Sometimes I wonder if completing games doesn't seem that impressive any more. I'm not talking about what others think of your completed game total, I mean what you think of your own game total. Is each completed game a small source of pride, or just another brick in the wall? This is likely to vary from person to person, and from game to game. I doubt anyone takes pride in Avatar, but do completions still be like an accomplishment to the people who have many of them?
I have 47 absolute completions; 36 retail, 11 arcade (I consider an absolute completion all achievements, including all DLC. Completed games with missing DLC points are a different category for me). As I continue to work on more challenging games that I know will be highly satisfying to accomplish, I thought I'd take a look back at my 47 completions to see which ones I'm particularly happy about.
Puzzle Quest - It was a very time-intensive 250, which I worked on over a long time. It was a fun game, and a challenge to get some of the last achievements.
Prey - Sure, it isn't a very hard 1000, but it felt surprisingly good to get. Prey's gravity-defying action was intense and memorable. Not too many shooters can claim to be truly memorable on a console flooded with them.
Oblivion - Bethesda's massive fantasy game was my first regular 1000, and one of the games that turned me on to achievements.
Warriors Orochi 2 - The grinding demon that took me MONTHS to complete, and is proof to myself that I have the willpower to suffer through anything if I want something badly enough. Sure, I could have learned this lesson in a way that would have benefited society or led to more personal growth, but then I wouldn't be an achievement junkie =P
Condenmed 2: Bloodshot - Fantastic game that seems to have an unfairly deserved bad reputation. I earned the majority of the online points w/o boosting. Monolith deserves an award for making the scariest game I've ever played.
Dead Space - Snagging a pre-release copy for review, I was one of the first to get to play Dead Space, and I consider my review of it one of the best I've done to date. This was a fun sci-fi game, and feels good to have on the board.
Dirt - I'm terrible at racing games... this is the only racing game I've 1ked (I think it's the only racing game I've played, even), so it feels good to have it completed. I really enjoyed it, even though I'm bad at racing games.
Mass Effect - I had to do nearly 5 plays to get everything. Mass Effect was spectacular, but it got old after repeated plays. Dedication paid off for the 1050. Here's to hoping that DLC Bioware keeps teasing about actually sees the light of day.
47 completions... and only 8 really stand out to me as games that feel like accomplishments. This shows me that I need to get to tacking up more games I can be proud of.
Most Wanted Completions
What do I really want to get completions in? Here's a list. Note that I may not have played every game shown here yet.
1. EDF 2017 - Fun game, and very challenging 1k
2. Fallout 3 - I'm in no hurry since there is more DLC coming, I just want to make sure I get it eventually.
3. Blue Dragon - A very hard RPG 1000, and I want to keep proving my RPG skills. I have some, honest!
4. Lost Odyssey - Because this game deserves to be played to 1100.
5. Infinite Undiscovery
6. Star Ocean
7. Tales of Vesperia
8. Last Remnant - seeing a theme here? I hunger for RPG completions! Hopefully I can add a few before Final Fantasy XIII comes out.
9. Sacred 2 - This game is videogame crack so I'm sure it'll happen with time.
Upcoming most wanted:
10. Aliens vs. Predator - I know, this game won't be out for a while, but I'm going to be all over this game when it arrives.
11: Batman: Arkham Asaylum - I've loved Batman since I was a kid. I can't wait to play this game!
12. Bioshock 2: Please no MP achievements...
13. Final Fantasy XIII - It'll be brutal to 1k, I'm sure, but you know I want to do it.
On a side note, besides FFXIII, are there any upcoming JRPGs? I'm afraid if I really get into this RPG mode, I'll exhaust every option and have nothing to look forward to. I'm not worried about Western RPGs, since Mass Effect and Alpha Protocol are on the horizon, at the least. Anyone know?
In other news: I'm going in tomorrow to interview for a Customer Relations position. No, that's not a job in the game industry. No, I probably won't be writing. But in this economy, I'd be foolish to turn down a job with good benefits, and a salary that would allow me to move out and be independent. I can work at this job to sock away cash for a transition elsewhere. Who knows? Perhaps I'll love it, and do what I can to start climbing the corporate ladder. We'll see how that goes. I'm hoping for the best, and that's what I'll be up to tomorrow.