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Offline Kavik

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Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« on: Thu, 09 April 2020, 15:24:28 »
For me, they're

Golden Sun: The Lost Age I started playing this in 2002, but I got stuck in the desert area at the beginning of the game; consequently, I didn't finish it until 2005 when I somehow figured out where to go. This game was much longer than the original as well, so, even after figuring out how to get past my block, it took me a while to beat it.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn I bought this game in 2012 because I saw it at a Target when I was out of town. I think I'd heard about it briefly but never saw it in stores. I proceeded to buy it and play it for about thirty minutes. I picked it up again in 2014 and played it for a few days on another road trip. I can't remember if I played it again after that, but I got stuck. A few days ago, I picked it up and somehow immediately figured out where to go (funny how that works). Maybe I'll beat it some day.

Star Tropics I'll probably never beat this one. I've been starting a new save file, beating the first cave, putting the game down and forgetting where I was, and starting a new save file every few years since 1998. My brother had beaten it a few years earlier but I don't think we actually owned a copy until '98. I'd really like to play through this one in its entirety, but I can't seem to stick with it.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption The original Metroid Prime is my favorite game of all time. I was not a big fan of the second one. The third one is cool, but I hate the Wii Remote controls (I've heard of a Dolphin version that uses mouse and keyboard, which sounds awesome); they just aren't conducive to long game sessions, which Metroid Prime requires. This is another one that I've restarted multiple times because I forget where I was, but I became so tired of replaying the first hour or two that I've just decided to be lost if I ever get back to it. So far, I've been playing this since 2007 on and off and have never beaten it.

Bomberman 64: The Second Attack For some reason, I thought this game was really hard back in the day. I recently started over and beat it over the course of a few weekends with a friend. It was difficult, but not as hard as I had remembered. So this one spanned 2000 to 2020 (I can't remember if we finished it early this year or late last year).

I'm sure there are others, but some games I would probably consider "abandoned" because I don't intend on ever finishing them (like the Banjo Kazookie games).
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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 09 April 2020, 16:22:27 »
If we are including games that you can't finish:

Dwarf Fortress, and I hope I never do, I love that game to shreds.

But taking the question more seriously:

1. I've never finished Dark Souls, I want to, I keep planning to, and just never doing it.

2. The Witcher 3, dear lord do my friends give me flak about that.

3. Owlboy, I waited for this game for years, played the first little area, and went to work, and promptly never touched it again.  :(

I feel personally attacked about the Banjo Kazooie games, but for those, I didn't want to go Jinjo Hunting, I loved the games, but I'll never 100% them, Yuka-Laylee is in the same boat, I didn't make it nearly as far with that though, it just didn't have the feel I wanted.

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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 09 April 2020, 16:35:07 »
I feel personally attacked about the Banjo Kazooie games, but for those, I didn't want to go Jinjo Hunting, I loved the games, but I'll never 100% them, Yuka-Laylee is in the same boat, I didn't make it nearly as far with that though, it just didn't have the feel I wanted.

Ha, the reason I consider those abandoned is that I had to start over on Banjo Kazooie after the game was stolen from my brother's dorm room in '98 or '99 and I had to buy another copy (I remember being rather far into the game). It just left me with a bad feeling that persists over twenty years later. Banjo Tooie was released a couple years later and I loved it, but it was a major time sink. I have no idea where I left off in 2001 or whenever it was, so I started a new save file a month or two ago and realized how big of an undertaking it would be to play over again and didn't pursue it. Maybe if I didn't try to get 100%, as you said, I could just enjoy playing through it.

I started Dark Souls, but I didn't play it enough to consider myself invested. Now my two Xbox 360s are dead, so I can't play it anyway. I've never played the Witcher games though.

I've also realized that everything I own for the Wii U probably qualifies for this thread.
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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 09 April 2020, 17:31:08 »
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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 09 April 2020, 17:32:40 »
Original Zelda.
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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 09 April 2020, 18:36:24 »
Original Zelda.

The funny thing is that the original Zelda for NES and Link's Awakening for GB are the only one's I've actually completed. I have become stuck on all the other Zeldas I've tried.
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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 09 April 2020, 20:24:21 »
I don't finish most games actually. I don't really give two ****s about story, so whenever I've had my fill of whatever the game play loop is I just stop playing. Not caring about the story prevents me from having the want to pick it back up.

It's weird because story used to be the most important thing to me, but I realized it's pointless in the face of bad or unfun mechanics. Thus concluded story in video games is merely window dressing. Meaningless when compared to the actual play.

Funny outlook coming from a writer, but games are meant to be played. If you take the story by itself it is no longer is a game, so the story must be meaningless.

Or better yet - deliver the story through the game play like a good game does.

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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 09 April 2020, 21:22:00 »
I feel personally attacked about the Banjo Kazooie games, but for those, I didn't want to go Jinjo Hunting, I loved the games, but I'll never 100% them, Yuka-Laylee is in the same boat, I didn't make it nearly as far with that though, it just didn't have the feel I wanted.

Ha, the reason I consider those abandoned is that I had to start over on Banjo Kazooie after the game was stolen from my brother's dorm room in '98 or '99 and I had to buy another copy (I remember being rather far into the game). It just left me with a bad feeling that persists over twenty years later. Banjo Tooie was released a couple years later and I loved it, but it was a major time sink. I have no idea where I left off in 2001 or whenever it was, so I started a new save file a month or two ago and realized how big of an undertaking it would be to play over again and didn't pursue it. Maybe if I didn't try to get 100%, as you said, I could just enjoy playing through it.

I started Dark Souls, but I didn't play it enough to consider myself invested. Now my two Xbox 360s are dead, so I can't play it anyway. I've never played the Witcher games though.

I've also realized that everything I own for the Wii U probably qualifies for this thread.

I feel that, there are games I got into but something in life made me just not like them and I never wanted to go back because of it, Super Smash Bros. Brawl wasn't particularly loved, but when I played it back in the day, I played it with one of the worst people I ever had to live with, I did it twice out of politeness, and never touched the game again. I moved out a half year later, which was 6 months of hell.

My one Xbox 360 died very very fast, it lasted about a year, and I didn't put in the warranty on it fast enough, I regret that.  Even though it was more than a decade ago.

You are right on the Wii U as well, I've still not finished breath of the wild. I even have it emulated on my PC now, and I still haven't done that. I need to.

It just made me sad to realize that Breath of the Wild has already been out years.  :-[

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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 09 April 2020, 21:25:55 »
Or better yet - deliver the story through the game play like a good game does.

But, I want them to lock it behind artificially difficult and time consuming game mechanics so I can pay with a premium currency to skip it.  :D

why pay only once for a game?

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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 12 April 2020, 15:18:05 »
For me, they're

Golden Sun: The Lost Age I started playing this in 2002, but I got stuck in the desert area at the beginning of the game; consequently, I didn't finish it until 2005 when I somehow figured out where to go. This game was much longer than the original as well, so, even after figuring out how to get past my block, it took me a while to beat it.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn I bought this game in 2012 because I saw it at a Target when I was out of town. I think I'd heard about it briefly but never saw it in stores. I proceeded to buy it and play it for about thirty minutes. I picked it up again in 2014 and played it for a few days on another road trip. I can't remember if I played it again after that, but I got stuck. A few days ago, I picked it up and somehow immediately figured out where to go (funny how that works). Maybe I'll beat it some day.

Star Tropics I'll probably never beat this one. I've been starting a new save file, beating the first cave, putting the game down and forgetting where I was, and starting a new save file every few years since 1998. My brother had beaten it a few years earlier but I don't think we actually owned a copy until '98. I'd really like to play through this one in its entirety, but I can't seem to stick with it.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption The original Metroid Prime is my favorite game of all time. I was not a big fan of the second one. The third one is cool, but I hate the Wii Remote controls (I've heard of a Dolphin version that uses mouse and keyboard, which sounds awesome); they just aren't conducive to long game sessions, which Metroid Prime requires. This is another one that I've restarted multiple times because I forget where I was, but I became so tired of replaying the first hour or two that I've just decided to be lost if I ever get back to it. So far, I've been playing this since 2007 on and off and have never beaten it.

Bomberman 64: The Second Attack For some reason, I thought this game was really hard back in the day. I recently started over and beat it over the course of a few weekends with a friend. It was difficult, but not as hard as I had remembered. So this one spanned 2000 to 2020 (I can't remember if we finished it early this year or late last year).

I'm sure there are others, but some games I would probably consider "abandoned" because I don't intend on ever finishing them (like the Banjo Kazookie games).

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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 14 April 2020, 12:44:52 »
I don't finish most games actually. I don't really give two ****s about story, so whenever I've had my fill of whatever the game play loop is I just stop playing. Not caring about the story prevents me from having the want to pick it back up.

It's weird because story used to be the most important thing to me, but I realized it's pointless in the face of bad or unfun mechanics. Thus concluded story in video games is merely window dressing. Meaningless when compared to the actual play.

Funny outlook coming from a writer, but games are meant to be played. If you take the story by itself it is no longer is a game, so the story must be meaningless.

Or better yet - deliver the story through the game play like a good game does.

I can't say I care about the story of any video game either (The only one that really got me was Deus Ex: Human Revolution). I want to finish games because I have some weird sense of obligation once I own one to finish it. The problem is that I obviously have so many games now that I could never finish them. It's a bit like trying to watch every movie I own or that's considered a classic; there's not enough time to do it unless I dedicate my life to it. This is partially why I watch longplays, especially for older games. I just don't have the wherewithal to figure out the mechanics of the game, get good at it, and then stay dedicated to it for a week or two or three to actually beat it. There's also the matter of not remembering the experience once it's over (the same way that I'll watch a movie, and a year later everything but maybe one scene or still image of it is erased from my mind).
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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 16 April 2020, 06:04:28 »
Ah man I LOVED the Golden Sun games. My favourite things to play on my purple GBA back in the day.

I did finish all the ones i played though, i think i only had the first and second ones.

I've recently gone back to playing CIV V to get all the achievements - does that count?
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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 16 April 2020, 07:59:12 »
Ah man I LOVED the Golden Sun games. My favourite things to play on my purple GBA back in the day.

I did finish all the ones i played though, i think i only had the first and second ones.

I've recently gone back to playing CIV V to get all the achievements - does that count?

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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 16 April 2020, 21:22:50 »
Ah man I LOVED the Golden Sun games. My favourite things to play on my purple GBA back in the day.

I did finish all the ones i played though, i think i only had the first and second ones.

I've recently gone back to playing CIV V to get all the achievements - does that count?

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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 18 April 2020, 10:52:16 »
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Re: Which Video Games Have Taken You Years to Finish?
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 18 April 2020, 17:11:05 »
I don't finish most games actually. I don't really give two ****s about story, so whenever I've had my fill of whatever the game play loop is I just stop playing. Not caring about the story prevents me from having the want to pick it back up.

It's weird because story used to be the most important thing to me, but I realized it's pointless in the face of bad or unfun mechanics. Thus concluded story in video games is merely window dressing. Meaningless when compared to the actual play.

Funny outlook coming from a writer, but games are meant to be played. If you take the story by itself it is no longer is a game, so the story must be meaningless.

Or better yet - deliver the story through the game play like a good game does.
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