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Wall Of Shame: Games I’ve Never Completed

When Josh Olson acknowledged that his Batman tale of Have I Got A Story For You was in fact just copying previous stories, he famously stated that “the first time it’s stealing, the second time it’s borrowing, the third time you’re creating a genre”. With this in mind, I’ve decided to carry on the Wall of Shame series, started by Chris Kemp and followed up by Rick de Klerk, and add my own little twist to it. I’ll be discussing games that, for some reason or the other, I’ve failed to see through to their conclusions.

Bear in mind that this is no easy task. There are countless games out there that are, by design, unwinnable. There are countless more that don’t deserve a cursory look, much less a complete playthrough. Today I’ll be discussing five “must-plays” which may earn me your condemnation and ire.

 

Mario 64

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Mario 64 is a brilliant, brilliant game. It’s one of history’s defining 3D platformers and it was a reason in itself to snag a Nintendo 64 back in the day. Unfortunately, while I got to play a good chunk of it upon initial release, I never reached its conclusion. Years later when I had a second stab at it, I managed to get much further but still that elusive ending was beyond my reach. One of these days I might have a look at the DS remake, but until then…

Why I’m exempt from public execution:

Anybody who has ever played Mario 64 will (not so) fondly remember its long length, endless backtracking and the insane jumping-over-bottomless-pits sections. In which you died over and over and over. It’s pure RAGEQUIT material, and before you judge me, load it up and see for yourself.

 

Psychonauts

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Now I’m heading into blasphemous territory. Schafer’s underdog hit has become a poster child for underappreciated games, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s zany, challenging and the story is oddly engrossing. However, one of the very few criticisms that can be leveled against it is the fluctuating difficulty, which takes a very sharp turn for the worst towards the very end of the game. The final couple of stages relentlessly drill you and expect you to have mastered every nuance of your character’s abilities and controls. After reaching a 98% completion ratio and trying to beat it in excess of 50 times, I finally called it quits and haven’t returned since.

Why I’m exempt from public execution:

Luckily, my story isn’t an isolated incident. Still, since I own the game on Steam, I do certainly want to give it another go someday. It’s definitely worth a second playthrough.

 

Super Meat Boy

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I love virtually everything about Super Meat Boy. The art style, the level design, the secrets and the humour all engross me and keep me coming back for more. But, as is well-known, it is brutally hard. Diabolically so, and this has stopped me from mastering it to a point where I can see it through to its end. While I can appreciate a good challenge, I don’t exactly want to come home and die 1,000 cheap deaths after a long, hard day at work. So Super Meat Boy remains on my hard drive, but it’s only something I play when I’m feeling masochistic or I’m just in a weird mood. Kinda like going out with an ex.

Why I’m exempt from public execution:

I intend to finish it. Someday. I’m slowly working towards that goal by playing it piecemeal.

 

Halo

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I run the risk of being strung up by my toes here, but I’ll just come out and say it: I find the Halo games boring. Yes, that includes multiplayer and single player. I slogged through several of the first game’s chapters in a vain attempt to try and comprehend why it was so popular, before eventually quitting for good. The multiplayer side of things is definitely more fun, but again, I never quite “got” why this game stood out in a sea of arguably superior FPSes, both prior and contemporary. At any rate, it remains a black mark in my otherwise impeccable gamer credentials (HA!).

Why I’m exempt from public execution:

Bite me.

 

StarCraft

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Without a doubt, this is the most scandalous entry on my list. I mean, it’s freakin’ StarCraft. Of course, I spent quite a bit of time in the multiplayer, which sorta redeems me a bit, but as a double-whammy I failed to complete both the original campaign and the Brood War expansion. I got quite far in both, but that doesn’t quite cut it, now does it? Ironically, the game has remained on my system for years because I do intend to revisit it someday and finish the campaigns once and for all. Whether this is eternal procrastination or eventual determination remains to be seen.

Why I’m exempt from public execution:

I…  er… uhm. Oh, the hell with it. Just hand me a blindfold and cigarette already. But before you do, tell us all about your shameful list of incomplete games, you wicked, wicked person.

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  • El Capitan del Blade

    Not completing Super Meat boy isn’t worth putting on a wall of shame. It’s impossibly hard…. world 7….

    • Delano

      It is worthy of this wall when you consider yourself a platformer veteran as I do! Besides, I’m the “indie guy”, so not finishing one of the seminal indies is cringe-worthy.

      • El Capitan del Blade

        Fair point. It’s still hard as balls to complete though…. took me several hours innumerable deaths and a fair share of rage quits….

  • Squirly

    I recently replayed Psychonauts because it’s that kind of game for me and once I got to the meat circus…. I just quit. Not without trying, of course. I’ve finished the game before but this last time everything seemed to conspire against me. That level is frustrating when compared to the whole rest of the game.

  • Umar Reborn

    Hopefully you complete Psychonauts one day, ‘Tis an amazing game from start to end :)

    I’ve never completed Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne, and that’s one of my all time favorite games. Lucifer is just too hard…

    God of war 2 (I really dislike the series), Gears of War. Never did the 4th playthrough of Nier.

    • FanieNel

      The God of War series is good, especially 3 and Ascension.
      I completed all the ending of Nier. Such a good game. I still want to go and play it all again, but I have too many other games that I must play.

      • Umar Reborn

        GoW is cool yeah, just the combat is way too shallow. and Nice :) Fantastic game, with an amazing story,

        • Pulseofthe Maggot

          Define ‘Shallow’

          • Umar Reborn

            Hmm, just felt boring. Doing the same combos over and over and required little to no skill with a few QTEs thrown in the mix. Not saying GoW is bad, the gameplay is just shallow.

  • FanieNel

    Mario 64: Never played it. Reason: Mario, and I didn’t have a Nintendo at the time.

    Psyconauts: Never played it. Reason: The game style isn’t for me. I might pick it up some day.

    Super Meat Boy: Have played it on a day I was bored. Watching paint dry is more fun (for me).

    Halo: I have played Halo 2 on PC (back when it actually also came out on PC) and couldn’t get past the swarm. No mater what I did, they killed me. After that I played Halo 4 and it was surprisingly good, and fun. I won’t play the other Halo game, maybe I will play Halo OST someday.

    StarCraft: Played it back in the day, and I played StarCraft 2 when it came out. I still need to pick up the new edition of the game.

    Side note: I haven’t played any of the Zelda games, but I might pick up the new one soon.

  • Rick de Klerk

    Unbeknownst to Chris and Delano, I’ve actually trademarked “Wall”, “Of”, and “Shame” as it relates to Video Games. Also apparel, for some reason.

    I consider all my unfinished games Works in Progress.

    • Delano

      Fine. We’ll start calling it DISGRACE SAGA… oh, wait…

      • Rick de Klerk

        Haha.

        That said, I’ve put nearly 150 hours into Persona 3, and I never finished it. That’s by far my worst “Games I’ve Never Completed”, just for the sheer amount of time I’ve put into it.

    • http://www.mygaming.co.za Chris Kemp

      This eliminates 75% of my wardrobe :(

  • Graham Ziervogel

    But…Starcraft. O_O

    • Delano

      I KNOW I KNOW *breaks down into tears and crawls away in a corner*

      • http://www.mygaming.co.za Chris Kemp

        You know exactly what Look I’m giving you.

        • Pulseofthe Maggot

          Give it to him good, Chris!

  • Kyle Myburgh

    Far Cry
    Far Cry 2
    Far Cry 3
    Far Cry Blood Dragon (Boy I’m starting to see a trend)
    Alan Wake
    Skyrim
    Oblivion
    Fallout 3
    Metro 2033
    Metro Last Light
    Bioshock
    Bioschock 2
    Bioshock Infinite (Oooh another trend)

    Some of the better games I’ve yet to finish and never will. I only finish games that I actually have some kind of love affair with. Like the Crysis series or even the terrible BF3 campaign. I start playing a game and a friend says “Hey want to play Battlefield 4″, then I’m like “Sure” and I never play that games campaign again. O.o The problem as I see it is once you leave a game too long the plot becomes meaningless and you loose touch with what’s happening and once that happened you might as well be playing mine sweeper.

    • Dave Aldworth

      The end of Bioshock Infinite almost literally blew my mind. It was probably the best ending to a game I’ve seen. I’d strongly recommend having a stab at finishing it.

      • Kyle Myburgh

        Bioshock Infinite lost me due to the inconsistent difficulty. I got stuck fighting a Handyman at some point in the game (Playing hardest difficulty) and then after a few tries rage quit, after a while I played again lowered the difficulty and moved on one or two levels, but lost the plot due to not having played it for a while and there by lost interest completely.

  • Dave Aldworth

    There are so many games I haven’t quite finished that I still mean to get round to. My problem is that I’m a sucker for the Steam sales! I buy too many games and then end up not finishing a lot of them. I did finish Starcraft though.

    My most shameful non-completion must be Diablo 2. Played it for hours, didn’t quite finish, got a new computer, started again, didn’t finish, abandoned it.

  • Alex Rowley

    Played about ten minutes of the latest Ghost Recon and uninstalled it. I was on a real modern shooter burn out and the game was just so brown and grey it immediately put me off.

    Haven’t finished Far Cry 3 either but that’s because I kept getting distracted by how cool the island was, I mean why play the campaign when there are komodo dragons to chase with a flamethrower?

    Just Cause 2. The missions were boring as hell I the controls were bad for the shooting mechanics so I just kinda stopped caring about it and just started attaching shit together with the rope and seeing what happens.

  • Pulseofthe Maggot

    I have this thing where I HAVE to complete every game I have, to the last trophy. OCD maybe? With regards to your games though:

    Mario 64: Never played it.

    Psychonauts: Never played it, nor did I hear about it until earlier last year. No idea what it’s about.

    Super Meat Boy: Never played. Sounds like brutal fun though.

    Halo: I know that feel. Halo DOES get repetitive with all the grinding and reused environment. I’ve finished it twice though – once on PC, the other time on Xbox 360 on co-op Legendary difficulty (Anniversary Edition). Slightly better when you can marvel at the awesome job 343 did with the re-texturing and animations.

    StarCraft: Nope. Not this one either. Only preview I got from this was the Easter egg after finishing Warcraft 3 on the hardest difficulty :D

  • orion

    every game in play i finish

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