New Game Syndrome

I have a confession to make. I planned on holding out on Ghost of Tsushima until 2021, probably even until a PS5 version was released (later on when I get my hands on my PS5). However, when Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed for the final time I really needed a new world to explore so I bought Ghost of Tsushima. And I love it!

By last week (Cyberpunk 2077’s release week), I was somewhere in Act II of Ghost of Tsushima. Since starting the game I had been exploring all of the land, unlocking Mongol controlled areas and discovering every fox den and “?” on the map. I also have skinny-dipped in many meditation jacuzzis. I pre-ordered Cyberpunk months ago, when Amazon had dropped the price to $50.

At first, I told myself I wouldn’t even open Cyberpunk 2077 until I was done with Ghost of Tsushima. But when it arrived with a bunch of swag in the box of course I had to check it out. This is the first standard edition game I’ve purchased to come with a physical map of the world since GTA V, and that was now two generations ago (X-Box 360). It also brought stickers, postcards and some reading material about Night City. Say what you will about the game itself, they went all out on package design.

Check out all of this Cyberpunk 2077 Cyber Swag!

I really want to go for the platinum trophy in Ghost of Tsushima (my second ever platinum after Marvel’s Spider-Man), but I may just mainline the story for now and tell myself I will come back to finish all the side stuff — knowing very well that that may never happen. I’ve told myself this in many games before, and I rarely come back. There are just too many games to play.

After finishing the God of War story, I decided to jump into whatever next game I had ready to boot up. I told myself I would come back to defeat all of the Valkyries, but that still hasn’t happened. I did try to jump back in, but after beating a game’s main story it’s hard to keep going. It’s also tough to hop back into a game later on in the story and try to figure out how everything works once again. Perhaps I will try replaying God of War when we get closer to the release of God of War: Ragnarok.

This happens to me with many games. And with most games that I really, really enjoy. Any time the next new game is released and I buy it, my mind is ready to start a new journey. Give me the shiny new game! It’s not that I don’t enjoy the current game anymore. I very much am still in love with Ghost of Tsushima, but I’m also thinking, What if I just start Cyberpunk 2077 too.

I know exactly what would happen if I started a second game. It would be an endless cycle of sampling game after game. I would never finish anything, which is the way that I used to play games. Just trying each one out until I got something new to play. I would make it pretty far in some games, but I would always be ready for something new whenever it came along.

It’s been a problem for me with games, shows, even books. I used to start a book and jump into another before even getting half way through. I would tell myself I can read two books at once, but I wouldn’t. I would drop book one then read book two until I was bored with it and start a third book, then a fourth and on and on.

I’m also always watching multiple shows at once, it’s hard to keep up. I’m not a fan of binging a show and having everything meld together into one big multi-hour glob of show. I like to enjoy one episode at a time. Even when I was re-watching Game of Thrones before the final season, I would never watch two episodes in a row. If I did happen to watch more than one episode in a day, I would always do something in between to let the last one sink into my brain.

This is the way I would play single player games too. Yes, there are some games that I call forever games which you can jump in and out of (Overwatch, Destiny, The Binding of Isaac and others). I can enjoy them for a little while some days, while also having a heavier, story-driven game to play through. I now try to stick to one big “story” game on each platform at a time.

I try to have one on PS4, one on Switch (currently Ghost of Tsushima and Ori and the Will of the Wisps). I own a gaming PC too, but I’m a mess with PC gaming. I truly just sample PC games and that’s fine, mainly because I’m not a big PC gamer. I enjoy setting up in front of the TV (with snacks) and playing games with my control sticks over sitting at my desk and using a mouse and keyboard (I do have an XBox One controller for my PC, but still playing on the TV is much better for me).

I guess my main point is that I am really loving Ghost of Tsushima. And most of the time I would try to slowly play through a game like this, to savor the story. But I also really want to be done so I can jump into the world of Cyberpunk 2077. So, I guess I will begin to hurry my Ghost of Tsushima play through, but I do plan to finish the main story before moving on.

I know Cyberpunk 2077 already has tons of problems, especially on consoles. So, it is a good thing that I am not yet ready to play it and probably have a few more weeks with Ghost (maybe longer). By the time I’m ready I hope these problems will be patched out. I’m also very curious to see how Cyberpunk looks on my console (PS4 Pro), to see it on my new 4K TV and to see what problems I end up running into. I’m just very curious in general for Cyberpunk 2077.

The hype level for Cyberpunk was extremely high among the gaming community. Many were hoping to see it make huge leaps in technology and the way games are made. As someone who played only 10-15 hours of The Witcher 3 (by Cyberpunk developer CD Projekt Red), I’m just excited to play something like the Witcher 3 but in a future setting. I was a fan of my time with The Witcher 3, but since I played on my PC I didn’t give it too much of a chance. I also hope not to come across too many game breaking bugs when I finally get to Cyberpunk 2077.

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