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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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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

Dragon Quest VII is too long, but’s that’s OK

I really want to love Dragon Quest VII, but I don’t have the time right now to do it justice and it upsets me. I’ve finished Dragon Quest IV & V for the 3DS and I jumped head first into this one when it came out in September because it seemed right up my alley.

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Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Box Art


It’s one hundred hours long, though! I’m lucky if I get 7-10 hours a week to play, so I played quite a bit for a few weeks then made a fatal mistake. I got busy and put the game down.

Going back to it, I can see this is a quintessential JRPG from an age when longer meant better. Unfortunately, my play style doesn’t match this anymore… It seems I prefer shorter RPGs, puzzle games, and racing games these days. I guess this matches the time I can invest into games!

There hasn’t been an story arc I haven’t liked so far. It’s just that I’m only a third into the game… I picked it up and played another two or so islands for a few hours, then I had to go hunting for my tablets to progress even though I’d finished the story for those islands.

Such a great game deserves to be beaten so it’s going back on the shelf until I have some time to focus on it (when there are less games on my backlog.)

Oh to be a teenager again!

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.

Kirby and the Third Street Saints

I’m still working through my backlog! Slowly now that uni is back on, but still a few hours a week helps massively. In September (I realise its almost November as I type this, shh) I completed Saint’s Row the Third after reinstalling it to see if it’d finally work on my PC. It did! So I continued where I left off in January 2012 and completed the story.

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What a blast. (Upon reading back after drafting this, that pun wasn’t intended. Honestly!) It reminded me a lot of GTA of years gone by. I didn’t really like GTA V that much prefering Grand Theft Auto of my childhood like GTA 3 and Vice City. (Never did play San Andreas much! I will one day)

The story is a pretty typical crime drama. Gang takes over town. Gang threatened by city. Go! Shoot people, get shot, steal things, escort hookers back to their pimps, shoot pedestrians from you manapult, play in a gameshow like Takeshi’s Castle crossed with Total Wipeout.

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Ethical Reality Climax

Except there are guns. I’m pretty glad I completed it. I’ll have to go back and tidy up some of the side story lines completely, but at least I completed the main story start to finish!

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Kirby’s Dream Land cover art

Changing pace completely, I got around to beating Kirby’s Dream Land on 3DS Virtual Console. It’s a bit of a special game for me, as I’m 99% sure it was the first gameboy game that I ever played alongside Super Mario Land. I think it took me an hour. I wish I’d done it years ago. Anyway, it inspired me to buy Kirby Triple Deluxe which is fun so far. I’ll probably beat it this month or next.

Currently I’m playing through Disgaea 3 on the PS3 and Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale. I’ll probably play a ton more Fantasy life this month too.

The backlogged road is long!

I am slowly making progress through my backlog. Maybe by 2045 I’ll complete it…. From the first list of games to play that I posted after exams ended in May, I tried to spend time on Bad Rats (but it kept crashing), played some Hack Slash and Loot (doubt I’ll make it to an hour, I really don’t like it that much) and started on Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

I’m quite enjoying Fate of Atlantis and it’s reminded me how much I enjoy old LucasArts point and click adventures. I’ll have to stop off at Monkey Island soon. They’re just so much fun! Anyway whilst I continue to play OpenTTD and ignore my backlog, I thought I’d create a top games list for each of my backlogged console platforms. Here goes!

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WiiU

  • Lego Hobbit (15h)
  • Earthbound (30h)
  • Pikmin 3 (15h)

I’ve done a few days in Pikmin 3, and I’ve completed a chunk of LEGO Hobbit. I’ll probably just keep doing time trials in Mario Kart 8, though. Add me on Miiverse if you want to: geekyjames.

3DS/DS

  • Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies (30h)
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (25h)
  • Magical Starsign (40h)

I’m on the 3rd case in Dual Destinies, likely going to have to restart Miracle Mask due to forgetting the story and hopefully able to get over the slooooow text in Magical Starsign although I couldn’t last time I tried.

Vita/PSP

Heh, the screenshots do it better justice… Let’s just say I’ve not started any of these really… I should pick one at random and aim to complete it. The random number generator said 3, 7, and 23… which are… Final Fantasy Tactics, Lemmings (I can finish that!), and Hotline Miami. I’ll give that my best shot…

PS3

Assassins Creed series, Ni No Kuni, Burnout CRASH… So many Playstation Plus games, that honestly makes me wonder why I bother paying around £40 a year for games that I’m likely not going to play since I still buy games on the PSN Store… At least I didn’t buy a single game in the latest steam sale!

Time to crack on, shame I’m back at work for nine days starting this week… At least I’ve finally moved house, and have few responsibilities if any until October when uni starts back up!

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.

Two more completed games!

I was in the mood to play some shorter games (as you may have gathered from my last post) so I started back on playing a few of the Level-5 Guild series games that I had on my console: Liberation Maiden and Attack of the Friday Monsters.

Liberation Maiden

Liberation Maiden

I finished Liberation Maiden in just over an hour on easy mode. It was still pretty challenging for me since I don’t particularly like arcade shooters, but it was a lot of fun. One day I might go back to the individual stages to try and beat my scores, but not any time soon.

Attack of the Friday Monsters

Attack of the Friday Monsters

Longer than Liberation Maiden, I also rather enjoyed Attack of the Friday Monsters but I feel that the ending was a bit rushed. The game plays like a visual novel (Think sort of Monkey Island) where you go around talking to various characters, looking for clues, and playing a card game to battle NPCs. The battle system was simple and worked, but probably could of been fleshed out a bit. The story was satsifying (I think, I am still going through it in my mind…) and I’d look forward to a sequel if one were to be announced.

On to the next games!