Backlog: an accumulation of something, especially uncompleted work or matters that need to be dealt with.
Week 9 Progress
- Bad North: Jotunn Edition (XGP) – 0%
- Timespinner (NS) – 100%
- Quantum Break (XGP) – 80%
- CASUAL – Super Mario Sunshine (NS)
Yeah, I still didn’t start up Bad North. Sorry. I only have this week left, though, as it’s leaving Game Pass on September 30th.
So…Timespinner is an interesting title. Not exactly what I expected, but still enjoyable. You play as the young “Time Messenger” Lunais, who reluctantly has to travel through time to correct her tribe’s future when attacked by interplanetary attackers. The story here is the highlight, as it sets up very basic action platformer gameplay that gets stale faster than I would’ve liked. Unfortunately, despite a nice art style, I felt like this was a proof of concept for a much bigger story, as the most of what you get here is presented in files and journals you read throughout.
After playing through other Metroidvania titles this year, including Ori and the Will of the Wisps…this game just doesn’t give interesting enough quests to push you to finish (and I had to skip a couple quests when items I needed wouldn’t drop from the enemies I was to get them from).
Quantum Break is still on this list. It seems I can only take about two hours of it at a time, which is disappointing. I LOVE cinematic games. That said, the gameplay is “all right,” as it focuses on limiting your time abilities to when it wants you to use them, leaving you to play through gun fights with this well rendered and animated–but dreadfully human protagonist. Due to the animations involved, your main character feels sluggish, not so well suited for combat with the large number of baddies thrown at you at times. If you played through the original Just Cause, you’ll know the feeling. I’ll finish QB at some point, but I’m putting it on the later list.
WEEK 10 – September 22nd – Sept 28th
LEGEND: XGP=XBOX GAME PASS, XGWG=XBOX GAMES WITH GOLD, NS=NINTENDO SWITCH, NSO=NINTENDO SWITCH ONLINE, PC=PC
*Added estimated time remaining to completion*
- Bad North: Jotunn Edition (XGP) – 6 hrs
- Halo Wars 2 (XGP) – 8 hrs
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (NS) – 45 hrs
- CASUAL – Rogue Company (X)
- CASUAL – Super Mario Sunshine (NS)
Bad North continues for one final week…I’m looking forward to starting and finishing it in one fell swoop. Halo Wars 2 has been on my mind a lot recently, and is relatively short, so I figured I’d get it mostly out of the way. Now, Tokyo Mirage Sessions is a different story. I sure as hell WILL NOT attempt to finish it this week–it just wouldn’t be possible. However, I want to get into some of the beefier games on my list for some long-haul plays, and I think it’s the perfect game to play in bite-sized chunks over a few weeks.
I continue to play Rogue Company for the COMPETITIVE THRILL, and of course Sunshine is just a nostalgia-filled blast that I will come back to again and again in between serious marathons. I have no idea what titles will come next week, so give me some recommendations!
Incomplete Games List 2020
|TITLE||Play Again?||Time Remaining|
|CrossCode (XGP)||Yes||30 hours|
|Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour (NS)||Yes, casually||5 hours|
|Drake Hollow||Yes||12 hours|
|Hypnospace Outlaw (XGP)||No||5.5 hours|
|The Long Reach (NS)||Ugh. Maybe||1 hour|
|My Friend Pedro (XGP)||Yes||1.5 hours|
|Quantum Break (XGP)||Eventually||3 hours|
|Tiny Metal (NS)||Yes||6 hours|
|Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition (NS)||Yes||40 hours|
Completed Games 2020
|Game Title||New Release?|
|A Plague Tale: Innocence||No-2019|
|The Gardens Between||No-2018|
|Metro 2033 Redux||No-2014|
|Old Man’s Journey||No-2017|
|Ori and the Will of the Wisps||Yes|
|Panzer Dragoon Remake||Yes|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||No-2015|
|Tell Me Why||Yes|