With this version of Backlog Blitz, I am determined now to fall below the standard that I set for myself last year – I have hit the stage where my baseline is now the number of games I completed last year. I do not (and will not) fail to better that number. The good news is that streaming has really boosted the number of games that I am playing to completion – even though I feel like I’ve done a lot already, I still have a heck of a way to go.
Welcome to backlog blitz 2018.
Here’s a swift recap of the rules;
Here is a recap of the rules for 2018;
· I must complete 52 games.
· 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.
· In multiplayer games every 10 levels will count as completion
· In endless games or games with no defined ‘end’ every 8 hours played will count as completion (the average length of games).
· By the end of the year I must finish with a positive score or I have failed the Backlog Blitz
Games Bought: Burnout Paradise Remastered
Games Completed: The Evil Within, The Evil Within: The Assignment, The Evil Within: The Consequences, The Evil Within: The Executioner, DBD (8 hours).
Year Score (So Far): 0
The streak continues! March was hugely successful for the backlog blitz; I flew through games (live on twitch) and just keep notching up that score! In fact, I have successful moved into a positive score, for the first time ever, if my memory is correct (feel free to go through my past posts and tell me I’m wrong here); even though there are tons of games that are on the Horizon that will buy, I don’t think I’ll fall into negative numbers. It’s going to be a good year (inb4 I spiral out of control into deep negative numbers).
At the start of the month I went on a binge of ‘Dead by Daylight’ again. I was playing the game for viewers who hated and loved the game in equal measure (especially whitey, although he’d never admit to loving it) – it was here that I found my secret talent of running away from an enemy whilst simultaneously running directly towards them! I’m not lying, somehow, I always run directly into the
arms of a grateful killer – bloody bizarre, but it happens literally every time! DBD is a bloody good time, and I pumped at least 10 hours into it.
Then I decided to go full horror; and delved deep into my box of shame…
…In my box of shame (games I’ve started but never finished for, reasons) there sat ‘the Evil Within’, a game that I had played quite a lot of a few years ago on stream, which got put down because I wasn’t enjoying it very much because it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I decided to give it another chance however, going in with my eyes wide open to what it was and, to be honest, I’m glad that I did; I enjoyed it.
Completing ‘The Evil Within’ was not a task that was lightly taken; the game fell afoul of some rather hefty difficulty spikes, especially the last chapter that was a multi-staged survival challenge that opened with a horde of enemies and not much ammo lying around to make it manageable. It took a lot of reloads and eventually ended with cheesing the sub-boss because I literally had no ammo – lots of climbing a ladder, punching him as he climbed it jumping down and repeating the process for about 15 minutes.
Once I beat the main campaign I began on the DLC that I had purchased about a year ago in a flash sale for season passes – it contained three mini-campaigns – two for Detective Kidman and one in which you were an Executioner (the boss with the safe on his head). These were good diversions; Kidman’s first DL being the highlight as it was fantastic – I really enjoyed the overall package of ‘The Evil Within’ and whilst it is nowhere near perfect, it is a charming game that is more than the sum of its parts (check out my full review of the main campaign here). Playing it for an audience that were intrigued and confused in equal measure by the narrative was a unique experience and it is a series of streams I don’t think I’ll ever forget – there were many memorable moments; especially with those stealth sections with Kidman…
The first quarter of 2018 has been bloody successful, and I feel that it will become even more so in the near future…onwards and upwards!
Year Score (So Far): 3