August 4, 2016

Backlog Attack! August 2016

Backlog Attack!

UPDATE: The Backlog Attack will end at midnight on August 29! (That’s late Sunday/early Monday morning.) Make sure you comment with your final progress before then so we can select a backlog champion!


It’s been a long summer but we’re finally into the last month of 2016’s Backlog Attack. This month, we’re going retro by finally playing some of the oldest games we have sitting around, and that’s the key to becoming the backlog champion for August: Dust off those neglected retro titles, and be rewarded!

Of course, “retro” can mean different things depending on who you ask, so we’re keeping our definition a little flexible. (For instance, on this week’s show we decided to play some Sega 3D Classics, a SNES game, and… Final Fantasy X-2?? Sure!) Just make sure you post the games you’ll be playing in the comments below so we can follow along as usual!

As a reminder, in September we’ll pick a backlog winner from June, July and August to receive prizes, plus one overall backlog champion, who will win the new Fall release of their choice! Even if you haven’t thrown your hat into the ring until now, it’s not too late! You can get the full contest details in June’s post, but basically: make as much progress completing your retro backlog this month, and at the end of the summer you might be lucky enough to hear those fateful words: A WINNER IS YOU!

Remember to follow us on Twitter for more Backlog Attack updates, and listen to the show in case we announce a special backlog challenge.

  • For retro month, I’m playing one of the most shamefully neglected games in my backlog: Final Fantasy V! (Time permitting, maybe I’ll take a stab at Space Quest II, but first thing’s first.)

    • I’m still playing FF5! It’s great.

      It’s probably (definitely) going to go into September, which I expected since it’s pretty long, but it’s my main portable game right now and I don’t see myself stopping. I’ve been getting through 1-2 dungeons per day, with some occasional job point grinding.

  • -Fallout 4 DLC
    -Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich
    -Halloween Harry for PC (Its a apogee/3d realms game)

    • Well I guess I lose the backlog attack this month.

      I attempted to play Commander Keen and Halloween Harry but got bored. I played some more Freedom Force but I got distracted by the new Deus Ex and Far Cry Primal

  • Bryan Johnson

    Killzone – I’ve completed a play through with Templar. I am now playing on hard with Luger. After that, 2 more play throughs to get the platinum trophy!

    • Bryan Johnson

      I’ve gotten the platinum trophy in Killzone, and I went back to Minecraft: Story Mode to get that platinum.

      I’m now playing God of War.

      • Bryan Johnson

        Finished God of War. I just have the 5 hour speed run remaining to get the platinum.

        I played Braid, and I solved the first 5 puzzles. I am stuck on the final level.

  • A Parker

    Life is getting busier and busier so it’s tough to get too much done, but for August, I think my games are at least partially considered “retro”. I’m going to shoot for:
    1) Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racoonus;
    2) Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
    3) Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
    4) Bully?

    (1-3) is in the Sly collection on vita and Bully will be on the xbox 360. I’ve had so little couch time, that I’m not optimistic for Bully, but I think I can get through the sly collection, and maybe I’ll sub something in for Bully if I want to go a little more retro and make it something portable. 🙂

    As of today, I finished the story of Sly 1 in about 8 hours of gaming, so I’m starting Sly 2 now.

    Good luck All!

    • A Parker

      Last minute progress update.. before midnight in most US time zones 😉

      Finished:
      Sly 1 and Sly 2.
      Didn’t get to game much this month, but it was nice playing those on the vita. They had their frustrating parts, since the game play segments are pretty diverse, but overall, I enjoy the characters and the format.

      Hope a lot of others did better than I did, 🙂

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