Hello, I am Kawika. I have a problem. I might be in good company here and maybe some/most of you are suffering from the same delusion I suffer from. The fact is, I can’t finish the games I already own & yet I keep buying more games.
Sure we all have a back log. That is a good part of gaming. Sometimes you need to put something down to gain some perspective. Maybe you got to a boss that was too hard or you just felt either boredom or maybe you feel like you’ve played the game before even if the game is brand new. Meaning, it could be a re skinned, lesser or greater version of a game you had before.
I want to take a look at my year of gaming (retro games not included. Not all modern games are included either, i just am writing from the games that stuck out that I enjoyed but didn’t ultimately finish.)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - got frustrated, needed a break. Came back only to quit for another game
Yakuza 0. Loved it. Didn’t finish it - God of War game out
God of War. Loved it, didn’t finish it. Got stuck on trying to beat optional content and put it down and then another game came out.
DQ11. Loved it, didn’t finish it - distracted by Spider-Man (then found out its coming to switch in 2019) I lost all steam.
Spider-Man. Loved it, finished it, platinumed it.
Got sick and platinumed some Telltale games (Batman & Tales of the Borderlands).
RDR2 - enjoyed it, didn’t love it. Felt too similar to things I have played before.
Rockstar is way overrated imo.
Ys 8 - Enjoyed it, but the game is 60 hours long and I am already feeling, I have seen most of what this game has to offer in 20 hours. I don’t know if I can stand putting in another 40.
Smash Bros - I don’t like spirit mode and I am already bored trying to unlock everyone. Why do I keep buying these games. Nothing will be as fun as Melee (at the time).
The list goes on and on.
Its not really my fault a lot of the time. I want to like a lot of games but since I am 33-35 years into this hobby and I think I have seen too much. Also, the fact that I am older means I have a lot of responsibilities. I can’t blow off sleep & my kids for a week straight to power through a campaign.
2 games stuck out the most as far as why I quit playing (or lost steam).
Dragon Quest 11. The rumblings of a Switch port put me at a disadvantage. Coming out near spider-man as well. After I finished Spider-Man, I came back refreshed and ready to play. But then I had forgotten what I was doing. So I wondered around for a hour, hoping to figure it out. And eventually, I just said, maybe tomorrow. That tomorrow grew into weeks and I never picked it up again.
Red Dead feels like a prettier but lesser version of RDR. The game really funnels you down the path in the missions. Do the mission exactly and never deviate and you will pass. Use any creative ideas and you fail. Then after the mission, you can do all the crazy stuff you want to do and have little to no consequences. But the game doesn’t make being bad feel that fun and you can totally glitch the system and do all the crime you want and no one will be the wiser. You are also put into some situations that My Arthur wouldn’t do. One mission requires you to break a gang member out of jail but then when you break him out, the dude goes on some killing spree and will get killed unless you fire back. I am down to help someone get out of jail, but I am not down to snuff out a whole town of people. . Later on, you pay your bounty off and everyone forgets what you did.
I watched a YouTube video of someone discussing RDR2 and GTA 3 and he reminded me of a few things and even how I was able to finish a mission. The GTA 3 mission had you go somewhere to kill a dude, then he manages to escape and gets in a car and drives off making it really hard to complete. The Youtube guy said what he did was start the mission, steal the get away car and take it to the body shop and plant a bomb in it. He then parked it in the spot that he found it. So when the chase ensued, he was able to trigger the bomb and beat the mission. I did the same mission completely different. Not thinking you could steal the car, but knew he would go to the car. I took my car and blocked his car, which gave me enough time to lob some grenades and kill the target.
RDR2 has no ability to cheat the missions. Its basically a series of do this and then that in this order or else. Suffice it to say, I feel GTA 3 did some of the missions better. Sure, RDR2 has a lot of awesome moments on their roller coaster but I just don’t know if I care to finish it.
Ultimately, I find. My real enemy is time. If I see a game is more than 50 hours long I really don’t want to play it. I know I won’t finish it. I know there is going to be 0 chance of it. JRPGs were my favorite genre when they were manageable but ever since FF7 they have grown from 20-30 hour games to most typically requiring 60 -100+ hours. At most I could play 2 hours a night which would take me well over a month or two to finish it. But if I do that, I am skipping out on nights hanging with my wife after the kids go to bed.
I really wish modern games would cap out at the 30 hour mark and add NG+ if they feel the value isn’t there. I guess this is why I enjoy retro game. I can beat Mega Man 2 in a sitting and have a great time doing it. (this is precisely why I want to watch very little tv but love movies). Ultimately, I still want to play something new as well so there is that struggle. I might have to come up with a formula for buying games (If a game appeals to me and if Metacritic > 80% but < 45 hours long = buy)
TLDR. Kawika is an old man, who has played too many games and father time is catching up with him so he is trying to figure out how to enjoy games without giving up on life.