Listmas 2018: Games that I Want to Play (or Finish) Next Year

Merry Christmas (belatedly) and Happy New Year (almost)! Hope you’ve enjoyed our #Listmas posts as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them. 🙂 Here now, with 2019 coming into plain sight, it’s the perfect time to look forward into my gaming crystal ball to see what games, old and new, will hopefully receive some quality time in the coming months. While I predict that my 2019 in gaming will mostly be a year of me picking through my backlog, as evidenced by my list, there’s at least one new game that I will likely buy, should it actually be released next year. (The crystal ball remains optimistic but murky on that front.) So, without further ado, here are just a handful of games that I’d like to play, or finish, next year. 

The Outer Worlds

Image © Obsidian Entertainment (2018)

As if I needed another large-scale RPG in my life, Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds, seems too fun to pass up with its “Fallout in space” routine. Okay, so there’s certainly more to it than that, but it’s hard to argue otherwise with the early looks of it that we’ve been receiving. I’m onboard mostly thanks to the excellent work that Obsidian did with Fallout: New Vegas. These days, it’s hard to get overly-excited for new games, as the line between hype and truth blurs to the point of non-existence, but I’m hopeful that Obsidian will deliver a quality experience.

We Happy Few

Image © Compulsion Games (2016-2018)

Speaking of hype versus truth, We Happy Few promised to be quite the oddball spectacle, but reality proved otherwise. I’ve had it in my Steam library for a while now, and had its initial reviews (at least as far as the blogging community went) been more positive when the game was fully released this past summer, I might have jumped on it then. Instead, thanks to reviews that marked it as a middling game, I put it on my “maybe later” list.  Even if it’s not quite as loopy or as polished as once pledged, it still seems like a good time.

Fallout 4

Video from YouTube user Virtual Bastion.

Guys, I have to say that the recent, itty bitty teaser that BioWare released for the next Dragon Age game is almost enough for me to fall back into not just the Dragon Age hole, but the BioWare hole altogether. However, I feel that before I stumble back into a romantic but deadly fantasy world or expansive space opera, I should take any remaining energy I have from Fallout 3, combine it with the spark of interest in apocalyptic traversal that’s risen from watching all the Fallout 76 madness, and actually complete Fallout 4. Honestly, I don’t even know that I’m really interested in its story, but I feel bad for stranding my lone wanderer after she had worked so hard to build her small community. Plus, there’s something weirdly soothing about being out in the wastes in solitude, looting and fighting off Deathclaws. …happy sigh.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Image © Rocksteady Games (2015)

Having recently conquered the Uncharted series, it’s high time I get my butt in gear with putting the Batman: Arkham series to rest, as well. I played through Arkham Asylum for the first time not too long ago, and it was as good as anything. The holdup lies in the potentially unfounded notion that I must replay Arkham City before playing the final entry. In truth, that’s a lot Batman, and if I learned anything from playing through all the Uncharted games, it’s that I’m better off getting over that quirk of looking to the past and just moving on with the future. So all I really need to do is pop in Arkham Knight and start playing, right?

<<eyeballs Arkham City>>

Yep, easier said than done.


Video from YouTube user Virtual Bastion.

Fueled in part by Supergiant Games’ newest offering, Hades, I’m thinking that if I manage to tick off one game from my Steam backlog next year, it should be Transistor, and this is especially after having such a good time with Bastion (finally) earlier this year. That’s it. No grand explanation. I should play Transistor. Nay, I need to play Transistor!

Lede image, © Bethesda Game Studios (2015), was captured by the author on the PS4 during gameplay.


  1. cary says:

    Reblogged this on Recollections of Play and commented:

    After a holiday hiatus, I’m back! And what better way to kick off a new year than by remembering exactly what I had planned for it…gaming-wise, at least. By way of Virtual Bastion, here’s my list of games that I want to play (and/or hope to finish) in 2019.


  2. Rob says:

    I’m really excited to see how The Outer Worlds turns out!

    Transistor is a fantastic game. I love all Supergiant games, although I’m holding off on Hades for now.

    I was really disappointed with Fallout 4, but I have been thinking of going back to try it with some mods.

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    1. cary says:

      I really hope that The Outer Worlds turns out the be something special. I had to re-watch the trailer a few times before being sold on it, but it seems really promising and fun. It’s enough, at least, to make me want to get back into Fallout 4. With a little more Fallout experience under my belt now, I’m more interested in the game than I first was. But between Transistor and and all else, there’s just not enough time in the day! (sigh)

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