Finished Final Fantasy VI (III) on an emulator. I've beaten that game before, at least twice, probably three or four times, so listing it here might not be in the spirit of the thread, but what are you gonna do about it, huh?
Would I like this game as much if it hadn't been a major game from my childhood. No. As an adult, I can see its flaws--shoddy translation, buggy game (the "evade" stat infamously doesn't do anything, for example), poorly-balanced characters, a large cast at the expense of having characters who aren't connected to the story in any real way ... and yet I believe that it genuinely is a great game, in spite of all of that--the music, at least some of the characters,, the variety of options you (each character has a unique ability), the secrets to be found, the non-linearity of the World of Ruin, the villain ... it all comes together really well, and the game is more then the sum of its parts.
Part of the BadDecissions bundle backlog project. I got it in a Groupees bundle in August 2013 and finally played it last night.
It's a visual novel. I'd describe it as "functional." The art was pseudo-anime nonsense but not bad enough to be distracting, the story was OK, the voice acting was OK, the characters ... actually, the characters were pretty mediocre. Even by the standards of visual novels, you have very little control over anything, and the "talk to everyone about everything, see scene, talk to everyone about everything, rinse and repeat" format was repetative. The game is about an hour long.
So games like this ... it was OK. I don't regret playing it. But it's selling for ten bucks on Desura right now, for an OK hour-long visual novel, and lord, this game is not worth ten dollars. I sometimes worry about the effect that "bundle culture" has on gaming--"This indie game looks absolutely amazing! I'll wait until I can get it for a dollar!"--but during this project, I'm running into a lot of games that were practically designed to be sold that way. It would be absurd to go out of your way to play this game, or Bird Assassin, but if they happen to be bundled with another game that you actually want to play, so they're sitting in your backlog ... sure. Why not?
edit (same day, a few hours later)
Rijn the Specpyre in ... Manor of the Damned!
Acquired in Groupees Bundle of the Damned, October 2012.
It's a Zelda clone with a minor horror twist. Not as good as the actual Zelda games, but not the worst clone, I guess. You can buy it on Desura for four dollars, which is a little more reasonable, but "not the worst Zelda clone ever" still isn't really a recommendation.
edit (later still)
Good day for the backlog project. Just finished LaserCat, from an IndieRoyale bundle. And, finally, I hit a bundle game that I unequivocally enjoyed. Yes, it was short and easy, and irritatingly "wacky," and it wears its inspirations on its sleeve, but it was fun.
edited, for the last time
And I just beat Lylian: Paranoid Friendship, Episode 1. From Flying Moonrise bundle, I guess. I have no memory of every buying anything from them, but I have the game on Desura, which usually means I got it from a bundle. But it also looks like the kind of game I might have actually bought at some point, so maybe it's not a bundle game at all. Christ, I don't know. The price tag is five dollars. If I did buy it, I hope it was on sale. The atmosphere was interesting, sure, but it has the most boring gameplay I've seen in a long time. The combat, ugh, incredibly monotonous. It claims to be "Episode 1" and it doesn't resolve anything, but I don't suppose that another episode will actually be made. I wouldn't play it if it were.
Whatever. I'm going to bed now, and the next game I play will not be an indie game that I got from a bundle.
edit: The story so far...
Gone Home Steam, 1/13
Persona P3P, PSP, 1/13
Amnesia: a Machine for Pigs, GOG, 1/17
Brother: A Tale of Two Sons, Steam, 1/23
Long Live the Queen, GOG, 1/26
Detective Grimoire, developer (Kickstarter reward), 1/30
Icewind Dale, GOG, 2/03
Downfall, GOG, 2/16
Icewind Dale II, GOG, 2/23
Shank, Steam, 2/26
Broken Age Act 1, Steam, 2/27
Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, PSP, 2/28
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, GBA, 3/11
Dust: An Elysian Tail , GOG, 3/18
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, GBA, 3/21
Kaptain Brawe, Steam, 3/27
Batman: Arkham Asylum , Xbox 360, 3/28
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, GBA, 4/04
Faerie Solitaire, Steam, 4/12
Dragon Quest IV, DS, 4/19
Wild Arms, PSN (PS originally), 5/14
Dragon Quest V, DS, 5/26
Among the Sleep, Steam (Kickstarter reward), 5/31
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, PSN (PSP originally), 6/21
Quest for Glory, GOG, 6/24
Thomas Was Alone, PSN, 7/22
Dragon Quest 1, Gameboy (remake), 7/22
Bird Assassin, Desura, 7/26
Final Fantasy VI, SNES (emulator), 7/28
Jisei, Desura, 7/28
Rijn the Specpyre in ... Manor of the Damned!, Desura, 7/29
LaserCat, Desura, 7/29
Lylian: Paranoid Friendship, Episode 1, Desura, 7/30
Post edited July 30, 2014 by BadDecissions