Merry Listmas everyone! As long as the year is, it’s still very easy to run its entire length and still miss out on playing at least a few of the games you’d planned on spending some time with. Just like with my last list, I wasn’t sure how to build this one at first. This was a weird year. I didn’t finish all that many games, but I got to try many more than usual. There are plenty of good games released in 2018 that I didn’t play, but I don’t think there was anything missed that I actually wanted to play. So, instead I’m looking at older titles I really wanted to get around to, but just couldn’t for one reason or another. So off we go!
This one’s been on my “to play” list for over a year now thanks to its bleak aesthetics, technology gone wrong motif, its core idea of entering the head spaces of others. I don’t actually know all that much about this one beyond the hook of playing as an Observer tasked with investigating the psyche of others. It just sounds cool, like Psychonauts but without the charm and some SOMA thrown-in for good measure.
Star Wars: Republic Commando
I only heard about this one relatively recently and I really wanted to get around to playing it, but it not to be I guess. Star Wars: Republic Commando is recognized as one of the very few good star wars games, so that’s enough to get me to want to play it right there. It’s basically a squad-based FPS that puts the player in charge of a group of clone commandos during the tail-end of the Clone Wars era. I’ve heard that in addition to exploring the darker, more gritty aspects of the Star Wars universe, its shooting and squad commanding gameplay is actually rather well-crafted. Hopefully I’ll be able to hop into this one once the new year hits.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Okay, so I realize that I’ve played this game more times than one probably should, but I can’t help it. I absolutely love it! I won’t pontificate on the merits of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask much here (cause I’ve got plenty of other posts for that), but I will say that it’s a classic. This is on the list because 2018 is actually the first year since the game came out that I failed to keep up my long-running tradition of playing it once per year. Ah well, all streaks have to end some time I suppose.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords
So you know how I said that Star Wars: Republic Commando was one of the only good Star Wars games? Well, this one is the actual best. Some will say that the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is the better game, and there’s certainly an argument to be made there. However, this is the game (the only piece of Star Wars media for that matter) that’s managed to subvert the underpinnings of Star Wars in a way that’s smart and thought provoking. Seriously. Everything we thought we knew about the Force, Jedi, Sith, and even the nature of the Star Wars universe is called into question here. Add a great cast of characters, story and gameplay on top of that and you’ve got yourself a masterrpiece on your hands. I really wanted to come back to this one this year too, but I just couldn’t manage it.
The Elder Scrolls III – Morrowind
I really wanted to finish this game this year. I really wanted to. I got it last year, got all the recommended mods for it, got it started and…I only got as far as making a delivery to the second or third town. I’ve been wanting to dig into this one ever since I tried Skyrim, but I’ve never managed to just sit down and play it. I thought this was going to be the year I finally give a fair shake and see why it’s held in such high regard, but I was wrong. Perhaps I’ll get it done next year.
I say that, but we’ve got The Outer Worlds, Observation, Cyberpunk 2077, and Pychonauts 2 coming out just to name a few. As much as I hate to say it, it’s probably not going to happen. What about you? What games did you miss out on this year?