2017 - 12 Month Pile Program

I'm wondering if we're going to have another "Sean Sands tries The World Ends With You and good God what a mistmatch" situation on our hands.

We should do a game exchange thread where everyone needs to try a game someone else chose for them

(This isn't a transparent excuse to make a JRPG averse person attempt Persona, oh no)

Demyx wrote:

We should do a game exchange thread where everyone needs to try a game someone else chose for them :P

I'd be down with that.

Chrono Trigger. I love the game on DS ... except for the combat. The normal combat is so easy, and so needy in terms of UI navigation, that sooner or later I end up shelving the game. Breaks my heart because everything else is so charming and holds up quite well. I should dig my cart out and see how many hours I can put into my save before the combat drives me away again. If I keep doing that I might finish it eventually.

I'm playing Great Controller Breakage 2017. It sucks and I want to stop.

  • The mousewheel failed on my razor chroma after a mere 10 months of ownership. Returned and replaced via Amazon's customer service. No problem.
  • My 360 pad for PC has a dodgy left stick. Problems in the up/left quadrant. Replaced with an xbox one pad thanks to Easter weekend sales. It's a better controller so this one wasn't entirely bad news.
  • My dualshock 3's left stick failed. Problems in the up/left quadrant. Only second-hand pads are available, so I replaced it with the best one I could find in town. There weren't many to choose from and every single one was slightly nasty at best.
  • That replacement reeks of cigarette smoke and the shell is creaky. From sheer desperation I recalled my sixaxis from drawer-exile. Spongy and imprecise sticks, cheap-feeling construction, buttons which have slightly too much travel distance; there's a reason I didn't swap to it in the first place. But hey, it's in good condition because it's mine, so I'll endure and in enduring grow strong. [/Dakkon]
  • One Mass Effect 2 replay later and the sixaxis' sticks start to feel like there's fine grit inside the mechanisms. Clearly I shouldn't count on it for much longer. Still got lots which I want to play and replay on my PS3 so I'm getting very concerned. From desperation I looked to see if I could buy a new PS3 to get a decent controller and back-up console. Nope, second-hand only. Dualshock 4 is an option but it only gives partial compatibility and they're £50.
  • My dualshock 4's left stick failed. Another up/left quadrant fault. Fortunately I had a spare for couch co-op, so I'm using that and co-op is out.
  • My 360 pad has had a mild version of the up/left quadrant problem for years. It's getting worse. Replacements have been second-hand only since 2015. At least I have the option of buying a basic XB1 for backwards compatibility if I need to. I guess. Better than what Playstation and the Switch are offering, right?
  • Bonus round: my spare 360 pad stopped working properly several years ago. It cuts power if you so much as breathe near it. Infuriatingly, it's the least-used of my trio of 360 pads because it was only for couch co-op. The left stick is fine.
  • My PS2 pad has stopped working entirely out of the blue. Same as the pad which it replaced 3 years ago. Had it checked by someone who refurbishes consoles and he couldn't find anything wrong with it. It's definitely the controller and not the console because the hand-murdering third party controller which I borrowed from a friend works fine, aside from the whole hand-murdering thing.
  • Got a second-hand dualshock 2 from the refurb guy. Dead on arrival. Took it back for a replacement and he only had one more. That one works, but it reeks of smoke and the sticks feel too loose for my preference and the stick caps are slightly sticky like the material is degrading. Not pleasant to use. When it breaks I don't know what I can do. PC emulation is a huge hassle in my experience.
  • The Pro controller for my Wii U has this funny little pinging feeling inside the left stick in the - you guessed it - up/left quadrant. How long before it becomes faulty? Do I spend £40 which I can't easily spare on a replacement while new ones are still available knowing that I might not need it, or risk getting stuck with nothing but the horrible gamepad?

I'm so upset. I take immaculate care of my possessions, and look at this list! I could hand you any of them and you'd think that they were fresh out of the box if only they worked correctly. I'm now deeply concerned about how long I'll be able to keep playing on anything which isn't current, active hardware. Losing access to these consoles would eliminate most of my backlog but in the process it would deprive me of many of the games I most want to play, along with many old favourites which I do in fact replay.

Strangely [/British understatement] this has made me dive into my older non-easily-replaceable platforms and play, play, play like my life depends upon it. I've ditched the low priority stuff. If a game has a PS4 or PC version then my original version is is sidelined, because I can pick it up later if the hardware fails before I reach it. This includes my nearly completed FFXII PS2 save, though it makes me cry bitter tears. 3DS, PC and PS4 get minimal attention because I can replace bits for them easily. PS3, Vita, Wii and Wii U, that's where I'm attacking.

One upside of this entire fiasco is that I found my Gameboy Micro, complete with copy of Final Fantasy VI in the slot. The cart's battery is still working and the console holds its charge. As this post begins, so too it ends: FFVI is another SNES-era classic which I couldn't play at the time, wistfully waited years for, finally got a port of, then found that I loved everything except for the tediously easy and overly frequent combat, and drifted away from due to that. I'm going to start it again soon, and this time I will stick it out no matter how boring that combat becomes. If I don't I might miss my chance for good.

Gravey wrote:
Demyx wrote:

We should do a game exchange thread where everyone needs to try a game someone else chose for them :P

I'd be down with that.

Count me in!!!

I foresee a lot of Secret of the Magic Crystals in that thread, if steam gifting is anything to go by.

frogbeastegg wrote:

Chrono Trigger. I love the game on DS ... except for the combat. The normal combat is so easy, and so needy in terms of UI navigation, that sooner or later I end up shelving the game. Breaks my heart because everything else is so charming and holds up quite well. [...] FFVI is another SNES-era classic which I couldn't play at the time, wistfully waited years for, finally got a port of, then found that I loved everything except for the tediously easy and overly frequent combat, and drifted away from due to that.

Bless you for saying what's right.

For your controller issues, have you thought about importing a replacement? I believe Amazon Japan ships video game accessories overseas now, and they have a new Dualshock 3 for around £30. Otherwise, Dualshock 2 and 3 controllers are fairly easy to get in the US, and I'm sure the Americans on the site would be willing to work out an arrangement.

frogbeastegg wrote:

I'm so upset. I take immaculate care of my possessions, and look at this list!

Wow that's rough! I hope you're able to get some replacements that actually work for you.

Strangely [/British understatement] this has made me dive into my older non-easily-replaceable platforms and play, play, play like my life depends upon it.

I can sympathize. After we found that the PSPs Demyx and I own now have bulged batteries I've had this feeling gnawing at the back of my head reminding me that I have unplayed GBA games which probably have dying batteries, and oh god what if my DS has a bulged battery too

(I've already given up on anything older than the GBA at this point. I already know most of my NES/SNES cartridges have dead batteries and wouldn't be surprised if any N64 or GB(C) cartridges are at that point too)

Shadout wrote:

I foresee a lot of Secret of the Magic Crystals in that thread, if steam gifting is anything to go by.

Well, the point is to pick games we haven't played from our Piles, and I've already sunk a few hours into that one.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Bless you for saying what's right.

If the Squeenix Fairy granted me a bunch of wishes I'd use two of them to add Bravely Default's combat settings to Chrono Trigger and FFVI. Would I turn the encounter rate down or the difficulty up? Either would be fine. It's the specific combination of easy, frequent and needy which wears me down.

For your controller issues, have you thought about importing a replacement? I believe Amazon Japan ships video game accessories overseas now, and they have a new Dualshock 3 for around £30. Otherwise, Dualshock 2 and 3 controllers are fairly easy to get in the US, and I'm sure the Americans on the site would be willing to work out an arrangement.

I hadn't considered it, I'd expected other regions to have the same problems. It's something I'll have to look into. Thanks for the idea.

shoptroll wrote:

I can sympathize. After we found that the PSPs Demyx and I own now have bulged batteries I've had this feeling gnawing at the back of my head reminding me that I have unplayed GBA games which probably have dying batteries, and oh god what if my DS has a bulged battery too

Yikes! Note to self: finish those last couple of UMD games ASAP. My PSP is a 1000 model so it's had quite a run.

Oh dear I've properly slipped up on impulse purchases! April update ain't going to be pretty from a budget / pile perspective.

It's currently one minute past midnight, and therefore officially May. Time for the April report.

Added:

  • Zork: Nemesis (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) - Undoubtedly my favorite adventure game of all time. Thanks Cragmyre!!
  • Analogue: A Hate Story (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif) - Hooray, more visual novel goodness!

Finished:

  • Solstice (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) - Mixed feelings on this one. I'd really enjoyed Cinders from the same studio, but it took me some time to get into this one. Still a solid visual novel with gorgeous art and music.
  • Mini Metro (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • Zork: Nemesis (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) - Still my favorite adventure game of all time. Did I mention this was my favorite adventure game of all time, by the way?
  • Samorost 3 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) - Amnita games delivers as always. Heartily recommend this charming gem.

Dropped:
None.

Played:

  • The Elder Scrolls 5 : Skyrim - Special Edition (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - I can't explain it, but I picked it up yesterday. I'd only ever played the original (modded to death, of course), and this Special Edition had remained untouched so far. Just when I thought I was out...
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (Origin) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - Loads. Really enjoying it.

Remaining games: 45 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (43 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Games): 26 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 3 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - 14 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 15
Est. remaining hours: 514 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (468 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Est. total hours): 144 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 70 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) + 34 played IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - 136 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 112

Backloggery says 33, so some progress, albeit timid progress. I've been playing big games (see Mass Effect: Andromeda), and barely finished Samorost 3 in time for this report, so overall not too shabby. Gaming has been a complicated endeavor with the sh*tstorm of my "in progress" divorce, so all in all, I think I'm doing pretty well.

Played and finished two very long games this month. Mass Effect Andromeda and Nioh.
A few random "daily quests" away from platinum in Nioh, but with DLC coming out May 2 I'm probably not entirely done with it.
Also Dark Souls 3 DLC.
WoW also abducted me again. Somehow.
Not a bad month, but some seriously long games. Looking forward to some smaller games.

Next up is likely Nier: Automata.
Not sure how long that one is though.

New games added to the pile:
Inside
Resident Evil
Resident Evil 4
Stellaris
NieR: Automata
Endless Space (it was $1, doubt it will enter my pile of games I actually intend to play)

Whoops.

Well.. April came and went..

Added:
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
Outlast (Steam)

Beat:
(Absoflippinlutely nothing)

Made Progress In:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U)
Banjo Tooie (X360)
Star Wars Battlefront II (Steam)
Spec Ops: The Line (Steam)

Rather than get Yooka Laylee like I had planned, I got Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth instead. I have a feeling that was for the better even though I do plan on getting the former eventually. Progress this month was almost non existent thanks to Breath of the Wild. I finally decided to tackle the first dungeon after just wandering around aimlessly for 40 hours XD

I'm still playing nothing but Persona 5 and Rocket League, only bought two games that I intend to start after I finish Persona, Atelier Firis and Little Nightmares.

April Update

Finished: World of Final Fantasy
Started: Persona 5

Persona is the only thing that matters.

I did nothing this month. Sort of. I worked on and released my Toren video, followed by playing and gathering footage for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Other than that... well, I tried the Prey demo and wasn't feeling it, but I'm not really feeling Nier: Automata either. I did a bit of Master Blaster Zero on Switch, but that's in Jersey right now and I'm also just not quite feeling it.

I'm diving back into that anime mood, which means right now I either need smaller mechanics-heavy experiences that check all the right boxes (I'll probably be picking Theatrhythm back up) or something super anime that is mechanics-heavy while seeming passive. Which may sound odd, but last summer when I was in this mood Fire Emblem: Fates and Tokyo Mirage Sessions were the games of choice. Both are rather linear, and when they're not being anime they're being mechanics-heavy.

Contrast with Nier: Automata, which is certainly Anime As f*ck but the gameplay has that open-worldness to it which I'm a bit burnt out on. Maybe I'll try and work on finishing Gravity Rush 2 but honestly, right now I feel like the perfect games for my mood are Mario Kart 8 DX, Persona 5 and Fire Emblem Echoes.

All games I don't have and don't know if I can afford.

Simultaneously, I'm rewatching Log Horizon again, which means by time I hit season two I'm going to consider trying out FFXIV again.

April update!

Pile In:
Cosmic Star Heroine (PC)
Hack 'n' Slash (PC)
Spacebase DF-9 (PC)
Iron Brigade (PC)
Persona 5 (PC)
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (PC)

Pile Out:
Super Mario Run (iOS)

Nothing really major to report this month. Picking away at Zelda (hit 40+ hours over the weekend), a couple Kickstarters came in and I bought the Amnesia Fortnite bundle as tradition. Oh and finally bit the bullet and finished off Mario Run randomly one weekend.

May will be... MOAR ZELDA. I don't think I'll be done with it, but I'll be close I think/hope. Should be done with it in June at the latest I expect. I don't see any "must haves" on my wishlist for May so hopefully I will finally get a "no growth" month.

April report... let's see...

That's two games beaten and none acquired, so that's pretty good, right?

Game Center CX Arino no Chosenjou 2 (NDS)
Sands of Destruction (NDS)

Not sure how May will go, but I hope I can beat at least one game....

Not much to report this month.

I finished Shadow of Mordor (which was a replay) and the DLC (which was new), and got most of the way through a Low Chaos run of Dishonored - Knife of Dunwall (also a replay)

April update

Annual game budget remaining at start of April - £207

Incoming
Final Fantasy XV - £15
Wasteland 2 - £10
Witcher 3 (GotY edition) - £20
Assassin's Creed Black Flag - £7
Friday Night Monsters - £3
Weapon Shop de Omasse - £3
Phoenix Wright Trilogy - £12
Warbits - £1
Humble (Android ADVENTURE) Bundle - £4 (it is a damn good bunch of games)

Outgoing
Horizon Zero Dawn - COMPLETED (amazing) + sold - £32
World of Final Fantasy - sold - £18.
Fallout 4 - sold - £9.
No Man's Sky - sold - £11.
Doom - sold - £9.
DS randoms (Sonic, Cooking Mama) - sold - £10.
AC Black Flag and Shadow of Mordor - Just DROPPED atm.

Annual game budget remaining at end of April - £221
Bought lots, sold lots - swings and roundabouts.

[b]Plan for May/b]

Finish Steamworld Heist on Vita.
Continue with Rebel Galaxy + plus start Wasteland 2 + finally finish off Life is Strange on PS4.

Biggest temptations this month...

Nier Automata.
Plus am getting a weird itch at the back of my brain that's compelling me to go re-purchase a Monster Hunter game.

Bubblefuzz wrote:

April update

Incoming
Final Fantasy XV - £15
Wasteland 2 - £10
Witcher 3 (GotY edition) - £20
Assassin's Creed Black Flag - £7
Friday Night Monsters - £3
Weapon Shop de Omasse - £3
Phoenix Wright Trilogy - £12
Warbits - £1
Humble (Android ADVENTURE) Bundle - £4 (it is a damn good bunch of games)

So yeah, after all those purchases what do I do this weekend?

I play through the Dragon Quest Builders demo. Really enjoyed it, so much so that I went straight ahead and bought it on eBay for £20 (this included a Prima guide book. That takes me back, haven't owned one of those for donkey's years!) No regrets on this one though.

Hey, whoever keeps changing a post way earlier in the thread: you keep bumping this thread and making it look like there are new posts, but there aren't any new posts. Stop making me sad!

I'll make a new post, then. It's been a terrible year for me, as work has been grueling. (I'm considering this a one-year investment in my long term career; it should not go on much past August.) I'm probably not helping by picking up D&D as a big weekly time suck, but it's also some of the only socializing I'm getting

I can't even make a big formal list. I didn't play games at all in February, and managed one for every other month:

January 2017: Final Fantasy XV
February 2017: FAILURE
March 2017: Horizon Zero Dawn
April 2017: Watch Dogs 2

I managed to squeeze out Firewatch last week, but I'm thinking it's time to give up on another chunk of backlog. Giving up Persona 5 and/or Mass Effect: Andromeda could be an issue. Final Fantasy XII is pretty well guaranteed to eat at least two months of this year. I'm trying to give attention to shorter releases, but work stress means I mostly crave mindless action or sprawling escapism.

Stop!

Clock, can you stop asking whoever keeps changing a post way earlier in the thread to stop: you keep bumping this thread and making it look like there are new pile posts, but there aren't any real new pile posts. This is making me sad!

You're just trying to guilt beep into posting again.

Bubblefuzz wrote:

Clock, can you stop asking whoever keeps changing a post way earlier in the thread to stop: you keep bumping this thread and making it look like there are new pile posts, but there aren't any real new pile posts. This is making me sad! :)

You want a new Pile post? But we're only halfway through the month?
Aw fine then.

All I've been playing is Skyrim. I'm done for.
And that didn't prevent me from preloading my Steam Wallet for the next Steam Sale.

Sorry! I'm at least one who does that. Keeping my pile list updated! Why does it even count as a new post

Played and completed some short games this week. Oxenfree, Her Story and Inside. Take that Pile!
And Nier Automata.
Good month so far.

Pile Progress for the Month of May:

- Does the desire to have my security deposit back outweight the desire to not go back and clean up my apartment, which is mostly clean anyway but f*ck all it still has work left to be done?

Hopefully I'll have the energy tonight to hook up my PS4 and TV so I can actually get back to doing some gaming.