What are your videogame resolutions for 2019?
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.
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