10 titles in my games library I would like to play before the year is out

Every once in a while I find it helpful to take a bit and organize, especially when you’re trying to tackle a large project (even an entertainment project). I have a list of books to read/to buy, a queue for TV shows to watch, a folder that has all of my new music to sort, and so on. Time to do the same for games!

I recently flipped through both my GOG and Steam libraries to figure out, time permitting (and it never is), which games I would like to play or sample before the year is done and for what purpose. These don’t, for the most part, include MMOs or any games I have yet to buy. Here’s what I came up with, ordered from highest priority to least:

  1. Fallout 4 – Yeah, the recent Fallout 76 hype is pushing me hard to playing this again — and maybe beating it this time. The only question is, can I hold out in Pillars of Eternity long enough to get that done before Fallout fever takes over?
  2. Wasteland 2 – I got this so long ago and only recently loaded it. Think it would be an interesting contrast to playing Fallout and might get me hyped for Wasteland 3.
  3. Alone in the Dark – Freaked me out as a kid. Time to go back and face my fears.
  4. Elite: Dangerous – I bought this on sale over Christmas and have been promising myself that I would give Frontier’s space sim a try. Needs to happen, people!
  5. Day of the Tentacle Remastered – Never played this adventure game (le gasp) and I think it would be a great retro games entry.
  6. D&D Pool of Radiance – Another promising retro games series. Heard it’s a classic and would like to give it a go.
  7. Oxenfree – Got this for free (I think) and it looks moderately interesting as a thriller adventure title.
  8. Divinity Original Sin II – Really need to carve out some serious time to get through this after having sampled the start. Looks good but some other RPGs are taking priority.
  9. Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Picked this up on sale a while back after seeing really strong reviews for it. Would be my first Shadowrun game, in fact.
  10. Stronghold HD – I played this briefly back in the day and wouldn’t mind doing one or two sessions for retro gaming.

What titles are on your backlog that you’d like to play or beat in 2018?

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5 thoughts on “10 titles in my games library I would like to play before the year is out

  1. Tyler F.M. Edwards June 6, 2018 / 10:46 am

    I strongly recommend Oxenfree. It’s like TSW and Life Is Strange had a weird, beautiful baby.

  2. Jeromai June 6, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    You might want to push up Shadowrun a little higher in priority. It’s a pretty small, contained game, as opposed to more gargantuan RPGs. Day of the Tentacle and Oxenfree are also relatively short, and thus easier to consider a full start to finish of them.

    As for Pool of Radiance, I thought I recall reading one of your attempts at a gold box game… *flips over to retrogaming index* Yep, it was Pool of Radiance, way back in 2015. Huzzah, one down, nine to go!

  3. Eric Hawkins June 6, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    I keep telling myself I need to go back to Elite Dangerous, but I never can find the drive to do so.

  4. Gamera977 June 7, 2018 / 9:14 am

    Good luck! Pillars of Eternity and Wasteland II are my types of game, yet I dropped them in favour of other stuff months ago and really, really need to get back and finish them. I picked up Grim Dawn from a GOG sale and it’s pretty addictive. Basically it’s another Diablo clone that frankly is better than the Diablo series.

    Jeromai is right about Shadowrun, I’ve played a couple of them and they are pretty short games. Maybe 20-30 hours or so. Fallout IV on the other hand is a big honkin’ game. I finished it somewhere around the middle of last year. There are at least four endings, I’ve only went though two though, I really need to go back and do the others.

    Pool of Radiance I played back on the Commodore 64 back when it came out in the late ’80s. Great game back then but on the other hand I’ve tried going back and playing the Gold Box series more recently and they seem kinda clunky and just harder to play than more modern games based around the mouse. BTW I assume the original is the one you’re referring to? There was a remake of Pool of Radiance in name only back in the late ’90s or so. It’s pretty forgettable. I pre-ordered the blasted thing before I’d seen any reviews. Boat-loads of problems, the main one to me is paltry number of monsters- you’ll be fighting the same orcs and zombies over and over the majority of the game with simple colour swaps, different names, and more hit-points as you progress. There is a fan-made mode that is supposed to fix a number of issues but i haven’t tried it.

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