When 2013 started, I had a singular gaming goal in mind: complete Skyrim. (Which I did!) Now that I’m facing the start of 2014, I have the same gaming goal in mind, except it involves multiple games. In the past, new years have tended to bring forth crops of new games, and I’ve generally tried to finish any games from the past year by the end of it. Well, that just didn’t happen this year. In fact, I’ve got such a large number of started-but-not-finished titles in queue right now that I’m swearing to myself (and all of you) that, depending on the system, I’m not going to buy new games until the ones that I started from my backlog are totally and fully complete. Or…their main stories, at the very least. So here’s a list what I’ll definitely be playing next year (ordered by system):
No more tablet games until I complete:
1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
2. Scribblenauts Remix
Thankfully, both of these games are moving along fairly quickly…when I get the chance to play them. I’ve been all too happy with my tablet, but…um…then I downloaded this bit of electronic crack called The Simpsons: Tapped Out. Yeah. Anyway, I think I’ll be done with Scribblenauts next month, and Vice City, well…I have a feeling I’ll be playing that for more than just several weeks.
No more Playstation 3 games until I finish:
3. Grand Theft Auto V
4. Little Big Planet 2
5. Ghostbusters: The Video Game
6. The Amazing Spider-Man
So here’s the problem. I L-O-V-E GTA V so much that I’m taking my sweet, sweet time getting through it. (As of this writing, I’m about half-way through.) And I don’t see myself moving on to another title any time soon. However, LBP2 has been sitting unfinished for waaaay too long, so it really deserves some attention. I started Ghostbusters…this year? Or maybe it was at the end of last? Regardless, I wasn’t having much fun with it. I just kept wanting to watch the movies! And Spider-Man? Yeah, I gave it a go until I got Dragon Age II. But maybe that wasn’t the most fortuitous swap… (see below)
No more Xbox 360 games until I finish:
7. Sleeping Dogs
8. Dragon Age II
9. LEGO Harry Potter, Years 1-4
10. LEGO Marvel Universe
When I’m not roaming around Los Santos engulfed in blood and flames, I take refuge in the gritty streets of Hong Kong in the incredibly enjoyable Sleeping Dogs. I’ve made good progress with the game, but I still have a ways to go. I found the game on sale a few months back and picked up LEGO Harry Potter, Years 1-4 along with it. LEGO Harry Potter is nothing but brick-bashing fun! It’s great for when I need a respite from filling my eyes with shiny guns and the exploits of criminal masterminds. I’m not to far out from finishing the game. Meanwhile, Dragon Age II and I were having a grand time until I started disconnecting from the story and got tired of travelling back and forth between the same levels. But maybe I needed a break from it, as I’ve been craving a little medieval action and swordplay lately. And as for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, I’ve got tons to say about this game that I’ve only just started. So stay tuned!
No Gamecube/Wii games until I finish:
11.-14. Metroid Prime Trilogy and Other M
15. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Here’s a funny story about Twilight Princess. Years ago, I played the game, didn’t like it, and I thought I traded it in. Fast forward to spring cleaning 2013. I start clearing out some boxes we had stored away that, based on their labels, hadn’t been opened since we moved into our new house. I open a box labeled “Games, misc..,” and lo and behold — it contains, hidden among a bunch of other gaming stuff, Twilight Princess (!!). I take the game to the Wii to test it out, and sure enough, it picks up right where I left off oh so many years ago! I still can’t believe it even though I’m telling the story. Twilight Princess is back on my Wii shelf awaiting its moment, Meanwhile, I’ve really go to get to finishing the Metroid games. I’m kind of stuck on the boss Thardus in Metroid Prime, and I try every so often to go back and beat him, but I haven’t done so…yet. Still, I’ve got time. All of next year, in fact. Oh yeah, 2014’s going to be a good year.