Beating my Gaming Backlog – Part 1

Beating my gaming backlog - part 1

Beating my gaming backlog – part 1

Introduction

The gaming backlog has been the subject of many of my previous blog posts and Instagram posts. This topic always raises some interesting discussions such as how many games are in my backlog and what are my goals for playing through my gaming backlog.

Over the last couple of years as I have been collecting video games I have amassed a great collection of PlayStation 3 games for pretty cheap. Now seems like the time to be collecting for this console quite frankly.

Anyway, I noticed that I might buy 3 or 4 games at a time depending on the price and pop them into my gaming cabinet rather than actually playing them. Of course I am buying much less than I used to considering that I am pretty happy with the games in my collection, though I’m going off on a tangent here I know.

The result of my eager collecting has resulted in a bunch of games that I have never played. This is part of the reason I am so reluctant to even count how many games are in my backlog in total. I don’t even want to think about the PlayStation 2 games gathering dust that have never been played.

With all of that in mind, I was feeling especially productive this weekend so I decided to start making some progress towards beating my gaming backlog. In particular my PlayStation 3 gaming backlog.


Beating My Gaming Backlog

In preparing for this undertaking, I thought about the things that prevent me from playing the games in my backlog. My most common excuses are that I have no time, that I’m playing the same game over and over again, or that I just get so overwhelmed by the choice that I never even pick a game.

With these things in mind I set about working through them in the following way:

I have no time

Well this was simple, I had the whole weekend ahead of me free from any responsibility of work. I had been pretty busy lately so decided to take some time for relaxing and gaming. That’s that part sorted.

I keep playing the same old game over and over again

This is a common trap that I fall into with TV watching as well as video games. There are always those one or two games that are just so comfortable and fun to play through. You never grow tired of them and you could probably do them backwards.

To get over this I just told myself that for at least one weekend I would try something different to broaden my gaming horizons or however you want to put it. Next.

I’m totally overwhelmed by the choice of games

Once again this is where my TV watching and gaming habits overlap. The fact that there are so many choices means that I spend more time thinking about what game to play rather than playing them. It’s a tough mind set to get out of.

In order to get around this I took out all of my PlayStation 3 games that I hadn’t played and randomly selected an order to play them. I found that once they were stacked and sorted into some kind of order that I was more inclined to try them out.

Another way to improve my chances of playing a game was to set a time limit on each game of 1 hour. By setting myself a time limit I could commit to about an hour of gaming meaning I would get through a number of games rather than just one.

I took inspiration for this time limit idea from when I took part in the No New Games Month gamer challenge. During the month where I could not buy any new games I spent a lot of time trying out games I had not played before. I found that by at least playing each game for a short period of time that I would be able to tell if I enjoyed it or not.

Motivation

Of course this doesn’t mean that I will complete all of these games right away but at least if I know what to expect from each game I will be more likely to continue playing it.


1 Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

1 Prince of Persia sands of time - Gaming Backlog

1 Prince of Persia sands of time

Background Information

  • Released in 2010
  • Developed & Published by Ubisoft
  • Genre: Platform Adventure
  • Was apparently the inspiration for the Assassins Creed series of games

1 Hour of gaming

I have played games from the Prince of Persia series before back on the PlayStation 2 and found them pretty enjoyable. This meant I knew somewhat what to expect from this game. It is essentially a platform puzzler game with combat elements thrown in.

The graphics I found to be pretty good for a game this old. Though the main protagonist just looks like Stephen Tyler from Aerosmith, it’s just odd.

Other than that really weird distraction, the music was well suited to the environment and the character actors seem to know what they’re doing which led to a fairly immersive hour of gaming.

The game started off with a tutorial as you would expect. You start off by making your way through a castle that is being rampaged by enemy warriors. During this time you learn the basic mechanics of movement and combat which form the groundwork for the majority of the game.

You know things will be bad when you immediately die during the tutorial, which is what happened to me. I’m putting this down to the controls honestly. It reminded me of trying to play through Assassins’s Creed 2 where simply pressing in the wrong direction means not climbing up a wall properly or jumping across a ravine instead.

This was very frustrating to start off with though I kept going. After a bit of a hesitant start I began to understand how to play the game and work through each room without dying every time.

After an hour of gaming I had defeated the tutorial and was starting into the real game, gaining xp and upgrading my abilities. By this point I had also unlocked the ability to rewind time which proved quite useful when silly mistakes were inevitably made trying to navigate through a room.

Continue?

Overall this was a slightly frustrating hour of gaming at first but as I progressed and became familiar with the controls the puzzle solving became more fun.

I think I would be happy to continue this game to see what more it has in store in terms of game play mechanics and maybe story progression.

If you are thinking of trying this game for yourself, according to the PSN Profiles Trophy Guide this is a pretty easy game to platinum. In terms of difficulty and time to complete this will take about 10 hours approximately to platinum. This will likely be my main incentive for continuing with this game.


2 Minecraft PlayStation 3 Edition

2 Minecraft

2 Minecraft

Background Information

  • Released on PSN in 2013 and on PS3 in 2014
  • Developed by Mojang AB, 4J Studios. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.
  • Genre: Simulator Adventure

1 Hour of gaming

I played Minecraft once before but I never got into it enough to play more than an hour.

I did sink a lot of time into Portal Knights on PlayStation 4 which is heavily inspired by Minecraft’s core game play. This was pretty enjoyable so I decided to give Minecraft a try.

The first thing I noted upon starting this game was that the tutorial seemed pretty helpful.

From what I remembered from the last time I played, the tutorial was pretty minimal / non-existent. In this case, the tutorial hints would show up as and when you needed them rather than bombarding you with them all at once.

Side note here, something I found pretty clever was the option to select from different texture packs to change the look of the environment of the game when you play.

I chose the default texture pack which was definitely a wasted opportunity. If I was to continue with this game I would definitely choose a different texture pack like maybe the Adventure Time one or perhaps the Skyrim one. Definitely worth looking at these again.

As I continued on my journey, I quickly gathered enough wood to build a crafting bench and from there a pickaxe. Following this I was able to gather cobblestone to build a furnace which allowed me to craft iron ore.

Everything was going swimmingly, and then I died. And then I died again.

Something I found with this hour of gaming was that I was trying to rush through it to get the most out of the hour. This resulted in being unprepared for battle and subsequently died. This meant that when I died I started with nothing.

This is all something that can be avoided following a more relaxed play through.

Continue?

I am pretty confident I will continue playing this game, though I will likely create a new world and start from scratch. I want to be able to take the time to collect, craft and build at my own pace and explore the world when I’m ready.

Something also worth noting for platinum hunters, this game can apparently be platinumed in approximately 7 hours. This was something that totally surprised me knowing how immense in size and capability this game is. This is something worth considering on my next play through.


3 Dante’s Inferno

3 Dantes inferno

3 Dantes inferno

Background Information

  • Released in 2010
  • Developed by Visceral Games, Artificial Mind & Movement. Published by EA
  • Genre: Hack and Slash

1 Hour of gaming

I had no idea what to expect going into this game. I’m pretty sure I picked it up in the pawn shop for €3.00 a few months ago thinking it looked pretty cool.

Upon watching the opening scenes I was treated to gore, violence and for some reason I have no idea why.. lots of nudity. Call me a prude but not a big fan of nudity in video games, its pretty off putting.

Anyway, that initial horror aside, the actual game play was great. This is a hack and slash type game in a very similar style to Darksiders. Except this is much more for grown ups. Wow the graphic violence and what not was a bit hard to take I’ll be honest. This is such a shame as I really enjoy this type of hack and slash game.

This hour of gaming was pretty tough going quite frankly and I struggled to get through it. Sure the game has some great game play, interesting game mechanics and things to collect, but I just am not a fan of the theme and story. I honestly wonder if I am in the minority here.

Continue?

This was a pretty tough game for me to play in all honesty and I don’t think I’ll be going back to this one. Unless someone applies a nice Adventure Time skin to it or something. Otherwise, yeah no thanks. Might be looking to sell this one or at least get rid of it.


4 Far Cry Classic

4 Far Cry Classic

4 Far Cry Classic

Background Information

  • Released in 2014 (the remake for PlayStation 3)
  • Developed by Crytek. Published by Ubisoft
  • Genre: First Person Shooter

1 Hour of gaming

I had so much fun earning the Platinum trophy for Far Cry 3 that I had to see where this series started. Upon loading up the game and playing the first mission I could tell this was going to be an interesting hour of gaming. Not so much in a good way.

The graphics while pretty unsatisfactory by today’s standards, do emulate those seen in Far Cry 3 in terms of the color palette and environment. I got the sense I was almost in the same setting. That was of course until the game decided to glitch out and stutter up until I completed the first mission.

What would follow would be me spending the majority of my hour of gaming on just the second mission. I honestly don’t know what happened. I would get to a certain point and be killed by a mercenary as I couldn’t hit them in time. If it wasn’t that I ended up falling off or falling down from the route I was taking which meant I had to restart from the checkpoint a good dozen times. Talk about frustration.

The graphics as I talked about, while crude, were endearing almost with the characters being somewhat enjoyable to listen to. Though at this point I’m hardly aware of much of a story line.

Continue?

I am pretty sure I haven’t been able to give this game a chance in the one hour time limit. This was mainly due to the fact that I was stuck on one mission for the majority of my play through.

This is the worst game so far in this list functionally. I get the sense it’s almost broken or something. Definitely something I need to look into more before continuing.

With that said I would like to continue on with this game at least for the time being to see if these silly pain points lessen and hopefully disappear.


5 Avatar The Game

5 Avatar the Game

5 Avatar the Game

Background Information

  • Released in 2009
  • Developed by Ubisoft Montreal
  • Genre: Shooter Adventure

1 Hour of gaming

There is a certain consensus out there that video games based on movies tend to be less than great. I tend to agree with this notion I must say, though of course there are exceptions. So with that in mind, I had a slight amount of pessimism about this game before trying it at all.

That pessimism was pretty short lived when I started into the game and carried out a few of the first missions. This game doesn’t have spectacular graphics. They are simple but they are quite effective. Maybe that’s just my opinion as the last game I played was Far Cry Classic which was pretty horrific as far as graphics go.

I definitely enjoyed my hour of gaming and was pleasantly surprised. Honestly, this is one of the first games so far in this list that proved difficult to tear myself away from when the hour was up.

It looks like after the hour I have just scratched the surface of the game with a whole host of armor, weapon and more upgrades to unlock as well as in terms of the story (though I have seen the movie so pretty sure I know how it’s going to go).

OK so the story, while it follows very loosely the plot of the movie, wasn’t too in depth right from the start. It felt like there were bits left out or something. Maybe more dialog could have been used or something. I’m actually not quite sure what was missing here. With that said, you could argue that this leaves more time for actual game play which makes sense. Though this depends on what kind of gamer you are.

Continue?

It is highly likely that I will be continuing with this game after my play through. The graphics are decent for the age of the game, missions don’t seem overly difficult and the environment and setting of the game is pretty captivating.

My only serious negative point here concerns platinum hunting. Unfortunately some of the trophies for this game are multiplayer dependent. What’s more, the game’s servers were shut down which makes achieving the platinum for this game next to impossible.

This is not ideal for people looking to complete the game 100% and really makes me question the benefits of multiplayer trophies and trophies in general. Though that is a very separate topic for another time.


6 Dark Souls 2

6 Dark Souls 2

6 Dark Souls 2

Background Information

  • Released in 2014
  • Developed by FromSoftware
  • Genre: RPG Adventure

1 Hour of gaming

OK so this is the only soulsborne game in my collection right now and I’ve never played any of these. So I guess now is as good a time as any to start right?

Phew after an hour of gameplay I am actually nowhere. Nothing could have prepared me for the difficulty and unforgiving nature of this game. Sure I knew these games were hard but holy crap I am terrible. Having gone the wrong way right at the start and then wasting all of my health crystals or whatever they’re called, I call this one of the worst hours of gaming so far.

I definitely need to do some prep work if I’m going to try this game again. But that won’t be for a while me thinks.

Continue?

I honestly don’t know where I fall with this game. Part of me wants to give it a chance considering the following these games have. Another part of me doesn’t want to feel like a complete moron for dying every 10 seconds. If I do continue to play this game, it won’t be anytime soon.

If anything, I may start watching more gamers streaming these games to get a better understanding of how to play through them.


7 The Godfather 2

7 The Godfather 2

7 The Godfather 2

Background Information

  • Released in 2009
  • Developed by EA Redwood Shores
  • Genre: Shooter Adventure

1 Hour of gaming

Yet another game based on a movie. Am I a glutton for punishment or what. Having recently re-watched the original Godfather it seemed like an appropriate time to play this game. I also found this game at the pawn shop recently enough for a cheap price in case you were curious.

My first impressions of this game were pretty positive all in all. The graphics aren’t too amazing but work well for this game. You can usually spot the issues in characters’ faces that tell you how good the graphics are. Sure, there is character customization though which is cool.

The controls make sense and were pretty easy to pick up. The aiming took a bit to get used to but it was pretty effective once I got the hang of it.

This seems like a pretty interesting and complex game with multiple choice conversation options as well as a whole mechanic of taking over businesses and making money. I get the sense this might be similar in style to a Grand Theft Auto style of game.

Continue?

Overall I would say I’m looking forward to continuing this game the most in this list so far.

The game mechanics are definitely interesting to me and I get the feeling I will enjoy spending time working through each part of it.

I can’t wait to take control of my crime ring and become the don of it all. I’m sure that’s the correct terminology, right?


8 Sleeping Dogs

8 Sleeping Dogs - Gaming Backlog

8 Sleeping Dogs

Background Information

  • Released in 2012
  • Developed by United Front Games, Square Enix London Studios. Published by Square Enix, Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Genre: Shooter Adventure

1 Hour of gaming

This is an example of a game I picked up for very cheap from the pawn shop just because it looked interesting. I didn’t really know what to expect game play wise so this seemed like a good opportunity to try Sleeping Dogs out.

Things seemed pretty interesting from the start. The tutorial sets the scene for the game, introducing you to basic movement and combat as you might expect. I will say though I’m not a fan of tutorials that require you to complete combos to proceed.

Anyway that aside I generally enjoyed my hour of gaming. The graphics weren’t too incredible but the story, the environment and the game play definitely held my interest.

I get the sense this is like a Yakusa / Grand Theft Auto inspired game which is great for me as I’ve never played a Yakusa game and really want to get into this series eventually.

Continue?

I really enjoyed this hour of gaming and I’m pretty sure I’ll be continuing with this game. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what more this game has to offer.


Conclusion

So I have had quite the weekend beating my gaming backlog. Though I know I’m only scratching the surface with this. With that said, I now feel happy to continue playing a number of the games I played which I couldn’t have really said before.

I enjoyed this little experiment much more than I thought I would. Looking back I’m surprised at how easy it was to do once I set my mind to it. Rather than spending ages scouring for a game to play, I just picked out a handful and made my way through them. Definitely food for thought there.

Hopefully you enjoyed this post and found it some way interesting or useful in motivating you to get through your own gaming backlog. I found this pretty enjoyable and would like to try this again in the future.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Michelle

This post was written by me, Michelle. I have a huge love of gaming and created this blog to be able to share my thoughts and opinions on lots of gaming topics.

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