What are your videogame res­o­lu­tions for 2019?

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WITH PS VITA ON ITS LAST LEGS, I’M MAK­ING A PROM­ISE TO PLAY MORE ON-THE-GO CLASSICS.

Os­car loves PS Vita. His por­ta­ble PlayS­ta­tion goes ev­ery­where with him like an adult se­cu­rity blan­ket. So when I an­nounced next year I’ll be play­ing more on-the-go classics I was shocked to see him turn to me with a smile and say, “It’s not for you”. He prob­a­bly has a point; my tol­er­ance for anime otome games and vis­ual nov­els is very low. But the sug­ges­tion PS Vita is some kind of se­cret so­ci­ety only a select few with a love of yelp­ing anime girls and boys are al­lowed into has me even more in­trigued. Be­sides, there’s a wealth of PS1 games on the sys­tem – it’s a retro haven.

RE­MINDER: DO NOT MAKE PROM­ISES YOU CAN­NOT KEEP. AND THEN I GO AND MAKE THIS ONE…

Like an ab­so­lute egg, I dubbed 2018 the year of shoot­ers and pro­ceeded to play al­most none. Af­ter Shadow Of The Tomb Raider reaf­firmed it sim­ply wasn’t go­ing to work be­tween me and any­thing with­out auto-aim, I’m mak­ing my goal this year some­thing a touch more at­tain­able. The thought of fin­ish­ing ev­ery huge ti­tle drop­ping next year is enough to make me want to go and take a lie down in a dark room un­til 2020. So I’m mak­ing the com­mit­ment now to sim­ply start each one. 2019 will be the year my back­log be­comes some­thing a lit­tle live­lier than a for­got­ten grave­yard o’ games.

2019 IS THE YEAR I FI­NALLY GET OVER MY COM­MIT­MENT IS­SUES… WITH JRPGS (AND DO SOME­THING BET­TER IN­STEAD).

I’m torn be­tween two ex­tremes. On one hand, next year, I def­i­nitely have a list of games I want to fi­nally pol­ish off – al­most all of them JRPGs (Per­sona 3 and Shadow Hearts, to name a cou­ple). It’s hard to com­mit the time, but mak­ing time to en­velop my­self in their warmth is al­ways sat­is­fy­ing. But I also want to teach my­self to shake off the guilt of not fin­ish­ing some games too, and be okay with know­ing when I’ve got all I can out of cer­tain ones. In short, my res­o­lu­tion is to value my time more, and in turn value those spe­cial games more – be­cause they de­serve it.

I’M GO­ING TO TURN BACK TIME AND MAKE THE MOST OF PLAYS­TA­TION NOW.

With PlayS­ta­tion Clas­sic re­mind­ing me there’s more to PlayS­ta­tion than new Triple-A hits on the hori­zon, I’m go­ing to make more of PS4’s stream­ing ser­vice. PlayS­ta­tion Now is a hot­bed of clas­sic games that I once adored but have since overlooked, so 2019 is the year I’ll sign up and in­dulge my retro in­stincts. When there’s as var­ied a lineup as Blood­borne and Ape Es­cape 2 beg­ging to be played how can I re­sist? It’s also home to my guilty plea­sure, ‘lucky sevens’ – those av­er­agescor­ing games that are pure, un­de­mand­ing fun. Wet, for ex­am­ple, is a must for its grunge look and stand­out psy­chobilly sound­track alone.

IAN DEAN EDITOR JESS KINGHORN STAFF WRITER OS­CAR TAYLOR-KENT GAMES EDITOR MIL­FORD COP­POCK ART EDITOR

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