How distracted are you by new games?

So I have enough on my plate with the following unfinished games from current gen alone:

- The Old Hunters (Bloodborne DLC - currently planning to finish first)

- The Witcher 3

- Kingdom Come: Deliverance

- Metal Gear Solid 5 (well, first chapter and most side quests done at least)

- Dark Souls 3 + DLC

- Frozen Wilds (Horizon Zero Dawn DLC)

- Mafia 3

- Mad Max

- Wolfenstein: The New Order

- The Evil Within (also have the sequel but haven't started that one at least)

- Infamous: Second Son

Those are the most notable, with a few smaller titles I got for free month off PSN+ that range from interesting to meh.

Now the more I see of Red Dead Redemption 2 the more I want to get it now instead of waiting for the GotY Edition like originally planned. Well, that's still the plan but damned if it hasn't put a bit of a damper on everything else I'm playing. It's the big new shiny thing that I know I'll love once I get into it just because highly detailed/emergent anything is a big + to me. The biggest thing that assuages my yearning is all the bugs I've heard about and knowing how in a year I can get all the DLC and the most polished version for like half the price of the base game currently. Maybe even a PC version release date.

How do new releases affect your gaming plate, if at all?

Sometimes it affects me, although I'm more easily distracted by re-releases of games I have already finished 5 times in the past (Flashback, Dark Souls, Skyrim) than new releases. Heck! I try to remember the last new non-re-release game I bought a new game on release month and I draw out a blank (except for Delta Rune, but that was free)

Generally not.

I've got an "electronics list" in my documents folder (similar to a reading list, which I also have in the same folder) that at this time of writing is 266 pages long. Every so often (well, maybe more than that) a game, a movie, a TV show, whatever, will be added to said list. So on one hand, I can't really get overwhelmed or distracted because it's super organized. If I choose something from the list, I'll go through it until it's complete, whether it be a movie, a season, or a game.

On the other hand, I will say I am distracted in the sense that there's always something new being released, and I just don't have the time to get round to it. Games are a massive time sink. There's a thread where people ask for the best games in the last decade, and many games listed are ones that I've never played. So, it is distracting in that sense, but I have the self control to not instantly play/purchase every 'big thing' that comes out.

*looks at the loooooong list of games I've started but never finished because something cool and new came out*

...VERY distracted.

Not very. My current obsession is Barony, an indie rogue-like from 2015. Before that I was finally 100%ing Sonic Generations, and while I have neglected it, I was trying to beat DOOM...3.

To an extent, but my backlog is so dang long that I've usually got something else I'm playing at any given time. At best, if I'm really excited by something, I'll pick it up new and make it the next on the list, but almost nothing has excited me that much in a while.

Though a new game that's inexpensive at launch and/or fairly short(4 hours vs 40 hours) has a much better chance of getting played sooner instead of later. It's intimidating to play a 40ish hour game so I don't normally get to them for a bit. Even RDR2 is gonna have to wait until I play the first one, and RDR will have to get in line.

OTOH, Deltarune just came out, is like 3 hours long and free and I really liked undertale and know how these games are best without spoilers, so yeah, that got shoved to the front of the line.

I try to finish games that I have started but *looks longingly at Valkyria Chronicles 4* sometimes it doesn't happen. I was loving Valkyria Chronicles 4, but my brother bought me Spider-Man for my birthday so it was rude to not play that, then RDR2 came out. I did manage to finish Spider-Man before I started RDR2 though. I think I will try to play both alternatively, otherwise VC4 is going to get lost in the shuffle.

There are others that need finishing, there doesn't seem to be a lot I'm interested in next year. 2019 may be the year of finishing games.

hanselthecaretaker:
So I have enough on my plate with the following unfinished games from current gen alone:

- The Old Hunters (Bloodborne DLC - currently planning to finish first)

- The Witcher 3

- Kingdom Come: Deliverance

- Metal Gear Solid 5 (well, first chapter and most side quests done at least)

- Dark Souls 3 + DLC

- Frozen Wilds (Horizon Zero Dawn DLC)

- Mafia 3

- Mad Max

- Wolfenstein: The New Order

- The Evil Within (also have the sequel but haven?t started that one at least)

- Infamous: Second Son

Wow, that's quite the list. Are any of those on PC, or strictly PS4? If you have DS3 on PC I'll totally co-op with you. I'm currently playing my first playthru of Bloodborne and really enjoying it. Just sad that the (borrowed) PS4 I have is offline (and I have no PSN stuff) so I can't have any jolly coop sadly, especially annoying with some super tough bosses. Makes it very different from my Souls experiences online on PC.

Take Mafia 3 and Evil Within off that list. They suck. They're so boring, utterly uninspired and simply not fun to play. Your time has value and those games fall far short of that. Second Son was great, but not that hard or long, you can blast thru it in a weekend or two. MGS5, I got bored of after one chapter. There're only so many things you can attach balloons to before it gets old. For the other games... KCD, TW3, HZD and MM, I've only heard good things about; TW3 in particular won every GotY award that year.

hanselthecaretaker:
How do new releases affect your gaming plate, if at all?

Not really. Firstly, in the case or RDR2 since it's not on PC I'm not interested. I also rarely get anything on release. I have pre-ordered X4, the only pre-order I think of the year. The thing is, most modern games, certainly the AAA offerings from EA, ActiBlizz, Ubi, etc don't interest me. I don't do CoD, AssCreed or microtransactions in full priced games, so that rules out most of their shit. And there are thankfully enough good games, old and more recent that I'm not wanting for anything new.

I still like replaying old games too. I'd rather replay Mass Effect or might give Skyrim another playthru at some point, it's been a couple of years since the last, and it'll be a lot better than new AAA titles. RDR2 I'll play if and when it's on PC and on sale.

Cyberpunk 2077...that *will* be a preorder, a week off work, buy new hardware, tell the family to ignore me and set phone to silent. Everything else will be on hold with only bare minimum of hygiene and nutrition required for survival. :-)

Not much. I rarely buy a game at launch, preferring to wait for a sale, and even when I do buy it, I generally don't start playing it immediately. I tend to at least hold off until I've finished what I was already playing at the time (or get tired of it). Sometimes I don't start a new game because it's the same genre as the one I just finished, so I switch things up and do something different first. Sometimes I hold off because I feel obligated to reduce my backlog a little.

The only recent exception was Monster Hunter World. First game in a very long time I bought and played on day one, mostly because I planned to play with friends and they wanted to get started right away. But ... it did make me put YS VIII on temporary hold. Still play MHW when the fancy strikes and my buddies are game, but less frequently and I've since continued my playthrough of YS (as well as Valkyria Chronicles).

KingsGambit:

Wow, that's quite the list. Are any of those on PC, or strictly PS4? If you have DS3 on PC I'll totally co-op with you. I'm currently playing my first playthru of Bloodborne and really enjoying it. Just sad that the (borrowed) PS4 I have is offline (and I have no PSN stuff) so I can't have any jolly coop sadly, especially annoying with some super tough bosses. Makes it very different from my Souls experiences online on PC.

Take Mafia 3 and Evil Within off that list. They suck. They're so boring, utterly uninspired and simply not fun to play. Your time has value and those games fall far short of that. Second Son was great, but not that hard or long, you can blast thru it in a weekend or two. MGS5, I got bored of after one chapter. There're only so many things you can attach balloons to before it gets old. For the other games... KCD, TW3, HZD and MM, I've only heard good things about; TW3 in particular won every GotY award that year.

hanselthecaretaker:
How do new releases affect your gaming plate, if at all?

Not really. Firstly, in the case or RDR2 since it's not on PC I'm not interested. I also rarely get anything on release. I have pre-ordered X4, the only pre-order I think of the year. The thing is, most modern games, certainly the AAA offerings from EA, ActiBlizz, Ubi, etc don't interest me. I don't do CoD, AssCreed or microtransactions in full priced games, so that rules out most of their shit. And there are thankfully enough good games, old and more recent that I'm not wanting for anything new.

I still like replaying old games too. I'd rather replay Mass Effect or might give Skyrim another playthru at some point, it's been a couple of years since the last, and it'll be a lot better than new AAA titles. RDR2 I'll play if and when it's on PC and on sale.

Cyberpunk 2077...that *will* be a preorder, a week off work, buy new hardware, tell the family to ignore me and set phone to silent. Everything else will be on hold with only bare minimum of hygiene and nutrition required for survival. :-)

MGSV, Mafia 3, Mad Max, The Evil Within 2 and Dark Souls 3 are on PS4 out of the multiplat's in that list, mostly because they were either *free* or heavily discounted. Having said that, I've always played MGS on PS and the entire SoulsBorne joint too, but also have started the original Dark Souls and Remastered versions on Steam. Oddly enough in a way I enjoy it more on PC due to being more up close and personal playing on a monitor, but my console gaming is done purposefully on a projector with 7.2 surround, and my PC room is two floors above. I'd like to rebuild my old rig for modern games to keep downstairs, but console gaming isn't detrimental enough to their enjoyment for me as it is. Mad Max for example is phenomenal on a big screen with big sound, and to me the differences between the console version and PC aren't troublesome.

I've always played The Witcher series on PC though simply because it feels better there to me and I still consider CDPR a PC- first dev. Same with Warhorse and Kingdom Come: Deliverance probably even moreso considering how well first person works in that game; it's technically made for a monitor and plays great on PC with KB/M.

I must admit that I ultimately pulled the trigger on RDR2 last night. Had over half the $ already on my PS account and figured I'm missing out putting it off just for the GotY version. I loved the first one and am really considering putting everything else I'm playing on hold to play through its prequel/sequel, depending on how good it really is. I haven't been able to satisfactorily get "lost" in anything else I'm playing lately due to them all feeling so typically gamey, but Rockstar's latest could possibly be the best remedy to that yet.

*Long, heavy sigh*

To be honest, pretty much anything new is distracting.

Games, films, books, prey, buildings, drugs, music, bodily malfunctions, toilet roll, stalkers, spectres at the foot of the bed manifesting from a guilty conscience of a horrific past, etc etc. It's all rather stimulating the curiosity glands.

Eh? I get bored with games very easily. As soon as I reach the point where I go 'I could be doing something else' I stop. I've bought 4 games this year, Far Cry 5, Monster Hunter World, Ass Creed Odyssey and on the advice of pals in my game group, Red Dead Redemption 2. its okay if very slow and awkwardly controlled, which I think is a deliberate ploy to stretch the game time.

Eh, I usually wait to get something new, then put it into the backlog once I get it. If the game is something I am super excited for, I might move it to the top of the backlog, but few games perk my interest that much nowadays.

I'm only interested in a very small percentage of games each year, so I'm never really distracted by new releases or have a backlog. The new games I played this year were the Shadow of the Colossus "remake", God of War, Octopath Traveler, Okami for the Switch, Spider-Man, Dragon Quest 11 and Mega Man 11 both for about 30 minutes, Life is Strange 2: Episode 1, and Red Dead Redemption 2. And that's about it till the Spyro remake gets released. I'm actually kinda killing time with older games till then.

hanselthecaretake🤘r:
...my console gaming is done purposefully on a projector with 7.2 surround, and my PC room is two floors above.

With that setup, I'd probably be a console gamer too. I put my money into a GTX1080Ti and PC hardware, but I can see why you'd enjoy the console in that context. Out of interest, is 7.2 enough of an improvement over 5.1? Do the side-sats actually help? I love surround for immersion (and I LAMENT Vista getting rid of DirectSound and killing EAX, propritary tho it was. We've never had great positional, ambient audio since ☹️) I'm going to buy a new monitor in the medium future, but not sure what to get. In the last 5 years something has changed with monitors and they now cost a small fortune, as well as having multiple competing technologies and standards.

I enjoy co-oping DS3 a lot, but as i said that's on PC and my borrowed PS4 is all offline so no co-op bloodborne for me...and I could've really used the help with Father Gascoigne and the Crow of Cainhurst. As of last night, I killed all but the last vanilla boss and made it to the second DLC lamp, which was completely brutal.

hanselthecaretake🤘r:
I must admit that I ultimately pulled the trigger on RDR2 last night. Had over half the $ already on my PS account and figured I?m missing out putting it off just for the GotY version.

Do it. Put the rest on hold, play it, get immersed in it and enjoy. While it's new and you just got it, it's the best time since the answers aren't all online yet. Put the rest on hold, they've waited long enough. Enjoy, tell us how you find it, would love to hear your thoughts on it once you've played it a bit.

KingsGambit:

hanselthecaretake🤘r:
...my console gaming is done purposefully on a projector with 7.2 surround, and my PC room is two floors above.

With that setup, I'd probably be a console gamer too. I put my money into a GTX1080Ti and PC hardware, but I can see why you'd enjoy the console in that context. Out of interest, is 7.2 enough of an improvement over 5.1? Do the side-sats actually help? I love surround for immersion (and I LAMENT Vista getting rid of DirectSound and killing EAX, propritary tho it was. We've never had great positional, ambient audio since ☹️) I'm going to buy a new monitor in the medium future, but not sure what to get. In the last 5 years something has changed with monitors and they now cost a small fortune, as well as having multiple competing technologies and standards.

I enjoy co-oping DS3 a lot, but as i said that's on PC and my borrowed PS4 is all offline so no co-op bloodborne for me...and I could've really used the help with Father Gascoigne and the Crow of Cainhurst. As of last night, I killed all but the last vanilla boss and made it to the second DLC lamp, which was completely brutal.

To answer the sound question, it basically falls under the law of diminishing returns kinda like HD visuals do. It really depends on how the audio mix takes advantage of it, because even 5.1 will pipe through the sides. I'd say the extra channels are more noticeable for the ambient, quieter moments where specific things stand out more than the bombastic loudness of action scenes. Some suspense/horror movies and games especially where you're hearing voices or other environmental cues are great for it, but they aren't always in 7.1 either.

Also I only have an extra sub because the board on my Infinity went bad and it was taking weeks for the shop to fix it, so I went and got an SVS to replace it. That was right around when the shop called to say my sub was fixed...! So I kept that one too but don't even use it much. It's interesting using them together though sound-wise because one is ported and the other sealed.

KingsGambit:

hanselthecaretake🤘r:
I must admit that I ultimately pulled the trigger on RDR2 last night. Had over half the $ already on my PS account and figured I?m missing out putting it off just for the GotY version.

Do it. Put the rest on hold, play it, get immersed in it and enjoy. While it's new and you just got it, it's the best time since the answers aren't all online yet. Put the rest on hold, they've waited long enough. Enjoy, tell us how you find it, would love to hear your thoughts on it once you've played it a bit.

Thanks for the reinforcement! I hope to have a chance either tonight or tomorrow night; definitely by the weekend.

I used to be. Nowadays not at all. I buy one game and I pretty much forget about everything else until I'm done with the one that I'm currently playing. It's better that way. Keeps me focused and it saves me money. It's retarded how quickly prices of games drop these days. And I get to play a patched version.

Eh... never really been that bothered by new releases. I only get hyped for about one game every six months to a year and as a skinflint, I tend to buy games for waaaaaay cheaper than release MSRP. Hell, the only reason I got Horizon:Zero Dawn was because it got bundled with my PS4 Slim (amounted to be being free). I was kinda excited for it when it released, but ultimately kinda *meh*, even though upon playing, it was pretty fun. Before Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, the last game I was genuinely anticipating was Dishonored 2!

I play generally old(er) games and after AC:Ody (once I retrieve said PS4 Slim from storage), the next game I get will actually likely be Skyrim: SE of all things ('cos the PS3 version chugs like a turd). The most recent game I've played in the last six months is TW:R2 FFS... -_-

hanselthecaretaker:
(B)ut my console gaming is done purposefully on a projector with 7.2 surround, and my PC room is two floors above.

Holy crap, I'd love to enjoy that one of these days, but damn my ears, because partial deafness sucks.

hanselthecaretaker:
To answer the sound question, it basically falls under the law of diminishing returns kinda like HD visuals do. It really depends on how the audio mix takes advantage of it, because even 5.1 will pipe through the sides. I?d say the extra channels are more noticeable for the ambient, quieter moments where specific things stand out more than the bombastic loudness of action scenes. Some suspense/horror movies and games especially where you?re hearing voices or other environmental cues are great for it, but they aren?t always in 7.1 either.

That's really interesting. I know most sources are 5.1, and understand that the extra 2.0 is usually a clever by the amp, likely some Dolby Prologic shennanigans, but i like the idea of how it can bring out those smaller, environmental sounds. Those things add up; I especially love it in music when the source and output are good enough that I can hear the nuance I know is there, but can't hear in my car or earphones.

Adam Jensen:
I used to be. Nowadays not at all. I buy one game and I pretty much forget about everything else until I'm done with the one that I'm currently playing. It's better that way. Keeps me focused and it saves me money. It's retarded how quickly prices of games drop these days. And I get to play a patched version.

I think that's a really good approach, but I think it got away from me some time ago. Once the backlog got built up, the issue then became worse. Steam sales still happen so I'll pick things up, adding them on to the queue. Then I'll spend inordinate amounts of time in fewer, "grindy" games...not so much recently but I've put so many hours into Payday 2, Warframe, more recently Diablo 3 and Path of Exile. Each time I replay an older game it also makes the issue worse; I just "finished" a Gaige playthru of BL2 (from lvl 1 thru OP8).

SckizoBoy:
I play generally old(er) games and after AC:Ody (once I retrieve said PS4 Slim from storage), the next game I get will actually likely be Skyrim: SE of all things ('cos the PS3 version chugs like a turd).

I really want to have a Skyrim SE playthru...my last Skyrim playthru was maybe 18-24 months now, but since the SE came out, I haven't spent the time to remod it. I have so many mods in my Skyrim install, trying to recreate it will take ages. It's so daunting, but I'd dearly love to play my modded Skyrim with the 64-bit memory addressing, which alone will solve 3/4s of the CTDs.

I understood the PS3 version to have a save issue IIRC. Didn't the saves get more and more bloated, slowing the game down more and more over time? I believe it was something along those lines.

SckizoBoy:
Holy crap, I'd love to enjoy that one of these days, but damn my ears, because partial deafness sucks.

Oh, how affected is your hearing if I may ask? Do you heave hearing aids or anything? I don't know how effective they are, but you could consider the pseudo-surround "5.1" headphones that emulate surround pretty well. Being headphones you can adjust them much, much better than speakers where you'll wake the family, and you don't need a surround system or amp either.

I've always greatly valued just how much atmosphere immersive sound design can make to a game. Original BioShock, the old Soldier of Fortune games, the older Rainbow Six games...they sounded so good I would literally be ducking out of the way of video game bullets and ricochets. But Vista killed that :-( What are your experiences with video game sound in general, I'd love to hear your thoughts (no pun intended!).

Related segue, I thought I'd list my backlog:

- Pillars of Eternity 1 and 2. And Tyranny
- Divnity: Original Sin 2
- The Witcher 3 + All DLCs
- XCOM2 War of the Chosen (burnt myself out on XCOM2 pre-DLC but think I can face it again)
- X4 Foundations. The only game I've preordered this year, because Egosoft are a great studio who make superlative space games

And on PS4, I bought all Uncharted games, Horizon Zero Dawn, Yakuza 0, Last of Us, the David Cage ones and currently playing through Bloodborne (which I suspect I'll NG+).
And I really want to replay Skyrim SE, maybe another Mass Effect OT playthru at some point too. And in the next year or two, whenever Cyberpunk 2077 that's going straight to the front. Not. Enough. Time.

KingsGambit:
I understood the PS3 version to have a save issue IIRC. Didn't the saves get more and more bloated, slowing the game down more and more over time? I believe it was something along those lines.

Yep... once it hit approx. 10MB, the FPS would hit a brick wall.

Oh, how affected is your hearing if I may ask? Do you heave hearing aids or anything? I don't know how effective they are, but you could consider the pseudo-surround "5.1" headphones that emulate surround pretty well. Being headphones you can adjust them much, much better than speakers where you'll wake the family, and you don't need a surround system or amp either.

I've always greatly valued just how much atmosphere immersive sound design can make to a game. Original BioShock, the old Soldier of Fortune games, the older Rainbow Six games...they sounded so good I would literally be ducking out of the way of video game bullets and ricochets. But Vista killed that :-( What are your experiences with video game sound in general, I'd love to hear your thoughts (no pun intended!).

I had a couple ear infections as a young squit which wrecked the hearing in my right ear and buggered up my left. I can still hear out of both, but once sound reaches a certain volume, my ears just can't process differences in pitch/tone/frequency or what have you. I'll be able to hear differences, just not THE differences (so in-ear earphones on a low volume are my default setting for music and any background noise kinda messes with it). But yeah, I have the best time when gaming with headphones, though I'm not especially au fait with brands that cater to audiophiles (a set of Sennheiser cans is as far as my savvy goes). Some sounds, depending on proximity/volume manifest as various flavours of static.

Video game sound is fine, as with music, provided it's low enough for me to definitively discern character diction, change in pitch etc. but high enough to actually hear over mild background noise, it's fine. But maybe I'm skimping out, spatial representation of directions sound emanates from always seems off to me. Anyway, nah, my gripes with gaming tend to come with being colour blind, not partially deaf. I installed Witcher 2 recently and for the opening couple hours (the tutorial guff etc.), I raged at being almost completely unable to make anything out on-screen without having my face centimetres from the screen (kept thinking the gamma was messed up, but no amount of adjusting did anything)! Took a bit of calming down from the missus, that.

In some ways I wish I was affected more by new releases. I'll spend months in expectation for a game to be released, snatch it up on release day, rush home from work, play it non-stop for the whole weekend ... and then ... start a new Skyrim character, or plunge back into Overwatch, or even start looking forward to a new game that's coming out soon. My gaming library is full of games that I've been eager as all hell to play on release day but that within a few weeks gave way to my old established favourites.

KingsGambit:
Related segue, I thought I'd list my backlog:

- Pillars of Eternity 1 and 2. And Tyranny
- Divnity: Original Sin 2
- The Witcher 3 + All DLCs
- XCOM2 War of the Chosen (burnt myself out on XCOM2 pre-DLC but think I can face it again)
- X4 Foundations. The only game I've preordered this year, because Egosoft are a great studio who make superlative space games

And on PS4, I bought all Uncharted games, Horizon Zero Dawn, Yakuza 0, Last of Us, the David Cage ones and currently playing through Bloodborne (which I suspect I'll NG+).
And I really want to replay Skyrim SE, maybe another Mass Effect OT playthru at some point too. And in the next year or two, whenever Cyberpunk 2077 that's going straight to the front. Not. Enough. Time.

For Bloodborne NG+, I'd advise to do the DLC play through before the + cycle, like loading a save right before you fight Gehrman. Idk how much the difficulty difference is personally but I've heard the tip by quite a few. I'm doing it on a NG+ cycle and it's generally tougher than anything else in the game, barring some bosses. But even they are up there.

On the sound thing again, this site has a good review section for what movies sound best and what format they're encoded in. Here's one for a few PC games, but I haven't found a good one for consoles. Guessing most current games support 7.1 since even most of the big PS3 exclusives did. The Killzone games sounded especially good. I always leave my receiver on Auto/Auto Format Direct since it outputs the signal as encoded. The bells and whistles settings are mainly there to dress up lower quality sources.

I got a chance to play some RDR2 last night. It starts out slow and really I'm still trying to feel the controls out, but it generally plays smoothly and looks phenomenal overall. I also really dug the glass negative loading screens. The environmental stuff especially looks outstanding with volumetric lighting and bounce illumination and probably the best snow deformation I've seen, but character models are a bit of a mixed bag. For example Arthur looks great but Dutch looks a bit rough and less detailed. It's not jarring or anything but noticeable nonetheless.

Back to the controls, I know a lot of people commented on how sluggish it feels but I'm thinking of it as being tied into the physics/animation systems. Arthur has a weight and deliberation to his movement; he isn't some floaty, turn-on-a-dime action hero because that would honestly feel kinda silly here. He feels more grounded and connected to the world than that of any GTA game, and while there is noticeable lag to the crouching in particular (at least on my current setting) it didn't seem to affect anything within the context of the game's action so far. Cover and running are both snappy enough for example, and I kinda dig the rifle action input. The health and stamina systems seem like they could be tweaked a bit or perhaps I'm not fully accustomed to them. I felt like I had to eat something to regain stamina when drawing back and holding a bowstring too long for example. However it's really too early for me to definitively comment on the mechanics as I'm only scraping the surface.

The game feels like a mix of the same and also different to past Rockstar titles, but I'm mainly hoping to fine tune the aiming towards something at least better than what was in GTAV. I've seen quite a few YouTube clips where people have no problem with free aim headshots so it shouldn't be an issue. The option settings and menu details in general are kinda staggering, but for a game this size it's meant to be taken in bite size chunks as you play.

I'm currently only to the part where you

so I haven't even opened the map up so to speak. I will say the game is a slow burn, and meant to be played where the only real goal is to step into the life of an outlaw and let things play out, however insignificant or trivial they may be. It's understandable that people would be put off by it rather early if they're expecting it to play even like GTA. The little details are really meant to be savored here.

One more thing as a side note, I remember a post or two in the cowboy thread about how minorities might not be able to relate to the time and that being a reason enough not to play, but already the game has established a couple minority characters in the main group and to great effect. I went hunting with a black guy and there was some legitimately insightful dialogue where you are able to gain an appreciation of his background and personal experience of the time period. This is so far Rockstar's best character writing and they each have more nuanced and natural feeling personalities. The delivery is also just as nuanced. For instance I got the impression that Dutch was either perpetually winded or a little unsure of his words, which is interesting considering he's the leader.

i'm more distracted by old games i'm still addicted too.

a big reason why my backlog keeps growing is because i spend too much time playing games like Splatoon or Smash bros or replaying old games like Xenoblade, Metroid and Pikmin.

i want to finish or even play for the first time some of my newer games but i just get distracted by how good my old stuff is.

I get super hyyyyyyped sometimes, but usually...eh. Every couple of years my lack of enthusiasm for new stuff has me thinking this'll be the time I finally drop gaming. then something in my backlogue draws me in.

I was really hyped for Marvel's Sony's Spider-Man Trademark, so that kinda distracted me from the six other single-player games I could be playing. I may be the only person with access to an internet connection without a burning passion for RDR2.

Something Amyss:
I may be the only person with access to an internet connection without a burning passion for RDR2.

Nah, I like my gameplay from this decade for the most part. And I gave Rockstar my obligatory once a gen try with GTA5, which was mediocre to begin with, and then crapped all over because they'd rather put out 20-50 dollar reskins of vehicles to sell shark cards then have content in the base game.

Seth Carter:

Something Amyss:
I may be the only person with access to an internet connection without a burning passion for RDR2.

Nah, I like my gameplay from this decade for the most part. And I gave Rockstar my obligatory once a gen try with GTA5, which was mediocre to begin with, and then crapped all over because they'd rather put out 20-50 dollar reskins of vehicles to sell shark cards then have content in the base game.

Fair enough. best poart about GTA for me was that GTA Online was the first game in ages my friends wanted to play that wasn't an FPS, so my interest in it was more that it was a breath of fresh air than anything else. I don't hate FPS, but it's nice to have a breather after two or three straight years.

I can't remember when I've paid full price for a game before Breath of the Wild, Monster Hunter generations rerelease on the Switch, and something else I likely can't remember the name of. Even many games of game series I love I haven't paid for brand new. My most recent game purchase I made was Shady War-y for AU$28 at EB Games in a bargain bin of PS4 games. Normally a game I'dpay for on PC, but I saw it in a bargain bin, and it was more an impulse buy.

So I'm going to say I'm not terribly distracted. I'm currently replaying Daggerfall and having a blast with some mods for it.

My Khajiit w/ all armour forbidden, all weapons foridden beyond longblade, with spell/social heavy build is fun. Underworld hate me... I'm all about blowing up bandits and sweet-talking jobs out of people. Touring the country, perpetually living in taverns, and being the best gosh-darn glass cannon to ever roam Tamriel.

Pulling out all the D&D tropes of the wandering, ultra-violent hobo that people inexplicably love when in reality I imagine people would throw me in prison to avoid all the collateral damage I cause.

Yoshi178:
i'm more distracted by old games i'm still addicted too.

a big reason why my backlog keeps growing is because i spend too much time playing games like Splatoon or Smash bros or replaying old games like Xenoblade, Metroid and Pikmin.

i want to finish or even play for the first time some of my newer games but i just get distracted by how good my old stuff is.

If they remade Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Switch I'd happily buy that for a modified rerelease full price because I know for a fact that it would chew up a month of my life in the off days I don't need to study or socialize. What they need to invent is a specialized bed mount and charger for the Switch so you can lie in it with a joycon in eachhand and the 'tablet' kept at an adjustable distance to your face.

I'd be happy if they merely boosted FPS, tweak graphics a bit, and made it so you can invite party companions by menu select rather than all of that going back to NLA and travelling about to find them Every. Fucking. Time.

I mean, sure ... it's a fun idea that character have lives and thus different hangouts occasionally, and yuo actually have to visit where they are because they actually live someplace... but c'mon. Convenience is never not a good thing. That and the less time being afflicted with the NLA music tracks, and rather more of the stellar regional tunes, the better.

It's kind of messed up when you think about it. Humanity is on the cusp of extinction. They have a plethora of fighting vehicles and are pilotting bodies that have no need for rest or food. Need their help? Oh, just travel entire continents to get back to that one place they're hanging out, pick them up, and then they'll decide to mobilize. Meet me halfway at least, arseholes. There's hostile forces and aggressive native fauna to put bullets and swords into.

At least get a goddamn mobile.

Something Amyss:

Seth Carter:

Something Amyss:
I may be the only person with access to an internet connection without a burning passion for RDR2.

Nah, I like my gameplay from this decade for the most part. And I gave Rockstar my obligatory once a gen try with GTA5, which was mediocre to begin with, and then crapped all over because they'd rather put out 20-50 dollar reskins of vehicles to sell shark cards then have content in the base game.

Fair enough. best poart about GTA for me was that GTA Online was the first game in ages my friends wanted to play that wasn't an FPS, so my interest in it was more that it was a breath of fresh air than anything else. I don't hate FPS, but it's nice to have a breather after two or three straight years.

OH yeah. Their stubborn adherence to archaic control schemes/questionable gameplay and the money grabbing aside. I'll grant that GTA Online is, in general a unique beast. Watch_Dogs 2 (since the first one literally just dumped everyone into a free roam with no real additions at all) just kind of haphazardly copy-pasting a few missions into the online as "co op" content didn't really offer much (or even the much later effort at adding MP specific content that was just kind of awkward and really minimal, like something they made during an internal mod jamming week or something)

Not very. I'm at the point now where I have so much less time for games that I basically don't buy them anymore. I think about carving out more time for them every once in awhile but the world just seems to keep finding ways to keep me busy. I'm currently lusting over Forza Horizon 4 but it's hard for me to justify the $60 when I know I won't be able to play it as much as I'd like.

KingsGambit:
I think that's a really good approach, but I think it got away from me some time ago. Once the backlog got built up, the issue then became worse. Steam sales still happen so I'll pick things up, adding them on to the queue. Then I'll spend inordinate amounts of time in fewer, "grindy" games...not so much recently but I've put so many hours into Payday 2, Warframe, more recently Diablo 3 and Path of Exile. Each time I replay an older game it also makes the issue worse; I just "finished" a Gaige playthru of BL2 (from lvl 1 thru OP8).

I don't care about backlogs anymore. When I used to I found myself rushing through games just so I could clean a backlog. It made me feel like I was going through a chore instead of enjoying myself. And there's simply no need for that. It's an artificial problem of our own design.

Something Amyss:

Seth Carter:

Something Amyss:
I may be the only person with access to an internet connection without a burning passion for RDR2.

Nah, I like my gameplay from this decade for the most part. And I gave Rockstar my obligatory once a gen try with GTA5, which was mediocre to begin with, and then crapped all over because they'd rather put out 20-50 dollar reskins of vehicles to sell shark cards then have content in the base game.

Fair enough. best poart about GTA for me was that GTA Online was the first game in ages my friends wanted to play that wasn't an FPS, so my interest in it was more that it was a breath of fresh air than anything else. I don't hate FPS, but it's nice to have a breather after two or three straight years.

...but, did they play in FPS mode?

Adam Jensen:

KingsGambit:
I think that's a really good approach, but I think it got away from me some time ago. Once the backlog got built up, the issue then became worse. Steam sales still happen so I'll pick things up, adding them on to the queue. Then I'll spend inordinate amounts of time in fewer, "grindy" games...not so much recently but I've put so many hours into Payday 2, Warframe, more recently Diablo 3 and Path of Exile. Each time I replay an older game it also makes the issue worse; I just "finished" a Gaige playthru of BL2 (from lvl 1 thru OP8).

I don't care about backlogs anymore. When I used to I found myself rushing through games just so I could clean a backlog. It made me feel like I was going through a chore instead of enjoying myself. And there's simply no need for that. It's an artificial problem of our own design.

That's a good way of putting it. I used to do the same thing, but more recently I've had unfinished games sitting for years, and every once in a while something will pique my interest back up enough to boot them up. Sometimes it'll stick, but others I'll be reminded why I stopped playing them.

Like most if not all forms of entertainment, games are meant to be enjoyed. If that enjoyment needs to be forced then one can't really put a price tag on that level of insanity.

 

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