Happy 2017 internet!
At long last, the evil 2016 has been defeated, and I’m looking forward to a productive gaming year, for once. I’m still struggling with this backlog monster, and most days my quest truly seems hopeless. The sad reality is that there are just too many great games I want to play, and not enough precious hours in the day to spend in virtual worlds. Yes, my main quest is nearly impossible, but to give myself hope, I’m going to start focusing on side quests. Last year, I made it a mission to beat the original Zelda and Metroid games on my NES. I’m proud to say mission accomplished*! It felt good to finally experience these great games. Not only that, it felt like I struck a critical blow against my omnipotent backlog.
I’ve decided I’m going to create another side quest for 2017. There are many iconic Video Game franchises that I haven’t even looked at yet. God of War, Metal Gear Solid, Gears of War, Crash Bandicoot, Sonic, and Mass Effect, to just name a few. There are also many games left for me to see in these great universes: Metroid, Zelda, Resident Evil, Uncharted, Dragon Age, Halo, Spyro, Pokemon… My list of places to visit can go on forever. Instead of focusing on the ocean of great games I’ll likely never see, I’m going to focus on a series that is very close to my heart, and happens to have its 30th Anniversary this year, Final Fantasy.The Shameful Narcissist’s Final Fantasy Tarot project also introduced me to many characters from this series that I want to meet in game.
New Quest Unlocked- Finish the following Final Fantasy games in 2017: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VIII, IX, XII, XV, Type-0 HD, World of Final Fantasy, and Dissidia 012.
Optional Objectives: Dirge of Cerberus, Crisis Core, X-2, and the first Dissidia.
For the order, the only thing set in stone is IV, then XV. Cheap Boss Attack’s detailed review of XV convinced me move it to the top of my list. I enjoy a good togetherness story and I want to see this beautiful brotherly love thing, before I read something that spoils the plot for me. The rest will probably fall in sequential order, hopefully. The optional objectives are games that I’m not really interested in, but would like to at least try out, time permitting.
Square Enix’s universe of complex, likable, and pretty characters will be my focus, but I do plan to visit a few other places. My weakness for shiny figures has caused me to preorder Sonic Mania, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World. I’m not a huge fan of shooter games, but I will be buying Battlefield I when I see it on sale. Physic’s great 2016 GoTY post reminded me that the campaign is a tragic war story I need to experience. There are also many Indie titles I plan to check out this year, hopefully including a retr0pia developed SketchQuest. Oh, and I will squeeze my copy of The Last Guardian in there somewhere.
Other than that, I’m trying not to buy another damn game this year (unless it comes with an Amiibo. I need to make exceptions for my habit). After much soul searching, I’m still flip-flopping on the Nintendo Switch. The benevolent Mr. Panda made a great post highlighting the reasons why I really want one. I shouldn’t get one since a new system with an open world Zelda game will only buff the backlog monster. I might force myself to stay away until Final Fantasy is conquered. I’ll keep pondering the question, while searching for my willpower.
Other 2017 Things
Collecting Swag – I will not be kicking the Amiibo habit this year. 5 have been announced so far, 2 of which I have preordered already, and I have a feeling Nintendo will be pushing many more. Oh and Kuribo’s awesome Nintendo Figure website is not helping with my addiction problem, but I forgive him. Ironically, if an exclusive Amiibo is bundled with the Switch, my dilemma will be solved. I will also keep my eye on eBay for cheap figures of my favourite game heroes. A Cecil Harvey figure may already be on its way to me now.
I also want to start collecting guides/art books for my favourite games. The amazing Athena from AmbiGaming mentioned that she collected hardcover Prima guides, and it really made me want to pursue a similar collecting quest. My memory is horrible and it’s a great way to look back on the game. To start myself off, I snagged a pile of cheap guides from a local Kijiji human last week. I was extremely happy that the collector’s edition guide for Final Fantasy XIII and the regular XIII-2 guide were among the lot. I really want the Lightning Returns CE guide too, but the prices people are asking for it are stupid. It must have been a limited run or something. I’ll keep an eye out and hope a cheap copy surfaces. I also got smoking Boxing Day deals on the CE guide for FFXV, and ta regular guide for World of Final Fantasy.
This Blogging Thing – 2016 was my first solid year of blogging, and I intend to keep it up. The weekly update posts I started doing are forcing me to make time for games, a very good thing. I don’t really care how many views I get or how many people/bots decide I’m worth following. I truly enjoy rambling about gaming things, and I can’t thank everyone enough for giving me this amazing community to interact with. I’ve found people here that I consider true friends, and that is a true blessing for this socially inept INFJ. Since I spend so much blissful time here, I paid off WordPress to get one of those fancy .blog domains, and to banish evil advertisements from my corner of the internet.
I really can’t wait to see what everyone here accomplishes in 2017! I want to try out more #FrozenFoodFriday treats, before an Evil Wizard destroys us all. I can’t wait to read more great game reviews from The Otaku Judge, Matt of Nintendobound, and Red Metal of Extra Life. I’m wondering what projects the Well-Red Mage will have after an entertaining StuGhiFeaFilReMo. I’m looking forward to many more amusing video game insights from Astro Adam. I’m sure Paticlebit’s review compilations will fill me in on the new 2017 games I won’t have time to play. I want to learn more about the history of video games from the knowledgeable benez256. I know The Late Night Session will keep me up to date on the latest gaming news.
I want to see more incredible drawings from Beal and Arch’t. Michael M. de Leon. I hope susiesopinions keeps distracting me from winter with her blogging from sunny Florida. I’ll no doubt be testing out many apps mentioned by Apps Reviewed. I think 2017 might be the year they finally haul away a Professional Moron, for silly public safety reasons. I know I’ll get to see many more beautiful street art masterpieces on Resa’s wonderful Graffiti Lux and Murals website. Plus tons of other awesome blogs I want to mention!
Looking back on 2016, Year of Real World Chaos
I’d like to pretend 2016 never happened. It sure seemed to go out on a damn killing spree, and don’t get me started on the dire problems it created for many innocent nations. But since all the cool kids are doing it, including the super cool iplayedthegame, here is my list of top 5 games I finished last year. Spoiler: None of these games were actually released in 2016.
5) Assassin’s Creed Unity (PS4)
Unity shook my faith in the entire Assassin’s Creed franchise. Arno was certainly no Ezio, the game was plagued by humorous launch bugs, and I hated the forced multiplayer missions. By the way, there is one stupid trophy I need for the Platinum that I can’t get because of this. However, this was my very first PS4 game and the beautiful Paris scenes were spectacular. I did enjoy prowling around the rooftops, the murder mystery side missions, and other trademark Assassin’s Creed gameplay moments. I also learned a lot about the French Revolution, and got to know many historic figures from this time period.
4) Metroid (NES)
This game is still fresh in my mind since I just finished it a few hours ago. Starting out, the difficulty was crushing. Everything seemed to destroy me, but then I started getting upgrades. After I snagged some missile expansions, a few energy tanks, the Varia Suit, and the Wave Beam, Kraid and Ridley fell with ease. It truly felt like Samus grew stronger with every upgrade. It was very easy to get lost with all of the fake walls and traps, but it was incredibly fun to simply explore and stumble upon secrets.
3) Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)
Normally I get bored with beat ’em up games fairly quickly. I happen to be a huge Zelda fan, so when you give me one where I can play as many different Zelda characters, I’m hooked. I spent a total 132 hours and 17 mins playing this game, broken up in ~30 minute sessions at a time. I loved slashing through waves of familiar Hyrule bad guys and iconic bosses. If I ever see The Imprisoned in another game though, I will be sending several angry Tweets to Nintendo. I should also mention this game started my crippling Amiibo addiction, all because SSB Amiibo Link unlocked the Spinner weapon.
2) Mirror’s Edge (Xbox 360)
My dearly departed Xbox 360 decided to Red Ring while I was playing this, but I truly enjoyed the time I got spend looking through Faith’s eyes. The story was sort of forgettable, but the first-person platforming experience was simply breathtaking. It was something special to witness all of the death defying leaps and a treat to master all of challenging hand-to-hand combat moves in this perspective.
1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)
As I mentioned, I love The Legend of Zelda. It will always be my favourite video game franchise. I was very happy to finally play and beat the original game in 2016. The Like Likes ate my big shield several times, the wicked Wizzrobes tore me apart frequently, and don’t get me started on those devious Darnuts. 8-Bit Hyrule was an unforgiving, but incredibly rewarding experience. I’ve been spending a lot of time on my elliptical these days (penance for my holiday overindulgence), and I’ve been watching a very entertaining Let’s Play of this game to pass the grueling exercise time. I highly recommend you check out hungrygoriya’s epic journey through this harsh land. I just finished part 8, and I can’t wait to see how she defeats Prince Darkness Gannon.
2016 Backlog Battle – Final Stats
Games Shamefully Added: 37
Games Conquered: 17
Net Battle Progress: -20
Total Games Left To Conquer: 113
Estimated Battle Time Remaining: 109 Days 20 Hours
I know I’m not the only one trying to beat a backlog boss monster, so best of luck to everyone fighting out there! Here’s to hoping 2017 is a victorious year for all of us.
“Fighting without hope is no way to live, it’s just another way to die.” – Lightning, Final Fantasy XIII
*Okay, I did beat Metroid on Dec. 31st, but I had to cheat a bit to kill Mother Brain. I legitimately tried several times, but her crushing army of red dots kept killing me. I got frustrated and used the infinite health cheat to exact my revenge. I still had to complete that stressful platforming section at the end of the game though.
[2017/03/18 Update – Ahahahaha! Now that I’m done laughing at my past self, this so isn’t happening this year. I’m just playing whatever the hell I want now 🙂 ]