The Point - Those Games You Never Completed

Danny talks about how we stop playing some games out of boredom, while others we stop playing because we never want them to end.

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Konuvis
Konuvis

List of games I haven't finished for 'some' reason (though I want to) Fallout 3, BG2, Thief, Longest Journey, NWN, FF XIII.... I think a lot of these is the time commitment and that married life makes it difficult.

When you get the 2h to play it's not really enough to do much in those games (hell in an MMO you barely get started after 1h) and so you go to the more bitw sized games..... or you watch a series (gasp!)

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

for example, here are some of the games I own and never finished: Dead Rising 2, Infamous 2, Bioshock 2, Far Cry 2 and 3, Dark Souls, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Need For Speed: The Run, Legend of Zelda: Twighlight Princess thats just a few of them, Man just too many on my shelf collecting dust......................

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

I thought I was one of few who felt this way about their video games but by looking at the comments I can tell I'm not, lol. I used to play video games all the time as a teenager and even quite a bit in college. However since I've grown a bit older, started a career and a family...I have waaay less time to play these games I love.

However I still seem to buy games, just not finish them. I guess when I'm in a game store and see a game or on a website (at work, lol) watching reviews of a game, I start imagining myself finishing the whole game and loving it. However (even after "learning my lesson" many many times) reality hits and, though the game may have been great....I never get around to finishing it.

I'm actually fine with my PS4 not coming out with to many games lately because, like you said Danny, I can go back to my many PS3 games and pick one back up. I've sooooo wanted to finish Oblivion/Skyrim, the God of War saga, Batman Arkham series, Borderlands2, Final Fantasy games (don't hate), Dragon Age, Infamous 2, GTA5, even Rocksmith(lol), etc....the list goes on and on it seems. However I find myself with very little time to actually "play" games and whenever I do have time, it's usually not enough to immerse myself into one of these amazing titles so I force myself to play ~20-30 minutes of CoD or Assassins Creed instead.

Once again....GREAT video, Danny! Probably one of the best I've seen of The Point in my opinion! Keep it up!

Wensea10
Wensea10

This is why it is difficult to play video games because as we get older we do not have enough time but they are one of the best addictive hobbies.

simon1812
simon1812

hmm funny, I also played skyrim and Fallout:NV and never finished them, I liked them a lot , guess I dindt wanted it to end, even though I never played them ever again.

snaketus
snaketus

I have so many games around laying unfinished. Especially those time consuming one. The very reason why I usually skip 100+ hours RPGs anyway. I don't have the time, but when little window for gaming comes or I even feel like it's usually one match of NHL, one race in Gran Turismo or something like that.

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

Great episode, Danny... BUT NOW YOU MADE ME HUNGRY

TirOrah
TirOrah

Skyrim is a great example of this, even as vanilla. But if you buy it on PC, the modding pretty much never ends. Not for a good while, at least. The only thing holding you back nowadays is your computer specs. 

euphoric666
euphoric666

So gamespot no longer wants us to express ourselves anymore here. Just swallow their review opinions and shut up. Titanfall is ok, but it gets old too soon, like after 3 hours.

EMPTY-V
EMPTY-V

Haven't beat the Skyrim main story quest yet. I'm about 750 hours into the game. I just had to try out all the races and classes/play-styles. I also just beat The Last of Us and am a bit sad the exhilaration I felt from the first run doesn't fully carry over into the 2nd run, though I still am enjoying the new game + feature and Survival mode.

Joesocwork
Joesocwork

"Getting your fill", like in food and appetite, is an excellent analogy.  I'd say that's a major reason I don't complete games I otherwise love. I often tend to stop when I feel I reached a certain max, whether it's the story's max or not. So far, I am liking Skyrim's graduated leveling system and hopefully that will make it a game I finally complete the Main Quest this time around. 

Jock9
Jock9

I fully agree Danny, I've found the games that I savour and enjoy are usually Bethesda gems; Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Skyrim and of course Oblivion. But then that's not all, you have all of the DLC to buy for it. That adds many more hours on top, especially the Broken Steel DLC for Fallout 3, Lonesome Road for New Vegas, and of course the massive Dragonborn for Skyrim. Finally I also play Shivering Isles and Knights of The Nine for Oblivion. That's another thirty hours added on for all four games, even more if you own all DLC's for the games. 

carolino
carolino

the predictive reaction to troling is getting almost as fun as trolling 

not sure if anti-trolling jornalism is good or bad 

trolling is just that strong



Romayo83
Romayo83

Bought TF. I haven't touched a campaign for an FPS title since COD: World at War. Love it. Great game. Will play for a while most likely till I hit max rank.

GunEye
GunEye

Damn I should add:

Those games you bought and never opened the case (The Last of Us).

Those games you bought saw the opening cutscene and never played.(Ni-No-Kuni).

Those games you wished to finish and never able to finish. (FF XIII-2).

And Those games you loved, got hooked like crazy, but forgot about and neglected halfway for months when new games came out. (Bioshock Infinite, then Skyrim pc - still need to finish Infinite).


Man.... I have such a long backlog.... don't know where to start.

coaltango
coaltango

this episode was so lame & boring

weapon_x57
weapon_x57

Lets face it...its just the PS Fanboys Jealous they don't have such a great game that tweaks the FPS paradigm....and they sulking about it.

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

I hate multiplayer...that won't change anytime soon, but i won't bash Titanfall because of it. I just hope this kind of MP only game doesn't become the norm this generation.

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

My backlog goes all the way back to the PS2 days....is that bad. I don't know, just been so focus on MP games due to there pick up and play nature. As you grow older you have less time to play and finish games. 


My backlog is really bad....it goes all the way to the ps2 era xD. I own all the Ps2 Shin megami games but only pass Nocturne...it's that bad xD. 

BillMarz
BillMarz

I'm the type that will usually slog through to the end of a game, even if I don't like it that much. I did that with Infamous, which is a game I really disliked, but he joke was on me. Turns out the whole game was just a set up for the sequel (which I have no desire of ever playing).  Enjoyed the heck out of BioShock, not so much BioShock 2. I did quit Assassins Creed, only because I happened to play AC 2 before AC 1. I started AC 1, but the game play and missions were inferior enough to AC 2 that I gave it up after about six hours invested. I loved Fallout 3 and New Vegas, but I hated the end of both because I pursue all the side missions before completing the main quest. Then, just as I'm leveled up and really kicking it the game ends and there's nothing left to do. I hate being dressed up with the best perks and weapons with nowhere to go! Getting there is a lot of fun, though. My all-time replay game is Resident Evil 4. I loved how after you played through once you were able to keep the weapons acquired and continue to level them up. I've played through RE4 at least 5 times on GameCube, then Wii because it handled GameCube titles. I eventually leveled enough to get the infinite rocket launcher and the Chicago Typewriter (Thompson SG). Spent many an hour blasting apart those infected villagers! RE4 is an all-time great!

robitussin217
robitussin217

I'm similar. I've finished Skyrim once throughout 10 characters and never finished Oblivion across as many characters or more. I think it has something to do with our personality types. According to Meyers' Briggs,' I'm an INFP. I can't remember, but it may be that "NF" section that makes us the sort that relishes the process much more than the resolution. 

Paladin_King
Paladin_King

Final Fantasy XIII is the big one that I started and never completed.


And it's never going to happen.


That game felt like work.  It was just so boring.  The characters, the story, the gameplay, it was just so damned boring and so goddamned long.  It's never going to happen.

cornbredx
cornbredx

Ya, Danny. You nailed it. 

Often I stop playing games because I am done with them (I wouldn't call it bored, just as you said in the video I had my fill and with long open world games that's really enough and worth the purchase price). There are times I do get bored with games, usually when it just feels like a slog to play.

There are some story focused games I sometimes slow down playing because I don't want them to end and then end up forgetting about them. Not because they're bad but because I don't want the experience to end. It's a weird thing. I think that's why games try to grab you when they're story focused. So you do finish them and don't want to leave. Infinite was a good example of that for me.

Dark Souls is great because you can keep going back to it and the experience, while it does pseudo end it doesn't ever end really because the developers were smart and put in new game +, the story is abstract so it's there if you want it but not in your face (even at the "end") and the game is fun enough to keep going back to it. I've probably played that game too much. Such a good game.

javalino
javalino

I dont remember all  but just recently i finished FF tactics ( started all over again because i didn't save before Weigraft) (15 years ), FF7 Crysis core (2 years) , and tactics ogre(2 years).  And now i am on FF XII (after 7 years).  All of this because i realized that mobile game are dead, give my iphone to my wife and now i am using a feature phone. 

VincentVega13
VincentVega13

I never finished Devil May Cry 4 because I just couldn't be arsed with the final boss fight. I died 5 times within the space of 20 minutes and just thought "screw this," and shelved it.

Raziel5483
Raziel5483

I have over 350 hours invested in Dark Souls and have only beat it once because a buddy asked me how it ended. I used to be the type that would push my way through a game in a day or weekend but nowadays I look for that immersion into another world. Don't really care for multiplayer because I feel it detracts from the experience.

Warful
Warful

There are several games that I felt so torn on playing because, I HAD to reach the ending, I had to know what happened - But I grew ever the more sad when I realized I was nearing completion of the game.

Bioshock, Mass Effect, Metal Gear Solid, Halo, Uncharted and The Last of Us,

to name just some that really tore me apart.

I don't think I ever stopped playing a game deliberately to not reach the end,

but with Mass Effect or Skyrim f.x I steared clear from the main quest often to savour the experience and to really dig as deep as I could into the lore and the universe, I didn't want it to end but I knew I had to.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

Main reason people dont finish games these days is online play, simple as that. And since launch of last gen to current is been an era when i had most unfinished games. Either get bored then leave it for a while or get stuck into some online with friends, feel bad to refuse haha

Paoksis
Paoksis

i never stopped a game because i never wanted it to end lol!

hiddendragon28
hiddendragon28

I played over 1000 hrs on skyrim gr8 game, bf3 2years solid, hate bf4 for the crashes & locking out of console I played & finished black flag twice plus the dlc I'm bored with it now but I'll carry on to 5million R, i have nearly 3,played & finished all GOW on ps2 & ps3 except Acension think I'm missing something, this is the I will not finish I'll save it for another day.

yavix
yavix

I just beat two games just last month, DMC and Remember Me. Both PS+ games and both Capcom games. I've got a huge back log of games to complete, and I doubt I'll ever beat them all, but until Infamous Second Son, and Mario Kart 8 come out I'll try to plow through some of that backlog.

coolkid93
coolkid93

I'll finish some games. I'll sometimes stop because I'll either get bored with a game, like a game but have a more interesting game to play, or I'm just too lazy to finish it. I've tried playing Halo 3 but that game is boring. If I do, I'm in the mind set of "lets hurry up and get this over with." Skyrim is one that I like but I have other games that I find more interesting. After mentioning it, I want to play it but then as soon as I pop the disc in, I'll be like "do I really want to play this?" and go back to BF4 or GTA V. 

ruudboy5
ruudboy5

I'm disgustingly bad at finishing games. There are games that I absolutely love that I've never been arsed to finish. I can't even come up with a good reason it's pretty much just a shocking attention span that leads me to prefer to try a new game instead of finish one that might've taken extra effort to finish.

Ark1of712
Ark1of712

Danny, you wore the same shirt two episodes in a row :)

amar1234
amar1234

@euphoric666  


you commented on the wrong video! you want the video after or before this ( the videos go to next one after you watch one, so it not your fault really)

EMPTY-V
EMPTY-V

@Jock9 and then there's mods on top of that if you play those Bethesda games on PC which can completely change how the game plays - usually for the better.

Jock9
Jock9

@GunEye  Seriously man, if you make two games your ultimate goal in completing then make it Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us, get playing them mate. I own both, and continuously play them, re-completing them. Hell because of this video of Danny's today I restarted playing Bioshock Infinite, and am aiming to play The Last of Us again from the start tomorrow. 


Now to add more dilemma to my life, I also want to replay similar games that drew me in and wouldn't let me go. So starting tomorrow since I have no real good games on PS4 to complete, except maybe Outlast I'll be restarting these games starting tomorrow;


Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patriots

Dragon Age 2

Dragon Age: Origins

Metro: Last Light

Heavy Rain (I stopped halfway)

Beyond: Two Souls (I stopped halfway)

Dead Space 2


and some more I can't remember, but that's my plan until the games I am waiting for on PS4 arrive.



EMPTY-V
EMPTY-V

@weapon_x57 I'll admit, I am playing my PS3 more than the PS4 for lack of software. But I am farrrrrrrrrr from being jealous of Titanfall for Xbox, since I own a PC which could play Titanfall better if I cared enough to buy it.

cws3e
cws3e

@weapon_x57  


Never owned a Sony console, don't like TitanFall.  I like a little more strategy in my shooters instead of all this fast twitch hamsters on meth mechanics.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@weapon_x57  why do we need a great game that tweaks the fps paradigm when we can have an innovative game which raises the bar for fps games in general. that game is called planetside 2, is free to play, has more customisation than titan fall, has mechs, aircrafts vehicles and 6000 player server. basically it is like halo multiplayer injected with adrenaline.


nobody is jealous of titan fall :).

cws3e
cws3e

@CaptainBerserk  I doubt it will become the norm games like Destiny and The Division, which blend the too might though.

Darri
Darri

@Paladin_King  Yep I dont blame you. I only completed it out of a sense of duty, as the FF series is my favorite of all time. Although, with more games like 13, it won´t be for long...

daviz88
daviz88

i feel you man.games like infamous, skyrim , mass effect arkham city ,I often stray off the main path to savour the moment

Ragnagoth
Ragnagoth

@Warful  I can relate to that, specialy in exactly the same tittles you mention. These are games that are so alive in ones imagination that we just want to keep exploring them.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Thinking about getting a Wiiu anything coming out this year I should look out for?

euphoric666
euphoric666

@amar1234 can you believe that I thought they had deleted my comment! hahaha! thank you sir!