I know we see posts like this weekly about not forcing yourself to invest in your backlog, but I think this is an important aspect we might overlook sometimes.
My girlfriend bought me Super Mario Odyssey a few years ago. It was my first ever Switch game. For whatever reason I wasn't really feeling it; even going as far as telling my friends I enjoyed Super Mario 64 more. I ended up dropping it after the second kingdom.
After finishing Super Mario 64 again for the first time since my childhood with the 3D All Stars Collection (and finally getting all 120 stars!) I really, really felt excited to jump into Odyssey.
I'm at the second kingdom again, but unlike my first attempt a few years ago I'm really enjoying myself, and having a blast. I can't believe I had the audacity to say I preferred Super Mario 64 at the time. Something didn't click with me the first time - the magic wasn't there, but it certainly is now.
I think it's important to recognize that just because you buy a new game doesn't mean you have to enjoy it right that moment. It might sit on your backlog for a number of years before a conversation with a few friends or a stranger you meet really excites you to play it.
Half way through a game but you're getting a little bored? Drop it and come back a year later. That happened to me with RE2 Remake. I dropped it about halfway through Leon's campaign. All the excitement about RE8 got me excited to go back and finish it, and I don't regret it one bit.
I'm half way through DMC V, I have 2 chapters left of Outlast 2, and I'm 20 hours in to AC Odyssey. All of which I haven't gone back to in a number of months. And that's okay, because I know that when the mood strikes me they'll be there for me to play again.
I feel like a lot of negative reviews I see here are from people who aren't enjoying a game, but instead of dropping it and coming back when the mood strikes them they brute force their way through it so they can write up a review about how it wasn't all that great to begin with.
Now of course not every game is like this. There are definitely games you just won't enjoy no matter how often you go back to it. But if you drop a game like Hollow Knight or Dark Souls, and have some itch in the back of your mind to go back to it at some point then you should. (Because that means there are some aspects of that game you're enjoying right now) If that itch goes away, and never comes back then you know for sure that game isn't for you, and you can drop it without worry.
Just something I thought about today. Anyone have any thoughts?
Great post. A couple of my favorite games I ironically initially didn’t enjoy the first few hours of. I dropped them only to return a year later and absolutely love them.
Games are experiences and sometimes it may not be the right time for that particular experience.ID: gq30d28ID: gq3hp4e
Man, Hollow Knight was such a terrible game for me. The first ~5 hours were miserable.
Then I got dash, and I found it just acceptable.
Then I got double jump, and the game turned to be an absolute blast.ID: gq33keu
Lol same but with BloodborneID: gq38v0j
I experienced this when Dragon’s Dogma came out in 2012. I put it down for a week after just a few hours of gameplay, played some other games, and then came back and it just clicked for me and I have spent thousands of hours with it since.ID: gq3kr7b
I'm old but that was my experience with the original Deus Ex and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
My expectations for both games were wrong when I went into them and didn't enjoy them. Gave them another try a year or more later and now they're two of my favorites of all time.ID: gq3b9mf
Had this happen recently with unrailed, was struggling to find something we were keen to play despite my 200+ library, and then suddenly I was scrolling down and saw I hadn't played unrailed for exactly a year that day. Didn't enjoy it when I first played but since we booted it up that day it's been in my top 3 local coop games.ID: gq3u0kc
This happens with me a lot. I'm not sure what it is exactly but I replayed the intro to a lot of games before it finally "clicked". Idk. Mass Effect 2, Skyrim, Witcher 3. A lot of games that I really enjoyed but just took a bit to get into themID: gq5a9qg
Dropped Fallout 3 shortly after leaving the vault. Completed it 3x since.ID: gq5mk42
My exact experience with Pillars of Eternity too. Played it for around 30 hrs got bored and dropped it. Came back a year later, re-rolled a new character and loved it.
Same way with Witcher 3 i've played and dropped it multiple times, and then a few years ago i got laid off and decided to play it. Finished it and is now one of my favorite games ever.ID: gq5tf18
Me with God of War (2018). Was really excited to play it, wasn’t feeling the first few hours for whatever reason. A bit too repetitive for me at the time.
Picked it back up months later and ended up beating it twice. Love that game to death.
I appreciate your post at this time because I recently bought several games (Okami HD, Onimusha Warlords, the Mega Man/X/ZeroZX Legacy collections, Monster Hunter 3U, 4U) but I haven't felt like playing anything lately. I just started uni so I've been pretty busy with that, but I beat 44 games last year and 3 so far this year, I just think I need a break for a while.ID: gq35547
I remeber when I was in Uni and for a year or so after, I would go through phases where I would play games for a few months (usually the same 2-3), then I'd focus on watching Netflix or crunchyroll for another few weeks or months, then back to gaming, etc. Usually that break allowed me to get excited for other stuff without mindlessly playing the same games just becauseID: gq4hpfb
God damn I love Capcom.
To build upon this, here's my experience-
I played Fallout 3 a crap ton. I played it so much and so often, I was just in love with the world, the ambience, and the gameplay loop. On top of that, there were DLCs that actually built upon the world and it was so awesome to take a new journey of discovering a new world. There were times I took a break from the game, but they weren't that long and I hadn't really taken them with the concept of a "break" on my mind. Just naturally. All-in-all I put in about 125 hours in the game. By the end, I remember chilling in my safe room I had made my central home for looting after exploring the world and I hadn't opened up the console and spawning anything in by then. I'm bringing this up because at this point in time I had done almost everything in the game and decided it's time to put it down and cherish the times I had in the game forever. So I spawned in the Mysterious Stranger's outfit and gun (an NPC who appeared randomly and insta-killed whoever the target is in VATS) played around for like 15 more minutes and then called it a day.
During the last dozen or so hours, one of my friends saw that I really liked Fallout 3 and bought me Fallout: New Vegas GOTY Edition on Steam. I knew it was more of the same thing gameplay loops-wise, but with a new aesthetic and writing. Subconsciously, I knew I might get burnt out on the game after finishing Fallout 3 but..... It was only subconsciously. I couldn't wait to start up a new save file in Fallout NV and dive right in.
To cut it short and blunt, I put in 234 hours in Fallout NV. Only having half the fun as I did in Fallout 3. And with multiple save files I never fully completed. And all because I was chasing the same thrill Fallout 3 gave me. The main problem was that I had dove in when I thought I was ready (but wasn't) and was already burnt out. I spent the rest of that time trying to imitate the feelings of exploring like I did with Fallout 3, when I should have actually barred myself from the game for 6 months or 1 year or 2 years.
It really sucks because whenever I think of playing through Fallout New Vegas, I already experienced it but I feel like I experienced none of it. I guess it's a bit like speedrunning your way through high school or university, you go through it but you never really take it in within the moment.
Sorry for the rant, I don't know if it's valuable to anyone but it's my experience. To put it short, you don't immediately have to start a game you bought recently. And to put it in a weird metaphor, think of that game like cheese. It won't immediately be tasty, but after some time of letting the cheese doing it's thing it'll be fantastic.ID: gq3b5ik
I had the same exact experience with FO3/NV. I played FO3 for problematic amounts of hours when it came out, every minute outside of classes, falling asleep playing. I played it actively, having two 300ish hour saves, until New Vegas dropped.
I was excited for New Vegas, but almost felt like I had to force the feeling, but not quite identifying why I wasn't as excited as I felt like I should be. Same as you, I had exhausted every angle from FO3 and more of something so similar was just diminishing returns. While I liked it, nothing connected with me as strongly as FO3 had, and probably never will again. Still fun though, but it just couldn't be my first experience again.ID: gq3fign
I did the same with Tomb Raider reboot. I loved the first one, got the second and the third at the start of the pandemic. I blazed through the second game with almost 100% it. Jumped right into the third but it felt so hard to proceed. I did the bare minimum and pushed myself to finish it.ID: gq6xdaz
This is like being in a long marriage and then jumping straight into the next relationship. You were just not ready for it, cause you hadn't gotten over Fallout 3 by then.
Huge open world game need you to totally sink into them to enjoy. If you're still attached to another world, it won't work probably.
After a huge open world game I usually take a brake with sports games or linear action games before I feel ready to jump into the next world.
So maybe you were just not ready for New Vegas, which is a pity, because you will probably not recreate the feeling of an enthusiastic first playthrough now.ID: gq3u3w5
But...New Vegas is the better game. I encourage you to come back to it when you're ready. It nails the Western cowboy apocalypse feeling that FO3 didn't.
Had this with fallout 3 and it's now one of my favourite franchises. The question I can't answer is how do you spark the magic to make you enjoy a game you are not feeling? What is it that helps turn a game Ur not feeling into one you love?ID: gq34d5z
Time and place, and mood I have found at least all play a part in it. If you have been playing platformers or open world action but not rpg games, and you are getting bored with games, thats when you might want to switch to an rpg style game where you create your own player and make your own way through the story. Thats whats happened with me recently at least!ID: gq3k5j3
Honestly it is something totally outside my control. It’s more about recognizing when the time strikes
Totally agree. I bought Yakuza 0 last year and quickly got bored of it after a couple hours. I reinstalled it last week and I'm loving it now. Playing it at my own pace and enjoying the story. You should never feel like you have to rush through a game.ID: gq3fqsa
It took me three attempts at watch/listening to a Yakuza LP before I was in the right mood for it. Holy crap Yakuza 0 is an absolute gem. I hope you're having the best time with it!
I feel like a lot of negative reviews I see here are from people who aren't enjoying a game, but instead of dropping it and coming back when the mood strikes them they brute force their way through it so they can write up a review about how it wasn't all that great to begin with.
I get that sense a lot too, especially when it's someone writing about how they decided to play a whole ton of games with their recent time off. And then they proceed to list 20 games that they blasted through. "Oh and I thought BOTW was just OK. It felt forgettable." Well, duh.
Of course, people can play games whichever way they want. It's their time to spend the way they see fit. But if you devour a steak in 5 seconds flat, your taste buds won't even have a chance to savour it.ID: gq3snrq
And then they proceed to list 20 games that they blasted through. "Oh and I thought BOTW was just OK. It felt forgettable." Well, duh.
Perfectly fine point, but this scenario could happen and there could be other games in the 20 that they loved, so... just something else to think about.
I completely agree! I especially feel this with games that I was not only drawn to because they were freshly added to my backlog - but also those games that I was genuinely excited to play! For me, most recently, that was Octopath Traveler. It’s everything I love: a comfy JRPG with grindy elements and a nice mix of jobs to experiment with! I had heard amazing things and was really looking forward to finally getting into it. When I booted it up for the first time only hours after buying it, I found that I adored the music, but something wasn’t clicking for me, so I went back to Fire Emblem: Three Houses. And I’ve been enjoying my Blue Lions run so much!
In the back of my mind, though, there was the feeling that I want to go back to Octopath Traveler one day - but right now just isn’t the time for it. And I’m glad that I listened to that initial feeling, because like you mentioned, OP, it is totally okay to drop games that you’re just not ready for, for whatever reason. I know I’ll come back to it eventually, most likely, but... I was definitely forcing myself through and going through the motions. So after picking up three characters, I stopped. There is nothing wrong with leaving a game for a rainy day with a cup of tea, if that’s the mood you’ll need to properly enjoy the journey.
And I’m definitely going to try to carry your ideas with me, for the next time I pick up that game that I think I should be enjoying!
Thanks for the reminder that the only game you should be playing and enjoying is the one you genuinely want to play.
I started Dragon Age: Origins in 2010 and didn't like it. I don't remember why but I just wasn't feeling it. So I switched to Mass Effect 2 and other games, and eventually forgot all about DA:O.
Four months ago I noticed it in my Origin account and gave it another try. I was floored! Why wasn't I into this before!? DA:O is now one of my favorite games of all time.ID: gq3ei5s
Dude. You aren't alone. I picked up DA:O the week it came out. It was a slog for me then. A real effort to get through. Then, years later, it was like the clouds parted and I saw the light.
This! I think, for the most part, gamers are too stuck in that consumer mentality to the point where they just consume games like bots, similar to publishers just making bland videogames to make banks/play videogames just to submit to that appearance of a gamer. They lack flavours and nuances in their approach to gaming (I dare say heart and passion) and nowadays with social media, low attention span, mob mentality and stuff, they are quick to criticize and put games on a box without taking a step back.
A lot of it comes from perception and experience imo. I'm getting older and have less time to play (and also care less about what people think about my taste), so I learned to let my gaming experience simmer for the past couple of years and I tell you what, I've been having a blast. Games that supposed to be bad (from journalists and gamers) turned out to be decent/good or even great experience.
I think people should learn to play really for themselves like back when we were kids and stop caring about if a game checks all the current trends and boxes.
Yeah, I think I've been suffering with OCD.
I felt the sickly urge to finish each of the games that I had started, each of the games that I had bought, it took me a real work on myself to undo myself, to free myself from this thought because it really hurt and I even got disgusted with video games.
For a while I had stopped playing because it was a mess in my head. today, I have completely let go, I am no longer a perfectionist at all, I simply play according to my desires.
There are a lot of games that I stopped along the way because I was bored, I realized that there was no consequence, that I had built this mental pressure for nothing.ID: gq3g3d0
It can be really hard to let go of that perfectionist mentality, so congrats! It took me a long time too but I learnt that I don't have to 100% every game I play for it to count as "finished". I'm finished when I'm done, y'know?
And sometimes I'll play a game for a couple of hours and it's like, nah, this isn't my vibe. And then I won't push myself to play it more just because I bought it. I'm allowed to make mistakes, and that includes impulse buying cheap video games.ID: gq5g0gm
I had the same problem and did the same. I let go. If I don't like something I stop. Also I used to explore the entire level in the past just to check that box in my head that I covered the entire level. I can no longer do that. I don't care. I just want to go where I think I should go and move forward. If I miss a secret or two because I didn't turn every pixel in the level upside down so be it. Seriously, I don't understand how people complete 100% games. It feels like the most frustrating thing ever.
I bought Horizon Zero Dawn day one. Played it a bit and couldn't get into it so I stopped playing it for a while.
Six months later I got back to it, got swooped by the story and had a blast.
Was it the game or my mood at the time. I don't know. Many people seem to find the beginning very slow so it might be it.
On the other hand I had just played four Uncharted game + Shadows of Mordor in a row and could have been just burned out. According to my trophies/achievement list I didn't game during those six months at all.
All that to say it ended up being my favorite game of this generation. This might not have been the case if I had powered through it for the sake of finishing it while I was not in the mood.
Witcher 3 and bloodborne. Started off hating them now both in my top 10 all time.
People just have no self-control when it comes to gaming, and make it entirely unfun for themselves. I think there are a lot of addiction signs, but that's far from the point you're making and I won't dig into it here.
People just need to play what they want to and stop playing what they aren't enjoying. A backlog is a library of potential, not some stressful obligation.
I'm glad you found what works well for you. I hope others can follow your example and just have fun instead of stressing out.
Thank you for this. I’m currently trying to juggle between Nier automata, death stranding and yakuza 0 which is a total pain that I know I shouldn’t be rushing because of all the wonderful aspects each game has brought to me. Sometimes I just like the feeling of delving into a new game you know?
I agree, but people should think about not buying games they aren´t going to play. I have a lot of games in my library I bought on sale and still want to play. Play the games you have and when you truly have nothing to play think about buying a new game.ID: gq3maxg
On the other hand, you don't need to play through your library before buying a new game. If a game you want to play is on sale and buying it's not going to harm your finances, go ahead and buy it. In the worst case scenario, you never get around to playing it, but you still supported devs you apparently like.ID: gq3fd1k
Well I and others buy in bundles. That sometimes means you'll get the less desirable with the good deal. Occasionally it means rebuying what one has to get the DLC missed the first time. And then there's the "take a chance on something cheap". Sometimes one discovers a gem in the rough, other times a dud.ID: gq4rtll
If find a great deal on a game I'm definitely interested in, I find it's worth pulling the trigger right there and then so I have it ready to go when the mood strikes me. That's what I've been doing for a few years and managed to keep my spending in check anyway.ID: gq5y4lt
I have a rule that I won't buy a new game unless it's a remake of something I've beaten already, or I've beaten a game recently. No reason to stockpile games you won't play.
I just finished rdr2 on Thursday and then jumped back into re7 and finished it Friday. Was a pretty good feeling to finish off two games, two days in a row.
Jumping back into my re3make playthrough (50%) today, and plan to play control after that. Also need to check out new season in BO cold war, heard new zombie mode on a huge map... I also need to get back to beating original ori, so I can play the new ori which was on a lot of top 10 lists this year.
I love my backlog, and gamepass for pc is insane. Oh... How I wish gaming was like this when I was younger. I remember going to blockbuster to rent super NES/ sega genesis games and having to hurry up and beat them because they'd keep charging you by the day for keeping it. Haha. Kids these days don't know how good they have it!
If you don't enjoy a game... don't force yourself to beat it. Just uninstall it and move on to the next game. Throw it in a folder called "Done". Throw games you enjoy into your "favorites". With being off work all last year I cleared my whole back log. Use howlongtobeat.com to check game times. Play shortest games or games you think you probably won't like. Many games you bought won't be worth playing. You might even uninstall and skip 10 games for every good game worth playing. Yeah you might have wasted some money... but I wouldn't waste my time on boring games. My backlog consists of 2 whole games. I enjoy my games more too.ID: gq61pek
Trying out the PC Game Pass made me realise that. The subscription model removed my mindset of "justifying a purchase". Don't like a game after one to three hours? I uninstall and find another game that may better suit my tastes.
I agree, though it is hard to pick up where you left off in a game after not playing for a while. I usually have to start the game over, and sometimes I lose interest by the time I get back to where I was. Soma and Prey are games I dropped and picked up again, and eventually completed. Now they stand out as two of my favourites. Sometimes you get a very specific craving for a game, so it’s nice to have that backlog for whatever mood you’re in.
I’m 40 hours into AC: Odyssey and got bored with its litany of missions to uncover the cultists. I wasn’t having fun.
So I’m taking a break and playing Spider-Man now and will revisit after this.ID: gq3oftv
Time to replay Spiderman. What a game!
I kind of see games like movies or tv shows. Sometimes you want comedy, sometimes you want action and other times you just want something familiar like the office for the 800th time.
Sometimes I want to play a shooter, sometimes I want to be a viking or sometimes I just want to play something I already know.
Whenever I finish a great game, I tend to face a bit of "casting about" to find my next game. I'll bounce between various games in my library for a while before landing on something that clicks again. I used to feel frustrated by being unable to get into anything for a while, but now I embrace this time! It's a great way to quickly sample a bunch of backlogged games, and get a feel for which ones I can just sunset, and which might scratch a certain itch when I finally feel it.
This is at its worst for me with presents. Sometimes I throw a game on my Amazon or Steam wishlist and forget about it, then Christmas or my birthday roll round and someone buys it for me. I get overwhelmed with a feeling of obligation to play it asap because, well, it was a gift.
Of course, in reality, that person just wanted me to be happy which is why they bought me anything at all. They wouldn't care if I didn't play it right away. It's just a stupid sense of guilt really.
I had a similar experience with Mario odyssey, and it didn't click for me until the mushroom kingdom. Then something clicked, and I went back and played through each level again getting a bunch more moons so I could do the darker side of the moon. It's now my favorite 3d mario game.
I'm ahead of the curve if I play it within a decade.
I have like 50 games on the virtual or physical shelf that I need to play. Add another 20 that I want to replay or continue playing and will likely get to before some of those 50.
I want to play them. It's a matter of time. Literally. And my living situation right now isn't the best. Cramped, need to sit on my bed in a terribly uncomfortable position to play PS4 games.
But I will get to them eventually.
Way too many posts about people feeling burned out or bored with gaming because they force themselves to play through their backlog. Not having fun with a game? Yeah, that's not gonna change if you just try to power through. All you'll end up with is resentment.
I agree OP and what helps with this is not falling into the trap of thinking you need to restart a game from the beginning if you stopped playing halfway through. I used to do this and I would just get burnt out and enjoy it less. Now, I'll just pick up the game from where I left off. It can be hard at first and you often forget a lot of things but I just watch videos and read story summaries or guides to refresh my memory. I got through Mass Effect Andromeda almost a year and haven't played since but I plan to just pick it up and finish one day. This may be easier for linear story games than sandbox games where it's harder to retrace your steps though.
I've really wanted to enjoy KC:D for the longest time. Perhaps it'll grow on me eventually.
Currently feeling the same about outer worlds! I'm not sure why I felt like I couldn't get into it but now the thought of playing it actually excites me, which happens with very few games for me these days.
If it helps. I still prefer Mario 64 due to Mario's weight, inertia, and running speed.
I keep saying it but it's exactly what happened to me with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Being a Deus Ex fan I had even pre-ordered it and got it day one, so I was eager to try it out. When I did, I can't remember why but I felt like I couldn't get into it at all and dropped it after 8 hours. It was only in December 2020 that I finally got in the mood for playing it again, and I had a blast this time! Every once in a while I buy a game but having little time for myself and little energy doesn't help me start them right away, so now I just play them whenever I feel like it. I'm not in a hurry.
That happened to me with evil within and Persona 4. Didn't like both games at the start and I quit. Months later I decide to try them again. Loved both games by the time the credits rolled.
I thought I was the only one.
I’m in the habit of never playing a game I buy, who is with me!!ID: gq60yxk
Yep, and I don't give one flying shit about it.
I have bundles of games from 2013, haven't gotten to it.
It's like a book, I'll look through it when I get to it...!!!!!
I'm also the same way. But then I see posts of people writing about the 50 games they finished last year when I barely started 20 games and finished 5. It makes me wonder if gaming really is for someone with a lot of time. Sometimes when I struggle to like any of my current games, I also feel like I have stopped enjoying games but then I watch some video or read posts like these and I get the itch to play again. And the cycle repeats.....ID: gq3rkz8
There are no prizes for finishing x number of games, just play and have fun. Gaming is literally about having fun, don't feel pressure to do anything
This happened to me with Dark Souls II. I’d played Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls and was wary of the second one because of the negative things I’d heard about it. I tried playing it too close to the other games and gave up after the first or second area. I tried it 3 or 4 times and it was a slog.
Then I popped it in randomly a year later and it just clicked. I couldn’t stop playing it. And while I like the first two better, I enjoyed my time with it because I played it at the right time.
What I have learned from patient gaming is play what you want to play. I always wanted to finish the games in my backlog as soon as possible. That meant that they weren't as fun and I wasn't really enjoying them. I tried not to go back and play games I already finished because I would deem it a waste of time.
But you know what? Games are meant to be fun and I should just be enjoying them even if that means playing The Sims 4 for 5th save file or starting up New Vegas again for another 70+ hours. It's all about enjoying the time you spend not what you can finish in the shortest amount of time.
I agree but it's also frustrating to come back to a game a few months later only to realize you have no idea where you are, how to use the controls, what you're doing, or what has led up to this point.
The challenge for me is that a lot of games are difficult to come back to if you were mid-way through. In my case, I REALLY want to finish up God of War. However, every time I go back to it, I'm frustrated because I don't remember the controls or much of the story.
I think it would be hard to implement, but a cool feature game developers can add is one where it recognizes that you haven't played in a long time. It would give you a bit of a story synapsis and an option to play through a tutorial to re-familiarize yourself with the game mechanics and controls.
I've now started to keep a little game journal, where I can at least write down important story beats and what I was planning on doing next, if I decide to put a game down for a little bit.ID: gq66lj6
If I'm not mistaken, I think God of War has a journal in the pause menu where Atreus writes down eveything him and Kratos does in the main and side quests.
Hmm... now can you help me choose which game I should start with in my library of - holy shit- 485 games? I really should play some more of these at some point.
I run into this issue a lot since I buy games on sale, pretty consistently, even though I'm often in the middle of another game. I have a hard time switching between games because I don't want to lose whatever proficiency I've gained in the one I'm playing.
Better than buying it at full price and not playing it until it's like 65% off
There are a lot of games that I just didn’t like the first time I tried playing them. Dark souls remastered I made 4 different characters before the game really hooked me and I actually played past the second boss and now I’m absolutely addicted. Same thing happened with Kotor and Fallout 1. I had the play through the beginning several time over the years before It finally clicked.
This 100x. Sometimes it just takes me to read about a few games to really get me wanting to play it.
Mando S2 ? Now I wanna play Jedi Fallen Order finally. Ghost of Tsushima wins a bunch of awards ? Looks like its time to start that one up. You'll be in the mood when you want to be in the mood.ID: gq65rum
I can relate to that. I watched How to Train Your Dragon 3 and it made want to play Monster Hunter World: Iceborne for the first time in a month due to the dragon, armor, and in the case of Hiccup's Mom, her weapon design.
This just happened with me with The Last of us 2. For whatever reason, I just couldn't get into it, I just didn't care and didn't find it engaging. I put it down for a few months and kept playing Apex Legends. Finally picked it back up a couple of weeks ago and I'm loving it!
I initially felt like I had wasted a bunch of money on a game I'm never playing, but patience allowed the right time to play the game to present itself. Big fan of "put it down if you aren't feeling it"
Yeah, interest in games varies. Sometimes you just aren't in the right state of mind for them.
Several times I have seen a cool comment or YouTube video referencing a game and I felt like buying it, then found I already had years before.
I absolutely hate the first 1/4 of Prince of Persia as a kid. Couldn’t get past the intro for almost a year. Then I finally did it and it quickly became one of my all time favorite games!
I'm finally getting around to playing Final Fantasy X. I recently bought Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on the Switch, to scratch a JRPG itch, but Xenoblade's combat just did not do it for me at all, so I dusted off FFX from my backlog. I'm playing it via Steam Link to my TV, with a Switch Pro Controller, so it's almost like playing Final Fantasy on Nintendo like the good old days.ID: gq61uu2
Xenoblade's combat just did not do it for me at all
That's why I'm just gonna watch a playthrough of Xenoblade 2 in honor of Pyra and Mythra being in Smash Bros. instead of playing it myself. I've read posts here about the game and saw reviews of the gameplay, and it looks like it's more like some kind of single player MMO instead of a normal JRPG or action RPG.
Conversely, don’t buy games that you aren’t going to play right now. I found that I actually spend less money by only buying games I’m going to play right now even though I miss out on sales.ID: gq61xy1
I struggle with this one so much. I've been telling myself for years that I'm going to only buy and play one game at a time (at least story driven games or RPGs), but nope, that never happens.
Man I hope I have motivation to play or finish some of the game I have on both Steam & Epic Games
I just add games i want in my wishlist. And by the time I'm done with the current one it's already on some discount. If say there is a discount period whilst I'm playing another game, i know i can buy it from a marketplace for the same price after the period. So my tactic has never failed me this far
As my girlfriend said once - "Games don't expire." (of course in regards to online only games and servers this is technically only half-true but the message still stands)
I also dropped a few games I enjoyed playing half way through because for whatever reason I just stopped having fun with it. Recently, I went back to finish one of them and had a lot of fun. Thinking back, some time away from that type of game (bombastic and difficult ones) was really what I needed.
I think the worst is when you have very high expectations for a game. A while ago, I finally got to a visual novel I've been meaning to play for a long time. However, I just couldn't get into it and felt like I want to like it a lot more than I actually did. I ended up dropping it after realizing I just wasn't in the mood for a slice of life romcom at the time despite it being a genre I normally enjoy. This kind of experience is quite disappointing. Hopefully, I will get back in the mood for it later on.
This happened to me with Persona 5. Played P4 Golden on Steam, and it ended up being a top 4 game of mine of all time. Got P5 on PS3 the next week and... the burn out was way too strong. I ended up dropping it in a week, just finishing the first palace.
Since I got a PS5, I ended up getting P5 Royal, and I've been having a great time! There are still some issue I have with it that make it less enjoyable than 4 for me, but I'm having a lot of fun, now on the 6th palace.
But please, don't take this as an excuse to buy game don't don't feel like to play right know. It's not healthy having a queue of 50 games you've bought and didn't even touch.ID: gq55r7g
I get this sentiment - but. People should decide to spend their money how they see fit. What's "healthy" really depends on that person's financial situation. I don't think we should shame or guilt people about buying a game and then deciding you don't like it pretty immediately, or buying a game on sale for the future. Sometimes that's just human. I agree I wouldn't want a queue of 50 games I've never even looked at, but how many people actually truly do that?
Funny that you mentioned Hollow Knight and Dark Souls at the end because those two were the first examples that came to my mind when reading your post.
I'm not exactly a "git gud" type of player and my reflexes are ass. I knew I would enjoy the lore and world of those games but I bought them at times when I just wasn't in the right mindset for a first playthrough (and once the first playthrough is done and you're much more knowledgeable than before the mindset doesn't matter as much).
Hollow Knight I played on my Switch, outside in the shade, during a hot summer where I literally could not play on another console inside cause it would heat the room too much. So Hollow Knight it was, even if I wanted to play something else at first.
Dark Souls I finished the first time during an exam phase, where I could only get half an hour of playtime in at most. I didn't make much progress like this but also did not get frustrated by being stuck several hours at once, so that helped. And once I finished that first game I also came to enjoy the other Fromsoft games (though I'm still really really stuck on Sekiro and don't see myself going back to that anytime soon).
Another one I had problems with at first was Pillars of Eternity 2. I had finished the first game in one go and I loved it but got burned out on the genre so I could not start the next one for several months. Finished and enjoyed it eventually too. Even your favourite type of game might just be wrong in the moment.
I'm 20 hours in to AC Odyssey
Same, got stuck at the point where I was something like level 23 and the next main story quest was level 32. Left it for weeks multiple times to come back and realize it doesn't get better. No way I'm wasting another 20 hours on dumb copy pasted side quests.
I've done this with GoW (2018), Spiderman, and Subnautica. I also still have an unopened copy of AC Valhalla that I got on a sale months ago. I will probably not get to playing it for at least another year.
Feeling this! I got Ori and the blind forest for Christmas last year and even though I enjoyed it I stopped twice less than halfway through. On my third time now and nearly finished, idk what it was about the first 2 times that didn’t make me want to continue but thoroughly enjoying it now.
Incredibly I'm in the exact same situation now. I had a switch shortly after launch and had odyssey. Played until new donk city and felt it didn't have the same special-ness as the old 3d Mario games. After replaying galaxy, and sunshine via 3d all stars on my 2nd go around having a switch, my craving to play Mario games is very high and all I can do is think about pulling the trigger on buying odyssey again!
agreed, I'm studying for my dissertation right now so long games are kind of fallen out of my priority list, but I'm a sucker for a good deal so I bought a bunch of games that are 100+ hours so I'm really looking forward to immersing myself in them after I've finished academic stuff.
This is a good to tell myself when I look at my backlog (of anything... i've got loads of books to read too) it's a future investment rather than one for right now, which is okay.
I tried Skyward Sword a few days ago and I don't enjoy it a lot. The fence at the beginning of Faron Woods just left me a bad taste of limitation in contrast to BotW' openness.
But, definitely gonna try it some other time. Because right now I'm in the mood for more open-world games.
I wish I could go back to great single player games and mix them up, I am a sort of person who gets immersed and can't really play on an on/off basis, plus I get infamiliar with the controls and mechanics.
I originally bought Crysis 2 and 3 for the 360. When I played it the first time I stuggled with the stealth and misunderstood a mission halfway through. So I put it away. Not to long ago I picked it up again on the Xbox One and really enjoyed myself. Overall they're very cinematic, like playing Micheal Bay's Transformers.
These were great games and at some point I should pick up the remake of the first game.
Just going by the title, that's how I feel about Persona 5R. I played through the first castle but I got a little worn out from having to follow a guide so I wouldn't miss any minute details or decisions up to that point, so I'm slow rolling it from now on.
Which is a shame, because I adore the game and characters so far, but my anxiety peaks at the idea of potentially missing an important event or social interaction, but what can you do
This makes me feel much better about not yet playing the game my friend bought me for my birthday 6 months ago. I'll get to it... it just wasn't in my plans yet so it's taking a while.
And if you playing a long game, feel free to stop and continue after some time. Put about 40 hours in Witcher 3 and was kinda burned out, put it down for couple of month, now I'm enjoying it again
Age, family and responsibilities will catch up and you sure can't play any games you buy right away!
Yeah, it took me about 2 years to play through Witcher 3. I got about halfway through, lost all urge to play it but then like a year and a half later i came back with refreshed energy and had a blast.
Same thing happened to me with Dark Souls 1. I found it insanely confusing, couldn't grasp the humanity and bonfire system and didn't know where to go. Saw some lore videos and realized i loved the world building. So then i went to study up on the gameplay systems and went back to the game and had a great time bashing my head against the bosses until i reached the end line.
We don't have infinite time to enjoy everything in the world, but i think it's important to spend the time that we have with joy and happiness instead of frustration and anger just because we feel urged to complete games before jumping onto the next.
Good post! I struggle with this all the time, I have to be in the right mood for a certain game in order to enjoy it to its fullest
I bought bioshock/ Subnautica and downloaded ratchet and clank. Played all 3 and couldnt get into playing them consistently. Now I have anxiety cause i dont see myself completing any of them.ID: gq618la
Dude, don't worry about it, people have books on the shelf that collect dust.
It's the same thing, pass on your account and some hapless adventurer in the future will complete your quest.
Did this with RE4. I don't think I made it too far, maybe the first few hours but I believe its time to jump back in
Yup, sometimes I start a game, drop it for a year and then take it back up when I feel like playing it, and it's sooo much fun then!!
Look at what you feel like playing and dont force yourself to complete or play something, that way gaming becomes so much more fun again 🙂
Currently I'm playing Rogue Legacy 2, Curse of the Dead Gods and Gunfire Reborn. I love them all and I'm finding it difficult to fit them all in--this is intensified by the fact that all 3 are roguelikes and these games really set the hook in me. So I separated them this way... Gunfire is now a game I only play online with a buddy on Saturdays and Rogue and Curse are games I stream during the week and I switch off every other day between the two. With this approach, the three barbarians duking it out in my brain on the daily have buried their swords and all of them have become good friends.
besides games like destiny 2 and division 2 doing seasonal content im sure its fine to not play right away and very often that makes you mentally tired every week
I think a lot of times you start a game and it isn't quite what you expected. So when you come back later, you know what to expect and are able to enjoy it more. This has happened to me quite a bit.
The only thing I would add or suggest for dropping games about halfway through would be to write down what you were doing when you left off. It seems to me a lot of people start a game and don't finish it, only to come back later and not know where they left off. This should help jog the memory and jump back in.
Other than that, I completely agree with you. I've left of halfway through so many games to come back later and finish them.
I have a bit of a different but similar experience. SOMA sat in my library for over two years, I knew it was good but I don't really like horror games and I read it had instakill monsters. Finally the developers made an assist mode which allowed you to turn off damage from the monsters. So I finally played it, the monster parts still sucked but overall it was one of the best stories in video games ever.
Good post. My only concern with leaving a game to come back to it after having played another game is, that I will have to re-learn the keys for playing the game I am going back to (on a PC).
I've been playing AC Odyssey as well for around 120 hours. I am still having fun, but I want to play Outer Wilds, which I have heard good things about. My plan is to play it after having finished AC Odyssey, and then after finishing Outer Wilds, go back and play the Atlantis DLC for the former. Hopefully I will be able to remember the key configuration, or I will just have to re-learn them again.
Odyssey took a long time to keep my attention. It was only after i had started to master the movement mechanics that I would stop playing and 10 minutes later would feel like jumping back in. With 3D All-Stars I've solidifed Super Mario Galaxy as having the greatest soundtrack in any video game ever (imo), but its gameplay isnt nearly as creative or innovative as Odyssey.
>have some itch in the back of your mind to go back to it at some point then you should
This hit home for me cause I keep getting these 'itches' to play things but then leaving it too long before actually starting them, and it seems to be happening pretty regularly. Most recently I had the urge to replay Rayman 3 (a game from my childhood I hadn't played in over a decade) and to my joy it was only £6 on the Xbox store.
However I had also recently started Metal Gear Solid V and I felt obliged to play that a little more, so I begrudgingly did that instead. By the time I finally caved and got Rayman 3 a few days ago I still enjoyed it, but the real burning desire to play it had gone and now I have to search my soul once again to work out what I really want to play.
I find it difficult to drop a game and pick it up again after not playing it for a while. I find that once I leave that game world it is hard to recapture that same rythm and feeling. Sometimes (more often than not for me) it just doesn't work. But that's just me. I'm glad you got back to Mario Odyssey - a wonderful game that I thoroughly enjoyed.
How much would you say this applies to multiplayer games? Because I have a sort of weird “gamer FOMO” about playing online games before they die.
I’ve been blasting through my backlog on my new computer. Was waiting but game time has arrived. Full speed ahead . Beat like 20 games since November. Glorious
Lookin at my "never played" list in Steam library like yeah
thats true, i bought payday the heist in like 2012 i guess, came back at 2017 and finished it more than 100% and it was amazing
By my estimation I am about 8 years behind my playlist lol... Keep gettin pulled into the "classics"; Diablo 2, Diablo 3, Factorio, Dark Souls 3, Wow Classic... I'll get to the Witcher 3 someday!
I absolutely agree. Tried Hollow Knight in 2018 and didn't enjoy it at all, came back to it two years later and it was one of my best gaming experiences ever.
But there is a downside. Obviously you don't have to play something you're not liking, but if you instantly drop a game as soon as you get a little bored by it, you will miss on many awesome games.
It happened to me so many times to play a game too superficially and then, as soon as I dug more into it, I thanked my past self to have stuck to it.
IMO just because of how game prices drop over time (Nintendo is the obvious exception) it's better to just buy it once you feel like actually playing it. No need to spend $60 on it and then end up playing it when you could've just bought it for $15 or something.
Also the feeling of a newly bought game gives an extra boost of motivation (for me at least)
Just a side note, if you really like Mario 64, be sure to buy the game this month before Nintendo stops selling the All-Stars collection.
Last year Charlie Brooker (of Black Mirror fame) appeared on the BBC radio series 'This game changed my life'.
In that interview he mentioned the Sniper series and how much he'd enjoyed it at the time. He had written an article about how his pleasure of the violence in the game might reflect on himself as a person. Particularly in respect to watching slow motion bullets go though a targets body and switching to to an x-ray vision as it does so.
As a response to that article, the developers had put him in their later game Sniper Elite, and awarded an in-game bonus if you "shot his balls off".
After listening to that interview, I realised I'd had a number of Sniper games in my backlog for a few years and never previously had any desire to play them until that specific moment.
Some of my favorite games are the ones I spent an hour or two with and left for months before returning, such as Bloodborne, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mass Effect 2 and Devil May Cry V. Sometimes you're just not ready for a game yet, and that's okay.
Why do you people do this? Act like you're talking about life affirming anxiety combating philosophy that's as holistic and all encompassing as nihilism or something?
They're computer games. Play them when you want to.
Just to confront the title itself – why do you buy a game if you are not keen to play it right now anyway?
Don’t say that it’s on sale and you need to get it now or you’ll loose money. If people only really bought games to actually play them right away, on sale or not, I think they’d have spent much less in the end.
I get it it’s different when you receive it as a gift. But then, if people hadn’t huge backlogs already, maybe they would enjoy their games better, dunno.
(I have to admin I am guilty of having huge backlog, too. But I at least try to think twice before buying anything new nowadays. Do I REALLY want it right now?)
this sub has the weirdest posts lmao
I cycle through about 3 at a time so I don't tend to get caught on one and give up.
Conversely, you don't even need to buy every single game as soon as it comes out. Sales are so prevalent today that it's not uncommon to run into them in the first year. Heck, you can get one free game a week on EGS and that's 52 games a year.
I do a 2:1 ratio of games finished versus games bought, but that's just my personal preference, and it keeps me from spending more money than I want to.
Speaking of Mario Odyssey, I just saw on my feed that it's on sale (at least in the US):
I've played through the intro for RDR2 and got to the camp. I went on 1 hunting expedition and then just didn't know what to do. I log in twice a month, walk around the camp and log to go play HOTS or Valheim or any other game. I built up my rig over the last year and the game looks great. Just so scared to start investing my time. Ill get to it one of these days.
That's a good thing since I have a job and playing all my games will take more than the rest of my life.
Feeling this. I bought System Shock 2 on a sale years ago. Dipped in, dropped out. Years later I finally played it and I will fight for its right to be acknowledged as one of the all time greats.
I bought Kingdom Come Deliverance for PS4 last year and I somehow forgot that I even have it in the 1st place.
I only have about 150 games I haven’t played right away.
I don't understand why people feel pressured to play things.
Makes no sense to me at all.
Why even game if it's stressful? But then again, I assume ppl in the worst of it would be like that w/ any hobby.
I agree! I bought Witcher 3 Complete edition for like 5 bucks years ago. Touched it once, wasn’t feeling it and put it down.
Couple of weeks ago, Gamepass had a quest to where I needed to kill 10 enemies. Been playing since then, and even bought a physical disk version, so I won’t lose my saves as its leaving soon, for 10 bucks. I’m not planning on buying dlc unless it’s really cheap. Like 5. So $20 all together for a great time in gaming.
Totally agreed. Bloodborne, for me, was exactly this. Tried it three times over the course of a year and a half (after having played and loved the first two Dark Souls), but just didn't enjoy it. Finally, almost 2 years after having purchased it, I got the itch to try again and it finally just clicked. One of my favorite games, now. I've played it probably 4 times through.
Recently came off finishing a long RPG. Looking for a change of pace, I picked up some new switch games: Rayman Legends, Stardew Valley, and downloaded the demo for Dragon Quest Builders 2. All are fun in different ways. I don't know which one I'll stick with yet, and I may even return to something I've already played a lot like Hollow Knight. I think it's important to have a period of experimentation where you're playing a few different things to decide what you're actually in the mood for now. I think the mindset of only buying games on sale or only under X dollars and you must play them immediately and in sequence is well, just too rigid and not realistic. Yes we should be smart with our money and time, but you don't need to be so strict with yourself if that doesn't work for you. Sometimes you may need to buy (or experience by borrowing or demos or whatever) multiple games to decide they aren't for you so you can get to the game you actually want to play. As long as you're in your budget there's nothing wrong with this, IMO.
Just came back to Playstation after a generation away from it, since I've bought my PS5 (Day One super lucky) I've completed:
The Last of Us 2 - One of my favourite gaming franchises of all time.
Spiderman 2018 - Simply loved it and easily one of the best methods of travel in gaming.
God Of War 2018 - In my top 5 all time greatest games list, quite rare considering I had no interest in the previous games.
Detroit: Become Human - One of the most unique interactive games I've played.
Days Gone - Great Game with enough interesting mechanics like the Hordes and how your Bike is your lifeline which sets it apart from most open world games.
Hitman 3 - Is just fun and has so much replayability.
Ghost of Tsushima - (Havent completed it yet, currently on the second island part) Stunningly beautiful environment and the combat is fun but the story feels abit bland and I think the character models from God of War and specifically TLOU2 made GOT characters look graphically outdated to me but it's still a fun game.
Cyberpunk - Just...lol
Honestly it was refreshing to go back and play some of the titans of the last generation and knowing that I'm playing complete games.
My problem with coming back to a game after long time is that I want to start it from the beginning again, and so the circle never ends
Last year I had really good dedication on beating the games I started. At least the ones I enjoyed and were worth completing. I had 83 games beat last year and I think it was around 30 I just moved on from. A lot of the ones I moved on from were games from bundles and stuff. Nothing that I felt was worth ever going back to. Put a few hours in and if it’s not doing it move on.
This year I started a bunch and got scatter brained again. I also had a few I just couldn’t finish in time at the end of 2020 to count for that years completion. A few I’ve gone back and complete so far and working on anything I started. I just hate having a bunch of stuff with some progress and then go to the next game and rinse and repeat.
I’m trying not to sink too much time into multiplayer only or open ended games. I enjoy them here and there but they just take too much time I could sink into playing other games I’ve bought and trust me I have an addiction to buying games a lot.
Overall though people should just enjoy what they like playing. Don’t rush through games just to say you beat it and don’t dedicate too much time to something you just don’t like.
Sometimes it's ok to wait for the right mindset to come so you can enjoy a video game more.
The first time I played Baldurs Gate I wasn't enjoying it, but that's because I jumped straight into without actually wanting to play a story heavy RPG (I just wanted to see what was so great about it). I came back a few years later, wanting to play a classic RPG, and I loved it, and these days I consider Baldur's Gate 2 to be the best RPG ever made.
I remember buying Shadow of the colossus for the PS2 when it released, playing it for half an hour and thinking it was trash as a kid... 2 or 3 years later I picked it up again and it turned into one of my favorite games ever. Good stuff
Much the same happened with me and Odyssey. It was my first Switch game. At the time I wasn’t sure about BoTW or Mario. I tried Mario and it isn’t click. I went back and got BoTW a few weeks later and proceeded to play 200+hrs ... loving every second of it.
Sadly, I still haven’t made it back to Odyssey... but I know I for sure will dive in and beat it one day. So im okay with it.
That’s me with Hades. I started it back in January and played it for a couple hours, but then I started to sour on it. I was far more in the mood for a more narrative-focused and less mechanically-driven game so I put it down. Then I ended up finishing Ghost of Tsushima, which I was way more in the mood for. Now I’ll wait till I feel like playing a challenging game and picking Hades back up; otherwise I’ll end up talking about how “overhyped” it was.
This is exactly what I did with Bioshock. After playing the first 1 hour, I got bored and refunded it. A year later, seeing the fantastic (yet deceiving) trailer of Bioshock Infinite, I know I have to buy and enjoy it again. And now Bioshock becomes one of my all-time favorite franchises, on par with Half-Life and Deus Ex.
Instead you can do like I do, keep stocking up games and keep playing the same couple of multiplayer games year after year.
Still have Bayonetta 2 never played on my wii u. Waiting to get around to beat the first one. Been excited to play it for years now! Lol
I would say literally the opposite. Dont buy a game if youre not going to play it right away. You'll spend far less money just buying full price games and playing them than waiting for sales and stacking up your backlog. If you're buying a game on sale and not playing it you're wasting money as far as I'm concerned.
Did that with Control recently and I realise how great that game is, now that I didn't force myself to play it when I wasn't feeling it.
As gamers we fall into that trap that we have to play a new game as soon as we get it. With social media, entertainment is usually ruined by spoilers/coverage of the game. I bought Cyberpunk 2077 near launch, and I didn't play it right away. The negative press around it and CD Projekt Red turned me off for a while. I decided to try it one day, and I only played for two hours. It played fine, but I decided to wait for the PS5 Patch. I'll play it eventually, but now isn't the time for me. You're right though, there's nothing wrong with going back and playing something after you haven't played it for a while.
Yeah... clearly not going to get through my backlog of 775 games.
Well... if you count my Retro Pi Gaming machine which has 20,000 games on it, then 20,775 games on my backlog.
one of my favorite things is when i rediscover a game i already own. its like getting free enjoyment. past me already paid for it and now present me is having fun
Yeah still waiting to be able to get a fucking graphics card so I can play the games I bought with decent settings/framerate!
I agree, but I think there is a difference between buing and immediately not playing, and buying and trying but not liking it (currently or at all).
If you are not planning on playing it immediately I honestly see no point in buying it, even if it's on sale, it will be again.
It can of course happen someone gifts you something that you don't really want to play immediately, or you try it and don't like it. But just buying to put it away immediately, I can't get behind that haha.
I think I just feel bad for not playing the games I bought immediately, because if I had waited before buying them I probably could have got them cheaper. Usually nowadays I don't buy too many games unless they're something I want to play right away.
For me finishing the game means doing the main story and side stories, not having all ahcievements. Also have a hard time jumping between games (start having questions like who is this? what is that? how do the controld work? How do I even play this game?). That would mean if I "abandon" a game halfway through in order to come back to it later, I would probably not come back to it later due to need of replaying it from the start. If I start a game that I'm interested in I tend to just play it till the finish.
Most of my library consist of games that were given for free (exaple, epic giving a free game every week). So there are a lot of games in my library that I aren't interested in playing but got them on the whole thing being for free (and maybe someday I might play it when I don't know what to play).
If I haven't finished a game and see a game that I would like to play I: a) buy it when I finish the curent game or b) buy it on sale when I know that I will finish the current game before the next sale.
For now I have my eyes on "The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante". Want to finish Yakuza 4 and 5 and it might be that by the time I finish Yakuza 5, Yakuza 6 will be released (in this case would want to finish Yakuza 6). And also by that time the easter sale should be near (I assume) so could wait for the sale.
If the discount is right I might buy games that I have played (without buying it myself, like loaned them from a friend (it was physical PC games discs and pre-steam era)) earlyer and might replay them someday (but possibly not). The point being having a game that I enjoyed for myself.
I bought a PS4 on black Friday 2019, it came with Spider-man . I've heard it's awesome and all that and I will get to it, but until then it's staying in its cellophane wrapper
These weekly karma farming "it's okay to not like a game" "you don't need to play games you don't like" posts need to get in the bin. It is the same nonsense over and over which has been done to death; this isn't some life changing advice to give to someone it's just pretentious garbage.
This is what happened to me with The Witcher III. Bought it, played like the first two or three hours, and it didn't really hook me.
Fast forward a year or two and it's my most favorite game of all time.