Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Year-End Recap

It's New Year's Eve, and time to take a look back at 2009. This year, I finished 19 games or stand-alone campaigns within games, which I also count:

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
Metroid Fusion
Gears of War (Hardcore)
Peggle Extreme
Starcraft (Terran)
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life: Source
Peggle Deluxe
Oblivion (Dark Brotherhood)
Oblivion (Knights of the Nine)
Red Faction: Guerilla
Mass Effect
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Halo 3: ODST

While hardly anything to sneeze at, this is down from my total of 26 for 2008 (15 for 2007), and I should really pick up the pace to keep up with the obscene amount of games I've purchased (or received as gifts) over 2009.

It's been a crazy, insane year for games, adding a couple of platforms and the huge amount of awesome deals available over Steam, in particular. Just today I bought 3 more games for well under $10 each. This brings my purchased list to a grand total of 59! As I move most of them to the newly updated Pile of Shame, I can see I have quite a year ahead of me for 2010. To help thinning out the pile, I've instituted my new one-in, one-out policy. That is, if I want to buy a new game that costs more than $10, I need to have finished a game recently. This should help save money, too. So as it stands right now, I need to finish something before my next purchase, likely Mass Effect 2.

I'm in the middle of about 20 different games right now, so it shouldn't be too much of a stretch. Since coming to Arkansas and New Mexico for the holidays, I've played a little bit of Torment, just trying to get it to work on my parents' PC. It kept crashing anytime I'd enter any place where it was possible to rest, so I didn't get far. I'll have to pick it up from where I left off at home.

I brought along my Mac and DS, but oddly enough I've only been using the latter. I started on Metroid: Zero Mission and Final Fantasy IV (the DS remake). Both are (relatively) modernized versions of classics that I loved growing up. Metroid is made easier by the inclusion of a wider move set and an auto-map, while FF IV is substantially more challenging than the neutered version us Americans originally got as Final Fantasy II on the SNES. It's apparently even harder than the original, putting it more in the realm of something like Etrian Odyssey or Shin Megami Tensei.

Yeah, it's going to be a busy 2010. Happy New Year!


Greg said...

You did pretty good this year in my opinion. In comparison, I only completed about 5 games in 2009 but I acquired about 26 games.

Greg said...

Hey check it out, I was able to upload my first video. Not very entertaining but more of a test than anything else.

I was able to upload from youtube directly but for some reason, iMovie keeps telling me my username/password is invalid when I try uploading through it.

Count Elmdor said...

lol, cool vid. Man, Forza 3 looks nice.

I was going to leave a comment on it but I don't have a Youtube account. The thought never crossed my mind to sign up for one, but maybe I should sometime.