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Mike's Summer Games 2024

Published on Jun 6, 2024
Summer games 2024

Summer always puts in me a mood to play video games. Lots of video games. All different types of video games. Bust out of my shell and just try new things. Or return to old things! It's all about shaking things up, and getting myself out of a rut.

This summer feeling is a great way to try and get myself to pick away at some of my video game backlog. It's something I tried blogging about once before, and it didn't go so hot. It's a tale as old as time: I set out to play a certain list of games, and then wouldn't you know it: new games show up and I play those instead. Oops!

At the end of the day, there's no harm done, game are games, but I really would like to play the games I buy! A novel concept, I know! Perhaps I should consider buying fewer games. Perhaps.

Whether I'm able to stick to a plan this time or not, here's my plan for this year's Big Gaming Summerâ„¢:

Games to finish

  • Pyre - I played through about 75% of Pyre in 2020, and then stopped. I am going to finally see how it ends.

  • Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - Just picked this back up after getting burned out by its hugeness months ago. I'm in a real game finishing mood right now, and I'm taking this big boy down!

  • Genesis Noir - Picked up a few weeks ago, going to finish it!

  • SteamWorld Heist - Gotta finish this one before the sequel comes out!

Games to put to bed

  • Pools - I want to jump back in one more time before deciding that I don't care to finish it.

  • Children of the Sun - Ditto the above, but I keep saying that and then being wowed by a new mechanic. I'll probably just finish it.

  • Myst - I started the original Myst last year, with handwritten notes and everything, and I still haven't decided if I want to see it through to the end. Either way, I'm crossing it off my list this summer.

  • System Shock - Happy to call it where I am, I think. I'll pop back in now and then until I get bored.

Games to fuck around in

  • Cyberpunk 2077 - Just jumped back in after a months-long hiatus. I would say I plan to finish the game, if only it weren't so fun to just fuck around and waste time in this world.

  • Summer House - Looks really pretty and chill, and I'll probably be sated after one sitting.

Games to start

  • Lorelei and the Laser Eyes - This is the next new game I'm starting!

  • Prey - Out of all the older games stuck in my backlog, I feel like I'm most likely to actually start this one soon.


(Games I want to start, but haven't been feeling just yet.)

  • MegaMan Battle Network Legacy Collection Vol. 2 - I really want to start my replays of Battle Networks 4, 5, and 6, but I need to be in the right mood.

  • LIVE A LIVE - I don't want to start a big, beefy Square RPG that I'm pretty sure I'll love until I'm ready to give it my undivided attention.


Those are all the games I plan to be actively playing/finishing this summer. But there are more games in my backlog. So, so many more. To start hacking away at those, I need a method.

The question of how to kill my backlog is a subject for another post...