The gaming scene has never been as bright as it is today. There are so many amazing games to play – no matter where you prefer to play them! Last year, you could have run from the Wild Hunt in a fantasy land, emerged from your vault after a nuclear Fallout, or even proved you had what it took to be the Knight that Gotham needed. Yes, 2015 was a stellar year of game releases with the PS4 and Xbox One consoles coming into their own, and games being able to take greater advantage of the power afforded them by the new consoles. This year, the quality of games coming out shows no signs of slowing down. This is why I’ve decided NOT to purchase any new releases in 2016 (with the exception of Uncharted 4) until the “Black Friday” sales toward the end of the year.

You may be thinking, “Why wouldn’t you buy any of the new titles coming out!? You even said they look good!” or even, “That’s just silly!” However, I ask that you hear me out in my reasoning before calling the asylum.

Toward the end of 2015, I found myself buying a lot of games. Some were new releases of games I intended to play right away. Others were games on sale which I knew I wanted to play, but had slipped my radar. These purchases added onto my already growing backlog of games – a backlog that I was trying to keep better groomed in the new console generation. The number of games installed on my Xbox One alone are over 130, over 70 of which I’ve not really played! That’s just one console. I’ve got smaller backlogs growing on PS4 & Wii U. Over on PC, my Steam backlog, too, has grown over the years thanks to Humble Bundle and crazy sales.

Those unplayed games are the reason I feel that I need to take a step back to focus on the games I have and all the experiences that await therein. Here are just twenty of the games in my Xbox One backlog that I really want to play, which would entertain me for months:
Assassin’s Creed: China
Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Battlefield Hardline
Borderlands 2
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Castle Crashers Remastered
Dishonored: The Definitive Edition
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Lego Marvel Superheroes
Life Is Strange
Ori and the Blind Forest
Rare Replay
Rayman Legends
Saints Row IV: Reelected
Screamride
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Sunset Overdrive
The Walking Dead Season 2: A Tell Tale Game
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Thus, I decided to buy no new releases until Black Friday 2016. Not only will I get a good deal on the games of the 2016, I want to make sure I give the games that I have the time they deserve. I don’t want to feel like it’s a chore to play games, so I’m not going to force myself to a strict diet of only games on my unplayed list, either. There are many games that I really enjoy playing, and like to play multiplayer with friends that will continue to occupy gaming time. I also have massive DLC for games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher 3 that I need to consume!

This decision will mean missing out on some of the conversations about particular games that swell when said game is released, and that will be quite hard. Games like Quantum Break or Mass Effect: Andromeda, which I’ve been looking forward to for some time, will have to wait just a little longer. I hope I can successfully avoid spoilers for these games! As mentioned in the outset, the one exception is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Libertalia Collector’s Edition. It’s an exception because I’m not just buying it for the game, I’m buying that for the Nathan Drake statue!

What do you think? Is this a fool’s wish? Leave a comment below or chat with me on Twitter!