Vote in Backlog Series 19: Modern Love

[Backlog is the ongoing quest to rid Conrad Zimmerman’s collection of unfinished games. As voted on by the Destructoid community, Conrad plays each game from start to finish live on Destructoid’s channel every weeknight at 8pm Pacific]

Time again to vote for another series of Backlog. The theme for our nineteenth game is “Modern Love,” because I’ve had the David Bowie song stuck in my head for weeks and there seems to be no escaping it. All of the games available to choose from feature a modern setting. They’re also all releases from 2010, so it’s a bit of a double whammy.

Take a gander at our list and help me determine what I’ll be playing at for the foreseeable future.

Splinter Cell: Conviction
Splinter Cell: Conviction
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal
Released April 13th, 2010 

The Splinter Cell series has never connected with me. I’ve never been quite skilled enough to succeed in the demanding stealth missions much further than the tutorial stages. I was led to believe thatConviction is much more forgiving in this regard and so I grabbed a copy which I never got ’round to playing. 

Yakuza 3
Yakuza 3
Developed by SEGA
Released March 9th, 2010

I played the first Yakuza game for about the first two-thirds and I was really invested in its story and characters. Unlike most of these stories, this one ends because my save game was corrupted and not because I saw something shiny out of the corner of my eye. I have no idea what happened to my copy of that first game.

Fast-forward to today. I’ve attempted to play Yakuza 3 no less than three times with no success. I can’t seem to get into the pacing and while I’m still interested in the characters, an hour of cinematics from two games isn’t having enough of an effect on me. But I know there’s a great story being told and I want to experience it.

Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain
Developed by Quantic Dream
Released on February 23rd, 2010

We all know it’s coming. I’ve made no secret out of Heavy Rain being in my Backlog, its narrative elements making the game a chore that I found hard to become absorbed in. I was so fascinated by the potential of the title, its application of context sensitivity and quicktime events as core gameplay mechanics. And yet, I was so disinterested when its release finally came around.

I’ve tried on several occasions to play and even got a little excited about the addition of PlayStation Move controls. Still hasn’t captured my interest. But it’s one of those games I feel obligated to finish. You can help make that happen.

Dead to Rights: Retribution
Developed by Volatile Games
Released on April 6th, 2010

Cops and dogs have long gone hand in hand. Turner & Hooch. Dooley & Lee. Hell, I’m pretty sure J. Edgar Hoover had a fling with Lassie at one point. The point is that Dead to Rights had a natural pairing and early promise but fizzled out in the last console generation. Namco tried this 2010 reboot of the franchise, which was met with less than an enthusiastic response.

Don’t let that dissuade you, though. It’s probably middle-of-the-road stuff but we too often think that something that’s really average should be looked upon as being poor and that’s just silly.

Mystery Game
Mystery Game

Finally, we have the Mystery Game. Don’t make the mistake of choosing this for curiosity’s sake, as people have clamored before to know what it was and groaned when they learned. The intent here is to select the Mystery Game if none of the other games appeal to you, so voting for it just because you want to know what it is is kind of a dick move

If the Mystery Game is not chosen, it’ll roll over into the next series where it will continue to be a mystery.

There you have it. Make your selection in the comments below and get ready for a whole new series of Backlog!


Conrad Zimmerman