A Z-A of... Ztuff I Haven't Played Yet

Hola, GB. This is like the other A-Z list, but in a different direction. I'm reversing it up because these are games I haven't played but someday want to. Either they're on the backlog already and I'm just procrastinating over them (and when you're procrastinating about something you do for fun, that's a new hallmark in laziness) or I haven't purchased a copy as of yet.

Anyway, point is, everyone has a "games I want to play" list and that seems like a perfectly justifiable reason to make one of my own. Because damn right I would jump off a bridge if everyone else was doing it.

(I've modernized the list for 2017/2018! Completing most of these might actually be a reasonable goal.)

List items

  • I've been revitalizing my Z-A list of Ztuff, chasing off the 2010-2013 games I'm probably not going to get around to. Just current-gen and bucket list ztuff from here on out. Including this, the first game in Falcom's more jokey Zwei series. I'd pretty much play anything Falcom at this point.

  • I'm just going to replace any Ys games I beat with one that I haven't. This slot belongs to Ys now, so just imagine there's an Ys game here at all times. (Though if I should ever run out of Ys games, perish the thought, this slot is being bequeathed to the Yakuza series.)

  • Conveniently, I completed Xenoblade Chronicles 2 around the time I bought the expansion for XCOM 2 so I'll be getting back into hiding behind lampposts and missing 90%-certain shots any day soon.

  • I played the miserable first Watch Dogs in 2020 purely so I could check out its more upbeat sequel. Gotta say, recent Ubisoft controversies have me wanting to skip their entire catalog for the foreseeable future, but I already bought this game, so...

  • I want to see how Sega's insane real-time-but-not-really war strategy game plays on a smaller screen. I also want to see if the many recruits available in this sequel are as psychologically unstable as those in the first. They can't be, can they?

  • I'm a big fan of both Wadjet Games and games that start with weird letters like U, so that's why this is here. Like most adventure games, I'm trying to learn as little about it as possible (besides "it's got demons").

  • I'm just going to keep replacing this slot with new Tales games as I beat them. Right now, it's just Graces F that I own and have yet to start, but Xillia 2 will be joining it some day.

  • Took out Steins;Gate recently, so in goes its sequel/midquel/interquel instead. I really enjoyed the first, more than I was expecting. I guess there is something to this whole VN lark after all.

  • The Risen games have an unhealthy dose of jank behind them, but I enjoyed the first two regardless and suspect that I'll at least find something I like about the third.

  • Still aren't a whole lot of options for Q, unless I'm interested in Quantum Break and I can tell you that I am not. Since it's been decades, I've already bought this set on GOG and I'm back on the point and click wagon anyway, might as well put this series here.

  • Now that I hear Kingmaker's actually not half-bad, I'll add yet another throwback isometric CRPG onto the pile. Happy to know I'll probably never run out of these.

  • Octopaaaaath, nobody suspects a thing? Still, as one of the few JRPG exclusives coming to Switch - a console I now own, in a delightful twist of bad financial planning - you better believe I'll be on this like belts on a Squaresoft character. (It's now on Steam too now, so I'll likely find it cheaper there.)

  • Loved Nioh 1, love Soulslikes in general, heard nothing but good things about the sequel. And I thought "N" would be a tough nut to crack.

  • Getting behind with the Mario & Luigi games, so let's make some vague promise to catch up. Vague promises is what this list is all about.

  • It's hype season for the next Life is Strange if that Captain Spirit mini-adventure is any indication. I'll probably wait until the whole season is out first, though.

  • Pretty cheap, since I used a Kirby game for the other A-Z. But whatevs. This has to be played, by me, at some point. I mean, just.. look at the... the... with the... he's made of yarn!

  • I could probably find something more recent than this lost PS2 game, but I still want to find this damn thing and play it. I really liked the Jak series (maybe not enough to buy Jak X though) and it irks me that this is the one game they refuse to rerelease.

  • Dash it all if this game doesn't sound like it was made specifically for me. Of course, I'm not so much of a solipsist that I can't see that it's called "I am Setsuna", a name that is definitely not my own, but I was speaking figuratively. Love old RPGs, but what I love more are newish games that resemble old RPGs but have a bunch of modern game design under the hood to make them bearable.

  • Surprisingly elusive in terms of going on sale, I'm hoping to check out Ninja Theory's psychological "mid-tier" action-adventure game in due time.

  • I guess it sounded pretty good? I do like those old-school cyberpunk Blade Runner knock-off adventure games, like Snatcher or Beneath the Steel Sky or Blade Runner. Maybe not Rise of the Dragon. Anyway, the Indie Royale Bundle allowed me to snag this, so I'll get right on that. Probably. (I have other G games to play, but I'm leaving this here until I get it done.)

  • I've heard a lot of mixed things about the story, but these big budget open world games always have a high minimum required level of craft to be worth my while. They're sort of like Marvel movies in that respect.

  • I've been getting into Gothic of late, and as soon as I finish the third one of those (and the third one of its spiritual sequel series, Risen) I might see myself to this sci-fi variant.

  • Well, I finally got around to the two Danganronpas in 2017, but wouldn't you know it? A third one came out. I guess that's what's going here.

  • As soon as I figure out how to play it, I'm going to jump into this enchanting boss rush game. It's gotta hit Switch or PS4 eventually, right? (Future note: It did.) Can't keep this one under a bushel forever.

  • This one's kind of a no-brainer. The decision to make it my B entry, I mean, not the title.

  • I'm cheating here. I fully intend to keep Ace Attorney games in the A slot, but they have weird naming conventions where it's often the main character's name first - Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, Miles Edgeworth - so this slot's for whatever Ace Attorney games I gotta play. For now that's... that Layton crossover. Wow, that's the only localized one left, huh.

  • Not sure if it'll stay here as my "#" entry on the list, but I'm determined to see what all the fuss is about with Vanillaware.