By CandleJakk 28 Comments
This is not a blog about games which are 'sick' in the wrongness sense, no, this is a post about games that you play when you're ill, sick, feeling shite, or just skiving off work/school/whatever. Sorry if you feel letdown by the title already. So, I recently wrote a review for The Saboteur, in which I stated that this is likely to become my new 'sick' game.
A sick game, from my experience generally comes from a game that has so much stuff to do in it, that you can't be bothered to rinse all 200+ items you need to find or whatever the objective may be. Most recently for me, this took place in the form of Assassin's Creed. Yeah, you guessed it. Those damned flags. During a long, bedridden week with some severe flu, this July or August gone ('09) I popped AC1 into my 360, and spent a good 7 hours going through, finding all those flags, and Templars, four of which glitched out, didn't appear, so I had to go through their 60 locations again.
Similarly, Crackdown had this sickness effect, I've spent several sick days trying to beat the races, and collect those cursed orbs, I believe I am just one away from collecting all the Agility orbs, and about 100 from the hidden orbs.
The Saboteur is likely my new sick game simply because of the frankly insane amount of tasks to do. I am nowhere nears destroying all the Nazi stuff, finding the crates, the cars, let alone finishing side quests and the perk trees.
But what makes a sick game? For me, it has to fulfill three criteria:
- It has to be fun.
- It should, ideally, have mad collectibles.
- It shouldn't be too stressful to play through and get these collectibles (you aren't well, after all, and we don't want you getting any worse).
This got me thinking - am I the only person who has games purposely left unfinished, knowing that finishing the game can be achieved with a few hours dedication? Or am I not as mad as I thought?
If I'm not mad, what games do you play to take your mind of vomiting, or whatever your ailment is? If so, for what reason (other than mind occupation), gamerscore? High scores? If I am mad, tell me so.
(Also, I thought Batman: Arkham Asylum fits in this category, but I already have all the riddles solved).