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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macaque12
macaque12

It's probably the saddest moment of a gamer: knowing that you don't have time to play everything you want : |


I keep coming back to Deus Ex, finishing it at least once a year since 2006, and damn it feels so bad when it ends, knowing that there's no continue to the story and no game will be able to as amazing as Deus Ex is... f*ck I'm sad now


Caduceus89
Caduceus89

Growing up as a video game hobbyist has been so frustrating. When I was younger, I didn't have the money to buy all the games I wanted but now that I'm older, I have a bloated backlog with precious little time to play (I don't see myself finishing Inquisition until February and I haven't even started Evil Within or played The Witcher 2 even though I bought it in June). Off topic, is  Poo-Pourri a real product?

wallacebickson
wallacebickson

games are long these days? stop taking drugs games are short these days.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

@wallacebickson  you obviously haven't played during the NES days ... a game like Mega Man could be finished in 1h30 when you know what to do and those games were about 70$CAD ... So yes many games take longer to finish but they put many mindless task to do and doesn't have any reason to replay them unlike a game like Mega Man, I don't know how many times I played Mega Man 3 as a kid and it was always fun ! We didn't have the internet or a lot of money to buy many mag to know everything that came out so we played what we had and I think we enjoyed more our games than today play-it, finish-it move to the next big hit that you wi'll forget in a month or so.

Chupacabra3332
Chupacabra3332

When I played Fallout 3 on the PC I was like: Man this place is huge!! loved It, even tho I didnt finished the game by far, I was happy with what I saw, same happened with Skyrim. Theyre a satisfying experience with 5 or more hours. You feel complete with what you saw there. No need to finish the game. Maybe one day...

whitejackel
whitejackel

I totally agree with ya about skyrim and fallout and a few others. and how that sense of wow i just beat the game! is great but then its i just beat the game..... now what.... kinda sadness my wife and friends cant understand why out of 300 games i still have 40 some im playing at the same time. but you well got to the point. sorry for the bad pun haha

ledanz
ledanz

So yes, maybe we stop playing some games because we don't want them to end, we definitely stop playing some games because we're bored with them but we also stop playing some of them because we get stuck and we're angry with them. Happened to me with GTA 4 on pc. I'm just not very good at riding a motorcycle to catch up on bikers I'm supposed to kill (I ended up completing this mission using a car) or driving a battered car to do a drug delivery in a limited time. Sometimes I hated driving so much in this game. Actual driving is never that difficult. I would understand if it were on snow or mud but come on, the roads are nice in Liberty City. 

thedarkoil
thedarkoil

I spent hours on far cry 2 on the hardest setting collecting everything before moving up to the second map area and then I eventually got to a mission which rendered my save file broken which meant I couldn't finish it, I've never felt so cheated by a game in my life.

ledanz
ledanz

@thedarkoil Hi, I understand your frustration. I decided to stick with the game and realized that this was a conscious choice on the part of the game developpers making the game more challenging but also, ultimately more fun. I encourage you to go back to it, you just need to strategize more. Farcry 2 is one of the best games I played. 

BoromiRwcgeorge
BoromiRwcgeorge

500 hours in fallout.

1k hours in new vegas.

2k hours in skyrim... and still counting.

IndependenceYou
IndependenceYou

I had to do the math.

If true if you played four hours a day every day for a year that still only be 1,344 hours hahah.

IndependenceYou
IndependenceYou

2000 hours is almost 3 months. I find that very hard to believe. So by default i cant believe the other twooo. But if truee. Thats impressive.

vickissv2
vickissv2

Most people didn't finish fallout because there were just  way too many hot games coming out at that time. 

Raizak
Raizak

Uncompleted games really bother me and make me kind of depressed sometimes. What's considered a completed game is a lot different for me as well because to me it's not complete until I earn the platinum trophy. So there's all those games that lost online, making the platinum impossible, that I beat myself up over for not "completing" them. Gaming is often like a checklist to me and I just want to finish them all. Because of my obsession with completing games, I have an extremely difficult time enjoying games with no goals like sandbox games or any game with a multiplayer aspect. I have a lot of friends who are the polar opposite, so it's near impossible for us to ever play a game together and it's depressing. 

amar1234
amar1234

i was so sad when  mass effect ended, it was literally like a someone i knew died. It was like a feeling of emptiness for days afterwards. I knew that would happen to me i purposely avoided playing the ending fro as long as possible. Think mass effect games were just too short they leave you longing for more!! part 2 and part 3 were especially guilty of this. Part 1 at least felt more epic. 

luqmanr
luqmanr

There's this magical thing about skyrim Danny. I kept on playing even after the main quest was over. I think I might actually spend more time on mods and doing useless stuffs in skyrim rather than the main quest. Right after school I would turn on my computer, and just be there. Doing homework while enjoying the music, the scenery. Watching the towns people do about their stuff. I was practically living here and in there. The only reason I stopped playing it is because I went to university back in 2012. and I still watch Seb's and Cam's top 5 mods of the week!

trackles
trackles

Mass Effect 1 and Skyrim

scarred_fox
scarred_fox

agree with you. I've yet to visit the elders on the mountain top on skyrim. just been exploring and doing side quests. games I've gotten pretty bored of tend to be those that ask to collect this and collect that. example is AC series. So0o0o0o0o mundane to collect all those animus fragments and currently on Batman arkham origins collecting the enigma data packs.


if I EVER get done with all my games that have been collecting dust then I'll dive back into skyrim. all my nexus mods are up to date XD

EvulMonkai
EvulMonkai

Funny that as I'm playing F: New Vegas right now in hopes of actually finishing the main questline this time round.

streamline
streamline

I tried by (almost) going straight to New Vegas but got bored once I got there. It was the exploring of the world that I enjoyed and the storyline just wasn't compelling.

Dempzi
Dempzi

I've not finished GTA but the reason for that is I will play it on next gen. Assassins Creed Revelations is one of a very few games that I've not completed just as it got so boring and it's probably the reason that I've not played another Assassins Creed since.

lordshifu
lordshifu

@Dempzi black flag is kinda awesome but it gets boring soon too :P I just dont get how the game is 9.0 rated here in gamespot

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.

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)

euphoric666
euphoric666

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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.

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 :).