What a year. What a selection of games. What a large pile of things I haven’t gotten around to yet. Chances are you’re familiar with the term ‘pile of shame’, but if not we tend to throw it around a fair amount on games™ and it’s essentially all the games we were meaning to play for the year, but haven't get around to yet. And it feels particularly pressing when you reach the year’s close and they’re still sitting there.
This year, it’s a rather large pile, although I take no small amount of pride in the fact I managed to finish Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. Both ate up a lot of playing time, though, so some other things slipped away. At the time of writing I’ve completed Super Mario Odyssey, but not collected everything yet, I have yet to play through What Remains Of Edith Finch (our number two game of the year, for crying out loud), I haven’t even started on Persona 5 yet, I’ve only scratched the surface of Destiny 2, Night In The Woods and Tacoma, I shudder at the thought of where I’ll find the time for Assassin’s Creed Origins, and the idea of starting up Divinity: Original Sin II and Torment: Tides Of Numenera terrifies me to my core.
Thanks to the pre-christmas sales I have most of these ready to go, but I honestly don’t know when I’ll be caught up. And while my pile of shame mocks me as I write this and I’m in the midst of our toughest deadline month, it’s also kind of thrilling to know how many great games are still ahead of me. It’s been a great year and 2018 is looking fantastic as well.