My gaming shame

Having shared my shame of not having seen many ‘classic’ films a few entries back, a Twitter discussion between a few One a Day-ers got me thinking about the games that fall into a similar category. As with the films, there are many, many more games that I don’t care about playing than there are that I do, but there are still a fair amount of games that I feel like I should have played. So here they are:

Despite everyone telling me how great it was and how it exactly the sort of thing I’d enjoy, I never managed to get through Bioshock. I’ve started it more times than I care to remember, and I’ve enjoyed it for the most part, but for various reasons I never got very far; On my latest attempt I got the furthest I have ever been, at which point my PC decided that it was about time for a BSoD and I lost everything I’d done. I didn’t cry, honest, but I did want to scream very loudly. Also, Bioshock: Infinite looks quite brilliant as well, so I need to play through it soonish. It will happen*.

I’m not really ashamed that I haven’t played through The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but it’s another game that many people have told me I should have. I bought it an absolute age ago when I traded in Alone in the Dark (don’t ask), and got about as far as leaving the sewer that the game starts in, and that was it. I just don’t seem capable of getting any further, even if I really want to do it. Maybe it’s knowing that it will consume many hours of my life if I start enjoying it, maybe it’s because I’m comparing it too Fallout 3 too much (although I bought it before Fallout was released initially). Whatever it is, I’ve only ever managed about an hour of gameplay at most.

I’ve heard a few people say it was their favourite game of last year, but after playing the demo, Bayonetta did absolutely nothing for me. I suspect I’d absolutely love it if I ever gave it a chance, but I seem to have developed a mental block towards it since that demo and decided that I’d try everything else before it – including the horrific Saboteur. I’ve taken steps to remedy this, though, and it’s been added as a high priority to my Lovefilm list, so it should get a chance to undo my now admittedly vague memories of it once I’ve managed to finish Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. It better be good, or I’m holding Ian responsible.

I’ll be honest, I always though Crysis was essentially a tech demo for CryEngine 2, and that it was supposed to be shit – it was only after reading a few reviews many months later that I realised it was actually quite fun. I did play on it briefly when it got released, but it was on a friend’s computer and I spent most of that time getting annoyed at how shit I was at being stealthy; it reminded me a lot of FarCry in that sense – another game I never finished. I bought it in the latest Steam sales, though, and I’ve come to realise that doing your very best to not be stealthy makes it a very fun game, helped no end by how absolutely stunning it looks at times.

Last, and definitely not least, is Deus Ex. I remember hearing a lot about this game when it was released, but never actually played it for some reason – Half-Life probably had a lot to do with this. I bought the collection on Steam a little while back and I’ve played through a good chunk of it, which, given it’s age, is a definite sign of it’s quality; Once a game gets to a certain age, I seem completely incapable of playing on it unless I’ve played through it before. Deus Ex seems to be one of the very few games that I took to straight away despite it’s very aging graphics and weird keyboard shortcuts. I just need to keep playing on it before I forget it exists and have to start again.

I just made the mistake of logging into my Steam account to check if there are any other games that I should have played through, and there are. It also appears that Half-Life 2 is my Shawshank Redemption of games – I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve played through that while ignoring other games that are very worthy of my time. I should be ashamed of myself**.

* It might not.

** I’m not.

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