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Monthly Update #45: February 2023

You can't imagine how inconvenient travel was before I invented Floo Powder!

The month of Hogwarts Legacy. It was fun! Although there are some phrases that the characters say...many times...
I was tempted to download the Silencio mod to mute it, but decided by that point I was nearly done with the game.
It was fun to 100% a character, less fun 100%ing the game by having to replay the first 2 hours of the game another 3 times for the house specific achievements.
Was also a great game for taking screenshots. No photo mode however, so just used Nvidia Ansel.

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I finally got my Steam Deck!

So I played Coromon for about a week... then Hogwarts Legacy released and well... I've been playing on desktop for the screenshot sim.

I tested a lot of games that I installed on the Steam Deck. Ryse Son of Rome which I dropped (last?) month, works great, so I'll be able to play that without it constantly breaking on me.


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Hogwarts Legacy

82.7 hours
45 of 45 achievements

I really enjoyed Hogwarts. The combat and exploring was fun and the game is beautiful.
A lot of little references that shows the Devs cared about the source material.
The small events/characters talking were great around the castle, but after playing through for 80 hours you did notice repeats, such as the suits of armor that annoyed each other until one ends up smashing the other to pieces.

The main story is so-so. I liked Sebastian and Poppy's quests, but Natty's not so much.

There was also the issue with the huge body count your character accumulates, and the way that you can turn an enemy into an explosive barrel, throw that barrel at their friends and blow them up, and everything is OK. Except don't you dare use an unforgivable in Sebastian's story. I kind of think it's best to go into the game role playing as either:
A. An aspiring Dark Lord that everyone is terrified of.
B. An undercover(?) auror, that is pretty terrifying so people let you break into their homes/rob them etc and have no reaction..

I did have issues with lagging/crashing a fair amount which sucked, but this did get better.

So many beautiful screenshots!

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Aperture Desk Job

0.4 hours
no achievements




  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Traded

  • theHunter: Call of the Wild™
  • Stranded Sails - Explorers of the Cursed Islands
  • Free

  • Aperture Desk Job

Monthly Update #44: January 2023

First week or so of the month I tried to 100% Ni no Kuni 2, buuuuut got gated behind a boss fight and just lost interest in it for now. I put in about 50 hours this month.
Tried Ryse: Son of Rome as a way to break it up which looked cool, but I had issues getting it to work well so that has been dropped.

I also ended up purchasing the Steam Deck through a grey import in Australia, so I've kind of just been waiting for that to finally be delivered! I decided I didn't want to wait to see if they ever announce it here, now that there are easier ways to get it then a US VPN/CC/Shipping address and parcel forwarder 😅
Hoping it will finally get delivered, as it says delayed and that's the last update I have from Australia Post since the 23rd....


Yeeeeeah looking a little empty here this month.


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Ni no Kuni™ II: Revenant Kingdom

113 hours
59 of 63 achievements

I keep wiping on a boss in the Solosseum Slog. It is gating my 100%. NUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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No Man's Sky

47.9 hours
18 of 27 achievements

I've been playing this with friends. It's been fun. I had about 8 hours in this game from 2019. I have gotten about 40 hours within less than a week…..

I admit, I am treating it a bit as a Screenshot simulator at times.. Some of the environments are absolutely beautiful, and the game has a photo mode!



I've been fairly active again with trading this month. Trying to clear out keys for games I'll hopefully play, rather than just adding more I won't play to my backlog.. 😅
  • Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch™ Remastered
  • Coromon
  • Serin Fate
  • Re:Legend
  • Hokko Life

Monthly Update #43: December 2022

That's a wrap!
This month I played a LOT (for me that is!), however only over a couple of games. I finally finished Shadow Warrior 2, which was fun, and played a little bit more of Darktide with friends earlier in the month. I won Ni No Kuni II on reddit when playing Shadow Warrior 2 so wanted to try that and.... well.
I've beaten the game and am thinking of going for 100% completion, as of this post I'm already at 55 hours played!
I've also been looking at some other JRPGs I've got and never played, and at the steam sales... I will resist.

So a pretty good month overall getting a Steam Gift win and a Reddit win beaten.

2022 Overview

2022 Games Beaten/Completed
Looking at my beaten and completed, I played a lot of good games this year. I finally got around to finishing all my Telltale games from that bundle I bought 2 years ago... Pretty disappointed I don't have any left!
Steam replay was pretty cool to see how I went over the year. My most played game was Witcher 3, which was played mostly that first week of January... December/January is usually my best time for getting longer games done.
I find it interesting how many games I opened and realised I wasn't in the mood to play. Breaking it down by month you can see my indecision 😂

Plans for 2023

I'm thinking of going back to games I have significant progress in and didn't finish for reasons. List of ideas so far... I also have this list of games that I change up depending on what I want to get around to soon. These are "mostly" longer games that I usually need to see on a list like this to start them! I add/remove things constantly so we will see.


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🎁 Reddit

Ni no Kuni™ II: Revenant Kingdom

54.9 hours
35 of 63 achievements

I really enjoyed this game. I liked the different play styles and things to do as it kept it interesting. Combat was fun, and the cities especially were beautiful.

Story was fairly meh. I kind of found it hilarious how Evan was after world peace, but most the people in his kingdom were either warriors or used their skills to research to be better at fighting.
Not to sure about the whole Curious Boy reveal… Bit strange.

The voice acting (when lines were voiced) were hit or miss. Evan's speeches especially were annoying.

Small nitpicks honestly, but I enjoyed the game so much I'm going to see if I can 100% the achievements…!

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🎁 SteamGifts

Shadow Warrior 2

18.1 hours
52 of 64 achievements


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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

29.5 hours
14 of 36 achievements



I have my referral code for Fanatical on Ozbargain, Australia's bargain site. I've been getting a few $2 coupons from that recently. Unfortunately they don't stack.. so here is a random game I got and activated! I've occasionally been gifting random small games with the coupons on Steam gifts.
  • Monster Harvest
  • Reddit win

  • Ni no Kuni™ II: Revenant Kingdom

Monthly Update #42: November 2022

A bit of a mix this month!
Some HOGs, Shadow of Mordor and I bought Darktide to play with friends.
Darktide has pretty much taken over the last week or two of the month. My discord group is playing, and even a colleague at work is, so easy to find people to group up with as well.
It's been fun so far, minus the crashes especially in that first week.


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Dreamwalker: Never Fall Asleep

4.2 hours
27 of 27 achievements

Had to replay nearly half the game because I missed a collectible :(
Was super quick to skip through the second time though

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Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery

2.5 hours
12 of 12 achievements

Very generic, even for a HOG.

Alchemy/Candy crush mini-game makes it slightly different I guess.
Voice Actresses for main character and the villain sounded so similar.

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Skyland: Heart of the Mountain

2.5 hours
16 of 16 achievements


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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

19.9 hours
10 of 36 achievements

Yeeeeeeah already 20 hours in, and just from beta. D:

It's fun! I think it's pretty bare bones, but it's great to find a game my friend group is all having fun playing.

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Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™

16.4 hours
25 of 74 achievements

I'm really enjoying this game so far - which I did not expect. More of a random pick of something to play on my TV with a controller.

I've been distracted from it the last couple of weeks though with Darktide…



  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Monthly Update #41: October 2022

So I started the month with a completion and a fair few more hours in New World.. the second half of the month I haven't played anything! Ah well, it happens :D Backlog +1 with my Sims 4 freebie!


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Smile For Me

3.3 hours
24 of 24 achievements


  • New World

    174.2 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Shadow Warrior 2

    1.2 hours playtime

    1 of 64 achievements



  • The Sims™ 4

Monthly Update #40: August/September 2022

Late update

Soooo uh yeah, August was a write off. Played absolutely nothing! Started a new higher duties role which is happening for a few months, and played a bit more sport than usual.
I also have an addiction to Spider-Man fanfiction at the moment... Because I've ignored the Spider-man fics for so long, there are so many long fics to read! I live for quality fics that are 60k+ words :D
Anyways, September was better game wise, as I made it a point to enter the Monthly in a Month event this month!


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Ring of Pain

22.1 hours
65 of 122 achievements

Really enjoyed this game! (Super addicting)

Was slightly frustrating to get to that first win however.

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Black Book

19.2 hours
41 of 50 achievements

I really liked this game to start, but started to get bored of it about halfway through so began to skip through the text faster instead of reading everything like before.
Liked the alternative endings, and it was fun to be super OP in the end battle with my book set up!

I did replay the last bit a couple of times to see some of the endings. (Luckily I saved..)

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2.1 hours
10 of 12 achievements

Contemplating replaying to get the achievements, which I managed to miss first play through… Maybe.

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Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest

1.4 hours
11 of 38 achievements

I didn't mind this game/story, just not really keen on going back through a lot of scenarios again to get achievements. It would be interesting to see the complete opposite decisions to what I made.

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Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard

1.0 hours
6 of 6 achievements
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Lines X

1.3 hours
590 of 590 achievements

Was looking for a quick time waster in between a couple of meetings while WFH haha. This was it :P



Technically one addition..

I added Guild Wars 2 to my account now that it's free on Steam. Buuuut I have my account I haven't played for years (with 6k+ hours logged..) so, is it technically a backlog? :P
  • Guild Wars 2

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

Monthly Update #39: July 2022

Bats and Cats and Telling Tales

The extra tabs are back this month!
I actually played, and completed, games. Am I alright?? Who knows.

My backlog appreciates me this month :D

I played the last season of The Walking Dead and the Batman telltale games, which means I've nearly completed all the Telltale games I got within that Humble Bundle exactly 2 years ago now. I think this is the most games I've completed in a bundle I've bought.. Just Heaven's Vault and Oxenfree left. I've now decided to try the other Batman games in my backlog..

I've exclusively played on my TV this month. I guess I needed that break from my desk.

6 Completed games, 1 beaten this month!


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STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order™

44.9 hours
39 of 39 achievements

I finally completed it this month. It's only taken me like a year from when I first started the game…
I had fun, except for when I accidentally missed a collectible, then had to redo the whole map to get back to where I started…
(Kashyyyk & Dathomir I'm looking at you…)

I hope the next game has fast travel once you have finished the game, and that the map is better.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season

13.6 hours
48 of 48 achievements
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Cat Quest II

10.9 hours
9 of 9 achievements

Slight confusion playing straight after the first Cat Quest, with the Y and B keys being swapped for interact!

Fun game, and reasonable achievements for this game, so easy to 100%.

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Batman - The Telltale Series

7.8 hours
30 of 30 achievements
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Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series

8.8 hours
30 of 30 achievements
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Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

3.1 hours
37 of 37 achievements

I really enjoyed this game!
Linear, some interesting boss fights, very short. Lots of meme references.

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Cat Quest

9.3 hours
6 of 12 achievements

Enjoyed it so much I moved onto Cat Quest II this month!

Achievements however require playing the game another 4(?) more times with various modifiers. I enjoyed it, but not enough to replay the whole thing 4 more times on a harder mode… :D


So I flicked between a fair amount of games this month. I focused mostly on playing on my TV, so some games I opened to play then realised I didn't want to play it for whatever reason, so they were quickly replaced with another game instead of trying to troubleshoot it in the case of some games (Pumpkin Jack, Vane, Fable Anniversary had issues with resolution or some compatibility thing that required more effort than I was willing to attempt, Beyond Two Souls I somehow got stuck near a door at the party and just went, meh, I'm out, and Q.U.B.E2 I feel like I would prefer using k/m. )



Monthly Update #38: June 2022

I've been slack on gaming again this month!
I've played another 9 hours or so of Jedi Fallen Order, working on completing the achievements. So some progress haha :)
I also checked out a few demos this month, nothing too interesting. Potion Permit didn't work at all for me... Roots of Pacha seems like a Stardew copy (which I don't mind at all!)




  • ARK: Survival Evolved

Monthly Update #37: May 2022

Well not much gaming this month, until the last day of the month I somehow got the motivation to beat Fallen Order.


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STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order™

25.1 hours
19 of 39 achievements

Pretty fun game - just wish the keyboard/mouse controls were better. I ended up playing with controller as the K/M situation was pretty horrible at the beginning of the game.
Being a controller noob, the actual fights in the game were depressing even when I changed down to story mode at times haha. Why it took me so long to complete the game.. I needed a break for my hands to recover from using the controller :P (plus the backtracking..there is a fair bit of backtracking…with no fast travel)

Has a great screenshot mode.




  • Trades

  • V Rising

Monthly Update #36: April 2022

The month of multiplayer games.. and finally getting COVID.
Ended up working the public holiday and going out to the pub after, and a colleague had COVID and passed it on to a few of us haha.
It's been fine symptom wise, just been even more tired then usual mostly!

Gaming wise, I've spent a bit of time with a couple of friends playing Deep Rock Galactic/The Cycle Playtest/Golf with Friends, so that's been fun!

I also played a bit of Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, but I've lost interest at the moment. The amount of backtracking in this game is killing me. For example, I'm at a boss fight, I've died, and then been ressed a fair while back and have to do the platforming elements just to get back to the boss fight. Not fun.

The collectibles you back track for are also not inspiring. The ponchos are so ugly. 🤢 I haven't changed Cal's outfit from the beginning one.
The orange lightsaber is amazing though. I'm sure I mentioned last month orange lightsabers are the best!!
The game is beautiful and does have a great photo mode.
I'll probably give the game another break and come back to it later.


Nothing this month - I've been slacking!



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