January is already halfway over and New Year’s Eve is a distant memory; you’ve probably already set yourself a hefty lift of New Year’s Resolutions. Eat better. Go to the gym more. Well, before it gets too much further into the new year it’s not too late to set some more light-hearted targets for 2019. Here are some suggestions for setting yourself some gaming goals.
1. Finally Play That Game Everyone is Always Talking About.
From retro classics to modern gems, there’s a never-ending stream of ‘must play’ games, and what better use for your 2019 gaming goals than to cross some names off that list. The vast amounts of remasters and re-releases can be an immense help here, with titles like Onimusha: Warlords providing the perfect opportunity to try an older game without having to dig out the Playstation 2. Telltale’s The Walking Dead is another example; with so much discussion around the problems facing the game’s final installments this is probably a great time to pick up the first season and see what all the fuss is about. If you’re willing to be a little more off-trend, its also a good time to sit down and think about the games you’ve always wanted to complete but never have.
2. Catch-Up on the Original Before the Sequel Comes Out.
If you’ve never played a Kingdom Hearts game before chances are you’re not eagerly anticipating Kingdom Hearts 3. If you are, though, what better time could there be than to get all caught up? From the two main series Playstation 2 entries, both of which have aged surprisingly well, to the innumerable spin-offs why not make one of your gaming goals to catch Kingdom Hearts fever? If Donald Duck and Keyblades really aren’t your thing then chances are something you’ve never played is getting a high-profile sequel this year. The Last of Us: Part 2 is expected to be released at some point in 2019 and the original is very cheap. Or, if you’ve got lots of time on your hands, why not try and tackle the first four games before Devil May Cry 5 comes out?
3. See What Else a Studio/Series has to Offer.
Like many people, Tales of Symphonia was one of my favourite games on the Gamecube but, other than the Wii sequel, I’ve never really seen what else the ‘Tales of’ series has to offer. The recent release of Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition seems a good opportunity to change that and maybe see if I’d like other entries in the series as much. Similarly, there’s lots of other studios whose full output you may not have tried. Fan of Telltale’s The Walking Dead? Why not try their Batman or Back to the Future games? Rockstar devotee? Maybe check out Bully or the original Grand Theft Auto?
4. Clear Your Backlog.
At the start of the year you’ve likely seen at least one list of the big games due out in 2019. You’ve probably already set your sights on that game you just cannot wait to play; maybe you’ve already pre-ordered it. First things first, though, you need to finish some of the games you’ve already started – and maybe a few you have not even got round to yet! Its very easy to buy more games than you can feasibly play, especially around the Christmas sales, so why not set yourself the challenge of reducing that pile as one of your gaming goals.