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January 31st 2014 2:28 pm

Operation Finish all the Games, January 2014

So, here I am in month two of my project to tackle my backlog of unplayed or unfinished video games. If you're just joining us, here's last month's post: www.engadget.com­/discuss­/operation­-finish­-all­-the­-...

But, a quick recap of the rules:
  1. Beat or finish one game a month. To "beat" means to undertake the actions that usually end the basic story and prompt a credits scroll.
  2. Only story sequences count, no side-quest stuff unless I feel like playing it.
  3. I can finish more than one game a month, but it doesn't count toward future months.
  4. Games do not have to be started and finished within the same month.
  5. This project will not include every single game I've never finished, just the ones I actually give a damn about.
Now, on to the games!
  1. To the Moon (Windows). I had been interested in this game for a while, but finally picked it up during the last Steam sale. Started this in December, but finished it up on New Year's Day so it counts for January. The game's presentation is a little rough (due to being put together via RPG Maker) and it's a little easy, but it's still a nice little game with lovely music. I haven't played the special holiday installment yet.
  2. Broken Age (Windows). Of course I played this! Yeah, it's only Act 1, but we don't have a set timeframe for the release of Act 2 just yet, and at four hours, it is a satisfying experience on its own (and about the same length as a lot of indie games). I enjoyed it, particularly the story, the humor, and the art, but I found the puzzles a bit lacking, especially after playing a lot of Telltale games like Sam & Max and The Walking Dead.
  3. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3). I have no idea when I started playing this game, but it was about time to get it off my plate. I didn't hate it. I didn't think it was particularly good, either, and toward the end it was starting to become a real slog. It's a game that's designed to avoid grinding, but punishes you for not finishing battles fast enough. So of course, I started grinding. I actually started to enjoy the game again when I was working on completing as many of the C'ieth Stone missions as I could, and once I got those out of the way I pushed my way through Orphan's Cradle and the bosses. I am not playing the sequels.
  4. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (DS). Technically I'm still playing this. But, I did reach one of the endings. The bad ending. Like, the really bad ending that's not an ending. A really good feature of 999 is that it has its own version of a New Game+, where you start a new game and can fast-forward through all the scenes/dialogue you've seen before, and when you have a choice to make, they grey out the ones you've already tried. I played through it again for another bad ending, and am currently nearing the end of my third playthrough, toward the bad ending that will grant me access to the one and only good ending. This isn't that painful, since once you can fast-forward through all the plot stuff, the game itself might only take an hour or two.
Games finished: 4
Worlds saved: 1
Ships escaped: 1 (but not the one I was actually trying to leave...)

Next month: I, uh, have not finished Revenant Wings yet. I may be actively starting to resent this game for existing and I just want it to be over. But hey, Balthier and Fran joined my party! And hey, here's Basch and Ashe, yay yay!

I also started playing Assassin's Creed II. I see no problems with finishing this, as I love me some stabbing.

I know some people expressed interest in joining in. You are perfectly welcome to share your experiences here, but a few were looking for Goodreads-like sites where you could log your playing. Backloggery was mentioned, which I've had an account at for a while but it's really not great: backloggery.com­/lampbane.

I've also seen Grouvee mentioned, does anyone know anything about it? www.grouvee.com/ It looks like it has some useful functionality, but I wouldn't want to commit until I know I'd have some social contacts there.

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I love 999, don't forget to snag the sequel Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. I played the 3DS version and it has even more endings, and a new mechanic to skip through previously completed sections, which makes it go much faster. These were some of the few games, I bought, started playing, and couldn't stop until I had finished.
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I wasn't forgetting, just not in a rush to pick it up just yet. It's on my wish list. In the meantime, I have Last Window and a bunch of Professor Layton games to play through...
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Games Finished In January:

1. The Legend of Zelda, A Link Between Worlds
2. Star fox 64 3D
3. Pokemon X
4. Ducktales Remastered

Games finished: 4

February candidates on my plate:

Scribblenauts Unlimited
Final Fantasy XIII
Kingdom Hearts 1
Super Mario 3D World
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
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