Backlog. A curse word in some circles. It is the bane of many gamers’ existence. Like entropy, it continually grows, never lessening. Some don’t give up hope, holding onto the ever fleeting “one day,” when time stands still, and all the tasks and goals that have fallen by the wayside over the years can finally be put to rest, completed. For others, the crushing sense of reality sets in as they realize it will never come to pass.
I am somewhere in the middle. Over the years my responsibilities exponentially grew proportionate to my age. Someday, content with my millions of dollars to support me, I’d like to return to my backlog, playing through all these great games I missed. In the mean time, I’ll entertain you with a sampling. While my list is wide and varied, I narrowed it down to a six consoles (though you are missed Sega Saturn), with only five games per system. Please save your chiding until the end.
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Gaming in your childhood can be severally limiting. While things are different now with free games falling out of the sky, you were limited in the past. Birthdays and Christmas were typically the only time a new game was received, leaving you stuck with what you had. As such, on the SNES I’ve missed ActRaiser, Earthbound, Ogre Battle, Mega Man X, and most egregious of all, Super Metroid. While almost half of these can be forgiven, Super Metroid stands out worst of all.
While there were a handful of games that passed me by on NES, and all the Sega systems, I mostly kept up with everything until I graduated high school. Then the world happened to me. I purchased a Playstation 2 within the first year it released. As the PS2 rolled on, I managed to keep up with most of it’s offerings. While the first Playstation had seemingly endless quality RPG’s, the PS2 had more. As a RPG fanatic, I felt the compulsion to play them. Alas, as my adulthood began, my backlog grew. Final Fantasy XII (which I purchased the collectors edition at midnight even), Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Okami, Dark Cloud, and Killer 7 were just a few of the titles I desperately wanted to play.
I fared worse on the next round of consoles, missing even more great games. On the Xbox 360, Lost Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption, State of Decay, Dishonored, and Bioshock Infinite are the games I want to play the most. For the PS3, Dragon’s Crown, Dragon’s Dogma, Dark Souls, Tales of Xillia, and Playstation All-Stars vie for my attention. The original Nintendo DS had the best RPG offerings of any console in the last 10 years, with Suikoden Tierkries, all three Dragon Quest re-releases (IV – VI), Final Fantasy Tactics A2, all three Castlevania games, and both Zelda games (Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks) being some of the best the system has to offer, and I missed them all.
With my recent switch to PC gaming, I know have about two decades worth of awesome titles instantly added to my queue. Starcraft 2, Planescape: Torment, Baldur’s Gate II, all three original Fallout’s, and Civilization IV are a small sample that springs to mind.
Do you know the worst part of this list? I own every game I named here. Everyone. Whether digitally, or in a physical copy, I own them. It’s only the time I lack. Something I hope I’ll have more in the future. Again, this was only a small part of my back catalog. There’s plenty of games and consoles I left out.
What is the most egregious title you missed? Anything stand out as a sore thumb here? Comment below!
Don’t even look at my Steam collection.