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...

  • Enjoyed the first Vaporum for its steampunk aesthetic (not generally my thing, but it's uncommon to see in games) and various QoL features like a turn-based mode, so I'd be curious to check out this prequel of theirs. What's pre-steampunk? Oilpunk?

  • I'll admit to being morbidly curious about what they did to UU, especially after so many revisions to a state of near-competency. I'll check it out for old times' sake one of these days.

  • I finally knocked out Tales of Graces, but there will forever be more Tales to play. Arise is out this year (2021) but I've also got Xillia 2, Legendia, and Hearts R should I ever figure out how to buy/play them (my issues with each: delisted in Europe, never released in Europe, and only on a system I don't own).

  • I don't think I'm ever going to get tired of these games, even one that lacks RPG elements. Just in case I change my mind about the latter at the last moment though, this spot is also for The Surge 2.

  • 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.)

  • I've been playing a bunch of CRPGs from the '00s lately, and this one's perhaps the biggest gap in my library. I've still got to decide how many of the expansions I want to play also.

  • 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.

  • I don't think the art style's that great, but these serial VNs have been blowing up on my timeline for a while and it feels like something I might want to partake in. That extends to the sequel series, Umineko, too.

  • 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.)

  • Not quite sure what form it will take, but I haven't missed a mainline single-player Final Fantasy yet. That makes me sound super discerning doesn't it?

  • There's only one E game I'm thirsting to play right now, but since Elex 2 is still a way aways I guess Elden Ring will have to do. (I'm kidding, it's Elden Ring I want. Gimme them souls.)

  • This talky surreal RPG intrigued a lot of folks back towards the end of 2019, including those that don't usually play games like it. As one of the few who seemed to like the new Torment, it's probably going to be right up my alley.

  • 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 and the new Great Ace Attorney localization.

  • 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.