I can tell already that my proverbial “top ten games of 2015” won’t be reader-ready until well into 2016. The best laid plans of mice and men and all that.
This past week was an odd one. Some important life stuff took center stage, and the last thing I felt like doing was gaming. I did “force” myself to play Rise of the Tomb Raider for a few hours on Friday and Saturday, but my heart wasn’t in it. I was in a super funk.
Funky town. Funk city. Funkton.
I was the founder and mayor of Funksville.
It became quite clear to me that I’m not going to make nearly the progress I’d hoped in this final stretch of 2015. And you know what? That’s probably okay. I don’t want to rush through a bunch of games just to get through them. One person reminded me to have fun and honestly? That was an important reminder. If I’m not enjoying myself while playing recreationally, something is amiss.
I’ve gotten further into Rise of the Tomb Raider and I have a few issues with it. The camera is still a battle I seem to consistently lose. When trying to traverse, there are more than a few times that Lara “snaps” to something (e.g.: a surface, a wall) in a way that is counterproductive to what I had been trying to do. Also, the story isn’t quite what I’d hoped. Then again, I’m not quite done yet, so perhaps it will turn out better than I’m thinking.
I didn’t play Undertale. I didn’t finish Call of Duty: Black Ops III. I didn’t go back to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This past week was a week full of “didn’ts.”
So I’m hoping if all goes well, this will be a week full of “dids.”
Today, I make my words work for me. I don’t even know how to properly punctuate “dids” or “didn’ts” and Google is of no help on this matter. Not in any official word confirmation capacity. Alas.
Today is a busy one, but I’m hoping to get to a bit of gaming this evening. Whether I can finally get in a session with some friends who wanted to play through Borderlands 2 via The Handsome Collection on PS4, or whether I boot up the Xbox One and dive into more Tomb Raider, I feel like gaming is on the menu this eve.
And, even though it’s a bit early, I’m already thinking about what games I will take with me on our holiday travels. I don’t want to take two handhelds (history says I won’t get to both), so I’m already torn between the 3DS and the Vita. But who am I kidding? Of course the 3DS will win out. For some reason, especially around the holidays, I find myself wanting to play Nintendo games. In fact, while I was out doing errands this weekend, I saw a Nintendo display and I found myself wanting (yet again) both Super Mario Maker and Splatoon. I honestly kind of even want to get Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U as well. I suppose this all goes back to one of my happiest holiday memories: the year I got my NES for Christmas (back in 1989).
Last year I wrote a “book report” about 8-Bit Christmas and with it, the tale of my holiday NES-frenzy. I don’t know why, but I’m kind of feeling the need to play some Nintendo games.
Ahh the sights and sounds of my youth.
And with that, I wish each of you a good week and I hope to have something better to report next Monday.
What are your gaming plans for the coming holiday weeks?