Little did I know that I would post NOTHING while I tried to complete my Four in February. The challenged proved more difficult to complete than I first imagined. Last night, at 11pm, I finished my fourth game in February. I spent around 20 hours a week gaming, so all told I spent roughly 80 hours gaming this month. The playtime for the four games I beat totaled somewhere near 60 hours. The 20 remaining hours were spent on games I didn’t finish. Here’s my notes on my Four in February experience:
I was off to a blazing start after beating Portal in just a couple hours. I enjoyed it, but it seemed a lot easier and shorter than Portal 2. Though, had I known what Wheatley was when I played Portal 2, I would have trusted him a lot less. Even though I played it fast, I still got chills from Portal’s creepy, abandoned vibe. Actually, I get that vibe from any game that sends my character to prison or leaves them alone for a stretch of time… perhaps it‘s just my own fears of isolation…
Anyways, with only three games left on February 2nd, I thought I had this challenge in the bag. The next two were Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Fire Emblem Awakening. Fire Emblem was a bit of a struggle to find, due to some unexplained shipping problems. AC:R is one that had been sitting on my shelf since launch, still in the plastic.
I failed. I was sinking a lot of time into the game and making little progress. More importantly, it wasn’t fun. I found myself feeling impatient and frustrated. Some games are not meant to be tackled in a time-based challenge, especially not as a first playthough. You need to have time to wander, time to enjoy, time to get lost in that world.This is precisely the reason I didn’t choose Skyrim as a February game.
The first three chapters were horrible. The next couple were long. I was getting very concerned that I’d be playing until midnight tonight trying to get finished. The second half of the game, however, was quick. It wasn’t a great game. In terms of the Assassin’s Creed series, it wasn’t even a good game. Nevertheless, I beat it. Just like the AC game before it, there was a completely WTF ending, then a half hour of unskippable credits.