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Spanky Pie Feb 21, 2013 @ 9:15pm
THE SPANKIN' BACKLOG | 06/16 - Knee Deep
Latest review:
Knee Deep

Finished:
  1. Dishonored (03/6/2013)
  2. Party of Sin (03/12/2013)
  3. Borderlands and Borderlands 2 (03/11/2013 and 03/28/2013)
  4. BioShock Infinite (03/30/2013)
  5. The Blackwell Legacy (04/08/2013)
  6. Blackwell Unbound (04/15/2013)
  7. Thomas Was Alone (04/11/2013)
  8. Atom Zombie Smasher (04/12/2013)
  9. Blood Bowl (05/23/2013)
  10. Just Cause 2 (05/25/2013)
  11. Little Inferno (06/11/2013)
  12. Anodyne (06/21/2013)
  13. Brütal Legend (06/23/2013)
  14. Spec Ops: The Line (07/01/2013)
  15. Tomb Raider (07/16/2013)
  16. Costume Quest (07/27/2013)
  17. Bastion (08/03/2013)
  18. Deadlight (09/08/2013)
  19. Far Cry 3 (10/08/2013)
  20. Resident Evil 5 (11/18/2013)
  21. Resident Evil 6 (12/08/2013)
  22. Quantum Conundrum (01/09/2014)
  23. The Cat Lady (02/18/2014)
  24. Cities in Motion 2 (03/23/2014)
  25. Bully (04/18/2014)
  26. The Blackwell Convergence (04/25/2014)
  27. The Blackwell Deception (05/05/2014)
  28. Smooth Operators: Call Center Chaos (06/19/2014)
  29. Shadowrun Returns (07/23/2014)
  30. The Darkness 2 (08/03/2014)
  31. Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale (09/08/2014)
  32. L.A. Noire (10/01/2014)
  33. The Typing of the Dead: Overkill (11/15/2014)
  34. The Wolf Among Us (12/18/2014)
  35. Intake (01/05/2015)
  36. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (First Chapter) (01/11/2015)
  37. Resident Evil: Revelations (02/01/2015)
  38. Shadowrun: Dragonfall (03/22/2015)
  39. The Talos Principle (04/23/2015)
  40. Cherry Tree High: I! My! Girls! (05/27/2015)
  41. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (06/25/2015)
  42. In Verbis Virtus (07/12/2015)
  43. Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries (08/08/2015)
  44. eden*: They were only two, on the planet. (09/05/2015)
  45. Hyperdimension: Neptunia Re;Birth 1 (10/17/2015)
  46. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune(11/09/2015)
  47. South Park: The Stick of Truth (12/20/2015)
  48. Shadowrun: Hong Kong (01/02/2016)
  49. Chroma Squad (02/02/2016)
  50. Remember Me (03/20/2016)
    Epistory - Typing Chronicles (04/29/2016)
  51. Knee Deep (06/19/2016)
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I really like The Darkness 2, and it can be finished in 5-8 hours as well. Lots of fun without a huge time investment!
Gyumaou Feb 22, 2013 @ 3:31am 
Bastion! can't recommend it enough, brilliant piece of indie game dev. It's not too long either, only a few hours (unless you're going for 100% completion). Has great art and an amazing soundtrack to back up it's unique story.
Arbiter Libera Feb 22, 2013 @ 10:45am 
Originally posted by AgeOfArmageddon:
I really like The Darkness 2, and it can be finished in 5-8 hours as well. Lots of fun without a huge time investment!

Shame they didn't port the original to PC, though.
Spanky Pie Mar 5, 2013 @ 9:24am 
DISHONORED
I finished Dishonored in 16 hours.

I really liked the gameplay. The combat and stealthing elements were satisfying. But I hated a couple levels where instead of you being able to play around with the environment, it felt like it was just leading you through a hallway. It felt like a waste of the developers' time and resources because I just ran past that level. But the cities and the open areas are fun to just mess around with, and I sometimes felt myself just listening in on the conversations the people would have. Then kill them if I hate their attitude. XD

The story started off bad. Corvo comes home, plays with this kid, then this girl dies, and why am I supposed to care? A proper prologue would have made this game at lot better. Maybe instead of making all the assets for the long hallway levels, they instead made a proper introduction, but I digress. I did appreciate that the story through the course of the game were a roller coaster and the immersion they built made me actually feel like I was Corvo, adding a sense of natural character progression. They told a nice story over a short period, even though most of them were told during down time. Which is fine by me. The great gameplay got me through the missions. Also, The Outsider is a cool character with a lot of insight. I like that guy.

Overall, it's definitely a great game but for me probably not as good as what the others say it is. Mostly because of that damn introduction. (Ok, last mention, I promise. XD)

I give it a 4 out of 5.
Last edited by Spanky Pie; Aug 4, 2013 @ 12:14am
Spanky Pie Apr 12, 2013 @ 3:11pm 
BORDERLANDS / BORDERLANDS 2
I finished Borderlands in just 25 hours. I didn't do the DLCs, but I'm gonna add that to the backlog, probably. lol I was too excited to play Borderlands 2 after realizing just how fun the gameplay was.

And I currently have over 100 hours in Borderlands 2 as well. I even bought Mechromancer and plan on a second playthrough with her after I make my Siren finish True Vault Hunter Mode. This game is a huge time-waster and I love it.

But I wish they named the second game Borderlands Part 2 instead since it followed the story of the first one a bit too closely for my liking. And kept the original theme song.

I give Borderlands 4 out of 5.
I give Borderlands 2 5 out of 5.
Last edited by Spanky Pie; Aug 4, 2013 @ 12:13am
Spanky Pie Apr 12, 2013 @ 3:23pm 
PARTY OF SIN
I played a bit of Party of Sin, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It doesn't feel like a very coherent game, however, and it just doesn't suck me in. It also gives me the feeling that I'm just forcing my way through the levels. Great puzzle games don't make you do that. I can attribute that to lacking game design. But the mechanics are solid. I just wished it was more than the sum of its parts.

I give it 2 out of 5.
Last edited by Spanky Pie; Aug 4, 2013 @ 12:14am
Spanky Pie Apr 12, 2013 @ 3:29pm 
BIOSHOCK INFINITE
I thoroughly enjoyed BioShock Infinite. So much so that it now probably is my favorite game ever. I can't say that with certainty right now but if I still remember it strongly in a couple years, then it definitely is.

The game improved everything I loved about the first BioShock (the great writing and storytelling, smoother gameplay, impressive set pieces, even the main characters), removed some parts I disliked (portions that feel like padding; Infinite keeps the story moving), and added new things to love (the skylines and fighting with it, Columbia itself, its variety, and its living, breathing world) all while telling an immensely better story than the first one. And it's all wrapped up together in a beautiful, classy and detailed package with love.

I absolutely loved every moment I spent in Columbia. There was always something new and beautiful to see and experience. From the great outdoors to the dark interiors, I didn't find myself forcing through any of the levels. Even just walking around is a delight. Everything is just... Amazing.

My only complaint was that Elizabeth is a tad overpowered. Having her with you is a blessing and you can feel the game getting significantly harder during the moments she is not with you. Also, I feel sad that it could have been so much more than what it already was. Despite what could have been though, what it is is still nothing short of perfect.

I give it 5 out of 5. If I can give it more than that, I would.
Last edited by Spanky Pie; Aug 4, 2013 @ 12:13am
Spanky Pie Apr 12, 2013 @ 3:32pm 
THE BLACKWELL LEGACY
Hello, World

The Blackwell Legacy is a short interactive point-and-click adventure about a medium named Rosangela Blackwell who is destined to help lost souls cross to "the other side." She meets a spirit guide named Joey Mallone, who helps Rosangela with this task using his magical necktie. The story of the first game focuses on Rosangela's first task, which is helping a girl whose ghost is haunting a dog park.

This is the shortest game in the Blackwell series. It suffers from a multitude of point and click adventure game tropes which I absolutely despise, mainly "think like the developer" puzzles where you rub two sticks together in the hopes of anything happening. Luckily, the puzzles in this game, and the entire Blackwell franchise is not very bad, and you're for the most part given items only when it is going to be used within the next few scenes. This allows the story to keep on moving without too much gamification.

Overall, The Blackwell Legacy is a great introduction onto the lore of the Blackwell franchise. The story will not stick with you, but that is not the purpose of this title. It stands on its own, but you won't do yourself justice if you let the story end here.

I give The Blackwell Legacy 3 out of 5.

BLACKWELL UNBOUND
Blackwell: Origins

Blackwell Unbound is almost exactly like its predecessor, but with a different main character. The second entry onto the Blackwell franchise answers a major question that was given during the first game. How did the Blackwell family get attached with Joey, the spirit guide. You play as Lauren Blackwell, Rosa's aunt as she investigates two murders.

Blackwell Unbound's story is actually very integral to the rest of the franchise, however the game doesn't sell its importance. It's part of the reason why I haven't continued playing through the next two episodes because I was disappointed with the growth of the series, and it didn't feel like it was going anywhere. That, and I didn't connect with Lauren as well as Rosa.

Having said this, this installment is still a very important piece to the big picture in the Blackwell series. It's worth a playthrough if you commit yourself to the franchise.

I give Blackwell Unbound 2.5 out of 5.

THE BLACKWELL CONVERGENCE
Blackwell Truly Unbound

The Blackwell Convergence is almost like a direct sequel to Blackwell Unbound, only this time you're playing as Rosangela (yay!) In this game, Rosangela investigates three murders, with a special guest returning from Blackwell Unbound. Without spoiling the story, the I can safely say that the payoff this time is incredible.

With this installment, players gain a little more insight about what happens when the medium disconnects with the spirit guide. Also with this installment, you get to use the intenet! Rosa even has her own website! So modern!

This games actually feels one with Blackwell Unbound. Upon further research, I found out the Blackwell Unbound actually spawned as an idea for The Blackwell Convergence, but grew too big and had to be made onto its own game. Personally, I would have no problem with them merging together into one 6-hour game because the payoff for Unbound wasn't as good as the ending of Convergence. I'm still happy I continued to play through it, because this was worth it.

Also by this point, I am realizing how hard it is to review a mostly story-based series without actually spoiling the story. lol

I give The Blackwell Covergence 4 out of 5.

THE BLACKWELL DECEPTION
This time, it is personal

The longest Blackwell game of the four continues Rosangela's story, but this time, it's personal. In this game, Rosa stops being simply a tool, and now becomes the hunted.

An old journalist friend contacts Rosangela about a story he has been working on, however Rosa soon realizes that his friend is now a ghost. Investigation time!

With this game, Rosa now gets her own mobile phone with internet capabilities! It's pretty mind-blowing stuff, man.

This installment captures a great amount of tension unseen from any of the previous titles. If the entire Blackwell franchise was built as a single game, many of the faults of the previous titles would immediately be forgiven. However, as it is, it's a great payoff to the 12-15 hours you have spent with the entire series up to this point.

I give The Blackwell Deception 4.5 out of 5.

Needless to say, I am excited for The Blackwell Epiphany to go on sale. :D:
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Spanky Pie Apr 12, 2013 @ 3:39pm 
THOMAS WAS ALONE
A friend recommended me Thomas Was Alone because he found out that I liked To the Moon. A strange connection because the two games are a worlds apart.

So I went in to Thomas Was Alone expecting a great story. ....Not exactly. It did have great storytelling though. The narration was great and perfect with the theme of the game. And even simple quadrilaterals was given life just by the narration. You wouldn't feel connected to the characters, in the sense that you're actually playing as them, but you will grow to like them for who they are. Except for Chris. Chris is a jerk. lol

The final two chapters of the game was a bit of a downer, though. They introduced completely new characters that I missed the original cast. And that's what made me realized that, wow, I grew attached to simple boxes, and I didn't like the characters introduced in the final two chapters.

Judging it against other games, it's just a very nicely-designed and well-made short game. Nothing more, nothing less. But the fact that this is an independently-made game makes it special.

I give it 4 out of 5.
Last edited by Spanky Pie; Aug 4, 2013 @ 12:12am
Spanky Pie Apr 12, 2013 @ 3:45pm 
ATOM ZOMBIE SMASHER
These are the kinds of games I enjoy. I don't know why. Whatever it is, it's a very fun game. lol

My only critique is I wish it had a skirmish mode instead of just a long campaign each time.

I don't even know how to review it properly. lol All I know is that I like it.

I give it 4 out of 5.
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Spanky Pie May 26, 2013 @ 3:06am 
JUST CAUSE 2
It keeps crashing on me... But I managed to play 7 hours and somehow enjoyed it.

It's an open sandbox game, so it's all about being creative. And I found a lot of ways to be creative. The controls can be a bit funky, and that's a big negative in this kind of game. But exploring and causing chaos in Panau is still fun. I just wish there were more ways to do so.

I give it 4 out of 5.

Side note, I played way too much NBA 2K13 this month. Raptr tells me I spent 60 hours on it this month. :o I don't know if I should include it here because I have played it before. XD
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Spanky Pie May 26, 2013 @ 3:14am 
BLOOD BOWL
Blood Bowl is a tabletop Rugby (American Football) game adapted to video game format.

I found it awesomely fun. I'm a big fan of tabletop games as well and this is a smart adaptation of such a fast-paced game to a turn-based scenario. There are some rules that are pretty obscure, but they make sense when you think about them.

It also still has a great community with a lot of people playing tournaments even 2 years after release. My only complaint is the UI is confusing and the engine and graphics is showing its age.

I give it 4 out of 5.
Last edited by Spanky Pie; Aug 4, 2013 @ 12:12am
Spanky Pie Jun 22, 2013 @ 11:24am 
LITTLE INFERNO
When I was a kid, I used to take a matchbox onto our garage and tried to stack them then light them up. It gave me a certain type of joy, as well as a little thrill. Now, I have Little Inferno.

It's just fun to burn stuff. Maybe it's just me? Maybe I'm just a pyromaniac?

My only gripe is all the clicking with the cards and the story. They probably should have found a better way to plug it in there than by clicking on it. Cinematics would be nice.

I give Little Inferno 4 out of 5.
Last edited by Spanky Pie; Aug 4, 2013 @ 12:12am
Spanky Pie Jun 22, 2013 @ 1:00pm 
ANODYNE
The main motivation for playing this was the cards. I guess I should thank the trading card system for that, because I probably wouldn't have tried this so soon.

I have been looking forward to playing it as a lot of people have nice things to say about it. Unfortunately, all that was lost on me when I played it.

I didn't enjoy it much. I'm guessing it was the lackluster story. It was just like collect these stuff and something will happen, but the gameplay wasn't fascinating enough for me to hold on after collecting 3 keys.

The music is great, though. But I don't think I'll ever find it in myself to finish it.

I give Anodyne 2 out of 5.
Last edited by Spanky Pie; Aug 4, 2013 @ 12:12am
Spanky Pie Jun 23, 2013 @ 7:26am 
BRüTAL LEGEND
I shouldn't have expected anything less from Double Fine.

I've been waiting to try this out for four years. I didn't have consoles so I was happy it released for PC and I'm so happy I finished it. It was great.

Some more background stuff into the story would have been nice, though, but overall I'm more than happy with the experience.

This game reminds me of how I got older, though. When I was a kid, I'd burn through 60 hours of Suikoden or Final Fantasy easy. Now, 9 hours of playtime on a game seem to be just right. Sigh.. :/ XD

I give Brütal Legend 4 out of 5.
Last edited by Spanky Pie; Aug 4, 2013 @ 12:11am
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