While technically the eleventh What I’m Waiting For, this is the tenth non-special volume of the series. There are three games I’m crossing off my Waiting For list, and three new ones being added to it, making this the largest What I’m Waiting For article since the series started. Hitting the double digits is kind of a big deal, after all. Although there is another reason for this.
With E3 looming near, it makes sense to clear a few of those games from the waiting for list before plenty more get added. See, with the E3 specials, there’s no crossing games off the list, so without doing this, it will be loaded. But you’re adding the same number of games that you’re crossing off, you might be thinking, but… you’ll see when we get there.
The first I’m crossing off the list is Watch Dogs: Legion, the fantastic rendition of London exploration game. Okay, okay, there’s more to it than that, but the map is the reason I was most looking forward to it. It’s fun to drive around the map, sneaking into places to find a few collectables, and using what you have at your disposal to cause mayhem. It might be limited compared to the previous game, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had in doing so.
The story, on the other hand… There’s fun to be had, I won’t lie about that. In doing story missions or even the recruitment missions, I’ve had fun. But there’s no connection to be felt with it. I’ve already talked in my first impressions about the discrepancy that comes in recruitment missions when bringing in family members, but the main story also has that lack of connection. Oh, it’s good, for sure, but it’s unlikely you’ll remember any of it after you’ve finished.
This What I’m Waiting For is set to add a few new games to the Waiting For list, but there’s only one removal. With Watch Dogs: Legion yet to release, and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga still remaining in the shadows, there’s not much I can do to remove them from the list. New Horizons, though…
Yes, the latest Animal Crossing has been a great new addition to the series, bringing a lot more in terms of customisability than ever before. All items that previously could only be housed inside can now be placed anywhere on the island. New things are always coming to the game, giving a lot to experience. While 170 hours since launch might seem small, it has quickly become my second most played game – closely fighting Farming Simulator 17 for that spot.
It has also overtaken the previous game of New Leaf to be my most played in the series, though some of that has to be from the always accessible nature of being digital only. More than that, though, is the connection that comes with having built and continuing to build the island that you want. New Leaf might have made you mayor, but you were still stuck with how the island looked and only a select number of furnishings in which to personalise it with – and no chance to get them lined up how you wanted.
With New Horizons, everything is under my control, and as I find new furniture in stores or balloons or even recipes, I’m thinking of whether they would fit the island I’m designing. While the games I’m adding to my list might not give me absolute freedom to do what I want, I am confident they will give some good opportunities to explore the scenarios they set out to deliver.
With the New Year almost upon us, I felt it was time to talk some more about what I’m waiting for in 2020. As ever, I’m going to recap a few games I’d talked about in previous entries, then get into those new games.
There were a few choices I could have made for this – including another look at the next LEGO game coming now that it’s seen a full announcement (except that would break the flow of addition and removal by effectively adding it twice), but the two I’ve chosen look to offer the greatest of experiences. Let’s look at the changes to the list of What I’m Waiting For.
In August-2017, Volume 6 of What I’m Waiting For dealt with both The Crew 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3. Then almost a year later, I uploaded an E3 special that talked four games without dealing with those that came previously. This volume is set to offer some words on all of those games that have since released, though not including Super Mario Party.
As much as I was ready to get it, I decided to wait for when the next game arrives – which will probably include a lot more now that the restored mechanics are in place. The other three games I certainly have bought and played a lot of, and fully enjoyed. After I talk about those three, I’ve got one new addition to make.
This special E3 What I’m Waiting For is doubling up on the amount of games being covered. Usually there would just be two, but since I’m not covering thoughts from a previous version, I can afford to double up.
I don’t think any of these things I’m covering will be surprise – except maybe one – so let’s take a look at the news games from E3 that I’m waiting for.
I’ll just get this one out of the way with first. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The fact we don’t have any footage doesn’t quell the want for the game, nor does it supress ideas on what it could be about. All we know – from the official site – is that it follows a surviving Padawan of Order 66 shortly after that Order first fell.
There's a lot that's been happening since I last did one of these. In fact, it's almost been a year since that previous post. And the games that I have played on Switch have been really good fun. I mentioned one of those games in the last What I'm Waiting For, so let's cover those before we jump to the new stuff.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been an absolutely stunning game. When I first played it, there was so much I could be doing within the world, and at first I was just exploring rather than following any quests. When I did start following those quests, I was still getting sidetracked by other things.
It seems to be a recurring thing that these happen at the first and last thirds of the year. Since the last one, a lot has been happening in the gaming world. Forza Horizon 3 has been released, and I've had a blast playing it.
The Nintendo Switch, PS4 Pro, and Xbox Scorpio have all been announced. There's also been a lot more throughout the year. But this isn't a recap of the year in gaming, this is What I'm Waiting For, and we'll start with a recap of what was discussed last time.
It's odd, in a way. Usually when I do one of these, the games I mentioned in the previous one have been released. As it is, the games I mentioned last time are all but weeks from release.
It's been a long time since I did one of these. Beginning of the year, in fact. And quite a bit has happened between then and now. For starters, both LEGO Jurassic World and Splatoon released - giving me quite a lot to do within each game. As well as that though, Star Wars Battlefront also released and I have also been having a blast on GTA Online.
To recap on the games covered in my last What I'm Waiting For, I loved playing through LEGO Jurassic World. While the hub wasn't the singular larger one I had hoped, it made sense within the game as the hubs played into the story. Playing and creating dinosaurs was good fun, and the humour was spot-on as usual.
The last one of these did a recap before getting to the main subject. However, the first one only covered vague notions, it needed a recap to say what had and hadn't been confirmed.
This time, the games from Volume 2 were those already announced, but since I gave my notions on them, I can still recap them in some way.
In Volume 2, I first mentioned Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker as a game I was waiting for. I gave a summary on it and wondered whether there would be any new modes from what we already knew. In a way, there is.
Due to the transition from Weebly to here, and the fact that it has been over a year since I last did one of these, I thought I'd do a recap of what I'd said in my last one, as well as what's transpired since then.
The first game I mentioned I'm waiting for was a new instalment of Sonic the Hedgehog. I mentioned the Adventure games, and where 06 and Unleashed fit into them [06 only part Adventure and Unleashed only in name] before giving a bit of an opinion of Colours and Generations. Key quote from the next part was "Through all of that though, the handheld games never faltered".