With the Anthem demos behind us, and still around 9 days to go before even the early access launch1 — I find myself in the position of not really having anything to play.


It’s possible I have a comically large backlog to clear.

Look, no-one ever accused me of being a completionist, OK?

My approach to gaming has certainly changed over the years. It used to be vitally important to extract every last cent of value out of a purchase. Now there are titles I was so excited about I bought day 1 and then… uh… never quite got around to even launching.

Much of the time when I get into a title, it isn’t even that I grew bored of it that makes me put it down. Simply that a new shiny comes along. Then another. And another. I can be a bit like a kid in a candy shop when it comes to these things. I know this about myself.

So this time? This time… I’m determined not to buy something just to fill in this wait. I’m going to attack my backlog, dammit.

I am absolutely spoiled for choice. I think that might even be part of the problem. But I figure I can stick to something from the backlog for 9 days, like, how hard could that be?2

Considering the Options

I went in for a year of the EA / Origin Premier Access thingo3 so that was a bit of an obvious place to start. I mean, I literally bought it instead of going in for Anthem directly so that I could try out the likes of Battlefield V, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Darksiders 3. Each a title I wasn’t likely to buy on its own — but when I can get access to them all for a year for only a little more than Anthem alone? … Well OK then, twist my arm why don’t you.

Battlefield V is a beautiful game — but I seem to spend a lot of my time in a position similar to this one. (This screen is from the tutorial-esque mini-campaign, but the point stands.)

But really, this would be cheating a little bit. Taking an Origin Access game now would be adding on something new, not something I already have.

So I thought about the likes of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey which I was loving but haven’t finished. That’s fairly recent and exciting.

But I also picked up Dragon Quest XI. It was over fears that the art style would drive me away, but it’s a charming looking game in action. I’ve only given it- oh, 3 hours so far. In a similar vein, there is also Ni No Kuni II — but I think I actually don’t like this one. There isn’t much substance to it, despite having a very broad set of systems.

Jumping way back in time, what about Dragon’s Dogma? I loved my time with that game, I don’t even remember what distracted me away from it.

But no, it shan’t be any of these, fantastic as they all are. As sensible a choice, as they all might be for such a challenge.

The winner is: Elder Scrolls Online

“Wait, you’re picking an MMO? Are you crazy?” you may ask, following on with the very true statement, “You only have 9 days!”

And you wouldn’t be wrong. Many of these 9 days are going to be work filled too.

But the game still fits the bill! It’s one I’d given the side-eye to during the beta (it was… not good, at this time) but had been a bit curious about as it seemed to really be coming along and making positive strides post-launch.

A screenshot I took last year when I played. I don’t recall where this is, or what I was doing.

When the Summer Set Isles expansion came out last year, including Morrowind and the base game in the package I was sold.

Steam tells me I was sold for 40 odd hours. But I believe some of this would be launcher open for further patching, not handled by the steam client itself. *shakes fist*

The Plan

This is where my character was when I logged in… Still don’t know where I am or what I was doing.

I still don’t know exactly what character archetype / class I’ll play. Possibly something Ranger-ish. The Warden appeals if I do go down this path. But I do know I am going to clear out my old characters and start fresh.

Yes, I know – I know! I don’t have to. I could jump in literally to any part of the story, in any area, and it would level appropriately.

I just prefer to start fresh when I step away from an RPG for too long. It’s possible this is yet another contributing factor to my neverending backlog actually. Pillars of Eternity, for example? Restarted a fresh playthrough of that. Got to essentially the exact same point and put it down again.

I might be beyond help, guys.

I also don’t truly expect to finish this game off my backlog over this period. I might be crazy, but if so – not that far gone yet. But over this period, I’ll certainly post on my progress and at the end whether I would be interested in going back or not in the future.


  1. I don’t want to hear about it if everything goes smoothly OK, I only want to hear your cries of anguish until I get home from work that day! Thanks.
  2. Prediction: I will come to regret this comment.
  3. I think I might be starting to see why I have such a backlog problem.


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Isey · February 8, 2019 at 7:28 am

On a non-related note – my blog roll works on a RSS feed aggregator and I keep getting an error with yours (both at the base URL and a /feed one – any thoughts so I can see when you update?

    Naithin · February 8, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Huh. What error are you getting and with what RSS Feed Aggregator? I’ll take a look as well, see if I can get it sorted!

    I wonder if it was to do with using SpecificFeeds at first, but then taking that down. (I did ‘properly’ deactivate the redirect plugin though.)

    Naithin · February 8, 2019 at 8:23 am

    OK, I managed to… Fix it is a bit strong, but I think see the issue you had and get it to… not do that. ;)

    It seems the error (at least with the Aggregator I tested with) was getting Error 400 back, a client identification issue.

    I checked the troubleshooting for this error, and it seems if you put in a recognised client ID (i.e., from your browser) in the settings for the feed, then it will work and return posts correctly.

    I was testing with: WP RSS Aggregator — and it allowed me to set either a default client ID to use in all cases, or I could set it per feed. Since it seems you have everything else working, I’d probably just recommend you change it in the feed settings for mine unless you start getting other problems.

    The client ID I used was: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv:65.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/65.0

    But you can find one for your browser (It shouldn’t actually matter though) if you want to at: http://supportally.com/ — the copy you want is from the ‘Browser User Agent String’

    Hopefully all this makes sense, and if you’re using a different plugin, it also lets you specify the User ID!!

      Naithin · February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

      Oh, in case anyone later sees this – my host has fixed the issue in full. Was a server firewall rule being a tad overzealous.

Naithin · February 6, 2019 at 6:10 pm

Thanks to SkillUp’s giveaway (Link: https://twitter.com/SkillUpYT/status/1092995958051287041) — I did get a key, and so will be trying out The Division 2 beta this weekend.

If you’re also keen, good luck, but it’s first-in-first-served, and at time of posting this comment almost 2/3rds are gone within a bit over an hour of SkillUp’s original tweet.

I’m sure more will go on offer, so keep an eye out on Twitter and the like. :)

Isey · February 8, 2019 at 7:30 am

I don’t know how I am going to Division 2 with Anthem on the way. Always struggled with Division (1) on how stuck to the ground I felt with no jumping, felt so… heavy. Triply so with Anthem flight now.

Naithin · February 8, 2019 at 7:52 am

I know what you mean about the grounded, heavy feeling. For some this is actually a pro, but I’m like you and prefer the increased mobility Anthem offers. I’ll have some thoughts on the early game portion of the Div 2 beta up later. Summary though is if you had issues with Div 1, you likely will with Div 2 as well. The moment to moment gameplay would be indistinguishable if not for the new visual variety.

Having said that, there have been some nice QoL upgrades and the like to the surrounding systems.

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