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First one finished: Cognition Episode 2.
I think I'll just finish 4 games THIS YEAR at most. At least it's about The Witcher (beginning of Chapter 2 atm) and after that I'd like to continue directly with The Witcher 2.
Next on the list is - after a looong wait - the Baldur's Gate series, hope I won't be underwhelmed after the whole pentup hype I saw being posted everywhere :D
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Reever: Next on the list is - after a looong wait - the Baldur's Gate series, hope I won't be underwhelmed after the whole pentup hype I saw being posted everywhere :D
You may be. I love the games, but I know much of that is nostalgia talking, as they were among the first CRPGs I ever played (and I'm also a big fan of the ridiculous AD&D rule set) and I loved them. Just try to keep a clear perspective on the time the games were released and that you're dealing with an old game engine and weird rule system and you'll be fine.
The Last Express down. Two more games to go. This challenge is looking quite easy for me to overcome.
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makr3la: I will wait for your opinion about The Last Express and I hold with Oddworld for now (have Steam version, too) :)
The game is not very long: technically it can be finished in one sitting. That is however, if you're willing to "bend the rules", because if you're not using a walkthrough, the game could take weeks, even months to beat. First of all, you'll need great English language knowledge, because your character, Cath, doesn't carry a journal of any kind to tell you what you've done and what you should do next. Only the French, German and Russian dialogs are subtitled; this combined makes forgetting key dialogs very easy. It's also very easy to miss key objects, which ultimately might force you to replay most of the game before the final scene, because if you haven't done everything, the game becomes unwinnable without rewinding the clock A LOT and doing everything again. I would've never have the patience to complete the game without a walkthrough telling me what I should do next, because often times, you won't know what to do without it.

Therefor, only consider this game a part of the challenge if using a walkthrough doesn't make you feel like you're cheating. I will tell you it's going to be really hard to finish the game under a month without one.
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DProject: Snip
Thanks. Now I remember why I never finished it! I found it very hard to play without subtitles. But still with your suggestions I might give it a second chance, maybe :)
I've been doing pretty badly with my backlog this year. I haven't been adding too much to it, but with Path of Exile's release, I haven't been playing much else. It's been about three weeks since I updated my profile on the Backloggery at all.

I'll try to start progressing on at least one of my games. For now, I think I'll try to start playing Tomb Raider: Anniversary again. I have to be at least half way finished with that, and after I finish that I've got the whole Tomb Raider collection that I bought on Steam's winter sale.
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Reever: Next on the list is - after a looong wait - the Baldur's Gate series, hope I won't be underwhelmed after the whole pentup hype I saw being posted everywhere :D
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Coelocanth: You may be. I love the games, but I know much of that is nostalgia talking, as they were among the first CRPGs I ever played (and I'm also a big fan of the ridiculous AD&D rule set) and I loved them. Just try to keep a clear perspective on the time the games were released and that you're dealing with an old game engine and weird rule system and you'll be fine.
Yeah, I know, I prepared myself for it, because I know it won't be like Dragon Age, for example. The only problem I might have is with the rule system, but other than that, if the story & the world building really is like it's praised, I'm game. Just hope the way it works won't throw me off, but I think I'll manage ;)
Well done to everyone who's getting through their four! Way to support ther.. er.. um... community project? just what exactly would you call this anyway?

1 of 4 : Done!
Finally finished Mark of the Ninja on XBLA this morning about 1am. That is one down, three to go!

Will be starting 2 of 4 today. My original rough list in on the first page, HERE. I've narrowed it down a tad to this new list I think. I removed anything that I think would be better with (or requires) other players (Burnout, Lara etc), Anything I "play tasted" (in various values) before (Ilomilo, Puzzle Quests etc) or games that I feel I would rather tackle once I have DLC (Snoopy, Lara etc). That grings the new improved list down to the following.

The Baconing
Dust: An Elysian Tail
All Zombies Must Die
Shadow Complex
Alan Wake's American Nightmare
Realms of Ancient War
Deadlight - Will be my 4 of 4


Looking at that list, it seems they are all potentially long games for me. I mean it took me days to finish Mark of the Ninja and I was kind of expecting that to be one of the quicker titles to play so I could knock one out to start! This was all pretty much my fault. I just can't rush games. MotN had one achievement for playing the whole game through a second time on the unlocked harder difficulty New Game Plus. I was determined to play that one "Pure Stealth". No fatalities or items (unless Scripted, of course). Even with those self mandated extra limitations making the game even harder, because I it was simply about getting through the game, not exploring or unlocking etc, the whole game took somewhere between 4 or 5 hours I think. That is a HUGE difference to the best part of FOUR DAYS for my first run!

Still not decided on 2 or 3 of four. I'm going to check some of these out on xbox360 achievements. (EDIT: Done. List Updated accordingly, now in tentative "order of Preference) They usually have good summaries of how to go about completing games there, including duration. Due to Prior suggestions I think I will be leaving Deadlight until last. Chances are that in theory will be the quickest game to complete. Playing it as my 4 of 4 will not make me feel as pressured playing one of the longer ones as march rapidly approaches!

Is anyone else feeling the "pressure to perform"? I get this every "Shameless Gaming Month" to a lesser degree. That one doesn't really have a goal as it were. It is more a "do your best" sort of thing. This one however. 4 games. You don't play 4, you fail. Its a new sort of pressure for me. I love taking my time through games. This is adding an almost masochistic extra level to the experience! haha. It is a very interesting already, and I'm only one game down!
Post edited February 04, 2013 by HeDanny
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HeDanny: Is anyone else feeling the "pressure to perform"?
Well, have fun seeing if you wind up making it but don't rush. Enjoy the games the way you like to enjoy them. I am always slow too and can relate to what you say about taking time to enjoy them.

I am wondering if I will manage one this month at the rate I am going but we'll see.
hit a small snag with my progress: my replacement copy of Quake Wars just came in.
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Sogi-Ya: hit a small snag with my progress: my replacement copy of Quake Wars just came in.
Are people still playing that online? I have a copy of that lying around here myself.
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Sogi-Ya: hit a small snag with my progress: my replacement copy of Quake Wars just came in.
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dirtyharry50: Are people still playing that online? I have a copy of that lying around here myself.
I have no idea, currently installing; haven't played in years but recently got back into objective based shooters and realized how much I missed the shit out of this game, but when I went looking I found that I had lost my disk for it despite still having my instruction book and CD key, all the torrents I could find to DL a .iso were dead so I said fuck it and ordered a new copy (cost me about $8 on amazon).

even if no one else is on I can still have fun playing against the game's bots.
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dirtyharry50: Are people still playing that online? I have a copy of that lying around here myself.
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Sogi-Ya: I have no idea, currently installing; haven't played in years but recently got back into objective based shooters and realized how much I missed the shit out of this game, but when I went looking I found that I had lost my disk for it despite still having my instruction book and CD key, all the torrents I could find to DL a .iso were dead so I said fuck it and ordered a new copy (cost me about $8 on amazon).

even if no one else is on I can still have fun playing against the game's bots.
Cool. I love Amazon for finding stuff I can't find elsewhere.

Bots are good stuff. I always like to see them included with a game because for many of them the multiplayer dies down but it can still be good fun with bots. I'll have to give this another go myself sometime.
had some problems with Punkbuster, but I don't feel like dealing with it right now, however I did -NOT- have any problems with finding an active game: I counted 16 active servers with players in 'em and most of them were over half capacity.

lots of high ping, but with a game like this it's kinda expected ....
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Sogi-Ya: had some problems with Punkbuster, but I don't feel like dealing with it right now, however I did -NOT- have any problems with finding an active game: I counted 16 active servers with players in 'em and most of them were over half capacity.

lots of high ping, but with a game like this it's kinda expected ....
Maybe you already know this but just in case, at the Punkbuster web site you can get a small download called pbsetup that will run a little updater locally to ensure Punkbuster is current for all supported games you have installed. Sometimes it screws up with the automatic updating in a game and running this little app fixes the problem. I recall needing it in the past when I kept getting booted because I was out of date even though it is supposed to update itself. Running pbsetup fixed it for me.