2018 Backlog Update

Throughout 2018, my goal is to once again put a significant dent in my gaming backlog. Last year I managed to knock out 69 games, which, of course, included newer releases, but now I’d like to put even more emphasis on the games I’ve already paid for.

I’ve organized my backlog by platform, but rather than setting unrealistic expectations and lumping everything I own into a gigantic, daunting list, I’ve instead decided to narrow it down to the ten games per platform I’d like to play most.

That’s… still pretty unrealistic, yeah. But at least it’s easier to look at. Oh, and since I’m bad at committing to things I’ve added a “bonus” pick to some of the lists. I also went a little nuts on PS4.

Nintendo Switch:

  1. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  2. Golf Story
  3. Romancing SaGa 2
  4. The Count Lucanor
  5. Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King
  6. Steamworld Dig 2
  7. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  8. Wulverblade
  9. Floor Kids
  10. Blaster Master Zero

Nintendo 3DS:

  1. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
  4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  5. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
  6. Shin Megami Tensei IV
  7. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
  8. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
  9. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
  10. Metroid: Samus Returns

Nintendo Wii:

  1. Super Mario Galaxy
  2. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  3. Super Paper Mario
  4. The Last Story
  5. Xenoblade Chronicles
  6. Pandora’s Tower
  7. Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
  8. Metroid Prime Trilogy
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Nintendo Wii U:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
  3. Xenoblade Chronicles X

PlayStation Vita:

  1. Persona 4 Golden
  2. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
  3. Tales of Hearts R
  4. Ys: Memories of Celceta
  5. PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness
  6. Steins;Gate
  7. Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
  8. Mary Skelter: Nightmares

PlayStation 4:

  1. Prey
  2. The Evil Within 2
  3. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX
  4. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue
  5. Tales of Berseria
  6. Yakuza Kiwami
  7. Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition
  8. Final Fantasy VII, IX, Type-0 HD, X + X-2 HD
  9. Hob
  10. RiME
  11. Observer
  12. I am Setsuna
  13. Pyre
  14. Resident Evil
  15. Resident Evil 0
  16. South Park: The Stick of Truth
  17. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
  18. Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir
  19. Ratchet & Clank
  20. Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
  21. Uncharted 3 (Drake Collection)
  22. Uncharted 4
  23. Dishonored 2
  24. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  25. Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
  26. Star Ocean: The Last Hope Remaster
  27. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness
  28. Sword Art Online: Re:Hollow Fragment
  29. Sword Art Online: Lost Song
  30. The Banner Saga
  31. The Surge
  32. Ys VIII: Lacramosa of Dana
  33. The Witness
  34. Danganronpa 1+2 Reloaded
  35. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
  36. Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  37. Blue Reflection
  38. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
  39. Mafia III

PlayStation 3

  1. Nier
  2. Drakengard 3
  3. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  4. Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2, Lightning Returns
  5. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  6. Tales of Xillia
  7. Tales of Xillia 2
  8. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
  9. Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut
  10. Okami HD


  1. Doki Doki Literature Club
  2. The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
  3. Planescape: Torment
  4. Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition
  5. LISA
  6. Blackwell Convergence, Deception, and Epiphany
  7. Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition
  8. System Shock Enhanced
  9. Pillars of Eternity
  10. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  11. BONUS – Butterfly Soup

Xbox 360:

  1. Lost Odyssey
  2. Tales of Vesperia
  3. Blue Dragon
  4. Red Dead Redemption

Xbox One:

  1. Cuphead
  2. Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Seasons 1-3
  3. Watch Dogs
  4. The Evil Within
  5. BioShock: The Collection

So yeah, not much to knock out at all. Right? Right…? Fuck me, I’ll never find enough time for these! That’s not what’s most important though. It’s all about finding time to enjoy your hobby. Thinking too much about what you “have” to play and not what you “want” to play kind of makes gaming feel like a job, which is… not fun? So I’ll just take it in stride, play what coincides with my current mood, and hope I knock some games out before 2018 is over.

I also planned on revisiting some of my favorites, like the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series, maybe Undertale and NieR: Automata, before the year is up. So it’s not always about new experiences, but what I like to refer to as “comfort food games.” I have a whole SNES Classic full of rad stuff I’d like to get to at some point, but I’m in no hurry. I’m not dead yet.

What does your backlog look like? Is it as atrocious, if not worse?

17 thoughts on “2018 Backlog Update

  1. Mother of god, that is a backlog… Mine has like 8 games in it lol. Over time I have arrived at the number of 40 hours a month of game progress I can make, some months it’s higher, some it’s lower, so I check HowLongToBeat and either bump a game or don’t buy it. That’s basically my policy for this calendar year.

    I’m extremely doubtful that we’ll see a main series Pokemon game and/or Metroid Prime 4 this year, so I’m playing cleanup on the games I’ve added to my collection the past few months. Looking forward to doing so, it’ll probably take me till May to do it!

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    1. I’m fully expecting a new Pokemon on Switch this fall since the last two entries have been remasters (ORAS & USUM), but that gives me until the fall to do some damage. There are quite a few PS4 games I’m looking forward to this year as well, like God of War and Detroit, but as far as major RPGs go I can’t think of any off the top of my head aside from Ni no Kuni 2, which I’m okay skipping since the first game is still in my backlog. This year doesn’t *seem* as big as 2017, but who knows?

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  2. That’s quite a list. Some good games on there so I hope you can get through at least some of them. Do take time to play what you want to play including the old favourites/comfort food games as that keeps things fun.

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  3. Oh, good luck to you! I have like 10 games in my backlog and even that feels overwhelming!

    Over the last year or so I’ve stopped looking at second-hand games and Steam sales, and have made a commitment to complete (or at least play) the games I already own.

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  4. I think as collectors we often get backlogs. My list of “Never played” is fairly low. My list of “Never beaten.” on the other hand is a bit more considerable. The fact that I finally got my Switch is not going to make this situation easier. Though I am absolutely enjoying it thus far.

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  5. Best of luck on the backlog. I personally gave up on even keeping a list. If I end up playing a game then so be it but if I never get to it I don’t worry about it. A friend of mine gets on my case about having never played Red Dead Redemption, he is shocked by my indifference to the fact. I have no plans to play that game nor the forthcoming game and I’m ok with that. In days when I could’ve exploring unplayed games I find myself playing Mass Effect: Andromeda again. Think of me what you will. :)

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    1. I hear that a lot about RDR, but I just don’t like Rockstar’s games so I’ve never felt compelled to play it. I’ve been thinking about revisiting Andromeda if I find time to play the original trilogy again this year. I want to check out the pc versions and EA Origin is a cheap sub.

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