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    :monster: New Year Backlog challenge.

    So one of my resolutions this year is to tackle my backlog some more. I've been doing better the last few years, but I still have a ways to go to conquering this behemoth I created. So my goal is to at least start one game a month this year and get some ways into it. This month I'm tackling Final Fantasy Legend II while also finishing up Tactics Ogre, Death Stranding, and 4 Heroes of Light since I'm close to the end of those three games. For the rest of the year though, I thought it would be interesting to get some recommendations from the rest of you based on the list I provide. So which of these games should I try to conquer in 2020?

    PS1
    Arc the Lad 3
    Parasite Eve **
    Silhouette Mirage
    Deception 3
    Vampire Hunter D

    PS2
    Beyond Good and Evil
    The Bouncer
    Chulips
    Dawn of Mana
    Devil Summoner: Raidou vs the Soulless Army
    Digital Devil Saga 2**
    Front Mission 4
    Godhand
    Katamari Damacy
    Killer 7
    Metal Saga
    Odin Sphere***
    Okage*
    Onimusha 2
    PaRappa the Rapper 2
    Shadow Hearts*
    Shinobi
    Space Channel 5
    Steambot Chronicles
    Tales of the Abyss*
    Yakuza**
    Unlimited Saga
    Wild Arms 4

    PS3
    3D Dot Game Heroes
    Assassin's Creed 4
    Devil May Cry 4
    Little Big Planet*
    Mirror's Edge
    Nier
    Star Ocean 4
    Uncharted 1
    Valkyria Chronicles

    PS4
    Dragon Quest XI**
    Fallout 4 (finish)
    Final Fantasy Type-0
    The Last Guardian
    Kingdom Hearts III
    World of Final Fantasy
    Romancing SaGa 3


    Gameboy Advance
    Pokemon Ruby (finish)*
    Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow*
    Demi Kids Light or Dark
    Golden Sun 2**

    DS
    Zelda: Spirit Tracks
    Mega Man Zero 2
    Pokemon Pearl*
    Radiant Historia**
    Rhapsody: A Musical RPG

    3DS
    Bravely Default*
    Persona Q
    Soul Hackers (Finish)*
    Shin Megami Tensei Apocalypse

    PSP
    Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines
    Loco Roco
    Prinny Can I really be the Hero
    Star Ocean: First Departure

    I have more games, on a few different systems, but have some logistical issues concerning them. I'm also going to ignore my Steam account until I can figure out a better setup for my computer gaming. Suggest whatever from this list, and I don't plan on adding to it, so I'm not taking suggestions I'm afraid.
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    Damn it, no Falcom.

    Still gonna recommend Odin Sphere (though admittedly the Leifthrasir remake is certainly the preferred version) because damn is it ever beautiful, and Little Big Planet cause some days you just need a lighthearted and fun semi-2D platformer in your life.

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    Games on that list I can wholeheartedly recommend:

    Parasite Eve
    Digital Devil Saga 2
    Odin Sphere
    Shadow Hearts
    Tales of the Abyss
    Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
    Golden Sun 2
    Radiant Historia

    (I would recommend Yakuza as well but the PS2 games are rough, the Kiwami remakes are definitely preferred )

    I see plenty more good games in there of course, but those are the stand-outs to me.

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    Of the ones I've played that I also think you might enjoy the most:
    Parasite Eve
    Odin Sphere

    Though I have to say that the PS2 version of Odin Sphere is rife with slowdown, but the PS2 classic version from the PSN runs quite smoothly.

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    Damn, still no Witcher.

    Out of those, I recommend:
    Digital Devil Saga 2
    Dragon Quest XI
    Pokemon Ruby
    Golden Sun 2
    Pokemon Pearl (if only because you need to move on to generation 5 )
    Radiant Historia
    Bravely Default
    Soul Hackers

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    Thanks for the suggestions so far. Though, don't worry about my personal taste, I own all of these games cause I figured I would like them so don't let my preference for RPGs rule out other titles.

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    Pretty sure youíre preaching to the choir, because it looks like all the external recommendations people made have been RPGs

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    Well I'm ignoring the external titles cause as you can see, I have like twenty other games collecting dust that I haven't touched yet.

    I don't need to be adding to this list, I'm trying to take out the games I've owned for awhile now.

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    Btw have you played Golden Sun the first? Because you can transfer your save data, which is preferable. Itís also best done with two GBAs and a link cable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fynn View Post
    Btw have you played Golden Sun the first? Because you can transfer your save data, which is preferable. Itís also best done with two GBAs and a link cable
    I have, but I have no means to transfer the data, which was partially why I've been sitting on it. I decided to finally just cut my losses at this point, especially since GS2 and 3 were loaned to my by my GF who is a huge fan of the franchise.

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    Well I played without transferring data the first time around and had a perfectly swell time, so donít worry about it

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    There are some games in my backlog I'll surely never get to including some that I have little to no interest in actually getting back to. I would certainly like to finish DQXI though. I'm currently in the post-game, which is really more like a third act to the point that I can't really consider the game completed without finishing it. I got pwned by a boss rush and haven't returned to the game since, but there's plenty other stuff I could do besides just grinding (and I wasn't actually that far off from winning the battle I died on anyway). I'd also like to get back to Tales of Berseria. Those two top my backlog, but I have to be in the mood. Or maybe I should get back to FFXV, but... I don't really like it that much, so probably not.

    A lot of games on your backlog are also on my backlogn (like every game on your list that I've played is one I haven't finished), so I'm not sure what I could recommend. I would probably skip Yakuza on your backlog and just go to Kiwami though (that's the only one on your list that I've finished if Kiwami counts).
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    Its the original PS2 one. I got years ago for like $5 on a discount sale with a bunch of other games on this list.

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    Fair enough, though you can often get Kiwami for like $10 these days. I've never played the original, so I have no real comparison, but I just figured it probably has stiffer controls and things like that which might make it a more onerous experience to play the original over Kiwami. I don't know how far you've gotten in it already though.

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    I haven't started it yet, but I'm pretty lax with clunky controls.

    So far it's looking like Parasite Eve, DDS2, Odin Sphere, and Yakuza will be the titles I'm going to check out first from this list. I'm still trying to clear out my current games, but it will be nice to pull out the PS2 again.

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