In 2019, I made some pretty big changes to my gaming collection. I finally bought a PS4, something I had been telling myself to do for years. A few months later, I also purchased a PS3 and by that time had amassed a sizeable backlog of games for both consoles. Prior to purchasing these consoles, I had been a strictly PC and handheld gamer. To be fair, the PSVita is still one of if not my favorite console of all time (fight me). I’m even affectionately referred to as “that one PSVita customer” at my local video game store. So, I have some familiarity with PS exclusives, but the more I dig into the PS4 and PS3’s libraries, the more games I find myself interested in playing. Games I didn’t even know existed?
In an effort to have the best gaming year I can and explore more PS4 and PS3 games, I’m setting a list of “resolutions” for myself. This isn’t a list to take super seriously, but more of a guideline to remind myself how I want to be spending my time (not mindlessly scrolling on Twitter and Instagram). I also know this “resolutions post” is coming about halfway through the year, but so it goes. The “resolutions” still count!
 Complete an Atelier Trilogy: Dusk
In January, I dove head first into the Atelier series with Atelier Ayesha: the Alchemist of Dusk. It’s the first game in the Dusk trilogy and was released on the PS3 in in the USA in 2013. I had previously briefly played Atelier Sophie, but something about it wasn’t clicking with me. I wanted to try a different trilogy because I had a feeling this series was going to be one of my new favorites.
I wasn’t wrong. The combination of charming artwork, adorable protagonist, silly character interactions, story telling with a hint of a darkness amidst the fluff, a soundtrack I keep coming back to, and a crafting system that is both simple yet complex was everything I was looking for and more.
Gust puts out, at minimum, one Atelier title per year. This year Lulua and Nelke are being released (and now Ryza has been announced!?). I’d like to play them all sooner rather than later. However, Nelke has a bunch of previous Atelier protagonists who show up throughout the course of the game, and Lulua is Rorona’s daughter which means I need to play the Arland series first.
I’ve already started the Dusk trilogy, so it makes sense to see this one through before jumping into anything else. I’m not sure what else I’ll have time for in 2019, but I think I’ll try to play the updated Arland trilogy on the Nintendo Switch if I have any remaining time!
 Work on my Backlog: Persona 4 Golden
2018 was the year of Persona 5 for me. What a game, what a game. I came out of that experience itching for more games in this style. Turn-based combat, life-sim, a touch of a dating sim, silly character interactions, and an art direction oozing with color and style? Sign. Me. Up. Then sign me up again!
I’ve already started playing Persona 4 Golden, and I’m hooked. I don’t love the characters quite as much as P5, and some of them actively infuriate me *cough* Yosuke *cough* Regardless, I’ve already sunk over 35 hours into this experience, and I can’t wait to finish it up!
 Platinum a Game: Collar X Malice or Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight
Back when I started writing this blog post, I really wanted a shiny platinum trophy on my PSN account, perhaps multiple?! CxM and P5: Dancing in Starlight seemed to be the easiest picks for achieving that, and I wasn’t wrong. Earlier this year I completed the platinum trophy for P5: Dancing in Starlight, and as a lover of rhythm games that was such a satisfying experience. I really want to work towards another platinum since it helps you truly get the most fun out of a game you already love. However…
My interest in getting another platinum in 2019 has waned. I would like to revisit CxM when I’m missing it rather than forcing myself to complete it. It’s my favorite otome game, and in a way I want to treasure the platinum experience instead of forcing myself into it. Once I do return to it, getting a platinum shouldn’t be too hard since I’ve already completed all of the routes, but we’ll see. For now, I’m calling this achievement unlocked!
 Bioware: Complete all of the Dragon Age Games
I love the Dragon Age series. Dragon Age: Inquisition is one of my all time favorite games. Seriously. I have such a connection to it and its characters. I love other Bioware games too like the Mass Effect series, but there is nothing quite like Dragon Age for me.
Back in 2015 after I finished DA:I, I jumped into Dragon Age: Origins. It’s been a number of years, and I still hadn’t finished that game… until earlier this year. What an experience. I didn’t expect it to leave me feeling so emotionally heartbroken, but it did. My ending wasn’t great, but somehow it fit so beautifully. I love how Bioware can do that with video games, and I think DA:O was even better than DA:I. I still love DA:I more. Don’t get me wrong, but as a game Origins really blows it out of the park.
Now that I’ve set aside DA:O, I’m jumping headfirst into Dragon Age 2. I have… thoughts. I am romancing Fenris though so I’ve prepared myself for swooning galore.
And that’s that! I had another resolution originally planned, but getting through 6 games is a lot for me personally. Especially this year considering I’ve got a lot on my plate. But what’s the fun of resolutions if there isn’t a little trepidation concerning if you’ll actually achieve them or not?