By Sniipe 21 Comments
I almost feel like this "Getting Into" stuff is going to become a recurring thing. I've been gaming all my life but my interests have been relatively shallow. I'm looking to expand them. On that note, I desperately want to be an RPG gamer. Whenever someone talks about an RPG with fondness I wish I could participate in the discussion. I love sci-fi and fantasy novels. I love deep stories. I should love RPGs. I buy them compulsively telling myself, "This time, you WILL finish this game." But there are problems.
Firstly, in games like Dragon Age, Fallout 3, or Mass Effect, where skill points are assigned, I'm always worried I will mess up my character irreparably. To calm myself I spend hours upon hours of time on the Internet researching character builds, usually while I sit at the main screen of the game the day I got it (as I am doing now with Mass Effect). I am unable to make my own character decisions to suit my playstyle. I research which characters to take along, what weapons to use, and about the long-term affects of dialouge choices. Inevitably, I will stumble upon a spoiler for the game. This ruins my experience, so why don't I just stop? Well, I'm more afraid that the fun will be destroyed with a bad character than that it will be destroyed by a spoiler.
I've tried to play many Final Fantasies (I, III, IV, VI, VII, XII) but I end up quitting, probably from fatigue. I like what I'm playing but 1) I die a lot, and 2) my "OCD" kicks in. I have literally restarted a Final Fantasy a good 10 hours in because I missed one sort-of-important-yet-optional item. I look in every single corner for items and go through every dialouge sequence. I know this is what a lot of people like about RPGs but to me it seems like a waste of my time. The thought of putting 100 hours of my life into a game is a daunting thought. Many a time I will restart an RPG because I feel like I'm "going too slowly". When I go back to an RPG I haven't played for a while, I almost always restart again. Stupid, I know. All of my feelings are irrational, but I can't get over them. I feel like this attitude could change but I need to be introduced to the experience gradually.
The "RPGs" I have played through are every Pokemon game besides D/Pe/Pl, Mario and Luigi's Superstar Saga, and Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door. I watched the whole Endurance Run of Persona 4. I think that's it but there are probably a few more. I've had Chrono Trigger DS since release day and stopped at the place with the jungle-people-things. I think I have almost beaten Crisis Core. I'm loving my playthrough of Borderlands but fatigue's set in at about level 30. I'm hoping to pick up Bowser's Inside Story soon and I am willing myself to finish Mass Effect and Fallout 3 this year (though I'm worried that when I start Fallout 3 I'll feel the need to restart, and my character's pretty built up). My question is, good people of GiantBomb:
What RPGs would you recommend for someone with my relationship with RPGs? I'm looking for something not too intimidating, with a good story and characters, maybe a classic. A game that lends itself to being the first (or next) step in becoming an RPG gamer. Really, anything you loved yourself. Also, some advice on how to handle my irrational antics would be nice. Thanks!
Hopefully the rare person with the same dilemma as me can get something out of this discussion as well.