It’s a new year and that means up to 365 days of potential gaming! Looking back over the past year I had a lot of fun and made some real accomplishments. I finally got my streaming setup working the way I wanted including getting the camera and audio quality to a presentable level. I played a number of new AAA titles during their release window/year, which is usually pretty rare for me. I was able to complete the main campaigns for Kingdom Hearts III, The Division 2, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, and got through most of Pokemon Sword. In general, I didn’t get to play as many games as I had hoped, but I had an awesome year of gaming. I won my first serious e-Sports competition and went on to compete at Gamescom. Even though I didn’t win the final tournament, just to have been included was a real honor and the chance of a lifetime. I also started a Facebook page to tie in with everything else I do related to gaming. Looking back over the year, I’m kind of surprised I was even able to get in as much gaming as I did. In 2019, I also got married, adopted a puppy, and traveled internationally on three different occasions. Thank God for the Switch! I also got a large haul of games for Black Friday so 2020 is looking great as well. Granted I was already severely backlogged so the next year of gaming was going to be great either way.
Here’s all the games I completed in 2019:
- Kingdom Hearts: Re: Chain of Memories (PS4) – 1/25/19
- Sora and Riku completed.
- Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (PS4) – 1/30/19
- Completed all days and read all diaries and secret documents.
- Devotion (PC) – 2/24/19
- Pokemon: Let’s GO – Eevee (Switch) – 3/6/19
- Completed the Elite Four, got the Crown, Completed the Pokedex, defeated Red, Blue, and Green.
- Monster Hunter World (PS4) – 3/9/19
- Campaign completed.
- Just Dance 2019 (NS) – 4/10/19
- 5* all songs
- Emptied gift machine
- Tetris 99 (Switch) – 4/13/19
- Got first place.
- The Division 2 (PC) – 4/16/19
- Cleared all base content through tier 5.
- Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – 5/8/19
- Completed World of Light
- Kingdom Hearts II (PS4) – 5/15/2019
- RAD Closed Beta (PC) – 5/27/19
- Reached an ending.
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (PS4) – 6/18/19
- Completed all 3 campaigns.
- Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded (PS4) – 6/22/19
- Yoshi’s Crafted World (NS) – 6/24/19
- Crash Bandicoot 1 Remaster (NS) – 6/29/19
- Watch Dogs (PC) – 7/17/19
- Super Mario Maker 2 (NS) – 7/20/19
- All story mode courses completed.
- TellTale Batman Season 1 (PS4) – 7/21/19
- Platinum trophy acquired.
- Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance (PS4) – 7/28/19
- Knack II (PS4) – 8/13/19
- Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage (PS4) – 8/29/19
- Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover (PS4) – 8/30/19
- Cuphead (PC) – 9/3/19
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PC) – 10/18/19
- Kingdom Hearts III (PS4) – 12/28/19
- Platinum trophy acquired.
- Ghost Recon: Breakpoint (PC) – 12/28/19
Looking back at my gaming goals for 2019, I have to admit that I didn’t do a great job. Of the 10 main goals I set for myself, I completed 4 of them and 2/3 of a 5th one. As with last year, I didn’t even manage to complete 50% of my goals. To be fair though, Ghost of Tsushima was on my list and it didn’t actually release last year so technically that puts me at almost exactly 50% if you don’t count that one. I also didn’t manage to even attempt a single one of my bonus goals. A large part of this lack of success comes from the fact that so many of the games on my list were RPGs and Ubisoft style open worlds. Those games take a long time and now that I’m a husband and have a dog while still maintaining a perfect record on my blog, streaming regularly, and still working a full time job it’s just really hard to finish games. I put in more than 70 hours to complete Kingdom Hearts III and still haven’t even obtained the platinum trophy. I played Ghost Recon: Breakpoint for more than 40 hours before reaching the final boss of the main campaign. It’s a great time to be a budget gamer. It’s a terrible time to have little to no time to play games.
As this is a new decade, I’ve decided to make a change. Namely, I want to be more realistic about my 2020 gaming goals. I don’t want my 2021 post to be another sub 70% success year. So I’ve decided to be more practical in my goals for the following year of gaming. I don’t want to be too lofty but I still want to challenge myself to be greater. I will also continue updating this blog weekly, streaming multiple days a week where possible, and tweeting about gaming regularly among other things I normally do. So without further ado, here’s what I hope to accomplish gaming wise in 2020.
MY GAMING GOALS FOR 2020
1. MAKE A NEW TRAILER FOR MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL
I’ve had the same trailer for three years on my YouTube channel. The channel has changed significantly since then and I think it’s time to create a new one. What better time than at the start of a new decade?
2. FINISH POKEMON SWORD & SHIELD
I’m one of those people that actually enjoy video games and I have to say that I really like this latest generation of Pokémon. I’ve put almost 70 hours into Sword and I haven’t even faced the Elite 4 yet. I plan on completing the Pokédex in both Sword and Shield.
3. THE WITCHER 2
I built my PC three years ago to play this game and still haven’t . . .
4. THE WITCHER 3
Need to finish The Witcher 2 before starting this one.
5. THE LAST OF US – LEFT BEHIND DLC
I don’t know why I didn’t play the DLC when I originally played The Last of Us Remastered back in 2016. I think I was just burned out at that point because while I liked the game I didn’t love it the way everyone else did. I will definitely be playing The Last of Us Part 2 but not until the price drops. For the purposes of story I want to play this DLC before the sequel.
6. MARIO + RABBIDS: KINGDOM BATTLE DONKEY KONG ADVENTURE DLC
I love this game. It’s one of the best turn based RPGs ever made as far as gameplay is concerned. This was the game I ended up winning a tournament and competing at Gamescom in. I’ve wanted the Donkey Kong DLC for a long time but was waiting for a price drop. I finally picked it up during Black Friday.
7. DARK SOULS III
I’ve been wanting to play Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for a while but I said I wouldn’t play it until I finished Dark Souls III. I’ve played Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls I & II so I really just want to close out the Souls franchise.
8. THE SURGE
I love the Souls genre of gameplay but my favorite versions of this concept aren’t actually made by FromSoftware. Nioh is the one I have enjoyed the most so far. The Surge is the same concept by a German studio with robots. I’ve been sitting on it for a long time and I’d really like to play the sequel so I need to get it done.
9. WATCH DOGS 2
I’m actually not super interested in Watch Dogs 2. I’ve heard it’s very good but I generally don’t care to be a hipster in Silicon Valley roleplaying as a hacktivist. The only reason I’m taking the time to play this is because I can’t wait to play Watch Dogs: Legion.
10. GHOST OF TSUSHIMA
I’ve been wanting to play this since the first trailer dropped. I had hoped it would release in 2019 but 2020 seems to be the year. This may very well end up being the only AAA priced game I pick up at launch for the entire year.
11. PLATINUM AT LEAST ONE GAME
I don’t hunt trophies and most of my games are not 100% completed. I just finish the campaign and move on. But every year I always take the time to get a platinum in at least one game on a Sony platform. It doesn’t matter what the game is. It just has to be a platinum trophy. This has been my custom since I first got a PS3. I haven’t decided what game it will be yet but it will be something. Last year I got two platinums.
That’s all I’m setting for myself this year. Obviously I will play other games, but in my attempt to be more practical and realistic in 2020 I’m only giving myself 10 goals for the next year of gaming. But more than half of this list is RPGs/Open Worlds so it’s still a tall order. I’ve included a couple DLC goals which I assume will be easier to complete. I’m also once again including Ghost of Tsushima with the hope that it really will get released this year as announced. I will be really disappointed in myself if I can’t complete more than half of these. I didn’t even set any bonus goals this year. But if I had to name one it’s Link’s Awakening Remake on the Nintendo Switch. My wife got that for me for Christmas and I’m really looking forward to playing it. I’m also going to try to stream more games from my goals list in order to save time. Often I end up streaming games not on my list because many of them are games I don’t think are great for streaming but this year I will try to overlap the two things more.
There are a lot of great games coming out this year so hopefully I can stay on course. 2020 looks like it’s going to be a great year of gaming no matter what I play. What are your gaming goals for the next year? Let me know in the comments.