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Rogue's Adventures

Season One Recap

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Welcome to my first ever recap as we celebrate the end of the inaugural season of Rogue's Adventures. The entire process has evolved organically since I first started these backlog playthroughs, and I've ultimately decided to section off and separate groups of games by genre, theme, or however I damn well please.

It was always my plan to begin with my staggering backlog of Adventure games - mostly acquired from sales on Steam and Good Old Games. Season One ended up being comprised of eleven total games ranging from classics from the early 90s to indie adventures released in just the last few years. Partially motivated by recent Kickstarter successes, I also played through the few Double Fine games that I had yet to play in anticipation of their upcoming crowdfunded adventure game Broken Age. I was hoping to time the end of my adventure game playthroughs with the release of Broken Age, but alas as is often the case, the game has been pushed back, and as of this writing no release date has been announced. Nonetheless my backlog still needs tending to, and Rogue's Adventures soldiers onward! Before we continue on with the next group of games, however, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the games I played.


Season One Schedule

Game

Estimated Hours to Complete

Total Hours/Completion Date

Goal

Psychonauts

15hrs

17hrs/Nov. 21, 2012

Nov-12

Stacking (w/ DLC The Lost Hobo King)

6hrs (DLC +1hr)

8hrs (9hrs w/DLC)/Dec. 3, 2012

Dec-12

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars

10hrs

11hrs/Dec. 16, 2012

Dec-12

Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror

10hrs

7.5hrs/Dec. 24, 2012

Dec-12

Broken Sword III: The Sleeping Dragon

10hrs

11hrs/Jan. 20, 2013

Jan-13

Resonance

8hrs

10hrs/Feb 1, 2013

Jan-13

Indiana Jones & The Fate of Atlantis

9hrs

10hrs/Feb 13, 2013

Feb-13

The Whispered World

11hrs

15hrs/Mar 10, 2013

Feb-13

Beneath a Steel Sky

7hrs

6.25hrs/Mar. 20, 2013

Mar-13

The Longest Journey

18hrs

22.5hrs/Apr. 17, 2013

Apr-13

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

13hrs

11.5hrs/May 4, 2013

Apr-13


Thanks to keeping up with my start and stop times by utilizing the Backloggery website, I could calculate approximately how many hours per week I devoted to playing these games. My goal when I first started this venture was to devote 5-10 hours per week, with an average goal of seven hours a week.

Psychonauts 17 hours over 18 days = 6.6hrs/wk

Stacking 9hrs over 5 days= 12.6hrs/wk

BS1 11hrs over 10 days= 7.7hrs/wk

BS2 7.5hrs over 5 days = 10.5hrs/wk

BS3 11hrs over 16 days = 4.8hrs/wk

Resonance 10hrs over 9 days = 7.7hrs/wk

Indiana Jones 10hrs over 8 days = 8.75hrs/wk

TWW 15hrs over 20 days = 5.25hrs/wk

BaSS 6.25hrs over 5 days = 8.75hrs/wk

TLJ  22.5 hrs over 23 days= 6.84hrs/wk

Dreamfall 11.5hrs  over 11 days = 7.3hrs/wk

 

TOTAL Hours/Week = 7.89

Perfect, even a bit better than the average arbitrary goal I had set. Along with the incredibly useful hourly information presented in HowLongToBeat.com, I can approximate how long of a time investment any given title will be. It's difficult to judge days spent as outside factors (life) obviously can have a major impact on my gaming time. I can easily recognize the games that I devoted some extra evening sessions too as they have more hours than days. Other than whatever slowed me down on The Whispered World, I kept a fairly steady pace throughout the second half of the season.

 

Some Nifty Stats

Total Tweets by @RoguesAdventure - 1880, an average of 171 per game and 14.5 per hour of gaming!

Total number of screenshots taken - 1550

Average number of screenshots per game - 141

Most screen captured game - The Longest Journey with 303


The Ranking

Alright, the moment you've all been waiting for since you first read the header and realized what I was about to do - rank the games I played! With the exceptions of Indiana Jones and The Longest Journey, all of these adventure games I had never played before; with those two I had only gotten halfway through and a fourth of the way through respectively. Since I already discussed each game in its own Final Thoughts, I'll link to each one for a refresher.

From my favorite experience to the worst:

1)      The Whispered World (Final Thoughts 8)


 

2)      Resonance (Final Thoughts 6)


 

3)      Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Final Thoughts 7)


 

4)      Stacking (Final Thoughts 2)


 

5)      Psychonauts (Final Thoughts 1)


 

6)      Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror (Final Thoughts 4)


 

7)      Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (Final Thoughts 3)


 

8)      The Longest Journey (Final Thoughts 10)


 

9)      Beneath a Steel Sky (Final Thoughts 9)


 

10)  Broken Sword III: The Sleeping Dragon (Final Thoughts 5)


 

11)  Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (Final Thoughts 11)



The top three (and maybe Stacking) would definitely be candidates on my Top Ten Adventure game list, if I ever did one. The first two Broken Sword games were great, but the modern day theming just didn't excite me. I did ultimately find Psychonauts and The Longest Journey a bit overrated, though I did enjoy many aspects of both of them. Beneath a Steel Sky seemed pretty cool but has aged terribly and was astonishingly short. The only games that were really a slog to get through were the bottom two and for two very different reasons.

All in all I'd say Season One was a lot of fun and it was an awesome opportunity to delve into a genre I hadn't played much of in the last few years, as well as a few titles that were highly regarded and tend to make every gamer's bucket list. I'm definitely pleased with the way it has motivated me to keep playing and diving into these games, even while new ones come out, and on the reception that it's received. So thank you guys for being supportive and I hope you continue to look forward to my adventures next season and beyond.


Note: This was originally written in May 2013 and uploaded to the Rogue's Adventures Facebook group.

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