It’s back! Every summer, when the days between new game releases grow longer and longer, we take advantage of all extra time by digging into our backlogs for older games we’ve never gotten around to playing. This year, we’re committing to finishing two old games for each month this summer, and we’re inviting you to play along, too! For the first round, all you have to do is post your own list of unfinished games you want to get through by the end of June. You can put any games you want on the list, but choose wisely: We’ll pick a winner based on who we think has achieved the greatest feat of backloggery. For instance, we’ll be more impressed if you max out every character in Final Fantasy XIII (disclaimer: please don’t play Final Fantasy XIII) than if you watch the end credits roll in the latest incarnation of Tetris.
In the first week of September, we’ll select three monthly winners to receive prizes, and we’ll pick one overall Backlog Champion who will receive the new Fall release game of their choice!*
If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line via Twitter, Facebook or email and we’ll be happy to explain any of the rules. We think it’s simple enough, though: play your old games, win a new one! Now get to it and post your list below!
* MSRP $60 (U.S.) or under. If the game you choose isn’t eligible for release date delivery, we’ll send it via the next fastest shipping method.
The Backlog Attack kicks off with three (maybe) classics: The World Ends with You, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Last Window. Nevertheless, we find time to sneak in a couple new games, like Steamworld Heist and The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine.
We love games for the endless escapism they offer. Imagine charting unknown reaches of the galaxy from the comfort of your home! Imagine a man in Tokyo breaking your arms over the Internet! Imagine someone deliberately choosing to play Final Fantasy XIII!
D.J. further develops his nuclear wasteland survival plan, abandoning guns altogether in favor of a large hammer. Randy parlays his solitaire mastery into success at the racetrack. And everyone loves Overwatch—they just aren’t in love with it.
After being unceremoniously killed during the opening credits, Nathan Drake reflects on all the cool video games he never found time away from his life of adventure to play. Games like Nuclear Throne, Severed, Crusader Kings 2, and Quantum Break. “Actually,” he gasps with his last breath, “I’m OK with missing Quantum Break.”
After ignoring warnings about dangerous walls, Paul, too, enters Enter the Gungeon. Randy detonates animals. Hyper Light Drifter remains mysterious. And D.J. reminisces about that time he played Yakuza 2.
We try out the Doom and Battleborn betas to see how they measure up to the Dooms and Battleborns of our youths. Randy tries Hyrule Warriors but in 3D, and D.J. embarks on a quest for a gun that shoots smaller guns.
Paul puts his other obligations on hold to take over a beer farm in Stardew Valley. With his 10 billion wives behind him, D.J. plans his new career as a stay-at-home paperweight in Ultimate Kept Man Life. And Randy takes a break from The Division… a Quantum Break, that is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
D.J. decides it’s never too late to learn how to play video games and dusts off 3D Out Run and 3D Streets of Rage 2. Paul reveals shocking dog secrets. Virtual reality sounds exhausting. And The Division continues.
Randy and Paul run into other players behaving strangely in The Division‘s Dark Zone. D.J. can’t stop liking Yakuza 2, but takes a break to share WAR stories (from the future) with Paul. From a distance, an unstoppable deer watches.
On this week’s show, D.J. is mysteriously absent. Instead of investigating his disappearance, Randy and Paul just chat endlessly about The Division, purpz, jumping jacks, and some tidbits from GDC 2016.
D.J. redoubles his efforts to understand what’s happening in Call of Duty: Black Ops III but maybe would rather be hitting things with sticks in Groove Coaster. Paul explains adjustments to monster bone exchange rates in the just-announced Monster Hunter Generations. Randy reminds everyone about Uncharted 1. Peter Molyneux continues.
Randy falls back into one of his bad habits, and it’s not even the one involving plastic guitars. Paul is on better terms with Fire Emblem: Fates. D.J. takes a break in between Yakuzas to shill for Activision, if they even make games still.
Paul and Randy delve into distinguished author Tom Clancy’s latest pet project, the massively multiplayer online shooter, The Division. Meanwhile, D.J. continues his quest to kick every gangster in Tokyo. Also, the new Fire Emblem is confusing.