Update: Turn of the Century Wrap-Up (Take Two)
Yeah. I know. It was a little over a year ago since I promised to start my playthrough reviews of games from the Game Cube/Xbox/PS2 era. But, like I said at the time, before jumping into the next generation of games, I wanted to take a moment and gloss over a number of classics that I failed to touch on the first time around. Well, I did that. Then I did it some more. And then I did it some more after that. In fact, let’s take a moment to look at just what I spent my time on during the last twelve months.
Starting in September of 2018, I finally got my first taste of the Dreamcast with the release of Shenmue I & II. Around that same time, I started a new job with a very erratic schedule. Due to this big life-change, I decided to spend a little time focusing on some older, shorter games and sort of fill in some gaps left during my initial playthrough of the 80’s and 90’s games. A big focus for a couple of months was my playthrough of Ultima series for PC. That project carried on until the first part of 2019. Spring 2019 saw reviews for some classic NES, SNES, Sega Master System and PC titles. With June, my attention turned towards the Contra Anniversary Collection and a review of the Street Fighter series. It was at that time that my attention was again shifted from gaming to my career, as I received a promotion at work that again caused a pretty disruptive schedule change. So, during that tumultuous time, I decided to move forward with the move from RetroSensei to OldGameHermit and an entire redesign for the site.
These days, things have pretty much normalized. So where do we stand now?
Well. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be finishing up the Contra Anniversary Collection and posting some reviews for some more classic arcade brawlers. Once that is done, I am officially turning my sites towards the Game Cube. With that in mind, I’m ready to make an announcement…
My first next-gen review will be a Game Cube title that’s going to be drop just in time for Halloween. It will be… Luigi’s Mansion!
From there, I’m going to start plowing my way through my backlog lists of other essential Game Cube, Xbox, PS2 and PC titles. If all goes according to plan, I should be done with the bulk of these reviews in about two-three years (I know that’s a lot of time, but I’m trying to be realistic). My ultimate goal is be mostly caught up with what I call “the essentials” by 2030. I think that’s a pretty realistic time frame. Of course, peppered through my backlog reviews will be a a handful of new games, projects, and other fluff.
Another big focus during the Fall 2019 season will be catching up with Star Wars. Before the release of Rise of Skywalker, I want to get all caught up on the books and comics that I’ve let fall by wayside.
So, there we have it. That’s the plan. Slogging through the backlog is a lot of work, but it’s a pleasure. As always, I love sharing my opinions with all of my readers. I hope you continue to enjoy the site.