With a new year comes fresh resolutions. We here at Crave’s gaming channel are no different and have our own resolutions to resolve over the next 12 months. However, instead of committing to getting out and exercising more, or eating better, or visiting grandma more often, we resolve to improve our gaming habits in the coming year. How do we plan to do that you might be wondering? Well, read on to find out.
And feel free to share your gaming resolutions in the comment section below.
Erik Norris (@Regular_Erik): I played a lot of really great games in 2011; more than I can actually recount to be perfectly honest. However, in the midst of playing AAA titles such as Uncharted 3, Gears of War 3, Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3, I lost sight of the smaller, independent developers. Their games were unfortunately put on the back burner and I feel terrible about it.
I came to this realization while Joey Davidson and I put together our “10 Best Downloadable Games of 2011” article. Truth is, I only played through a handful of those titles. That in no way speaks to their quality; I just had to focus on the bigger, marquee releases of the year when release window streams crossed. But it’s something I’m looking to remedy in the coming year.
I want to play more independent games, as the developers behind these smaller projects are the ones actually braving new territory and experimenting with how we perceive and experience video games. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to overlook the smaller guys when you’re constantly having new screenshot packets shoveled down your throat for the latest, tried-and-true three-quel.
So this year I’m jumping off the hype train and going after what actually looks interesting, innovative and, above all else, fun, wherever that may take my gaming habits.
Joey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): As I stare at my stack of shame towering in the corner of my gaming room, only one real resolution comes to mind for my 2012 campaign: I need to get better about finishing games. The quick ones? The short ones? The fun ones? Those I finish, no problem. It's the longer and beefier titles that sit un-done in a big pile.
I've yet to beat Skyrim (does one beat Skyrim?) and Deus Ex. In fact, if I didn't review the title for this site, odds are that I didn't have a chance to finish the game. 2011 was a crazy year for gaming. As soon as I got about 10 hours into a game, another title came crashing through my door demanding that I spend my free time with it instead. And I obliged. I always oblige.
I resolve to stop that nonsense. I will beat games in the order I get them (unless a review title slides across my desk). No more of these unbeaten titles crowding my living space.
Mike White (@TheWhitestMike): In 2011, I played a larger variety of games in a year than I have ever played before. My appreciation for the industry grew immensely. The cost of playing so many different games is one in which I wasn't expecting. I didn't get to finish all of them. My games of choice tend to be online and are designed to never have a clear ending. However, I branched out into the console realm and experienced the joys of single player RPGs as well as shorter indie titles. The indie games are great for a person like me. Coming from World of Warcraft, Rift and League of Legends, I needed games that were short and very focused to ease me out of my old habits.
The first time Joey lent me Mass Effect 2, I struggled to get through more than a few hours of playtime. My mind just wasn't right for the style and scope of the game. When he convinced me to purchase Red Dead Redemption, I jumped into the online mode, completely ignoring the single player element. I also received Batman: Arkham City, which is amazing and captured my attention immediately, but still is left unfinished. In 2012, my resolution is simple: finish what you started. First Batman, then Red Dead, then the world.
Don't worry though, there's still time for Star Wars: The Old Republic, League of Legends, Tribes: Ascend and the like. I just need to finish my dinner before I move on to desert.
Alex Keen (@dbldn): With a quiet January ahead, I have a couple of major games that have been sitting unfinished for quite some time. After tackling Bulletstorm after Christmas, tops on my list are Mass Effect 2, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and the co-op portions of Portal 2. These are all games that I loved when I started them, but was distracted along the way. With Mass Effect 2, I am almost 20 hours in so there can’t be that much more to play, right? I’m a bit unsure of whether I can squeeze in some time with the DLC. Especially since another top game on my list is Borderlands’ DLC.
Beyond console gaming I am committed to actually playing some PC games this year. Picking up the Humble Bundle means I have a stack of 10+ indie PC titles that deserve to be played. I’ve had a blast with Jamestown and Cave Story. The other games are at least half as good, right?
Finally, besides just finishing some older titles and returning to the PC, I’d like to focus on only playing games with great stories this year. As I get older my time to play games is getting shorter. At least the games that I am playing need to have something tangible for me to connect with. So long mindless shooters and hello deep engaging emotional storylines!
Paul Tamburro (@PaulTamburro): It’s 2012. This leaves me wondering two things:
1) Will this year be as astoundingly brilliant for gaming as 2011? And 2) Will any of the other writers in this article make an apocalypse joke? I sure hope so, because we really haven’t seen enough of those yet.
My gaming New Year’s resolutions for this year are threefold. Firstly, I wish to prevent myself from blithely throwing my money at even more gaming gimmicks. As someone who would physically make love to new technology if USB ports weren’t so rectangular, this year I found myself enticed by 3D in ways that hurt both my wallet and self-esteem. As I sit desperately trying to keep my 3DS in focus, I now realise that for the sake of watching Mario walk ever so slightly further towards my nose, the third-dimension induced migraines just aren’t worth it.
My second resolution is to actually complete the games I buy. There was a time during the latter half of this year when I realised that my wallet wasn’t Scrooge McDuck’s vault and that there was actually a limit to my spending. After realising this I then proceeded to buy Arkham City, Saints Row The Third, WWE '12 and Battlefield 3, before dropping them all in order to continue my adventure in Pokémon Black. What have I learned from this experience? That there is nothing funnier than naming a Cactus-type Pokémon “Prick”.
My third resolution is a much more do-able task; to convince everyone I know with a set of functioning arms to purchase a copy of Twisted Metal come February 14th, and then spend the duration of Valentine’s Day ignoring the calls of our respective girlfriends and doing nothing other than reliving the 90’s, where car combat games were still cool and I was terrifying my father with my boundless love for The Spice Girls.