Posted by Gega (4 posts) -

For those of you who enjoy evergreen games (games that have no explicit narrative or end point) I share your pain. As the years narrative games fly by (AC3, Far Cry 3, Hitman, etc.) I'm still playing the same map of CK2 or coaching a soccer team week after week in FM13. I find it difficult to pull myself away from these evergreen games to enjoy other titles that came out in 2012. Games like XCOM and Dishonored still lay unfinished in my Steam Library because I get stuck in the "One More Turn" loop in Endless Space.

I'm sure I'm not alone in this plight and the best recommendation I can give is to set aside time to enjoy those other releases. Don't panic, your evergreen titles will always be there. Just tell them it might be time to take a break.

#1 Posted by Gega (4 posts) -

For those of you who enjoy evergreen games (games that have no explicit narrative or end point) I share your pain. As the years narrative games fly by (AC3, Far Cry 3, Hitman, etc.) I'm still playing the same map of CK2 or coaching a soccer team week after week in FM13. I find it difficult to pull myself away from these evergreen games to enjoy other titles that came out in 2012. Games like XCOM and Dishonored still lay unfinished in my Steam Library because I get stuck in the "One More Turn" loop in Endless Space.

I'm sure I'm not alone in this plight and the best recommendation I can give is to set aside time to enjoy those other releases. Don't panic, your evergreen titles will always be there. Just tell them it might be time to take a break.

#2 Posted by believer258 (11563 posts) -

Never understood how anyone could stick to one game for years on end and not play anything else.

#3 Posted by Atlas (2428 posts) -

I kinda split the difference between the two extremes. I finish plenty of games over the course of a year, but there is usually 2 or 3 games that I spend an inordinate amount of time playing, often at the expense of games I bought during that year and don't end up getting round to - at least not in time for the GOTY frenzy.

Yes, CKII was one of those games in 2012, and it was my Game of the Year. With such openness and scope, it's easily a game you can lose yourself in for months at a time. Steam says I've sunk 365 hours into it, and there are still so many things I haven't done - I haven't gotten to the end-date as a Muslim or as an Orthodox Christian, I haven't formed the Russian Empire, I haven't...well, I haven't done plenty of stuff. So what with playing so much CKII, as well as losing many hours in Shogun 2 (didn't get round to it in 2011, but sunk a lot of time into it in early 2012) and Civ 5 after Gods & Kings came out, I ended 2012 without having finished Torchlight 2 and Borderlands 2 and without having even started Mark of the Ninja or Darksiders II. And I STILL haven't beaten Witcher 2!

#4 Edited by Soap (3560 posts) -

@believer258 said:

Never understood how anyone could stick to one game for years on end and not play anything else.

I imagine the longer you stay in these type of game worlds the more invested into it you become, similar to an MMO I guess.

Also Evergreen games should be a concept.

#5 Posted by BisonHero (6051 posts) -
@Soap

@believer258 said:

Never understood how anyone could stick to one game for years on end and not play anything else.

I imagine the longer you stay in these type of game worlds the more invested into it you become, similar to an MMO I guess.

Also Evergreen games should be a concept.

I don't think Gega is saying he just plays those evergreen games, if he's anything like me. If I have 15-20 hours a week to play games, as much as I keep eyeing Max Payne 3 and Binary Domain, I end up spending half of that 15-20 hours logging a couple runs in FTL/The Binding of Isaac, or continuing a game of Civ 5/Endless Space, or playing a few multiplayer games with friends. As a result, forward progress suffers on the single player FPSs, RPGs, and point-and-click adventure games I have yet to finish.
#6 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1798 posts) -

@Gega: XCOM is almost an evergreen game, sure it has an end, but it's so much fun why not play another game of it?

#7 Posted by Gega (4 posts) -

I loved reading through everyone's responses. is right if Evergreen games is not a concept it definitely should be. To me there is a clear distinction with games that have an endpoint (A narrative RPG or an MMO's Endgame experience) with games that the player must create that endpoint on their own (Conquer Russia, Unite Ireland, Win the World Cup).

To better explain my position here is my recent Steam activity mostly from this year:

Evergreen - 176 Hours Total

- Crusader Kings 2 (My GOTY too,

- The Walking Dead - 13 Hours Played - Finished!!! :(

- XCOM: Enemy Unkown - 10 Hours Played - Not finished

- Far Cry 3: 5 Hours Played - Not finished

- Assassin's Creed 3: 29 Hours Played - Not finished

- Darksiders 2: 3 Minutes Played - Started and then immediately went back to CK2 - One day... one day

These aren't all the games I played in 2012 but it provides a pretty accurate snapshot of my Evergreen addiction. I flirted with FTL briefly and knew it would have the same effect so I have to truly dive into that experience. But if I do, that's just another title that will take me away from something like Ni No Kuni.