My Gaming Goals 2019

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:

  1. Asemblance (PS4) – 1/6/2018
  2. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting (SNES Classic) – 1/18
  3. Super Mario Odyssey (NS) – 1/17/2018
  4. TellTale Games Guardians of the Galaxy (PS4) – 1/22/18
    1. Platinum acquired!
  5. Super Castlevania IV (SNES Classic) – 1/29/18
  6. Super Ghouls’n Ghosts (SNES Classic) – 2/19/18
  7. Final Fantasy VII (PS4 Port) – 2/21/18
  8. Super Mario World (SNES Classic) – 3/11/18
  9. Pokémon GO – 4/6/18
    1. All 151 Kanto Pokémon caught.
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NS) – 4/19/18
  11. Super Metroid (SNES Classic) – 4/4/18
  12. Super Mario Kart (SNES Classic) – 2/26/18
  13. Never Alone (PS4) – 5/21/18
    1. Co-oped with my GF.
  14. Just Dance 2018 (NS) – 5/23/18
    1. Emptied prize machine.
  15. God of War (PS4) – 5/31/18
    1. Platinum acquired!
  16. SONIC FORCES (NS) – 6/9/18
  17. Nioh Deluxe Edition (PS4) – 8/21/18
  18. Pokemon Quest (NS) – 8/25/18
    1. All 151 Pokemon caught.
  19. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (NS) – 8/25/18
  20. Injustice 2 Mobile (Mobile) – 8/31/18
    1. Beat all campaign fights.
  21. Detroit: Become Human (PS4) – 9/6/18
    1. Platinum acquired.
  22. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PS4) – 9/16/18
  23. Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4) – 9/18/18
    1. Platinum acquired!
  24. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4) – 10/29/18
    1. Campaign and Expansion completed.
  25. Yooka-Laylee (PS4) – 11/8/18
  26. Starlink: Battle for Atlas (NS) – 12/3/18
  27. 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.

Gaming Calendar 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.

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Bonus Goals

  1. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

  2. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

  3. Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb

  4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  5. Horizon Zero Dawn

  6. Assassin’s Creed: Origins

  7. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

  8. The Surge

  9. Final Fantasy XV

  10. World of Final Fantasy

Let me know your gaming goals for 2019 in the comments.

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My Gaming Goals 2018

Happy to be a bit more timely this year about posting my gaming resolutions. Last year it was February before I was able to get this up. Hopefully that’s a good sign. So to complete the much needed transition to 2018 I wanted to continue my tradition of posting my gaming goals for the upcoming year.

As I’ve said in the past, I believe in the power of the written word. I truly believe that taking the time to write down and publish your goals helps bring them to fruition. That’s why I take the time to do this post every year. Last year I set 18 goals and completed 12 of them. That’s pretty good in my book. If I can complete at least 72% of this year’s goals again, I would be pretty happy with myself. So let’s get to it.

This year I’m actually setting a gaming resolution as well as my usual gaming goals. I’ve thought long and hard about this and I think it’s the right decision for 2018. As most of us are, I’m extremely backlogged. Not just with crappy indies I was never really going to take seriously. And not just with games I got for free. But I actually have a long list of AAA titles that I paid for that haven’t even been touched. So this year I’m making the conscious decision to not allow myself to purchase more than three games released in 2018. Ideally I’m not going to purchase many games at all, but if older stuff I’ve been waiting for goes on sale, I’ll probably pick it up. But as far as new titles are concerned, I’m limiting myself to just three games released in 2018. The idea is that this will hopefully motivate me to work on my backlog rather than just adding to it indefinitely. Then if by Black Friday I’ve made some real headway I may allow myself to purchase some 2018 titles if they’re at greatly reduced prices. But ultimately I’m not planning on buying more than three new games this year. I don’t know what those games are going to be just yet but I can say with confidence that I will definitely be playing the new God of War, which should surprise no one. The only other title I’m seriously considering at this point is Monster Hunter World because I really enjoyed the beta. Games like Spider-Man and The Last of Us Part 2 can wait till 2019 with hefty price drops.

2018 Gaming Calendar

My Gaming Goals for 2018

1. Final Fantasy VII [for the first time] (PS4)

I set this as a goal for 2017 and I never got around to it. So I’m making it a priory for 2018. And by priority I mean out of the gate this is going to be one of my first games for this year. In fact, by the time this post is published I hope I’ll have already started it. I even changed my desktop and mobile wallpapers to FFVII pictures to motivate myself to play it.

2. The Witcher 2 (PC)

This game was the reason I built my PC. I set this as a goal for 2017 but never got around to it. But now my PC is built and I have no excuse not to get it done. And I hope to complete it as soon as possible so I can finally play The Witcher 3.

3. The Witcher 3 (PC)

I built my PC to play The Witcher 2, but playing The Witcher 3 was always planned as well. And I actually won a free copy of the GOTY Edition at the end of 2017 so I really need to beat 2 so I can get to 3.

4. God of War (PS4)

If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Twitter for a while then you know I’m a hardcore God of War fan(boy). I own three copies of 1, three copies of 2, two copies of 3, two copies of Ghost of Sparta, two copies of Chains of Olympus, and one copy of Ascension. Of course I’m going to play this newest one. And I’ve been very critical of this upcoming installment of the franchise. I have a lot of issues with what I’ve seen and heard about it. Especially concerning the boy. But I’m still gonna play it. Probably going to get the collector’s edition so I can have another Kratos statue. That’s just the way I am with this franchise.

5. Nioh (PS4)

I’ve been waiting to play this game for a long time. On my YouTube channel I did Let’s Plays of both the alpha and the beta. The only reason I’ve waited this long to buy the game is that I was waiting for the Complete Edition to release and drop in price. I picked it up during Black Friday sales and I plan on streaming it on my channel.

6. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC)

Bought this game in 2015 and just haven’t gotten around to playing it. Now they’ve released the sequel and I’ve heard that’s pretty good so I need to clear this one first so I can get to that one.

7. Final Fantasy XV (PS4)

Bought this for Black Friday in 2015 and somehow haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve only heard good things about it and enjoyed the demos I’ve played so this is a no brainer.

8. Super Mario Odyssey [100% Completion] (NS)

I finally bought a Nintendo Switch, to play this game. I bought plenty of other games as well, but this is the game that ultimately pushed me over the edge to buy one. I will not only beat it but I’m gonna get every whatever the collectible is called in this one. It looks amazing. It won a Game of the Year award. It almost won all the GOTY awards. I can’t think of a better console to debut my Switch with.

9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [100% Completion] (NS)

Pretty sure I don’t have to explain this one.

10. Platinum at least 1 game for PS4

This is just a tradition I’ve kept ever since I got my first PS3. I always do at least one platinum a year. I usually don’t even pick a hard game. I actually got two last year (Ratchet & Clank 2016 / Game of Thrones a Telltale Series). Probably just going to do Guardians of the Galaxy a Telltale Game Series because I want to play that and it will be an easy platinum.

11. Try No Man’s Sky

I bought NMS ironically knowing full well that it’s trash and that I have no interest in playing it. I basically bought it out of spite because of an argument I had with a friend. But I never actually opened it, so I just need to play it long enough to confirm that I was right and that it’s a waste of my time. I did pay for it so I might as well try it.

12. Perfect Audio Recording for my Channels

I built my PC last year and bought some solid recording equipment but had some odd issues with feedback when using my mic so I put off doing commentary recordings for my last few series. But this problem needs to be fixed and soon. So I’ll be doing commentary videos for my next series, which will probably be Knack II and/or Nioh.

13. Knack II

I loved Knack. I hoped for a sequel. I’m glad they made a sequel. I bought it on Black Friday for a good price. I can’t wait to play it. I did a Let’s Play of the first one on my YouTube channel and I plan of doing the same for the sequel. Probably my first Let’s Play series of 2018.

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This is a hefty list for 2018. It’s not that it’s a long list of games but it’s a decent amount of huge games. A lot of these are 50 to 100+ hour titles. If I can clear the majority of these goals like I did last year then I’ll be happy. I’ll probably not finish my bonus goals but I’m sure I’ll get some of them in like I did last year.

Bonus Goals

  1. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  2. StarFox 2
  3. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
  4. Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
  5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  6. World of Final Fantasy
  7. Dark Souls III
  8. Horizon Zero Dawn
  9. Yooka-Laylee

Let me know your gaming goals for 2018 in the comments.

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