I’m going to imagine that there aren’t many Steam users out there who haven’t amassed a significant library of games. I know I have. With a Steam library that’s currently pushing 100 (tiny, compared to some, I bet) and a dearth of new games to play (HA! Did someone say “Isn’t your Fallout 4 character waiting for you in Diamond City??” Yes…yes she is.), I’ve developed a renewed desire to really try to get through a good portion of those games. This past year I’ve paid more attention to my Steam backlog than just about anything else. (Okay, so there was Twilight Princess…) Over the past several months, I’ve gotten through the second and third Saints Row games, and I’m in the process of working through Batman: Arkham Asylum for the first time. I also started and never finished Dust: an Elysian Tale, so that’s back on my radar. But these games barely scratch the surface of the library as a whole. All told, I’ve maybe played through 10% of my library…actually, probably less considering the number of games there that I’ve started but not finished. I feel like it’s really time to change that.
Putting aside the likelihood that I’ll obtain even more games during Steam’s annual winter sale, I do feel like it owe it to myself to make an effort to play the games I have. Frankly, the money’s already been, so the games are essentially free at this point! I know, I know, but what about this, that and the other games that are coming out later this year? What about Mass Effect Andromeda and Final Fantasy XV and Cuphead and on and on and on??? What about them, I ask? They will still be there when I’m ready. My current situation revolves around the question of what Steam games to I want to play now? Well, despite the fact that just looking at my Steam library makes my head spin, here are just a few of the titles that will be vying for the chance to be played over the coming months.
Could it be that I’m being subconsciously affected by some sort of 10-year cycle? I mean, I finally made it through Twilight Princess, which celebrated its 10th birthday next month. And it was around ten years ago that the original Fable introduced me to a whole new style of gaming – one that didn’t involve platforms and jumping and plumbers and princesses. I picked up Fable Anniversary at the tail end of Steam’s last winter sale, and it was a bit of an impulse purchase. I can’t say that I had an urge to revisit Fable, but the price was right and it seemed like a good addition to have. I guess it just took some time for those feelings to percolate, because now I want to see if the game still stands strong next to its original pedestal. Plus, there’s the draw of new graphics, high quality, and all that. Though, I doubt any of that will make the game’s children any less ugly. ::shivers::
The Bioshock trilogy
Once again, this may be the 10-year thing at work (Bioshock’s 10th is next summer.), or maybe it has something to do with the remastered trilogy that was recently released. But whatever it is, I think I’m finally ready to visit Rapture. I wasn’t ready when the games first came out, and I wasn’t ready when we picked up the trilogy on Steam two winter sales ago. And I really don’t have any grand explanation as to why I feel like now is the right time. Part of it could be that I’m interested in playing Dishonored 2, and maybe I need to freshen up my very rusty FPS chops? Part of it could be that I’m tired of being in the dark when it comes to the Bioshock games. And part of it could be that I was highly interested in Bioshock Infinite, but that I think I should play the games in order to obtain the fullest experience. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve definitely been thinking more about the games of late.
All those LucasArts adventure games!
Was it last year that I went on a Lucasfilm rampage on Steam? I think it was, because that’s when the remastered version of Grim Fandango was released. All I knew then was that I had to have that game. I wish I could have called myself a true LucasArts fan back in the day, but truth be told, I only played a fraction of its fantastic catalog. I never played Grim Fandango, for example, or The Secret of Monkey Island, or Day of the Tentacle. But now, I can! (Well, I don’t have Day of the Tentacle yet, but I just got a Steam notice that it’s on sale so…cha-ching!) Now, all I need to do is make myself play them. I say that only slightly in jest because I do find it tough to switch out of exploration mode after playing a bunch of RPG-type games in a row. Making the jump to smaller adventure games isn’t the easiest, but I know that once I commit to them, I’ll be perfect contently with just point and clicking and making quick decisions. Plus, there’s no denying the whole LucasArts look and style; the games are as unique as they are beautiful. And it’s high time I take the plunge!
This is just a quick sampling of some of my Steam games that currently sit at the forefront of the pack. There are so many others in the wings – a number of older GTA titles, The Witcher 1 and 2, other Double Fine games, Bastion and Transistor; the list goes on! – that any one game might just rise to the top unwittingly. But what a “problem” to have, right? It is, indeed, a crazy good time to be a gamer.
How do you manage your own game backlog, Steam or otherwise?