DO you finish games?

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clok1966
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I was just watching the EOB Matt Chat and saw a comment on never finishing it. It got me thinking about my lack of drive to finish games nowdays. I haven't finished the New X_COM and I love the game.. but the frustration level is getting to me.. its my own fault (level I'm playing on) and my perfectionist ways. I know the old X-Com was considers hard.. and I beat it and the 2nd one too.. (and the 3rd, but many don't count that) Yet.. while i Love the new one I am having huge issues with the crysilids.. either bad level placement.. or I suck.. but the point is..

back before webpages, before hint forums, google and such.. I finished all games.. every one, even ones I deemed crappy. Part because I had only a few, part the ones I really liked (RPG'S) where not that common. I know STONEKEEP had a game breaking BUG (I wrote Interplay and got a floppy back to fix it).. but I finished them all. Nowdays i get lost quickly with new games to play and old ones get forgot.. FALLOUT, FALLOUT VEGAS are both "done" so to speak.. I haven't turned in the final quest as I haven't done all the little left over quests.. SO i consider them finished, but technically they are not. Oblivion, Marrowind, Skyrim are the same.. (i did actually finish OBLivion, but restarted it again) just the main quest to end.. but then the game ends too so they are Unfinished i guess. FEAR 3... still need to complete it.. and The Warhammer FPS.. the last two I WILL finish.. but when Im in a mood for FPS. But int he old days I won them all.. I can remember some frustrating moments.. but you plugged away.

do you guys finish them all.. For that matter I have many new ones I haven't even started..

clok1966
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I find it a mixed bag.. I

I find it a mixed bag.. I would say I tend to almost always go for the "middle of the road" setting.. but it depends allot on the game.. FPS, i will almost always select the harder settings. Again, with some exceptions.. The COD/BF games tend to use (nowdays) the "how many bullets can you eat" system.. its not about not getting hit.. its about not getting hit allot. These games I still stick with average settings. X-COM i played on the harder settings (and am somewhat regretting it). I'm a HUGE fan of RTS games, but the new ones all seem to require Savant like skills.. the ability to micro manage 10 units in unison. I cant do that, never could, I was more a rock/paper/scissors guy. He likes to use heavy tanks, I use walls to funnel um in, he likes air, I build to take air away from him.. RTS have changed to whoever can menuver the interface the fastest, not the one who uses the best units. Old RTS, crank it up, new easy mode for me. Turn based games.. BRING IT! harder settings.. Dont get me wrong.. I rarely (almost never) use the hardest settings, in fact I don't think i have used it in anything but Fallouts (3 and Vegas) and Skyrim.. OH and HALO on the PC.. which was cake without it.

TRIP- SHIP! Underwater?.. dang it.. I think I got a skyrim weekend coming up! :)

Bill Loguidice
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OK for you I guess
Matt Barton wrote:

It's not frustrating if you see a clear goal and feel the desire to rise to it. Frustration for me is more about bad design, not bad player performance.

Look, it's accomplishment enough to find time to play a game, let alone beat it. As long as I'm challenged, the developer can call it "baby" level for all I care. I want challenge and fun and best use of my time. I know others in my age group are just like that. It's not fun getting your ass handed to you all the time. That's why I only occasionally play online. It's not fun playing against people who devote 20 hours a day to a game when you're lucky to devote 2 hours a week...

Naturally, there are some games a particular person is better at than others, so difficulty is not a hard and fast rule. Frankly, that's why there are difficulty levels. It would be pretty stupid if every game had only one set difficulty.

I'll give an example from the past... The ColecoVision had nice, clear, and, most importantly, consistent skill levels across the majority of its first party games. Level 1 was easiest and Level 3 was considered arcade difficulty (by Coleco). Most of us, with few exceptions for the game or our mood, would deviate from difficulty 1. There was no particular benefit to going for 3 or higher, which just meant quicker death. Now, if a game was designed to be easier in the first place, like Smurf's Rescue, then by all means it was much more common for us to go all the way up to 5 (6 - 10 were reserved for two player games, which were the equivalent of 1 - 5 for single player)).

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clok1966 wrote:

somebody with passion for discovery like me.. last i heard it has 540 ish unique locations that all have something to discover (loot, story, etc) and well over 9000 location (but that is counting houses and such, but as each was manually made and all those silly items you don't even notice (food, cups, junk are placed by a human.. its quite impressive). I have cleared roughly 143 dungeons.. and there are somewhere in the 300 area of those (or so i hear).. I have 300 hours in.. on this play.. i was level 36 and started over.. so I would say 500+ for me (damn 20 days!)

did you find the flooded prison? The temple with the shinny globe quest? the master vampire coven sub story? some cool none major quest stories.

I may of did those quests...there's just so much stuff that I would need more information to go by. I have the mask that allows me to breath underwater so underwater quests are not an issue....the mask came in handy for a sunken ship.

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It's not frustrating if you

It's not frustrating if you see a clear goal and feel the desire to rise to it. Frustration for me is more about bad design, not bad player performance.

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I too have become a believer

I too have become a believer in easy mode in age, assuming of course it still offers the same experience/features. I want to be challenged, not frustrated to the point of having to restart countless times. I have no time for that anymore, both because of the lack of free time and the virtual infinity of games to play these days.

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Can't do easy
retroc64 wrote:

I finish most games today, especially games not in my genres, because I am old and wise enough to play on Easy mode. In the old days, I would choose medium, or hard out of ego only. Today, I have no problem playing on easy. Now on RPG's and First person shooters, I play on medium. Most action games I play on easy.

Age is a great things.

I can't bring myself to do that. If the designer sets a challenge, I want to rise to it.

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Easy Mode

I finish most games today, especially games not in my genres, because I am old and wise enough to play on Easy mode. In the old days, I would choose medium, or hard out of ego only. Today, I have no problem playing on easy. Now on RPG's and First person shooters, I play on medium. Most action games I play on easy.

Age is a great things.

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BG EE
BitWraith wrote:

I'd be interested in the enhanced edition just to get it working properly in Windows 7. I can get it working, but the fog of war looks really weird.

I think the consensus is to wait until all the bugs are worked out before bothering with the PC version. I have the iPad version myself and initially I really dug it, but I must admit to being frustrated by the poor touch targets. Having to tap multiple times to hit the precise spot is not something that you expect on such a device. I may hold off playing it again until its updated...

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I'd be interested in the

I'd be interested in the enhanced edition just to get it working properly in Windows 7. I can get it working, but the fog of war looks really weird.

clok1966
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review
Matt Barton wrote:

I've gone to start Baldur's Gate II after completing the "Enhanced Edition" (yuck). This time through, I'm really trying to be thorough and do a lot more of the side quests and experiment with the different NPCs. Decided to also try a fighter/mage for a change; I'm usually a purist when it comes to classes. It's a bit strange playing as a fighter with no armor, though the spells of course make up for that.

You should do a quick (or not so quick) review on that Enhanced edition.. (maybe you plan on it after completing the reg version) i was thinking of picking it up.. But if its purely changed graphics .. eh.. not so interested.

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