Category Archives: backlog

What I’ve Been Playing – Level 0

Breath of the Wild

I haven’t really gotten into anything much recently. Instead, I tried to play everything at the same time, and got bored of it all before too long.

I started Breath of the Wild, accidentally wiped my save file, started again then didn’t really go back to it. I played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for about 20 hours in the two weeks after it came out, then haven’t been back to it at all. Also on Switch I bought World of Goo, I am Setsuna, Disgaea 5, Minecraft and never really got into any of them. Whoops. Just need Stardew Valley so I can buy that too, then not play it.

On PS4 I got back into Formula 1 2016 picking up my save from last September on the super easy mode, because driving F1 cars is hard. I am currently enjoying thoroughly beating everyone even though they basically all forgot how to drive.

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F1 2016 on PS4

I also started Dragon Quest Heroes. Are you seeing a trend yet? I like starting games, I like quitting them even more! I’ll probably go back to Dragon Quest Heroes next month, or maybe next year. Long winded story games are basically my nemesis.

I even started Omega Ruby again, with the hilarious plan of completing a Living Pokedex. It didn’t happen when I was at uni with 30 hours a week spare, and I really doubt I will ever complete a living Pokedex now, or any time in the future.

Going forward I am going to try and play a ‘few’ games a week, and blogg about them regularly. Maybe this will make me get through my backlog in a reasonable fashion. Maybe I could even set a target of beating 30 games before the end of 2018? We’ll see.

This guy is basically a hero. I do wonder if he has a job or a wife, though. Over 5 hours a day just playing games!

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OP WILL DELIVER!!!

Games I played a bit of recently:

  • Breath of the Wild
  • Dragon Quest Heroes
  • Zelda Picross
  • Magical Starsign
  • Monster Hunter 4
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby

Games I plan on completing soon:

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Week 1

Things I am going to do this week, apparently by writing them down publicly I might stand more of a chance of doing these.productivity-1995786_1920.jpg

  • Complete Apple Watch Activity Rings 7/7 Days
  • 3x45minute workouts on Apple Health
  • Reach 4 hours of ‘Very Productive’ each day M-F on RescueTime
  • Blog about what games I’ve been playing (and not playing)
  • Throw out more shit I don’t need from my tiny flat
  • Focus on 2-3 games, not 12 different games.
    • Formula 1 2016 (PS4)
    • Magical Starsign on (DS)
    • Zelda Picross (3DS, I might even finish it this week!!)

Fire Emblem & Pokemon Snap

What does Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright & Pokémon Snap have in common? I completed them both last week!

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Two more games off the backlog! The girlfriend and I played Pokemon Snap to the credits in one sitting, and I completed FE Fates Birthright on super easy n00b mode.

Whatever… I am not ashamed, I was totally just playing for the story! Plus, I don’t have time for long-ass RPGs any more. So, having a way to breeze through the story was nice. Maybe one day I’ll go back and play Conquest & Revelations. Probably not though… A snippet of my RPG backlog includes highlights such as Dragon Quest 7, several Final Fantasy Tactics games, several Disgaea games, Skyrim, Morrowind, Witcher 3… you get the idea….

I enjoyed playing Fates on super-scrub mode, but I won’t be going back any time soon.

Pokemon Snap title screen

Pokémon Snap was an awesome game. I genuinely don’t know why we didn’t play it sooner. We got to the credits in about 4 hours and caught about 95% of the Pokémon in the game. Thoughts include: ‘WHY HASN’T NINTENDO MADE POKEMON SNAP 2!!!!!!’, and ‘FUCK YOU OAK! THAT PHOTO WAS AMAZING’. Great game!

I also discovered that two players can use different controllers but still control player 1 on the WiiU Virtual Console. This meant the gf could have the gamepad and I had a pro controller, and we didn’t need to keep passing the controller. Something small, but pretty neat.

Games Completed in 2017

This post is to remind me that I should not buy a Nintendo Switch until I have completed a shit load more games that I ALREADY OWN!!!!

There will be more games out then, they will be cheaper, and you do not need to spend over £300 in March just to play Zelda when you haven’t finished most of the Zelda titles you already own. Stop being an idiot.

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Games I have completed this year

  1. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS) – Friday February 10th 2017 [17h40m]
  2. Pokémon Snap (WiiU)- Wednesday February 8th 2017 [3h31m]
  3. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) – Sunday 26th February 2017 [5h57m]
  4. Formula 1 2016 (PS4)

Currently Playing

  • Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past (WiiU)
  • Yo-Kai Watch (3DS)
  • Picross E

Games I would like to complete this year..

Among others….

  • Most of the Zelda series (I am only missing Zelda 2 and Skyward Sword from my extensive collection…)
  • Super Mario Advance Series on WiiU VC
  • SM3DL
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe
  • Pikmin 3
  • Yoshi’s Wooly World

And many more…..

3DS Download Retail Games to PlayeShop Games

Retro Thoughts – Super Mario 64

I recently played through Super Mario 64 on the WiiU Virtual Console for the first time (up to 70 stars. Enough to beat Bowser, see the credits, and get the game off my backlog.)

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For a genre defining game it stand apart from everything from it’s era. However, if we look back through 2016-o-vision the cracks show.

This is Mario’s first foray into 3D environments and every level is unique and engaging, but the controls let it down in my opinion. This isn’t really a flaw in the game, or even with the Nintendo 64 it ran on. We are just so used to twin sticks in modern games to play a 3D without them feels strange and unwieldy.

Twin sticks weren’t even a thing until the year after Super Mario 64 was released (the Sony Dual Analog controller became available April 1997 for the Playstation) and not on Nintendo hardware until the Gamecube in 2001 over five years later.

For what it had, the game controlled well and even translated quite decently to a DS remaster a decade ago. The levels were fantastic (nothing felt rushed, or repeated, or a lazy cop out), the music sublime, and this game is rightly considered a classic.

It’s a shame that Nintendo’s Virtual Console is too dark, as you can see in these screenshots. You could always play on actual hardware (but I am never going be buying old consoles.. I have enough crap as it is) or resort to other solutions like emulating the game yourself on something like RetroPie or your normal computer. Why can’t Nintendo fix the darkness issue? Who knows.. Maybe they will on the NX (as they get us to ‘upgrade’ our virtual console libraries again…)

I don’t think I will ever go back and get all 120 stars. I’d probably snap my controller in half, and I have a hell of a backlog to get through anyway.

Why did I wait so long to play Uncharted?

I had a PS3 for years, and never played Uncharted.

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I got a PS4 in November. It came with the Uncharted collection. I still didn’t play it.

Finally.. after much prodding from a work colleague I put the disk in and got stuck in. Holy crap! What an amazing game! I’ve only played Drake’s Fortune but wow. Just wow.

The whole game is paced spectacularly; I never had a dull moment; the difficulty curve was great (the mutants can go fuck themselves!!); and the story was neither too long (Looking at you: Every JRPG ever) or too short.

10/10 – Best game I’ve played so far this year. If you have a PS4 and you haven’t got it… Go buy it right now.

I’m going to leave 2 & 3 for a while whilst I catch up some of other games.. Maybe Fallout 4, or something portable like Fire Emblem. Whatever takes my fancy.

Games completed so far in 2016

  1. Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)
  2. Pokemon Yellow (3DS Virtual Console)
  3. New Super Mario Bros 2 (3DS)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
  5. I will update this post as I complete more…
  6. Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (3DS)
  7. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS4)
  8. August 21st – Super Mario 64 (WiiU)
    Next up: Uncharted 2-3, Fallout 4, Fire Emblem Fates Birthright, Luigi’s Mansion 2 & Kirby Triple Deluxe.

How I Learnt To Stop Buying Games

I know I’ve bought a lot of games since I got my Steam account way back in 2009. I didn’t realise just how stupid it had gotten though.

This is a screenshot of my Backloggery (a service for tracking game completion!), maybe one day I will finish all these…

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I have decided my Backloggery is only going to have console games (handheld included) and Steam games I have played to completion as I honestly have no intention of playing the vast majority of them.

I removed my Steam games, but have re-added them back under the ‘null’ status so they do not affect the stats. Honestly, most of these games were bought for dirt cheap in sales and there is probably only 25-30 I actually want to complete (HL series, Fallout/Elder Scrolls, etc)

If you take the 204 games above, and played them for a conservation 15 hours each then you have 127.5 days worth of games.

To put it another way, if I managed to play around 10 hours a week they would take ridiculous 306 weeks to finish…

So… No More Games!! Or, being realistic: I need to complete 10 to buy one new 1, and I need to focus on the shorter games in my collection.

Recently I finished the story in GTA V (which was amazing), completed Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Season Fairy Tale (which I recommend if you like JRPGs) and I am currently playing Pokemon Yellow (going for a complete dex might take a while though…).

Trying to focus on one game at a time seems to be speeding up my progress. I will probably be moving on to the games I’ve nearly completed next: Luigi’s Mansion 2 & Kirby Triple Deluxe. I think I am going to focus on one ‘smaller’ game (like Picross or a 2D Mario game) and one ‘larger’ game like Skyrim or Xenoblade at a time so I don’t get bored of any single game at once.

Wish me luck! Hopefully by 2017 I will have a completion rate on backloggery of over 30% (62 games!!)

Finished – Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition for Nintendo 3DS

I finally finished The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition for Nintendo 3DS this week. I’ve been trying to play it at my local Streetpass events for nearly a year, but we always get distracted by the event or no-one wants to play it/has it downloaded to their console.

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But this time was different! We set up an event purely for the purposes of completing Four Swords, and we accomplished our goal. We even finished the retro themed Realms of Memories stages which are based on Legend of Zelda from the NES, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. They were awesome reminders of the games and evoked some memories of those that I’ve actually played.

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A fun fact about Four Swords: it was the first appearance of what was the become the concept for the Minish Cap. Known as the Gnat Hat it allowed players to shrink to a fraction of their usual size. In the Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap the same thing occurs via Ezlo

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I thoroughly enjoyed playing through Four Swords at the pub. The atmosphere was great, and maybe more than once we threw each other into lava or onto spikes. It’s seriously good fun, and it’s a shame that was a time limited download both in Europe years ago, and the US back in January 2014. I wonder why they don’t just charge £5 for it and let people give them money? Oh, Nintendo you so crazy!

We’ll probably have to get together at some point to 100% it, since the last thing left to do is the Hero’s Trials which are (obviously) more difficult stages meant to test you and your friends. Perhaps we’ll do that one day.

Until then, that’s one off of the backlog! Success. What next? Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies and Terraria for PC!

The Steaming Backlog of Steam Games

Inspired by a Reddit post that I was reading whilst procrastinating, I’ve come up with a nice system for dealing with my Steam backlog that’s approaching nearly four hundred games… Gotta do something. And not change the password and forget it exists…

Anyway, the idea is to play every game for at least 1 hour to see if I enjoy it. If not, whatever, it’s done. Move on, if I do then keep playing. Easy? I’ve inputted my steam games into Excel (via SteamDB and excel’s Web data input wizard) and sorted them into one of four categories. Those I haven’t touched at all, or haven’t reach an hour in. Those that I’ve actually completed properly, ones that I am going to skip over and others that I might go back to later. The latter three all count as “completed” for backlog purposes. I’ll sort out separate lists for PS3, Gog.com games, 3DS and Vita titles that I own too.

  • Need to Play
  • Completed
  • One Hour Completed, It’s DONE
  • Might Continue

Backlog Categories

Going forward, I’ve selected the first game that appears for each letter. The first batch is as follows. I think I’ll actually complete more than a few of these (Machinarium, Doodles are Bugged) but there are more than a handful of massive games too (GalCiv, East India Company). I have been meaning to try them at some point, and now I can. This will probably take me till at least the Summer holidays. Wish me luck! Not a lot will get played before exams are over in three weeks. Time to play games revise.

  1. Ace of Spades
  2. Bad Rats
  3. Carrier Command: Gaea Mission
  4. Darkest Hour: Europe ’44-’45
  5. East India Company
  6. F.E.A.R.
  7. Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition
  8. Hack, Slash, Loot
  9. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
  10. Jamestown
  11. Killing Floor
  12. Lead and Gold Gangs of the Wild West
  13. Machinarium
  14. Napoleon: Total War
  15. Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus
  16. Paranautical Activity
  17. RAW Realms of Ancient War
  18. Saira
  19. Take Command: Second Manassas
  20. UFO: Afterlight
  21. Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines
  22. Wargame: European Escalation
  23. Your Doodles Are Bugged!
  24. Zen Bound® 2

Some more rules:

  • Multiplayer only games can be skipped entirely if I can’t find anyone to play them with.
  • Games incompatible with my PC can be skipped entirely.