Staring at the games library on my Xbox One, I immediately begin to feel overwhelmed. Then I remember that I have a shelf full of games that are currently uninstalled from my Xbox One. Then I look over and notice my Nintendo Switch’s library full of games and the Nintendo 3DS with games that I have yet to play. Oh no there’s more. I have a Super Nintendo Classic sitting next to my computer, and the computer oh the computer. Steam games are poring out of every orifice and then there’s EA Origin… wait I have games on EA Origin? Yes, Jade Empire, I need to play Jade Empire. And then I remember that I am seconds away from purchasing a PS4 and a handful of games at any moment. What game should I play?
One of my favorite personal items, is my notebook. I carry it around almost everywhere and it has a Spoon Deep sticker proudly displayed on the back cover. I should use my notebook to jot down ideas about my future, plans for the website, or great thoughts that will inspire me years later. Instead I use my notebook to keep track of my backlog. I’ve completed very few games throughout 2018, but I have purchased many more and still the backlog grows.
Right now I am looking at playing Assassin’s Creed Origins, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The Evil Within 2, Dragon Ball FigtherZ, and Monster Hunter: World. Then last week I bought Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and completely consumed it. I loved that game, when I thought I would only play it for a few hours on a long period of travel for work. Now that I’ve beaten that game I am back to the same old backlog.
The problem is that none of those games really interest me. I am not dying to play Assassin’s Creed Origins. I feel the same lack of interest towards Wolfestein II and The Evil Within 2. I’ve watched so many streamers play those games and honestly wasn’t that interested in the gameplay. I played the first few hours of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but nothing is calling me to return to the game – the combat and inventory management just isn’t fun. I should have known, I own the original Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X, but never got more than a few hours into them.
I played a lot of Monster Hunter: World, but now I feel like I am done with the game. I completed the Zorah Magdaros missions and achieved high rank. But now the games asks me to hunt the same monsters over and over again in order to eventually fight a few elder dragons, is the grind worth it? I am loving Dragon Ball FighterZ, but it is a fighting game with a boring story and WAY too many fights throughout the Single Player mode. What’s next?
Bravely Second has recently occupied the screens of my Nintendo 3DS and I have been enjoying it. However, I can’t help but wish that the game was on the Nintendo Switch. The same is true for Pokémon Crystal on the Nintendo 3DS. It makes me sad to have such little drive to play games. I want to experience Woflenstein II, but every time I intend to begin the game I remember how tedious the first game was.
Backlogs happen throughout all of my media collections. I have a stack of movies to watch and an even thicker stack of books and manga to get through. Unfortunately I buy too many games at one time. I purchased Assassin’s Creed Origins, Wolfenstein II, and The Evil Within 2 during Black Friday and couldn’t decide which one to play first. I picked up Xenoblade Chronicles 2 along with Splatoon 2, Golf Story, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Season Pass shortly after Christmas. I bought Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle on some random Thursday and beat it within a week. Usually when I purchase one game at a time I play it until I feel content with it, then buy another game. Thus the backlog falls further and further behind.
My mindset focuses on trying to play all of my new games at the same time, and thus not playing any of them. It took me two years to get to the Witcher III because I bought it along with four or five other games during a big Xbox Live sale. Last year I bought Mass Effect: Andromeda on release date and had completed it within two weeks. However, the Witcher III was one of my favorite games of all time.
But wait, I have made some good buying decisions this year. I decided not to purchase Middle-earth: Shadow of War or Star Wars: Battlefront II, even though I was very interested in them. I’ll go back to my notebook and look over my back log and get back to you with what game I will play next.
Do you have any recommendations from the games I listed above? Or do you have any ideas about games that I missed and should go back to?
I’ve had a knack to go back and play Resident Evil and Mass Effect again. But I’ve also had a hankering to play Shenmue II, Fable, Jade Empire, or Dark Souls II for the first time.
Bayonetta 2 for the Nintendo Switch has been extremely tempting. And I try not to think about Yakuza 0, Nier: Automata, The Last of Us, or Uncharted 4 for the PS4, (and I’m really looking forward to the new God Of War)!
With games in hand,
Jake “prettyboyplaid” Fredericks