Persona 4, Borderlands 2, The Wolf Among Us, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Other than being pretty great, what do these games have in common? They are all games that I haven’t finished. Unsurprisingly, the list is much longer than this. Even worse, most of these games I am very close to finishing. In Final Fantasy X, I’m in the waning moments! Why, I wonder, don’t I finish the games I buy?
The first game I remember finishing is also my favorite game of all time. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a stiff challenge for me at nine years old but I loved every second of it. At the time, I also played a lot Mario 64, Super Smash Bros., and tons of Pokémon. Speaking of Mario 64, I still haven’t finished that. In fact, the very first Mario game that I finished was the New Super Mario Bros… in 2006. Insert, “You’re not a true gamer!” statement here. Now it’s not that I don’t like Mario, it’s just that I don’t have the patience for it and the same can be said about some of the aforementioned games. The society that we live in today requires things as soon as possible. Downloads need to be faster, fast food service needs to be faster, and I want to finish my video games faster. I’m just a pretty impatient guy sometimes. I’m not saying that you should speed run every game or anything like that. I’m just saying that for me, it’s very difficult to stay interested. My patience runs out extremely quickly when facing repetition.
Speaking of repetition, let’s talk Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. The Souls franchise is really great. I love the atmosphere, lore, combat, and multiplayer. You know what I don’t like? Repetitiously dying. Sure, you can go ahead and say that, maybe, the Souls games are too difficult for me. I can actually see that, though I’ve died a billion times throughout my gaming career and have played much harder games. In case you were curious, the Souls’ franchise inclusion means that I haven’t finished any of them. I also haven’t finished Final Fantasy X, which I feel is really redundant. Yeah, yeah, I know that if I think FFX is repetitive than I should just give up on all JRPGs altogether. But you fight Master Seymour like, twelve times. An over exaggeration? Yeah, but good god it was overkill. I hate even saying that name now. Anyway, redundancy is the enemy and should be killed before it lays eggs.
Perhaps not finishing games is hereditary. I mean, my Dad has put a ridiculous amount of five whole minutes into Grand Theft Auto 5. In his defense, he’s a busy man of course. But then again, aren’t we all? I mean, I have school, work, and writing for TGA. Surely, the pile of shame is created solely because we are busy human beings. Or I’m just making excuses. I’m a hardcore gamer for Pete’s sake. All jokes and gamer ego aside, the biggest reason gamers don’t finish their games is that we get other games that peek our interest more. Earlier this year, I had a review game to play during the release of Mario Kart 8. If it weren’t a review game, there’s no way I could have finished it, because I wouldn’t have wanted to. The same thing is going to happen once the fall games start hitting. In fact, it happened last year and will continue to happen in the future. I don’t choose to not play games of course. It’s just really hard, for anyone I think, to pick up a game from their pile of shame over the shiny Triple-A title coming out on Tuesday.
A game that I have gotten tons of criticism for not finishing lately is Borderlands 2. The original Borderlands is a fantastic game that I put tons of time into. Why am I bringing up the original, a game that I finished, when talking about not finishing its sequel? It’s because I finished Borderlands several years after its release. Now begins the story of how I’ve victoriously completed many games that we’re once in my pile of unfinished games. Limbo, Assassins’ Creed Revelations and 3, Borderlands and all of its DLC, Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare, The Walking Dead, and Final Fantasy XII are all great games that I finished long after their release. So there is no time of no return with video games. Sure, your friends and family will give you tons of crap for not finishing this or not finishing that, but that’s one thing that makes gaming amazing. They are always there to be played at any time.
We all have those really amazing games that we have to finish. We spend a decent amount of money on them just so that they can collect dust and take up real estate in our gamer rooms or hard drives. So from here on out, I’m going to attempt to dedicate a lot of time in destroying my pile of shame and banishing it from my life forever. But I think I’ll take care of that after Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition. Oh, and Destiny comes out soon after that so probably after I beat that.