A month ago I made a post about an annual event called Four in February, where I pick four games from my backlog and attempt to finish them by the end of the month.
I failed. Oh, how I failed.
My chosen games were Dead Nation, Grim Fandango Remastered, Doki Doki Universe, and Sound Shapes–all reasonably short in length–but even the gift of leap year didn’t help. Dead Nation I finished almost immediately, but I didn’t even touch Doki Doki or Grim Fandango over the last 29 days.
I spent most of February catching up on TV shows, Kinda Funny podcasts, and comic books, so there was little room for gaming.
I finished off season 1 of The Flash (which was incredible, by the way) and the first 2 seasons of Arrow, with a little Supergirl thrown in for good measure. Arrow didn’t grab me at first, but I wanted to see how it crossed over in to The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. I’m glad I did.
Manu Bennet is an awesome Deathstroke and there’s a lot of great pairings in the show, just like there were in The Flash. Diggle and Deadshot. Felicity and Barry. Roy and Thea. Arrow and Huntress/Sara/Laurel/Felicity. There’s a lot that Arrow does right, especially fleshing out the characters, but sometimes Arrow himself is a little too hokey.
I read Batman: Year One, Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men run, the new Batgirl, Hawkman: Endless Flight, Daredevil: Devil at Bay, volume 1 of Superman: Earth One, Superman: Secret Identity, Flash: Rebirth, Ant-Man: Second Chance Man, and gave up on DC’s New Frontier halfway through the first volume.
With a full load of college classes, I’m surprised I managed to squeeze all of that in and still remember to feed my cats. I also managed to squeeze in some gaming, of course.
As mentioned above, I did take out Dead Nation a couple of days in to February. I tried to get in to Sound Shapes on Vita, but it lost its novelty after an hour or two. It’s a great concept and I’m sure I’ll swing back around for another go later in life, but it wasn’t what I wanted at that moment in time.
What I did do was finish Fallout 4 and sink 27 hours in to Tales of Zestiria on PS4. I’ve already gone in-depth about Fallout 4 and don’t really want to talk about Zestiria right now, since I plan on reviewing it. I’m still not sure what possessed me to play it, but I’m really glad I did. I’ll just leave it at that.
So yeah, I “failed” Four in February this year, but I’m not bummed about it. I just ended a two year writing relationship with What’s Your Tag? where I spent all day, every day, in games! games! games! mode. Taking a step back and remembering there’s a world of things out there that aren’t video games was awesome, and it’s something I hope to do going forward.
I’m also digging this whole “play the games I want to play” thing that’s been missing for a long, long time.