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October 2020

I recently made myself a new list on BLAEO, titled "My Actual Backlog". I did this because there are several games on my backlog which I can't play for various reasons. Some are strictly co-op, and some don't run on my laptop (since I don't have a gaming PC). This list has the games I'm able to run and play on my own. According to it, I'm running a bit low on games, so this month I actually ended up buying a few!

Steam Library: October 2020

28% (33/120)
43% (52/120)
12% (14/120)
9% (11/120)
8% (10/120)

Steam Library: October 2019

10%
15%
20%
30%
26%

Most Played Games:

Forager 40 hours
Ori and the Blind Forest 11 hours
Dead Cells 9 hours

Steam

Half-Life 2

Forager

40.2 hours
103 of 103 achievements
Half-Life 2

The Turing Test

6.3 hours
15 of 15 achievements
Half-Life 2

When The Past Was Around

1.9 hours
20 of 20 achievements
Half-Life 2

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

11.5 hours
30 of 57 achievements

I'm aware the "Definitive Edition" is different than the original edition - however, since I've now beaten the game once, I highly doubt that I'll play the original, so I'm marking the original as "beaten" as well.

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #6

ABZÛ

3.1 hours
5 of 12 achievements

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

Half-Life 2

Move 'n' Bloom

6.3 hours
11 of 15 achievements

Fun puzzle game where you try to match the blocks of plants. There are a few levels which are hard, and one level extremely hard (for me, at least). Also one of the achievements seems to be bugged, but I'm sure it'll be fixed soon. I'll eventually go back and play it from the scratch to attempt "No Spoilers" achievement. For now, I'm leaving the game as it is.

I enjoyed it a lot and I'm glad I got it. If it looks like something you might enjoy, giving it a try won't hurt! It's pretty cheap too.

Half-Life 2

Cats Organized Neatly

2.9 hours
20 of 20 achievements

Staxel recently got an update and it added 5 achievements so I'm back to playing it. Also apparently I missed a few friendship quests when I first played it, so I'm probably going to be doing those as well. I missed them because I got all achievements without befriending every villager.
I still haven't finished playing Life is Strange... It started out really fun but the turn the story took is making me hesitant in playing it. Too heavy, when life outside is already a bit bleak. I was hoping to finish it in October ... but maybe November will be better.

I'm running low on games I can actually play, so I ended up buying some to play during September.

    Purchases:

  • When The Past Was Around
  • Move 'n' Bloom
  • Cats Organized Neatly
  • Dead Cells

September 2020

Steam Library: September 2020

23% (29/127)
37% (47/127)
14% (18/127)
17% (22/127)
9% (11/127)

Steam Library: September 2019

10%
12%
20%
33%
26%

Most Played Games:

Project Highrise 13 hours
Fall Guys 12 hours
Linelight 9 hours

I started this month really strong, and then stopped gaming after 1-1.5 weeks. Either way, 5 games off the backlog - not so bad.

Steam

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #4

Reigns

10.3 hours
8 of 13 achievements

Honestly, this was kind of boring but I pushed through. I got 2 of 3 endings - I wanted to go for the third one as well but I just got bored of the game, so I'm not going to bother. Also, despite dying at least 150 times, I never managed to get "all deaths". Some of them require a lot of work and are very event-specific, so I'm not going to bother with those either. I'm kind of proud of "Duelist" achievement - that's the one I really wanted to get, and did.

Honestly, I only realized this game has an ending when I got the first ending. Before that I assumed that this is a never-ending nightmare.

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #5

Umiro

5.0 hours
8 of 8 achievements

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

But in reality I pulled this one from my "won't play" pile. I had played more than 50% of the game last year (funny enough in September) and then couldn't bring myself to play the rest, because I was extremely bored by it. For some reason I just felt like picking it back up and finishing it this month - so that's what I did. I can't recommend it as I didn't enjoy it much.

Half-Life 2

Project Highrise

19.6 hours
72 of 88 achievements
Half-Life 2

Linelight

10.2 hours
25 of 25 achievements
Half-Life 2

Portal 2

15.7 hours
26 of 51 achievements

I joined the hypes of both Fall Guys and Among Us! I actually wasn't going to get the second one, but it's fairly cheap, and a friend of mine asked if I want to play with them. I didn't want to say no, so I got the game. I'm really enjoying Fall Guys, even if I suck and haven't won a single episode after almost 14 hours.

No Community Train wins for me this year! Which is both good and bad - good, because I can focus on the ones I already have. Bad, because there were some games I was really interested in.

    Purchases:

  • Fall Guys
  • Among Us
  • Wins:

    Reddit:

  • Forager

August 2020

Since I finally have monthly backlog bars, I can compare my yearly progress!
Also, this was a great month!

Steam Library: August 2020

21% (26/122)
32% (39/122)
20% (24/122)
16% (19/122)
11% (14/122)

Steam Library: August 2019

9%
12%
19%
34%
26%

Most Played Games:

Celeste 18 hours
Hollow Knight 17 hours
Rakuen 8 hours

Steam

Half-Life 2

Hollow Knight

115.7 hours
41 of 63 achievements

I can't believe I've finally beaten Hollow Knight. I'd love to 100% it some day, but some of the achievements are simply beyond my abilities. (Looking at you, speedrun and steel soul!) I'll probably go back to it in the future to do several things I haven't been able to do, but for now I got 2 different endings (The Hollow Knight and Sealed Siblings) so I'm happy. This is really a great game - definitely recommended!

Half-Life 2

We Were Here

1.8 hours
16 of 26 achievements

I'll probably give this game another go, seeing I'm missing several achievements - and I only played it once. But for now, my partner is kind of done with the game and I doubt I can convince them to play it again with me any time soon. We finished it once, so it can go to the "beaten" list.

Half-Life 2

Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

8.4 hours
35 of 40 achievements

Finally I'm done with this game! It's been dragging since a while, because after finishing most of the puzzles I decided to get all the achievements. To do that, you need to do all of the puzzles in hard difficulty, and that's… well, hard. And because of that I've been putting of playing this game. After giving up on "completing" the game, it was fairly easy to beat - I had around 8 puzzles to finish, which I did in 1.5 hours or so. I'm not going to buy the DLC this time, because enough is enough :)

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #1

Botanicula

3.6 hours
42 of 53 achievements

Honestly, I can't believe I finally "beat" this game. Botanicula is probably one of my oldest games - some of the achievements are from 2013. It's definitely a very easy game to play, and I have no idea why I didn't do it before this month. I remember trying it a few times but each time I'd either get bored or confused, and leave the game unfinished.

It's the first game I beat in my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #2

A Story About My Uncle

7.5 hours
1 of 15 achievements

Another game that's finally "beaten". I got this from Humble Bundle when they gave it out for free, and it's been sitting & gathering dust on my virtual games library ever since. I was very close to finishing it when I first played it, but I got stuck at a specific part of Ice Caves and wasn't able to do it. I tried it a few times, at different occasions, and finally I did it! After that part, finishing the rest of the game wasn't very hard. Phew. Another unfinished game is off the backlog.

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #3

She Remembered Caterpillars

3.5 hours
12 of 13 achievements

I'm just very grateful for walkthroughs.
I actually stopped playing this game a couple months back because I couldn't progress without looking up the solutions, and that's not what I wanted to do at the time. Well… I've officially given up on it. I did some of the remaining levels with the help of walkthroughs and finally this is off the backlog.
Logically, She Remembered Caterpillars is the kind of game I'd enjoy since I like puzzle games a lot, especially ones which have some easy and some hard levels. But at one point this game became a chore for me. :P

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

Half-Life 2

Rakuen

8.4 hours
12 of 15 achievements

This game has a really beautiful and sad story, but gameplay was really boring at times. I don't regret playing it, but I wouldn't re-play it.
Also, I was thinking that I'll finish Rakuen during the first week of September but I didn't really have anything else to play, so I kind of crammed all 8.4 hours of game time into 2-3 days.

Non-Steam

Half-Life 2

A Short Hike

1.6 hours
3 of 8 achievements

This really was a short hike. I really liked the game though, mechanics are simple enough and the art style is very pleasing! I also enjoyed how everyone in the game is very positive.

Half-Life 2

Celeste

18.3 hours
15 of 32 achievements

I beat the main game but there is still a lot of things to do in it.
I haven't done Chapter 8 & 9, as well as any of the B and C sides. I'm thinking to do them at some point, but I also might not get the chance to play them any time soon. I'm a bit tired of the game. It was a lot of fun, don't get me wrong, but there's only so much deaths / frustration I can handle before I need a break.
I'm really glad I played it though, definitely recommended.

    Wins:

    Green Man Gaming's Monthly Wheel of Mystery

  • DEATH STRANDING
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Other Wins:

  • We Were Here Together

July 2020

I finished all 3 of the games I purchased in Winter Sale 2019, so there's some progress there.
Also, apparently I've added 20 games to my backlog, while also beating/completing 20 games - so right now my additions and completions cancel each other out, lol.

Steam Library: July 2020

21% (26/123)
26% (32/123)
24% (29/123)
17% (21/123)
12% (15/123)

Steam Library: June 2020

19.2% (23/120)
25.8% (31/120)
22.5% (27/120)
18.3% (22/120)
14.2% (17/120)

Most Played Games:

Hollow Knight 36 hours
Coloring Pixels 21 hours
Big Pharma 11 hours
Half-Life 2

Tomb Raider

18.3 hours
26 of 50 achievements

I would've never played this if it wasn't given for free a while back.
Thanks to Jaded and my partner for encouraging me to play it! I had a great time.
I wish half of the achievements (or maybe around 20) weren't for multiplayer so that I could achievement hunt in the game, but oh well.
I added the next game on my Steam wishlist but I don't think I will get around to buying it any time soon.

Half-Life 2

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons

4.3 hours
12 of 12 achievements

I got this for free during Kinguin's Crazy Free Weekends last summer and it's been sitting on my Steam library ever since. I actually was waiting to get a controller to play it at first, since on its Steam page it says a controller is required to play. But that's not the case. Brothers can be played with a keyboard as well, and without any issues--since that's what I did.

It's a pretty easy puzzle game and story-focused. The puzzles weren't challenging at all. I really liked the art style (except how they drew or modeled people). I have some very nice screenshots from the game, if anyone's interested.

One thing I didn't like was that the cut-scenes can't be skipped.

And this is a SPOILER, so read at your own risk:
I also didn't like how the only female character who is alive turned out to be a giant spider-monster who ended up attacking the brothers. Up until that point I was pretty impressed by her, thinking "Oh wow, she knows her stuff," since she helped the brothers a lot. Did anyone else not like that part too? or is it just me?

Half-Life 2

Wandersong

11.6 hours
75 of 75 achievements
Half-Life 2

Degrees of Separation

10.0 hours
10 of 10 achievements

I'm back to playing Hollow Knight, apparently.

As it can be seen, my gaming time this month is all over the place. In the second half of the month there are no beaten or completed games - instead, there are a bunch of games I've played and didn't even get close to "beating". I tried playing Gloom but it doesn't look like my kind of game at all, so I'm not sure if I'll go back to it at some point, or just leave it as it is.

I discovered there are free audiobooks on Spotify and most of my Coloring Pixels time was combined with that - listening to audiobooks while coloring images. I managed to finish "Book 2" in the game and did some other images from other books as well. That game will never be "completed" and I've made my peace with that - too many DLCs and they keep adding more. I'll consider it "beaten" when I finish the free images + the DLCs I've already bought.

I'm really hoping to finish playing Hollow Knight this time, even if I can't do 100% game completion. That game has so many things to do, and it's hard to do all of them if you're as bad as I am in the game. I'm still enjoying it a lot, though and that's what matters the most.

I started playing Big Pharma mainly because I was aiming for this month's BLAEO theme, Steam Sales. BP is one of the games I purchased last summer sale and never played. While I made some progress in the game, it'll be another (at least) 20 hours before I can consider it "beaten".

    Purchases:

  • Flood of Light
  • Life Is Strange
  • Wins:

  • Boundless

June 2020

Honestly I'm pretty surprised with myself this month. June 2020 is so far my best BLAEO month and it's a nice coincidence that it is also my 1st anniversary of joining the site! My first-ever monthly post was in June 2019. (Don't tell anyone but there are still games from that month which I haven't played/beaten. I'm especially looking at you Hollow Knight and Big Pharma.)

Now, that aside, like I was saying, June 2020 is my best month here so far. I've beaten 8 games! 8 games off the backlog! And only 1 addition. (Actually I got 2 but I played 1 of them, so...) I'm not sure if I can replicate this kind of progress in July, but even if I don't, I'll be happy.

Steam Library: June 2020

19.2% (23/120)
25.8% (31/120)
22.5% (27/120)
18.3% (22/120)
14.2% (17/120)

Steam Library: May 2020

17.9% (22/123)
18.7% (23/123)
26.0% (32/123)
26.0% (32/123)
11.4% (14/123)

Most Played Games:

The Talos Principle 28 hours
My Time at Portia 18 hours
Tomb Raider 9.5 hours
Half-Life 2

Scribblenauts Unlimited

8.1 hours
15 of 25 achievements
Half-Life 2

Wenjia

4.9 hours
11 of 13 achievements

This was a gift from a reddit user and it's one of the first new games of 2020 for me.
I'd started it once, but then gave up on it because it was kind of hard for me to play. But when I continued it, it didn't feel as hard anymore, and after finishing it, I can say that it's not really a hard game. There is a hard mode but of course I didn't play that. Why play in hard mode when you can choose easy? ;)
I'm very bad at platformers, and Wenjia proves that. I still enjoyed it a lot, even though I had some issues at parts. I was trying to 100% the game but the last 2 achievements are kind of impossible to do for me, so I'll leave it at 11/13.
The game's English translation is kind of bad, and the voice-over feels dead (in the sense that it doesn't have much of liveliness in it). But I didn't care much for the story, so it didn't bother me a lot.
I enjoyed switching between the worlds--it was a fun mechanic to play around with! and both worlds were pretty, imo.

Half-Life 2

My Time At Portia

95.4 hours
66 of 91 achievements

I'm finally done with Portia!
For now.
Apparently there's another update coming in a few months, so I'll be going back to it (hopefully) to play that.
But for now, it's done. I was hoping to 100% the game but the romance achievements are too much to handle, imo, and the game itself became kind of boring after finishing the main storyline. I wish I did some of the romance stuff while playing the story, but I didn't because I was focused on the story and after that it wasn't as fun anymore.
Because with the story there are challenges, for example there will be commerce commissions which requires some items you don't have. But at the point of me completing the story, I had a lot of resources and items, and none of the commissions take me long to do--which makes them repetitive rather than a challenging (sometimes annoying) but engaging task.
Anyways. Enough of that.
I really enjoyed playing this game. I understand it won't be for all, but for me I liked it a lot. It's not better than Stardew Valley but I really liked the "building" and "mining" aspect of the game. And there are a lot of NPCs! I liked getting to know some of them too. (I'm looking at you, Arlo :P)
The art style is weird for some but I didn't mind it. It's not the best, but I didn't care much about it.
It's officially the second most-played game on my Steam profile and I'm glad I caved in last year and bought it during a GMG sale instead of waiting for the price to get lower. Because it did--when I bought it, the lowest it went down to was 30% off, right now I think it's down to 60% off. But then I wouldn't experience it the same way I did.
I'm definitely looking forward to more games from Pathea.

Half-Life 2

Mars Power Industries Deluxe

3.9 hours
11 of 11 achievements

This game was updated a few times since I played and completed it back in 2019, and 36 new levels were added. I played those. I'm not adding it to "Beaten in 2020" for obvious reasons but it's still part of my completions in June.

Half-Life 2

The Talos Principle

28.5 hours
33 of 40 achievements

This was really good. I wasn't expecting it to be so good, but it was.
I don't even remember how I learned of this game or how I decided to purchase it, but I'm glad I did. And I'm also glad I decided to start playing it once I needed something longer to play after beating Portia.
I couldn't 100% the achievements because several of them are from the DLC, Road to Gehenna, and I missed one early in the game. After that I didn't bother much.
It has 3 different endings and thanks to the feature which allows you to restore an earlier version of the game, I was able to play all three of them. But I think only one of them is the "real" ending, in a way. The other two leave a lot of questions while that one ending kind of confirms some of the assumptions or suspicions.
Some of the puzzles were really hard and I definitely needed walkthroughs more than once. But there were times in which even though I struggled a lot, I didn't use a walkthrough and managed to do it by myself. I enjoyed the challenge. Also, I like how the game is so philosophical and forces you to "think outside the box", literally at times. Such a good game.

Half-Life 2

Little Nightmares

7.1 hours
9 of 22 achievements
Half-Life 2

Pinstripe

6.1 hours
11 of 12 achievements

I tried hard to 100% this game, but there's a speedrun achievement and it's broken.
Apparently you need to delete some files first and then complete the game under 1 hour again to get it. I did it, but for some reason it didn't trigger in my first try. I tried a second time, but this time I died… at the very end of the game. I've played this game for 4 times now, and I'm really tired of it.

At the first 2 playthroughs it was a very fun game. I like the story and I like the way it's told. The game is meant to be played 2 times. There are things which won't unlock in your first run and most of the achievements are only possible in the second run.
I also really enjoyed the voice-acting. I realized Jack is voiced by Jacksepticeye right away, but I had no idea Felix was actually voiced by Pewdiepie. When I listened closely during my second run, I still couldn't identify Felix's voice tbh. Bo is really cute.

It became tiring after I started attempting to get that one last achievement. I'm not going to attempt it again. The game can be completed around 30 mins. very easily--it's a shame that the achievement is bugged.

Half-Life 2

INSIDE

3.9 hours
8 of 14 achievements
Half-Life 2

The Stillness of the Wind

3.0 hours
no achievements

This was very boring and really hard to sit through.
I'm sure there's a decent (or perhaps engaging) story behind all that waiting I had to do.
I understand it's kind of the point of the game that it's so slow, but… nothing really happened.
I'm just glad it's over.

I really wasn't expecting to enjoy Tomb Raider as much as I did. I'm around 45% done with the game, so it's bound to show up in next month's wrap-up post.

I tried to play more of Glass Masquerade 2... I'm really hoping to finish playing at one point. But the thing is, I really want to 100% it and since I played the puzzles in easy (until a week or so back), I need to replay most of them to get some of the achievements. So there is more work to do there, haha.

I also checked out 10 Second Ninja X. It looks like it'll be fun to play, but it also seems kind of hard... so I'm not sure if I'll play it soon. I might just play a few levels every few days and beat it after a few months or something.

It was my birthday a few days back and a friend of mine sent Ori and the Blind Forest as a gift on Steam.

Also, I was hoping to buy a few games from the summer sale. I was scared that I'll go and buy a bunch of games like I did last year but this year... the sale isn't that great for me. None of the games on my wishlist are so discounted that I want to get them immediately. I looked and looked and looked, but couldn't find a single game that I'm dying to buy right now. My most wanted games aren't even on sale. (Looking at you, Temtem.) So yeah. It was rather easy not to buy anything.

I'm still hoping to get 1-2 games before the sale ends, but I'm not sure if I will.

    Gifts:

  • The Stillness of the Wind
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

May 2020

Honestly there’s really not much of a point in making a post for May, but I’m still doing it for the sake of consistency. Last month most of my gaming time went into playing AC: Odyssey, and after that some My Time at Portia. There’s no Steam completion and no “new” games.

Steam Library: May 2020

17.9% (22/123)
18.7% (23/123)
26.0% (32/123)
26.0% (32/123)
11.4% (14/123)

Steam Library: April 2020

18% (22/121)
19% (23/121)
26% (31/121)
26% (32/121)
11% (13/121)

Most Played Games:

My Time at Portia 17 hours
Inversus Deluxe 2 hours
Scribblenauts Unlimited 2 hours

Half-Life 2

Assassin's Creed® Odyssey

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86 hours
50 of 93 achievements

Nothing to see here!

Non-Steam Update (1)

29 May 2020

New Games 2020 Epic Games uPlay

Assassin's Creed® Odyssey

86 hours, 50 of 93 achievements

This was my first-ever Assassin's Creed game, and from what I've heard, it was very different from previous ones--so I'm not sure if I'll go back and play earlier games. That being said, I loved Odyssey. I'm already kind of familiar with Greek mythology, so the lore in the game wasn't very hard to grasp, and I loved playing as Kassandra. I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed Odyssey as much as I did is Kassandra. It was so much fun playing as her, and I really like her character design & the voice acting was also pretty good.

Other characters were also great. I really liked seeing Socrates and he's as annoying as he would've been when he was alive. My memory is a bit hazy, but if I'm not wrong, Socrates was the one who's dialogues go something like this:
Socrates: argument and a question
Random Person: You're right, Socrates.
S: another question
RP: That's correct.
S: long ass explanation
RP: Yes. It would be.
And to see a similar thing in game where Kassandra is annoyed by his questions and explanations half the time was fun for me, as a student who had to read some of Socrates' surviving thoughts and notes.

There's one particular cutscene where Socrates and Barnabas are extreme badasses and it was one of the best moments in the game.
I also liked some of the other characters, but Alkibiades is something else. His endless flirting was pretty fun to watch (and participate, at times).

I was aware that Assassin's Creed games featured real people as characters (I knew about Machiavelli, for example) but seeing it and being part of it was better than I'd expected. It's also probably because I'm so familiar with some of the people and the mythology. -- not sure if I would enjoy it the same if it was another Assassin's Creed game (for example Origins, though I'm teeny tiny bit familiar with Ancient Egypt). Either way, it was a great gaming experience for me.

One more thing: I really liked seeing a line from Sappho in the Lesbos island mission. Granted it's a pretty well-known line. But I think that piece of poetry is pretty interesting to think about and I was really delighted to see it in the game.

I finished the main game with 97% since I was bored while doing the 'Lost Tales of Greece' missions. They're not part of the main game play so I consider them as 'optional'. Maybe eventually I'll go back and finish those.

I'm also looking forward to replaying it in the future in hard mode. (I played in easy since it was my first time playing such a game and I wanted to experience the story as well.) That being said, I'm not sure if I should go for the Season Pass. Is it worth the money?

Bonus: My partner who is a big Assassin's Creed fan didn't like Odyssey at all. It's apparently 'not much of an AC game'. But since this is my first-ever AC game, I'm personally not bothered by this lack of . . . AC-ness.


April 2020

I did some spring cleaning and removed a bunch of games from my library. Almost all of them were freebies I've added because I didn't know any better and I had no intention of playing them in the future. Thanks to that, now my 'wont play' pile is much smaller and I don't have to feel bad about having so many games in the red label anymore.

Steam Library: March 2020

13% (17/132)
16% (21/132)
23% (31/132)
23% (30/132)
25% (33/132)

Steam Library: April 2020

18% (22/121)
19% (23/121)
26% (31/121)
26% (32/121)
11% (13/121)

Most Played Games:

My Time at Portia 23 hours
Terraria 16 hours
GRIS 6 hours
Serial Cleaner 3 hours

Half-Life 2

A Mortician's Tale

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1.4 hours
3 of 3 achievements

This plays more like an extended tutorial than an actual game. You are always told what to do, and there's nothing else you can do but follow. The only real challenge in the game is the 'hard' minesweeper mini-game if you're determined to do it without 'cheating'.

I still enjoyed A Mortician's Tale. It pushed me to think on a topic I've never given really serious thought to (death) and there is some interesting information on death and burial practices. It could've been done much better for sure, but as it is, it still has some value in my opinion. I checked some Steam reviews of the game, and I think several people have already pointed out important issues with A Mortician's Tale. So I won't say much on it.

Half-Life 2

Etherborn

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4.9 hours
13 of 13 achievements

I won this game last month from GMG forums--a user makes GAs practially every month to give some of their Humble Bundle Monthly/Choice keys.

Etherborn was on my wishlist before it was on a Humble Bundle Choice, and I'm really happy that I got to play it. It's a nice puzzle game where 'gravity' doesn't mean much. I really like its art style, and the puzzles are not too hard that it frustrates me into quitting the game, but still require a bit of thought.

There's also a story in it, but to be honest, I didn't pay much attention to the cutscenes or the narration. I didn't enjoy the voice acting so I ignored it for the most part.

Also, for achivement hunters: none of the achievements are missable but to get them all, you need to play the game two times. Once in normal mode, and once in the Etherborn+ mode which unlocks after you complete the game. In the Etherborn+, the orbs you need to collect are in different places, but otherwise it's the same game.

I had fun while playing this. I also took some pretty screenshots.

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

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2.4 hours
4 of 5 achievements

I really need to go back to his game and complete it, since the last achievement I'm missing is still part of the game and not exactly optional. However, since the game considers itself 'completed', I'm marking it as beaten and I'll go back to it (hopefully) in the future. I was thinking I'll go back to it this month, but I didn't.

It's a fun game. I liked playing it. Some of the snowmen are harder to build than others, and the extra challenge was welcome. There are two ways of building the snowmen--however only one of them gives you a 'butterfly' and if you're achievement hunting, that might be important for you. I don't think I would've bought it from Steam store myself, but I'm glad I got to play it. (Thanks to Humble Bundle and generous people of Reddit, lol).

Half-Life 2

GRIS

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8.5 hours
17 of 17 achievements

This is such a beautiful game.

After going through my 'unfinished' games list, I decided to go back to GRIS. The game play isn't very hard but the over-all prettiness of the game makes up for it. I personally didn't mind the easy puzzles as they allowed me to enjoy the atmosphere the game has, rather than being frustrated I can't solve it. I also enjoyed the story, especially because it's told through images rather than words. I don't remember any other game where I took this many screenshots. I didn't share all of it, mostly because they're spoilers.

Also if anyone wants to 100% the game, my suggestion would be to first play it completely, and then go for achievement hunting. Which is what I did. Because I feel that hunting for achievements the first time around would take away from the enjoyment. However, obviously everyone is free to do as they wish. The game has a 'extras' feature where it allows you to go back to certain moments in the game after you've completed it, so it's very good for achievement collecting. I had to re-play a part of the game several times because I kept missing something--but I didn't mind since the game is so well-made.

I'm really happy that I purchased GRIS, and I would recommend it for sure.

Half-Life 2

Machinarium

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4.1 hours
12 of 12 achievements

This is the game of my childhood. I used to play it with my cousins whenever we visited them. As a kid, this was the hardest game ever. Now, visiting it again as an adult, it's partly nostalgic to see how the game holds. It's not as hard as I remember (obviously) and considreably shorter, but still as well made. I'm glad I went back to it and finished it this time. I don't remember going past the elevator level as a kid, so now I got my conclusion as well. It's a good game and I think it hasn't aged at all.

Half-Life 2

Luna

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1.0 hours
17 of 17 achievements

I bought this at 90% off. If I had paid more than that I would've just refunded it, because even with 90% off there's not much content or gameplay in it to justify my purchase. I did the whole thing in an hour. While the story was nice and the game was atmospheric, I'm not sure what the intended audience is here. Really small children?

It's very repetitive and all you do is put some stars in their proper places. Places are indicated, so you don't need to think much on it. Drag and drop. It's not bad but it's not really a full game. It plays more like an extended demo.

This month I've made significant progress in both My Time at Portia and Terraria. Earlier in the month I was thinking I'll continue playing Terraria with my cousins, and we'll be 'done' with it, but they got bored of it faster than I had anticipated. So we'll see what happens of it. I'm also continuing with my AC Odyssey journey, and I'll probably be done with it by the end of next month. (I really wish the game wouldn't end, but I don't have the Season Pass, so that can't be helped it seems.) I'll add my stats of the game later, when I'm done playing it.

  • My Time At Portia

    60 hours playtime

    37 of 91 achievements

  • Terraria

    27 hours playtime

    49 of 88 achievements

  • Assassin's Creed® Odyssey
    Assassin's Creed® Odyssey

    n/a hours playtime

    n/a achievements

  • Scribblenauts Unlimited

    5 hours playtime

    12 of 25 achievements

  • Reigns

    5 hours playtime

    2 of 13 achievements

  • Serial Cleaner

    4 hours playtime

    16 of 28 achievements

  • This Is the Police

    2 hours playtime

    1 of 10 achievements

  • Wandersong

    3 hours playtime

    1 of 75 achievements

  • Wenjia

    75 minutes playtime

    3 of 13 achievements

Earlier in the month, I got a bunch of games from Reddit GAs because of all the Covid-19 and Humble Choice extra keys. It made me feel like I've aquired a lot of games, which is true for me and not true for a lot of other people, lol. Anyways. I was feeling guilty about it because I already have around 60 games yet to be beaten or played at all. But this month I ended up finishing 6 games, which is the same amount as acquired, so I'm good? haha.

Also I attempted playing Planet Coaster, and it doesn't look like I'm going to enjoy it--this makes me feel double guilty about winning it!

    Bought:

  • Coloring Pixels: Animals Pack
  • Luna
  • Reddit win(s):

  • A Mortician's Tale
  • A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
  • Planet Coaster
  • Planet Coaster: World's Fair Pack
  • The Turing Test
  • This Is the Police

March 2020

I did considerable gaming this month–only not on Steam. Most of my gaming time went into playing AC: Odyssey thanks to GeForce Now. However, I’m not going to put those stats out here, since I don’t want to jinx it (mentally).

Added Beaten + Completed Dropped Overall Backlog Total
2+1 0+1 0 +3 61

Steam Library: February 2020

13%
16%
22%
23%
26%

Steam Library: March 2020

13% (17/132)
16% (21/132)
23% (31/132)
23% (30/132)
25% (33/132)

Coloring Pixels

Coloring Pixels: Food Pack

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0 hours
21 of 21 achievements

Towards the end of the month I ended up getting into Terraria with my cousins, since I'm currently staying with them and my aunt/uncle. I bought this game way back, and tried playing it for a bit in 2018, but it's hard if you have no idea about it and I'm not a fan of reading wikis and watching videos just to learn the mechanics of a game. But my cousins are good at it (one has 600+ hours on it) so they're helping me out a lot. I've ended up getting 24 achievements for it! Maybe by the end of my stay here, I'll be done with the game as well--who knows?

  • Coloring Pixels

    37 hours playtime

    97 of 519 achievements

  • Terraria

    11 hours playtime

    29 of 88 achievements

  • Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

    2 hours playtime

    13 of 39 achievements

  • Etherborn

    81 minutes playtime

    3 of 13 achievements

  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

    n/a playtime

    n/a achievements

Nothing to see here!

    Bought:

  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • Freebie(s):

  • Tomb Raider
  • Win(s):

  • Etherborn

February 2020

This month I haven’t had much spare time for games, and whenever I had some, it went into playing Coloring Pixels. That’s because I’m currently away from home, and the laptop I have with me is not made for gaming at all. (My usual laptop is also not made for gaming, but this one is even worse.) I ended up trying GeForce Now–that’s how I moved Bioshock Infinite from ‘wont play’ to ‘unfinished’.

Added Beaten + Completed Dropped Overall Backlog Total
0 0+1 -1 +1 58

Steam Library: January 2020

12%
15%
19%
28%
25%

Steam Library: February 2020

13%
16%
22%
23%
26%

Coloring Pixels: Flowers Pack

Coloring Pixels: Flowers Pack

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0 hours
21 of 21 achievements
  • Coloring Pixels

    33 hours playtime

    86 of 498 achievements

  • Monster Prom

    9 hours playtime

    14 of 52 achievements

  • BioShock Infinite

    47 minutes playtime

    1 of 80 achievements

  • My Time At Portia

    37 hours playtime

    18 of 91 achievements

Nothing to see here!

Nothing to see here!