Does anyone else just get burnt out by these giant open-world games?

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#1 Edited by elysse77 (2 posts) -

Hello everyone,

So I recently started playing AC Odyssey, and it just is too overwhelming. I open up my quest log and I just see menial tasks again and again; none of it is enjoyable or worth my time as a player; it feels like just busy work with awkward dialogue and characters I have no interest at all in. The gameplay is great sure, and the game looks beautiful, but the game in some way just feels boring, almost lifeless.NoxVidMateMobdro

I guess what I'm trying to get at is these AAA open-world games are just getting so repetitive year after year... how many bandit camps or fetch quests can I do before I just give up? It's weird because I absolutely love the open-world genre, but developers need to make me invested in why I'm even playing your game. Every environment looks the exact same, the map is just gigantic for the sake of it, not for any reasonable gameplay decision to respect the player's time. It's come to the point where I don't even want to start up the game because it's just content overload. Odyssey is the video game equivalent of modern superhero movies (no offense to Marvel fans).

Unpopular opinion I know, but we've reached a point where games are sacrificing quality for quantity... I'd 100% rather have half the amount of side quests and main missions and a much smaller map if that meant content I actually care about.

Thank you!

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#2 Posted by Sevenizz (3911 posts) -

I’ve come to the conclusion that I just don’t like RPGs. Open world or not (aren’t they all open world?).

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#3 Posted by Coolyfett (6046 posts) -

The games are designed to steal a lot of your time. They create games hoping to keep you from playing other games. Rockstar & Bioware are to blame. All the other devs are attempting to do what they do. Create a world you dont want to leave and one you want to accomplish a lot in. Often times players want to play as many games as they can, but these new open world RPG games prevent this.

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#4 Posted by DaVillain- (36951 posts) -

I been playing open-world games for years and still not even getting burned out. To be honest, open-world games adds more value for the money I pay for and take Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt for example, it took me 3 months to beat it when it launch. Now that's what I called a true value for the money and I want to play more of an even bigger open-world games like that. Even Horizon: Zero Dawn gave me the satisfaction value for the money.

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#5 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (18992 posts) -

@elysse77: I absolutely agree... I'm very turned off by open world games nowadays.

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#6 Posted by DoomNukem3D (244 posts) -

I'd rather play a game that's short but refined and trimmed of fat, than one thats long, full of content, but a good chunk of it is busy work and needles wandering around thrown in just to extend playtime.

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#7 Edited by DoomNukem3D (244 posts) -

@Sevenizz: They are not all open world and rpg can be a bit of a loose term since you have turn based RPGs, action RPGs, and games that try to be a blend of both.

Also not all open world games are rpgs.

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#8 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (18992 posts) -

@doomnukem3d said:

I'd rather play a game that's short but refined and trimmed of fat, than one thats long, full of content, but a good chunk of it is busy work and needles wandering around thrown in just to extend playtime.

Exactly.

The perfect example I've brought up before is that I got just as much enjoyment/satisfaction out of a 2-3 hour game like Inside, as I did a 60-70+ hour game like Red Dead 2. As much as I really liked RDR2, I think it would've been a better game if they just trimmed the fat a little.

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#9 Posted by DoomNukem3D (244 posts) -

@hrt_rulz01: Also personally I've probably put more time in a lot of my favorite shorter games than I have longer games since I tend to replay them a lot more.

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#10 Posted by SoNin360 (7088 posts) -

While it's generally my go-to genre, I understand the sentiment. They often boil to just running around a map, collecting things, and completing variations of the same type of activity. Sometimes, I don't mind doing that. Other times I need to switch up genres, but overall I like having the freedom to explore games. I don't find anything inherently wrong with more linear games, I just prefer to explore games and complete them at my own pace. And open world games are perfect for that. Some are obviously better than others, but I'll take a mediocre open world game over a mediocre linear game.

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#11 Posted by cyberpunk_2077 (601 posts) -

I think they are overdone nowadays. There are certain ones that are done well and as such I don't mind them.

However, Ubisoft generally has the more tedious and meaningless games based on open world platform these days.

I do agree however that you certainly get your monies worth in 'quality' playtime.

I don't play games hours on end and tend to play here and there which probably also makes a difference.

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#12 Posted by SaltSlasher (1150 posts) -

The last few big games like that, yes I got burnt out towards the end.

In AC Origins, I was playing game with intention of getting every achievement, and basically cleaned up majority of the map doing all that basic work, and started avoiding side missions. Then I got to this point where I had to head north into an area I haven't been and basically butt rushed the last 10% of the game and finished that night, cause I just didn't want to bother anymore.

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#13 Edited by Coolyfett (6046 posts) -

@davillain- said:

I been playing open-world games for years and still not even getting burned out. To be honest, open-world games adds more value for the money I pay for and take Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt for example, it took me 3 months to beat it when it launch. Now that's what I called a true value for the money and I want to play more of an even bigger open-world games like that. Even Horizon: Zero Dawn gave me the satisfaction value for the money.

Are you able to focus on other games while playing these are do you only concentrate one game at a time? Just curious about this with other players as well.

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#14 Posted by Robbie23 (367 posts) -

I feel like God of War did the open world style perfect. I usually get bored of open world games quickly, but GoW had me engaged the whole way through even the side quests were pretty much full levels.

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#15 Posted by npiet1 (2318 posts) -

@hrt_rulz01 said:
@doomnukem3d said:

I'd rather play a game that's short but refined and trimmed of fat, than one thats long, full of content, but a good chunk of it is busy work and needles wandering around thrown in just to extend playtime.

Exactly.

The perfect example I've brought up before is that I got just as much enjoyment/satisfaction out of a 2-3 hour game like Inside, as I did a 60-70+ hour game like Red Dead 2. As much as I really liked RDR2, I think it would've been a better game if they just trimmed the fat a little.

I havn't played RDR2 but if its anything like the first, I could have a cig and just be almost there. It's horrible.

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#16 Posted by DoomNukem3D (244 posts) -

@npiet1: I didnt like the first RDR either and despite the massive praise RDR 2 is getting I'm not in a hurry to play it, it sounds like it suffers from the same issues based on what I've heard.

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#17 Edited by DaVillain- (36951 posts) -

@Coolyfett said:
@davillain- said:

I been playing open-world games for years and still not even getting burned out. To be honest, open-world games adds more value for the money I pay for and take Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt for example, it took me 3 months to beat it when it launch. Now that's what I called a true value for the money and I want to play more of an even bigger open-world games like that. Even Horizon: Zero Dawn gave me the satisfaction value for the money.

Are you able to focus on other games while playing these are do you only concentrate one game at a time? Just curious about this with other players as well.

It really depends what I'm in the mood playing but on my PC, I only install 20 games at a time though and I have bad habits of playing multiple games but I only do heavy gaming during my days off work. Gaming is my only hobby making it easier to get my games complete while not being distracted despite I have a family to care for.

If it's a game I'm really engaging and it's way more fun, I tend to focus on that game first before I do anything else. But at times, I'll take a break maybe 3 days and return playing were I left off and Witcher 3 for example took me 3 months to beat because I kept exploring the maps and I was hardly playing anything else but Witcher 3 so I can complete it. Gaming is my passion, so it's normally not that hard to be distracted cause I'm good at doing multiple stuff on my PC. I own a Switch as well and I only play it when I'm out of the house making it much easier to play the exclusive without being distracted at home.

You just gotta learn to balance how you play and playing other games that works for you.

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#18 Posted by Solaryellow (4957 posts) -

RDR2. As of yet I am still progressing because there is so much to do borderline too much to do. As such I can only play it for an hour or two because every time I am appearing to progress, more things appear side mission or not. IMO it is 10x's what it was in GTA IV & V.

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#19 Posted by GettingonwithGamingLife (243 posts) -

I played too many of them, and now have burned out so I am anything for the nice and linear lol, but a good open world rpg can't escape my eye. Spiderman I think was the last of them that I was going to play, looking at indies now.

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#20 Posted by CTR360 (8709 posts) -

i love open world games but i think some times i am tired wit them

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#21 Edited by TurboGraphix (493 posts) -

Burnt out, tired, bored, etc of any and all open world games. It's just annoying at this point..not everygame needs a map...not every game needs to show damage points when u hurt an enemy. Back in the day, that would classify as an RPG. Now, everything a rpg lol. FoH. Give me that 5 hour Gears of Fucking War 1 campaign anyday, I'm happy.

Also, going back to what the OP saying with AC Odyssey I personally think RPG elements/terrible story is what killed off the AC franchise for me. The last simple AC was syndicate, after that they went full RPG. So I think we are on the same page.

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#22 Edited by texasarlington (3 posts) -

i never liked open world games

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#23 Posted by gopre (206 posts) -

@davillain-: You nailed it. Open world gives you more bang for your buck.

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#24 Posted by DaVillain- (36951 posts) -

@gopre said:

@davillain-: You nailed it. Open world gives you more bang for your buck.

I mean, they really do, but I can understand why others think otherwise besides how I handle open-world games. I learn it's easier to not do any too much fetch-quest if they don't add anything to the main story-line and try to do only side missions that are critical only.

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#25 Posted by Amnesiac23 (8452 posts) -

I love open world games, but I rarely finish them. I get caught up in all the side quests and eventually get bored.

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#26 Posted by livingdeadman (214 posts) -

I enjoyed the gameplay of The Witcher 3, even running around the map, but I got overwhelmed by all the quests in the game. I was only 45 mins in the game and I completely stopped. I tried two times to like The Witcher 3.

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#27 Posted by Kadin_Kai (505 posts) -

@livingdeadman: You need to give the Witcher 3 a little more time. It’s fabulous!

In my opinion, many open world games in recently years are just full of rubbish quests, but the Witcher 3 is an exception. The quests are good and backed with a great stories.

I rarely play games twice, but I did play the Witcher 3 twice. The first time just the main game on the PS4. I then bought it for the Xbox One X and I played all the DLCs.

Far Cry 5 was overdone. I think many of the missions were a bit dull. I feel it was highly overrated.

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#28 Posted by livingdeadman (214 posts) -

@kadin_kai: Okay, I will get the Complete Edition thank you. I did like The Witcher 2 so I'll try again.