By Phatmac 40 Comments
I've started playing Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for the PS3. I started enjoying the combat, but as the game progressed I was soon introduced to an open field with newer tasks to accomplish. It wasn't as massive as Skyrim's open world, but it was big enough for me to explore. Now I'm continuing my trend of doing every little side quest and out right ignoring the main quest. I don't do it for enjoyment though, I'm doing it in order to feel like I'm doing everything. At times I question this sense of dread deep down while I play open world games. I feel compelled to see everything that an open world game has. Every nook and cranny has to be seen by me because of an unknown reason. As I'm growing older, I've realized that my love for open world games is decreasing as I continue to play more open world games. I have limited time as each passing day goes by and I worry that I may have more fun with a shorter game. This is why I'm forcing myself to stop caring about everything that KoA has and instead focusing on the essential content that should be completed. I still feel that I'm betraying a part of myself in being so close minded, yet I believe that this is the right course of action. I used to see big maps in games as an endless ocean of possibilities. Now I see huge amounts of content that I'll never be able to accomplish with my limited time. Does anyone else feel this way or am I strange? I'd love some discussion of this exact situation and I'm hoping that you duders can help out. I'll also be writing my thoughts on KoA in a review soon.