The pools are in!
But it’s still January, so they’re frozen over. I wouldn’t recommend taking a dip for a while yet.
The polls are in! And they’re inconclusive!
Our clear front runner is South Park: The Stick of Truth, the only game selected by a majority of voters. I have about two-thirds of the game left to play, but it IS an RPG so this could still be a run killer.
While South Park makes a clean break for the lead, there’s still three more slots to fill.
Oh, hell. Six in February
As we all know, the point of an election is for a group to collectively make a choice with a minimum of groupthink involved. However, in practice, this works far better when picking one winner than when picking four from the same pool.
As you can see, things got messy with a five-way tie for 2nd place. Half of the candidates were each selected by half of the voters. The response was an even bigger mess; Shatae wanted to initiate a recount and I think Captain Toad said 3 million unlicensed Tengen games swung the popular vote. The comment from South Park can’t be printed under Damage Control’s Standards and Practices.
I do these votes so I don’t have to make decisions. Despite your best efforts, I can prevent any attempt at me thinking by pulling out my rarely used tiebreaker rule: The shortest game according to How Long to Beat wins the ties (going by “combined” time).
I encountered another tie when Kirby: Mass Attack and LocoRoco 2 both clocked in at 12.5 hours.
But fortune smiled upon me, as it didn’t matter:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – 11 hours
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – 9 hours
Katamari Damacy – 7 hours
I was hoping for more than one handheld game, as they are easier to squeeze in to my schedule, but that’s the way the Katamari rolls.
The bottom four start with more tying, because why not.
Both Guacamelee and the super sadistic Super Mario Maker Super Expert challenge picked up enough votes to feel good about it, but that’s about it. I suspect, though, that despite the vote you would enjoy a video commemorating my futile attempts to beat Super Expert mode. Because I know my audience, and my audience wants me to suffer. No doubt the food video would have gone over better if I were eating things that were vile rather than unhealthy (and if it was half its running time).
I suppose it’s for the best that Digimon: Digital Card Battle remained in the dustbin this time; I don’t think I’d be able to relearn it anywhere near as quickly as I relearned Parappa last year. That, combined with how much getting the cards you need to cope with the increase in difficulty relies on RNG, this could have been the most time-consuming option of all.
And poor, poor Final Fantasy VI Advance. Not a single vote for capping off my CES run with all the post-game content (which might actually be impossible). Which also means I can’t squeeze out another game video post until at least March, but you probably all saw through my attempt at double-dipping.
The Battle Plan
As mentioned before, handheld games are easiest for me. Shantae should be a cinch to work through on my train commutes.
The next tier of difficulty would be Katamari Damacy and Captain Toad. These can be slowly chipped away at over the course of the month without worry because the Wii U and the PS2 live in the spare room with a small TV. Whenever I have free time and don’t need to be social, I can make progress.
South Park will be the challenge. As mentioned above, RPGs can really be run-killers, especially if my sense of completionism takes over. But the logistical challenge bears mentioning, too. As the PS3 is the apartment’s only blu-ray player, it is a permanent fixture in the living room, where I will have to compete for screen time with the two roommates.
Just a reminder from the last 4iF:
Because Angela might beat you to it now.
Backlog status report
Finished since last report: Bloodstained demo, Bravely Second, Corpse Party: Blood Covered — Repeated Fear, Emily is Away
Started since last report: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (Season 9), Legend of the Dark Witch, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Sin and Punishment
Still playing:Dragon Quest IX, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, Star Trek: Timelines
Lagging behind: Final Fantasy: Dissidia 012, Final Fantasy VI Advance (CES Dragon’s Den), Final Fantasy XIII, Mario Kart 8, NewER Super Mario Bros. Wii, Persona 3: FES, Portal 2 (Co-op), Saboteur, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Starcraft: Brood War, Super Smash Bros. (Wii U), Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4, Torchlight, Wii Sports Resort