Back before marriage, kids, and MMOs, I used to have absolutely no problem sinking dozens and dozens of hours into lengthy games. In fact, the longer, the better. And computer RPGs like Baldur’s Gate 2, Fallout 2, Planescape Torment, and Knights of the Old Republic were perfect for that sort of thing.
Now I find it tremendously hard to actually complete any of these monstrous games. In fact, with my regular MMO play, other games only get a few hours here and there before eventually being abandoned. And that’s kind of a shame, because I do wish I could finish these four games (and some day, perhaps I will):
1. Fallout 4
Nobody really talks about this big ticket game these days, but I have to say that it was a really enjoyable ride for what time I spent in it. Lots to do, to explore, guns to get, screens to shot. My thing was that I wanted to complete the map and not miss any of the areas and secrets, so I didn’t get as far as those who just powered ahead with the story.
Maybe some day I’ll go back, reroll, and do a full run. I think I’d really like that, and I would totally ignore the game’s housing system in it. But it’s probably not going to be any time soon.
2. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley isn’t the biggest game in the world but it is a time-sucker, and my frustration with it is that I feel like I’m missing out on things I should be doing as I’m puttering around on my farm. Out of all of these games, it’s probably the one I’ll go back to sooner rather than later, maybe with a walkthrough for guidance.
3. Dreamfall Chapters
The Longest Journey is one of my hands-down favorite adventure games of all time, and Dreamfall was a decent follow-up. So it’s weird to me that I bought this episodic sequel and then gave up after the first 20 minutes. Maybe I was waiting for the full game to come out? I don’t recall, but I do feel like its a waste that I haven’t played it yet.
4. Pillars of Eternity
I know I talk about wanting to and needing to play this RPG a lot. And now, especially that there was a well-received expansion released along with a nice quality-of-life patch, I probably should. I just don’t know *when* I could put it into my gaming schedule. I see it taking the place of my retro gaming time, but I love doing those retro pieces, so no thanks for now.