My 2017 Gaming X-Mas Wishlist

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It’s getting closer and closer to the “most wonderful time of the year” and with that, hopefully some new games to keep me occupied until the big early releases of 2018.  Today, lets go through some of the titles I’d love to see under the tree this month.

When making this list, I was surprised I had yet to jump on some kind of deal myself.  I’ve been pulled in different directions lately, with video games competing with board and tabletop games for my time.  Nonetheless, I’m probably in for some post-xmas game shopping as well.

#1 Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy Foundry

I put Crash first because I can’t believe I don’t have it yet.  Crash is one of my favorite series (before the Activision acquisition) and I have had it in my Amazon shopping cart multiple times.  Not being a full $60 release also increased the availability.  It seems the Switch has really impacted my PS4 purchases.

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy CoCo

The remake of the Playstation classic currently sits at an 80 on Metacritic.  After all the platforming I’ve been doing in Mario Odyssey, I think it could be a smooth transition to. what is becoming apparent to reviewers that have not played the originals recently, a difficult quest.  The first Crash is quite challenging, and I’ve heard the control scheme was pulled from the second game, increasing the difficulty in precision.

#2 Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 Paint Roller

I missed out on the original Splatoon, and I foolishly wrote down the wrong dates for the testfire, completely missing those in the Spring.  Despite those disappointments, I am excited to finally dive into Nintendo’s newest, colorful online shooter.

The gameplay looks solid, fun, and easy to pick up.  It’s been a while since I have sat down and put much time into an online competitive shooter, but Splatoon brings something much different from the realistic shooter glut we’ve been in.

Splatoon 2 Crew

 

I’m also interested to really see how Nintendo’s online system really works.  I’ve heard poor reviews, and yet to see any real progress concerning the lobby system, but I want to experience it myself.  Plus, online doesn’t require a subscription — yet.

#3 Cuphead

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This is another one I had in the shopping cart but never actually hit purchase.  While I don’t have an Xbox One, I’ve got a PC ready to play this highly anticipated and challenging boss rush.

Cuphead Devil

As with Crash, when Cuphead released, I was knee-deep in Switch shenanigans, and thus didn’t feel like picking it up immediately.  I’ve tried really hard this year to only buy a title when I will play it right away (which has mostly worked…).  Christmas or not, I WILL be buying Cuphead soon.

cuphead-screenshot-flower

I also held back as to not be burned by another super-hyped and long delayed title that might follow in the footsteps of No Man’s Sky.  The visuals looked amazing, sure, but reports about how the gameplay changed from boss rushes to platforming throughout its life cycle made me wait for some reviews.  Clearly, the game has delivered and I can’t wait to get started.

#4 Eldritch Horror

Eldritch Horror Full Game

If you read my weekly posts, you’ll see my latest posts have been pure board gaming ramble.  I’ve come to find they hit a perfect balance of gaming accessibility that allows me to share the experience with those I often don’t get the chance to.

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I’m focusing on some cooperative games, and those with some heightened complexity.  Eldritch Horror appears to hit these notes, and have a high production value to be expected with FFG products.

Cthulhu

I have no idea if the whole Cthulhu mythos will grab me, as I’ve had very little real exposure to the source material, but I’ve heard this game is more Indiana Jones vs creeping insanity and horror.  I guess I’d be fine either way.

#5 TIE Silencer

TIE Silencer Box

Lastly, I’d love to unwrap the newest, shiniest X-Wing release, Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer.  Released in perfect coordination with the new movie coming out later this month, the Silencer is getting a lot of hype and may finally bring Imperials back into competitive play.

TIE Silencer From Trailer

I’ve been primarily a Rebel player throughout my short X-Wing career.  When Guns for Hire released, I did pick it up and started to look at some Scum lists.  While those were fun, Scum has not really gripped me in the same way Rebels have.  Imperials, the third available faction in X-Wing, have eluded me completely.

While I currently have most of the Rebel ships I want, I’d like to have at least one 100 point Imperial list to try out.  The Silencer is the perfect time to join the hype train.

Conclusion

Just writing up this post has built up my own hype.  2017 had a whole lot of goodies to supply the gaming hobby, so its been a challenge to try and get exposure to all the greatness.  Christmas is the perfect time to get a couple new titles, and also a little off-work time to start playing them.

What games are you hoping for this holiday season?  What games are you surprised to see missing in your collection?  Comment below!

 

17 thoughts on “My 2017 Gaming X-Mas Wishlist

  1. I would strongly recommend Cuphead. I bought it after being gleefully unaware of the hype, just remembering an ‘OutsideXbox’ video from months ago and really liking the visuals. I have not been disappointed so far, despite the difficulty. And the sound design and visuals have still yet to get old for me hours in.

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  2. This discussion makes me feel nostalgic. I remember making a mental list of games I hoped to receive at Christmas and then spending the rest of the holiday playing the new games until school started. I am surprised to see that I have not bothered to purchase a Nintendo Switch yet. I have heard it is a highly praised and innovative console and some of the games look really interesting (particularly Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild). I am also surprised that I have not made use of the Virtual Console to develop my library of retro games (although this feature no longer seems to work with the Wii). Some of the selection seem like good games, although I am surprised that you have not bought Cuphead or the Crash Bandicoot game, I remember the previous articles you wrote on these games made it seem like you were very excited to play them.
    How do you hope to receive these games? Will you buy them yourself? Or hope that someone will get them for you? Did you use to do something similar when you were younger? Hope for a good game at Christmas that you could play during the holidays?

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    • If not received as gifts, it will certainly mean I’m hopping online to purchase those titles quickly! I’d definitely push you to get a Switch if feasible. It just does so much right.

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  3. My games wish list for Christmas has for the past 10 years and probably will continue to have for the foreseeable future, a Ms. Pac-Man cocktail cabinet. I may have to look in to tracking down one of those TIE Silencers though.

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    • I’m looking forward to it! I am a bit worried that trying to get people to play will be difficult with the length, so I guess I’ll need to master the rules and setup beforehand.

      Persona 5 should be on my list. I’ve enjoyed persona 4 on the vita. I doubt they’d port 5 at this point but portable persona works well. I guess I have remote play. I’ve also heard nothing but good things about 5 so it’s up there for sure.

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      • I’ll agree, Eldritch Horror is solid. Pretty similar to its predecessor, Arkham Horror, which is a game I’ve spent a good long while obsessed with, so it was pretty guaranteed I’d like it. It is a bit less into the oogy boogy Cthulhu than Arkham was, so if that’s more your bag, might be a good time.

        As far as the length, yeah, you’d need to have people ready to make a commitment, and definitely expect it to go especially slow as you’re getting used to the rules. In my session, libations often get called for to keep everyone’s spirits going.

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  4. Considering I don’t yet own a Switch (The one I got is for my nieces for their Christmas) I guess that’s on there. Along with Super Mario Odyssey (Huge Mario fan), Splatoon 2 (Loved the original on Wii U a lot), Street Fighter II (It’s near arcade perfect, and portable. So even if it’s a bit overpriced, I still kind of want that one even if I have a million other versions of it elsewhere.) Namco Museum looks cool too due to the fact you can play the games in their original vertical aspect ratio. And there’s a slew of indie games, and other releases on it I’ll want to check out.

    Beyond the Switch, There are a few things on my Steam wish list. The last Earth Defense Force, Tekken 7, Ys VIII, the PC port of Vanquish. I’m sure there’s more. And there’s always the huge retro list of “I don’t have this yet.” I could definitely use some of the PAL exclusive Commodore 64 games out there. Katakis, Turrican, Turrican 2, the list goes on. But hey, even if you could get every game, you’d never find the time to play it all. So there’s something to be said for being grateful for what you already have.

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    • Thanks for sharing your list. I’d wholeheartedly recommend the Switch and Odyssey, both the system and the game exceeded my expectations. Obviously I’m also on the Splatoon train.

      Street Fighter II is also one of my faves, and I agree portability would be perfect for such a game. Reminds me of playing Killer Instinct on Gameboy Color way back when.

      The other thing about Steam games is they cleverly have the winter sale during the holidays. It’s never too long before any steam gift card gifts are quickly spent because I “might play this game” or it’s at a historic low. Granted, the sale has been less and less appealing now that my Steam library is ridiculously overloaded.

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