Attacking My Steam Library, This Time With Feeling!

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.

Fable Anniversary

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?

11 Comments Add yours

  1. My backlog looks similar to yours, though I have much less than 100 games to get through!

    Steam is wonderful and ridiculous. I have games I bought at holiday sales six or seven years ago and have never gotten around to playing (Bioshock is also one of them).

    The only way to solve the “problem” for me was to stop myself from buying any new games on Steam, or anywhere else, until I had gotten the value out of the games I already had. So far it’s working well, and I’m enjoying those games I’d forgotten about!

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    1. cary says:

      That’s pretty much where I’m at as well — NO MORE GAMES until I finish the ones I have! Steam’s sales are killer though, and it’s so hard to resist the call of the bargain. I swear I’m gonna be strong this year! I’m only going to get one…well…two, um…three…games? Shoot, maybe I should skip it altogether. 😛

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      1. The struggle is, as they say, real!

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  2. duckofindeed says:

    I really want to get a Steam account so I can play the other Five Nights at Freddy’s games and Undertale, but I keep putting it off for some reason. And I should really get to it because, right now, my backlog consists of one game that I am already almost done with. Yikes! Sometimes backlogs can be overwhelming…other times, I wish I had one to begin with. Maybe with Christmas coming up, I’ll be able to accumulate some more games to play.

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    1. cary says:

      I highly recommend Steam to anyone, as long as you have a PC that can handle gaming. But, as Nick the Gent said, it’s “wonderful and ridiculous.” It really is. The sheer number of games you can find there is overwhelming. And it’s super easy to end up with a sizeable library in no time thanks to its many sales.

      I can’t imagine what it’s like to not have a backlog, so kudos! That’s really awesome. Backlogs are good and bad, like you said. Some days I wouldn’t mind being all caught up with my games. Some days, I’m glad to have so many choices. I’m not sure what the right middle ground is, but I’m sure it’s somewhere.

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  3. Haha I have this same problem. The games on your list sound great though! Some of them I haven’t played and others are my favorites. 🙂 I also have characters sitting in games waiting for me to pick them up again, like Fallout 4 as you said! There are just too many good games, what can we do?

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    1. cary says:

      Just play what we can when we have the time? It’s great and it’s tough to have so many gaming options at our fingertips at all times. Though…It’s a good thing games can’t talk, right? 🙂 If they did, I know mine would never let me get any sleep!

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  4. Mr. Panda says:

    My Steam backlog is also crazy thanks to sales and impulse buys. I love adventures games and also have some on my list. I’m looking most forward to getting to Grim Fandango and Broken Age (not really LucasArts, but close) myself after recently finally playing through Day of the Tentacle.

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    1. cary says:

      Oh shoot! I think I might have missed Day of the Tentacle on sale! Ah well, it’ll go back on sale surely — that’s what’s great about Steam, right? Haha. Also…So. Many. Games! It’s awesome that they offer up such a wide assortment. Really can’t wait to visit and revisit those LucasArts games. And I think Broken Age is on my wishlist!

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      1. Mr. Panda says:

        It was actually on sale on PSN, but it may have been on sale on Steam too. Possibly not though, so you might not have missed it! I still want to play Grim Fandango and Broken Age, which I do have on Steam but have yet to play..

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      2. cary says:

        Sometimes I forget that PSN and XBLA even exist with Steam around! 😀

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