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With the end of the year gradually approaching and
the whether rapidly growing colder I find myself spending an increased amount
of time indoors. While I'm trapped inside trying to avoid Mother Nature I
figured I should do something productive. So I've issued a challenge to myself!
The challenge is to beat/finish as many games in my backlog as possible.
Besides, with Christmas coming up I'm bound to get some new games from
somewhere and I'd feel a lot better starting them knowing that I've tied up
some of my many loose ends. So what are some of these games I'm referring to?
Well I'd be glad to tell you! Warning: This could take a while!
First on my challenge list is a delightfully
chilling PSP title by the name of Corpse Party. I downloaded this game a while
back, how far back I'm not sure. But for whatever reason I've had quite a hard
time finishing it. The problem for me hasn't been its level of difficulty; the
problem is finding the time. I typically only play handheld titles when I'm on
the go, but nowadays I don't go anywhere. However with Thanksgiving coming up
and the fact that I'll be away from home, I figured now would be a good time to
pull out the handheld gaming devices and conquer my backlog!
Second up is Fire Emblem Awakening. Now when this
title was first released I was completely and utterly encompassed by it. But
then I progressed to this one part, this one ridiculously tricky part, and ever
since I have not been able to beat the game. I figure my halt in progress is due
to a lot of bad strategy early on in the game, that and an obsession with
saving this one particular character. So instead of trying to repeat the exact
same battle for the 100th time I've decided to completely start from
the beginning, make the right decisions, and win this thing!
Next on the list is Pokémon White 2. I own a copy of
Pokémon White and I thought it was great! For the first time ever I felt like Pokémon
had a fully fleshed out story. Not only did it keep me engaged but I thought it
was the most interesting Pokémon game I had played to date, regardless of my
disdain for some of the Pokémon designs. Seeing as I liked Pokémon White so
much when White 2 was released I rushed out to get it. I even managed to get
all the way to Victory Road, but for some reason I just still haven't finished
Yes, another Pokémon game has made the list. Now
some of you are probably wondering why on earth is Pokémon Yellow still in my
backlog after all these years. Isn't it bad enough that I'm still playing White
2 when everyone else has moved on to X and Y? Well the truth is I've owned a
copy of Pokémon Yellow since my Elementary School days. I can even remember
very clearly the day my mother bought it for me. My best friends thought they
were so cool because they had gotten Pokémon Blue before me, but I'd show them
by being the first in our group to own Pokémon Yellow. So when my mother gave
me the choice between Pokémon Yellow and Mario Cart 64 I choose Pokémon Yellow.
Vengeance was mines that day! Sadly my childhood self fell in love with a
Mankey and tried to beat the elite four with only a level 82 Primape. Needless
to say, that didn't work out and once Pokémon Silver and Gold where released I
just never looked back until now.
Moving away from the handhelds and on to the
consoles, Dante's Inferno has the next spot on my list. I first heard about
Dante's Inferno from my dad who heard about it from God knows where. Shortly
after speaking to him I received my monthly issue of GameInfomer and read an
article about said game. From there I knew I had to have it. It was dark, it
was gritty, it was about love, it was about redemption, and it was about hell!
What more could you want from a game! I remember my dad picking the game up for
me. I was thrilled and completely determined to finish it, because of course
with an intriguing story like this I had to know how it ended! But then one day
my husband got his hands on it, and did the unthinkable, he beat it before me! After
seeing him finish the game it soured things for me and I haven't picked it up
since. But about 2 or so years have passed and my memory of the ending is vague
so now would be a good time to finally finish what I started so long ago.
If you're a gamer, and I'm assuming all of you are,
then you've probably heard of Dishonored. I've had Dishonored in my possession for
months now. I didn't initially run out and buy it because I was unsure of
whether I really wanted to play it or not. But great review after great review
eventually persuaded me to make the purchase. Around June I finally decided to
play it. I got in about an hour or 2, was unimpressed, decided to save and pick
it back up in a day or so. Then I realized that my husband had forgotten to
sign out of his account and all of my progress had been saved on his profile!
After that I just gave up. I just didn't feel like miserably trekking through
the beginning stages of a game that I didn't like all over again. Looking back
on it, I wonder if I judged it to early so I've decided to include it in my
Year End Gaming Challenge.
For a long time I would only buy games when they
were either on sale, the price had dropped, or they had been placed in the bargain
bin. Homefront was one of my bargain bin purchases. At the time I was broke and
I "didn't have anything to play". I skeptically purchased it, went home to play
it, and found that I was less than blown away. Admittedly I expected to be disappointed
which made it less painful, but it didn't make it any easier to finish the
game. Shortly after something new came around (Sleeping Dogs I think), and I
used my Power Up Rewards to get 20 dollars off of my purchase and moved on to a
I actually have a legitimate reason for why I didn't
finish playing Fable 3. I ended up playing Fable 2 on a whim and I adored it!
When Fable 3 was released I assumed I would cherish it just as much as I did
Fable 2. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to find out if I would or not.
My husband was deployed and he took the Xbox 360 with him. When he came home I
was excited to resume playing all the 360 games that I didn't get a chance to
finish but he gave me the devastating news that he dared not give me via letter
or phone, the Xbox and all of our games had been stolen! Recently when picking
up my preorder for GTAV I found a 3 dollar copy of Fable 3 in the bargain bin
at our local GameStop. Thank God for bargain bins!
Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition
When the original Xbox was out I was still dependent
on my parents and grandfather for games. In other words I played whatever they
bought me and whatever I could afford on my allowance. My dad was a PS2 owner
so that's what I got. But I would always hear my then best friend playing Halo every
time we would talk on the phone. He would go on and on about how amazing and
innovative it was, and try to convince me to buy an Xbox so I could play it to.
And I would then explain to him that I was only allowed one console, and that
any game named Halo was probably silly anyway. Last week I finally decided to
acquire it and I must say I like what I've seen so far.
I obtained Tomb Raider rather recently. I've
honestly probably only owned it for about 3 or 4 months now. It's been sitting
in its shrink wrap ever since. The reason I didn't initially play it is because
I still hadn't finished The Last of Us or Ni No Kuni, the latter of which
belongs on the list but will not be added due to the time constraints. I've
heard nothing but good reviews for the new and improved Tomb Raider and I've
come to the conclusion that now is the time for me to experience the magic that
everyone's been clamoring about.
I would assume that most gamers have heard of Earthbound.
Many of us have listened to the tales of its rarity and were fully aware that
the majority of us would never get a chance to play it. And then Nintendo did
something remarkable, they released it as a digital download for Wii U! Days
after Earthbound was released to the Nintendo eShop I decided to download it,
and if memory serves correct I've even finished the first two towns so far. I
was making a consistent effort to at least play the game a few times a week but
in late August we moved. Part of the moving process is packing and unpacking
and it was a while before I finally unpacked my Wii U. Now that I have I intend
to pick up where I left off and find out how this quirky and extremely lovable
So that's it folks, that concludes my list. Now to
be honest, this list is extremely short when considering just how big of a
backlog I have. I've never taken the time to actually do the math but I'm
certain that I have well over 50 games that need playing, such as Ni No Kuni and
the Mass Effect trilogy. I also decided to not include games from any systems
prior to Wii/PS3/360 era. So as you can see I had to drastically trim the list
in order to meet more realistic expectations. Even now I'm not sure that I can successfully
pull this off but it's certainly worth a try.
If you've stayed with me this long and made it to
the end I thank you! I also ask, what are some of the games that you guys haven't
finished? Do you intend on finishing any of them up over the holidays? If so
feel free to comment and join in the Year End Gaming Challenge with me! Good
luck and happy gaming!