It’s that time of the year again when I see the incredible amount of games I haven’t touched yet and write a list with the ten titles I want to play the most. Last year, I tried to make a list that felt realistic and that panned out because I ended up playing and reviewing nine of the ten games I had in there, so I’ll follow the same approach with this one. Since these are games I own and never played before, this list is difficult to write (especially taking into account the number of unplayed titles I have across all the different platforms), but at the same time, the process can be quite exciting because even if I don’t like most of these games, I’m catching on some titles I missed back in the day. As usual, feel free to share your personal list in the comments section.
10. Chrono Cross
I had incredibly high expectations for Chrono Trigger. Everyone kept saying that Chrono Trigger is the best JRPG ever made and even though I enjoyed playing most of it, I couldn’t disagree more with that statement. Chrono Cross is Chrono Trigger’s successor and apparently it has a complex plot, innovative battle system, touching soundtrack and breaks some of the conventions of its predecessor. I guess I’m going to like this as long as I don’t think it’s the best game ever made.
9. Persona 3 Portable
The Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series used to be a franchise that only fans of RPGs enjoyed, but the third entry in the series changed that. This seemed to be a more accessible role-playing game that has charming characters, a bonkers story and a refreshing gameplay that mixes simulation with RPG elements. Persona 4 seems to be the high point of the series, but Persona 3 is probably a terrific way to start playing these games.
8. Tekken 6
This is the only video game from last year’s list that I didn’t play. I used to love Tekken, but for whatever reason, I stopped playing these fighting games. Although they follow a storyline and I skipped several games in the series, I’ll give Tekken 6 a chance and see what the game’s like. Note that I’ll be playing the PlayStation Portable version which might not be the best one, but at least, I can play on the go.
7. Final Fantasy V
I’ve played every Final Fantasy from the main series with the exception of V, VI and XIII (I don’t think XI and XIV belong to the main series, despite what Square Enix and the numbering suggests.) Taking into account that Final Fantasy was one of my favorite video game franchises, I’ll try to change that and play the remaining games and I’ll do it In order. I started playing Final Fantasy V years and years ago on a Game Boy Advance emulator, but never finished it. Maybe this is the year when I change that.
6. Batman: Arkham City
I’ve always been a fan of comic books, but as most of you probably know, most games based on comic books used to be terrible. That changed with Batman: Arkham Asylum, a title that had a refreshing combat system, amazing graphics and a deep plot that featured some of the most memorable characters from the Batman universe. Arkham City seems to be an expanded version of that game so count me in.
5. Halo 4
One of the best things about owning a console are the exclusives. As part of a recent sale, I purchased Halo 4 which means that I’ll finally be able to finish the fight. Actually, I never played Halo 3, so in a way, Halo 4 means that I’ll be playing two Halo games in a succession (or watching Halo 3’s cinematics on YouTube.) Nevertheless, I can’t wait to see what the final Halo to come out on the Xbox 360 has in store for me.
4. Dissidia: Final Fantasy
Dissidia sounds like a terrific idea: combining all the characters from the Final Fantasy series in a three-dimensional fighting game. I played a bit of this game back in the day and I enjoyed it, but the story seemed stiff and dull. Nevertheless, I’ve heard so much about this portable fighting game over the years, that I definitely need to play see it for myself.
3. Mortal Kombat
I’ve never been a Mortal Kombat person (I’ve always preferred Street Fighter,) but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate the series’ gratuitous violence and insane sense of humor. Which is why I can’t wait to put my hands on this reboot. The only things I remember about the story comes from the Mortal Kombat movies, so a reboot sounds like an amazing way of starting again.
An intense racing game where you compete in a reality TV show and destroy environments to get rid of your opponents. Why didn’t someone thought of that sooner? Stupid story, fast-paced gameplay and great-looking visuals make Split/Second a game that I definitely want to play. I haven’t check out the soundtrack, but I hope the music’s great too.
1. Forza Horizon
A long time ago, I used to love racing games (I think the last racing game I played and adored was probably Burnout Revenge or Mario Kart DS.) The thing is, I love arcade racing games, but detest simulation racing games. But what if there was a game that bridged the gap between those experiences? Forza Horizon might be that game.