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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