Announcing… Shindig’s Backlog Busters!


Like seemingly everyone else on the planet, I have a huge backlog of games that I’ve bought at some point in time but haven’t got around to actually playing. I’m not overly concerned about this, to be fair—I’ve tried to do the #backlogzero thing before, and the stress of it all meant that I was playing games because I felt like I had to, and didn’t enjoy them as a result.

Still, there are plenty of games in that backlog that I really do want to play, and do want to find some time for. Inspired by a few other people I’ve seen on Twitter doing similar things, I thought I might seek some help from you lovely folks.

Here’s how it’s going to work. Below is a list of games I’ve pulled out of the backlog, from which I’ll randomly draw four to put to a vote on Twitter. You vote for which game you think I should play out of that lot, then I’ll play whichever game wins the poll, tweet my way through it, and write up some thoughts. When I’ve finished, I’ll draw another four from the backlog, and we’ll start over again. Easy!

(Note: I’ve seen a lot of people doing one-game-per-week type things with this, and while that’s admirable, I don’t want to commit myself to that. A lot of the games in this list are huge, and I have limited time for playing games that I’m not reviewing.)

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The List

Note: All these games are on PS4

Aaru’s Awakening
Amnesia Collection
ArcaniA The Complete Tale
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry

Back to the Future
The Banner Saga
Batman: Arkham Knight

Children of Zodiarcs
Color Guardians
Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy

Dark Chronicle
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
Darksiders II
Daydreamer: Awakened Edition
Demon Gaze 2
Destroy All Humans
Destroy All Humans 2

Deus Ex Mankind Divided
Dishonored: Definitive
Dragon Fin Soup
Dragon’s Trap
Dust: An Elysian Tale

Eagle Flight
Ether One

Far Cry Primal
Fat Princess Adventures

Game of Thrones
Gravity Rush Remastered

Hand of Fate 2
Here They Lie

Invisible Inc

Jak and Daxter
Just Cause 3

King’s Quest

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Laser Disco Defenders
The Last Tinker
Legend of Kay Anniversary
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
The LEGO Movie Videogame

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Meta Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Okage: Shadow King

Pier Solar and the Great Architects
Pix the Cat

Road Not Taken
Rogue Galaxy

Saint’s Row IV
Shadow Blade Reload
Sky Force Anniversary
Song of the Deep
Styx: Master of Shadows
The Swindle

Tropico 5

Unmechanical: Extended Edition
Until Dawn

Valkyria Revolution

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Yakuza Kiwami



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Matthew is a writer based in Wellington. He loves all things pop culture, and is fascinated by its place in history and the wider social context.