Although I play lots of video games (most of them for the purposes of review,) friends or readers usually find perplexing that I haven’t played some really popular games. Some franchises I missed completely and others I’ve played partially, but if you want to make fun of me for never having played a specific game or series of games, check out the list below.
Before moving on, let’s focus on a personal anecdote. One of the things I enjoyed the most about getting a PlayStation 2, is that I got that platform so late in its development cycle that there were literally thousands of games to choose from. So I had the chance to catch up on a lot of series I had never played before, like Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Jak, Guitar Hero and so on. At the time, I’d purchase an entire trilogy or series and play it in its entirety from front to back. I know most people don’t do that, but I enjoyed that practice so much that I’d love to go back to a platform I never owned and play games in a specific order. By the way, here are some tips if you’re wondering how to tackle your collection or pile of shame. So here’s a list with some of my favorite video game franchises that I’d love to catch up on.
Grand Theft Auto
I didn’t care for the Grand Theft Auto series until I started paying attention to the radio stations, ridiculous voice acting and the funny billboards and before I knew it I was completely hooked. Since then, I’ve played a handful of games (including the portable ones and the PS2 trilogy,) but since I haven’t had a chance to check out anything pre and post PS2 era, I feel like I’m missing out. By the way, I still can’t decide which one’s my favorite…
I haven’t played: Grand Theft Auto, II, London, 1969, IV and V
When I got Dissidia Final Fantasy I promised that I wasn’t going to touch it until I had played every Final Fantasy game that’s referenced in the fighting game. The problem with that promise isn’t just that the JRPGs are extremely long but also that some of them aren’t that good, especially the old ones. I recently finished Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection for the purposes of review and while I enjoyed the core game, the episodic content is terrible. Suddenly, this didn’t feel like such a good idea. Apparently, the best is yet to come, but I stand by my promise and I said I was going to play as many games in the series as I can and I’ll do it.
I haven’t played: Final Fantasy V, VI, VII, XI, XIII, XIII-2, Lightning Returns
Every person who had the chance to play the Chrono series (read: Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross) has great things to say about the JRPGs and even though I own both games, I haven’t found the time to play them yet. Not having played this game really bothers me, so I’ll look for those copies and play them on my old PS One as soon as I can.
I haven’t played: Chrono Cross, Chrono Trigger
On a recent PSN sale I bought the Resident Evil trilogy. I remember playing those games back in the day and really liking them and I’m wondering how well (or not) they have aged. Also, I love Resident Evil 4, so I owe it to myself to at least check out the origin of the series to see how Resident Evil 4 was influenced by previous games.
I haven’t played: Resident Evil, 2, 3: Nemesis, Zero, 5, 6
The Elder Scrolls
This choice is me being an idiot. I mean, why would I punish myself trying to play The Elder Scrolls or Elder Scrolls 2 when I know that those games are repetitive, long and that they haven’t stood the test of time? At this point, an intelligent choice would be playing a few minutes to check them out and then move on to Morrowind, IV and of course, Skyrym. But deep down I know I won’t be able to sleep if I haven’t played those two games. I know… I’m insane…
I haven’t played: The Elder Scrolls: Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim
I played the Mega Man series on and off and at a very young age, so I can’t even remember which games I played and which ones I skipped, so I should definitely play them I order. I remember enjoying the original ones, but taking into account that there are so many of them and that most of them follow the same structure, I assume that they become really repetitive at some point. I hope that’s not the case because I really like Mega Man.
I haven’t played: Mega Man I – X
When the original Tomb Raider came out, everyone was talking about it: friends, movie critics, popular magazines and so on. I didn’t have a PS One back in the day, so I don’t know what the fuss was about, but you know what? I’m going to find out eventually. I didn’t buy the games during the latest PSN sale, but I’ll do so the next time I see those games discounted.
I haven’t played: Tomb Raider, 2, 3, The Last Revelation, Chronicles, The Angel of Darkness, Legend, Anniversary, Underworld, 2013
For most of the kids who lived during the PS One era, Crash Bandicoot was the reason to own the console. I recently played the original game and that title in particular has aged poorly, but I’m pretty sure the series gets better. And I intend to find that out.
I haven’t played: Crash Bandicoot: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash Bandicoot: Warped
The Legend of Zelda
I distinctly remember the days when The Legend of Zelda got perfect scores on GameSpot. The Nintendo 64 was never popular in my group of friends, but I remember been drawn to the visuals, and a handful of games (like Mario, Zelda and Super Smash) were really appealing. I need to play Majora’s Mask and Ocarina of Time. I need it!
I haven’t played: Majora’s Mask, Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword
The original Super Mario Bros. Is one of my favorite games of all time, but after the original trilogy, I totally stopped playing the series and since I never owned a GameCube, Wii or Wii U, that trend continued for decades. At this point, I should definitely fix that N64 controller (or buy a new one) and play Super Mario 64 which I totally own. That sounds like a good start.
I haven’t played: Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario 3D World
Other series I’d love to catch up on, but I don’t have much affection for include Tekken, The Witcher, Spyro, Halo, Call of Duty, Need for Speed, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man X.