Trying to decide what game you want to play can be hard. Picture this, you come home after a long hard day ready to unwind and enjoy some games. Was it a rough day at work or did you just take a really hard test at school? Who Cares? It’s time to kick back and play some games!

You grab your snacks, your drink, and your controller. You fire up your console of choice and plop down in your chair ready to enjoy your free time. But wait, what are you going to play? Are you going to dive right into that hundred hour JRPG? Or what about that new looter shooter your friends are playing? Maybe you should get started on one of those games you picked up during the last sale? But aren’t you halfway done with another game already?

Does this sound like you?

We often find it difficult to choose what we want to play when facing an evergrowing backlog because when we try to pick the best option in a limited amount of time we fear making the wrong choice. For example, if you are trying to decide between a game you just purchased or a game you’re halfway through you may think to yourself “If I play the old game I don’t know when I’ll have enough free time to go back and play the new game and I may have wasted that money”. At the same time you may also think “If I start the new game I might never go back and finally finish the old game then what was the point of starting it in the first place?” rest assured, you are not alone in this ongoing battle against the backlog. Luckily, I have some tips that will help you get to finishing your games.

Out of Sight, out of Mind

Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize

One Down, Many to Go

Some things to remember are that you shouldn’t force yourself to play games that you don’t want to play. If you realize you are not enjoying a game take a break and come back later. If you still aren’t feeling it, just move on to the next one. Also, don’t feel pressured to complete every side mission or find every pointless collectible (looking at you, korok seeds). Though playing just the main story of a game and disregarding the side content may feel like your missing out, it’s worth considering that playing most of the game is much better than sitting at your home screen trying to decide what to play then playing nothing at all!

How many games do you have piling up in your backlog? What have you started playing but haven’t finished? Let us know down below and be sure to check out other Culture of Gaming editorials and opinion pieces here.