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Like most of you, we here at Living With a Nerd have a rather extensive backlog. Considering what the release schedule in 2012 is looking like, this is the year we’re going to spend putting a solid dent in the games we have yet to complete.

Humble Indie Bundle 4

The most recent Humble Indie Bundle was one of the best they’ve ever done. Cave Story+, Bit.Trip Runner, Super Meat Boy, VVVVVV…the list of quality titles goes on. While we completed Shank this past weekend, and we had already played through Jamestown when it was first released, we haven’t touched most of the gems available in this amazing package of awesomeness. This is criminal, considering the attention all of these titles have received.

Red Dead Redemption

During the summer of 2010, I watched my buddy Mike go through a ten-hour marathon with Red Dead Redemption, but at this point, I still have yet to play through it. I’ve been a big fan of open-world games for a long time, and many consider RDR to be one of the best, so this is one title I’m definitely going to be tackling in 2012.

Duke Nukem Forever

Back in the day, I remember playing the side-scrolling Duke titles at a friend’s house. Then, Duke Nukem 3D came out, and changed the face of mature immaturity forever. While I’ve heard that DNF is misogynistic, poorly polished, and not really all that great of a game, I feel like it’s my duty as a long-time PC gamer to go through it. I did the same thing when Battlecruiser 3000 AD finally saw the light of day, and by gum I’m going to do the same thing with Duke Nukem Forever. Besides, I got it for only a few dollars during Steam’s recent holiday sale, so it’s not like I spent a ton of money on it.

L.A. Noire

This is another one we acquired on the cheap through Steam’s recent sale. Brittnie and I both love a good murder mystery, and we’ve heard amazing things about LA Noire, so we’ll definitely be passing the controller back and forth at some point this year.

Metro 2033

Here’s another one that I completely missed the boat on, mainly because I didn’t have a system that could handle it when it was released. Nowadays, my PC will probably be able to play it with a lot of the graphics options turned up most of the way (some all the way), so I see no reason why I should continue to not have this one in the books.

Crimson Gem Saga

I’ve only got a few hours into this one, but I’m definitely making it a point to finish it this year (most likely in January, to be specific. Nothing like an RPG during the cold Winter months.) I’m a sucker for anything old-school, ESPECIALLY when it comes to RPGs. With that in mind, I would be remiss if I didn’t give this modern oldie the time it seemingly deserves. Speaking of old-school RPGs…

Chrono Trigger

Out of the tens of thousands of hours I’ve spent gaming in my life, only about 5 of them have been spent with Chrono Trigger. I know, I know…that doesn’t make sense, given my love for RPGs, but it’s true. When Chrono Trigger was first released, I was balls deep in Secret of Mana/Evermore, Final Fantasy VI, Illusion of Gaia, etc. I just plain never found the time to go through this classic, but with my recent acquisition of the Nintendo DS version over the holidays, I no longer have any excuse.

Final Fantasy VII

Continuing with the RPG theme, FFVII is a game that I actually DID play back when it was first released. However, it’s what started my dislike for 3D Final Fantasy games, something that continues to this very day. Given that it’s been roughly 14 years since it came roaring onto the scene, I feel that I should give it another shot. Since it’s available on the PSN, it’s easier than ever to get this one going.

Wario Land: Shake It

We’re suckers for platformers, doubly-so for anything involving Wario. The fact that it would give us a reason to turn on our Wii again makes putting this one on the calender a no-brainer. Its decent reception amongst the gaming press and the gaming community at large only furthers that sentiment.

Serious Sam 3: BFE

Serious Sam has a been a staple in my gaming circle since the first entry was released back in 2001. Between the videos I’ve seen, the reviews I’ve read, and the experiences I’ve been told about, we’re definitely going to be playing through Serious Sam 3 this year.


Like every other gamer out there, our backlog is absolutely massive, and there’s no way I could list everything we’re planning on going through in 2012. Still, this list highlights the tastier bits of what we’ve got on our plate. What do you plan on getting around to this year?