Older games and backlogs

A very large collection/stack of video games.

A very large collection/stack of video games.

While it is true that there are new systems and games that recently released here in the US, there is also a glut of games for existing systems.

With the newer systems coming out, older consoles are going on sale as well as many older games. That means it is a good time to find some gems from the past at potentially low prices.

Let’s share some of our favorite games from the last few years!

Here is my list:

  • PS3 – Valkyria Chronicles, The Atelier series (Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori, Atelier Meruru), Tokyo Jungle, Journey, Yakuza 3, Final Fantasy XIII, Ni No Kuni, Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
  • Xbox360 – Lost Odyssey, Infinite Undiscovery, Last Remnant
  • Xbox360/PS3/cross-platform – Dragon Age series, Fallout 3, Mass Effect series, BioShock
  • Nintendo DS – NinjaTown, Etrian Odyssey series, OkamiDen, Ace Attorney and Phoenix Wright series
  • Nintendo Wii – Little King’s Story, Elebits, Monster Hunter Tri, Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Mario Galaxy, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Kirby’s Epic Yarn

A lot of games are also available on PC and can be found through various sales online.

So, let’s take a moment and share some of our favorite games from the past decade. Maybe someone will find a new game that they want to track down, or get motivated to finish or replay games from their backlog based on our lists.

What were some of your favorite games?


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15 Responses to Older games and backlogs

  1. Llamaentity says:

    Ooh, the old backlog! I love so many games, and still play many (even mostly) games that are at least a few years old. There have just been so many games to have come out that it’s difficult to find the time to play everything I want to play. Here are just a few of my favorites for each platform for this most recent generation:

    PS3: Uncharted series; Demon’s Souls; Journey; Metal Gear Solid 4.

    X360: Geometry Wars series; Viva Piñata series.

    PC: Amnesia: The Dark Descent; Dear Esther; FTL.

    Multiplatform: Dark Souls; Bastion; Braid; Castle Crashers; The Walking Dead: The Game; Sleeping Dogs; Mark of the Ninja; Portal series; Borderlands series.

    Favorites on Wii: New Super Mario Bros. Wii; Kirby’s Epic Yarn; Monster Hunter Tri.

    PSP: Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness; Lumines series; LocoRoco series; Mercury series.

    DS: Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective; Picross DS; Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors; Ace Attorney series; Professor Layton series; Castlevania series; Mega Man ZX series.

    PSP and DS: Puzzle Quest.

    I won’t go into my backlog… I’m actively playing games on all of these systems aside from X360 ^.^ I do hope to find some nice suggestions here, though!

  2. Lassarina says:

    Oh, I’ll gleefully and enthusiastically recommend Lost Odyssey and The Last Remnant. (IU I had a few too many problems with the writing and female characters/the way they were handled to enjoy it as much as I could have, but it was a game with a lot of potential.) Also loud and enthusiastic recommendations for Dragon Age and Mass Effect.

    Valkyria Chronicles, Ni No Kuni, and Xenoblade are definitely all on my own backlog.

    For the 360, I really enjoyed Kingdoms of Amalur on the 360, though it wasn’t a short time investment. Magna Carta 2 was also good, and much less with the glaringly-unplayable flaws of Magna Carta: Tears of Blood (which I nonetheless adored.)

    DS: Glory of Heracles was surprisingly delightful; the Professor Layton games were amazing. I also really enjoyed FF Tactics Advance 2, and the DS remake of FF4. also, Radiant Historia (yes, I am bolding it, IT WAS THAT GREAT.) Puzzle Quest 1 was great; Galactrix and 2 were much less good. (Puzzle Quest 1 is also available on XBox Live.)

    PSP: I enjoyed Brave Story New Traveler and Crimson Gem Saga despite some flaws (CGS has some rather egregious bounce physics, but most of the game is self-mocking/fourth-walling in an amusing way, and I think the bounce physics are at least partly related to that.) Hexyz Force and Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky were both fun. And all the Persona games!

    • Gunthera1 says:

      Magna Carta 2 is in my backlog. It is good to hear that someone really liked it. I guess I should pull it into rotation soon.

    • Doug S. says:

      Seconding Radiant Historia. It’s one of those Atlus games that became hard to find and expensive, but it’s totally worth whatever you have to pay to get it.

  3. Timmy_Mac614 says:

    My additions to the excellent suggestions above:

    Wii: Mad World
    PS3: inFAMOUS series, LittleBigPlanet series
    Cross-Platform: Dead Space, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Spec Ops: The Line
    Vita: Sound Shapes, Guacamelee!, Unit 13

  4. Lauren says:

    I have a couple favorites that I think deserve mention, if you still have an N64 knocking around, Star Wars Pod Racer is pretty great. When my little brother got his PS2, I was in college and I took custody of his old N64 console. I played the crap out of some pod racer!

    On my 360 I’m still trundling through Oblivion and Skyrim, because apparently everything Bethesda makes is epic and completely free from the normal constraints of what gameplay should be. The Fallout series is pretty great too.

    I also really liked DragonAge Origins, but I was lukewarm about the second game, it seemed a little slapdash and lazy in some parts of the world building, like how basically every dungeon was the same but some of the doors were blocked in different places in a really obvious, “this is supposed to be a door but it was blocked” kind of way. I liked the story line though. The sex scenes were a little disappointing in the second game too :(

  5. Doug S. says:

    I’m still dealing with my PS2 era backlog. :(

    • Lassarina says:

      Don’t feel too bad about the PS2 era backlog, Doug. My oldest unbeaten game dates to the SNES! (It’s Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past; I have a bad habit of starting Zelda games, playing until I get to the transition/dark world, and then being so very easily distracted.)

  6. Tzu says:

    Sacrifice, sacrifice, a thousand times Sacrifice. Shiny’s RTS RPG Third Person Action game genre mashup is still one of my favorite strategy games to this day. Unabashedly strange, wholly unique, and graphically impressive, it’s a crying shame that it performed so poorly in the market.

  7. Jellyfish says:

    I have a backlog, but it’s a little different. My backlog is almost entirely DLCs rather than main releases. Earlier this year I got a new Xbox 360 and access to a faster internet connection. As a result I’ve been downloading DLC for the first time ever.

    So far I’ve bought add ons and/or single player campaigns for: Skyrim, Dragon Age Origins, Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, Bioshock 2, Mass Effects 2 and 3, Alan Wake and Alice the Madness Returns.

    The great thing about these DLCs is that it’s been like freshening up games I already know so well. It’s not exactly like playing them again for the first time but it’s almost as good.

    I’ve just recently finished Bioshock 2′s DLC Minerva’s Den and it was AMAZING. Seriously if you have Bioshock 2 and you can get DLC but haven’t played this, then I would heartily recommend it. Not only is it a solid and enjoyable gameplay experience but the story is much more emotionally satisfying than the one in the main game in my opinion. It also centres around the experiences and relationships of a well written black male character. After Infinte’s patchy and ultimately (IMO) disappointing approach to race issues and POC characters, Minerva’s Den was a bit of a palette cleanser if I’m honest.

    As for the my favourite games of the (I guess now) previous generation? The ones that left the biggest impression on my are:

    Half Life 2
    Portal and Portal 2
    Mass Effects 1-3
    Every Bioshock game
    Alan Wake
    the Assassin’s Creed series, particularly Assassin’s Creed 2 (also shout out for AC Revelations: the first video game to make me cry).

  8. Doug S. says:

    Only marginally on-topic: Has anyone else here ever played Great Greed for the original Game Boy?

  9. Merrypetal says:

    Many of my favourites are already mentioned, here are a few others I’ve loved:

    For the PS3
    Ico/Shadow of the Colossus HD Edition
    Heavenly Sword

    Cross Platform
    Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    Jellyfish is spot on, of all the Bioshock games I played, Minerva’s Den was by far the best DLC I’ve ever played.

  10. Kimiko says:

    GBA: Summon Night Swordcraft Story, SNScS 2, Golden Sun, Link To The Past, Sword Of Mana

    DS: Avalon Code, Suikoden Tierkreis, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, Atelier Annie, 999, Legacy Of Ys: Books I&II, Hotel Dusk: Room 215, Last Window: Secret Of Cape West, Puzzle Quest, Puzzle Quest Galactrix, Dragon Quest 9, Summon Night: Twin Age, Nervous Brickdown, Magical Starsign, Children Of Mana, Touch Detective, Touch Detective 2½, Trace Memory, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, Etrian Odyssey, Etrian Odyssey 2, Etrian Odyssey 3, Time Hollow, The World Ends With You, Puzzle League, Meteos, Crystal Chronicles: Echoes Of Time, Crystal Chronicles: Ring Of Fates, Izuna, Izuna 2, Phantasy Star 0, Ragnarok DS, My World My Way, A Witch’s Tale, Witch’s Wish, Wizard Of Oz, Lux-Pain, Chrono Trigger, Bejeweled 3, SMT: Strange Journey

    PSP: Mana Khemia, Phantasy Star Portable, Phantasy Star Portable 2, Hexyz Force, Persona 3 Portable, Riviera, Valhalla Knights, Valhalla Knights 2, Gurumin, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva, Trails In The Sky, Ys: Oath In Felghana, Ys Seven, Star Ocean: Second Evolution, Class Of Heroes, Class Of Heroes 2, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy IX, flOw, Corpse Party

    Vita: Virtue’s Last Escape, Ys: Memories Of Celceta, Jetpack Joyride, Let’s Fish: Hooked On, Spelunky, Flower

    3DS: Etrian Odyssey IV, Etrian Odyssey Untold, Animal Crossing: New Leaf

    PC: Digital: A Love Story, Analogue: A Hate Story, Hate Plus, Aquaria, Machinarium, Embric Of Wulfhammer’s Castle, Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, Gone Home, Waking Mars, Torchlight

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