Now Playing

(M)
PC
FINAL FANTASY XIV Online: FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers
Playing since ARR Beta | 80 DoW/DoH/DoL | Eureka/BA | Ishgard Top 50 | All: EX up to 5.5, J/R/S quests, GCs, CDs, BTs, Vistas

Updated about 3 weeks ago    |    Online Info Alderamin Hortwiltsyn @ Lamia

(U)
PC
OCTOPATH TRAVELER
8 out of 32 chapters | Tressa is turning out to be much more efficient than I thought. Hired Help is so powerful!

Updated about 2 months ago

★★★★★
(U)
PC
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse
301: The Penal Zone

Updated about 3 months ago

(U)
Switch
Rune Factory 4 Special
Level 40 | Year 1, Summer 28, Yokmir Cave | Difficulty: Hard

Updated about 9 months ago

Strawfire's Status

(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
529 (U)
  45 Unplayed  
8.5% of Unfinished
4.7% of Total
55%
199 (B)
20.7%
234 (C)
24.3%
Wishlist  2 ?         Top-Rated  75 ?????         Master Runs  9 (M)
Browser 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 3 Total
Android 8 (U) 1 (B) 3 (C) 44 Total
Arcade 4 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
Neo Geo BEAT 2 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Neo Geo CD 1 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
PC 242 (U) 128 (B) 159 (C) 680 Total
Mac 9 (U) 0 (B) 2 (C) 11 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 7 (U) 0 (B) 3 (C) 10 Total
NES 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
SNES 9 (U) 5 (B) 1 (C) 15 Total
Nintendo 64 4 (U) 2 (B) 0 (C) 6 Total
GameCube 8 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 9 Total
Wii 26 (U) 4 (B) 11 (C) 41 Total
Wii U 2 (U) 0 (B) 6 (C) 9 Total
PlayStation 39 (U) 18 (B) 6 (C) 64 Total
PlayStation 2 48 (U) 11 (B) 6 (C) 66 Total
PlayStation 3 6 (U) 1 (B) 3 (C) 11 Total
PlayStation 4 13 (U) 4 (B) 0 (C) 18 Total
Game Gear BEAT 2 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Game Boy 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Game Boy Advance 26 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 26 Total
Nintendo DS 30 (U) 10 (B) 13 (C) 53 Total
Nintendo 3DS 14 (U) 2 (B) 5 (C) 22 Total
Nintendo Switch 18 (U) 6 (B) 14 (C) 44 Total
PlayStation Portable 5 (U) 0 (B) 1 (C) 6 Total
PlayStation Vita 3 (U) 1 (B) 1 (C) 5 Total
Xbox 360 5 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 5 Total
All Games 1160 Total
?Use this field to quickly search your backlog. If you enter in a single letter, you'll get a list of all the games you own that start with that letter.
  • Status
  • Details

Dialogue Box   (add comment)

about 1 week ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Chulip!! I'm very curious about that one, how are you liking it?

Did you know? Onion Games has actually expressed interest in rereleasing Chulip and Rule of Rose. Hopefully that happens because I'm running out of kidneys to sell.
about 2 weeks ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
If you're playing Replicant on Steam, you can fix the controller issue by disabling Steam Input. For the fps/vsync issues, you can always force those in your GPU's control panel.

Not sure of any other issues, but those fixes worked for me and my friends so /shrug
about 3 weeks ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Balan is the first game in a while I've seen nothing but endless hate for. I haven't seen something like that since Mighty Number 9 came out.

I just finished Episode 3 and the game is a little slow paced but i've been enjoying it! Hopefully episode 4 won't be too much of a chore
about 4 weeks ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Thanks for the info on Wonderworld (also sorry for the late response). It's so weirtd seeing everyone crap on the game but you actually made the game sound really fun! I was planning on eventually playing it whenever I got a PS5 and I'll keep my promise on that front.

Also as a side note I started Ace Attorney Investigations! Since you're theme is AA themed I figured you'd like to know

Anyways hope you have a good day and stay safe!
about 4 weeks ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
How's Oddworld? I didn't even know it released already. It looked super promising from those trailers though- good to be back as my man Abe again.
about 1 month ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
If you don't mind me asking who is Balan Wonderworld? I've heard very negative things but you have as a 5/5.
about 2 months ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Sounds good! I'll just ping you on steam whenever the time comes.

about 2 months ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Haha, yeah I try to be pretty active on here. The longer I look at this site, the more incentivized I feel to actually beat games.

Feel free to add me on Steam or PSN if you're down for some co-op! I have 4.1 physically on PS4, but my friend wants some co op footage for her channel, so I grabbed the rest of the games on Steam since D3 is doing a huge sale.

(IDs are in my profile description btw)
about 2 months ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Good morning and thank you for the add!
about 3 months ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Well, Kairo (so far, at least) has one staggeringly ill-conceived puzzle for the sake of an optional Achievement. But otherwise, I've been pretty pleased with the difficulty level.

The Pedestrian was recommended to me in my Steam Discovery Queue a little while back. I remember being on the fence about whether to wishlist it, though; it looked like *almost* my kind of game.
about 3 months ago (edited)

Badges
Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Hi again! I'm fine -- living well and gameing well.

It took me a while to parse your message because there are so many different titles I'm not really familiar with, heh. And having certain sub-series with and without localizations / official English titles is even more confusing.

Your post has made me realize that directors (and other key staff members) aren't something that I pay enough at attention to for games. Maybe it's tempting to generalize and say something like, "oh, this game was bad because the publisher got lazy and pushed it out the door to soon.", but having the right or wrong person at the helm of the development team can make a massive difference too. Especially in something like Ace Attorney where everything resolves around the scenarios themselves.

Plus, following certain staff as they leave one company and join another is probably very useful. There aren't too many long-running video game series that really stuck with something that resembled it's original vision. So the person who was responsible for that original entry might do a better job of recapturing that vision in an entirely new property than a different group of people working on a new entry within that series.

I didn't realize that Takumi returned as director for the Dai Gyakuten Saiban games. Maybe it's a superficial prediction, but I get a sense from Saiban's character designs that those games might take themselves more seriously than the original Ace Attorney games. I'll be sad if the ridiculous witnesses are toned down, because that really is one of the greatest elements of the series. The over-the-top reaction animations when you tear down a witness' lie really give the games' conversations a sense of tactility that I haven't seen in another game.

Something I've been trying to figure out is if the games originally took place in Japan or not. There are certainly are a lot of blatantly Japanese references, like Kurain Village. But the fact that handguns keep coming up in the possession of people who really wouldn't have access to them in Japan makes me think that it's not actually supposed to be set there. Maybe it's some sort of weird syncretic Nipponized America? I'm not sure, but it's fun to try to guess based on what's in the games.

PS: Sucks that Dual Destinies / Spirit of Justice never got English physical releases...
about 4 months ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Thanks so much for the update! It's definitely been relegated to my list of "games to buy if heavily discounted" now. I've heard great things about the story, but if the gameplay makes me want to tear out my hair, it might not be worth it. I suppose we'll see!

I admit that Next Order looks good, but I'm actually super interested in Digimon Survive. It just seems like a surprising and strange direction for Digimon to take, but I'm really hoping it's executed well. The number of delays even before COVID hit makes me hopeful that they were originally delaying it for quality control issues, and the final product will be fantastic.

Thanks again for updating me! Really appreciate it.
about 4 months ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Star Fox Zero not a unenjoyable experience, but I guess it does make me a little sad, because it's very clearly a well produced game underneath which is marred by Shiggy bursting into the room declaring that a completely unnecessary novel control scheme must be shoehorned-in. It has some cool environments, a neat new transformation mechanic, and runs at rock-steady 60FPS at native 1080p. Said control scheme is every bit as bad as you've heard it is; aiming on the tablet creates awkward context-switches and really doesn't solve any problems or allow for new gameplay opportunities.

It's at it's best in the more straight-forward linear path levels (think Corneria in SF64), where you can almost forget about the tablet for the most part. More open levels where you do need to play with the tablet are definitely less enjoyable. At least, the game is pretty forgiving so I never had to redo any content, which does stop it from being frustrating. There's also a stealth mission where you explore a zone in a hovercraft for some reason... no idea who thought that was a good idea, but it was a 20-minute-long pace-killer and was the low point so far.

The game is a bit desperate to make callbacks to Star Fox 64, to the point where it makes it a bit difficult to remember what's new. A lot of the planets, characters, quips, and story-beats are ripped wholesale from SF64, which comes off like they were cynical about whether or not a new Star Fox adventure could stand on it's own merits. Very Rogue One.

All in all, it's a pretty fun game which doubles as an item of study. I find games with questionable development cycles pretty interesting to play through while trying to make theories about where things went wrong in development and how it came to be the way it is. Like you said, it's a very cheap game. I picked it up for $20 CAD brand new with the Star Fox Guard pack-in. If you're interested in it, I'd say it's worth the price of admission.
about 4 months ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Considering you can at least use Repels in Mt. Coronet, I'd say you're probably correct in Kowloon being worse, if only for the unavoidable encounters. As someone who mass-stocks Max Repels, unavoidable encounters are an absolute pain.

Fingers crossed the next dungeons are better for you, though! At least the gameplay sounds engaging, that can make even the worse slogs bearable.

Edit: Forgot to mention that I highly approve of your banner and icon. One of my favourite game series of all time, without question!
about 4 months ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
"I would rather climb Pokémon's Mt. Coronet twice than enter Kowloon once again."

You cannot imagine the horror those words fill me with. I have no familiarity with Cyber Sleuth beyond it being on my wishlist, but I now know I don't want to play that particular stage.
about 4 months ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
I assume stuff coming out in 2021 is what you mean?

Shin Megami Tensei V is the big one. I only got into mainline SMT in 2019 but since then I've been quietly waiting and it's almost here!!! I'm also interesting in trying the HD remaster of Nocturne.

I'm also thinking of trying Monster Hunter Rise since I've never played a MH before and the world of Rise looks right down my alley!

Other than those, just hoping for 2021 release dates for Breath of the Wild 2 and Final Fantasy 16.
about 4 months ago

Badges
Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Happy New Year, fellow backloggers! What games are you all looking forward to in 2021?
about 4 months ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Thanks you for the info. Most of those games I know vaguely by name only, or not at all, so it's very helpful! I'll try to go into the different-director games with an open mind if I try them, but noted that they are a bit contentious. I'll let you know what I think if I try any!
about 4 months ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
If I really like Phoenix Wright, what other series should I investigate? I've played the first Danganronpa, although admittedly I found the writing pretty juvenile.
about 5 months ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Yo what, Wreck-It Ralph was in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Transformed? :0

This is the first I'm hearing of this!
I won't rest until I've inspected every suspicious-looking nook and cranny.