Like Murf, I don’t really go in for the new year resolution thing, but I do have broad goals for the year and laying them out early is sort of the same thing, so here we are.
I will need your help, though.
Well it looks like FFXIV has its hooks in me for a while, so I think that’ll be my main MMO for most of the year. I just got to the stage where I can unlock other classes on my little Lalafell, Menashi, and I signed up for three of the crafting classes. That was enough to give me a glimpse of the depth of the rabbit hole, so I reckon my main task will be to restrain myself from becoming too caught up in it and thereby burn out. Patience, Grasshopper.
The goal for TSW is to catch up to current story content, and then duck in occasionally to keep the flow going. Should be easy enough with my lore post project keeping me honest.
Wildstar and LOTRO, I might have to keep my goalsetting to a minimum. Perhaps monthly progress goals is the way to go there. A couple of levels here, a zone completion there…nice and easy. Same with Devilian, maybe. We’ll see.
That’s the current MMOs dealt with, so what about the upcoming titles? I won’t have to worry about Star Citizen releasing this year, same with EverQuest Next. Those were the two major MMOs I was looking forward to. I’ll keep an eye on Crowfall and Camelot Unchained (the crafting classes made me perk my ears) but I don’t expect a proper release in 2016.
The Asian imports, hmmm. I don’t think Blade & Soul is going to grab me, but I might give Black Desert a try. Likewise, I am quite interested in Lost Ark Online, it seems to be an improvement on Devilian in all ways.
Okay so last year, mostly due to my illness, I didn’t get through many big-name games in my library, and I don’t think I played any new release. I did, however, make up for that with quantity, in the form of shorter and lesser-known, (mostly) lesser-quality games. This year I want to reverse that. Instead of quantity, I want to focus on quality. I want to finally experience as many big name games as I can this year, whether big in scope (like Tomb Raider) or classics (like Grim Fandango).
Here is a list of the games I have available to me which I think might fit that category. Please, let me know if I’m being too generous by including something I shouldn’t. Also, cast your votes as to the top five you’d recommend. Alphabetical order, no biases here!
- Alan Wake (+ American Nightmare)
- Batman: Arkham Asylum (+ Arkham City)
- Bioshock 2
- Blackwell Series
- Broken Sword 1-3
- Brutal Legend
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
- Costume Quest
- Crusader Kings II*
- Crysis 2
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Dragon Age: Origins
- Endless Space*
- Europa Universalis III*
- F.E.A.R. (+ sequels)
- Grim Fandango Remastered
- Half-Life 2: Episode 2
- Jade Empire
- Just Cause (1 & 2)
- L.A. Noire
- The Last Express Gold Edition
- Mass Effect (1 & 2)
- Metro 2033
- Planescape: Torment
- Red Faction: Armageddon (+ Guerilla)
- Saints Row The Third
- Shadowrun Returns (+ Dragonfall)
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!*
- Thief Gold
- Titan Quest
- Tomb Raider
- Total War (Medieval II, Rome, Shogun 2)*
- Walking Dead Season 1
- The Witcher (1 & 2)
*- the goal for these would be to get in at least one proper playthrough/campaign.
I think a reasonable goal is to finish at least ten of these before the year is out.
I intend to continue to put time into Hearthstone, and the main goal is to stay on top of dailies. I want to get to legendary rank at least once in the year, though.
Doubt I will go back to Heroes of the Storm, unless I get some rank-climbing buddies. Or they change the ranked format to shorter seasons. Something has to change, that’s for sure.
I reeeeally want to make progress on thinning out the library this year, so my goal is to only buy games to complete sets (e.g. Mass Effect 3, or Broken Sword 4 & 5). But there are so many quality titles out there, I just don’t know how I’ll be able to manage it. I think the key will be how much more concentration I have as I get better and can function more normally. That should let me stay focused a lot more, and thus get through the games faster. That, and the self-discipline in FFXIV I mentioned earlier.
Good luck to me!