samwise84’s profile

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 (right now I am at at least 1 each week), 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 (though I have beaten far more than that in the past year). 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).

What I want to achieve in 2021

  • get my SG win played percentage up to 70% (it took a nosedive during the holiday season again due to some crazy friends) at 58% atm
  • wrangle my backlog into submission and make him stop screaming 😱

Update 80: Januar 1st to 15th

Well the first month of this year started about as “bad” for the backlog as the last month ended. Oh well. Can only get better^^

Half-Life 2

PLANET ALPHA

6.5/10
8.2 hours
5 of 16 achievements

I really liked the game visuals, but to be honest I found most of the game to be too hectic since you were chased around by robots or whatever else on the planet was chasing you to enjoy it more. The puzzles once you got the hang of it were not too hard. The standing around to wait until emenies disappeared or looked away where sometimes annoying. Overall it is an okay platformer. Still have not really figured out how to get all the achievements without consulting a guide. They are all somehow connected to collectables so you could possibly do a runthrough without getting any.

Half-Life 2

Felix the Reaper

7/10
4.3 hours
8 of 26 achievements

A fun, sometimes quite complecated puzzle game. Enjoyed it once I understood how it worked. Will probably get back to it to play the harder levels too.

Half-Life 2

Dead Island Definitive Edition

8.5/10
41.1 hours
29 of 57 achievements

After playing all the HOGs in December I needed something completely different. So I decided to go with one of my oldest unplayed wins and hack and slash some zombies. And that was exactly what I did. I loved to hack and slash their legs and arms apart. I am evil, I know ^^
I actually enjoyed getting in the thick of it far more than blowing their brains out XD
I enjoyed my time with this game immensly. Can't say anything about coop though, except one random stranger joining in, and they mostly just stood around doing nothing. Might get back to it to do some arena stuff.



Overall Backlog Progress:+0,01% change to last times unfinished/never played games (69,06% unfinished games)

15.66% (166/1060)
13.11% (139/1060)
4.91% (52/1060)
64.15% (680/1060)
2.17% (23/1060)


Overall SG Wins Progress:+2,25% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,97% unfinished games)

34.83% (101/290)
22.07% (64/290)
1.72% (5/290)
40.00% (116/290)
1.38% (4/290)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 8 games and 1 DLC since the last update and was gifted 1 game and won another in a group event. And I've beaten 3 games, so that makes a total of +7 for that timeframe and a +7 for Janaury.

SG wins: And a gift from adam1224 and a win from the QGG special winter games


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing atm will be busy with other games

PoP: thanks to CalculonJones & Laura for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Monthly in A Month:

Just for fun:

Update 79: 2020 is done and over: A year in the life of my backlog 2.0

The year is over. A lot of bad things happened. I was extra busy due to the pandemic and still managed a decent amout of games.

In the last year I've completed 108 games and beaten 68 games. That's a total of 176 retired games, nearly double of what I did last year.

For SG wins I went from 58,13% of unfinished or never touched wins to 41,72% (a 16,41% drop). And for the overall backlog from 82,58% of unfinished or never touched games to 69,05% (a 13,53% drop), I would call that a nice progress. Since I've beaten/completed so many games I am not gonna list them all. Too much work XD

Current Progress January 2021

Overall Backlog Progress:

15.81% (166/1050)
12.95% (136/1050)
4.86% (51/1050)
64.19% (674/1050)
2.19% (23/1050)
Overall SG Wins Progress:

34.83% (101/290)
22.07% (64/290)
1.72% (5/290)
40.00% (116/290)
1.38% (4/290)


Progress in January 2020

Overall Backlog Progress:

7.06% (58/821)
8.28% (68/821)
6.09% (50/821)
76.49% (628/821)
2.07% (17/821)
Overall SG Wins Progress:

19.86% (28/141)
19.15% (27/141)
2.13% (3/141)
56.03% (79/141)
2.84% (4/141)

Update 78: December 17th to 31st

I am not sure if my friends love me or hate my backlog, but they are definitly some of the craziest people I know. Between Christmas, Secret Santa’s and wins I added 32 new games to my backlog. So far I have not bought one thing in the sale for myself…
Decided to not do any reviews this time around, because too much to do. If you are interested in any of the games feel free to ask.

Half-Life 2

The Shapeshifting Detective

6.5/10
11.9 hours
21 of 21 achievements

Nice idea, acting could have been improved. And I hated the RNG achievement that required me to get a specific murderer. took me 19 tries and a lot of reloading.

Half-Life 2

Mind's Eye: Secrets of the Forgotten

5/10
4.1 hours
no achievements

weird fragments around the mouse pointer, makes it hard to see anything

Half-Life 2

Unsolved Mystery Club: Ancient Astronauts (Collector´s Edition)

5/10
6.2 hours
no achievements
Half-Life 2

Sinister City

4/10
3.2 hours
16 of 17 achievements

Got all the achievments but for some reason the last only shows in the activity feed, it is a known bug though.

Half-Life 2

Island Tribe

7/10
7.2 hours
no achievements

Nice little time management game.

Half-Life 2

The Secret Order 6: Bloodline

7/10
4.8 hours
28 of 28 achievements
Half-Life 2

Demon Hunter 5: Ascendance

7/10
4.8 hours
24 of 24 achievements
Half-Life 2

Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala

7/10
5.1 hours
34 of 34 achievements
Half-Life 2

Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink

4.2 hours
19 of 19 achievements


Overall Backlog Progress:+0,03% change to last times unfinished/never played games (69,05% unfinished games)

15.81% (166/1050)
12.95% (136/1050)
4.86% (51/1050)
64.19% (674/1050)
2.19% (23/1050)
Overall SG Wins Progress:-1,49% change to last times unfinished/never played games (41,72% unfinished games)

34.83% (101/290)
22.07% (64/290)
1.72% (5/290)
40.00% (116/290)
1.38% (4/290)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 10 games since the last update and was gifted 22 games. I clearly have crazy friends. And I've beaten 9 games, so that makes a total of +23 for that timeframe and a +21 for December *shakes head*

SG wins: Then I had some really nice secret santa's. Thanks to Py and Ghostnight: My crazy mouse mistress's christmas gifts: And my equally crazy dutch alien (PV) christmas gifts : And even more christmas gifts from Cece09, Moony1986 and Tewam :


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing atm will be busy with other games

PoP: thanks to CalculonJones & Laura for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun:

Update 77: December 1st to 16th

Well December started not as good as I hoped it would. Even though I was on vacation I did not really get that many games beaten as I would have liked :(

Half-Life 2

The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game

6/10
0.8 hours
6 of 6 achievements

Not bad and not overly good point and click. Kinda cute, but rather short.

Half-Life 2

Phantom Doctrine

7/10
88.3 hours
26 of 47 achievements

A strategic turn-based espionage thriller set at the peak of the Cold War. Gameplay reminded me a lot of XCOM. Did a lot of side missions, but after a while it gets repetetive. It is basically choose your team, go to place X, either kill all oponents or find certain things, evacuate. Overall I liked the game.

Half-Life 2

Cobi Treasure Deluxe

4/10
1.0 hours
no achievements

A mix of tetris and match 3. Not bad but definity also not that good.

Half-Life 2

Mahjong Destiny

5/10
9.3 hours
no achievements

A decent mahjong game. Just ignore the story.

Half-Life 2

Disney's The Jungle Book

8/10
1.5 hours
no achievements

What a blast from the past. I remember playing that game on my game boy as a kid. Just don't ever try to play it with keyboard and mouse. With controller it is fine.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,4% change to last times unfinished/never played games (69,03% unplayed games)

15.34% (156/1017)
13.37% (136/1017)
4.82% (49/1017)
64.21% (653/1017)
2.26% (23/1017)
Overall SG Wins Progress:-1,19% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,21% unplayed games)

32.50% (91/280)
22.86% (64/280)
1.07% (3/280)
42.14% (118/280)
1.43% (4/280)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 3 games since the last update. And I've beaten 5 games, so that makes a total of -2 for that timeframe and a -2 for December.

SG wins:


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing atm, waiting for the new theme

PoP: thanks to TFrostPG & emymer for challenging me All done! Wohoo!

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun:

Update 76: November 19th to 30th

This month wasn’t too good on my backlog. Got a total of 7 more new games than I played :(

Half-Life 2

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

9/10
34.0 hours
57 of 99 achievements

What a great game. People that like the other two newer Tomb Raider titles will probably love this one too. Though it has less shooter aspects and goes back to more an adventure feel. I enjoyed it greatly. But don't expect anything too new from it. The story is as usual a bit out there. With some supernatural aspects.

Half-Life 2

Torchlight

7.5/10
23.5 hours
28 of 66 achievements

A great blast from the past. Played this when it first came out. It plays just like Diabolo ;)
A thing I hated was the inability to sort your inventory with one click, it gets annoying. Also the drops could be better fitting to your level. But overall it is a still a good game.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,07% change to last times unfinished/never played games (69,43% unplayed games)

14.99% (152/1014)
13.31% (135/1014)
4.83% (49/1014)
64.60% (655/1014)
2.27% (23/1014)
Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,08% change to last times unfinished/never played games (44,4% unplayed games)

31.41% (87/277)
22.74% (63/277)
1.08% (3/277)
43.32% (120/277)
1.44% (4/277)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 4 games since the last update. And I've beaten 2 games, so that makes a total of +2 for that timeframe and a +7 for November. Need to do better in December...who am I kidding XD

SG wins:
  • Imperator: Rome

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 57 achievements

  • Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Mahjong Destiny

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Demon Hunter 5: Ascendance

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 24 achievements



Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing atm, waiting for the new theme

PoP: thanks to TFrostPG & emymer for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun:

Update 75: November 8th to 18th

Damn this past 10 days were not good for my backlog. American Truck Simulator brought out a new DLC and I went down the rabbit hole,

Half-Life 2

Trine 2

7/10
12.5 hours
24 of 97 achievements

Did it in single player which was pretty tough. You can really feel that this game was meant to be played in coop. Overall I liked the game a lot. Hopefully it will be even better when played with a friend.

The end bosses weren't that hard once you understand the mechanics. Found some of the puzzles a lot harder, but most likely only because I was playing alone.

American Truck Simulator - Colorado

American Truck Simulator - Colorado

9/10
40.4 hours
7 of 7 achievements

I love ATS, so when the DLC came out I had to play it at once. And then I went down the rabbit hole that is ATS for me. I played it non stop for several days. I liked it as always, but some of the achievements really annoyed me, since it was not really stated clearly what they wanted to be done. And with deliveries of 30min+ it is not nice to have to redo them several times because you delivered to a place that did not count. Otherwise it is beautifula s always.



Overall Backlog Progress:0,1% change to last times unfinished/never played games (69,5% unplayed games)

15.05% (152/1010)
13.17% (133/1010)
4.85% (49/1010)
64.65% (653/1010)
2.28% (23/1010)
Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,87% change to last times unfinished/never played games (44,32% unplayed games)

31.87% (87/273)
22.34% (61/273)
1.10% (3/273)
43.22% (118/273)
1.47% (4/273)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 6 games since the last update. And I've beaten 1 games, so that makes a total of +5 for that timeframe and a +5 for November so far.

SG wins:


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing atm, waiting for the new theme

PoP: thanks to TFrostPG & emymer for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun:

Update 74: November 1st to 7th

New month, less time. Pre-christmas time and another lockdown (which means more work for me and not less) are eating up a lot of my time. We’ll see how much time I will still have.

Half-Life 2

The Waters Above: Prelude

7/10
0.4 hours
no achievements

A cute, very short (introductory) VN. Basically a get to know all characters story. Unfortunately the whole VN will never see the light of day :(

Half-Life 2

Eternal Hour: Golden Hour

7/10
2.5 hours
6 of 6 achievements

A pre-quel to Eternal Hour consisting of two stories preceding the story of Eternal Hour. One about the boys aunt and how she became his guardian and one about the protagonist of the main game. Liked both stories

Half-Life 2

DoraKone

7/10
2.5 hours
no achievements

Basically Pokemon Go but with dragons where all protagonists are cute lesbians XD

Half-Life 2

Forgotten Places: Regained Castle

8/10
8.0 hours
35 of 35 achievements

A nice HOG, with some more difficult puzzles. Unfortunately I am really bad at sliding puzzles. Took me nearly 2h to get that one right :(
Still I enjoyed it a lot.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,3% change to last times unfinished/never played games (69,4% unplayed games)

15.15% (152/1003)
13.16% (132/1003)
4.99% (50/1003)
64.41% (646/1003)
2.29% (23/1003)
Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,27% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,45% unplayed games)

32.58% (87/267)
22.47% (60/267)
1.50% (4/267)
41.95% (112/267)
1.50% (4/267)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 3 games and was gifted 1 by EliasKir since the last update. And I've beaten 4 games, so that makes a total of 0 for that timeframe and a 0 for November so far.

SG wins:
  • Forgotten Places: Regained Castle

    8.0 hours playtime

    35 of 35 achievements

  • King's Bounty: Crossworlds

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Cobi Treasure Deluxe

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements



Gifts:
Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing atm, waiting for the new theme

PoP: thanks to TFrostPG & emymer for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun:

Update 73: October 19th to 31st

Still on a roll here. More played than added for this month :D
I’ve beaten/completed 11 games this month and won/bought a total of 9 games.

11.3 hours
8.5/10 ⭐
Played on Steam

This is the continuation of the first part. You now play as Clem and have to make some decisions a little kid should never have to do. Really loved it. Not gonna get in more detail because that would probably spoil the story for some.


Half-Life 2

Night Call

6.5/10
15.1 hours
18 of 45 achievements

The first murders can be solved in about 3h, but getting all entries is tedious. I am on the fence if I like this game or not. Some stories are really good, others not so much.

Half-Life 2

Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ

6.5/10
23.4 hours
34 of 34 achievements

Puzzles are okay, the gimmick of having to shoot zombies while puzzeling is okay in the lower levels, after that it just gets annoying and I am glad that you could turn it off. Hated the menu minigame. Whoever though it was a good idea to have to kill waves after waves of zombies for nearly 2h without any break needs to be shot. Had to redo it 3 times because I narrowly missed the goal by a few.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,18% change to last times unfinished/never played games (69,7% unplayed games)

14.80% (148/1000)
13.20% (132/1000)
4.80% (48/1000)
64.90% (649/1000)
2.30% (23/1000)
Overall SG Wins Progress:-0,12% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,18% unplayed games)

32.58% (86/264)
22.73% (60/264)
0.76% (2/264)
42.42% (112/264)
1.52% (4/264)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 3 games and bought 1 since the last update. And I've beaten 3 games, so that makes a total of +1 for that timeframe and a -2 for October.

SG wins:

Games I bought:


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing atm, waiting for the new theme

PoP: thanks to TFrostPG & emymer for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun:

Update 72: October 10th to 18th

Still on a roll here. More played than added :D

Half-Life 2

Zombie Shooter

4/10
1.8 hours
no achievements

This game is a mess. Got a bug that when I died the game crashed. Also you get stuck on walls all the time. There are definitly better games out there.

Half-Life 2

Alien Shooter

6/10
3.5 hours
9 of 17 achievements

Better than Zombie Shooter, but achievements are shit. Played throught the game campaign twice and still missing a lot of them since there simply are not enough barrels and crates to destroy :(

Half-Life 2

Spec Ops: The Line

7/10
14.3 hours
45 of 50 achievements

Nice enough shooter with a good story. Had fun playing it :)

Half-Life 2

CUPID - A free to play Visual Novel

6/10
11.0 hours
67 of 67 achievements

Nice VN, not the best I've read, but far from the worst.

Half-Life 2

Lake of Voices

7/10
7.2 hours
24 of 24 achievements

Liked this VN a bit better. Has some nice twist and turns.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,65% change to last times unfinished/never played games (69,88% unplayed games)

14.66% (146/996)
13.15% (131/996)
4.82% (48/996)
65.06% (648/996)
2.31% (23/996)
Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,33% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,3% unplayed games)

32.57% (85/261)
22.61% (59/261)
0.77% (2/261)
42.53% (111/261)
1.53% (4/261)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 3 games since the last update. And I've beaten 5 games, so that makes a total of -2 for that timeframe and a -3 for October.

SG wins:


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly:

PoP: thanks to TFrostPG & emymer for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: : Nothing more planned atm

Just for fun:

Update 71: October 1st to 9th

So far it started not too bad. Won 2 games and played 3. Can go on like this as far as I care.

Half-Life 2

MagiCat

7/10
20.7 hours
8 of 24 achievements

A super cute, but in the later chapters rather difficult puzzle platformer. Enjoyed it but damn some of those bosses are hard.

Half-Life 2

Love is Dead

8/10
15.8 hours
24 of 36 achievements

A great puzzle game, I really liked it and had fun in single player, though I think it will be more fun in co-op.
Only downside is that you cannot save your progress in the level, e.g. in the longer levels you will loose all progress and have to start at the beginning, which was quite annoying sometimes. Also apparently one of the achievements is still bugged.

Half-Life 2

The Walking Dead: Michonne

8/10
3.9 hours
21 of 21 achievements

Like the game. Michonne is an interesting character, though they should have gone a bit more into her backstory. The story is failry short, 3 instead of 5 episodes you usually have in Telltale games. Another point I missed was being able to compare your stats with friends. since the servers are down.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,24% change to last times unfinished/never played games (70,29% unplayed games)

14.40% (143/993)
12.99% (129/993)
4.83% (48/993)
65.46% (650/993)
2.32% (23/993)
Overall SG Wins Progress:-0,33% change to last times unfinished/never played games (42,64% unplayed games)

32.95% (85/258)
22.87% (59/258)
0.78% (2/258)
41.86% (108/258)
1.55% (4/258)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 2 games since the last update. And I've beaten 3 games, so that makes a total of -1 for that timeframe and a -1 for October.

SG wins:
  • Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Grand Theft Auto V

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 77 achievements



Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing so far

PoP: thanks to TFrostPG & emymer for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: : Nothing more planned atm

Just for fun: