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  • Mini Metro

    13 hours playtime

    31 of 57 achievements

  • Broken Lines

    12 hours playtime

    49 of 79 achievements


Busy month at work. Very busy in fact, not fun at all. Aside from that, nothing too exciting/ Just heading to the gym and gaming a bit. I’ve been jumping between games quite a lot though, so not many assassinations this month. In anticipation of Back 4 Blood, I’ve been dipping back into L4D2. Still my favourite online MP game and there are a few new achievements since I last played. I went back to Prey too. Actually, I started the campaign again as I couldn’t remember what the story was, it’s been so long since I played. My progress stalled again though as I got distracted by other games. I didn’t play the games I installed on Gamepass. I guess I should get back to those or just uninstall them if they can’t hold my attention. One other game I went back to was Embr. I only need one more achievement to get 100%. They keep expanding the game which makes the achievement much harder to get than in the past. Needs quite a bit of grinding. If I don’t get it next month, I’ll probably just leave it as ‘beaten’.

I also played a lot of demos from the recent Indie game event on Steam. The only two that stood out were Golf Club Wasteland and Bear and Breakfast, they’ve been added to my wish or watch lists for now. I’ll keep an eye on their progress before deciding if I’ll actually buy or not.


Backlog Additions

I added Blazing Beaks and Broken Lines to my account this month. Broken Lines has already been beaten, I haven’t tried Blazing Beaks yet. It looks like a game that I’ll enjoy, but be very bad at! There are 3-4 games in the sale that I’m interested in picking up. All pretty cheap Indie ones. Not good for my backlog, so I’m waiting until nearer the end of the sale to decide and to see if there are any other good sales from other stores.

  • GRIS

    7 hours playtime

    17 of 17 achievements

  • Super Time Force Ultra

    10 hours playtime

    21 of 33 achievements

  • Zombie Night Terror

    24 hours playtime

    26 of 34 achievements

  • Baba Is You

    15 hours playtime

    11 of 18 achievements

  • Bright Memory

    3 hours playtime

    11 of 12 achievements

  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

    8 hours playtime

    15 of 28 achievements

  • Company of Heroes 2

    66 hours playtime

    103 of 452 achievements


A bit of a mixed month but I’m still slightly ahead with assassinations. I picked up a lot of games (a lot for me, anyway), I beat some games, completed one, and I removed some games from my account. First removal, Scavengers. I only added that last month, but it was free and I decided it wasn’t really for me. I also removed Fibbage. Got it cheap, played a few times and it gets old fast. There’s one more game that I deleted from my library, but if you want to know what it is you’ll have to read what’s below :-P.


Backlog Additions

Traded for Kentucky Route Zero, Black Future 88, and Mini Metro. finally claimed a Humble Choice and got Metro Exodus, saw Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion for a good price and picked it up (It’ll probably be bundled before I get around to playing it!) and I got Vanquish on sale from Steam.

I also tried Crossing Souls on Gamepass. A game that I was initially interested in but was put off by reviews. I’m glad I didn’t buy it. The atmosphere and cut scenes of the game are what attracted me, but the gameplay wasn’t good. I’ve been dipping into Remnant: From the Ashes on Gamepass, which is less creepy that I thought it would be. It’s pretty tough though and I’ve read online it gets very difficult if you stick to single player. I’m still undecided on it. These kind of games are exactly the reason I like Gamepass. I can try things I’m not sure about and then either decide they’re not for me without losing any money, beat them without having to actually buy the game, or I can try before buying on Steam knowing I’ll like them.

  • Untitled Goose Game

    4 hours playtime

    20 of 25 achievements

  • Dishonored 2

    22 hours playtime

    22 of 50 achievements


April saw me reach the ripe old age of 40. Man, where did the time go! I’ve lived in Tokyo for almost 15 years, the whole of my 30s. I am unmarried, childless, and live away from my home country in rented accommodation. Not what I expected when I was younger to be honest, but 90% of the time I’m happy with my choices and love the freedom I have. Big events and birthdays make me think a bit about the future though - health, whether to buy a place, whether I’ll continue to live here, retirement….but I should just push that out of my head and get back to gaming!

I got a deal with Humble Choice back in December and bought 12 months in one go, despite having only ever activated 2-3 months in the last 3 years. March was the perfect month for me to get the game – Control – a game I was very interested in, and the Xcom game which looked okay. Instead, I skipped and played through Control on Gamepass :)

Xbox Game Pass


Backlog Additions

There was a big discount on Desperados 3 at the end of March that I skipped thinking that it was a sign that the game would be in Humble Choice in April. It wasn’t and that low price was actually an error that was only available for a few hours. A bit annoying, but I managed to trade some old bundle keys for it.
I also picked up Scavengers. Initially a key drop on Twitch but soon after free to everyone on Steam. I’ve played a couple of hours. Not sure if I’ll keep it on my account, I haven’t made my mind up about it yet. I’ll probably get sick of it soon and remove it.


Uh-oh…..nothing to report. Hmmm…I played games but didn’t finish any.
I was hoping to finish Control on Microsoft Gamepass, but still have a few missions to go so it will have to wait until next month.
Aside from that, I’ve put some hours into Skul: The Hero Slayer and Fall Guys but not much else.

Backlog Additions

Untitled Goose Game. Short game, but I haven’t finished it yet. Another game for next month’s report maybe!

  • Bone Appetit

    6 hours playtime

    12 of 21 achievements


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.


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


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 :)


Backlog Additions

Nothing this month, whoop!

  • Luckslinger

    16 hours playtime

    4 of 25 achievements


    13 hours playtime

    17 of 24 achievements


    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


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 :)


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


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


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


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!


  • 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



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! :)

288 games (+1 not categorized yet)
7% never played
31% unfinished
47% beaten
12% completed
2% won't play