Monthly Report - August 2020
- Won : We Were Here Together
- Free : F1 2018
- From bundles/gifts/sales : American Fugitive, Little Big Workshop, Genesis Alpha One, Hello Neighbor, Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek, Call of Cthulhu, Through The Darkest of Times, Vampyr
Graveyard Keeper - completed
I loved the game and got the Stranger Sins DLC during the last sale, so I loaded my save again and continued managing my graveyard… Well to be honest I did not do much graveyard things… I mostly created a few zombies to automate things, I probably didn’t even enter the graveyard :).
It’s a little sad, but was really graveyard keeper about graveyard keeping ? :). In the DLC, you start managing a tavern ! So it is a lot more focused on farming and producing food.
I liked that because in the “main” game, I felt that although you could produce a lot of different dishes, you weren’t really doing it. I had a few dishes that I was producing a lot to restore my energy and that’s it, usually nothing really complicated. So this DLC pushes you to diversify and try things.
Besides the tavern, you are given a lot of fetch quests to gather components that allows you to discover the History of this world and information about several key characters. This is interesting, but maybe a little too “fetchy”. You sometimes have to cross the map several times for not really interesting reasons. I would have liked to explore the dungeon again for instance, instead of just running around.
Not the best DLC, but overall a nice addition and a good reason to play the game again..
Achievements : Most achievements are linked to the story progression, but a few are linked to achieving organizing a “perfect” event (by serving the right dishes). To be honest, after a few testing, I had to look at the wiki. It would have been nice to a have a few clues about which dishes fit which event, I didn’t felt it was always very logical, and it can be a lot of work to organize an event, so it is a bit annoying to “waste” it trying to find the right dishes (at some point money isn’t really a factor)…
We Were Here Together - completed
I won this one on SteamGift, and as it was on Humble Monthly, I got a copy for a friend with whom I enjoyed a lot the previous games (We Were Here & We Were Here Two).
Like the other ones, this is a asymmetric puzzle game and as expected this one was nice too. A few puzzles forced us to take notes, that’s always good :).
This is very similar to the other games, a few puzzles are similar to the previous ones, but often with a setup different enough that you don’t feel they just repeat their puzzles, and a couple of them are more challenging.
We also liked that this time you spent a good amount of time together, and you are only separated later. But this time, you don’t have the same story depending on the path you are, which makes replaying it even more interesting.
A very good game to play with a friend !
Achievements : You just have to play the game twice, once for each side (which you would have probably done anyway, right? ^^), and the final chapter twice too. Thanksfully, you can choose your chapter so it is quite quick to do.
Algotica Iterations - completed
This game sucks. Avoid it.
Ok. I won this on SteamGift and was quite interested by the concept. As a computer programmer, I love games that “gamify” programming, and like to see how people can make it more friendly. So I liked the idea.
I think I played it right away, I played it until a part where the game opens up to some sort of open world, it wasn’t really finished but was promising, I feel that I still had a few things to do. As the developer said he was working on a remaster, I decided to wait for it and stopped there.
I forgot this game for a few years and as I was looking for a small game to play on holidays, I decided to replay it.
And well… The game is still very buggy (I’m pretty sure more), some graphics change are strange, I think several levels were removed, and the open world part disappeared. A “story” has been added, but it’s uninteresting and useless. And I’m pretty sure it is easier.
What annoyed me the most is a bug when you try to manipulate the instructions and the game just delete / overwrite / reorder instructions. This is the core loop. One wrong instruction and you sometimes have to reset the whole program because the drag & drop didn’t work properly and messed up the program. Without this, maybe the game would get a “meh” comment from me. But it annoyed me so much, than it gets the “it sucks” :).
So, as a remaster, you have a worse game, shorter, with less content, and the developer is still selling it… I’m happy that I didn’t pay for that.
Achievements : This kind of game can have interesting & hard achievements (like Human Resource Machine does), pushing you to find optimized/smart solutions. This one doesn’t. You try to optimize on the first few levels, and then you see it is useless. Just play the game, complete the few levels there is, and it’s done.
Don't Starve Together - unfinished
I started to play this one with a friend. Neither of us played the single player so we were both discovering the game…
And boy this is hard. After a few tries, I went reading a few guides to understand what we were doing wrong. And it was really helpful ! That and a few utility mods.
The game is still hard, and it is impressive how much you can do in it. I’m not the kind of gamer that invest a lot of time getting good at one specific game, so I don’t think I’ll become good at this one, but the few hours we played were quite fun, and we’ll probably play it again in the future.
I’ll write a more complete review then.
Achievements : No achievements.
Monthly Report - July 2020
- Won : -
- Free : -
- From bundles/gifts/sales : -
Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior - completed
I don’t remember how I got this but I wanted a fun quick game, and I selected this one.
That was quite fun… I think it took me more time than necessary to finish it as I never played any Viscera Cleanup game so I didn’t really know any of it mechanics and it took some time to understand them all (for instance, I quickly got garbage when trying to get a bin or a bucket, so I thought there was a finite number of uses, also I didn’t know what to do with the name tags). I found that blood / objects detector is more annoying than useful though, it could be improved.
But overall this satisfied my detail oriented brain :).
Achievements : I’m quite thorough in my cleanup and collection so I got the achievements easily :)
Machinarium - completed
Hum… Difficult. The game looks nice, it is a charming puzzle/point & click game, and I quite enjoyed the game. I also liked that it gives you the solution of the puzzles if you complete a annoying minigame, and I think this is good: no need to check for external website if you’re stuck, and the minigame is annoying enough that you don’t abuse it :).
But the game lost some save files several times (not sure why, I don’t understand the pattern), and I cannot recommend a game that is not able to properly handle such a basic feature. I don’t care of the technical details, this is not normal, and a lot of users seem to complain about the issue. For a game that old, this is not acceptable, moreover the developers added workarounds (you can skip levels, there is a tool that you can download to manually backup them…), which makes it even more surprising and annoying.
Achievements : Very easy, you just need to finish each level.
Far Cry 2 - unfinished
I still didn’t finish the game but I already have things to says, so I’ll do a partial review and maybe another one when I finish it, if my feelings changed.
First, I just read my review on Far Cry 1, and I could write exactly the same thing : stealth is not really a viable option (they are spotting you randomly : sometimes you are behind a big rock, they see you, sometimes you are well exposed and they don’t), direct combat is usually easier and more efficient, there are a LOT of bugs. Although they improved on the checkpoint system, now you can save, which I appreciate a lot (especially considering the number of times I died because of bugs). And again, the story (so far… ~25%) seems forgettable.
But I feel that they managed to make a worse game : it is ugly (everything is brown/grey, at least Far Cry 1 was colorful, I think the models & landscapes are less detailed), the weapon jamming is very annoying and quite useless, as well as the malaria mechanism, the enemy repop is atrocious (sometimes you just come back a couple of minutes later and they are all there again), and the world is quite empty (except for a few story missions, camps are not very populated, and everything is almost always the same), I would have preferred camps with more enemies, harder to capture, but without repop, at least not that fast. Moreover I feel that there is not much interesting things to do and it’s very repetitive.
I also don’t like that they limit the weapons you can have. If I had the choice, I’d have a sniper riffle, an automatic weapon and a pistol, but the riffle and automatic weapon are in the same category and you can only have one of each. This is probably intended, but it reduces my fun (and sniper riffle is overpowered anyway, enemies will usually check the cadaver so you can just snipe them one by one). Explosive weapons effectiveness seem too random to risk it. The weapon shopping could be nice, but you are expected to buy weapons without even knowing what they are (sorry I’m not a weapon expert so I don’t know what those letters and numbers mean), a small description would have been nice (most games display stats : accuracy, fire rate, clip size…), or at least a way to test them.
Also the AI is dumb : a lot of enemies are doing nothing during a shooting or are moving randomly without hiding, and a lot of enemies get stuck in scenery so you have to look for them.
So overall, so far, a “meh” game. I don’t remember well Far Cry 1, but even if I also found it meh, in my memories, it was better.
Achievements : None.
Monthly Report - May/June 2020
Forgot to write my report last month ! Oups.
- Won : Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, Thomas Was Alone
- Free : The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie Video Game
- From bundles/gifts/sales : Don’t Starve Together, Graveyard Keeper - Stranger Sins
Redeemer - completed
Won it on SteamGifts.
Great game. Super fun, very responsive and very fun to play. I think I played the whole thing over a few days.
I don’t remember why this game ended up on my wishlist, but I’m glad I won it, I went not knowing what to expect and I’ve not been disappointed.
The story is forgettable but who cares when you can slaughter enemies like that :).
Visually it is nice, it feels great to play, there are very good ideas (for instance you find a lot of weapons and ammunition but all clips are quite small, so you are never really empty but you change often, pushing you to try things).
This is challenging, but doable (upon finishing it, I immediately restarted in hard mode, and managed to finish it).
Only very few issues for me : a few bugs that forced me to restart a level (camera getting stuck…), a few bugs that helped me (enemies getting stuck, allowing me to manage its friends before them) and a few very bad checkpoint location (ie BEFORE an unskippable dialog - never do that game developers !). I also noticed a few difficulty spikes that I didn’t notice on replay so maybe I was just tired :).
So overall, fun game, I recommend.
Achievements : I liked that each level has a different achievement, specific to that level, a lot of them were unlocked just by playing, although a few of them annoyed me by being dependent on the game registering the action properly, forcing you to restart the level if you missed (like “Reptile”). Thanksfully all levels are replayable, so this is great for achievements.
The only really annoying one was parrying X times. Because parry is for the weak ;). So I had to replay a level and just… parry. A lot.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter - completed
Won on SteamGifts.
This one is hard to review. The game is nice, plays well and I like the idea. But there are several cases/plots, and not all of them are equal.
The first one is very nice and is a good introduction to the mechanics. The story is interesting and the clues you find allow you to build a logical story. I liked it.
The second one is very very bad. It started well, you find a lot of clues that allow you to build multiple stories, the mystery is exciting and intriguing, and this is great… But if you think about them (and you do that a lot ^^), none of them are fully logical… Even the “right” one doesn’t make sense. There are a LOT of plot holes. If I were a real investigator, I would have so many questions that I would have asked and are not answered here. It is as if they just added throwaway lines just to make you doubt, but they didn’t even think about the implication of those. Looking on the Internet to see if I missed something, it seems that I’m not the only one thinking this one was badly written. Also the starting “action” sequence almost made me stop the game, too long, too boring…
The third one is also a nice one, you have multiple suspects, interrogations, contradicting testimonies, it is also quite funny thanks to a secondary character.
The fourth one was a nice surprise as its mechanics are very different from the other investigations and was really fun to do as you need to find the exact sequence of actions.
The last one is forgettable, more linear, more story driven but using basic puzzles more than investigations.
The main issue I have with the game is that each chapter has an “action” sequence (usually right at the end). But the game and controls are not really made for that, so this is clunky, and they are way too long, repetitive and boring. Yes you can skip them, but achievements are tied to them (I skipped one because I was bored… and had to replay the whole chapter…). The game was fine with only investigations, they should have stuck to that. Just improve the writing of some stories, and you have a great game, no need to artificially increase the length by annoying the player.
Achievements : They all unlocked by playing the game, I don’t think you even have to find the “right” answer. BUT you cannot skip the action sequences :(.
LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 5-7 - completed
Well… This is a LEGO game. I already reviewed the first years… This is pretty much the same, so my review is the same : the game loves to waste your time, bonuses that you need to enable each time you start the game, not as funny as the Batman one…
But it improves a little bit on the previous one : they fixed a few issues I had (for instance they fixed the character unlock screen), I had less crashes, less characters stuck, less bugs. I also appreciate that they added/changed some spells.
I also found that it was harder to follow the story. Maybe it is because I don’t remember well the movies, or because the story becomes more complicated but I didn’t really understand a lot of the scenes. Maybe they rely a little too much on you already knowing the story.
Achievements : No achievements, but I unlocked everything.
Monthly Report - April 2020
- Won : Redeemer, Redout: Enhanced Edition
- Free : -
- From bundles/gifts/sales : -
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition - completed
I won this game on SteamGifts.
Overall this is a good game, not great, but good. This game feels different from all the games in this genre, setting it in a city outside of the US, not being afraid to have characters speaking chinese, removing the gun fights from most of the game… All of this generates a feeling that you are not playing yet another clone of Mafia / GTA. Having different XP for doing triad things and cops things is great as it pushes you to be careful and not acting wrong.
And this is great. Where the game fails a bit, is that the story is a bit weak, and it is quickly a bit repetitive.
Also some issues break the immersion :
- The worst : you have triad missions and cop missions in parallel. Sometimes you even walk around the city with a cop uniform ! You are supposed to be an undercover policeman, and most of the city knows you (vendors call you by your name), and you walk around as a cop ! Each time this happened, I was thrown out of the story. It feels like the developers didn’t have enough ideas to fill the game with undercover action, and needed to add more. And they didn’t even try to fit that in the story (it could be before/after being undercover, a flashback, or force you to be discreet when investigating…)
- And the other thing is mostly technical : you are very good at parkour, you can climb things, jump high… Yet, when the game doesn’t want you to go somewhere, you are often blocked by a simple wall, sometimes a small wall that a toddler could climb is blocking you, sometimes even the sidewalk is blocking. This is the worst… I hate game where you can’t jump.
Besides that, this is quite enjoyable. The combat feels good (although sometimes the controls are not as reactive as they should), the gun fights are relatively rare but they feel very good too. The driving feels a bit strange, but you get used to it and I liked driving around the city (I barely used the taxi, which is quick travel - great idea by the way).
I also played the DLCs :
- Year of the Snake : nice. You play as a cop, and not when being undercover. Good ! It feels different from the rest of the game (you have to arrest the thugs !). Good one.
- Nightmare in North Point : the base idea sounded great. And then very quickly, it is just repetitive. Doing pretty much the same thing again and again. Too bad, the story and changes in the gameplay were interesting, but there’s a lot of filler between the few events that are really different.
- Zodiac Tournament : good idea, overall interesting as the opponents are using unusual combat style. Only issue I had is at the middle of the DLC, an event happens, that you cannot avoid, that makes you walk very slowly. For no interesting reason. I hated this part. Biggest issue : you cannot skip the cutscenes ! (especially the veeeeery long intro)
So overall, a good game that I mostly enjoyed playing, but that had the potential of being a great one.
Achievements : All missions can be replayed, and you can continue to play after finishing it so no achievement is missable, which is great. Finding all the collectibles can be a pain, but pretty early on, some missions allow you to see them on the minimap, so I had most of them by the end of the game. I think the worst one was for Nightmare in North Point, where you have to kill more enemies that there is in one playthrough (if you play properly). This DLC being pretty boring, I was really annoyed to have to replay it.
Ah yes, there is one very, VERY annoying : having a winning balance of $1 000 000 at gambling. The only one that can give you that kind of money are the cockfights, but the bet is capped and the result is random. That was just painful. And useless : I had way more money that I needed…
Monthly Report - March 2020
- Won : Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
- Free : -
- From bundles/gifts/sales : -
Graveyard Keeper - beaten
Very good game. My first impression remain : there is a lot to do, so it can be overwhelming sometimes, but the game is pretty good to set goals and guide you into doing / unlocking what you need (although sometimes it is a bit confusing as unlocking things/quests might depend on other quests or characters), and if you take notes, everything will be fine ^^. Sometimes it feels a little bit grindy (especially for blue points, they are quite hard to get), but overall the game feels very satisfying.
The zombies help a lot to automate boring tasks, so this is a great addition to the game.
The main annoyance is the inventory/storage space. There are only a few locations where you can build storage, it would be great to be able to create them everywhere, as at the end of the game, you have a lot of things and it is a little bit annoying to run around just to put things in the right box, or worse, when you are looking for an object you had but don’t remember where you’ve put it :).
Also I was a bit disappointed that you are not required to create a great graveyard. The requirements are pretty low, and I finished the game with a graveyard only half filled, and with mostly pretty bad corpses (I started to replace/improve them, but at some point it becomes useless). At the end, you don’t do a lot of graveyard keeping in graveyard keeper :).
So : good game, well built (almost no bug ^^), quite well paced, and very satisfying (and a bit addictive with the “well I’ll play one more day, and go to sleep” ^^).
Achievements : No Speedrun :). I unlocked all achievements I could, the only left are the DLC achievements.
Nothing really difficult here, most of them were unlocked just by playing. Only real annoying ones are the grinding : catching the fishes (I barely fished as it is a bit boring) and drink potions (I drank wine to restore my life ^^). Also there is a bug with the collect X [red/green/blue] points as it seems that books can break it.
So I had to edit my save (the game is great but I didn’t want to replay it from the start) to reduce my amount of total points collected, to be able to get it.
And as mentioned, I was a little disappointed that there is no achievement requiring you to create a great graveyard (maybe not perfect, but at least higher than required to finish the game).
Return of the Obra Dinn - completed
Fantastic game. This was a christmas gift from a friend that highly recommended it. And in return, I also highly recommend it.
It’s hard to say that the game is beautiful, but in its own way it is… The visual style is quite stunning, and the scenes are often awesome to look at (thanksfully, as you’ll look at them a lot ^^).
The game is clever, challenging but not too hard, you feel smart when you solve a puzzle, it’s a nice feeling :). After finishing the game, I checked the wiki, because some deduction I did didn’t felt right (and indeed I missed a few things that would have helped me).
The only minor criticism I have, is that when you unlocked all the scenes and you are just running around trying to deduct who is who and what is their fate, it would have been nice to be able to load any scene, without having to run around the boat… At some point it can be (very slightly) annoying.
Also, fantastic music.
Achievements : Except two, they all unlock by finishing the game properly. Although one of the remaining ones is based on a fun idea, it is quite annoying to unlock : you need to replay the game, and this is when you notice that the game is very slow… When you are thinking and searching, you don’t see it, but when you just want to go forward, it becomes obvious. So, completing one of the achievement have surfaced a flaw I didn’t notice, bad design ? :)
Trailmakers - unfinished
I played it a few hours, and so far I’m not convinced. I liked the base idea (I played a lot of Lego when I was young ^^), but there don’t seem to be that many interesting things to do in the world, I’m not really into creative game that are JUST creative… I usually need things to do, or goals. But I didn’t explore everything yet though.
Moreover, I only played the exploration mode, so maybe I should try the other modes.
The building part seem to work quite well. Building things in 3D is not always easy, and here it is quite intuitive.
I’ll probably keep playing this one.
Two Point Hospital - unfinished
Nice game, quite fun, but I’m worried it might become a little bit repetitive. I already built several hospitals and did a few challenges.
They are nice, but starting new hospitals already feels less interesting. I’m not sure there will be that many interesting things to unlock.
But I don’t think I played it enough to already give an opinion, so we’ll see !
Monthly Report - February 2020
Got the Humble Bundle monthly, it’s been a while since I last didn’t pause my subscription ! :)
- Won : -
- Free : -
- From bundles/gifts/sales : Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Two Point Hospital, Unrailed!, GRIP: Combat Racing Launch, Bad North, Graveyard Keeper, Mages of Mystralia, Trailmakers
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - beaten
More Borderlands ! What can I say ? I loved Borderlands 2, and wanted more. And this is what I got.
Sadly they didn’t fix my main issue with the game (inventory management), but added a few interesting things. I liked the lower gravity and the verticality it added, sniping enemies midair has become my favorite move :). So far I mostly played the baroness (sniping + ice), which is fun to play, and a little bit of ClapTrap.
The story is quite basic but there are a lot of fun characters, and I liked seing Jack becoming the one we know in BL2.
Maybe I felt a little bit frustrated by the bosses because it is not always clear what is happening, and several of them have their shield regenerating / reset, and you don’t really know if it is normal or another phase. And a lot of times you are one-shotted but you’re not sure why, so it’s hard to fix your mistakes (happened a lot on the last boss). I don’t remember having this issue in BL2.
But overall nice game. Now I’m starting another playthrough in the harder mode, and I’ll probably play a bit of the other characters to see if I like them.
Achievements : Very annoyed by the achievements that require you to REALLY play with other (especially “Who You Gonna Call? -
Completed the Sub-Level 13 missions with 3 other players.”. Yes it’s a fun title but very annoying. Finding one friend for the small multiplayer actions (revive, duel…) is ok, but 3 for one specific mission !?
I’ve seen that it is possible to fire multiple instances of the game, but I’m not sure I’ll bother doing that…
Other than that, the achievements are similar to Borderlands 2, I’m slowly working on those.
Graveyard Keeper - unfinished
I’m in the middle of it, and liking it so far. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of things you can do and you have to track (pro tips : take notes ^^). The tutorial / helpers are maybe a little too “basic”. A lot of the time you’re not sure what you are supposed to do, but the game has been nicely designed so you often find your way to your objective.
The energy system is a bit annoying (but it’s the base of the game ^^), but I cook a lot, issue solved :).
So far I’m enjoying it !
Achievements : Didn’t check them yet. I just hope there is no speedrun achievement, I don’t like those, I like to take my time !
Unrailed! - not played
Got it in the Humble Bundly monthly, it looked fun !
Played 2 minutes of the tutorial, and then it needs multiplayer… Stopped there, and went to Graveyard keeper…
That was short :). I didn’t see the game was MP only. I don’t like playing with people I don’t know so I’ll have to convince some friends to get it :).
So I’ll probably play that, but later.
Monthly Report - January 2020
- Won : -
- Free : Natural Selection II
- From bundles/gifts/sales : -
The Longest Journey - completed
As expected, the story is good and I liked the characters, some being quite funny. I probably listened to most of the available conversations and now I want more ! (lucky me, there’s a sequel ^^).
Although I liked the story, this confirmed that I really don’t like this kind of game, as it feels sometimes that it tries voluntarily to waste your time :). You have to walk around a lot, VERY slowly, the worst being “Flipper” where you need to travel across 3 or 4 empty screens just to see him… multiple times.
I used a guide for 2/3rd of the game, and even with that, I’ve been stuck multiple times because I didn’t had a specific conversation or didn’t do something exactly like the game expect.
So, I don’t have a lot to say about it : not my kind of game, but good story and characters. Too bad it didn’t age very well (hard to run properly, and graphics are a bit ugly now).
Achievements : No achievements.
Serial Cleaner - completed
I finished this game last month, but I still had achievements to complete !
Achievements : There was 10 achievements to complete. Nothing really hard, some a little too grindy (play all challenge modes…). Replaying the game, it felt a little bit easier, and I could enjoy the music again (the one for the level “God of thunder” is so awesome), so great :).
According to BLAEO, it seems that I spent as much time doing this than my first playthrough. Time went so fast !
So, great game.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - unfinished
I enjoyed Borderlands 2 a lot, so now I decided to play the pre-sequel !
I’ll discuss it more when I’m done, but so far it looks like just more Borderlands ! This is as enjoyable and I like that they added a few mechanics (ice weapons, the oxygen, more verticality…), to make things a little different.
And you can play as claptrap : best game ever, 10/10 ! :)
Achievements : I usually don’t check the achievements before I finish a game, so I’m not focusing on it.
Monthly Report - December 2019
More diverse gaming this month !
- Won : -
- Free : A lot of games on the Epic Game Store, thanks to Christmas ;)
- From bundles/gifts/sales : Obra Dinn, Disco Elysium (on gog)
LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - completed
So… My second LEGO game, I think most of my comments on LEGO Batman 3 also apply here. This is a LEGO game, so pretty much the same mechanics, and same issues :).
But I think that the fact it follows exactly the movies adds a few problems: they are pretty much stuck by the story (some levels are not great, there’s not much diversity in powers, some chapters felt like they had issues finding interesting things to make you do), but it adds a little bit as you know the story and are expecting some scenes and events.
Yet, I found this game less fun than the LEGO Batman: funny but less, easier (easier to make “money”, so easier to unlock ridiculous bonuses) and this game LOVES to waste your time (slow animations, characters that move veeeerryyy slowly in some specific situations, the screen to unlock characters is the worst…) and is a little too buggy (multiple crashes, red brick bonuses that you have to enable each restart, character stuck in levels, some assets disappearing when you need them…).
Yet I completed it, so it was not THAT bad :). And I’ll probably play the following years, but not now :). It made me want to rewatch the movies though ^^.
Achievements : No achievements, but I unlocked everything.
Serial Cleaner - beaten
Got this one for free from Steam, and it looked like a fun sunday afternoon game.
And it was ! The concept is fun (you play someone hired to clean and make evidences disappear after murders), the story is simple but it is already impressive that there is a story behind that :). The game is challenging without being impossible, with a few levels being way trickier than others. As you die very fast, it can be a bit frustrating to die at the very end of a level, but finding strategies is the fun part. And the music is awesome ! A lot of different loops, often matching the theme of the level, great stuff, and I don’t remember being annoyed by it, even after a lot of restarts of a level, on the contrary, I enjoyed it a lot..
I think the only real issue I had with the game, are a few levels where I didn’t understand what the game was expecting (especially the last level, I had to look it up).
Ah, and while the visuals are interesting, it is often quite hard to know what is a floor or a wall, where you can go or not, mostly in the later levels. This is annoying as usually, any mistake kills you. But once you know the level, you can handle it.
Achievements : As usual, a bunch of achievements are unlocked just by playing (it often require doing some specific actions, that you’ll probably do), but a few ones look very hard (like cleaning 100% of the blood for all levels, considering I’ve been stuck multiple times at 99%), or doing all the challenges.
But as the game is fun, I might try !
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain - unfinished
I wanted to try a “random” game I never played from my catalog, and chose this one.
And it’s a no from me. I expected a tabletop roleplay game simulator, and it is… I like the idea but here, it’s maybe too much. This is mostly reading, so after 2 hours it starts to be a bit boring… And this is about trying to find the best outcome of each encounter, and probably write it somewhere (and probably draw a map), as the game expects you to replay it over and over, until you beat it, while there are multiple immediate deaths. But this game is also frustrating as it wants to be roleplay, but locks some options for no reason (a lot of time, you can’t just go back from where you came).
I see that you can unlock different characters, but the game annoyed me too much, so I didn’t try them yet.
As usual, I’ll probably give that game a second chance later (you never know, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood), but for now, I’m not interested in playing it more.
Achievements : I usually don’t check the achievements before I finish a game, so I cannot comment on them yet :). I expect that there are a lot of achievements that expect you to choose a specific option for a specific encounter, and probably ask you to play most/all the characters.
Monthly Report - November 2019
Only one game played this month, but it has been in my list for a very long time !
- Won : -
- Free : Serial Cleaner
- From bundles/gifts/sales : -
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition - completed
This is a mystery for me… The first time I played this game was in 2013 according to my achievements. And I didn’t went very far as there are basic achievements unlocked in 2015.
What happened is that I played The Witcher and loved it. As soon as I finished it, I started The Witcher 2 and… I didn’t really like it. It felt too much that it was ported on console and a lot of things were hard to swallow just after the first one (simplified combat, inventory…). Don’t get me wrong, in terms of gameplay & UI, the second one is better but when you play them back to back, it’s… strange.
So… I paused a bit and took the game again in 2015 (yes quite a long pause ^^), and played through the first chapter and stopped… Again. I honestly don’t know why.
And then it has been in my “I’ll play that next month” list for a very long time (until I decided to stop making this list, as I didn’t follow it ^^).
And today’s story starts there. Beginning of chapter 2, don’t remember much of the first one (not surprisingly, 4 years later) but still decided to continue there (as I’ll do another playthrough…).
And this is a very good game, it is beautiful, the gameplay is good, fighting feels great, story is nice, choices have a meaningful impact…
But I still have a few issues with it : I think the story is a little too into politics (too many characters I barely remember the names…) and there’s not enough monster hunting :). The game lacks of a quick travel, as there are a lot of quests that require you to run around the map, it quickly becomes annoying, and some characters are always in the way, which can be a pain (I look at you dwarfs during Vergen undergrounds mission).
I encountered A LOT of crashes (some even crashed Steam… I’ve never seen that before), but I had a few mods to fix a few issues (remove the Cat potion heart beat noise, or the grey overlay when using dark weapons, things like that…), which it might be the cause, so in doubt I won’t blame the game ^^.
What I also liked is that the game requires that you do at least 2 playthroughs (for each path + a the troll achievement + a few story choices that you make + difficulty), which usually annoys me a lot, but there is enough diversity and choice that this is not a problem here, you don’t feel that you are playing twice the same thing, and you learn more details about the event, or view things differently.
But this causes another issue that is inherent to this kind of game: I’m constantly worried that I’m missing something (a quest, a plot point, an event…), and as I’m a completionist, this annoys me a lot ^^.
But overall, a great experience. I’ve been hearing that The Witcher 3 is the best game ever for years (and as I’m stupid, I bought the game at full price on launch but play it 4 years later ^^), now I’ll be able to check that by myself :).
Achievements : As mentioned, you need to play the game at least twice. A lot of achievements are missable, but thanksfully each save has its own file so once I finished my first playthrough, I could go back and do the few things I missed. And combat achievements can be unlocked in the arena (like unlocking abilities).
I was a bit afraid of the “Madman” achievement (finish on Insane, which means that your saves are locked upon death), but in fact it wasn’t really a problem… I didn’t die that much as I already knew most of it and came well prepared, and you just have to be quick on the “Quick Load” button when things go south :).
The Longest Journey - unfinished
A friend gifted that game to me, as he liked it a lot, and people seem to say that it has a great story.
I had issues launching it (this is a very old game - it starts, but there was a lot of UI issues), but after a few internet research, managed to play it properly.
This is not really my kind of game (point & click, with puzzles…), but I’ll try to play it. At worst, I’ll play it with a guide, just to experience the story…
So far, not much to say about it… We’ll see !
Achievements : There’s none, so it’ll be easy on that side :)
Monthly Report - October 2019
Looks like I played a lot this month !
- Won : -
- Free : -
- From bundles/gifts/sales : Sniper Elite V2 DLCs (St.Pierre, The Landwehr Canal, Fuel Dump), SteamWorld Heist - The outsider DLC
SteamWorld Heist - completed
Last month I played A LOT of SteamWorld Heist and this month I mostly tried to complete the hats achievements, and got the DLC.
The DLC is nice, and I liked the new character and the new mechanic added. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had the DLC from the beginning of my playthrough but I still enjoyed it.
Achievements : So, the game is awesome but the developers should go to hell for their rare hats achievements… First, I’ve not been smart and tried to get the hats achievements without the DLC, while some of them are waaay easier with the DLC, as it requires you to get 3 hats from a pool that often contain DLC hats (that are easy to get).
But I only got the DLC after getting most of them :).
The thing is, rare hats are VERY rare… I played the game fully twice without seeing most of them, and spent hours just loading a level, checking the first room and reloading to get the few rare hats I was missing. Very frustrating. I played 17 hours this month, around 4 or 5 for the DLC, the rest is just that, me watching a movie while constantly reloading the game… This is a bit much. I’m okay with random, but controlled random is better (ie. chances increases once you finished the game, things like that). But I’m a completionist so I had to have those :).
Another issue with those achievements : they are hidden… They are not related to the story and it’s almost impossible to have them by chance. So this is a bit stupid.
Guild of Dungeoneering - completed
Last time I played this game, it was exactly one year ago, and I played it around 3h. I liked the concept but found it very frustrating.
I decided to give another chance…
The game is still very frustrating. Even the best player even must fail, as you can be screwed by too many random elements of the game as every aspect of the game is random : movement (it is not random as it follows exact rules, but this most frustrating thing in the game, as it’s mostly based on the other elements that are random), loot, enemies, cards… Especially timed missions when you don’t have the right card to go to the objectives, or you die on your first fights just because you didn’t have the right cards in hand.
But I sticked with it, and once you unlock the cartomancer character, I felt that the game became almost easy as I finished the second zone without even failing once. When I did my second playthrough, I just discovered it was just luck :). I felt that there are difficulty spikes but I’m not sure if this is really deliberate or just a result of the random nature of the game.
So… once you reach the third level of unlocks, things become fun : the characters unlocked have interesting mechanics, the objects you get are interesting and powerful and you feel that you have more control over what happens, you can still be screwed by chance, but often my choices were the cause of the failure.
Meanwhile getting to that stage feels a lot like grinding or fighting against the odds.
Moreover the developers added a “battle scar” mechanism but it is often a negative effect, so this is even not interesting to keep alive a character. If it has a negative scar, you better kill it and get a new one. Not a great mechanism !
So interesting game, happy to have tried it again, but also happy to have completed it :).
Achievements : Most of them are unlocked by just playing, but a few of them are hard, and “There’s A Graveyard?” (it requires to finish the game without dying) is just crazy. Obviously I cheated and used backups, without that I wouldn’t even have tried it, too much randomness ! I was hesitant to replay it immediately but once you understand the game, and knows which loot to choose, it is not that hard and a playthrough is quite quick.
Sniper Elite V2 - beaten
I won’t talk a lot about it, I like this game a lot and I played it because I got the DLCs, a good occasion to play more Sniper Elite.
The DLCs are nice, even if I was a little disappointed / happy (yes, I’m not sure which feeling) to see that one of them is a level from the first Sniper Elite.
Achievements : This was also a good occasion to unlock a few achievements, I played it quite a lot as each DLCs has one “easy” achievement and one quite challenging.
The missions and levels are nice, and 2 of 3 have bombings/noises that allow you to almost exclusively snipe (but covering the sound of your shots) so they are great. I’m not a fan of sneaking in my sniper games :).
The only remaining achievements require multiplayer so I’ll have to call my friend for that :).
Infinifactory - unfinished
I’m actively playing that one. Not a lot to say right now, but a very fun game, and I have a friend to compare solutions and discuss issues, so this is great so far.
It starts to be really challenging so not sure how it will go…
Achievements : There are a few “optimization” achievements that look a little bit hard (although I already got a few of them), but this is in the spirit of the game so they’ll probably be unlocked when I finish the game.
Sacred 3 - beaten
Another game that I played a few hours and never went back until this month. I consider I’ve beaten it as I finished the story, and I’m just replaying it at a harder difficulty.
The game is okay. The gameplay is okay (not very complicated, and it feels not always as responsive as I’d like), but the humor sucks (it sometimes sounds like it is written by a 12 yo) and the story is forgettable (10 seconds after starting a mission you’ll already forget, but it is easy : kill everything until you get to the boss).
The game is very repetitive (there are not a lot of different enemies, and they often all have the same skills), even the bosses are often doing pretty much all the same things. The only levels / bosses that felt really different are the DLC ones.
It looks like a diablo game (and sounds like one, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they used / copied sounds from it), but not as fun and with pretty much NO replay value, as there is no loot, and skill unlocks don’t sound fun. I’m interested by the thoughts of people : does anyone enjoy levelling to 50 ? And once you’re there, any interesting thing to do ?
Achievements : I did the ones I could, but a lot of them are just grinding… Play the game again and again to level characters, but as it is not interesting to replay the game, this is quite boring. I tried a few different characters, but they don’t feel different enough to make things interesting (just smash the buttons and block/dodge).
Maybe I’ll play a few levels here and there.
The other issue is that a lot of other achievements require multiplayer, and there’s not a lot people playing. I’ve seen a few people sometimes, but never at my level.
So I doubt I’ll complete it one day.