Eight games in my backlog I’ll probably not get to play this holiday

Ah yes, the end of the year. It is the time where most of us get to take a bit of a long deserved rest after a hard year of toil and labour. Even those that are not fortunate enough to get the time off also feel a bit more relaxed, even though you’re still at the office. Unless you’re in retail that is. Something that we do each year is set out to play all those games we’ve been hoarding in our backlog because of insane prices on sale. We buy these games with all the intention in the world to play and finish it in our “down time”, but then just never do, adding it to the ever-growing pile of digital shame we already have.

This is a personal list of each of the games I have every intention to play this holiday, yet will probably not because life happens, or you know, Red Dead Redemption 2:

Resident Evil 7

A game I’ve had my eye on for a while now and recently got on sale. Resident Evil 7 is a game I originally was a bit sceptical about considering the tripe that was RE6, so I didn’t give it much attention. After release though, I saw all the glowing reviews and opinions on it, so it went on my “buy when cheap” list, which happened quite recently. The game is on my PS4 and ready to play, but I haven’t even looked at it. It is quite high on my to-play list, and I hope I get to get to is, but knowing myself, I will probably end of spending all my time trying to get some sexy time while playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Star Wars: Battlefront II (At least the single-player)

Here’s the thing of the new Battlefront games. It looks and plays pretty damn well. Sure, the first Battlefront got a ton of flack for removing any single player from it, but from the bit of it that I played, I found it highly enjoyable. Still, I didn’t buy into the sequel at all, but I was told that the single-player campaign that they now added is actually damn good and worth a go, especially if you’re a fan of the Star Wars universe. So when I got hold of a copy of the *deep breath* Star Wars: Battlefront Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition for next to nothing earlier this year,  I couldn’t really say no. The hard one about this is that I know it is not that long to play the single-player campaign, yet for some reason, I haven’t even started. Guess I’m just busy.

Mass Effect Andromeda (Platinum Run)

Technically cheating, but I see it as part of my backlog. I have to admit that when Mass Effect Andromeda released early last year, I didn’t really get all the hate. Sure there were some wonky animations, the story didn’t quite live up to expectations and the open worlds was a tad bit bland and repetitive. Still, I enjoyed the game. I liked the characters and plot and decided it warranted another go in order to get that sweet ass Platinum ping. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I just couldn’t continue. I did get back to it a bit later, but if you’re 25 hours into a playthrough on the hardest difficulty of a game, it is not easy. I so hope I get to give this one a try though since I think the game deserves a bit more love than what people are willing to give it.

Prey

Prey is a game that released more than a year ago which I should have played by now. Yet for some reason, I haven’t. I recently got it for a bargain on PSN, and it is probably the game I want to play the most on this list of mine. I like horror themed games, but I don’t like being powerless. From what I gathered with this game it falls in that sweet spot that I really dig, so as I mentioned, it is a game I should’ve played by now. It is the one game on the list that I think I might actually get to this year, unless something happens and I just, well, don’t.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

This one really only joined the list because A) I recently got a Nintendo Switch, which is great for the travel I need to do from time to time and B) I bought Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on sale, but due to not really travelling over December, means the Switch won’t get as much love as it deserves. For me, the portability is the main attraction of the Switch, and it is mostly while on the move when I give it some attention. BOTW is a game I so badly want to play, and the chances are good that once I do get going, I will just keep playing even when I’m home. Besides, with all the damn load shedding going on, I might end up spending more time on the little Nintendo console than I think.

Persona 5

I love Anime. I also quite like JRPG games, but for some stupid reason unbeknownst to us all, I’ve never played a Persona game. Everything I’ve seen of the game makes me want to play it. It’s good deep meaningful relationships, plenty of action and it simply oozes with style. Persona 5 is probably the game on the list I want to play the most, so I the odds are good that the other games on the list gets left behind for this one. That doesn’t mean I’m going to get to it though. It just got the best damn chance.

Every PS Plus/ Xbox Games with Gold game ever

Let’s be very honest with each other here. As much as we want to games, and sometimes complain about getting something we don’t like or God forbid have already bought, we’re never going to play these games. The games that get added to your ever-growing library would’ve been there already if you really wanted to play it. With the exception of a few games that launched with something like PS Plus (Resogun), almost all of the games we receive have been discounted to death by the time it reaches the service, so you really don’t have an excuse. These games get pushed to the back burner because you’re to busy playing either your everyday game like Fortnite or Destiny 2 or you’re running around in the latest, greatest open world available to you.

Red Dead Redemption 2

For a lot of people, Red Dead Redemption 2 IS the reason why they won’t get to the rest of the games on their backlog. The game is amazing and massive, and with RDR Online on the way, I can only imagine how much time that is going to take out of your day. The thing for me though, as much as I love the game, I haven’t touched it in a month because of other commitments, and due to everything going on in it, it becomes a bit of a daunting prospect to get back to. Besides, I just want to go back to Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey which I am enjoying quite a lot.

So those are the games I will probably not get the play or finish this month, even though I have all the intentions to do so. I would like to know what games you plan on playing during the “down” time of the year, which you probably never will.

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