Role Playing games. A time consuming game filled with depth, story-lines and side missions. These games take huge time commitment and aren’t always optimal for gamers that like a little bit of everything. I’m one of these gamers.
I have never been the biggest fan of Role playing games. Not because I don’t/wouldn’t enjoy them, but because I can’t commit to games of such a massive nature. Huge open world never ending games. I’m the type of gamer that will search every nook and cranny for hidden items. With such massive games this is quite a dilemma for me. I have a very short list of RPG’s that I’ve played. My main one being The Witcher 3: Wild hunt. I played through the complete story and many side quests and with a full commitment, not playing many other games, it took me around 3 months over 120 hours to complete. Luckily there weren’t too many other new releases at the time, so it was easy to find time.
With so much game-play spent in the ‘menus’ it really extends the time it takes to complete these games. Constantly creating potions, armor, weapons upgrading skill trees, researching enemies and getting the most background you can on the story it can quickly take away so much time from the actual game-play.
As I’ve said I search every nook and cranny, so when there is so much lore to learn with these games, I’m easily pulled away from the actually game-play and stuck on learning all there is to learn about the world i am saving or exploring. You easily spend 1/4 of your time doing nothing toward the story. Your bag is constantly full and you are constantly breaking down items, selling items and equipping new items. Don’t get me wrong these monotonous tasks are rewarding in their own way but so time consuming.
With homestead being released next month for the Elder Scrolls Online, the other drones have convinced me pick up Elder Scrolls Online again after only having achieved level 7 on my first play-through. Of course I got hooked but it’s so time consuming and takes so much dedication. I want to explore everything and become a master at everything in the game. I won’t stick to one thing. I don’t want to JUST do heavy armor or JUST do wood working or JUST use a one handed weapon or JUST use a bow. I want to use and do EVERYTHING! It’s probably best to just focus on one skill set but I can’t I have to do it all and rank up in all of it.
When it comes to role playing games I do my best to avoid them because there isn’t enough time in the day to do all that I want to do. I personally would rather have a direct story line that is explained throughout cut-scenes, not talking to NPCs and reading lore books for information on the world around me. Not constatnly having to worry about switching out weapons and stats that come with them. It’s just all too much for me.
What does the future have in line for me? Although as I’ve stated these games consume too much of my life to like, I will be getting more involved in RPGs. With Horizon: Zero Dawn coming out, I am excited for RPGs I think i will really enjoy this upcoming game. It looks beautiful and immersive. The new God Of War also looks like it is heading toward an RPG direction. I’m ecstatic for these new routes in games but am also concerned how my play-through style will have to change with so many more games seeming to head into this direction of massive worlds with so much to do.
I don’t want the readers thinking I’m bashing on Role playing games I just want to point out my view on them and how my OCD in games makes it challenging for me to pick up one of these games. Time flies while playing an RPG, and in a short gaming session it can easily feel like you’ve completed nothing or know nothing new concerning the story. With that being said, I’m going to go play ESO.