ImaJAN Media Network
MeltedJoystick Home
   Games  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  Login Using Facebook

Backlog: The Embiggening – December, 2023

View Nelson Schneider's Profile

By Nelson Schneider - 11/26/23 at 04:08 PM CT

Welcome back to another look into the near future! As December rolls in, we’re rapidly approaching the end of another year in Gaming, and the Big Players in Industrial Gaming are desperately tossing out everything they can in a last-ditch effort to turn a profit – or at least mitigate some losses! What do we have to look forward to as last-minute Yuletide self-gifts? Let’s dig into it!

Ugh. “Dig” is the operative word, as there’s plenty of shovelware coming in December, though it’s all in the Licensed Swill category (and some of it overlaps with our other favorite category). We’ve got two ‘Lord of the Rings’ games incoming, one a Survival-Crafting-Sandbox-ClusterEFF called “Return to Moria,” the other a Switch port of one of the worst games of the generation, “Gollum.” There’s a PlayStation 5 port of the most recent ‘Transformers’ game, PlayStation (4 and 5) ports of that one weird cowboy game that just came out on other platforms, a Switch port of the new game based on a very old mecha anime, and console ports of the recent Nickelodeon ‘Smash Bros.’ knock-off. There’s a new game based on the ‘RiffTrax’ toy cars (and it has “The Game” in the title, so you know it’s good). The Switch is getting a compilation of ‘Star Wars’ games in a so-called “Heritage Pack,” a fitness boxing game based on the ‘Fist of the North Star’ anime, and a compilation of the ‘Batman: Arkham’ games. Then there are the multi-platform releases of a new game based on ‘The Walking Dead’ and an Ubisoft Sandbox based on James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ movies, “Frontiers of Pandora,” which could actually be good, so long as Ubisoft doesn’t cancel it or fill it with too much monetization.

The neverending flood of ports, remasters, remakes, compilations, and other rehashes continues to overwhelm the release schedule, and, as has been tradition since it took the world by storm in 2017, the Nintendo Switch, specifically. The Switch will be receiving ports of “The Courier,” “M.A.S.S. Builder,” “Session: Skate Sim,” “Riverbond,” “Super Sami Roll,” “Guts ‘n’ Goals,” “Animal Hospital,” “Wildshade,” “Guns ‘n Spurs 2,” “Daymare,” a compilation of ‘Yumeutsutsu’ Visual Novel remasters (What? A port of a compilation of remasters! It’s too much all at once!), a compilation of Roguelikes in “Enter/Exit the Gungeon,” “Dolphin Spirit: Ocean Mission,” “Bomb Rush Cyberfunk,” some undefinable rehash of “The Binding of Isaac” with a colon and ‘Repentance’ in the title, “Windstorm: An Unexpected Arrival,” “OneShot,” “Redemption Reapers,” “The Last Spell,” “Vernal Edge,” a collection of ‘Train Valley’ games, and “Hammerwatch 2.” Compared to that massive burden, the PlayStation 5’s meager 2 ports – “Gunfire Reborn” and “Wizard with a Gun” – seems quaint. Lastly, there’s a multi-platform release of a remake of “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.” *oof* That’s a LOT to… ignore.

Moving on, we come, once again, to actual new games that are coming to multiple platforms all at once (roughly)… and there really aren’t that many. Indeed, there are only THREE. First, we’ve got “Smalland: Survive the Wilds,” which is yet another Survival-Crafting-Sandbox thing, only with a “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” aesthetic. Next, we’ve got “Flashback 2,” a sequel to a game that was considered a ‘cult classic’ when it came out in 1992, but which never impressed me in the slightest. Lastly, there’s “Skull and Bones,” Ubisoft’s knock-off of the Xbox Division’s “Sea of Thieves,” which has already been delayed multiple times over multiple years, and may or may not be canceled already.

In the realm of exclusive releases – which are all supposed to be top-tier system sellers to, you know, convince people to buy any given DRM-box – we’ve got… wow! Something for every platform! Steam is getting “Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2” (which will only be exclusive until the console ports are ready. Sony is getting “Pneumata,” a Survival-Horror thing that ChrisWouldLove. Nintendo is getting “Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince” from Square-Enix, and is supposed to be bringing “Metroid Prime 4” to the table, at long last, but we haven’t heard boo about it since before the pandemic, so I doubt Nintendo can pull of a Yuletide Miracle. Lastly, even Microsoft is bringing an exclusive from its plethora of unused studios: “S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl,” which was delayed by Putin’s War in Ukraine, and was on my radar… until I tried to play the original “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.” and couldn’t stand it.

Well, for an end-of-year release schedule absolutely BURSTING with rehashes and port-shuffling, there are actually a few games I wouldn’t mind playing. “Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora” could be one of those oh-so-rare good Licensed games if Ubisoft brings their Sandbox A-game and doesn’t sabotage themselves. “Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince” has me a bit dubious, as, while I loved the old 8-bit style ‘DQM’ games on the Game Boy Color, the more recent titles on the Game Boy Advance and DS really didn’t do anything for me. And, of course, “Metroid Prime 4” actually being a thing would be a great surprise release from the Big-N… but in hindsight, I didn’t particularly enjoy “Metroid Prime 2” or “Metroid Prime 3,” so it would have to get some significant word-of-mouth praise before I’d feel comfortable picking it up.

Backlog Embiggened: +3

MeltedJoystick Gaming Blog RSS Feed

Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   



Previous Blog Posts


All Posts

February 2024

January 2024

December 2023

November 2023

October 2023

September 2023

August 2023

July 2023

June 2023

May 2023

April 2023

March 2023

February 2023

January 2023

December 2022

November 2022

October 2022

September 2022

August 2022

July 2022

June 2022

May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

Log In
For members wanting to use FB to login, click here
remember me

What Members Are Doing

Comments about...

New Game Reviews

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands game review by Nelson Schneider
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart game review by Nelson Schneider
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries game review by Chris Kavan
Super Mario Bros. Wonder game review by Nelson Schneider
Rage 2 game review by Chris Kavan
Cthulhu Saves Christmas game review by Nick
The Legend of Zelda: Breat... game review by Nick
A Hat in Time game review by Nick

New Game Lists

Top Wii Games by Megadrive
Backlog (Multi-Player) by Nelson Schneider
My Backlog by Chris Kavan
Games I Own: Switch Digital by dbarry_22
Top Nintendo (NES) Games by Nick
Backlog by Matt
Top Game List by SIngli6
Top Game List by Jonzor




Contact Us Public Relations MeltedJoystick Friends    

Advertise and Business

Contacts Us


About us



Support Us

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use


Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?