It's that time of year again. Time to reflect on a year long gone, and look at the games you purchased in a rush of raw emotions yet never managed to complete or even start up. Not surprisingly most of my unfinished games are single player. The games that don't want me to play with my friends. The games that I have to play when no one is around - so they are put on the sidelines. A lot.
Here is a list of backlogged games from 2010 that my goal is to finish before buying any more. Call it winter cleaning, or catching up if you will.Bioshock 2
Left over from 2009Dragon Age
This list is the sad, lonely, forgotten pack of games from the past years that require nourishing. Marked in blue are my co-op titles that require a homie to complete. Homies come in all shapes and sizes, especially appreciated from this fine website here - but may come from elsewhere as well. Marked in green (or *) are the games I have started, but not completed. I don't even mean to 100% achievements/trophies, I just mean to the end credits.
I always feel a bit guilty moving on from a game before I've completed it. The only game I have an "excuse" for ignoring is Darksiders, where I messed up my upgrades and thoroughly ruined my game on a boss auto-save. The rest: I'm just a jerk with not enough time, and a lot of other great games to try out or play.
As one of my many resolutions this year, I will be completing games that I already have before worrying about upcoming releases - and that starts with this backlog of games. That's tough when most of your gaming time is devoted to co-op, but there are still some great single player games on the playing field. I have to say I am grateful for those sequels that have come with co-op in them; Dead Rising 2, Resident Evil 5, (part of) Uncharted 2, etc.
I do have to say it's a satisfying feeling when you can complete a game and pass it on to others to enjoy. It's a practice I've become quite fond of since my days of unemployed student time began, and something I will continue to do as long as I am gaming. It's just too bad with my obsession with arcade games that digital content can't be "loaned out" as it were.
The first step in catching up is admitting you have a problem...