Gaming / Pile of Shame

Pile of Shame: Where to begin?

SotC

It seems like everything I end up writing about on this blog is based on listening to albums, or playing games that I’ve never got around to before. There’s something so obviously thrilling about sharing your first thoughts of something that ‘everyone’ should experience. Like so many other people, after two decades of playing videogames, I’ve developed an extensive backlog of classic and not so classic games that I’ve never got around to finishing. Last year I finally made my way through all 13 main series Final Fantasy games, but my Pile of Shame is much more diverse.

To start things off I’ve decided to make a list of 10 specific games, some that I’ve started and never completed; others that I’ve always intended to play; as well as a few that I’ve never even owned. For each I’ll attempt to play the ‘definitive’ version, as well as focus on current gen consoles if possible. Like with ‘The Final Fantasy’ any help with making these decisions over on Twitter (@Atkins_Sam)  is greatly appreciated. I’ve also opted to not include any game released in the last 12 months, it seems silly to consider something like Mirror’s Edge Catalyst as part of my Pile of Shame for instance. With that in mind, here is the current selection (With their original  I’ll be focusing on for the rest of 2016.

  1. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP) – I have played around 70% of the best handheld MGS, but just never managed to reach the end.
  2. Rogue Galaxy (PS2) – Dark Chronicle is one of my all time favourite RPGs and the fact I’ve never touched the final PS2 title from Level-5 is ridiculous.
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64) – This could quite easily be Ocarina Of Time, I’ve shamefully never finished either N64 Zelda, but I’ve opted for MM having played all of 2 hours of this.
  4. Jak 2: Renegade (PS2) – I loved the first game so much that I got the platinum trophy in the PS3 remake. The sequel I’ve probably only played 4 hours or so.
  5. Dead Space 3 (PS3) – I have been attempting to complete Dead Space 3 for years. I’m well over half way through, but distractions from newer games are far too frequent.
  6. Shadow of The Colossus (PS2) – Probably the most shameful thing on this list, I’ve reached the halfway stage of SotC at least twice but never reached the end.
  7. Chrono Trigger (SNES) – One of Squaresoft’s most iconic RPGs, I really should have played through this game before now, but I’ve barely made it an hour.
  8. Yakuza 5 (PS3) – I have attempted to complete both Yakuza 2 and 4 previously, both of which could have made this list too. Having never tackled 5 I’m hoping I’ll finally conquer a series that has eluded me for so long.
  9. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3) – I made it about 10 hours into this expansive PS3 RPG. The difficulty spikes got to me, but I’d love to push through.
  10. Half Life (PC) – After attempting to play the PS2 version, I’ve never given myself much time with the precursor to one of my all time favourite games.
A small look at the physical games that make up part of my Pile of Shame.

A small look at the physical games that make up part of my Pile of Shame. Most have been on hold for years.

The plan is to complete at least one of these games every few months, replacing completed titles with new Twitter Poll voted additions to the list. I’ve intentionally begun with some games that I’ve completed quite a lot of, so that this isn’t one of my many blog series that ends after entry #1. I own 8 out of the 10 games listed above too, so the plan is to get started with this asap. With an article a month, as well as an individual piece on each game as I complete it, this could be one of the most ambitious projects I’ve attempted.

I want to be completing and experiencing classic games, the sort that have defined the last few decades of the industry. It’s so easy to keep looking forward and forgetting about the huge list of unfinished games in your wake, so this is me saying let’s sort this out and finish some games for once. I have no idea which game I’m going to start with, but it’s going to be worth finally getting through no matter what it is.

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