Just One More Go

wpid-wp-1441220252426.jpegI don’t know. Have any of you ever had that experience of trying to play a game and just running out of time because the real world has other ideas? I’ve got one of those situations at the moment in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

Most of the time when I play open world games like this, I’m able to just dip in and out – and I often get so distracted by the sheer wealth of options that I never end up actually finishing anything. With this game I’ve been actively pushing through the story instead. Admittedly, this is because I’ve completed pretty much every side quest and found every collectible item so there’s admittedly not much else to do on the map. More pressingly it’s also because I have Fallout 4 and FarCry Primal sitting next to my console, glinting prettily and waving to my jackdaw instincts.

acsyndThis week’s irritation has been trying to complete the finale of a series of missions that bring you to Buckingham Palace during a grand ball – having run through a series of challenges to obtain disguises, a carriage, invitations and the location of building plans. Normally I’ve been able to rampage through missions within ten to twenty minutes or so, depending on the complexity of the victory conditions and how interested in all the pretty graphics I’m feeling. The missions typically require you to play one or the other of the twin protagonists, but this one that vexes me is telling the story of a joint mission where each sibling is doing alternating parts of the sequence.

So, it’s already more complicated in structure – but it’s also proving to take longer than expected – and life keeps intruding. If it’s not meal cooking times, it’s people phoning halfway through. If it’s not guests arriving, it’s the need to head out to work. I know, I know – first world problems. Compared to the crises and problems we’ve been dealing with this year though, it’s moderately luxurious to be only worrying about completing a section of a game.

Oh well. I’ll have another crack at it tomorrow. At least I know how to crack the early parts of the mission with maximum style and minimum surprise now…

6 thoughts on “Just One More Go

  1. Rhio 10/03/2016 / 10:51 am

    I feel your pain! It took me a lot longer to finish Dragon Age Inquisition than I had anticipated. I like to collect everything, and not miss anything before finishing the game. Real life had other ideas. I usually end up playing through twice, just so I can feel the flow of the story better 🙂


    • Tim Maidment 11/03/2016 / 11:35 pm

      Same here for DA, still need to play through again, and still haven’t even looked at the DLC. Finally finished Syndicate, just started the Jack The Ripper DLC yesterday


      • Rhio 12/03/2016 / 9:59 am

        I highly recommend the last two DLC’s for DA if you get around to it. Especially the last one, it really finishes off the game nice. I hope Bioware stop making endings as DLC. I love them, but goodness me!


      • Tim Maidment 15/03/2016 / 1:34 pm

        Oh god yes, I’ve still not played the final Mass Effect DLC, largely through overload and a desire to be able to eat at some point. I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the meantime by the Arkham Knight DLC, and The Witcher3, both of which are on my “must finish” list


  2. Keith 02/03/2016 / 9:46 pm

    Gaming? What that then? 😛


    • Tim Maidment 02/03/2016 / 10:28 pm

      It’s something you can start doing again when the sprog’s a little older…


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