2018 - 12 Month Pile Program

beeporama wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I played about half of Prey and loved it but got distracted. I'm starting it over because I lost the thread of it, but I liked it enough that it'll be on my GOTY list this year.

In that case, I completely give up on thinking I understand your tastes. They are frequently surprising to me. (Not bad, just that I don't see an obvious common thread.)

That's fair.

farley3k wrote:

On the topic of whys and hows; what has worked best for all of you for conquering the pile?

I found my best year for Pile Progression was when I decided to limit my new game purchases. I allowed myself three purchases. One for Christmas, Fathers' Day and my Birthday.

I was able to buy those three games at any point in the year, but it was done so with the express understanding that when those dates actually came around, there would be no trying to sneak in an extra purchase. Because it was limited to only three, I also allowed myself the extravagance of buying a collector's edition if I saw fit. That's how I ended up with my Songbird Statuette

I then decided to pick a main course, and several snacks from the Pile.

The main was a "big game", 15 hours+ to complete. The snacks served to keep me sane, so if I wanted to bounce around on a few smaller titles, I could. These were the smaller, less involved, pick up put down, games I had in my list.

It worked well. I'm considering doing a similar thing this year.

I tried to keep to a budget, like bubblefuzz, but I got caught up in the meta game of getting the most for my money, and I actually increased my pile more than decreased it. (I ignored Clocky's rule of "only buy it if you intend to play it straight away").

m0nk3yboy wrote:

I tried to keep to a budget, like bubblefuzz, but I got caught up in the meta game of getting the most for my money, and I actually increased my pile more than decreased it. (I ignored Clocky's rule of "only buy it if you intend to play it straight away").

Yep, spot on - this is the not so great side effect of sticking so closely to the budget I mentioned last week in the 2017 thread.

Sure it kept cash outgoings in check which was my main aim at the beginning of 2017. However it also meant I sold or traded games before I was really ready to let them go, just so I could get that retail fix, but stay on budget.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
beeporama wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I played about half of Prey and loved it but got distracted. I'm starting it over because I lost the thread of it, but I liked it enough that it'll be on my GOTY list this year.

In that case, I completely give up on thinking I understand your tastes. They are frequently surprising to me. (Not bad, just that I don't see an obvious common thread.)

That's fair.

I told beeporama this already, but he's now sent me into a spiral of figuring out just what my tastes are. What's the common thread? I think figuring that out could help me make a lot smarter choices about what I buy and play.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I told beeporama this already, but he's now sent me into a spiral of figuring out just what my tastes are. What's the common thread? I think figuring that out could help me make a lot smarter choices about what I buy and play.

This is probably good for anybody with pile problems. It's helped me to figure out the weird quirks of my own taste.

Thanks for creating the new thread, m0nk3yboy!

I've decided that 2018 is going to be the year of the rich, meaty single-player experience for me. I have evenly split the list between the pile and new games that I am anticipating.

January – Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
February – Divinity: Original Sin 2 (PC)
March – Persona 5 (PS4)
April –Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
May - They are Billions (PC)
June – Parkitect (PC)
July – Shin Megami Tensei V* (Switch)
August – Pillars of Eternity 2* (PC)
September – The Bard’s Tale IV* (PC)
October – Dragon Quest Builders 2* (Switch)
November – Underworld Ascendant* (PC)
December – Project Octopath Traveler* (Switch)

I'm ready for 2018 - let's do this!

beeporama wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I told beeporama this already, but he's now sent me into a spiral of figuring out just what my tastes are. What's the common thread? I think figuring that out could help me make a lot smarter choices about what I buy and play.

This is probably good for anybody with pile problems. It's helped me to figure out the weird quirks of my own taste.

Keep in mind it could change as you grow older. In high school and College I used to be easily pleased with first-person shooters and find a number of action games impenetrable. Now, I'm easily pleased with action games and have a lot less interest in shooters, with Destiny, Titanfall 2 and DOOM being the only notable ones off the top of my head.

Part of it is the shifting dynamic of what games people are making, but I also think part of it is just the shifting tastes of getting older.

I pretty much want to try it all - see what gaming has to offer, even if it falls outside my perceived tastes. Things changes, and gaming certainly has.
Except shooters that is, they seem like a lost cause for me.
Multiple great games each year I would have missed if I tried to stay to what I knew I would like. No Her Story, no Stardew Valley and so on. Heck, I would never have gotten into my favorite games of all time, Demons Souls/Dark Souls if not trying to play something I certainly didn't enjoy at first.
But I also have serious pile problems, so...

Pinkerton wrote:

January – Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
February – Divinity: Original Sin 2 (PC)
March – Persona 5 (PS4)
April –Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
May - They are Billions (PC)
June – Parkitect (PC)
July – Shin Megami Tensei V* (Switch)
August – Pillars of Eternity 2* (PC)
September – The Bard’s Tale IV* (PC)
October – Dragon Quest Builders 2* (Switch)
November – Underworld Ascendant* (PC)
December – Project Octopath Traveler* (Switch)

That looks like an unbelievably good list of games.

First fruits of defining what I like: I dramatically underestimate how much I like logic puzzle games, and I haven't paid enough respect to how important it is to me that the protagonist of a game be a woman and/or that there's a woman in the game I like and get to spend significant time with.

Tracking is my current issue, as in "what do I have?".

I was considering buying FFXII The Zodiac Age for PS4 in the January sale... Only to find it in my games cupboard, bought earlier in the year (for around the same price, so no "ill feelings" there).

Still, I almost had my first duplicate purchase on the "current" gen.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

First fruits of defining what I like: I dramatically underestimate how much I like logic puzzle games, and I haven't paid enough respect to how important it is to me that the protagonist of a game be a woman and/or that there's a woman in the game I like and get to spend significant time with.

More thoughts:

Sense of place is hugely important for me. It might be the most important thing when it comes to gaming, because a strong sense of place will override a lot of my other interests.

I like places that are bizarre, fantastical, lonely, or have a strong sense of scale. Almost all of my favorite games have bold, memorable settings. Conversely, I'm considerably less interested in spaces that are realistic or conventional. A game set in those kinds of spaces won't automatically be ruled out, but they're more likely to not catch my attention at all.

I like distinct character design founded in the classic animation principles of color, silhouette, and movement. Likewise, I like unique and memorable enemy designs. This doesn't mean that things need to be cartoony (although they can be) but that they need to be imaginative and identifiable. Conversely, realistic characters and enemies are dreadfully dull to me. Again, it's not an automatic turn off, but it means I'm less likely to care.

Narrative isn't very important to me. I honestly don't care if a game has no story at all, but if it does, I like characters who are vulnerable. I want characters who are exuberant, insecure, naive, incompetent, frightened, optimistic, or lonely. I do not want characters who are stoic, sarcastic, angry, hyper-competent, or swaggering. I'm more likely to tolerate those characteristics in female characters (because they're fairly uncommon) but I have almost no interest in them in men. Yawn.

Finally, immediacy is very important for me. I find it very frustrating when a game gates its essential and unique experiences behind lengthy introductions, cutscenes, or tutorials. If I'm playing a shooter, I want to be shooting right away. If I'm playing an open world game, I want to be free to wander right away. This is part of the reason I've often found it more satisfying to play DLC episodes before playing the games they're attached to: The designers are usually much more willing to throw you into the thick of the gameplay when they think you've already played the campaign.

I should also add that while I don't have many deal breakers, I do really, really hate loot mechanics and (increasingly) XP systems. It takes a strong game to overcome that inherent distaste.

Here's a second draft of my pile for the next year.

1. Persona 5 [PS4] (JRPG)
2. Xenoblade 2 [Switch] (JRPG)*
3. Children of Zodiarcs [PC] (Strategy/JRPG)
4. Blackguards [PC] (WRPG)*
5. The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine [XBO] (Open World/WRPG)
6. Fallout 4: Far Harbor [PS4] (WRPG/Open World)
7. Breath of the Wild [Switch] (Open World)*
8. Obduction [PC] (Puzzle)
9. Opus Magnum [PC] (Puzzle)*
10. Stephen's Sausage Roll [PC] (Puzzle)
11. FEZ [PC] (Puzzle)
12. Antichamber [PC] (Puzzle)
13. Hollow Knight [PC] (PEG/Platformer)*
14. Sundered [PC] (PEG/Platformer)
15. Dark Souls [PC] (Action)
16. Doom [PC] (Action/FPS)
17. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider [XBO] (Action/Stealth)
18. Prey [XBO] (Action/Horror)
19. The Evil Within: The Assignment & The Consequence [XBO] (Action/Horror)
20. Rise of the Tomb Raider [PS4] (Action/Adventure)

ClockworkHouse wrote:

More thoughts:

The funny thing is, halfway reading that, I just chuckled and thought "this might as well read 'I like Nintendo games because:'".

I think it'll be useful info for determining what sort of games you may enjoy, though.

Are any Nintendo main characters vulnerable? Seems like they are always white dude saving damsel in distress? (or white dude decides he wants to ruin a wedding for selfish reasons).

The better question to ask is "Do Nintendo games have a story?"

Which if we want to get semantic, the ones that do are hardly the first thing to come to mind when it comes to Nintendo. Fire Emblem, the various Mario RPG's, etc.

I actually did have a whole three paragraphs discussing that portion of Clock's post but got rid of it because I felt like I was going to say stuff no one wanted to read and I gotta learn restraint eventually.

Shadout wrote:

Are any Nintendo main characters vulnerable? Seems like they are always white dude saving damsel in distress?

Being a white dude saving a woman doesn't preclude a character from being interesting and vulnerable, but you're right that there's usually a strong overlap between that type of character and the traits I find boring.

And as far as Nintendo goes, their mainline characters typically aren't very interesting. Mario, Link, Samus, and others are typically silent stand-ins for the player's determination to overcome the game's challenges. There isn't really much character or story there (as Chris said), just a colorful and recognizable avatar. Nintendo wisely usually keeps character moments for these figures limited to blessedly brief cutscenes where they grit their teeth, tighten their grip, and dive back in. (If only the rest of AAA gaming could learn to be so brief.)

But if you move beyond that stable of mascot characters, Nintendo's games have more interesting characters than you might expect. Rex, from Xenoblade 2, and Pit, from Kid Icarus Uprising, have an infectious enthusiasm and joy that's rare in a video game lead, and with that comes a genuine hurt when they're let down, defeated, or betrayed. Lucina, Robin, and Corrin from the Fire Emblem series are conflicted, frightened, and strong.

Sometimes, it's the damsels and other side characters who are most interesting. Zelda and Tetra in the recent Legend of Zelda games have been interesting, and I've especially loved her character in Breath of the Wild. Pyra and Nia are the biggest reasons I like Xenoblade 2 so much, and Elena from Pandora's Tower was a great character despite being a literal damsel in a literal tower.

ccesarano wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

More thoughts:

The funny thing is, halfway reading that, I just chuckled and thought "this might as well read 'I like Nintendo games because:'".

Yes, and no. There's a lot of overlap between what I like and what Nintendo makes, but if they're going to drop the ball on something, it's usually on immediacy. I've loved the Zelda series for years, but they can be difficult to revisit because they take so long to ramp up to the game I want to play. The Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario games bog the player down in text and tutorials. (And on the flipside, Kid Icarus Uprising is my good standard for immediacy.)

I also love some of their games, like Code Name Steam, despite there not being a single interesting character in the cast.

I'm drafting up a list of games I definitely want to finish, hopefully in the first half. These are:

1. Dishonoured 2
2. XCOM 2
3. Stardew Valley

There will be more, but I think this year it's better for me to just pick a smaller amount at first and then see, in say 4 months, where I am with it.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

First fruits of defining what I like: I dramatically underestimate how much I like logic puzzle games, and I haven't paid enough respect to how important it is to me that the protagonist of a game be a woman and/or that there's a woman in the game I like and get to spend significant time with.

More thoughts:

Sense of place is hugely important for me. It might be the most important thing when it comes to gaming, because a strong sense of place will override a lot of my other interests.

I like places that are bizarre, fantastical, lonely, or have a strong sense of scale.

Thanks for sharing this stuff. I think I understand better where/why our tastes have overlapped...

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Narrative isn't very important to me. I honestly don't care if a game has no story at all, but if it does, I like characters who are vulnerable...

Finally, immediacy is very important for me. I find it very frustrating when a game gates its essential and unique experiences behind lengthy introductions, cutscenes, or tutorials.

...and where/why they haven't.

I'd pegged "exploration" as really important to me, but "sense of place" might also be part of it without my having realized it. It would explain why I love exploring the more fantastic worlds of JRPGs, while more conventional game worlds usually only work for me when they instead focus on lore and detail.

I don't really have a target list for this year. Last year looks to be my second best year on Backloggery and I largely chalk that up to making more of an effort to properly prioritize the games I want to buy and as a result being a lot more stringent with the number of new purchases over the course of the year. I didn't really clear anything from the pile aside from NES Remix (which was just something I did on a complete whim) and I think not declaring a hard and fast list of games I want to play/beat worked for me as I feel like I spent less time agonizing over the pile in general.

That said, here's my "Must Buy" list as it currently stands:

Spoiler:

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (3DS)
Kirby: Star Allies (Switch)
New Yoshi (Switch)
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (PS4/3DS/Switch)
The Alliance Alive (3DS)
Project Octopath Traveler (Switch)
Chuchel (PC)
Unavowed (PC)
Lamplight City (PC)

That's pretty much 100% pure-grade Nintendo, JRPG, and Adventure which will probably keep me happy for the year. As with last year I have a second list which is the list of stuff that I'm interested in but either waiting on reviews or less enthusiastic about:

Spoiler:

Lost Sphear (Switch)
Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT (PS4)
Kirby: Battle Royale (3DS)
Secret of Mana 3D (PS4)
Ni No Kuni II (PS4)
Sushi Striker (3DS)
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS)
Dragon Quest Builders (Switch)
UFO 50 (PC)
Battletech (PC)
Surviving Mars (PC)
Wattam (PS4/PC)
Kunio-Kun: The World Classics Collection (PC/PS4/Switch)
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4)
Left Alive (PC/PS4)
Industries of Titan (PC)
Griftlands (PC)
Toejam & Earl 3 (PC)
Guard Duty (PC)
Anthology (PC)
Mega Man 11 (Switch)
Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 (Switch)
Mega Man X Collection (Switch)
Bayonetta 1 & 2 (Switch)
The Iconoclasts (PC/Switch?)
Into the Breach (PC)
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (PC/PS4/Switch)
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (PC/PS4/Switch)
Catherine: Full-bodied Edition (PS4)

Both lists are pretty dynamic and I'll continue to update them throughout the year as stuff gets announced and/or delayed.

As for the pile itself, I think I only have three real goals this year and they're pretty modest (and open-ended to a degree) in my mind:
1. Play and beat another classic point & click adventure game, which is going to be either King's Quest VI or one of the LucasArts titles I mentioned in the 2018 goals thread.
2. Finish up one of the JRPG titles I've started in the past few years. I'm not going to really name any of them since I've put enough lists in this post. But I'd really like to keep whacking at these since it's one of my favorite genres and I'd like to get some closure on the ones that've been in limbo for way too long.
3. Replay something, anything really.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

There's a lot of overlap between what I like and what Nintendo makes, but if they're going to drop the ball on something, it's usually on immediacy. I've loved the Zelda series for years, but they can be difficult to revisit because they take so long to ramp up to the game I want to play. The Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario games bog the player down in text and tutorials.

I think that's because Nintendo isn't as confident in new player's abilities to figure out those genres relative to say Mario which is mechanically simpler and requires a lot less knowledge to be front-loaded. For people with experience in those series or genres it can grate a lot, but for neophytes dipping into an RPG or Zelda game for the first time it's probably invaluable. Especially considering the industry has effectively phased out game manuals entirely at this point.

I have finally put the games I have to finish into a list along with how far along I think I am. I think I will take the game a month (or until finished) approach. Seems like I should do the ones I am farthest along in so I can feel some satisfaction of taking ones off the list. That would mean digging into The Witcher 3, Breath of the Wild, and H:ZD first. Perhaps leave the extreme time sinks until the end - so Persona 5, and Xenoblade 2. Then spice the rest through the year....Now I just need to mull over the more specific order. If anyone has an opinion about that feel free to tell me.

Horizon Zero Dawn 80%
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 80%
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 80% - and - Blood and Wine expansion 0%
Dark Souls 3 15%
Skyrim 20%
Subnatica 2%
Valkyria Chronicles 2%
Darksiders 2 3%
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 2%
Persona 5 5%

2017 was a bad year for me in terms of the pile (among other things). I bought a lot of games and played a lot less so I want to change that in 2018. Initially, I thought about limiting my purchases to X amount of games but I don't think that's ever worked for me. What I am going to try is to beat 3 games for every new game that comes in. We'll see how that goes.

My other goal is to beat the games that I started in 2017 which include Nier, Banjo Tooie, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, Stardew Valley and Resident Evil HD. No planned purchases so far except Ni No Kuni 2.

Unfortunately, my actual pile is too big to really list especially if all of the steam bundle games are included. However, I would very much like to play through in 2018:

Dead Cells
Uncharted 4
Uncharted: the Lost Legacy
Last of Us: Left Behind
Witcher 3
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, Rogue, Syndicate, and Origins
Nioh
Bloodborne

I know all of those Assassin’s Creed games in a row seem tough, but after hating the original game and skipping out on its sequels for five years, I finally gave Assassin’s Creed 2 a shot in Dec ‘13 because Black Flag looked so good, and I loved it. So from Dec. ‘13 to Feb. ‘14, I played through AC 2, Brotherhood, Revelations, AC 3, Liberation HD, and Black Flag and enjoyed them all. After that marathon and ending on the high note of Black Flag, I was incredibly excited for Unity the next fall and even preordered it. After three aborted attempts to get into it during my separation/divorce that winter, I shelved it and haven’t been back. I’m hoping skipping it and the less interesting French setting and restarting with the Black Flag-like Freedom Cry and Rogue will get me going on the series again.

Bloodborne and Nioh are there because of my love of the Souls games. I spent about 30 minutes with Bloodborne last year some time after picking it up in a sale, but either I was in the wrong head space or I just will end up hating the different combat flow caused by the removal of shields and blocking. It doesn’t help that I was coming off playing the PC versions of Dark Souls 1 and 3 via the steam link, and the PS4 performance seemed so much more uneven in Bloodborne.

Thankfully after a loaded 2017 full of great new games, 2018 seems much emptier. Of the announced titles only Civilization 6: Rise and Fall seems like a guaranteed day one purchase. In the column of I’ll likely buy, but don’t know when are Red Dead 2 and God of War. The maybe column holds Detroit, Days Gone, Crackdown, and Spider-Man. In the unannounced but rumored and likely purchase column are Retro’s game which I’m betting is Holiday ‘18 for Switch and Bethesda Game Studios’unannounced project which I’m betting is Starfield also slated for Holiday ‘18.

**gasp** The “less interesting French setting”?!?!
I’m not talking to you anymore!!!!!

Ok then, I was working on a much smaller pile of unplayed / barely touched games that I wanted to at least give a proper chance in 2018. If I'm not feeling it and it gets dismissed from the pile, so be it. I've done this for each platform and also listed are games in progress and evergreens. I'll take a look at possible additions properly another time.

This is what I've cut it down to...

PS4 In progress
Fallout 4

PS4 unplayed
Batman (Telltale) (ps+ Jan 2018)
Cosmic Star Heroine
Darksiders II (ps+)
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (ps+ Jan 2018)
Dying Light: The Following
Elite Dangerous
Hitman
Metal Gear Solid V (ps+)
Tales from the Borderlands (ps+)
Walking Dead: Season 2 (ps+)
Witcher 3 (GotY)
The Witness
Until Dawn (ps+)
X-Com 2: War of the Chosen

PS4 Evergreens
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone
Overwatch

3DS unplayed
Attack of the Friday Monsters
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Vita In progress
Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God

Vita unplayed
Darkest Dungeon
Danganronpa
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir
Persona 4 Golden
Salt & Sanctuary

Vita Evergreen
Spelunky

I've just crumbled and Switch now owned so the above plans in tatters and...

Switch In Progress
Battle Chef Brigade

Switch Unplayed
Zelda Breath of the Wild

Switch Evergreen
Stardew Valley

With a 30-40 max game time per month, it would take me around six months to finish just Witcher 3 (GotY).

So yeah, I don't expect to finish a whole load of the above, but giving everything a fair shake would be a start. I can however see most of my game time on the Switch. Only had it for an evening but yeah, it's kinda good.

Oh and here we go... Email received - PS+ monthly games for January - Batman TT Game and Deus Ex Mankind Divided, two more I'd be keen to play. So yeah, PS+ gets some flack, but to be fair to Sony half of my unplayed, but want to give a shot pile are amongst those subscription games.

... That's not mentioning Adventure, puzzle, strategy games + board conversions on the tablet, those Wadget Eyes are staring at me right now.

... and it doesn't include my planned purchases, of which there are a few. Monster Hunter World being my sole PS4 game waiting for atm, but of course I'll be needing to catch up on the Switch and looking forward to Wargroove too. This bit needs looking into a bit more...

So many games...

Although keeping track is something I enjoy-, my plan for 2018 I think should be just to roll around in and embrace the pile or I might just go insane...

Here's to looking forward to it.

Edit. Zelda added.

Eleima wrote:

**gasp** The “less interesting French setting”?!?!
I’m not talking to you anymore!!!!!

France itself isn’t what was less interesting to me. It was the French setting starting at Versailles and going into the French Revolution. I previously enjoyed the stylish black and white representation of Paris turning to color very much in EA’s the Saboteur, but also wouldn’t have wanted to see Assassin’s Creed waste an entry on WW2.

The problem is that Assassins Creed is one of the few games bouncing around various historical settings because there are very few big budget historical games that aren’t set in WW2, and I would have preferred something less explored than the French Revolution.

I would have preferred Paris during WWI when it did not fall, (as well as other French and German locations) but focused on the callous generals throwing men into the meat grinders as secret Templars and those who mutinied or near mutinied as Assassins fighting for the common soldiers’ lives and rights.

I would have preferred France during the Hundred Years War with the faint hope that Joan of Arc would be the series’ first mainline playable character after how great Aveline was in Liberation. Even if the studio required another playable male character through parts of the game, it would have been a nice start.

I would have preferred France during the late 1600s/early 1700s with Paris and European France as one set of locations, the ocean and Caribbean as another, young French colonies in Montreal and Quebec, a wilderness area stretching through Lake Michigan and down the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to the founding of New Orleans. This would have allowed new “canoeing” mechanics, the reuse of the popular ship exploration and warfare of Black Flag, and multiple cities of varied sizes and differing architecture to explore. I was also hoping for Aveline’s family heritage to be explored in more depth much like the protagonist from Black Flag was the grandfather/great grandfather of the protagonist in Assassins Creed 3.

2017 has been a rough year for me too, while I did enjoy alot of A+ games, I didn't get to play as many indies as I wanted, and especially in the later months made almost no pile progress while buying many games I wasn't planning on. One of the few positives is pretty much all the planned purchases got played right away and finished.
So far only planned purchases next year are:
Shadow of Collosus
Ni No Kuni 2
Chaos Child
New Atelier
(maybe, still debating)
and if by miracle a new Legend of Heroes or Tales of game comes out next year.

As for back log.... I'd like to play atleast one game from a "legacy" system, in addition to catch up on some of my purchases from last year.
Yakuza Zero (PS4)
Final Fantasy XV (PS4)
Okami HD (PS4)
Last of Us (PS4) I'm not big on zombie games, but I enjoy Naughty Dog games, I might just put it on easiest setting and play through it
Dragon Age II (PS3) - This one is a maybe, I'm still debating if I should power through or just straight into Inquisition
Dragon Age Inquisition (PS4) this depends on what I do with above
Blue Dragon (X360) this one maybe be a stretch as the system hasn't been on in a year.
Yoshi Wooly World (Wii U)
Tokyo Mirage Sessions (Wii U)
Atelier Meruru Plus (Vita) This is the last game of the Atelier Trilogy that I haven't played yet, I'd like to finish it off in 2018.
Atelier Firis (PS4/Vita) I also would like catch up on the current releases before the next one hits.
Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebelion (PS4/Vita)
Mass Effect Andromeda I'd like to give this another shot
Witcher 3 + expansions probably hardest goal to finish the entire year due to sheer size of this game.

One of the few things I noticed is that I didn't play as many indie games/smaller titles last year, so I'd like to give these a shot in between the bigger titles
Hob
Yonder: Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Lost Sea
Earthlock

And finally I hope to give my PC more attention this year as well.

edit x2: keep remembering things.

Now that I've got a better handle on what I like and why (thanks for inspiring that introspection, beeporama!), I decided to crawl through my achievements, trophies, activity logs, and other play histories to look for patterns and habits that I might not have been aware I had.

Some interesting discoveries there. I seem to get a kick out of linear action games like Tomb Raider and Wolfenstein and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy about once a year near the end of the year. For the last few years, I have games like that in my history almost exactly one year apart in November or December. That makes me think games on my pile like Wolfenstein 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and the like can be safely shuffled to the bottom of the heap for now. I probably won't want to play them for a year, anyway.

I put a good chunk of time into one big, sprawling, glossy Western RPG per year and usually near the beginning of the year. But only one. That means I can choose one of Fallout 4 or Skyrim or Witcher 3. I very likely won't play more than one.

I play a lot of non-linear platformers/PEGs but not many straight-ahead ones that don't have Mario in them. I can shuffle some of those down or off the pile entirely, and I can shuffle up some other games that I think I'd likely really enjoy.

I like point-and-click adventure games and walking simulators scattered throughout the year, about one every two or three months. I don't seem to much care for visual novels, though.

I will get lost in puzzle games pretty much any day of the week and twice on Sundays, especially if they're more abstract, colors-and-shapes type puzzles (i.e., klocki, Hexcells, Picross, Transmission, etc.)

I'll try to keep some of this in mind both when planning out my pile and when buying new games next year.

I went through Wikipedia's 2018 page and I'm left with mixed feelings about the first few months of the year. In January there's only one thing that really gets me in the "Oh yeah" spot, and that's Iconoclasts. However, I feel pressured to snag Lost Sphear to try and help Tokyo RPG Factory not die (not that I expect their closure will signal to Squenix to never try such games again, what with Project Octopath coming), and Dragon Ball FighterZ looks good but I don't know if I'd even play it.

Which leads me back to my Gaming Goals of 2018. I've told myself not to buy anything unless I was absolutely jived about it... and this past weekend I ended up buying Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Mario + Rabbids. It helps that, right now, I'm totally in a Switch mood, but at the same time I kind of want to punch myself in the stomach for making so many purchases.

What's more is I have to get myself back to recording footage of games, and right now I've basically got like four or five games in progress.

2018 is gonna be a pain in the ass.

ccesarano wrote:

Mario + Rabbids

I now feel really bad that I haven't shipped this yet, and also relieved I read your post before going to the post office tomorrow.

Edit: Tuesday, I guess.

Oddly enough one of the reasons I bought it was so that you didn't have to worry about mailing it. I probably should have informed you but it's been a weird ....almost-twenty-four-hours since then.