Holiday Wishlist 2017

The Backlog Odyssey Holiday Wishlist 2017

Still in the dregs of playing through The Evil Within 2 (spoiler: it’s super fun!) I thought I’d change it up a bit this week while we wait for it’s review! Presenting, The Backlog Odyssey Holiday Wishlist 2017!!

As a collector there is always an endless stream of games that I don’t have and would love to add to the trusty dusty backlog. Of course I can’t always place every single game on my wishlist and it would be unreasonable to purchase and play all of them as well. So I picked through my massive list and chose some of the games that I’ve been drooling over for the past few months. Who knows, maybe you’ll see a review for some of them in the future!!

So without further adieu let’s dive right in!

 

Drakengard 2

Drakengard 2 (PlayStation 2)

After playing both Nier and it’s sequel, Nier Automata, I started to get the idea that I wanted to experience the “entire series” as a whole. For those of you who don’t know, Nier was an offshoot of one of the original Drakengard endings.

I loved the Nier series so I have high hopes for this oft overlooked action RPG series on the PS2 and PS3. I currently own the first Drakengard so I already have my feet in the proverbial door and the logical next step is to get it’s sequel! I’m really looking forward to someday getting this game and Drakengard 3 on the PS3 so I can marathon the entire trilogy!!

 

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (PlayStation Portable)

Persona is one of those series that I’ve had my eye on for years, and I mean years. The mixture of dating sim, dungeon crawling and it’s  dark undertones were an intriguing combination. Ever since the release of Revelations: Persona on the PS1 the series has always interested me but I’ve never actually took the plunge and played any of them.

Currently I own each of it’s sequels on various platforms but, the one game that has eluded me is the very first one! Unfortunately the original release on the PS1 demands exorbitant amounts of cash and that’s the primary reason why it’s not in my collection.

I was more than ecstatic to learn that it actually had a re-release on the PSP, so I thought why the heck not?! This would be the perfect opportunity to own the complete series. Of course if I ever run across the PS1 version for a reasonable price you know I’ll definitely jump on it! No questions asked.

 

Akiba's Beat

Akiba’s Beat (PlayStation 4)

Anime Dead Rising. The only description you need when it comes to Akiba’s Beat. After recently picking up it’s prequel, Akiba’s Trip, this unique otaku themed adventure game was a no brainer when it came to filling out my PS4 game list.

I’ve not played the original yet but I love the ascetic and as an anime fan myself I’m excited to dive into the series.

I was even more excited to see that I discovered the series at just the right time! Now I can have twice the fun!!

 

Bravely Default

Bravely Default (Nintendo 3DS)

If there is one genre that I could say defined many of my gaming years it would be JRPGs. In my mind there is nothing better than a good ole fashioned Square game and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Bravely Default has to offer! I’ve heard many good things about this title and it’s sequel so I have no doubt it’ll fun.

What’s even better is that I can take this on the go!

 

Danganronpa 1•2 Reload

Danganronpa 1•2 Reload (PlayStation 4)

Danganronpa, now here is a collection of games that I’ve wanted to play for years. A visual novel series based around the “play or die” concept, Danganronpa is one of those games that has endless intrigue. This is a concept that’s truly up my alley!

Up until recently it has only been available on the PS Vita (which I don’t currently own) so I’ve not had the opportunity to play them. But now that the first two have been re-released in this compilation title I can finally experience these games that I’ve heard so much about!

 

Nioh

Nioh (PlayStation 4)

Dark Souls mixed with samurai, now that’s a concept I can get behind. And Nioh, an out of the blue release from famed character action studio Team Ninja did just that. I’m a huge fan of the Dark Souls series and the thought of another one of those but based in feudal Japan had me on board at the outset.

The game also has a very Onimusha vibe to it and as another one of my favorite series from the PS2 era there was no question that this needed to be in my collection.

Can’t wait to play it!

 

World of Final Fantasy

World of Final Fantasy (PlayStation 4)

I have a special place in my heart for all things Final Fantasy. Now I know that not every Final Fantasy game has been an overwhelming hit but I love each and every one of them.

One of my favorite things about these games has been it’s monsters. Seeing that World of Final Fantasy was a cute and colorful monster-fest it was pretty much set in stone that I needed it in my collection.

I love the art style and the gameplay looks super fun so what’s stopping me?!

 

Forever Kingdom

Forever Kingdom (PlayStation 2)

Speaking of Dark Souls, From Software is one of those developers that seemed to rise to fame out of nowhere. Not many people were talking about them until the release of Demon’s Souls on the PS3. But what’s interesting is that they’ve been developing games for years, most notably the King’s Field series.

Forever Kingdom is the sequel to another long forgotten RPG series by From Software (Evergrace being the first) on the PS2 and I’d love to have it for my own.

I don’t think it received very high ratings but I’m a sucker for PS2 RPGs and I mean come on, it’s From Software!

 

Shadow Hearts

Shadow Hearts (PlayStation 2)

I’m sensing a theme in this list, and that’s overlooked and underrated RPGs. Shadow Hearts is, you guessed it, another PS2 RPG!

What’s interesting about this series is that it kind of mixes survival horror ascetics with JRPG sensibilities.

It’s a little strange that it was a JRPG published by the American game studio Midway who are known mostly for their over-the-top arcade style games. But Shadow Hearts looks super interesting and I’d be overjoyed to own it and finally play it!

 

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (PlayStation 2)

Ahh, Castlevania, a legendary series spanning across pretty much every single console to date. The series has certainly seen it’s ups and downs (especially most of the 3D ones) but nothing can tarnish my love for them.

What’s funny is that I barely own any of them! Of course I do have some of the key games (Symphony of the Night and Castlevania 2) but there are large holes in my collection. I know the PS2 isn’t the best place to start but with Lament of Innocence already in my library I thought I’d try to finish up the PS2 releases.

Here’s hoping it’s as good as the cover art is cool!!!

 

Phew!! And there you have it! It seems that this holiday season is all about Sony with a pinch of Nintendo. That’s ok though I’ve always been a big fan of the PlayStation and all of its brethren. It really is a console line I love to collect for.

Let me know what you’re hoping to pick up this holiday season or what you’re looking forward to in 2018!!!!

If I don’t see ya have a great holiday!!

 

As we wait for the release of The Evil Within 2 review don’t forget to catch up with the original: The Evil Within | Hello Darkness My Old Friend


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