Published on September 8th, 2013 | by Christian0
JRPG Backlog Hell
Everybody I know who plays games has a backlog of unfinished games. It is a fundamental part of being an adult gamer with more money than time. Our desire for new games hasn’t changed, but our ability to complete them seems to diminish as time goes by. As I look at the upcoming releases that interest me for fall, I find that maybe I’m reaching some kind of breaking point where I can no longer continue to justify accumulating new games that might not get the attention they deserve while I sit on a mountain of unfinished or in some cases unplayed games. First, the upcoming games:
- The Wonderful 101 (Wii U) 9/15/13
- Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (3DS) 10/1/13
- Windwaker HD (Wii U) 10/4/13
- Pokemon X and Y (3DS) 10/12/13
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) 11/23/13
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) 12/6/13
That’s a pretty packed schedule of great looking games coming out in the next few months, and I’m even leaving a lot of stuff out that’s in the periphery of my interest like Tearaway, Beyond Two Souls, and Super Mario 3D World. Now, lets look at just a few of the games I’m trying to wrap up:
- Etrian Odyssey IV (3DS) ~45 hours in
- Persona 3 Portable (PSP) ~40 hours in
- Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS) ~19 hours in
That’s the short list of stuff I’m actively working on, though there are maybe a dozen other games I’m picking away at a little at a time when not playing those. I noticed a trend in my backlog, that probably explains how it got to be such a mess, and that’s that many of the games are long-assed JRPGs. Shin Megami Tensei IV is on the short end of the spectrum even, with reported play times of about 57 hours for the main story plus extras according to HLTB. Persona, on the other hand, clocks in at around the 80 hour mark. Eighty hours! I’m lucky if I get eight hours a week to game.
I’m starting to understand a little why modern western games have campaign lengths that barely break into double digit hours. Gamers my age with busy lives and other hobbies or responsibilities haven’t got time for this shit. I’m really wondering how a person is supposed to stay on top of new releases while still completing games like these. Are JRPGs just a young man’s game now, or have my game purchasing habits gotten so wildly out of control? The answer is probably a little bit of both.
Whining aside (look at me, and all my video games I can’t finish QQ), I’m really enjoying these games and I’m looking forward to finishing Etrian Odyssey IV soon. I had put it down for a while, but I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about the upcoming Millennium Girl, so I’m now determined to finish EOIV off so I can clear up some room in my gaming by October 1st. It’s a little ambitious, but I’d also like to finish up SMT IV by then as well. Assuming my play times fall in line with HLTB’s estimates, that means about 25 more hours to finish EO IV and 38 to finish SMT IV, in just over 3 weeks. Yeah… maybe I’ll just finish up EO IV this month.