With movies and television shows, you know how long it’s going to take to watch it. Even if you buy a Blu Ray and DVD with all of the extra videos and stuff, you still have a general idea of how much time you’re going to spend watching it all. This isn’t the same for video games.
The amount of time you spend playing any game depends on the player. In fact, most people want to be able to play a game for a long, long time. It’s not unheard of hearing people play Final Fantasy VII for more than 120 hours just to get everything in the game. 20 hours are just for watching the summon animations!
But how long is exactly 120 hours? For the hardcore gamer, less than a month. For the avid fan, 2 to 3 months, tops. That seems like a good amount of time, right? Personally, it took me that amount of time to get everything in Final Fantasy X. I completed all three Mass Effect games and all of the DLC episodes in around 2 months. I felt that it was a fair amount of time and I got my money’s worth.
There is one game that I’m still currently playing and I still have to finish it… even after 2 years of playing it. That game would be Record of the Agarest War. It’s a JRPG that plays a little bit like Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea.
The central gimmick is that the main hero will not be able to finish the quest. Rather, it will take 5 generations to actually complete the mission. But that’s not why it’s taking me this long to finish this game. When I got the game, I took my sweet time grinding to level up my characters, which is always a painful but necessary process when playing an RPG. I reached the 2nd Generation and chose my wife in the game. I saw what the new hero looked like. Curiosity got the better of me and I checked on the Internet to see what the main character for this Generation would look like if I chose the other girls instead.
While doing this, I saw that I was going on the wrong path. It turns out that there is a True Ending path and one of the steps to get the True Ending is to get to the “fake” final boss under 500 turns. I spent 175 turns just leveling up my characters! Being the completionist that I am for RPGs, I restarted from scratch.
When I reached the 3rd Generation after restarting the game, I came upon a mid-boss called Midas… and I couldn’t beat him! No matter what strategy I did, Midas would wipe out my entire party. And it didn’t help that he would regenerate life before he performed his attacks! I was extremely frustrated from all of the losses and put the game on hold. It was time to play other games.
By this time, I have been playing Record of Agarest War for 3 months.
I went to other games like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Batman: Arkham Asylum and I totally forgot about it. 4 month have passed that I realized that I haven’t been playing Agarest War for some time and decided to try beating Midas again… with a little help from YouTube.
The battles were getting more difficult since I wasn’t grinding as hard anymore to meet the 500 turn limit. I would go to dungeons and level up there since you don’t use up any turns there. But it would take around 30 minutes of running around in the dungeon to get one or two battles. This was the first time I was actually hoping for random battles.
I finally beat the “fake” final boss just a week ago. Then it struck me. I have been playing this game for a total of 2 years! And I still have to beat the “real” final boss to get the True Ending! To be fair, I have been playing it on and off for the same time period. But still, 2 years? Yeesh! That’s a looooooong time!
You know what the sad thing is. The really, really sad thing about this is. I bought the Record of Agarest War Zero Limited Edition last December and I still haven’t played it since I haven’t finished this one! Yes, I am a glutton for punishment.
I just hope it doesn’t take me another 2 years before I finally play Zero!
If you have any comments or suggestions (probably something about how stupid I am for taking this long to finish this game), please leave them below.