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A few weeks ago I wrote about my list of games I will buy but won’t play but clearing my gaming backlog in 2023 is an actual goal of mine. I have a list of over 18 games that I want to actually finish. I want to make sure that the goals I set in 2023 are realistic which is why I narrowed my list down to 6. Here is the list of games I want to clear off my backlog in 2023. First, my backlog is as long as Santa’s naughty list because I will not stop buying games.

Finding the time to dedicate to gaming is extremely hard as a teacher. I don’t necessarily have time off like most jobs due to the expectation of me always being available. Right now I have a project for work that is due and the expectation is that I have it completed by the day I come back from break. So I have to take time out of my vacation to ensure this is done which means less time spent clearing my gaming backlog in 2023.

Borderlands 3: The art style is what originally attracted me to the Borderlands franchise. Borderlands 3 is a game that I started playing with my wife and I really enjoy the times that we have played. I am not that great at games that require me to shoot but Borderlands is a different type of fun. It remains on my backlog because in my mind it’s a game that you can play forever, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t attempt to complete the main storyline. Games like this are hard to complete because I have to do all the tasks. Hell, what can you say I am a completionist. 

Borderlands 3 Trailer:

Little Nightmares: I got it because I love the horror genre but I just never finished it because it started to scare me. Beyond Little Nightmares being scary it was also challenging, getting through some of the levels required me to use google for assistance on how to navigate my way through the game. I am normally not one to balk at a challenge but that coupled with the scare factor made me put it down and I just never picked it back up.  Now I can watch horror movies all day but immersing myself in a video game is just a different level of fear but I vow to complete this one.

Coffee Talk: I got Coffee Talk because I was in the mood for a cozy game that was different from the farming style of cozy game. I fell in love with the story so much that  I have it on both Switch and Gamepass but I still haven’t been able to complete it. You meet all kinds of monsters in the coffee house that you own while listening to their problems and creating beautiful but difficult coffee designs. I love the lo-fi style of music and the pixel art style but something is keeping me from finishing.

Coffee Talk Trailer

Kena Bridge of Spirits: An absolutely beautiful game. It was released in 2021 and was the first game I played on my PS5 but I never went back to it. It’s full of amazing puzzles and weaves this beautiful tale of finding what is lost. I do enjoy the story that is being told in the game and the visuals are just so damn stunning that if you haven’t played the game you should absolutely pick it up or watch someone play.

Kena Bridge of Spirits Trailer

Death Stranding: I got this game because it’s Hideo Kojima. It’s a beautiful game with an amazing soundtrack. It’s just hard and requires a lot of thought and time to make it through the task. While I normally enjoy puzzle games, I do have to be in a mood to play one that requires the amount of brain work Death Stranding needs. Some of the controls like having to hold both triggers at the same time to maintain balance, keeping the baby from crying, and running from the monsters all while carrying cargo and attempting to restore power to the US. This made for a fun but challenging game that requires a lot of time because it is an open-world game which means I do way too much exploring instead of focusing on the completion of the game. 

Spiritfarer: If you’ve ever met me then you heard me talk about Spiritfarer. It had me bawling my eyes out. As someone that experienced a lot of loss due to death, this game is really intense. It helped me deal with grief in a way that therapy couldn’t but it also caused me these bouts of sadness due to dealing with so much loss in my life. I can’t bring myself to finish it because I don’t want it to be over. I enjoy everything about this game. The art style, story, and characters create something unimaginable. It will forever hold a place in my top games and that’s without me finishing it.

Spiritfarer Farewell Edition.

Looking at my backlog has taught me one thing and that’s if you have a hobby no matter what it is don’t let anything stop you from still enjoying that hobby. If something does prevent you then it’s time to make changes in your life to restore that balance. Without gaming, I wouldn’t be where I am in my life and the fact that my job doesn’t allow me the downtime to enjoy things just means that it’s time to move in a different direction. The things we love are what keep us going and the less time we have to dedicate to that the less we feel like our true selves.

I hope that I find the time to make clearing my gaming backlog in 2023 a real thing because if it keeps growing it will look just like my book backlog and that’s a story for a different day. 

If you want to read about games I am looking forward to it. You can click here.

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