Do you finish bad games?

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Poll Do you finish bad games? (39 votes)

I finish every game I start 46%
Sometimes 67%
Rarely 77%
Never 49%

So, today I just finished The Evil Within. I think this is one of the worst games I have played in a long time and on several occasions I told myself, "I could be playing anything else and be having more fun." I am however, glad I finished it because I don't like looking up how games finish, I would rather experience it myself, just like with Duke Nukem Forever.

So I ask you, do you finish bad games or do you move on to the next?

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When I was a kid and thats the only games I had it wasnt a choice.

some games are bad in a hillarious way. Me and my roomate laughed all the way through sonic '06

but for the most part I dont. I dont have time to finish games I like..

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If there's something about the game that continues to compel me to play - story, how it feels to plays, writing, performances, unique gameplay - I will likely finish a game. If there is nothing to drive me, I have no problem stopping. I recently put down Resident Evil 6 after 3 chapters and feel zero regret about doing so.

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I sold back Watch________________________________________Dogs a few days after playing it.

So..........I'm gonna say no I guess.

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the bigger think piece on this is "why do I finish shit games, rather than good games..."

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i try unless it's a REALLY terribad game like final fantasy x

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#7  Edited By Cheetoman

i finished destiny. just had to grind through the same content. Didn't finish evil within. I don't know if i can or ever will. still have it installed on my ps4 though.

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#8  Edited By Cheetoman

@kaos_cracker: is it really that bad? i was thinking about getting the remastered version and it has received great reviews almost everywhere. why is it bad?

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#10  Edited By FrostyRyan

i try unless it's a REALLY terribad game like final fantasy x

Those are fightin' words, buddy

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I have, over the years. Nowadays I'm entering the more money than time phase Jeff occasionally references. And I feel less terrible putting down a terrible game now.

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I exercise Wolpaw's Law on em.

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@undefined: I strive to finish every game I buy and generally manage to stick to that rule. Last game I didn't bother finishing was FarCry 3 but not because it was bad - I just didn't need to see any more if it.

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I tend to not play "bad" games, but I'm prone to renting games I have no intention of ever buying.

Like, I'm currently playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and it's okay, but it drags on. I don't remember mission specifics for the first two games, but good lord do the missions in this game feel like they're over and then you realize you have 30 more minutes left. You get to the destination and then it says, "Oh, you need to go back and collect 3 things here, here, and here."

Granted, that's a lot of games.

I'm about 75% completion through the Pre-Sequel and I stopped having some enjoyment since the halfway point.

I went back and played the original Need for Speed: Most Wanted recently, and it was cool for the first hour with all the dopey cut-scenes and then it was really boring with the Blacklist until the end. It was a good arcade racer, technically speaking, but without the cut-scenes for the entire chunk of the game, it really made it less fun.

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#15  Edited By Justin258

I dunno, it depends on the game. If it's a six hour long shooter campaign, I'll probably finish it. I can eat those things up like candy.

If it's a sixty hour RPG, I try but it usually takes me months and I play it off and on.

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Nope, I will drop a game over the most minor thing and sometimes for no reason at all. If I'm not having fun I will stop playing.

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@cheetoman: The Evil Within? Remastered? What? lol. The combat in that game feels really bad to the point where fighting anything becomes a chore as aiming for a good shot and missing because of reasons I don't understand of as well as having multiple enemy encounters in a row and giving you maybe one bullet. The game looks great, just playing it and not having the character do what you want him to do is frustrating.

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Sometimes. I definitely will if it's relatively short and not too hard. I will never finish Wasteland 2, because "dozens of hours" is far too many for me to put up with that game's plethora of jank. I did begrudgingly finish Medal of Honor (2010) though...

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I realized about 2 hours into Nier that playing it was absolutely no fun. But I heard the story pays off so I kept going.

Then I got to the "end" and it made no goddamn sense and I read that I'm supposed to play new game+ or something to get the big picture. Did not do that

So in the end I don't even know.

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Sometimes.

I always make an honest effort to finish games, but I can only endure so much.

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#21  Edited By TheManWithNoPlan

If I see enough potential I'll play a less than great game through longer than usual. Sometimes to the end.

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Normally i play through all games i bought. And then i played Paper mario: sticker star. I got through about 16 out of 20 hours of that game and i just couldn't psyche myself up to finish it.

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I was going to say 'never', but then I realised that's not true - I've occasionally played a game to its ending and only afterwards realised that I wasn't enjoying myself. And I've godmoded through a few just to see what happens.

But otherwise no, I don't. I've only finished perhaps a quarter of the games I own, no need to waste time on the worst ones!

Bonus facts:

  • Fastest time to "fuck this" in a non-indie game: Alpha Protocol, less than half an hour
  • Game stopped with least gameplay remaining: Master Reboot, during the final boss battle
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...did you really just compare Evil Within to Duke Nukem Forever? I mean the game is definitely not good, but that's out there man. Next you going to say Colonial Marines is better than Evil Within?

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#25  Edited By NTM

Most of the time yes, I say most, because there is only one that I found to be so dull to the extent I couldn't finish it, which was this years Thief. That game literally almost put me to sleep, and it's got problems aside from being dull. For me, it's rare to not finish games I buy, or go back to, but I'm not sure if I'll ever want to go back to Thief. It's not a terrible game, but it's between poor and mediocre to me.

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Hell, I barely finish good games nowadays. So much to do, so little attention span.

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#27  Edited By Wargarbler

Same here.. mostly just time investment. I don't have all the time in the world anymore

Hell, I barely finish good games nowadays. So much to do, so little attention span.

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It depends on if it's bad in the boring way or bad in the fun way. Some bad things are fun. The boring kind of bad is the only thing I can't finish.

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I want to say yes, but I'm coming up empty when I try to think of the last bad game I completed. (At least, a game I considered bad but made myself finish. I'm pretty sure I've beaten a fair bit of games others consider to be complete shit)

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Nope. Red Faction Armageddon and F.E.A.R. 3 are the two games where the whole "if you're not having fun with it then stop playing" thing really clicked with me.

That said, I don't really finish good games either. Witcher 1 has taken me like 7 years to beat. Did I say beat? Because I'm actually still playing it.

"Playing it".

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#31  Edited By DJMoo

It depends how bad and what else I have on my plate. Definitely back in the day, I finished many games I thought were bad either cause I had nothing better to play or cause the game was well received and I felt I should see it through. For example, I played through FFXII but I thought it was a miserable experience. Similarly, I had a boring time with GTAIV but I played it through to the end (sorry for the people who like these games!! Just my opinion.). However, I feel like now I have less time to play video games so I tend not to waste my time with games I don't enjoy....mostly.

EDIT: Oh man I remember playing a GBA football game that sucked so bad when I was a kid. It was terrible yet I often played it when I was bored.

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Here and there, usually only if I see a glimmer of hope in the shit, or if its part of a series that I love so much I'll play them despite my not enjoying them (Silent Hill Downpour fits both of those requirements for me.)

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I give a game ten hours. If, after ten hours it's still not something I want to keep playing, I just drop it. The reason why I set it at ten hours is because I've seen some games that have really long tutorials and don't open up until you've given them a lot of time. If I have spent ten hours and the game is still not very interesting to me I'll stop.

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I used to finish absolutely every game I started, but I'm a grown-up now. I got shit to do. So, "sometimes".

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Yeah sure, sometimes I finish games I don't like and sometimes I don't finish games I do like. It can happen for all sorts of reasons. For example I played through the entirety of The Swapper and the whole time the only thing I found appealing about it was the art, I had essentially no fun in the hours I spent with it. I played through it because it had a good look and it came highly recommended by one Patrick Klepek. Recently I played through Costume Quest 2, a game I would characterize as largely flat and mediocre. I did this because I like and want to support Double Fine, and I hadn't played the first game and thought I should see what the series was about.

On the other side of the coin I loved the time I spent with Mutant Mudds Deluxe, but I got sidetracked by another game at a point before finishing it and now I'm so far removed I know I'm never going to go back. I started Far Cry 3 after picking it up on a steam sale and thought it seemed great, but it turned out I wasn't really in the mood for a lengthy AAA game at the time, and I knew Far Cry 4 was coming out in a few months, so I put it down.

Things like required time investment versus availability of time, amount of money spent versus total budget, and difficult/impossible to predict whims often win out over perceived quality. Same thing happens with pretty well all forms of entertainment.

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too little time to play the good games as it is, I rarely spent more than a couple of hours with a bad one.

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The only time I won't finish a game is when the game is so broken to the point where I actually can't finish it.

See Steel Battalion

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Chances are, if I'm playing a bad game I'm doing so on purpose with the intent to finish it.

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I've finished most of the Sonic games I own; so, in the eyes of the world, yes, I do.

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The last shitty game I remember playing through to completion was Homefront. It's not that I'm prone to bail on games I don't like, it's just with so much pre release coverage of games at your fingertips, I rarely play something that I don't like. I know they're out there but they're so easy to avoid now.

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Very rarely. Sometimes bad things still somewhat appeal to me, and then I might finish them. Drakengard 3 would be the most recent example.

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I used to try and push through everything, but I can't really do it anymore. Or I just don't want to waste my time in that way. If I'm playing something that I don't enjoy playing, I stop. Even when it makes me sad to do so, like recently with Planescape: Torment.

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I had to finish Hitman Absolution, I couldn't let it beat me.

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#44  Edited By GERALTITUDE

Nah. Who has the time?

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@dragontern: See, that's the wrong mentality for this. If the game has failed to capture your attention while playing it, the game has lost, not you.

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#46  Edited By Dave_Tacitus

Life's too short.

I've got a huge pile of good games I've not had time to finish (or even start in some cases) so good luck trying to convince me to deal with the bad ones. ;-)

I've got a category on my Steam library called 'Shite'. Having all the crap in there, uninstalled, and displaying Steam as only installed games is the closest I can get to forgetting it exists.

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I would play and finish bad games regularly, but I already have way more other games to even get through that I haven't touched yet. So no. It would personally make sense for me if this was a thread for regularly watching bad movies (because of length). Though that's me.

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I think Legend of Korra was the last time I did that. I platinumed it. I also didn't know how much I hated Alpha Protocol until I got right to the end. I have a reputation for beating games I absolutely hate as a sort of power of wills. I can't think of any other games right though.

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@undefined: the last bad game I finished was MGS4. I felt like a masochist forcing myself to watch that final cutscene. I had no idea it was going to be as long as it was, it just kept going... What a dumb game.

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In my youth, when I had tons of time but few video games, I did this frequently. Nowadays, I already don't have enough time for stuff I do enjoy. Why would I waste that time on something I'm not having fun with?