Having too many games to play sounds like the best kind of problem, doesn’t it? “It never ends,” he says, swimming through piles of dusty game cases like Scrooge fucking McDuck.
Glancing over at my shelf, and knowing what’s on my console hard-drives, it’s a mix of games I purchased with an intent to play immediately and others I picked up during a sale. If the price is right, I usually don’t mind waiting for a rainy day.
However, it occurred to me during my recent attempt at stomaching the mondern day monstrosity known as Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, that giving up and moving on is just fine and dandy. I wish I would have considered this before wasting ten hours of my life, though.
Someone recently replied to a comment I left on a Kotaku article, empathizing with my backlog issue, and what they recommended made perfect sense — if what I’m playing isn’t really gelling with me, consider a similar game in my backlog that could potentially offer a more engaging experience and play that instead. Well duh, right?
It’s silly to think I’d even struggle with something like this, having played video games for 30 years of my life. I think I just have an issue saying goodbye, holding out in hopes that whatever turd I’m suffering through gets its proverbial shit together and eventually becomes something palatable.
“Maybe it gets better,” I tell myself. Usually it doesn’t.
So what I’ve done is narrow everything down to a core list of games that I’d like to get to (or continue playing) sooner rather than later. Sure, there are others I’d like to check out at some point, but it’s not like they’re going anywhere. Rainy day, etc.
- Persona 4 Golden
- Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
- Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Dispair
Persona 4 Golden has been my primary RPG project on the lovely Vita since the beginning of the year, but I keep getting sidetracked by reviews (or other games entirely). The original version on PS2 is fantastic, with some of the best writing and turn-based combat basically ever, and I absolutely love the Golden update on Vita. It’s RPG royalty, really.
I’ve already played the first ten or so hours of Danganronpa, adoring its Battle Royale meets Phoenix Wright approach. Monokuma is also a really, really rad villain.
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
- ICO & Shadow of the Colossus HD remasters
- Final Fantasy XIII
- Final Fantasy XIII-2
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
- Demon’s Souls
- Dark Souls
- Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut
I know the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy catches a lot of shit, but I’d still like to go through it on my own before whipping out the pitchfork. ICO is one of my favorite games of all time, and I’d really like to go through Shadow of the Colossus again. Both games are fantastic.
My girlfriend and I started Ni no Kuni when we picked it up, but it just wasn’t what we were in the mood for at the time. We never went back, and I’ve been dying to give it a second chance. I hear it’s one of the best RPGs of the last console generation.
I loved Dark Souls. Like, really, really loved Dark Souls. But I got so frustrated at Demon’s Souls that I couldn’t bare to finish it. I like watching others play through it, though I’d like to go back at some point and go through it on my own as well. Dark Souls I just want to play again because it’s incredible.
- Grand Kingdom
- World of Final Fantasy
- Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster
- Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin
- Dark Souls 3
- Uncharted 3 (from the Drake Collection)
- Valkyria Chronicles: Remastered
- Divinity: Original Sin
- Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment
- Sword Art Online: Lost Song
- God Eater 2: Rage Burst
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt DLC
- Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
- Resident Evil HD Remaster
- Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster
The PS4 list is the biggest, which comes as no surprise since RPGs are my primary genre. I love everything about Bloodborne, but I finally need to buckle down and finish the damn thing. I’d also like to give its DLC, The Old Hunters, a shot afterwards. I’ve already played Dark Souls 2 on PS3, but haven’t jumped in to the Scholar of the First Sin remaster (or the accompanied DLC).
I picked up Dark Souls 3 a couple of days after my dad passed away, but I just wasn’t in the mood to play it (or anything else, obviously). I’ve watched someone play through it in its entirety and it looks incredible, especially the boss fights and level design, so it’s near the top of my list.
The Witcher 3 is another game that I loved, but never got around to the DLC. However, I played through the game on Xbox One and grabbed the Game of the Year Edition on PS4. I’ll need to set aside 150 hours to replay the main story, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
- Earthbound (via Wii U Virtual Console)
My Wii U doesn’t get a whole lot of love, mostly due in part to my TV only having two HDMI ports. Since my girlfriend and I regularly play our Xbox One and PS4, it’s usually pushed aside or stored on a shelf until I’m ready to use it.
Xenoblade Chronicles X and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE are both great JRPGs that I just got side-tracked by with other games (or the Wii U not being plugged in for extended periods of time), and I’d really like to get back to them.
My mom bought me Twilight Princess HD for my birthday back in August and I haven’t even opened the box to ensure Wolf Link isn’t smashed to pieces. Actually, I should probably do that right now. Yeah, he’s okay. Thank Christ.
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- Fire Emblem: Fates (Birthright and Conquest)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
Like many other games on this list, Fire Emblem: Awakening is a really special RPG that I’ve just yet to finish. I don’t even have a reasonable excuse. I’m bad at prioritizing.
With that in mind, I knew I’d eventually grab both of the Fates games so I picked them up during a buy-2-get-1 sale at Best Buy (my girlfriend grabbed Pokemon Alpha Sapphire as the freebie). I did the same for both Zelda remasters as well, now that I think about it.
- Red Dead Redemption (via Xbox One BC)
Since the Xbox 360 was my primary console during the first half of the last console generation, my backlog over there is relatively small.
Red Dead Redemption is one of those games that have a significant following and received a ton of fanfare, but I just never seemed to give it a chance. Now I’m ready.
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Bioshock: The Collection
My Xbox One list is rather small as well, since I’ve find myself falling out of love with their line of multi-player focused exclusives. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the console, since it’s where I play most of my sports games and my primary home for Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube Let’s Plays. I also fully believe the Xbox One has the absolute best controller, hands down.
For whatever reason though, when it comes to buying cross-platform games I usually grab them on PS4 instead. The PS4 just seems to update less frequently, installs faster, and I like their share features a lot more than I do on Xbox. There are a few exceptions, of course.
I picked up the BioShock collection on Xbox One since BioShock Infinite runs better over there than it does on PS4. I ended up with Technomancer on Xbox One since it was the only version they had in stock. And I have Grand Theft Auto V on Xbox One since I didn’t actually own a PS4 at the time.
Looking over my so-called narrowed down list, it’s still around 1,000 hours of video games. Yikes. But I’m going to spent 1,000+ hours playing different things as it is, so it might as well be with games I really want to experience, right?
Play anything on this list? Thoughts? Any games in particular you’ve been putting off that you’d really like to get to? Am I alone in my backlog anxiety? Is this enough question marks? Cool?