A Few Dozenish Games in 2017

Posted by S3xySeele on Feb. 2, 2017, 7:23 a.m.

Alrighty… so like most new years resolutions, I think my goal of beating 50 games in 2017 is gonna be falling by the wayside.

I've been thinking about my backlog lately and I'm slowly beginning to accept that, just like movies or music, there are simply too many good games for me to realistically be able to enjoy them all. I need to be willing to let some things go.

Instead of trying to beat a laundry list of games throughout 2017, I'm gonna play things more by ear. At the end of each month, I'll reflect on what I've been playing and use that to decide how to go forward in the following month. And if any games just aren't doing anything for me, then I'll shelve them indefinitely.

…and since January just ended, let's get started eh?

in January, I started (but haven't finished) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Yakuza 0. I'm enjoying both immensely, so I'll be finishing them this month. I also made some progress in Ace Attorney Justice for All which is quite good, so I'll be wrapping that up before long.

As for new games I might start up in February… I'm actually getting a bit of a 3D platformer itch thanks to Mario Odyssey hype, so maybe I'll start up Blinx and/or Vexx… if I can resist the temptation to go with the classic Mario 64. Or maybe I'll give Mario Sunshine a whirl, since I've never played it.

Games on my 2017 list that are being shelved indefinitely:

Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. Really good game, I was enjoying it a lot while I was playing it in October/November of last year… but trying to return to it this month proved fruitless. Maybe someday I'll revisit it, but I don't feel compelled to see it through to the end right now.

Final Fantasy VII. Due to a fond remembrance of playing a FF7 demo as a kid, and seeing a badass illustration of Cloud on the Versus strategy guide in stores (not to mention a love for JRPGs), I've tried countless times to get into FF7 throughout the past decade and failed each time. I made it the farthest with my latest attempt last year, but it still hasn't managed to do much for me besides reinforce my beliefs that it hasn't aged well.

The Last Guardian. This one's the most difficult to drop since I love Ico and SotC and have heard good things about what the game builds up to… but I'm just not feeling it. Once upon a time I felt similarly about Ico, only to discover that Ico is a masterpiece a decade later… but I think that TLG's ambition is fundamentally at odds with the medium itself. I'll likely revisit this one eventually, but not anytime soon.

Halo Anniversary. Already played through Halo once. Got a kick out of revisiting it here, but I don't need to beat it.

Silent Hill 4. Same reason as Halo Anniversary.