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Hi there,

what to tell about me? Hmm, well let’s see. Most of my game buys are impulse buys…Well don’t judge me. Other women buy shoes or make-up, I buy video games XD

I will try to beat as many games as I can each month, but unfortunately I’m a grown up with a job, so my progress usually depends on how much spare time I have.

I’ll try to at least beat 1 SG win + 1 backlog game each month. Since I’m a member of Playing Appreciated all wins of that group have priority (since they need to be played within a month of winning). I’m also a member of Quality Games, so any wins from that group have priority over other SG wins.


Update 7: Wins and purchases since last Update

Wins :

Purchases:

And the Tropico Trilogy, which consists off Tropico 1-3 to finish my Tropico collection.

So far I’ve beaten 3 games (Stories: The Path of Destinies (still working on that last achievement), Hacknet and Battle Chef Brigade) and abondoned 1 game, Observer, which is definetly not for people with a seisure disorder. Too many flashing lights in the “nightmare/mind” scenes for my taste.

Right now I’m playing Yakuza 0. 10 hours in and I enjoy myself a lot :)

Update 6: Games I played in March 2019

First the “good” news: Only 1 more game won and no new purchases since the last update, but I activated two older keys :-/

New win :

  • Grand Theft Auto III
    Grand Theft Auto III

    0.0 hours playtime

    no achievements

Redeemed older keys:

So this puts me at a total of 16 wins/new purchases/old keys redeemed this month and I completed/beaten 5 games this month + 1 I won’t be playing again anytime soon (too boring) and 1 that I’m still trying to beat. So this still leaves me with a +10 for this months backlog. Could have been worse :-/

Now to the games I played this month:

Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock

Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock

8/10
2.1 hours
16 of 16 achievements

The only game I completed this month. A good point-and-click adventure with a nice Sci-fi story. It's on the shorter side, but that's not necessarily bad. The puzzles are not too hard and if you get stuck you can get help from your Captain.

Did the following games for Play or Pay:

Deadlight

Deadlight

9/10
6.2 hours
30 of 31 achievements

Liked it a lot. I played it with a controller and some of the precision shots are nearly impossible to do with controller. I had to use the mouse for this. Other then that I had a lot of fun with it. Some of the QET were also not too easy, but with enough patience I solved all.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

9/10
32.1 hours
23 of 60 achievements

Liked it a lot. Never got used to blocking the enemies though. But I am proof that even without good blocking the game can be beaten, it's just a lot harder :D
I also see strong resemblances between the Senator Armstrong and the current US president.

Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2

10/10
55.9 hours
30 of 69 achievements

Loved the game. Nearly finished all quests. Am really hard thinking about getting the season pass for it, just so that I can play some more.

And I did the following games for Challenge Me:

Back to Bed

Back to Bed

7/10
2.9 hours
16 of 20 achievements

Solid puzzle plattformer. Isn't too hard, at least outside of Nightmare mode.
Haven't tried Nightmare mode yet.

35MM

35MM

4/10
1.0 hours
3 of 20 achievements

Walking-Sim that is only available in Russian with bad English subtitles. After an hour I was so bored I gave up. A lot of running around with not a lot to do.

And a last one I have not finished yet:

Stories: The Path of Destinies

Stories: The Path of Destinies

9/10
7.9 hours
31 of 37 achievements

Not quite finished yet. Will finsih it this month. Really like it so far. A bit like Groundhog Day. Just funnier XD

All in all a really good month game wise.

Update 5: Purchases and wins for the last month

I’ve decided to split the posts since they got too long XD
So from now on I will make one post at the end of the month with all my beaten/completed games and what I thought about them and one post in the middle of the month with new purchases and wins from the previous month up to that date.

This post will be about the purchases/wins starting from March 1st until today (since I did the wins for last month already).

My steamgift wins:

5 wins so far. Seems to be a good month :)

About the wins:
Silence: I was interested in this game for some time and will probably play this next month.
Solitaire Club: A nice little card game.
Age of Wonders III: Tried to win this for some time. Looks like a nice strategy game, which I like very much.
Borderlands 2: Mechromancer Pack: Couldn’t have come at a better time, since I’m playing Borderlands2 right now :)
Breach: Took part in this GA impulsively. Liked the trailer, so we’ll see what I think about it.

Other purchases (Humble,Fanatical,Steam):

So this makes 13 new purchases/wins for this month and I’ve beaten/completed 3 games so far and working on the 4th. So unfortunately for this month my backlog seems to grow by at least +10 new games. I’ll keep you posted XD

Update 4 : February 2019

Another month over and here is the list of games I played this month :

Angel's Love

Angel's Love

1/10
0.2 hours
100 of 100 achievements

This Visual Novel is one of the worst games I've ever played. Basically just some text that you have to read and that's it. The story is not really interesting and the visuals are mostly consisting of a few backgrounds where the text is diplayed. If you reach the end all achievements are given at once.

I absolutely not recommend this game.

I had to play two Playing Appreciated wins this month. I enjoyed both mostly:

Majesty 2

Majesty 2

9/10
15.6 hours
no achievements

I really enjoyed this game. I played through all the campains. They are all different enough so that it does not get boring. It can take a bit getting used to that you cannot control your heroes, but the concept is really interesting. You have to plant flags and give money to the flags in order to attract the heroes.

Sonic Adventure DX

Sonic Adventure DX

5/10
7.9 hours
5 of 15 achievements

This game is full of glitches. Walls where you can walk through, rails that do not hold you, the camera is glitchy too. I fell over the edges so many times, it isn't funny anymore. Maybe I'm just too old to enjoy a game like this. I remember playing Sonic on the Dreamcast when I was a child and I really enjoyed it. Maybe my expectations have just grown and I want more from a game nowadays.

I stopped playing when I reached the end boss and could not finish one round of attacks and always fell down.

I also played all my Play or Pay choices:

Hero of the Kingdom II

Hero of the Kingdom II

9/10
7.2 hours
48 of 48 achievements

Absolutely loved the game. In my opinion it's a mix of a hidden object game and a point and click adventure with a nice story and some nice plot twists. If you like HOG with a bit of story then I recommend this game.

The Painscreek Killings

The Painscreek Killings

10/10
14.4 hours
33 of 33 achievements

I really liked the game, though keeping your own notebook is greatly advised. Otherwise, you will definitely loose track of some clues.

The game basically consists of walking through the abandoned town of Painscreek and trying to find clues on who killed a woman five years prior. You will find that out by finding keys, newsletter articles and diaries of all the people involved (and there are a lot of people involved, so definitely keep your own notes). Some riddles are easy others are more difficult, but if you get stuck, simply visit the discussion forums on steam. You will get help there.

Some things I didn't really like:

  • The music is on an endless loop and to be honest after several hours it is nerve wracking. Some variety would be better.
  • You keep an ingame journal (and a camera), but nothing that can keep track of all the different people. Would have been great if something like a character tree would have been implemented or an option to keep your own notes ingame
  • Why are packed cartons in every house? If the inhabitants left, why did they not take their stuff with them. I can understand it that you might leave a thing or two, but it looked more like people were evacuated then if they actually simply had left the town.

I'm a bit on the fence about the ending. It was completely different to the rest of the game.

Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee

6/10
46.2 hours
31 of 35 achievements

It's a decent platformer, though the camera is glitchy at least on PC. This makes gameplay really hard sometimes. Also the open world concept was not really my cup of tea. There is no real red line to follow and in order to find everything it takes ages. Sometimes the challenges to get the pagies are easy as cake and others are so hard that it took me 30 minutes just for one little pagie and for some I've simply given up. Also the Kartos mine cart challenge in world 4 is crazy and you have to defeat it in order for the boss to appear.
It took me also 6 hours to defeat the final boss. It has 4 stages and if you die you have to start all over again. A savepoint after the third stage would have been really helpful.

Other games I finished :

Luxor 3

Luxor 3

8/10
11.2 hours
no achievements

I'm a fan of games like this and this one was really great. The game consists of different game modes in eleven stages. A normal mode, where you have to dismantle the queue, a puzzle mode, where you have to dismantle the queues with a certain number of stones, a mode, where the queues grow again and again and you have to dismantle a certain queue at the top, a mode, where suddenly stones appear in the path and the queue changes direction.
All these different modes bring great variety into the game. Also, the special game pieces are very nice.

Robot Squad Simulator 2017

Robot Squad Simulator 2017

5/10
12.5 hours
9 of 12 achievements

Interesting game. I wish the controlls were better. The different scenarios are nice, but the clunky controlls are really getting to you and make the game harder than it has to be.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to play more of :

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition

    19.4 hours playtime

    10 of 47 achievements

  • Maybe I will have more time next month.

    I was also really lucky this last week and won a bunch of games on Steamgifts:

    I will probably play some of them next month, but have not decided which.

    Update 3, January 2019

    As promised to myself I played more Castlevania Lords of Shadow : Ultimate Edition

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition

    9/10
    19.4 hours
    10 of 47 achievements

    Still like it very much. Hopefully will be finishing it in February, baring any major wins. For more comprehensive review please check our my December Update.

    but not as much as I’d like since I won a bunch of games in my Playing Appreciated group that needed playing. Click on banners for reviews. So here goes all the games I played for PA:

    Sword of Asumi

    Sword of Asumi

    6/10
    3.8 hours
    22 of 22 achievements

    Was an OK Visual Novel. A bit on the short end. Complete playtime to get all achievements was under 4 hours.

    Husk

    Husk

    3/10
    2.6 hours
    4 of 14 achievements

    Not really fun to play.

    OK. I give up. After several tries to get out of the police station, I even watched several walkthrough videos on youtube, but for some reason it did not work like in the videos, I finally get out of there, just to end up in some caves. I can't get out of the caves, since the exit is blocked by a monster, that you can not sneak past (believe me I tried and it will kill you every time). So you have to kill that thing, problem though I don't have any ammo and I checked every spot where ammo should be, but none is to be found.

    So after running around for half an hour in a dark cave I give up :(

    Game is not really fun to play. Too frustrating in my opinion. Controlls also lack, they are too clunky. If you are not standing in exactly the right angle in front of an object you won't be able to interact. Can make gameplay quite frustrating.

    7 Wonders II

    7 Wonders II

    8/10
    6.1 hours
    no achievements

    Like these types of games so I was happy with this win. Nice old-style match-3 game.

    7 Wonders: Ancient Alien Makeover

    7 Wonders: Ancient Alien Makeover

    8/10
    6.3 hours
    20 of 26 achievements

    Like these types of games so I was happy with this win. Nice old-style match-3 game with a twist. Liked the new improved bonus tiles. And also retrieving the building blocks for the wonders by collecting certain tiles is a nice touch. And then building the wonders stone by stone.

    7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour

    7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour

    8/10
    7.1 hours
    no achievements

    Like these types of games so I was happy with this win. Nice old-style match-3 game with a twist. Liked the new improved bonus tiles. And also retrieving the building blocks for the wonders by collecting certain tiles is a nice touch. And then building the wonders stone by stone.

    For February the follwoing games are on my to do list :

    Personal to do list:

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition

    19.4 hours playtime

    10 of 47 achievements

  • PA to do list:

  • Sonic Adventure DX
    Sonic Adventure DX

    0.0 hours playtime

    0 of 15 achievements

  • PoP to do list (either one of those three or all):

    December is nearly over, so a new post with all the games I’ve beaten or completed in the last month:

    • Call of Duty: Ghosts
    • The Walking Dead
    • The Walking Dead : 400 Days
    • 12 Labours of Hercules II: The Cretan Bull
    • Crystals of Time
    Call of Duty: Ghosts

    Call of Duty: Ghosts

    6/10
    6.5 hours
    24 of 40 achievements

    Game is a solid Ego-Shooter though I was anoyed by some of the bugs I encountered, like the audio bug, where the audio gets so distored that you cannot hear anything anymore. And I also ran into a bug where in the second to last mission I couldn't trigger the shot from the space station. Had to reload the game to fix it. If you can live with that then the game is ok. Have not tried the multiplayer though.

    The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead

    9/10
    11 hours
    40 of 40 achievements

    Liked the game a lot. The story is quiet gripping and you feel with the characters. One thing I could not quiet get into were the quick time events. I never liked them in the past and could not really get behind them for this game.

    Another thing that sometimes made me scream at my laptop were the dumb decisions made by the main character, like going out without a weapon in a world full of walkers or taking a small kid with him into an unknown location that could be teeming with walkers. That's just stupid and after several months living in this reality they should not make the same stupid mistakes over and over again. It reminded me a bit of the stupid blond chick in horror movies. But as I said overall I really liked the story. It felt like being immersed in the universe.

    The Walking Dead: 400 Days

    The Walking Dead: 400 Days

    4/10
    2 hours
    8 of 8 achievements

    Some short 5 chapters, each too short to really get into the story. I think it would have been better to just follow 1 instead of 5 stories and flesh this one out. It felt kind of like someone threw just some unfinished storyboards into the ring as a DLC. I would definitly not buy this for full prize. Otherwise it's a nice addition to a great game

    12 Labours of Hercules II: The Cretan Bull

    12 Labours of Hercules II: The Cretan Bull

    8/10
    5.9 hours
    16 of 22 achievements

    Second installment of the 12 Labours of Hercules series. Gameplay is switched up a bit in comparison to the first one. Some new things like the thief who will steal your resources if you do not collect them fast enough. Or the “monsters”, e.g. Hera who will scare your workers. As promised I finished it. Another new thing are the puzzles, though I'm not sure what that is about since I never found all the puzzle pieces of one level.

    Crystals of Time

    Crystals of Time

    4/10
    3.5 hours
    no achievements

    I actually like to play hidden object games from time to time, but this one was not really fun. The description of the objects to search were not really good, too ambigous most of the time, meaning that you can not find anything that you do not know what to look for. Also it was a lot of running around and it was not always clear where to go next, so it was a lot of running though the house and trying to find the next hidden object game.

    A game that I have not yet beaten, because it is not really easy is Ravva and the Cyclops Curse. I like it a lot because it reminds me of the games of my childhood that I played on NES.

    Ravva and the Cyclops Curse

    Ravva and the Cyclops Curse

    9/10
    0.9 hours
    2 of 12 achievements

    This game reminds me a lot of the old NES games I played in my youth. It is just as hard as some of them. It's a nice platformer though I strongly recommend using a gamepad for playing.

    Right now I’m playing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition though I will most likely not finish the game before end of the month. I really like it, but it’s a long one. I’ll finish it then in January.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition

    9/10
    13.8 hours
    5 of 47 achievements

    Well let’s see. November is nearly over and I at least finished 1 game : Star Wars Jedi Knight Academy

    Star Wars Jedi Knight Academy: Even though the game is quite old I still liked it a lot. If you can get over the old graphics the game play is really nice. Especially the lightsaber battles. I pretty much just used the lightsaber for the whole game XD

    And I tried to finish two more:

    Cook, Serve, Delicious: I really like the game, but the achievments are hard to come by. A lot of them are related to building up your restaurant or serving a boatload of items. For example to get your restaurant to level 1 you need to complete 20 in game days as one of the many requirements. I will definitely play more of it in the future, but I only see it as a game I will play every now and then and not trying to grind through.

    12 Labours of Hercules II : The Cretan Bull : Second installment of the 12 Labours of Hercules series. Gameplay is switched up a bit in comparison to the first one. Some new things like the thief who will steal your resources if you do not collect them fast enough. Or the “monsters” who will scare your workers. I really like it and will definitely finish it. Maybe not this month but for sure in December.