November 20, 2013

A closer look at my backlog

Posted in video games tagged , , , at 7:05 pm by riulyn

This past weekend, I beat another 2 games, bringing my conquered list for this year to 25 games! This has to be a personal record, and it doesn’t even count complete replays of Suikoden 1-4, Tales of the Abyss, and Persona 3 Portable.

Not all those games were long (Ys I & II were both relatively short) but not all those games were short either (Xenoblade, Project X Zone, Wild ARMs 3, etc.). I don’t want to do the math of how many hours I’ve spent gaming this year alone; it’s over 1000 hours I’m sure. Every time I feel like I’m going overboard with spending money on games, I realize that I actually do a good job at getting to them. Every time I think I might just get super tired of gaming and need to take a 3 month break, I do something like a 10 hour marathon of Persona 4 Golden.

Anyway, I’ve done a pretty good job with beating the games I bought this year that were released this year. Games I bought this year that were released this year (release date order, not necessarily purchase order, and totally not counting Steam games) were as follows:

  • Ni No Kuni – not played yet
  • Fire Emblem Awakening – beaten
  • Pandora’s Tower – not played yet
  • Muramasa Rebirth – beaten
  • Project X-Zone – beaten
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV – beaten
  • Tales of Xillia – beaten
  • Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi – beaten

6/8 isn’t too bad for me. Obviously I skipped out on some notable JRPG releases for this year like Etrian Odyssey 4 & Millenium Girl, Soul Hackers, Atelier Ayesha, Disgaea D2, Soul Sacrifice, Rune Factory 4, Pokemon X/Y, but I did a decent job covering notable JRPG releases. Some of it for good reason (way behind on Atelier and Disgaea) and some because I decided to buy more PS2 games instead.

I was curious how the 10 games for this year (Ys IV and Curry RPG yet to arrive) would stack up to the previous 10 years. Looking at my Japanese game backlog, this is how it shook out. (Games are sorted by release date of the version I own, so if I bought a remake the release date is the remake’s release date.)

  • 16 games – 2006 (Suikoden 1 & 2 collection is original Japan date but I bought a discounted rerelease)
  • 10 games – 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010 (Shining Hearts for 2010 is Japan date but I bought a discounted rerelease)
  • 9 games – 2005
  • 6 games – 2011
  • 5 games – 2007, 2009, 2012 (Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki for 2012 is Japan date but I bought a discounted rerelease)

So 2013 is actually a good year for game collecting for me, but 2006 was amazing. I don’t know why so much stuff came out in 2006, but I have Atelier Iris 2, FFXII, Grandia 3, Kingdom Hearts 2, Shadow Hearts: From the New World, Suikoden 5, Tales of Legendia, Tales of the Abyss, Valkyrie Profile 2, Wild ARMs 4, and Xenosaga 3 (13 total) from the PS2 alone. I could add so much more to my 2006 game list too; there are probably a bunch of PSP and DS games that I’m missing.

Right now my 2014 list is 4 potential games – Bravely Default, Drakengard 3, Trails in the Sky 2, Tales of Xillia 2. I’m trying to cut back on game buying (unless I get a job!) but those 4 games are planned releases for the beginning/middle of the year. It’ll be interesting to see just how big next year is for JRPGs, especially for me as I plan to skip out on the PS4, XboxOne, and WiiU for as long as possible. Even if it’d break my wallet, I’d probably be overwhelmed with joy if I saw a lineup like that 2006 lineup ever again. Just looking at it makes me quite nostalgic…

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November 4, 2013

I’m alive

Posted in life, video games tagged , at 2:16 pm by riulyn

Failed to get my draft done by the beginning of November, so I won’t be graduating this fall. That’s okay, as I have some breathing room now. I just have to fight the temptation to play all the games.

While I’ve been gone, I managed to finally finish off SMT IV and indulged in some non-RPGs – an otome game called Hakuoki (the 3DS port) and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for DS. I bought the first Ace Attorney game for my birthday along with 999, which I hope to save for later. As expected, I was quite into Hakuoki despite vampires and stuff. I guess I’ll be getting Sweet Fuse sooner rather than later, and maybe having to import some Otomes in the future? Of course, I always feel like I understand what is going on in the Japanese when I have the English below. Plus, once I push through Suikoden Tsumu (too lazy to write out the rest) I’m sure most other games will be easier than that.

Not much else to say. It’s nearing the end of the year and I didn’t pick up anything substantial in October. Ys IV still doesn’t have a release date and I should spend the rest of my gaming money in Japan anyway. I have a few things to look forward to next year – Drakengard 3, Trails in the Sky 2, Bravely Default, Tales of Xillia 2, possibly X. I’ve done a decent job at keeping up with the games that I’ve bought that were released this year – only have Ni No Kuni and Pandora’s Tower left to conquer – but the backlog grew because of my desire to buy new and old. Next year will probably be a backlog-shrinking year though it’s too early to know if there are a billion releases waiting for me to buy them. While certain games get announced way too early, other ones just show up in the middle of nowhere. That’s the fun of the gaming industry when all types of players are involved.

Either way, I’ll let all those other people buy those PS4s, XboxOnes, and WiiUs this fall/winter. What are you all buying or preventing yourself from buying or in general up to?