Welcome To Backlog Month

Welcome To Backlog Month
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April’s pretty thin as far as new game releases go. So we at Kotaku are taking the moment to focus on something shared among every gamer: a backlog. You could call it a month…about backlogs…surely there’s some sort of cutesy phrase we could use? Aha! Backlog Month!

Look, it’s not like April is literally devoid of game releases. Last week, Outriders came in hot. At the end of the month, Switch players will be able to pick up Pokémon Snap — a revival of the game series about taking pictures of Pokémon — while PlayStation 5 players will get Returnal, a bullet-hell roguelike from the makers of Resogun. The weeks between feature a smattering of other releases: Cosy Grove, Oddworld: Soulstorm, Nier Replicant, some baseball game. But still, April’s looking like the perfect time to chip away at the ol’ backlog.

I’ve already gotten started: January’s Hitman 3 opened my eyes to how staggeringly terrific Hitman is, so I’m currently playing through the World of Assassination trilogy. I recently started Nioh 2. It’s hard! I’d like to play enough to the point where it’s not so hard. Both DLC chapters of Doom Eternal are out, so I need to give those a whirl. Same for the new Immortals Fenyx Rising expansion, and the new Outer Worlds one, and the old Outer Worlds one. Oh, and I finally need to finish Bravely Default 2 for real, an otherwise terrific role-playing game that apparently has 8,000 endings.

Throughout the month, expect to see a lot of chatter from Kotaku’s staff about games we’re trying out for the first time, playing again, or just finally getting a chance to write about. That’ll keep us busy until May, which is shaping up to be one of the more stacked months of the year, with games like Biomutant, Deathloop, Resident Evil Village, and the much-anticipated launch of Mass Effect: Legendary Edition on the horizon. Y’know, unless any of those get delayed in the 11th hour, like so many other games this year.

Read all of our Backlog Month articles here.

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  • I’m mid Yakuza 100% completion marathon if that counts as working on backlog. Done 0 – Kiwami, about to do second playthrough Kiwami, and then on to finally experiencing a more complete 3 then we originally got… The recasting in 4 will be weird, and I’m truly looking forward to playing Haruka again in 5. And then… 6 / Judgment and 7.

    I’m fully expecting Judgment to be ported to PC by the time I get to it, even if it hasn’t been announced yet! It takes so much time to do all these annoying minigames. (Mainly the gambling ones)

    • You are a much more patient person than me. I did a Yakuza playthrough last year (only 0 to 6) and loved it. But as much as i wanted to, i couldn’t wrap my head around Mahjong or do more than the minimum on a lot of those mingames lol.

      Looking forward to playing Judgement and 7 soon.

  • oh god, my active backlog is huge at the moment

    the current games I have installed on my PC is the following
    Anno 1800 (haven’t played this in a while)
    Assassin Creed Valhalla (mostly Reba and Challenges)
    Immortals Fenyx Rising (haven’t completed any gods)
    Watch Dogs Legion (first wave of quests)
    Cyberpunk 2077 (haven’t played this in a while)
    The Outer Worlds (Barely touch this since Monarch)
    Disco Elysium (haven’t played it yet)
    Indivisible (Barely touch this since installing)
    Tropico 6 (Barely touch this since installing)

    and I am not even going into my passive backlog (games not installed)

  • I deal with my backlog by refusing to acknowledge that such a concept exists. I simply have a library of games in my home that I can choose to play whenever I want.

    On a more serious note, I did improve my backlog issues (or guilt over which games I was buying vs playing) by not buying any new game unless I plan on playing it straight away. The only time I break that rule is for a game that I know I’ll play at some point and is currently on sale for a really cheap price. It stops the problem I had where I was buying a game on release day, not playing it for months and watching it get cheaper over time.

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