Why I haven't played a game from 2017 yet, and why this is good

Published Thursday 27 Apr 2017 3:49am | 5
Tags: PlayStation, achievements, trophies, Backlog
 

Im currently playing Dishonored 2 and loving it , before that I just completed Bloodbourne and also have just got the Platinum for Bioshock Infinite Remastered, Yes I know Its 2017 but my backlog is JUST too big. The fact that I travelled overseas for 6 months without out Playstation didn't help this, nor the fact that I usually play every game to 100 percent Completion (Platinum) certainly doesn’t help either, Ive got Resident Evil 7, Horizon Zero Dawn and Crash Bandicoot let alone games like Red Dead Redemption 2 that are still to come, but to tell the truth I'm enjoying this backlog of games that bears over me begging for me to play.

 

 

 

 

While some people think trophies/achievements are pointless (thats whole different Story) I think they do have an advantage of prolonging and extending how long we play and enjoy games, For example I would still not be playing Dishonored 2 right now if there was no reward for beating the game with no powers, without being seen and without kills. Not only to check the box but these trophies have encouraged a new way to play that I would have not normally experienced (and I am really enjoying the new ways to play) if I had previously no incentive to do it. 

 

So how does this tie together with my backlog? The fact the that I'm spending much more time with games means that I'm rarely ever not playing anything when a new game is released. Which in todays gaming industry is perfect. Yes as I'm Sure your well aware games on release date are not quite what they used to be. They just don't make games like they used to.

 

There is an abundance of of evidence for this, why just a few days ago NZGAMER ran a story about Yooka-Laylee receiving a major update just days after its release, and lets not get started on what happened with Mass Effect Andromeda. This has been going on for the last few years starting with games like the humorously glitch Assassins Creed: Unity to the forgettably sad No Mans Sky to a point where we just except games as unfinished products products and hardly complain anymore. Games these days are just not shipped when the are ready. There are few exceptions (Horizon Zero Dawn didn't seem to have any major patches near release) But I think we have to get used to the fact that these days games days are more of living being than they once where. They will continue to evolve and improve over the games lifespan. However this doesn't have to be a problem.

 

 


Enjoy Your Trophies/achievements, Take your time. Enjoy different play styles. Become a completionist. Purchase games later than release date and enjoy a completed product. Simple as that.

 

We as gamers are becoming more accustomed to games not coming out complete and this may be a problem, Let us use what we already have to an advantage, for me knowing I have plenty of trophies to collect and countless amazing games to play ahead of me, I think its a pretty good problem to have. 

 

 I think I'll start on Resi 7 next, Bring on 2017!

 


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Comments Comments (5)

 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Friday 28 Apr 2017 8:57 AM
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Good read and smart decision.

I tend to buy stuff as it comes out and b*tch when its broken, but doing ti your way would financially make more sense (buy stuff when its cheaper) and issues are likely to be patched out,

I have Watch Dogs 2 and Dishonoured 2 sitting on a shelf waiting to be played, but I keep playing stuff that comes out.
 
 
 
Posted by dsinnz
On Friday 28 Apr 2017 9:53 AM
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28 April 2017, 08:57 AM Reply to drunk_monk
Good read and smart decision.

I tend to buy stuff as it comes out and b*tch when its broken, but doing ti your way would financially make more sense (buy stuff when its cheaper) and issues are likely to be patched out,

I have Watch Dogs 2 and Dishonoured 2 sitting on a shelf waiting to be played, but I keep playing stuff that comes out.
haha i forgot to mention they would be cheaper, thanks monk!
 
 
 
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Friday 28 Apr 2017 3:35 PM
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Nice blog, I'm fairly mixed with what i've played including a lot of backlog games and the likes of Horizon. I agree that the benefit of having the game for cheaper and bug free is a big draw to picking up games later. There is also the opportunity for the game to turn up in in PSN sales to make them even cheaper still.

Certain games can draw me to to buy them at time of release (Horizon and uncharted 4) but often I can wait. I too like to work at the trophies if they're not too tedious. Once I'm involved in the game if I'll check out trophy guide sites to see how obtainable the platinum is. If obtainable and not too grindy i'll go for it. It certainly extends certain games. I've learnt not to do it for purely trophy sake (I am Mayo OR soul destroyingly out of my league such as the last of us) as there is more to life than getting overly elusive platinums. The first Watch Dogs taught me that with that bloody drinking trophy.
 
 
 
Posted by dsinnz
On Friday 28 Apr 2017 8:11 PM
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28 April 2017, 03:35 PM Reply to CoffeeAddict
Nice blog, I'm fairly mixed with what i've played including a lot of backlog games and the likes of Horizon. I agree that the benefit of having the game for cheaper and bug free is a big draw to picking up games later. There is also the opportunity for the game to turn up in in PSN sales to make them even cheaper still.

Certain games can draw me to to buy them at time of release (Horizon and uncharted 4) but often I can wait. I too like to work at the trophies if they're not too tedious. Once I'm involved in the game if I'll check out trophy guide sites to see how obtainable the platinum is. If obtainable and not too grindy i'll go for it. It certainly extends certain games. I've learnt not to do it for purely trophy sake (I am Mayo OR soul destroyingly out of my league such as the last of us) as there is more to life than getting overly elusive platinums. The first Watch Dogs taught me that with that bloody drinking trophy.
Thanks , yes admittedly there are some games you just have to buy day 1. I'll be playin Red dead 2 broken or not on day 1!
 
 
 
Posted by cortez72
On Tuesday 16 May 2017 3:22 PM
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Sorry, late to this blog. I envy you, there are a great back-log of awesome titles. I have a tendency to get bogged down by just one game at a time, and I'm generally time poor. Skyrim can take hold for months, GTA Online pretty much dominates my gaming presently. Last year I loaded up and played through Fallout 3 on my PS3. I throughly enjoyed it, a game which I think came out in 2008 and I'd never played. There are so many great games out there that I've never played.

Also the fact that your a completionist is another enviable quaity. When you play a game to that extent, you can walk away from it once you get that platinum. Its such a satisfying feeling. I havent had that in a long while. I don't recall what my last platinum was... I'm ashamed it may have Terminator 3 on the PS3.