I’m coming to the end of my summer break, and I’m just now finding the time to look through my game collection and see what I really need to complete. I’ve got a stack, no, a mountain of games that remain unfinished, and some that I’ve barely even touched. For each one, there is a reason, and I’m sure that most gamers can relate to some, if not all of these reasons.
Dishonored is one of those games that I absolutely adore. In fact, I adore it so much that I don’t want to finish it. I’ve come to enjoy it so much, that the mere thought of bringing an end to my time with it is almost upsetting. I know there’s DLC for it, but it just won’t be the same. I’ve been saving finishing it since Christmas, so perhaps I should really get back to it over these coming weeks.
Final Fantasy XIII-2
I’m not a fan of the FFXIII-2 universe, at all. I think it’s over complicated, and I don’t like any of the characters at all. The battle system is almost beyond button bashing, with a slight edge towards tactics occasionally, and it’s utterly baffling. I abandoned this right towards the end, very much like Dishonored, but for a completely different reason; I simply didn’t care. I didn’t care about what was going to happen if I didn’t save the world. I don’t really understand why the world is ending anyway, and what all this Fal’cie nonsense is about. However, I’m not one to leave a JRPG unfinished, so this week I started backing on it, grinding my way through numerous levels so I was strong enough to do the final boss. I rage quit last night as the final boss annihilated me with limited health remaining, but my plan for today is to grind some more, and beat it. I just want to have the satisfaction of beating it, so that I can go onto Lightning Returns with complete knowledge.
Persona 4 Arena
I waited for this game for so long, that when it finally arrived all the excitement had kind of disappeared. I’ll go back to it, but currently, I just don’t want to play it. Almost like I’m blaming the game for the failing of its publisher. Also, the story made is so text heavy that it makes me eyes hurt. I have the subtitles on in games, and always like to read them over listening to the characters, but Persona 4 Arena takes it to a new level of irritation.
I rage quit one day after I got annihilated by a boss. Devil May Cry games are known for being unforgiving, but sending me into a boss fight with endless rounds was a bit silly without any health along the day. I don’t want DmC to hold my hand, but a little help wouldn’t have gone amiss. I’ll again go back to it one day, but when that day may be, I’m not so sure.
This is one of those games that I need to play for light relief. It’s got the most ludicrous ‘story’ in the world, and it’s nothing more than a button bashing piece of light entertainment. I think I’m saving Lollipop Chainsaw for those stressful days, when all I want to do is come home and slice zombies heads off with a perky cheerleader.
Resonance of Fate
I cannot dent that Resonance of Fate is a truly amazing twist on the JRPG genre, and I enjoy it very much. It’s just too damn hard. The difficulty level leaps about all over the place, and as much as I enjoy grinding levels in JRPGs, there has to be a limit, and I keep reaching that limit more times than I’ve been able to count. I want to progress with it, but the more I think about it, the more I remember the endless grinding, the endless death, and then I let out a loud audible groan.
What reasons do you leave games hanging around and collecting dust on your shelves? Are you the same as me, or do you simply just move onto the next new shiny thing? Let me know in the comments.