Backlog Abyss: 2018 Edition

This is an ongoing list of games I'm playing/have finished. I thought it would be interesting to see how many games I finish this year versus how many I don't. My goal is to not drop a game unless it's especially bad/boring/etc.

HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

List items

  • FINISHED (PS4) - Incredible game with gorgeous pixel art and a story that gets surprisingly dark and weird. I'm already a sucker for metroidvanias, and while this one didn't go full Super Metroid or Symphony of the Night, there was enough exploration and puzzles in each area to keep things fresh.

  • FINISHED (Switch) - Great game with a smooth difficulty curve (at least in the main portion) and some of my favorite music I've heard this year so far. I've yet to finish all of the optional stuff but I will be returning to this game periodically throughout the year.

  • CURRENTLY PLAYING (PC)

  • CURRENTLY PLAYING (PC)

  • CURRENTLY PLAYING (PC) - This is a weird one, because I've technically made it through the final mission a couple of times with different mech loadouts, but there's a lot more to unlock and mess around with so I want to do that before declaring this game "finished". Regardless, it's a phenomenal strategy game and a definite contender for my favorite game released this year.

  • CURRENTLY PLAYING (PC)

  • FINISHED (Android) - I played the Android port, which was surprisingly competent aside from the usual ugly UI you get with most of these mobile ports. Aside from that, it's a solid way to play this game, and I had no major issues with the touch controls.

    As for the game itself, it definitely shows its age through its grindy nature and 1v1 battles, but it was a lot of fun seeing where this series started. It's short, sweet, and straight to the point.

  • FINISHED (Android) - A genuine improvement on the first game in many ways, with a few setbacks that make this game a little unfriendly to newcomers. Having a party as opposed to the 1v1 battles of the first game is a welcome change, and the addition of the ship makes exploring the world so much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, there's not much direction when it comes to completing objectives, and the difficulty spikes are random and harsh. The end area leading up to Hargon's castle is particularly brutal.

    Regardless of these gripes, however, I still had a good time running through this game. I wouldn't recommend it as someone's first Dragon Quest game though.

  • CURRENTLY PLAYING (Android)

  • BACKBURNER - This game is phenomenal, and some of the most fun I've had playing a game with friends, but my hectic schedule makes it hard to put a lot of time into this game, so I have to put it on the backburner for a bit.

  • FINISHED (PC) - This was a fun little game with a decent gimmick that I wish they would've done a bit more with. I particularly like how they handle shortcuts and accessing new areas of the island. The style is charming, the music is good, and the puzzles are mostly good. It's over fairly quickly, but there's a new game plus and plenty of hidden items/hearts/coins.