Smythe’s profile


  • Golf Peaks

    3 hours playtime

    12 of 12 achievements

  • The Ramp

    51 minutes playtime

    12 of 12 achievements

  • Kentucky Route Zero

    9 hours playtime

    24 of 24 achievements

  • Sniper Elite 4

    36 hours playtime

    47 of 85 achievements

  • The Darkside Detective

    5 hours playtime

    30 of 30 achievements

  • Inspector Waffles

    3 hours playtime

    15 of 15 achievements

June-July

A bit disorganized in June and I didn’t make much progress in many games, so I went for the two-month report. It does bring the problem of not remembering what I played, but I think I got everything!

I had a weekend away to another area of Japan and stayed near the beach. Still difficult to travel internationally and the prices are crazy, so this was the best I could do for now!

Not much other news. bought a few things for my apartment and did quite a lot of extra work (which helps pay for those things!). My real job has been quiet for a week or so. There will be a very busy period late in August, but for now, I’m enjoying being at a bit of a loose end. That’s given me a bit more time to play games, but this month was not a good one for cutting down the backlog as I bought far more than I beat!

Steam

Backlog Additions

Where to start. I’ve had a decent amount of money sitting in my Steam account for about 3 years that hasn’t really decreased much, so I splurged all that on a few games. Also did some trades… so I bought a silly number of games, 15 in total!
Here they are: Art of Rally, Unsighted, Cavity Busters, Courier of the Crypts, DYSMANTLE, DEATHLOOP, ATOM RPG Trudograd, Olija, Golf Peaks, Necesse, Cyberpunk 2077, Sniper Elite 4 Deluxe Edition, Black Mesa, Wildfire, The Ramp.


  • Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

    3 hours playtime

    9 of 9 achievements

  • ISLANDERS

    11 hours playtime

    26 of 26 achievements

  • Suzerain

    15 hours playtime

    31 of 86 achievements

  • Death's Door

    18 hours playtime

    17 of 24 achievements

May

I usually keep a note of games I’ve played and bought during to help me write this, but was a bit disorganized this month. I think I managed to work out the games I beat/completed though. A few days late with this update too as I was close to beating Death’s Door.

Aside from gaming, what did I do? Hmm….I started Japanese lessons again, online this time. I’ve dipped into them over the years I’ve lived in Tokyo but not been very consistent. My Japanese is ok but not as good as it should be for the amount of time I’ve been here, so this is another attempt to improve a little!

I also signed myself up for some additional health insurance. Coming from the UK, paying for healthcare is always a bit strange (basically it’s free there and paid for by your taxes. While there may be a waiting list for some things, overall it’s pretty amazing). Here I’m in a policy with work where I only have to pay about 30% of treatment costs, which is fine for most things, but if there’s ever something big (touch wood it won’t happen!) then it can get very expensive. As I’m getting on a bit, I thought I should probably be sensible and sort that out. Anyway, that was pretty difficult in Japanese and kind of pushed me back into the lessons a bit too.

The final bit of news, I joined a kickboxing gym again. I’ve been doing it on and off for about 18 years. Most recently, I spent about 2 years just practicing myself with a sandbag in a regular gym. I moved to a different area of Tokyo earlier this year though and Couldn’t get there very easily, so after about 6 months off I’ve joined a place with instructors again. I’m not competing anymore (had an eye operation a few years back, may have partly been down to getting punched for years but can’t say for sure) but I missed it enough to search out a gym and am trying to go at least once a week. Aside from that, busy at work but that’s not new, so onto the games!

Steam

Backlog Additions

After a bad couple of months where I added a lot of games to my library, I was more restrained in May. I only picked up two games, Death’s Door which I’ve already beaten, and Outer Wilds.

  • PGA TOUR 2K21

    24 hours playtime

    25 of 29 achievements

  • Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

    4 hours playtime

    37 of 37 achievements

  • Assemble with Care

    80 minutes playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

  • The Count Lucanor

    6 hours playtime

    32 of 32 achievements

  • ISLANDERS

    11 hours playtime

    26 of 26 achievements

April

Lots of short games this month, so I could 100% some of them and increase the number of games I’ve completed. Whoop!

Hard to remember what happened this month. I continued to buy small things for my apartment (after moving in January), work has been steady (lots of overdue deadlines but at least there have been no new projects suddenly appearing!), I had my third Covid vaccine, and I turned 41. Aside from that, just the usual gaming, going to the gym, trying new restaurants. Oh, I’m trying to get back into studying again. I go through stages of working on my Japanese and times when I don’t really bother, so we”ll see how long it lasts this time!

Steam

Backlog Additions

Once again, I bought more games than I assassinated! This month saw me add these to my library: Dorfromantik, Inspector Waffles, ScourgeBringer, Eastward, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, Core Keeper, and Suzerain. As The Bethesda launcher closed, Fallout 76 was moved across to Steam. I had only put a few hours into it on the other platform, so gonna try and give it a go now it’s on Steam and I feel bad for not playing it!

I've put a bit of time into Scourgebringer and have realized that it's one of those games that I like but am unlikely to ever finish! I've also put some time into Suzerain. It has many different endings. I have a few but am unsure if I'll keep playing to get the others or not at the moment. The others are sitting in my backlog waiting to be played.

  • Partisans 1941

    26 hours playtime

    18 of 31 achievements

  • Golf Club Wasteland

    15 hours playtime

    27 of 27 achievements

  • Sundered: Eldritch Edition

    27 hours playtime

    16 of 20 achievements

  • The Survivalists

    60 hours playtime

    42 of 42 achievements

  • Huntdown

    25 hours playtime

    16 of 19 achievements

  • Maneater

    14 hours playtime

    32 of 44 achievements

February-March

So, I wrote a February post and saved it on my PC but never uploaded it! Getting old and forgetful. At least I still had the draft and could add to it for this post.

I had to use up holidays before the end of the business/academic year at the start of April, so took quite a bit of time off in March. I did a little part-time work and some real-world stuff, so not that much time on gaming but more time than usual. I played Wizard of Legend a lot and collected a lot of achievements, but am still falling short of beating the game. I think I need some luck as I’m not gonna get there on skill alone! Also picked up Back 4 Blood and have been enjoying that in the last week or so. L4D2 vibes which I loved back in the day.

Played quite a lot of demos during the Steam even that was on in February. The two games I was most interested in were Tinykin and Restless Soul, which made it onto my wishlist. Anyway, onto the assassinations…

Steam

Backlog Additions

Oh dear, let’s get this over with shall we…Darksiders Genesis, Curse of the Dead Gods, The Darkside Detective, Batman: Arkham Knight, Borderlands 3, Buddy Simulator 1984, Celeste, Huntdown (beaten), Back 4 Blood, PGA Tour 2021.

  • Retrowave

    30 hours playtime

    44 of 44 achievements

January

Work, work, work! I want to get out of the recent habit of posting every two months though, so even though I haven’t played much I’m doing a January post.

I moved apartments successfully. My commute is a little longer, but aside from that things are good. Bigger place, slightly faster internet and cheaper rent. I’ve been here for about a month now and while there are still a few things to do, everything is out of boxes and it is reasonably tidy.

One assination and a lot of new purchases (-.-;)

Steam

Backlog Additions

Another naughty month, I’m getting worse! Picked up 8 games - Maneater, Noita, Assemble with Care, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, Golf Club Wasteland, XCOM: Chimera Squad, Partisans 1941, and Dead Estate. I haven’t beaten any of them either. 2022 can’t continue like this!

  • Lacuna

    8 hours playtime

    18 of 25 achievements

  • Just Cause 3

    49 hours playtime

    39 of 66 achievements

  • Hyper Light Drifter

    27 hours playtime

    13 of 23 achievements

  • Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk

    11 minutes playtime

    3 of 3 achievements

  • Speed Limit

    3 hours playtime

    24 of 32 achievements

  • Kindergarten

    6 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Disc Room

    11 hours playtime

    23 of 35 achievements

November-December

Work was busy and I didn’t game that much, particularly in November so we have another 2-month block. I had 2-3 weeks off work over Christmas and New Year so a little more time for gaming. Slightly late post as I wanted to finish Kindergarten. Also, I’m moving in January and had a million things to do for that.

They say that moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do and I’m doing it in Japanese which adds an additional stressful element. I’ve already contacted gas, electric, water, and internet companies. I think they’re all sorted but there’s always that worry that I didn’t explain something clearly in Japanese or misheard something or forgot to do something….arghhh. Oh, and I will be without internet for a 5 day period In January too. Not great. I think I’ve done all the admin things (fingers crossed) so just the physical move left to do. Oh, and changing my address everywhere you can think of, most of which require me to fill in forms and stamp away with my personal seal (no digital signatures here, I’ve gotta use my little piece of bamboo with my name carved in like I’m back in the 1500s or something!) Anyway….enough of that, let’s look at the small number of games I tackled.

Aside from the actual assassinations below, I spent some time playing Shapez and Legend of Homebody. Both kind of chill games that are easy to dip into but not easy to finish.

Steam

Backlog Additions

Picked up 6 games in this two-month period even before the sales started. Hyper Light Drifter, Space Haven, Disc Room, Just Cause 3, Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk, and I then was gifted Kindergarten during the sale. I did beat or complete 5 of those games, so my backlog isn’t increasing too quickly. I should probably be clearing older games but I’m treading water at least! Let’s hope I don’t pick up too many more in the sales because my Backlog is growing.

Progress in 2021
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. Decent progress this year. Beaten games increased, Completed games slightly higher, and I reduced the number of Unfinished games. I did buy a few too many games though, which is why my Never Played percentage has increased.

Beginning of 2021 - 276 games
3% won't play
5% never played
36% unfinished
43% beaten
12% completed
Beginning of 2022 - 310 games
2% won't play
8% never played
30% unfinished
47% beaten
13% completed


  • Vanquish

    13 hours playtime

    36 of 50 achievements

  • Wuppo - Definitive Edition

    21 hours playtime

    10 of 23 achievements

  • Haven Park

    5 hours playtime

    19 of 19 achievements

  • Tales of the Black Forest

    5 hours playtime

    15 of 15 achievements

September-October

Another 2-month post. I played a fair bit in September but forgot to post. Late on in September and October, I kind of drifted away from games though. My playtime dropped from over 40 hours a week to about 4. Just real-life things really and I guess no games really grabbed me enough. I have been playing quite a bit of Nowhere Prophet and I tried a few more demos during another one of those Steam events, but just not gaming much I guess. That didn’t stop me from buying though, as you’ll see at the end of the post!

Steam

Backlog Additions

Quite a few additions this month, although I’ve completed two of them already Haven Park and Tales of the Black Forest. The other additions are: Lacuna, ELDERBORN, Nowhere Prophet, Legend of Homebody, Neon Abyss, and Narita Boy. I’ve tried most of them and spent quite a lot of time in Nowhere Prophet, but not beaten any yet.

I also tried 11 demos during a Steam event. I wasn’t impressed by most of them, but the two that I enjoyed and will keep an eye on are Terror of Hemasaurus and Transiruby. Neither blew me away, but they were fun and I’d get them if the price was right.

  • Prey

    34 hours playtime

    22 of 58 achievements

  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

    13 hours playtime

    13 of 138 achievements

  • Dead Island Definitive Edition

    52 hours playtime

    39 of 57 achievements

  • DIRT 5

    16 hours playtime

    18 of 40 achievements

  • Desperados III

    48 hours playtime

    23 of 36 achievements

  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    46 hours playtime

    22 of 82 achievements

July-August

I didn’t really have much to write about at the end of July and kind of forgot about posting until it was half way through August, so I held off to do a double month post. Work finally quietened down a little and I got a chance to use a few holidays. Japan still has covid restrictions in place on and off (not as strict as other countries, but still there) so I briefly entertained the idea of travelling somewhere domestic then went off the idea as infection numbers rose again and restrictions were reintroduced. I’ve just been taking a couple of afternoons off a week to game and gym. Also had a full week off work in August when I basically gamed a lot. Nice and relaxing!

Oh, I also got my Covid vaccinations. Sore arm for a day or two after the first one but no other immediate problems. I had flu symptoms for a day after the second, which wasn’t much fun. Still, better to deal with that for a day than the nastier effects of Covid for a longer period. We’ll see if I need any boosters.

Gamepass - I tried Bug Fables which I had on my Steam wishlist on the base of positive reviews alone. Didn’t enjoy that, so I’m glad I tried it and it’s off the wish list Also tried No Man’s Sky, which I had heard positive things about but wasn’t entirely sure it was my thing. It was okay but seemed very complex and grindy. A game that I’m sure I could get into, but it would take a lot of time and I wasn’t wowed. So, uninstalled and ignored. In May, I mentioned trying Remnant: From the Ashes. It’s been installed for 2 months and I haven’t gone back to it so…you guessed it, uninstalled and ignored. My gamepass subscription ended in August and while there are some games that have just arrived that I wouldn’t mind playing, it’s not enough for me to pay full price and I added quite a few games to my backlog so I’ll have a break for a while.

Here come the games, lots of long titles and easily over 100 hours a month during July and August afor these and other games I dipped into!

Steam

Backlog Additions

Quite a few additions Deep Rock Galactic, Islanders, shapez.io, Dead Island Definitive Edition, Risk of Rain 2, The Count Lucanor, Speed Limit, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, Dirt 5, Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Mayhem In Single Valley. Although I beat a couple of those already, still a bad couple of months for my backlog!

  • Mini Metro

    13 hours playtime

    31 of 57 achievements

  • Broken Lines

    12 hours playtime

    49 of 79 achievements

June

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.

Steam

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

May

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.

Steam

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.

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