Listening to a cool podcast I just discovered (Retro Games Podcast), the topic of abandoning video games. Now, I’ve played 1000s of games over the decades, but some of them have taken a significant chunk of my time and $, and then I abandoned (or ragequit) them for various reasons.
The big ones that I can remember:
Grand Theft Auto IV – There is a story (must-do) mission that requires you to do a motorcycle chase through the streets and catch somebody. Well, the motorcycle controls in the game are extremely sensitive and I could never catch the target. On top of that, you had to watch a significant long cut scene (even some skipping required long loading times) before the chase. After about 30 attempts, I just took the game out and never went back, I am so glad GTAV offered a skip option for chases you couldn’t complete.
Final Fantasy XIII – I remember playing the demo and thinking “Wow, I hate this!”, and I had finished every FF I had played up until that point, multiple times. So, I didn’t pick up the game for a long time. When I did, I couldn’t get past about 10 hours. The setting, battle system, characters… hated it.
Chrono Cross – Not only did it take a giant dump over Chrono Trigger, but the battle system was also a mess and you just had 100s of boring characters to collect. I played about 15-20 hours, more out of name recognition, and never understood the love for the game.
Donkey Kong Country (SNES) – I played this game when it came out and on the SNES Classic. I love the game, itself, but the mine-cart levels in this game are incredibly difficult, especially for somebody (me) who is not very agile. Both times, I just could not get passed certain level(s) and gave up before I lost my sanity.
Crosscode (Switch) - The most recent one. A retro-style platformer action RPG... just lost me with the sheer # of puzzles. Still like the game otherwise, but didn't feel inclined to go more than the 20-30 hours I played.
There are definitely some other RPGs I put in a good 10-40 hours into and then just gave up on, but usually out of boredom.
Any games that stick out in your mind that you abandoned for any particular reason?