Another year of gaming has passed. 2018 was an excellent year of gaming for me personally. I achieved four platinums. That’s a personal record. But that’s not the impressive part. Four platinums is nothing for trophy hunters, which I am not. I always force myself to get at least one platinum a year. In 2018, that platinum was Tell Tale Games Guardians of the Galaxy, which was great. The fact that I took the time to get three more platinums shows just how good the games I played in 2018 were. Three of them were so compelling that I chose to fully complete them. Even more impressive was the fact that they were all released in 2018. Last year was also a year where I was able to play more release day titles than I have for the last several years. Through a number of connections and some blind luck, I was able to get my hands on at least seven release day AAA titles without breaking my pledge to purchase no more than three new games in 2018. The three I purchased were God of War, Spider-Man, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. But I also obtained Detroit: Become Human, The Crew 2, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and Starlink: Battle for Atlas for free. And I was able to get Monster Hunter World on sale not too long after it released. Twas a very good year.
Here’s all the games I completed in 2018:
- Asemblance (PS4) – 1/6/2018
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting (SNES Classic) – 1/18
- Super Mario Odyssey (NS) – 1/17/2018
- TellTale Games Guardians of the Galaxy (PS4) – 1/22/18
- Platinum acquired!
- Super Castlevania IV (SNES Classic) – 1/29/18
- Super Ghouls’n Ghosts (SNES Classic) – 2/19/18
- Final Fantasy VII (PS4 Port) – 2/21/18
- Super Mario World (SNES Classic) – 3/11/18
- Pokémon GO – 4/6/18
- All 151 Kanto Pokémon caught.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NS) – 4/19/18
- Super Metroid (SNES Classic) – 4/4/18
- Super Mario Kart (SNES Classic) – 2/26/18
- Never Alone (PS4) – 5/21/18
- Co-oped with my GF.
- Just Dance 2018 (NS) – 5/23/18
- Emptied prize machine.
- God of War (PS4) – 5/31/18
- Platinum acquired!
- SONIC FORCES (NS) – 6/9/18
- Nioh Deluxe Edition (PS4) – 8/21/18
- Pokemon Quest (NS) – 8/25/18
- All 151 Pokemon caught.
- Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (NS) – 8/25/18
- Injustice 2 Mobile (Mobile) – 8/31/18
- Beat all campaign fights.
- Detroit: Become Human (PS4) – 9/6/18
- Platinum acquired.
- Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PS4) – 9/16/18
- Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4) – 9/18/18
- Platinum acquired!
- Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4) – 10/29/18
- Campaign and Expansion completed.
- Yooka-Laylee (PS4) – 11/8/18
- Starlink: Battle for Atlas (NS) – 12/3/18
- Kingdom Hearts (PS4) – 12/4/18
As for my gaming goals in 2018, I did OK. I managed to complete 25 titles and I started a few more that I’m currently in the midst of. Of those 25, only seven were from my 2018 goals list. Of the 22 goals, not all of which were beating specific games, I only managed to complete eight of them plus limiting myself to buying only three release price games. That is disappointing for me. I set my goal as above 70% but I didn’t even manage 50%. I want to be better this year, but I’m also going to narrow my list a bit more. I just have so many RPGs to deal with and there are some upcoming titles that I absolutely have to play. I will keep to my commitment of only buying three release price titles in 2019 as well.
As is tradition, I wanted to take this time to list out my gaming goals for 2019. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Writing things down gives them power. By setting my goals on paper and publishing them for the public to see, I make a contract with myself to take these goals seriously. So now I’d like to present to you my gaming contract for 2019.
My Gaming Goals for 2019
1. Platinum at least 1 PS4 Game
This is a personal tradition that I’ve done since the PS3 and will continue to do. This year I’m for sure going to do Tell Tale Games Batman S1. I’m also very much considering Kingdom Hearts III, assuming there are no bullshit trophies that require me to replay the game a second time. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat.
2. Get Audio Commentary Working for my Live Streams
I got back into Twitch streaming last year and I took it very seriously. I streamed more hours in 2018 than all previous years of streaming combined. But I never got my audio commentary problems fixed. This year I’ve already taken steps to fix that by purchasing the part I was missing so hopefully I’ll have audio commentary for my next playthrough series.
3. The Witcher 2 (PC)
I’ve been saying this for years. I built my PC to play The Witcher 2 and I still haven’t played it. This year it’s my top priority after Kingdom Hearts III.
4. The Witcher 3 (PC)
If I’m gonna play The Witcher 2 then I’m damn sure gonna play The Witcher 3. I could see myself only getting to 2 this year and leaving 3 for 2020 though.
5. Kingdom Hearts III (PS4)
I have been waiting for this game longer than both of my sister’s children have been alive combined. There were times where I believed it would never actually get released. We have a release date for this month and I have it preordered. I bought the all in one collection on PS4 and I have committed to beating all the previous games in order before starting III and I’m still far off so sadly I probably won’t get to play it day one like I originally planned, but it is my top gaming priority for 2019.
6. Dark Souls III (PS4)
I finally beat Bloodborne last year. I really just want to finish off the DS franchise and move on to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
7. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PS4)
I beat Nioh last year and I loved it. Can’t wait for Nioh 2. But while I wait I want to play an actual samurai Dark Souls from the studio that created the genre.
8. Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)
The E3 trailer for this game looks so stunning that I want to have sex with it. This is most likely one of my full price AAA titles for 2019.
9. Knack II (PS4)
Been sitting on this game for a couple years now and I failed to play it last year even though it was on my goals list for 2018.
10. Complete Smash Bros: World of Light, The Crew 2, and Monster Hunter World
I started all three of these games in 2018 and still haven’t finished any of them. Monster Hunter World I was into until God of War dropped and then I just stopped playing it and never looked back. The Crew 2 I started and kind of got stuck on some dumb race. Between that and the other games I had to play, it just stopped being a priority. Smash Bros Ultimate is of course awesome and I simply haven’t finished World of Light yet because it dropped in December so I haven’t had it long enough to have completed it yet.
There are plenty of other games I really want to play but I’m not putting any more down. I only put 12 games down last year and I managed to complete six (50%) plus two from my bonus list. I’ve put 11 this year, seven of which are RPGs and that’s probably more than I’ll be able to tackle. But I’m gonna take this list seriously and try to beat my percentage from last year. I will put a bonus list as I always do, but I’m gonna work really hard this year to stick to my core list of goals.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Horizon Zero Dawn
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Final Fantasy XV
World of Final Fantasy
Let me know your gaming goals for 2019 in the comments.