Hot diggity, it’s already mid-November! The leaves have changed, it’s getting colder outside, and — holy crap — there are a ton of games I still haven’t played (or in some cases, finished) this year! Having talked with the guys about “Game of the Year” stuff (I mean, this is always in the back of our minds!), I glanced over at my shelf and made a list of the games I still want to finish this year. Some of the games which could be huge contenders for a spot on my “Game of the Year” list are sadly going to remain un-played for the foreseeable future, especially as I look at 2016’s relentless release line-up. I figure it’s best to address these now so no one is left scratching their head, wondering why some of these obvious candidates are not on my list of the best that 2015 had to offer.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Let’s just get this one out of the way now. This was my most anticipated game coming into this year. What I didn’t anticipate was Destiny’s House of Wolves expansion dragging me back into the hard-to-escape-clutches of Bungie’s first-person juggernaut. I had every intention of booting up The Witcher 3, but Variks and the Short Pause Guardians had other plans as we raided week-in and week-out for months until we felt well-enough equipped to tackle Skolas in the Prison of Elders’ ultimate challenge. By the time we had finally accomplished this, tons of other games had come and gone, and the daunting feeling of taking on a game with hundreds of hours of content at that point was simply too much. I will get to this game sooner rather than later, but sadly it will not be this year.
I’m not sure what it was that came out that took my attention away from Bloodborne, but I can say I at least started this one. While I only made it to (and slayed!) the Cleric Beast, I could tell it was a game that’d be a hot contender for some year-end award love. Given the immense difficulty curve this game has, I feel like I’m going to be better off just restarting it to regain my bearings. Like Brent, I feel like I have the best chance of getting to this before the end of the year, but with some other larger games like Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and Rise of the Tomb Raider still on my plate, I know Yharnham will have to wait.
Are you noticing a trend? Another game with hundreds of hours of content coming this late in the year? I definitely won’t have time to dedicate to this one either, but I have no doubt the guys will pick up my slack when it comes to Fallout 4.
Just Cause 3
I can tell you right now that I will very likely play just enough of Just Cause 3 to warrant penning up a Short Take on it a week or so after this bombastic open-world game drops. I can also tell you that December is the absolute worst month for me to try to find the time to sit down and play games. I have no doubt that Just Cause 3 will be a serious contender for my “Games of the Year,” but I also know that I probably will not have spent enough time with it when I sit down to create my year-end list. It could still grab a spot as an honorable mention, which I usually give to a game that I’m in the middle of — and see potential in — but haven’t played enough to make a final decision on. We’ll see how the chips fall with this one.
This one is one I know without a doubt would be on my year-end list. I did get a chance to start Dying Light, but sadly, due to other releases, I just didn’t progress very far. I haven’t had any interest in playing any zombie games recently, so it was nice to finally get back into one that’s as fun as Dying Light. This one will share Just Cause 3’s shot at being an honorable mention, but unless I magically find the time to finish it between now and late December, it’ll be yet another game on my wall of titles that I shamefully shelved the second I got them home.
This list really only covers the big ones. There are still a handful of others that I know I’d consider for year-end awards, but unfortunately, they’re either big 30 hour experiences or rely on me finding others to play with (you know, like Helldivers). Destiny devoured a good portion of my time this year, but thankfully, I’m not quite as taken with The Taken King (see what I did there?!) so I’ve managed to untether myself from my obsessive need to do Nightfalls, Raids, and other Destiny activities week-in and week-out. Anything can happen, but at this point, I feel confident these games will remain largely unattended to this year as 2015’s end is nigh.
Frankie loves pizza, video games, and controversial opinions. Follow his gaming exploits on Twitter @Vyprstryke.