Games In Our Backlogs We’re Ashamed We Haven’t Finished – Taylor and Anthony

Recently, the Game Tangents staff cobbled together another list of games for their weekly feature. This time, they are discussing the games in their backlogs they are most ashamed they haven't finished. To hear the spirited conversation, please listen to Podcast 51 - What is Indie? In the meantime, please enjoy the written form below as the staff commits their shame into the ether of the internet, continuing with Taylor and Anthony.


Taylor's Backlog Games She's Ashamed She Hasn't Finished

Half-Life 2

I'm probably going to be hated by a lot of people, but I, unfortunately, haven't finished Half-Life 2. I have started it at least, but according to Steam, I've only played through about 4 hours of the game. I think the reason I haven't finished it yet is because I have such a bad sense of direction and can get lost in the game pretty easily. It also doesn't help that where I am in the game, I have no idea what the overarching story is. This game has such huge expectations as far as it being an amazing game in all different respects, but I think that high praise made me have too high of an expectation for it and let me be slightly disappointed that I wasn't immersed in it almost immediately. I intend to finish it one of these days, but even going back into it, I'm at a part where it's "okay.. where do I go now?" I could always look at guides to get me back on track if I needed to. Even with my slow pace in trying to finish this game, I think I'll be able to finish it before Half-Life 3, unless Valve announces it tomorrow with a release date of a week later. But let's face it....

Alan Wake

I did try this game when it was released, but something about the mechanics made me stop after an hour. I want to get back into this game and give it another shot since I see and play games differently now, but I have yet to do it. It sounds good and has gotten praise in many different areas, but I just haven't made the effort to start it up again. One of these days I will. Maybe. Probably.


Anthony's Backlog Games He's Ashamed He Hasn't Finished

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

If you listen to Game Tangents Podcast 51: What is Indie?, you might think that I don't like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves because of the reaction of my fellow hosts to my borderline nitpicky complaints about the game. Although I feel this game has pacing issues, a contrived plot, and illogical gameplay segments, I still enjoy the fun combat, strong voice acting performances, and the dynamic relationship development between Nate and Elena. I like Uncharted: Drake's Fortune more than its sequel because of its novelty, and I have the Platinum to prove it. The second game of the series failed to push forward the gameplay mechanics found in the first. Now, onto Uncharted 3. This game has sat on my shelf for over a year still in its shrink-wrap. After completing Uncharted 2, I had intended to dive right into the third game. Of course, I got side-tracked by other games over the past few months, but my curiosity about Uncharted 3 has been growing and difficult to ignore. I need to play this game, and soon. However, I'm confident that after playing Uncharted 3, the Uncharted series will remain one of my favorites on the PS3.

Assassin's Creed 3

This is one that I am going to rectify very soon. Because this title is sitting idly as inert data in my hard drive, it doesn't physically sit on my shelf within a sphere of my discernment. Thanks to Taylor, who has set an example by playing all of the console Assassin's Creed games; and thanks to the impending release of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, the fact that I haven't played Assassin's Creed 3 yet is poking at the forefront of my consciousness. It has pained me that I cannot take a peek at what this game looks like running on a PC with a mid to high-end video card because of the fear of spoilers since I haven't finished playing Assassin's Creed: Revelations. The good thing is that I am almost done with Revelations and will start on what is actually the 6th game of this successful franchise very soon. I vow that I will be done with all of the console Assassin's Creed games before Black Flag comes out in late October, satisfying the requirements of my self-imposed “Assassin's Creed Challenge.”

Tales of Vesperia

If you have been following our weekly podcast, you may already know that I am a big Japanese RPG fan. The first modern style RPG I ever played was Ys: The Vanished Omens for the Sega Master System. Through this game, I established an affinity for RPGs in general. Ever since then, I have followed the announcements and releases of JRPGs very closly. Although the outgoing current video game generation has seen a waning popularity of JRPGs, a few stand-outs did manage to make it to our shores. From most accounts on the internet, Tales of Vesperia is one of them. When I discovered that Tales of Vesperia was on sale one day on Amazon.com, I was very excited and purchased it without hesitation. Since its delivery, it has remained unopened and unplayed for 5-6 years. I am so ashamed. Games In Our Backlogs

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