A clear finish …

I don’t finish a lot of video games, especially RPGs.  Which, actually, are about the only ones that I actually do finish (I don’t count strategy games like, say, Master of Orion 2 where one game is supposed to be an instance of a game, like playing a board game once.  And, interestingly, I don’t think I’ve ever finished one of those for MOO2 either …).

The RPGs I’ve finished are:

  • Suikoden III (multiple times).
  • Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 (multiple times).
  • Persona 3 and Persona 4 (too many times to count)
  • The first two .hack games.  Maybe the third, too.  But since that was 1 game in 4 parts I’m not sure it counts.
  • Shadow Hearts.
  • An old TSR RPG whose name escapes me at the moment (and I only managed to finish it because while the rest of the party was getting slaughtered in the final battle, the wizardess ran out of the room to the end area and won the game for everyone [grin])
  • Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
  • X-Men Legends 1 and 2
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

There are probably a couple that I’m forgetting, but there can’t be too many more.

Now, I have a lot more games than that, and generally not finishing a game doesn’t mean it’s bad.  There are games like Wizardry 8, Icewind Dale 1 and 2, Wizardry: Tales of the Forsaken Land, and Final Fantasy X where I get into them, start playing them, and then get distracted by the next shiny thing and put them aside.  I’ve played the starting dungeon of Wizardry 8 many, many times — because it’s a good game to build a customized part for — and rarely make it past Trenton before something else draws my attention.  Another set of games are games that I start or try to start, but that don’t really grab me right away and so I end up putting them side to play later, like Starcraft, Torment, and the Fallouts.  And there are some games that I start and dislike, like Baldur’s Gate, but that I try to convince myself to give another chance every so often and end up tossing them aside again.  And then there are some games that I buy and don’t really play at all, which I don’t really remember at the moment.

Now, I do think that possibly the fact that my system is out of date and I don’t have a new console will help with the “distracted by shiny objects” part, as I’ll only have old games competing with each other.  But there’ll always be new characters to create or combinations to play that will get me away from any game that is proceeding too slowly, and so I don’t think I’ll ever finish Wizardry 8.

But, in some sense, this is what made City of Heroes such a great game for me.  The character creation was so varied and different powers made for a different enough experience that it could keep me interested.  Well, until I think it started wanting more RAM than I had (or had to spare) and everything slowed down enough to irritate me.  I’d upgrade my PC — or at least try more RAM — but it was also expensive, since for a game like Wizardry 8 if I play it a couple of days a week for a couple of weeks and then put it aside for the next whim it doesn’t cost me anymore, but it would if I left my subscription running while I went to give Fallout another try, or play Rebellion again.

But that’s one benefit of an MMORPG for people who solo a lot: the side benefits of building your own character and having your own adventure where other people may play a part, but you run the show.  And that’s the only thing I miss about them.

Maybe I’ll finish Sakura Wars soon.  I really don’t want it to end up on the list of games that I just never finish, and the shiny things are starting to swarm …

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