Copy pasta of a copy pasta of a copy pasta of a copy pasta of a copy pasta of a copy pasta of a copy pasta of a copy pasta of a copy pasta of a copy pasta since I'm just that lazy :D.

Hello and welcome to the madness!
The challenge is simple: Play and beat any 6 games, starting today, that have been featured in any given Humble Monthly/Choice bundle in one month.

The prize: Yakuza: Like a Dragon


Note: For those who live in SEA, I messed up. I failed to realized that the game is not available in your region yet. Feel free to participate, but please be aware that it will take me a bit longer to deliver the game if you happen to win (expected release date is Feb 25). Sorry for the trouble :/.


Game length does not matter and I'm not looking for 100% achievement runs. So long as you play and beat 6 games, I'm happy. You can go easy mode and play a bunch of 1h games or go crazy and play 6 +30h games. So long as they were in a monthly at a given point, it is all good.

Just post a comment with either screenshots/ achievements showing that you fulfilled the criteria and I'll add on Steam and give you the link. Feel free to share your thoughts on the games you've played, but it is not required.

FAQ:

Why you doing this?

I hate money. That and I realized I've been subbed to the monthly for over five years (yes it has been that long, I checked) and it occurred to me that I've barely touched the games I've gotten from it, let alone played them. Figured the same would be true for a few others, so I figured this is a good way to change that. A sensible person would probably unsub in this situation, but please refer to the beginning as to why that will not happen.

I've played the first X minutes of a game, can I pick it for the event?

No. You cannot have any play time or achievements prior to the start of the event. The only exception is idle time from farming Steam cards.

Why six games?

The first few monthlies had 6/7 games in them so I went with that.

How long are you going to do this?

Until my credit card statements gives me nightmares.

This event "ends" on February 5th when the next HB Choice releases, though the giveaway itself will end the next day. If you manage to finish game number six in between that time, feel free to post, but know that I cannot guarantee that I'll be able to give you the link in time.

Good luck, have fun and stay safe.
Thanks for reading, and don't forget to require a signature for your packages.

List of eligible games: https://barter.vg/bundles/3/3/
https://barter.vg/bundles/3/161/
Credit goes to PapaSmok

I'll make the giveaway next week since I can't make it end past January at the moment.
Edit: Giveaway made! :D

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Done with days to spare! My new year resolution of spending 90% of my days gaming must be bearing fruit :P

Thanks CJ for yet another cool event

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Thank you.

Game Bundle Achievement
Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition Humble Monthly September 2018 Beaten
Regular Human Basketball Humble Monthly December 2019 Completed
Silence Humble Monthly November 2017 Completed
Strange Brigade Humble Choice September 2020 Beaten
The King's Bird Humble Choice June 2020 Completed
Volume Humble Monthly February 2016 Completed
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First time actually getting to say 'Done!' - I'm just excited to have done six games in a month!

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Cool challenge, and very generous of you. :)

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I just realized a few days ago that I had played 5 monthly games, so I decided to finish a sixth. I hope I'm still in time to participate:
The Uncertain: Last Quiet Day
RIVE
Minit
Tsioque
Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard
HIVESWAP: ACT 1

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Done, I think
Maybe there's even time left to enter, lol.

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Completed; games here

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dammit cj I want a break! Lets see what I can dig up XD

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So, I feel like a dumbass now. This topic got me looking through my games, and it turns out I had one monthly that I completely forgot to redeem.

Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if their are a couple other months I missed so... Time to check everything. And most likely feel like a even bigger dumbass.

Edit - eye r beeg dumdum.

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So, clarification on something.

Some of the games released through Monthly/Choice are compilation releases. For games like that (Example, Mega Man Legacy Collection), would each individual game count as a completion, or would you need to do the full set for one completion?

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Thanks for more great giveaways :)

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This is a nice idea, I love creative setups for GAs like this. I mean I'm not participating but I wanted you to know that I appreciate what you're doing here. (And yes I'm late with noticing this initiative if this is number 11 and I'm only seeing it now.)

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Not sure I'll have enough time to beat it this time, but we'll see.

Game Achievements Status HB Monthly/Choice
Serial Cleaner 16 of 28 Beaten July 2018
Sniper Elite 3 16 of 77 Beaten February 2019
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Update #1 (03 January): Beaten Serial Cleaner.
Update #2 (12 January): Beaten Sniper Elite 3.

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Thanks SG Zoidberg c:
Thinking about what to play, will edit soon

Crying Suns (canceled/given up)
Yakuza KiwamiThank you
Yakuza 0 Awakened and Unleashed
Yakuza Kiwami 2 Thank you!
Vampires: The Masquerade Damned if you Do
Frog Detective 1 Answered the Call
Frog Detective 2 Snitch/Fibber

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Happy cake day and good luck :)

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Oh crap, it's my cakeday
Thanks!

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I have to say you are absolutely mad for playing 3 yakuza games in a single month. Bravo for pulling it off.

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Would you say that I'm... "Mad Dog" Crazy?

Seriously fun and hilarious games, figured I'd just give them all a go. Now I have to go back and play pocket racers, rock paper scissors, real estate/cabaret mgmt, c:

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It's about time I join the event again!
Lets go!

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X-Morph Defense - 18/40 - Beaten - Choice December 2019
NAIRI: Tower of Shirin - 20/20 - Completed - Monthly July 2019
Aegis Defenders -26/31 - Beaten - Choice December 2019
Path of giants - 17/17 - Completed - Choice December 2020
SYNTHETIK - 14/27 - Beaten - Monthly November 2019
Darksburg - 20/69 - Beaten- Choice November 2020

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Let's see if I can do this again:

  • Dead Island Definitive Edition November 2018 Humble Monthly #37 Achievements
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane January 2021 Humble Choice Achievements
  • Felix the Reaper ( for some reason the acheivements only popped when ending the game, so they are mostly at the same time, if needed I made a screenshot of the credits) achivements, June 2020 Humble Choice #7
  • Planet Alpha (previously idled for about 1h), end credits since no real ending achievment October 2019 Humble Monthly #48
  • Youropa November 2020 Humble Choice #12 achievements
  • Late Shift March 2019 Humble Monthly #41 Achievements
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Youropa took me long enough^^
I am really bad at these type of games

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Oh wow yeah thats a long time indeed for what seems shortish

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Game Status HB Monthly
Black Mesa Pizza Delivered Apr'17 HM#17
Paratopic Weirdness Experienced Jun'19 HM#44
Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Mars Liberated Jun'19 HM#44
Eliza Past Left Behind Feb'20 HC#3
Opus Magnum Alchemy Mastered Apr'20 HC#5
The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game Case Solved Dec'20 HC#13
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Will try again:

Shining Resonance Refrain: beaten
The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game: beaten
one piece burning blood : beaten
deleveled: beaten

One step from eden: beaten
-Attached screenshot: screenshot for one step from eden

aaero: beaten
-Attached screenshot: screenshot for aaero

Thanks again for the event~

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How is Shining Resonance Refrain? It has been sitting on my backlog for sometime, but I keep putting it off.

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Hmmmmmm hard to say. I think overall nothing special, bad at reviews myself so I looked at some other steam reviews and tend to agree with the general gist most ppl say with their pros and cons xD

I did like it overall in general, don't think it's something that would stand out depending on your backlog and your eagerness to play some more generic-ish jrpg. Combat I liked in the beginning but it turned out to be a "I totally can spam 1 button and win type of thing" but you can still play in a cool way if you want to.

-Something that really bugged me was that I'd love to switch characters in combat easier such as in tales of berseria for example basically clicking some buttons.....but no, you can do it but you have to pause -> menu -> party -> swap -> unpause and then do that again to swap back....which made me kinda just stick with 1 particular character per battle...
-lots of grinding (normal i guess?)...leveling real slow (for me) even though the game wasn't too hard, kinda made it harder on myself by skipping that grinding fighting higher level enemies which in turn made some extra characters lower level and untouched
-Lot of back and forth walking with no teleports (well you can tele home but not to other rest sites...I mean you need to level so why not)
-quests only give items....and not experience which I found a bummer

I feel like I had a lot of QoL cons which I disliked...BUT still happened to enjoy the game which I think really depends on taste, I think I took the whole month to finish this game taking breaks etc. but without this event I prob would have taken longer starting other stuff first (thanks again I like that I at least finished it!).

TLDR read other steam reviews first if thinking of playing it :')

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Pay attention in Little Misfortune. You can 100% this game is less than 4 hours if you do so. If not you'll have to replay over and over. Also a few achievements are based on one area doing two different choices. Save often and reload for those 3 achievements.

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Thanks for warning me!

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You're welcome. There's a sweet guide on Steam by Neoneria. It's a little unorganized but the best out of all of them. I enjoyed that game way more than I thought I would. Even made me cry.

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Happy new year!!

  1. Evergarden November 2019 Monthly #49 Completed(21/21) / Leaderboard / 10.2h
  2. Stories Untold September 2017 Monthly #23 Completed(13/13) / Screenshot / 4.1h
  3. Tiny Echo June 2017 Monthly #20 Completed(6/6) / Screenshot / 1.5h
  4. One step from eden December 2020 Choice #13 Beaten(8/35) / Screenshot / 10.5h
  5. Path of giants December 2020 Choice #13 Completed(17/17) / Screenshot / 4.9h
  6. Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York September 2020 Choice #10 Beaten(23/28) / 4.4h
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Does completing a 20% store discount count?
3rd question: I have a few games with 1 achievement, but they are virtually unplayed. Would they qualify?

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Does completing a 20% store discount count?

Not sure what you mean by this. Please explain further.

I have a few games with 1 achievement, but they are virtually unplayed. Would they qualify?

No they would not. You cannot have any play time with the exception of idle time from farming Steam cards.

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Please refer to the graphic image attached below regarding the inquiry about whether the discount would count.

As for the IIIrd question, they would be reasonably longer than the completely unplayed ones. But fair enough, I'll try to find some unsoiled by my mouse clicks.

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Are you asking me if playing a coupon qualifies for the event? Am I understanding you correctly? If so, no it does not.

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I was merely playing the percentage game. Pardon us for any inconveniences caused.

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My attempts:
Purrfect Date
The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game

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please don't ever stop this madness.

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i just realized that the games that i'm playing this month mostly qualify for HB monthly. i guess i'll join for the fun.

Game HB Month Status
Hyper Light Drifter July 2017 Completed
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York September 2020 Completed
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starting a new job tomorrow... let's see if i can still find time to play my games :)

  1. Youropa - Beaten
  2. The Beast Inside
  3. Gris - Completed!

ok, that'll be all for this month...I hope I'll be able to finish the beast inside, but I don't think I'll manage more games this month...

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How's the new job going?
Also did you enjoy Gris?

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job is awesome but very demanding both in time as in energy. I've fallen asleep early in the evening multiple times the past weeks so I don't game as often any more...

I'm in the final stage of Gris, but I hope/think I can redo stages in order to get all achievements. The game really is something else. Compellng story (if you get it that is), great platforming mechanics with smart ability/surroundings unlocks. A bit confusing at times though and some timebased achievements (I hate those, I want to enjoy my playthrough not rush on...)

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Demanding jobs are only worth it when you can say they're awesome so good to read that. Falling asleep is a bonus! (says the chronic insomniac)

The game really is something else. Compellng story (if you get it that is), great platforming mechanics with smart ability/surroundings unlocks.

Totally agree. I passed on buying it because it didn't feel like it was going to be my thing and then ended up winning it in a small group and I absolutely loved it. Definitely my favorite win from 2019. It really does make great use of its gameplay mechanics and manages to tell a beautiful and engaging story without dialog, which is quite the feat.
also agrees on timebased achievements. Ugh. They usually frustrate me but in a game that's all about atmosphere and discovery, they were more than odd, and a little off.

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insomnia? try having some kids. it's like magic, you'll sleep anytime anywhere every chance you get :)

Winning games that totally surprise you is one of the great thing of this site. I've played so many awesome (indy) games I would've never thought of buying myself...

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insomnia? try having some kids. it's like magic, you'll sleep anytime anywhere every chance you get :)

Haha well that was the plan but then 2020 happened. It's not so much that I don't work although kids and money, it's like sponge and water, right? It's mostly that my girlfriend has spent most of the year in her home country so even though we are used to the distance, there are some things that can't be done over the internet and hm kid raising ofc is what I'm referring to :P

I've played so many awesome (indy) games I would've never thought of buying myself...

Same. From Orwell to Eliza, Pendula Swing and Whispers of a Machine or A Short Hike, some of the games I enjoyed the most last year, I have won after entering rather randomly and those are games I would never have gotten even in a bundle really.
All thanks to SG, generous gifters... and CJ who kicked-started my 6 wins a month minimum play routine.

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I did not know about Pendula Swing, thanks for dragging my attention to it.

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It's still pretty low key but the dev (I believe she is doing it all on her own) has been very helpful with a bug I had and she's been adding to the game. Loooots of content already and it's an interesting setting for an RPG. Good world building.

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Youropa is such a game btw , I really enjoyed my playthrough! (so try it out if you havent already!)

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It looks right up my alley so I will definitely give it a go before the month ends. I love parkour games and this one looks absolutely gorgeous. Plus a platformer with an intriguing story? How could I resist?

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Heh, it's kinda funny how these events affect on my playing schedule. 'Cause I'm not interested in Yakuza games, now I have to avoid HB games for a month just to leave them for the next events.

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Yeah its changed it for me too, I've made a list so I won't touch my hb games. I'd love to enter but actually thinking about doing 6 games for something I don't wanna play, until all the others are touched, just made me go against it

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Probably won't have enough time this month but leaving this here in case I do.

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1st time I try this event. I'm choosing games I wanted to play anyway. I doubt I will make it in time, but let's see:

  1. Jan 2021: Deleveled | Played
    The puzzle part wasn't too hard; I liked how, as you progress, new mechanics are added, without changing the base concept of the game. I liked the platforming part more though, even if some levels ended being kind of frustrating due to how small some "success windows" are. It would have been a lot easier if I didn't decide to 100% it.
  2. Aug 2020: Wargroove | Played
    Very childish story-telling. Nice pixel art and character design. I've completed the main campaign and the puzzles; kinda time consuming, but it never felt repetitive even if it easily could have been. It presented a good challenge in the first acts, then it became oddly easier for me. The hard mode in arcade was stupidly almost impossible, I didn't bother with that.
  3. May 2020: XCOM 2 | Played
    It's the game I enjoyed the most out of the six. Played the whole campaign on veteran (which is normal mode). I liked the gameplay, the story and most of all the character name/appearence customization. I regret not owning the WoTC DLC. But still I'm satisfied with the game.
  4. May 2018: RUINER | Played
    Simple story, not so simple gameplay. It took me a while to understand how to play decently, what skills to use, what weapons, etc. I managed to beat it in hard mode and I'm happy with that. I really liked the music.
  5. Oct 2017: Orwell | Played
    Well, interesting concept. There's not really much you can do a part from reading and finding clues, so sometimes I felt kind of bound to do certain things, but in the end I've been enthralled by the story unfolding as you find new clues. Knowing who's behind the crimes I didn't feel the urge to replay it for different endings.
  6. May 2017: Undertale | Played
    Really nice concept. Nice message. Some really bad jokes (in a good sense) and funny mockery to other genres. I played thruogh it once and ended up with a "neutral" run. I guess I'll replay it soon and try a "pacifist" one (edit: I couldn't wait and got to the "real pacifist" ending and I must say it's one of the best endings I've ever seen in a video game).
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This is will be a very nice month for my backlog

Game Title Achievements Status HB Monthly/Choice
Aegis Defenders 31 of 31 (100%) Completed December 2019
Kathy Rain 20 of 20 (100%) Completed November 2016
Satellite Reign 21 of 40 (53%) Beaten July 2016
The Surge 26 of 67 (39%) Beaten August 2018
SUPERHOT 17 of 26 (65%) Beaten June 2017
The Flame in the Flood 29 of 36 (81%) Beaten December 2016
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It's weird it's nowhere in the topic post or it's not clearly visible, but games that were played before this month (Resident Evil 5) are not accepted (with exception for card idling). Cjcomplex clarifies on that here

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Ah ok ty for notifying me i removed it and replace it by The Flame in the Flood

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Oh wow you are right, that might explain a little more of why people keep putting down games they touched

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I always figured the "starting today" part would have been clear enough but I guess I should get around to adding it proper in the FAQ part.

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Hey CJ, thanks for doing this, this will be my first attempt=)

Title Status HB
Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard Completed December 2020
GRIS Beaten April 2020
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter Completed July 2017
Path of Giants Completed December 2020
Call of Duty: WWII Beaten November 2019
Smile For Me Completed November 2020

Some thoughts:
Out of the two detective games, I enjoyed Frog Detective 2 more, though even that lags behind the amazing first game, still, can't wait for part 3! Sherlock had its moments, but there were some unfun mechanics that dragged the whole experience down, still the one case with the accident that they just stumble into was really awesome, wish all the rest carried the same creativity. Disclaimer: I have yet to play the other sherlock games by the developer.
Path of Giants very light puzzle game, sadly quite short, with great chill music, I really enjoyed this.
GRIS I was massively disappointed by this game, the art style is nice, so is the music, but it is very lacking as a game. Expected more out of this title, as it stands I think I agree with one internet comment I read after I finished it, that it would have been better as a short film.
Smile For Me very light puzzles and list fetch quests to satisfy npc-s, with an interestingly shaping narrative, where you are getting more and more 'in the know' as you are playing, music is nice, the voicework is unique (to some level) and I enjoyed my time until the ending. Small spoilertalk: I did not like any of the endings though, while the bad ending was intentionally unpleasent, I did not find the secretive good ending all that much better
Call of Duty WWII I was very curious about this for a while now, as I always figured the world war era COD games were good in their days. While this was not a game changer by any means, the campaign did follow some similar settings to Saving Private Ryan (though it is pretty sudden that chapter 1 is D-Day Normandy straight away) and also Band of Brothers (with regard to the especially the winter level), and while the story was not at all satisfactory (or interesting) the setting and the scenarios carried the game until the finish line. The gameplay itself... well, it is COD. One interesting take is that they did away with the cover health regeneration and you actually have to use health kits (which you can stack up like Max Payne did with the pain killers). Semi-noteworthy: while playing this I also had some memories popping up about Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, but when I searched for it I was surprised to see that was a game released in 2008. Time flies, huh.

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