RPS Asks: What Aren’t You Playing?

By Jim Rossignol on May 27th, 2013 at 8:00 am.


It’s going to be a little quiet here with today being a day of rest for both Britons and foreigners around the world. As such there’s going to be a lot of gaming going on. But what aren’t you playing? What have you left in the pile that you really must get around to? What did you buy in the sale that you haven’t had time for? What did you get that always seems to be slipping down the list? Which games are you leaving behind?

What’s not on your screen this weekend?

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    Tom De Roeck says:

    Lone Survivor. I really should.

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    golem09 says:

    I should also finally play Lone Survivor. thank you.
    On the same terms, I should finally play Silent Hill 2.

    And what I am not playing, because my coop partner lacks the time is Borderlands 2 and Resident Evil 6

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      Tom De Roeck says:

      wait, RE6 is already out? how the hell did I miss that.

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        golem09 says:

        It came out on console I think in November last year, and on the pc in march

  3. Halbarad says:

    I’m not playing a lot of games, including Far Cry 3, Dead Island: Riptide, Tomb Raider, Dead Space 3. Indeed, my Steam, Origin, Desura, GamersGate, GMG, GOG and whatever else are littered with games I haven’t played and I want to. Around a thousand of the buggers.

    Never have the time, I’m at work today. I’ve got Van Helsing and Darkfall to review. Review copies of games get in the way more than anything else! Other such stuff in life to do.

    • Godwhacker says:

      Did anyone else find Far Cry 3 surprisingly boring? I just gave up after about four hours because I honestly wasn’t enjoying it.

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        golem09 says:

        I liked capturing bases (because of the minimal stealth) and hunting. But the story and the main missions were just ridiculous.

        • Noodlemonk says:

          This is how I play as well. Now and then I revisit the islands just to mess around for a bit. So far I’ve appreciated the auto save system, since I’m never really giving it any thoughts. I simply run around with my bow like a sneaky headless chicken (which is a thing). I do hate the fall damage though. Oh, and the sharks give me the creeps!

          • Rumpel says:

            after about 2/3 of the main story, you have an awesome way of avoiding fall damage

        • SuicideKing says:

          Same here. Capturing/exploring was fun, story was the worst i’ve been exposed to in a while.

          • cunningmunki says:

            And yet it received so many accolades. I still don’t get that. It’s like some weird conspiracy, or the reviewers were playing a different game.

      • Ninja Foodstuff says:

        Yes. I keep telling myself that one day I’ll play more of it, but today is not that day

      • Iskariot says:

        I liked Far Cry 3 and played through it until the very end.

      • jonahcutter says:

        Yes.

        I got a few hours in, cleared a portion of the first island, and dropped it.

        Clearing the bases was fun. But after the first few it just felt empty and unsatisfying. I think about the gameplay of FC3 and I should like it. But whenever consider booting the game back up it just feels like a chore. I just don’t care. The mechanics are good. But these days I rarely can enjoy a game just for the mechanics.

        Perhaps it’s because the writing is so bad and characters unlikable in any way in FC3. And the meta-story stuff is so forced and deeply flawed it fails at giving the bad surface-story a reason to be enjoyed.

        I think I need the artifice of the story. I’ve replayed Red Faction: Guerrilla many times, enjoying every minute of its b-movie schlock storyline. Even if it’s b-movie schlock, as long as it’s well done b-movie schlock, it makes the otherwise fun but empty-of-purpose mechanics work for me.

      • Aardvark_Man says:

        I loved the first part, but by the time I got to the second island I was super bored of the gather stuff, I had nothing left to craft and I was just wanting to finish the story and be done with it.

      • cunningmunki says:

        Here! I got a few more hours out of Far Cry 3 by installing one of the mods that lets you turn off all the remaining HUD elements, but even then I couldn’t make it all the way to the end because of the DULL story and uninteresting, hateful characters.

        My Steam log, however, would have you believe that I’ve put over 120 hours into the game, which is a slight exaggeration (I’d say it’s more like 8-10). This is because I very often, and unintentionally, left Uplay running after I’d quit the game and Steam records the Uplay session and not the game.

    • Meusli says:

      Far Cry 3 has everything you would want in a game, it’s mechanics are great, there is plenty to do and it looks fantastic. But I too am struggling to finish it and I can not work out why. The only thing I can think of is it has no charm but even that feeling is a bit of a cop out as I can’t describe why it has no charm.

      • Draridan says:

        I find that I just don’t engage with the characters at all. Moreover, I don’t like the pacing of the narrative. I agree though, solid mechanics, I love the stealth elements, the hunting, the weapon upgrades etc. I have finished it though, wasn’t overly bothered by the endings.

      • Jimbo says:

        Because you always feel like you’re playing the mechanics directly, rather than doing whatever it is they’re supposed to represent. The game never lets you forget that it’s a game.

        You don’t scavenge for plants, the mini-map points them out.
        You don’t hunt, the map and the hunting drug turn it into a shopping trip.
        You don’t explore, you just go tower to tower and suffer the climbing mini-game.
        Etc.

        This is a growing problem, especially with Ubisoft games, which tends to give them a soulless MMO / Facebook grindy feel. I feel like I’m playing a map and an XP counter, and rather than enjoying the experience of being in this world/situation they’ve created, all I’m thinking is “What’s the most efficient way to get through this?”

        • Draridan says:

          You make a fair point, it’s the reason I stopped playing assassins creed. I have high hopes for Watch Dogs as it uses an interesting new concept. But then I learnt you have to activate a server to use functions in it’s area (read get viewpoint, capture base etc). I fear this may creep into Watch Dogs and ruin it :S

        • PopeRatzo says:

          You can turn all that off, you know. If you don’t want to see plants and animals, you don’t have to.

          There’s a file to edit. I did it months ago, so I don’t remember the details, but I found the solution at steamworks.

      • cunningmunki says:

        Far Cry 3 is one of those bizarre scenarios where everyone seems to agree that it’s story was terrible, the HUD was far too intrusive, and the gameplay was repetitive, and yet it was almost universally praised.

        How did that happen?

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          darkChozo says:

          I’m not sure if repetitive gameplay is a particularly common complaint – mediocre and linear story missions and the fact that you eventually run out of stuff to do seem to be more common (the latter and the HUD issues were mostly addressed by patches, from what I’ve heard).

          Also, I think FC3 is very much on the tail end of the popularity polynomial right now. There’s a tendency for the tone of conversation around games to get more and more negative the further you get from launch, something about it generally being easier to talk about the flaws of something than to wax lyrical about how you enjoyed it. I also think that the majority of people who enjoyed something don’t tend to stick around to talk about it, particularly with a contained experience like a single player game.

          That’s not to say that any game should be immune to criticism six months later, but there tends to be a bit of an echo chamber effect that transforms “this game was somewhat disappointing” to “this game is literally worse that Hitler” (*coughME3cough*).

  4. Stardog says:

    Hitman: Absolution.

    • tobecooper says:

      I’m getting close to the eighty hours mark. Still haven’t finished the story mode. Fear not the man who hits, come and play contracts with us!

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      Same here. I just never have the heart to get past the second mission, though I really want to.

      • Ernesto25 says:

        I uninstalled it after a day unfortunately after the decent 1st mission i realised they threw most of what i liked about hitman out the window and the disguise system is silly.

      • jonahcutter says:

        Don’t. There’s only a couple times after the first level I can remember that even comes close to actual Hitman gameplay. While a flood of bad corridor “stealthing” and hiding behind counters. Oh, and forced endings to missions through cutscenes. And the grindhouse vibe gets simultaneously more oppressive while remaing out-of-place for a Hitman game. The devs really should of just made Kane and Lynch 3 or something. It’s the game Absolution feels like it actually wants to be.

        Go reinstall Blood Money or Contracts. Time much better spent, if spending time wacking people is what you seek.

    • woodsey says:

      Don’t bother, it’s dreadful.

  5. Koojav says:

    Warhammer: Dark Omen. Been in the back of my head for ages, still waiting for GoG make them playable on Windows 7 without tons of tinkering around.

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      Tom De Roeck says:

      I second that. I played it when it came out, it was fucking awesome.

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      Riaktion says:

      Thirded, Dark Omen has to be one of my most favourite games of all time, I thought it was great. If GoG managed to get that working… I imagine it would be an insta buy on my part.

      It was a shame that the Mark of Chaos games weren’t better implemented… could have revitalised the series

    • Boronian says:

      Yeah, loved that one too! And it was so damn hard…

    • LazyGit says:

      I’ve been trying to play Warhammer:Dark Omen but I can’t even get the installer to run, let alone the game. No one else seems to have the problem though.

  6. DD says:

    Dungeon Keeper 2. I missed it when it came out and recently picked it up on a GOG sale. Been having a blast!

  7. Fenixius says:

    Minecraft. All my friends are big into Tekkit right now, and I’m just not interested…

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      Cardinal says:

      ooooh… tekkit looks good

      • Draridan says:

        You should also try Voltz, it’s on the same launcher as tekkit

    • Grey Ganado says:

      They should play the Feed The Beast modpack instead. Most of the same mods but they actually have the permission of the mod makers.

      • ernierock says:

        Tekkit has permission too now, those issues have been fixed a long time ago. I do like FTB’s philosophy of just leaving a few mods out until they update instead of waiting to update more though.

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    jezcentral says:

    About 250 Steam games. :(

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      Sinomatic says:

      You are not alone my friend, you are not alone…

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      Bluerps says:

      I am pretty sure I have even more than that. :/

      At least I am buying less crazily in recent times. I don’t buy all the bundles anymore, and the combination of “There is a slight possibility that this game might be fun” and “It’s on sale” does no longer equate “Buy!” for me.

    • Shuck says:

      Thank you for making me feel better about my 150 unplayed Steam games. Of course, I had to put a moratorium on buying new games some time back so that number doesn’t increase….

    • cunningmunki says:

      Yep, same here. To be fair, a lot of them aren’t unplayed, they’re just… un-started. I’ve taken the time to configure the graphics and controls and maybe played a couple of minutes to make sure they’re set up the way I want, but then they sit there, unloved.

  9. bluebomberman says:

    If you’d asked me this an hour ago I’d have said “Alan Wake”. Sadly, an hour of rolling eyes, bleeding ears, and wincing frustration has led to me reinstalling Alpha Protocol of all things. Gonna try the rookie mode.

    Alan Wake now joins LA Noire, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Deus Ex, and Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines in the pile of games that I find too damn boring and unfun to soldier forth in.

    • Low Life says:

      You’re the kind of person my mom always warned me about :(

      • bluebomberman says:

        Nobody’s perfect.

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          Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

          I think you’ll find that Stephen Fry – actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director, activist, and board member of Norwich City Football Club – is as close to perfect as his modesty will allow.

          • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

            Howdy Steve!

          • DrGonzo says:

            I find him to be an irritating cock. Plus he supports Norwich City as you said, down with the scum!

          • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

            Dern’t diss the Smingleighton, he’ll get medievil on your ass. Mind the honourable Lord didn’t strike me as a footy man, but as a one eye’d flat lander I’d have seen him more as a Portman Roader.

            HA’WAY THE LADS

    • Emeraude says:

      +1 for Alan Wake.

      I want to like the game, but it just falls flat for me.

      Can’t stand the voice acting and the fact that I have to wait for the actors to deliver their lines to be able to play – it just kills the pace for the purely narrative segments.

      Then I find the control, camera and so far overall level design to be clunky and unpleasant – and not in a “designed to be that way” way.

      Add to that that I don’t really see where the game is going with its mix of narrative and gameplay (is that supposed to be horror or action ? Both parts don’t really compliment each other.) And playing this mostly feels like a chore I have to go through to be able to actually have a proper critical conversation about it with friends…

      Too bad. Maybe I’m just not in the right mood ?

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        golem09 says:

        I loved Alan wake, because of the Atmosphere, the etting and the weirdness. Also it had that light shooting stuff, which was more interesting than just shooting enemies the normal way.

        But I stopped playing Deus Ex, LA Noire and Bloodlines as well, because I got bored with them.

        • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

          I too liked Alan Wake (and Max Payne 3) which is surprising as on paper I wouldn’t normally. Just two good/great stories make up for the games deficiencies (gameplay and mechanics) .

        • stupid_mcgee says:

          Alan Wake cemented itself in my heart when I heard Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams.”

    • Curundir says:

      I also stopped playing Deus Ex HR after a few hours. I couldn’t stomach the voice acting, and I found the combat to be boring. Also, the subdued yellow color palette just didn’t appeal to me. I was majorly disappointed, because all the reviews led me to believe that it should have been one of the best gaming experiences in years!

      Now I just bought Alan Wake in the Pay What You Want sale… I hope it will be a better experience, fingers crossed!

      • bluebomberman says:

        I should clarify: I can’t bear to play the original Deus Ex but I find DX:HR to be an incredible game.

      • LionsPhil says:

        HR is in the “nope” set that I won’t get back to and have no desire to for the forseeable future. Even in a huge sale it was a waste of money.

        And I finished Invisible War. Twice.

      • jonahcutter says:

        You’ll likely enjoy Alan Wake if you enjoy the idea of playing through a Stephen King novel, with Max Payne 1 &amd 2 nordic references and meta-commentary TV shows thrown in. Mind you, the writing and dialogue is the level of Stephen King. Purposefully, I hope. I roll my eyes or gag at a line at various times, while somehow continuing to enjoy the atmosphere of evil infecting a small town.

        The primary mechanic shooting is simple, but fun.

        The novel pages are fun to read (again, if you’re into alternate universe meta-reflections of the story you’re in). Don’t bother with the coffee thermoses. They are annoyingly useless.

    • bwion says:

      I ended up really liking Alan Wake in the end, but I sometimes found myself (especially toward the beginning) actively wishing I was doing something else during the long slogs of shooting the same three dudes over and over.

      • SkittleDiddler says:

        The shooty bits in Alan Wake are so bad that they mar what otherwise would have been a near-perfect game for me. Thank Dog the atmosphere is tops.

    • defunct says:

      That’s really too bad about two of those. Deus Ex, both the original and HR are very well regarded and really good games. Bloodlines was amazingly fantastic. I played this one 4 times. It’s just too bad the company went out of business trying to publish it, and suffered because of lack of advertising and support. It needs the fan patch to make some of it work well. They’re both RPGs. I believe LA is one, too, but I don’t know about LOTR, although I’ve never played either. Maybe RPGs are just not your thing. The original Deus Ex is still considered a great story and very good game. I don’t even know how many times I played this. Several. The story is still fun to go through, though.

      • cunningmunki says:

        I want to play Bloodlines, but I just can’t fix the terrible FOV! I’ve tried all the usual config changes but it still sits at 75 or something horrible like that, and anything less than 90 is a no go for me. I’ve wanted to play it for years, but now it just sits in my Steam catalogue, sulking like a teenage goth.

    • The Magic says:

      Alan Wake had one of the clumsiest tutorials I’d ever seen. Not that it didn’t teach anything, but for a story based game, they really had no clue how to fit it into the story. Also those pages of the novel are horrendously written. It’s like a first draft that’s had spelling mistakes removed.

  10. RobinOttens says:

    No day of rest over here as far as I can tell.

    Regardless, I’m finally getting around to clearing out my ‘still to play’ list. Finally played and finished Gemini Rue yesterday. Planning on finishing Pathologic later today. Then it’s just System Shock 2 sitting there.

    Doing that has kept me from buying and playing some recent big releases. Metro: Last Light and Zeno Clash 2. That is completely ignoring a bunch of games I bought but never really intended to seriously play in the first place. And I guess I still have a playthrough of Tactics Ogre on PSP that’s been dragging for a year now. I’ll get back to that eventually… probably…

  11. Mbaya says:

    I think the two most notable games I’m currently not playing are BioShock Infinite and Dishonoured – I really should play through them at least once…I just don’t feel like getting into such rich worlds at the moment.

    Sanctum 2 and Neverwinter are my go to games currently.

    • Draridan says:

      Dishonoured is definitely worth a look, I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve not tried Neverwinter, I had a look at doing it at one point but someone had pinched my name (Draridan) and this made me sad, so I didn’t get round to it.

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      particlese says:

      Heh, I’m in the same camp, but my distraction is just Skyrim (and a few indie games when I tire of that). I’m trying to work my way through the main quest, but there are so many other interesting things to do! It’ll be nice to switch to a more focused game like Binfinite once I’m “done”.

  12. Avish says:

    What I shouldn’t do is buy new games.

    I started Sleeping dogs and hitman: absolution, but than I bought Brutal legend and Mark of the ninja. Finished brutal (enjoyed it, despite so many flaws) and about to finish Mark (much better than I expected and my expectations were very high).

    After MoTN I will probably go back to sleeping dogs, but maybe I’ll just go and finish Borderland 2…

    • Draridan says:

      Sleeping Dogs is well worth finishing at some point, I found the game pleasantly surprised me, throughout.

      • SuicideKing says:

        True. I loved it, actually. 26 hours into it, according to steam. Maybe one at the most spent benchmarking, because I’m that type of guy XD

        Anyway, it’s HK, so left-hand drive, and thank god for that. That actually won me over the most. lol.

        Plus being Asian i could relate to the cultural themes and all.

        Also, Cantonese hip-hop! (24Herbs) haha

        • Draridan says:

          Have you tried the Nightmare in North Point DLC, It’s a good laugh. It puts a good twist on the tired notion of zombies in video games, as it was influenced by Chinese mythology.

          • SuicideKing says:

            No i haven’t, i usually don’t buy DLCs so i didn’t consider them this time either. Will give it a shot this summer sale, Sleeping Dogs DLCs go for a dollar or a two at times (we get the Steam USA prices here).

        • defunct says:

          I have about 80 or so hours in Sleeping Dogs. One play through. I really love the game. I got it on sale not too long after it released, and I still play it. I love it. I’ve even purchased several DLC which I don’t normally do.

  13. CTRL-ALT-DESTROY says:

    I feel worse about this than I should given that I have a busy life and all, but I still haven’t gotten around to both Deus Ex: HR and The Witcher 2. It really hurt me to write this since Deus Ex the first is my favorite game of all, but maybe this will give me the motivation I need.

    -I also need to play Dishonored

    • NathanH says:

      Those are two games I really want to play more too. I’ve played both of them a bit and I really like them both, but I don’t seem to have the ability to really play AAA games intensively like those games deserve any more. Games with clearly-defined mission structures like Mass Effect 3 I could manage.

      They’re the sort of games that when I was younger (not much younger, really; I could do it with Witcher 1) I’d start up in the morning and play all day without doing anything else. Those days seem to be behind me now.

  14. pertusaria says:

    I nearly got around to playing Hegemony – Wars of Ancient Greece over the weekend, but the weather was too nice to sit down for a long play, so I wound up playing a couple of short sessions of Seven Grand Steps instead.

  15. Shinan says:

    Forgive me for asking but what holiday is it today in Britain?

    I myself will probably not play most games. Since I have a 12-hour workday ahead of me :D

    But my pile is pretty gigantic. I have been slowly going through a bit of a backlog but there’s a bunch left to play. And I really should get to all those adventure games that I’ve piled up. I always say I like adventure games but I never actually play them…

    • Fenixius says:

      Spring Bank Holiday. I don’t really get why it exists, but it appears to be defined in law under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 (UK).

      • Low Life says:

        Huh. For some reason I’d always thought bank holidays were people having a day off work so they could handle their important stuff (like, go to the bank), but apparently that’s not the case. Today I learned.

        • ruaidhri.k says:

          ‘Bank holiday’ is a bit misleading. if i remember correctly its actually a ‘banked holiday’. its to do with the industrial revolution and factories giving staff a paid day off work. nothing to do with banks as institutions at all.

          • Canisa says:

            I thought that the bank holidays originally existed to give banks a day off so that they could do all their accounting. Before computers were invented all their financial sums had to be worked out by hand on paper, so the purpose of the holiday was to give them a day where no additional money business was being done so that they could catch up with their clerical work and keep the books up to date. Of course, now that computers do all that instantaneously, a bank holiday is just an extra day off.

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            JamesTheNumberless says:

            Lol, full marks for revisionist etymology, comrade. “Bank holiday” became a term in 1871 due to banks being shut on those days. There is nothing more to it. When the revolution comes then you can change it. “banked holiday” seems only to exist as a term in some employment contracts as a way to describe accrued leave, that’s probably where you saw it.

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            JamesTheNumberless says:

            Great news bank clerks, you get the day off!… To do the clerical work!….

          • Strabo says:

            Poor Sir Lubbock, one of the most progressive politicians of his time, but nearly forgotten, even for his probably greatest contribution.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lubbock,_1st_Baron_Avebury

          • Tukuturi says:

            We archaeologists haven’t forgotten John Lubbock, even across the Atlantic.

      • thegooseking says:

        Most bank holidays are, but I think the Spring Bank Holiday is additional to those in the Financial Dealings Act (as is Boxing Day).

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          JamesTheNumberless says:

          It does kind of make sense to have a holiday on the same say as the US, especially if the alternative is having one on another day, and thereby having two days during which you can’t do business with the Yanks. It’s also good when you work for a company that has offices in both countries, finally a day when you know who’s on holiday and who isn’t :)

    • megalosaurus says:

      It isn’t a holiday in Britain.

      It’s spring bank holiday in England and Wales.

      Here in Scotland it’s a normal work day.

      • LazyKnight says:

        Simply not true, pal – it is a Scottish public holiday from my sunny corner of Glasgow to the furthest windswept reaches of Unst (http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/People/bank-holidays/)

        • megalosaurus says:

          Oops, my bad!

          I even looked at that page before I posted just to make sure. I guess I looked in the wrong column *shameface*

          Anyway it doesn’t change the most important point in my previous post: it is not a bank holiday FOR ME. I am writing this at work and resenting all the rest of you your fun. Yes yes.

  16. Muzman says:

    I’ve still got Mass Effect, Far Cry 2 and Psychonauts on my steam library, unloved. I’ve got Bioshock 2 and Fallout 3 actually installed but can’t be arsed wrestling with the technical problems that stopped me playing in the first place.
    Mostly any such effort starts well and end shortly after as I give up and play some Red Faction Guerrilla and blow things up for a while.

    • Draridan says:

      Me and fallout 3 had big issues before, you can usually find a solution with a quick google search though. The game is well worth it though, especially if you get the expansion packs!

  17. pastinople says:

    Warcraft II. Played it for the first time a few days ago. I miss sprites.

    • Skabooga says:

      It really is a wonderful thing, Warcraft II. A true representative of those halcyon days of Blizzard.

  18. Low Life says:

    I’m not playing Resident Evil: Revelations (got the 3DS version), Sleeping Dogs and about a dozen older games I’ve installed during the last few months only to play an hour of before reverting to Dota 2. Resident Evil 4, STALKER: SoC, Escape From Butcher Bay (I’ve finished this before so not high on my “priority” list), Alpha Protocol, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory…

  19. gorzan says:

    The backlog section of my steam account is listing:
    Avadon.
    Breath of death.
    Chtulhu saves the world.
    Darwinia.
    Gratuitous space battles.
    Medieval II: Kingdoms.
    Revenge of the titans.
    Supreme commander.
    SC: Forged Alliance.
    Uplink.

    Until I slay those (or play enought to say “nah, I’m not really having fun”) I wont allow myself to buy new games. Sadly, I’ve been on an action mood lately, so I don’t really want to play any of them right now.

  20. BooleanBob says:

    Yggdra Union on the Gameboy Advance. No, don’t ask me to pronounce it. I’m actually convinced it’s one of the best tactical RPGs of all time – I know it’s a heresy, but it’s kind of more interesting than Advance Wars in some ways, and a dramatic improvement on something like Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.

    It does that SMT: Devil Survivor thing of taking the TRPG template and almost seamlessly splicing in another layer of game to the, uh, game. In this case, it abstractly promotes positioning to be the central mechanic, allowing you to make wholesale changes to the composition of any engagement by organising units in increasingly elaborate patterns on the overmap. Stalwart genre notions of adjacency and unit ‘range’ are gleefully defenestrated. It’s TBS with square-dancing, essentially.

    The only problem is it has this absolutely brutal mechanic of making you consume hard-earned (and irreplaceable) equipment to restore your units’ health between battles. Not potions or health kits, but armour and weapons and all that cool stuff! So I inevitably try to be tight and get by with units on a sliver of health, and then of course they all get wiped out. So I’ve been giving it a petulant cold shoulder. Even though I love it the greedy min/maxer in me just can’t bring myself to play it (correctly).

    Oh, um, right, this is a PC site. Well then, anything, basically. This rig is over 10 years old.

    • dethtoll says:

      It must be, since you’re still calling it a “rig!”

      • BooleanBob says:

        Right. So what term are all the cool kids are using for their personal computers these days? (Phone, presumably.)

        • defunct says:

          No worries. Rig is still more than acceptable to anyone that built their own machine. If the kid never heard the term before, it’s about time he learned.

    • Sheng-ji says:

      If you find yourself in possession of a DS at any point, do look up fire emblem, it sounds like your cup of tea!

      • Draridan says:

        I had a quick play on my friends copy the other day, it’s a brilliant game. Though he has somehow bred super characters so he’s breezing through it!

    • Kasab says:

      I do love a spot of gleeful defenestration.

      As you’re clearly into handheld tactics, I suggest you try Rebelstar: Tactical Command. It’s an anime X-Com that, though it cuts away all the base (mis)management in favour of linear level progression, gets the titular tactics perfect. It’s a sort-of incarnation of Speccy classic Rebelstar, though you wouldn’t think it from the aesthetic. As you can clearly stand Eastern trappings, it might just be your thing.

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      Bluerps says:

      I’ve played Yggdra Union in eons past, when the earth was young and the ancients walked the world (so 6-7 years, I think).

      I don’t remember much of it, but I think I played half the campaign and had a lot of fun, until the healing mechanic got me. I had completed a mission with so much damage to my units that healing them all would have taken most of my supplies, and I felt like I was in a situation in which it was no longer possible to win the game. I don’t remember if you cannot go back a mission, or if I simply did not want to repeat the last mission, but I just stopped playing there.

      • BooleanBob says:

        Ah, that’s kind of discouraging to hear! Especially with the introduction of out-of-combat AoEs that can hit anywhere on the map and knock ~20% off a bunch of your units, making it impossible to avoid damage even through smart play. You get multiple save slots, but if you aren’t juggling them I can definitely see the ‘no-win’ scenario happening – something the game itself makes far from obvious.

        I think I will give it a few more goes before I give up on it completely, though. It’s just so intriguing and… fresh.

        Shen-ji, Kasab: Thanks for the recommendations! Fire Emblem I have played. Really solid series. Rebelstar is completely new to me, though. I will have to see if I can track down a copy!

  21. Vurogj says:

    I’m not playing anything since I finally caved in to a friend’s repeated demands and started Lol. 3 weeks in, just hit level 20. I suck, but not horrendously.

    • jhavatar says:

      How cool would it be if you were talking about Lands of lore.

      • guygodbois00 says:

        +1 for Lands of Lore – played it this March. It was as every bit great and hard as I remembered it.

  22. LordNeidhart says:

    Victoria 2
    I bought it, promised myself I’d learn it, played a single in-game week and then gave up.

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      soulblur says:

      I’ve actually been playing a lot fo this lately. PIck a nation that’s fairly self-playing – the States is a good example. The main difference between EU3 (if that’s your entry point, as it was mine) is that you sometimes have control over factories and thus production. And actually production is the most important thing in the world.

      It’s pretty fun, actually.

      So I am playing Victoria 2 and the beta for 7 Grand Steps (which is a little boring but also surprisingly awesome). I’m not playing Walking Dead Episode 3, because E2 took me 3 months to mentally prepare for. Also not playing Eador: Masters blah blah blah, but I’ll get back to it eventually. But I probably won’t get back to SimCity 4.

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      Cardinal says:

      Similar experience with Crusader Kings II. Enjoyed learning to play, but found I had to play in one sitting to get the most from it, losing drive and focus if I start from a save.

      I’ve got 3 kids, so it could be weeks or months between suitable time slots to sit down with these.
      These games need to prompt you for a notepad/journal entry when you save so that you can write down your big picture strategy and intrigues for next time.

  23. dethtoll says:

    Dark Souls. Sooner or later I need to get off my ass and buy a stack of dung pies to cheese my way through the Ornstein and Smough fight with.

    • Low Life says:

      Oh, this too. I’m not quite sure it’s the right game for me (played maybe eight hours so far), so it may be left to rot on my hard drive for eternity. I’ll probably have another go at some point, though I guess I could just wait for the sequel and its proper PC version.

      • Noodlemonk says:

        I’ve put around 40 hours into Dark Souls, and am enjoying it immensely, and although I’m awful at it, the exploration of the world is absolutely awesome (which is probably why I’m busy doing my master thesis on just that). I do suck at most bosses though. The best advice for anyone considering firing it up for the first time would be to avoid any kind of gameplay video and lore discussions – you’re in for a treat.

        • Draridan says:

          I love the world, it’s such a rich lore. A lot of my friends were put off by the difficulty but I try to sell it to people on the law basis. It’s also really pretty, There are many moments I love in it, and I’m not even that far in yet!

    • Kasab says:

      I’ve done everything but the Four Kings in the lead up to the final section, but bugger me if I’m going to finish it. What Dark Souls is great at is making the player feel trapped: I /have/ to do in the Four Kings, but another descent into that swirling mire of crippled depth perception is something I can’t face. I end up perched on the steps, behind me a mass of angry Darkwraiths and ahead the final challenge before the real final challenge. It’s brilliant stuff, but I haven’t gone back to it in about a month. I’ve sunk 80 hours into the thing and that was without a controller.

    • Salvian says:

      Ah yes, O&S- or, as I came to call them, ‘F***face and Fatty’. Not very witty, I know, but I was at my wit’s end.

      You don’t need cheese to win, though. Like most bosses in DS, they’re not so bad once once you get the hang of them. If you can kill Ornstein quickly with pyromancy or a flame weapon, Smough is mostly a matter of spacing and careful use of pillars if you use magic or ranged weapons.

  24. arkona says:

    So many games, so little time:
    Games I should start playing or simply finish: Deus Ex HR, don’t starve, alan wake, metro 2033, skyrim, Fallout NV, brutal legend, system shock 2, stalker, legend of grimmrock, farcry 3… and the rest of my never-ending steam list :s

  25. guygodbois00 says:

    Sadly, Dishonored. Someday I’ll get back to it, I’m sure. On another note: WHERE IS MY STARDRIVE WIT? Sorry, had to shout – every journo at RPS seems to be deaf or hard of hearing about this one. Or, (I wish) gentlemen Tim Stone and Alec Meer are playing it to their game-induced transe, after which we will be presented with glorious WIT. I want to read about Spacebears(TM)!
    EDIT: Caption for the picture above goes:
    Remember, turn on the count of ten and then discharge your pistol promptly and precisely into the opposing top hat.

  26. phelix says:

    Call of Duty, of course!

  27. Lee_Nox says:

    Metro Last Light. It runs choppily thanks to no real graphics settings and Call of Juarez Gunslinger is just such a fun game, I think I’m gonna be spending some quality time with it.

  28. Spoon Of Doom says:

    For some reason, I read this headline in the most accusing voice possible.

    *RPS looks at my monitor*
    “Oh my god! WHAT are you playing? Don’t you know better than that? Your mom would be ashamed of you if she knew!” – “I’m sorry RPS! It’s not what it looks like! My cat stepped on my keyboard and accidentally installed, started and played the game!”

    On topic, I’m playing Grim Dawn and, more or less due to peer pressure, the slaughter that is LoL. Playing with guys against easy bots is fine, but everything above that (i.e. intermediate or *gasp* real people) and I almost always experience instant death as soon as I so much as see an enemy champion. I’m not sure I can stomach the frustration of that long enough to climb the learning curve, especially when the more experienced people in your party think they’re good guys teaching you something and barking orders and the most ridiculous hints at you.

    “You should have run away, once X starts ability Y you have no chance” – “Gee, really? Thanks for the hint! Obviously I *chose* being slowed, stunned and slowed again because I thought that was the superior strategy to reach my end goal. Next time I might consider the running thing, if I’m not already killing them with my slowness!”

  29. bstard says:

    EA games. Since the excommunication of Ubisoft was lifted I caught up with their titles recently.

  30. Sheng-ji says:

    Monaco – I love it, I want to play it. I don’t know why I won’t launch it but I just won’t.

    • Skabooga says:

      I’m playing through the heists as a single player now, but I’ve been putting off doing multiplayer. I really should play it multiplayer.

  31. Taidan says:

    The new Xcom is still sitting patiently unplayed in my Steam list.

    I want to. Occasionally my mouse cursor even hovers thoughtfully above it, but I always keep finding other games to play instead.

    I’m just not ready yet. I’ll face it in my own time.

    • MattM says:

      I recently uninstalled xcom because I had played 90h and beaten it on classic/ironman. Less than a week later the itch for more has become unbearable and I am redownloading it for a impossible/ironman game.

  32. Dromph says:

    Wow, that’s a long list is so I’m going to cut it a little.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    The Basement Collection
    BIT.TRIP. Runner 2
    The Book of Unwritten Tales 1 & 2
    Cave Story+
    Anodyne
    Deadlight
    Limbo
    Vessel
    The Void
    Botanicula

    WHEN DOES IT STAHP?

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      stahlwerk says:

      The moment you start. I’d recommend beginning with Limbo followed by Botanicula, since both add up to just around 8-10 hours of playtime, and they riff on similar themes.

  33. Mud says:

    GP Bikes from Piboso

  34. BTAxis says:

    Most notably, I’m not playing Stardrive, I think. Somehow I just can’t get myself to, though I’m quite interested and I’ve heard many good things.

  35. Bartack says:

    Distant Worlds: Legends
    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
    World of Warcraft
    Metropolis Street Racer (Dreamcast)
    The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (Gamecube)

    I’ll probably play them all tomorrow.

  36. OrangyTang says:

    DX:HR. I want to like it, and (ignoring the bosses) it does a lot right, but I just can’t get interested in it.

    I mean on paper it’s got everything – the hacking, codes, stealth options, interesting inventory trade-offs, exploration and dialog sections. I think perhaps it’s the level design. After a few hours it all started to get very formulaic – a series of ‘big’ rooms linked by a ‘shoot everyone’ corridor and a stealth entrance (usually an air vent).

    • Emeraude says:

      Yeah, I kinda find it a testament to how starved we are for certain kind of games that some flaws in level design HR shares with IW, and for which the latter got trounced, the former got barely criticized for.

    • defunct says:

      Just to point out, you can stealth the entire game, as I did. No kills. There’s actually an achievement for it, too, so they’re just saying it’s possible. There are some areas where you have to stun then, but it’s WAY more than possible to go through most of it without touching anyone at all, if you’re good. Most people aren’t that good, though, and complain it’s just another shooter, when it can be played as a stealth. It reminded me very much of the first and also Thief series.

  37. Ninja Foodstuff says:

    I will not be playing max Payne 3, because apparently it’s now not mac compatible, even though steam was selling it as such last week.

  38. Davie says:

    Dark Souls. I’m stuck on the Ornstein and Smoug boss fight, and beating my way through giants and silver knights over and over again only to get my ass immediately handed to me on a lightning lance is discouraging, to say the least.

    Also, Bioshock Infinite, which I desperately want to play but cannot afford. ‘Tis a shame.

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      Harlander says:

      Yeah, I’ve worn away all impetus on Dark Souls myself, and I’m not even as far in as you.

      I thought I’d be finally defeated by the Capri-Sun Demon, but I eventually managed to get past it. “Is this going to start getting fun now?” I thought.

      Cursed by one of those frog bastards, and having to go through New Orlok or whatever the hell it’s called over and over again at half health until I’ve memorised it? No.

      Everyone who said I should get DS can go straight to hell.

      • LennyLeonardo says:

        They’ve already been.

        • Davie says:

          And came clawing out the other side, clutching a battered, notched sword, covered in blood, and dragging the corpse of a Taurus Demon behind them with a resounding “HELL YES”.

          At least, I assume that’s why people love this game so much. I guess I must still be on the downhill part.

          • LennyLeonardo says:

            I find it hard to defend Dark Souls, because it is, in many ways, a conventionally awful game. Yet it’s so completely mesmerisingly good at tantalising you with victory I can’t help but love it. Plus the sense of place is astonishing. It reminds me of playing Resident Evil for the first time: it’s definitely not a real place, but it’s one you want to spend time in anyway, like a folly.

            Dark Souls is like marmite: it’s disgusting, but delicious.

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      DrScuttles says:

      If you’re got the dexterity and the arrows, it’s possible to cheese through the fight. Once you’ve taken out one of them, you can circle around a broken pillar at medium range. Hopefully they’ll keep attacking at you but get blocked by the scenery, allowing you to shoot arrows over it into their dumb AI face. Cheap as hell, but invaluable on a NG++ when I couldn’t find any phantoms to summon due to my level.

    • EOT says:

      If you decide you want to get back in to it add me on Steam (blastvader) and I can give you a hand with Fatman and Robin.

  39. MattM says:

    1. Skyrim, Oblivion didn’t click with me but I loved FO3 and F:NV so I am really looking forward to Skyrim. However, it’s going to be a 10 hour processes just to get it properly modded up for my first playthough so I keep putting it off.
    2. Any graphically intensive game. I am considering a upgrade from GTX 570 SLI to GTX 770 SLI. Until I decide I am putting off games like Crysis and a 2nd playthough of The Witcher 2.
    3. Uncharted, I loved the Jak games and I hear great things about the uncharted series but every time I play Uncharted 1 find myself stopping frequently and switching to other titles.

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    Kemuel says:

    I’ve rudely put both Far Cry 3 and Need For Speed Most Wanted on hold whilst I play Star Wars Galaxies. The emulator project’s pretty much complete now, so I’ve stumbled back into a life I left behind some 7-8 years ago. I will at least install Far Cry, though, so its there for when I get tired of the endless grinding.

    • Noodlemonk says:

      Glad to hear SWGEmu is doing well. Last I visited three years ago, it was barely playable. Looks like Galaxies is a game that I am not currently, but should be, playing. Installing…

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    Gap Gen says:

    To The Moon is still sitting in my Steam game library, unplayed. Shameface.

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      stahlwerk says:

      Same here. I started it three times but I haven’t gotten myself to go further than entering the house.

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        Gap Gen says:

        To the shamecave!

        Oh, also I’m in the Netherlands at the moment and in work. So no time for fun. Science must be done! Or RPS checked. Whichever.

        • Shrekeh says:

          All three of you: get on it now! Just finished it, and it’s a slow ponder, but if you’re in the mood for something laid back, thought provoking, genuinely funny, honest and tender, play To the Moon as soon as you can.

  42. Gassalasca says:

    I am back playing EVE, so that means I am not playing… Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
    Nor any of the other AAA games I missed during the past couple of years, like Disnohored, Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3, X-COM etc.

    • Draridan says:

      I’ve always been curious by EVE, but the stories I hear scare me a little, doesn’t make it sound too easy to get into!

  43. canofvitamins says:

    Playing Dragon Age Origins for the first time such a great game. I came in expecting a decent r.p.g, planning to halfheartedly play through the story and move on. Ended up being amazed at how good the writing, combat and story. Going through my second play through now :)

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    DrScuttles says:

    Though I haven’t bought them yet, Zeno Clash 2 and Don’t Starve appeal to me greatly. However Nathan’s WiT of Zeno Clash 2 has put me in two minds about it and my only concern about Don’t Starve is how wiki-reliant like Minecraft it may be (or is almost every recipe visible in the side menu? I’m not entirely sure).
    In terms of what I do own and happen to be neglecting the most, Baldur’s Gate. I bought it in a pack recently and kept failing to get into it. Maybe I just need to read the manual; something that the teenage me would have devoured long before even installing the game but the current me seems to have been trained to avoid.

  45. BreadBitten says:

    ‘Dead Island’ and the ‘FireFall’ beta. I should really start to invest more time into them.

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    Shockeh says:

    All I’m playing really is the same as the last 12 months: DOTA2, Street Fighter, and recently got Metro:LL onto the list, but it’s in danger of moving into the second category.

    I have a few games that I recognise as being excellent’, but for some reason find no urge to play such as Guild Wars 2 & Monaco.

    And then I have a pile that are ‘okay/decent’, and yet I don’t launch them either; I’ve certainly not finished them, and I doubt I will beyond fulfilling some internal compulsion to justify my purchases:
    Hitman, Borderlands 2, Crysis 3, The Witcher 2 (I must have TRIED to play this a dozen times, and every time I just drift away, I don’t even know why!) Far Cry 3.

    • Draridan says:

      I’ve found that with Witcher 2. I should love it, it has everything I would want. But it just doesn’t seem to hold my attention for that long.

  47. Kobest says:

    I’m trying to clear my backlog these days, but even in a good pace, I won’t be playing NOLF 1, Armed and Dangerous and Escape Goat anytime soon.

    Oh, and Metro: LL as well, since after having a ton of fun with Blood Dragon, I don’t want to plummet myself into a deeply depressing atmosphere of a game.

    Oh wait, and Carmageddon. I just saw some gameplay from the GOG edition, and man, nostalgia hit me pretty hard.

    Wait, did I say a fun racing game? Driver: San Fransisco is there too, sitting on my shelf. I played it for 6 hours and enjoyed it tremendously, but took a break when Max Payne 3 came out, and never really went back. :(

  48. Kefren says:

    I won’t be playing Darksiders. I got up to Tiamat and realised I was mostly bored as I played. Went back to Cry of Fear, Heroes of Might and Magic 2, and The Lost Crown.

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    stahlwerk says:

    Planescape Torment and the new XCOM remain started but on hiatus, until the girlfriend and me finish our “The Wire” marathon.

  50. roryok says:

    Today is obviously opposite day, because we don’t get a holiday today in Ireland, and also I’ve managed to buy a game over the weekend and in a dramatic break with tradition, actually play it. That game is Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, the purchase of which you can 100% attribute to the RPS wot I think earlier in the week. I’d never even heard of it before then.

    As to what I’m not playing, I only got about two or three levels into Dishonored and found myself unable to face another few hours of picking up coins and tins of jellied eels and failing at stealth. I also have a few hours invested in DXHR, which I’m more interested in finishing, but haven’t started in at least two months. I reinstalled Rage while on a man shooty bender, but quickly gave it up for Bad Company 2 which I played through and then immediately played through again. Never done that before. Great game!

    And then I have several games installed on the PC that I’ve only played a small amount into, or not at all. Space games Mass Effect, Freespace 2, Freelancer, Elite and Frontier; Thief (which I gave up on once I found myself running from acid spitting dinosaurs in a big cave. that was not what I signed up for); Chronicles of Riddick which I very nearly almost finished once; Achronox which looked promising if a little dated; the original Deus Ex (Shhhh! don’t tell!); System Shock which seemed very dated but reminded me a bit of my beloved Daggerfall; Skyrim which I invested at least 20 hours in but never finished the main quest arc; Splinter Cell : Chaos Theory and Double Agent (started the latter after forgetting I never finished the former), the HL2 mods Black Mesa, Minerva, Mission Improbable, Dear Esther and Human Error;the indie games Thirty Flights of Loving, Symon, Home, Gravity, Amnesia, Stranded in Singapore, SuperMeatBoy, VVVVV, Strongbad’s Cool Game For Attractive People; the adventure games Gemini Rue & Resonance; the LucasArts classics Full Throttle, Grim Fandango and The Dig which I’m ashamed to say I’ve never finished; Sid Meiers Pirates; Mount and Blade; Project Zomboid (on a zombie note I would love to try Day Z but I can’t find a cheap copy of ARMA and I feel like I’d just die endlessly); the increasingly interesting Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines; the first two Fallout games; Terranova – Strike Force Centauri and Azrael’s Tear (those two games are linked in my mind – is there any connection?); XCOM: Enemy Unknown and also Jagged Alliance 1 & 2; from the STALKER series Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat, and on a related tangent Metro 2033 (got to the haunted aeroplane); The Saboteur – installed only. Haven’t even fired up; Crysis 2 – I came this close to the end I swear; Arx Fatalis, Dark Messiah: Might & Magic and The Witcher which I must play before another Elder Scrolls game comes along.

    Sometimes I wonder if I’m actually a gamer at all

    • SuicideKing says:

      I SEE FREESPACE 2 MAY I KISS YOUR HAND BUT WAIT YOU’RE NOT PLAYING IT

      *turns ship towards you*
      *presses Y*
      * C->3->1*

      Aplha 2: “Roger that Sir, engaging your target”

    • SuicideKing says:

      But more seriously, FS2+Source Code Project+MediaVPs+Joystick/Controller= Best space sim/shooter (game?) of all time. Technically too. Heck, that would be vanilla FS2 on it’s own.

      And you can even play FS1 (via the FSPort remake, though that doesn’t play nice with the most recent FSOpen build), Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius and War in Heaven (brilliant community campaigns/mods), Wing Commander Total conversion, Battlestar Galactica, Diaspora, Star Wars (mods only, though)…whatever you want.

      Here’s your window to (free)space:
      http://hard-light.net/

      p.s. If you already knew about this…forgive a fan for rambling on about it :D

      • Noodlemonk says:

        Appreciate the suggestions. FS2 is definitely the game I am always “not playing”. It’s been sitting firmly in my GOG Collection for some years now, and I desperately need to get around to it. It always sounds like the ultimate experience to me yet for some reason I have never even given it a try.