Aragami 2

It’s no secret that I’m something of a video game purchasing addict.

Thankfully, after a long period of facing this fact, I’ve enjoyed a period of remission, I guess you could say. I’ve been slowing down greatly on random acquisitions, focusing solely on the games I actively intend to play, and not buying more than I have actual time to play and complete. The thing is, even with my more frugal approach to this hobby of mine, I’m suddenly finding myself with far too many games that I actively want to play, way more than I have time for. It’s getting pretty ridiculous, to be perfectly honest.

I spent most of the latter half of 2020, like the rest of the gaming enthusiast populace, watching more and more games get pushed into 2021, only to witness another barrage of games get pushed back to Q4 of 2021 or into Q1 of 2022. It feels like all I’ve been playing this year were PS4 games from previous years, or remasters of PS4 games from more-recent-yet-still-previous years. I’m itching for more games in general, but more specifically, I’m hoping to find a few that will push my PS5’s considerable power capabilities.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Fast forward to October, and I’m now looking at Sable, Aragami 2, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Death Stranding Director’s Cut, Chernobylite, and Industria. All of these are installed and waiting for me to finish — and heck, I haven’t even started some of them for fear of not finishing the ones I have been playing.

I’ve also had my eye on Deathloop, since that turned out to be quite different than what I had expected (to say nothing of Half-Glass Gaming owner Josh’s impression that it was going to be an online shooter of some sort). In fact, this one landed on our best games of the year list. And really, now I just want to go back and finish Prey and play through Mooncrash, which I have yet to do.

I still haven’t played Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart or Returnal, both of which have been on my radar but have yet to reach a price point I’m comfortable paying for them. And with the Alan Wake Remaster right around the corner, and Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One still set to release this year, as well and any number of games with no firm release date yet that could still drop this year, the list is ever blossoming

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

This is also to say nothing of the other games I’ve been meaning to play that have just been sitting on my hard drive. Games like Elex, American Fugitive, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Skate City, and How to Survive 2, just to name the ones that immediately come to mind. This is also not to mention the games I started at some point over the last year that I never finished, like Biomutant and Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut.

And of course, there is still one more Quick Draw pass coming up for Red Dead Online before the Halloween pass launches later this month, both of which will also eat into my gaming schedule.

What I’m trying to get at here is that there are far more games than hours in the day. I am in no way complaining — playing games is what I do for fun, and I am glad that there are so many on offer for my discerning tastes. But goodness gracious, when is a person supposed to find the time for all this and still maintain a full-time job, while also writing about each and every gaming experience? It’s gotten to the point where I’m actually glad some of the larger titles I’m looking forward to have gotten delayed, just so I have more time to play and breathe. But then, such is the life I have created for myself, I suppose.

Back to the salt mines I go.

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