Games you just couldn't get into

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Kentucky Route Zero
I just found it all a little too abstract for me. Also, there really didn't seem to be a lot there in terms of mechanics (at least the bit that I played). I think I was kind of a victim of the hype around it; so many people hail it as brilliant and it very well might be, but I just can't see it.

Stellaris
I've loved 4X games since the original MOO, but man, they really throw you in at the deep end with this one. If anyone could point me towards a decent beginner tutorial (written rather than a video), I would most likely give this a go again. It looks really deep and interesting once you get the systems down.

Rise of Nations
This one's from way back, but 30 minutes after firing it up I realized I just didn't care for RTSes anymore, no matter how polished.
 

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Yeah, the whole RTS genre gets on my list. I got through the original Command & Conquer but that was it. 4X RTS games like Stellaris and Sins of a Solar Empire do better but still lose out to turn based games. Games like Sword of the Stars that have live action battles seem fine but the whole game? Nope - just doesn't work for me.

Kenshi: I liked it at first but I eventually hit a wall where I needed to get some sort of rare books to advance - and I just didn't want to do that. Oh well, still got almost 40 hours out of the game.

Cities: Skylines: Just didn't have that much fun.
 

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Mass Effect. Everyone went on about how great the series was, I tried multiple times to get into it - but never could.

Witcher 3 also barely grabbed me. I've started it so many times, got a few hours into it each time and just lost interest.
 
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Yeah, the whole RTS genre gets on my list. I got through the original Command & Conquer but that was it. 4X RTS games like Stellaris and Sins of a Solar Empire do better but still lose out to turn based games.
RTS games AND Turn based games i cannot get into but had 1 game to stand out. Command & Conquer for the RTS genre, back in the day i loved it but nothing ever since has brought me back and Dragon Age for the TB games. I just couldnt get into Divinity or Baldurs gate, i much rather prefer other types of RPGs.
 
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The one that sticks out like a sore thumb recently, especially since I enjoyed Kojima's MGS Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes so much, is Death Stranding. I'd have to say I'm even more unimpressed than I was with Arkane's Prey. Both games have uninteresting monotone black enemies that appear, weird weapons, and a lot of running back and forth, but to make matters worse, Death Stranding's terrain is brutal to travel through.

I loved Mass Effect, especially 2 and 3, and the added content in the DLC was very good too. I also enjoyed the Witcher 3, but I'd have to say Skyrim overall felt like a better game. Like many have said though, Cyberpunk 2077 has not lived up to the hype, at least for me. It had a lot of potential, but there's just too many problems and design quirks. Clothes that make me look like a clown to get good armor stats being just one of them.
 
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Everyone went on about how great the series was, I tried multiple times to get into it - but never could
Same here, but different game—the Bioshock series. Yes I know, there goes my PC gaming cred, shredded in tatters. Tried multiple times also because I was supposed to love it, but never could.

This year tried out a Kojima one, with all the hype around Death Stranding—Gears 5 if I recall correctly, the one which opens with a god-awful intro sequence crawling around a hospital, which seems to go on forever. I didn't make it past that, too annoyed with the whole thing. Is there by any chance a mod which bypasses that intro?

[ETA: it's Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain—thanks Frag Maniac :)]

That's a general pet peeve of mine—every time I think of starting a new Far Cry game, I decide no, I don't want to spend 20-30 minutes going thru your wonderfully artistic or atmospheric intro time sink.
 
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This year tried out a Kojima one, with all the hype around Death Stranding—Gears 5 if I recall correctly, the one which opens with a god-awful intro sequence crawling around a hospital, which seems to go on forever. I didn't make it past that, too annoyed with the whole thing. Is there by any chance a mod which bypasses that intro?
LOL, you must be short on patience. The game you're talking about is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Sure it's a long prologue, at least 45 min, but very little of it is crawling around. It's one of the best prologues I've ever played though. Not sure why you threw Gears 5 in there, but it seems you didn't like that one either (or did you mean MGSV?). For me, Gears 5 was one of the best games of the series, though it could have used an Inconceivable mode.
 

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The Witcher 3, Why can't I love you! The other was Elder Scrolls online. It's a great game I just sadly cannot get into it no matter how much I try. But, I've promised myself to give Witcher another go.
 

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...the one which opens with a god-awful intro sequence crawling around a hospital, which seems to go on forever...
With the Burning Man and long-sleeve-kid?? That was fun stuff! Also pretty confusing as it has you design a character then doesn't use it.
I didn't make it past that, too annoyed with the whole thing. Is there by any chance a mod which bypasses that intro?
Doubt it. What's more, I think you re-live it later in the game.
 
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I will no doubt get some stick for my 2 contributions.

GTA5 .... yes i know its a run away success , i like quests and i like driving , what i DONT like is rap type music , constant use of the N word , btw i am white , and constant use of the F word, I am not old fashioned but listening to FFFFFFF all the time is beyond a joke.

Dota2 .. i wanted to use this but the players on their are some of the most toxic i have ever come across.
Yes i did do the tutorials to get to grips with the game but if you make 1 silly mistake , everyone gangs up on you and the abuse is awful , you even get abuse from the opposing team if they see a person on your side that they know. Unless it has changed you can kick , get a player suspended or banned just by ticking boxes and not giving a reason.
 

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I bounced off the GTA series back in 3. I just flat out didn't enjoy it - except for stealing a fire truck. (Which kinda points the way to Saints Row. Now that was fun!)
 
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LOL, you must be short on patience
You're right, old age does that :)
Thanks for the title correction, and Gears 5 was just a brain holiday—haven't played it.

With the Burning Man and long-sleeve-kid?? That was fun stuff!

I think you re-live it later in the game
One man's fun is another man's questioning the meaning of life.
I think you re-live it later in the game
Yuck! You've just killed any remnant of 'give it another shot'—thanks for your pain avoidance therapy :)
 
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You're right, old age does that :)
Thanks for the title correction, and Gears 5 was just a brain holiday—haven't played it.
Not to nit pick, but I'm wondering just how legit the age excuse is, because I'm 62, and going through a fair bit of sleep deprivation from noisy neighbors lately to boot. :) jking

Seriously though, if you like Gears of War, you should definitely try Gears 5, it has some pretty cool stuff in it. ;)
 
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I also have The Witcher games in a will pick up again at some point limbo. I just can't get hooked in a way that'll lead to me wanting to invest the huge amount of time the game requires.

I remember being unable to play The Evil Within because I just hated the controls, which was a shame because I love horror games. Thoroughly enjoyed the second one though!

There a definitely some games where you have to endure a steeper appreciation curve before they click. MGSV was one of those where it wasn't until infiltrating some random enemy base way later on that I realised I was now fully into the game.
 
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I'm wondering just how legit the age excuse is
Aww man, busted again! Currently looking for another excuse—anyone?

if you like Gears of War, you should definitely try Gears 5
Had a peek at a video, and it looks too much like straight action for my taste, continuous path clearing. I'm from a strategy background, so I need choice & options in my shooters to keep me interested—Far Cry is my fav franchise for this reason, among others.
 
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Had a peek at a video, and it looks too much like straight action for my taste, continuous path clearing. I'm from a strategy background, so I need choice & options in my shooters to keep me interested—Far Cry is my fav franchise for this reason, among others.
It's no more straight action than the previous titles, in fact it's actually easier to manage in that regard, too easy for my tastes. Which is why I said it could have used an Inconceivable mode.

I'll give you an example, after careful study on what tactics work best, I got through some tough sections of Gears of War 4 on Inconceivable that were kicking my ass. When I got to the boss fight against the Vulture plane though where you're on rails riding the motorbike dodging all it's incendiary and other attacks, it broke me, I was unable to finish. The main problems are, 1), you don't get a checkpoint after blowing the first engine of the plane, and 2), in the 2nd phase, the plane often drops two incendiaries simultaneously side by side, which are almost impossible to swerve around.

The bottom line here, is you can't judge a game by videos you see, you have to play through it to know it, and how it compares to others. Also, the tactics you see people use on YouTube often aren't the best, or even rational. There's also a stealth component in this one that can work well against some of the battles that would otherwise be pretty tough, if you know how to use it. There was really no battle I had trouble with in Gears 5, and my only complaint is it left me wanting more challenge. Even the Matriarch boss many say is too hard to kill can be beaten fairly quickly with sneak attacks.
 
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Oblivion and Fallout 3, Those two games taught me i don't like single player RPG's. Group RPG's like dragon age or mass effect, ect.. but the single player ones i just find boring.

The first witcher i liked, but the second i could also never finish. I might try it again though,. It's not that it's horrible, i just find myself putting it aside for other things. I really didn't like the change from the isometric to over the shoulder third person, the potion stacking was also really dumbed down.

X-com. I feel zero connection with my unit and the story is really lacking. I'd much rather play wasteland 2, omerta, Dungeons of Naheulbeuk, battletech, ect.
 
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World of Warcraft. Granted I skipped the initial hype and now, a decade later or more I can't find the joy of playing it. My friends always tell me the end game is where it's at, but I can never get there out of boredom. However, I really like the universe.
 
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I also couldn't get into Bioshock. I didn't pick it up when it came out, I only tried it after finishing Bioshock Infinite. My mistake was trying it on hard and playing it as a stealth game.

Oblivion and Fallout 3, Those two games taught me i don't like single player RPG's. Group RPG's like dragon age or mass effect, ect.. but the single player ones i just find boring.

The first witcher i liked, but the second i could also never finish. I might try it again though,. It's not that it's horrible, i just find myself putting it aside for other things. I really didn't like the change from the isometric to over the shoulder third person, the potion stacking was also really dumbed down.

X-com. I feel zero connection with my unit and the story is really lacking. I'd much rather play wasteland 2, omerta, Dungeons of Naheulbeuk, battletech, ect.
This is funny, because it's almost the exact opposite of me. I love single player RPGs, but have a hard time with group RPGs. I did finish Dragon Age Origins, but that was despite the mechanics and I couldn't get through Pillars of Eternity.

I also did not care for the gameplay of the first Witcher and gave myself infinite health to get through the game. The second one was much better and I finished without cheating.

Lastly, I absolutely loved XCOM and defeated it on ironman, but couldn't get into Wasteland 2.
 
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Ok, i'll admit that is kinda funny, but really illustrates a point. Games that one person can think sucks, or does not like at all, another can think it's the best thing since sliced bread. That is one reason why i think the hate rhetoric these days is so over the top and it turns off people from playing something they would love, even if it was 5 years later and for 5 bucks they pass because so many people ragged out.

A perfect example for me was dragon age 2, I waited on that one, partly because i was annoyed at bioware. I bought everything right as it came out including all the DLC and awakenings, then at around the 9 months point from release barely a fwe months passed since the last DLC, they released the platinum edition. for 40 bucks. the game had not been out a year. I had paid like 100 for all that stuff. Now let me be strait, i love the fact that they did all that stuff and how the fans really drove the sales and extras, but at least they could of waited till like 1.5 or 2 years to make me feel like i got a great deal. I guess great for all the people that waited. But as i waited so many people said how much it sucked i ended up waiting a very long time.

So to make my long story short i waited on DA2 and grabbed it and the dlc for like 15 bucks 3 years later. I absolutely loved it. Same with mass effect 3, i never even played the others but after reading all the crap about it i kinda forgot about it., I finally bought the trilogy years later for 20 bucks and it took me a few try's to get through 1, but i liked 2 and through 3 was fantastic. My first play had a fantastic ending, I did replay and get the "bad renegade ending" and i see what people meant, but in a way i kinda liked it because it was so different than what happened my first play. (I'm not gonna spoil it, but my first ending does not even show up on any wiki, and i can't really recall what i did to see it lol)


On a side note, I started beneath a steel sky i think 4 times by this point, i barely make it 2-3 hours before i move on to something else. That game has gone to my not gonna bother list. To many other games to try and see if i like.. I still need to play bioshock!
 
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Fable there is something about the combat and magic use that refuses to click with me to the point that sometime after the tutorial i get extremely bored of it. Which is a shame because I really like the concept of good and bad and how they implemented it. And the world overall.
 
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For JCgames with regards to your comments about ME3 did you get it and complete when it first came out , so many players bad mouthed the ending that it was re-written and issued as an update.

May i suggest you go back to beyond a steel sky ..... yes it is boring and tiresome at the begging but as soon as you find a way across the bridge at the start it wakes up !
 
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Another that comes to mind that I didn't care for was The Outer Worlds. I made it through one play through, but wound up very bored with it.
 

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