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When Questing Hinders Your Gaming Experience

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Side quests are a fairly common occurrence in videogames. If it’s story driven, most games have at least several other missions that can be performed while playing the main adventure. They are there for several purposes: To add gameplay, to get the player special items, or to even shed light on another character’s background.

With the amount of RPGs, specifically JRPG’s, I play, I have completed my fair share of side quests. In fact, my OCD loves to kick in during RPGs, compelling me to complete these quests. I have a thing about beating a game at one hundred percent. Getting ninety nine percent is possibly one of the most irrational things that bothers me. Barring games I complete fully on a first run through, you can usually find me spending countless hours forgetting about the main story, and completing everything else prior.

Tales-of-Xillia-2-eng-screenshot-5-600x337In the past few months, though, I’ve encountered several games that may have too many extra missions to complete. In fact, it’s the first time I found myself getting pissed that I couldn’t simply go complete the game.

I tend to put in about sixty to eighty hours for every RPG I play. While some of that pertains to grinding for experience, most of those extra hours I dock are due to the countless side quests I choose to undertake, or that my OCD makes me take. However, Tales of Xillia 2 certainly started to test my patience when it came to side questing. The game is riddled with them, and while the character quests were extremely enlightening, the meager quests of hunting beasts, or gather specific items seemed to stretch on forever.

You could only handle six quests at a time, not including the Elite Monster quests. The standard quests had to accepted, whereupon it always seemed like more would show up. Each time I cleared out the cache, suddenly more would be there. And sometimes I had to spend hours sending out my cats to forage for these items while I simply wasted time and waited. Eventually, I’d finish all quests before they’d all reappear again in the next chapter, always seeming as if they’d never end again.

Most people would simply say “just don’t do them,” but as I said before, my brain is very adamant in having to complete them all. Not toxilla 2 sub events mention Xillia 2 essentially forces you to undergo these quests because of a lovely 2,000,000 gald debt you are landed with at the start of the game. The bottom line is that grinding for gald just isn’t enough. The game took me an entire one hundred and one hours to complete. For a game that isn’t exactly “open world,” I felt as if I had spent too much time on the game and almost felt relieved by the end, which by the way was an incredible ending in general.

So on to the next game, I began Final Fantasy XIII:  Lightning Returns. I was eager to play the last chapter despite the negative reviews the game had received, and while I actually disagree with many of the reviews, I once again found the side quests to be more of a burden. However, this isn’t due to an abundance of them, albeit the game offers plenty. It was due to the forever counting down time clock. In fact, the time clock makes me so nervous that I’m afraid of taking on too many side quests, just in case I literally run out of time to complete them.

In simple terms, let’s just say I won’t be getting one hundred percent in this game, and it’s bothering the ever living hell out of me.

Of course, I’ll never completely hate on side quests. I really do rely on them in many games, if not for the bonuses, but simply for the extra gameplay. I couldn’t imagine my Dragon Age Inquisition experience about the many side quests to keep me busy. However, that game is far more open world than many of the games I usually play, and it just seems to fit with the gameplay.

To put it bluntly, let’s find the balance, so that my OCD can finally rest and not make me entirely go nerd crazy.

About Emily Horton

Emily is just your average twenty something girl who discovered her love for gaming at the age of three or four, all thanks to her older brothers. Mario, The Lion King, Aladdin, Zelda were her first loves, but Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Tales, and pretty much all Japanese games eventually fell into that category. She has an unhealthy obsession with Pikachu, hoodies, her 3DS, t-shirts, plushies, and purses. She may also fancy herself as an excellent lawyer due to number of times she has played through the Ace Attorney series. Outside of videogames, she is a Disney, Harry Potter, and Tolkien fanatic, while also recently discovering that she is now a hardcore fan of Supernatural thanks to Netflix allowing her to watch eight seasons rapid fire. She has elvish writing, the Deathly Hallows, a rather large Tinkerbelle and a large Yuna from Final Fantasy X all tattooed on her body, with only more geeky stuff to be added. Currently working on her own fantasy novel, she hopes to publish it eventually once all the kinks are worked out.

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