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It's great to see your Backlogtoberganza efforts are moving on apace, even with Disgaea 5 and MGSV vying for your attention. I've only played one of the games you've focused on for this entry, that being Super Meat Boy. I commend you for recognising that the game isn't for you, something I couldn't bring myself to do when I played it myself four or five years ago, but am happy to admit to in hindsight. I managed to make it to the game's initial end point, which was a huge achievement for me, but I have absolutely zero desire to go back to it and attempt to better my efforts. These days I'm happy to admit that the masocore indie movement that SMB was a part of simply isn't my cup of tea, a fact reflected in my decision to cut games like The Binding of Isaac from my Pile of Shame.

This blog has also reminded me that I really need to check out the Disgaea series at some point. There must be an iteration of that series on PS3 or PSP that's available for pennies at this point, surely? Out of interest, which game would you recommend as a starting point to a guy like myself, with a decent amount of strategy RPG experience but zero knowledge of the Disgaea franchise specifically?

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No need to thank me for the Backlogtober thing, duder. I'm hardly the first person that's dedicated a month to exploring my backlog - @Mento has been doing it for a few years now with his May Madness blogs.

You're in for one hell of a ride with Metal Gear Solid V. I'm writing this off the back of an hour-long play session just to cleanse my pallet between Pokémon Snap and Halo 4, and even after seventy-five hours of play, I still struggle to put the damn game down. I think I'm nearing the first ending (I've just beaten Mission 29), but there's so much damn stuff to do that I keep getting side-tracked even though I've been doing my best to route-one it recently. They really nailed this one from a gameplay standpoint - the action is satisfying, the controls feel right, the tools they give you are a ton of fun to experiment with, and it's all supplemented brilliantly by the base management meta-game which constantly trickles new gadgets and oddities to you through R&D. I'm not sure I'll dig too deeply into the FOB stuff or MGO when it comes out next week, but I can see myself continuing to fiddle with the core game right through to the end of 2015 (Fallout 4 and Just Cause 3 permitting).

I don't have a huge amount of experience with the Dragon Quest franchise, as the series never really gained much traction over here in the UK. Hell, I think VIII was the first one released here (without a Roman numeral, incidentally). We did get the DS remakes of IV, V and VI, the first of which I played a few years back and really enjoyed. There was something incredibly satisfying about the core gameplay loop of that game that gave it an almost addictive quality, so I can see why they don't feel the need to change up the formula too much from one entry to the next. I've been meaning to pick up V and VI at some point, but the price-hike you mentioned has well and truly set in (for V at least, VI still seems reasonably priced at the moment). If I'm ever lucky enough to see a copy sub-£20 I'll jump on it.

Final thought - 'Bona Constrictor' is a fantastic pun, but it also totally sounds like a euphemism. If there isn't at least one guy out there somewhere who's referred to his junk by that name then I'll eat my hat.

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While I can't speak first-hand for the quality of most of the games on this list, it does seem like a pretty stellar line-up from what I know of certain titles. God of War II is the only thing on this list I've played myself, and I will attest to the fact that it's worth your time if you enjoyed the first. It expands on the gameplay and mechanics in some fun ways, although it does drop the ball a little in terms of story.

I'm probably not qualified to offer a solution to your problem of several lengthy games being on the list, since my own solution for that was to avoid them entirely this month. If I had to offer a suggestion, it might be to pick one longer game to focus on and squeeze some of the shorter titles in around it to try and prevent burning out. I was initially intending to do something similar and have an RPG or open-world game on the go in the background, but ultimately decided against it. I've still got MGSV to finish and a Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Egglocke in progress, so it's probably best not to further saturate my game time with something like Baldur's Gate or Assassin's Creed III.

Whichever games you end up choosing, I hope you enjoy them, and I look forward to reading about them in the inevitable write-ups to follow. Welcome to Club Super Ultra BacklogBlogVlogtoberganza II Alpha: Championship DX Game of the Year Edition, or whatever we're calling it now!

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@sparky_buzzsaw: No worries man, I'm just happy someone else decided to jump on the trend with me so I don't look insane on my own... I mean, so I have a Backlog Brother to swap stories and share encouragement with! Yeah, that's it!

I had the same problem with Revolution initially. The first time I booted it up I was greeted with game audio and a completely black screen. Someone (I think it may even have been your good self) made me aware that the game had some support issues with integrated graphics cards, but when I came back to it a few months later those seemed to have been ironed out and the game was running okay on my laptop. I only wish I could say the same about Transistor, which I'd have loved to include in my Backlogtober run-down but couldn't because of similar issues. However, if I do come down on the PS4 side of the fence next month (which is looking increasingly likely), I'll probably double-dip and play it on there instead.

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Welcome on board the Backlogtober train, Sparky! The buffet car is located towards the rear of the locomotive, and serves a variety of hot and cold snacks and drinks. I recommend the ham and cheese toasties in particular.

I wish I had more to say about the games you've chosen, but I haven't played any of them. I do have some history with the Worms franchise, largely with the PS1 version of Armageddon in my youth, and based on my memories of those halcyon days, the floundering campaign side of those games is not a new phenomenon. I did play some of Worms Revolution a couple of years back, which I remember going for a nature docu-drama kind of tone (with also-of-IT Crowd fame Matt Berry providing the narration), and it also struggles to pull it off. It feels like the developers (is it still Team 17 making these things?) are desperate to give the Worms brand some kind of 'identity' beyond the wise-cracking worms themselves, which I'm not sure the franchise really needs. Just give me solid multiplayer and maybe some inventive challenges and missions to tackle, but don't worry about a themed campaign - it wasn't great in Armageddon, and by the sounds of things it's still not great almost twenty years later.