The 2017 Videogame Challenge!
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It's time to get ready for a new year, a year that we hope will be great for all of you! A year with lot of love, good fortune and happiness for all of you and your loved ones. But off course a year full of videogaming!
For this purpose and the succes of this years challenge we are repeating the challenge!
Let VGG'ers beat at least 5 games which accumelate to at least 50 hours of game time.
Enter a geeklist item in the geeklist before starting the challenge, games you beat before entering the challenge count but only for the regular challenge. Only games and hours played in 2017 count. To let them count for the hardcore challenge you need to enter the challenge before playing the games.
Optional: You may make up a list of videogames you tend to beat this year. If you are able to complete this challenge with the same ten games you have listed you will be eligable for the hardcore challenge microbadge.
- As soon as you choose your list and updated your geeklist item then copy the list and post it as a comment under your geeklist item. Do not change this anymore as this is the way we can check if you kept to your list and are eligable for the hardcore microbadge.
- You may add 3 alternate games that to this hardcore list so that if you get a game that you really don't like you don't have to play it to the end. Alternates have been limited to 3.
As soon as you beat a game, tell us about it on VGG. Where you talk about it is up to you. This can be as a short review (we like that a lot) or just on the beaten videogames geeklist, but it could be in a play thread on the videogame page, ... but talk about the game, that's what VGG is for.
Adjust your geeklist item entry and make a list of which game you have beaten and how long you took to do it.
As soon as you have beaten 5 games and have at least 50 hours of combined gametime (you can play shorter games but need more entries then) you will receive the Complete challenge microbadge.
If you either hit at least 10 games beaten and got 100, 150 or 200 gamehours you will get another special microbadge for that.
When you enter the challenge or hit a goal, post about it in the thread. I don't monitor the list.
You can find the thread here: The 2017 Videogame Challenge!
Microbadges that can be earned: - new ones have been ordered
- earned by participating
- earned with 5 games beaten and 50 hours of gametime
- earned with 10 games beaten and 100 hours of gametime
- earned with 10 games beaten and 150 hours of gametime
- earned with 10 games beaten and 200 hours of gametime
- earned by beating the 10 games on your hardcore list.
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Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future. H.G. Wells
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. Chief Seattle
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 75 hours, Just Right
Hitman Go 6.5 hours, Just Right
Shadowrun Dragonfall Directors Cut 30.8 hours, Just Right
Transistor 12.2 hours, Just Right
Pikmin 20.6 hours, Just Right
God of War II 21.6 hours, Just Right
Batman: Arkham City 31.1 hours, Just Right
Firewatch 5.5 hours, Simple
Ori and the Blind Forest DE 11.1 hours, Tough
Undertale 15.4 hours, Just Right
AM2R: Return of Samus
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
New Super Mario Brothers Wii
Hours in prior to 2017:
AM2R: 10 hours
Dragon Quest VIII: 40 hours
AM2R: 5 hours (15 to beat, 10 in 2016)
Transistor: 11 hours
Hitman Go: 15 hours
Dragon Quest VIII: 120 hours (160 to beat, 40 in 2016)
Ori and the Blind Forest DE: 33 hours
God of War II: 30 hours
Pikmin: 20 hours
Firewatch: 9 hours
Shadowrun Dragonfall: 33 hours
New Super Mario Brothers Wii: 20 hours
Batman Arkham Asylum: 40 hours
= Not beaten
Some thoughts on the list:
I wanted this year to dive into sequels of some games I have enjoyed. So you can see that reflected in Shadowrun Dragonfall, Dragon Quest 8, Transistor, Batman Arkham City, God of War II, AM2R and Metroid Prime 2.
Hitman is included as a safety valve of sorts, since I can get mobile gaming in much more readily. AM2R and Metroid 2 are in the alternate list since I am worried about my ability to complete those games. If I do, that is a huge bonus to being able to complete the challenge. If I can't beat the games I can still have a chance to complete the hardcore list. Costume Quest in my alternate list is another safety valve as I can easily beat the game if I run into challenges somewhere. I have no doubt about my ability to complete DQ8, but the huge time commitment is somewhat daunting. Happily I already have some 20 hours in on DQ8, so that will help take the edge off. I also included several 30 hour games this year, last year I tried to keep them under 20, we will see how that works out for me.
Good intentions are no substitute for a good education.
I take my fun very seriously.
ABZÛ. A short, (hopefully) pretentionless art game. Should be a smooth ride. (finished, 16-02-17, 98 minutes; unfortunately I was mistaken about it being pretentionless).
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. I did one playthrough, which I almost completed. I should round that one off, then do a second playthrough for the list.
Dishonored 2. Second playthrough, high chaos with Emily. I'll probably do a third playthrough too, to get some achievements, but that's no longer for the list.
Divinity: Original Sin. I want to play this with my daughter, so hopefully we can find the time.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I started it and played for about an hour, after which I got to take my first in-game decision and promptly died. Looking forward to it!
Portal Stories: Mel. I played it two years ago on "story mode" difficulty. I now did an "advanced" difficulty playthrough (finished, 25-05-17, 11 hours).
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (finished, 08-01-17, 28 hours of which 14 in 2017).
Tales from the Borderlands. This was a Christmas present here on VGG. Should be fun.
Undertale. (finished, 09-04-2017, 7 hours)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. (finished, 25-03-17, 140 hours for the base game, 20 for the Hearts of Stone DLC, and 20 for the Blood and Wine DLC; also finished a playthrough on Blood & Broken Bones difficulty and one of the base game on Death March! difficulty, for a total playtime of about 400 hours)
For the alternates, I pick three games that I do not own yet (two are not even out), and that all should be pretty challenging. However, I am probably going to play them all, so they should be good for the list:
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Torment: Tides of Numenera (finished, 12-08-17, 37 hours)
98 Cards (finished, 4 hours)
Bonsai (finished, 3 hours)
CrossCells (finished, 2 hours)
Day of the Tentacle Remastered (finished, 5 hours)
Deus Ex (finished, 45 hours, with GMDX installed)
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (finished, 22 hours)
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist (finished, 1.5 hours)
Firewatch (finished, 4 hours)
Frog Fractions (finished, 45 minutes)
Hook (finished, 56 minutes)
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut (finished, 41 hours)
The Lab (finished, 2 hours)
Monster Loves You! (finished, 45 minutes)
Massive Chalice (finished, 15 hours)
Off-Peak (finished, 31 minutes)
The Old Tree (finished, 16 minutes)
Planescape: Torment (finished, 33 hours)
Portal (finished, 2.5 hours)
Portal 2 (finished, 6 hours)
Renowned Explorers: International Society (finished, 11 hours, though several more replays put me at 86 hours)
Sigils of Elohim (finished, 1.75 hours)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords (finished, 50 hours)
Strange Adventures in Infinite Space (finished, 1 hour)
The Writer Will Do Something (finished, 15 minutes)
Torchlight II (finished, 35 hours)
XCOM: Enemy Within (finished, 30 hours)
XCOM 2 (finished, 35 hours, second time, 30 hours)
XCOM 2 (Commander/Ironman mode) (finished, 50 hours)
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (finished, 50 hours)
Okay, we're nearly 1/3 of the way through January, time for me to finalize my list. He said, now having edited the list thrice in the past 10 minutes:
WE ARE ALWAYS AMIDST AN RPG, AMIDST AN RPG, AMIDST AN RPG:
1) Risen 3 BEATEN! - 59 hours
2) Aztaka - BEATEN! 3 hours this year
3) Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (6 hrs in) -- Servers are back up, but I find myself in the mood only occasionally.
Game in which I'll likely single-handedly top 200 hours:
4) Warframe - Given how much I play this, my goal has advanced to: Beat every level on the map AND get every warframe, although I hear the last few are quite difficult, but what the hell, let's make that the goal. -- Nope, burnt myself out on this one. Finished the map, but haven't gotten all the frames. The fact that I'm considering spending platinum to get all the frames just to call it complete is sad.
5) Crosscode - apparently an unfinished game. I sure can pick 'em!
6) Life is Strange
7) Remember Me (last-minute substitution pushing Grim Dawn to the "Want to play, but not hardcoring")
8) Grim Fandango
9) Valdis Story
10) Recettear (had played the demo a while back, never the full game)(last-minute substitution - blame Jythier for talking about enjoying it.)
B) Wolf Among Us
C) Tales From the Borderlands
Other games I want to play but not included in hardcore list:
Shadow of Mordor
Mass Effect 2
Games unlisted that I have beaten this year which means I'd have easily beaten this challenge if only Past Seth had any idea what Future Seth wanted to play:
*The Beginner's Guide
*Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
*Aveyond: Gates of Night
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HITMAN (2016) (Completed: 50 Hours)
Tyranny (Completed: 45 Hours)
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander (Completed 20 Hours)
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Completed: 33 Hours)
Satellite Reign (Gave up on as the game is a barely functioning mess)
Torment Tides of Numenera (Completed: 45 Hours)
Deadnaut (Completed: 4.5 Hours)
Odallus The Dark Call (Completed: 3 Hours)
Legend of Grimrock 2 (Completed: 24 Hours)
Sorcery! Parts 1 and 2 (Completed: 12 Hours)
RONIN (Completed: 3.5 Hours)
2) Sorcery! Part 3
3) Divinity Original Sin 2
Total Hours: 240
OK, here goes my list for Hardcore.
01 Trine 2
Star condition: Complete Game
End of 2016 hours: 0.8
Current hours: 0.8
2017 hours: 0
02 Farming Simulator 2013
Star condition: All achievements on primary farm & $1M on modded farm.
End of 2016 hours: 216
Current hours: 281
2017 hours: 20
03 Euro Truck Simulator 2
Star condition: Garage in each country, currently only have one in Germany.
End of 2016 hours: 84
Current hours: 115
2017 hours: 31
Didn't get a garage in each country, but I'm about half way there. Definitely enjoyed the time I put into the game though!
04 Rise of Nations: Gold Edition
Star condition: Beat single player campaign
End of 2016 hours: 1.3
Current hours: 1.3
2017 hours: 0
05 Evoland II
Star condition: Beat the game
End of 2016 hours: 0.8
Current hours: 0.8
2017 hours: 0
06 DiRT 3
Star condition: Beat the game
End of 2016 hours: 10.7
Current hours: 12.6
2017 hours: 1.9
07 Starpoint Gemini 2
Star condition: Beat story mode OR 15 hours of gameplay
End of 2016 hours: 0.4
Current hours: 0.4
2017 hours: 0
08 Kerbal Space Program
Star condition: With a new campaign, land on a moon of Jool and come back with SCIENCE! Same on Eve if Jool is too easy.
End of 2016 hours: 92
Current hours: 92
2017 hours: 0
Star condition: Beat the game
End of 2016 hours: 3.8
Current hours: 3.8
2017 hours: 0
10 Contraption Maker
Star condition: Solve all the puzzles
End of 2016 hours: 1.4
Current hours: 1.4
2017 hours: 0
Total 2017 game hours: 3.8
2017 games played
Ship Simulator Extremes
DiRT 3 1.9 hours as shown above
Train Simulator 2016 2.9 hours
World of Goo 0.4 hours
RIFT (2011) 56 hours in 2017, but Steam counts updating overnight towards play hours. Definitely put a lot of play hours into this MMO this year though.
Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 5.7 hours
Farming Simulator 17 115 hours THIS GAME! So many improvements over Farming Simulator 2013. I really enjoy this game. Not all hours are active hours, but most of them are.
Updated for end of 2017. I didn't put time in a wide number of games, but holy crap I didn't realize I'd put quite as much into FS17!
Note that I haven't tracked mobile games. I've got nothing against those who do, but I just don't feel up to tracking that. On mobile though I've been playing a lot of The Battle of Polytopia, Hill Climb Racing 2, Pathfinder Adventures, Star Wars: Commander, Knights of Pen and Paper, Onirim, and some others.
HλLF-LIFE, PlayStation 2, 1:15,
Battlefield 3, Xbox 360, 7:00,
Call of Duty: World at War, Xbox 360, 7:00,
Homefront, Xbox 360, 5:12,
Mass Effect, Xbox 360,
Dishonored, Xbox 360, 5:00,
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, Xbox 360,
Fallout: New Vegas – Ultimate edition, Xbox 360,
XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Xbox 360,
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, PlayStation, 7:30,
Resident Evil - Code: Veronica, PlayStation 2, 14:32,
Star Trek: Conquest, PlayStation 2, 6:00,
Unfinished Business (2016):*
Front Mission 4, PlayStation 2, 19:31, 40:03
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, GameCube, 2:20, 0:45
Political Machine 2016, Windows, 8:00, 8:00,
Advance Wars: Dual Strike, Nintendo DS, 7:00, 16:00
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, Xbox 360, 6:09,
The Oregon Trail (1971), DOS, 1:15,
Skeleton Warriors, SEGA Saturn, 1:21,
Battlefield 4, Xbox 360, 9:45,
The Ultimate Doom, Xbox, 2:15,
Medal of Honor: European Assault, GameCube, 8:26,
Call of Duty: Black Ops, Xbox 360, 6:23,
Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja, Arcade, 0:30,
X-Men, Arcade, 0:30,
Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Xbox 360, 9:04,
Civil War, DOS/Web Browser, 0:45,
NBA 2K14, Xbox 360, 12:00,
The Peace Keepers, SNES, 2:30,
Resident Evil 4, PlayStation 2, 19:21,
NBA 2K16, Xbox 360, 8:00,
Sol-Deace, SEGA Genesis, 0:45,
Doom (1993), SEGA 32X, 3:30,
Streets of Rage, SEGA Genesis, 0:50,
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Xbox 360, 7:47,
NBA Live 07, Xbox, 4:00,
Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls, SEGA Genesis, 0:35,
Risk: The Game of Global Domination, SEGA Genesis, 1:37,
Dynasty Tactics 2, PlayStation 2, 47:30,
007: From Russia With Love, Xbox, 7:30,
Final Fight Guy, SNES, 0:44,
Barney's Hide & Seek Game, SEGA Genesis, 0:20,
The Room Tribute, Web Browser, 0:40,
NBA 2K13, Xbox 360, 12:00,
Two Crude Dudes, SEGA Genesis, 0:40,
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist, SEGA Genesis, 0:47,
Mercs, SEGA Genesis, 0:20,
Streets of Rage, SEGA Genesis, 0:53,
Streets of Rage 2, SEGA Genesis, 0:54,
Golden Axe, SEGA Genesis, 0:32,
Golden Axe II, SEGA Genesis, 0:35,
Home Alone (Sega), SEGA Genesis, 0:29,
Home Alone (Sega), SEGA Game Gear, 0:31,
Sol-Deace, SEGA Genesis, 0:34,
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Genesis), SEGA Genesis, 0:23,
Final Fight 2, SNES, 1:17,
Final Fight 3, SNES, 1:13,
Streets of Rage 3, SEGA Genesis, 0:49,
*Underlined time indicates time played during 2016. 2016 hours will not be included in 2017 time totals.
Hardcore Games Beaten: 6/10
Unfinished 2016 Games Beaten: 1/4
Other Games Beaten: 40
Total Games Beaten: 47
Time Played for Games Beaten: 269:06
Definitely in, and working on my list... I'll make a hardcore list in case I happen to finish it for once... And this game MAY be on the list, since i never did finish it back in the day...
Right now, I'm going to go with (Time to Beat):
1) Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood (5 hours) - 5.5 hours played
2) Papers, Please (8 hours) - 6.6 hours
3) Train Valley (11 hours) - abandoned after 9 hours played
4) Grim Fandango Remastered (11 hours)
5) Psychonauts (15 hours)
6) Dishonored (17 hours)
7) FTL (27 hours)
8) Railroad Tycoon 3 (28 hours)
9) Grim Dawn (40 hours)
10) Tropico 4 (52 hours)
11) Fallout: New Vegas with expansions (84 hours) - 4:27 before the start of the year...
12) Neverwinter Nights Diamond (85 hours)
13) The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (102 hours) - 7:53 before the start of the year...
Some of these are replays because I've gotten them for the computer...
These may change before I finalize them, after the drawings for the Giveaway...
Games Completed: 10
Total Time: 362:46 hours
Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer - Beaten - 0:20
Carcassonne (2010 / Mobile) - Beaten - 0:20
Plants vs. Zombies - Beaten - 5:00
Mystic Inn - Beaten - 8:00
Magical Forest - Beaten - 5:00
Burger Shop - Beaten - 7:00
Fairy Godmother Tycoon - Beaten - 10:00
Stardew Valley - Beaten - 315:00
Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood - Beaten - 5:30
Papers, Please - Beaten - 6:36
Wow First page!
Bad End, 2 hours
Batman the telltale series, 8 hours
Blue rose -hardcore- 7,5 hours
Day of the tentacle remastered, 6 hours
Defender's Quest 9 hours
Désiré, 5 hours
Distraint 1 hour
Dungeons 2, 12 hours
Entschuldigung, 0,5 hours
Event 2,5 hours
Expendabros, 0,5 hour
Five night's at Freddy's Sister location, 3,5 hours
Games&Girls, 0,5 hour
God of word, 6,5 hours
A golden wake, 6 hours -hardcore-
Hearthstone, (countelss hours... 1200?)
Highway Blossoms, 5,5 hours
HuniePop, 14,5 hours
Jotun, 5 hours
Layers of fear, 3 hours
Magicka 2, 5 hours -hardcore-
Momodora reverie under the moonlight, 6 hours
Monkey Island 2 -hardcore- 6,5 hours
Mortal Kombat X, 6 hours
Mother Russia bleeds 6,5 hours
Nekopara vol 0 0,5 hours
Odallus, 10 hours
Oh, sir! The insult simulator, 4,5 hours
Onirim, 2,5 hours
Plague inc, 11 hours
Pony Island 2,5 hours
Quiet city, (5 minutes)
Karakara, 1,5 hour
Reigns -hardcore- 9 hours
Ryse son of Rome, 7 hours
Seduce me the otome, 4,5 hours
Shrouded Isle, 3 hours
Sound of drop fall into poison, 9 hours
Space run galaxy, 54 hours
Stories untold, 3 hours
Strider -hardcore- 8,5 hours
Swappy 10, 1 hour
Tattletail, 1,5 hours
Trine 3 -hardcore- 6 hours
Xcom 2, 45 hours
Wacky wheels, 1 hour
Whispering Willows, 2,5 hours
Broken Sword 5 -hardcore-
Portal 2 -hardcore-
Tales of monkey Island -hardcore-
Child of Light -hardcore-
Shadowrun dragonfall -hardcore-
TOT: 46 games Beaten in 327 hours
Hearthstone lover -Get rank 5 in Hearthstone each month
The whole saga -Beat a trilogy
Polyedric player -Beat 10 different kind of games
I love you! -Beat 12 games that were given to you
It's always spring -Beat 12 games of the same kind
The OCD -Beat a game for each letter of the alphabet
I did it! -Beat your hardcore list
Ironwill -Beat your hardcore list AND all the alternate games
The preciouss -Play a single game for more than 100 hours (Hearthstone)
To the top -Beat a game from the top100 ranking on vgg (Monkey2)
Old but gold -Beat a game done at least 15 years ago (Wacky wheels 1994)
Decade -Beat 10 games made in 10 different consecutive years
This is Sparta! -Play for 300 hours
One week one game -Beat 52 games
Wonna Rematch? -Beat a game you have already beaten (Monkey 2)
Just hold my beer -Beat the hardcore list of someone else
Mimic -Beat 10 games played by another user
One of us -Beat 3 of the top 10 most beaten games of the year by vgg users
Key legend: = Completed/Beaten Hardcore games | = Missing games for Hardcore badge | = Other beaten/completed games
This year I will try out a hardcore list...
The Curse of Monkey Island - Completed: 5 hours (300 minutes)
Wargame: European Escalation - Beaten: 4 hours, 16 minutes playtime (256 minutes)
Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders (2016) - Completed: 6 hours, 16 minutes (376 minutes)
Deponia - Completed: 5 hours (300 minutes) *see notes in my comment section
Medieval II: Total War - Beaten: 11 hours (660 minutes)
The Witcher - Completed: 45 hours, 43 minutes (2,743 minutes)
Disney's Aladdin (1993) - this have been pissing me off! So this year I will beat it - it's a matter of princip!
Star Wars: X-Wing
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings - Beaten: 15 hours 23 minutes (923 minutes)
+ the three alts:
Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987)
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Completed: 27 hours 11 minutes (1,631 minutes)
Star Wars: TIE Fighter
+ everything else
Ticket to Ride - Beaten: 1 hour, 10 minutes (70 minutes)
KGB Superspy - Completed: 5 hours, 34 minutes (334 minutes)
Superman - Completed: 12 minutes
Sensible World of Soccer '96/'97 - Completed: 7 hours 4 minutes (424 minutes)
Restaurant Empire - Completed: 33 hours, 45 minutes (2025 minutes)
Rome: Total War - Beaten: 2 hours, 30 minutes (150 minutes)
Escape from Monkey Island - Completed: 12 hours, 28 minutes (748 minutes)
Grim Fandango - Completed: 8 hours, 9 minutes (489 minutes)
Medieval II: Total War – Kingdoms - Beaten: 4 hour, 21 minutes (261 minutes)
Onirim - Beaten: (not timed)
Life is Strange - Episode 1: Chrysalis - Completed: 5 hours (300 minutes)
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed - Completed: 14 hours, 52 minutes (892 minutes)
USSR Simulator - Completed: (not timed)
Life is Strange - Episode 2: Out of Time - Completed: 2 hours 30 minutes (150 minutes)
Joe Blade II - Completed: (not timed)
Ancient Rus - Completed: 20 minutes
Cosmic Conflict! - Beaten: 11 minutes
Hardcore playtime: 119 hours, 49 minutes / 7,189 minutes
+ Other playtime: 98 hour, 6 minutes / 5,886 minutes
Total playtime: 217 hours, 55 minutes / 13,075 minutes