Community Backlog Blitz Season 14 - Runs January 1 through March 31 with a raffle at the end

Wibblewozzer

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We just finished a successful twelfth season of the Backlog Blitz. We have completed three whole years! Gosh, we're getting so old now starting up our fourth year. Having made it past our twelfth season it means that King of the Hill didn't last as long as we have and with this season we're passing Bob's Burgers as well. We had 20 participants with 96 game goals set and 50 of them were completed. Congrats on clearing out those backlogs! The rate of completion took a drastic hit this last season but that's likely to be expected with all the big new releases, holiday activities, and the big sales rapidly hitting at the end of the year to help give us more material for future Blitzes. Futaleufu was the big winner this time winning the raffle for completing Unravel. Make sure to congratulate them here or in the previous thread!

We've made it to first quarter of 2023. As mentioned above we shall all set our new resolutions, or at the very least plan to complete some of our older games we've had sitting around. Unfortunately for the Blitz the first quarter's releases look to be the holiday releases pushed off by a quarter so good luck getting to the old games with so many notable games releasing these first three months.

The spreadsheet has been updated, the prize pool has been reset. We'll start with $20.00 but chipping in is always welcome. The details to do so will be posted separately within the thread soon after we get started.

Pick your games accordingly!

What it is:

It's a simple way to clear out some backlog games. You select a number of specific games you want to complete and if you complete them in a set time frame you have a chance to pick a game of your choice within the prize limits.

Rules:

First off, there is no time limit on when you can join. If you come in late and only have a month left please feel free to join. Even one completed game will get you entered into the raffle detailed below.

Everyone shares the same rules so an agreed amount of time would be set (three months this time) and then a set amount of games you want to complete in that time (been using five games). You then pick your specific five games with the intention that you don't go changing it all the time. The idea isn't that once you beat some game you go and list it and mark it complete. Instead, you pick five games to complete at the start of the Blitz and ideally you complete them as well as anything else you want to finish in that time.

Prize:

In the end, I suggest a prize pool and a simple raffle done. I always chip in $20 to start it and accept any other additions. Raffle winners must use at least half but can go up to the full price of a game (capped at $60 if the prize pool gets large enough). Leftover goes to the next drawn winner until it gets down to $0 (or close enough at which point I'll just add it to the next Blitz).

Thoughts?

There's no entry fee or anything so there's really no loss for taking part or starting it and then ignoring it. It's just a fun way to clear out backlog games and have discussion about what you're completing. And commiserate if you pick a game you don't enjoy and sour one of your spots on your list.

I created the Google Sheet so feel free to add yourself and games:

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I changed to a hide until replied as I think some people had issues with the hide until reacted. Ask any questions and sorry for those that already posted their new lists in the previous thread. Feel free to just post it again here as we continue for the next three months here.

Good luck, everyone!
 
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My five to start the year:
  • AI: The Somnium Files
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Legacy of the First Blade
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
  • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
  • Flowers -Le volume sur printemps-
As I've been doing for some time I set a goal list of games sorted into categories and pull all my Blitz games from it so this year I'm working on INTi Creates games, open world, RPGs, visual novels, fighting games, and Rogue-lites. Unfortunately for me most those categories can be fairly lengthy to complete so this'll be a tougher year.

Oh, and I restarted WoW at the end of the year so that might ultimately eat into some of my time if I get back into grinding out some stuff but mostly I just plan to get through the zones and campaign stuff I missed in my four years out and not worry too much about end game content. So overall I expect to work on it off and on for a month or two and then be free of it again!
 

Valdien

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My five games for now. I might end up switching the last two depending on the upcoming game releases.

1) - Lost Judgement
2) - Supraland: Six Inches Under
3) - Ender Lilies
4) - Fire Emblem Engage
5) - Hi-Fi Rush
 
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Cacher

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I only completed one game in the last quarter, and it was not a blitz game :ROFLMAO:

Time to pretend that I am going to play through all these.
 

Knurek

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My five games:
Persona 5 Royal
Witch on the Holy Night
Yakuza Kiwami 2
Deus Machina Demonbane
AI: The Somnium Files
 
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Parsnip

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Congrats Futaleufu for winning the previous blitz!

I'm in of course, but haven't really thought about games just yet so I'll plop down a new post later.
 

Deku

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I am back for this season!

My games:
Resident Evil 0
Resident Evil
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Resident Evil 5

Yeah, I am going to play only Resident Evil games. I skipped 4, since I already have played it before. The rest I haven't played yet
 
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I am back for this season!

My games:
Resident Evil 0
Resident Evil
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Resident Evil 5

Yeah, I am going to play only Resident Evil games. I skipped 4, since I already have played it before. The rest I haven't played yet
This should be a really good time. I played through all those in recent years and even with people's complaints with Zero and Resident Evil 5 I remember having more fun than not. Just need to be a little patient with Zero since it certainly has some frustration built into its design.
 

Spamlynguist

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New year, new Blitz:

1. Evil West (Steam)
2. Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster (Steam)
3. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (PS5)
4. Saints Row (Xbox 360)
5. Yakuza 0 (PS4)
 

Futaleufu

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A great way to start a new year!!

This season:

1.- Noctropolis
2.- Batman The Enemy Within
3.- Randal's Monday
4.- Sonic Adventure 2
5.- Star Wars The Force Unleashed II
 

gabbo

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Still trying to finish most of the games from the previous blitz
  1. Praey for the Gods
  2. Gears Tactics
  3. Drakan: The Ancients' Gates
  4. Stray
  5. Rollerdrome
 

Parsnip

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Darksiders III
Hellpoint
The Surge 2
Watch Dogs
Chasm

Here's my 5. Though to be honest I may end up switching one or some of the bigger games out as time goes. I noticed that I don't own The Surge 2 Kraken DLC, so depending on if I buy it in the next 2 months, I may end up swapping that out to something else and play the "complete" surge 2 later. Same is actually true for Darksiders 3 and Hellpoint as well, where there are story DLC for both. So even though I would probably only count the main game in the blitz, I would still like to play the DLC in one go with the main game. So we'll see.

Though now that I think about it, the sale is still going on for a few more days so maybe I should get all the DLC's that I want right now.

edit: Actually went and bought all the DLC I wanted so that won't be a problem at least. :grinning-face:
 
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Beat the first game on my Blitz list, which was the OG Saints Row! Been meaning to finish this for a couple years.

Definitely not my favourite Saints Row but it's neat to see the roots of the series.
 

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Once again did poorly on my Blitz last month. I think I have too many games, and bringing it down to 5 is really difficult!

Alas, I'll go again...
  1. SIGNALIS
  2. A Summer's End: Hong Kong 1986
  3. Hi-Fi Rush
  4. Highway Blossoms
  5. Dead Space (2023)
We'll see how many of these I work my way through. Considering there's a whole bunch of releases from January to March, I'm not sure how many I'll do.
 
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Once again did poorly on my Blitz last month. I think I have too many games, and bringing it down to 5 is really difficult!

Alas, I'll go again...
  1. Sonic Frontiers
  2. Rusty Lake Hotel
  3. Resident Evil Village
  4. Highway Blossoms
  5. Castle of Illusion
We'll see how many of these I work my way through. Considering there's a whole bunch of releases from January to March, I'm not sure how many I'll do.
Don't forget you're allowed to swap out games if you realize something else you're starting is going to take time away from something else or if you just find you're not in the mood for something you listed after thinking you'd get to it.
 

kio

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Let's do this :longswordblob:

  1. Disco Elysium
  2. The Last Campfire
  3. Lost in Random
  4. Unravel 1 & 2 (shouldn't take long so I'm bundling them together)
  5. Raji: An Ancient Epic

After almos 2 months of nothing but Tactics Ogre (and still going btw) I'm sticking with shorter games (hopefuly) as a sort of palate cleanser.
 
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Star Wars The Force Unleashed II is a mediocre/bad action game and an awful PC port locked at a very stuttery 30 fps. If i try to get rid of the stutter by increasing the frames per second through mods the game misloads the stages or crashes. I think I'll just try to power through it, it's a short game.
 
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First game down. Completed AI: The Somnium Files. Last year I played through all three Zero Escape games so I was really excited to finally play both AI games after getting them in a recent sale. And well, I think this ranks below those, though still a good time. The problem is it reminds me a bit of Punch Line where the gameplay drags things down but the writing and story is the good part. In that it's far better than Punch Line but it has that same problem where the interactive bits are just not designed in a fun way. Gone are the escape rooms and now there are trial and error "puzzle" segments where essentially you have open spaces with a bunch of interactions that all take up time on a time limit and the logic is tough to really decipher since it's a dream world. Things essentially never behave as you'd expect so you just pick actions and hope for the best more than most anything else. There's some strategy to it but ultimately I think I'd just have had a better time using a guide for all of those sections to remove the frustrations.

The counter to all that is the writing is a real joy, especially paired with the comedic acting and animations. So all that along with an intricate (but far more linear than I had expected) story and I'm still glad I played through it. I hear the second game is possibly better so I'm hopeful. I started it up but not far enough to get a good idea what's all that different besides the story stuff.
 
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Kvik

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I almost forgot to decide on my blitz games. :flare_lmao:

I think I'm going to go for a shorter ADV/point and click list of games for this season. I bought so many over the years, but mostly still left unplayed.

A Golden Wake
Lamplight City
Virtuaverse
Primordia
Thimbleweed Park
 
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I almost forgot to decide on my blitz games. :flare_lmao:

I think I'm going to go for a shorter ADV/point and click list of games for this season. I bought so many over the years, but mostly still left unplayed.

A Golden Wake
Lamplight City
Virtuaverse
Primordia
Thimbleweed Park
This is actually one reason I started doing my category-based yearly goal list. It gets me to focus on specific things like genres, developers, or series to help push myself to go through them finally. Been working pretty well so far!
 
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Finished Darksiders III. It's pretty alright. Not my favorite of the 3 I've played so far and I don't feel the urge to 100% it like I did with the other 2 (twice, because of the remasters), but it's totally fine. Fury feels a bit like a glass cannon. Some of the bosses hit hard and so the combat is really just a lot of dodging with a couple of hits in between every dodge.

Also I'm really bad at dodging. :tightly-closed-eyes:
 
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I think for the first time I'll have to swap out a game. Turns out the BlazBlue Calamity Trigger Steam version is essentially unplayable. It's riddled with tons of problems, worst of all that it runs at like 10fps (despite the game saying 30fps) and there's no guaranteed fix. Resetting your PC fixes it on the short term for some folks but I'm not going to restart my PC each time I want to play it. And there's no way to play it on modern consoles. I'll ponder it and maybe try one computer restart and see if that does magically fix it but I have my doubts.
 

ganmo

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Just to give you an update.

Okami HD which I began with last year, but didn't manage to finish in time. I finished it this time around so first game out of five done for this round of blitz. It was quite a pain to play it through in 30fps, but thanksfully there's a speed hack which made the game very fast but the feeling it gave was 60fps haha. :face-with-stuck-out-tongue-and-tightly-closed-eyes:

Next game I looked into my pile of games is Old Man's Journey. Had it in my mind since it was first released as a mobile game for iPhone I think? Anyhow so far quite enjoyable since it has quite easy puzzle while it shows me some impressive art and although silent a very emotional story :)
  1. Okami HD
  2. Old Man's Journey
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA
 
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Updated my list with pretty much a whole new 5, other than Highway Blossoms which I actually managed to finish. That and A Summer's End: Hong Kong 1986 and SIGNALIS. All 3 were awesome!

Going to play Hi-Fi Rush next and then Dead Space (2023).
 
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Just to give you an update.

Okami HD which I began with last year, but didn't manage to finish in time. I finished it this time around so first game out of five done for this round of blitz. It was quite a pain to play it through in 30fps, but thanksfully there's a speed hack which made the game very fast but the feeling it gave was 60fps haha. :face-with-stuck-out-tongue-and-tightly-closed-eyes:

Next game I looked into my pile of games is Old Man's Journey. Had it in my mind since it was first released as a mobile game for iPhone I think? Anyhow so far quite enjoyable since it has quite easy puzzle while it shows me some impressive art and although silent a very emotional story :)
  1. Okami HD
  2. Old Man's Journey
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA
Old Man's Journey I recall being really short. Was that also where it was somewhat random so if you played again you could go a different path to the end? I played a couple games of this style and I can't remember if this was the one that did that with the story.

Updated my list with pretty much a whole new 5, other than Highway Blossoms which I actually managed to finish. That and A Summer's End: Hong Kong 1986 and SIGNALIS. All 3 were awesome!

Going to play Hi-Fi Rush next and then Dead Space (2023).
I really liked A Summer's End. Hopefully the sequel is just as good (if not better!). Highway Blossoms is enjoyable in that cozy sort of way. I'm reading Flowers for the Blitz and plan to go through all four this year and if you want cute girls doing cute yuri things it's been a good read so far an hour or two in. Studio Elan who did Highway Blossoms also has other options but I've only read their most recent, Please Be Happy, which was decent but not a favorite.
 
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Old Man's Journey I recall being really short. Was that also where it was somewhat random so if you played again you could go a different path to the end? I played a couple games of this style and I can't remember if this was the one that did that with the story.
It was really short, had a touching story. Although half way through I was suspecting how the ending was going to be like. I think maybe watched to many kind of these story before, but in movie format haha. The game had no multiple endings anyhow.

As for my third I started out, and it is TOEM. So far so good. A bit different adventure game ;)

  1. Okami HD
  2. Old Man's Journey
  3. TOEM
  4. TBA
  5. TBA
 

Cacher

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Did some switching:
  • Trails of Cold Steel 3 -> Hi-Fi Rush
  • Steamworld Dig 2 -> Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
  • Helltaker -> Call of Duty: Black Ops

Have been playing all three lately.
 
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It was really short, had a touching story. Although half way through I was suspecting how the ending was going to be like. I think maybe watched to many kind of these story before, but in movie format haha. The game had no multiple endings anyhow.

As for my third I started out, and it is TOEM. So far so good. A bit different adventure game ;)

  1. Okami HD
  2. Old Man's Journey
  3. TOEM
  4. TBA
  5. TBA
I was thinking of Burly Men at Sea. That one has multiple paths to reach the ending. Names are too similar!
 
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Finished my second game, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. Was close to switching it for something else but after a PC reset to get it to run at 60fps, because that somehow works, it never reverted to a lower framerate so I was able to go through it. Got the normal and true endings for all characters and completed arcade mode with all characters. Honestly could have left off arcade mode with how little it added and story mode was already pretty lengthy, but it was still a good enough time. The future games in the series I'll definitely cut back a bit on completing everything as they quickly grow massive in content.
 
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gabbo

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Finally finished my first game - Drakan: The Ancients Gates.
Mechanically feels its age, but it's a sequel to one of my favourite games ever, and it was quite a bit of fun when not being frustrating.
Just makes me want more of them, since modern hardware could do massive draw distances for flight and tighten up some of the annoying limitations the PS2 brings with it. Let me control the Order of the Flame dammit. More dragons!

Would recommend for retro fans and fans of the first
 
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