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  • Bone Appetit

    6 hours playtime

    12 of 21 achievements

February

Not much here this month! Work was pretty busy and I wasn’t really in the mood for gaming. I’ve been jumping between a few games, but just one to report.

Steam

Backlog Additions

No additions, but I have been playing a bit of Deep Rock Galactic during the free weekend. I tried it on Gamepass a while back too. Will probably pick it up if I enjoy this weekend, although I’ve just been playing solo so far. I should try MP.

  • Yuppie Psycho

    9 hours playtime

    23 of 48 achievements

  • PixelJunk™ Shooter Ultimate

    23 hours playtime

    18 of 27 achievements

  • Wreckfest

    35 hours playtime

    18 of 20 achievements

January

No real news. 2021 feels a lot like 2020 so far (-.-;)
A couple of days early with this update as I haven’t played much this week so it’s unlikely I’ll make any more progress.
Still busy at work, but what I’m working on has changed a little so slightly less monotonous. It’s not going to quieten down much in the next few months and I have a lot of holidays to use up before April. Can’t travel anywhere at the moment due to the pandemic, so a lot of random days and afternoons off in February and March.
Hope all your 2021 has started well. Stay safe everyone :)

Steam

Backlog Additions

Nothing this month, whoop!

  • Luckslinger

    16 hours playtime

    4 of 25 achievements

  • DEADBOLT

    13 hours playtime

    17 of 24 achievements

  • RUINER

    7 hours playtime

    12 of 33 achievements

  • Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians

    7 hours playtime

    11 of 15 achievements

  • Poker Night 2

    16 hours playtime

    17 of 18 achievements

  • Portal 2

    16 hours playtime

    20 of 51 achievements

  • Bastion

    10 hours playtime

    10 of 24 achievements

  • Titan Attacks

    13 hours playtime

    39 of 47 achievements

  • Defense Grid: The Awakening

    36 hours playtime

    58 of 87 achievements

  • Ultratron

    8 hours playtime

    32 of 67 achievements

  • Batman: Arkham City GOTY

    27 hours playtime

    29 of 64 achievements

  • Urban Trial Freestyle

    10 hours playtime

    8 of 12 achievements

  • Revenge of the Titans

    15 hours playtime

    51 of 77 achievements

  • Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

    17 hours playtime

    no achievements

December

A successful month. I went back to a lot of old games that I had stopped playing for one reason or another. I was pretty close to the end in a few of them, which helped me assassinate so many games. It’s satisfying to remove these older games too. I’ve kept the notes on each game very short as there area lot and I don’t normally have a lot to say anyway! I feel I’m usually just giving impressions and making excuses for not getting more achievements :)

Steam

Backlog Additions

I won Doom Eternal on SteamGifts! Whoo-hoo! I enter very few giveaways these days, only ones that I really want. In fact, this is my only win of 2020. I had one win in 2019, and one in 2018. I also got Skul: The Hero Slayer as a gift, and bought myself Bone Apetit as it was very cheap on sale. I’m very picky when it comes to getting games these days, as I’m trying to clear the backlog and have found there are a lot of games I got in the past that I don’t particularly like. So I’m glad the gift was chosen from my wish list and not a random game!

I also bought a new PC. My third build. In my first two builds I moved from ATX to micro-ATX and this time went for an ITX build. Stock of new Nvidia cards aren’t too bad in Japan. It’s difficult to get 3080s, but I didn’t have much problem sourcing a 5600X and a RTX 3070. Not the most powerful and I’m sure the new models coming next year will be even better, but a big improvement on my current PC and enough power for me. I also ended up buying a new desk and rearranging things so I could fit my new set up and the work PC on one desk. Pretty expensive month, but never mind! Only one vacation this year, so it all balances out and the next couple of months should be quiet.

Progress in 2020
I keep a tab of my statistics in my profile page on BLAEO, but I like to post it at the end of every year. Good progress this year, probably helped by working at home and long periods of not being able to go out and do much.

Beginning of 2020 - 261 games
3% won't play
14% never played
51% unfinished
23% beaten
9% completed
Beginning of 2021 - 276 games
3% won't play
5% never played
36% unfinished
43% beaten
12% completed


  • Borderlands 2

    71 hours playtime

    38 of 75 achievements

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

    30 hours playtime

    26 of 63 achievements

  • Dishonored®: Death of the Outsider™

    15 hours playtime

    15 of 30 achievements

  • Dust: An Elysian Tail

    17 hours playtime

    23 of 30 achievements

November

Still working from home, as I imagine most people are. I messed my back up and ended up in hospital for 5 days during November which wasn’t fun but thankfully it’s nothing that won’t heal. I’m on the mend and am basically back to normal movement but it’ll be a while before I feel like I can do any exercise or put any stress on those muscles. Fingers crossed for a full recovery in December. Anyway, onto the games. Mostly finishing old games this month, feels good to clear some of these from the backlog!

Xbox Game Pass

Steam

Backlog Additions

Nothing this month. I didn’t see anything in the sales that I really wanted, The winter sale may be more tempting but I guess we’ll see soon enough! :)

  • Reventure

    20 hours playtime

    101 of 101 achievements

  • Fallout 3 - Game of the Year Edition

    27 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

    17 hours playtime

    26 of 41 achievements

  • Toki Tori 2+

    14 hours playtime

    24 of 38 achievements

  • Gemini Rue

    5 hours playtime

    15 of 15 achievements

  • One Finger Death Punch

    18 hours playtime

    87 of 152 achievements

  • XCOM 2

    39 hours playtime

    31 of 88 achievements

  • SteamWorld Dig 2

    10 hours playtime

    18 of 34 achievements

September/October

So, looks like I forgot to post my September games, which makes this longer than normal. Work has been busy and I doubt I’ll assassinate any more games in the next week, so I’m posting a little before the end of the month to make sure I don’t forget again! . I haven’t been very active in October because of work, which also helps to limit the length of this post a little.

Backlog Additions

I traded most of the ‘desirable’ games I had left in my key collection this month and picked up HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed, Bright Memory, Breathedge, Among Us, and a I bought a rare non-Steam game that I’m actually playing Red Dead Redemption 2. I rarely mention games from other platforms in my posts here as they’ve largely sat unplayed and I haven’t counted them in my backlog!

Steam

  • Yakuza Kiwami

    31 hours playtime

    30 of 55 achievements

  • Darksiders

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 43 achievements

  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition

    21 hours playtime

    23 of 43 achievements

  • Offspring Fling!

    10 hours playtime

    3 of 10 achievements

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    23 hours playtime

    40 of 99 achievements

August

Steam

Yakuza Kiwami
I really enjoyed Yakuza 0. There were some repetitive elements, but as a whole it had quite varied gameplay and the story was fun. I played for 65 hours to get 56% of achievements. That’s a lot more than I play in most games, but it only started to feel boring towards the end of that play time.

Yakuza Kiwami is a much shorter game, 33 hours to get 56% of achievements, but the repetitiveness meant it felt much longer than the first game. The first was set in two cities and you controlled two different characters, the property and hostess bars were fun mini management games within the main story. These elements helped to keep it interesting. Kiwami was based in one city, didn’t have these management elements, and it was pretty much the same map from the first game. There were a lot of the same characters, and some of the fetch quests were very repetitive - “Get me some tissues, thanks. Get me some more tissues, thanks. Oh, can I have some more tissues? Best get me two packs”. There were 2-3 moments like this, no reason for them at all and they were very frustrating.

I’m complaining, but I did like it enough to beat the main story and poured a lot of time into it. It was okay in short bursts and I could just play for an hour beating people up and didn’t really have to think. So, it’s off my backlog and I’ve removed Yakuza Kiwami 2 from my wishlist as I’ve had enough of the series!

Darksiders / Darksiders Warmastered Edition

An old Steam Gifts win from 2012. I won the basic version of the game and the Warmastered edition was a free upgrade in 2016. I guess I didn’t play it at all before that upgrade, 4 years without playing a win, terrible behaviour!

I put most of the time into this game last month, but did the last few hours to finish the main story this month. Hack and slash game with a decent story. Pretty difficult at parts, but I had most trouble with bosses before the final 2-3. The basic controls were fine but secondary weapon aiming with the analogue stick was difficult. Not the sort of game I’d normally get, but this win was from back in my early days of SG when I entered for a lot of games without thinking too much about it (16 of my 20 wins were in 2012-2013).

It’s a little annoying that the achievements only appear on one version of the game, but there’s not much I can do about it and I won’t be sinking another 20+ hours into the other version of the game. Another two games marked as beaten.

Offspring Fling!

I’d tried this a few times before, but struggled as I couldn’t get my controller to work with it. This time, I abandoned the game settings and used Joy2Key instead.
A puzzle-platformer. It was one of those games where you get stuck on a level for what feels like forever, but then realise it’s only been 10 minutes because each run is so short. There are 100 basic levels, I got through them pretty steadily and only needed to get hints for about 5-10 of them. There are ‘bonus’ levels, but they require you to beat regular levels within set times. I only managed a handful on my first run and fewer than 2% of people have managed to beat these bonus levels, so I’m not gonna try! Despite the low number of achievements, the main game has been finished and it’s ‘beaten’.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Bought this on the strength of Tomb Raider, which I picked up for free and really enjoyed. This didn’t disappoint. Mainly more of the same, but it was all good stuff. I don’t have much to add on top of the last review. Pretty good story, nice variety of missions without a reliance on fetch and retrieve (take notes Yakuza!). There’s something about the game design that makes it quite involving. Perhaps it’s the voice acting and little extra sounds as you move around, I’m not sure. No other game series has given the feeling of claustrophobia or a sense of urgency as I swim and possibly run out of air, so whatever it is it works well with me. I didn’t really go out of my way to get achievements, so there are a few more I could probably get without trying too hard but 40% is respectable and above my average so I’m gonna leave it at that for now.

Backlog Additions

Fall Guys and Embr. Probably shouldn’t have got these as they will distract me from other single player games with achievements and my backlog in general. I usually try to avoid games that are mainly based on multiplayer as eventually the servers will dry up and they take up a lot of time if I get into them. Fun at the moment though! :)

  • BioShock 2 Remastered

    18 hours playtime

    31 of 53 achievements

  • BioShock 2

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 68 achievements

  • BioShock Infinite

    15 hours playtime

    26 of 80 achievements

  • Anomaly Warzone Earth

    12 hours playtime

    17 of 42 achievements

July

Short post this month. I’ve been playing quite a lot, but jumping between games a little so I haven’t finished many. Still working at home and it seems like restrictions may be reimposed in my area, so looks like this year may be a good one for backlog clearing if the pandemic continues!

Removed Games

Men of War

I tried to like this. Put 4 hours into the game, but didn’t get very far. Only managed a couple of levels. I could look beyond the slightly dated graphics and the bad voice acting, but the controls really threw me. Little things like not being able to move the screen around with keys like you can in most RTS games. The tutorial was pretty lacking too. I knew how to do all the basic moves by the end of it, but a lot was missed and nothing felt very intuitive when playing. This was a game I picked up in 2011, so probably partly my fault for not trying it earlier! I’ve lots of half finished RTS games that are a lot more enjoyable, so can’t justify spending any more time on this.

Steam

Bioshock 2/Bioshock 2 Remastered
After beating Bioshock in February, I thought I’d continue with the series. I have two versions of the game and both have achievements, but they don’t sync. I chose to play the remastered version despite reading about stability issues because there are no multiplayer achievements in that version. The game did crash quite a lot, but I just saved often.
Seemed slightly less creepy than the original and playing through it in one go meant I could follow the story more easily (picked up on a saved game years later with the original). I enjoyed it more than the original, but still not one of my favourites despite the cult following. Both marked as beaten and off the backlog.

Bioshock Inifite
By far my favourite in the series. I think the games improved as the series went on. The story was a lot more engaging and the feeling wasn’t as creepy (aside from the madhouse in the Comstock House stage). The auto save function was a little strange and it seems to make it impossible to dip back into different levels to get extra achievements. As far as I can tell, if I go back to the middle of the game I’ll have to play through from that point and later saves will be removed. I probably should have varied my weapons and attack style a little!
This is one of the few games that I would consider going back and playing through again. It was a lot easier than the previous 2 - I played on medium and although I died, it was never more than once in one part of the game, unlike the previous games. I’m not going to dive straight back in though, lots more to deal with in the backlog!

Anomoly Warzone Earth
Simple tower defence game that looks like it was made for smartphones. It was okay. I already had a few hours in the game, so picked up from there to finish the main story mode and the two additional challenges with waves of enemies to ‘beat’ the game.

Backlog Additions

Quite a few this month. Yuppie Psycho, Skater XL, The friends of Ringo Ishikawa, SteamWorld Dig 2, Yakuza Kiwami, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Baba Is You.
I actually bought one more game, Karma City Police, but it wasn’t what I expected. it had pretty good reviews and looked interesting from the screenshots but I probably should have read the reviews a bit more closely. It’s basically a demo at the moment. Early access with a limited area to play, a few small bugs, and a lot of spelling errors. What was functional wasn’t very enjoyable, so after finishing it in 40 mins I got my second ever (?) Steam refund.

  • Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad - Single Player

    13 hours playtime

    26 of 29 achievements

  • Retro City Rampage™ DX

    12 hours playtime

    14 of 20 achievements

  • INSIDE

    6 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

  • Gato Roboto

    8 hours playtime

    8 of 12 achievements

  • Shadow Warrior

    20 hours playtime

    41 of 92 achievements

  • Ultra Street Fighter IV

    11 hours playtime

    9 of 67 achievements

  • Monaco

    18 hours playtime

    6 of 13 achievements

  • Orcs Must Die! 2

    12 hours playtime

    7 of 27 achievements

  • Wings of Prey

    11 hours playtime

    7 of 45 achievements

  • Undertale

    9 hours playtime

    no achievements

June

Busy month on Steam and I could clear quite a few games. If you’ve seen any of my earlier posts, you’ll know I’m not one to chase 100%. In fact, if it’s a game I’m not keen on I’ll keep it on easy difficulty to clear the main story and knock it off the backlog. So, a lot of ‘beaten’ and very few ‘completed’ is the norm.

Removed Games
So, let’s start with the removal of Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45. A pretty dated game, but could still be fun so I attempted to play it and looked into the multiplayer servers a little. It’s a multiplayer only game and all the achievements require 15+ real players, so no way to use bots to activate them. Unfortunately, the servers are pretty dead. There is one Polish group that holds regular online events every week called ‘Red Orchestra All Nations Group’ but the time difference means I can’t get involved in this. The regular ‘FightNights’ are on Fridays 20:00 CET, which is 3am for me, so not really practical. Also, the regular events are not on an achievement server and so the chance to get the achievements are even rarer. I also got the community made mods of Darkest Hour: Europe ‘44-‘45 and Mare Nostrum in the pack that I bought back in 2012, so I’ve removed those too.

Steam

Backlog Additions

None! I added a few demos during the Steam event, but no new games. I’ve resisted the sale so far too, as I want to see what’s in the Humble Choice bundle before I get anything.

  • Geometry Dash

    6 hours playtime

    22 of 120 achievements

  • Stealth Bastard Deluxe

    17 hours playtime

    14 of 27 achievements

  • Out There Somewhere

    3 hours playtime

    13 of 36 achievements

  • Risk of Rain

    17 hours playtime

    5 of 15 achievements

  • Hitman

    15 hours playtime

    28 of 69 achievements

  • Tomb Raider

    24 hours playtime

    28 of 50 achievements

May

A fair few games beaten this month, although I use that word a little loosely. I don’t think any of the real achievement hunters out there would consider any of these games beaten, particularly the first in the list….

Steam

Geometry Dash
Technically, this isn’t ‘beaten’ but I have beaten each of the levels in one way, and I’m sure I will never be able to beat this game in the other mode. I’m probably mostly to do with the type of game (difficult, rhythm platformer) but I think it’s also partly my age! I just don’t have the reactions and rhythm to beat this game.
There are basically two game modes. Practice and regular. Practice is like having unlimited lives and save points throughout the level, and normal is like having one life with no save points. Two extremes. I managed to beat the first level on normal mode, but could only complete the others on practice mode. Even on practice mode, I died 200+ times on these levels! So, technically this should probably be a ‘won’t play’ after putting in my 5 hours of hell, or I should remove it from my account, but at the moment I’m interpreting ‘beaten’ a little loosely and the ‘practice mode’ as equivalent to ‘easy’ in other game types. :)

Stealth Bastard Deluxe

Enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Bought this in 2013, I’d put a few hours into it back then, but guess I somehow deleted my progress as I started from scratch this time. I made decent progress through this. There were a few points when I needed a bit of help online, but most of the time it was trial and error. I think that’s where the enjoyment came from. It was difficult enough to be a challenge, but not so difficult that I got stuck. I beat all the levels. I think most other achievements are for collecting equipment through multiple playthroughs. Leaving it as a simple beaten game for now.

Out There Somewhere

I guess I was pretty far along in this game, despite the short play time. I think I stopped playing as I was stuck. Think I only had one achievement too, but with just an hour or two extra play time I beat the game and got to 13 achievements. More of a puzzle game than anything. It’s alright, but I’m not that big a fan so gonna stop at this point, despite the fact I’ve only got 3.5 hours on record.

Risk of Rain
I remembered this being very difficult. I think I had only played it on standard difficulty using the keyboard. Switched to an Xbox controller this month and was a bit more persistent. Still pretty difficult in the later levels and I could only really get anywhere with the Commando character. Eventually managed to beat the game on easy mode. There doesn’t seem to be an achievement for beating the game and the screenshot function didn’t work (maybe because I was in windowed mode?). Anyway, completing the game unlocked a Sniper character so I know I did actually do it and it wasn’t all a dream!

Hitman
Picked this up this month and dove straight into it. A lot shorter than I anticipated in terms of the number of levels. It’s basically half a game and Hitman 2 continues the story. I’m not very good at the stealth element of the missions, so often I’d start stealthily and end up shooting loudly and running away by the end of the mission. I have a decent number of achievements at 40%, but none of the really difficult ones or higher difficulty level completions. Lots more potential playtime here, but I’m doing my usual trick of marking it as beaten and moving on!

Tomb Raider
Picked this up in March when it was given away for free. Great game, I really enjoyed it. A friend recommended it to me a few years ago actually, but I was put off by the 1996 original and more generally the 3rd person perspective. As a teenager, I didn’t like the original at all and found that the camera angle made manoeuvring, lining up jumps, and combat all very difficult. I’m not sure what’s different with this one, I guess the cross-hairs were a big help with combat and maybe the camera angle was better? Anyway, no major annoyances with gameplay in general. It felt pretty tense at times, the small swimming areas made me feel claustrophobic and something about the game made it very immersive, it might have been the sounds. The only criticism I have is the timed button pressing. Granted, it wasn’t throughout the game (like Dragon’s Lair, a game I hated as a kid!) but I thought it would have been better missed completely. Got most of the single player achievements but a long way from 100% on Steam.

Backlog Additions

There weren’t enough games i was interested in to pick up the Humble Choice May bundle (I’ve skipped every month so far!) but MO:Astray was on my wishlist, so I traded for that. I also picked up the aforementioned Hitman. One more game I added is Project Genesis. I got an early access key, which may carry over to the full game. Not sure about it even before playing, but it interests me enough to get the key while it was free. I’ll just keep it in the library for now and decide whether to give it a shot or not at a later date.

  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

    32 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • PAYDAY: The Heist

    25 hours playtime

    8 of 56 achievements

  • PAYDAY 2

    71 hours playtime

    229 of 1196 achievements

April

Working from home and most places are closed because of the pandemic, so I spent a lot of time gaming this month.

Steam

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Following on from Assassin’s Creed 2 last month, I moved straight onto the next game, and the only other Assassin’s Creed that I have in my Steam collection. More of the same really. Not much difference in terms of graphics or controls. Enjoyed it. Got through the main story and got a few other Uplay achievements on the way. Far from 100% with those, but no Steam achievements, so I get to mark this as Completed. Another game bought in 2012 crossed off the list :)

Payday: The Heist
I actually quite like this game. Reminds me of LFD2, which I played a LOT for about 6 months straight a few years ago. I felt the only bad thing about this game, was the grinding for new perks and weapons. I guess it’s an incentive to keep playing. The online community isn’t very active either.
This was a SG win back in 2012! (shame on me for not beating this sooner). I think extra levels and maybe other things have been added since then. Maybe they were once DLC and became free after Payday 2 was released? There are a LOT of achievements in this game, and I’m not good enough at it or willing to play long enough to get them all. As I can’t ‘Complete it’ I’m classing it as ‘Beaten’ as I managed to clear all the levels. Might not sound like a difficult task, but it took me longer than you’d expect! The multiplayer was pretty dead, so I did a few levels single player but got stuck on 3 on the levels where the I teammates weren’t helping much. Luckily I found a couple of populated online games and got through them.

Payday 2

There was a lot of controversy over this game when it came out regarding microtransactions. I think there have been a lot of changes since then and the majority that remain are aesthetic. I got the game for free on Steam in 2017, but didn’t start playing until this month. I actually ended up buying a DLC pack that included some extra levels just because I was playing so much and had got the original game for free.
Quite a few differences to the original. There are a lot more levels and you can choose to play most levels stealthily or loudly. There are obviously more active players than the original. Some are obviously cheating (hovering around the level, teleporting to different spots etc.), but I don’t think this is really a big issue to most people because you’re not playing against each other. It looks a lot better than the original and there is a lot more replay value. It does feel a bit bloated at times, there are a lot of weapons and mods available for those weapons.
Even more achievements than the original (1196 at the moment!), so no chance of me getting them all! I classed ‘beating’ this game as becoming ‘infamous’ by reaching the reputation level of 100. I think this was the original max level of the game. These days, this isn’t the end of levelling up. There are 25 levels of infamy available at the moment! Anyway, I poured 70+ hours into this game over 2-3 weeks and feel like I’ve experienced pretty much everything available.

Backlog Additions

I bought Fibbage XL to play with friends and family during isolation, Gato Roboto which was on sale (should have waited as it’s free with Alienware as I write this), and Gris which I traded for.

Spring Cleaning

I had another cull. I looked through games I tried and just couldn’t get into or actively disliked. I’m a lot more careful about choosing games these days, so I don’t often get games I dislike any more but these are all games from bundles or ‘classics’ that I bought based on name alone without looking into them carefully.

Removed Games:
Morrowind - I installed this, got a couple of mods for bugs and graphics then booted it up. Gave up after about 20 minutes. Very dated graphics, and far too much reading for me! I’m sure it’s a great game and loved by those who got it when it came out, but 18 years is a long time in the gaming world and I think it’s dated too much for me to enjoy.
Space Pirates and Zombies - is a game I tried a while back, but had absolutely no interest in. In the past, I was going to remove it from my Steam library but as I got it with Humble Bundle 6 it was linked to other games and these would be deleted too (Rochard, Shatter, Torchlight, and Vessel). I’ve completed the only game that I was really interested in from that set (Rochard) and while it’s annoying I’ll lose the game from my library, I think it’s a relatively small price to pay for getting rid of the others!
Hitman 2 Silent assassin - another game that I’m sure I would have liked if I bought it 18 years ago, but today it just feels too clunky and looks bad.
Lead and Gold - Gangs of the Wild West – I think this was the first game I bought through the Steam store. I was a bit suspicious about the process and got what I thought was a cheap, low risk game to try it out. I have 23 hours in it and some of the rarest achievements I own (mainly because nobody plays it!). However, the servers are dead now and it’s a multiplayer only game. It was fun in its time, but now it’s time to say farewell, Lead and Gold.

Hidden Games:
Half Life Deathmatch and Half Life Deathmatch Source are linked to other games in the Orange Box, so I can’t delete them but I’m never going to play them. Hidden on Steam and categorized in ‘Won’t play’ on BLAEO.

Statistics
276 games (+1 not categorized yet)
5% never played
35% unfinished
45% beaten
12% completed
3% won't play