I’ll try something different this time around when it comes to the games I want to finish before the end of next year. For the first time ever, I’ll try to be as realistic as possible and I’ll only include games I know I can play to completion. Since I have hundreds of games across different systems, building this list is extremely difficult, but there are always a handful of games that stand out because they are extremely popular, they usually come up in discussions or they are simply games I want to play. By the way, this is how it used to work in previous years (you can check out my pile of shame articles for 2013 and 2014 here): I used to compile a list of ten games I wanted to finish before next year and the games I didn’t finished were included in next year’s list. The problem is that a handful of titles were always on the list year after year and even though I promised myself I was going to play them, deep down I knew I wasn’t going to.
I’m really excited about the list, especially since I recently bought an Xbox 360, so I have a lot of catching up to do. Note that these are all titles I own as of this writing and in 2015, I’ll try to focus as much as possible on the PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360 due to hardware constraints (my laptop’s not working properly) and the fact that I’m tired of system requirements on the PC.
I used to love JRPGs, but over the years my love with the genre has deteriorated for multiple reasons. Their cliches, repetitive stories, one-dimensional characters and length have really affected my enjoyment with those games. As far as I know, Chrono Trigger avoids most of those problems and everyone who played the game has nice things to say about it. I should give it a chance and hopefully find one of those gems that everyone know it exists.
Final Fantasy VII
Will this be the year in which I finally catch up on all those Final Fantasy games in order to play the seventh entry in the series? I know I don’t have to play everything that came before it, but I enjoy the series so much that I don’t mind. The only problem is that it takes me a long time to play these games. Final Fantasy VII is a game I started a couple of times (first on an emulator and then on a friend’s PlayStation 2) and never finished it. I enjoyed the parts I played and I would love write a review for the site. Maybe this will be the year…
LA Noire is fascinating to me. First, the game’s painstaking attention to detail is something to behold, mainly because it captures a specific point in time in the best way possible. Second, the motion capture technology it uses was so complex (not to mention expensive) that I’m pretty sure we won’t see anything remotely similar to LA Noire for quite some time. Finally, people seem to forget that, at its core, LA Noire is more similar to a classic adventure game that to an open-world game and I think those elements are right up my alley.
With BioShock Infinite, I’ll do something I haven’t done in a really long time: I’ll skip its predecessor and go right to this entry in the series. I’ve read that you don’t need to play BioShock 2 in order to enjoy Infinite, so that wouldn’t be a big deal for most people, but it’s to me. Since 2015 will be the year of some changes for the site, I’m still excited about little things like these. Like most people, I remember the first time I watched that 15-minute gameplay video of BioShock Infinite and how it looked completely insane. I also remember how at the end of 2013, everyone was including this game on their “Game of Year” lists, so hopefully, I’ll like what Infinite has to offer.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
I’ve had this UMD in my collection for quite some time and I think enough is enough. There aren’t that many Metal Gear games I haven’t played (I haven’t played the MSX ones, Revengenace, Ground Zeroes and IV,) but this one really bothers me. To be completely honest, I don’t know what to expect about Peace Walker, I know it combines elements from both Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and the Monster Hunter series, but I don’t know what that means. Hopefully, it’s another entry in the insane and ridiculous series known as Metal Gear Solid.
Max Payne 3
I haven’t played Max Payne and Max Payne 2 in a long time. But since those were two of the first titles I remember playing on a PC, I’m really excited about Max Payne 3. Some of the changes they made to the series seem intriguing to me (it’s still noir, but the world of Max Payne 3 is much more colorful this time around,) but of course, I’ll refrain from saying anything specific until I play the game. I can’t wait.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
I love everything that has Metal Gear Solid in its title, but I still think the series has problems. One of those problems is its stealth-based gameplay which I often find cumbersome and at times, more impenetrable than the story. That’s why I often play Metal Gear games on easy mode and I seldom feel guilty about it. I go for the story and ignore the gameplay. The Revengeance spin-off fixes that problem by removing the stealth part and replacing it with an action-based gameplay.
To be completely honest, the only reason why I watched the cult film back in the day was because I knew this game existed but I wasn’t expecting to like it so much. Now that I’m familiar with the source material I can’t wait to play the game. The Warriors is a traditional beat ’em up that doesn’t feel contrived in any way, after all, the movie was kind of an hour and half beat ’em up with memorable dialogue and terrific characters. And I can dig it!
I recently bought the PSP version of Tekken 6 and while I’m pretty sure the home console version of this game is better than the portable one, it’s been a long time since I played a Tekken game (Tekken 3 is one of my favorite PlayStation games of all time,) but it seems like this sixth entry is the one that can get me back into Tekken.
Sonic Mega Collection Plus
I included this game on the list for two reasons. First, I definitely want a review of this game on the site. And second, it reminds me that I have a couple of PlayStation 2 games I never played. My list of unplayed PS2 games isn’t that long, but they are so specific that I really want to know what they are like. Those games are Escape from Monkey Island and Xenosaga I and II.