September Game Challenge: Week 0.5 (Get Current!)

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It’s almost September!

You know what that means: the fall gaming season is nearly upon us and that equals a fast approaching bonkerstown release schedule.

My monthly challenge for September basically formed itself: get caught up on the 2016 releases I have that I haven’t yet gotten to before I lose all control over that ever-growing list. Even if I don’t play every game through to completion, I want to at least give each one a hands-on fair shake.

I feel pretty optimistic about this, as September has only a few games I’ve pre-ordered, so I’ve got a bit of time to hopefully get things back on track. The list of games I’ve yet to complete (with original release dates) is as follows:

01.29 This War of Mine
02.09 Unravel
02.16 Layers of Fear
02.23 Far Cry Primal
02.23 Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
04.12 Dark Souls III
06.10 Trials of the Blood Dragon
06.28 7 Days to Die
06.28 Zero Escape 3: Zero Time Dilemma
07.19 Lifeless Planet
07.26 Hyper Light Drifter
08.09 No Man’s Sky
08.23 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
08.23 Inside

This list isn’t comprehensive of all the games released this year that I’ve not gotten to, but it is inclusive of all the games I have from this year that I haven’t gotten to. If I could get remotely current on these games, I’d feel a heck of a lot better going into the crazy fall release schedule.

To be fair, I’ve actually started (and in some cases gotten fairly far along) a few of these games, but I’d like to complete as many as I can sooner than later. I also know once Destiny’s Rise of Iron expansion releases later in September, I’m going to be sucked right back in. If I don’t make this push now, I will be lost to the space grind of Destiny, indefinitely.

I will also be drawn to the BioShock collection releasing this month, as Rapture is a constant pull for me.

To wrap up my August game challenge (which in and of itself was an extension of my July game challenge) I’d have to say it went about as poorly as it could go. This was due to many reasons, but mostly due to an emergent family situation that pretty much rendered my attention span useless.

Here’s hoping this month’s challenge goes far better.

I actually managed to finish up my first game in over a month yesterday (Abzu), and it was an entirely unique experience (and one that I’d like to write about in further detail at a later date) I’m grateful to have had. My early super struggles with the control scheme got a bit better with time and practice, but I still felt that I haven’t had to try so hard with the controls of a game since I played my first game with tank controls (the first Resident Evil). I’m glad I powered through. Deeply glad.

Again, more on that later.

I’m optimistic that I can make headway on this list this month. If for no other reason than I’d like to feel at least moderately informed this December when making a top ten list of games for 2016. I’d also like to be more current with new releases in general. Hopefully this is the first step in that direction.

What games are you hoping to get to this September?

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  1. The only thing I have on my list; although it’s an August release is Telltale’s Batman.Other than that, I have no releases to look forward to until October.

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  2. I might pick up the new ace attorney in September. I did just order 999 which is the first game in the zero time dilemma series. It should be here Friday.

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  3. Wow, and I thought that my list of unplayed and owned games was long! Are any games a must play? My wife nabbed me the collector’s edition of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and I’ve my Adam Jensen statue watching over me as I play. Playing the game is giving me flashbacks of Rise of Tomb Raider and Thief. The studio has a distinct signature that builds amazingly detailed worlds that I love to inhabit. The gameplay is sometimes too much with too many options that makes the gameplay counter intuitive. But for personal reasons I am a huge fan of the rebooted Deus Ex universe and I will play the game, side missions and all, to its end. I do have a few Destiny goals to hit before September 20 too.

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    • Backlogs are both great and fearsome, yes? Wonderful to have all those opportunities, yet daunting to complete. I have no doubt your list IS long!

      I loved Thief. I really did. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but I enjoyed the heck out of it. I’m not too far into Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, but I hope to like it in kind.

      What are your Destiny goals?

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  4. I’m hoping to get through Uncharted 4 this month, but I’ll have Ace Attorney 6, the Bioshock collection and possibly Titanfall 2 incoming on my plate of new releases. The fall madness begins!

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