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Even if you don't play it a second time, I recommend at least trying to get all the collectibles. There are some tough and tricky ones to collect and they are sort of mini-puzzles to work through.
My collection count was 85% or something, which I was pretty happy with. Backlaugust and other pressing demands of the day meant a few I tried a couple of times and then jsut gave up on because they were too tricky or required too many skills for clumsy fingers like mine. But yeah I can see myself giving it another spin, maybe jsut going straight to hard mode?

I did it! I beat Metroid Dread! The pain is finally over. What a great game but damn, those bosses are unfair. Cleared normal difficulty in 10 hours 53.

And that’ll be it for me this Backlaugust, I’d like to thank all my fans for their support, sorry I only got through 5 games. But it’s because these days I have a miserable job*, which I called in sick today so I could beat Metroid on my 20th attempt at the final boss or something. Also I have to close my rings on my Apple Watch. Gotta close the red ring twice today for the August reward. 540kjs to go!

*Amazingly today, whilst “sick” I was called and offered a new job or more pay, full time at the same organisation. I said yes.

Things are looking grim. Backlaugust is winding up with the traditional day long meeting I'm obligated to attend. Metroid Dread is very close to completion but I might not be good enough at games to finish it! I don't know.
Consider Overland, Ori and 100 Days abandoned at this point.

Gotta respect Broodwars for aiming for 100% trophy collection. God I'm just credits and done. Imagine 100%ing Pokémon Black 2. Crazy talk.

A big hit to my dream of clearing my backlog. It would appear my Harvest Moon save is actually in the Winter of the first year, not the second. And that the game is two seasons longer than I remembered.
It’s also not on my WiiU virtual console, it’s on the Virtual Console inside the Wii app of my WiiU which many of you may know makes it much more inconvenient to play. I own it on WiiU and apparently if I hack the machine I can transfer the save file across. Maybe I’ll do that?

We did it! I've become the champion of Unova in Pokémon Black 2 with the help of my faithful Pokemon.
Introducing Terrakion, the lonely Terrakion. Terrakion took the lead in many fights with their devastating Sacred Sword and Rock Slide, strengthened by holding a hard stone.
Backing them up was Zoroark, the hasty Zoroark! Originally friends with some hippy N, Zoroark single handedly swept the ghost "elite" 4 member after a Nasty Plot and Snarl and stayed in disguise, attracting many hilarious psychic attacks against the supposedly psychic "elite 4 nobody whose name I have also forgotton.
Providing support in the middle was Volcarona, the level 59, calm Volcarona! Volcarona, whose known for how much he likes to fight, donned an expert belt to deal out massive damage with flamethrower, psychic and silver wind, downing foes of all varieties.
Also contributing was Virizion the jolly and mischievous Virizion. Virizion provided another sacred sword option while also switching things up with a. miracle seed boosted giga drain.
We (literally) couldn't have gotten there without him, it's Waterclimb, the easy natured Dewgong. Waterclimb was new to the team, having only joined at level 50 in the Giant Chasm, but he impressed everyone with a crucial blizzard against Iris' pesky druggion, its accuracy boosted by the wide lens he held.
And finally, team captain, hailing all the way from Driftveil Drawbridge, you know her, the one, the only; Flappa the modest Swanna. Flappa delivered clutch blows of hurricane whenever it was needed, no doubt assisted by her keen eye ability and sharp beak. Flappa made a mockery of that clown member of the elite four who dared block me from Twist mountain. He was the one left twisted and mangled on the floor after Flappa blew his team away.

I have beaten Pokémon Legends Arceus! The last few bits come pretty quickly. Like there’s forcing yourself through the nightmare avalugg frenzy and then you jsut walk up and talk to some Pokémon and suddenly you’re capturing some mutant combination legendary. There’s still a lot of loose threads and I see that after the credits I was invited back to base for more but yeah suddenly this one is down and there’s a lot of blue sky suddenly. I’ll keep Pokémon going via Pokémon Black 2 where I’m just grinding around some grass and electric mons for the 8th gym and then might finally settle on a team of six to start stomping my way through victory road and the Elite 4. I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted on the final team, their levels and the plan.

Other than that it’s raining and I’ll be home all weekend supporting the gf so I’ll try to sneak in some gaming between meals and dishes. Looking to get back into Ori first then Metroid Dread.

Progress is being made in Pokémon Black 2. It feels like any battle with the elite 4 is well before the end of the games content with multiple towns on the map still unvisited. So I expect to “beat” the main quest in a week or so but there’s still a lot more to do before I ultimately retire the game and transfer all the monsters to Home.

I have beaten 80's Overdrive. I guess. It's like, I've come first on the final track, I think there's a couple of other courses I haven't come first one but I've gotten good enough to progress. And I've bought all the cars and I tried out time attack mode and died of boredom. I'm done, I've seen everything the game has to offer. No satisfaction, just emptiness.

Haven't made any real progress on Pokémons. Failed to summon Sun Kissed Goddess Thorr in Fire Emblem. Played some Hundred Days, it's not really for me but I might persist for a while.

Ori and Metroid are coming into view now...

First game down, I have beaten Grand Mountain Adventure: Wonderlands. Or have I? I have unlocked all the mountains now, typically each mountain unlocks after you collect 15 ski passes (awarded for completing challenges) in teh previous one. On the final mountain I now have 17 ski passes. There’s still many more challenges to complete, but I’ve seen pretty much what the game has to offer now so I’ll be putting it away.

Progress has been slow on other games. I caught a Cubchoo and Spheal in Pokémon Black 2 but now I have to train them or something. Haven’t touched Legends and my iOS gaming has been hijacked by uh, well it seems to be thirsty summer on Fire Emblem and I’m trying to pull a certain two goddesses. (Warning, while that link isn’t NSFW by the traditional definition, it is unsafe for any female to see your screen and you hope to have them respect you in the future while it is loaded up so click with caution.)

I think 80s Overdrive is coming into view though. I’ll add that to my original post.

I want to really go for this this year, though I'm a little ashamed that some of the games I want to knock out are things I said I wanted to get done last year.
Thanks part of the fun!

Anyway, here;s the plan, the post that will get updated with progress.

Pokémon Black 2 - Nintendo DS Beaten, 18th of August
I boycotted this game back in the day because I was sick of third versions. Of course after the joke that was UltraSun and the crimes against the franchise that would follow, Black and White 2 suddenly look alright. In fact now that I am playing them, maybe this is the pinnacle of traditional Pokémon. There’s a lot of good stuff here and its a shame that they didn’t go on with some things.
I was playing Black 2 pretty hard this month after getting back into it after my long dissolutionment with Pokémon but before coming up against the seventh gym, the dragon gym, I wanted to train up some ice type and I don’t have any since I hadn’t experienced a winter. Backlaugust is Winter so I’ll get getting that Beartic and friends. I’ll declare it beaten for Backlaugust purposes when I see the credits but I expect to keep playing this through to November before finishing up, sending everyone to Pokémon Bank and gearing up for Scarlet. Projecting a finish around the tenth with focus on sessions while commuting and in bed.

Grand Mountain Adventure: Wonderlands - Nintendo Switch. Beaten, 3rd of August
I bought this a while ago as I’m becoming a armoured with the isometric racer genre. It’s great. It’s also HUGE as the grand and mountain imply. I’m about halfway through it after a decent session last night. I reckon I can knock off about one mountain per session and I still have 6 or so mountains to beat. So I’m projecting a mid month finish for this game, playing evenings after dinner.

Hundred Days - iPad
I’ve heard this one is pretty short. It’s a sorta sim, more like a puzzler which tells the story of running a vineyard, I’ve cleared the basic tutorial stage. Might try to get some sessions in at work and during mindless dual screening sessions on the couch weekdays.

Pokémon Legends Arceus - Nintendo Switch Beaten, 13th of August
So I’ve been playing this one to fill the Pokémon hole while Black 2 is on ice. I’m up to quelling Avalug which I guess I dont know, is this far? I’ve explored pretty much the whole region now but there’s a lot of interesting places that seem to be demand to be revisited. I guess I’ll look to pick it up again after I beat the elite four in Black 2. Expecting to finish later in teh month.

80’s Overdrive Nintendo SwitchBeaten, 7th of August
Another in the growing genre of games trying to capture the nostalgia of Outrun. I think I’ve cleared about half of this so far. Will pick it up as my casual switch game to play while the TV is on. Expect to beat by mid month.

Metroid Dread - Nintendo Switch
I guess I'll try to beat this. I'm very bad at Metroids. Might do Ori instead first? I don't know. Projecting 27th of August

Ori and the Will of the Wisps - Nintendo Switch
I think I’m halfway through. Will pickup and rescue the owl! Projecting 20th of August

Harest Moon - SNES via Wii U Virtual Console
There’s a save file that I’m pretty sure is in winter of the same one year. Why did I stop then? Who knows. Something to do. Projecting 20th of August.

Overland - iPhone
Who knows? Something to do during the commute. It’s meant to be story heavy though.

Damn I was gunna make this thread the other day!

Like Bungle I am trying to get ahead and have been hitting Pokemon Legends and Pokemon Black 2 pretty hard to get them in some shape for Backlaugust. Then it’ll be onto Hundred Days on the iPad and remnants of my 3DS backlog or something else I can play while commuting to my horrible full time job. I preferred the days of 2020 when I was unemployed and finsihing off a gazillion games to win this thing. I’ll reply with a better plan later today. I also have a Saturday job I must endure.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch 2021 Statistics!
« on: December 20, 2021, 07:03:52 PM »
Nintendo Australia doesn’t do these :( This is what it must feel like to be discriminated against.

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Professor E. Gadd's Vault (The Dead Thread)
« on: October 18, 2021, 03:47:42 AM »
Oh man I had been procrastinating about putting together my final university portfolio and I hit submit and see that I've been voted out, including voting for myself somehow and bloody hell. There's no doctor to save me huh?

I have adopted a barely appropriate avatar for the game. I see also that the shadow game of PMs has upped the ante.

Haven't read anything, just skimmed the deaths and the votes.

For me the confusing thing is how Luigi targeted the person who was losing the vote to die. How did they know the vote would be manipulated? Have I got this right?

Anyway vote pokepal148 for starting a bandwagon.

General Gaming / Re: Epic Game Store
« on: October 07, 2021, 11:38:50 PM »
Everytime you claim a free game, a small portion of money wasted on v bucks is sent to a developer in need.

No vote

General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: September 21, 2021, 03:39:55 AM »
Vaccine supply got off to a very slow start in Australia but things are picking up and it's now unofficially a race betweenn the states and territories.

My state is doing very badly. It is a source of great shame.

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXVI: Sign-up Thread
« on: September 16, 2021, 07:39:28 PM »
I will sign up, since you asked.

General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: September 01, 2021, 12:43:44 AM »
I have a bunch of paid obligations over the next few days
So you don't get paid to play video games   :D
Seriously, I love this phrasing and will not refer to my jobby job as my "paid obligations"
See if I ever get a secure, regular job, I will refer to that as a jobby job. My "paid obligations" are bullshit I have to endure from time to time in return for money. These include, sitting on the board of my alma mater and following up recalcitrant census responses in my suburb.

Anyway, no secret last minute games, so lets count back the month with mini reviews and estimates on how much I played.
Burnout Paradise Remastered
I think I actually bought this around about the start of or middle the month, whenever it most recently went on sale and just pretty much ploughed through it. It's really fun and I guess I owned but never played much of the original release? I played a lot of Burnout 3 Takedown though. Anyway fun arcade racers, they don't make em like this anymore, probably put about 15 hours into it, all this month.

Fire Emblem Heroes
So I had been fucking around with this game throughout my winter/the game's summer collecting various waifus in bikinis. Backlaugust convinced me to penetrate the rest of the game it to get my numbers up. After a while grinding away though it gets a bit tiring so I just found the game's auto-play function (yes really) and just let it masturbate play itself. The game is divided up into 5 "books" which each tell a story starring the original characters of Fire Emblem Heroes. I had been mostly avoiding this story but thought I'd give it a chance with Book III and IV in the spirit of the month. No. The story is awful, this is a paper bag job. Just hide their face, skip the dialogue and keep pushing, or let it autoplay as it turns out. I don't have any reasonable estimate about how much I have played this game, or rather if my phone was on while the game was running.

You're employed by a nation's security agency as a foreign national to give their security forces out of context clippings from the internet, social media and eventually the hacked devices of their citizens to frame people for resisting the government. It's pretty fun, very story driven but you can choose to mislead or exaggerate a threat to the authorities. 6 hours playtime, most of which I did while half paying attention to my online Zoom training for this census job I'm doing.

The Longing
So this is the uh highly experimental game that came out on Switch this year where you are asked to wake a king after 400 days. As you explore the cave and make your home more comfortable you can accelerate time, which is how my 400 days that began in April ended in August. The switch record 15 hours of play of which only 2 or 3 would've been this month.

New Pokemon Snap
It's Pokemon Snap, you know it, we all love it. I had about 4-5 hours of playtime to go to finish it off this month. My total playtime reads 14:42 as of right now.

FAR: Lone Sails
It's a bit bland really. One of those keep a vehicle running games with some puzzle platforming. If you're in the mood I suppose it could be engrossing but it all felt a bit easy and lacking in ambition to me. Took about 3 hours, I finished it the same afternoon I started it.

The final game that I probably played as much this month as the rest of these combined, maybe, almost was Cities Skylines. I got back into this in a big way in June/July and had to uninstall it to regain some control of my life on the 13th of August. On my Backloggery I set myself the goal of unlocking monuments to "beat" the game, this was achieved just before August began so I won't include it. I'm now aiming to get all 111 achievements. Currently 79 down.

General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 30, 2021, 11:29:40 AM »
Yeah well after returning to my studies I just score 100% in a quiz.
It's only worth 4% of my overall mark though and I'm still 2 weeks behind somehow.

But still! I beat that.

General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 30, 2021, 12:33:53 AM »
I don't like this

General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 29, 2021, 05:07:32 AM »
I feel I'm coming to the end of FAR: Lone Sails. It's an interesting enough game but I'm not sure what the sequel will do.

I have finished it.

I think I’m retiring for now.

General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 27, 2021, 10:35:46 AM »
I have beaten New Pokémon Snap. Much longer than the original and there's still so much more to do! I've seen people report completing the game on HowLongtoBeat clocking in around the 60 hour mark.

Again, feeling like this could be the end of the road for me, I have a bunch of paid obligations over the next few days and study to catch up on. Maybe I can play FAR: Lone Sails before midnight in on the 31st?

General Gaming / Re: Backlaugust 2021: Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
« on: August 25, 2021, 02:13:59 AM »
With the final week looming down I'm looking at my diary and It's going to be tough to get much more done. I can probably schedule in The Novelist and I think at this point if I simply turn on The Longing I'll have finished it. Actually I'll check that now, brb

alright I'm back. Yep the countdown has finished, I just need to leave my room and wake up the King. I have no idea if this actually is the end though. I kinda suspect that the King is dead. Here we go I'm leaving my room.
Oh dear…
The Longing has ended.

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