So, you're my next game?



  • As someone always surrounded by games to play, I've always been curious as to why and how people pick thier next game to play. God of War is about to drop and it again made me ponder how many will happily drop what they're currently playing to hop on the next big thing.

    Latest online trend? Latest poplar AAA title? Latest game in your niche? Random pick from your backlog? Random choice from Subscription?

    There are so many games to choose from these days and as such I'm genuinely interested in what personally influences which game you lot choose to play next, along with the reasons why.



  • I find that my primary way of selecting what to play/play next these days is by simply purusing my collection until I suddenly spot something that just "feels right" and suits my mood at the time. Hard to explain really.



  • If you haven't played it yet, Psychonauts 2.



  • Personally, I have multiple factors. In the style of if-then statements:

    First, what am I most excited for/anticipating?

    • Is it out? Top priority.
    • Still not out? Next game down on my list.

    Second, how long is it going to take?

    • Can it be done in less than a dozen hours? Stronger chance to take priority.
    • With my limited free time, is it going to require weeks/a full month? A better chance to be put on hold (Though not a deal-breaker).

    Third, (though not something I weigh often), is it a similar genre of the last game I played?

    • No? More drawn to play it
    • Yes? I would probably be more fatigued with the same genre's DNA

    Lastly, once I've gotten through games I've never played before and I'm looking into my library for replaying something...

    1.) Is it a single game or a full series (as I don't just play an entry on its own)?

    • If a stand-alone, then I probably will put in on the list.
    • If it's a series, is there a new game coming out?
      a.) Yes? Then plan out how much time it'll take to lead into the new game.
      b.) No? Then make sure there's a major void between game releases I'm looking forward to, otherwise I'd probably steer clear for a while.

    2.) How long has it been since I've played said game?

    • Within the last year? Then nope, as I can carry the feeling of recently played for quite some time.
    • Over a calendar year? Potentially, dependent upon the new release schedule and how long said game takes.

    I typically don't factor in platform, nor do I care about "being a part of the conversation" of major and/or popular games if they don't appeal to me in the first place, especially with the aforementioned limited time.

    Also, only in rare circumstances, I ensure to finish (if not outright complete) something before moving on, as I don't juggle multiple games at once well.

    Probably way more info than necessary, but that's a rough outline of my thought process in building my backlog and assigning priority.



  • I mostly prioritize games that are new, well-reviewed and are the types of games that interest me the most.

    How long a game is to finish is also a deciding factor. I want to experience as many different games as I can and not spend all my time playing one game.



  • I have very little money to spend on games, so I get games that I KNOW are going to turn my crank, and have a lot of bang for the buck. I also buy nearly 100% physical for resale value, so digital-only games are low-tier for me.

    Typically, this means Nintendo first-party and/or franchises I have a strong track record with. I typically don't buy sports games, JRPGs, simulators, ultra-mainstream games (GTA, COD, Overwatch, etc.), or 2D platformers, and as I have never owned a Sony console, no Sony exclusives.

    So, my next three confirmed buys are Pokemon Violet (not sure if I'll have the money yet, though), Tears of the Kingdom, and Starfield (though it's a new franchise, I'm expecting it to be 'Skyrim in space').

    Also, my backlog (both owned and to-buy) is huge right now because the Switch has been getting great releases at an incredible rate. Some Xbox 360 and Xbox One games keep sliding down...



  • Right now Gamepass is my main source of games. I have a backlog folder on my Xbox where I put the recently added titles I eventually want to play. I usually don't have more than 5 games there and pick by gut feeling my next one. Honestly Gamepass was the best thing that happened in gaming for me.

    If there's something I buy on Xbox, PC or Switch then it automatically becomes my next game.



  • Basically I just play what I'm in the mood for.

    One thing I don't like to do is play a series out of order. This means I don't actually play a lot of games on release because I'm not caught up with the series yet. Sometimes I try to make an effort to catch up to an upcoming release but most of the time I fail at it.

    There are some big franchises where I am many entries away from the newest release because I realy start a series from the very first game no matter how old it is.



  • Anticipation

    I'll drop one game for a newer one if the newer one is something I'm really looking forward to. I recently put a pin in CKIII for MWII now that it's out.

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    The Juggle

    I like to juggle two different kinds of games at once. Usually one MP game and one single player game. Or one hardcore game and one casual game. Some of my all time favourite game juggling pairs were: Dark Souls II & South Park Stick of Truth, BFBC2 & Modern Warfare 2.

    But sometimes it just doesn't work. I tried juggling Elden Ring & GT7 and I just couldn't do it. Those games just require dedication and focus and despite buying both games at full price brand new, I still haven't given either the time they deserve because I don't want to be so dedicated.

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    Logical Flow

    Sometimes I just get into a groove of a certain type of game.

    I recently got into CKIII—a very hardcore PC kind of game. I just finished Citizen Sleeper, a resource/time management game with difficult choices. Now I want to get back into Frostpunk because Citizen Sleeper reminded me of Frostpunk, which I never completed. So I often get myself into that logical flow of sticking to similar game types.

    Same goes for multiplayer with friends. We have such a blast in Halo MCC so we want to keep that train rolling and try other MP games where we can work together and chat in Discord. In recent years we go from MCC --> Ready or Not --> COD --> MCC and flow like that.

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    [Bonus] — Is It Short?

    The older I get, the less I appreciate games like God of War going from an 8-10 hour character action series to a 20-40 hour XP driven looter with spongey enemies and constant areas to grind and loot.

    I literally chose to play Citizen Sleeper cause I saw on Game Pass the HLTB length was 6.5 hours! Nice! I ended up playing it for 8 hours and still can extract a bit more from it cause I liked it so much.

    But the fact I chose the short and satisfying option over the long and drawn out option says a lot. Short games feel satisfying to finish and often have a better Pound For Pound enjoyment factor.

    I also started replaying the Uncharted series and that series is all killer no filler. It's nice to just hammer through those, have a good time, and move on.



  • If people start yammering on about a game that must be played-then I'm inclined to check it out. I feel like I gravitate to these huge triple A releases if the hype is that big then I want to see if that hype is truly warranted. I'm a few hours into Ragnarok and although it's a fantastic game for what it is, it's what I think many people expected it to be. I don't think Ragnarok is doing anything new, it's giving gamers more of what they love-which is fine, but if that's our standard for GOTYs we do seem to be setting the bar quite low.

    I delved straight into A Plague Tale: Requiem because I completed Innocence thrice, so my eagerness to check out Requiem was unabated. Following that, I decided to devour New Tales From The Borderlands because I thought it'd be an easy and breezy story-led adventure, and it most certainly is that.

    So generally speaking, if the hype is huge, I am inclined to play the game just to see if I find whether the hype is warranted. Then if a game is straightforward-that will compel me to play immediately, as will my excitement for a game stemming from previous works by the same developer.



  • @phbz said in So, you're my next game?:

    Right now Gamepass is my main source of games. I have a backlog folder on my Xbox where I put the recently added titles I eventually want to play. I usually don't have more than 5 games there and pick by gut feeling my next one. Honestly Gamepass was the best thing that happened in gaming for me.

    Does your gut sometimes ever pick completely random games on there as your next game? For example ones you've never heard of before or a type/genres of game that you would maybe consider out of your comfort zone?



  • @neocweeny said in So, you're my next game?:

    One thing I don't like to do is play a series out of order. This means I don't actually play a lot of games on release because I'm not caught up with the series yet. Sometimes I try to make an effort to catch up to an upcoming release but most of the time I fail at it.
    There are some big franchises where I am many entries away from the newest release because I realy start a series from the very first game no matter how old it is.

    Where do you stand on something like Call of Duty or Assassins Creed where there isn't really much or any connection these days?



  • @jdincinerator said in So, you're my next game?:

    If people start yammering on about a game that must be played-then I'm inclined to check it out. I feel like I gravitate to these huge triple A releases if the hype is that big then I want to see if that hype is truly warranted. I'm a few hours into Ragnarok and although it's a fantastic game for what it is, it's what I think many people expected it to be. I don't think Ragnarok is doing anything new, it's giving gamers more of what they love-which is fine, but if that's our standard for GOTYs we do seem to be setting the bar quite low.

    I delved straight into A Plague Tale: Requiem because I completed Innocence thrice, so my eagerness to check out Requiem was unabated. Following that, I decided to devour New Tales From The Borderlands because I thought it'd be an easy and breezy story-led adventure, and it most certainly is that.

    So generally speaking, if the hype is huge, I am inclined to play the game just to see if I find whether the hype is warranted. Then if a game is straightforward-that will compel me to play immediately, as will my excitement for a game stemming from previous works by the same developer.

    Do you have many older games sitting on the backburner?



  • @sheria Absolutely, already played several games I've never heard until I saw them on GP. And no doubt I've played genres I never buy games from and ended up enjoying them.



  • @sheria I don't do it because of the story. I want to see the gameplay evolution of a series.



  • @neocweeny said in So, you're my next game?:

    @sheria I don't do it because of the story. I want to see the gameplay evolution of a series.

    Any exceptions?



  • Another thing that helps is if a full series or at least the important predecessors are easily available. For example, I see Dishonored and Dishonored 2 on Game Pass. I very much intend on playing those but if I had to buy them, I probably would wait for a sale.



  • @sheria I've got a variety of games sitting on the back burner, though I try to play as many games as possible. I've played over 60 games that came out this year alone, but I imagine I've got a BIG amount of games from years prior I haven't even played yet.



  • @sheria series with games not released outside of Japan.

    For some reason I played the Kirby games completely out of order. I don't know why XD



  • of course I pick game which interest me or have elements that make me interest. but sometimes also surprised like i was surprised by FF7 remake never thought I would end up liking it. Me, liking a JRPG game. LOL