GameSpot Staff Members Working Like Dogs

A brief interview about the games that make us work like dogs.

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Ever play a game where you couldn't help but feel that you were expected or even at times required to work incredibly hard to simply play the game in the first place?

Several games come to mind, sometimes it can be simple games like Pokemon, or more challenging titles like Skyrim, and of course there are the ever popular games like World of Warcraft or League of Legends have all had moments where (lets face it) we feel like it can be more work than play.

GameSpot Community Manager Synthia Weires thought that she would take a moment in honor of "Work like a dog day" to ask the editors of GameSpot what games they felt made them work like a dog, what was the task, and ultimately was it worth it?

Here's what they had to say!


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kkee
kkee

From me, Burnout Paradise's online challenges (all 500 of them) provided a long and fustrating challenge, especially the 8 player ones, which required 8 people to work together. There also seemed to be one idiot who wanted to do their own thing.

TAMKFan
TAMKFan

Getting the collectibles, such as the hidden packages, in the GTA games comes to mind for me. It's just a pain to find a good amount of them. I don't think it's worth it, really.

Soulreavercross
Soulreavercross moderator

I love Shaun's desk. Shaun if you're reading this, please send me some of those cool toys. If you're not using the Squirtle, I'd give it a nice home :)

profilia
profilia

Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are definitely ones that make you work, especially when you're first starting out. It becomes a lot of fun (and not so much work) after you get past the learning curve though. Now when it comes to farming for rare upgrade items and getting all the trophies/achievements... always work time. :P

sonicare
sonicare

LOL, I almost wrote a blog about games that feel more like work than fun.  BTW, good call on dragon quest games.

kjhg53
kjhg53

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - I never like the shooting gallery mini-games in the Zelda series, but I still try them because I like to see if I can get lucky and get a piece of heart. I kept retrying one of the ones in Majora's Mask, the Clock Town one, and after an insane amount of tries, it was able to beat it and it felt great.

Orlando_Magic
Orlando_Magic

Donkey Kong Country Returns. Getting all the KONG letters in each level to unlock the last world took a long time. A few of these levels I must've died 50-75 times before I finally beat them. I just finished the game yesterday so this was first on my mind. Great game and loved the challenge.also Castlevania Circle of the Moon: getting all DSS cards, beating Battle Arena, 100% map, level 100. Thee best handheld Castlevania game.

Defy_The_Fallen
Defy_The_Fallen

Wouldn't necessarily say there's audio 'problems', but the way the camera works, it wasn't picking up the audio from the 'interviewee' as it were, very well. And the camerawoman was either too close or too loud! 

 

Either way, interesting segment. Is it too much if I were to ask for a GSUK version? :) 

Darthkaiser
Darthkaiser moderator

Everyone seems to be working like dogs at GS save for Watters! Look at his screen! Someone is slaking :P Jk

Anyway I think the games that made /makes me work like a Dog is the Monster Hunter Series, the premise is good, fight a lot cool looking monsters, get their parts, make their armor, fight another monster, get his parts make stronger armor and weapons, fight a stronger monster etc etc. The thing is, you need multiple parts in order to do this, that translates into fighting the monster multiple times and it doesn't give you every part you need, sometimes it gives wings, others carapaces, other claws and so on, that's not all though somtimes parts can have a roughly 2% chance of appearing that means you can fight the monster 20 times and not get the part you're looking for and that's not all capcom decided to put a "desire sensor" in the games, a new technology that can read the player feelings  in order to give him every part BUT the one he "desires" hence the name. Fighting a monster is no easy task either, you need resources, meat, potions, materials to combine items and that is money, money that comes from fighting either the monster you're farming or easier monsters in order to earn enough to get resources to fight the one you're interested in. Best part is once you get the armor you're looking for you find a cooler one and do everything all over again :lol:

Still I enjoy doing that, it's worth going online and bragging about it with people or just braggin with friends when you play multiplayer like "Oh yeah I totally killed alatreon for the armor, naah i had no problem getting his horns, I got them on my 3rd try" (when i reality you fought him like 30)

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

LOL, I think I'm gonna chime in w/ what a couple others said w/ AC1.....but I ain't gonna front I didn't have the patience to finish all those flags.....ugh, that sooo bored the hell out of me! Plus, it wasn't like you got any benefit from doing it so eventually I was all like 'fuck this.....I give up'.

 

Oh and the missions where you had to help another assassin pick up his 'dropped' flag....damn I hated those! XD

Arach666
Arach666

The first Asassins Creed,I ended up killing all the templars and getting all the flags,and it was worth it tbh,I liked the game a lot. 

Never cared about doing the same in the other AC games though.

Dragon66116
Dragon66116

Guitar Hero for me. It took me a long time just to be able to play on Hard/Expert, and there's still a lot of songs that I can't beat.

GeminiEntity
GeminiEntity

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Getting every item and weapon drop to complete the list, along with maxing out everything like certain weapons, personal stats, and castle completion. The game was much longer if you felt the need to do all of this, which I did, lol.

Nerissa
Nerissa

The entire Ratchet and Clank series: getting the RYNO parts, going to all the Moons (A Crack in Time), getting all the gold bolts (all games), leveling all the weapons than leveling them again in Omega range. Most Ratchet games require more than one play through to get everything. It's a lot of work but I enjoy it because I love the franchise.

david_lck
david_lck moderator moderator

Final Fantasy III, all that grinding coupled with never ending random encounters was not only incredibly annoying, it did take out some fun out of the overall experience. Needless to say, I have yet to get back to it.

JogsterXL
JogsterXL

Assassin's Creed, running around getting all the flags. That was no fun, that was a chore.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

Crackdown and those stupid orbs.  Was it worth it?  No.  It's why I stopped halfway through it all.

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

Then there's jak and daxter the precursor legacy (PS2) to those who played it knows getting 100% completion required all ALL 101 power cells ,  getting them all  was hell of a lot of work , Ratche & Clank has you fighting your way through hordes and hordes of robots , espically when it comes to getting 1 million bolts in order to buy "RYHNO" the best weapon in the game , then there's Tourok ( N64 ) haha know what that's probably the most...n,nevermind

vguy555
vguy555 moderator

Metroid: Other M comes to mind.  I was trying to get 100% complete so I'd have to explore all the rooms for an absurd amount of time just to make sure I wouldn't miss one of the power ups.  There are 70 missile tanks alone to find, so it was quite an annoying task.  I think it was worth it at the end because not collecting all of those power ups would make me feel like I haven't completely finished the game.

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

Man oh man there is a whole lot to list , Anyone who remembered Dark Cloud (PS2) knows how hard it was to lv up weapons (especially Chronicle , 7th Heaven ) , the game has you grinding through dungeon after dungeons for ab points , special attachments which were tedious at times looking for special keys to go into the hidden backdoor  ones , and some has you fulfilling certain requirements in order to progress further ,other hand  FF10 (PS2) has you putting serious "SERIOUS" work  through dungeons also , mainly getting legendary weapons and synthesis for HP / MP break armor most of the characters which were annoying as hell , honestly did ANY of you got them all , God of War II (PS2)  temple of the fates , was timeously long  and whoever said they breezed throught it on the first try are LIARS ...

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

Almost every JRPG. Almost all are easy the entire way through then the final boss forces you to run around power leveling to avoid being killed in one attack.

LegendofNerd
LegendofNerd moderator

I remember grinding for hours and hours in Monster Hunter Tri and PSO just to get better gear and weapons. Put at least a couple hundred hours into both of those games. Looking back, it probably wasn't worth it.

dalger21
dalger21

I can remember F-zero for the SNES was the most frustrating game I can remember playing.  Just trying to win consistently was a chore since computer often used the dreaded "rubberband difficulty".  So annoying.  Even now it gets my blood boiling lol.

driton
driton

I remember when I played Prince of Persia-Warrior Within back in the days and made me feel that I worked like a dog in some boss battles.

kitty
kitty moderator

I'm stilling working like a dog to get all of the trophies on Disgaea 4.I'm doing it the "actual" way. 437 hours in. I'm at the point now, where the game will be easy from here on out, finally. I've worked my tail off since xmas. 

dapman418
dapman418

I felt quite accomplished after beating Super Mario Galaxy 2's Grandmaster Galaxy, after 70-some tries. :P

gmax
gmax

Getting the online achievements for Ace Combat 6 was quite a grind, and given that they were online and that it was long after the initial release, there were all the logistics of finding those rare souls willing to put in the hours to get it done...  I enjoyed the rest of the game well enough, but those online achievements were a bit abusive.

 

As for whether it was worth it - I think I'd use one of the answers from the video - yes - but would I do it again?  Heh.  Probably not.

 

I'm a bit more wary of grinding and multiplayer/online achievements these days...  I wouldn't usually play RPGs, but I've driven Skyrim around a little at a friend's, and it seems kind of fun in its way...  I might get a copy when it's like 5 or 10 bucks.

Nightmare-_-
Nightmare-_-

borderland forced me work like dog earn all achivement and spent over 120 hours on this game!

game-ster23
game-ster23

As you stated, Every installment of the Pokemon series forced me to spend hours leveling up my pocket mosters to earn all eight badges.

bbkkristian
bbkkristian

Persona 3 FES: I need stronger persona's... so I gotta level up really bad to beat the final boss.

Allicrombie
Allicrombie moderator moderator

I played Gemstone III about 20 yrs ago, its a text based MUD, that released in 1988, way before most MMO's.  The game is very slow to level in, as you can only kill things til your "mind" meter fills then you have to rest in town for 20-30 min and let your mind soak up all that exp.  It's a real grind.  Now its Gemstone IV and I started playing again recently and despite the numerous changes (new lands, new classes, etc), its still just as big a time sink as ever.

Garrison_Ford
Garrison_Ford

I remember working like a dog in Final Fantasy VII trying to level up characters and materia to the point where I could even stand a chance against Emerald and Ruby. I also remember working like a dog just to stay alive in those battles too!

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

Actually you can go ahead and forget what I said because the game that made me truly work like dog, without really enjoying the outcome was Burnout Paradise. I got the Burnout license or whatever it was called (the last license) but broke a controller while doing it.... I restarted almost every race so many times before succeeding.

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

Most mmos that I play end up being like that, more work than fun. But strangely enough the game that has made me work the hardest, ever, is also my favorite game of all time Dark Souls. You can call me a masochist or whatever but I think the amount of work pays off, because it is incredibly satisfying.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

For me, the only game that eventually felt like a job I had to work hard at was World of Warcraft. Half way into The Burning Crusade, my ex-coworkers (guildies) became douchebags, so I quit. Lich King was hiring, I applied and found a new guild to work for. About a year or two later I quit again and filed for unemployment (console gaming) :P

 

Long story short. WoW is the Walmart of gaming.

Giratina98
Giratina98

DQIX...i spent like 113 hours playing it...parts of it were worth it..the sides quests not so much, but i got some cool gear :lol:

ExoticAnimal
ExoticAnimal

Got a few games that I can think of but it would have to be the Guitar Hero series up to the 3rd game.  I would become so obsessed with trying to 100% each song on expert but also doing it while playing with on both, the right and left handed settings.  It does help being ambidextrous but spent so many hours trying to get everything 100%.  Think I managed to get all the songs 100% on expert except for five which includes, Through the Fire and Flames, Raining Blood, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, The Number of the Beast, and One.  Best I could get for both hands was around 93-95%.  Haven't played it in a long while so kinda rusty now but definitely a lot of fun to play though.

Blabadon
Blabadon

Definitely Dragon Age Origins which I was just playing a few minutes ago. The Deep Roads suck.

charizard1605
charizard1605

I remember when I tried to get 3 stars on all courses in all cups in Mario Kart (I think it was the DS one).

Damn it, that was hard. I hated doing it, it became a grind and a chore, and yet I kept returning to the game for some reason. Maybe I have masochistic tendencies.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Well Catherine really made me sweat trying to reach the top of towers in the challenge mode, me and my friend were playing co-op and took us a while to just climb to the top of the first tower (Altar) and when we were done it felt like we worked like dogs. :P 

 

Also beating any boss in Dark Souls, I had a hard time with the Minotaur and the Great Grey Wolf.

fantasyfacade
fantasyfacade

FFX, the European version, where after finishing the game you can then fight against the dark Aeons and Penance. Just completing the sphere grid wasn't enough you had to start deleting spheres and replacing them with higher stats and getting those deleting spheres were many hours spent in the arena. Then having to repeat the process for each boss to cater for its strengths. Many hours of experience grinding goes into it just to complete the grid, but it was worth it after beating Penance, possible the hardest boss I've had to ever face in any video game.

tmaclabi
tmaclabi

Well since I only have a PS1 and PS2 here, I would say the games that made me work like a dog would be the FF games. and if we consider how much time I spent playing them, the winner would be FF12. I imagine myself working like a dog, beating all those bosses, levelling up, getting new licenses, new summons and items for armors, weapons and accessories But it's really fun!! And It's worth it :)

topsemag55
topsemag55

Final Fantasy VIII, having to draw all those spells, and sometimes the draw failed.

LoG-Sacrament
LoG-Sacrament

Final Fantasy XI. It's both an MMORPG and a JRPG. It has grinding covered. Plus you have to wait on public transportation to get to your grinding/farming spots. It's not work unless you get herded like cattle first. Oh, and you have to go outside the game to learn a bunch of macro commands and ability combination lists to be any good. There are (or used to be, at least) third party sites that track to value of items like some sort of stock market too.

 

I liked the game though. The depth of combat in later levels makes you appreciate a good group of players that have the timing of an orchestra. The waiting during travel makes you appreciate the size of the world and it makes remote areas feel distant in a way that just isnt possible if you can fast travel anywhere for free.

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

"We desperately miss  @sophiatong - it hurts in my heart." -Sean McGinnis, 2012

 

Agreed, McGinnis, agreed.

 

Also, I really appreciate McGee fluffing his golden locks. "Ah, a camera! I must adjust the coiffure!"

 

And myself? I was going to go with Dragon Warrior (that's what we call it here in the U.S.A., Mr. McGinnis!), but I guess I'll go with 25-man Kingslayer in World of Warcraft, pre-nerf. Killing Arthas was a long, hard road, and ultimately very rewarding; no other gaming event has captured that major before or since.

zanelli
zanelli moderator

Well EVE Online comes to mind. Especially if you don't want to pay for your subscription.

lim_ak
lim_ak

Why is the phrase work like a dog? Most dogs you see now days which are domesticated don't really do that much work. Recently Guild Wars, but that was mostly because I was trying to get some of the things that you would naturally get over the course of playing normally over a few months/years in the span of about two weeks. 

Xan26
Xan26

Hum.. thinking of it, BIG NOSE for NES was also pretty complicated, since you'd have to start the game from the very beginning if you failed, but it was not as glorious to finish as Meat Boy was.

Xan26
Xan26

Meat Boy for getting all the bandages. Terrible, most terrible. "Trice" as terrible when you lose all your progress by a hard-drive wipe you did not really intended to make.

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

Hmm, recently it's been Star Trek Online that tends to feel like a job at times with very minimal to no rewards for the effort, especially when trying to earn fleet marks and only getting a few measly marks after being in a vicious battle and being blown up a few times or more.