State of the Backlog – 2014


It’s the end of 2014 and what a year it has been. Not only did we get another fantastic platformer by Retro Studios in the form of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze but we also got the long awaited and highly critically acclaimed Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Just as in the previous years my game backlog grows ever more, albeit less drastic as 2013 and the years prior. This came down to my goal to finish 52 games in the span of this year. One game per week, a hard goal that I admit did take a bit of prior planning but which overall helped motivate myself to keep completing a new game roughly every 7 days. In total I managed to beat my goal and even go over it slightly with an end result of 60 games finished.

Below is the complete list with a 1 to 5 ranking of each game. (5 = excellent, 1 = E.T for Atari)

8th Jan – Journey (PS3) – 4/5
11th Jan – Flower (PS3) – 3/5
16th Jan – Rayman Legends (WiiU) – 4/5
26th Jan – Metal Gear Solid (PSN) – 4/5
2nd Feb – Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS3) – 4/5
8th Feb – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS3) – 5/5
15th Feb – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3) – 4/5
19th Feb – Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3) – 5/5
22nd Feb – Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale (3DSDL) – 3/5
23rd Feb – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBLA) – 3/5
26th Feb – The Swapper (Mac) – 4/5
27th Feb – Dear Esther (Mac) – 2/5
4th Mar – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (WiiU) – 5/5
23rd Mar – Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (XBLA) – 3/5
29th Mar – inFAMOUS: Second Son (PS4) – 4/5
6th Apr – Luigi’s Mansion 2 (3DS) – 4/5
8th Apr – Star Fox 64 3D (3DS) – 4/5
17th Apr – Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (WiiU) – 4/5
29th Apr – Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS) – 4/5
10th May – Spec Ops: The Line (PS3) – 3/5
12th May – Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (MD) – 4/5
18th May – Mario Kart 7 (3DS) – 4/5
24th May – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) – 4/5
25th May – New Super Luigi U (WiiU) – 4/5
29th May – Mario Tennis Open (3DS) – 4/5
5th June – Fallblox (3DSDL) – 4/5
9th June – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) – 5/5
10th June – Steel Diver (3DS) – 3/5
16th June – Mario Kart 8 (WiiU) – 5/5
22nd June – Saints Row: The Third (XbxGoD) – 3/5
29th June – Pullblox World (WiiUDL) – 4/5
5th July – Conker: Live & Reloaded (Xbox) – 4/5
10th July – Papers, Please (Mac) – 4/5
11th July – To the Moon (Mac) – 4/5
20th July – Max Payne 3 (360) – 4/5
25th July – Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut (WiiU) – 4/5
26th July – Yoshi’s Story (N64) – 3/5
26th July – flOw (PS3) – 3/5
31st July – The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GCN) – 4/5
1st Aug – Tearaway (PSVita) – 4/5
10th Aug – The Last of Us Remastered (PS4) – 5/5
13th Aug – Super Mario Land (GB) – 3/5
16th Aug – Lumines Electronic Symphony (PSVita) – 4/5
31st Aug – The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (WiiU) – 4/5
1st Sep – Game & Wario (WiiU) – 3/5
8th Sep – Gravity Rush (PSVita) – 4/5
11th Sep – Gone Home (Mac) – 4/5
13th Sep – Killer7 (GCN) – 4/5
18th Sep – Killer is Dead (360) – 4/5
20th Sep – Proteus (Mac) – 1/5
21st Sep – Joe Danger 2: The Movie (XBLA) – 2/5
29th Sep – Hyrule Warriors (WiiU) – 4/5
5 Oct – TimeSplitters: Future Perfect (Xbox) – 4/5
9th Oct – Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS) – 4/5
14th Oct – Gunpoint (Mac) – 4/5
15th Nov – South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3) – 4/5
6th Dec – Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (WiiU) – 5/5
25th Dec – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All (NDS) – 4/5
28th Dec – Puppeteer (PS3) – 3/5
28th Dec – Little Inferno (Mac) – 3/5

Not all games were released or even purchased this year. To pick out my absolute favourite game released in 2014 is tricky, but I think it would have to be Mario Kart 8. Nintendo polished the Mario Kart formula into perfection, creating one of the most fun gameplay experiences I have experienced in quite some time. Out of games that were released before 2014 I would have to give that honour to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. With its amazing atmosphere and story that game gripped me from beginning to end.

I plan of setting myself the goal of finishing 52 games in 2015 as well. Will I be able to do it? Find out next year.

As always you can see my full backlog of games here.

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