Tackle the Backlog - 12 in 12 2020



  • tried doing this last year, didn't go too great(too many RPG's)
    so...i'm hoping its quiet for the whole console launch period.(because the next 5 months are not)
    -the witcher 3(best before 2077)
    -FF7 (beat before remake)
    -Xenoblade chronicles 2

    now for smaller games
    -dishonored 2
    -the witness
    -Superhot
    -Pathfinder:Kingmaker (i lied)
    -Hyper light drifter
    -celeste

    some leftovers:(might sell links or DS so only counting them as 1)
    -The outer worlds
    -Links awakening
    -death stranding
    -Borderlands 3

    don't own but will buy if i have time:
    -disco elysium
    -Jedi:fallen order



  • I am terrible at finishing games. I just get easily distracted.
    So I think this year my resolution will actually be to finish some. Probably not one a month, but I'm hoping to finish at least six.

    Old games i started and havent finished that are on the docket are:
    Divinity Original Sin 2
    Persona 5
    Yakuza 0
    Spiderman The City that Never Sleeps
    GreedFall
    Control
    Assassin's Creed Odyssey
    Kingdom Hearts 3
    Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

    And of course I hope as well to finish Cyberpunk 2077 and Avengers when those come out.

    First game completed in 2020! Though it wasn't on my original list, but at least I got one.
    Lego Marvel Superheroes 2



  • Started Alundra!!...and wasn't feeling it. Not sure if I will delete it just yet. Have since started Persona Q. It was tough to finally open my premium edition copy but I'm glad I did. It's super fun so far. Though I do recall hard quitting Strange Journey Redux last year so I'm not sure I'll last the whole way. Either way, I'm on my way!!



  • I don't have a list but the first one from my backlog is Tokyo Mirage Sessions.

    I started but never finished the game on Wii U so i intend to properly play through it all when it comes to Switch next week.

    Youtube Video



  • @e_zed_eh_intern Oh I looooved Alundra back in the day! Maybe give it another shot later. I found the action cooler than 2D Zelda (you can jump!) and the story was quite dark and had some shocking moments (at least in the eyes of 13-year-old me).



  • @yoshi The box art for that game is so sick. Pretty good game too. Not sure I'll double dip but I can't imagine regretting it if I did.

    @Axel yeah I think one of the bigger mistakes was playing it on Vita. When I go back, I'll definitely play it on a TV. I didn't hate it I just think I wasn't as in the mood for a 2D Zelda-like game as I thought I was. I will at least give it one more go down the road - hopefully before 2020 is up!



  • Got one done, albeit it's only DLC. These DLC missions for Ace Combat 7 are definitely some of the most crazy and hectic missions in the whole game, especially Unexpected Visitor. Really enjoyed playing through this. Took me at least 2 hours total, it's pretty hard and I've also not touched the game for a while.

    1. Death Stranding
    2. Concrete Genie
    3. River City Girls
    4. What Remains of Edith Finch
    5. Life is Strange Before the Storm
    6. Journey
    7. Tetris Effect
    8. Dragon Quest XI
    9. Mega Man XI
    10. The Witness
    11. Hollow Knight
    12. Thumper
    13. Hotline Miami 2 Wrong Number
    14. Yakuza 0
    15. Horizon Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds DLC
    16. Prey - Mooncrash DLC
    17. Marvel's Spider-Man - The City That Never Sleeps DLC
    18. Ace Combat 7 - The three DLC missions
    19. Minit
    20. Celeste
    21. Gris
    22. Hard West
    23. My Friend Pedro
    24. 1979 Revolution Black Friday


  • I will try to shape some of my list with the upcoming sequels in mind.

    • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
    • Doom(2016)
    • Dead Light
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • Assassin's Creed(II, Brotherhood, Revelations, III)
    • Inside
    • Metro 2033
    • Katana Zero
    • Tomb Raider(2013)
    • CoD: MW3


  • And another one.

    1. Death Stranding
    2. Concrete Genie
    3. River City Girls
    4. What Remains of Edith Finch
    5. Life is Strange Before the Storm
    6. Journey
    7. Tetris Effect
    8. Dragon Quest XI
    9. Mega Man XI
    10. The Witness
    11. Hollow Knight
    12. Thumper
    13. Hotline Miami 2 Wrong Number
    14. Yakuza 0
    15. Horizon Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds DLC
    16. Prey - Mooncrash DLC
    17. Marvel's Spider-Man - The City That Never Sleeps DLC
    18. Ace Combat 7 - The three DLC missions
    19. Minit
    20. Celeste
    21. Gris
    22. Hard West
    23. My Friend Pedro
    24. 1979 Revolution Black Friday


  • I'm going for a different approach this year and just listing what I knock off my backlog here until I get to my 12. My list in the "completed games of the year" thread is always extensive, but just has so many replays in it so I'll do this here.

    12: Muv Luv Extra
    11: Donald Duck: Quack Attack
    10:
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  • Through pure luck and no skill, I managed to beat Tetris Effect's journey mode. Man, I suck at Tetris.

    1. Death Stranding
    2. Concrete Genie
    3. River City Girls
    4. What Remains of Edith Finch
    5. Life is Strange Before the Storm
    6. Journey
    7. Tetris Effect
    8. Dragon Quest XI
    9. Mega Man XI
    10. The Witness
    11. Hollow Knight
    12. Thumper
    13. Hotline Miami 2 Wrong Number
    14. Yakuza 0
    15. Horizon Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds DLC
    16. Prey - Mooncrash DLC
    17. Marvel's Spider-Man - The City That Never Sleeps DLC
    18. Ace Combat 7 - The three DLC missions
    19. Minit
    20. Celeste
    21. Gris
    22. Hard West
    23. My Friend Pedro
    24. 1979 Revolution Black Friday


  • Changing my list Gravity Rush 2 is garbage, after a few hours with it I feel fine saying that and I won't keep going with it to just beat it, at least I only payed 6 bucks for it honestly glad these games bombed having played the first one and enough of 2 I think it will be better for that team to do something else as they don't seem to have an idea of what to do with this games, and at 60 hours and the 4 boss I've had enough of Persona Q 2, it is just to much too much time for too little payoff, I'm on board with the idea of having a silly crossover of the Persona games, but having a just meh game that is just worse than the first and not as interesting as Etrian Odyssey in terms of gameplay just made me lose interest, I enjoyed parts of it well enough, but for most of the time it was a bit of a grind.

    So since it is still very early on, I'm changing these two for The Banner Saga 3, which I keep forgetting I have to play, and Killer 7 which has always just been in the background and I've always wanted to play it.

    Additionally I beat A Hat in Time, very fun game and definitively something I want to see more of and without a doubt my favorite 3D platformer I've played in recent years, a solid 8/10.

    So my list ends up like this

    1- Cyberpunk 2077

    2-Persona 5 Royal

    3- Persona 5 Strikers

    4- Psychonatus 2

    5- 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim

    6- Sakura Wars

    7- Trails of Cold Steel 4

    8- The Banner Saga 3

    9- Utawarerumono

    10 The World Ends with You

    11- Digital Devil Survivor

    12- Bloodstained

    13- Metro Exodus

    14- Katamari Damacy

    15- Dusk Diver

    16- River City Girls

    17- A Hat in Time 8/10

    18-Trauma Team

    19- Travis Strikes Again

    20- AI Somnium

    21- Killer 7

    22- Forgotton Anne

    23- Control

    24- Katana Zero

    Taken of the list

    Gravity Rush - DNF 5/10

    Persona Q2 DNF 6.5/10



  • @bard91 said in Tackle the Backlog - 12 in 12 2020:

    Gravity Rush 2 is garbage
    honestly glad these games bombed
    Gravity Rush - DNF 5/10

    Ouch, that hurt haha.
    The GR series is some of the most fun I've had with the PS4.
    I can see people not enjoying the first title but the second one knocks it out of the park.

    • Some of my favorite locations in gaming, such a vibrant and beautiful city to explore.

    • A stellar unique soundtrack.

    • A charming and very pretty art direction.

    • An interesting story that takes a lot of risk and unexpected twists and turns.

    Sad to see you didn't enjoy your time with it. But to each their own I guess ¯\(ツ)/¯.



  • @thedemonpirate yeah I'm sorry to say but I just don't see it in anyway, presentation is fine even good but that is it, combat is just an uninteresting and boring as it was before, but it is the mission design that is the biggest problem, simply the laziest and most uninteresting missions I've played in a good while one after another, no creative use of its mechanics, simply nothing to show for it's cool concept, I was looking forward to it, but a few hours into it I realized I was just pushing myself through the boredom.



  • Yeah, very odd to see. The Gravity Rush games are great.



  • Finished the main quests of Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, and it turned pretty great. The new enemies are really challenging, and the extra lore and story is pretty neat. I'm not sure whether I'll do all the side stuff. I don't have the luxury to enjoy my plates to the fullest this year. I'll keep it on hold though.

    1. Death Stranding
    2. Concrete Genie
    3. River City Girls
    4. What Remains of Edith Finch
    5. Life is Strange Before the Storm
    6. Journey
    7. Tetris Effect
    8. Dragon Quest XI
    9. Mega Man XI
    10. The Witness
    11. Hollow Knight
    12. Thumper
    13. Hotline Miami 2 Wrong Number
    14. Yakuza 0
    15. Horizon Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds DLC
    16. Prey - Mooncrash DLC
    17. Marvel's Spider-Man - The City That Never Sleeps DLC
    18. Ace Combat 7 - The three DLC missions
    19. Minit
    20. Celeste
    21. Gris
    22. Hard West
    23. My Friend Pedro
    24. 1979 Revolution Black Friday


  • Still left from last year:
    Dragon Quest VII
    Persona 4
    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
    Shenmue II
    Devil May Cry 3
    Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
    Shadowrun (SNES)
    Ultima VII
    Luigi's Mansion 2
    Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

    12 new ones:
    Yakuza Kiwami
    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
    Nioh
    Devil May Cry 4
    Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic
    Halo 4
    Gradius Advance
    Metal Slug Advance
    Castlevania Chronicles
    MediEvil
    Rhythm Tengoku
    Icewind Dale

    Finished Devil May Cry 3. It's a game that sure lives up to its legacy. Amazing game.



  • My second one now down, Donald Duck Quack Attack on the N64. I've owned it for a good 18 years I think, but only ever played about 15 minutes of it before. It was a bit of a poor mans Crash Bandicoot to be honest, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit, even if it was a bit too easy.



  • Still left from last year:
    Dragon Quest VII
    Persona 4
    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
    Shenmue II
    Devil May Cry 3
    Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
    Shadowrun (SNES)
    Ultima VII
    Luigi's Mansion 2
    Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

    12 new ones:
    Yakuza Kiwami
    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
    Nioh
    Devil May Cry 4
    Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic
    Halo 4
    Gradius Advance
    Metal Slug Advance
    Castlevania Chronicles
    MediEvil
    Rhythm Tengoku
    Icewind Dale

    Finished Castlevania: Chronicles. It was the only classic style Castlevania game that I still had not played.
    It's a pretty good game, not the best in the series by any means but I had fun the whole way through.
    Now there are sadly no more classic style Castlevania games for me to play =(



  • Backlog update: I've finished 3/12 games from my list so I'm quite happy with that.

    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
    Didn't age well. The controls, particularly the camera, are very unrefined and downright frustrating at times.

    The goofiness of the writing didn't strike a chord with me, but the story never got in the way for long anyway so I didn't mind it.

    The level design isn't bad, there's a few interesting sections/puzzles, but every good idea is dragged down by the controls or camera angles.

    I just find it very hard to enjoy a game like that after playing any 3D Mario game really.

    Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
    That was a weird one! I really enjoyed the world, as well as the plot which I found quite original, at least in its first half. Then it... certainly goes places. A bit too wild for my taste at times but I always remained engaged, and surprisingly invested in the Squall-Rinoa romance. And I loooved all the Laguna sections, I'd play a full game with those 3.

    The combat system tries interesting things too but ultimately fails to ever feel truly tactical. It mostly boils down to drawing 100 of every new magic you find (thank god for the x3 speed), junctioning it to the best stat, and then spamming attack in combat. If you do that, you'll get through 90% of the fights without a sweat. It feels both too easy to abuse and too hard if you don't.

    I probably spent 25% of my playthrough playing Triple Triad and I regret nothing! That tune will forever be engraved into my mind.

    Cool anecdote: the final boss fight couldn't have been more epic (no story spoiler but "gameplay" spoiler).

    My setup was to max out Squall, Rinoa and Zell, and give almost nothing to the others. Because the boss picks your team at random, I started with Rinoa, Zell and Quistis, who promptly died, was replaced by Irvine, who spammed all the special ammo he could to beat the second form before dying too. Selphie helped a bit against the third form, eventually died too. So Squall showed up last and it was such a Dragon Ball Z moment, like Goku finally joining the fight after all his friends got taken out. Then I messed up, Zell died and I assumed because I was on my final 3 characters he wouldn't be zapped away, so I didn't revive him immediately and was left with only Squall and Rinoa for the entirety of the final form. The two main characters, the power couple, it was so suitably romantic! I struggled so much, got very close to being wiped many times, but eventually triumphed with one last ditch attack from Squall. Couldn't have written it better!

    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
    Pleasantly surprised! I'd never played any Mario RPG, or Paper Mario, and I found it very entertaining.

    The combat system is a lot trickier than I expected, you really have to learn the attack patterns of all the enemies. I assumed the attack and defense bonus would be minimal but I doubt you can finish the game without learning to dodge efficiently. The final boss was brutal, it took me a few attempts and I raged quite a bit.

    The story and writing are genuinely funny, especially since it's so rare for Mario and friends to poke fun at themselves. It's fun to see so many cameos from more obscure characters. The sprites and animations are excellent too, very expressive and lively.

    The world and puzzles are pretty imaginative, it doesn't feel like a cheap RPG at all (shame on me for assuming that I guess).

    If a new one comes out on Switch, I'll probably get it.