Games you've bought that you can't bring yourself to play

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I need to know if it's just me that does this. See, I have a habit of impulse-buying games that I want to play and love, but then finding myself for whatever reason unable to actually bring myself to play them.

And I don't mean by this just games you've bought but haven't gotten round to. That's a separate thing. I mean games you want to play, but have never been able to make yourself actually sit down and play.

I feel like i'm in the only idiot in the world that does this. Two recent examples:

1. The Amnesia Series
I got this when it was free as part of the PS+ deals. I've always wanted to play it, but whenever the idea of finally playing it strikes me I get to the start menu and just instinctively end up turning it off and playing something else instead. To be fair with this one I am 99% sure that this happens because I know they're scary as fuck and I'm what you would charitably refer to as a massive quivering pussy in regards to horror games.

Battlefield 1
This is the odd one. I'm kind of the larval form of a history nerd and I love World War 1 as a period of history to look at because it fucking fascinates me, way more than World War 2 does. So a game set during World War 1? Hell yes. Especially when they announced at E3 the release of the 'In the Name of the Tsar' DLC because if there's one thing in regards to history I love more than World War 1 it's Russian history, especially in regards to the Russian Revolution and subsequent Civil War.

But I can't play it. I just can't make myself do it. It sits there on my PS4's menu and every now and again I will open the game, I will look at menus and listen to the music, but then I won't actually play it. And I don't know why. It's not even that I'm historically terrible at online FPS games, even the War Stories campaign missions I find myself almost pathologically incapable of actually committing myself to.

... so yeah, does anyone else do this shit, or am I just certifiably fucking insane?

For some reason Suikoden 3. I always play a few hours and then just give up. I guess having a race of giant ducks taken seriously kinda ruins the epicness.

Just Cause 2. I'm one of the knuckle-dragging troglodytes who likes to faff about in open world sandboxes, and from what I've heard, this is one of the better ones for mindless destruction, but for some reason, I made it as far as the parachute tutorial and lost all interest. I've still got it loaded on my Xbox 360, and when I scroll through my digital collection, it still piques my interest, but almost immediately, I can't be bothered. Weird.

I bought Sleeping Dogs when it was on sale, but for some reason I never feel like playing it.

Divinity Original Sin - I really want to play it, and I have a little bit, but its so fucking boring. The dialgoue is terrible, the ease of death is terrible, and the starting city is simply too big I simply loose interest

Please, Don't touch anything - Because I simply don't have the patience

Wasteland 2 - Basically the same as Divinity

Darkest Dungeon and Sunless Sea. Cause they seam really cool and interesting, but I am worried I wont be able to get into them, or they will be too hard and just sit with 2 achievements and 1 hour played.

Technically Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Yeah, I 100% it on Orange Box on the 360, so I know I can do it again on Steam...but that gnome part and some other parts, just alot of tedium I dont want to deal with.

And games I have started but cant seem to get into but want to include: Magicka, Trine, Lego Marvel Heroes, Tales of Symphonia, Darksiders, Risen and a bunch others.

And technically The Witcher...mostly cause I started it, got to the swamp, lost my data, and everytime I think about trying again, remembering that shitty swamp...

Was gifted it, but eh.

Undertale. I want to play it when the hype dies down, but I'm unsure when that will be.

I've had Crusader Kings II installed on my PC for quite some time now. Everyone I know tells me that it is exactly the kind of thing I love (namely: Depth). I just cannot get into it, there is too much information, too many factions, too many mechanics and variables and stats.

Also, this is a weird example but one that I think applies: DOTA 2. Now I've played the hell out of Dota, played it when it was a WC3 mod and for about a year after DOTA 2 came out but now, 3 years after I stopped playing, it just taunts me on my steam account. Mocking me with the knowledge that my skills have atrophied to the point where I cannot compete anymore and that I will be called a Noob and worse if I try.

Saelune:
Darkest Dungeon and Sunless Sea.

I love both those so much but yeah they are both time sinks.

Great writing in Sunless Sea, probably the best I've seen in a video game.

jademunky:
I've had Crusader Kings II installed on my PC for quite some time now. Everyone I know tells me that it is exactly the kind of thing I love (namely: Depth). I just cannot get into it, there is too much information, too many factions, too many mechanics and variables and stats.

I have the exact same deal with Hearts of Iron IV. I want to love it so badly because it does seem the thing I could lose ages to, but... fucking hell, it just melts my brain. I have 10 hours of playtime logged on Steam with it but every single second of those 10 hours is me confusedly bumbling around in menu after menu just trying to comprehend what the fuck is going on and how basically any of it works.

ReservoirAngel:

1. The Amnesia Series

Battlefield 1

Come on, man! If you're going to start numbering your list entries, you have to stick with it, particularly if the list is two items long!

OT: Owlboy, which was purchased (full price) when I was blind drunk.

Wasteland 2. I actually got half way. Everyone said it had better writing, quests and choices than Falliout 3. It shat the bed in all three counts. I don't know what Kool Aid everyone was drinking but it must have been potent.

Sometimes Always Monsters. Got to one ending, was taken aback at the screw up situation that happened and dropped it. I've always wanted to go back but I can't.

Silvanus:

OT: Owlboy, which was purchased (full price) when I was blind drunk.

A pretty boring game. Thank you lucky stars and go play Hollow Knight

I Am Setsuna, it's just boring. It wants to be Chrono Trigger but it isn't and Chrono Trigger is still perfectly playable.

Arcanum: Of Magic and Steamworks Obscura.

I own it and I've tried like 3 times to actually get into it. It's made by the same people who made the original Fallout games and I love the idea of it. I've even heard it's really good once you get into it.

The problem is that the whole character setup is so fucking dense and complex that building a decent character from the start seems difficult, and without a good starting character, getting out of the first village is a pain(you either have to be good at fighting or talking and if you aren't, well, fuck you).

Okami. I've had this for like 2 years and I've heard it's great. I've also heard it's both slow for the first few hours and fairly long, which kinda sucks when there's like 15 other games I'd love to play at any given time.

trunkage:

Sometimes Always Monsters. Got to one ending, was taken aback at the screw up situation that happened and dropped it. I've always wanted to go back but I can't.

I played a little bit of it and for whatever reason decided I didn't like it. I tried to return it but GOG said unless it was broken they didn't want to refund it.

jademunky:
I've had Crusader Kings II installed on my PC for quite some time now. Everyone I know tells me that it is exactly the kind of thing I love (namely: Depth). I just cannot get into it, there is too much information, too many factions, too many mechanics and variables and stats.

Same here. I love the ideas behind it and I REALLY want to play the GOT mod for it, but every time I start trying to play it it feels like it takes FOREVER to do anything, the torturials don't help and even the web videos I've seen seem to assume you actually know what you're doing. I've heard once you figure it out, it's amazing but I'm still struggling to grasp how to do much of anything.

Seriously, is there a walkthrough somewhere that goes "Here's Ireland for noobs. Here's all the basics you need to know to figure out how to git gud"?

Enough to annoy me:

Call of Juarez Gunslinger
Danmaku Unlimited 3
Thief 2
Splinter Cell: Blacklist

and thats just the single-player, theres like 5 co-op ones I still haven't played because I lack a partner.

I have tons of opportunities to play them, but I've hit this loop where I always want to play some kind of multiplayer game. Now I own enough online multiplayer games to cycle through them when i get bored after a month or two, leaving me with single-player games i'd ENJOY but never get in the mood to play.

Men of War. Man, here's a series I should love, but the controls are all wrong. Right-click movement. We've had it since (at least) 1998. Why the fuck doesn't Men of War?

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. Loved Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat. For whatever reason, I couldn't get into Clear Sky. Now none of them run properly, so I'm kinda fucked.

The Witcher. Heard it was great. Bought 1 and 2. Can't stand the gameplay. Shame, too, because CDProjekt is a top-rate company who actively tries to make me like them. I just wish I liked their games.

I'm pretty good at playing through my library, but I quit Amnesia halfway through and can't work up the will to go through the stress again. Outlast I picked up when I saw that the Humble Store was offering it as a freebie, and that's...probably going to go untouched forever. If I can't handle Amnesia, I sure as hell can't handle Outlast.

I've had Resident Evil 7 ready to go since it came out, I watched a friend play it and thought it looked good. I haven't bothered playing it yet, it dawned on me that with the exception of RE2, RE4 and the first 2 Dead Space games, I'm not a big fan of horror games. I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually.

I was too creeped out to play Echo Night: Beyond on PS2. Probably not a particularly scary game but it was one of those crappy localization jobs on an already uncanny game and everything about it felt so lifeless and wrong.

I bought Abzu at launch because it was that new game by the Flow/Flower/Journey team... and it's still sitting in my library, unplayed. I've installed it a number of times on different machines, staring at it and intending to play it... but not actually doing it.

Now, I'm no stranger to backlogs, but Abzu is a unique case since I, you know, *bought it at launch* instead of a random bundle or sale purchase.

I also keep on making excuses for not starting Amnesia.

inu-kun:
For some reason Suikoden 3. I always play a few hours and then just give up. I guess having a race of giant ducks taken seriously kinda ruins the epicness.

Oh man. I remember Suikoden 3. I was a big fan of 1/2 and was really hyped about 3... then when I actually played it, it was such a slog.
Going from Suikoden 1 (a 15 hour game) to 3 (a 60 hour game) miiiiiiiiggggghhhhtttt have hurt the pacing a little.

Ironman126:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. Loved Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat. For whatever reason, I couldn't get into Clear Sky. Now none of them run properly, so I'm kinda fucked.

I think if you had to miss a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, then you missed the right one- I adore all three, but it is the weakest, in my opinion.

I have a 80+ game backlog, but that's different. I fully intend to play all of those games, eventually. Once a month, I pick one randomly and tell myself "It's been sitting there forever, now sit down, and play it!"

But I do own a few games that don't interest me, but which I got because they were part of a Humble Bundle alongside games I did want and the whole package was dirt cheap. Risk of Rain, Teleglitch, Broken Chalice and one more I can't remember.

Nowadays I just give away the bundle games I don't care about, but I didn't always do that, thinking I paid for it, so I keep it. So now they sit there in my Steam account. They honestly don't even have a chance, because I don't count them as part of the backlog.

the December King:

Ironman126:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. Loved Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat. For whatever reason, I couldn't get into Clear Sky. Now none of them run properly, so I'm kinda fucked.

I think if you had to miss a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, then you missed the right one- I adore all three, but it is the weakest, in my opinion.

That's kinda what I've heard. I'm sure that it's a decent game, but I think it was a misstep to do a prequel. I generally feel that way about games. Sometimes it should be OK to leave things a mystery.

Ironman126:
Men of War. Man, here's a series I should love, but the controls are all wrong. Right-click movement. We've had it since (at least) 1998. Why the fuck doesn't Men of War?

Actually, that's just the default setting, which is weird I know. In the options there was a simple checkbox/toggle to switch it to right-click movement/actions. It's definitely one of my favorite strategy games, due to a lot of mechanics and engine design (the tank-armor piercing system is so much more satisfying than the crude healthbar systems most strategy games have). Plus the direct control stuff, the AI, and a bunch of other things. Very underappreciated game-design.

Ironman126:
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. Loved Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat. For whatever reason, I couldn't get into Clear Sky. Now none of them run properly, so I'm kinda fucked.

How is it you can't get any of them working now? Unless your system is... incredibly ancient, I don't see what kind of issues you might be having.

Most of my fucking Steam Library, and I have 500 games now.

Plus a few PS4 games.

I've been in such a rut lately. I've pretty much been so absorbed with multiplayer games like Heroes of the Storm that I haven't had time to play almost anything else. Most of the time, I just get so sucked in by the constant daily quests and log in bonuses and first win bonuses, and then there are characters that are close to levelling up and just. one. more. game.

Its easy to be recommended a film to watch. "Hey, you should totally watch The Dark Knight!" and that is committing to what? 90 mins to 3 hours? Recommend a game though... "Hey, you should totally play The Witcher 3!", and just like that, you are committing yourself to over 100 hours of story. I think that is why I've been playing multiplayer games so much; I can get a game of Heroes of the Storm done and dusted in 20 minutes, and feel like I have accomplished something.

I haven't completed a singleplayer game in... oh, I don't know. Maybe since The Witcher 3, early this year? I didn't complete the Blood and Wine expansion though....

[EDIT] I completed Shadow of War, but that game was so forgettable, that, well, I forgot about it

I finally, finally got back into Rise of the Tomb Raider, and by god, I am going to finish it.

Next is The Last of Us, Uncharted 4, Until Dawn, Quantum Break, Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier Automata, Divinity Original Sin 2, Stick of Truth, Assassin's Creed Origins...

As a kid, buying a game was this huge occasion, and I finished each and every one of them. Now, I have enough disposable income, and games are so cheap, that if I get 3 games on Humble Bundle for $12, and I never end up playing any of them, its not the end of the world. Not to mention that outside of school, I had no commitments, and so much time on my hands.

I miss those days.

Ironman126:
The Witcher. Heard it was great. Bought 1 and 2. Can't stand the gameplay. Shame, too, because CDProjekt is a top-rate company who actively tries to make me like them. I just wish I liked their games.

I feel ya. I tried the first one. Could not get past the intro due to the gameplay. Such a shame because I hear good things about it.

Ironman126:
The Witcher. Heard it was great. Bought 1 and 2. Can't stand the gameplay. Shame, too, because CDProjekt is a top-rate company who actively tries to make me like them. I just wish I liked their games.

iseko:

Ironman126:
SNIP

I feel ya. I tried the first one. Could not get past the intro due to the gameplay. Such a shame because I hear good things about it.

Honestly, just jump straight into 3.

I never played 1, and I dabbled in 2 - but I never liked it. I decided to get 3 anyway, and I do not regret it.

TW3 is massive, it looks stunning, it has a good story, and it has some of the best side quests that I have seen in an open world game.

The thing with The Witcher is that it was originally a series of books, and the games take place after the final Witcher book, so in the end, you are missing a lot of story anyway, regardless of whether or not you played the first two games. TW3 does a pretty good job at catching you up, not that the plot is overly complicated in the first place.

Frankly, I would say jump right in, as TW3 is leaps and bounds above the last two games.

Besides, its pretty cheap these days, anyway.

Alien Isolation

I like the Alien franchise, and everything I've been told about this game says that it's good.....but I'm a complete wuss when it comes to horror. Jump scares get me every time. So I have this game that I would probably enjoy, but am too afraid to start.

There's a few games that I stopped due to technical issues. I never finished The Witcher because the version I played had the ability to start a quest in.....the old town I think? half way through making it impossible to complete. I believe that got fixed. I Am Setsuna sits unfinished because the game doesn't like my Xbox controller and wont centre the thumb sticks, making it rather awkward to control. S.T.A.L.K.E.R remains unfinished because when I was playing it, I got to the reactor and my computer at the time could not handle all those portals.

The new Prey remains unfinished, and I'm not sure why. I like the game, just haven't gotten around to playing it.

iseko:

Ironman126:
The Witcher. Heard it was great. Bought 1 and 2. Can't stand the gameplay. Shame, too, because CDProjekt is a top-rate company who actively tries to make me like them. I just wish I liked their games.

I feel ya. I tried the first one. Could not get past the intro due to the gameplay. Such a shame because I hear good things about it.

I played the entire series like a year or so ago and honestly, if you skip 1, you aren't missing much. You can get the story from the wiki entry if you really want or maybe a LP with all the story bits highlighted. It's preferable at any rate then slogging through the sub-par gameplay of the first game.

The 2nd one is a bit better and sets up 3 a lot more, but don't be afraid to jump into 3. As cool as the branching paths in Witcher 2 are, your decisions don't end up making much difference when you get to 3. And almost nothing from Witcher 1 is even mentioned by the 3rd game.

Assassins Creed Origins

It looked and ended up being better than pretty much all the other games in the series but I've only started it up like 3 times since launch. I think it's open-world fatigue, I'm too impatient now to ride for 5 minutes to go to someone, talk to the person, ride 5 minutes more, complete the mission and then ride back for 5 minutes. The quests aren't fun enough and the world isn't interactive enough to keep me in the game.

Witcher 3's one. Partly because I do want to replay TW2 first, but also because 3 seems like such an exhausting undertaking given I got the GotY edition. It's been sitting on my shelf for about a year now. I know Geralt has his fans, but I've never been one of them, and so spending another 100 or so hours in his company never feels like an incentive to return to the series. Plus, it may be a vastly superior game to play than a Dragon Age, but I much prefer BioWare's world and lore (and party based combat, at least in DA:O and DAII). Still, I assume I'll enjoy TW3 whenever I get around to it.

The Walking Dead S2 and Life Is Strange have been knocking around for a while as well. I'm not overly keen to start TWD S2, as the first season was one of my best gaming experiences of all time (particularly the end), and I really don't see how any continuation of the characters story could do that justice.

I played LiS's first ep, and I think there's an almost equal amount to enjoy and loathe in that series... The story arc as a whole might be great, but jeese, so much of the writing and characterisation is just flat out awful. If it was a highschool narrative I could give some of its dialogue and characterisation a pass, but it isn't, and so I can't. Some fairly terrible/cringeworthy music in it, as well.

Does abandoning a game after about an hour count? If so, Rise Of The Tomb Raider's another. That was the first game I installed and started playing when I got an XB1, but I was never keen on where it looked like they were taking the rebooted series, disliked how they ditched Sam between games in a [fairly shitty] comic, and the opening of that game, structurally and in terms of pacing, is a complete mess. As a game to actually play I'm reliably told it's better than the reboot, but a game is much more than just its mechanics.

I do keep on intending to restart it, though I just never seem to get around to it.

Ender910:

Ironman126:
Men of War. Man, here's a series I should love, but the controls are all wrong. Right-click movement. We've had it since (at least) 1998. Why the fuck doesn't Men of War?

Actually, that's just the default setting, which is weird I know. In the options there was a simple checkbox/toggle to switch it to right-click movement/actions. It's definitely one of my favorite strategy games, due to a lot of mechanics and engine design (the tank-armor piercing system is so much more satisfying than the crude healthbar systems most strategy games have). Plus the direct control stuff, the AI, and a bunch of other things. Very underappreciated game-design.

Hmm. I'll take another look at it then. I've seen videos of the games and I really love the tank combat. I was extremely disappointed with Company of Heroes 2 then the tanks behaved worse than in the first game.

Ironman126:
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. Loved Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat. For whatever reason, I couldn't get into Clear Sky. Now none of them run properly, so I'm kinda fucked.

How is it you can't get any of them working now? Unless your system is... incredibly ancient, I don't see what kind of issues you might be having.

It's not a performance issue, its stability. Shadow of Chernobyl looks likes it's going to start, then never does. Call of Pripyat crashes every few minutes. I haven't tried to play Clear Sky in years because I just don't care. What's bizarre (not really) is that they all ran on the much less capable PC I had when I first played them.

Laggyteabag:
Honestly, just jump straight into 3.

I never played 1, and I dabbled in 2 - but I never liked it. I decided to get 3 anyway, and I do not regret it.

TW3 is massive, it looks stunning, it has a good story, and it has some of the best side quests that I have seen in an open world game.

The thing with The Witcher is that it was originally a series of books, and the games take place after the final Witcher book, so in the end, you are missing a lot of story anyway, regardless of whether or not you played the first two games. TW3 does a pretty good job at catching you up, not that the plot is overly complicated in the first place.

Frankly, I would say jump right in, as TW3 is leaps and bounds above the last two games.

Besides, its pretty cheap these days, anyway.

I may just do that. The Steam Christmas sale should be starting soon and I could use a new RPG.

I've bought a few horror games like Amnesia and Alien Isolation. Horror is interesting, and these are good examples of horror. I can watch people play them without any issues, and I recently watched and enjoyed the first two Alien movies. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, being a complete bloody coward for one thing. Bye bye, money!

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