Tackle the backlog - 12 in 12 2019



  • Alright, this is exactly what I need to keep on trucking through the year.

    1. Bloodborne (done March 7)
    2. Hollow Knight (done March 21)
    3. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
    4. Yakuza 0
    5. Final Fantasy VI
    6. Shenmue 1 & 2 (both as one entry)
    7. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
    8. Pokemon White 2
    9. Captain Toad Treasure Treacker
    10. Xenoblade Chronicles
    11. Xenosaga Episode 3
    12. Super Metroid

    So many of these games have been on my backlog for years. Even if I don't get to finish anything else on my shelf this year, I gotta do this dirty dozen. Best of luck to everyone else!



  • Grim Fandango 7.5/10

    I'm not sure what to think tbh, I liked it overall and I think most parts of it were fun, but good god even with this remastered version I feel the game could use a truckload of gameplay improvements simply to not make it a chore.

    Still the story was pretty fun to go through and I liked the characters specially Glottis, and there were some times where the humor really came through, but then there were other times that the story oddly just felt like it skipped important parts of the story.

    Considering how rough it is to play and how some puzzles were so incredibly obscure I do have to bring the game down a notch even if I enjoyed it overall, but had I not cheated I probably wouldn't have made it half way through.

    Lisa
    Pony Island 7/10
    West of Loathing
    Alan Wake
    Prey 8/10
    Alice Madness Returns
    D4 Dark Dreams Don't Die
    Deadly Premonition
    Grim Fandango 7.5/10
    Mark of the Ninja
    Trails in the Sky 9/10
    The Silver Case

    Now I'm of to Japan with nothing but West of Loathing and Mark of the Ninja on my Switch so I'll see how that month goes even though I don't expect to make much progress.



  • So PS+ Asia this month has What Remains of Edith Finch as a "free" game, and I'm really tempted to switch out one of my games from the list to this. I've been switching out games too many times though, lol.



  • @bam541 I'll allow it, but you have to switch out with a long game. You've got way too many monsters on your list.



  • @el-shmiablo Ling game?



  • Okay, this is my last list changeup. Edith Finch in, Kingdom Come Deliverance out. If we're doing this kind of thing again next year, It'll probably pop up there, I still got ways to go in that game. Locking my list in.

    Okami HD
    HZD The Frozen Wilds
    Persona 4 Golden
    Shenmue II
    Thumper
    What Remains of Edith Finch
    Nier Automata
    Hollow Knight
    Life is Strange
    Wasteland 2
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm
    My Hero One's Justice



  • Edit: Bloodborne out, sub TBD. I like it but 9-5 + baby + school means I don't need any voluntary stress in my life. SNES sub is looking likely so I have more excuses to play my Super NT.



  • @e_zed_eh_intern Might I suggest Super Mario RPG? Save for a few optional fights, the game is the ultimate destresser with it's comedy and charm.



  • @el-shmiablo amazing suggestion. I did complete it around release but I think it's been long enough to maybe jump back in.



  • Finished up Trails SC tonight. Really love the world in these games. Ultimately the main story was a bit meh, but all of the minor supporting stories are really interesting.

    Kingdom Hearts
    Rise of the Tomb Raider
    Trails in the Sky SC
    The Division
    Super Mario Sunshine
    Final Fantasy XV NG+
    Life is Strange
    Halo
    Final Fantasy XIII
    Valkyria Chronicles
    Arkham Asylum
    Devil May Cry 1 & 2



  • Far Cry 4
    Ni no Kuni 2
    Gravity Rush 2
    Rise of the Tomb Raider
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm
    Digimon Story Cyberslueth
    Assassins Creed Unity
    Ghost Recon Wildlands
    Spyro Reignited Trilogy
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
    Yakuza Zero

    Forgot to strike Tomb Raider off. Completed it a few weeks ago. Enjoyable, but still prefer the first game.
    Also contemplating replacing AC Unity with AC2. Replaying that by way of the Ezio Trilogy and remembering why I fell in love with this series. Jesper Kyd is a music god.



  • @el-shmiablo said in Tackle the backlog - 12 in 12 2019:

    Far Cry 4
    Ni no Kuni 2
    Gravity Rush 2
    Rise of the Tomb Raider
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm
    Digimon Story Cyberslueth
    Assassins Creed Unity
    Ghost Recon Wildlands
    Spyro Reignited Trilogy
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
    Yakuza Zero

    Forgot to strike Tomb Raider off. Completed it a few weeks ago. Enjoyable, but still prefer the first game.
    Also contemplating replacing AC Unity with AC2. Replaying that by way of the Ezio Trilogy and remembering why I fell in love with this series. Jesper Kyd is a music god.

    I'm trying to finally knock Unity off my backlog now and I'm really enjoying it. The original Assassins Creed is my personal favourite and Unity seems to remind me of it in a number of ways.

    If you've beaten AC2 already though, does it count here?



  • @sheria I mean, I beat it back when it first came out. New playthrough with a new set of trophs.
    I started Unity a while ago and have chipped away at it but just find it nowhere near as engaging as 2 or Brotherhood.
    Brotherhood is my personal series fave.
    I'm thinking of trying to go through the whole series. Never actually played 3 or any of the spinoff like Rogue or Liberation.



  • @el-shmiablo said in Tackle the backlog - 12 in 12 2019:

    @sheria I mean, I beat it back when it first came out. New playthrough with a new set of trophs.
    I started Unity a while ago and have chipped away at it but just find it nowhere near as engaging as 2 or Brotherhood.
    Brotherhood is my personal series fave.
    I'm thinking of trying to go through the whole series. Never actually played 3 or any of the spinoff like Rogue or Liberation.

    I really enjoyed Brotherhood too.

    I just thought the thread was designed for stubborn backlog games you finally want to complete for the first time, that's all I meant.



  • @sheria Ah. I mean, you could be right.
    Personally I buy a lot of games these days that I've already completed just so I can have them in a modern library.
    Maybe I should have your mindset and just buckle down and try to complete Unity. I'm just having wayyy too much fun replaying 2.



  • @el-shmiablo said in Tackle the backlog - 12 in 12 2019:

    @sheria Ah. I mean, you could be right.
    Personally I buy a lot of games these days that I've already completed just so I can have them in a modern library.
    Maybe I should have your mindset and just buckle down and try to complete Unity. I'm just having wayyy too much fun replaying 2.

    No need to tell me, replaying some of my favourite games is precisely why I have my 12 ^^

    I'm getting there mind. I feel I'm on par for completing my twelve, even though I do get distracted by other games, especially by my favourites which i consistently want to play again.



  • @sheria Lol pretty much.
    It's like "I could totally put a few hours in Ni no Kuni 2, but styling on fools in DmC Devil May Cry for the umpteenth time sounds more fun".



  • I mean the initial idea is for backlog games, but there are no hard rules here, I've seen people just bundle up evertything together including new games and replays, personally I prefer to keep it for backlog stuff that I've wanted to play but never gotten around to it, so I w0uld say whatever fits best with each person.

    As for myself as expected I didn't play much on my month travelling, and after Joker got released in smashed, I've mostly just played that, and I have yet to play other characters since he came out, from my actual list I've only played some West of Loathing, and to give a quick impression I like some of it, but I desperately want it to be over, I would say it is a perfect example of a game outstaying it's welcome, and tbh if I wouldn't be too surprised I just drop it.



  • @binarymelon are you planning to play Sky Third soon, and the other games? I also finished SC this year and I'm in a mad dash to catch up before Cold Steel 3 comes out.



  • @bard91 I'm going to hold off for now. I'm already so far behind I don't really think there's any rush to finish. I also want to give the crossbell games a play too and may wait for the fan translations to wrap up.