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I feel as if I've hit a wall in my gaming. Whenever I think of a game, there is no urge to play. I'm so starved that, what I do find, I will burn through the short campaigns in a few days... as an example, I picked up Crysis 2 (free, gift cards) and begun playing it on Monday; played about a third that night, about half the next night, and finished it off yesterday. The multiplayer isn't interesting enough to fire up and play.

In recent history, I did the same with Magicka, Dead Space 2, and both of the original Crysis games before that. Any time I bring myself to go back to something I've already played, I can't stay for long; Half-Life 2, Mass Effect 2 (I really wanted to play this Arrival DLC too...), Battlefield 2 (to attempt multiplayer interest). I had played Bad Company 2 extensively, and I love the game, but I can't seem to go back to it when I have no friends to play with.

At this point, I'm basically just waiting for the next thing to come out. Right now, that seems to be Portal 2 in three weeks; that'll give me maybe another week of gameplay. Though I'll be working on finals at that point, after which I'll be meet the summer to spend half the day sleeping, and I'll actually have the right conditions to just go out and bike around. The need for gaming won't be so strong, but I need something to get me through the summer. Fall is where we'll be seeing some awesome releases.

Maybe I just need a game that will really grip me and keep me going for a long time. Neither Fallout 3 nor Oblivion were able to do that; Mass Effect 2 originally engrossed me and took 47 hours away, but that was all within a week. Indie games aren't all that for me.

Maybe this was a bit too much of a post for something like this, but I just let it flow. Has anyone else experienced this? Any remedies? Recommendations?
Edited by EfemaN - 3/31/11 at 9:26pm
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You need a good dose of RTS...

Have a crack at Shogun 2 on hard. Ill be very impressed if you can knock that over in a few days.
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That's why we get itches, a game sits on our storage/ shelves for ever, and all of a sudden randomly at 4am you feel like playing the living crap out of it. It's kinda tough and you feel forced playing something you've already gone and done.

That's why rpgs/adventures with different classes and races are a little easier to replay. But I did beat half life 2 when it came out, then I beat it again at the beginning of this year. Just wait for skyrim, everyone posting on OCN will be naked and talking in a deep movie trailer voice, or high pitched squeals.
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Maybe you should not worry about gaming so much and focus on the ultimate game: life.
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I know exactly what you're feeling. Mainly because, I stopped spending so much time gaming, which wasn't that much to begin with, and spent more time with friends. Gaming gets pretty lonely. Plus most games are boring to me now.
    
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Maybe you should not worry about gaming so much and focus on the ultimate game: life.
dodgey gameplay. don't even play it.
graphics aren't bad though.

Agreed with shogun 2. go for it. or rome. must have played that at least 3 times
i was utterly disappointed with Crysis 2 and dragon age 2. i needs more entertainment too. something to last.
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Minecraft?
    
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Well, I wasn't expecting feedback so quickly. I'll attempt to reply to everyone, but I won't quote, to reduce clutter.

@Sethy666 and mcrbradbury: I couldn't ever get into RTS games. I enjoyed some pointless games vs. AI in CnC and SC2, but I definitely couldn't make it through the campaign (actually, I did make it through SC2, but that's probably because it had a decent story). I would certainly try Shogun 2, but at the risk of not liking it, I can't bring myself to drop the money for it.

@goobergump: I'm trying to think of a case where that sudden urge has come and fully manifested itself. Like in the case of Mass Effect 2, I had the urge to play again, but I haven't been the "replay" type of guy unless things have drastically changed; I started another campaign, but only got through a few missions before I got distracted again. Come to think of it, Crysis was the only game I have done so, but only because NanosuitNinja's videos taught me to play pretty differently.

@catcherintherye: I'm not neglecting life. I'm a freshman in college with a decent load, and I work. I don't neglect my social life, but gaming is for the plenty of off-hours that let me relax and spend that time doing something interesting.

@Mmmmbaato: I know what you mean. I used to be that way, and my summers certainly and completely agree. However, certain details have turned me off from spending a lot of time with the people I am surrounded by. A good game can really take my mind off of life and allow me to enjoy the time spent.

@Ghost23: Not fulfilling enough to play extensively, unfortunately.
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Don't want to sound like a heretic here, what about MMO's?
Rift isn't bad if your looking for something different, but it'll never be fun unless you find some people to play with.

You could also try Crysis 1 editor. make your own missions. or download other peoples. if your not into replay value, and you enjoyed Crysis, its an idea.

Sadly i think the games industry is in a bit of a dead hole until portal/bf3/whateverelsei'vemissed comes out... cant think of anything else to suggest.
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Ah, I forgot to mention MMOs in the OP. I stuck with WoW for a long, long time. I lost interest a couple times, and once again recently (a few months ago); and this is when I have a few friends that are actually playing again, all in one place. I can't really bring myself to play any other MMOs, because nothing has stood up to what WoW did for me. I'll probably try out SWTOR, simply because I'm genuinely interested in it; but that's obviously way down the line.

I thought about the Crysis idea... but I suppose it was a one-time deal for me to get that sudden urge to play again. I fired it up, but I couldn't keep going.

I think you may be right. I was looking into this list, and it seems that there's really not much until this Fall. Brink and Witcher 2 are set to release the day before my birthday; I've only seen some vague details about the former, and didn't play the predecessor to the latter. There's FEAR a bit later, but I didn't see any interest in the first games.

Even if I play 'em, there's no real longevity. Blegh.
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