Whoo! It has been quite a year hasn’t it? For me, it has been an INSANE year. I wound up buying my first house, my second car, paid off two student loans, built my own computer
, received a hefty bonus, and gotten two promotions! I have beaten Dark Souls to death on various challenge runs
, started a YouTube channel
, started a community series
, made the front page
, watched all of Fist of the North Star, and gotten crazy, wicked, pass out drunk more than a few times.
The first of many asides - if you like to drink, make friends with a bartender. Just be kind, tip well, and keep your first few drinks in order so they remember you. Don’t be a pain. Why? One place has gotten to know me pretty well, and they usually ‘forget’ that I order a drink or two, which I pass on to the bartender as a tip. Its a system. Anyway. One guy knew that I liked scotch, so asked if I wanted a pour of this bottle he had taken down, so I said sure. He gave it to me, told me what it was, then told me the price. Laphroag. 30 year. 50 dollars a pour. Delicious.
However that isn’t what I wanted to talk about! I wanted to talk about my Steam Backlog! See, after building a PC I indulged in many a sale, then immediately realized the task at hand. To date, I own 169 games. I play with the games in grid view, and when I finish one, I “X” it out so I don’t have to worry about it. Plus, it feels really gratifying to change that image. So I wanted to list and recap and note all the games. With that, in almost chronological order, and an asterisk next to my favorites …
To the Moon*
- This thing. Yeah. Needlessly 8 bit, frustrating at times, inconsistent in tone...but also unbelievably amazing. The tone issue is taken care of by the characters created, really, and they go through a crazy arc. The game drags on for 3 hours for a half hour payoff, but it hits like a ton of bricks. This is up there with NieR as far as ‘games that have made me feel the saddest thing ever’. Be patient with it. Play it. Love it.
- Its a game about waiting! That's the whole mechanic! Wait….then burn things….so you can wait...for more things! I played this off and on for what felt like 6 months, and hated the mechanics every time I started it up. I’m sure there’s some message. I guess the end was different. But man….I did not care for this one either. I whipped out a guide just to be able to say I beat it because I wanted to see what it had to offer at the end. Ech.
Mark of the Ninja
- Yeah. This was a game. Not bad. Not fantastic. I did get to sick carnivorous insects on a guy in front of his two friends, and while they gnawed through his bones, another guard panicked and shot his friend in the face. So there’s that.
Saints Row 2
- I had already completed 2 and 3 on the Xbox, but switched to PC for Saints Row 4. I collected 2 and 3 on PC because they were cheap, and decided to revisit 2. It has aged poorly. The graphics are underwhelming, you have to mod in controller support, and the control scheme is nothing short of archaic. But the story that it tells is oddly compelling and often revolting, so still wound up being a fun experience, with only a few cheats enabled.
Then there are the games that you can never really beat, so these are the ongoing games:
- I’m afflicted, you’re addicted.
Path of Exile*
- See above. Year of the FTP model. So many hours wasted between these two guys, at a cost of zero dollars. You should at least try these games if you are remotely interested as there is no cost to do so. Beaten on 2/3 difficulties with 1 character, with another rolled.
Binding of Isaac
- Roguelikes never die. This has been beaten, at least!
-see above, but not beaten.
- this one does die, but its a small filesize, so it can stay. Not yet beaten, but getting ever closer!
- after getting the Beta codes from this wonderful site, I got addicted pretty hard into this game. I was incredibly sad when the beta was over, so I waited until the game went on sale then pounced on it. This is one of my favorites fighters in a long time!
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