I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that we, the gaming public, have neither infinite money nor infinite time. We also have tastes that can range from diverse to very specific. This creates a problem when it comes to our gaming selections and how we play.
Take for example Mass Effect 2. I think most of us can agree it’s a fantastic game. Personally, I replayed Mass Effect multiple times, examined ever possible decision that could affect Mass Effect 2, and counted down the days until it was finally released. When I finally laid my hands on it, however, I took pause. I carefully opened my Special Edition, poured over every detail (including the spoiler-filled art book which blew the final Reaper hybrid moment), and waited until I had a nice slice of devoted time to jump in (Microsoft pun intended). When I finally fired it up, though, I found myself continually playing small chunks... no more than an hour or two at a time. Initially I thought this was due to the rigors of adult life (job, wedding planning, family obligations, etc), but eventually realized that it was more: I was trying to savor the experience.
Quality gaming experiences are so rare these days, especially if one is devoted to a particular genre of game. Rather than rushing through a game of quality, I’m now finding myself taking my time through games like Halo 3: ODST , Assassin’s Creed 2, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins, and (soon to be starting) Borderlands.
It seems that during every console cycle there are only certain number of guaranteed, sure-fire, 100% quality games that come along. Games that have been so epically built up by developers and fans that one just can’t wait to get them. Games in the Halo, Gears of War, and Final Fantasy franchises spring to mind. One could even go so far as to say that Splinter Cell: Conviction fits the bill. When these highly anticipated titles finally arrive, however, do you ration out the fun over a week or two, or do you rush through trying to digest it all at once?