Listmas 2017: 6 Games I Played 10-19 Years After Their Release

As punctual as the Duck is when it comes to appointments and meeting deadlines, I am often horrendously late when it comes to games.  In fact, in recent years, I think I have spent more time playing catch-up than I have actually enjoying recent titles.  Out of curiosity, I thought it would be fun to list all the games I have played years after their release dates, and…the list is so long, I had to split it into two.  First off, here are six games I played 10-19 years after their release, starting with the shortest discrepancy and ending with the longest!  Where years compete, I just listed them alphabetically.  Because Listmas is no time to get sloppy!

6: Half-Life 2 (Release: 2004; Played: 2016; 12 years): This is actually one game I did not originally intend on playing, but alas, it came with The Orange Box, which I bought to play Portal, so I thought I might as well try it.  And it was pretty awesome.  The plus side for playing it later than everyone else is the fact that I have 12 fewer years to wait for Half-Life 3 to never be released.

5: Final Fantasy IX (Release: 2000; Played: 2014; 14 years): Final Fantasy 9 was among many Squaresoft games I wanted to catch up on, the rest of which will be listed below or in the next post.  To this day, the music from the world map has, for some inexplicable reason, been randomly popping into my head.  I fear it will continue to do so for the next 14 years.

4: Sly Cooper trilogy (Release: 2002; Played: 2016; 14 years): This entry consists of three games, actually, the entire Sly Cooper trilogy, which I played on the PS3.  Seeing as I am a big fan of the Jak and Daxter and Ratchet and Clank games, it only seemed natural that I try the other classic platforming series on the PS2.  Within the first hour, I had already gained a new favorite.

3: Chrono Cross (Release: 1999; Played: 2014; 15 years): The spiritual successor to Chrono Trigger, this game was…not as good as the game that came before it.  Um…that is all.

2: Final Fantasy VIII (Release: 1999; Played: 2014; 15 years): Final Fantasy VIII is one of those rare games that I have still yet to beat, even though I tried.  I tried really hard.  One of my goals in life is to finally conquer this game before another 15 years passes me by, though I have doubts that I shall be so lucky.

1: Chrono Trigger (Release: 1995; Played: 2014; 19 years): My efforts at catching up on retro classics would simply not be complete without Chrono Trigger.  My goodness, and it took me nearly two decades to do so.  For shame, Duck!

What games, dear readers, have you played a decade or more after their release?  Please share your thoughts in the comments…preferably before another decade has passed!

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  1. Hatm0nster says:

    It took me forever to get around to Chrono Trigger too. Kinda glad though, it’s actually really fun to discover a new SNES favorite literally decades after picking up the controller for the first time.


    1. duckofindeed says:

      Yeah, it can be pretty fun discovering another great game from the past. Just when I think I’ve played all the good games from the SNES era, I am often surprised when I find another.

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      1. cary says:

        I’m in a similar camp with Chrono Trigger – didn’t play it until just a couple years ago. It’s funny with games how easy it is to miss or skip over really popular ones during their times. It’s also interesting to think of why that is. i.e. what was I playing when Chrono Trigger was first released? Then I remember that I was probably still enamored with Super Metroid and DKC (1 and 2) and had little interest in much else, haha.


        1. duckofindeed says:

          I think in my case, I didn’t really get into video games until the N64. My parents were the ones who bought our original SNES games, and they preferred games like Zelda, Mario, and Donkey Kong. They didn’t play RPG’s, so we didn’t end up with games like Chrono Trigger or EarthBound when they were first released.

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  2. fminuzzi says:

    With the mini SNES I’m finally playing Super Mario RPG, which is apparently 21 years old! Given how much I like the mario+luigi and paper mario series, I’m sure I’ll enjoy this too.


    1. duckofindeed says:

      It’s really surprising how well the Mario series works as an RPG. Super Mario RPG was a high priority for me for quite a number of years and will actually be listed in next week’s post….


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