Mission Cleared: Backlog #9


Backlog: an accumulation of something, especially uncompleted work or matters that need to be dealt with.

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Week 8 Progress

All right, I’ll confess. I bit off a bit more than I could chew, for reals this time. That said, I also didn’t expect to take my partner to the ER and spend about 6 hours waiting in a hospital. Or the three hours of overtime at work. BUT those excuses aside, I also didn’t devote enough of my potential time to gaming this week. That said, I still finished two games. BOOYAH.

Tacoma is a fun character exploration–this note gets me 100%

Tacoma was a thrilling, unique experience that never wore out its welcome. I completed it in about two hours even, then added about a half hour to complete a couple extra achievements I missed. It’s really a first-person narrative adventure. None of your tasks are intense, they’re all based on reading comprehension and viewing holgraphic renditions of people talking. Despite being a story about a space station emergency, it was pretty chill. Not at all like Obersvation, which seemed similar at first. Worth a play if you have even an average desire for sci-fi.

Tell Me Why Chapter 3 concludes an outstanding story–worth multiple playthroughs

Tell Me Why Chapter Three finished a twisty, sad–but optimistic—story that never fails to compel you. I’ve written a review for it here, please check it out. This is easily the best new release I’ve played in a while. And if you read this weekly, you know that’s a lot of games.

I did put a little more time into Quantum Break, but it’s not grabbing me as much as I thought it would. Looks absolutely stunning for its age (it’s Xbox One X Enhanced), as it looks almost the same graphical quality as A Plague Tale, but with a whole lot more flashy effects–however, the story is more cheese than actual depth (coming from someone that enjoys the performers).

WEEK 9 – September 15th – Sept 21st

LEGEND: XGP=XBOX GAME PASS, XGWG=XBOX GAMES WITH GOLD, NS=NINTENDO SWITCH, NSO=NINTENDO SWITCH ONLINE, PC=PC

*Added estimated time remaining to completion*

This week is another recovery week, as I have plenty of non-gaming related plans and once Super Mario 3D All Stars was announced, it was a guarantee I would have to spend my weekend in a nostalgically drunken stupor with Sunshine.

I’ll get Drake Hollow back on the list sometime, probably when I can get someone to play co-op with me. This new week adds Timespinner, which is published by Chucklefish (Wargroove); I always love their games, and I purchased this a while ago, so I figured I’d complete this before I buy the new release Inmost.

I’ve added the two tables below to keep track of this mission a little easier–let me know what you think! I would love to know what additions you think I should make next week.

Incomplete Games List 2020

TITLEPlay Again?Time Remaining
CrossCode (XGP)Yes30 hours
Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour (NS)Yes, casually5 hours
Drake HollowYes12 hours
Hypnospace Outlaw (XGP)No5.5 hours
The Long Reach (NS)Ugh. Maybe1 hour
My Friend Pedro (XGP)Yes1.5 hours
Tiny Metal (NS)Yes6 hours
UngroundedYes5 hours
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition (NS)Yes40 hours

Completed Games 2020

Game TitleNew Release?
A Plague Tale: InnocenceNo-2019
BattletoadsYes
CarrionYes
Coffee TalkYes
The Gardens BetweenNo-2018
GrisNo-2018
Metro 2033 ReduxNo-2014
NieR: AutomataNo-2017
ObservationNo-2018
Old Man’s JourneyNo-2017
Ori and the Will of the WispsYes
Panzer Dragoon RemakeYes
Pokemon SwordNo-2019
Rise of the Tomb RaiderNo-2015
TacomaNo-2017
Tell Me WhyYes
The TourystNo-2019

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