So let me count. One bundle. One Steamgift win. One game from Chrono Coins. Three gifts from my husband because he loves when I’m annoyed at my backlog. Two buys because apperently I have too much money. All in all - my backlog is screwed. Oh well, lets get over it.

During the whole month I was playing my GOG and Epic games. It was really fun and I finally finish some of my long time backlogged games. I will go back to steam now, but I want to repeat this in a near future.

Best game of th month: Celeste. But Abzu was a close call.

As usual - reviews are in my previous posts.

Beaten and completed games

  • Celeste

    Epic Store

    9/10

  • Abzu

    Epic Store

    8/10

  • Saboteur

    GOG

    8/10

Dropped games

  • Moonlighter

    Epic Store

  • Kona

    GOG

New games

  • Dying Light

    2 hours playtime

    0 of 68 achievements

  • HIVESWAP: ACT 1

    2 hours playtime

    0 of 44 achievements

  • Dungeon Rats

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 15 achievements

  • Republique

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 26 achievements

  • Asura: Vengeance Expansion

    2 hours playtime

    0 of 65 achievements

  • 911 Operator

    3 hours playtime

    0 of 18 achievements

  • Sword Legacy Omen

    2 hours playtime

    1 of 12 achievements

  • LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias

    2 hours playtime

    0 of 15 achievements

  • Regions Of Ruin

    30 minutes playtime

    1 of 20 achievements

  • A Bird Story

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 1 achievements

  • Yoku's Island Express

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 31 achievements

  • Immortal Planet

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 9 achievements

Finished in September (3, 4, 5)

Continuing my theme “non-Steam games” with additional three - one from GOG and two from Epic. And I think I will finish this month with this. Unfortunately I had so much work at my job, that I couldn’t play more. I will see if October’s monthly theme will be for me, if not, I will propably continue cleaning my non steam libraries, because I didn’t even touch my Uplay account.

  • Moonlighter

    Epic Store

Moonlighter

Dropped

This is a light RPG game, in which you are a shop owner. You are running through dungeon, collecting loot, which you are selling in shop, to buy better equipment and go for even better loot. I really liked the idea, but game started to be very repetitive very quickly. It’s basically a huge grind fest, to get enough money to buy better weapon or armor and go further. Shopping part of game it’s very simple and I didn’t enjoy it. You are just tweaking the prices based on simple algorithm - guy don’t want to buy thing - price down. Guy is too happy with buying - price up. Thats all, no bargain, no individual taste (or at least I didn’t see it) and in the end the customers will buy everything from you, if it will be cheap enough. I much more prefer Recetear, which has similar promise, but better mechanics. There are 5 dungeons in the game, I cleared the first one and I had enough.

  • Abzu

    Epic Store

Abzu

8/10

What a beautiful, relaxing game. It’s a linnear Walking Swim (Sorry, my puns are terrible). You are playing as a diver, visiting old underwater city and discovering it’s secrets. It’s one of those games, which has plenty of mechanics, which are completely useless, but fun. You can catch a fish, and swim on it, you can meditate, and “become” one of underwater creatures, you can spawn more animals in specials places. For no reason at all besides it’s fun. The story is very vague, and I don’t think I understand all of it, but the game is so beatiful and full of life (there are plenty of sea creatures, and they are looking really good - stylistic, but I recognized most of them, even the bizarre ones) that it is definietely worth a ride. My only complain - I had a bit of problem with controlling my diver - something felt a bit off, but it didn’t prevent me from playing.

  • Saboteur

    GOG

Saboteur

8/10

I heard about this game 10 years ago, thought that it sounds super fun, but wasn’t able to catch it until recently it appeared on GOG. It’s a mix between Assassin Creed and GTA, put inside Paris during Second World War. You are a part of the resistance and you are mostly running with explosives and sabotaging important military places, or killing important people. Beside heavy theme (Nazis, occupation, personal tragedies etc.) it’s super fun, and you are spending most of time blowing up stuff, shooting generals and generally making Nazis looks like idiots. The AI is stupid and very forgiving (at least on normal difficulty). but it’s a part of fun - many times I laught when a soldier didn’t see me placing a bomb almost on his back, or when I run into bunch of soldiers, killed the important guy, and run away before they even realised, what happened. You feel a bit like a super spy and I liked this. Also, a warning - if you are a completionist don’t buy this game. I think there is around thousand of collectables (in this case - things to blow) and it’s just too much. The worse case of “lets throw too much stuff into game” I have ever seen.

Finished in September (1, 2)

I’m going with my personal monthly theme- Non-steam games . I have too many games on other platforms, which I didn’t even touch, because Steam… So in this month - no Steam, lets play GOG, Uplay, even Epic or some PS4…

  • Celeste

    Epic Store

Celeste

9/10

This game was sooooooooo good. I mean, really. It’s a platformer, and I am a bit tired of platformers, but a gave it a chance and it was awesome. The game is basically a set of very small screens, and each screen is a separate challenge. It’s hard, but if you die, you lost at most 10 seconds of progress So you are not annoyed but just inspired to try again. I finished a main plot with around 1200 deaths, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed at any time. What else can I say… Graphic - very simple but gorgeous. Music - gorgeous. Mechanics - gorgeous ( I love the fact that they keep throwing at you new mechanics till the very end). Characters - gorgeous. Plot… - maybe not gorgeous but sweet. The plot is one thing I won’t praise above skies - it’s very nice, but I’ve seen this “you need to win a battle with yourself and find inner peace, and I am a smart story because I’m telling you this” thing so many times recently, that it’s starting to be a cliche. But other people love this plot, so maybe it’s just old sarcastic me… Nonetheless - did I mentioned that this game is gorgeous?

  • Kona

    GOG

Kona

Dropped

Yea… I feel sorry, that I dropped this game, but it annoyed me one time too many. It is an open world adventure game/walking sim, with a survival element. Think Ethan Carter mixed with The Long Dark on easy difficulty. You are a detective, you arrived to a village, you found a body and now you are on your own. The game is not telling you what to do, you need to explore locations on one big map, search for clues, and piece together, what is happening. Ok… I don’t particularly like these kind of “you are on your own, good luck” games, but this one at least is giving you tips, if you did everything in a location. Survival element - it’s COLD outside and you need to keep warm - basically it come down to searching for places when you can start fire, and matches, wood… it’s not very difficult. So why I dropped it? Well - do you remember the term “pixel hunting” from old adventure games? Because that what this game is - a huge pixel hunt - you arriving in location and start to search for things you can use or take. And you search… and search… because the indicators are small and you need to be close to see them… I mean, come on, I though we were above clicking on every pixel in 2017. This game should have “Hidden Object” genre in tags. Which is a real shame, because a few riddles I’ve seen were quite good, and the atmosphere is awesome. I wanted to love it, but I think I will finish it on You Tube.

August 2019 - the revenge of backlog

Well… In the beginning of the month everything was going smoothly . And then I bought No man’s sky… Let me just say that my progress in gaming slowed down a bit… Beside that I bought two bundles, so here I am, drowning in my backlog again. A bit of redemption - I finished two games I abandoned years ago, and none of them was as bad as I thought. Thank you, Monthly Challenge.

But now I’m starting a new month! By buing Dying Light… When will I learn?….

Best game of the month: One Finger Death Punch 2 - but to be honest mostly because competition wasn’t so great.

My personal monthly challenge: The current monthly is not for me, cause I normally don’t buy DLC for game I’ve already finished, so my personal goal is - “non-steam games”. I have too many games on GOG, Uplay, not to mentions free games from Epic…

I already wrote reviews about every game, so now I will just show the scores.

Beaten and completed games

  • Year Walk

    7/10

    3 of 10 achievements

  • One Finger Death Punch 2

    8/10

    51 of 63 achievements

  • Marlow Briggs

    7/10

    25 of 29 achievements

  • Knights of Pen and Paper +1

    6/10

    39 of 42 achievements

  • Sonic Adventure DX

    5/10

    5 of 15 achievements

  • Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

    7/10

    1 of 6 achievements

Dropped games

Nothing this time.

New games

  • Iron Fisticle

    2 of 31 achievements

  • Songbringer

    0 of 37 achievements

  • RiME

    0 of 31 achievements

  • The Last Door: Season 2 - Collector's Edition

    0 of 16 achievements

  • Dead Age

    0 of 77 achievements

  • Juanito Arcade Mayhem

    0 of 81 achievements

  • No Man's Sky

    55 hours playtime

    14 of 27 achievements

  • Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond

    0 of 28 achievements

  • Path of Sin: Greed

    0 of 16 achievements

  • My Brother Rabbit

    0 of 30 achievements

  • Endless Fables 3: Dark Moor

    0 of 31 achievements

  • Queen's Quest 3: The End of Dawn

    0 of 18 achievements

  • Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery

    0 of 12 achievements

4 finished, 13 new - Yea.... no comments. At least most of the new ones are short

Finished in August (4, 5, 6)

  • Knights of Pen and Paper +1

    23 hours playtime

    39 of 42 achievements

Knights of Pen and Paper +1

6/10

I was challenged to play this game. A little jRPG which completely smashes the forth wall. You play as RPG players, who are playing a DND style game but then it's start to leaking to the real world... You are jumping between locations and completing quests, which normally reduces to "smash X number of enemy type Y" "Survive a wave of fights" or "Go there". I like the system of challenging the player - you are choosing which enemy type you are fighting and in what amount. So if you need to kill 7 rats you can fight them one after another, or risk and decide to fight all of them at once. Also - A LOT of cultural references. Ninja turtles in sewers, gremlins who cannot touch water... this kind of stuff. All in all a nice game, but at one moment you just need to stop and grind to be able to buy some equipment and go further in story. I'm not a big fan of grinding in jRPG's, It would definietely be more interesting if it had more sidequests (I beat every sidequest accept one on 2/3 of main story)
  • Sonic Adventure DX

    5 hours playtime

    5 of 15 achievements

Sonic Adventure DX

5/10

Yea... I heard that 3D Sonic games aren't very good, and this one is not... The controls are clunky, the camera is crazy, the speed of Sonic is more an obstacle than awesome feeling, I had a couple of bugs. It also didn't age well - not only in graphic but also in sound and level design (where should I go now...). They tried to make an interesting game by mixing ideas and changing gameplay. I can appreciate this, but nothing feels polished. Technically to finish the game you should play it with every character, but I finished it with Sonic and definetely have enough.
  • Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

    39 minutes playtime

    1 of 6 achievements

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

7/10

I was challenged to play it. Basically - a free Stanley Parable type of game. It's a walking sim, it's funny, it has original premise which I won't spoil, it's really short and it's free. What not to like about it?

Finished in August (1, 2, 3)

  • Year Walk

    2 hours playtime

    3 of 10 achievements

Year Walk

7/10

Monthly theme

This is a game ported from mobile, but it’s a good port. Some of the riddles were even redesign to match with PC controller. Ok, so what it is? An adventure game with a lot of influences from scandinavian foklore. It’s the end of a year, you are going through a ritual to see a future. While doing this you will meet some creatures from folklore, like souls of dead children and ghost of a river horse. The gameplay is nice, the mood is set beautifully and I would love it, if there weren’t those freaking jumpscares. Really. The game is scaring you in the most primitive way, and I hate it. Everything else is so well made, that it’s a real shame,that I couldn’t enjoy playing in the way I should.


  • One Finger Death Punch 2

    26 hours playtime

    51 of 63 achievements

One Finger Death Punch 2

8/10

I loved the first part and this one is also very good. It’s a basic entertainment - you have two buttons, enemies are coming from left and right. Mash those buttons to kill everyone. But the speed, animations, sound, everything is so well done that it is a pure fun to play. I finished a main campaign, there are still some little things to do, but I had enough. Still - highly recomended.


  • Marlow Briggs

    9 hours playtime

    24 of 29 achievements

Marlow Briggs

7/10

Monthly theme

This game is stupid. And it knows it. And it’s proud of it. It is gaming counterpart of cheap action movies - Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal style. Gameplay side - it’s a part brawler, part platformer. Plot? Who cares. The bad guy killed you, but he really didn’t and he kidnapped your girlfriend. Add to this a bit of Mayan/Aztec curses, a magical artefact to concur the world, tons of one liners and A LOT of explosions - you know all of this style. But I must admit. It is fun. Just pure mindless fun. Te battles are smooth, platforming is enjoyable, little riddles (Tomb Raider style) are simple, but nice. It is just a nice little stupid game. And I enjoyed it.

July 2019

That was a good month! I finished a lot of cool games and didn’t buy a lot, so my backlog is getting a bit smaller. The best game - definietely Eastshade.

I already wrote reviews about every game, so now I will just show the scores.

Beaten and completed games

  • Everything

    8/10

    29 of 36 achievements

  • The Final Station

    7/10

    4 of 23 achievements

  • Rakuen

    8/10

    11 of 15 achievements

  • Assassin's Creed II

    8/10

    no achievements

  • Refunct

    8/10

    7 of 10 achievements

  • The Beginner's Guide

    8/10

    no achievements

  • Eastshade

    9/10

    15 of 18 achievements

Dropped games

  • Soul Axiom

    5/10

    24 of 63 achievements

  • Divinity: Original Sin 2

    7/10

    43 of 97 achievements

  • Crow

    4/10

    no achievements

  • OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

    5/10

    7 of 27 achievements

  • Grapple

    6/10

    7 of 19 achievements

New games

4 new games, including one I’ve already beaten. Those are late purchases on Summer Sale and one bundle.

  • Refunct

    7 of 10 achievements

  • Grim Dawn

    0 of 178 achievements

  • Rusty Lake Paradise

    0 of 50 achievements

  • Unexplored

    0 of 119 achievements

12 finished, 4 new - backlog is getting smaller

Finished in July (10, 11, 12)

I dropped two games I was challenged with, because I just cannot beat final levels. Beside that - one little awesome game.

  • Eastshade

    12 hours playtime

    15 of 18 achievements

Eastshade

9/10

I was CRAVING for a game like this. You are a painter. Your mother asked you before death to go to the little island, and paint some of her favourite places. And thats all. No big story, no plot twists. You are just visiting this Island as a tourist, talk with local people, helping with their problems and painting. You need to finish a few quests to unlock the whole island and actually paint those pictures for mum, but most of them are completely optional. You are doing them, because you want to help - you want to know who is stealing apples from a farmer, or catch a fish which ate a wedding ring. Or you are just sightseeing, painting pictures. The game has a lot of technical issues - animations can be a bit glitchy, at some point I had two right hands, there are frame drops, and dont event ask me about a kayak - you are putting it on water and in 30% of cases he will just jump and land on the shore upside down. But I don’t care - I love games where you can just relax and walk, search for interesting things and not care about saving the world.


  • OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

    3 hours playtime

    7 of 27 achievements

OlliOlli2

5/10

Game from a challenge. I LOVED Tony Hawk games in my childhood and I’m searching for good game in that type, but this is more Trials type of game. You need to beat the course, you can do some tricks to reach secondary goals, there are a bunch of levels to unlock but
controls are a bit to clunky for me, and I’m giving up,


  • Grapple

    11 hours playtime

    7 of 19 achievements

Grapple

6/10

Game from a challenge. It’s an OK platformer. You are a black ball, you can stick yourself to platforms, swing from platform to platform, and you are going through level till you reach a black hole. No story, no cutscenes, simple, but nice looking graphic. I had my dose of fun, beat around 75 levels from 90, but now I’m stuck and after hour or two of trying I have no desire to push myself harder. So it’s going into “too hard” category.

Finished in July (8,9)

Two small but very lovely games

  • Refunct

    41 minutes playtime

    7 of 10 achievements

Refunct

8/10

What a lovely little game. It took me half an hour to beat it but it was time well spent. It’s a simple 3d platformer, with a single map which is getting bigger and bigger the longer you play. It simple, but cute, the controls are very nice, there are multiple paths to reach every goal. I’ve bought it for a couple of cents on Summer Sale and it was definietely a good purchase.

  • The Beginner's Guide

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

The Beginner's Guide

8/10

It’s a game for monthly Ruby Theme

Wow… What an experience. It is barely a game, there are no challenges, one very easy riddle which is reused multiple times. But the story is so interesting. I don’t want to spoil it, so I don’t say anything beside that it’s a kind of mockumentary. It remind me a bit of Dear Esther - no gameplay, just walking and listening to narrator. It took me less than 2 hours to finish it, so I’m not going to recommend it for full price, but if there will be sale - this is really interesting piece of code.

Finished in July (6,7)

  • Crow

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

Crow

4/10

Lesson for today. Don't play steam version of old mobile games. I tried to play it for Lion's Heart event on Steamgifts, but I gave up. I would say that gameplay is a variation on endless runner - you are flying toward and trying to avoid things that are going to you. Problem - on 3d game I have problems with perception - I cannot say how close to me objects are. So I'm just flying frantically from one corner to another and hope for the best. I stopped playing on final boss - it has at least 3 fases, and one hit would kill you. And of course no checkpoints in the middle so do it flawlessly or start from the beginning. Pass.
Oh. And don't try to do Alt+tab - it's breaking the game. Because why the heck bother about that.
  • Assassin's Creed II

    37 hours playtime

    no achievements

Assassin Creed 2

8/10

Shameful fact: I have never played Assassin Creed, except maybe half an hour on first one (I got bored quickly). Even more shameful fact: I think I have all major Assassins from 1 to Unity. So I'm going to go through the series. Slowly.
I love the parkour mechanic in this game. Running and jumping from roof to roof is so much fun. I also love NPC's - most of them have charming personalities - especially young Leonardo da Vinci and Caterina Sforza. The main story is quite good, although side missions (assassinations of random people) are getting boring reaaally quick. I just started to ignore them. I had some problems with controls, till the end my assassin sometimes did strange things and ignored my input. Also - it's another game with good old problem "I have sooo much cash and much to few things to buy". But beside that - I had great time with Ezio and I will surely continue the series.