Up For Debate - Do you love messing around in games or do you go straight to the objectives?

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Dec 30, 2019 1:59 PM
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Games can scratch different itches depending on the type of person you are, whether that be a creative, a logical problem solver, a natural leader or a born follower. The games we enjoy are shaped by the people we are,   as well as the games we were exposed to during our formative years.

For some, a game is a digital sandbox. A toy, a play thing, to be messed around with to see what works and what crazy possibilities there are. Some want to know how it can be broken and what exactly is pulling its strings. They want to know the inner machinations. For others, a game is something to be beaten; to be checked off and completed as efficiently as possible. To satisfy the urge to be a victor rather than the urge to play.

No doubt a lot of people probably think one or all of these categories depending on what game they’re playing. Others though, probably slot neatly into one or the other

Most obviously, it’s fairly likely it’s determined by the very games you choose to play. Those who’ve racked up thousands of hours in Minecraft, Mount and Blade, or Crusader Kings II are probably neatly summarised as players. Big imaginations and creative minds. It’s not just the games you choose to play, though, but also about how you play your games. Are you the sort to spend dozens of hours messing around with causing carnage and police chases in Grand Theft Auto V? Or do you head straight to the mission marker to be given something definitive to work toward? It’s one game which can be played in many different ways, each providing a different sort of enjoyment.

We’re all probably a little bit different on this one, although I’d be interested to see the balance. For me personally, I’m all about messing around within an online setting, such as Red Dead Online, but for anything single-player I like a strict goal and something to work toward. Once I’ve finished a game I don’t tend to head back in to see what I could’ve done differently either, or try to push against its systems. I quite, uninstall, and move on. I was always like this though. I used to spend hours and hours messing around aimlessly flying planes under bridges in BF1942, or trying to escape from the map in Halo, or even running Bob-Omb Battlefield in Mario 64 endlessly. 

At some point though, time became a bit more limited so I began to prefer picking something up to play and knowing I could get something done in that session. I probably sound like Peter Banning from Hook, a fun-Grinch, but I haven’t completely forgotten how to play, honest, it’s just times change.

But what about you lot? Do you love nothing more than messing around in a virtual sandbox for hours on end? Or are you the sort who loves churning through checklists of objectives? Perhaps somewhere in between? Get voting and be sure to let us know why you love playing games!

How do you usually play your games?

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06:50 Jan-02-2020

i do it differently i play it story first then round 2 i go for side quest first. except if its a ubisoft game where the side quest doesnt really expire then yeah story first then then side quest then all the collectibles

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16:20 Dec-31-2019

As a whole-hearted completionist, I like to do all the side missions before I advance the main mission. This can actually detract from the game sometimes and slow it down a lot but I just don't like looking back and being like, "damn, I missed something."

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12:06 Dec-31-2019

Mission/quest crazy player here.

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10:03 Dec-31-2019

I uh, tend to follow the side missions more than the main story. For example in Mirror's Edge Catalyst, I did as much side quests as possible and slowly progressing through the story. It kinda bores me because the side missions aren't that different, but completing side missions halfway (or after) the story is more difficult, since the surveillance cameras will be active and patrol units will be on the roof tops. Still haven't finished the game. Love it, but it kinda missed out on taking you into the story (probably because it's open world)

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09:56 Dec-31-2019

been messing around in skyrim since it came out.. haven't completed the main story yet :D

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02:15 Dec-31-2019

Though I can enjoy both, I'm typically a man who prefers to get straight to the point. Sandbox games in particular annoy me because they just throw a bunch of tools in your lap and tell you to have fun like you're building a sand castle. Not my thing.

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20:55 Dec-30-2019

I am bit in between, if exploring and messing around is rewarding and fun, I am all for it. Otherwise I will just run for objective. Though in some cases, like Ubisoft open world formula based games, Ubisoft TM, I will just do some stuff and mostly go for objective, because they tend to overdo on grindy and uninteresting objectives. At least they used too, AC Origins felt better in that regard.

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20:15 Dec-30-2019

Depends on the game. If the world actually offers some rewards for messing around and exploring the world beyond the written path, I will. Otherwise if it just offers some pretty scenery as a filler for travel time, I'd rather stick to the shortest path towards some proper content.

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20:14 Dec-30-2019

I usually mess around for a bit, play a mission, then mess around for a bit more ect....

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19:46 Dec-30-2019

I LOVE messing around. But I also do the main quests after all the side quests and stuff are done.

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16:06 Dec-30-2019

It mostly depends on the game. Like Skyrim or Shadow of War, where the side quests and interactions are much more appealing than the story. Or in case of Witcher 3 or Fallout New Vegas, where the while story is pretty solid, the side content is the same ridiculously high standard.

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15:44 Dec-30-2019

If it's a proper non-linear game (such as The Witcher 3, Skyrim, etc) - side quests and other nonsense get done way before the main quest xD

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16:35 Dec-30-2019

Same!

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18:56 Dec-30-2019

This is the way

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13:24 Dec-31-2019

We have spoken

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15:27 Dec-30-2019

Depends on the game, but it's usually a mix of both.

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15:00 Dec-30-2019

If its a fun, interesting open world RPG(witcher 3, mass effect 2,fallout new vegas, yakuza 0) I actively avoid main quest and go explore the world do side quests.

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14:58 Dec-30-2019

mostly straight to goals, minecraft being the exception as i have only beat it in one game without cheats.

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