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Planning my 2016 Entries

Posted by Syntax Error, 18 December 2015 - - - - - - · 1716 views

For the last couple years I've done my Alphabet Backlog in January and I also did my Bottom Barrel Bazaar which was fun. Thinking about what to do this winter. Any ideas? I try to make it something where I can spend a couple hours or less with a game and then write my blurb since "Play Witcher 3" just means I write about one game sometime in February.


The Bottom Barrel Bargain Bazaar (Part 4 - Final)

Posted by Syntax Error, 17 June 2015 - * * * * * · 2632 views

Welcome back to the final edition of the Bottom Barrel Bargain Bazaar. I only have five games left in the "49¢ or less" category and they're not going to play themselves -- although that would be supremely helpful. The batch last time was a chore but that means things can only be on an upswing, right? So set your Big Lots copy of Locating Zemo: A Non-D...

The Bottom Barrel Bargain Bazaar (Part 3)

Posted by Syntax Error, 16 June 2015 - - - - - - · 2259 views

Welcome back to the Bottom Barrel Bargain Bazaar where everything is less than four bits. In this third installment, I continue to examine the games I paid cold cash for... but not more than 50¢ of it.

Just Cause
What it claimed to be: In Just Cause, you are a Latin field operative and specialist in regime change backed by top secret US government age...

The Bottom Barrel Bargain Bazaar (Part 2)

Posted by Syntax Error, 14 June 2015 - - - - - - · 2726 views

Hello and welcome back for more adventures among the discount bin of my Steam library. As mentioned in the first part , this series is dedicated to those games under 50¢ that I independently bought on Steam (versus getting them in a bundle). So crack open a can of off-brand soda and read on.

Temper Tantrum
What it claims to be: Take control of Johnny...

The Bottom Barrel Bargain Bazaar (Part 1)

Posted by Syntax Error, 14 June 2015 - * * * * * · 1265 views

If you've been a bargain oriented PC gamer, you've probably bought into the bundle thing. Humble, Bundlestars, Indie Gala, whatever -- you give them a few bucks, they give you four to ten games, 90% of which you didn't really care about. Sure, each game might average a quarter but most of them are just shrapnel picked up when you really wanted one or two...

Alphabet Backlog 2015 Edition Y & Z (plus recap)

Posted by Syntax Error, 13 January 2015 - - - - - - · 819 views

The final two games are up on the board tonight. Time to bring this one home...

Y is for Year Walk
I don't know what to make of my time in Year Walk. It scores overwhelmingly positive on Steam and the store page is filled with glowing reviews. Granted, I was distracted a bit by real life concerns while playing but I found that the mechanics kept me f...

Backlog Alphabet 2015 Edition U-X

Posted by Syntax Error, 12 January 2015 - - - - - - · 689 views

I have thus far played twenty backlogged games for an hour each (ok, I cheated on a couple) and have six more to go. I already installed them so i know what they'll be and I am not feeling excited about these at all. Stay with me though as I trawl my hand through the sludge at the very bottom of the backlog barrel.

U is for Uriel's Chasm
Uriel's Chasm...

Backlog Alphabet 2015 Edition Q-T

Posted by Syntax Error, 10 January 2015 - - - - - - · 759 views
backlog, bundle, pc gaming
Sixteen games down, ten more to go. It's all downhill from here!

Q is for Q.U.B.E.
Q.U.B.E. is a first person puzzle game with physics and environment manipulation. It's pretty obviously inspired by Portal and the original version just starts you in a series of white chambers made up of square tiles that you can't help but compare to the Testing Chambe...

Backlog Alphabet 2015 Edition M-P

Posted by Syntax Error, 07 January 2015 - - - - - - · 749 views
bundle, backlog, pc gaming
Hey, we're halfway done! Let's dive right in.

M is for Marine Sharpshooter II: Jungle Warfare
When I played this, I originally thought it must have been a port of an old Playstation game, circa 1998. Which would have helped explain its blocky, low-polygon models and weird texture wraps. As it turns out, this was actually a budget PC game released in 20...

Backlog Alphabet 2015 Edition I-L

Posted by Syntax Error, 05 January 2015 - - - - - - · 524 views

One backlogged game for each letter of the alphabet, one hour each... let's get started.

I is for Into the Dark: Total Trash Edition
Oy vey, more game parodies. I didn't start with high expectations for any game with a "Total Trash Edition" and the lengthy and tedious introduction with its horrendous voice acting and poor artwork didn't give me any rea...

Backlog Alphabet 2015 Edition E-H

Posted by Syntax Error, 03 January 2015 - - - - - - · 692 views
bundle, pc gaming, backlog
If you're reading this, I assume you already know the thrust of it all. One backlogged game for one hour for each letter of the alphabet. You can read the previous entries in this series if you're so inclined.

E is for Eldritch
Ok, a lot of people have this game from an indie bundle. Guys, play this game. Go on, give it a shot. You own it and it deser...

Backlog Alphabet 2015 Edition A-D

Posted by Syntax Error, 02 January 2015 - * * * * * · 605 views
backlog, bundle
Time once again for a trip through the musty back corners of my backlog where I trustingly thrust my hand into the dark debris and discover whether I get fatally poisoned by a black widow or merely pinched by earwigs. The plan is to pick one game for each letter of the alphabet, play it for at least an hour and report back with a paragraph or two about my...

Rust - It Begins With A Rock

Posted by Syntax Error, 18 March 2014 - * * * * * · 1032 views

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win a contest a friend was holding and get a couple games. One that I chose was Rust. It was one of those titles that sounded intriguing but I knew I'd never buy for myself so this seemed like a great chance to try it out. I've put about 90 hours into it and decided to take a break. Here's my thoughts on it.


Backlog Alphabet: There IS a letter Z!

Posted by Syntax Error, 28 January 2014 - - - - - - · 862 views

A friend was upset enough about my ending on the letter "Y" than he bought me...

Z is for Zombie Driver HD : Zombie Driver HD put you in the action in a city ravaged by zombies. Starting with your trusty taxi, you must race through the streets and over the undead as you rescue citizens, kill giant zombie bosses and whatever else the military has you do...

Backlog Alphabet: U-Y/Z

Posted by Syntax Error, 27 January 2014 - - - - - - · 949 views

The final installment of the Backlog Alphabet. Can you believe it? Probably, since the alphabet ends with "Z" so there wasn't much of a shock there.

U is for Unstoppable Gorg : Unstoppable Gorg is a "tower defense" game. You have your base you're defending, you set up your turrets of whatever type and watch them shoot the stream of bad guys trying to ge...

Backlog Alphabet P-T

Posted by Syntax Error, 22 January 2014 - - - - - - · 862 views

We're down to the last two entries! Let's get this show on the road.

P is for The Political Machine (2012) : Sure, it's 2014 now but this entry into my backlog wasn't going to get any fresher. The Political Machine is a fairly simple game that has you running your bobble-headed candidate for president. Pick from an array of candidates spanning current/r...

Backlog Alphabet: L-O

Posted by Syntax Error, 18 January 2014 - - - - - - · 872 views

Each time I start to draft one of these, I have to count out the letters on my fingers. My college education hard at work.

L is for Legend of Grimrock : I was raised up on the dungeon crawler: Bard's Tale, Might & Magic, Pool of Radiance (& the other Gold Box games) and assorted other lesser titles. But I can't say I had been dying to go back to...

Backlog Alphabet H-K

Posted by Syntax Error, 16 January 2014 - - - - - - · 855 views

If you haven't read the two previous entries, you're seriously doing this wrong.

H is for Hotline Miami : Hotline Miami is a pretty well lauded game so I figured this one would be something of a bye. I mean, it's legitimately backlogged and I had no immediate intent on playing it otherwise but I figured I was at least safe from a terrible experience. An...

Backlog Alphabet: D-G

Posted by Syntax Error, 13 January 2014 - - - - - - · 992 views

I assume if you're reading this, you read the previous entry . So let's jump right in.

D is for Don't Starve : You're not the boss of me, game. I starved. I starved good. I didn't even know what this game was when I first started hearing of it. I assumed it was probably another platformer or puzzle game or something. Instead, my ass got dumped in the wi...

Backlog Alphabet: A - C

Posted by Syntax Error, 10 January 2014 - - - - - - · 1058 views

Backlogs: We all have 'em and we all have varying levels of guilt about them. I decided try something new in digging into mine: Every night I would spend at least one hour with a new game, going alphabetically through my catalog. I have no strict rules about what game I'll pick beyond it being new although my inclination is to lean towards games that were...

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