When it comes to my gaming habits, I buy far more games than I will ever be able to play. The problem is, I like to play just about every genre out there, so almost everything interests me enough to pick it up on a sale! After cataloging my games last year and realizing that I had well over 1500 unplayed titles across all of my consoles, however, I decided that 2019 is the year that I make a change. I am dedicating 2019 to be the year that I tackle my backlog.
This isn’t to say that I won’t buy and enjoy any new games at all, because Kingdom Hearts 3 is coming out this year and we all know that I’m not waiting until 2020 to play that, right? Instead, I’m just going to focus less on impulse purchasing every game out there and instead work on beating the games I own as my top priority. Since I’m a goal-oriented person that works best when I have a curated list, I’m going to start by sharing some of the games or franchises I already own and have the most interest in getting to during the year. I’m not challenging myself to play every single game on this list, but hopefully by the end of 2019, I’ll have made a dent in my backlog that includes a number of these titles.
Final Fantasy titles
Final Fantasy X and XV are both near and dear to my heart, which makes me think I should branch out and try some other games in the long-running RPG franchise. I own I, II, IV, V, VII, IX, XII, XIII, and Type-0, so I have plenty to choose from. My personal preference would probably be to try tackling either IX or XII this year, but they are all up for consideration.
Far Cry titles
I have access to Far Cry 2, 3, Blood Dragon, and 4 right now and I’ve never finished any game in the series. The primary reason for this is that I used to hate stealth games with a passion, but thanks to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, I’m far less scared of them now. I actually started Far Cry 3 at the end of 2018 and am loving it so far, but I’m sticking it on this list anyways so I actually put forth the effort to finish it.
I own Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire, and since I’m not super excited for Anthem, I figure I should go back and check out some of their more classic titles! I’ve heard great things about both of these games, and while I doubt I’ll love them the way that I love their more modern titles, I’m excited to see how they evolved as a company from their earlier titles.
I own Tales of Symphonia, Zestiria, and Berseria from this series and this is one of the main pillars of the JRPG genre that I haven’t touched before. I’ve put a few hours into both Berseria and Symphonia and really enjoy them, so I hope to finish them both in the future.
Assassin’s Creed Titles
Oh boy, where do I even begin? I own so many titles in this franchise that I’m not even going to list them out. Let’s just say that if I started with Assassin’s Creed and worked my way through the entire franchise chronologically, I’m only missing one or two titles. Since I apparently own an entire franchise that I’ve barely touched over the years, I think I’m far overdue to play more of them. The two I have played, Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, are personal favorites of mine, so I’m sure I’d love anything else I tried in this series, too.
Tactical RPG Titles
This is more of an overarching genre that I’d like to explore in more detail this year. I own a number of games from multiple franchises, such as XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Valkyria Chronicles, and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. While I really enjoy tactical games when I play them, I don’t prioritize them much because the learning curves can be overwhelming. This is the year that I stop worrying about the learning curve and just dive in!
This is a weird description as I’ve never actually played or owned a title in the Diablo franchise. That said, I know that action-RPGs are most commonly compared to these games, and I have a ton of them that I want to get to ever since I fell in love with Torchlight. There’s the free-to-play Path of Exile that I would be interested in diving into, but there are also games I own like Titan Quest, Victor Vran, and The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. These are great games to play while watching TV, so they will probably get a lot of play-time while I catch up on all of my favorite shows.
So Many Indie and Underrated Titles
I love indie titles, which is why I buy so many Humble Bundles, and I also tend to buy a lot of smaller games that didn’t really get the love that they deserve, even if they are AAA titles. Unfortunately, some of these smaller games get lost in the shuffle as I dive into the latest open-world craze. Here is a list that isn’t even close to definitive of what I wish to prioritize this year:
Alice: Madness Returns
ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth (perhaps alongside reading the book?)
Crypt of the NecroDancer
Guild of Dunegoneering
Super Fancy Pants Adventure
2064: Read Only Memories
Legend of Grimrock
The Darkside Detective
Human Resource Machine
…and so many, many more. These are just the titles that come to my head first, but there are tons of others.
Obviously, there are a lot of games here, and it’s unlikely that I’ll finish every single one of them. My ultimate goal for this year is to play more games than I buy, and I think I’ll be able to do this. Wish me luck!
What games do you want to play that you missed out on when they first came out? Let me know in the comments!