Confessions of a computer game stockpiler

The last couple of years have been pretty poor gaming wise from a personal point of view. I’ve invested far too much of myself and my time in work and and as such I’ve been really lazy with some games and barely played them, got to a certain point and basically abandoned or just plain not even taken them out of the shrink wrap. I’ve recently changed jobs so with that in mind I went back to Dragon Age Inquisition and finally finished all the downloadable content which I’d neglected up to that point. Having finally finished it made me think about other games I should get back to. With that in mind I’m going to go through some games, why I initially stopped playing them and whether I’ll go back to them.

Fallout 4: I suspect I was my own worst enemy on Fallout 4 as I spent far too much time dicking around doing various sidequests and exploring rather than doing the actual main story and I feel like I just fatigued myself with the game overall. All the bastard settlement quests didn’t help either. I definitely intend to go back to it and finish it as I really want to see how it all pans out and I love the Fallout games so it would be a definite shame not to complete it.

The Last Guardian: This one hasn’t even made it out of the case, I bought it when it first game out as it was being sold dirt cheap on certain sites. This was before I’d really seen anything about how it played and due to my being a fan of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. I think it’s fair to say that the reception it got was incredibly mixed, with that in mind it’s definitely not a priority for me to play through anytime soon given the current backlog and with what’s on the horizon.

Final Fantasy 15: I got this at a weird point as it was when I replaced my PS4 after it had been stolen. I played a bit of it and really enjoyed it as it was a lot of fun but from memory I got it just before Mass Effect Andromeda came out which I’d been looking forward to for ages. I definitely want to get back into Final Fantasy 15 as everything I’ve read seems to have good things to say about the character development and the weirdness which are things that definitely appeal.

Assassins Creed Syndicate: This has purely been because I bought it at a point in time when it was offensively cheap, had a few other things I was playing and it’s one I essentially keep forgetting I have. Will be aiming to get to it at some point though as I love the Assassins Creed series for the most part (3 was shite) and friends have told me it’s one of the better games so would definitely like to see how it holds up against my personal favourite Black Flag.

Metal Gear Solid 5: This was stopped for two reasons, the usual overload of games to be played combined with the fact that I’m dogshit at stealth games. Previous entries in the series have been more forgiving to my inability to sneak well, whereas this one is much more difficult for me to not die a lot. I’m aiming to go back to it given that I’ve finished every other main game and this represents quite a big piece of the overall story, it’ll just be when I can work myself up to the prospect of being ok with failing a lot.

Horizon Zero Dawn: I seem to go through periods were I’m absolutely obsessed with Skyrim and it was during one of these phases that I got Horizon so I didn’t give it the proper go I should have. I will definitely be going back to this as what I did play captured my imagination as the way it builds the world seemed excellent and made me want to learn more. Also it has giant robot dinosaurs in it and I refuse to believe there is anyone on planet earth that doesn’t find this appealing.

The Last of Us: This one has barely been played for one reason and one reason only, and that’s that I’m a massive pussy. Essentially I completely appreciate just how amazing the game is but playing it stresses me out massively, which really just emphasises how great the atmosphere is. Because of the stress levels I’m reasonably sure I won’t be able to finish it, which is a shame as it’s probably going to mean that I’ll struggle with the sequel too, but we will have to see.

I’d like to think that knowing what I do that I’ll avoid this need to buy games when I’ve got other games to play but I know damn well I won’t be able to resist. There’s always a nagging suspicion in my head that if I don’t get something when I initially want it then I won’t be able to later on. This is obviously mental though so we’ll see how that pans out.