It is the end of June already as we reach the halfway point of 2019. Which is incredible really, just thinking how quickly the year has passed by. I thought it would be good to look at the progress made with my backlog so far in 2019.
When I last did this in December 2018, I had only been keeping track of things on this website for five months but hadn’t really played that many games. With some renewed focus it is safe to say the first six months of this year have much more successful in playing more of my games.
- Backlog down from 278 to 266
- Games played increased from 195 to 237
- Completed: 11
- Abandoned: 7
- Shelved: 5
- Total games played: 27
14 of the 27 games played are brand new games that I have never played before.
So good news on reducing the backlog and the number of games I’ve played increasing by a fairly substantial margin. Some of this is no doubt cleaning up the numbers on Grouvee though. But it is a great start.
At the end of last year I mentioned wanting to complete or shelve around 15-25 games. I have already met this target which I set myself. In hindsight probably a bit too conservative. However unlike 2018 I have made a much more concerted effort to reduce the number of Live Service games I am playing. That has meant not playing Warframe, World of Warcraft or Path of Exile. Which has helped increase the number of games I have been able to play.
There has been an eye watering 91 new games added to my Grouvee profile however the overwhelming majority of these are ‘freebies’ from Twitch Prime, Xbox Games with Gold, PlayStation Plus etc. And therefore not really games I will play.
I have purchased 18 new videogames so far this year. Only one of those is a game purchased on or before launch; The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr. All the remaining are games picked up in sales or at discounted prices. Only 3 games were physical with the remaining all being digital games. Mostly on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However 2 games were on PC and 1 on 3DS.
So there has been some creep upwards with my ‘Play Next‘ category, which are the really high priority games on my backlog that I want to play next. Now up to 66 games, from 60 at the start of the year. This will need to be the focus of my attention as we move into the second-half of the year. Ideally I would like this number to be significantly less as we head towards new hardware into 2020.
Remainder of 2019
Apart from playing some of those games on my ‘Play Next’ category it’s hard to know whether there will be any new games in the last 6 months of the year I’ll want to buy. Certainly there are still games like Red Dead Redemption 2 that are on my Wishlist. And I’m sure there will be other games being released that tempt me. In addition I still haven’t yet picked up a Nintendo Switch and this is something that might change if the rumoured new hardware is released.
So the videogames I would like to play next in my schedule, are:
- Finish Metro Redux
- Finish Mass Effect 3
- Finish Doom (2016)
- Metro Exodus
- Tales of Borderlands
- Forza Horizon 4
- Fallout 4
- The Last of Us
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
A good first half of the year in terms of the number of games I have played. If I have similar success in the next six months it will make for a stellar year in terms of catching up with my backlog. Good stuff.