2020 - 12 Month Pile Program

August is short.

Game of the Month
Enter the Gungeon. I've fallen back in love with this silly game. Haven't got to 5th chamber nor unlocked any extra characters. Still super fun.

Added
Moon remix on the Switch.
Mortal Shell
Wasteland 3

Book of the Month :Words of Radiance

I just realized I forgot to tally the fact that I beat Pokemon Shield's Main Story and that of the first Expansion. Oh well, doesn't really count until all dem pokeemanz have been caught.

Finished:

  • The Witcher 3
  • Steamworld Dig 2

Progressed:

  • Moonlighter

Witcher was massive and has taken me the last 3 months to beat. After that Steamworld Dig 2 was a short palate cleanser.

Oops. I am way behind in my postings.

Recently Added:
Last of Us Part II
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

Finished:
Final Fantasy VII Remake
The Last of Us Remastered
The Last of Us Part II

Played:
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet
Warframe
Trails of Cold Steel II
Many Lego games

Not much backlog work in the last few months--just playing new releases. I will be focused on Trails of Cold Steel II for awhile and also fire up something short and light on the PS4 after the Last of Us marathon. No other planned purchases for the remainder of the year so plenty of time for the pile.

August Report~

Added:
Hitman (2016) (Epic) - freebie
Batman: The Telltale Series (Steam) - thanks to Antichulius for the key!

Beat:
Batman: The Telltale Series - Episode 1: Realm of Shadows (Steam)
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Steam)
The Last of Us Part II (PS4)
Hatoful Boyfriend (Xbox Game Pass)

Made Progress In:
Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
Animal Crossing New Horizons (Switch)
Spiritfarer (Xbox Game Pass)

Planned Games To Beat In 2020

Spoiler:

Overcooked! (Switch)
Control (PS4)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Steam)
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Steam)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4)
The Witness (Steam)
God of War 2018 (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Resident Evil HD remaster (PS4)
Black Mesa (Steam)
Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
Star Fox Guard (Wii U)
Assassin's Creed: Origins (Uplay)

Finished Last of Us Part 2 and woof that game really weighed on me by the end. I'm glad I played it but I'm not sure if I'd call parts of it 'fun'. It's been days and I'm still thinking about it. Daganronpa 2 was more of the same but I liked that one a lot. And I did use my Game Pass subscription this month to check out Hatoful Boyfriend and Spiritfarer at least. Still should be taking advantage of it more but hey, it's 5 bucks a month.. (yes, yes, I know that's how they get you)

Another busy month for me

Added:
Dragon Quest 11
Kandagaw Jet Girls

Beaten:
The Decenders
Pokemon Sword expansion

Playing:
What the Golf (ipad)
Dragon Quest 11
Final Fantasy 7
Grid 2019

I actually managed to finish something this month, I'm hoping now that fall is basically around the corner, things will calm a bit and give back my gaming time.
I ended up picking up DQ11... (like I need another 100+ game...) only played an hour, but so far enjoyed my time with it. Now Jet Girls.... embarassingly I honestly forgotten that I preordered this from amazon until it showed up at my door step, sadly I think its a dud, I was hoping a silly fun game similar to Peach Beach Splash, but so far dosen't look like it, I only played the tutorial so far, but from that alone they seem to have messed up the most important thing in the racing game, the way the boat feels.

I don't know how it's September, when clearly it's March 187th. But, here we are. Time for my August Report! The story of this month: I get a Switch, start playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and ignore everything else.

Prior posts:

 

Added: 2
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)

Finished: 2
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/completed.gif)Islanders (PC)

Also Played: 3
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2(PS4) - Act 2, Part 3
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Torchlight (PC)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Moonlighter (PS4)

Dropped: 1
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)Superflight (PC) - When I came back to this, the graphics wouldn't display properly, and I couldn't figure out how to fix it. A shame, it was a good little game.

2020 Progress: 7 [17 finished + 4 dropped - 13 added]

Current backlog state: IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)87/ IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)22

Q3 2020 Goals: With the recent addition of my Switch, I'm disregarding most of these.

Spoiler:

Limit Pile Additions to:
Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 [JRPG Club]
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut [CRPG Club]
Marvel's Avengers - Based on early reports, I'm not going to buy this
Q4 JRPG / CRPG Club Picks - If I buy them early

Well, with my new Switch purchase, I "failed" at this. I regret nothing, though.

Make progress or finish as follows:
Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - Finish 9/12
(Prologue / Act 1 Part 1 / Act 1 Part 2 / Act 1 Part 3 / Intermission / Act 2 Part 1 / Act 2 Part 2 / Act 2 Part 3 / Act 3 Part 4 / Finale / Divertissment / Epilogue) - Almost There!
Horizon Zero Dawn - Get to about 17/23 of the Main Quest (I've finished 7 or 8 of 23 8/23)
Wasteland 2 - Clear Act 1 [Arizona]
Moonlighter - finish
:B:[s]Fire Emblem Echoes - finish[s]
Apotheon - finish
King's Bounty: The Legend - finish Freedom Islands, Kordar (dwarf) area
Islanders - finish
Wintermoor Tactics Club - finish

I'm definitely not getting anywhere close to finishing this list.

[s]Remove at least one game from the Backlog:
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)Superflight

Trophy Hunting / Completionism:
FF VII Remake: Prep for a Hard Mode Run - Obtain All Weapons, Get Biker Boy Trophy, Get all Music Disks, Complete All Quests, Get 6/9 Dresses
God of War: Platinum
Legend of Zelda - Second Quest
Bravely Second: End Layer - Postgame

Nor this one

2020 GotY Eligible:

Spoiler:

Apotheon
Bastion
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Gris
Helltaker
Horizon Zero Dawn
Islanders
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Moonlighter
Old World
Ori and the Blind Forest
A Short Hike
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Superflight
Waking Mars
Wintermoor Tactics Club

Oh geez. Oh fudge. Oh duck on a ducky cracker. Here's the September report!

Added:

  • Outer Wilds (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif) - Thanks to Staygold!
  • Reaching for Petals (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif) - Many thanks to Nessajel!
  • Hades (Epic) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif) - I've actually owned it since May 2019, but I'm officially adding it to the Pile, since it's been officially released.

Finished:
None!

Dropped:

  • Hyper Light Drifter (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - Not my cup of tea, unfotunately.
  • Baba Is You (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - It didn't click with me.

Played:

  • Guild Wars 2 (PC) IMAGE(https://backloggery.com/images/mastered.gif)
  • Assorted mobile otome games. <3

Remaining games: 53 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (53 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Games): 20 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 6 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - 17 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 9
Est. remaining hours: 706 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (706 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Est. total hours): 127 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 113 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) + 0 played IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - 148 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 92

Backloggery is at 14. September was... not a good month. It's been super rough, and I barely played anything at all. Once again, I'm not certain I'll have ten games for my GOTY list. But I'm looking forward to IGWJD and Extra Life. Hopefully, I'll get more gaming done then. And I took tomorrow off, because I am T-I-R-E-D.

Oh gosh, it is that time, isn't it?

I played, and decided to drop, The Sims 4 from my backlog. I put a dozen or so hours in, which I know isn't really enough to see everything the game has to offer. But while there's a lot to be charmed by, it just wasn't really clicking for me. At the very least I know I can return anytime if I get the urge to try it again.

I spent a decent amount of time replaying FF15 and finally cleaning up its DLC, and dabbled back into Elder Scrolls Online before putting it down again. I also put a ton of time into Morrowind.

The next backlog game I've fired up is Disco Elysium. I'm loving it so far, so I don't think it'll be a problem finishing it.

Current backlog is thus:

  • Disco Elysium
  • Else Heart.Break()
  • Homeworld Collection
  • Jurassic World: Evolution
  • King's Bounty: Crossworlds
  • King's Bounty: The Legend
  • KOTOR II
  • Planescape Torment
  • Shadow Tactics
  • Yakuza Kiwami II

This coming month I'm hoping to finish Disco Elysium and Morrowind. A friend is trying Final Fantasy 13 for the first time, so I might replay that so I can follow along with his progress. Not sure yet what I'll be in the mood for after that.

September's pretty much over already and I seriously doubt I'll beat anything before the clock strikes midnight - heck, I don't think I'll even be able to stay awake that long!

Finished:

Forgotton Anne
Inmost
Guacamelee 2
Until Dawn
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Jotun

Added:

Halloween Forever (PS4)
Doom (PS4)
Ori and the Will of the Wisps (PC)
Orcs (PC)
MO:Astray (PC)
Hades (PC)
Squidlit (Switch)
The Last Campfire (PS4)
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 (PS4)
Nexomon (PS4)
Mutazione (PC)

Made Considerable Progress in:

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - I should be able to put it in the ground by month's end... October, that is.
The Last Campfire - I'm about halfway through it and loving it.
Wasteland 2 - I should be able to put a fork in this one by November, at the latest.
Ys: Memories of Celceta - I'm about two thirds of the way in, so, just a matter of giving it some quality time.

September report:

Played a bunch of Trails of Cold Steel II and nothing else. Didn't finish it, didn't finish Assassin's Creed Revelations. It was a slow month. Looks like October will be too.

Finished:
Wasteland 3
Tell Me Why
Ori and the Will of the Wisp

Playing:
No Man's Sky
Hades (though it might get dropped)

October? You've got to be kidding me. Guess it's time for my September Report! The story of this month: I get a Switch, start playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and ignore everything else.

Prior posts:

 

Added: 3
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Operencia: The Stolen Sun (PC)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)The Banner Saga (Switch)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Hades (Switch) - yes, I've bought into the hype, and I'm very glad I did.

Finished: 1
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (PS4) -- granted, it's not "completed," but I'm finished with it for a while.

Also Played: 3
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) - lots of this
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) - a little collectathon before Hard Mode

Dropped: 0

2020 Progress: 5 [18 finished + 4 dropped - 16 added]

Current backlog state: IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)89/ IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)23

Q3 2020 Goals: I was mostly unsuccessful, both because a Switch was a major (but totally) welcome deviation from my plans, and also because I was too ambitious.

Spoiler:

Limit Pile Additions to: I didn't limit it to the games here, but I did only acquire 5 things. So, a win?
Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 [JRPG Club]
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut [CRPG Club]
Marvel's Avengers - Nope, based on reports. Instead, Operencia
CRPG Club Pick - The Banner Saga
JRPG Club Pick - Hades

Make progress or finish as follows:
Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - Finish 9/12
(Prologue / Act 1 Part 1 / Act 1 Part 2 / Act 1 Part 3 / Intermission / Act 2 Part 1 / Act 2 Part 2 / Act 2 Part 3 / Act 3 Part 4 / Finale / Divertissment / Epilogue) - Didn't finish, but am done for a while
Horizon Zero Dawn - Get to about 17/23 of the Main Quest (I've finished 7 or 8 of 23 8/23) - Abandoned
Wasteland 2 - Clear Act 1 [Arizona] - Abandoned
Moonlighter - finish - Made it a good chunk of the way, but never finished
[s]Fire Emblem Echoes - finish[s]
Apotheon - finish - Nope! Never made it back here
King's Bounty: The Legend - finish Freedom Islands, Kordar (dwarf) area - Ha! Nope.
Islanders - finish
Wintermoor Tactics Club - finish

[s]Remove at least one game from the Backlog:
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)Superflight

Trophy Hunting / Completionism:
FF VII Remake: Prep for a Hard Mode Run - Obtain All Weapons, Get Biker Boy Trophy, Get all Music Disks, Complete All Quests, Get 6/9 Dresses - This is in progress
God of War: Platinum - Nope!
Legend of Zelda - Second Quest - Nope!
Bravely Second: End Layer - Postgame - Nope!

Nor this one

Goals for Q4 2020: Let's be honest, these lists only barely help me stay focused. But, they're fun to compile.

Spoiler:

Base Goals:
Beat Chrono Trigger
Beat Banner Saga
Beat Hades - as in, escape once
Beat Fire Emblem - Three Houses
Beat and Complete Operencia

Stretch Goals
Finish the Divertissment and Epilogue of Trails of Cold Steel 2
Complete FF VII's Hard Mode and obtain all trophies
Platinum God of War
Finish Moonlighter

2020 GotY Eligible:

Spoiler:

Apotheon
The Banner Saga
Bastion
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Gris
Hades
Helltaker
Horizon Zero Dawn
Islanders
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Moonlighter
Old World
Ori and the Blind Forest
A Short Hike
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Superflight
Waking Mars
Wintermoor Tactics Club

September Report~

Added:
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Switch) (many thanks to bepnewt for selling it for a reasonable price. Eff scalpers)
Eliza (Steam) (thanks to Natus for the key)

Beat:
(nothing)

Made Progress In:
Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
Overcooked! (Switch)
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
Yakuza 0 (Xbox Game Pass PC)

Planned Games To Beat In 2020

Spoiler:

Overcooked! (Switch)
Control (PS4)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Steam)
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Steam)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4)
The Witness (Steam)
God of War 2018 (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Resident Evil HD remaster (PS4)
Black Mesa (Steam)
Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
Star Fox Guard (Wii U)
Assassin's Creed: Origins (Uplay)

Sigh.. made little to no progress this month. I shouldn't be too hard on myself since 2020 has been a struggle for most people but I wish I could focus enough to finish anything lately. Books, shows, games, etc. At the end of September, I did make it to the final boss for Star Fox Zero but I failed. The controls in that game are infuriating and I still feel like I'm fighting them.

Other than that, I sampled a lot of Xbox Box Game Pass games including Super Lucky's Tale, Yakuza 0, Sunset Overdrive and Two Point Hospital. Yakuza 0 is the one that stuck the most so I think I'll try to see the credits roll on that one this month.

The other plan is my October tradition of beating at least one spooky game. Last year it was Inside and this time it might be Resident Evil Remake? Other games on the docket are Alan Wake, Organ Trail, Soma, Little Nightmares, and Bloodborne. Oh, and trying to pick up Animal Crossing New Horizons again for the Halloween content. Must. make. pumpkin. patch.

September Report

GAMES COMPLETED:

  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Takeshi & Hiroshi
  • Lost Planet 3

GAMES PLAYED:

  • Final Fantasy: Theatrhythm: Curtain Call
  • Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: Remastered
  • Darksiders
  • ManEater
  • Code Vein
  • BPM: Bullets Per Minute
  • Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth (Early Access)

PILE OF STARTED 2020 GAMES:

  • Pokemon Shield
  • No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Bloodborne
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Sakura Wars
  • Trials of Mana (via Collection of Mana)
  • Witcher 3
  • Hollow Knight

SHORT AND SWEET:
September was a crappy time of depression and poor mood and setbacks. Progress was meh.

THE OVERWROUGHT NAVEL-GAZING:

Spoiler:

Still unemployed despite applying to all kinds of jobs beyond just my web development background. At this point I'm just hoping to get something. It won't cure all my ills but it'd certainly relieve some stress points.

All that aside, the end of September has been a steady climb towards improvement and reduction in idleness. Time to dev, time to write, time to record, and now time to art. Not as much time with gaming itself, though, but in part because I just haven't just been in a positive enough head space. However, I'll be completing Darksiders today, and that will open some of my gaming time up. I'd like to beat Man Eater so I can play RE7 on Game Pass, and might swap out to The Silver Case or Sakura Wars on PS4. Code Vein hasn't been bad, particularly as a Streaming game, but I just haven't quite been in the mood for it lately. Also makes me want to play Bloodborne.

Nothing of substance to really say. Lost Planet 3 I'll probably try to write a post for, Yakuza Kiwami 2 was a Yakuza game, and Takeshi & Hiroshi was cute but forgettable. So, we'll see how October goes. I've kind of given up on buying new games at the moment, so no 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, no Star Wars Squadrons, and probably going to have stuff on my GotY list that weren't 2020 this year. That's how it be.

ccesarano wrote:

probably going to have stuff on my GotY list that weren't 2020 this year. That's how it be.

Well you know the drill. As long as they were new to you in 2020, the release date doesn’t matter.

I don't think I've actually finished anything last month? But I did get back to playing games.

Edit: I did finish something!

Finished:
What the Golf (Ipad)

Added:
Langrisser 1+2 (Switch)
Mario Rabbids
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Tony Hawk Remaster (ps4)
Art of Rally (PC)
Genshin Impact (Ps4)

Played:
Dragon Quest 11 (ps4)
Genshin Impact (ps4)
Art of Rally
Tony Hawk Remaster

I've been trying to do a better job of managing my mental health this past month, be it take a motorcycle ride or play a game for half hour or spend some time watching Top Gear re-runs. So lets stay positive and rumble about some good things.

What the golf was the perfect I pad game, easy to play in short spurts.
Really having good time with Genshin right now.
DQ11 really suprised me, I was straight up playing this none stop until Genshin came out. I really should get back to it while it's still in the back of my mind.
Tony Hawk was given to me for a favor at work, but it brought back a good amount of positive memories from the ps1 era.

Hoping to a better October!

Time for my October Report! 2020 feels like it's accelerating, which I guess is a good thing -- it might be over more quickly.

Prior posts:

 

Added: 1
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Endless Space 2 (PC)

Finished: 1
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)Hades (Switch) - as in, I cleared it for the first time.

I also beat Chrono Trigger, but I've done that a bunch of times before.

Also Played: 3
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Endless Space 2 (PC)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)The Banner Saga (Switch)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) - lots of this
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) - Began Hard Mode

Dropped: 0

2020 Progress: 5 [18 finished + 4 dropped - 17 added]

Current backlog state: IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)89/ IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)22

Q4 2020 Goals: Chugging along. My meta-goal for the next few months is to wrap up what I'm playing now, clearing some space for 2021's games.

Spoiler:

Italics represent the ones I'll try to do this month
Base Goals:
Beat Chrono Trigger
Beat Banner Saga
Beat Hades - as in, escape once
Beat Fire Emblem - Three Houses
Beat and Complete Operencia

Stretch Goals
Finish the Divertissment and Epilogue of Trails of Cold Steel 2
Complete FF VII's Hard Mode and obtain all trophies - goal: through Chapter 5
Platinum God of War
Finish Moonlighter
Added: Get to the Credits in Hades [escaped 4/10 times]
Added: Finish Endless Space 2 once

2020 GotY Eligible:

Spoiler:

Apotheon
The Banner Saga
Bastion
Endless Space 2
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Gris
Hades
Helltaker
Horizon Zero Dawn
Islanders
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Moonlighter
Old World
Ori and the Blind Forest
A Short Hike
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Superflight
Waking Mars
Wintermoor Tactics Club

Ah, October... I had a lot of time to play, but little to show for it by way of game completions. A couple of sales tempted me and I took the bait, too. I hope to have a little more completion-wise in November and December, however.

Beaten/Completed

The Last Campfire (PS4)
The Secret of Monkey Island Remastered (PS3)

New

Epistory - Typing Chronicles (PC)
Darq (PC)
Pony Island (PC)
The Hex (PC)
Castle in the Darkness (PC)
Elegy for a Dead World (PC)
Silence: The Whispered World 2 (Switch)
The Vigil (Switch)
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4)
Cat Quest II (PS4)
Cat Quest (PS4)
Freedom Force vs the 3rd Reich (PC)
Freedom Force (PC)

Played/Progressed

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II
Chrono Trigger
Wasteland 2
The Banner Saga
Pokemon Shield (completed the main and Sword of Armor Pokedexes before plunging into the Crown Tundra DLC)
Dogurai (Challenging retro-Gameboy type platformer)

October report:

Added:
Nothing

Finished:

  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (Vita)
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations (PC)
  • Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP)
  • REPLAY: Chrono Trigger (SNES)
  • REPLAY: Portal (PC)

Dropped:
Nothing

Played:

  • Tomb Raider 1996 (PC)

October was a good month! I managed to finish a few things, including 3 backlogged games. Nothing added to the backlog since June! I'm not planning on finishing anything in November, with the possible exception of the replay of OG Tomb Raider I started yesterday for some reason, for the second time this year. I may need to see a therapist about that.

Making progress on the backlog despite replays and new games. I finished Disco Elysium, but added Darksiders III. I also started KotOR II, though only have two or three hours logged so far. This was on top of playing the bulk of Morrowind, and playing through the new Amnesia.

I’ve got a few non-backlog games I want to play that I received for free on Epic. I’m also tempted by the new Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed. If I pick up those games I suspect there won’t be much cleared from the backlog for the rest of the year. But I hope to make good progress on KOTOR II this month. It’s one of my white whales, so it would be nice to finally check it off.

Current backlog:

  • Darksiders III
  • Else Heart.Break()
  • Homeworld Collection
  • Jurassic World: Evolution
  • King's Bounty: Crossworlds
  • King's Bounty: The Legend
  • KOTOR II
  • Planescape Torment
  • Shadow Tactics
  • Yakuza Kiwami II

Haven't really gotten anywhere in October (fitting for the current situation I guess).

Finished:
No Mans Sky

Played:
Genshin Impact
Ring Fit Adventure
Iron Danger

Well then. Here's the October report.

Added:

  • Overcooked 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - I blame peer pressure.
  • The Banner Saga 3 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif) - it was on sale and I'm going to play it eventually.

Finished:

  • The Blackwell Deception (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • The Secret of Monkey Island (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • The Secret of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)

Dropped:
None!

Played:

  • Guild Wars 2 (PC) IMAGE(https://backloggery.com/images/mastered.gif)
  • Overcooked 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - Lots of fun with friends!
  • Among Us (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - Lots of fun with friends!
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)
  • Assorted mobile otome games. <3

Remaining games: 55 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (52 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Games): 23 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 6 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - 20 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 9
Est. remaining hours: 745 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (709 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Est. total hours): 139 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 113 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) + 9 played IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - 200 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 61

Backloggery is at 17, which I guess is something, but the month was basically spent playing games that don't really have an end, or replaying games I've played a bazillion times. Extra Life is coming up next weekend, I'll be kicking things off on Friday, and I should be getting some "real" gaming done then. I'm just not in a Pile clearing / streaming headspace right now, it's been rough.

OctoberReport

GAMES COMPLETED:

  • Darksiders
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • BPM: Bullets Per Minute

GAMES PLAYED:

  • Final Fantasy: Theatrhythm: Curtain Call
  • Touhou Luna Nights
  • Super Mario Bros. 35
  • The Silver Case
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  • Destiny 2
  • Minecraft
  • The Witcher 3
  • Left 4 Dead 2

PILE OF STARTED 2020 GAMES:

  • Pokemon Shield
  • No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Bloodborne
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Sakura Wars
  • Trials of Mana (via Collection of Mana)
  • Witcher 3
  • Hollow Knight

SHORT AND SWEET:
Not a lot is sticking. We'll see how things go into November.

THE OVERWROUGHT NAVEL-GAZING:

Spoiler:

Still unemployed, and that's had an up-and-down impact on me throughout the month. Part of me isn't as bugged by it as I should be, but maybe it's a form of "shock" to mental/emotional pain as opposed to physical trauma.

Super Mario Bros. might seem an odd inclusion there, but I've never actually beaten the original game in my life. My friend and podcast co-host challenged me (and even tried to shame me with a picture of his eldest son having beaten the game), but it was sudden inspiration for a different YouTube script that encouraged me to record gameplay and reach the end. So, 35 years old and 35 years after the original game's release, I finally reached Princess Toadstool in Bowser's castle.

BPM: Bullets Per Minute was also a surprise. I'd played a decent amount of it, but never managed to reach the final stages. While I could play it as more of a rhythm game than a rogue-like, the element of luck still frustrated me as I could either die in Asgard or make it all the way to Svartalfheim. I finally reached the end when I randomly decided to test streaming PC games with my new overlay, much to my surprise. So I saw the credits roll, which means I've beaten it. Likely won't be the last time I play the game, but I can actually say I've seen its "end".

I'm just allowing myself to consider certain games abandoned, such as Maneater. The game's not bad, but combat controls are incredibly frustrating and could do with a proper lock-on. I'd like to get back to Touhou Luna Nights, but would rather play more Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth first. Code Vein may be abandoned, I'm not sure. It's easier than a Dark Souls but not as satisfying as a Bloodborne. Perhaps if I can find a friend to co-op it with I'll have a better time.

I stumbled into Donkey Kong Country 2 for some comfort food for a while, and actually managed to reach the third world while seeking 100% completion. Don't know if I'll actually get it, and I admit to using the Internet to help me with bonus rooms or DK Coins I'd forgotten the location of (or never discovered). However, I haven't really returned to it. Instead, I've been playing Destiny 2 occasionally as some good ol' gaming comfort food.

I finally returned to Witcher 3 and made it out of White Orchard. I decided to try Blood and Broken Bones difficulty with a brand new save, and it actually was pretty enjoyable in that first zone. The problem is that the second zone recommends level 5 (I'm at level 4 and feel like I did all I could in White Orchard), and every monster or quest seems to spawn at level 9 or above. So I might drop it to normal difficulty after all, we'll see. I'd heard mixed feelings to the combat, that it wasn't very good or was very easy, so on and so forth, and figured a higher difficulty might change that. The answer is... kind of. It's more engaging when everything is more lethal, but that might make some of the action-combat design choices stand out further. I don't really like how slow and lumbering Geralt's counter-strike is when you successfully parry, for example, nor does there seem to be a consistency in his attack speed. I guess it's because it's an action-RPG that his quick/light attacks are sometimes garish and fancy, taking a while to execute. Kind of encourages a button mashiness to it.

I think what really hurts the game is that I'm playing it after Breath of the Wild, Dragon's Dogma, and Ghost of Tsushima. The first has far greater freedom in traversing its world as well as simplifying its brewing systems to not be a chore of ingredient collection. The second has far more interesting monster-fighting combat. The third allows me to pick up flowers and other things while on horseback without reducing momentum.

If Witcher's only competition were Bioware or Bethesda it would win in a landslide in terms of superiority of writing and design. At the same time, it predates at least two of the games I mentioned so I suppose it can be forgiven that.

I bought some games off Steam's holiday sale, all at a somewhat affordable price. The last game I plan on purchasing this year is Yakuza: Like a Dragon, unless the job situation changes. And man do I hope it changes. In the meantime, I'm going to be recording a lot more Mario footage while simultaneously trying to work on that Darksiders script. So, we'll see what happens.

October Report~

Added:
Half-Life 2 (Steam)
Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (Steam)
Half-Life 2: Episode 2 (Steam)
Layers of Fear 2 (Epic freebie)
Blair Witch (Epic Freebie)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered (Epic freebie)

Beat:
Star Fox Zero (WiiU)
Little Nightmares (Steam)

Made Progress In:
Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)
Alan Wake (Steam)
Organ Trail (Steam)

Planned Games To Beat In 2020

Spoiler:

Overcooked! (Switch)
Control (PS4)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Steam)
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Steam)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4)
The Witness (Steam)
God of War 2018 (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Resident Evil HD remaster (PS4)
Black Mesa (Steam)
Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
Star Fox Guard (Wii U)
Assassin's Creed: Origins (Uplay)

At this point, I don't think I'll make any decent progress on the pile this year and I'm trying to be ok with that. I beat Little Nightmares for my spooky game of the month and found that to have a charming yet twisted atmosphere that I enjoyed. The final boss in Star Fox Zero went down after my third attempt on the mission but I haven't started Star Fox Guard.

I then picked up the Half-Life 2 games again because watching a friend stream Half Life Alyx made me nostalgic for those games.

Plans for November.. beat Alan Wake..maybe? I'm halfway through it so I could see myself easily polishing it off in 2-3 more sessions. I'm too scared to say what I'm playing beyond that however.

Tough call whether Hades or Animal Crossing will be my GotY. Definitely spent more time on ACNH but wow Hades consumed me in Sept/Oct.

My other new game Rebel Galaxy Outlaw will definitely be on the list too. I need to update what I played this year and what is eligible. I got a lot of pile cleared in the summer when I took a Rocket League break.

Have a couple demos installed on Switch. Need to decide if I will get the new Hyrule Warriors at launch or wait and use some holiday gift cards for next year.

November report:

Added:

  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails From Zero (PC)

Finished:

  • REPLAY: Mega Man X (SNES)
  • REPLAY: Tomb Raider 1996 (PC)
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation (PC)

Dropped:
Nothing

Played:

  • Tomb Raider II (PC)
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails From Zero (PC)
  • Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)

Wasn't planning on starting Trails From Zero just yet, but after Cold Steel II, I wanted to play more Trails. The wait for the fan translation of Trails To Azure will be a long one, but I still haven't played Sky 3rd, so that should keep me busy until then.

I almost dropped AC Liberation a few times, but I finished it for some reason. That game was not good, and now I think it will be a good while before I play another one, after having played two AC games back to back.

It was nice to finally get back into Ring Fit Adventure! I'm in world 19 of 23, and I think I should be able to beat 1 world/week before January. I will at least try to 100% it, and then I might start over at maximum difficulty. Now that my ass finally fits into my old pants size, I would like to keep it that way.

  • Darksiders III
  • Else Heart.Break()
  • Homeworld Collection
  • Jurassic World: Evolution
  • King's Bounty: Crossworlds
  • King's Bounty: The Legend
  • KOTOR II
  • Planescape Torment
  • Shadow Tactics
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Yakuza Kiwami II

I received The Last of Us Part II as an early Christmas gift, but otherwise no changes to the backlog this month. I did play some KOTOR II, but I'm not loving it, and so have been making progress slower than I'd like. But I played games I received free from Epic, along with receiving Assassin's Creed Valhalla from a kind GWJer here, so I've certainly kept busy otherwise.

If I finish anything this month, it'll be KOTOR II, but I'm not hopeful, so this may be the backlog that I start 2021 with.

Sheesh, I started up AC: Odyssey. Nothing else is getting finished. Massive game, but really fun.

November Report

GAMES COMPLETED:

  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Super Mario World
  • Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth (sort of)

GAMES PLAYED:

  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light
  • Phasmophobia
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
  • Halo 4
  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
  • Hades
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

PILE OF STARTED 2020 GAMES:

  • Pokemon Shield
  • No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Bloodborne
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Sakura Wars
  • Trials of Mana (via Collection of Mana)
  • Witcher 3
  • Hollow Knight

SHORT AND SWEET:
A sudden windfall has led to snagging a couple games I'd been interested in... and then, suddenly, there was joy to be had in video games again (and therefore joy in the overwrought navel-gazing, yay!)

THE OVERWROUGHT NAVEL-GAZING:

Spoiler:

I was hit by a sudden flux of interviews in November, and while it's only short term, I have a contract starting up next Monday that will have me working again. Nothing lined up for after December, but something is better than nothing and it's possible I'll have work after. So that helps alleviate a lot of the feelings of negativity.

I was able to establish enough funds to not only take care of the bills of responsibility, but to also allow myself to snag Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin and Hades in addition to Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which was the final game I had budgeted for this year. These things, and more, have made November an interesting month in terms of gaming, especially once Twitch is thrown into the mixture.

I kind of listed Super Mario Bros. 3 and World for the heck of it, as I "speed-ran" both games, so to speak. Definitely a new experience for me as my typical attitude in playing Mario games is to play every map and to try and find every exit available. I've had a pretty completionist attitude towards the games my entire life, and for the first time I decided to just burn through as swiftly as possible. Mario World was surprisingly easy in this regard, and as such I had it beaten within 40 minutes. What perhaps surprised me most personally was how I had only done the Special Zone when I was near the game's conclusion as a kid, and therefore always wondered why they hid the ability to swap enemy sprites and autumn-themed backgrounds until after you'd nearly finished. Now, it's pretty clear you can head directly for Special Zone as soon as you can access Star Road and just burn through the different levels (which is far less of a challenge if you continue to snag the Blue Yoshi and just fly above every map). It definitely has me tempted to do a 100% run by completing the Special Zone first, and also breathed a bit of new life into the game for me. I still prefer it over Super Mario Bros. 3, if I'm honest, though there's a special aesthetic and style to Mario Bros. 3 that even World failed to carry on. While the New Super Mario Bros. series has carried elements of both games forward, I feel like both 3 and World have some special ingredient that has been lost as time has passed. What that is, I'm not sure.

I've also dabbled in Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy in the interest of grabbing footage, as well as having gone back a bit to Super Mario Odyssey. This was actually my first time with Super Mario 64 as I had only watched my friend play it back in middle school. If I had ever gotten my own fingers on the N64 controller, it was only the once and I can no longer recall the experience. It's odd, as I remember seeing the old VHS Nintendo Power cassette trying to sell Mario 64 as being this big thing, and it certainly excited me more than Shadows of the Empire or Pilotwings 64 which were showcased after. But when all was said and done I kind of shrugged the game off. This was also my first time with Mario Sunshine. And y'know what? I can better understand why Mario Odyssey had a "forgettable" feel to it for some of us. I certainly remember many aspects of it positively, and I did enjoy my return to it, but it's so... leisurely. By allowing you to continue collecting Stars or Shines or Moons or whatnot within the map, it becomes this leisurely journey across the map to explore and snag moons. Some of the obstacles are more difficult than others, but they're all made possible enough to complete even if you only have a rudimentary understanding of the mechanics (as opposed to those that can keep wall-jumping and cap-leaping for like five minutes straight without touching the ground). If Mario 64 allowed for this same sort of "stay in the map and just grab Stars", it'd probably been a lot more leisurely, but potentially a lot more forgettable.

Regardless, I was not much a fan of how Mario 64 controls, and while Sunshine is a huge improvement, I'm not sure I'm down to return to that, either. I think I've realized that 2D Mario is my preference as it relies more heavily on the exciting challenge of its obstacle courses. Mario Galaxy may be superior in that regard, but the game is also madly disorienting and continues to rely on the player restarting levels over and over. That gets a bit tiresome, I think, though Galaxy at least works it out better by opening new passages to new content faster.

Interested in a new character-action game, I decided to give Castlevania: Lords of Shadow a spin. By the second stream I was frustrated, gave up, and swapped over to Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin and had a better time with it. I don't think Lords of Shadow is awful, but it's certainly a victim of imitation without refinement, originality, and basic game design understanding. Which probably sounds silly coming from someone that loves Darksiders, but, well, I could probably sit here writing a novella comparing what Darksiders does right and Lords of Shadow doesn't, much like I could what Darksiders 3 does right that Jedi: Fallen Order doesn't. But I'll spare anyone foolish enough to read this current essay disguised as a summary and simply state that I may return to Lords of Shadow one day... but certainly not any time soon.

But that does lead me to Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin and Hades, two action games that far better fill the void. Sakuna is an interesting alternate take to Rune Factory, or at least that's how I'm spinning it. The action combat is far more involved than what I recall in Rune Factory... 2? Original? on the DS, though the farming is a bit too "free-form" and lacking guidance, made only worse by a constantly shifting camera. So when you're trying to plant rice seeds in a straight line, the camera starts panning around and next thing you know you're planting diagonally. I'd prefer something a bit more guided like in the Harvest Moon/Rune Factory games, but the combat loop is so quick and satisfying. It might be wise to seek a guide for how to best farm since your stats are tied to the quality of the rice you're farming, however. Regardless, I'm having a blast with it, though I sadly don't have much time to dedicate as I'd like.

Hades is similar, where I completed the first boss after four attempts. I typically am not a fan of Rogue-likes, but as Hades has permanent stat increases and weapon unlocks it works out a bit better, as well as saving your progress through the world. Really, though, it's that core combat loop and the small encouragements, such as stat bonuses contributing to damage for back-attacks. My first play session lasted approximately two hours and I only stopped because I knew I should go do something else. I'm glad I got a chance to snag both games in time for the inevitable Game of the Year countdown.

The real gem, of course, is Yakuza: Like a Dragon. I've played... four of these games now? so you'd think it'd start wearing on me a bit (and in some ways, it has). However, Like a Dragon not only freshens things up with a new protagonist, it does so with that JRPG genre-swap. With direct references to Dragon Quest, peculiar modern-day contrivances that are reminiscent of EarthBound, and a combat system that fuses Super Mario RPG button prompts with Persona's style, it feels far more fresh than it has any right to while feeling like a good ol' classic RPG. Traditional, but with a sleek and modern look and refinement. I'm uncertain how I'm supposed to determine what a foe is going to be vulnerable to since we don't have traditional elemental vulnerabilities here, but it doesn't stop me from carefully selecting which skills to use and when, and then when to hurry and mash that attack button so you can deal bonus damage while a foe is on the ground.

My only complaint would be that the different abilities can have area-of-effect damage, but everyone is always moving so randomly and without any control on the player's part. So enemies may be perfectly grouped up to get lit on fire by some alcoholic hobo breath, as you're inputting the command, but by time the character gets into position the foes have spread out.

Thus far the story seems to be focused on the "outsider" or "outcast" of society. Very appropriate for Ichiban, who is a far more enjoyable protagonist than I anticipated. It also has me wondering, much of how Kiryu was constantly in conflict with his sense of honor and romanticized perspective of the Yakuza and the reality of being a criminal, if Ichiban's journey will also indicate that there's no room for someone like him in the Yakuza due to his sense of honor. I look forward to finding out.

Finally, Halo 4. Now that the years have passed and I'm over 343 wrecking the crap out of this franchise worse than Bungie managed with Halo 3 (which, admittedly, was mostly in story, though Brutes were the biggest pile of "miss what made Halo fun in the first place" there ever was), I and my buddy can actually find some enjoyment in the portions where you fight the Covenant. It basically works Halo is supposed to, and that's fine. But then the Prometheans of whatever show up and everything is terrible. They somehow made a worse enemy type than the Brutes and projectile Flood combined. It's almost a talent how badly they screwed up what makes Halo great. While we discovered Human weapons are most effective against the Prometheans, they lack any sort of clear and reliable vulnerability like the Elites possess. There's limited resourcefulness in taking them out (oddly enough, the Knights were improved in Halo 5 by being given a more clear weakpoint, though they remain a bit bullet-sponge). Is the game awful? Are the Prometheans themselves awful? Technically, no, but the combat goes from being just plain fun to just plain frustrating. Naturally, the game will feel notably worse as a result.

Story is not only trash, but it completely contradicts canon established in Halo 3. So, y'know, that's wonderful.

Halo 4 will likely be beaten this week.

Oh, yeah, bought Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition waaaaay earlier this year. Booted it up on a whim, and I'm having a blast in Colony 9 for like... the fourth or fifth time I've started this game. Honestly enjoy it more than Witcher 3, so, uh... probably dropping Witcher 3, much to the dismay of my friend.