Do you ever run into the problem of having to many games at once? For example, there is a huge Steam sale. You buy 4 games for the price of $10. You have never played any of the games you just bought yet are interested in all four. How do you go about making the right decision about what you want to play and should play? This situation certainly sounds familiar to me as I got suckered in by the sweet, sensual caress of buy a 2 games, get one free deal. The three games I purchased last week were Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3, and Battlefield 3. If you think it’s easy to decide what to play between those three games then you might be crazy. What follows is my thought process and how I’ve decided to handle playing three games at once.
The first game I popped in was Batman: Arkham City. In fact, there was never any doubt that it would be the first game I played. Having loved the original Batman: Arkham Asylum, I had a pretty good idea on what to expect with its followup. But keeping myself away from any coverage or spoilers from the game proved mighty difficult, especially when major gaming news sites put spoilers in their headlines. It’s not a huge deal at this point because we’re so far removed from those headlines that I don’t even remember what they said. At this point the game is 100% fresh to me even though it’s been out a few weeks.
Even though my love for this Batman series is very strong, after playing for awhile I started to get this feeling that I wanted to play something else. I had two games sitting on my coffee table staring at me, saying “Give me a shot.” It got to the point that t I had to find a stopping point in Arkham City and move onto the next new game I just purchased: Battlefield 3.
My history with first person shooters is not an extensive one. I was way into Doom 2 and Goldeneye 007, but other than that I didn’t really like them. I picked one up every once in awhile, like when the first Medal of Honor was released, but the genre was never one of my favorites. That is until I bought Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. That was the first FPS style of game that I really enjoyed and played for more hours than some RPGs that I love. When its sequel came out, I bought it at launch but soon grew tired of the repetitive nature of the multiplayer so much so that I vowed to not buy another Call of Duty game.
However, that first person shooter multiplayer itch started to rise to the surface and I needed a game to scratch that itch. Never having played any of the Battlefield games before, I decided that it was the game I was going buy. I wanted something different and challenging and Battlefield 3 is exactly that. After a few minutes of playing, I realized I had no idea how to play Battlefield 3 successfully. If you go into it thinking your Call of Duty skills will transfer over, you’d only be partly right. It’s a whole different feel and one that I can’t wait to try and master. Or at least get more kills than deaths.
When I got home with my purchases, I had decided that I was going to finish Batman before diving into Uncharted 3. While I stayed away from any news about Uncharted 3, the drive to play it immediately wasn’t really there. I knew it was going to be good. There was no doubt in my mind. Maybe my subconscious was telling me to delay the satisfaction of jumping into the shoes of Nathan Drake as long as I could. Well, that delay lasted exactly one day from purchase. I decided to throw it into my PS3 while I was watching something on TV because I figured there had to be a long-assed update I needed to download or install. I was pleasantly surprised when that wasn’t the case and I jumped right into Uncharted 3.
Even though it was the last game I played, it will be the first game I finish. The first couple of hours just sucked me right back into that amazing, world-traveling experience. I’ve always loved hidden treasure mysteries and Uncharted 3 has become one of my all-time favorite sereis because of its storytelling. Sure, some of the situations are extremely predictable but the characters are so strongly idealized that those situations aren’t a downer for me. I can’t believe I was going to hold off on this game.
I don’t know what I’m doing
My advice to any gamer out there is to not buy 3 games at once. Even if the games are in different genres it is impossible to satisfactorily play all three games at once, unless you have some sort of superpower that lets you forget you have other games waiting to be played. It’s not something I can successfully do. No matter how much I’m enjoying each game that I’m currently playing, the thought that I could be playing the other games always finds itself in the back of my mind. I don’t think I’ll make the mistake of buying more than one game at a time anymore. My gaming ADD just can’t take it.
You’re Gonna Get It Anyway – Everyone knew we were going to cave and make the purchase in the end, so here’s a look back at our transparent reasoning for putting up a fight in the first place.
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