Monday, September 22, 2008

Ye Olde Backlog

The backlog. I suspect all gamers have one. A stack of unplayed or unfinished games they've been meaning to get to. Sometimes I'll get a deal and wind up getting 2 or 3 games at once. Sometimes one game will eat up my playing time for weeks (Dragon Quest VIII) or months (World of Warcraft.) Sometimes I get to a frustrating point and leave the game be. Hell, sometimes a game appeals to me enough that I want to play it, but never enough to actually put it in and do so. My backlog looks like this:

Pikmin 2 for Gamecube

I played the first one and enjoyed it quite a bit, but got stuck somewhere and never finished it. Pikmin 2 I got for a song. I put it in for 5 minutes to see how it played. I'm sure it's great, it's just never worked its way to the top of the heap.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door for Gamecube

I've sunk some time into this one. I remember being underwhelmed by it, largely because it was just like the N64 Paper Mario but not as good. I don't recall whether I got stuck or sidetracked by something better. I do recall taking it to Gamestop and being offered $1 trade-in value. It's a decent game, so it stays.

Beyond Good and Evil for Playstation 2

I played this a long time ago for the Gamecube. It didn't leave an impression on me and I traded it away. The game has such a good reputation and passionate following that when I saw it in the garbage bin for $6, I had to bring it home for another try. I have yet to put it in the console.

Grim Grimoire for Playstation 2

Gamestop was doing a 'buy 2 get 1 free' promo and this was my free one. It looks like a weird adventure/RPG/RTS hybrid. One day I'll find out.

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne for Playstation 2

After playing Persona 3, I had a powerful lust to try another game in the Shin Megami Tensei series but they were all rare and out of print. I found this at Gamestop after it was rereleased and snatched it up. I've sat down with it couple of times and it just hasn't grabbed me yet. I've seen lots of "my favorite JRPG ever" sentiment thrown around, and I want to like it. Hopefully it'll change my mind next time.

Persona 3: FES for Playstation 2

I nearly hit the 100 hour mark on Persona 3 when I was done with it, and it impressed me more than any game I'd played in a long time. So when they rereleased the game with the FES post-story content, I had to buy it. So far though, they've taken the overworld/daytime/social aspect out of the game and left me with only the dungeon crawl part. I'm going to pick the game back up at some point and hope that this changes

Rogue Galaxy for Playstation 2

I bought this one used a long time ago. I got the start of chapter 2 and the game would freeze. I ended up getting my money back because they were out of them. I re-acquired the game on clearance at Target last year and have yet to try it again.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker for Gamecube

I have made multiple efforts with this one. I have yet to meet a 3-D Zelda game I like. Last time I got stuck in a large dungeon inside a giat tree, got lost and pissed off. One day I'll finish this. Or not.

Half-Life 2: Episode 2 for Xbox 360

I'm an achievements whore. I playing this one right along, trying to get the Little Rocket Man achievement. This involves carrying a little garden gnome through the game with you and strapping him into the rocket ship when the time comes. It was little trouble until I got to the stage where you need to drive the car; the damn gnome will not stay in place, and everytime you drive he flies out of the car. Add to the mix a helicoptor shooting at you while driving and you get high frustration. This one is the most likely to get brought out and finished.


Blogger banyan said...

You have some really good games in there. Pikmin and Pikmin 2 are undoubtedly my favorite Game Cube games.

October 9, 2008 at 10:31 AM  

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