Monthly Report - May 2019
Great games completed !
- Won : -
- Free : Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
- From bundles/gifts/sales : LEGO Batman, LEGO Batman 2, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, The LEGO Movie Videogame
12 is Better Than 6 - completed
I had this game laying in my library for a long time, but didn’t really know what to expect. And it was a quite pleasant surprise. The game feels a lot like Hotline Miami, which I enjoyed (although didn’t completed it, a level is still resisting me ^^… and this game made me want to go back !).
The game is fun, fast, the different weapons are nice and I enjoyed the fact that each weapon handles slightly differently and are very satisfying to use.
Like Hotline Miami, you die fast and often, but you restart as fast, it is much shorter and a little easier than Hotline.. but still enjoyable. Maybe it feels a little unfair sometimes (impossible moves happening, etc.).
The main issue I have with the game is its stability : it crashed a lot, I sometimes lost some progress (and once had to restart from the beginning, although I wasn’t far yet), and there are some performance issues (often when using a gatling gun which generates a lot of particles), which is annoying, especially for a game that doesn’t have really advanced graphics.
The story is pretty basic, I started to follow it but stopped caring at some point. Moreover it stops a little bit suddenly, I was really surprised and maybe slightly frustrated when the end credits appeared.
But overall a nice moment, and the music is great, exactly my jam !
Achievements : Most of them were unlocked by simply playing the game normally, although I missed Crackjack (Get all perks) as I didn’t have the money and thought that the town was a hub, so I expected to be able to go back. So I had to replay the game (which I didn’t mind ^^).
And it looks like the hat achievement is bugged, I unlocked it but I barely grabbed a few ones (thankfully, as the hats are not easy to spot).
So no real difficulty here.
The Sexy Brutale - completed
I heard a lot of great things about this game (mostly from Total Biscuit which praised it almost as often as Brothers ^^), managed to win it on SteamGifts and finally decided to play it.
And indeed this is a very good game, and I loved (almost) every minute of it.
First, I love the concept (people are killed in a house and you live the same day again and again trying to save them), I was just a little bit frustrated as I wanted more of it (and a couple of times I saved someone without really meaning it, so maybe some were a little bit too easy) !
At first, I expected to have to take notes (and started to) but the game and the map are well designed and convey most of the information you need (I just regret that the connections between floors were missing - this is the only part I didn’t like : finding your way around the house at the end of the game is a little bit annoying), and I liked the story a lot.
And this is another game with a great music (I especially enjoyed the “music room” soundtrack, but all of it is great), part of the few ones where I listened to the soundtrack outside of the game.
Achievements : I had most of the achievements at the end of the game (yes even the cards), I only missed some invitations. Finding them forced me to play a little bit longer, and this is there that I was the most annoyed by the map missing some navigation information. But overall, all the invitations can be found if you pay enough attention, except one I had to look on the internet, and I would probably not have found it as this is the only one where the game doesn’t give you any hint about where it is (or maybe I missed it but I tried hard ^^).
Also, I expected a “Save everybody on the same day” achievement, which would have been a real challenge but thanksfully, no :).
Monthly Report - April 2019
Again, a nice month for completion ! Cool !
- Won : Sniper Elite, Hidden Folks
- Free : -
- From bundles/gifts/sales : -
Mafia II - completed
Mafia II is THE game I played this month. As mentioned in my Mafia III review, I loved Mafia I & II and scanning my library I noticed that I had a lot of achievements missing and that I didn’t played the DLCs. I think that I played the game before having it on Steam and probably bought a pack during a sale.
This was a good occasion to replay it !
So I started with the DLCs : my feeling of both is the same : they suck. Jimmy’s vendetta is slightly better, because the mission are less annoying but not by much. The “story” is told through text, so you don’t feel as involved as in the main game where everything is voice acted, with mostly boring missions, they added scoring & a leaderboard, which means that now all missions are time restricted, which may make them very frustrating if you fail just a few meters from the end. There is no checkpoint, so if you fail, you restart everything, and to make it worse, a lot of missions start with boring things (like following someone), without much difficulty and end with a more difficult action to perform. So you don’t take much risks as you don’t want to play again the boring part. So you play safe, and it sucks. The cops are everywhere and just a constant annoyance (and not even a real threat), especially because of the time restrictions : a lot of objectives cannot be completed if you’re chased, and you’re very often chased : in my main game playthrough, it was pretty rare for me or my car to be “wanted”, although I did some pretty nasty things, but in the DLC, it is almost a permanent state… You can’t do anything, this is very annoying.
Joe is a fun & likable character in the main game, here it is just a random skin on a random character. Nothing interesting. Jimmy, I don’t even really know who this is (I don’t have The betrayal of Jimmy DLC), so I don’t care.
Honestly, at some point I was wondering if it was worth it to finish the DLC missions, it was so boring ! Especially when you look at the achievement list (more on that later).
After that, I replayed the main game. First because I wanted to be sure that I remembered the game properly, and it was not my memory that made the game better than it was, and also because I had some achievements to complete !
So I restarted the game in hard mode. And it is a good as I remembered ! Great characters, compelling story (although, their behavior is a little bit stupid, but the game never present them as smart so it works ^^). Driving feels great (at least with the right cars ^^), the shooting too. Loved it. I especially loved how they linked this game with the previous one, very good !
The hard mode is not very hard, just the right level of challenge, so this was a pleasure to play again !
Achievements : So… the achievements… They made the DLCs even worse. Especially Jimmy’s vendetta. A lot of them are just grinding. But not simply grinding… Stupid, very very stupid, and boring grinding. The worse being having to drive 1000 miles (1600 km). At the end of the DLC, I drove something like 200 km. So the game expected me to drive around a city I already know by heart (having played the main game + joe’s adventures + jimmy’s vendetta), with no specific purpose, for hours ? In a way, yes this is an achievement, but sorry for this one I cheated and found a save at 999 miles. Most people use a glitch in the map and let the car fall through the ground for hours… Stupid achievement, stupid workarounds.
A few others felt like grinding. And I don’t count the buggy ones, like “Reach 200 points for one Jump”. Should be pretty easy… but the jump pretty much always finished with “speed points” or “drift points”. I don’t know how many jumps I had to do to get that one, but that’s a lot.
Most of the other ones were okay, a lot are unlocked just by playing, some required a few retries (thanksfully, you can replay missions & chapters, I like games that do that… this way no achievement is really missable !), and I liked the “Jack of all trades” (reach 10 different score actions in one mission), quite fun & not easy (yes, the shooting & driving is great in this game, but grenade or molotov throwing is… not great ^^).
Even the main game had an annoying achievement : the wanted posters collection. I have nothing against collectibles, but here, there are 160 posters to collect, that’s a lot and they are all in very hidden places, and the game doesn’t help AT ALL. I tried to collect as many as I could during my playthrough and probably found something like 10-15. Without a guide, this is probably a PITA to complete, so I didn’t really try. For something like that, the game should have provided something to help locate them. At least a small zone on the map, just to know where to look for them, or a ping when you’re near one, something… For instance the playboy magazines collection wasn’t really an issue, because most of them are on the main path, or near, not very hidden. So I found most of them without a guide.
Sniper Elite - completed
After finishing Sniper Elite v2, I entered all Sniper Elite games giveaways, as I liked it a lot, and managed to win that one pretty quickly.
And I must admit that the first impression was pretty bad. The game is old, and didn’t age very well, so I barely played the first mission and decided that No, I won’t play it anymore. But I decided to give another chance a few days later and in fact this is an okay game. It has a lot of issues though : the textures are ugly (I don’t know which game from the same era to compare it though), the sound management suck (if you are near a tank, the sound is there, or not, nothing between… Which gives you a crappy sound if you’re at the limit ^^), the controls suck (your character is moving as if it was running on ice), the shooting is not very satisfying (I blame the sound design, and the visual feedback), the game constantly changed my difficulty settings, even during a mission, the enemies are dumb…
But… I don’t know… I kind of liked it. At least enough to finish it. The missions were varied, difficult & interesting enough. I felt that the game was more difficult than V2, mostly because it doesn’t help you as much : there is no map with the enemies location, low resolution textures means it is harder to see the enemies, and the snipers are harder to locate, as there isn’t the visual cues that help you in V2, and they hide very well (well… it depends, on a mission, you have to kill some snipers that were overseeing some locations, after spending some time trying to locate them, I finally found them in the street… a little disappointing… I guess they were fed up waiting for me ^^).
Even if the shooting is not as satisfying as in V2, sniping is still fun in that game, and that’s the most important ^^.
So reviewing this one is hard… My first impression was pretty bad, but my overall impression is “okay”, although it has a lot of issues. So I finished it, but probably won’t play again.
I’m really happy to see how it evolved though. They improved a lot between that one and the sequel.
Achievements : No achievement.
Sniper Elite V2 - already beaten
Speaking of Sniper Elites V2, I continued playing that one. I still have the multiplayer achievements to do and it looks like you can play the campaign in co-op ? I love that !
I played with a friend, and we liked a lot the co-op “overwatch” missions (one player is on the ground and has tasks to do, while the other one covers the area). We also played a few “Bombing runs” but maybe didn’t really understand well how it works, we tried different things but failed a lot :).
So, still a great game, and we’ll probably play again, at least to complete the achievements, and maybe even after that :)
Hidden Folks - beaten
This is a kind of black & white “Where’s Waldo/Wally?” (in my country, he’s called Charlie, so not sure in yours ^^), where you have to find things/people in a crowded picture.
This is a fun game, the drawings are funny, the sound design is amusing (everything is done “by mouth”). But it starts quickly to be a little repetitive.
To fight that, they add a few mechanisms in each level, which makes the game a little more interactive, but the concept is maybe a little too simple to make it interesting for more than a few of hours.
I finished it, but I couldn’t play it all in one go. I got bored quickly, and my eyes were very sore after scrutinizing a black and white screen for hours (but I just discovered that there is a night mode… maybe it would have helped).
But this game is probably nice to get, if you want something where you don’t kill anybody, a more relaxed game, that would probably be great on a touch screen in a couch, and that would probably make you laugh (or at least smile ^^).
Achievements : Not much to report. All the achievements are linked to the completion of the levels. Some achievements require the DLC, I’ll probably get it on sale.
Monthly Report - March 2019
This is one of those rare months where I finish more games than I get :)
- Won : -
- Free : -
- From bundles/gifts/sales : Tick Tock: A Tale for Two Supporter Pack
Tick Tock: A Tale for Two - completed
I bought a two-pack to play this with a friend. This is cheap and short asymmetrical puzzle game that don’t require any network connection, you just specify which player you are and solve puzzles together, each player seeing different information and contributing to finding the solution.
This is not a hard game and we completed it in less than 2 hours. But it still made us think and was the right amount of challenge to not frustrate us, not too easy, not too hard.
So a nice game, probably great for playing with your non-gamer partner :).
Achievements : There are no achievements.
Tacoma - completed
From the creators of Gone Home, another “Discover the story by exploring some place” but this time, it is in a space station.
Great game. Really great voice-over, a lot of attention to details. I spent most of my time just looking at objects, reading product labels and looking a things, trying to fill the spaces between the information provided by the conversations and items you find. Their use of Augmented Reality is really clever and well-done (it displays overlays on books that are in foreign languages for instance), everything is really well integrated. This is what AR glasses should be when they’ll work :).
The story is interesting. They succeeded into making us care for characters you never meet, and don’t even really see (as you just see recorded replays of what happened), and I really like how it ends.
I also replayed the game with the commentary tracks, and I really liked that feature. You get a lot of interesting information from the people that worked on the game and they might point out some things you missed or explain some references you didn’t get. A really good idea, and I hope more game developers would do that.
Achievements : Got probably half of them on my first playthrough and as I replayed with the commentaries I completed the other ones. A lot of them are “secret” achievements so I had to look them up. Some of them I just wouldn’t get them without searching as they are very specific :).
I highly recommend to check the commentaries (obviously the commentaries on the first playthrough is a bad idea as it is a bit spoilery), so 2 playthroughs are recommended, just what you need to get all achievements.
Sniper Elite V2 - beaten
I won that one on SteamGifts. It took me some time to beat it but I don’t regret it. This is my first Sniper Elite game and I liked it a lot. Sniping is very satisfying :).
The story is pretty forgettable but I don’t think I was expecting it to be awesome. Overall the game is great but there are a few things that frustrated me : the x-ray shots cut-scenes are fun the first 2-3 times and then I disabled it as it breaks the flow of the game, the AI is pretty stupid, even in hard mode (soldiers looking for you are often stuck in things, they run around for no reason except being perfect targets…), trying to complete a level stealthily sounds fun but in fact it is very frustrating, as sometimes soldiers see you when they shouldn’t be able to (behind walls…), they hear you walk while there are dozens of soldiers patrolling, talking, and there are bombings and shootings in background… If you want to make the game hard, try to play stealth :). Moreover it is pretty much impossible to do a full level silently as there are often scenario moments where you are firing some alarms. So the result is that it is always easier to just start a shooting and kill whoever shows up.
But all of this are just some minor issues. You don’t play a sniper game just to sneak past enemies and kill silently :). Talking about that, I loved the levels where there are some elements covering your shots (church bells, bombings…) so you can snipe without raising any alarm ! These are the best moments.
I played the game in normal difficulty (there is gravity on the bullet, but there is an help indicator of where the bullet will hit) and in hard (there is gravity, wind, and no help indicators). Strangely, the hard mode felt easier than the normal one. Of course hitting the enemies is harder (even if, by the end of the game, I was surprised at how accurate my shots were - at some points I was wondering if the game wasn’t cheating a little and making me hit when it shouldn’t, but it is very satisfying so I won’t complain), but it seems that there are way less enemies, making the game less difficult than the other mode.
This is not really an issue, but it felt a bit strange.
So overall, good game, it made me want to play the other ones.
Achievements : At first, I thought that I needed to play multiplayer to complete the game’s achievements but it seems that they are co-op achievements. Thanksfully I have a friend that has the game, so I may do those in the next weeks. Also, I’m waiting for a sale to buy the DLCs and complete the game.
A lot of the other achievements are mostly completed just by playing the game. Even some that sound hard, it often happens by itself. Finding the gold bars and the bottles was harder than expected as you really have to explore and look very carefully. So I got around half of them on my first playthrough and used a guide that gave me the locations during my second one in hard mode. Other than that, the other ones are not really hard to get.
Monthly Report - February 2019
This is a completion month :).
So first, new games :
- Won : Rock of Ages 2
- Free : -
- From bundles/gifts/sales : Magicka 2, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Season Pass
LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham - completed
Most of the game being okay, when I saw a huge discount on the season pass, I decided to get it.
When I finished it last month, besides a lot of issues and an annoying end game, I thought it was a fun game so I expected more fun from paid missions.
And it was a real disappointment. At full price, this would be a real rip off. The missions are very short, and uninspired, everything has long narrations instead of cut-scenes, and most of the VOs are not great. The only mission I enjoyed a bit is the Bizarro one, because the characters are fun but the level is as the others, short and not great.
The worst part is that they are trying to be funny, but I don’t know why, the jokes don’t work (maybe because of the poor VO).
So, get it only at very low price and only if your goal is to have the achievements, in other cases you shouldn’t bother, it’s not worth it.
Achievements : Nothing difficult or fun, they are only there to force you to buy the DLCs, you only have to finish the levels (Although I giggled with the achievement “Darkseid on the Moon”. Well thought).
Oxenfree - completed
I liked that game a lot. It’s quite short but a bit intense, so I played it over a few days.
The gameplay is pretty simple, it is mostly walking and choosing dialog options, but the story is well presented, intriguing. During the first playthrough I wasn’t sure if what was really happening and I built several possible scenarios until I got to the end.
The voice-overs are great.
But, I’ll still complain a bit :). I felt that the dialog options disappear too quickly on my first playthrough, and as the game is built around the idea of replaying it, when you do that you notice that most of the dialog options don’t really matter. A few ones are key, the other are changing a few dialogs, but when you do a “silent” playthrough (you don’t speak at all), you see that the response are the same as if you said or asked something.
Don’t get me wrong, the game hides it very well, on one or two playthroughs, it works. The questions and answers flow nicely and it looks like a real conversation. But the achievements force you to do more playthroughs, and it starts to show.
But overall it was a pleasant game, I was just starting to be a little bit annoyed during my fourth playthrough :).
Achievements : Most of them are unlocked through the main story. I only spent quite some time to find all the collectibles, but they are important to fully understand the story and the game gives you in-scenario hints to find them so it’s not that hard, maybe just a little too much walking if you missed some (a few times I hoped for a quick travel).
As I said, some achievements require to replay the game as some outcomes are incompatible (I think you can’t complete the game with less than 3 playthoughs). But as I did my first playthrough without reading any of them, I missed a few ones. Which means that I had to play it four and a half times (I missed something for the achievement and restarted). And I think this game work for 3 playthroughs, 4 is just one too many ^^. The playthroughs are quite short but not much new happen.
Monthly Report - January 2019
A very lucky month with 4 wins (!), most with the Playing Appreciated group, so a lot to play !
So first, new games :
- Won : Sniper Elite V2, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, FEAR 3, Oxenfree
- Free : Deponia: The Complete Journey
- From bundles/gifts/sales : -
Train Valley - completed
I already completed most of the game in September and liked it but I was missing the DLC and a few achievements.
Now the game is completed ! I think the DLC is worth it (but I got it very cheap on sale), as it adds a few interesting challenges that are different from the main game, so I liked it.
Achievements : The DLC achievements are not hard, but I had a few from the main game to complete and I spent quite some time on it (having 10 trains running at the same time, having 300 tiles and finish the space shuttle level with 3 stars). Replaying it fresh made them a little easier, maybe I was too annoyed by my fails. It was easier after a few months pause !
So… Take a break :)
LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham - beaten
I won this one on SteamGifts. I had LEGO games in my wishlist for a while now, but never played any. It just looked like fun little games, with nice characters and a funny take on stories we might already know… So I can’t compare it to other LEGO games, I’m fresh :).
And indeed, this is not a bad game. The story is not awesome but the characters are fun and there’s a bunch of funny jokes. The main issue is the gameplay by itself, it is very cluncky, the controls suck and it is often hard to do what you want, several buttons are reused for different actions depending on context (it’s not like there are multiple buttons that were not used) so you mess up often, and a lot of actions can get you one-shot killed. Thanksfully the game is not hard and not punishing at all. Dying has no consequence.
Sadly, you are often stuck in the scenery or objects, most of the time you can use the other character to free the other one, except when the one stuck is the only one that can do something…. I lost several hours of progress due to the numerous times it happened. And the game crashes… A little bit too much… Again a couple hours of progress lost.
Also, maybe the game lack a bit of explaination (but this is the third Batman so maybe things are explained before). Like how to enable the red brick bonuses… I spent some time looking. I found the thing, bought the thing, and I didn’t have the bonus ! Well you have to enable it in the start menu. A little odd. A lot of things are like that, a little odd, not optimized (like the numerous confirmations you have when you load a game, how you quit the game…)
But I liked the puzzles, they are simple and the visual cues are enough (usually, sometimes they are too well hidden), and the fact that you have to come back with other characters to unlock the full level, the game is fun, not too long, the music is great, as well as the voice-over. I also quite enjoyed the “classic Batman” levels. So overall an enjoyable game…
Until… Until the end of the end game. I’m a completionist, so of course I tried to get all the collectibles (and there are A LOT)… And I found it fun to replay the levels in free play, being able to choose my characters, trying to find the right one for the job and all the hidden things. So far so good. But at one point you can visit some planets, and there are quests and collectibles there too. But the planets are so boring ! They are exactly the same reskined level : same quests, almost same dialogs… So the first one is nice, the second one, why not, but after that, it is just annoying. And the camera on those levels really suck. On “normal” levels, the camera is pretty much locked, and it works pretty well even if sometimes you are frustrated because you can’t look where you want. But once you played the planet levels, you’re glad they locked it :).
So, a lot of negative comments, but overall, it is not THAT bad, just sad that with a little bit of more work, it could easily be a better game.
Achievements : I got all the ones I could with the base game, because of course there are DLCs. And of course, 40% of the achievements require the DLCs. So I’ll wait for a big sale on the season pass. Maybe. Other than that, they are easy to get, it is just a matter of finishing the game and unlocking everything.
Sniper Elite V2 - unfinished
I also won this one on SteamGifts. I’m currently playing it and didn’t finish, so I’ll keep my judgement for next month.
Achievements : Sadly there are some multiplayer achievements, and I don’t really play MP¨so I’ll probably not complete this one !
Monthly Report - November/December 2018
Not much happened in November so I group the last two months together
So first, new games :
- Won : Styx: Shards of Darkness, Rocksmith 2014 - Five Finger Death Punch DLC (won on Rocksmith stream)
- Free : Lego - The hobbit, Lego - Lord of the rings
- From bundles/gifts/sales : The Longest Journey + Dreamfall, Dreamfall chapters: The Final Cut Edition, Train Valley - Germany DLC
Cook, Serve, Delicious! - completed
Ok, I’ve been hooked. In my last report I said that I didn’t like it as it started very slowly. But I decided to give it another chance and… oh boy… I spent so much time on this game. My criticisms are still valid : the first ~5 hours are a bit boring, the UI is not great. But once you understand well how it works, how to make money and you have a bunch of recipes to choose from, it is nice. It is a bit addictive and you constantly end up saying “okay, one more day, and I’ll stop” :).
Achievements : Some of the achievements sound hard (anybody having tried the first day in Extreme mode must have thought that the “Impossible Perfect Day” achievement is really impossible ^^) but in fact they are not. Even the Extreme mode ones are pretty simple when you have improved some of your equipment (just willingly lower your buzz and choose dishes that are long to cook, it will become easy to manage).
The only annoying ones (not hard though) are the Cook4Lov one (as the dates appear at random), 15k customers served (as you probably have half that when you finish your “normal” playthrough, so it becomes a bit grindy), and if you didn’t plan it early, Foods pin (served over 1500 dishes of each types).
Even the challenges are not that hard when you played a bit.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - beaten
I don’t know why but I don’t have much to say about this game. I did a full playthrough with 3 other friends, it was fun although towards the end we decided to add a few addons to improve a bit the gameplay (some quality of life things). This is a great game, well done, it would be even better with a few tweaks.
We finished it in normal mode so I’m interested to see how it has been improved with the definitive edition.
Achievements : We finished the game with addons so there’s a bunch of achievements I didn’t get. I’m not sure I’ll do another playthrough without addons though, so not sure I’ll be able to complete all the achievements. We’ll see.
Tharsis - unfinished
You are in a spaceship going to mars, and each turn bad things happen to your spaceship. You control the crew and with dice rolls and carefully chosen actions, you try to keep the ship running until you reached your destination, and…
Nope. No, no… No, no, no. No ! No. No !!
This is not a game for me… Spent a few hours on it, it is waaaaay too random for me. Even when you think things are going pretty good and you have played quite safely, one thing goes wrong (in my case, it was my best playthrough and all dices got the SAME number : the one that removed a life point to the character, so he died and things went wrong).
Achievements : I won’t even consider completing it. A lot of achievements sound like grinding and I didn’t have any fun with the few hours I played.
Okhlos: Omega - unfinished
This is a kind of rogue-like where you control an angry crowd in an mythological Greece setup.
The idea is fun, the videos made it look like something fun, but after several hours of playing, I’m still not sure how it really works :). There are not a lot of information about it on the Internet, not many guides. If you do small batches of runs it stays fun, but it is quickly repetitive.
The thing I don’t like with rogue-like games is that you often go through not really interesting things until you hit an interesting point or a boss and if you lose, you have to restart the boring things. So trying to understand the boss strategy is boring, and you can’t really practice without going through a lot of less interesting stuff…
I’d prefer having some checkpoints/save to restart from. And only do another a run when you want to benefit from the bonuses you got or change your setup.
But this is not the spirit of that genre :)
Achievements : like a lot of rogue-like achievements, they sound like grinding. We’ll see if I’ll want to play more.
Monthly Report - October 2018
More completion, more unlocked achievements, woo !
So first, new games :
- Won : Batman Arkham Origins
- Free : -
- From bundles/gifts/sales : A Criminal Past & System Rift (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DLCs)
We Were Here Too - completed
This one was a quick play as there was 1 secret achievement I was missing… During our first session we easily knew what was this secret achievement so we replayed the game 2 or 3 times to get it but failed. So I grabbed my friend again this month and we got it pretty quickly, it seems that we just needed some rest !
So again, great game, no replay value but it is expected for this kind of game.
Achievements : They are all pretty easy and you get most of them doing a playthrough with each role. So an easy game to complete (probably in 2-3 hours).
Borderlands 2 - beaten
Yes ! Borderlands 2 again ! I bought a huge Borderlands pack, with all the DLCs I was missing and the other games so I have more reasons to continue to play and I worked on getting all the achievements, and I unlocked 13 more… Now only 2 are missing and I just have to kill one boss to unlock them. But it is a little bit harder than the others so I need to level a bit or schedule some time with my friends to get help. So it is just a matter of time !
I found a nice tip on the internet to keep the game interesting : change your class every few levels with the save editor. This made the game much more interesting as it is a bit less repetitive and you don’t have to replay the whole game from scratch with each class. I did that and it was great (and I discovered that besides the commando, I like a lot the siren, the gunzerker is not as fun as it sounds and assassin is OK when playing melee).
Achievements : Not much to add. I’m near completion !
Cook, Serve, Delicious! - unfinished
I think I got this one in a Humble Bundle but I don’t remember, it has been in my “to play” list for a really long time, as it is quite a classic game.
Sadly, I’m not sure I like it… I like the idea, but it’s probably too hard for me (I mess up my keyboard strokes too often when stress kicks in ^^), and progress is so slow !
Also the UI is a bit clunky, you’re constantly switching from one screen to another while all the useful information should be accessible on the same screen, or at least the screen could provide direct links to the relevant screens.
Moreover this is a bit frustrating as you want to buy fun or interesting recipes but by doing so you take the risk of failing (and they don’t always bring more money, at least at the beginning), so you may often play safe (this may be the reason the progress is slow for me ^^)..
I’ll probably play a few hours to see where it goes but I’m not sure I’ll finish it.
Achievements : from what I’ve seen, completing it looks pretty much impossible for me :). I tested a few challenges and failed miserably. So I don’t expect to have a good progress achievements-wise for this game !
Guild of Dungeoneering - unfinished
Another game I probably got in a bundle ! But again, not sure I’m liking it.
By default, I’m not a huge fan of rogue-like games as I don’t really like the idea of losing my characters, but at the same time I like the dungeon crawling aspect…
I didn’t really like it because again, it is very slow to start, and the beginning is frustrating as you never have the card you need to defend yourself properly. So you just die constantly. Which mean that you are playing the same content (and same enemies) over and over without much variation.
And I don’t really like that you lose your gear each time you start a mission. It’s okay when you die, but this way even succeeding doesn’t feel that rewarding.
Moreover, the game quickly explain you what should be the dungeoneer behavior (you don’t control him, you just place elements on the map to attract him in the direction you want), but it often doesn’t seem to do what I expect him to do. I’ll probably look for the “real” rules.
On the plus side, I love the style & visuals of the game, and the music is very good, I also like the humor. I’ll probably stick a little bit with it as I unlocked some more powerful items that should make the game a little bit more interesting, I hope.
Achievements : a lot of them will probably unlock as I play. I noticed a few that might be hard to get and some that will require another playthrough and might also be really hard (like “There’s A Graveyard?” -> Win the game without losing a dungeoneer). But it will mostly depend on me sticking with it or not.
Monthly Report - September 2018
Luck is back ! And spent time on finishing/completing some games…
So first, new games :
- Won : Epistory - Typing Chronicles, The Sexy Brutale
- Free : …
- From bundles/gifts/sales : …
Epistory - Typing Chronicles - completed
Won this on SteamGifts with the Playing Appreciated group so I played it pretty much immediatly.
This is a beautiful game and the mechanics are interesting : you type words from the dictionary to cast element spells on enemies, each element having a different effect. I’m pretty good at typing so it wasn’t really difficult although some events were a bit stressful. Moreover, I played it in french and I think it might have an effect on difficulty as words tend to be a bit longer than english (I can’t imagine how it would be in german ^^). The music is beautiful, the story is not very clear, until you finish the game and the zones, enemies, texts,… take a new meaning. This is nice.
The game is not very punishing, you can die without much consequences, there are a few puzzle not really difficult. Only downside I can think of is that the controls are not great, sometimes the character doesn’t behave like you expect to (specially when trying to move in diagonals) and the default key pattern feel strange (they say it is to allow you having a nice hand position on the keyboard, I’m not convinced), thanksfully you can select the classic WASD pattern.
Overall a nice game. It doesn’t have much replay value, but there are some arenas with a ladder, for people that want a bit of challenge and want to compare they performances.
Achievements : A lot of the achievements are obtained by playing the game. I’ve been careful to explore well so I also got all the “get all items” ones. So most of them are not hard to get. But I’ll admit I cheated for the few last ones (with a simplified custom dictionary from the Workshop), because it just requires to play the game over and over to a ridiculous amount : I finished the game exploring everything and doing every event, plus I played a few times on all the arenas, and only got around 2500 monster killed. The achievement required 10K. Same thing with the number of words typed, the achievement required 17K, I probably was around 5000…
So I’m not ashamed to cheat with this kind of achievements.
Train Valley - beaten
I continued to play this game until I finished it. The last levels (Japan) are really interesting as it adds a lot of great challenges as you have some space issues. So I liked it a lot.
I finished the game but there is still one level that I can’t complete with 3 stars so I’ll probably play it again a few times
Achievements : Got most of them. I still need to try the harder ones (having 10 trains running at the same time and complete a level with 300 tiles. That last one is harder than it looks :). And there’re four achievements I can’t complete right now as they are linked to a DLC. I’ll probably wait for some sales to get that one.
But I’m confident I’ll be able to complete this game.
Human Resource Machine- beaten
Finished this one pretty quickly, this is a really great game. The last puzzles add some interesting challenges (specially “Prime factory”). One small issue I found is that for the hardest ones, the UI is not great, as sometimes you might want to move a bunch of instructions instead of one by one, but they were smart enough to add an export/import feature so this is not THAT annoying. So overall great game. After completing this one I might check the sequel.
Achievements : I finished the game but now I need to optimise a few of my solutions ! There’s not a lot missing but I’ll probably need to exchange ideas with some friends.
Monthly Report - July/August 2018
Again, I have been quite slow on gaming so I played smaller games that I won on SteamGift but were still waiting for me to try them !
And grouped July & August. Hope to return to a monthly schedule soon.
Even SteamGifts & Humble bundle are not helping ! Hopefully I have some friends to give me games :).
So, new games those months :
- Won : …
- Free : …
- From bundles/gifts/sales : Darkest Dungeon, Human Resource Machine
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™ - beaten
I finished the game, and liked it a lot. I already said most of what I think of the game, but I liked the ending, I liked the missions in the last location (it seems that some people didn’t). Indeed when you know what you are doing all of this can be wrapped up pretty quickly, but when it’s your first time and trying to do the right thing (and not skipping most of the level by being invisible ^^), it’s a bit challenging and interesting.
I replayed it as a new game+ to get the achievements I missed, and the game becomes even more fun when you are that powerful (and easy but who cares ?), it feels great.
And I did a last playthrough on the hardest difficulty for the achievement. And there you see that when you don’t explore, when you know where to go and you skip side missions, the game is pretty short :). But even this one was interesting as you restart from the beginning, without most of your powers, you have only one life and I tried to get the “don’t set off alarms” achievement, adding a bit of difficulty, but quite doable (thanksfully, you can reload your save when you messed up !).
So very happy to have won this one ! And now I really want to play the Human Revolution, but I’ll wait a bit, I heard the gameplay doesn’t feel great when you play them one after the other.
Achievements : I did all the main game achievements, and this was difficult, I had to follow a guide because some missions require very specific actions in order to enable other missions later, some require save branching, etc… I got most of them on my first playthrough though, but some very specific ones I only got them on my third playthrough being really careful to not miss them :).
Now what remain are DLC achievements (but they are a bit expensive, I’ll wait for a sale), and the “breach mode” ones. I tried it a little, but didn’t really like it, it feels too much “micro-transactions” : the experience has not been designed to be fun, but to be frustrating, pushing you to buy packs… I may play it a bit because I’m interested to discover the levels, but will probably not bother to complete all the levels.
So I don’t expect to get 100% achievements on this game.
Darkest Dungeon® - unfinished
A friend gave me this one. I didn’t play it a lot, but god this is hard ! I know it’s normal to have some characters die, but I feel that it’s quite hard to progress and stress management is difficult (the character stress, and my own) :).
What I played so far feels quite good, although I feel sometimes a bit lost in the classes & spells, and what’s interesting or not, like I still don’t really know what to do with the Abomination. I learned that opening curios is often not a good idea :).
Achievements : I didn’t care for them so far, so I don’t know. But I guess there are some pretty hard ones in there !
Train Valley - unfinished
To compensate for the stressful Darkest Dungeon I decided to play that game that I won months ago ! It’s a nice game, I progressed quite quickly although I kept failing missions because I wasn’t paying attention enough, but that’s not really the game’s fault :).
I like the basic idea, but I fear that it might be a little repetitive if it lasts too long. I finished the first “country” and will move to another one, I just hope some mechanics will be added.
Achievements : I checked them because there’s no story here so no risk of spoilers. I feel that a lot of them will naturally unlock as I play and nothing look like impossible so I might complete this one !
RIVE - unfinished
In my “I play some games I won on SG” state of mind, I spent some time on RIVE. This is not really my kind of game, but I kinda liked what I played. The humor and self-awareness helped quite a bit. I played it on the lowest difficulty and I’m pretty bad at it, so I might finish it to see where the story goes but won’t try it on the harder difficulties, it would just be frustration :).
Achievements : I might take a look and try some but I know I won’t be able to succeed at that game on the other difficulties, so I don’t expect to complete this one. But maybe at least try to increase the percentage.
Human Resource Machine- unfinished
This one has been in my wishlist for a very long time, and a friend gifted it to me. I like it. I’m a software programmer so this is my jam ! I like this kind of gaming+programming games. I played TIS which is similar but it was a bit too “dry”… This one has a very nice UI, the presentation is great, the characters are funny, the music is interesting and doesn’t become boring after a few loops, some new instructions are added regularly so it doesn’t feel that you do always the same things…
I’ll finish this one, and might look at the sequel.
The only downside is that in one afternoon I’ve already done most of the game. The upside is that there’s two way to complete a level and I still have some to go back to find a better solution !
Achievements : I got a lot of them with a normal (unfinished) playthrough, and at the middle of the game I took a look to see if there’s some I can do (and completed them). So now I mostly have to finish the game and find both solutions to a few levels I didn’t complete.
Monthly Report - May/June 2018
Lately have been quite slow on gaming so I group May and June (and even for those I’m late !).
Not much gaming, not much winning either :).
So, new games those months :
- Won : KT Tunstall Song Pack (won on Rocksmith Twitch stream)
- Free : The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, Hacknet - Deluxe Edition
- From bundles/gifts/sales : We Were Here Too
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™ - unfinished
Won this one on SteamGifts with the Playing Appreciated group so I had to play it within a month. This means that I started to play it without having played any other Deus Ex game (though I own Human Revolution).
So this was a bit spoily for the previous games but I don’t care too much.
I like this game, I’m trying to play non-lethal (and targeting the “no kill” achievement) which is a bit of a challenge. I find the story interesting even though I’m often a bit lost between the main story and side missions, as I tend to be easily side-tracked :). Moreover I like exploring levels and this game is great of handling that : the dialogs/events may change depending on which order things happen or based on information you may already know or not. Which I liked a lot.
But I encountered several bugs that were really annoying (enemies seeing you through obstacles, these kind of things) but not blocking issues.
Thanksfully you can reload a game ^^. I’m amazed how much people send or share their password through unsafe means in this world :).
So not much to say, I enjoy the game and will finish it in July.
Achievements : I’m not focusing on that right now, especially because it seems that some of them require to do some uncompatible choices. So I play how I want it and will do another playthrough with achievements in mind. It looks like a game that could be completed, we’ll see about that.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - unfinished
I’m playing it with 3 other friends, so it may be a different experience than as a single player.
It’s been very long since I didn’t play a RPG game like this one. It is a bit overwhelming, all these choices, but having only one character to manage make it… manageable. I can’t imagine how it would be if I played all four characters ! I like this kind of game and… I don’t like it. It is very fun and all those stories are interesting, but all this freedom makes me always feel like I’m missing something. One of the player is used to that kind of game and is saving before most of our actions but I think this is a bit cheating. If something bad happens because you messed up you should carry the weight !
But for the genre I think this is a good one. The combats are fun, not too repetitive. We started with the first level of difficulty but we raised it as we were attacking everybody without even thinking about the danger. The difficulty above is still a bit easy but it can go bad quite quickly.
Maybe it’s a little too RPG, being used to “modern” RPGs (in the style of WoW or Skyrim), I like the small UI helps to keep track of things (who is a merchant, what are the quests….), having to take notes is not the fun part of the game, also because we played together once a week so it can be easy to forget what happened before.
But overall a nice game, especially with friends.
Achievements : I didn’t check them that much as there are probably some spoilers in it. Not sure if I could get them all, there seems to be quite a lot and probably some things we missed and I’m not sure I’ll do another playthrough alone. That said, I heard there will be a significant update at the end of the month, so you never know.
We Were Here Too - beaten
I played We were here with a friend, and we liked it a lot (see my January review). This is pretty much the same game, slightly longer, with some different puzzles. Not really hard, but this kind of asymmetrical gameplay is nice, maybe it’s slightly too short, but it can’t be too long as you need the other player to play. A few puzzles were harder because we missed something in the UI that could help, and maybe the controls could be slightly improved, but it was a good moment.
We played it twice (to try each side), the second playthrough is obviously easier but still interesting to fully enjoy the game. Even if it’s short I think it is worth its price.
Like the first game I’m still disappointed by the end though ! I want a third choice ! It would be awesome with a third choice hidden somewhere !
Achievements : Nothing hard, you get most of the achievements with the full playthrough and a quick one on the other side. But I’m still missing one : we missed a lever somewhere, I need to replay it :).
Action Henk - unfinished
I won this one on SteamGift a long time ago, and played it one night when I was looking for something new to play !
It is a simple running game, but the controls feel nice, the visuals are great, the levels are fun and so far they seem to add interesting mechanics (I just got a grapple hook which feel great to use). Only down side so far : my hand hurts :). The levels are a bit stressful and I had some issues holding my controller too tight !
I think this is a sign that the game hooked me !
Achievements : I don’t think I’ll even try to get them all. I see one that require to be better than 99% of the players ! It might have been doable when the game was released but right now, I don’t think it can happen, there are way better players. I’m too old for this sh*t ;)
Next Month - July
I don”t play that much lately so probably nothing new. I’ll finish Deus Ex, and probably continue on Divinity.