This user leads a boring life.Joined on May 2, 2011, 8:53 PM Visited on May 9, 2019, 5:29 AM
Alrighty folks, the year is over 2/3rds finished at this point. What games have you beaten this year so far, and what do you anticipate you'll finish before year's end?
Since my previous update, I've beaten the following:
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Virtue's Last Reward
Emily is Away
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
That brings my total count of finished games this year to 16. Last year I beat 18 games, so in order to beat that high score, I need to finish at least 3 more games before this year comes to a close.
I've already begun working my way through the final entry in the Zero Escape series, Zero Time Dilemma... so that's pretty much a lock.
I was keen on Fire Emblem after finishing Shadows of Valentia, so I immediately went back and resumed Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright... but I've cooled off on it a bit since then. Nonetheless, I'll probably work my way through it before the year's done.
Wanting to play a JRPG, I've just recently begun playing Lufia II. The Lufia series has always interested me, with its interesting mix of turn-based combat and Zelda-esque dungeons with non-random encounters... it's high time I got around to beating an entry in this series. I'm starting with Lufia II, because apparently the first Lufia game spoils Lufia II which is odd... but alright.
With those 3 games, that brings me up to 19. Certainly there's still ample time to beat even more, but to be honest I'm thinking about taking a break from gaming for a while. I might also wrap up the 2nd Phoenix Wright game to bring it up to a nice 20, but after these games I'm going to cool off from gaming for a while and focus on other things. I'm not necessarily going to stop playing games altogether, but they'll be on the back burner... maybe for quite a while. I definitely won't be trying for a high score of games beaten in 2018, and possibly not even for a few years after that.
So 2017 is about halfway through, and as expected my goal of trying to complete 50 games this year is looking... overly ambitious.
Nonetheless, I'd like to take this time to reflect on the games I have managed to beat so far... and also consider what games I might still finish before the year comes to a close.
In total, I've beaten 10 games so far. In order, they are:
Breath of the Wild
Human Resource Machine
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
I also have about a dozenish games that I'm making progress in, however slow and unsteady it may be.
In particular, I'm pretty close to the end of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, as well as Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors... those will definitely be wrapped up in the immediate future.
I'm only about halfway through FFVII, but I'll probably push to finish it up this year and finally get it over and done with.
I've currently got 3 Megami Tensei games that I'm fairly deep into (MT1, Nocturne, IV Apocalypse)... so I'll likely wrap up at least one of those before year's end, but I'm not likely to finish them all. I should probably pick one to focus on finishing for now, and I'm leaning towards Nocturne.
A couple games that I'm not super far into but that are short enough that I'll still probably finish them this year are Silent Hill Homecoming, and 2 Phoenix Wright games (Justice for All & Dual Destinies)
I've also recently started playing a pair of semi-retro racing games, Auto Modellista on the PS2 and Forza Motorsport on the original Xbox. I may or may not see both of their campaigns to the end, but at least Auto Modellista is highly likely because it seems super easy in spite of the wonky physics... and I think it's fairly short, at least shorter than Forza's anyway.
Now... as far as games coming out this year, there are a few that I'll definitely make time for. Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age I'll start, but probably won't finish this year (though you never know... I do love FFXII and have been wanting to replay it for a while now). Yakuza Kiwami is a definite, as is the Life is Strange prequel. And obviously I'll also be playing through Mario Odyssey this year.
So all things considered, the list of games I'm very likely to finish before the year concludes is as follows:
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Fire Emblem Echoes
Final Fantasy VII
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
Silent Hill Homecoming
Phoenix Wright Justice for All
Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies
Not bad, not bad. That comes out to about 20 games total by the end of the year. Well shy of my original goal of 50 games, but better than I might otherwise have done. Last year I beat 17 games, and so far that's my high score... so I'll be beating that, at least.
So for a while now, I've been trying to think of a fun way to commemorate the games that I've beaten, and the answer just recently dawned on me: Turn them into collectible cards.
Here's a few:
Not much else to say at the moment... playing Nier Automata and Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse at the moment, and I'm contemplating returning to FFVII to finish the job.