Backlog, I hate the word. I choose not to put any of my games in that list. Instead, each individual game I conquer goes into a cleaner, better list. A list that shows the date and name of each game I beat. I started this list back in 2013 and will continue to make a list each year. The reason why I love this list is because it shows my gaming habits and brings back memories of games that I might have forgotten. One thing worries me each time I look at this list: it looks like I game less and less each year. Am I losing interest in video games? Do I focus too heavily on certain video games? Maybe, just maybe, my life is becoming more important than video games?
Enough speculation; here is my list:
- 01/01/14 – Dead Rising 3*
- 01/02/14 – Dead Rising 3 Overtime Mode
- 01/10/14 – Papers, Please (2 different endings)
- 01/14/14 – Need for Speed Rivals (Racer mode)*
- 01/19/14 – Rogue Legacy*
- 02/07/14 – To The Moon
- 02/08/14 – Do You Remember My Lullaby (interactive movie/game from the “To The Moon” creator)
- 02/15/14 – Poker Night 2 (Tournament’s Won = 1)
- 03/18/14 – Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
- 04/11/14 – Cool Pizza
- 04/20/14 – Rayman: Jungle Run (100%)*
- 04/22/14 – Trials: Fusion
- 05/03/14 – Metroid: Fusion (3:47 with 46%)
- 05/26/14 – Super Time Force
- 06/06/14 – Mario Kart 8 (50cc)
- 06/14/14 – Mario Kart 8 (100cc)
- 06/14/14 – Wolfenstein: A New Order
- 06/27/14 – New Super Mario Bros. U
- 07/04/14 – 140
- 07/04/14 – Shovel Knight
- 07/13/14 – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- 08/03/14 – Final Fantasy X
- 08/03/14 – Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm (interactive movie/game)
- 08/24/14 – The Banner Saga
- 08/30/14 – Finding Teddy
- 09/01/14 – Invisible, Inc. (Early Access)
- 09/21/14 – Kingdom Rush*
- 09/21/14 – 10000000*
- 11/28/14 – Kalimba (Beta)
Please Note: The games with a * were started in 2013.
Conquering 29 games is pretty successful, especially when you consider three time-consuming games I did not put on this list: Titanfall, Destiny, and Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U.
Titans Can’t Fall
Titanfall is a game that is meant to be played online. The story is insignificant and, possibly, pointless. If you wanted to beat the “story mode,” you had to join matches in progress and hope to play two different sides of the story. I did complete both factions, but the game does not end there. I do not want my story for a shooter to consist of playing online matches. The only way I would consider Titanfall fully “complete,” is by completing 100% of the achievements (which is nearly impossible). The only achievement that is next to impossible is “I Killed Them All” achievement.
The “I Killed Them All” achievement consists of killing all the enemy pilots during the evacuation phase, single-handedly. That means when your team wins, the losing team has a chance to escape by boarding an evacuation ship. First of all, if you are on the winning team, there is a good chance that your team members will attack and kill any enemy pilots who are making their way to the ship. If, somehow, all the pilots get inside the ship without being killed by your team members, you must be the one to destroy the ship before it departs. However, since everyone will be shooting at the ship, it is nearly impossible to be the one that gets the final shot off. This achievement is nearly impossible, and I know I will never achieve it with the diminished number of people who play now.
Destiny never ends. I have completed all of the story missions (including the new Dark Below expansion), but that does not feel like I beat the game. I almost wanted to consider beating the raids on their hardest difficulty was “beating the game,” but I just cannot do that. I continue playing the raids over and over again to get better gear or upgrade my current gear. It never stops and it almost seems pointless at times. It feels as if there is no ending to this game since there are continuous updates, expansions, and possibly hundreds of hours of gameplay.
Super S-“Meh” Bros.
Surprisingly, the newest Smash Bros. is not all it is cracked up to be. I love the game, it is polished and well balanced, but something is missing from my experience. The main reason it feels “meh” to me is because my friends have lives of their own and cannot usually come over to play this party game, so I have no one to look at my awesome kills, swift dodging or bat-swinging madness. Playing this party game solo is not quite as thrilling as it is with a group of friends, but I have beaten the single-player mode with seven or so characters, and I own two amiibos (Little Mac and Fox). It is a fun game to pick-up and play, but only for a few minutes. I have not tried to play online much since it is not the same as having the person next to you and talking trash. Players can complete this entire game by either collecting all of the trophies or unlocking every challenge. Since this can take nearly 120 hours to complete, and since I have lost motivation to play, there should be no surprise as to why I haven’t been able to add Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U to my list.
I have no idea where I will end up this year with video games. I beat two games already this year, but continue to play Destiny more than ever. I want to work on all the games I received during Christmas and try to get away from Destiny. I do not believe I am losing too much interest in video games, I just have other priorities that are more important. Video games are not a lifestyle, it is a hobby. I would rather look at my accomplishments in video games, and be impressed rather than force myself to play every video game on the planet. Luckily, I have tons of video games that I am looking forward to playing in 2015.