The Backlog Blog: Day One

 

When I first stumbled upon Giant Bomb, I was eager to make lists. I like lists. I find writing them comforting...so comforting, in fact, that I tend to lose myself in their construction. I've spent a sizeable portion of my time as a gamer just making endless lists about my game collection.
 
Hence, Giant Bomb's lists are probably not a good fit for me...there's just way, way too much freedom. I have already whiled away hours and hours on lists here; I finally had to delete them, and rely on my barebones backloggery list to track my collection. While I love Giant Bomb's freedom, I fear for my sanity if I were to continue here.
 
Instead, I'd like to use my page here as an outlet for my struggles against that great and horrible beast most of us face at one time or another: the backlog. Mine has gotten out of control...COMPLETELY out of control, and I'd like to do something about it. I'm hoping that this blog will help keep me honest and keep me on track.
 
One of the things I struggle with is simply selecting a game. I always have fun when I dig in; it's that leap into a game I have trouble making. I know it's a bit random and perhaps not the best system, but what I'm going to do is approach my list according to each game's ranking on gamerankings.com. I figure it's just as good as any, and it'll help keep me from neglecting those games that have become unappealing for whatever reason - old, out of date, time-consuming, hard...whatever.
 
Because I have so much trouble sticking to one game, I'm not going to try to plow through these one by one; I'd burn out on that plan really quickly. So, I'll probably have anywhere from three to ten games I'm working on at any given time. I'm going to try to make the game at the top of the list my first play every day, though, to make sure they don't get left half-finished and forgotten, as they so often do.
 
So! The game at the top of my list is Sonic 3 from Sonic Mega Collection Plus, with a score of 97.5 (having only 2 reviews helped get it on top, I'm sure). I'd actually like to finish off Sonic 2 first, though. I completed it with Sonic just last year, so I'm not going to worry about him...but I've never spent too much time in the game using Knuckles. So, at present, I find myself going through the incredibly stupid process of unlocking Knuckles in Sonic 2 on the Sonic Mega Collection Plus disc. Reports vary on the interwebs, but it seems like this just involves entering and exiting Sonic 2 and Sonic Spinball a bunch of times. Some sites say 20 times each, some say fifty between the two of them…I’ve done both and I still haven’t unlocked it.

I’m no great fan of this kind of unlock system on a classic collection of old games, but isn’t it depressing to think that in this day and age you’d probably have to pay five bucks or something to play Knuckles in Sonic 2? I’m anticipating such a charge to play him in Sonic 4…

Okay, that’s all for now! I’ll report back tomorrow on my progress with Knuckles in Sonic 2…if I can ever unlock him, that is…

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Posted by echoshifting

 

When I first stumbled upon Giant Bomb, I was eager to make lists. I like lists. I find writing them comforting...so comforting, in fact, that I tend to lose myself in their construction. I've spent a sizeable portion of my time as a gamer just making endless lists about my game collection.
 
Hence, Giant Bomb's lists are probably not a good fit for me...there's just way, way too much freedom. I have already whiled away hours and hours on lists here; I finally had to delete them, and rely on my barebones backloggery list to track my collection. While I love Giant Bomb's freedom, I fear for my sanity if I were to continue here.
 
Instead, I'd like to use my page here as an outlet for my struggles against that great and horrible beast most of us face at one time or another: the backlog. Mine has gotten out of control...COMPLETELY out of control, and I'd like to do something about it. I'm hoping that this blog will help keep me honest and keep me on track.
 
One of the things I struggle with is simply selecting a game. I always have fun when I dig in; it's that leap into a game I have trouble making. I know it's a bit random and perhaps not the best system, but what I'm going to do is approach my list according to each game's ranking on gamerankings.com. I figure it's just as good as any, and it'll help keep me from neglecting those games that have become unappealing for whatever reason - old, out of date, time-consuming, hard...whatever.
 
Because I have so much trouble sticking to one game, I'm not going to try to plow through these one by one; I'd burn out on that plan really quickly. So, I'll probably have anywhere from three to ten games I'm working on at any given time. I'm going to try to make the game at the top of the list my first play every day, though, to make sure they don't get left half-finished and forgotten, as they so often do.
 
So! The game at the top of my list is Sonic 3 from Sonic Mega Collection Plus, with a score of 97.5 (having only 2 reviews helped get it on top, I'm sure). I'd actually like to finish off Sonic 2 first, though. I completed it with Sonic just last year, so I'm not going to worry about him...but I've never spent too much time in the game using Knuckles. So, at present, I find myself going through the incredibly stupid process of unlocking Knuckles in Sonic 2 on the Sonic Mega Collection Plus disc. Reports vary on the interwebs, but it seems like this just involves entering and exiting Sonic 2 and Sonic Spinball a bunch of times. Some sites say 20 times each, some say fifty between the two of them…I’ve done both and I still haven’t unlocked it.

I’m no great fan of this kind of unlock system on a classic collection of old games, but isn’t it depressing to think that in this day and age you’d probably have to pay five bucks or something to play Knuckles in Sonic 2? I’m anticipating such a charge to play him in Sonic 4…

Okay, that’s all for now! I’ll report back tomorrow on my progress with Knuckles in Sonic 2…if I can ever unlock him, that is…

Posted by Video_Game_King

No. Finish Sonic 3 & Knuckles first. It is one of the best games out there. Best on the Genesis, best of the Sonics (not saying much, really), best....OK, best 2D platformer goes to Cocoron, but still, S3&K is pretty awesome.