TSG Asks: What game do you feel guilty about not playing or finishing?

The truth shall set you free-to-play.

Video games are awesome but there are just too many of them to keep up with. We all have that game, or five, that we’ve been meaning to play that we just haven’t. In some cases, they’re games that we’ve purchased with actual money. Well it’s time to come clean because this week we’re asking:

As a Wii U evangelist, I felt a smug pride that Bayonetta 2 was a console exclusive. I bought the game, which came bundled with the original Bayonetta, on day one. Not wanting to miss out on the backstory, I tried playing through Bayonetta before jumping into the shiny new sequel. I’m not sure if I even made it halfway through. To this day, I haven’t even loaded the Bayonetta 2 disc into my Wii U. As you can imagine, I feel pretty bad about this, and is one of the reasons I haven’t traded in my dusty Wii U yet.

I unfortunately have an easy answer to this one, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. I have never been as excited for a game as I was for Skyward Sword. This was the first Zelda game that I had really paid attention to its development before release, regrettably in doing so I built up some pretty high expectations. I played the game for a few hours until in the second dungeon the motion controls frustrated me so much that I stopped playing. To this day, I feel guilty that I have never finished the game but those dang motion controls have just kept pushing me away.

I have started and stopped Knights of the Old Republic numerous times, and each time it pains me to shelve it again due to the demands of daily life. In spite of never having completed the game, I am very familiar with the storyline, being a huge Star Wars fan and EU apologist, as well as a devout follower of Revan. My interest in the game is primarily for the storyline and world-building, although some gameplay elements are also of note. The game is renowned for giving you a lot of freedom with what you choose to do, and your choices tend to actually matter in the way that a player expects of such a mechanic. Although some of the mechanics (like combat and character building) have not aged so well in my opinion, the story, characters and overall role-playing experience remains a classic that I hope to eventually experience in full.

I orginally played GTA San Andreas on PS3 and really enjoyed how you get to have a tremendous amount of freedom in this game. Ironically, I didn’t really like the mission part of the game or the storyline so I always ended up going on the streets stealing random cars and trying to get the maximum Wanted Level and that was enough for me to play it for over a year. However, I stopped playing GTA when my PS3 broke and I didn’t have a gaming laptop to run the game. Now that I have a gaming PC, I really want to start playing the game again. I even bought the game on steam but didn’t have enough time to actually play it. I’m really impressed how the graphics have improved so much over time and I feel like I should really start playing the game again.

One of my good friends gifted Half-Life 2 to me on Steam nearly five years ago and I still haven’t played a minute of it (though just this last year, I did end up installing it). I fully realize that it is a PC classic and has so much to offer in terms of story, gameplay, and a simple understanding of that Half-Life 3 Confirmed meme, but it’s just one of those games that feel so grand and large that I only want to start it when I have a huge amount of free time to fully experience it. And unfortunately, I just haven’t had that time yet. I always feel terrible about scrolling past it in my Steam Library, but it remains there collecting digital dust.

My gaming backlog exponentially grows each year, so it is not an easy task to choose just one game. I guess one game that comes to mind right now is the Mass Effect series, starting with the first one. I heard countless good things about it, especially since it is one of the few western RPGS that can be compared to other famous RPGs, such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Age. The main reason why I didn’t play Mass Effect yet is growing up playing Nintendo consoles. It wasn’t until the tail end of high school where I had access to my sister’s PlayStation 3 and recently, her PlayStation 4. The only non Nintendo systems I had before then was a PlayStation 2 (originally my sisters), a SEGA Genesis (which I no longer have sadly), and a PlayStation Vita (aka the Persona 4 Golden machine). Either way, with the PlayStation 3 loaded with digital copies of Mass Effect 1 and 2, the only thing stopping me from playing Mass Effect 1 now is free time, since I am knee deep in the Phoenix Wright series. (and yes, I know Mass Effect 3 was on the Wii U, but I like to play games sequentialyl and I heard…lukewarm things about the third one.)

The Witcher is considered a paragon of modern RPGs, with its intuitive combat system, branching storylines, and incredibly detailed open world. Despite all of these elements, I’ve yet to invest a significant amount of time in any entry in the series. I’m almost kicking myself as I write this, as from description alone it sounds like a game I would absolutely love, but between school and working on my own games, I don’t have enough time to invest in such massive game. Maybe I can free up an hour or two here and there, but I would much rather prefer being able to binge and experience the game at my own pace. Perhaps I’ll get less busy at some point and finally be able to sit down with The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, but until then, I just have to stare longingly at its packaging.

My first impression when I first saw its conception was “Another visual novel with a story that looks like a typical YA novel? No, thanks.” However, as time went on, I’ve heard good reviews about the premise and setting. The player takes control of a teenage girl named Max, a photographer at some prestigious art school, and tries to prevent the death of Chloe Price through time travel. Word had it that its story was incredibly moving and that people bawled their eyes out around episode four, so I had to know what was so amazing about this game. I downloaded the first episode since it was free. Then I didn’t touch it for about three years. After my friend’s insistence, I’ve only played a few minutes of the game, and I must admit that reversing time was an interesting aspect of gameplay, considering that the only game that I’ve known to do it well was Chrono Trigger. It seems that, sometimes, no matter what choice you make, the outcome doesn’t matter. I’m looking forward to exploring this game even more to see what kind of narrative the developers are trying to accomplish.

Uncharted 2 is an easy answer for me. Narrative is one of the most important aspects of video games to me and this game is widely lauded as a masterpiece of storytelling in the medium. The main reason I haven’t played this game is because I never owned a PlayStation 3. Now that I have a PS4 I don’t really have a good excuse for not experiencing what has become a touchstone of modern game design. The thing about Uncharted 2 is that it’s now an 8 year old game, and the industry has been growing since its release. What was a turning point in games has the potential to seem a bit tired from a present-day perspective. Perhaps it’s time I let this ship sail, especially since I’ve already played, and loved Uncharted 4. Still, I can’t help but feel a serious draw to return to Naughty Dog’s 2009 opus.

I’ve bought Alien Isolation game twice, on Xbox 360 and PS4, and have played to the exact same point in both versions: meeting the alien for the first time. The game is beautiful, the atmosphere is great, and it’s all presented extremely cohesively. I would LOVE to play through this game, but once the alien is out, it’s out. And knowing that at any time, it could come after me, stresses me out more than “Bark at the Moon” on expert in Guitar Hero.

I’m usually not that scared of horror games, and stealth games are among my favorites, but there’s something about the alien being loose in the station with me that’s made me rush to the nearest locker with no intention of leaving… twice. One day I might face my fear and venture out. But until then, it’s game over man.

Are there any games you’ve put on the backburner? Confess your sins in the comments.

Written by TSG Staff

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