I've been hearing a lot of criticism of the ending to Mass Effect 3. People who finished the game within 4 or even 3 days of its release hate the ending. That's some pretty hardcore playing for a game which requires at least around 24 hours of playing to complete. I play games much more slowly. Many people I know, for example, finished Mass Effect 2 in something like 40 hours. I clocked 86, including all the downloadable content.
I'm not sure why it seems to take me so much longer. I enjoy taking my time. I like to look at the scenery, consider my dialogue options, and I'll happily use less-effective weapons and armour choices if I prefer how they look. I'll even take the time to make sure a less-successful outcome if I think it makes a better story.
I don't do so well spending long periods of time playing a single game. Long stretches make me feel drained, and completing a game after a lengthy playing session leaves me feeling a heavy sense of "Well, what now?" Like I've let myself down by finishing the story too soon. While I understand the desire to get to play a great game more often, I don't understand the drive to complete it as soon as possible. Even on a day when I'm at home with nothing else to do, I just can't work out how someone can manage, or even stand, to play for a full 10-12 hours in a single day.
To any of my gamer followers reading, particularly those who've played the likes of Skyrim or Mass Effect, which do involve a hefty enough investment of time, what is it that drives you to finish? Where does the rush to win come from? Do you ever feel like you're missing out by just powering through a game as quickly as possible? Is there something in particular you get from finishing a game as quickly as possible?
Or is there anyone like me out there? People who like to take their time in a game, even when they get a long stretch of time in which to play?
Just a note to say there'll be no blog post this Friday as I'm a groomsman at a friend's wedding. Have a great weekend everyone!