I’ve never really believed in doing ‘resolutions’. I’ve always thought that if you need to do something, just do it. Don’t wait until the end of the year, share a post of ‘New Year New Me’, then give up by February.
This year, I’ve set some goals. Some in the day-life, some in the bank-life, and some in the Outpost-life.
There’s a few games that I’ve either never properly finished, or have been curious to and never had the opportunity.
But we’re in an age of emulators, games from 1997 rendered in 4K and remakes, so the below are what I’m planning to finish by the end of 2018.
Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Anything with time-travel and there’s a good chance I’ve heard of it. This is a game that I’ve always seemed to miss, whether it was when I had a 3DS, didn’t own an N64 at the time, or an emulator I was playing it on never seemed to work properly, especially when it was a Zelda game.
Especially after spending most of last year playing Breath of the Wild, that was the first 3D Zelda game that I enjoyed playing. I found Ocarina of Time overrated when I played it on the 3DS, and Wind Waker dragged.
But Majora’s Mask gives you control of time, while being a slightly shorter Zelda game than usual. We’ll see how this goes.
Metal Gear Solid 3
I’ve lost count how many times I’ve tried to go through this game. The camera annoys me, the mechanic to heal Snake by playing Charlie in BBC’s Casualty grates, and having to manage inventory slows the pace down.
Yet it’s the only Metal Gear game that I’ve given up on playing, and I want to complete the set. I’ve seen videos of the boss fights, the cut scenes, and it keeps drawing me back.
Tomb Raider 3
After the Tomb Raider Suite in December 2016, I purposefully decided to limit any posts related to tomb Raider in 2017. There was an odd mention of Nathan McCree’s Kickstarter now and again, but that was it. But now it’s time to bring it back.
In the past I’ve written about this game, going as far back as University times. Yet I’ve never actually finished the game without using glitches. I’ve always used the shortcut at the start of the first level in India, while playing Luds Gate in the London section could annoy a Buddhist.
I had guested in two videos of streamer NathPlays as he played a level from Tomb Raider 2: Golden Mask back in September last year, which was a fun time. But it got me thinking about this game, about how I never really finished it since that Christmas of 1998.
It’s twenty years now that it’s been released, so it seems like a good time to resume it and see just how it all is, and if it is as difficult as I remember. The only rule for this will be no glitches and no exploits. I’ve managed to shortcut on many levels on a ridiculous amount. No more now.
Final Fantasy VII
I’ve actually started playing this since December, but I’m still counting it as I’ve only played it three times, and I’m now at the point where I’ve met Aerith. Me and a friend had tried to complete it five years ago, but we had ran out of time and the memory card with our save had been lost.
Already I can tell it’s going to be a good time. It’s a game that I’ve dipped my toe in many times since it was released, yet I’ve never gone past Disk 1. It was incredibly depressing at times, but the part where Cloud cross-dresses is a fun section. It’s moments like that of incredible lows followed by highs that make you keep playing, and I’m hoping it carries on like that until the end.
Super Mario Sunshine
This is a game that has also passed me by. I’ve played small parts of it, but only on the Dolphin Emulator. It’s been seen as the black sheep of 3D Mario games, as it was released between Super Mario 64 & Mario Galaxy. But even so, it’s highly regarded and I constantly see it on speedruns and Twitch, second only to Mario 64.
This will be a game I’ll be playing from July because of, Summer, while I imagine one of the above will still not be finished.
It may not sound like a lot in this list, but life has a way of slowing things down, so I’m covering myself just in case. I’ve already started on Final Fantasy, but Majora’s Mask will begin soon.
Once I’ve completed a game, an impressions post will appear soon after, to see if I will even go near it after finishing one.