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80.2% of Unfinished
25.4% of Total
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All Games 396 Total
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about 3 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Yeah, basically for the reasons you mentioned FF13 is on the "probably never going to play list". Unless I somehow break both legs and am bedridden for 6 months and literally run out of other games to play. Spec Ops definitely still holds up. I'd unfortunately waited so long that I'd seen the occasional spoiler but otherwise I thought it was a fantastic game with great performances all around. Gameplay was pretty average for a cover based third person shooter but the plot was engaging and interesting. Cool alternative to the "save the world from destruction from the big bad guys" that so many games fall back on.

I definitely prefer Asylum to City for those reasons. It feels like there is too much padding and too much going on in City. 400 Riddler puzzles is excessive. The Asylum felt like a real place that had become overrun. City feels completely illogical even in the context of Gotham's universe and the story of the game. It's just such an impossibly bad idea. It also makes the world feel stretched out, whereas Asylum was so well designed and integrated as you moved from one area to another. City also suffers from too many villains and no clear direction on what the main plot wants to be, whereas AA very clearly had the Joker as its main antagonist with well defined motivations. That being said, the combat is as good as ever.

I appreciate the idea of a personalized collection that you can speak openly about. It's almost embarassing the number of games I have that are still in the shrink wrap. There are some games I look at and wonder why the hell I ever bought it in the first place. I went through a phase where I bought every game that was cheap and had even slightly positive reviews, which ended up with me owning things like Alpha Protocol and every Assassin's Creed and Tony Hawk and Transformers etc. My purchasing has definitely improved and I've begun to ask myself even with games that are super cheap, will I ever actually play this? Darksiders 2 was a recent example of one that was like $3 over Christmas and I passed. Even though it's the price of a coffee, the time investment has become more meaningful to me than the financial investment. I'd rather pay $70 for one game that I'll love than $70 for 15 games that I'll probably never play.
about 3 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
I've been having a similar crisis. So I did essentially the same thing, looked at my backlog and decided on the games that I'm really interested in playing. There's so much there that I either bought on sale, got for free, or simply grew out of (open world games especially, and JRPGs like you mentioned). So I started with Spec Ops, which I had heard great things about and wanted to play and found it amazing. Then I've moved onto Arkham City, which I've had since launch but never got around to. It's been nice picking games that I'm interested in instead of worrying about my backlog. I've just come to grips with the fact that there are a ton of games that I have that I'm just never going to get to. As an adult with grad school and work and a girlfriend and a social life and sports I don't have the time to devote to gaming that I did when I was a single teenager living at home and going to university.

Like you said, some games are just never going to be a priority. FF13? Long, not well reviewed, not particularly interesting or groundbreaking. When am I ever going to have 50 hours to put into a game like that that won't be better used on something else? Same with say, Medal of Honor Warfighter. Generic FPS? With those 8 hours I could play a couple short but cool indie games I've been wanting to get to.

So I think the shift to a quality over quantity mindset is going to be nice. I enjoy having the collection, so I don't know that I'll ever donate them, but I'm definitely starting to accept that I just won't finish most of them. Which makes the completionist part of me slightly twitchy with discomfort but exposure IS the best treatment.
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
You're a lot further into Pokemon than I am (I just beat the first trial and kahuna) but I'm totally seeing why you dig it so much. I didn't even know about no HMs but that is something I wanted forever. The humor is apparent as well, it's pretty self-aware.

I did get some pretty cool stuff out of the booster box. Got the EX cards of Charizard, Venusaur and Blastoise; three full arts of Misty, Pidgeot and Dragonite; and a bunch of holo rares and the like. Unfortunately, didn't pull a Charizard holo rare which is the real reason I wanted to open a box...I chased that card so hard as a kid.

It was fun though. I may try to go for the complete set, open a few boosters here and there, see how my luck goes. People always bug me for what I want for Christmas (I never really want anything) but this year I may just say "get me some packs of Pokemon cards like I'm 10 years old again"
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Ah, you grabbed Pokemon Sun too! Nice to see.

I went on a vacation last month and ended up finishing Alpha Sapphire. I wasn't really planning on diving into Sun right away but I caught that Pokemon bug again.

Also, I even bought some Pokemon cards for the first time in...12 years? This new set came out that reprinted a bunch of the original cards and the nostalgia hit me hard. Bought a freaking booster box for $75 on Amazon (with the help of a gift card as well).
about 4 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Yeah, fourth wall breaking is just a lazy way to give instructions to a player. It's like games are afraid to be games, and think if a text box explaining the HUD or how to play pops up then the immersion is ruined. We're not stupid; we know that we need to be taught to play especially if you have a complicated battle system or something. Then again, Dark Souls gets away without really explaining jack shit so I think another thing developers do is under-estimate the level to which we can figure it out with some trial and error. The trick then is designing a game that encourages trial and error without punishing failure too harshly. Can you imagine Super Mario Bros with a message box being like "press A to jump", "press B to throw fireballs", "jump on an enemy's head to defeat it".

I did not make it through my list of games but I did decide I wanted something with some horror to it for Halloween. I'm going to see if I can get through a couple games before the end of the month but I doubt it haha
about 5 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
30 minutes or an hour would probably give games more of a chance, but it would drive up the amount of time required to go through them all pretty substantially. I tend to think most good games are good from the start, and a few have shaky beginnings and get better. There are a handful of books and movies and games I could name that I love that grew on me over time, particularly TV shows, but for the most part I know if I'll like something pretty early on.

Dust did a bunch of things that I don't like, which also happen to be things that I don't assume will get better over time (the super annoying fairy character...worse than Fi for sure) and a bunch of third wall breaking dialog that's really out of place. There's no context for her shouting to mash buttons at the monsters because this isn't one of those Matt Hazard Duke Nukem "we're making fun of being a game" games, so it feels like cheap reference humour in a game that isn't about reference humour. It might be a personal thing, but I prefer a little box to pop up and say "press A to jump" rather than a character within the game world making reference to the fact that it's a game, i.e. "press the start button to view your journal log and set quest markers on the map". The voice acting is also kind of awful and the story was just a typically generic "you're the chosen one but you have amnesia here's a special sword" fantasy fare. That's the one area which could theoretically improve, if the story suddenly took some amazing twisting turn into something more interesting.
about 5 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
I've gone through 7 now, with the best probably being Dead Rising 2. I played Dark Void, Defense Grid Awakening, Dust, Cthulu Saves the World, Alien Hominid, and Hexic. I surprisingly liked Defense Grid and did not like Dust or Alien Hominid. It's really interesting to see what games give you in the first little bit, how they handle tutorials and story telling, and what kind of vibe you get from such a short intro. A bunch of the games in my upcoming list are ones I got free through Games with Gold, so it's stuff that I'd likely never buy or touch on my own.
about 6 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
The social life is really doing me in. I haven't had a night at home just to myself with no sports or activities or anything in over a month until tonight. So I'm trying to figure out what to play, but when you're so limited on time it's hard to make a decision and I'm paralyzed by fear. So what I'm doing is going through all of the games downloaded onto my 360 that I haven't played and playing the first 15 minutes. It's been really fun jumping into a variety of games I'd normally potentially never play and it takes the pressure of my choices out. I'm ranking them on a word doc and by the end, maybe I'll extend it to the rest of my collection or maybe I'll just pick my favourite and go from there. Maybe I'll figure out what it is I really feel like playing, or maybe it'll just be a fun sampling exercise.
about 6 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Digging the new theme! What's it stand for? How do you progress through the colours? My only gaming these days essentially is having streams on in the background while I work or read or write. It's a sad state of affairs. I just want to go to all the kids in school and be like, ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN BEING AN ADULT IS TOO HARD
about 9 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
We have fallen behind on the bi-monthly picks!

I have been super busy, had a couple deaths in the family so I've been running around trying to help out family as much as I can.

Switching to a much more happy topic, I finally have a PS4! Had to pick one up since Uncharted 4 is out. Loving it so far. I have about 2 chapters to go in Uncharted and I'm planning on starting Ratchet soon.

How have you been?
about 12 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Ah, I like the theme! Spiffy!

I have a confession: My backloggery game has been abysmal as of late. I didn't beat your choice last month. I haven't been keeping up with updates (still have a ton of games to add).

It's sad.

At this point I'm afraid to even try to update - it's such a mess.

about 1 year ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Yeah I think that could be good. We can deal with that potentially. It was a bit of a nuts end to the year.
about 1 year ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Alright, sounds good to me! I was too busy as well. I started both Pikmin 3 and Devil May Cry but made no real progress, maybe I can beat both this month!

We might have to put something in place for this years Nov/Dec pick - like maybe pick a super short game you can beat in one sit down or something. I don't know, we'll figure it out.

Either way, I hope you had a great holiday!
about 1 year ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Haha nope. I'm going to have the same issue. Got too tied down with finals and then I went home for Christmas....I don't know if I'm gonna do any gaming over this break! It was a record low year for the kirbykiller backlog.
about 1 year ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
I'm here! I made it!

I just picked out a few games for kirby so I should be caught up with that.

Feel free to pick out a game for me. I won't be able to do my last pick since my PS3 is having all the trouble in the world reading discs all of a sudden. It started doing it near the end of my Ico playthrough and it's gotten worse. I have never had so many problems with a console in my life! Up to the PS3 I've been super lucky and never had a console give me problems or break...guess that wouldn't last.

Every other system should be open game...so go nuts.

You started writing again!?! Holy crap, that's awesome! I bookmarked your blog, I'll try to check it out a couple times a week but feel free to drop me a comment if you put something new up. Glad you started that up though, wish I could do the same. I did love talking and writing about games with all you IGN peeps. I'm not a fantastic writer by any means but just talking about games and the industry is a passion of mine.

Hope you're doing well!
about 1 year ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Yeah that makes sense. Give him until next Friday and then if nothing then go ahead and make the choice.
about 1 year ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Alright, because it's Christmas and the final pick I'm going to give you a few options.

Dead Space 2; Kirby and the Rainbow Curse; Tomb Raider

I threw Kirby in there because it's what I would have picked if you weren't already playing Yoshi's Wolly World and it's sort of a jolly game. The others aren't really festive but I love them both. I played Tomb Raider earlier this year, one of the few games I actually beat outside of our "game club", and thought it was pretty incredible. There were definitely some tone issues but overall I got super into it. Dead Space 2 was not as good as 1 but it had some very cool moments and still manage to strike a decent action-horror balance before things started to crumble into 3.
about 1 year ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Yeah, switching up the day/night and adding the pool did help a bit, but I found that I just tried to adjust my strategy as little as possible and just swap in the required plants. I never understood the coffee bean. None of the mushrooms were so powerful that I'd waste two whole spots just to use them. The catapaults were all I used on the roof levels. Walls became my friend, and those bungee zombies were my nemesis. So many of my double sunflowers got stolen by those fuckers. Some of the mini games are pretty inventive, and I actually like the puzzles. Being the zombies was a neat addition that definitely could have carried it's own game.

I have Link Between Worlds but haven't opened it. Maybe in the new year? Haha. Good to hear that it lived up to its Zelda name.

I pick for you this time?
about 1 year ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Yeah, fuck I was so close. Grad school has been a nightmare but I'm going to try to finish it off tonight or tomorrow. 2 more levels. It's been good. The frustrating part is not being able to use all the plants because of the restriction of how many plants you can take into battle. I found it really discouraged me from experimenting with the different options and just sticking to what I knew worked. It's good for the brain though. I like that there is a little depth to it, but yeah overall I wish there was more room to puzzle solve. I pretty much brute forced every level the same way without really ever coming close to failing. Although maybe that's on my own lack of inventiveness and creativity. It fit with the Halloween theme though considering I played it over October. How sad that in two months I didn't even manage to fully beat one XBLA game.

How did you enjoy your game? Was it Zelda this time or was that a carry over?
about 1 year ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
So you're back to reviewing eh? I watched an Until Dawn full playthrough sleepover stream on Gametrailers. It looks like a really sweet game. If it weren't for Halo 5, which makes my choice of next gen system pretty much for me, it would have sold me on a PS4.
All hail Master Bak'laag!