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Topic: Unfinished Business: What Games Have You Abandoned?

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nessisonett

@Th3solution True, Shenmue is fascinating to outsiders but they’re usually actually looking for Yakuza. I love em but they’re basically real life, with the boredom, humour and quirkiness you’d experience in a single shift in retail.

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Quintumply

Most notable one for me right now is Death Stranding. I got a fair way through chapter three and just got totally sidetracked. I do want to commit to it and see it through, it's a fascinating game, but there always seems to be something else to do first.

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Th3solution

@keihtg FFXIII-2 was a perfectly good JRPG. I was having a decent time with it and can’t really explain why I dropped it other than it was a little complicated with the jumping around different timelines and locations. The developers seemed to do a knee-jerk reaction to all the criticism of the original FFXIII’s linearity and made the sequel quite jumbled and serpentine in its story progression. Still, I was enjoying it just fine but I think since I played it toward the end of the PS3 generation that I had a lot of other games that pulled my attention away one after another — Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us, Dragon’s Dogma... it’s much like what is happening now with PS4 in that the sheer library of options is so high that for every game you’re playing there are 10 in line waiting to take your attention away. And ultimately, I never played Lightning Returns because I felt I really needed to finish XIII-2 before starting the third of the trilogy and since I never finished it... well, I never bothered to even purchase Lightning Returns. And PS4 came on the scene before long and that was the end of my PS3 backlog.

Perhaps I’m being harsh to bury the game in my Graveyard. If a remaster of the whole XIII trilogy popped up in PS4 or PS5, then I’d be tempted to have another crack at the whole thing again and then play the final game too.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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Th3solution

@RogerRoger Yeah, poor Dragon Age Inquisition is, as Miracle Max would say, “only mostly dead, not all dead” although I have a hard time seeing the time slot open up for it anytime soon. But Batman Arkham Knight was almost taken off life support a couple weeks ago. I anticipate a recovery and release from the ICU sometime later this year.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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RogerRoger

@Th3solution ...and here I was, hoping that a prescription of "bedtime stories with button prompts" would be enough to get it up and about again. Ah well.

In all seriousness, there's a time for everything. At least you won't have to restart Batman from scratch.

Clearing time for all of DA: Inquisition is a much taller order. Prep the morgue.

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Ralizah

SOMETIMES DEAD IS BETTAH

  • Final Fantasy IX: This game bored me to tears, and I really have no desire to return to it. I hear the story improves later on, though, so I might watch an LP at some point.
  • The Evil Within: I became fed up with the frustrating opening section of the game, to the point where I just straight up sold my copy.
  • Fez: This one was weird and didn't click with me at all. That's it.
  • Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl - Gold: I really wanted to like this. Some of Level-5's games are among my all-time favorites. This one is... I dunno. Hollow. There's really nothing to it. It looks a lot like a Fantasy Life successor, but it has none of the appeal of that game.

ZOMBLES

  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age: A more recent example. I played the original to almost 100% completion on PS2 (I kind of gave up on that boss with 15 million HP, since fighting it was such a tedious chore), but I sort of drifted off from this remaster for some reason about twenty hours in, and I'm not sure I'd be able to go back and pick up where I left off. Definitely returning to this at some point.
  • Gravity Rush 2: I was so excited for this game, but a combination of an inordinately slow beginning and the arrival of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild just weeks later torched my progress into this game. It's beautiful, though, and I definitely want to finish it at some point.
  • Yakuza 0: Hilarious, fun game, but it's so damned long, and there's so much side content, that I eventually just lost the will to keep playing. I'll absolutely return to it one day, though... when I have absolutely nothing else I'm playing at the time, because I feel like it's a game that demands my full attention.

BARELY ALIVE

  • Ring Fit Adventure: I played this religiously every day for a month this January and then just... stopped. Not too worried about this one, though, since the narrative is fairly basic and the mechanics are self-explanatory (the whole game is literally just exercising).
  • The Witcher 3: Haven't touched this since very early 2020. Still hunting for Ciri. I have to say, the side-quests are well-written, but it has a glacial main plot. It's gorgeous and reasonably fun, though, so I imagine I'll return to it at some point.
  • Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko's Hysteric Birthday Bash: Played through the first chapter mid-2019 and then stopped. Still amazed this game, which was, for years, a Japan-exclusive PSP romantic comedy spinoff of a horror series, ever managed to get localized. It's funny, but the company that ported it did a poor job of optimizing it for PC. I can't even change the key bindings! I ended up just using a Dualshock to play it, which is insane. Definitely continuing this at some point, though.
  • Pokemon Shield: Never really intended to stop playing this. I think I got disgusted and fed up with the deliberately gimped multiplayer features, which killed my interest in continuing the story. I'll get back to it at some point. Might be my last Pokemon game, though. We'll see.

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Thrillho

@RogerRoger I reckon if I’d have got it as it was released episodically I would have loved the game. The lack of a real story (that I could make out) works against it as an entire package too.

I can’t remember if it’s still on my hard drive but if it is, that’s normally a good sign I still have some intention of playing it.

@Ralizah Having Witcher 3, Yakuza 0, and FF9 on your list will have upset a significant chunk of the forum!

Thrillho

ApostateMage

RIP

  • MGS5 - where's the story, Koj? I seemed to be just running around the same locations as a one eyed Jack Bauer.
  • Dark Souls - I must've tried about 4 times to get into this series after all the hype. Na, I like the focus on a story not just wondering around aimlessly and punishing myself.
  • Elder Scrolls Online - I think playing the fantastic FFXIV has ruined all other MMOs for me.

In The Fade

  • Pillars of Eternity - I enjoyed the game, I think I just got sidetracked with others. Those load times can pee off, though.
  • Yakuza Kiwami - I think I made the mistake of playing this not long after Yakuza Zero.

With The Healers

  • Far Cry 5 - I bought this in the recent sale but turned it off as soon as a baddie didn't die after getting a full clip to the noggin. I don't mind bullet sponge enemies in RPG type games but I just wasn't expecting it in Far Cry.
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance - I was enjoying my time as Henry but just got sidetracked with newer games recently.

ApostateMage

JohnnyShoulder

@ApostateMage I like your category headings! You have reminded me to put MGSV onto my RIP list, it never did click with me and found there were too many systems being introduced for me. Plus I was playing BOTW at the same time (not literally, now that would be tricky) and found myself thinking about playing Zelda half the time.

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Th3solution

@Arugula Dang bro, that’s quite a gaming orphanage there. Some of my favorites are in your Graveyard. And — you never finished The Last of Us? The ending is the best part! 😛

It’s also interesting to see some Souls-like games pop up on of a few lists, which I’m not surprised due to their length and difficulty. The genre is the epitome of needing enormous commitment to push through to the end. And I’m rather fascinated by how you have your Souls-like categorized with the most likely to return to being Nioh and Sekiro, and the least likely to return to being Bloodborne, with DS3 the in between. Whereas @JohnnyShoulder , a Dark Souls aficionado if I recall correctly, has Nioh buried in his dead pile yet if memory serves he loved Sekiro. And both of you have Bloodborne pushing up daisies as well, which is the only in the genre I’ve ever completed (and did all the alternate endings)!

I think the take-away principle is that Souls-like games are pretty unpredictable whether they’ll stick with someone.

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Th3solution

@Thrillho 🤣 My responses exactly! Haha!

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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ApostateMage

That dog gif is brilliant!

ApostateMage

JohnnyShoulder

@Th3solution Nioh was for me had too many systems thrown at you (a similar issue with MGSV) with some of them poorly explained, samey enemies and levels, too much useless loot dropped, and I wasn't keen on how the story was told. I really liked the combat though, that was ace. Sekiro was a better all round and more polished game for me.

With Bloodborne I'm on the last boss for the main game and DLC. If I beat the main game final boss it would mean starting the game again to access the dlc from after beating Vicar Amelia. I've had my ass handed to me one too many times by the Orphan of Kos and I decided to draw a line underneath it. DS3 I'm on the last bosses for dlc, I'm more reluctant to write that off as it is the last in a trilogy.

Just because I like the soulsborne games from From Software, doesn't not mean i will automatically like all other games in the genre. That is like saying because i like playing Call of Duty games, I will like all FPS. It is never as simple as that.

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Gremio108

@Th3solution Weirdly I was going to start a thread a few days ago, entitled The Game That Got Away and I was going to talk about Resident Evil 4. I played the game back in 2002/3 I think. I was really enjoying it, and then I just sort of... stopped. No real reason that I can remember, maybe I got distracted by something else that came out. Anyway, this thread is better because it means we can make a list, and who doesn't love a good list? With that in mind, here is a list, off the top of my head

Brown Bread
Resident Evil 4 - I think the only way I'll be finishing this now is if there's a remake

Alive and well
Suikoden III- Despite being a big fan of the series, I've never played this one all the way through. I've started it three times now, and for various reasons I never seem to get far. The first time was due to a dead PS2, the second to a game-crashing bug and the third was due to me being a no good lazy bum

MGS V - Never quite got to the end, but then I accidentally deleted my save, thinking I had already backed it up to the great PS Plus cloud in the sky. I'm hoping to make it my final PS4 game, since it was one of the first ones I played, but we'll see.

No Man's Sky - the problem here is time. I can't see when I'm going to fit this game in. I've started it briefly, and explored the three planets (and one moon) in my starting solar system, but that's as far as I've got

I'll add more games to this list when I think of them

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Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next stage now.

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Gremio108

@Arugula That list is nuts. You've made so many games into orphans, you monster

Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next stage now.

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Th3solution

@Arugula @JohnnyShoulder Fair point that you both touch on — theme and setting have an awful lot to do with the game experience. Gameplay can only carry a game so far. What really pulls me through to the end of a game is just enjoying being in the world that the developer created for me. Art design including the character and enemy types, overall atmosphere, and whether a compelling story is being told... it all helps to keep me interested enough to stay with the game.

It’s the old debate of gameplay versus story. Obviously something has to strike a perfect balance of both to be a truly great game, but I tend to lean toward needing the whole story and atmosphere to click with me in order to finish these really long games that are made nowadays.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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FullbringIchigo

intersting topic so anyway

Graveyard Games
No Mans Sky: even with all the updates it is still a boring slog of a game

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, now don't get me wrong i bloody LOVE the Zelda series but i swear there is something wrong with my version because you know that bit where you have to gather the pearls to power up your sword well the last pearl in the last segment NEVER shows up so i can't complete the game and i have tried 3 times now, no point carrying on if the game literally can't be finished

Shenmue the entire series again a series i like but they were lucky to even get a 3rd and they still didn't finish the damn thing, i can't wait in the hope we might get another

The Walking Dead
mainly this is most of my backlog, i do plan on getting back to them but some of them are so old now it might not be worth it

On Life Support
Assassin's Creed Odyssey, it's simply too large and i have other games to play but i plan to come back to it one day
Overwatch well i don't currently have PS+ but when i did i still didn't play it much anymore but every now and then i would boot it back up especially when a new hero comes along

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Th3solution

@Gremio108 I like that title better - “The Game(s) That Got Away”... oh well. “Unfinished Business” was as far as my creativity would carry. 😄 But yeah, I’m glad to see we’re on the same wavelength here.

The game that prompted me to make the thread was actually Puppeteer. As I was scrolling through my digital library looking for something else (warning: parenthetical rant incoming — the way the digital library pops up on mobile is maddening by the way. There is no rhyme or reason to the order your purchased games pop up in, as far as I can tell. It’s like the PSN store just vomits onto the screen all your 300 games jumbled up for you to scroll through, with PS Plus Vita games from 2015 right next to PS4 games from 2020. A fun game of ‘needle in a haystack’, I suppose, but it’s so stupid. Anyway, I digress...) and Puppeteer flashed across the screen. It brought back memories and I wondered “Why did I never finish this game? It was so charming and polished and unique.” — which of course there is no answer to that question but I like to talk to myself sometimes. Anyway, I was wondering what are some of the best games that I never finished? But then a better question came into my head — What are some of the best games the community never finished? And do people ever go back and try to finish them?

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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