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No new games in 2022, unfinished backlog only

Are you taking part in the the No New Games Pact of 2022?

  • Yes

    Votes: 19 42.2%
  • No

    Votes: 26 57.8%

  • Total voters
    45

LegionX

Member
13. ADR1FT (PC)

I've been eyeing this game for probably a year, constantly considering it as I knew it wasn't a very long game and the premise interested me... finally I jumped on to it and gave it a shot. It took me 3.8 hours to complete, and to be honest.. wore out its welcome for me! It's a game where you are an astronaut that wakes up after a space station has been destroyed, and it's 95% a walking (floating?) simulator where you have to go between broken sections, grabbing air canisters as you go, restarting enough systems to try to get home... Problem is there's no variety, so it's all just extremely slow movement moving between areas, making sure not to overuse your air (thrust uses air) and always looking for the next canister. The game is also playable in VR and I have to imagine that's where it shines, as the experience of floating through a space station is probably a lot stronger with a headset on. Not recommended if just playing on a flat screen though

14. 11-11 Memories Retold (PC)

An interesting one, it's the story of 2 characters on opposite sides of a war that eventually meet up, and their experiences without really being able to understand each other. The thing that stands out the most is the art style.. It's certainly not going to be for everybody... It has a weird filter that try's to make things kind of like a painting, but it does make things kind of blurry and indistinct. All up, I enjoyed it, it's got a solid story and while most of the gameplay is more puzzle based than action, it kept me interested for its 5 hours of play it took me to complete

15. World Of Goo (PC)

Like the previous month where I'd gone back to the very start of my PS+ subscription and played some of the early games, I did the same thing here with Indie games, remembering that back about 12 years ago I'd been all excited about the prospects of this new thing called "Humble Indie Bundle" and insanity of getting 5 or 6 indie games for US$10... How times have changed since then where stores practically throw games at us! Anyways.. the sad thing was, for all my excitement and buying it at the time.. i never played a single one of those games until this year! I played Penumbra Overture earlier in the year not even realizing I got it from that old bundle.. so I decided to give the others ago.. thus World of Goo... It's an early physics based game, kind of like a bridge builder, but where you have to use blobs of goo to reach a pipe (and keep enough of them alive to escape the level). I'm generally pretty bad at this kind of physics puzzle game, but I did enjoy my time with it, some of the levels had me stumped for a fair while and there may have been a couple of sneak visits to YouTube to see others tactics... but I got through it! It tells a fairly basic story and is just in generally a pretty good little game!

I also played 20 hours of another game and got as far as the end boss... but got stuck there.... hopefully I'll revisit and have some success soon so I can write that one up as well!
 

SpiceRacz

Member
Finished Doom 2. Not on my backlog, but I haven't played it in a really long time and wanted to revisit after Bakkus Bakkus posted about it a few pages ago. The level design is way better than I remember. They do a great job of mixing it up and throwing different stuff at you, especially in the latter half of the game. I'm happy to say I was wrong on this one. I just had a great time running around blasting the shit out of idiot demons. Also doesn't hurt that I went back and played Duke Nukem 3D and I found the levels to be too maze-like and confusing. Gave me some perspective on how well-made Doom 2 is.
 
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Bakkus

Member
I managed to get another one of the really expensive games a few months ago; The NTSC SEGA CD version of Snatcher. Last week, I played and finished it and what a ride it was. I was afraid I was gonna feel it hadn't aged well and had some archaic mechanics, and it did but not to the degree I thought. I loved the characters, the setting and most of the story. The gameplay feels like a precursor to the Ace Attorney games which is one of my favorite franchises. The game is filled with so many clever ideas that I can't believe it's as old as it is. There were some weird story moments and a plot twist I wasn't a big fan of, but those are nitpicks. I can't believe this has never been rereleased.

I also played and finished the Cuphead DLC, but that's from this year, so it doesn't count.

My next game is probably gonna be MGS4. Judging by what I've read on the internet, I'm very sceptical, but I'll give it a fair try. I also wanna finish the story.
 

DelireMan7

Member
My next game is probably gonna be MGS4. Judging by what I've read on the internet, I'm very sceptical, but I'll give it a fair try. I also wanna finish the story.
In term of gameplay I find it really good. But you can only use it at its full potential in the 2 first acts.

Story wise, it has the merit to bring closure to a lot of opened plot point in the previous games. But some are really "wacky" or silly. One specific plot point is very cringy and annoying to me and leads to a completely over the top cringe scene xD.

A lot of fan service too but in a good sense for me. Act 4 is just pure fan service. A dream come true for me.

I did several playthroughs and I was really not convince the first time but I learned to like as a conclusion of the saga.
 

DelireMan7

Member
My challenge :
No 2022 games (or as low as possible). I can buy older games. If I buy a game, I play it immediately avoid growing my backlog.

Physical Backlog* :
  • The Legend of Heroes : Trails in the Sky (PSP)
  • Rogue Galaxy (PS2)
  • Baldur's Gate : Siege of Dragonspear (PS4)
  • Baldur's Gate 2 : Shadows of Amn (PS4)
  • Baldur's Gate 2 : Throne of Bhaal (PS4)
  • Zelda Ocarina of time (N64)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
  • Project X Zone (3DS) Gave up !
  • Brigandine : The legend of Runersia (Switch)
  • The Mark of Kri (PS2)
  • Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2 : Record Breaker (3DS)
  • Demon's Souls (PS5) Done !
  • Divinity : Original Sin (PS4/5)
  • [2021] The legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess (Wii)
  • [2021] Final Fantasy Tactics : The War of the Lions (PSP) Done !
*doesn't include PSplus free games

Games completed :
  1. Demon's Souls (PS5) (Started the 13th of December , finished the 3rd of January, 25h20)
  2. [Replay] Sekiro : Shadows Die Twice (PS5) (Started the 6th of January, finished the 1st of February, NG/NG+/NG++ done in 91h40)
  3. [2021] Elden Ring (PS5) (Started the 25h of February, finished the 22nd of April, 190 hours)
  4. [Replay] Elden Ring (PS5) (Started the 23rd of April, finished the 16th of May, 52 hours)
  5. [2021] Final Fantasy Tactics : the War of the Lions (PSP) (Started the 18th of May, finished the 4th of June, 51 hours)
  6. Project X Zone (3DS) (Started on 20th of February, gave up, around 35 hours)
Since I finished Final Fantasy Tactics, I couldn't touch this game anymore. So I decided to give up on it and remove it from my backlog.

I already spoke of its flaws several times so here's a quick summary :
  • Extremely repetitive (arrive on a map, map fills with dozens of enemies, spend 1h30/2h to clear it, arrive on next map and repeat...)
  • Barely any strategy involved (you have unlimited actions during your turn so you can heal all your characters whenever you need, most enemies are fodder than you defeat without effort and bosses have huge HP bar)
  • Non sensical comedic story : not necessarily a con but with the low level of interest the gameplay offers, it's not the story that will keep your interest
  • Way too long for such a game. It's a 50+ hours game where you do always the same thing again and again : battles which are entertaining for a bit but at one point it's pointless. It should be a 15/20h game maximum.
If you look of a Strategy JRPG, don't go for this one xD.

Currently playing :

Still on my third playthrough of Elden Ring. 35 hours in and really enjoying it again. Strength build with heavy weapons.

I also complete in coop TMNT : Shredder's Revenge. I might make a post here about it. Fun game but was expecting more after Streets of Rage 4. It's a pretty casual game and a bit button masher. Still having fun but I will not spend as much time as I did with SoR4.
 
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SpiceRacz

Member
Finished Doom 64 on Series X. I've played through most of the game before and wanted to finish it this time. Plus, I just wrapped up Doom 2 recently. This would probably be my favorite Doom game if it weren't for the bullshit final boss. The levels are more intricate than the previous Doom games, in a good way. It's more maze-like, but not so much that I found myself getting lost. The most noticeable change is this has a different look and tone to it than the other games. It's way creepier and downright unsettling. Especially the music. Gameplay is still the same, which is to say it's great. To me, this is the proper sequel to Doom 2 and it deserves to be played by more people.
 

VidKid369

Member
Finished Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter. (PS2) It’s a pretty short game but it took me a little bit to beat cause there were like 4 days where I was just effing around. It’s definitely a fun little romp if you like traditional turn-based RPGs. I guess I’ve officially beat the Breath of Fire series now. Feels good, man.

Dunno what to start next either Suikoden V or Growlanser III? shrugs
 

Bakkus

Member
In term of gameplay I find it really good. But you can only use it at its full potential in the 2 first acts.

Story wise, it has the merit to bring closure to a lot of opened plot point in the previous games. But some are really "wacky" or silly. One specific plot point is very cringy and annoying to me and leads to a completely over the top cringe scene xD.

A lot of fan service too but in a good sense for me. Act 4 is just pure fan service. A dream come true for me.

I did several playthroughs and I was really not convince the first time but I learned to like as a conclusion of the saga.
I did finish it just a few days after. Needless to say I wasn't a huge fan. Act 1 was meh as I am not a fan of the CoD/Battlefield setting and sounds. Act 2 was alright with a decent boss (the ONLY one I could say that for) but the rail shooting segment at the end was lame, Act 3 is absolute suckage from beginning to end with the shittiest cutscene in the entire game at the end which last forever. Bad boss too, and ANOTHER rail shooting segment at the end. Act 4 not a huge fan as I had no real big affection for the location to begin with. Both bosses are lame, and the metal gear fight is terrible. Act 5 is a really lame movie with a really cryptic puzzle disguised as a boss battle. Mathematosis' review sums it all up better than I ever could. One thing I really do like about the game are all the hot women with 10/10 body porportions! That's really the only thing it has going for it. Good voice acting too. But the story man, what a trainwreck.
 

Kev Kev

Gold Member
i need to do this. i dont have a ton of backlog so its actually quite doable. plus i just moved and had to drop thousands of dollars on moving costs, down payments, new furniture, etc. so i need to work hard, stay home and svae money. might be a good time for me to finish all those games i started (many of them are actually really good!).
 

DelireMan7

Member
I did finish it just a few days after. Needless to say I wasn't a huge fan. Act 1 was meh as I am not a fan of the CoD/Battlefield setting and sounds. Act 2 was alright with a decent boss (the ONLY one I could say that for) but the rail shooting segment at the end was lame, Act 3 is absolute suckage from beginning to end with the shittiest cutscene in the entire game at the end which last forever. Bad boss too, and ANOTHER rail shooting segment at the end. Act 4 not a huge fan as I had no real big affection for the location to begin with. Both bosses are lame, and the metal gear fight is terrible. Act 5 is a really lame movie with a really cryptic puzzle disguised as a boss battle. Mathematosis' review sums it all up better than I ever could. One thing I really do like about the game are all the hot women with 10/10 body porportions! That's really the only thing it has going for it. Good voice acting too. But the story man, what a trainwreck.

I understand. It's a really peculiar experience when compare to other MGS. And it definitely has as lot of flaws.

I personally loved the Act 1 setting, whereas it's usually not my thing. Sneaking across an active war zone feels really good.
Yes Act 3 is really really annoying with the guy to follow and the boss is on the same level of annoyance.

Act 4 is really amazing for me. My only regret is the absence of human ennemies. But the first MGS is a really special game for me. Play it as a teen while I never heard about it. The game blew my mind. I beat it like 10 times in a row. It has a really special place in my gamer heart so when I understood where Act 4 was going my inner teenage went crazy ! And each time I replay MGS4, Act 4 has the same magic. I really like the boss (nice reenactment from the first game) and the final battle is literally my teenage dream come true. Objectively controls and battle are most probably pretty bad but my inner teenage is just "HO FUCKING HELL YES !!!!" each time... xD

Act 5 is really a Kojima thing. Like you said essentially a movie. My main complaint is the scenes with Meryl and Johnny (anyway this character is a major problem for the game in my opinion) which are puke inducing for me xD. I've replay the game several times and each time I accept a bit more the flaws of the game but the whole Johnny stuff... No way !

Then the final battle is pretty memorable (while again having questionable controls) and again a nice reenactment from MGS 1 which bring an "emotional" (at least for me) conclusion to the "Twin Snakes" story.

I can't really wrap my head around the post credit scene. It's start good but the reappearance of a character really makes me angry.
Lot of the story points during the game are "What the hell ?!" but ... it is what it is !

Anyway ! A flawed game that concludes the MGS saga (chronologically speaking). Not in the best way but I accepted it (since anyway we will not have anything more).
 

SpiceRacz

Member
Knocked another one off my list.



I heard about this game through Matt Rorie of Giant Bomb some years ago. It's a Hotline Miami style brawler where you move from room to room clearing out enemies before you can advance. It's melee focused, but the gimmick here is your character can flash or teleport a short distance. This allows you to flash through walls and quickly manuever around the map. It sounds simple, but the developers use it in interesting ways. It's only about 4 hours long with a decent level of difficulty (I found it easier than Hotline Miami). Including some gifs in case anyone is curious.



 

DelireMan7

Member
Knocked another one off my list.



I heard about this game through Matt Rorie of Giant Bomb some years ago. It's a Hotline Miami style brawler where you move from room to room clearing out enemies before you can advance. It's melee focused, but the gimmick here is your character can flash or teleport a short distance. This allows you to flash through walls and quickly manuever around the map. It sounds simple, but the developers use it in interesting ways. It's only about 4 hours long with a decent level of difficulty (I found it easier than Hotline Miami). Including some gifs in case anyone is curious.



Damn ! The artstyle looks amazing. I always been a fan for teleportation abilities. I'll keep this game in mind :)


My backlog will get a bit bigger ! Due to a move, a friend of mine had to help his mother sorting all the stuff in his family house and he recovered a lot of games.
He knows I like to collect old games and he doesn't have space for it so he will give them to me :)
Games like Final Fantasy VIII (PS1), Resident Evil 4 (PS2), Fallout games (PC) and many others.
But the most notable one is Skies of Arcadia (GC) ! This game is so expensive nowaday ! I am glad I can finally play it !
 

Bakkus

Member
Finished Psychonauts 2 on Game Pass. It was a great time. Way better than the first game. Movement feels much better and the platforming and combat has been improved. The minds you enter are also on average much better than the first game. Some of them are still a bit gimmicky, but it's mostly now a good time. My favorite part of the game was to roam around the overworld because that's where the platforming and movement in this game is put to the best of use. Some criticisms I have is that the story takes itself a bit too seriously and becomes a bit of a headache to follow all the plot twists and intricacies of it. As mentioned before, the platforming and combat has been much improved, but it's still not great (other than in the overworld, the platforming as mentioned before feels great there). The game do still at times feel like a leftover of those mediocre 3D platformers of the 5th gen like Ty 1-3, Vexx, Pac-Man World 1-3 and of course Psychonauts 1, but overall it's still a much better time which I absolutely recommend.
 

Don Carlo

Member
Finished Psychonauts 2 on Game Pass. It was a great time. Way better than the first game. Movement feels much better and the platforming and combat has been improved. The minds you enter are also on average much better than the first game. Some of them are still a bit gimmicky, but it's mostly now a good time. My favorite part of the game was to roam around the overworld because that's where the platforming and movement in this game is put to the best of use. Some criticisms I have is that the story takes itself a bit too seriously and becomes a bit of a headache to follow all the plot twists and intricacies of it. As mentioned before, the platforming and combat has been much improved, but it's still not great (other than in the overworld, the platforming as mentioned before feels great there). The game do still at times feel like a leftover of those mediocre 3D platformers of the 5th gen like Ty 1-3, Vexx, Pac-Man World 1-3 and of course Psychonauts 1, but overall it's still a much better time which I absolutely recommend.
You are too late to the party, but yes the game is absolute blast!!
 

LegionX

Member
Continuing my playthrough of games from the first Humble Indie Bundle

16. Lugaru HD (PC)

This one doesn't exactly hold up to modern standards... and to call it HD in these times is a bit of a joke.. but it technically WAS an updated version of an even older game at the time... It's a very short (yet very hard at points) 3rd person hand to hand combat game where you play as a rabbit, fighting other rabbits and sometimes wolves, but don't think anything at all like Sifu.. this is very basic indeed.... The concept was continued to a more polished/complete title some years later, but I'd not recommend anybody bother with this one. It took me 2.5h to complete, and at least half of that time was in retrying levels after dying.

17. Killzone 3 (PS3)

This was having a break from those indie games, and finally playing a game I'd been meaning to get to for years now. It's still impressive what this team was able to do with the limits of the PS3 hardware. Being stuck in 720P obviously hurts it a lot, but otherwise it really does look very good for the era! Not really got a lot to say about it, it's a Killzone FPS title... they made the controls not quite as heavy as 2, not that I ever had an issue with that, but I recall plenty did back in the day.. All up, enjoyed playing my way through this one

18. Gish! (PC)

Back to indies, and this one has an interesting history as it's made in part by the guy that went on to do the meat boy/binding of isaac games etc, I believe including having Gish, the main character in this game pop up as one of the bosses years later. This game never clicked with me though, It's a physics based platform game, where you are a blob type creature and you need to do things like bounce up and down to increase height, stick to ceilings, increase weight to squash things etc, which is all fine and good, but I never did get used to the controls, the timing of the jump never felt reliable and I failed/died many times knowing what to do just not being able to control the character well enough to do it. All up I found it frustrating... it's not a very long game (3.7h for me) so I did push through it, but yea, I'll never go back to it

19. Samorost 1 and 2 (PC)

I'm going to these 2 as just one title, basically, Samorost 1 is a tiny little free to play game (On Steam now if anybody is curious) and Samorost 2 was a longer (still short) expansion on what the first game did

The art style is something that I really enjoyed, it's by the people that went on to Machinarium and others, so if you've seen that, this is similar, a 2D style that is part point and click, part puzzle game I guess.. It has a nice chill style and was a fun time for the less than 90mins both titles combined took to complete
 
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InfiniteCombo

Gold Member
Fuck, I fell off the wagon big time. Not in terms of the pledge -- that's still very much active, and I'm still in the Platinum "no new 2022 games" category. I'm just not burning down/playing as many games in my backlog as I would like since real life has taken over.

But I'm about to start again. An IRL buddy told me he was waiting on me to play Yakuza 7, so that might be my next game, we'll see
 

Bakkus

Member
Finished Disco Elysium on Steam a few hours ago. Another game way out of my comfort zone. I liked it a lot at the beginning, your partner Kim is a great likable character, and it was fun meeting all the different characters for the first time and listening to their problems. It became a bit weaker at the end where it felt rushed and poorly paced and with an anti climactic ending. I still think this game is alright, but very overrated.
 

InfiniteCombo

Gold Member
Finished Disco Elysium on Steam a few hours ago. Another game way out of my comfort zone. I liked it a lot at the beginning, your partner Kim is a great likable character, and it was fun meeting all the different characters for the first time and listening to their problems. It became a bit weaker at the end where it felt rushed and poorly paced and with an anti climactic ending. I still think this game is alright, but very overrated.
Yeah I've seen that game praised to high heaven and back....
 

Bakkus

Member
Finished Rhythm Heaven Fever on Wii and got a medal on all 50 stages. Holy shit what a great game, took me completely by surprise. Didn't think I would enjoy it that much. The Japan only GBA version feels like a tech demo compared to this. Almost every stage is a complete joy you will feel immense feedback loop over and improving yourself at. And don't worry, there are no motion controls here. Everything is controlled with the buttons.
 

InfiniteCombo

Gold Member
Finished Rhythm Heaven Fever on Wii and got a medal on all 50 stages. Holy shit what a great game, took me completely by surprise. Didn't think I would enjoy it that much. The Japan only GBA version feels like a tech demo compared to this. Almost every stage is a complete joy you will feel immense feedback loop over and improving yourself at. And don't worry, there are no motion controls here. Everything is controlled with the buttons.
Never heard of this game before, and just looked up some footage.

Holy shit, this is an incredibly creative and well designed game. I didn't know something like this existed!
 
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