Stop Buying Games - Injustice 2 Edition

For this week's blog post I decided to write a post similar to Enrique's past "queue" blogs. I've spent this last week barely progressing in any games at all, and I even picked up a handful of new ones that I've been waiting a while for. Outside of being generally pretty busy/working, and playing League here and there, there's one big thing stopping me from taking on any of these new games. Despite trying to budget time a bit better, I continuously find myself playing the same game whenever I get any free time, even more so this last week...   


Injustice 2

I seriously cannot stop dumping all of my time into Injustice 2. I estimated over 100 hours but wasn't surprised to see I'm currently sitting at 140 hours played. Also I want to note, I'm not talking about sitting around watching my AI duke it out, almost all of this game time is my own (not that there is anything wrong with using the AI, it's a very cool system!) Injustice has captivated me more than any fighter since Street Fighter 4, and that's thanks to NetherRealm's impressive array of content bundled in the game. Outside of the traditional time spent grinding away at combos in practice mode and completing Story mode, I spend a ton of time playing online matches. I usually plug away at player matches as I'm learning a character, and then bring them into ranked afterwards. This system keeps repeating itself because I keep finding characters I absolutely love to play. Almost every character is just so damn fun and creative, it's insane. I have around 15 level 20s and I can only imagine I'll have more then 20 by next week. This is coming from someone who didn't even like MKX that much! Another huge time sink is the Multiverse game mode towers, which has multiple challenges that award gear and loot boxes, which reset every few hours, so there's always something to work towards. It's easily the best single player content I've ever seen in a fighting game. Although I'm absolutely loving my time with Injustice, I can't help but feel some guilt when I look over at the clock and see it's 4am, and I've been playing for 6 hours. I need to start hacking away at some of the other games in my queue. So I resolved myself to actually start a game that's been on my shelf since February!

Nier Automata


Even though it's been sitting for 5 months, I was so excited for Automata. The thing about any Yoko Taro game is you have to mentally prepare yourself for what you're about to put your mind through, and I just never felt like it was a good time to dive in. Until this last week! A lot of my friends and Mobbers have said Nier Automata is close to the perfect game, and is nothing short of a masterpiece, and I'm happy to say I 100% agree so far. I might end up writing something in the future, like a review or general overview about what makes the game so beautiful, but I only completed the A path last night. I have much more to do!


Ever Oasis

Another game that just hit my current rotation is a charming little 3DS title that completely snuck under my radar. Ever Oasis is a wonderful town building adventure game developed by the dude behind the Mana series of games. I'm not very far at all, but I can immediately see why Ever Oasis is pulling such incredible reviews. Really looking forward to seeing what this game has to offer. Huge shout out to Tyler Butters for showing me this game, or it may have completely escaped me! 

  I would consider all three of the above games in my current "rotation", but there a few games just sitting on my shelf that might not get played for a while, and I'm adding TWO more this week! These are some of the games nagging me in the back of my head, but I just keep setting them on the back-burner.


Nioh

I have an on going joke with a few of my friends about the Fallout series. Whenever a new Fallout game drops I joke that I need to avoid it, like a drug addict on parole. I usually lose all sense of responsibility and reasonable lifestyle and become a total zombie. I'm pretty afraid of Nioh in that way. Samurai dark souls with a gear system? Uhhh...I have a family that needs me, I can't do it...yet.


Yakuza 0

I think Yakuza 0 is easily my most shameful backlogged game right now. I got about 15 hours into it and quit, diving full on into Persona 5. I LOVED almost every single moment with Yakuza 0 and I keep telling myself it's definitely the next game I'm getting back into. Rob has put in much more time then I have, and he says it gets even better, which is further reinforcing the GUILT. Soon Yakuza 0...I promise.


Kingdom Hearts 1.5 +2.5 Remix

I've already played most of the Kingdom Hearts series, but I recently got this HD collection for a really good deal. I've been really really itching to play the series again and this was a perfect opportunity! This one might not come off my shelf for a bit because it's hard for me to justify playing a game I already have before when...well Yakuza 0 sits there. Soon though! The heart wants what the heart wants, amirite?


Valkyria Revolution

I just picked Valkyria Revolution up yesterday! I'm a huge fan of the Valkyria Chronicles series, so when I heard the West was officially getting the spin-off, I immediately preordered. If you follow a good amount of gaming websites or blogs, you may have seen that Valkyria Revolution is pulling some pretty bad review scores. As unfortunate as that is, I will not waver, and I'll be playing Revolution for myself and forming my own opinion on it.


Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy

Lastly, I'll be picking up the Crash remaster when it releases on Friday. I love Crash, the series make up a huge part of my childhood. In fact, I usually play Crash 2 at least once a year! I'm excited to see what playing a non-polygon Crash Bandicoot is like, but I also really value the nostalgic weight the series holds for me. I guess we'll just see how it goes!

So there we have it, this is essentially my week in gaming. Whether the game is currently in my rotation, I just bought it, or I keep looking at it on my shelf, these are the major titles I've been wanting to put time into outside of the evergreen games I always find myself playing a bit with friends. I can't say I'm particularly distraught about my back log, if anything it's kind of a great thing. I always have something to look forward to popping in and enjoying. I am a little concerned about my Injustice 2 obsession. I'm doing combos in my sleep! In fact, I'm probably going to go play now...
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