Most of the staff here at Twinfinite are finishing up the school year of various educational levels. Sure, we could be sleeping in all day and staying out all night like most other summer breakers, but we plan on using our newly found free time a little more wisely. These long summer days are perfect for catching up on those games of the past year that we haven’t had time to finish, or even start. I asked around the office to see how big everybody’s backlog pile is and afterwards we had a giant laugh at those losers who don’t have a summer break because they’re off making money at their 9-5s.
Summer is a time for going to the beach, hanging out with friends, and voluntarily enrolling yourself into a gaming cult. Sun and fresh air are cool and all, but soon my friends and I will pay our cult entrance fees (aka buy 3 months worth of World of Warcraft subscription) and together, forsake the outside world.
See, MMO’s are pretty toxic to my college schedule, or any sort of plans aimed at productivity. So to make myself slightly less of a bum, I swear off of any WoW activity until the summer sunshine brings Blizzard back into my life. Come June, while most of the world is getting sand up its britches, I’ll be heading down to the beaches of Darkshore, grouping up with my pals, and permanently disappearing into the shadows of Azeroth…until September.
Final Fantasy X-2 is a repressed memory from my childhood. I distinctly remember my 10 year-old self being extremely excited about the game when my dad bought it for me as a surprise gift. As an avid fan of Final Fantasy X, I was sure that X-2 could only help build up my love for Yuna and the world of Spira. I was wrong.
To be perfectly honest, I really don’t remember all that much about X-2 aside from blurry images of a moogle giving out balloons, a series of some very odd costume changes, and a headache-inducing voice singing “What can I do for you?” I bought the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Collection for both the PS3 and Vita when it came out in March and I’m going to give X-2 another shot. I’ve seen some gameplay videos of the game and I think the combat system looks pretty solid. It’s fast-paced, and fluid with costume changes. And hey, costumes are always a good thing, right? I mean, they make your characters prettier and doesn’t cause them to look like ridiculous cosplayers or anything of the sort, right?
Either way, a lot has changed between now and the game’s original release back in 2003. I like to think that I’ve become a lot more open-minded since then when it comes to trying new things in gaming. Who knows? It might grow on me.
I’ve had a long standing joke with my friends, saying “I’ve never played your favorite video game.” Joke though it may be, I really haven’t played most of the games the general public considers to be classics. This summer, I’m conquering at least one major series I’ve missed out on; Metal Gear Solid.
A few months back, I came across black label copies of Metal Gear Solid 1, 2, and 3 for the PS1 and 2. The day I bought them, I put them on my desk and said I’d get to them the next weekend. They’ve been on my desk ever since. I always have an excuse; a project coming up, or the fact that I’m no good at stealth games, but this summer I’m done with excuses. Weeks from now I’ll finally be experiencing the series so many consider to be one of gaming masterpieces.
For the first time in a long time, I actually don’t have an extensive list of video games to get to. Since I made the jump to next-gen, the stream of games available has slowed considerably and I’ve gladly enjoyed the change of pace. I had a PS3 for years, but it wasn’t until I received an Xbox 360 in college that I truly got into gaming and I felt overwhelmed by the games I had to play. I was always trying to move through games as efficiently as possible, checking something off of my list. Now that I have a manageable amount of games on my list, I can take more time with each and enjoy them at a more leisurely pace.
However, to get more specific about my backlog for this summer, it will hopefully include Call of Duty: Ghosts, Forza 5, GTA V, Spec Ops: The Line, and Pokemon White 2.
I still have three long months to go before my summer vacation starts, but it’s never too soon to start planning out the first games in my backlog that I’d to clear out. With Golden Week (a group of Japanese national holidays during the first week of May) on the horizon I have a few extra days off to get started early. I’m planning to go back to some smaller games that Steam tricked me into buying (it’s all Steam’s fault!) during the holiday sale.
I’m hoping to spend some time with Long Live the Queen, an indie visual novel reminiscent of Princess Maker, but without the misogyny and incest! Neat! It has a cutesy, shoujo anime aesthetic that’s dramatically juxtaposed with all of the gruesome and violent ways your little cotton candy-haired queen can meet her demise. To prevent the queen from being stabbed or poisoned by a deceptively delicious looking sweet, you have to train her in a variety of skills that differ wildly. Which skills you make time for, be they dance or internal affairs, are entirely up to you. It takes some serious strategy and creative thinking to raise your princess into a wizened leader. What better way to spend some time off than to outmaneuver imaginary assassins?
I’m looking forward to reacquaint myself with Titanfall as soon as summer starts, given that I played it less and less as my finals piled up. I’m also eager to check out episode 3 of The Wolf Among Us.
Finally, I’ve played a couple of rounds of the FTL expansion, and liked its new quirks and improvements. I think summer will be the perfect time to hunker down and get every ship in the game.
Although my backlog isn’t as extensive as those who stalk Steam sales, there are still plenty of games I’ve always been meaning to get to but just haven’t. This summer, I’m hoping to tackle one of the most highly regarded RPGs in all of gaming: Final Fantasy VII.
Truth be told, when Final Fantasy VII came out I was essentially a toddler. Even when I eventually got a PS2 that could have played the game, I was still too young to play games that were really long (or so I tell myself now). So now, 17 years later, I’ve decided to tackle FF VII and see just what all the fuss is about. It might not be the same, considering I know the game’s biggest plot twist (who doesn’t at this point), but I’m looking forward to what the game has to offer. I’m also looking forward to broadening my horizons as far as Final Fantasy games go, since I’ve only ever played Final Fantasy XIII and everyone seems to agree that is one of the worst ones by far.
When it comes to video games, I like to think that it’s better late than never. I expect my summer to be full of awesome Square Enix humor and crazy polygonal antics.
About a year ago, my backlog got so overwhelming and seemingly unconquerable, that I decided to reset the counter and start from scratch. Not a bad idea, but I forgot to take into account how many amazing games come out on a yearly basis. It’s been a little less than 11 months since I wiped my slate clean and my backlog seems just as long as before.
I own but still haven’t had a chance to even touch Bioshock Infinite, The Walking Dead Season Two, or Assassin’s Creed IV. I played through the first few hours of The Last of Us and Arkham Origins, but never got further than that. Yes I’m horrible; don’t judge me! The only game I left on my list from the previous iteration is Infamous 2. I’ve gotten to the point in the story where to just abandon it would be sacrilegious. It doesn’t help that if a game has collectables in it, I feel forced to get as many of them as I can before getting to the story.
So those are our shameful backlogs. What about you? Let us know in the comments if you have a backlog you’ve been saving for summer and what’s on it!