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Over the last month, my objective was to finish four games that were in my backlog. I did just that. Those games were in order of completion:

  • Thirty Flights of Loving (PC)
  • El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (X360)
  • Persona 4 (PS2)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)

Now would I do this again, probably not any time soon. Clearing a backlog can sometimes be a stressful experience especially when trying to do it under a time limit.

When you get to a rather difficult part of a game that’s stressing you out, it’s probably best to put the game down and leave it for a while. I was trying to power through it, so I got rather angry at things rather quickly.

Also I am studying at university, playing games to finish them does not go well with having to get work done. I think I have to slow down at this point, as things are really starting to pick up in terms of work.

At the moment I am playing Chrono Cross, and I am rather enjoying taking that game slow, it feels like the right kind of game for that style of play. There’s something about Squaresoft RPGs from the early 2000s I can really get into, they feel as if they have some sort of consistent atmosphere, all being about the stranger in a strange land reforming the world he ends up in. You can really see it in Final Fantasy X and the first Kingdom Hearts.

Anyway, my approach to my backlog is going to be much more relaxed for the time being, I have more important things to be focusing on, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be putting up some content on here. There’s some pretty good stuff coming that I’m kind of excited about putting on here.


So I set myself the challenge of beating four games in February, and it’s been a week since I started. Check out my plan here.

I’ve already finished Thirty Flights of Loving, purely because that is a fairly short game. It’s really fun, but it’s also rather clunky in spots.

If you’re one of those silly people that value a game for how long it takes to finish is, then this really isn’t for you. If you just would like to play a good game regardless of length, then I think you should give it a go.

El Shaddai and Persona 4 I have been making clear progress in, but not finished with them just yet. I’ve yet to touch Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword this month, from what I’ve been told I was already over halfway through it anyway, so hopefully it won’t be too long before I am done with it.

Anyway, I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted on how this is progressing. I also have some exciting features planned in the future, so keep your eyes peeled.


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I may have just stolen this idea from a Kotaku article I just read, but I found it pretty cool.

It is what it says, beat four games in February. Use this as an opportunity to finish off some you’re still playing through, or play games you’ve always wanted to but never tracked down.

They must be games you’ve never finished before, it’ll be all too easy to pick a load of games you’re pretty much finished.

If you’re thinking of going for it, decide those games now and commit to them.

It’s difficult for me considering I’ve got a backlog that includes a lot of 40+ hour RPGs, but I’ve already chosen my Four.

  • Persona 4 (PS2)
  • El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Xbox 360)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
  • Thirty Flights of Loving (PC)

It’ll be a challenge in itself to finish Persona 4, it being an 80 hour JRPG, but then I’ve also set a personal target to finish it before the Vita version comes out, which is the 22nd.

Are you people going to try it out? If so what games are you planning to finish?



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