I am a JRPG nut. My favorite game is Persona 4 Golden, and before that I've long held Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy X in the highest regards, among others. However, with affinity for that genre comes the task of pouring dozens of hours into a single game. I don't mean to say that as a bad thing. On the contrary, with as much as me spend on games we had damn well get our money's worth. As much as I love my time with them, I always have trouble reaching the end (my biggest failure being reaching the final boss of Radiata Stories and quitting due to my woefully unprepared group). I am infamous among my friends for this fact, as they often finish the games we get long before me, even when I do finish. This is my attempt at explaining, and trying to help myself understand, why I do this (or rather, don't).
Tales of Xillia 2 will be released this coming August, but as of earlier today, I still hadn't finished the first one. I got Tales of Xillia the day it came out, collector's edition too. I was incredibly excited for it, and by all accounts I really loved it, but I got about 6 or 7 hours away from the end, and I just stopped. At the time, I really didn't have a reason. It just happens. One day I'm playing a game, and the next I'm just done with it.
I recently picked up Eternal Sonata again. It was the first game I had gotten for my 360, and I loved the hell out of it. Before you ask, I did finish this one. Sadly, as a poor student, having little money and an expensive hobby, I had to sacrifice my beloved Eternal Sonata (read: trade in) to fuel my need for sweet, sweet video games. After telling my girlfriend about the game, as she'd never heard of it, nostalgia took over. I had to have it again. However, the unfinished ghost of Xillia still haunted me. That, and shame.
I finally picked the game back up after months without play, and I was greeted immediately with 20 minutes of cutscenes and a string of boss battles. Now, the mechanics of the game aren't too complicated, but they are pretty overwhelming when tossed deep into it headfirst. I was dumbstruck by the dozens and dozens of skills and abilities my party was equipped with. After seeing this, I thought I was in over my head and restarted the game, another thing I am notorious for. I got about 2 hours into the new playthrough before giving my old file another shot, trusting the set-up my past self had created. I spent 5 hours (partially inflated due to losing on the final boss 3 times) today powering through what I had left, denying any instinct I had to work on side quests for fear of further lengthening the slog. My only motivation was to complete the plot so I would be prepared for Xillia 2, although I'll probably do a new game+. Well, at the very least I'll start it.
I tend to get bogged down in side quests and hunting for extras. I frequently begin a game with the intention of hunting down every little thing possible, though I rarely achieve that goal. As I get closer and closer to the end, I realize that there has been so much that I haven't done, and getting those things done begins to feel like a chore. It's a huge dilemma. I don't want to finish without everything, but getting everything is often unpleasant. It's a microcosm of life. You have to work hard to get anything good out of it, but sometimes working really just sucks (especially when you forget all the plot details from the last time you did).
I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on the subject. Hopefully I'm not the only one that does this.