“I’ve got nothing to play”
Most gamers will have uttered this phrase at some point, no doubt whilst scrolling through lists of uninstalled games on Steam or digging through boxes of cartridges. Sometimes too much choice isn’t always a good thing. The backlog slowly begins to grow.
I’m certainly guilty of this myself – especially true of games with ever increasing story line length or map size. ‘I’ll play some of this new game and then get back to this’ I often tell myself. Rinse and repeat.
In fact, this exact thought hit me when Assassins Creed III Remastered was released in March this year. ‘Hang on, I never did get around to finishing the original game’, before realising it had actually been several years since I’d last played it.
I wrote this post after stumbling across a portion of Polygon’s site which struck close to home:
The aptly titled post “My enormous backlog forced me to savour short, sweet stories” by Cass Marshall rang true during May with the addition of What Becomes of Edith Finch to the PS Plus lineup. Being able to complete a short game within the space of an afternoon has its rewards, though being sparser in content than larger games, the player is able to appreciate the experience as a whole.
You’ve got the potential to miss out on this when playing a much larger game story wise, especially if you have a disjointed gaming experience due to jumping across a range of other games and consoles. The curse strikes.
I sometimes feel like I’ve cheated myself out of truly enjoying and appreciating the game to its full potential, compounded when I have to ask myself ‘what did that character do in the first mission again?’
June 2019 Goals
So, to try and avoid some of these pitfalls, I’m setting myself a challenge for the month to finish two games I’ve stalled midway through for some time. First up will be Red Faction Guerrilla ‘Remarstered’ for PS4 – Guerrilla was one of my favourite games last gen so I’m keen to get this completed.
After that, I’ll get around to finishing off Dragon Age Origins on PC. This will be our first ’10 Years On’ feature, examining how well games have held up a decade later.
Wish me luck!