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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



Monthly Update #16: August 2020


BACKLOG PROGRESS!!!!!!! (and the month of betas.....)

I cheated and deleted nearly 200 games from my Steam library. I was going through my games trying to create a couple of categories for playing remotely on the TV and for local co-op. I had so many games to wade through that I wasn't excited to play at all, so ended up creating an extra category called ZEETRASH at the same time, and added anything I thought I wouldn't want to play to it. Then gave them the boot.

If you are interested at all in what got kicked to the curb, I took a couple of screenshots when Backlog couldn't compute after the sync. There are probably a few alright games in there, but I have so many excellent games I doubt I'll get to if I keep these :)

Another reason for wanting to do this, is that I have a fair few longer games I keep putting off and have been playing shorter games instead. I've finally put in an order for an Ultrawide monitor, so I'm hoping once that comes, I can start playing some of the more graphical intensive games I've been putting off :) (if the order is ever processed....)

And this month I've realised I played a little bit of 3 different betas - Fall Guys, Avengers and New World.

Stats

End of August
14% (93/688)
5% (36/688)
15% (102/688)
66% (451/688)
1% (6/688)
End of July
10% (90/858)
3% (26/858)
13% (112/858)
73% (625/858)
1% (5/858)

Completed

Half-Life 2

The Wolf Among Us

9 hours
35 of 35 achievements
Half-Life 2

Black The Fall

4.0 hours
14 of 14 achievements

Tonally felt exactly like INSIDE, which isn't a bad thing.
Some Star Wars influences with the Walkers and the Attack of the Clones style part dodging the machinery/lava haha

Half-Life 2

A Case of Distrust

1.9 hours
10 of 10 achievements

Beaten

Nothing to see here this month... :(


Played

Just little bits here and there...

Beta's

  • New World Preview
    New World Previewt

    5.7 hours

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (beta)
    Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

    3 hours

  • Marvel's Avengers (beta)
    Marvel's Avengers

    34 minutes

Backlog

PROGRESS!

Deleting games from Steam is progress right? :P

So minus 196 games. Add below.. haha

I was really happy with HB Choice this month. I have a slight interest in all the games, so I actually activated everything, except Vampyr which I already have. I also went through some keys and started activating some, giving away some more again. I dislike having a huge pile of unused keys!
I also caved and bought Pistol Whip on Oculus Quest when I got a voucher to use - just to mix up Beat Saber.

GreenManGaming's Wheel of Mystery

GreenManGaming's Wheel of Mystery has been skipped the last couple of months, so this month we got 2 spins!! The games we could get were Death Stranding, Horizon Zero Dawn, Destroy All Humans, Doom Eternal and Prey - So 3 I really wanted... and I got 2 of them in the wheel, the other from trading :D
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • DEATH STRANDING
  • Destroy All Humans!

  • Humble Bundle

  • Call of Cthulhu
  • A Case of Distrust
  • Little Big Workshop
  • Automachef
  • We Were Here Together
  • The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters
  • Wargroove
  • Through The Darkest of Times
  • Genesis Alpha One Deluxe Edition
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek
  • American Fugitive
  • Vikings - Wolves of Midgard

  • Activating older keys again..

  • Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones
  • The Messenger
  • Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing
  • GoNNER
  • Regular Human Basketball

  • Freebies

  • F1 2018

  • Other Platforms - Oculus Quest

  • Pistol Whip



Monthly Update #15: July 2020

A few completions this month!

This month I started pretty strong, finishing a fair few games in the first week. Then did barely anything for the next two. Finished the month with The Walking Dead.

I did play a bit more Beat Saber, after not playing much the last month or two. I'd kind of changed to doing weights every couple of days instead, as WFH at my computer, moving to my headset, then back to my computer didn't sound great to me haha.

But hey, achievement for me non-gaming related this month is I've managed to do a couple of sets of 4 reps of deadlifts at 90kg!! So there is that haha :) I started at around 40kg the other month and have been working my way up. Kind of at the point where I think I need to work on my grip to be able to hold the bar..

Stats

End of July
10% (90/858)
3% (26/858)
13% (112/858)
73% (625/858)
1% (5/858)

Half-Life 2

The Walking Dead

12.7 hours
48 of 48 achievements

I wasn't actually expecting this to be as awesome as it was. Definitely the surprise stand out this month. I decided to play it as it was around 10 hours, for Mayanaise's Gaming Challenge on SteamGifts!

It did have all the cliche's of Zombie movies/shows, but it made you care about the characters. I was anxious about making decisions, and I cried at times. It was also hilarious - I laughed out loud at multiple points throughout the game, and while some plot lines were predictable fairly early on in the episode (the farmhouse for people who have played..), it was executed so well I didn't even care.

If you haven't played it already, I suggest you do :)

Half-Life 2

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

9.9 hours
14 of 14 achievements

I really enjoyed Hellblade - originally I played an hour about a year ago and quit due to the combat. Tried it again this month and realised there isn't too much combat haha.

My favourite part would definitely be the audio. The voice acting, sound effects, music all worked well together.
Collectibles were fun to collect, as you heard stories from Norse mythology with each one you collected! I did miss only one and near the end had to load someone's save to get the achievement as I'd have to replay pretty much the whole game for it :(

The game doesn't have chapter select, which is a bit of a bummer. I feel like it could be interesting to replay sections with Chapter select, especially for the end battle and wanting to feel like a badass in combat :P

Hellblade has a Photo mode, which is always a plus for me in games, I took a fair few screenshots, most I didn't publish. The movement in Photo mode was a bit limited, but the effects provided are really cool.

The only negative for me other than no chapter select would be the combat - the movement was a bit janky, and you had to use dodge constantly to be able to move around which could be frustrating. I also had problems where a dodge/block wouldn't register to my increasing frustration!
I did like however the focus mode, and for minions essentially you could block their attack at the last second and then instant kill them in retaliation. This really shined in the last battle.

I really recommend the game if you enjoy a combination of a story that doesn't overstay it's welcome, Norse mythology, puzzles and great audio. (It's recommended that you use a headset - do it! I tried both to see, headset is definitely worth it)

Half-Life 2

Hidden Folks

6.6 hours
8 of 8 achievements
Half-Life 2

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons

3.4 hours
12 of 12 achievements

Ok, I actually really enjoyed this game. The puzzles were pretty easy, but entertaining.
Simple plot and definitely some strange things the brothers come across in their journey.

Worth a play through!

Half-Life 2

Devolverland Expo

1.5 hours
22 of 22 achievements
Half-Life 2

aMAZE Classic

2.0 hours
200 of 200 achievements

Half-Life 2

Shadow Warrior

17.0 hours
40 of 92 achievements
Half-Life 2

Helltaker

1.5 hours
7 of 8 achievements

Ok I really suck at reaction based games. So no 100% for meeee.
Surprisingly a good freebie, even if the story is about building a demon harem lol.
Music is also pretty addictive.


I also played a couple of games of the Fall Guys beta this month. Was fun, not really sure it's worth full price on release however. Especially with the issues actually getting a game in Australia. (You need 60 people to start a game!)

Avoided Steam sales! But HB...


I was all prepared to buy a few games this steam sale but decided.. I have so many games at the moment, I should either try trade for them, play my already large backlog and wait and see if they get bundled or go on a lower sale. Instead I ended up buying the Telltale bundle on Humble Bundle, as I had none of them and have been interested in trying them. After playing The Walking Dead this month, and having just started The Wolf Among Us, it was definitely worth it.
I was also going to pause Humble Choice again this month, but I got offered $4USD when I went to pause. So hey, I'll try a couple of the games and leave the rest to giveaways.

I also managed to get some pretty good trades this month!


    Humble Bundle

  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Heaven's Vault
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier
  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne
  • Batman - The Telltale Series
  • Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series
  • Yuppie Psycho
  • EARTHLOCK

  • Trades

  • Summer in Mara
  • Subnautica
    Subnautica
  • ABZU
    ABZU
  • Yooka-Laylee
    Yooka-Laylee
  • Rinlo
  • Papo & Yo
  • Yakuza Kiwami

  • SteamGift Wins

  • The Stanley Parable

  • Freebies

  • Devolverland Expo



Monthly Update #14: June 2020

The month I nearly avoided adding to my backlog. But failed

So I was going well until the Racial Justice Bundle. Ahhh well. At least people will be happy to get some giveaways :) This month most my gaming time was spent while working online chat at work (hence puzzle/card games - easy to stop instantly), or playing co-op games with a few friends. I'm pretty happy to get 2 completions, (Hexcells on the 30th!) and a few games to beaten.
There has been a bit of talk of returning to work on campus by the end of next month... Don't really want to go back!

Stats

End of June:
10% (84/836)
3% (24/836)
13% (112/836)
73% (611/836)
1% (5/836)
End of June - SG WIns:
20% (8/41)
15% (6/41)
7% (3/41)
59% (24/41)

Half-Life 2

Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

17.9 hours
40 of 40 achievements

Lovely Puzzle game.
If you haven't got it already, it is pretty damn cheap in the Steam Summer Sale right now.

Just a slight annoyance - I've closed the game during a puzzle a few times. It doesn't save your progress unless you go back. So while I've been playing this while working, I've closed it when busy without realising and have lost progress.
I didn't really learn from my mistake. I did this many times hahaha. Learn from me.

Half-Life 2

Hexcells

1.9 hours
6 of 6 achievements

Half-Life 2

Borderlands 3

24.0 hours
25 of 68 achievements

Ok - very fun game to just co-op and kill things with friends. The combat was satisfying, and the guns I managed to get were fun. I also like the whole home base being on a ship. Makes me think of Mass Effect and KotOR and going around the Normandy/Ebon Hawk.

BL3 also has Twitch integration, for those people who stream. Seems pretty cool :)

Few issues I did have with BL3:
• First off, achievements were bugged when I played. They have only just been re-activated at the last update, so that removes that con now :P I'll have to replay to see if all the achievements that count up to like 1/10, will have counted. (Not sure if I'll try complete the game though)

• THE STORY. Oh god the story was horrible. Terrible writing… 'Twists' (If you can even call it that) that came in to late were immediately predictable. The end credits, and the end credits song. My god. That end credits song… why. I wonder how much they spent to license that song…
I played with 2 friends via Discord, and that end battle/end credits/credits song combo got to us.

I do recommend the game if you are just wanting to play a looter shooter, especially with friends. Just don't expect a good story. At all.

Half-Life 2

Dead Man's Draw

SG Win
15.8 hours
16 of 20 achievements
Half-Life 2

Virginia

SG Win
1.8 hours
13 of 17 achievements

Half-Life 2

Warhammer: Vermintide 2

11.9 hours
12 of 26 achievements

I ended up trading for this game because my friend group on discord mentioned it to play. I didn't think I'd enjoy it..however..

This is actually a really fun game. 4 player co-op, You essentially just go do missions that consist of collecting a few things/killing things (rat people) and getting loot boxes. In between missions open your loot and level your equipment. You tend to get a different weapon that has better stats each round, so your gameplay changes slightly each go.

It is a pretty satisfying gameplay loop with friends. Plus, playing as the fire mage type is great fun :D

Similar to games like Killing Floor 2, Deep Rock Galactic etc.

Half-Life 2

Shadow Warrior

13.8 hours
32 of 92 achievements

Still haven't beat it…. I kept getting distracted by friends every time I went to play it - so I got some multiplayer game progress at least?

Half-Life 2

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

3.3 hours
0 of 78 achievements

Second attempt to get into this game… I really struggle with the controls. Tried both keyboard and controller and both feel uncomfortable.
I'll keep trying though, because I really want to get into this game!

Half-Life 2

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

12.0 hours
23 of 700 achievements
Half-Life 2

Risk of Rain 2

0.8 hours
no achievements

I WAS originally going well


SO. I actually originally paused Humble Choice this month for the first time. Then the Racial Justice Bundle came with a free month for new accounts.. So naturally I made a new account. Ahh well. Activated some games below - I've already put a fair few into giveaways on Steamgifts! I won Sea of Solitude from the EA Play event, which is pretty cool! I bought Sonic as it is really cheap at the moment on Steam, and I have steam funds to spend. I'll probably wait until next month's HB Choice is revealed before making any purchases. The current games I'm debating on getting and are waiting around in my cart are: Hidden Paws Mystery, Fable Anniversary, Feel The Snow, Assassin's Creed Origins, Titanfall® 2: Ultimate Edition. Not really sure yet! Still have a lot of games I haven't really gone through with the bundles I've purchased to decide whether to activate or not. Some have already been put up on Steamgifts :)

    Bought

  • Supraland
  • Felix the Reaper
  • Overload
  • Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4
  • EarthNight
  • My Memory of Us
  • Overgrowth
  • Spelunky
  • Outcast - Second Contact
  • 2Dark
  • Sonic Generations
  • Hatoful Boyfriend
  • This War of Mine
  • All You Can Eat
  • Neo Cab
  • Crowntakers
  • FTL: Faster Than Light

  • Trades

  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2

  • Freebies

  • Sea of Solitude
  • Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren's Call
  • The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times