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May 1st 2014 3:17 pm

Operation Finish all the Games, April 2014

And here we are again, it's always such a pleasure, remember when I tried to


So I've just wrapped up the fifth month of trying to plow through my backlog. I'm actually quite proud of myself, though not as much as I will when I've been doing this for a year, or have finished up my backlog, whichever comes first.

A quick recap of what this is all about:
  1. I have to finish or beat at least one game a month. That basically means whatever counts as an ending to the story mode, usually prompting a credits scroll.
  2. Side-quests and post-ending stuff doesn't have to be completed. I'll take care of them later (or not at all).
  3. I can finish more than one game a month, but it doesn't count toward future months.
  4. My backlog doesn't include every game I've ever not finished. That's crazy talk.
March was a bit of a banner month, April less so. Technically I've only finished one game, but I'm almost done with another. And while they aren't games, I have read a bunch of comic books, reducing my back issue pile significantly! I finally caught up on "Infinity" (Avengers) and "Battle of the Atom" (X-Men). I enjoyed the latter very much, but the former kind of cemented my decision to drop New Avengers.

But, back to the games...
  1. Heavy Rain (PS3). I reported I had started this last month, and I finished a playthrough pretty quickly -- the night before I left for PAX East, actually. I really enjoyed it, and managed to keep all the heroes alive until the end, so I got a nice "happy" ending. I'm still considering going back and trying some of the alternate story paths, maybe letting certain characters die to alter the game's outcome.
I had intended to finish at least two games this month, but I spent a lot of time going through my comics, which means that I didn't get through Last Window: The Secret of Cape West as quickly as I'd like. I am literally in the last chapter of the game, and probably one of the last puzzles, too, but I couldn't get it done before I went to bed last night as I was falling asleep. So this will have to go in the column for May when I finish it later today. It's really good, and a real shame they never released it in the United States (I'm playing a European import).

Once I'm done with Last Window I intend to plow through the rest of Bravely Default, and we'll see what happens from there.

Children saved: 1
Children not saved: 1
Fingers cut off: 1
Times I screamed "JAAAAAASSSSSSOOOON!!!": not enough

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I am kind of ashamed, because the only game I finished this month was:

1. Halo: Spartan Assault - but I also did the DLC!

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