31-Day Mage Challenge: Day Eighteen – “A Game You Always Wanted to Play but Never Got To”

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If our backlogs and entertainment system shelves are any testament at all, they are proofs of the fact that there are way too many games to play and not enough time in four-dimensional existence to play them. I’m trying to make it through a little more than a dozen games right now, because I can’t commit to one at the moment, and there are still tons of others out there. Whole franchises I’ve never touched. “Time waits for no man” or gamer, apparently.

What about you? Today’s question-challenge is…

What is a Game You Always Wanted to Play but Never Got To?



timemage The Timely Mage

There’s actually quite a few, some of which are blasphemous that I haven’t played them yet. Some of them are Metroid, Mega Man, Ni No Kuni, Persona, Civilization, Mass Effect, Fire Emblem, Odin Sphere, Star Ocean, Portal, Xenogears, Ico and Legend of Zelda (Wind Waker and Twilight Princess). Granted I may have played a little Mega Man when I was little but otherwise I haven’t played any games in any of those series (except the Xeno and Ico games). If I were to pick one I’d actually have to say Ico because I loved the aesthetic in Shadow of the Colossus and the overall tone whereas for most of the others I’m generally interested in the experience only so I know what others are talking about.




blackmage The Black Humor Mage

I’ve always wanted to play System Shock 1 and 2, but I never got to. I was never much of a PC gamer growing up, and I’m still not now. There’s a few old PC titles from the late 80’s and 90’s such as Half-Life, Snatcher, and System Shock that I never got to play. I would play them now, but I really don’t like playing on my computer screen or keyboard. If I ever do end up playing them I would have to look for a used copy on Ebay or download them off of Steam. I guess I’m too much of a console fanboy to go through that laborious process.




ragemage The Rage Mage

I’ve always wanted to play Make My Video feat. Marky Mark and The Funkey Bunch since I heard it was a form of ritual masochism. And it confirms everything I already know about Sega. Yay, confirmation bias!




FF3-NES-Summoner2 The Green Screen Mage

Bioshock. I really wanted to play it when it first came out. My dad got it and my brother and him beat it. Then he sold it. I was just like, really?? Alright, that’s cool. Cool, cool, cool. I’m not mad. I can probably just go out and buy it now for myself. Might have to do that.




whiteoutmage The White Out Mage

A game I always wanted to play is New Super Mario Bros. Wii. I like that it’s a side-scroller. And my hubby just told me he owns it! I got my wish.




Untitled2 The Well-Red Mage

There are a few entries in my favorite franchises I’ve never gotten to play: The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, and even Final Fantasy. I’d really like to play the Bioshock franchise since I never got around to them but particularly, right now, someone green and into special FX lent me a copy of Portal 2 and I’d really like to play the first Portal well… first. Once I get a hold on that one and complete it, then I feel I can tackle Portal 2. My impression of the two Portals is that they’re smart and clever games, and come recommended.

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  1. All Lord C has to say’s this:
    *Sobs Uncontrollably*
    C’mon ye govment sods ye, some people have trillions of pounds!!! That’s not fair!!!
    C jus needs *does Math in head*
    10 mill to finish all my current (206+) games (& buy Orange Box, Find System Shock 1&2, buy more PS3 & X360 & P.C games… & a PS3 & X360 too really, also Wii-u, 3DS, Switch & a bigger telly again cos scart is fine but HDMI & PC won’t work with CRT telly!!!!)
    *Sobbing becomes unbearably Loud, but still Very Manly*

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  2. I have a list of games I would like to play, but have never had the chance. I have wanted to play Sonic Spinball and Goldeneye (a shooter on the Playstation 2 which featured a lot of villains from the James Bond films). I have also become interested in older games in well-known series (such as early games of Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear, Metroid, etc.), but have not had the opportunity to play them. The most prominent one though is Metal Gear Solid 4. Metal Gear Solid 2 finished on a cliff hanger, that I did not fully understand, and I was excited to find out how the story finishes. Unfortunately, the Metal Gear Solid 4 was released on a more expensive console, so I still do not know who the Patriots are.

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  3. I think the Green Screen Mage gets me on this one- Bioshock is definitely one of the games my friends all rave about and I hadn’t quite caught up in the consoles at the time that it had come out and been popular. Might have to work on that now… Hm…

    Also, seeing one of the conversations above, if you have access to PS3 or the 360 still, the Orange Box is an awesome way to play Portal (another game I just recently knocked off of the ‘I Need to Play Still’ list). It’s usually pretty cheap and it’s on console! 🙂

    These have all been great to read so far, though! Awesome hearing all of your answers!

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    • Hey I just discovered the Orange Box today after trying in vain to find Portal for the PS3 or Xbox 360. It’s kind of pricey everywhere I looked and I’m not too interested in the other games, but I may have to get it eventually just for Portal. Steam just isn’t an option for me. Thanks for the info and for reading!

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  4. Quite a bit! My backlog’s gotten pretty big. The Timely Mage listed some that I actually have but haven’t gone through yet, such as Ico and Ni no Kuni. I also want to play through The Last Story and Final Fantasy XIII, both long RPGs I have but haven’t played through. I love RPGs, but they’re definitely really long, which is probably why they make up such a huge part of my unplayed backlog…

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      • Same here. When I was younger, gameplay time was everything. It’s still important today, but I also find myself leaning towards shorter games just to get a full, fast experience. I sometimes get into long games if they revolve around building up your character with lots to unlock or collect such as with Pokemon or Monster Hunter. The problem is that I get consumed by those long games and still don’t end up playing the backlogged RPGs, haha.

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  5. Thanks to this blog I’ve added even more games to my backlog (like Shadow of the Colossus thanks for that guys!), which was already long enough. I actually have a list, but I won’t bore you with all them. Wait…I have TWO lists. One to play and one to watch.

    For play I regret not finishing Chrono Cross and 7th Saga, and I still want to play Bravely Default, FFMQ and Tactics. Another blogger, Cheap Boss Attack clued me into the Tales Series so that’s another I’m sorry I missed, and finally the first Grandia. I’ve played and loved II.

    For watch I’m desperately seeking LoZ: Spirit Tracks and I could either watch or play Star Ocean.

    I guess the opportunity is always still there though!

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  6. The game I always wanted to play was Bioshock, never got around to it for some reason. I Did play Bioshock 2 and enjoyed that. I believe there is a Bioshock collection being released soon, so will probably get that just to play the first game at last!

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  7. Seems stupid but I would say Diablo 2. In the late Nineties and early Noughties when RPG’s were ruling (at least among me and my friends) I played Baldur’s Gate, Iceeind Dale and Planescape Torment but never Diablo 2. I should definitely buy it…

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  8. Red Dead Redemption for me. I’ve started it twice and gotten sidetracked, but now that it’s backwards compatible on Xbox One maybe I can give it a third go (before getting sidetracked again).

    Twilight Princess is another one. It starts off so damn slow that I always got sidetracked.

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  9. Yeah I never played System Shock until very recently. And that was the free playable demo for a remake of the first game, which is up on Steam and Kickstarter. Looks good as well. Though the second game is supposedly the best (no plans for a remake due to someone else owning the rights). I am tempted to buy both the original versions on Steam, but it’s always a question of finding the time to play them!

    The first Bioshock is brilliant and definitely worth playing — great story and voice-acting, fantastic environments and one of the most atmospheric games I’ve ever played. It’s also in the process of being remastered. Not that I’m that keen on the last one though (Infinity), the story was good but the gameplay poor.

    And you should definitely play Portal 1 before Portal 2. Both are great puzzle games with a brilliant and darkly comic story. And Portal 1 has the besting ending like ever!

    I also want to play the first two Fallout games, both of which are supposed to be very good as well as very different to Bethesda’s creations.

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  10. So many good games are mentioned in this post ❤
    Timely Mage, you reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally should play Ni no Kuni. It's one of the games that is worth playing on PS3 without the dlc and online BS new games seems to have lately.
    I really want to play Eternal Darkness on GameCube as i heard so many good comments about it.

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