There was once upon a time when we waited for weeks in anticipation for a new game to come out (well, I guess we still do), and then the magical day comes when you go out to the store and pick up your new treasure – your electronic companion that will open a new world of adventure and excitement in various realms.
Nowadays, people still wait in eager anticipation of new games, but it seems these days, people are just in a rush – a rush to gun through a game as fast as possible, and then move on to the next one. Some people even go so far as to set records to see how fast one can breeze through a game for bragging rights on how quickly they were able to dart through the programmer’s realm. After they beat this game in record time, often times, they go and sell it off and then pick up their next bounty to see how fast they can tear through that.
Well, slow down there partner………..have you ever thought about what it would be like to actually take your time and soak it all in? Savor the adventure? Maybe even replay it a few times if you really liked it? I don’t know about you, but I play games for the content – the story – the ambience of the world that this company has lovingly crafted for me to immerse myself in for hours at a time. With new games, consoles, and computers, the worlds and realms get more and more detailed and lavish – more lifelike in many ways! There is something to be said about a new world that looks so real you could step through your TV and actually touch the ground, but there is almost no point if you are going to get on your starting blocks and fly at warp speed through it all.
Was there really a point to getting this game then, if you don’t even slow down and smell the electronic flowers? There are many games that do have a fast pace to them – like driving, space fight, shmups, and the like, but there are those games that don’t have any time limit and you can just take your time and go through it at a relaxed pace so that way you can truly explore these areas. Often times, companies even throw in trophies and achievements for taking the time to do certain things within the game!
I suppose this is one of the reasons I have become a fan of open-world sandbox games. You can go through the various lands, worlds, and such, see what all there is to see, and still go through a very good story. Some games get a bit too linear – with a bullet-straight-shot from point A to point B – sometimes even having a time limit to get there! I thought Sonic wore that trope out long ago, but I suppose not. At any rate, the game really isn’t going anywhere (unless you’re hot to trot to sell it off), so relax…….sit back…..take some time and soak in the wonder that has been provided for you.