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I’ve reached almost 1k games on Steam and now I really need to take stock, get my library organized, and decide what to play next.

Favorite game genres: Horror, Story Rich, RPG, First-Person, Walking Simulator, Stealth, Visual Novel, Point & Click, Casual.


Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning™

Bought four years ago, never played beyond the tutorial. Until now. Stars seem to have aligned for this game: I’ve been playing it for the last several days. See you in a month or so.

RAGE

RAGE

RAGE

8/10
36.3 hours
39 of 60 achievements

Another HL2 tribute, open world-ish edition, with a Fallout and Mad Max flavor

Pros:

  • Works reasonably well on a potato once the right settings are found;
  • Save anywhere!
  • Five difficulty levels, from Easy to Ultra Nightmare;
  • Racing is fun and normally I hate racing;
  • Item descriptions are worth reading;
  • Wingsticks are the best weapon;
  • Play as The Engineer and craft all the bots and turrets.

YMMV:

  • Everything in the game—the setting, the crafting, the upgrades, the quests, even the plot (such as it is)—feel either very familiar, so the player feels right at home, or generic and unremarkable, so the player feels like they’ve seen it all before;
  • The player character is a typical mute badass video game protagonist with exactly zero personality which is either boring and weird, or very good for self-insertion, I guess.

Cons:

  • Recycled areas: many of them are visited twice, most notably the Dead City (there’s even an achievement!);
  • Console port, so using menus w/o a controller is a pain and the recognizable I-only-have-four-buttons diamond-shaped menu for weapons/items is there, no matter if you use a controller or not.

Recommended to FPS and racing/driving fans who don’t need a(n original) plot to enjoy shooting and racing/driving.

Why is it called RAGE, though?

RAGE

Found another barely played FPS! Abandoned years ago due to shooter burnout. Let’s see how it fares now.

UPD: I also got the Scorchers DLC to fit the Deal with the DLC monthly theme.

The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

4/10
6.1 hours
20 of 20 achievements

Recommended only to fans of John Buchan’s novel The Thirty-Nine Steps who want to re-read it as a CliffsNotes version visual novel/point-and-click adventure hybrid with gorgeous backgrounds and little else of interest. Players who’ve never heard of The Thirty-Nine Steps are probably better off reading the novel itself (first).

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Near Death

16.8 hours, 18 of 18 achievements


Near Death

Near Death

9/10
16.8 hours
18 of 18 achievements

The 39 Steps

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  • The 39 Steps

    4 hours playtime

    6 of 20 achievements

Not very exciting so far. Players who don’t read much will probably like the story more. In terms of gameplay, it feels like a novel was made into a game just for the sake of making a novel into a game. So it’s text with background pictures (very nice ones, however). A non-branching VN. Interactive parts are barely interactive and unnecessary. Just the text would’ve been enough. I’d rather read the book, to be honest. There’d be less clicking.

Near Death

Near Death

Near Death

9/10
16.8 hours
18 of 18 achievements

Freezing to death simulator

Pros:

  • A short game that can be completed in one evening.
  • Female protagonist (although we never learn her name).
  • Crafting that makes sense in the context of the game, that is, trying to survive with (almost) no equipment.
  • Tense and unsettling atmosphere without ghosts/monsters/space aliens, etc.
  • Replay value due to four difficulty settings. It’s also possible to invent your own “rules” for extra challenge if you like to suffer (more). For example, don’t fix (most) buildings, don’t upgrade equipment, don’t do optional quests.
  • Fierce blizzards and howling winds. At night.
  • Freezing to death three meters from the door and getting lost between two closely located buildings due to the above.
  • Pool mini-game!

Cons:

  • No ending cutscene! I really wanted to watch the MC drive her substantially upgraded vehicle into the sunset night and slowly falling snow.

Recommended to lovers of horror, survival, walking simulators, the Penumbra series and The Thing.

Don’t Tax Me, Bro!

2D parkour with great character motivation, hilarious deaths, and lots of MC appearance customization options.

However, I’ve reached peak getting good, so no more achievements will be unlocked.

  • Don't Tax Me, Bro!

    5 hours playtime

    6 of 12 achievements

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  • Don't Tax Me, Bro!

    2 hours playtime

    2 of 12 achievements

This game is gruesome! Many ways to die:

Get caught by cops
Blow yourself up with a gas tank
Fall down a manhole
Get a flowerpot thrown on you by a cat
Get mauled by dogs
Run into a flying crow (literally)
Run into a flying seagull (also literally)
Get run over by a police car
Get run over by a tram
Get a gas tank dropped on you

There are probably more.

TimeShift

This is it for TimeShift. Basically Half-Life 2 with time manipulation à la F.E.A.R. Non-stop shootouts. Best parts: the crossbow and objective markers. Worst parts: the wind turbine, the final boss fight, and being told to hurry up every 10 seconds.

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  • TimeShift

    12 hours playtime

    no achievements

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