I am the first person to admit I get swept up in video game excitement. When a game launches and there is that palpable and dizzying buzz, I’m far from immune. Add to that that I love having all kinds of varied experiences, and I am the first one to be on board for a new game.
After last year, I made the choice to put forth a concerted effort to pre-order fewer games and to only do so if I knew I would be playing them on day one.
That plan has been going fairly well, except I’m now incredibly far behind due to my seemingly endless illness. I’m nearly two months into this well of despair with no solution in sight.
It wouldn’t be so bad, except I haven’t felt like I should play games.
That puts me at a major disadvantage for the last chunk of weeks, a period of time where a bevy of well-received releases has stacked up taller than I can see over.
I could build myself a video game fort at this rate.
The other day I started to wonder if I could play a more text-based game. I’ve been interested in Night in the Woods since it released, but I told myself not to buy it since I knew I was so behind with other games. I figured I could wait until it inevitably went on sale in the future.
Now, with how I’m still feeling, I keep wondering if I should buy it anyway since it seems like a game I could actually play.
Alas, my indecision has it left squarely in the PlayStation store cart, awaiting my decision.
Buying it now, or waiting for a sale, would ultimately be the difference of a few dollars, but that thinking is a slippery slope I’m trying to steer clear of. I don’t want to reason my way into an exception.
Just yesterday I got The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in the post and who knows when I will get to that. A couple days before that, NieR: Automata arrived. Nevermind that I still have Horizon: Zero Dawn, Yakuza 0, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard to play (and those all released so far this year!). There are so many time consuming open world games on that list, and I feel beyond daunted. Once I feel better, I won’t even know where to start.
It’s an embarrassment of riches and I’m so grateful.
But I’m also in over my head.
And I’m still wanting to buy Night in the Woods.
My brain is so silly.
This brings me to my question: do you give in to impulse and buy games when the thought occurs to you, or do you wait for sales? What is your game buying strategy?
Also, what will you be playing this weekend? Are you knee deep in an open world game or are you having a more compact experience? Or are you balancing several games at once?