Over the last few weeks, we’ve gotten to do a lot of great getting-to-know-you type posts here at the Sushi. We’ve covered topics like FPS preferences, games that changed the way you thought about games and that’s just barely scratching the surface. One of the things that’s been on my mind lately as I’ve been clearing out the backlog is the idea of finishing video games.
This actually comes from a couple of places. The first would be my great addiction to achievements, which I’ve come clean about here on multiple occasions. It’s a healing process. Anyway, one of my favorite things about achievements (in addition to being a revival of the top scores of the 80s) is that you can see at a glance how far your friends are in games. For instance, I can check out Anthony or my buddy Miles’s profile to find out where they currently are in Mass Effect. It certainly makes for easier conversations about the game. However, one of the things I notice as I browse my friends’ achievements is how few of them actually finish games. And this isn’t unique to my friends, either. Apparently, there are a lot of people out there that don’t finish games.
For the most part, I am going to complete a game that I start. There are only a few occasions that will keep this from happening: bad save files (Chrono Cross), game-breaking glitches (Darksiders), an all around bad game (Blood Bowl) or gameplay that is repetitive from a very early point in the game without being overly fun (Prince of Persia). I’m a heavy believer that in order to really garner worthwhile impressions from a game, it should be experienced in a way that’s as full as possible, so you can deliver an informed opinion. And when I haven’t finished the game, I’m sure to say that as a qualifier when discussing it.
And in order to replay a game in full, there is another subset of requirements that must be fulfilled as well. There’s almost a science to it, really. Not that I look at it from a completely analytical standpoint or anything, but that’s just the way it tends to break down for me. For instance, my most replayed games in this generation are probably Resident Evil 5, Halo 3 and Left 4 Dead. There was a balance of co-operative play, collectibles and challenges that really drove me to play those games again and again, and it’s something that you don’t always find in games.
So, in contemplating all of this, I thought I would ask you guys a series of questions about finishing games, to see where you fall in the wide spectrum of gamers.
1. What’s the last game you finished?
2. What is the last game you wanted to replay immediately after finishing it?
3. What game have you replayed the most? Do you get 100 percent completion on games?
4. What factors will keep you from finishing a game? What’s the last game you stopped playing for good?
5. How long does it take you to get tired of a game you love?