One of the ‘plans’ I wanted to put into action this month was… to create a small list of games I’ve wanted to play but for whatever reason have been putting off actually doing so, then randomly selecting one to… You know; go and play. Seems like doing so will solve two problems in one now. The original problem of delaying these games indefinitely, and the more recent one of being stuck in a bit of a holding pattern.

Now, I know how this might play out already. No matter which method of random selection I use — be it either a process of elimination or first pick is it — whatever is picked is going to be ‘wrong’.

You know how it is right? When you might not knowingly have a preference, but then you either let someone else or random chance choose and you end up disappointed with the outcome? I’m not even sure if that phenomenon is really reflecting a hidden preference or whether it is simply natural to be disappointed no matter what in such cases. :P

That acknowledged, I have tried to keep only things in this list that I don’t imagine disappointing me if selected.

The List

  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • Dark Souls: Remastered
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Nioh 2
  • X4

While none of these feel like they’re going to disappoint me if they win — in terms of preference? Changes moment to moment, each time I consider the options.

But I figure that’s OK. Also, I don’t have to stick to just one of these. The whole idea is to get gaming again, so I’ll take anything that gets me there as a win!

Enough procrastinating though! Time to select. I think will go for a simple first pick wins rather than elimination. As for the method of selection? Well…

Random picker wheel to the rescue!

And the winner is…!

Hmm. Seems about time I guess. I ended up playing Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey a year or so after it came out, too. I was pretty hyped for Valhalla truth be told. Although with it landing right in amongst a Five Game Challenge I didn’t go further than running a benchmark at the time. Then the hype waned as reviews started landing, indicating that much of the gearing depth from Odyssey had been stripped out.

Still, the content has continued to flow — with more yet on the way in 2022 as well.

So could be fun to take a sniff around for myself, and see what I think. :)


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Nimgimli · December 22, 2021 at 3:10 am

It makes me happy to know that I’m not the only one that uses the old “let the RNG gods pick and then I can disagree with them and learn what I really want to play” method. Although to be fair sometimes the RNG leads me to a “Yes! This IS what I want to play” and that is also helpful.

I’ve been juggling a bunch of things lately waiting for one of them to clamp onto my brain. It MIGHT be Metal Gear Solid 5 but I’m still not 100% sure. I’m kind of sick of long games but everything in my backlog seems to be a long game. Everything I’m juggling is around 50 hours.

AC Valhalla is also pretty long, btw. I think my save file is at around 100 hours tho I have done all the DLCs that have come out so far, plus plenty of random roaming around.

    Naithin · December 22, 2021 at 9:58 am

    I must admit, I didn’t get off to a strong start with AC: Valhalla. I put in a few hours now, and was already getting somewhat bored of it.

    But I think in large part that came down to me chasing down all the map icons for wealth etc, including spending inordinate amounts of time on hunting down the ones ‘somewhere’ in a big vertical space, with no up or down indicators to help support.

    This very much isn’t my normal play style; so perhaps if I just make myself beeline the main content it won’t be so bad. Will give that another shot later.

    Otherwise though, I don’t mind long games too much. I got to over 120 hours in Odyssey iirc. (Nope, checked — ~105 hours)

    But having said that, when I was younger I had this (now seemingly quite weird) view that longer hours = better game. An RPG with anything less than 50 hours was narry worth the consideration in my old view!

    I have a much greater tolerance (and in fact, appreciation) for shorter content now as well.

    Naithin · December 22, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Ohh, completely forgot to say in my last reply: MGS5 is a lot of fun. I bounced off it in the first level my first time through truth be told but fortunately came back to it later and tried again and just had a blast.

    To be fair — I didn’t finish it, and I hear the end game did start to get a bit of a rushed development feel — but I got far enough to unlock all the areas, get Quiet as a deployable asset, and I think even unlock some of the base vs. base type stuff, although I didn’t do much with it.

    Steam tells me I have around 50 hours in it, and even talking about it kinda makes me wanna go back and do some more. Haha

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