[Editorial] Guess what’s next on I ❤ Old Games! – 17/03/19

Hello guys,

This week I’ve finally completed Europa Universalis IV! and considering I’ve started in in 2016 I can fairly say it took me quite a long time to come to year 1821. Doing the math is like I’ve played everyday 162 days in the game. Of course this is a game that cannot be completed in the strict sense of the term, since it can be replayed a thousand times but I’ve at least finished an entire campaign with a single state (Venice, then Italy) from 1444 till 1821 and the outcome is pretty impressive, considering how I started:

This is me at the beginning: Venice, the almost insignificant state there in northern Italy…
…and this is me in the end: Italy, after kicking asses all around Europe (and during a successful war against what remains of Austria)

The next goals will be essentially two: instead on starting other games (I’ve started – and not finished – so many in my life that I’ve lost the count) I’ll try to complete the pendind games in my backlog, first of all Maniac Mansion and Obitus; Cuphead is another game I look forward to complete and after a super successful last session with my gf we’re now almost at the end since we have to fight King Dice and the Devil. Then a mandatory review of Europa Universalis IV and, if the luck will help me, trying to get some games (I can even decide to start another campaign in EUIV, this time with Lithuania…)

This is a strange period because to my eyes all of the games online look either overpriced or not interesting. Even though my collection is less than nothing compared to a REAL collection of games and consoles, I’ver amassed more than 600 titles, most of them quite “basilar” so now the time has come to switch to more expensive and/or more specific games and I don’t always have the interest in doing it, mainly because I don’t even know which games I have to focus on. Plus, when it comes to old games (NES generation and older) it looks like the prices have become steep, too steep for me. Some of the Master system games for example, demand higher prices than last year and this is bad for my wallet since I tend to spend only my pocket money to buy games.


  • Europa Universalis IV
    Begun: November 16th, 2016
    Status: 100% completed on March 12th, 2019 after 846 days
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 – The Lost Levels
    Begun: January 16th, 2017
    Status: 12% completed, on hold
  • Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
    Begun: April 25th, 2017
    Status: 33% completed, on hold
  • Probotector
    Begun: December 18th, 2017
    71% completed, on hold
  • Streets of Rage (SMS)
    Begun: December 12th, 2017
    Status: 63% completed, on hold
  • Shadow Warriors a.k.a. Ninja Gaiden
    Begun: January 7th, 2018
    Status: 95% completed, on hold
  • Adventure Island 2 (NES)
    Begun: October 8th, 2018
    Status: 78% completed
  • Life Force
    Begun: November 25th, 2018
    Status: 41% completed
  • Cuphead
    Begun: January 9th, 2019
    Status: 75% completed
  • Maniac Mansion
    Begun: February 4th, 2019
    Status: 50% completed
  • Obitus
    Begun: February 8th, 2019
    Status: 25% completed


  • Retro Gamer #187
    Begun: February 19th, 2019
    Status: 56% completed


  1. Resident Evil 1 Remake (Xbox One)
  2. King Quest I: Quest for the Crown (MS-DOS)
  3. The Way Remastered (Nintendo Switch)
  4. Europa Universalis IV

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. rakanalysis says:

    I’ve been playing a lot of Paradox Interactive games myself recently and something that annoys me about Europa Universalis IV in particular is how I feel I have to get a perfect start or else I’m pinned down for the rest of the game. At least with Crusader Kings II, I can play as a power who can build up slowly over time without as many threats.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. benez256 says:

      Yes the fist 50 years are a bit a pain in the ass, you have to move carefully or you’re dead…


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