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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!


Completed/Beaten

Half-Life 2

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.

Half-Life 2

The Walking Dead: The Final Season

13.6 hours
48 of 48 achievements
Half-Life 2

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%.

Half-Life 2

Batman - The Telltale Series

7.8 hours
30 of 30 achievements
Half-Life 2

Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series

8.8 hours
30 of 30 achievements
Half-Life 2

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.

Half-Life 2

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


Played

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. )

Backlog

Nothing!


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!)


Played

Backlog

Freebies

  • 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.


Completed/Beaten

Half-Life 2

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.


Played

Backlog

Bought

  • DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS™ 2
  • 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.


Completed/Beaten

Nothing this month - I've been slacking!


Played

Backlog

Reddit Giveaways

  • Celeste
  • Trades

  • Days Gone
  • Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
  • Drake Hollow
  • The Falconeer

Monthly Update #35: March 2022

So uuuhhh I bought Evertree and Jedi Fallen Order. And then there was the Support Ukraine Humblebundle.

My backlog hates me.

But hey, pretty screenshots this month!


Completed/Beaten

Half-Life 2

Grow: Song of the Evertree

24.2 hours
22 of 22 achievements

Sooo after talking with a colleague at work about games, I was inspired to play something that night. Hence, I impulse bought Grow: Song of the Evertree as it was on sale. It was not a bad decision!
I realised it's by the same devs as Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles which I also enjoyed.

It's kind of chore-like in growing 'worlds' and harvesting stuff, but also has a bit of building/village management along with it. So very relaxing to play. All while being absolutely stunning, and has a photo mode! It looks fantastic on ultrawide.
Only issue I've seen so far is the auto photo mode with critters/pet companion seem to be geared for a different resolution, so it cuts off the top and bottom. So no cute selfies with Kasumi.

I did find this game a lot more repetitive however. By the time I got to the Forest district (there were several more after this point..) I was already starting to lose interest in repeating everything.
I feel like it would be better if the game kind of aimed at letting you work on one district with goals to hit each time, instead of just repeating the same stuff over and over again.

I did enjoy gifting villagers stupid hats, so if that's your thing, WELL. This is the game for you.

I do recommend the game if you want a more mindless style chore game, with the ability to make towns pretty :P Also, for the photo mode!
If you are after a more exploration version, go for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles.


Played

Orange is the best lightsaber colour.

Backlog

I need to play my games now... oops. I haven't decided on most of the Ukraine bundle yet whether to keep/trade/gift keys.

Steam Sales

  • Grow: Song of the Evertree
  • STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order™
  • Trades

  • Among Us
  • Tinkertown
  • Nebuchadnezzar
  • Bundles

  • Satisfactory
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Quantum Break
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Ring of Pain
  • INMOST
  • Ryse: Son of Rome

Monthly Update #34: February 2022

The Hangover


Still in a withdrawal from Witcher 3. No progress this month haha


Played

Backlog

Trades

  • Calico
  • Black Book
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Monthly Update #33: January 2022

New Year, New Me.. kinda

So massive achievement this month...
I 100% Witcher 3!!!

And that's about it. I started a few other games, in a bit of a depression after completing Witcher 3 and not being able to decide what to play. Then I was sick for a couple of weeks (negative to COVID though..) and then I went to the Beach last week and have been in bed again with massive sunburn haha. Forgot to reapply sunscreen after swimming - Australia sun is not forgiving at all. :(
But hey, a massive game done!


Completed/Beaten

Half-Life 2

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

170.4 hours
78 of 78 achievements

May/June last year I played about 70 hours and had gotten to the Kaer Morhen quest line on 'Just the Story' difficulty.

This month, I played through the rest of the base game and DLCs. Then went back for more and played New Game+ on Death March.
I'm crazy. So yeah. I really enjoyed 100%ing this game.
The only achievement I really disliked was the Master Marksman achievement. It requires 50 headshot kills with the Crossbow. Worst achievement.

If you end up going for 100%, I recommend making sure you check a guide for Gwent and missable cards. I missed one in my first play through early, so had to do this achievement in my Death March run. Death March wasn't to hard in New Game+ as Geralt, as I had fully geared him and went an Alchemy build.

Only real struggle with this build was the last boss battle, which I died repeatedly in. My issue was playing as Ciri. I ended up modding her, because they don't allow you to change skills/gear etc., and the combat is already awful enough on K&M. :(

Mods I used and recommend:
The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project
All Quest Objectives on Map
Over 9000 - Weight Limit Mod
High Level Ciri I went so well with Ciri in Death March until the Crone fight. Then gave up and downloaded a mod lol. She hits like a wet noodle and would die in 2-3 hits…
Master Marksman Achievement Tracker (Worst achievement, this made it bearable…)

Also if anyone else wants to 100% this game - for Master Marksman, don't do this achievement in New Game+. Load a late game save and go back to Velen and slaughter low level bandits in Devil's Pit. I originally tried this achievement at my endgame New Game+ DM save, and it took so long to get a few kills due to having to get the enemies health down so the arrow would be able to kill them. In comparison when I loaded a previous save, the bandits died with 2 arrows.


It was interesting seeing different choices through my second play through. I tried to change most choices up. I feel like my first game ending had a better world, bitter sweet ending for Geralt and co., while my second play through the world ended up hellish with a good kind of ending for Geralt and co.! I also noticed some quests I did, choosing another option pretty much finished the quest straight away so you missed a chunk of content. There was a side quest I remember with a woman's sister who went missing. In my second play through I took the easy way so missed what happened. Some quests however ended in a similar way, just got there differently. The Tower of Mice quest with Keira Metz for example, both endings were essentially the same result, but I enjoyed both in how they got there!

Speaking of different choices: I went back to a previous save to get the second ending achievement for Blood and Wine DLC - Wtf was with that sex scene haha


I really enjoyed in my New Game+ play through seeing a familiar character from Hearts and Stone DLC in White Orchard - someone I had not even noticed previously.

Oh and SO many screenshots. I used Nvidia Ansel to take them, as Witcher 3 doesn't have a Photo Mode unfortunately. I tried mods last year when I played, but they just weren't great.



Played

Not sure what to play now.
Sherlock Holmes really frustrated me. There are parts you have to observe people and click certain items on them to create a profile. I think it might be the resolution on the ultrawide, but it was constantly bugged. I finally rage quit at some nobles house after it refused to let me click on the ring haha.
Hitman 2 I died in the tutorial...
Outer Wilds.. who knows what's going on there. It feels very aimless so far. I'm guessing it's a game you just throw yourself at things until something works, but it's so far not a very pretty world to explore - which I'm guessing exploring and interacting with stuff is the goal.
Started a new game in HZD, as it's been awhile now since I last played. Trying to fill that Open World void in my heart now :D

Backlog

SteamGift wins

  • Outer Wilds
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Monthly Update #32: December 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!
Looking back, I didn't beat or complete many games this year, only 16!
A huge difference to last year where I finished 60. I did play a fair few longer games this year which I'm happy about, and have been focused on working on my apartment. I'd say it's been a successful year even with a 4 month lockdown here.

Longer games beaten/completed this year:

Games with a lot of hours logged:

  • New World

    157.2 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    76.4 hours playtime

    33 of 78 achievements

The plan I loosely stuck to for 2021...

Basic outline of a Plan for 2022


Completed/Beaten

Half-Life 2

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

30.5 hours
38 of 59 achievements
Half-Life 2

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

8.0 hours
34 of 34 achievements
Half-Life 2

Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York

3.3 hours
14 of 14 achievements
Half-Life 2

She Sees Red

3.0 hours
15 of 15 achievements


Played

Backlog

I got a few games this month, special thank you to my Secret Santa this year - made absolutely excellent choices! I've already 100% LiS:BtS >.>
I bought both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition - I've tried RDR2 for an hour and haven't got into it yet, so we'll see if I decide to refund it.

BLAEO Secret Santa

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  • Eastward
  • Kitaria Fables
  • Steam Sale Purchases

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition
  • SteamGift wins

  • She Sees Red


Monthly Update #31: November 2021


I'M SORRY STEAM LIBRARY, I HAVE BETRAYED YOU.
I purchased the Xbox Game Pass $1 for 3 months deal.
PLEASE FORGIVE ME STEAM LIBRARY.
It's only temporary...

I also spent a bit of time this month watching some TV shows...



Played

  • Halo Infinite

    17.6 hours playtime

    26 of 119 achievements

  • Back 4 Blood

    10 hours playtime

  • Sea of Thieves

    3 hours playtime

  • Unpacking

    2 hours playtime

Backlog

I spun a Wheel of Mystery on Green Man Gaming - won some free keys.. except you have to activate them to find out what they were.. Would have given them away if I knew what keys I was given..

Freebies

  • Halo Infinite
  • Beholder
  • KEO
  • Strike Buster Prototype
  • Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages
  • Out of Reach
  • STASIS


TV Shows

Ok so I made this tab just to recommend that you go watch Arcane...

I've never played or been interested in League of Legends, but this show is great. It's on Netflix.

Arcane

Definitely recommended. I watched despite the LoL association, so glad I did. Great everything! Plot, characters, animation, world building. Music can be hit and miss, depending on if you are a fan of Imagine Dragons.


Hellbound

Interesting concept. Less monster focus though, more focused on a religious cult. Interesting, but not for everyone. I'd say if you are bored to maybe check it out, but eh. A bit gore-y in parts


Wheel of Time (Episodes 1-3)

I'm not liking it so far (haven't read the books). Hopefully it gets better production values, it doesn't look like it cost 10 million an episode.. More CW show/Legend of the Seeker than GoT/LotR so far. Please get better I need more fantasy TV.


Super Crooks

Binged this whole series on Netflix over the last couple of days.. Really enjoyable! I do like the superhero genre though :P



Monthly Update #30: October 2021

This month was me no-lifing New World pretty much.
I've had fun in New World, but now there are so many issues I might just take a break and see whether AGS actually fixes them. Friends also were impatient and transferred to my server when I said wait... server is now dead so that makes it harder..
Not much else gaming wise this month except giving away a couple of older HB keys I have. Still have a lot to go through to see if I should activate/try to trade or just giveaway.

In other news, lockdown has ended, and my sofa I ordered in March finally arrived!



Played

Half-Life 2

New World

157.2 hours
38 of 133 achievements

Backlog

Older key activation

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