It’s been a week and a half now since we said goodbye to 2014, and I still haven’t quite gotten my head around the fact that the world has turned once again and left us at the bright beginning of a new year (just…wow!). So as you might imagine, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do for the new year. That’s changed now though. You see, a couple weeks ago I posted my “replay” list for Listmas; that is, the list of all the games I’d like to revisit someday. Like most years, the list continued to grow in 2014, because even though we had more problems and controversy than usual, it was still a year filled with plenty of new games worth playing. This new year is looking like it’s going to be even better, so I figured I’d take a page out of Simpleek’s book, and issue myself a challenge. That is, to fully complete at least one game on the replay list each month this year!
It’s become all to easy lately to play a game and enjoy it, only to move onto other games and never return. That’s an unfortunate situation don’t you think? Many of us gamers buy our games rather than rent because we think the games we’re buying will be good for more than just one playthrough before they get permanently shelved, but time and circumstance seem to conspire against that mentality don’t they? I don’t know about you, but I’ve played some truly excellent games over the last few years that deserve to be revisited. I’ve also got at least a couple on there that I think deserve a second chance; games that had interesting ideas but perhaps got dismissed a little too quickly. Aside from all that, it always interesting to see how a game holds up after it’s memory starts getting distorted by that rose-colored pair of sun glasses called nostalgia that we all put on at one point or another.
Basically this is a challenge about finally revisiting those game that I always wanted to spend more time with and never have, as well as rediscovering those games I wish I’d given more of a chance back when I first played them. It all starts off this month with a game that actually wasn’t on the published list: Ratchet: Deadlocked. This is the oft-forgotten dark horse of the Ratched and Clank “trilogy” on PS2 and it’s been sitting on my list for so long that I actually forgot about it when I published the list last month. I’ve been wanting to revisit it because I actually remember the game being pretty fun and would like to know why it’s never gotten anywhere near the same level of acclaim that the first three games received. Maybe it’s the name? Maybe it’s the focus on action over adventure? The point is that I don’t know and I haven’t known for too long now! I’ll be posting my findings at the end of the month, but for now it’s time to fire it up and find out!
Gaming in 2015 looks like it’s going to be even better than it was last year, so wish me luck in staying on task!
Got any games you think you’d like to revisit? Do you think you’ll get around to them this year? How would you suggest taking on this ind of list anyway?