I wouldn’t say I’m one of those people who’s obsessed with his pile of shame, but I often write about those titles I have in my collection and I should play as soon as I have the chance. Since 2014 is here, I decided to write a list with ten titles I have in my collection and I should play before the year is over. I know 2014 has just started, but finishing some specific games takes time and effort. My collection (especially my digital collection) has grown significantly since last year and even though I have hundreds of games, only a handful of them make me think I’m a bad person for not finding the time to play them. Below, you’ll find some of those titles. Take into account that some of these titles were in last year’s list, therefore, I decided to include them on this one as well.
10. Planescape: Torment
Long story short: I bought a physical copy of Planescape: Torment at a local Wal-Mart for a few bucks and I’ve been meaning to play the game ever since. Usually regarded as one of the best western role-playing games ever made, Planescape: Torment is a Bioware gem. At this point, Planescape: Torment runs on pretty much any computer, so I shouldn’t have any technical issues or anything like that. The only thing I need is a few dozen hours to finally play it.
9. Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy Chronicles features both Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger. Since I’m trying to play (and review) Final Fantasy games in the order they came out, I decided that I wasn’t going to play Chronicles until I had played Final Fantasy I-III first. I did play Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II, but not III, so I should catch up with that one before playing Chronicles. I know. I’m insane.
8. Broken Sword
I really enjoy classic point-and-click adventures, but I don’t have as much time to play as many of them as I used to. Still, I should really play Broken Sword as soon as I can. I don’t know that much about the game, but every time I look at a screenshot, I’m drawn towards the game’s appealing hand-drawn visuals.
7. System Shock 2
One of the main reasons why I’ve postponed playing System Shock 2 is because I’ve never played the original System Shock. Still, I think enough is enough. Last year, System Shock 2 appeared on multiple digital distribution services, including GOG and Steam and at the time, I received a code for the game. For the uninitiated, System Shock 2 is the spiritual predecessor to Bioshock and one of the best first-person horror games ever created. It sounds like a game I would enjoy.
6. DotA 2
Will I ever have free time to play DotA 2? Playing DotA 2 is a time commitment and I’m not sure I’m willing to spend that much time playing only one game. Still, every single time I read an article about the game, every time I listen to someone talk about the game and every time The International takes place, I feel like I have to play DotA 2. I know the barrier of entry is pretty high and if you don’t have a couple of experienced (and patient friends) to play with DotA 2 can be a pretty harsh and uninviting game. But I’m willing to do all that just to know what the game’s about.
5. The Novelist
Sometimes I just want to play games to have fun and other times I want to play a provocative and different kind of experience. The Novelist seems to be an indie game that tries to do something refreshingly unique. In the game, you assume the role of novelist Dan Kaplan as he struggles to write a book that can launch his career while trying to pay attention to his family. I hear it’s not for everybody, but I’m willing to take a chance.
This year, I’m going to play Psychonauts. I think I have the DRM-free version on a folder somewhere in this computer and even though playing with mouse and keyboard isn’t the best option, I simply need to play this game.
3. Guacamelee! Gold
Over the past few months, I acquired a sort of affection for Metroidvania-style games and Guacamelee has plenty of that. Additionally, the Mexican-inspired universe of Guacamelee! seems funny, but never offensive. The Gold Edition (exclusive to the PC) has custom levels available via workshop, costumes, Steam achievements, leaderboards, cloud saves, trading cards and Big Picture Mode support.
2. Papers, Please
Are video games art? Actually, we’re not having this conversation here, even though Papers, Please is usually shown as an example of video games as an artistic expression. The mechanics seem simple and the game isn’t a fun experience, but Papers, Please says something and when a video game is trying to convey a message, the least you can do is listen.
1. The Stanley Parable
I’ve never played the original The Stanley Parable mod, but the concept sounds inviting enough. This is one of those titles the less you know about, the more surprised you’ll be during your playthrough and even though I know the core ideas behind The Stanley Parable, I really want to play this game before somebody completely ruins it for me. If you’ve never heard about this game before, go play it before somebody ruins it for you.