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Games That I’m Taking Into The New Year

Ah, the time of year for New Years resolutions. Promises of hitting the gym, dieting, swearing less, drinking less beer, and others that rarely make it past January, let alone a full year. I think this year, I will have the hardest.

My resolution? I’m not buying another game until I beat the ones I have and stop wasting all my game time playing FPS. I’ll get bored or frustrated with my current library, and jump right back to the two shooters I play the most.

And they are the topic of this blog. The games that I’m playing heading into the new year. This is also something to hold myself accountable. Congratulations, you just became my accountabilibuddy (yes, that’s a “real” word, thanks South Park).

If you’re a gamer, you know this struggle; playing the games you already own and not buying any more. So, I’m going to be true to myself, and since I’m putting it on the internet for everyone to see, these are the current games I’m working on, and I won’t buy another until these are ‘beat’.

  • Call of Duty Vanguard
A delicious local hazy pairs well with crushing dreams on Vanguard.

Ugh, this is my biggest time suck. I play this game far too much. I prestiged the weekend of Thanksgiving. And for the last two weeks, it’s been double XP on everything. So I’ve had nothing but incentives to keep playing this game. If you’re a member of the Facebook group, you probably recall my post about getting yelled at for this game. Apparently, my wife finds it a bit unacceptable that I, a grown adult, was bullying kids who just got it for Christmas by crushing their spirits. Life comes at you fast, kids. I’m just preparing you for that.

The campaign for this started out sweet but I quickly lost interest. First, the D-Day mission, what was that? Secondly, I’m stuck on a mission where I have to sneak around, and this may come as a surprise to some of you… but I hate sneaking missions. I am the very definition of ‘impatient’. I’ll probably YouTube how to beat this mission so I can continue the campaign.

  • Halo Infinite
I can’t say that drinking beer while playing Halo is *nostalgic*, but it’s nice to add my current hobbies to nostalgia.

Okay, I’ll admit. I was a hater. I didn’t think this game was going to be good. I played the multiplayer and hated it. I was never a massive Halo fan, especially after Halo 2. Halo was always my brother’s game, and as the younger sibling, I didn’t dare touch his Xbox (unless I knew 100% there was no way I was going to get caught, and even then, I was still skeptical). I played my fair share of Halo 3, though, because my friends did, so I don’t hate the franchise. I just always preferred Call of Duty’s multiplayer.

And then I played the campaign. Holy shit is this one of the most beautiful, fun campaigns I’ve played in recent memory. There are other games that are more beautiful, sure. But this one is still gorgeous. It takes me back to when life was simple, and all I had to worry about was burning my mouth on microwaved pizza rolls.

I retried the multiplayer, and wouldn’t you know it – I’m pretty good. Not Ninja-Fortnite-level good, especially since I have a face for radio and nobody would want to watch me play video games, but I hold my own and yet again annihilate little kids’ spirits who just got it for Christmas.

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

I feel really bad about this game. Like when Andy grows up and leaves his toys behind in one of the best movies of the 90s, Toy Story, this game is neglected on my hard drive. I even shelled out for the $120 special edition preorder last year. And I’ve put maybe five or six hours into it. It’s beautiful, expansive, and breathtaking. Why don’t I play it more? I really don’t know. I don’t think it’s necessarily ‘hard’, but it can definitely be challenging. But that isn’t what keeps driving me away. I think it’s the fact that I have CoD to just fall back on as a quick pick-me-up. Especially if I’m strapped for time.

This is the game that inspired me to write this list. I saw it on my desktop, and told myself that I’m finishing it before I buy another one, regardless of what sales are going on. It’s sacrilegious to own this game, especially the upgraded edition, and not play it. Come on, Eivor, we’re going on an adventure and not stopping until it’s complete.

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Pleeeeease don’t tell anyone that I haven’t beaten this game yet. I’m a massive history buff and the west is one of my favorite time periods. Yet I still haven’t beaten this. It’s another head scratcher for me, because I don’t hate it.  I actually really enjoy it. But for some reason, it’s another one that I keep starting and abruptly stopping. There are few things in life that beat riding your virtual horse and virtually robbing a virtual train with virtual guns. And there’s so. much. to. do. Seriously, the side quests and mini games are enough content to constitute a game of their own. These are only rivaled by the Witcher 3 (which I have also yet to finish).

  • Honorable Mention – RuneScape 3

I know, I know. You can’t ‘beat’ this game. But I neglect it too much. It’s a perfect ‘idle’ game. One that doesn’t require stress, nerves, or adrenaline. I’ll hop on, do some crafting and gathering, and hop off for a couple weeks. I need to actually quest and do things besides chopping trees, smithing mithril weapons, and burning lobsters. But what would be the point of the game then? Actually doing stuff? I actually got my three-year-old hooked on this game. She will come down and ask me to play the ‘magic game with cows and chickens’ and will sit and watch me in my endless, menial tasks. I won’t buy another game until I log some serious hours here.

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