For those of us who play video games, it’s sometimes customary to take a little time at the end of any given year to look into what might be on our gaming plates in the next year. To round out Listmas here, I’m giving into this same, fun habit with two posts related to my gaming hopes for 2017. In this first post, I’ll be covering the games from my backlog that I’d like to get through year. I figure that if I can make a concerted effort to play and complete games that I already have, then I’ll be able to supplement my library with new games (the subject of next week’s post). As I’ve already got a couple games in progress already, I’ll cover them first in a quick paragraph, and then I’ll get to the “new” games. So, without further ado, let’s get to the list!
I currently have in progress two titles: Assassin’s Creed II and Fallout: New Vegas. In the case of the latter game, things have stalled in Fallout 4. And unfortunately, I’ve haven’t had much interest lately in returning to it. In order to remedy that, I thought it might help to take a step back…literally. I picked up both Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas thinking that they might help me rekindle the interest in apocalyptic, open world games. I’ve only just begin my travels in the wasted American West, and so far so good…all things considered. As for Assassin’s Creed II, that one’s been along time coming since I failed with the original Assassin’s Creed. It’s been going amazingly well, though I have it a point of slight boredom with it. I adore the Italian Renaissance setting, but as I’m about halfway through things, the gameplay is beginning to feel stale. Go to target, assassinate target, escape — it’s pretty much the same over and over again. Needing a break from it is one of the reasons I started up Fallout: New Vegas. I’ve got my fingers crossed that my interest in both titles will hold out.
Now, onto my list in earnest! Here’s what I’ll be pulling from my backlog next year:
The Bioshock Trilogy
Whether or not I’ll make it through the whole trilogy remains to be seen, but I have hope. (I want to get through the first game, at least. Anything after that I’ll consider a bonus.) It’s taken awhile for me to come around to playing first-person perspective games, and I think I’m finally ready to tackle this now-classic saga.
Why the second game and not the first? Because it’s the one I have! I don’t recall why this one made it into the stash over the original Borderlands…it might have had something to do with the fact that the story and characters looked a little more interesting. In either case, it’s a shame that I’ve not played a Borderlands game before, and it’s time to change that! It’s graphical stylings alone make it seem like it’s be a truly enjoyable romp.
I’m cheating with this one a little as I’ve already played it. But truth be told, I jammed through the game originally like a bull in a china shop, and I missed out on so much that the game had to offer. I’m highly interesting playing DisHonored 2, but I don’t think I spent enough quality time with the first game to be able to move on in good conscience. I need to give DisHonored its due.
Okay, so…I really thought I was going to play Uncharted 4 some time this year. But, I just haven’t. I don’t have any good excuse for it; I just haven’t. And now that everyone’s releasing their “favorite games of 2016,” and all those lists seem to include Uncharted 4, well…it seems I have some work to do. I know that I passed over some great titles from the past year, such as Batman: Arkham Knight, but with none of them do I feel the same sense of urgency. Somehow some way, I need to make Uncharted 4 happen.
The Last of Us
WHY HAVE I NOT FINISHED THIS GAME?! That’s the question that plagues me every time I log into the PS4. I got off to a good start with it, and things were going well…as well as they could go in a game like that, anyway. But then, I just stopped paying attention to it. As much urgency as I may with Uncharted 4, it’s doubly as strong with The Last of Us because its sequel is on the horizon. And as that news continues to break, so too will plenty of story spoilers for the first game. Though…truth be told, I know how the story ends, but still, I really have to get in gear with Joe and Ellie!
Looking at it in writing and thinking about the ever-dwindling time hat I have to play, this list feels a little daunting. But maybe I’ll take myself to task and aim to write about my progress next year. That might light enough of a fire for me to stay on top of my goals. Speaking of which, I have to also give a shout out to Metal Gear Ac!d, which I’ll also be starting up in the very near future. I’ll be keeping tabs on that game on my personal site. Whew! 2017 is shaping up to be a very game-y year!
If you’re “plagued” by a gaming backlog, what games from it do you hope to play/complete from it soon?