The Free Game I still Don’t Want to Play award goes to:
People paid $60 for this thing a year before it was given to the world for free, but I still can’t muster up the will to play it. They say you get what you pay for, but I’m not sure if players are getting a $0 game or a $60 game out of the deal. I just know that the first game was designed around making things miserable for typical solo players, and it’s kept me from wanting to dive into the second, free or not.
The Longest Load Times I’ve Seen Since 1996:
I just built a new PC and BATTLETECH is one of the very first games I picked up for it. Turns out I can’t bring myself to load it up because it just takes too long to get going. Then I find myself playing phone games until it’s fully loaded, and by then by the time it’s ready to go I’m fully invested in a Hearthstone match and then spend the rest of my gaming time just playing that. This looks like it could be a fun game if I would ever make the time to enjoy it.
The Bad Game I Don’t Actually Enjoy All That Much But Keep Playing Anyway:
I don’t know what they put in the water (okay, it’s rads), but there’s something about this game that keeps me coming back for more. I know it isn’t the story. I certainly know it isn’t any of the annoying characters. And I super-know with all my heart it isn’t that insufferable lead character, who apparently wants to spend the entire post-apocalypse running around whining and crying to anybody he can dupe into listening to his bleating. But whatever the reason, I keep finding myself loading this one back up and whacking away at bloatflies and shiny rubber dogs. I do have a ton of supplies though, so maybe I just enjoy stockpiling.
The First Person Shooter That’s So Good I Keep Comparing Every Other Shooter To It:
Thank god there’s a new DOOM due on the horizon this year (DOOM Eternal), because I’m tired of picking up new modern shooters and constantly finding myself disappointed that they aren’t anywhere near as compelling as 2016’s DOOM. Sure, 2016 was only a few years ago, but that’s a long damn time in the gaming world.
The “Free” Xbox Gamepass Games I Probably Would Have Played Much Longer had I Actually Paid For Them award goes to:
Player Underground Battlegrounds
Gears of War 4
Sea of Thieves
Not to be confused with my thoughts on Destiny 2, all of these are purported to be fantastic games and significantly add to the value of the Xbox Gamepass. But there’s just something about getting them ‘free’ with Gamepass that devalues them to such a degree that I don’t feel like I’m willing to give them a fair shot. The first time I run up against some quirk or design decision I don’t agree with, I just uninstall and move on. Easy come easy go. I don’t feel like I’m losing out during the process because I don’t feel like I really put all that much into it. All these games, many of which might even qualify as genuine GOTY considerations for some players, ended up seeing me put less playtime into them than it took me to even download the things. But I can’t say I hated any of them enough to completely disregard them had I actually paid retail price for them at some point.