Since acquiring my PS3 back in 2008, I have steadily accumulated a copious amount of titles and various differing genres. From the open plains of the old West depicted in the absorbing world of Red Dead Redemption, to the truly epic exploits of the unluckiest (or lucky, depending on your outlook) explorer, Nathan Drake. Open-worlds, racing, sports, RPG’s, FPS’ and any other acronyms you can think of, but with such a vast array of admittedly impressive games, coupled with my notorious lack of patience, I have left many games uncompleted and shamelessly banished to the deepest recesses of my room, where they will likely remain incomplete for all time. So I have devised a list of my top 5 games that I’m certain will remain in an incomplete state of flux for the forseeable life of the PS3.
1. Assassins Creed
I picked up assassins creed cheap second-hand on the back of the plaudits brandished to brotherhood, and was immediately disappointed. From the very beginning of this game I was left feeling bemused by the frankly inconceivable narrative, but when I entered into the ancient civilisation of Italy, I felt increasingly disappointed. How can playing as a 16th century assassin become as boring as a night out with Chris Martin? I’m sure there is fun to be had here somewhere, but it’s impressive how well Assassins Creed conceals it.
Excuse for incompletion: Boredom.
2. Star Ocean: The Last Hope
Firstly, Star Ocean is possibly the most vibrantly, stunning and visually appealing games I have ever played, but is equally frustrating in its execution of it’s rather unique premise of space exploration. This isn’t a bad RPG, it’s just that it isn’t that good either. Star Ocean is constantly bombarding you with clichés, poor dialogue, familiar plot points and uninteresting characters. Battles are repetitive and require little or no tactical awareness to overcome enemies, and for me, felt like a missed opportunity.
Excuse for incompletion: Better RPG’s to play.
3. GTA IV
Before you misinterpret the inclusion of GTA, let me explain. I thoroughly enjoyed almost every aspect of GTA IV. Although it’s a little more mature than previous iterations, it still retains much of the quality gameplay that has been integral to the success of the GTA series, it’s just the conclusion that let’s this instalment down. I didn’t run down, assassinate and unscrupulously kill masses of people just to be faced with the unenviable dilemma of deciding whether Kate or Roman will perish. The induction of a moral situation that can’t be won simply didn’t appeal to me. I have now restarted this game 3 times, and have yet felt compelled to make the game changing decision at that pivotal moment.
Excuse for incompletion: The moral ending.
As much as I enjoyed electrocuting hordes of insipid thugs and regaining small percentages of the city as I attempted to re-establish power to the ravaged locations, the novelty of being a superhero eventually wore off, as did the repetitive nature of the brawls and the increasing difficulty of said battles. A great premise that never gained enough momentum to really capture my imagination.
Excuse for incompletion: Repetitive battles.
5. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
I have never completed Oblivion’s main story arc, and do you know what? I’m glad, because I think if I had, I wouldn’t have experienced the world of Feralden in all its beautiful glory. This is by far the most compelling game on the list, and one of the only titles where completion of the story really isn’t essential, and for me, is something of a hinderance when approaching a game of this scale. You become so overwhelmed in other more mundane exploits that the main quest simply becomes redundant. I became consumed in purchasing various housing throughout Tamriel, gathering a small fortune and creating potions rather than thwarting the constant threats from the Oblivion gates. I guess I was just too busy to save the world.
Excuse for incompletion: Became engrossed in the world of Feralden.
What games in your collection do you think will remain incomplete? Let me know what you think.