Why I Haven't Played Some Big New Games

In a previous job, a few colleagues and I would write a weekly roundup called 'What We're Not Playing'. This is like that. This is why I'm not playing the following games, all of which are stacked in my home waiting to be tried (and, full disclosure, all of which were sent to me by game publishers).

Note: I've played a good chunk of several of these games in advance. At trade shows or through demos or preview builds. These are the full, retail games that I'm talking about.

Games I Haven't Started

Asura's Wrath: Haven't been in the mood to play a game full of yelling.

Dragon's Dogma: I already started Skyrim and want to finish that first; don't like juggling two games of the same type.

Starhawk: I'm intimidated by multiplayer-centric games, moreso when a community has had several weeks or months to get way better at them than I'll ever be. I'd have probably started this already if I'd heard the campaign was any good.

Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur: See Dragon's Dogma, but also...the shutdown of the studio that made the game it cools my enthusiasm. Should it, though? All that means is that the game won't be patched, expanded or get a sequel. Not necessarily fatal flaws.

Lollipop Chainsaw: I never finished a Suda 51 game without feeling like I could have played something better. I'm leery of another possible underachiever.

Journey: I hear it takes two hours. I hear it's just about perfect. Seems like it might be the year's best. I always saved my desert for last, so this one waits.

Dead Island: People who played it make it sound tedious. Life's too short for this one?

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Never got around to XIII. Not a problem, I hear. But this a must-play? Or is life still too short?

Twisted Metal: See Starhawk.

Neverdead: I hear it's terrible.

Resistance 3: Well, I was going to play it yesterday. But the game needed about 1GB of patches. And then it had to install. And then I had to go out.

Fez: See Journey, more or less. Except for the two-hour part. I think this game goes on a while.

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor: Do I really want to?

Games I Started But Haven't Finished

Kid Icarus: Uprising: Requires two hands to play it. I usually play portable games on the subway. I can seldom get a seat or a door to lean against. So I need to hold onto a pole so I don't fall over when the subway turns. I only have one hand free. So more Bejeweled on my iPhone it is.

Saint's Row: The Third: Played a third of it. Fitting, no? I think I heard about all the crazy twists, so I'm probably too spoilt to feel the urge to go on.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Honestly, I hate the lead character's voice. Is that a fair excuse?

Rage: Played this way back when it came out. I hear it goes on a while and, well, no one really says anything nice about it anymore.

Rayman Origins: Was fun on my PS3, then it came out for Vita, which seemed more convenient, then… see Kid Icarus.

Ratchet & Clank: All For One: Always finished the Ratchets. Don't know if I'll get to this, because, among other things, I'm not sure people still play it.

Rhythm Heaven Fever: I love the Rhythm Heaven games. Just kind of forgot about this one.

Dark Souls: I know, I know. But my life might be too short for this.

SSX: I loved SSX 3. This one was… too hard. Either I was doing something wrong, or this series is now all about frequent failure.

The Darkness II: A game too in love with being gory for me.

Gears of War 3: Liked the first chapter, but got sucked into playing lots of Horde mode and Beast mode. Could have sworn a friend had committed to co-opping the campaign with me. But we were never able to commit.

Diablo III: Never played a Diablo before (Yes, really.). Tried this one for a bit. And… forgive me… but it just seemed like a lot of mindless clicking.

In other news, I finished the new Syndicate this weekend. Wow, that game had an excellent campaign. It's too bad no one played it. I'm guessing because it was too short to be worth it. Get it! It's good. It feels unlike many other sci-fi games like it actually is set in the future. Really good architecture and interior design, of all things.


    Dead Island is way better than most people on the net say it is. Unless your idea of the perfect zombie game is Left 4 Dead, you'll probably enjoy it. And no I'm not saying Dead Island is the perfect zombie game, but it is more interesting than Left 4 Dead, and way more fun than DayZ.

    I wouldn't bother with Reckoning - whilst it's a great game to start off with, it's unbalanced and so within about 12 hours you're super powerful and it's boring.

      The generic world, characters, plot and quests are what makes it boring. The game has no personality and no gameplay that's different to what you experience in the first 3 hours. There's a lot of talent on display but not in design.

      I'm about 80% through Deus Ex: HR but have stopped due to lack of time compounded with the frustratingly long loading times. Next-Gen better not have any loading times whatsoever.

    '...way more fun than DayZ' sorry mate that just doesn't happen. :P

    Don't play ff13-2 if you didnt play ff13.

    Give Diablo 3 another go. You can play by just holding down the mouse button. It gets good when you start to level up and acquire new skills. Definitely worth playing through at least once.

    FEZ = Amazing if you have the mental capacity to think outside the norm, you can "finish" it withing 6 hours.... but to "FINISH" it takes much much much more.

    Dead Island = good, but not great (slow start but gets better the longer you play)

    Deus Ex = Should have been GOTY, only game ive ever finished with 100% achievments, i played it through 3 times in the first 2 weeks of release and each time i played a different way.

    Journey = Another Amazing game (controversial ending, upset me a little)

    Rage = Very well made game, slightly repeditive but enough good humour and crazyness to mix it up till you finish it.

    Agree with most. Give deus ex a shot though.

    all I can say is you're spoilt.

    "Diablo III: Never played a Diablo before"

    And you call yourself a game journo?? wrong industry much? (Yes, really.)

      I thought the same thing reading through this list. Not playing deus ex because of the characters voice and not playing gears of war 3 or dark souls.

      Whether or not you think these games are good doesnt matter but you should have at least given some of the games considered the best the modern industry has to offer and calling your self a games journalist is pretty pathetic. Pretty obvious hes not really into gaming since its a big effort to play journey which takes 2 hours (about the same length as a movie)

    Agree with most except Deus Ex. That game was brilliant.

    Dragons dogma is more like monster hunter meets dark souls than skyrim y'all should check it out.

    Unfortunately, I haven't touched my console for ages...the PC is where its at for me at the moment. I did intend to just purchase the exclusives, or just titles released on console (Journey, Dogma etc) but I can't tear myself away from the PC. I just wish everything was released on PC also, not including console exclusives like The last of us etc.

    Resistance 3 is awesome, I'm not into fps at all but gave this one a go.. really liked it a lot.
    Played Fez for 45 mins and let it go... I like it, it's genius I just don't wanna play it, and I'd buy the sequel and not play that too.

    I've been thinking of starhawk, anyone recommend it?

    I might play through Syndicate now, i'm in the mood for a nice short game


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