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I am mildly addicted to buying, winning and playing games.

I’ve decided to stop posting my semi-regular progress updates for the time being because who cares really what I play but I am still working on my backlog, using site, updating my lists every other day and reading other people’s submissions :)


I’ve beaten hundreds of games since the last update. I should probably start posting something again. Maybe one day ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Yesterday I’ve reached a milestone: 100 games finished in 2016 (I got 100% in 53 of them). There were plenty of short games but it still feels like a nice accomplishment.
It’s been a month since my last update. Here is what I’ve been up to in August (too many games to review individually so I will just split them into 3 categories):
Good are the games I enjoyed the most. Okay is a combination of “could’ve been better” and “okay for what it is”. Bad = don’t waste your time.

HIGHLIGHT
  • White Night
    White Night

    9 hours playtime

    33 of 33 achievements

This is a pretty good game, not the best. I will remember it for a long time because for whatever reason I decided to 100% it. One of the achievements requires you to finish the game in one night (pretty much in one sitting).
I decided that spending a weekend night playing a relaxing adventure game doesn’t sound too bad. What I failed to notice (who reads description and tags when you can look at screenshots) is that this is not a relaxing adventure but a horror game that reminded me of early Resident Evil (just without fighting / shooting and ghosts instead of zombies).
This game is stressful. It’s dark. You don’t have a flashlight. You have to use matches. They don’t last long. You die. Thankfully the game is not hard but there are a lot of collectibles and many can be missed and would require a second walkthrough. Since I was trying to get everything in one walkthrough I had to take it slow. I was hoping to finish the game in 4-5 hours but I ended up spending about 7-8 hours playing this game. I took a couple of breaks in the beginning but then I realized that I was running out of “one night” and may not get the achievement I wanted so I had to power through the rest of the game. That was certainly a fun experience but I am not sure if I want to do it again :)

GOOD
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
    Rise of the Tomb Raider

    34 hours playtime

    57 of 113 achievements

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III
    Call of Duty: Black Ops III

    16 hours playtime

    23 of 77 achievements

  • SquareCells
    SquareCells

    10 hours playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • Montaro
    Montaro

    7 hours playtime

    15 of 15 achievements

  • MISSING: An Interactive Thriller - Episode One
    MISSING: An Interactive Thriller - Episode One

    68 minutes playtime

    17 of 17 achievements

  • Projector Face
    Projector Face

    6 hours playtime

    5 of 5 achievements

  • Time Mysteries 3: The Final Enigma
    Time Mysteries 3: The Final Enigma

    4 hours playtime

    11 of 11 achievements

  • Port of Call
    Port of Call

    38 minutes playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

OKAY
  • Time Mysteries: Inheritance - Remastered
    Time Mysteries: Inheritance - Remastered

    4 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

  • Time Mysteries 2: The Ancient Spectres
    Time Mysteries 2: The Ancient Spectres

    6 hours playtime

    11 of 11 achievements

  • Over The Hills And Far Away
    Over The Hills And Far Away

    6 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Please, Don’t Touch Anything
    Please, Don’t Touch Anything

    4 hours playtime

    13 of 15 achievements

  • Mandagon
    Mandagon

    42 minutes playtime

    5 of 5 achievements

  • Woodle Tree Adventures
    Woodle Tree Adventures

    3 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • simian.interface++
    simian.interface++

    55 minutes playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Radiator 2
    Radiator 2

    83 minutes playtime

    5 of 5 achievements

  • Echo Tokyo: Intro
    Echo Tokyo: Intro

    2 hours playtime

    6 of 6 achievements

BAD
  • My Bones
    My Bones

    4 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • The Deer
    The Deer

    3 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • The NADI Project
    The NADI Project

    50 minutes playtime

    9 of 9 achievements

  • Houston, we have a problem
    Houston, we have a problem

    28 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • FINAL FANTASY VII
    FINAL FANTASY VII

    42 hours playtime

    21 of 36 achievements

  • Energy Balance
    Energy Balance

    6 hours playtime

    5 of 9 achievements

  • Press X to Not Die
    Press X to Not Die

    3 hours playtime

    9 of 11 achievements

  • Hook
    Hook

    3 hours playtime

    1 of 1 achievements

  • Castle of Illusion
    Castle of Illusion

    5 hours playtime

    11 of 12 achievements

I’ve been spamming a lot over the past month. Just had a little bit more time to play than I normally do and I’ve been enjoying that extra game time.

Final Fantasy VII

This is a big one for me. A gift from a friend and an iconic game in general. I’ve been playing it on and off for a few months now. For someone who has never played it before it was a challenge. It is really hard to play this game without a guide unless you have much more time than I do. You can easily get lost or confused.
This game is almost 20 years old and since there was no nostalgia involved here, putting 40 hours into it required a certain amount of dedication. I am happy that I didn’t give up. Beating FF VII felt tremendously satisfying.
According to Steam stats less than 7% reached the ending. I wonder why. Well… I am one of them :) I am missing a bunch of achievements that require some major grinding but I am moving on to other games.

Energy Balance

An old SG win, one of my first ones. This game surprised me. It certainly doesn’t look pretty but it is a very good math puzzle. Simple but incredibly challenging. There are no solutions or hints available. Numbers are randomly generated every time you start a puzzle.
I finished the “main story” and consider this game beaten. I had to give up on extra “hardcore” puzzles. Those are exponentially harder. Impossible to solve without some hardcore calculations. Some people spent days solving a single puzzle. You cannot save your progress either. Ehh… no, thank you :)

Press X to Not Die

This is a fun one. It falls under “it’s so bad it’s good” category. An interactive movie with quick time events. Certainly worth a few laughs.

Hook

Everyone’s been playing it recently and since it is only about an hour long I decided to scratch it off my list. Very nice puzzle indeed. Not difficult so it goes well with “Relax” theme.

Castle of Illusion

My recent SG win. Very pretty looking platformer. I liked it but it felt like half a game to be honest. A bit lazy on Sega’s part. There are essentially just 5 levels, each split into 2 parts and a boss fight. Even though it’s short, I still recommend playing it if you like platformers.

PS: I’ve also completed 2 free-to-play games: a puzzle (~20 minutes) and a VN (less than 1 hr if you actually read everything). Both were good.

  • Antenna
    Antenna

    18 minutes playtime

    5 of 5 achievements

  • Regeria Hope Episode 1
    Regeria Hope Episode 1

    59 minutes playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Pixel Puzzles: Japan
    Pixel Puzzles: Japan

    14 hours playtime

    26 of 26 achievements

  • Quell
    Quell

    6 hours playtime

    35 of 35 achievements

  • Thomas Was Alone
    Thomas Was Alone

    6 hours playtime

    35 of 35 achievements

  • A Date in the Park
    A Date in the Park

    71 minutes playtime

    9 of 9 achievements

  • Beyond Eyes
    Beyond Eyes

    4 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

5 more completed games! First 3 are a part of the monthly theme:

Pixel Puzzles: Japan

I like jigsaw puzzles in general but I didn’t really like this game. Is it a mobile port or something? Resolution is low. Music/sound quality is bad. Trying to grab the piece you need can be frustrating because instead of letting you take what you want the game “suggests” the best piece. It is an easily abused system. If you stack all the pieces together they come out in correct order from left to right. I tried to avoid doing that as much as I could because that felt like cheating. The worst part: you cannot save progress so you have to complete each puzzle in one sitting >.<

Quell

Quell is a very nice relaxing puzzle that I enjoyed. Plenty of achievements and easy to get 100%. You don’t even need to use any guides. You earn coins for completing levels and you can use these coins to unlock a solution for a particular level if you are stuck. It’s more fun to try to find a perfect solution yourself though. I am definitely going to play the other 2 Quell games in the near future.

Thomas Was Alone

This game is absolutely incredible. I loved everything about it. Music and narration are awesome! I wrote a short review here. If you have not played it yet, just do it! D:<

A Date in the Park

One may think that I should be concentrating on my huge backlog instead of playing free to play games but this one kept popping up on Steam’s store page so I decided to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised. For a free-to-play game this one is a pretty decent p&c adventure. About an hour long.

Beyond Eyes

Got this as a gift from a great friend 3 days ago. Decided to play it right away. It is not on this month’s list and I think it should have been. It is extremely relaxing. This game was good. I enjoyed it. :)
My Review, Screenshots, Gameplay Video.

  • Beach Bounce
    Beach Bounce

    6 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

  • Gone Home
    Gone Home

    3 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Road Madness
    Road Madness

    4 hours playtime

    6 of 6 achievements

  • Hexcells Infinite
    Hexcells Infinite

    20 hours playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • Fine Sweeper
    Fine Sweeper

    7 hours playtime

    19 of 19 achievements

  • Submerged
    Submerged

    5 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

This is it, guys. I am slowly becoming a weeb and an achievement whore… T_T

Beach Bounce

Well, that was… a raunchy VN (especially if you choose to play an uncensored version). A lot of action ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) I’ll leave it at that. Story, characters and writing itself were decent.

Gone Home

I won it on SG a few months back and I’ve seen several people played it recently because it is in current month’s theme so I decided to play it too. I enjoy walking simulators and this kind of “relaxing” games. I think the story was sweet. Voice acting and music were very good. I get why not everyone may like this game but I personally loved it. If anyone knows any games that are similar to this one please share :3

Road Madness

Garbage but it took less than 30 minutes to get all the achievements. So… yeah…

Hexcells Infinite

One of the best puzzles on Steam. I finished all 3 games and finally got the last achievement in Infinite. I will still play it occasionally. This game is super relaxing.

Fine Sweeper

That may sound funny but I love Minesweeper. I spent hundreds of hours playing it and similar games back in the days when I had a shitty computer with just a few games that my pc could handle. Fun times. Steam version is pretty cool too but I got all the achievements so it’s time to move on.

Submerged

A beautiful little gem. Gameplay can be described as “boat riding + wall climbing”. Nothing revolutionary here but I liked this game a lot. Very short but it ends before it gets too repetitive.

Hello! It’s me again. I’ve beaten a few more games in the past couple of days.

  • Plantera
    Plantera

    11 hours playtime

    29 of 29 achievements

  • NEKOPARA Vol. 0
    NEKOPARA Vol. 0

    4 hours playtime

    13 of 13 achievements

  • Abandoned
    Abandoned

    48 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • DOOM
    DOOM

    16 hours playtime

    22 of 38 achievements

Plantera
My latest SG win. Cute little time waster, a clicker game. I liked it.

NEKOPARA Vol. 0
A gift. I actually liked this VN. Way too short (less than 1 hr) but it was pretty funny. And no, I don’t feel like a perv :P I am planning to buy Vol 1 and 2.

Abandoned
An old SG win. This one was okay. Point and click, room escape sort of game. Finished it in about 40 minutes.

DOOM
An awesome gift from a great friend. Great game too! It took me by surprise actually. It has very little in common with previous installment (Doom 3) which was more of a horror game. This remake is an old school shooter that feels like a cross between original Doom and Quake 3 Arena with “new gen” additions like double jumps, ledge grabs, melee finishers, upgradable weapons and costume. Very solid singleplayer. Story is just a filler but gameplay itself is a lot of fun. I am going to replay this one again sometime in future for all the secrets and the collectibles. There is a ton of them.

Welcome to my first annual casual Wednesday! Brought to you by sh*tty bundles and powered by boredom.
I am not really an achievement hunter but I do like getting them. From time to time I want to play some bad games just for the sake of getting achievements. Here are 3 that I finished today:

  • What's under your blanket !?
    What's under your blanket !?

    4 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

  • SAMOLIOTIK
    SAMOLIOTIK

    5 hours playtime

    13 of 13 achievements

  • Always The Same Blue Sky...
    Always The Same Blue Sky...

    4 hours playtime

    12 of 12 achievements

Playtime is mostly idling. All 3 games are very short. None of them are worth playing to be honest but I can’t say I hated any of them. I am not going to waste your time by describing these gems.
-3 games in my backlog, +3 100% games. Today was a good day.

A quick update. Two games completed over the weekend:

  • The Walking Dead: Michonne
    The Walking Dead: Michonne

    4.7 hours playtime

    21 of 21 achievements

  • The Old City: Leviathan
    The Old City: Leviathan

    2.8 hours playtime

    no achievements

The Walking Dead: Michonne

I liked it. Short but entertaining. Wrote a quick review on Steam. I want more Telltale games. I think Minecraft: Story Mode is the only one that I haven’t played yet. Ugh…

The Old City: Leviathan

An old SG win from 9 months ago. Very beautiful walking simulator. I am still not sure if it’s a game or a tech demo for Unreal Engine. Plot was too deep for me. Call me dumb but I am still not exactly sure what this game was about. At least I can say it was relaxing, pretty and very short.

Second update.

My backlog attack took an unexpected turn. After recent Sony’s E3 press conference I want PS4 again :( I won’t buy it any time soon but there are a lot of PS exclusives that I’ve always wanted to play: Uncharted, The Last of Us, God of War, Beyond: Two Souls… to name a few.
This is when I remembered that my old Xbox 360 is also waiting for me :o Guilt took over and I decided to play some console games.

Beyond
Beyond Good and Evil.
I love this one. One of my favorite games ever. Played it ages ago when it was released. HD remastered version is only available on consoles. Still holds up well. Story is nice and sweet. Characters are likable. Gameplay is a good combination of action, stealth, semi-open world exploration, racing and treasure hunting.
AC:B
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
I am way behind when it comes to AC franchise but so far I haven’t skipped any. Finished AC1 and 2 not too long ago. Now finally got a chance to play Brotherhood. It feels exactly like AC2 and I had plenty of fun with it. I was planning on skipping the next couple of games and jumping straight to Black Flag and Rogue since I own them already and I’m missing all other games in the series but since Brotherhood ends with such a cliffhanger I will probably buy and play AC Revelations instead xD
MGS2
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
I am not a MGS fan since I’ve never had a change to actually play any of the games. After everything that happened between Konami and Kojima I decided now is the time to buy HD collection and actually play at least some of the games in the series. This game was originally released 15 years ago. It was released for PC as well, my friend used to own it. Try to find a copy now. Used ones are ~$50 and I saw new copies for $100+ and I am pretty sure it won’t work on Win 7 or 10.
Getting into the game was hard. Controls are just atrocious (to shoot: hold Right Bumper for 1st person view, press left stick to draw a weapon, aim with the same left stick and press X to shoot. I guess Left Trigger + Right Trigger combination would be too easy). I thought I would run through the game quickly on easy just for the story. The game is split into 2 parts (Tanker and Plant). I finished first part in less than 2 hours and thought this game was short as fk. Nope. Second part took me over 10 hours and man I enjoyed the hell out of them. Story is borderline crazy, characters are comical, and cut scenes are often 20-30 minutes long. The whole game feels like a movie or a TV show that you just cannot stop watching. Actually, no, it’s better than a movie or a tv show. I loved it. Thank you, Kojima. I am a fan now :)

Time for my first update.
So far I’ve finished 48 games this year and I am proud of it! >:D
Here are the last 3 that I consider beaten:

  • Ryse: Son of Rome
    Ryse: Son of Rome

    18.9 hours playtime

    58 of 73 achievements

  • Kholat
    Kholat

    6.2 hours playtime

    19 of 20 achievements

  • The Grandfather
    The Grandfather

    0.5 hours playtime

    No achievements

Ryse: Son of Rome

Won this on SG about a month ago. Started playing it right away. It’s a short game (about 7 hours). It felt too short to be honest so I decided to replay it on highest difficulty to get extra achievements :3 I rarely play singleplayer twice but it felt right this time and I actually enjoyed it more on the 2nd playthrough. Fighting felt more solid on “Legendary” since you are forced to be more precise with your blocks and counters. I would spend more time playing multiplayer but sadly it’s mostly dead. It takes forever to find a partner.
Overall I enjoyed Ryse quite a bit. There was nothing groundbreaking but gameplay was fun, story and visuals were very good.

Kholat

“The most terrifying journey of your life set in the beautiful winter scenery of the Ural Mountains. Uncover the horrific mystery behind the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Narrated by the famous Sean Bean.”
Another SG win that I finished the same week I won it. I’ve seen a couple of documentaries about Dyatlov Pass incident so I was very excited to play this game. Kholat is a walking simulator with a couple of scary moments. There is not much going on. You just walk around and collect notes. The game looks very good (built on UE4) and music was great but SPOILERS: story falls flat and the ending is a complete joke. This game could have been much better. It almost felt like the developer gave up or ran out of ideas. I enjoyed playing Kholat, it is very atmospheric but I expected more.
I uploaded a gameplay video today if anyone is interested:

The Grandfather

I got this game from a friend. It is extremely short (about 30 minutes) so I played right away. I have no idea how to describe it. Art is creepy, “story” is weird, sounds are deafening. But -1 game in my backlog :D

Statistics
5393 games (+21 not categorized yet)
88% never played
3% unfinished
2% beaten
7% completed
1% won't play