The 50-foot monster known as E3 is upon us. Every year is filled with ground breaking reveals, previews into upcoming games, and the occasional kerfuffle. But I’m not here to talk about E3! (That will be an article later this month!) Because of E3, my brain is all about video games right now. So I thought I would just make June a month dedicated to games! In the remaining six months of the year, I have a laundry list of games/goals I want to complete. So let’s tally them up and see where the score is at…
Play all that new hotness
While E3 is good at showing us some stuff for 2020, what about the games we already know about? I have a couple of preorders in already, and I waiting eagerly for me to crack them open and then wait patiently while my PS4 downloads all them thic files. Games like The Sinking City (Lovecraftian detective creepathon), Control (bizarre-world shooter), Borderlands 3 (massive cartoon shooter) and Hideo Kojima’s new IP, Death Stranding. And that’s not discounting all the exciting indies dropping across multiple platforms!
But my Nintendo Switch gets some love too! Both Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokémon Sword & Shield come in summer and fall. These are two of my favorite franchises, featured on a home console. I can catch and battle wild Pokémon on my big screen! Plus Fire Emblem’s unique blend of fantasy tactics and melodrama is kind of a sweet spot for me.
Hello, Mr. Backlog
My backlog is quite hefty. I’m putting the finishing touches on Platinuming Days Gone before moving onto Rage 2. But I also have a million indie games (Tacoma, Firewatch, What Remains of Edith Finch, Void Bastards, Paratopic and Night in The Woods) all queued up. I generally like to play these little indie games in-between 50 hour monsters like Days Gone or Assassin’s Creed. A few of them will be perfect fall/Halloween games. I also have the Dreams beta, Ni No Kuni 2, the Uncharted games, Fallout 76, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Persona 5. It’s a wealth of games, but I don’t have a wealth of time. I’ll of course dive into them when I’m not adulting. Which is like 67% of the time.
Write about them games
One of my writing goals for 2019 was to do more freelance work. I want to write more non-fiction pieces about games! I’ve read a lot of stellar game journalism this year (see my interview with Alex Kane) and it made me realize how much I enjoy doing it. I’m writing a review for Days Gone that I plan on sending to a couple of venues to see if they’re interested. My passions change by the day, but I never stop writing.
Do you have any gaming goals? And as we gear up for E3, do you have any wild predictions or wishes?