How’s your post-holiday backlog looking?

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For many unfortunates, holidays came to an abrupt end last week already, but for most of us, today means going back to work after a short break. I don’t know what you did with your time off, but my goal was to plough through as many games as possible, in an attempt to destroy my ever-increasing backlog of games.

My plan was to play through a bunch of older games I’d not had the time to finish, and the only one of those I managed to do was to finish GTA V. Finally.

Instead though, I sat on the couch in my underwear and played through a bunch of shiny new games; I plundered the oceans as Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV, shot all the things in Killzone: Shadow Fall. I’ve played a bunch of Battlefield 4, even venturing online, and spent far, far too much time pretending to run a faux restaurant in the insanely addictive OCD nightmare Cook, Serve, Delicious and played through iPad puzzler The Room and its sequel.

I had intended to play through Fallout 3 (again!) after picking the GOTY version up for R35 or so, and finally finish the next bit of the fight in Halo 4 (which I haven’t played beyond the third level). I was going to spend more time with Desktop Dungeons. I had every intention of nailing XCOM’s expansion pack, and  wasting a few hours with Deadpool. I even wanted to take 4 hours out of my schedule to work my way through Ghosts. Time ran away from me. Mostly because I spent the time I wasn’t playing games watching re-runs of QI and eating terribly unhealthy snack foods.

What games did you manage to get through these holidays? Have you managed to make a serious dent in your backlog?

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.
  • fred

    Thanks to Ac4 on ps4 and SM3DW on U , not much else was played by me.

  • UnholyMunk

    With that steam sale, I only created a bigger backlog for myself :(

  • Hammersteyn

    Now that I have a Vita my backlogs even bigger. Warframe and Planetside 2 is helping either.

    • Umar of The Rebellion

      Hell yeah buddy! Joined the Vita force!!!

      • Hammersteyn

        PS+ really pays for itself now.

        • Umar of The Rebellion

          Dude, Soul Sacrifice is free this month, gaad dayum, and BlazBlue . You need to get Persona 4 Golden though

          • Hammersteyn

            Will do, next month. January is one of those long months. Loaded FF7 though. Not sure why I can’t put it down.

          • Umar of The Rebellion

            Haha, Something about playing ps1 games on the go is really great. Silent HIll is doing that for me

          • Brenz

            you can play ps1 games on the vita?!?

          • Umar of The Rebellion

            Lol yeah, you have to buy them though, but they so cheap though. All dem Final Fantasy’s on Vita..Yum…Yum I know you wana buy it now

          • Brenz

            Hot fuckin dogg, now theres a new reason to get it, FFVII anytime, anywhere, and I can play Suikoden again, nostalgia here I come!

            Right, its now on my to buy list.

            And what about ps2 games?

          • Umar of The Rebellion

            Haha nice :) and nope no ps2 , Imagine though…that would be so awesome. Well at least with the Vita, you have Vita, PSP and PS1 games. and the JRPG’s on PSP…damn, it’s reason enough to get a vita if you never had a psp

          • Brenz

            I had a PSP, but still awesome though, would have bought it a while ago if I had known this juicy info.

          • Umar of The Rebellion

            Do know, Not all games are there for ps1, like xenogears isn’t there. but majority are

          • Hammersteyn

            The games you bought from the PS store yes.

    • Marigold

      what’s your PSN? i just started warframe as well.

      • Hammersteyn

        hammer_steyn, see you soon

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    I wanted to finish Bastion and Fez. Then I took a Elders Scroll Antholgy, Hitman Absolution and FF8 to the free time

    • Hammersteyn

      Almost bought Elders Scroll Anthology but then I would need to take six months off work.

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        I was gifted all of that. So yeah. My backlog now consists of Skyrim DLC, Hitman Absolution, Fez, Bastion, Dark Souls and Slender: The Arrival (This one I am just to freaked out to finish honestly)

  • Umar of The Rebellion

    Pretty much finished Catherine only…..1 down, many many more to go :(

    • Hammersteyn

      So many endings for Catherine…..

      • Umar of The Rebellion

        Dude, I enjoyed it so much though, wow, so many boners though lol Some endings were too funny, especially the space one

        • Hammersteyn

          Can’t remember them all tbh, will Youtube it tonight. The world needs more innovative games like Catherine though. Thoroughly addictive

          • Umar of The Rebellion

            Indeed, but alas, it will get overlooked because..Ass Creed and CoD and BF

          • Hammersteyn

            If people were open minded a bit more.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    What’s this holiday thing you speak of? o.O

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      I can explain if you want? :)

      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        Is it that thing where people don’t go to work? I have heard of it, but have yet to experience it’s joys… Also I now look back at my school days and think “Those really were some of the happiest times.” Seems getting older is a thing…

        • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

          Tell me about it… I asked my boet’s mate when he is going back to UCT, he said in month. I shed a tear…

          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            That’s just wrong… Well at least I am making way more money then they are! Aaaaaw yeeeeah! Bitches be poor!

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            He’s studying to be a doctor 0-O

          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            lol! That takes so long though… Earning potential is okay I guess, but the amount of work you put into it for how much you get out just doesn’t make sense to me… I have some friends who have said they regret going into it :/

            Being a doctor just isn’t what it used to be it seems…

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            Ya. Well the other graduated last year as an IT specialist. He was retrenched with a 2 month pay cheque. He’s spent that time doing nothing other than play. The BASTARD!

          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            Hahahaha! I am QBE… Need to do some certifications this year :/ Want to push my pay up, because what do people with money want? More money… Damn need for things and stuff!

  • Brenz

    I worked through the whole xmas season, but still managed to finish Tales of Xillia.

    • Umar of The Rebellion

      Was it good?

      • Brenz

        It was good overall, I enjoyed the combat and leveling system.
        The story had some decent twists when you didnt expect them, but kind of fell apart at the end.
        Some of the characters annoyed me quite a bit too, and it lacked the character development that made you care about them, i felt quite impartial to how most of them ended up in the end.
        Overall a 7/10, so worth playing if you are a jrpg fan, but unfortunately nothing groundbreaking, needed a few tweaks to go from good to great.

        • Umar of The Rebellion

          Nice…but meh, I’m in the mood for a really engaging and different Jrpg :(

          Btw you getting Lightning Returns?

          • Brenz

            No, I never even finished 13, never played 13-2, Ive kind of turned my back on FF until 15 comes out.

            Im currently playing Kingdoms of Amalur, have you played it?

          • Umar of The Rebellion

            Hell yeah, Love that game. The fable that never was. Combat is twite!!

          • Brenz

            Im loving it, I was really surprised, it never got that much attention but its awesome, Im playing straight up sorcery with staff and chakrams and combat is massive fun.
            Gonna look into a hybrid class soon I think.

          • Umar of The Rebellion

            Yeah, really a shame as it was such a great rpg. Think I should play it again with a different class. Have fun.wish they never went bankrupt :(

          • Brenz

            Yeah I read somewhere that they were planning an mmo of it, but that never came so I assumed something went wrong.

          • Umar of The Rebellion

            Was intense. the company borrowed actual money from the state and they were in such debt, it all went to hell

          • Brenz

            Does it really cost that much to make high quality titles or is that just poor management of finance?

  • frikkenator

    That damn Steam sale doubled my backlog…

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      I feel ya dude!

    • LesMossel

      I went in thinking I’ll smash atleast 5 games. Came out finishing one game and buying 4.

  • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

    What is this holiday you speak of? But my game backlog is as long as my arm, wish it was as long as something else…

  • fred

    Games being expensive is actually a blessing in disguise. Al this free stuff and sales is making the problem worse.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I was productive this holiday period. Finished the Dishono(u)red DLCs, Binary Domain, The Darkness 2, Bastion, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon & Bioshock 2, spent a few hours on Pinball FX2 & helping a friend out in Borderlands 2, & started Final Fantasy VIII. Also finally started watching Fringe & I’m almost half way through season 4. What a relaxing holiday :D

    Bonus points to Geoff for being a QI fan!

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      Damn! Nice lot of gaming you did.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Yip, and even better is I enjoyed each one of them – they were all fun to play.

      • Matewis Jubilai

        Especially the ones with Bill Bailey, Sean Lock and the rare ones with Jeremy Clarkson

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          and Rob Davies, he talks a lot of utter crap with such a straight face.

      • LesMossel

        QI is boss. QI = Quite interesting. For those that didn’t know.

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      Woah dude. You got a lot done 0.o

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        #foreverSP has its benefits ;)

    • VampyricSquirrel Monk

      Now that’s how you hit a backlog lol

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        The worst thing is I didn’t finish LA Noire or Dark Souls yet hehe.

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      EVERY time I logged on I sav Trev jamming something, what a trooper!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        It would have been more if I wasn’t running off to the gym week day mornings too. So awesome having free time. :D

        • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

          It’s true everyone, he’s starting to look like Dom from Gears of War… And we all know how that ends… Hehehe

        • LesMossel

          So jealous of you dude! You were online most of the time, I had a serious drinking schedule and almost never got time to game. I need a holiday from the holiday!

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      You forgot to mention was entertained by the rage that is OVG :)

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        lol, now with Epic sound effects!

  • Dean

    I went in thinking I’d get through Skyrim to the end, but ended up playing Morrowind. All day. Every day.

  • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

    Finally fished Hitman, what an awesome game! Currently playing the Witcher 2 that was bought for me for Christmas from my boet, thanks @ovg! Now I have Red Dead, Sleeping Dogs and Metro Last night to get through… Where do I find the time!? Well, I went in to work today as I wrote ‘to 6th’ on my leave form. Didn’t realise that meant INCLUDING the 6th, so back home I went, with a smug grin on my face as my colleagues hurled abuse at me. What a feeling! Da da da! What a feeling! BOOM!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Why would you fish Hitman? Going to trout catching achievements?

      • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

        Eh? Wanted to get stuck into an RPG as had been a while. I want my USB back boy! Did you watch any of those things I gave you?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          What USB? You copied it onto my phone :P Not yet, I’l make a plan for this weekend. I watched Carrie though.

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            Mmm, Jason said you took it, didn’t think you had! I fear he is fibbing and HE has it! You free this sat?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            From about 12 or so onwards yes.

  • VampyricSquirrel Monk

    I got a couple days to play games… but my Xbox took an arrow to the hard drive so I just played World of Warcraft as I was gifted game time.

    Thankfully I got my Xbox saves backed up before I had to format the drive to get it partially functional again.

  • hillbilly gamer

    Very bad, 285 hours in skryrim not even started with its dlc, and still have age of empire 3, far cry 3, just cause 2 and dishonored still to go : ×

  • Rock789

    Hello all! And a happy New Year to one and all! Hope everyone had a great holiday!

    Sadly, I did not make a dent in my backlog… More like a slight scratch. I finished Killzone Shadow Fall and Resogun. Made a good dent in the racing in GT6. Started and am almost done with L.A. Noire (playing through it again). But other than that, I sadly have not got done with anything like what I wanted… :( Played alot of golf (both real and the Tiger Woods 14 kind) and spent some time on the beach and visiting friends and family.

    So, my backlog is very much intact… And staring at me with it’s nasty, judgmental eyes… Stop staring, damn it! **runs and hides under his desk**

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      WB dude!

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      Welcome back mate!

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

    My backlog just got worse!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I didn’t add too much to mine, biggest of the lot was Bioshock Infinite (edit), otherwise just a few DLCs or smaller games.

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        Bought a few indie games, and got the Bioshock Triple pack, and Civ5 combo pack as well

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          That triple pack was a good deal :D

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      Happy New year Admiral!

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        :) and to you RooibosRince. Hope all is well

  • Dalmeth

    My backlog is bigger after the holidays than it was going in. :D

  • Craig “Crios” Boonzaier

    Hahahaahahaa, damn Steam sale pushed me up to 263 games, sigh…..
    I need a time machine at this point.
    On a side note I picked up “The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot” https://www.themightyquest.com/en/welcome and it came with 3 extra early access keys.
    I can gift them, via Steam, to the lazygamer crew if you wanna play test it out?

  • Devourer of Small Bunnies

    Worse. Infinitely worse. Spent most of the time replaying Fallout NV and xcom on my ipad. i know. Im a terrible human being. Did get a lot of Diablo 3 couch co op done though, so that was nice.

  • Matthew Holliday

    decided to play through Skyrim again.
    60 hours in and im still busy playing skyrim…

    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      Haha, know them feels bro

  • Lardus-Resident Perve

    Pretty much played NBA2K14 MyCareer mode over the break. I spent A LOT of time on that. Did finish my 2nd XCom Enemy Within play through with 4 max level mechs

  • SaintsRowNigri

    I just came back from a two week tour of Europe. I saw the Pope. Well, his hand, very tiny as he waved from the window.
    Usually, after day 4 of any holiday, I crave my Xbox. I’d murder the Pope for 20 minutes with my beloved console.
    Not so this time. Why?
    The Force Unleashed, which is part of my backlog. Put me off gaming forever, I fear.
    Why? They start you off playing as Darth Vader, wreaking havoc/death/destruction on Chewbacca’s aunts and cousins.
    Then they take all that awesomeness away, and you play as the Apprentice?
    I just cannot set myself up for disappointment like that again…

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      I remember that opening scene! It was crazy fun!

  • Willem Swanepoel

    Steam Sales….

    One does not simply clear your gaming backlog.

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    After many very unhealthy holiday foods, it’s no longer a log.

  • LesMossel

    How many you ask? One. I finished one game. The honours goes to Trine 2. I finished it only to realise that I have an expansion for it. I am blaming this on Rocksmith and beer.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Trine 2 rocks! That might be my favourite game that I played last year.

      • LesMossel

        Yeah it’s sick! I was fighthin the final boss when my girlfriend accidentally tripped the power! All the swear words known to man was said on that faithful day.

  • Sageville

    AC Black flag sucked most of my holiday time (very captivating stuff), finished it, now I’m contemplating the Avaline content.

    Started Shadowfall, started War Thunder, tried warframe, almost finished Resogun, redid BF4 campaign on PS4, spent inordinate amounts of time unlocking weapons and attachments….. I just can’t bring myself to plug in the PS3 to finish games there.

    I’m now wondering if NBA2K14 is worth the purchase… #ForeverBacklogged

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    My Xbox failed on me this holiday, and the PS4 stock shortage affected me even to this day. One can imagine how bored I am.

  • Anon A Mouse

    Hi all. A happy and prosperous 2014 for all.
    I had hoped to get through my entire back log (don’t buy any games if I have unplayed games, so it’s not that long.). However I got to play one mission in dishonoured and that was it. Had too much fun hitting all my golf balls into the ocean and breaking my driver’s head in two (not). But I enjoyed a bit of sun, sea and surf and locked all electronics away at home. Best decision ever (Except for the 100′s of mails I have to go through now.)

  • Rags

    FU Steam Sales.

  • Gustav Willem Diedericks

    I was planning on getting into my backlog on my off days (I was working throughout December), but a diving accident left my right collarbone broken, so I was not going to be able to play any games requiring 2 hands :(

  • CAE9872

    Hey I also enjoy QI. I PVR the thing…love Stephen Fry!

    As for backlog, mine was OK as played various things including Gears of War (1), Dead or Alive 4, Resogun, completed Contrast! Back into GT5 before servers die in a few months.

  • Marigold

    I just finished killzone and now I’m enjoying the multiplayer. I actually prefer it over callofduty. Then, I still have Batman on the PS3, and my sister bought me Diablo 3.

  • Kromas

    DayZ hit the shelves and all my plans went out the window.To make matters worse a friend sent me Rust and now my holiday is over.

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