My Video Game Backlog

I have been gaming for many, many years. I grew up playing my brother’s NES, then moved up to the Sega Genesis, then the original Playstation, then graduated to the PS2 and eventually the current generation (of which I own both an Xbox 360 and PS3). I have owned many other systems over those years, most of which have come and gone. It was especially hard to part with my Dreamcast, as I have especially fond memories of that short-lived system.

Even though my collection has dwindled in recent years due to frequently moving (and therefore trying to keep possessed goods down to a minimum), I still have quite the video game backlog. This is something I am sure any gamer can relate to, especially since amazing new games are coming out all the time. We are starting to get into the holiday season, which means all sorts of great games will be released. It’s hard to go back and pay attention to some of the older titles sitting on the shelf.

This is why I have compiled, what I believe to be, a mostly complete list of games that are stuck in my backlog. A good portion of these are titles that I have started at one point but never really played got anywhere with them, but there are also quite a few that I listed that I have already completed but need to review at some point (many of the 360 games fall under this category). I didn’t bother listing anything pre-PS1, although I do have several NES/SNES cartridges hanging around.

I am open to any and all suggestions as to what I should play next and/or what you would like to see reviewed. Hopefully creating a list like this will help me stay as focused as I have been on my movie project.

Cool Boarders 2
Destruction Derby
Jet Moto
Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus
Resident Evil 1-3
Spyro 1-3

Fatal Frame 1-3
Final Fantasy X
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
Zone of the Enders

Bomberman ULTRA [PSN]
Comet Crash [PSN]
Costume Quest [PSN]
Crash Commando [PSN]
L.A. Noire DLC
Penny Arcade Adventures 2 [PSN]
Resident Evil 4 [PSN]
Saints Row 2
Sam & Max 1-5 [PSN]
Stacking [PSN]
Super Stardust HD [PSN]
Wheel of Fortune [PSN]

Xbox 360
Alien Breed 2: Assault [XBLA]
Assassin’s Creed
Bionic Commando: Rearmed [XBLA]
Borderlands (and DLC)
Braid [XBLA]
Call of Duty 4
Castle Crashers [XBLA]
College Hoops 2K8
Comic Jumper [XBLA]
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero [XBLA]
DJ Hero
Fallout 3 (and DLC)
Fallout: New Vegas
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Halo 3
Hard Corps: Uprising [XBLA]
Left 4 Dead 1&2
Mass Effect
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
Secret of Monkey Island [XBLA]
Shadow Complex [XBLA]
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Super Contra [XBLA]
Zombie Apocalypse [XBLA]

Brain Age
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Chrono Trigger
Contra 4
Dementium: The Ward
Feel the Magic
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Luxor: Pharoah’s Challenge
Mario Kart DS
New Super Mario Bros.
The Rub Rabbits
WarioWare: D.I.Y.

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus
Silent Hill: Origins

11 thoughts on “My Video Game Backlog

  1. Gary Smith says:

    Good luck with those PS1 games. I just can’t play PS1 games anymore. It’s the one system where games just look like complete crap on today. I’m not even a graphics hound either, it’s just the games didn’t age well for the most part. Most, at least the ones I own or have tried through PSN, are just horrible. I need to try FF7 on my PS3 to see if its playable, but so far the only PS1 game I can play for longer than 10 minutes at a time is Harvest Moon: Back to Nature.

    From the PS3 list, Crash Commando, Super Stardust HD, and InFamous are all good to great. InFamous in particular should definitely get finished sometime soon. I tried Costume Quest since it was free, and I promptly uninstalled it. Maybe I should have given it more than 30 minutes, but I thought it was garbage.

    I need to finish Borderlands myself (PS3 version). Assassin’s Creed is good, but easily the worst of those games. The second one, and especially Brotherhood, are way better. Undead Nightmare is fantastic. That’s easily the best DLC that I have ever seen. Loved every second of it (online and offline).

    Have fun working your way through the backlog.

    • Eric says:

      Yeah, I have had a hard time playing some of the PS1 titles. So many of the games just look BRUTAL these days, and the antiquated gameplay doesn’t help either. I have found that the most enjoyable ones are 2D, such as Castlevania SOTN and Suikoden. Good luck with FF7 — it’s a great game, but its graphics have not aged well at all.

      I keep forgetting about inFamous for some reason. Maybe because I don’t have a physical copy of it, and that keeps throwing me off. That’s too bad you didn’t like Costume Quest. I just played through that this week and really enjoyed it. But yeah, if you didn’t like the first 30 minutes then you probably wouldn’t dig the rest of the game either.

      I finished Borderlands a month after I bought it, but never got around to the DLC despite owning most of it. Awesome game, and it’s one I need to pick back up at some point. I can’t wait to play Undead Nightmare — that will be one of the first games I start up once I get my 360’s disc drive fixed. Damn thing won’t read game discs anymore.

    • Eric says:

      Haha. Yeah, I didn’t even bother listing any of the 16-bit and earlier titles. I have a bunch of cartridges sitting nearby that I need to check out.

  2. John says:

    Wow! It’s always fun to create a backlog, not only to help focus your attention, but just to see what you’ve accumulated/missed for whatever reason, I know mine is unbelievably large.

    I’d like to see you play through something older or something on a handheld. Regardless of what you choose, it seems like your backlog is stacked with solid titles.

    • Eric says:

      Thanks for the suggestions, man. Just posted a handheld review of Scribblenauts yesterday, in fact. I can’t wait to play through some of these DS titles again, like Contra 4, for example. Such a badass game — I felt a real sense of accomplishment once I finally completed it.

  3. jsicktheslick says:

    I never got around to play the Medieval games for the PS1 but I really wanted too. Acutally, I am currently working on my backlog now, and I’m playing the first Spyro game (Which I see you have listed here). It’s good so far: fun to see how far the adventure/platforming genre has come.
    There are so many good games on here you could really just randomly pick one and you’d be good to go. Looking at the list the game that screams out the most to me to be played now is Mass Effect. The first game is so good, the second is better than the first, and the third one looks to be one of the best RPGs ever made. I’d say start there!

    • Eric says:

      Same here about Medievil. I remember playing a demo back in the day but that’s it. I think I got it on one of those Pizza Hut demo discs, if you remember those. 😛

      I played Spyro when it was new and enjoyed it well enough, but I remember it giving me motion sickness for some reason. I wonder if that will still happen now…?

      I am very eager to dig into Mass Effect, and that is certainly near the top of my list. I just have a bad habit of starting RPGs and then stopping them after a few hours. I need to get over that. I also have to find a way to fix my Xbox, which has a completely f’d up disc drive now. I might have to just cave and buy a new one.

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