Hello, my name is Dali Dimovski and I’m addicted to buying video games. If there’s a hot new game coming out, I’m buying it. If there’s a sale going on, my wallet is emptying. If I can get a game in a trade, I’m going all out to get it.
And then I place it on my shelf and forget about it.
Like many others (millions?), I tend to buy games that I never get the chance to fully complete before something else appears to take away my attention. Some even remain unopened for months (or years) after purchase. My physical shelf is stocked with dozens of games, and my digital one possibly even more so, some of which I may never get to. I don’t even know why I’m keeping them around, frankly. I’m running out of room.
There are A LOT of great games that have arrived in recents months that I don’t own copies of, terrified that they’ll end up on the same shelf as the others without so much as an hour or two spent in their worlds. Yes, I do buy new games and complete them, but the freedom of a TV set all to my own is quickly disappearing the older that my daughter gets.
And so I was stuck. My pile was getting bigger, my time shorter, and my mental capacity to focus on those older games was becoming null. I was feeling hopeless.
Until the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility kicked in, of course. With our last #12Games event, I made sure to dive into some of my bigger older games, clearing out Fallout 3 (finally) and a few others. Now having the ability to finish off some of those Xbox 360 games, something was sparked in me, and I began to build up to a slow steamroll through disc after disc.
That all leads me to today. At the beginning of February I put together a list of all of the games that I’ve, ahem, collected over the years and want (need?) to complete before the same day in 2017. That’s 52 weeks. How many games? Well, I have nearly 75 games on the shelf, but realize that I won’t get through all of them in that short of a time. The natural answer came down to 52 game in 52 weeks, or one game per week. There is a lot of variety in this overwhelming mountain of entertainment, from casual and sports games to huge RPGs, from games that are nearly completed to those that still have the wrappers on. Some of the games will be quick — I may just be finishing up a sidequest or leveling up a toys to life figurine — and some will require a full finish.
For all intents and purposes, I doubt that I’ll get through all of the games/tasks on the list. Time will undoubtedly become a factor, and new game releases will also begin to pop up. Ideally I can clear out 35-40 of the games. I may even substitute some games in for others as I see fit (or as I need to). Either way, I’m ready to take on the challenge and see just how far I can get. January 31st, 2017 is the final day. That shelf is getting heavy.
Check out my list of games below, which I’ll update often, as I post a summary piece at the beginning of every month.
Dali’s Backlog (in ideal completion order)
Splatoon (Wii U) – Single Player ModeCompleted Feb 7 Rayman Legends (Wii U) – Main CampaignCompleted Feb 14 Arkham City (Wii U) – Main CampaignCompleted Feb 27
- Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS) (Currently Playing)
South Park: The Stick of Truth (360) – CampaignCompleted March 22 Link’s Crossbow Training (Wii) – “Enough” of the gameCompleted Feb 28
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (3DS) – Main Campaign
- Dead Space 3 (360) – Campaign (Currently Playing)
- Skylanders Superchargers (PS4) – Last few sidequests and figurine leveling
- Ryse (XB1) – Campaign
- Madden 16 (PS4) – Single Season
Captain Toad (Wii U) – CampaignCompleted March 6
- Tomb Raider (XB1/PS4) – Campaign
- Chibi Robo Park Patrol (DS) – Campaign
- Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS) – Campaign
- Forza Horizon 2 (XB1) – Clear out one more region on the map
- Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) – Campaign
- Arkham Knight (PS4) – Main Campaign
- Wonderful 101 (Wii U) – Campaign
- Wind Waker HD (Wii U) – Campaign
- Rise of the Tomb Raider (XB1) – Campaign
- Last of Us Remastered (PS4) – Campaign
- Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (Wii) – Campaign
- Witcher 3 (PS4) – Main Campaign
- COD MW3 (360) – Single Player Campaign
- Mad Max (PS4) – Main Campaign
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Wii U) – Main Campaign
- Assassin’s Creed IV (Wii U) – Main Campaign
- Forza 6 (XB1) – Three “Seasons”
- Darksiders II (Wii U) – Main Campaign
- Alien Isolation (PS4/XB1) – Campaign
- Little Big Planet 3 (PS4) – Single Player Campaign
- COD Advanced Warfare (XB1) – Single Player Campaign
- Kirby Canvas Curse (DS) – Campaign
- Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) – Main Campaign
- Dishonored HD (PS4) – Main Campaign
- Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell (PS4) – Main Campaign
- Fallout 4 (PS4) – Main Campaign
- Code Name: S. T. E. A. M. (3DS) – Campaign
- Resident Evil Revelations 2 (XB1) – Campaign
- Tatsunoko vs Capcom (Wii) – Arcade Mode
- FF Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Wii) – Campaign
- No More Heroes 2 (Wii) – Campaign
- Silent Hill Shattered Memories (Wii) – Campaign
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know (3DS) – Campaign
- Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (Dark Conflict) (DS) – Campaign
- The Last Story (Wii) – Main Campaign
- Shadows of the Damned (360) – Campaign
- Pandora’s Tower (Wii) – Main Campaign
- Anarchy Reigns (360) – Campaign
- Vanquish (360) – Campaign
- Zack & Wiki (Wii) – Main Campaign
Added + Alternates:
53. Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii)
54. Aliens Infestation (DS)