Finishing video games can be quite the ordeal. While some games can be completed in a single afternoon sitting, others can be 100+ hour projects that require investment, commitment, and endurance to power through. Beyond sheer size, there are other factors that can get in the way like not having a buddy to play a cooperative game with or waiting until you can get the perfect ending you’ve been waiting for. Especially as an adult, outside responsibilities frequently get in the way of seeing a game that you love through to its conclusion, but understanding these dilemmas doesn’t make the itch any less tempting to scratch. This week we considered those games that loom large in our back catalog, the ones that we just HAVE to get back to and complete when asked the question:
There are many answers to this question for me even just considering recent games. I feel like I barely scratched the surface of what Octopath Traveler has to offer, Red Dead Redemption 2 stole me away from my personal odyssey with the newest Assassin’s Creed game, and I still feel very invested in finally making a complete run in Dead Cells. But the king of the lot by far is The Witcher 3. The gaming industry’s overwhelming choice for Game of the Year in 2015, I had already been meaning to get around to this game for two years by the time I started it in the Summer of 2017. Then I got sidetracked. Then I came back to it. Then I forgot about it for a little while. It’s a game that I have thoroughly enjoyed playing, but it’s not the kind of game you can just sprint through and really appreciate. You have to take your time with it, do some side quests for a few villagers, hunt some monsters, and, of course, play some Gwent. All those activities really add up, making the experience a huge project to undertake while trying to keep up with the newest releases. I very much hope that I’ll be able to complete this endeavor at some point in the not too distant future.
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. I got pretty far into Illusion but I kind of got bored at it towards the end. With The Power of Two, I just need someone to help play the game with me but I’m the only gamer in my family so it’ll probably be a long time till that happens.
Breath of the Wild is one of the most innovative and addictive games I’ve ever played. For months, it’s all I played during my free time and all I thought about when I wasn’t playing. With close to 150 hours banked, I still haven’t beaten the game. The reason is that I’m trying to build my own story and version of Link. I can easily defeat Ganon now without flinching, but I want my Link to go into the final fight with a specific armor set and with a fully powered Master Sword. I want it to feel like he’s gone through the necessary trials the others games force you to go through.
I got Sniper Elite 3 in preparation for Sniper Elite 4’s release in February of 2017. Sniper Elite 3 is an extremely fun game with a lot of in-depth mechanics that players need to take into account throughout the levels (my favorite being the bullet time effect). Just as I started to get really into it, Halo Wars 2 came out; I got sidetracked with that and never went back to the Sniper Elite series. There have been other times since then when I’ve wanted to go back and play Sniper Elite 3, but other games have always pulled my attention away. (For example, the game currently draining every ounce of free time that I have is Red Dead Redemption 2.)