I have a problem, I will admit it right here, right now. I am likely to stop playing a game half-way through if I get a something new to play with, if I get a bit bored I will often leave a game where it is. This is a problem as it means that I have not completed a vast number of games that I own. I recently have been going back through some old games, and if you do so too, I think you will find it is an extremely rewarding thing to do.
You see, I went back to Race Driver: GRID recently, I was in a mood for doing some racing (and crashing), and that was the first game that came to hand. I have issues with GRID, namely the fact that I can’t stand half of the Japanese and American races. For that reasons I stopped playing the game only a month or two after I got it. So I went back to it, and I won a couple of races in the first American tier of races, and then I became aware of something. There was something else in the game, there was one more tier of races that I did not realise were present.
Imagine that, going back to a game thinking that you had done everything you wanted in it, only to find out that you were missing out on a whole new section entirely. It would be like someone playing GTA III and not doing any of the side missions or collecting any hidden pacakges. If they went back and just played a little more, what would they find that they had missed.
My experience with GRID led me to do something else, I picked up Colin McRae: DiRT and learnt to love that game all over again. I always enjoyed DiRT, but it was only by going back to GRID that I realised that I missed out on some amazing off road action.
I am now looking for the chance to pick up Hitman: Blood Money again and actually play that through to completion. Whenever I have played it in the past I always seem to reach the same level, time and time again…and don’t complete it. It is a sad state of affairs, and one that I hope to rectify soon.
In closing, I implore of you, each and every one of you, to go through your gaming back catalogue and see what gems you have left behind. After Christmas I am sure that you will have a whole new bundle of games, and if you aren’t careful you may leave some classic games half finished. If you just take five minutes to go back to an old game, you may just rediscover something you never noticed before, find the joy in a certain game again, or even the will to actually finish the game.
You never know what you may be missing out on.