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December 2019 update
From now, I’ll make more simple posts just to keep track of my progress.
Games played this month
The Elder Scrolls Online
Life Is Strange
Return of the Obra Dinn
My Time At Portia
LEGO® Star Wars™: The Complete Saga
Jotun: Valhalla Edition
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Games beaten this month
Games added this month
11-11 Memories Retold
Zombie Driver HD
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
State of Mind
2019 summary in few numbers
39 games beaten on Steam, and some beaten on other plateforms too.
63 games added to my backlog (no comment…)
Overall an awesome year for gaming, with a lot of great games played !
For 2020, I’ve decided to give up on my ABC challenge and play what I want, mainly from my gift list. No pressure !
Some progress, but not only on Steam...
Again a month with a lot of different games played.
Besides my backlog on Steam, I also got free months for Xbox Game Pass and I played and finished The Outer Worlds.
I also got a month of EA Access to play (and finish) Jedi Fallen Order and to start A Plague Tale of Innocence.
The 5 games I finished were all good, Jedi Fallen Order beeing the most satisfying game I've played this year. Great story, fun gameplay, awesome maps and design.
The Outer Worlds was good but not great, I rushed the end because the side quests were not really interesting
Murdered Souls Suspect is a game I had in my backlog for a long time and it's really well made and short to finish.
A long game finished !
Lot of games played, and I managed to finish Borderlands 2, after all these years playing it.
Also started The Outer Worlds on Windows Game Pass.
It took me 4 or 5 tries before I started to have fun on this game. It's a good FPS, with lots of loot, a fun story and cool quests, but it's really too long and the beginning is not exciting. I had to start over to find the right character to play (Maya for me), and that's what almost made me give up the game. The game is generally too long, after 30 hours I was a little fed up. I still have the DLC to do but I need a break now!
Back to MMO...
I made some progress on my backlog at the beginning of the month, playing great games, but I'm back to TESO with the last expansion (to try the necromancer class) so my progress will be slow next month...
I'm trying to continue Borderlands 2 (and hopefully finish it soon) and Risen 2.
I managed to not add too much games to my backlog.
How was your month ?
I had a lot of fun playing this game. The story is good, the city is beautiful and the gameplay, a mix of beat-em-all and TPS, is OK. not the best (especially the TPS parts), but it's playable.
It's like a mini-GTA in a chinese setting: there's a lot of things to do and collect, a lot of side missions and races, I end up playing only the main story after 5-6h because the side activies felt really repetitive.
First FMW game I played and I really liked it ! The actor are good, the story is great and I've played the game 4 times to get the 4 main endings. The "good" one is really awesome. A short but really nice experience
I started this game years ago but stopped after 15 min because of animations and how your soldier move. It's weird but you get used to it after a moment and the game is enjoyable. Even if the story is forgettable, the gameplay if quite fun and the missions take place in various environnements. The problem of the game is that it's really repetitive as you play only a sniper all the time (well, it's in the title after all…). Not a bad game but there're better WW2 FPS.
Holidays far from my computer ! (and it's great)
How was your month ? For me it was really good as I spent half of August in holidays with my family, close to the sea, with a good weather, it's was really relaxing. No computer, but I did spent some time gaming on my phone, mainly Crashlands and some DS games.
I came back on the 19th, and continued some games I started in July: Sniper Elite V2 and Warframe (which I dropped since, too repetitive for me).
As always after holidays, I need to start new games, so I tried Sleeping Dogs, and really enjoy it, and bought Stalker SOC as I read about some people finishing it and saying how it's an incredible game. I didn't played it a lot but it's really good from what I've seen.
Sleeping Dogs is really great too, and I got (gifted) Yakuza 0 as I had some people saying is even better. I also started (well, rather restarted) Risen 2 but didn't played it a lot as I focus on ending Sleeping Dogs and Sniper Elite V2.
I didn't finished any game this month but I managed not to add to many games to my backlog.
July 2019 report
Some progress on my ABC challenge !
A month without children is a great month to finish some games (despites hot wave in France...) ! I managed to finish 7 games and played a lot of new ones, and for most of them, great ones.
During the GreenManGaming sale, I managed to buy some good VR games as I bought A Fisherman's Tale and got Raw Data and Star Trek Bridge Crew (+ 2 non-VR games) for free ! Great deal, but not good for the backlog...
I managed to finish two games on my ABC challenge this month: Nier Automata (what a game !) and Ryse Son of Rome which replaced Remember Me. I was bored by Remember Me after 4h, as the gameplay of the fights is not fun and the camera always go in weird position.
I also started again, for the 3rd time, Warframe and this time I think I love it. I'm not sure I'll play it a lot because it requires a lot of grind from what I've read but for now I'm having fun with the fast-paced combat and movements.
And what about your month ? Do you found some time to finished some games ?
Big slap in the face with this game. I didn't expect this at all when I started it.
So certainly, the first run is not the most interesting, even if we discover a magnificent world and history.
But it is absolutely necessary to do the run B and the C/D/E ends. The story is really well done and well brought and the secondary quests are never painful because they are varied and bring us a lot in terms of understanding.
The runs also bring interesting gameplay variations, you never get bored with the 40 hours or so it takes to get through a good part of the game.
Special mention also to the music, simply excellent!
And a little black spot for the quality of the PC port, fortunately fixed by the excellent FAR patch.
In short, a really original and interesting game, which should not be missed.
An original game that mixes pinball and exploration/platform.
9 hours of play to finish the main story and collect a lot of stuff. I had a great time there: the world is beautiful, the gameplay is really great, especially the pinball phases, very successful. New "skills" are unlocked as the game progresses to vary the pleasures and unlock new areas.
The game is full of secret areas and stuff to collect, a little too much even, it can quickly turn to a grind if you want to do everything. Especially since some areas are difficult to reach and navigation in the map can be a little difficult.
Fortunately, this is not necessary to finish the game.
In short, a very good surprise and a game that I recommend to everyone. Also very suitable for children.
I started this game a long time ago but I had trouble keeping up because I'm not a big fan of stealth games. I decided to try again this month and change my gaming style to make it more fun for me. I've been playing on the chaos side as a stealth assassin.
A great game overall, the design of the levels is impressive and the fact that we can approach each situation with many possibilities is really great.
The art style is unique, but the graphics are not top notch, but he still manages to show some impressive views.
I need to play the DLC now !
I had some apprehensions before starting this game because of the criticism it received, but in the end I found it pretty good.
You have to take it like a Hollywood show, it's not very credible but impresses the eyes. And he does it very well.
First by its high quality graphics, it is one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. The characters are superb, the levels too, the work done on the lights sublimating the whole thing.
The only regret I have on the graphics are the movies that are strangely less beautiful because they are a little blurry.
The show is also ensured by the constant rhythm of the game, and the varied settings that we travel through. In less than 6 hours we really see extremely varied environments and atmospheres.
In terms of negatives, the gameplay of the fights is not very good, based on QTE sometimes complicated to place. And the story, without being catastrophic, is very much agreed.
Despite that I really liked it and it goes really well as a little game (5h and a half to finish it in normal) without any headache.
Valley is a really short game with parkour gameplay and some little puzzles to solve. It's well made, beautiful and have a nice story. Nothing much to say but I had a fun moment playing it !
The main quality of the game is its magnificent artistic direction, although it is full of stuff I think has already been seen. It reminds me of Monument Valley, for example.
But it's very pretty and very well animated. The music is beautiful but repeats itself too much, and since there is no dialogue, I was a little fed up after an hour… It really lacks variety.
As for the game, it's pretty lame. From the light platform, a little basic puzzles, nothing too crazy, I got bored and forced myself a little to finish it. Especially since it is not the story that makes you want to move forward, it is so abstract and incomprehensible.
In short, very disappointed by this game, I wasn't moved at all like some people, I just found it long while I finished it in 3 hours.
Excellent puzzle game in VR. It's cute all the way, the story is nice and well told, the puzzles are increasingly difficult and make you think a lot towards the end.
Good handling in VR, the travel system and the fact that you can "extend your arms" are super well thought out and practical.
Too bad it's so short though, it took me an hour and a half to finish while taking my time.
June 2019 report
A great month for gaming !
Here are the games I played this month. Overall it was a great month, with really incredible games played.
I got Lego Worlds game for free, to play with my son, and we love it, even if we don't really understand what we are supposed to do...
During Steam sale, I bought Dark Souls Remastered for 4€, and started to play it. I never really played a DS game before but it's time to try !
I also bought BL2 Handsome collection and Euro Truck Simulator Map Bundle to play it in VR, and it's great.
And finally I managed to complete 2 games: Glass Masquerade and Epistory.
May 2019 report
The backlog won again...
I spent the first half of may only playing The Division 2. After 75 hours in it, I think I can say I have beaten it as I've finished all missions and I'm at the max gear score, I have nothing left to do (apart from the raid, but I'm not interested in it)
Great game, even if the loot is completely RNG based and it's almost impossible to create a build, I hope they'll fix this in an update.
After this game, I tried a lot of other games, new ones and old ones. I finished Trine 1 and Blue Estate (part of the monthly challenge).
And finally I decided to start Nier Automata, which was in my backlog since at least 2 years.... And wow, what an incredible game. I've only played it for 8 hours but I'm really impressed !
A great shooter looter game, with a good gameplay, a really beautiful city and awesome graphics. I had a great time playing the solo part of the game (even is the story is really uninteresting) and then completing all side missions and SHD caches. I've reach world tier 5 and 500 gear score, played some PvP, got some exotic guns and some hunter masks, played all missions in the max difficulty, so I've beaten this game in its current state (apart from the raid). I'll come back to it when new content will be released.
Fun little game, with beautiful environments and easy mecanisms. It's not really difficult until the last level.
First time I play a rail shooter on PC, and it was quite good, but repetitive. Hopefully it's really short. Graphics are decent but story and humour are bad.
April 2019 report
Almost a mono game month !
In April, I spent almost all my time playing The Division 2 (Uplay version). I've spent around 40 hours in it and reached the end game (world tier 5). I've not finished it yet as I want to reach the gear score cap and finished all the side missions. It's really an awesome game and I have great fun on it.
I still managed to get some times to play some Steam games: I've (re)tested Trine 1, played some Beat Saber in VR and also tried the new BL GOTY Enhanced (but after TD2, it's not really good).
I managed to finish 2 games: Refunct, a really short game but fun one, and The Division 1, where I finished the last mission I had to do. I'm done with it even if I didnt reached the gear score cap.
And tell me, how was your month ? What fun did you played ?
Fun and short game where you have to jump from platform to platform in first view, it's fluid and well-done.
I reach the level cap and finished all missions on this game but it took me a long time. The game was not really fun at first but it became great after some leveling, when you unlock some cool weapons and skills. The best part of this game is the city of NY in winter, it's incredibly detailed and immersive, and it was a pleasure to just walk in there.
March 2019 report
Small progress, but great games played !
During march, I've played a lot of games: around 20 different games played, including Steam and Uplay games (I played a bit of Far Cry 3 and Watch Dogs 1). I managed to finish some nice games during a backlog fighting event, but not as much as I wanted since a lot of my time went into playing The Division 1.
I had this game for a long time but never played a lot. Someone gave me an AMD coupon for the second game, but I'm still waiting for the game code to activate. While waiting, I thought it was the right time to play the first one. And I really love it ! I'm almost level 30 and finished all story missions and it's awesome. Can't wait to play the second game !
Also, I was lucky enough to win some great games this month. I got Kingdom Come, Frostpunk and Ori. I only started KCD and after 14 hours in it, I really love this game. I'm a fan of RPGs but this one is different as it's really realistic and immersive, there's no magic potions, spells and dragons... And it's great this way. The story is really good from what I've seen so far.
I also played and finished Metro 2033 Redux on GOG version, and it's an awesome FPS !
Not a bad month for backlog fighting, even if I didn't finished any ABC Challenge games...
And tell me, how was your month ? What fun did you played ?
Tom Clancy's The Division
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
Fallout: New Vegas
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
What Remains of Edith Finch
The LEGO® Movie - Videogame
Project CARS 2
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Collection
The Binding of Isaac
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
I've beaten this game in coop with my 6 years son. We didn't got the 100% but finished all story stages and got some fun playing in open mode too. It's really well-done and it's a great game for kids, with some tricky parts that require some skills if you want to progress.
Not a bad game, but not something I will remember for a long time… It's short, and I played it during a week-end at my fathers house, where there's only a toaster PC. Some parts where fun, and some others where really annoying (the final boss battle for example…)
Beautiful game with nice story and background on Inuit way of life, but the gameplay can be really annoying. I died a lot and had to repeat some parts more than 10 times because controls are somehow not precise enough. I didn't played the DLC but I'm not sure I will as I've read it's harder than base game.
Great little gem, really short but beautifully crafted. The atmosphere is awesome, and the story too. I'll come back to get all achievements.
I've beaten this game in Redux version on GOG, so the progress is not up-to-date on Steam. Awesome FPS with incredible atmosphere and it can be really scary. The shooting part is well-made, and the story is not bad. One of the best FPS I've played !