2019 has been funny so far. We reviewed a handful of games on the blog in 2016, when Double Jump first started. We reviewed more in 2017. We reviewed even more in 2018. We would love to review even more games in 2019. However, that hasn’t been the case. We’ve barely kept up with out two reviews a month as well as each of us doing one solo review a month.
Case in point was how yesterday’s blog post was supposed to be a game review, which was originally supposed to go up last Wednesday. However, with life and day jobs and the new baby in the family, we haven’t really been keeping up with actually playing new games despite us being a, you know, video game blog. Not only that, we’ve been playing Octopath Traveler more because we want to play that game and finish the characters’ stories. It brings up the age-old question that I’m sure we’ve discussed before on here about our duty, if you will, of playing new games to review them as opposed to games we want to play.
We aim to each have one solo game review and two game reviews together for a total of four game reviews each month. If we can do more, great. If not, at least we met our “quota,” if you will. Of course, we have a lot of great games. So many new games came out last year or old gems went on sale that we never had the pleasure of having before. Normally we hop from game to game. We play it enough, write a review, and move on. Except, we haven’t been feeling that lately. We want to play something we love, something we’re familiar with. We want the satisfaction of actually playing a game in its entirety.
Octopath Traveler became that game. An RPG with great characters and beautiful art and music was right up our alley, and we’re sorry that it’s taking us so long to finish the main stories. We’ve also been trying to keep up with Jett at In Third Person with his Paper Mario streams, making us itch to return to old favorites like that. While we obviously want to play new games to experience them and write about them, there is that fine line in between playing video games for fun and playing the games out of a sense of obligation. Usually the latter makes playing the games feel like a chore, which we obviously don’t want.
All games are fun. Old, new, ones we’ve never played and ones we’ve played a billion times. Sure, there are games we don’t like or don’t enjoy as much as some others, but the fact remains the same – all games are fun. We reviewed Octopath Traveler not too long after it came out. We’re proud to say we’ve finally beaten the main story, but there’s still so much to do. Games on our “to play/review” list may be sitting back for a little while longer.
Eh, some games aren’t that fun, but that’s all a matter of opinion, haha. We’ve had pretty good luck with fun games, I’ll admit. For Octopath Traveler, there’s the post game content that we want to play. Hopefully after being satisfied with that we’ll turn our attention towards other games that we can review for the blog!