Game Log

A list of all the video games I’ve played in reverse chronological order.

2022

Phantasy Star Platform: Sega Master System

7/10
I played all of the sequels to this RPG that were available on the Sega Genesis, two on the... more

Crusader of Centy Platform: Genesis

7/10
Every couple of years I get back into emulation, mostly as a reaction against some massive open-world game I... more

Caladrius Blaze Platform: PC

7/10
For some time now I have been interested in playing various SHMUPs in MAME. Some of the best looking... more

Wasteland Remastered Platform: PC

6/10
Wasteland is considered a classic RPG from the Apple ][ era but it’s one that I never played back... more

Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire Platform: MS-DOS

4/10
I was actually enjoying this game but, after twelve or so hours of play, I discovered that the GOG... more

Aer: Memories of Old Platform: PC

3/10
Aer takes a 1995 Zelda aesthetic and makes it into a boring slog. This game felt like a college... more

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura Platform: PC

7/10
With this game I have finally played all the key 90s RPG classics. I attempted to play a few... more

Fallout 4 Platform: PC

9/10
I was quite a bit hesitant to get this game because I had heard that a big part of... more

2021

Resident Evil 6 Platform: PC

4/10
I don’t know why I keep thinking these Resident Evil games might actually be good. Everything about RE6 is... more

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Platform: PC

8/10
The third in the reboot series which is more or less the same as its predecessors. Excellent graphics, the... more

Prey Platform: PC

6/10
Prey takes a very ambitious approach to game play. There are always multiple paths towards achieving your goals and... more

Thief 2: The Metal Age Platform: PC

6/10
Thief 2 has not aged terribly well. I’m usually not one to complain about dated graphics, but in this... more

Crusader: No Regret Platform: MS-DOS

7/10
The fake red Boba Fett is at it again in this sequel to Crusader: No Remorse and he just... more

Ultima IX: Ascension Platform: PC

5/10
With the completion of this playthrough, I have now completed all the Ultima games (technically I never finished Ultima... more

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny Platform: Apple ][

9/10
Ultima V is perhaps the pinnacle of gaming on the Apple ][ computer system. While I thought that Nox... more

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Platform: PC

8/10
This game goes out of its way to let you know that it’s about mental illness; and that they... more

Nox Archaist Platform: Apple ][

8/10
Nox Archaist (no relation to Nox) has come up several times before on this site as it was a... more

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Platform: PC

6/10
The original Mirror’s Edge was one of only a handful of games that I had gone back and replayed... more

2020

Wasteland 3 Platform: PC

8/10
The Wasteland 2 sequel sorta came out of nowhere for me. The previous game was one of the first... more

No More Heroes Platform: Nintendo Wii

6/10
No More Heroes is a spazzy fighting/action game for the Wii in the vein of say Madworld. It leans... more

Captain Goodnight and the Islands of Fear Platform: Apple ][

8/10
Along with Karateka and Prince of Persia this may be one of the most solid story-oriented action games on... more

Spare Change Platform: Apple ][

9/10
Although I am very nostalgic for many a game on the system, the Apple ][ was never the ideal... more

Tacoma Platform: PC

6/10
Yet another walking simulator, but this time it’s in space! So, technically it’s a floating simulator. The gimmick here is that you can... more

Pillars of Eternity Platform: PC

5/10
I think it’s time I finally accept the fact that I don’t really like Infinity Engine style games anymore.... more

Hexen: Shadow of the Serpent Riders Platform: MS-DOS

8/10
Hexen was another mid-nineties FPS that, I swear, I played the demo of several times but never played the full... more

Fallout Tactics Platform: PC

8/10
The third game in the Fallout series eschews much of its RPGness and concentrates on combat instead. I always liked the... more

Saints Row 2 Platform: PC

6/10
I vowed to avoid open world games but then GOG.com goes and makes Saints Row 2 free. This series has always... more

Hob Platform: PC

8/10
Hob is from the same studio that created Torchlight and much of the same beautiful artistic style is on display here. This... more

Bayonetta Platform: Nintendo Wii U

6/10
The WiiU is not known for much other than being a failure. The whole two screen thing doesn’t make... more

Legend of Grimrock Platform: PC

8/10
Legend of Grimrock brings the real-time dungeon crawl formula of Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder to the modern age. Perhaps the best... more

Transistor Platform: PC

4/10
The only thing Transistor has going for it is a beautiful art style and high-quality voice acting. The rest is an... more

Flashback Platform: PC

7/10
I must have attempted to play this game about a dozen times. I would download it from some abandonware... more

Abzû Platform: PC

5/10
Hey, it’s a walking simulator with a twist… swimming! I’ll give it this, Abzû is a very nice looking and great... more

The Silent Age Platform: PC

6/10
The biggest puzzle in this modestly sized point-and-click adventure is figuring out how to get it to even run.... more

2019

Doom [2016] Platform: PC

9/10
I think this is a reboot. Was there actually a plot in the original Doom? Whatever the case, this version of Doom is... more

GNOG Platform: PC

7/10
GNOG is a cute little puzzle game in which you are left to click and poke around without any instructions... more

Ruiner Platform: PC

7/10
Ruiner rages with a riot of red. So much red. It’s like an entire game based on a Photoshop filter... more

Assassin’s Creed III Platform: PC

4/10
This game has been sitting in my to-do list for quite some time. I got it as a freebie... more

Metro 2033 Redux Platform: PC

6/10
There was some sort of nuclear apocalypse and the citizens of Moscow were forced to live in the city’s... more

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Platform: PC

8/10
This is the sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Like its predecessor, this is an isometric puzzle... more

Tomb Raider Legend Platform: PC

8/10
I could have sworn I had played this game before, but I wasn’t completely sure. I get this one... more

Rise of the Tomb Raider Platform: PC

8/10
Part two of the Tomb Raider reboot doesn’t offer anything really new in terms of game play but that’s okay. The... more

Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams Platform: MS-DOS

8/10
Martian Dreams is built on the same game engine as Ultima VI. Much like that game, it is much less of... more

Tomb Raider II Platform: MS-DOS

6/10
This game is part of a Tomb Raider three pack at GOG.com. I tried to play Tomb Raider 1, but I had already... more

Nex Machina Platform: PC

9/10
Nex Machina is the (almost) official follow-up to Robotron: 2084 or, as I like to call it, the greatest arcade game ever... more

Layers of Fear Platform: PC

4/10
Another walking simulator but this time with a horror theme. The whole point of this “game” is to make... more

The Witness Platform: PC

9/10
The Witness is from the same developer who created the superb Braid. It feels like a cross between that game and Myst. Once... more

A Story About My Uncle Platform: PC

7/10
A Story About My Uncle is a game based entirely around a single game mechanic, a grappling beam. Players shoot... more

Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon Platform: MS-DOS

8/10
Time to break out that pad of graph paper again and start charting the depths of nerd-dom. Eye of the... more

Cursed Mountain Platform: Nintendo Wii

7/10
This “limited edition” version was one of the first games I bought for the Wii. It’s been sitting on my stack of... more

Wolfenstein 3D Platform: MS-DOS

6/10
As with most of the great shareware titles of the 90s, I played the free episode of Wolfenstein 3D a gazillion... more

Beneath a Steel Sky Platform: MS-DOS

5/10
I think this is considered by many to be one of the best point and click adventure games of... more

Serious Sam 2 Platform: PC

6/10
The original Serious Sam became an unexpected hit when it received the approval of Old Man Murray. While other games were trying... more

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Platform: Nintendo Wii

8/10
Well, this is a Zelda game. The formula has remained unchanged ever since The Ocarina of Time. The princess has... more

Shadow Warrior 2 Platform: PC

8/10
Shadow Warrior 2 is a fast and wild shooter that continues in much the same vein as the first reboot... more

2018

Far Cry 4 Platform: PC

8/10
All these Ubisoft open-world games (Assassins Creed, Watch Dogs, etc.) follow the same basic formula. Main story which you can take your... more

Jotun Platform: PC

3/10
The only thing this game has going for it is its art direction. There’s some wonderful hand-drawn characters and... more

Alien: Isolation Platform: PC

8/10
The first few hours of Alien: Isolation are some of the most nerve-racking gaming I have ever experienced. It’s a stealth... more

Crusader: No Remorse Platform: MS-DOS

8/10
In the 90s, I tried playing the demo of this game many times and could never really get into... more

Vanquish Platform: PC

7/10
Vanquish is a third-person action game that has little to offer in terms of plot or characters. Its story feels... more

Ultima VI: The False Prophet Platform: MS-DOS

9/10
With the completion of VI, I’m getting close to having played all the games in the Ultima series. I own boxed... more

Unavowed Platform: PC

8/10
At this point I think we can all basically agree that every game that Wadjet Eye releases is going... more

Planescape: Torment [Enhanced Edition] Platform: PC

6/10
I think with this I have finally played through all of the original Infinity Engine RPG games. Icewind Dale I... more

Watch Dogs Platform: PC

6/10
Ubisoft only knows how to make these open world games with paper-thin story lines and lots of side challenges... more

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Platform: MS-DOS

7/10
I remember watching my housemate play this game quite a bit back when we were in college. I don’t... more

Destiny 2 Platform: PC

6/10
I’ve been playing this off and on for the past few months. This is supposedly designed as a multiplayer... more

Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror Platform: PC

7/10
This game is a bit of a mixed bag. I really like the main characters and it has some genuinely... more

Deadlight: Director’s Cut Platform: PC

7/10
This one was a freebie from GOG.com of which I knew nothing about before playing it. Turns out, it is a... more

Dishonored Platform: PC

8/10
A while back I gave this game a spin during a Steam free weekend and ended up setting it... more

Spelunky Platform: PC

4/10
Games journalists (I can’t believe that’s really a thing) seem to love this game, I thought it was tiresome.... more

Eye of the Beholder Platform: MS-DOS

7/10
Eye of the Beholder is a real-time RPG dungeon crawl that borrows heavily from the mechanics of Dungeon Master. It’s a... more

The Crimson Crown Platform: Apple ][

8/10
This sequel to the classic Apple ][ adventure game Transylvania has you returning to the same locations as the first game... more

Transylvania Platform: Apple ][

8/10
Transylvania is a hybrid text/graphical adventure originally for the Apple ][. This was a big hit back in the day... more

Red Steel 2 Platform: Nintendo Wii

8/10
We are already two generations beyond the Wii and I am still getting caught up on all the games... more

Rage Platform: PC

5/10
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. This game is the epitome of bland first person shooters and Id Software should know... more

2017

Minecraft: Story Mode Platform: PC

6/10
I thought it was Game of Thrones, but this is definitely the weakest Telltale release. I don’t mind that this... more

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Platform: Nintendo DS

8/10
It took me nearly half a decade to finish this one. Not that it’s terribly difficult, I just put... more

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Platform: PC

10/10
Witcher 3 is a massive open world RPG that’s full of detail in terms of visuals and story. It’s was... more

Shadowgrounds: Survivor Platform: PC

7/10
The sequel to Shadowgrounds doesn’t offer much new. There’s the same aliens, same corny voice acting, and the same top-down shooting... more

Life is Strange Platform: PC

8/10
Life is Strange uses the same branching story game play as Telltale’s games. The twist here is that your character... more

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Platform: PC

6/10
The first F.E.A.R. game did a really good job of building up the tension to provide creepy scares and atmosphere. This... more

Red Steel Platform: Nintendo Wii

5/10
I think this was one of the earliest titles on the Wii, and one that was supposed to showcase... more

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platform: Nintendo Wii

8/10
Well, it took me about half a decade, but I finally finished Super Mario Galaxy 2. I really liked the... more

Super Metroid Platform: SNES

9/10
We never owned a Super Nintendo so I never got around to playing the 16-bit incarnation of Metroid. Well, thanks... more

Kathy Rain Platform: PC

7/10
Kathy Rain is a point and click adventure which uses the same AGS engine that all the games from Wadjet Eye games use.... more

Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri Platform: PC

6/10
This game was a $5 budget CD when I bought it over a decade ago at CompUSA but I... more

The Stanley Parable Platform: PC

6/10
Another arty walking simulator for the PC. This one is all about the nature of choice and free will... more

Wolfenstein: The New Order Platform: PC

9/10
It’s been a little while since I’ve played a current generation FPS, so maybe I just impressed with the... more

Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Platform: PC

9/10
Witcher 2 takes what was a sprawling and somewhat unfocused RPG and refines almost everything to create an excellent role playing experience.... more

Watch Dogs 2 Platform: PC

7/10
Watch Dogs 2 is pretty much a straight up Grand Theft Auto clone. But instead of playing an immoral mobster who kills... more

2016

Shadowgrounds Platform: PC

6/10
I’m a sucker for these top-down shooter games. This is the type of game I imagined playing back when... more

The Walking Dead: Michonne Platform: PC

8/10
This three episode tangent does not appear to be connected with the other Walking Dead games. Maybe some of the characters... more

Game of Thrones Platform: PC

8/10
This has been my least favorite of the Telltale Choose Your Own Adventure style adventures. I think my main problem with... more

Sniper Elite III Platform: PC

9/10
The Sniper franchise is all about stealth, planning and quick moments of anatomically correct violence. The previous game in the series was good,... more

Shadow Warrior Classic Platform: MS-DOS

6/10
This is a classic FPS from the same people who brought us Duke Nukem 3D. In this outing, the politically... more

Batman: Arkham Asylum Platform: PC

9/10
I’m still waiting for that Wonder Twins game, but in the meantime this will do. After Arkham City this does seem... more

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Platform: PC

6/10
I enjoyed the original Call of Juarez and its spin-off, Gunslinger, but this one didn’t really grab me. It tries to mix... more

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Platform: PC

8/10
Okay, here’s another Borderlands sequel. Actually, this is more of a large expansion pack to Borderlands 2’using the same engine and most... more

Radiant Historia Platform: Nintendo DS

8/10
I bought Radiant Historia based on its reputation as one of, if not THE best RPG on the Nintendo DS. Well, it’s... more

Etrian Odyssey Platform: Nintendo DS

8/10
Etrian Odyssey is an old-school RPG in the vein of Wizardy or The Bard’s Tale. That is, you assemble a party of adventurers, go to... more