Update on the Backlog

It’s Friday and I’ve been trying to maintain a semblance of a regular posting schedule here on the blog, but that has been becoming increasingly difficult due to my finicky nature. There are plenty of games I want to play that would provide blogging fodder, but there are some other things going on in my personal life that are keeping me from playing much. Stress levels are reaching critical mass and I’m finding myself wanting to drink a beer and just chill rather than do anything else.

I have some minor updates on things I’ve been doing lately, but this is one of those stream of consciousness posts that will be more of a ramble than a rant. Let’s shoot off some bullet points, shall we?

I’ve quit playing ESO –  it’s just not keeping me hooked. This is the same thing that happens every single time I try to get into an MMO. I guess I’m just more partial to single player or smaller multiplayer games these days, but that part of me that enjoys MMO gameplay just can’t give up on them completely. I’ve said that I’m done with the genre more times than I can count, and these little failed experiments keep proving that point despite my inner MMO-loving self forcing me to play something in that realm periodically. I think I should just wait for Crowfall and be done with it, but sometimes the hype train comes along and pulls at my heart strings. I guess I’m still playing one psuedo MMO in Destiny 2, so there’s that.

I’ve been talking about Torchlight Frontiers since it was announced, and it appeals to me. I’ve been wanting to play ARPGs of late, but I’m sick of Diablo III. It’s a great game but I’ve done what I want to do there, and unless they add a new expansion (doubtful) I don’t see myself wanting to play it anymore. I have others at my disposal, but that didn’t go so well either.

  • Tried Path of Exile again as I never got too far – meh, actually kind of ugly compared to D3 and others. It seemed like a great game years ago but just doesn’t do it for me now.
  • Grim Dawn – more appealing, but kind of stuck as to where I left off. It’s a big world and I own the expansion and there’s a huge gap in my knowledge of the game so it was daunting to try and pick up again. Perhaps I’ll need to start a new character.

I made the statement that I’d beat all of the Fallout 4 DLCs before Fallout 76 released, but that’s next month and I’m kind of bored with Fallout 4. I am hyped for Fallout 76 and I think I’ve made my peace with not doing every single thing there is to do in the prior version. I’m looking forward to having some multiplayer shenanigans.

Of course, there’s still plenty of stuff I’m in the midst of on PS4:

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Titanfall 2
  • Destiny 2 – picked up expansion 1 & 2 for $10
  • Want to play more Warframe

I haven’t played Horizon Zero Dawn or Titanfall 2 in a couple of weeks, but want to get back to them. Destiny 2 has been slow going because I mainly play with my best friend, and that depends on us having time off at the same time. We had a pretty good once a week schedule going but the past couple weeks haven’t worked out. I did manage to grab the expansion 1 & 2 pass on sale this past week so I have more content to get through once we get there. The trouble will be convincing him to pay for the DLCs. Perhaps it’s time to start playing through by myself on a different class just to be able to play it more often, because honestly I’ve really enjoyed it. I also have Warframe sitting around collecting dust. I know around this time last year I was playing it pretty regularly, but as I tend to do I have neglected it since.

There are so many things I want to do and so little time. I’m at a point where I have started writing off games that just aren’t holding my interest, I’m down to something like 40 titles installed on Steam out of over 300 games. I try things out and if they don’t stick I just delete them. It’s a shame as there is quite a bit of money invested in my collection, but there’s just no time to waste on shit that isn’t doing it for me, and I’ve made my peace with that. This is why I’ve avoided MMOs and other time sink games that don’t have any real endings so that I could focus on the backlog of titles I own. It’s been a long process but in the past year I’ve finished a ton of games and tried a bunch more. Those that didn’t make the cut are gone and I feel better about it. Going forward I’m going to try and continue this focus. Wish me luck.

One thought on “Update on the Backlog

  1. It’s obviously not my place to tell you what to play, but if you’re craving a good ARPG I’d give PoE more of a chance.
    While it’s true that Act 1 and 2 could use a bit of a makeover the later stages of the game are anything but ugly, and if you thought it was a great game years ago, well, it only got better and better since then.

    If you’d like any kind of advice to get into it more easily I’d be happy to help.

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