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Finishing Video Games

Postby Andrew on Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:31 pm

I've recently gone back and completed some unfinished business in NBA 2K12, clearing the NBA's Greatest games that I didn't get around to finishing back in the day. I'm currently doing the same thing with the Jordan Challenge in NBA 2K11. It's something to do while I wait for NBA 2K17, and also something to write about for my weekly Wayback Wednesday feature.

However, it got me thinking about finishing video games, and going back to finish games I've never been able to complete. There's always that sense of satisfaction, especially when you finally finish a game you've had for years. Anyway, since most of us play games apart from basketball titles - although I suppose since I've mentioned them, they'd also count for this topic - I thought I'd throw a couple of questions out there, as part of my initiative to jumpstart some more discussion around these parts.

What was the first game you finished?
What are some of the games you never finished, but want to?

I have a feeling that the first game I finished was probably Defender of the Crown for NES, or possibly Return to Zork. If you count using cheats, which you really shouldn't of course, Doom 2 would be one of the first as well. Return to Zork was also an official hint book job, while Defender of the Crown relied on a couple of hints from one of those "How to win at Nintendo" books. When it comes to games I finished by myself, aside from discussing strategies with friends of course, that'd probably be Donkey Kong Country 2.

As far as games I've never finished and want to...definitely a few of the GTA games. I was close to finishing Vice City, but I ended up losing the save. I'm probably about two third of the way through San Andreas, still very early on in Vice City Stories (I really don't like the empire building stuff in that one), and not very far through IV or V. They've all been situations where I've gotten stuck, frustrated, put the games aside, and then ended up picking up other games and seldom gone back to for some time. And then in some cases, gotten stuck again.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby el badman on Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:20 am

I really can't recall the 1st game I ever finished (would probably be around the golden times of the Amiga 500, so...yea...), and I always make it a point to finish whatever game I start, however there's been a few exceptions, that I would necessarily mind finishing at some point:

Alien: Isolation
DOOM (the reboot, bored me to tears)
Watch Dogs
Back To The Future (the Telltale series)
This War Of Mine
Kentucky Route Zero (I re-installed that one recently to force myself to finish it)
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby jenz on Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:49 am

I finished both Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas.

I never really got to finish Skyrim. I sure hope I get the time to pick it up again some time. Being employed really sucks. :lol:
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Lean on Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:27 pm

The first game I recall I finished was Ultraman on the Game Boy. Something I started but never finished (and is still installed for years now) is Dragon Age 2.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby koberulz on Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:32 pm

I don't think I've ever 100% finished a game. I missed one scan on Metroid Prime and one side mission on Far Cry 4 (which became impossible to complete after finishing the story mode, leaving me stuck). I think those are the only two where I've actually made the effort; mostly I'll just finish up the main story and move on.

In terms of just the story, though...I'm still stuck on the last boss of Metroid Prime 2 (not that I've touched it in years). Luigi's Mansion took about four years, and I have no idea where I'm up to in Metroid Prime 3. Currently in the middle of Tomb Raider, so I'm not going to count that.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Andrew on Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:16 pm

I'm trying to think if I've finished a game with 100% completion (aside from stuff like LucasArts adventure games, where you basically do so by default). I'm pretty close in Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas, but not quite there. Probably the WWE games on PS2, with all their unlockables.

Oh, of course! The Donkey Kong Country series on SNES. Specifically 101%, 102%, and 103% completion respectively. For years I was two Kremcoins short in DKC2, as I could never figure out where the two bonus barrels were in Web Woods, and my friends never figured it out either. It turns out that we were on the right track, but man, it's a contrived puzzle. I also found out years later than DKC3 has a maximum of 105% completion, if you use the code that disables the halfway checkpoint barrels. I haven't done that yet.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Lean on Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:02 pm

I also wanted to complete Super Mario 64's 120 stars but I think I only got enough to enter Bowser's final stage.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Andrew on Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:58 pm

At least you can get up the endless stairs legitimately!

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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Lean on Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:49 pm

You know, the endless stairs haunted me during my childhood. :? Especially Bowser's portrait at the end of the stairs after you get the 70th star.

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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby bigh0rt on Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:06 pm

The last game I finished completely I think was Final Fantasy X, over 15 years ago.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby jenz on Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:57 pm

Lean wrote:The first game I recall I finished was Ultraman on the Game Boy. Something I started but never finished (and is still installed for years now) is Dragon Age 2.


The gameplay of DA2 is quite nice. Story is fine. I was just confused as my character suddenly became homosexual. :lol:
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Lean on Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:42 pm

I stopped at Act 1 :lol: , and I was hoping to complete this then start Inquisition so that there's one continuity to be used.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Stress Fracture on Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:57 am

First finished Super Mario Land on the Game Boy, then Spyro 3, Chocobo Racing, and Twisted Metal 4 on the PS1.

GTA V is almost finished.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Axel on Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:04 am

First game? Super Mario World on the SNES. Also beat Super Mario RPG: Legend of the 7 Stars a million times and collected every rare item except for the Attack Scarf and Super Suit.

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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby benji on Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:57 pm

EGA TREK

ALL OF THEM

100%ed all kinds of 16-bit shit. Many Metroid and its spin-offs, Metroidvania, Batman: Arkham, etc. Though like koberulz I missed one scan in the first Metroid Prime, there's one that's behind you in the tutorial level that you can never return to.

Last game I finished based on achievements to remind me was Game Dev Tycoon though it doesn't have a "real" ending like stuff. So...Everyday Genius Square Logic technically. Doom 1: Episode 1 when I replayed it last year. 10000000 on both android and steam. Batman: Arkham Origins. Saints Row IV.

Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, but not close to 100%.

Start too much and move on before done. Even in 2K, this year I started four associations, all got to the end of November and started a new one lol
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Sauru on Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:54 am

damn first game i finished? that would be adventure. damn that was a long time ago.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Andrew on Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:25 am

Just remembered that the original Leisure Suit Larry was one of the earliest games I finished, and possibly one of the first that I finished without a walkthrough, just figuring it out between myself and my friends. And playing it in secret, since my Dad wasn't keen on an 11 year old being exposed to such filthy pixels. :lol:
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Cpt(K) on Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:03 pm

I don't remember the first game I finished, but it may have been Topgun: Fire At Will on the PC (a 1990s game). There's a dozen games I haven't finished, but would like to. Mount & Blade is one of them, I seem to always just capture fiefs and then establish a solid force in Calradia, but I've never conquered it. Game's like it are left unfinished because of a great deal of interest I have had in later releases for different games. Yesterday I finished Dark Souls 3, and am waiting for the DLC to be released.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Lamrock on Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:47 am

I think the first game I was actually able to finish without cheats was the first Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Managed to finish a bunch of video games this Summer since I didn't have classes, but I'd still like to finish Talos Principle and The Crew.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby NovU on Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:49 pm

My first ever completed game goes way back to DOS age. Takes about 10-15 min to beat but...
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I think the last game I beat was GTA5. Ofc not 100% completion but I mean getting to an ending scene when I say beat.
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Re: Finishing Video Games

Postby Andrew on Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:16 pm

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