2011 - Missing Games
It is inevitable that each year a handful of games will get lost in the shuffle. Some of them will find their way into my shopping basket only to be sent straight to my backlog pile upon being purchased, momentarily put on hold but guaranteed an eventual play. This year's collection includes Assassin's Creed Revelations, Deus Ex Human Revolution and Red Faction Armageddon, which will soon be bolstered by Sonic Generations, Dark Souls and Saints Row the Third thanks to the bringer of games, St Nicholas.
Other titles are not quite as fortunate, left unclaimed in Amazon baskets and unlikely to ever get a chance to impress. Come the traditionally quiet periods (late winter/early spring and mid-summer), and depending on price and what else I have lined up, I may finally buy them. If not, they will fade from memory as they fall off the bottom of hastily scribbled wish-lists, destined to be missed entirely.
2011 has seen a number of games pass me by that, money and time permitting, I would like to have played. Battlefield 3 is probably the highest profile, though I have every intention of picking up a copy at some point next year, so it doesn't really belong here. Dead Island, however, is the poster boy for 2011's missing games; a game that I wanted to play, but there was always one or two other titles that took precedence. As we stand on the edge of a new year, I struggle to imagine when I will get around to making a zombie amends.
It looked like buckets of fun - a straight-edged Dead Rising only spread across a far larger expanse - and the kind of game that I’d be willing to forgive subpar production values and gameplay mechanics, but it just wasn't to be. With no end in sight for my Skyrimming, and with Assassin's Creed Revelations, Dark Souls and Saints Row the Third all on the slate for the next few months, I doubt I'll be begging for another sandbox adventure anytime soon.
El Shaddai certainly looked the part with its unique visuals, but I always had a sneaking suspicion that they masked what was otherwise a very shallow game, which meant that even at a measly £12 there was always something else I'd rather play or pay for. Rayman Origins shares Shaddai's visual flair and I hear that it’s not lacking in the gameplay department, but with the exception of old school Sonic I have never been a huge fan of platformers and Rayman would need to catch me in the right mood, which it has yet to do. Atlus' Catherine had my attention when everyone in Japan and the US seemed to be talking about it, but it's ever slipping release date here in Europe means that I have all but lost interest in a game that I would play only for curiosity's sake.
I was intrigued by Rage, but thanks to the seen-it-all-before setting and gameplay I kept pushing my intended purchase further back, and now I'd be surprised if I ever found time to play it. Sticking with first person shooters, I had decided that I would give the Halo franchise one last shot by way of the newly polished Halo Combat Evolved, that is until MW3's multiplayer enthralled far longer than expected, sating my appetite for shooters in 2011. And while we are on the subject of the 360, I lost count of the number of times I intended to buy Deadly Premonition (a 2010 release, but a game I wasn't aware of until this year) only to come away with something less interesting, but probably more entertaining.
Karaoke sims aside, my Nintendo consoles didn't get much of a look-in this year. Xenoblade Chronicles remains the RPG I'll never get to play as, despite Europe's good fortune in getting a localized release, my Japanese Wii is incompatible with PAL games and frankly I need a UK Wii like a bull needs tits. Ghost Trick on the DS rounds out this unfortunate bunch of near misses. Despite having blogged about it numerous times, my intention of buying a copy for my trip to Japan in September came to naught. With my 3DS only days away, Ghost Trick's moment has most definitely passed.
So which games did you miss this year that you had intended playing, and what are the chances of you catching up?