Gaming Regrets: My Top 5 Unfinished Games
During my recent years I’ve become very good at completing the majority of the games I start to play. However occasionally I would encounter an obstacle, whether it be a technical issue like failed hardware, corrupt save file, a sudden difficulty spike or just plain fatigue that would prevent me from finishing a game. While this has happened to me multiple times over the past fifteen years or more, there are no other games I didn’t finish I would regret more as these five.
#5 Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition (PS3)
Growing up I was too hooked on Diablo and Diablo 2 to notice that BioWare created two fantastic Baldur’s Gate games. Years after reading about these games it really made me just want to sink my teeth into one of their dark fantasy worlds. With Dragon Age I finally would get the chance. However, during my playthrough I made one critical error that I would pay for at the end, and that is auto-leveling. “You did what?!” I can hear you all say. In my defence though, I never intended to pour over the stats screen for hours to decide where to spend each skill point for each character other than the main character. However, as it turns out that kind of comes with the RPG territory and is necessary if you want to make progress through the game. While I spent quite a lot of time building up my main character as a rogue, I left it to the computer to decide how to build up the rest of my party members, figuring that it would probably do a better job than I would do. While I got through about sixty hours of the game without too much trouble, it was at the final, very long battle that I would ultimately realize my mistake: this party of mine lacked the balance and strength that comes with a proper tank/healer/dps team. So, after multiple failed attempts I finally gave up, shelving Dragon Age Origins for good.
Chances of going back to complete this: none
#4 Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)
It would take me years after getting my PS3 to finally track down a copy of Valkyria Chronicles and it was well worth the wait. It had great visual design, unique setting, engaging plot and characters that you can care about. Add an excellent strategy-RPG combat system and you got possibly one of the best RPGs of the generation. Unfortunately, I never got around to finishing it even though I really enjoyed the 25 hours I spent with the game. I’m 4 missions from the end so I might take some time and go back to it one day. Still, I feel really bad for not having beat this yet since it’s such an excellent and unique title.
Chances of going back to complete this: probably one day
#3 Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Super Mario 64 is one of my favorite games of all time. Even playing it well over three years after its initial release I was still blown away with its genre-defining 3D platforming. I got Galaxy and started playing it for a day or so but being well into the HD erait was hard to scale back to playing games in SD. The much darker truth of the matter was that I never really owned Galaxy. Being in a non-English speaking country at the time I was looking for a copy but not being able to find one I resorted to downloading an ISO to play on a modded Wii. The guilt however of not having paid for the game as I should have eventually made me stop all together. Later when I eventually did get my hands on an English copy of Super Mario Galaxy I was pretty much over the Wii and have moved on.
Chances of going back to complete this: not likely
#2 Chrono Trigger (SNES/NDS)
This one hurts. Yes, I have never finished Chrono Trigger. Square’s legendary RPG made by Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy series), Akira Toriyama (Dragonball artist), Yuji Horii (Dragon Quest series) and scored by Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy composer) is possibly one of the highest regarded JPRGs of all time and it pains me not to have played it to its conclusion. My first time playing Chrono Trigger was on an emulator during my high school years in the late 90s but being a stupid kid that I was I never stuck with it to the end. However, it left a lasting impact on my interest in role-playing games and games in general. For a long time after playing it I would still create little Chrono Trigger-inspired RPGs of my own, sometimes using sprites and music from the game or even trying to recreate scenes from the game. I did eventually buy the excellent NDS port of the game and played quite a bit of it but sadly never played it much.
Chances of going back to complete this: not likely
#1 Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
Another RPG that I never managed to beat, except this one I actually got close. Up to the last boss to be exact. I have restarted FF VII many times in my life, usually getting to the 2nd or 3rd disc only to lose my save or be unable to continue due to a damaged disc. I eventually got FF VII on my PSP sometime in 2008 and decided to give it another go. This time things went a lot smoother and had a blast playing it wherever I went. The PSP in fact was a fantastic PS1 emulator and Cloud, Aeris and the world of Midgar was a perfect fit for the handheld. I had a great time playing it and I had a much better understanding of its complex story this time around. However, when the time came to face Sephiroth in the final battle, I just couldn’t get through it. Things would go as planned up until his overly long supernova attack (which had an attack animation of over two minutes), after which my team would be left at the brink of death, requiring super expensive healing items or powerful healing spells to recover from. Then this would happen a second time, and then a third. After multiple attempts I felt like I had enough. I watched the ending on Youtube just to get some sort of closure, but knowing that I never actually finished the game will haunt me till this day.
Chances of going back to complete this: none, unless they do a proper HD remake.