Backlog Blitz: November 2017

We’re well into the last month of the year and failure is staring me right in the face; unless I had a stellar month and completed AT LEAST two games a week it seems inevitable!

What is this Backlog Blitz all about? Well – it’s a challenge I set myself and here’s the rules for those of you with short-term memory issues (you poor bastards):

  • I must complete 52 games in 2017
  • The games can be ones that I have previously started or have previously completed and they can be on any platform
  • Episodic games count as one game per episode
  • Lengthy DLC (ie Blood & Wine) counts as a game
  • Every time I complete a game I score +1
  • Every time I buy a game I score -2
  • By the end of the year I must finish with a positive score or I have failed the Backlog Blitz

Year Score (so far) = -20

How’d November go? Read on dear reader!

Games Bought: Horizon Zero Dawn, Deadpool

Games Completed: Deadpool, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

The penultimate month of the year is traditionally one of the busiest for teachers (well until April rolls round), it was inevitable that after two really good months of completing games (and being moderately disciplined with buying cheap as chip titles) that it would fall apart it…

…and yet it didn’t really fall apart! Don’t get me wrong; it wasn’t a GOOD month but it was far from a disaster (and we’ve had a few of those this year). November turned out to be extremely busy (with me working 7 days a week) and it meant that gaming time was extremely limited until the last 4 days of the month – it has hindered my progress towards success but it could’ve been much worse because of those God-damn Sony sales. I remained strong and only purchased the best deals!

horizon small.jpgI finally cracked and bought ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ even though I knew the “complete edition” was just around the corner; CD Keys having a little deal on wallet top ups meant that I only paid £20 (ish) for the game and had a little change left over (pushing me to Okami HD funds). This is a game that Sherry has been banging on about all year (and is sure to make his GOTY list) and, although, I don’t really have time for it right now – it will definitely get played at Christmas!

I also bought ‘Deadpool’ for less than it costs for a chip & battered sausage meal in my local chippy (£4.50) – and I had a ton of fun with it; in fact, it is one of only two games I completed this month!

The game was dead funny (pun intended) and extremely good fun. It reminded me of a simplified ‘Devil May Cry’ or ‘God of War’ but with an exceptionally good sense of humour; often, when a game tries to be funny, it comes off as tryhard or cringe but Deadpool had me laughing throughout its (admittedly short) playtime and its mechanics kept me coming back as it was simple to play but difficult to master. A really solid experience!

The other game I completed was ‘Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’ the stand alone DLC for ‘The New Order’ and again, this was a bloody good experience! Short enough to feel bite-sized; but big enough so you didn’t feel ripped off at the end. This was a game that Sherry bought for me way back when it was released; and I completed it pretty quickly then, but when I bought the ‘New Order’ in September I decided that I’d replay that because it is a prequel to the main game. I got the time to start (and finish it) during the last week of November, and I bloody loved it!

Overall November was a mixed bag for the challenge. It could’ve been much better but at the same time, it could’ve been so much worse!

One more, then we’re done. To be honest though I feel like I’ve completed more games this year than I have in a very long time! My end of year assessment will give me the hard data to fully assess the effectiveness of this experiment, because my score suggests the exact opposite!

Year Score: -22




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