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Monthly Update #26: June 2021


Witcher 3 took up the first half of the month, except I hit a point after the Battle for Kaer Morhen where I just lost interest in the main story, sooo I'm putting it on pause............ Otherwise I've restarted My Time at Portia again..
oh except I did finally play Beat Saber and Pistol Whip again. My body hurts. D:

Plus I'm back into lock down now. Nearly a year with minimal restrictions was to good to be true. Damn Australia.


Played

Half-Life 2

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

76.4 hours
33 of 78 achievements
Half-Life 2

My Time At Portia

78.7 hours
29 of 91 achievements

Backlog

Humble Bundle

  • Effie
  • Going Under
  • Ikenfell
  • Paw Paw Paw
And that's it folks! (for my $6 USD plan...)

Free

  • Tell Me Why
  • Titan Souls
  • Museum of Other Realities
  • Surviving Mars

Basically Free? 0.02 cents for them in a bundle..Less than a trading card

  • Deployment
  • TimeLock VR


Monthly Update #25: May 2021


I actually played games this month. Shocking, I know. About mid-way through the month, I felt like playing Assassin's Creed: Odyssey again. So I completed the DLC, and managed to finish all achievements! Not only that, I then started The Witcher 3, which I've already tried 3 times before and couldn't get into.

Well, I got into it this month if my hours played show... Anyway, have a Geralt screenshot:


Played & Beaten!

I completed games this month! One that's a more impressive completion as well! (It's been awhile..) Today I did start to have an issue with The Witcher 3 - the game stopped saving. Haven't opened it again to see if it saved the progress I made in a whole quest line. :/

Backlog

Steam Sale

Ok, after enjoying AC: Odyssey so much, I decided to get Origins when it went on sale. I'll probably be sick of Open World games after I beat The Witcher 3 however... HMM
  • Assassin's Creed Origins

Humble Bundle

An older key I activated and 2 from this month. Still umming and aahing about the rest.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York
  • Metro Exodus
  • Vane


Monthly Update #24: April 2021


Annnnd another mediocre playing month, but hey I beat a few games! (All short haha).
Another month of buying stuff for my apartment really. I ended up getting a LG CX 55" TV.. got a rug, ottoman, pillows, throws, towels, art etc.
Pretty much just got a couple of small things left to get, and my sofa which is delayed until July 23rd :(

I also spent this weekend working on making a bedhead and shelf for on top of some IKEA shoe cabinets I've put up, using a similar wood panel I used to make my desk. Just waiting for the Oil to soak in, and I'll hopefully put that up at the end of the week as well. (My bedhead budget went to the TV instead haha)


Played & Beaten!

I played a few smaller games this month. All for that Monthly in a Month event on SteamGifts - some thing to get me playing, even short ones, while I have different priorities at this point in time. Hopefully I'll have more gaming time starting this next month or so :)

Backlog

Humble Bundle

Ones I've activated so far. Even played 2 straight away! (Shocking, I know)
  • Main Assembly
  • Remothered: Broken Porcelain
  • SIMULACRA
  • SIMULACRA 2


Monthly Update #23: March 2021


So uuuh yeah apartment decorating took precedence again this month. I've lost count of how many trips I've made to Bunnings and IKEA. This week I even went to IKEA, bought a flatpack, took it home, did it, and went back to IKEA within 2 hours to get another.. symmetry y'know. I have also bought A LOT of plants. I've got a new obsession.. RIP backlog.
I did play a bit of Death Stranding and Overcooked 2. Death Stranding was entertaining for a bit, but ehhhhhhh.

Very lacking in screenshots this month D: Sorry for the half-arsed post this month!


Played

Gave up on Fallen Order - didn't get into it and then EA Play ran out. A bit disappointed. It felt to much like Tomb Raider with it's traversal puzzles. Except it was somehow even more straightforward and looped around obviously that I just didn't have the patience. I think I went in wanting a more kotor experience.

Started Death Stranding which so far is interesting. I kind of wish it didn't have the BT's and stuff though, I want a calm delivery post simulator haha. The bits with terrifying ghosts and your weird detector baby are not fun for me :S Also, product placement is super over the top in the private room. Exhibit A in screenshot above ^

Backlog

Humble Bundle

I haven't decided what I want to keep from the rest of the monthly so far. Here are the ones I've activated:
  • ELEX
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad
  • Freebies

  • Metro 2033


Monthly Update #22: February 2021


Uuuuuuuuuh it's been a month already?? 0.o'

I've now moved in. Another busy month this month.
So last update I said how I was going to paint the place. Jobs now done are:
• Painted the place
• Furniture moved in (and me haha)
• 6(?) flatpacks done
• Built in Wardrobe now set up with a new storage system -aka flatpack MALM's and some flexi storage rails so I can add/remove shelves/baskets etc as needed
• Laundry storage done with flexi storage as well
• Trips to IKEA and Bunnings..uhh 10+ by now?
• Bought a heap of plants and potted them
• Cleaned and painted the grout in the bathroom
• Changed lights and vent in bathroom and attached flatpack cabinets I made in the bathroom...
• Several days of sofa shopping. (Still no success).
• Had a guy come over to quote drainage for the air conditioner.......

So havent had much time game wise this month. I did buy Valheim and play that with friends as it was the only time I'd play otherwise haha

I'm not even bothering with the stats this month haha

Played

I've also played a tiny bit of Beat Saber and Pistol Whip on my Quest. First time to check it's still worked it's been awhile, and to see if my living space is big enough. Last night i played to get a bit of exercise in after feeling like I haven't done much fitness haha

Backlog

Steam

I bought EA Play at the really cheap price of $1.39 AUD to play Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order.. I doubt I'll finish the game at this rate haha
  • EA Play
  • Valheim
  • Humble Bundle

  • Boomerang Fu
  • Train Station Renovation
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Edition
  • The Wild Eight
  • Iris and the giant
  • Moving Out
  • Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
  • Outward


Monthly Update #21: January 2021


In anticipation of no more game time this month... here is an early post for January 21 -

Been a pretty busy month this month - we have a new system implemented at work, so have a ton of data migration to do, and I've been having to lead a team and make sure everyone has been trained. So all day every day is computer work, and an occasional screenshare call to train someone remotely. Days have been full on, so haven't played much this month.
I also just got the keys to my new place!! Settlement went through no problem yesterday :D Was planning to move all the major items in today, but realised we definitely need to paint the place. Looked a bit grimy. So after settlement yesterday we ran to Bunnings, got paint supplies and started patching areas/sugar soaping the place. Today's job is painting it all hopefully and also get internet set up. Hopefully can move some of the bigger items tomorrow while I have the sister's van. We'll see. I also have to get my wardrobe done.. It's a built in that was gross with nothing but one shelf and 2 clothes rails so.. A trip to IKEA most likely.

Games related, I have only played Assassin's Creed: Odyssey this month lol. I've beaten the main story, and am currently working on the DLC's.

Plan for 2021

I do have a general plan figured out - I've made a list of games I'm most interested in playing so far - I want to keep it around 20 items if possible so that I don't have too many options to be indecisive :) If I lose interest in something for the time being, I'll remove it. If something catches my eye I'll add it. More a way to see the games I want to play when I am not sure what to play next. I've taken a screenshot of it so far so I can see how it changes throughout the year!

Stats

End of January
14% (104/734)
6% (45/734)
15% (112/734)
63% (464/734)
1% (9/734)
End of December
14% (102/716)
6% (43/716)
16% (111/716)
63% (451/716)
1% (9/716)

Completed

Nothing to see here....


Beaten

Half-Life 2

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

128.4 hours
66 of 93 achievements

Currently on Episode 2 on both DLC's.
I got a bit bored once I hit the Underworld in the Atlantis DLC, so moved onto the other one for a change of pace.

So many screenshots taken in this game..


Played

Real life housing simulator... No other games this month :0

Backlog

I ended up getting the HB Choice this month pretty much for just PC Building Simulator. I have the 6 months for $6USD deal so can't pause. But, I ended up trading for more than that in Steam funds just with Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey which I can't see myself playing. Rest will likely be used for trade/giveaways. I might activate some later, who knows..

Steam Sale

I bought another game juuust before the sale ended
  • Littlewood
  • Humble Bundle

  • PC Building Simulator

  • Free

  • Little Nightmares


Monthly Update #20: December 2020


Happy New Year to everyone! Hopefully the next will be better than the last!
I spent most of this month on two games - Spiritfarer, a gift from my Secret Santa, and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey which I bought Christmas Eve. Yes, I've logged 60 hours since Christmas Eve... 0.o'
Both beautiful games. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey I've only finished 4 out of 9 episodes - I keep getting distracted by the photo mode! For those friends with me, sorry about the screenshot spam on your activity feeds lol.

Stats

End of December
14% (104/731)
6% (44/731)
15% (113/731)
63% (461/731)
1% (9/731)
End of November
14% (102/716)
6% (43/716)
16% (111/716)
63% (451/716)
1% (9/716)

Completed

Half-Life 2

Spiritfarer

34.3 hours
39 of 39 achievements

Lovely relaxing game. Thank you to my Secret Santa for a wonderful choice!

The environment design in this game is beautiful - I took a fair few screenshots throughout. I just wish I could hide the characters so that I could get just the environment!

It also really goes to show how much I love 'chore' games - my favourite parts are working on collections. The story was great once I looked into it further with Stella and her relationship with the characters. I'm not really the emotional type so some of the storylines really didn't impact me as it seems a lot of people praising the game did. The ending also felt inevitable and appropriate, so that part of the story didn't impact me as it seems to a lot of people who have reviewed the game.

There is also a lot of minigame type events to collect materials, and to craft every activity is slightly different so it doesn't feel to monotonous.

The only thing I didn't like with the game was how lost I was a certain points and not sure how to progress - because people do things at different points, some of the discussion forum hints didn't help either haha. (Eg. you need certain things to unlock progression). At these points, I tended to work on my collections while trying to figure out how to progress.

I really recommend the game, especially for people who like similar style games in the farming sim genre (Stardew, Portia, Farm Together etc).

Half-Life 2

Rover Mechanic Simulator

13.2 hours
24 of 24 achievements


Beaten

Half-Life 2

A Short Hike

1.2 hours
3 of 8 achievements

A lovely game, but for some reason it felt like I played this game for hours, even though it was barely over an hour.
Maybe one day I'll go back to complete it, but i wasn't feeling it after reaching the peak!


Played

Backlog

Thank you to my BLAEO Secret Santa! ♥

Thank you to my Secret Santa who made a wonderful choice for me - Spiritfarer!
  • Spiritfarer
  • Steam Sale

So uh I gave in to the temptation of the sale and used up some of my Steam Funds - worth it!
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

  • Trades

  • Control
  • Beyond: Two Souls

  • SteamGift Wins

  • Silence
  • Humble Bundle

  • Shining Resonance Refrain
  • Zwei: The Arges Adventure
  • Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection
  • One Step From Eden
  • Path of Giants
  • Still There
  • Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard
  • Overcooked! 2


Monthly Update #19: November 2020


November

Started very strong this month - the last week and a bit has been stressful so haven't gamed much.

I maaaay have put in an offer to buy an apartment lol. The amount of stress it is to go through contracts, talking with the real estate, mortgage brokers, conveyancers.. phew. Plus, there is only a short cooling off period so you have to organise your loan etc in less than a week... :( Hopefully it all works out, but we will see. If it goes through, this might change my bundle buying habits haha

Stats

End of November
14% (102/716)
6% (43/716)
16% (111/716)
63% (451/716)
1% (9/716)
End of October
14% (96/701)
6% (42/701)
16% (109/701)
63% (445/701)
1% (9/701)

Completed

Half-Life 2

Staxel

121.8 hours
28 of 28 achievements

YAY. Re-100% done.
I'm now over Staxel..until the next update anyway… :P

The Walking Dead: Season Two

The Walking Dead: Season Two

8.1 hours
40 of 40 achievements

Another great game continuing from the first, this time as Clem. I really felt for the decisions she had to make and who to side with.

Half-Life 2

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

6.9 hours
30 of 30 achievements

Ok. This is the second time writing this review due to my computer shutting down when writing it previously lol. I feel pretty strongly about this game… It was only OK. So many problems…

First off, graphics. SO many times things glitched, had random strings attached to characters in cut scenes, and random movements of characters that felt like they skipped like 5 seconds between frames. A little bit of care in this would have been appreciated…

Secondly, and most importantly.. the story and choices. Or the illusion of choice. The other games in the series so far really felt like you picked the way the conversation and plot was heading (even knowing it's all mirrors haha). This game… ergh.
To start, the forced romance between you and your brothers wife. I could see this a mile away being a replica of the first season of The Walking Dead TV series, which I actually dropped due to this irritating relationship drama. PLS NO. I did everything possible to avoid this drama, and still, at the end I had to deal with the fall out even though my choices didn't actually lead to this??
Also through out the game, choices would pop up that you'd select, and it felt like the story just followed as if you picked a different option. One example I clearly remember is I had an option to 1. Blame Gabe. 2. Say nothing happened. 3. Say something happened but its sorted. I picked 3, and it ended up that I blamed Gabe anyway… uuuuhhh that wasn't at all what I chose lol.
So there was that frustration of the character doing shit you didn't want them to say anyway.

With the two previous games, the options I chose as Lee and Clem really felt like choices I'd pick. It then didn't feel like I picked something that turned out completely different from what I expected. This also led to me not caring about the characters at all. I wanted Kate to die early in this I just didn't care. The only characters I liked (other than Clem), they killed off early for 'drama' or just wasn't present most the story.

Just eh..
I'd say skip this season if possible, but it does still advance Clem's story line unfortunately. If Clem wasn't in this game, I'd say skip completely. We have already seen a similar story line in the television series..

I was pretty disappointed with this game haha

Half-Life 2

TSIOQUE

3.6 hours
31 of 31 achievements
Half-Life 2

Little Misfortune

3.6 hours
35 of 35 achievements
Half-Life 2

Aurora

0.6 hours
4 of 4 achievements

Cute freebie - takes like 10-20 minutes total.


Beaten

Half-Life 2

Tomb Raider

16.2 hours
24 of 50 achievements

I finally played this game - I bought it on sale..in 2014… Oops.
It was really great fun. No achievement hunting due to an insane looking amount of multiplayer achievements. If it was just single player ones, I would have enjoyed going for them honestly!
The amount of times Lara fell and should have died.. and still had perfect shiny, clean hair all the while :P

The game -kind of- supports Ultrawide. It was pretty frustrating a lot of the times, because it appears that to make it ultrawide they cut off part of the top image. So many times Lara was talking or it was a close-up and you couldn't see even her eyes haha. So if you're playing this game now with an ultrawide, you might have to go into the files and change the settings as the in-game settings aren't great.

Half-Life 2

Rise of the Tomb Raider

19.6 hours
49 of 143 achievements

Beautiful game - more of the same from the first game.

Needed a photo mode so bad :(

Lara seems to fall a lot. :P


Played

Backlog

Gifts

Talking to a friend about story games like the Telltale series - he ended up gifting me Life is Strange Episodes 1-5 the day after when he heard I hadn't played it. Hoping to get around to it soon :)
  • Life is Strange Complete Season

Humble Bundle

HumbleBundle strikes back on my minimal backlog additions last month - time for a new monthly & a VR bundle!
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
  • I Expect You To Die
  • Creed: Rise to Glory™
  • Little Misfortune
  • TSIOQUE
  • Smile For Me
  • Youropa
  • Darksburg
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Darksiders III
  • Rover Mechanic Simulator
  • Townsmen - A Kingdom Rebuilt

  • Trades

  • Pumpkin Jack
    Pumpkin Jack

  • Free

  • Aurora


Monthly Update #18: October 2020


SPOOKtober and the month of participating in events

I was pretty keen this month, with a heap of completions/beaten games, and minimal backlog additions! I MUST BE SICK.

Anyway, this month I particpated in PAGYWOSG, Monthly in a Month and the Monthly theme on Backlog Assassin's. Helped narrow down my backlog to some horror games I have been avoiding. (I'm generally not a fan of horror, surprise!)

Stats

End of October
14% (96/701)
6% (42/701)
16% (109/701)
63% (445/701)
1% (9/701)
End of September
13% (93/698)
5% (36/698)
16% (109/698)
65% (451/698)
1% (9/698)

Completed

Half-Life 2

Demon Hunter 5: Ascendance

Won on SG
4.0 hours
24 of 24 achievements

Interesting plot twists that went nowhere.. uhh
Screenshots are spoiler-y (Sorry ninglor!)

Half-Life 2

Ghost Files: The Face of Guilt

3.2 hours
22 of 22 achievements

So many instances you can see of other solutions to problems that don't work in this HOG.
Character does some questionable things…
Entirely forgettable game.

Half-Life 2

Viridi

5.8 hours
47 of 47 achievements

I finally got the last achievement - I started this January 2019, and gave up on the last achievement. Been slowly working on it the last few months!

Half-Life 2

Stories Untold

1.6 hours
13 of 13 achievements


Beaten

Half-Life 2

Portal Knights

36.9 hours
23 of 40 achievements

Fun game - reminds me a bit of Staxel, but with combat and boss fights.

I can't 100% it at the moment as it requires the DLC (which I don't have)… and a heap of grind to finish the events and level another character to 30 (with the DLC haha). It was fun, but I think it would be more fun to play multiplayer.

Half-Life 2

Book of Demons

Won on SG
10.7 hours
85 of 202 achievements

Really enjoyed my time in this game. Originally started for both PAGYWOS and for Monthly in a Month challenges.

Once I beat the final boss in my run however I decided that was enough for me as there was SO much clicking (I can see this game giving someone Carpal Tunnel!).

I'd be interested in replaying it as other professions at a later time. I recommend the game as a short session game, similar to Slay the Spire if you could set small 10 minute sessions in that :P

Half-Life 2

Call of Cthulhu

9.2 hours
35 of 49 achievements

I managed to get 3 out of 4 endings in the one play-through.
Not really sure if I can be bothered to replay for the achievements I missed and the last ending. No chapter select :(

I did run into some bugs, such as mouse click not working when trying to select answers.
Graphics in cutscenes were pretty bad - somehow looked really low resolution?

Otherwise the game felt similar to a HOG when investigating, but playing Layers of Fear after this there were definitely some similarities in parts.
I died a fair few times to the monster and nearly quit because I hate scary sections lol. I persevered though as it's SPOOKTOBER. (The monster managed to find me a lot when I ran into the cupboard haha - this part felt like Alien: Isolation, which I dropped in under 2 hours due to how terrifying it is). It also has an asylum part, and I usually hate the cliche of an asylum in media. (Nearly every supernatural style show has to have an asylum episode..)

I did enjoy this game though, which I didn't think I would even though I wanted to try it!

Half-Life 2

Layers of Fear

4.5 hours
8 of 27 achievements

This game was a lot quicker to play than I thought it would be. Haunted house with haunted paintings. Was a lot less scarier than I thought it would be too, but then having just finished Call of Cthulhu where I died multiple times to a Monster coming out of a painting, paintings in this game felt less terrifying.

Not sure what happened achievement wise and how note-reading etc is activated, seeing as I collected most the items. Oh well.

The game was well done, and the way corridors/scary things etc seemed to switch/jump around was seamless!

Story spoilers (kinda): I managed to get the Self-Portrait ending, realised there were different endings looking it up after!

Half-Life 2

ABZÛ

2.3 hours
8 of 12 achievements

Played

Half-Life 2

Staxel

111.8 hours
25 of 28 achievements

So uuuh Staxel released new achievements. TIME TO TRY RE-100%! 30 hours logged this month :0 I had to restart the game as it doesn't have cloud saves, so my previous saves with all the quests up to date/villagers friended needed to be redone to reach the new quest line…

And of course my destructive tendencies caused a game breaking bug (on the new island I managed to destroy something that advances a quest. I can't replace it currently…). Luckily the dev reads the forums so they are working on a fix. Until then.. I can't go any further.

Issue after issue haha. Luckily I enjoy creating random buildings to waste time between days I couldn't do anything :P

2 of the new achievements done at least?

Backlog

Gifts

Friend gifted me Little Witch Nobeta and Radical Relocation for my birthday this month! I also didn't buy a single bundle/game this month, which is a record haha
  • Little Witch Nobeta
  • Radical Relocation

  • Freebies

  • Pacify
  • DISTRAINT 2



Monthly Update #17: September 2020


Monitor Upgrade, and playing Horizon Zero Dawn :)

Until the 17th of this month, I pretty much had spent 4 hours playing Slay the Spire, and that was it - no games.

On the 18th I received my Ultrawide monitor, and since then have been setting up my area/playing Horizon Zero Dawn pretty much!! It's been awhile since I've gotten into an Open world type of game, and I definitely feel the monitor upgrade has helped with immersion.

I had no progress in the first half of the month, but have suddenly started playing a game with a HLTB longer than 10 hours. So I feel like it's been a successful month, even if my stats don't show it.
So much screenshot spam this month - I dedicated a whole tab to it. (And removed the completed/beaten tabs... they haven't gotten much use the last couple of months)

Stats

End of September
13% (93/698)
5% (36/698)
16% (109/698)
65% (451/698)
1% (9/698)
End of August
14% (93/688)
5% (36/688)
15% (102/688)
66% (451/688)
1% (6/688)

Played

Backlog additions


    Steam Gift Wins

  • Demon Hunter 5: Ascendance

  • Humble Bundle

  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • The Occupation
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York
  • The Shapeshifting Detective
  • Strange Brigade
  • Catherine Classic
  • Lethal League Blaze

  • Freebies

  • Life is Strange 2