I have been telling myself lately that I need to take a break from World of Warcraft, and MMOs altogether, so that I could finally start chipping away at the pile of games I have but haven’t yet touched. Dragon Age: Origins for example. Purchased on launch day back in November 2009, and played all of an hour or so, put aside to return to at a later date. Then there’s Mass Effect, and its sequel, both a part of my Xbox 360 library, yet neither of them have even been placed into the machine. I think my Mass Effect 2 is actually still in the shrink wrap. I could go on; the population on my Island of Misfit Games is quite large.
I’ve been thinking a lot about which game to hit up first, now that I’m no longer actively logging in to WoW. Dragon Age was the logical choice, as I’ve been really chomping at the bit to get at it, but I still haven’t brought myself to play it. No, instead, as though suffering from some kind of “idiot disease”, I have decided the wiser course of action would be to buy more damn games.
This week alone, thanks to sales on Xbox Live and Steam, I have purchased Ticket to Ride (XBLA) plus all of its DLC, Castle Crashers (XBLA), Shadow Complex (XBLA), PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX (XBLA), Magic: The Gathering duels of the Planeswalkers (XBLA), Magicka (Steam) along with its DLC, and Borderlands Game of the Year Edition (Steam).
I tell you, it’s a sickness, which I’m going to guess several people reading this also suffer from. So, I have yet to touch Dragon Age, but I did finish the campaign in IL 2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey a couple weeks ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed it; easily one of the best games I’ve played in some time. I’ve also been delving into the three board games that I have on XBLA; Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and the recently acquired Ticket to Ride, which I am loving. Those board games are perfect for a quick session when I’ve got the baby sitting in my lap and I can’t keep both hands on the controller. I’ve played a bit of PAC-MAN and that game is fun, but crazy hectic. The other XBLA games I’ve listed have been placed on to the “digital pile” and are still awaiting my attention. I’ve gone through the first two levels of Magicka, and it’s pretty cool so far. I’ll have a more in-depth post on it in the coming days. I’ve also managed an hour or two with Borderlands, and it seems like a game I’ll quite enjoy. Perhaps some day I’ll get around to trying out Just Cause 2, Amnesia, Dawn of War II, and Neverwinter Nights 2 which I purchased during the last Steam sale.