Holy crap, it’s October!
This year has gone by blazingly fast, and we are now smack dab in one of my favorite months. While I don’t miss a lot about the weather where I come from (the Pacific Northwest), I do miss the crisp change to fall, and I do miss cooler weather at this time of year. Here in Southern California it is cruising the high 90’s on a regular basis and it is getting uncomfortable.
The other day it was 109 degrees. 109. That’s just so hot I can’t even tell you.
My challenge for last month was to get current with 2016 releases, and I did that, to a degree. This month’s challenge is a bit of a hodgepodge as well as a continuation of September’s challenge to get current. I will also be enjoying plenty of horror movies (I make an October playlist every year), diving in to some horror books (some Stephen King is on the menu), and hopefully getting to at least a few horror games.
My amended list of 2016 releases that I have, but have yet to finish, is as follows (in order of initial release date):
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
07.19 Lifeless Planet
07.26 Hyper Light Drifter
08.09 No Man’s Sky
09.06 The Tomorrow Children
09.13 BioShock: The Collection
09.13 Pac-Man Championship Edition
09.13 PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness
09.20 The Bunker
09.20 Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
That list is by no means complete, but it is, in fact, daunting. With all the releases happening this month, not to mention November and December, I don’t see how I will ever actually get current by year’s end. Here are this month’s releases that I have on pre-order:
10.04 Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide
10.07 Mafia III
10.25 Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
10.25 Yomawari: Night Alone / htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary
10.28 Root Letter
Yeesh. I am in trouble. In the best possible way, of course, but I am in trouble. And those lists don’t include something that I want to play from one of my favorite games ever, but that also released this year: the last expansion for Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Between the two expansions I have yet to play for that game, that’s around 45 hours of content.
As an aside, I’d like to send out a thank you to every game developer out there for creating these amazing games. I’m worried about how to complete all of these games on my list and then I think about how many thousands of hours went into creating those experiences.
To veer even further off course here, I’m also really keen to try to get to an actual haunt this year. I’ve always wanted to go to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights, but I’ve been too daunted to go. I may love horror movies and games and books, but those are very different from walking through a maze while people jump out and scare the bejesus out of you. This year I find myself wanting to go places and experience various celebrations of Halloween.
Who knows if any of that will happen, but here’s hoping.
So, as you can see, I have my digital work cut out for me this month. I know there’s no way I can finish all of those games by the end of October, but I’m going to try my best and see what I can do.
What games are you playing this week? Have you been able to stay current with 2016 releases? Or are you also behind? Let’s commiserate!