Backlog, as defined by Wikipedia (a super legitimate source) is “an accumulation over time of work waiting to be done or orders to be fulfilled.” While I would hardly call video games a laborious activity, a backlog of them can be something that hangs over your head (in a good way) when you’ve got no time to play or have neglected them for a variety of reasons. For many people, summer is the time to finally take the bag off your back and lighten the load. Personally, I’m making good progress so far. Games that I’ve finally taken out of my backlog are Resident Evil 2, RE3, RE4, RE: Revelations, Darksiders, Crysis, and Crysis 2. I may have finished a lot of games so far, but I’ve got a ways to go because summer is coming to a close. I’ve got games that I want to play on the Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. Anyway, the point of this blog is to show you what I’ve got planned for the summer in terms of gaming. As you’re reading, think about your backlog. What are you currently/planning on playing or have finished? Do you have a small or large backlog? What do you want to finish the most? With these questions in mind, let’s begin.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
I’m really debating on whether to finish this one. I bought it a long time ago and have barely touched it. However, I’ve never played a PoP game before and want to play the latest one to see if I like it or not. The gameplay concepts are what interest me the most about the series. I could compare it to Portal 2 because you have to think before progressing through some levels by timing your moves, test several techniques, etc. Has anybody else played it? If so, is it worth completing?
I bet this is raising some eyebrows. Ha, in case you’re wondering, I did finish the campaign soon after it was released last year. The only thing I haven’t completed is the co-op; I really want to do it! That’s why I’m currently working with a close friend so that we both can finish it. Portal 2 is an excellent game, so I want to get the entire experience.
Resident Evil 5
I’m currently playing this and hope to finish it soon so I can complete my “Entering Resident Evil” blog series. I’ve really enjoyed all the RE games so far and can tell RE5 is a great game. As for the controversy surrounding the game, I don’t know why it’s such a big deal. I think the game was probably an experiment to see if action and survival-horror could be blended together (since “explosive entertainment” is so popular now). The good thing is that this works for the most part. I wouldn’t call RE5 better than the phenomenal RE4, but it’s definitely not a bad game like people make it out to be.
The Jak and Daxter Trilogy
I bought this out of wanting to get $10 off a purchase and because this HD remake is supposed to be really good. A friend of mine has praised the games (just like critics) and I already love Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted series. Therefore, I think the games will be a perfect fit for me. Now I just have to get the wrapping off the box at some point…
Modern Warfare 3
I’ve gotten all the achievements for CoD4 on the Xbox 360 and all the trophies for World at War, MW2, and Black Ops on the PS3. I’m not planning on leaving out MW3. The problem is that I refuse to start my trophy collecting until I’m done with most of the other games on my backlog. I’ve got a lot of Spec Ops missions to complete, have less than half of the campaign completed on Veteran, and have got lots of intel to find. I know a lot of people are sick and tired of CoD, and I definitely understand where you’re coming from, but I think it still has a bit of life left in it to where I can get some enjoyment out of it.
What is this? A gamer that hasn’t played HL2? Eeyup, I’m one of those people. I’m also well aware of how insanely revered it is by all of you that have played it. Don’t worry, I already have the game in The Orange Box and plan on playing it on one condition: I must finish Half-Life 1 first. I’m very edgy about playing sequels without playing the original games, so HL2 won’t be an exception. After watching a bit of the Super Replay of Half-Life 1, I think I’d enjoy the game just like the editors did. 😛
The only title I’ve got to play on this console. I bought an Xbox 360 to play exclusive games like Gears of War and Halo (both excellent series), so Alan Wake is something I really want to play because of its supposedly mind-bending story and unique gameplay. I’ll definitely make sure to finish it before summer ends.
Super Mario Bros. All-Stars
As a gamer, I have a necessary obligation to play the original Super Mario Bros. games. When this collection for the Wii came out last year, I was excited to purchase it. The problem is actually getting around to playing it. I hope I can get around to playing these three iconic games.
Another iconic game! I’ve made considerable progress so far and am having fun playing the supposed best Zelda game of all time. I absolutely love the fact that this game was remastered for the 3DS. It looks fantastic, the story is great, and the gameplay is classic.
Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Here’s a Zelda game that I’ve had for more than two years that I still haven’t opened. Ha, I’m ridiculous, I know. The reason why I bought it was because I absolutely loved Phantom Hourglass and thought I would enjoy a “sequel” to it. Now I’ve got to actually play it!
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future & Professor Layton and the Last Sceptre
I love the Professor Layton games. They’re different from what I’m used to playing and “exercise” my brain. A lot of puzzle games for the DS have no purpose except to solve puzzles, but the Professor Layton games have great mystery/detective stories, a profound cast of characters, and creative brainteasers. It’s why I need to catch up before the new 3DS game is released!
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
I got the latest Macbook Pro this month (not the Retina) as a graduation present. Don’t worry; I would have never purchased it for the primary reason of gaming. I bought it because I love the OS, programs, and look of Apple’s products. I put lots of thought into it and decided that this was what I wanted…with a bit of gaming on the side as well. Anyway, with a 2.6 GHz processor, a decent graphics card, and 8 GB of RAM, I’ll be able to play several PC games I’ve always wanted to try. Amnesia is one such game. I’ve jumped into the survival-horror genre with Resident Evil, but I’ve heard that Amnesia is much scarier. I bought the Humble Indie Bundle V that came with the game and am really excited to delve into Frictional’s awesome world.
This is another HIBV game that I’ve been waiting to play for several months. Now I can finally try it for myself and experience the creepy, nightmarish atmosphere of LIMBO. It’s been well received by critics and I love me some side-scroller games every now and then. Ha, I’ll just have to get used to how surprisingly violent it is.
Star Wars: Dark Forces
I won’t be able to play this until I acquire Windows 7 for my Macbook Pro, but I’m not trying to hold it off. This is a game my friend gave me last year in December and I intend to play it all. It’s regarded as a well-rounded FPS with a Star Wars theme…I’m down with that. Once this is out of the way, I will move on to the even better sequel!
There are obviously more games in my backlog. Who doesn’t have a huge list built up because of life? The dilemma is that some loads in my backlog are bigger than others and need to be relieved off me first. In terms of the games I’ve talked about, I hope to finish at least half of them by the end of this summer (which is quickly approaching). Hopefully you’ll be successful in eliminating some games in your backlog as well. Thanks for reading!
This was an article originally published as a user blog post on Game Informer.