Current Backlog Of Games, 2011

I recently finished Deus Ex: Invisible War, the follow-up to the cult / critic / fan favourite Deus Ex game. Compared to the first game, it seemed somewhat dumbed down, less complex and less polished, and the narrative wasn’t as well paced. More or less what I had been warned about by critics and friends alike. Not that I think the original was in any way flawless, but it was definitely better than the follow-up. Not that the follow-up was outright bad, either. And I did have fun shooting the pop star NG Resonance and her body guards full of tranquilizer darts, then trying to take some risque pictures of them together. Until I grew tired and started flinging her unconscious body at a nearby scientist.

More games need to let you pick up (unconscious) bodies and throw them at people.

So now it’s time to move on to something else. I’ve got a bit of a backlog worked up, which I figured I’d share here, as I’ve done the two last years. So here’s my current list of games I haven’t yet played through. (There are a few games I’ve left out which I’m not sure if it’s possible to really “complete”, like Donkey Konga, Alien Swarm, QuantZ, and a few others.)


  • Beyond Good And Evil
  • Clive Barker’s Undying
  • Cold Fear
  • Dead Space
  • Enemy Zero
  • F.E.A.R. Extraction Point
  • Nocturne
  • Obscure
  • Penumbra Collection
  • Sam & Max Hit The Road


  • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
  • The Legend Of Zelda: Collector’s Edition – The Legend Of Zelda, Majora’s Mask
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  • Odama
  • Resident Evil: Code Veronica X
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Viewtiful Joe 2


  • Catz
  • The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
  • Okami
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
  • Super Mario All-Stars
  • Zack & Wiki: Quest For Barbaros’ Treasure

Wii Ware

  • Bit. Trip Beat
  • Bit. Trip Core

Good Old Games

  • Alone In The Dark
  • Alone In The Dark 2
  • Alone In The Dark 3
  • Beneath A Steel Sky
  • Constructor
  • Dark Fall: The Journal
  • Dark Fall 2: Lights Out
  • The Longest Journey
  • Phantasmagoria
  • Sanitarium
  • Tex Murphy 1+2
  • Tex Murphy: Overseer
  • Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive
  • Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon


  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • Dead Rising 2
  • The Dig
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City
  • Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis
  • Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
  • Loom
  • Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
  • Machinarium
  • The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom
  • Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyssee
  • Osmos
  • Overlord
  • Psychonauts
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Saints Row 2
  • The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition
  • Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
  • Trine

I’m hoping to get through all of these, but it may be a pipe dream, given the sheer bulk of games as well as the fact that it seems to be growing more than it’s shrinking; by the time I’ve completed one game, my list may have grown by two titles. (Even though I generally don’t buy full-priced games, being a man of limited means, but I keep stumbling over games I want on sale for a reasonable price.)

So, what should I play next? I’ve already started on Dead Rising 2, which was a gift I received this Christmas, but it seems awfully difficult to play through without playing co-op, and successfully planning a co-op session can be awfully difficult too. So I’ve sort of put it on hold.

A couple of other games I started but put on hold were The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Okami for the Wii. I tried getting started on both shortly after I’d had my nose surgery, and was in no condition to start looking through walkthroughs when I get stuck trying to figure out how to fish in Twilight Princess (which I think I wasted around 40 – 60 minutes on trying to figure out) and trying to figure out how to move my controller to successfully slash through a wooden dummy in Okami (which I probably only wasted 15 minutes on). Those experiences rather soured me on both games, and I haven’t touched them since. There’s also No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle for the Wii, which was also a juletide present, and which I’ve been eager to play (since I learned it wouldn’t be censored, like the first game in the series was). Maybe I should treat myself and try jumping straight to that.

Or I could go old school and try playing through the older FMV horror-themed adventure games I got from Those are always fun, if clunky and near-impossible to beat without walkthroughs.

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