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How much of a game do you complete?

Posted 1 Month ago by Arch

What is your approach to achievements/trophies?

The downtime during the pandemic has led to a lot of revisiting of old titles in the backlog, mainly to get those final niggling achievements that I have put off for years (Arkham Asylum Hard Mode I am looking at you).

How do you approach your backlog? Do you one hundo games before leaving them? Or drop them as soon as.

A housemate I used to live with typically played once through the main story of a game before typically never touching it again - an attitude I couldn't personally get behind.

Also - shameless ask - does anyone own Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 on the 360? I have a number of outstanding multiplayer achievements that cloud my mind!

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I usually just play until I finish the main single-player campaign. Every one in a while, if the achievements seem actually reasonable and doable, I'll go for them. A lot of games have achievements that are online mulitplayer based, so I don't even bother trying to get those. But more or less, I primarily play games with a central story or campaign. Usually I'll do all side quests that aren't "collect 100 of this thing!"

1 Month ago
Jet Presto
 

I recently started replaying Red Dead Redemption 2 and Fallout 4. Luckily I don't have a tv, or an xbox of my own, and only play them when I go to spend some time at my parents' place, otherwise I'd probably get noooothing done.

Those games of course are wide and open and have so many extra things to do besides the main story. Honestly though I like being able to do all those other things and spend time away from the main mission for long stretches of time even if it doesn't mean doing all those extra things for achievements. A lot of them are ridiculous, not very fun, and would require following a walkthrough.

1 Month ago
Agis
 

If I can complete a game from start to finish that is good enough for me. (Main story) If there is a new game plus component with new enemies, areas, etc Ill attempt to replay it about 50% of the time. Really depends on what is included and whether or not I have the time for it. (for instance I completed Ghost of Tsushima and cleared the entire game....New game + dropped along with multiplayer but I never got around to check it out) I dont usually care much for trophy hunting buuuuuuut sometimes when the stars and planets align Ill pour in hours into a game to clear as many as possible. (Ive cleared everything in Resident Evil 4 dozens of times across every single release still working my way through the switch version)

When it comes to backlogs....I made my peace that I will never clear it. I have some backlogs that I am locked out of (for instance I have PS4 games on my backlog but never owned a PS4. Ive always borrowed one and I no longer have access to one) so I am not going to go out of my way to buy a console specifically to play those games. If I ever buy a ps5 and there is an option for a digital ps4 to ps5 upgrade great! If not *shrug*

And then I have 3rd party games on the switch that are obviously inferior ports that it boggles my mind why it was released and why the fuck I bought it. I would love to revisit said game on an actual beefy device (xcom 2) but alas maybe gamestop will take in a trade in.

Moving forward my plan is to just clear my Switch/vita back log and just stop there. When it comes to gaming I find it hard to just sit there and play for more than 2 hours. (motion sickness kicks in around that time unless I am playing a slower paced game) I will prob buy a PS5 slim down for exclusives only and some 3rd party games (the next big rockstar game, resident evil series, ace combat, non broken cyberpunk 77) and a gaming PC just for I can play Gears Tactics and XCOM.

1 Month ago
S.O.H.
 

I was more into 100% completing games way back when. But I'm definitely at the point in my life where if I'm playing a game, it has to actually be fun (unless it's for a writing project I'm working on, but even then I just do the main missions and try to get through it as fast as I can). I realized after doing Death Stranding, Final Fantasy XV, and Mad Max in a row that I play these things to have fun, not do chores. (It's especially a problem in open world games where they literally have me doing errands, and I'm just over all that at this point.)

In terms of the backlog, my general approach is that I should always be playing something on it during the week. So it's either a replay from my library or an installment in a retrospective, and then something from my backlog and I rotate.

1 Month ago
Jet Presto
 

What is your approach to achievements/trophies?

When I was younger I'd try to get all the 'achievements' that I could, but I wasn't necessarily focused on 100%ing most games. I've only done that for games that I really enjoy investing the time in.

Looking at my Steam/XBL, those games are:

Mass Effect 1
Mass Effect 2
Dead Space 1
Dead Space 2
Banjo-Kazooie
Banjo-Tooie
Dark Souls III
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

I'm hoping to add Monster Hunter: World to that list soon.

I have a number of outstanding multiplayer achievements that cloud my mind!

I usually draw a pretty hard line at multiplayer achievements (and I genuinely enjoy multiplayer!). A lot of games implement them poorly, either in terms of time investment (play 150 matches of our shitty online mode!) or complexity (goomba-stomp 15 human players in a row on a tuesday in a leap year). And that's before you deal with old games losing their online services...

backlog

Doesn't really exist to me, at least in the form of "I have X so I must play X sometime". I've got plenty of games I picked up on cheap steam sales for whatever reason that I'll probably never actually play. They don't bother me or obligate me to anything.

1 Month ago
Count Dooku
 

I will also say that when it comes to RDR2, I don't necessary do the achievements and challenges just to do them, but because it does get you some pretty cool clothes, which is kind of lacking in the game.

I know in GTA collecting all those things around the city would get you access to guns and vehicles, and eventually an apache at your base. That's all a good way to incentivize actually getting to a 100% or close to it.

I'd be curious to know what other games manage to do that well.

1 Month ago
Agis
 

Generally speaking the first time through I always just play the game and ignore achievements. Then if I enjoyed the game enough to come back to it I'll look at what achievements I missed.

I'll also say attaching ingame rewards to achievements is more of an incentive for me to do them as I'll do them for the ingame reward rather than the achievement itself.

I'm also frequently surprised on Steam by how few people seem to get certain achievements. Often I'll get an achievement for just reaching a story moment and the Steam will award me with a rare achievement, the only reason its rare being because less than a certain % of players achieved it. I guess it probably counts people who own the game and never played it, as that's the only way it makes sense for some games.

1 Month ago
Moonray
 

What is your approach to achievements/trophies?
I don't do them. I get frustrated and/or "burned out" from playing.

How do you approach your backlog? Do you one hundo games before leaving them? Or drop them as soon as.
As for backlogs, I haven't been playing and/or too lazy to play them. It's the same way as my reading/watching backlog. I usually just complete the main story if I can and continue on with the next one. But, it'd be nice if I don't give up so easily when I get frustrated with one segment. I tend to give my self a break and come back to it then I complete said segment. Is anyone else like that? Or, is that just me? >.< Although, I do quickly give up on a game if the battle system or whatever is too completed or if I'm disappointed with a game. Like, if the game is hyped up for some strange reason and I want to see why it's hyped, but turns out I don't like it.

1 Month ago
Castrael
 

I got all achievements in Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, Gears of War, Modern Warfare, and I think like, Batman: Arkham City maybe? One of those games I think I did. It's funny that I used to care about my "Gamer Score" once upon a time. Now I actively get annoyed when I do something in a game and I see the "achievement unlocked!" (I suppose I can turn that off.)

1 Month ago
Jet Presto
 

mostly just complete the main quest and pick up easy side-quests/achievements along the way. but back when i played morrowind i did everything i could in the game - completed all of the quests, found all special weapons and armor, read all books, explored every building and cave, etc. i loved it.

1 Month ago
EN
 

People complete games? I thought they just played 20-50% of the way through, and then got bored and started doing something else. Guess I've been doing it wrong.

1 Month ago
Axem Great Water
 

What is your approach to achievements/trophies?


It's depends on if they are single player or multiplayer attainable. I usually go for the Single Player ones as they are usually less work to get. Multiplayer ones can often depend on any set of circumstances that can be hard to attain so I usually don't worry aboput them.

How do you approach your backlog? Do you one hundo games before leaving them? Or drop them as soon as.


It depends on the game. If it 's a game like God of War or Horizon Zero Dawn where you can get all of the trophies in one playthrough then i'll try to get them all. if it requires multiple play throughs i wont worry about trying to get all of them.

People complete games? I thought they just played 20-50% of the way through, and then got bored and started doing something else. Guess I've been doing it wrong.


It's not just you. My backlog is full of games that I started and then stopped playing for various reasons.

1 Month ago
Q
 

I like to play a game start-to-finish firt time through. I seldom 100% a game bc another thing I do is play on easy or normal, never more difficult. I beat the final Nelson race on Simpsons Hit n Run, ao I never need to prove myself to myself again lol. Frt I want to enjoy my gaming these days, not get all cussy about it. Oh and first playthrough means NO looking things up on the internet.

1 Month ago
Tek Shmansen
 

Oh and I'm currently doing a no-magic playthrough of Skyrim. Replay value is biiig for me.

1 Month ago
Tek Shmansen
 

I tend to only buy open-world and/or sandbox/survival games, so I spend long hours in the games I play without ever closing out their achievements. I do definitely get through main quests and major side quests, though with games I enjoy, I'm way more likely to replay those than to try to get 100%.

1 Month ago
Riven
 

It really depends on the game. For small games and games I like, I'll try to beat it 100%. But usually there'll be "THAT ONE QUEST" that just takes forever and feels more like a chore than any actual fun - Done enough of that, I'll just skip it. Mario Kart 8, all the 3D Super Mario games, Dust: An Elysian Tail, and many others I've completed 100%. THAT ONE sidequest in Twilight Princess turned me off of trying to beat it 100%, but I did get a lot of butterflies and Poe's Souls, and I did let Malo buy the shop downtown.

But some games are WAY too big to 100%. Or too difficult. I attempted beating Metroid Prime 3 on Hyper difficulty, but after a while it just got too difficult, and there were tons of great games I was missing. Smash Bros. is crammed with stuff to try and beat 100%, but I think I got really close on the Gamecube, like a few trophies away, or something.

And then there are games that just suck. I beat them, and find no enjoyment in the long game. Or I might find more enjoyment in the side stuff. I don't really care for the campaigns in Roller Coaster Tycoon, but I love just building stuff in sandbox. Hated The Conduit's single player, but LOVED its multiplayer (which is gone forever :( ). Lost interest in 100%-ing LBP, especially since just playing online with random people was so fun. Again, RIP.

3 Weeks ago
mariomguy
 

I usually just do the bare minimum to complete the story, unless I'm curious about a different endings that results from side quests.

2 Weeks ago
Panty Tight Kitten
 

I'll finish the main story, then do the optional stuff that I think is cool and worth my time.

I'll only 100% a game if I REALLY like it.

2 Weeks ago
Alan
 

I try to complete games all the way, but some I stop during the beginning or middle. Heck, I finished all of The Last of Us 2 despite the drama around it.

2 Weeks ago
RikaxNipah
 

I don't think I ever 100%'d a game ever. Or if I did, it was Diddy Kong Racing. I try to do as much as I can, but I hate the grind and won't spend too much time. I definitely do more than just the story for games though. I'll do sidequests and what not.. So on average, I probably get 80% of a game done at least, in terms of collectables.

I never went back and reminisced how I should have 100%'d a game. In the end, it doesn't matter. It's just like platform achievements. Just a personal thing. But as an adult, I don't have as much time anymore and different priorities and as soon as I beat a single player game, I move on to the next. The biggest satisfaction I get is just beating a game. But nowadays I try not to get too hung up about getting a bigger backlog. I know that there are games that I will likely never go back to and touch ever again, even if they are 25% or 0% done. I'll regret I didn't get my money's worth, but how I'm using my time overall matters more, and life just happens.

1 Day ago
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