The "BackBlog" Introduction

So now that 2012 is over and I have finished a lot of the games I wanted to for game of the year stuff, I now have the entire month of January with nothing but old games to play or finish. Also, with my money running short and since I will be finishing up my last semester of college, I don't think I will be able to buy any new releases like I have been for the past 2 years. So I figure I should start playing through all the games I never finished or have never even started. Some of the games will be really tough but I am going to try to beat all of them. I want to play all these games and at least make my purchases worth it, so I am going to try to defeat my backlog!

Here is the list of games, how much I have played them, and how difficult I think it will be to finish them.

-Alan Wake's American Nightmare: Never played it, Easy to finish. I really liked Alan Wake and this game is short

-Assassin's Creed III: about 75% done, easy to finish. I'm almost done so it won't take long

-Beyond Good and Evil: Played the first hour, hard to finish. I played the first hour and it seemed a bit boring, need to get farther I guess

-The Binding of Isaac: Never played it, very hard to finish. Not sure this one is actually beatable for me, but I want to spend some time playing it at least

-Cave Story: Never played it, hard to beat. I really don't know much about this game so I don't know what I'm getting into!

-Darksiders II: Over half way through, medium to beat. I enjoyed the game but was disappointed, the biggest hurdle will be to start playing it again

-Dark Souls: Have 3 bosses left (I think) hard to beat. I played this when it came out and then got into Arkham City and Skyrim and never finished, biggest regret

-The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: 100 hours played, medium to "beat". Basically I want to finish the main story, dawnguard, and the dark brotherhood.

-Fallout 3: played the first 6 hours about 3 times Very Hard to beat. I played the beginning of this game way to much, I don't think I will ever be able to finish it

-Fallout New Vegas: played the first 4 hours, Very Hard to beat. I would finish 3 before this and the chances of me beating both Fallout games? Slim

-Just Cause 2: Played the first 20 minutes, easy to beat. Once I get into this game I know I will love it

-Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: 20 hours in, very hard to beat. I enjoyed this game but it came out too soon after Skyrim, and theres so many side quests

-Limbo: Never played it, easy to beat. I actually just finished it last night and it will be my first blog about this tomorrow

-Lone Survivor: Played the first 5 minutes, easy to beat. Sounds like a fun game I will get into

-Mark of the Ninja: 5 missions in, easy to beat. Good game I'm gonna take my time with

-Max Payne 2: played the first hour, medium to beat. I will have to be in the right mood to get through this one

-Metro 2033: played the first 30 minutes, easy to beat. I've been meaning to play this, and it's short

-RAGE: Played 4 hours, hard to beat. I'm not sure I can get back into it, too much vehicle driving but the shooting was great

-Sleeping Dogs: 6 hours in, easy to beat. Currently playing it and loving it, really fun game

-Stalker Call of Pripyat: never played, Very hard to beat. I never finished the first one either but this one is newer so I'll give this one a go, don't think I will beat it

-Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords: played the first 2 hours, hard to beat. Kotor is my favorite single player game ever but I never got into 2

-Super Meat Boy: chapter 4, hard to beat. This game is getting pretty hard, I will keep trying

-Sword and Sorcery: 20 minutes, easy to beat. The soundtrack is amazing so this one should be fun

-Warhammer 40K Space Marine: first hour, easy to beat. I think it will be a fun mindless game whenever I choose to go through it

So that is the list. Every time I beat a game, I will blog my thoughts about it. I am going to try to make it through all these games and I think I have a good shot at beating most of them now that I am short on money and won't be distracted by new releases. I would appreciate any suggestions from you all about what games I should prioritize playing over others. I already beat Limbo so it will be my first post, and now I'm working through Sleeping Dogs and I'm thinking about Metro 2033 next. Any suggestions will be helpful though!

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Posted by CJduke

So now that 2012 is over and I have finished a lot of the games I wanted to for game of the year stuff, I now have the entire month of January with nothing but old games to play or finish. Also, with my money running short and since I will be finishing up my last semester of college, I don't think I will be able to buy any new releases like I have been for the past 2 years. So I figure I should start playing through all the games I never finished or have never even started. Some of the games will be really tough but I am going to try to beat all of them. I want to play all these games and at least make my purchases worth it, so I am going to try to defeat my backlog!

Here is the list of games, how much I have played them, and how difficult I think it will be to finish them.

-Alan Wake's American Nightmare: Never played it, Easy to finish. I really liked Alan Wake and this game is short

-Assassin's Creed III: about 75% done, easy to finish. I'm almost done so it won't take long

-Beyond Good and Evil: Played the first hour, hard to finish. I played the first hour and it seemed a bit boring, need to get farther I guess

-The Binding of Isaac: Never played it, very hard to finish. Not sure this one is actually beatable for me, but I want to spend some time playing it at least

-Cave Story: Never played it, hard to beat. I really don't know much about this game so I don't know what I'm getting into!

-Darksiders II: Over half way through, medium to beat. I enjoyed the game but was disappointed, the biggest hurdle will be to start playing it again

-Dark Souls: Have 3 bosses left (I think) hard to beat. I played this when it came out and then got into Arkham City and Skyrim and never finished, biggest regret

-The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: 100 hours played, medium to "beat". Basically I want to finish the main story, dawnguard, and the dark brotherhood.

-Fallout 3: played the first 6 hours about 3 times Very Hard to beat. I played the beginning of this game way to much, I don't think I will ever be able to finish it

-Fallout New Vegas: played the first 4 hours, Very Hard to beat. I would finish 3 before this and the chances of me beating both Fallout games? Slim

-Just Cause 2: Played the first 20 minutes, easy to beat. Once I get into this game I know I will love it

-Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: 20 hours in, very hard to beat. I enjoyed this game but it came out too soon after Skyrim, and theres so many side quests

-Limbo: Never played it, easy to beat. I actually just finished it last night and it will be my first blog about this tomorrow

-Lone Survivor: Played the first 5 minutes, easy to beat. Sounds like a fun game I will get into

-Mark of the Ninja: 5 missions in, easy to beat. Good game I'm gonna take my time with

-Max Payne 2: played the first hour, medium to beat. I will have to be in the right mood to get through this one

-Metro 2033: played the first 30 minutes, easy to beat. I've been meaning to play this, and it's short

-RAGE: Played 4 hours, hard to beat. I'm not sure I can get back into it, too much vehicle driving but the shooting was great

-Sleeping Dogs: 6 hours in, easy to beat. Currently playing it and loving it, really fun game

-Stalker Call of Pripyat: never played, Very hard to beat. I never finished the first one either but this one is newer so I'll give this one a go, don't think I will beat it

-Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords: played the first 2 hours, hard to beat. Kotor is my favorite single player game ever but I never got into 2

-Super Meat Boy: chapter 4, hard to beat. This game is getting pretty hard, I will keep trying

-Sword and Sorcery: 20 minutes, easy to beat. The soundtrack is amazing so this one should be fun

-Warhammer 40K Space Marine: first hour, easy to beat. I think it will be a fun mindless game whenever I choose to go through it

So that is the list. Every time I beat a game, I will blog my thoughts about it. I am going to try to make it through all these games and I think I have a good shot at beating most of them now that I am short on money and won't be distracted by new releases. I would appreciate any suggestions from you all about what games I should prioritize playing over others. I already beat Limbo so it will be my first post, and now I'm working through Sleeping Dogs and I'm thinking about Metro 2033 next. Any suggestions will be helpful though!

Posted by Video_Game_King

@CJduke said:

Any suggestions will be helpful though!

Call it "The Backblog".

Posted by CJduke

@Video_Game_King said:

@CJduke said:

Any suggestions will be helpful though!

Call it "The Backblog".

Done. Thank you for that

Posted by MorkaiTheWolf

@CJduke said:

Any suggestions will be helpful though!

Don't play two games of the same style back to back. Also, finish Fallout 3 before you play New Vegas. The improvements they make between the two are big enough you'll notice them but the atmosphere of Fallout 3 felt more...survivor-like to me. New Vegas seems more open ended and in my play through was much easier than 3.

Posted by CJduke

@MorkaiTheWolf: Alright I definitely will give it a try. The fallout games will definitely be the hardest for me to beat because they are so long and I have played the beginning of 3 like 3 or 4 times

Posted by MooseyMcMan

You forgot about Bully.

Posted by MorkaiTheWolf

@CJduke: I found it exciting in my playthroughs because I start good then once I got strong enough to fight deathclaws I went full on evil. Made the game hilarious!

Posted by Zrais

Assign them all a number and play them at random. Thats what I do for my backlog each year. This year its huge. Once I finish Walking Dead Ep5 I've got to start on it.