For today’s GamerSushi Asks Friday, we’re going to take a look at the long, hard farewell. I feel like there’s a “that’s what she said” in there somewhere.
After finishing Far Cry 3 recently, something happened to me that I’ve really only experienced a few times in gaming. After the main game was completed, the pirates were vanquished from the island, outposts liberated, animals hunted and huge portions of secret items located, I realized there was nothing left for me to do in the game. Because of said pirate vanquishment, I couldn’t even run around and kill a few bad guys. I was done with the game, almost completely.
And when it came time to sign off, I found myself coming up with excuses to hop around the world a little longer. I was kind of sad to say goodbye. This has happened before, and will hopefully happen again.
It’s always a bit surprising, too. After all, I tend to be so goal-oriented that I’m doing what I can to knock a game off my backlog, and somewhere along the way I get swept up in either its world or its story. Uncharted 2 is one of the most striking examples. When the credits rolled, I actually felt a kind of ache, knowing that I wouldn’t see these characters I had grown to love, almost unbidden, for quite some time. Uncharted 2 wormed itself into my heart, and I didn’t want to say goodbye to it.
This happens from time to time. Other examples include Knights of the Old Republic, a game that totally shredded my social life for an intense four days. Red Dead Redemption, the most beautifully realized open world I had played by that point in this generation. Arkham City was a mix of a great world and a riveting story, and I loved living in Batman’s cowl. And Wind Waker from last generation was a visual treat, a cartoon that I could have existed in forever. I can’t wait for that Wii U version, either. Like I said, these experiences always catch me offguard by the time it’s time to say goodbye, but it’s more than welcome.
Do you ever run into this issue, where you don’t want to say goodbye to a game? What are some games that have hooked you to the point where turning them off actually made you a bit sad? Go!