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Games you put down after a significant time investment. Have you ever successfuly returned?

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Hiku said:

There have been several games I've been unable to finish, even if they're good and I've invested 30+ hours into them.
For example, if I want to try many different options, it can become overwhelming to the point where I can't begin the process. And rather than just moving on without trying every little thing, I don't continue until I'm ready to try everything.
In some cases I've wanted to take screenshots of portions I like, even though I know I probably won't ever look at the screenshots, and because of that I can put the game on hold for years.

Usually I don't go back to those games again, but some times I do, after several years have passed.
And not remembering what is going on or how to play has been an issue at least one time I can remember, for Tales of Graces F. Although I had no particular reason to put that game on hold, other than starting another new game I got at the same time.

After several years it seems easier but when it is in the same generation or even a year or two apart it is so hard to justify restarting and still a pain to try and shimmy back into mid game. I feel ya..



 

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I put 35 hours into Xenoblade Chronicles X, then just stopped. I returned more than one year later - and I got so into the game at that point it's incredible lol. Ended up playing close to 150 hours.



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John2290 said:
Hiku said:

There have been several games I've been unable to finish, even if they're good and I've invested 30+ hours into them.
For example, if I want to try many different options, it can become overwhelming to the point where I can't begin the process. And rather than just moving on without trying every little thing, I don't continue until I'm ready to try everything.
In some cases I've wanted to take screenshots of portions I like, even though I know I probably won't ever look at the screenshots, and because of that I can put the game on hold for years.

Usually I don't go back to those games again, but some times I do, after several years have passed.
And not remembering what is going on or how to play has been an issue at least one time I can remember, for Tales of Graces F. Although I had no particular reason to put that game on hold, other than starting another new game I got at the same time.

After several years it seems easier but when it is in the same generation or even a year or two apart it is so hard to justify restarting and still a pain to try and shimmy back into mid game. I feel ya..

I'm only just passed the second dungeon of Persona 5, a game I love, because of this.
But now I may as well wait for the Persona 5 Royal reveal to see what that is.

I think for me it's harder to pick them up again if they're from a previous generation, mainly because of the process of having to use an older system I no longer use.



There are a few, some of which I did go back and finish, and others that I didn't.
-Resonance of Fate. Stopped playing around 15 hours in when I hit a boss that just kept beating me no matter what. Then literally years later decided to go back and finish the game, which I actually did.
-Resident Evil 4. Played maybe halfway through before stopping. No particular reason, I've just never gone back to finish it.
-Devil May Cry. Same thing, although I was probably even further in by the time I decided to take a break, and then just never went back.
-Dark Souls. Originally played for maybe 10 hours, but just couldn't get into the game at all. It just didn't click with me. Then maybe 2 years later I decided to give it another chance, and now it's among my all time favourite games.



Darashiva said:
-Resonance of Fate. Stopped playing around 15 hours in when I hit a boss that just kept beating me no matter what. Then literally years later decided to go back and finish the game, which I actually did.

Oh, that reminded me of that one. The game was fine but I got tired of the dungeons, numerous areas the same, do backflip, shoot enemy. I just kind stopped. I was thinking about getting the remaster to see if I have a better time.

Thinking back, I did the same for Rogue Galaxy, I hit a moment in the game where the main character gained super saiyan powers and the story kind lost me and I stopped playing, was fun until then.

I did the same with Valkyrie Profile 2 in the 2000s, infact bought it again recently (last few years) and completed it this time around as I got past where I got stuck as I actually had a character/weapon that was op, so was able to get past the area I was stuck at, being older allowed me to understand it better too.

It's a bit concerning a lot of games mentioned are JRPGs, no?



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John2290 said:
MasonADC said:
Never

Liar.

I have never stopped playing a single player game for more than three days and have went back to it 



chrono Trigger I quit and got back to, about 10 years later, haha. Eternal Darkness and Pikmin 2, too, although those two only had to wait about 5 years.

So maybe there is hope for games like Tales of Symphonia, Skiesof Arcadia and Ogre Battle 64. Basically I could not find the time to finish RPGs in my dating years.



John2290 said:
Summerset said:

And i didn't like the world-building in Dark Souls 2 and stoped playing after way to much time.

Dark souls 2 got me also, started out as "Yeah, this is going to be great"and then slowly revealed itself to be an absolute travesty. 

Wouldn't call it a travesty, but lots of things just didn't feel "right". Especially the fact that world wasn't physically connected like Lordran and Lothric. Real Immersion breaker.



John2290 said:
COKTOE said:

Matterfall, Persona 4 Golden, EDF 4.1: Wing Diver Shooter, Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition. Those are all games I was playing/enjoying in fairly recent times and got sidetracked and have yet to return to. I'd have to restart P4 Golden for sure.....I can't think of too many I've returned to after significant time away. I DID restart FF Tactics on PS1 after save-fucking myself near the end of the game. It took about a year to restart. And restarted Demon's Souls after losing 40 hours when lightning fried my system. That took roughly 2 years to begin again. I hope to restart Final Fantasy XIII-2 some day, but will need the emotional support of a strong partner to do it.

Waterfall shouldn't be too hard to get back into but it is so short anyway restarting would not be an issue. Can't speak for the rest but what is Dead Nation like, almost sure I have that in my library? Worth a shot?

The thing about Matterfall though, is it's pretty tough, and requires mastery of fairly complex technique. It's one of the more difficult side scrollers I've ever played. I was in a nice ryhthm, and would have to get back into it. As you say though, it's a short one, which is a plus. Dead Nation, like Matterfall, is a Housemarque game, and maybe my favorite of all of them ( I own 10 of their games across PS3, PS4 and Vita ). It's a top down, twin stick shooter, where you play not only to pass missions, but also for score and money. You collect money to buy new weapons and gear, which you also purchase upgrades for. It's the game so nice I own it thrice, with plats in the PS3 and Vita versions. It's currently $15 on the NA PSN. It'll almost certainly be on sale at some point too. It also has a co-op mode, and while decent fun, I prefer solo.



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Kingdom Hearts, FFX-2, LaPucelle are 3 games that I've put a lot of time into and put down.  Made it back to all 3, still have to finish the middle game.