Back in early 2007 I had put together this list and it consisted of Call of Duty 3, Metroid Fusion, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Ratchet & Clank, and Super Castlevania IV. Of those five games only two have since been completed — Call of Duty 3 and Ratchet & Clank. Tomb Raider: Anniversary would’ve been on this list, but I just completed it a few days ago after being away from it for about a year and a half. Here’s a new short list of games that were started yet still not completed out of the 55 games that I counted. These aren’t listed in any specific order other than the order in which I thought of them.
I. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
I remember really enjoying the original game. Soon after completing that one I started MGS2. For what ever reason I did the usual and blamed the debut character Raiden for losing interest at the time. Since then I know better than to think that one character really kills the game. When I think back it was more likely because I was on Metal Gear overload and needed a break.
II. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA)
One night when thinking of what portable game out of two to take with me over to a friend’s place I thought of this Zelda title. I knew that if I waited to get in the mood that I never really would since I’m definitely not much of a fan of the series. For about a month after that night I tried playing it on and off (mostly off) and got discouraged when trying to find my way around the overworld map. I realize that this may sound silly to big fans of the series, but it just confuses me to no end.
III. Odin Sphere (PS2)
When playing this game earlier this year I really did love it. I still do too, but as I even stated at the time, fighting the Skuldi wizard boss battle with Oswald was annoying. It’s even annoying just thinking about continuing that game at that point now. It also doesn’t help that the regular enemy wizards are also a pain in the ass to fight. Still I do hope to best Skuldi and move on in this beautiful game.
IV. Prince of Persia Revelations (PSP)
For a game that’s basically Prince of Persia: Warrior Within with a few new areas to explore, you’d think that I’d be finished with this one seeing as Warrior Within is my favorite game of the previous trilogy. I was cruising through the game, remembering where to go and what to do when I came across the first of the new areas. I figured out the first part of this new area, but the second part was less platforming and more puzzle solving which. of course, got me stuck. One of these days, Revelations!
V. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (GEN)
Ah, yes, Shinobi III. How I adore your awesome “Ninjaness” so I’ll count the number of ninja ways.
1. Awesome ninja controls. Best with the original three button Genesis controller.
2. Great ninja challenge. Easy to play, but difficult to master. However still a lot of fun.
3. Lots of ninja variety. The levels are always different and interesting throughout the game.
4. Killer ninja moves. The Joe Musashi moves of old these are not. Everything needed to kick ass is in this ninja.
All of that and I’ve yet to finish the game. I guess whether it’s on the Genesis or on the Genesis Collection, I’ll find a way to overcome it.