Backlog Update 2

You might remember my exorbitant games backlog and the rules I set myself to reduce it. Time for another recap.

The last time, I set out to play 5 games. I actually finished 4 of them and ended up playing something different for the 5th:

  1. Diner Dash Completed this one first. I played it on the iPhone. I still think it’s a very good game with plenty of depth. Totally different league than the recent Angry Bird fluff.
  2. Another World Turns out I was so close to finishing it. I wrote about it here.
  3. Pilotwings Loads of fun and short too. I wrote about it here.
  4. Plants vs. Zombies That might have been the least fun game from that list. I explained why here.
  5. Goof Troop Actually I wanted to play Scribblenauts but ended finishing Goof Troop first. I wrote about it here.

So with that I fully gained the right to enjoy my copy of Gran Turismo 5. To be honest, this system isn’t working so well. The 5:1 ratio is a bit too harsh. I ended up getting some games for the podcast or “accidentally” as part of GameBoy eBay auctions. I’m thinking about reducing it to 1:3 or differentiating between finishing and finishing with all achievements. On the other hand, I successfully resisted quite a few temptations. Let’s see how the next batch goes. Here is what’s coming up next.

  1. Monster Hunter Tri I have been playing this for ages. I will continue playing it due to the podcast. But now I almost finished all the quests which is where I want to call it “completed” for the sake of this list.
  2. Beyond Good and Evil I’m still at the beginning. But the HD version should keep my attention long enough to seriously dig into it. I heard it’s not that long anyway.
  3. Pokémon Red/Blue I recently dug up red, transferred my old Pokémon from blue over and started a new game. I’m going for all 151 this time. And I already have the majority. With having already very strong Pokémon in my team, I should be able to get trough this one with minimal grind.
  4. Final Fantasy: Crysis Core I guess I could finish the game right now but I got stuck grinding the sub-quest and somewhat lost track of it. I should be able to finish this one off fairly quickly.
  5. Scribblenauts Again. Didn’t get around playing it yet. This game has a LOT of content. It certainly overstays it’s welcome.

I don’t know what I will get after finishing these 5 but I’m sure I will be able to think of something. Perhaps the 3DS? Or LA Noir?

Krystian Majewski

Krystian Majewski was born in Warsaw and studied design at Köln International School of Design. Before, he was working on a mid-size console project for NEON Studios in Frankfurt. He helped establish a Master course in Game Design and Research at the Cologne Game Lab. Today he teaches Game Design at various institutions and develops independent games.

2 responses to “Backlog Update 2”

  1. GhostLyrics

    Concerning Pokemon: You are aware of that there are only two ways of obtaining all 151? Which are a) cheating and b) exchanging with someone who has been either at one of those events Nintendo hosted or cheating himself. Which is bad, bad, bad.

    1. Krystian Majewski

      Yes. I already have Mew if this is the cheat you are referring to.


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