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« on: March 27, 2017, 03:56:28 PM »

So I have Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Mass Effect: Andromeda pulling at me right now and I am debating how to work through them. (and I just pre ordered Persona 5)

The two main strategies I can see are;

1. A couple days each week on each game.  That would cover 6 days a week and leave a night for other stuff.   The advantage would be that I would get a bit of each game,  and I wouldn't lose my place.  The disadvantage is that I wouldn't really feel as immersed in the game.

2. Focus on just one game until done.  Then move on.  The advantage is that I would be able to really sink fully into one game world.  The disadvantage...well that I wouldn't be able to play a couple of them for months!

So what method do you use?  What works best, what really ends up failing?

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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 04:08:18 PM »

I'm terrible at multi-tasking games, especially ones that have any amount of complexity in their systems.  I play one until I feel like I'm done with it, then jump into the next.

I started Zelda, played it for a week until Nier came out (a title suspiciously absent from your list, btw), finished Nier before jumping into Horizon, will finish Horizon before jumping into Persona 5, will finish P5 before Torment, etc. etc.  It'll be quite a while before I get to some of them (Torment and Mass Effect are probably furthest on the backburner), but that's generally better for me.  Trying to play multiple games ends up with me losing focus on both.

The only things I can play at the same time are MMO's (FF XIV is ongoing, for example) or casual games (Pocket Card Jockey, ftw).
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2017, 04:55:37 PM »

I inevitably fail, as I get distracted so easily.  I had planned a Mass Effect weekend and I ended up playing exactly zero hours lol.  So right now I have Mass Effect and Vikings Wolves of Midgard supposedly on the top of my list.  Then I have that early access game releasing a new class that I want to try.  And I believe Telltale Walking Dead is going to put out the next chapter, plus I still have Torment and Horizon to get back to.   eek   But all of that has fallen to the wayside as I have been sucked into my new obsession, Albion Online (see ongoing thread in MMO).  The nice thing for me is I haven't been this obsessed with ANY game in years, so we'll see how long it lasts.  I do feel invigorated by the feeling, and it's both frustrating and nice to know I have so much great stuff waiting in the wings as well.

So... I have no real good advice but to just say enjoy the feeling of inspiration!  I suspect one or two of the games will end up compelling you to them, so follow that feeling rather than force yourself to try to play them all at the same time. 
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2017, 08:38:28 PM »

I tend to have about three titles going at once, but I tend to mix up the genres. So I'll usually have an RPG, strategy, and FPS title on active rotation.

With those games you listed, I would start with the worst, and work my way up. I have a feeling that Playing Horizon may just ruin Mass Effect for you. So I would go with Mass Effect, then Zelda, and finish with the big gun, Horizon.
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2017, 09:27:18 PM »

Quote from: farley2k on March 27, 2017, 03:56:28 PM

So what method do you use?  What works best, what really ends up failing?

I obsess about one game at a time. If I leave it for any span of time, I have a hard time going back. I waited until I finished my most recent XCOM 2 game before starting Sniper Elite 4. I finished Sniper Elite 4 before HZD came out. I finished HZD before Mass Effect came out. Once I finish Mass Effect (this coming weekend), I'll see if I can get back into FFXV or maybe Ghost Recon Wildlands. If not, I will play XCOM2 again. I don't think there is anything else coming that I am waiting for until August and I forget what that was.

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2017, 01:42:14 PM »

I try (or at least used to) keep a mix,  DR does.  It won't help much here though as those three are too much alike.  Andromeda is the most story heavy though, so it's easier for me to recommend sticking to that one first as I have recently decided.  (Swap Zelda for GR Wildlands in my case).  It seems to me that going back after a while in ME would be more difficult to get a handle on then the other two.



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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2017, 02:27:44 PM »

For me, the Newness Factor kills momentum.  In my brain, trying the Hot New Thing is more important than playing the thing I'm already enjoying.  This is crazy, and I know it.

On the other hand, if I only play one game, I can start getting burned out on it.  But, again, I allow the possibility of this to justify Shiny New Things to take my attention.

I know a game is special when I go back to it, even if a new game is tempting me away.  Horizon has been doing that in spades.  But it's given me the opposite problem.  I had been moving on some other games when I started HZD, and now I've killed those.  The worst victim is Night in the Woods.  In the beginning, I forced myself to switch back and forth between the two games, but it's definitely fallen by the wayside, which is an incredible shame, because it's a very well-crafted story with clearly defined, interesting characters. 

I'm going to try to get back to it tonight, actually.  I should be able to do it because I'm about to head into a Cauldron in HZD, and those are my least favorite parts of the game (they're still great, btw, they're just too dark and the paths through them can be confusing and you've got a boss battle looming the whole time).  So, maybe I can at least finish Night in the Woods.  Unless something New comes out on PSN...
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2017, 03:54:54 PM »

My boys actually agreed last night after we discussed the games.

We are going to play Horizon: Zero Dawn.  How long to beat says it will take about 20 hours.  Even with out limited playtime of a few hours a week that should be doable in a month or two.

I am looking forward to actually finishing a game.
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2017, 05:34:10 PM »

Quote from: farley2k on March 30, 2017, 03:54:54 PM

My boys actually agreed last night after we discussed the games.

We are going to play Horizon: Zero Dawn.  How long to beat says it will take about 20 hours.  Even with out limited playtime of a few hours a week that should be doable in a month or two.

I am looking forward to actually finishing a game.

How long to beat is lying to you.

Really, for this game, you're going to at least be doing the Main+Extras level, and probably somewhere between that and Completionist.  So, 39-53 hours.  But even that seems way low if you play like I do.
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2017, 05:45:56 PM »

I am ok with that.  I think the game is great so I won't be hurt.

I am just happy to have decided to focus on one.  Instead of being overwhelmed I have a goal.
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2017, 05:58:37 PM »

Oh, yeah, the game doesn't feel long at all.  I just wanted to make sure you knew what was coming. 
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2017, 01:49:59 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 30, 2017, 05:34:10 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 30, 2017, 03:54:54 PM

My boys actually agreed last night after we discussed the games.

We are going to play Horizon: Zero Dawn.  How long to beat says it will take about 20 hours.  Even with out limited playtime of a few hours a week that should be doable in a month or two.

I am looking forward to actually finishing a game.

How long to beat is lying to you.

Really, for this game, you're going to at least be doing the Main+Extras level, and probably somewhere between that and Completionist.  So, 39-53 hours.  But even that seems way low if you play like I do.

I'm spending about half my time on main quest stuff and half on side quests, and I'm well over 20 hours already.  Only about halfway through as well.

Finishing in hours would be really rushing things.
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2017, 02:13:19 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on March 31, 2017, 01:49:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 30, 2017, 05:34:10 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 30, 2017, 03:54:54 PM

My boys actually agreed last night after we discussed the games.

We are going to play Horizon: Zero Dawn.  How long to beat says it will take about 20 hours.  Even with out limited playtime of a few hours a week that should be doable in a month or two.

I am looking forward to actually finishing a game.

How long to beat is lying to you.

Really, for this game, you're going to at least be doing the Main+Extras level, and probably somewhere between that and Completionist.  So, 39-53 hours.  But even that seems way low if you play like I do.

I'm spending about half my time on main quest stuff and half on side quests, and I'm well over 20 hours already.  Only about halfway through as well.

Finishing in hours would be really rushing things.

And doing yourself a great disservice.
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2017, 10:59:04 PM »

I'm a one game at a time guy myself. Hate trying to go back after not playing for a while. Don't even do much DLC for that reason. Of the games you listed, Horizon seems to be getting the most raves. i'm PC only myself, so it's not for me.
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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2017, 01:14:25 PM »

Played a couple hours of Horizon this weekend.  Climbed my first tall neck and cleared out one bandit camp.  Very enjoyable.
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