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Submitted by Scissorman82 720d ago | article

Does A Game Need To Grab You In the First 15 Minutes?

Valete Graham writes, "Why is it that some games gobble up thousands of hours of our collective lives while others only feel the touch of a disc tray only once? The answer is the first 15 minutes" (Assassin's Creed III, Culture, Final Fantasy XIII, Halo 4, PC, PS3, Saints Row: The Third, Xbox 360)

Hellsvacancy  +   720d ago
No, not me, ill give a game 2 hours, if ive not been impressed even once by then it gets shelved, sold or sent back, it doesnt happen very often at all, I know what I like, hence why I buy the games I KNOW im going to enjoy and rent the rest

AC3 started off pretty well, but soon as you become Connor it went downhill, I knew AC3 would be a let down (in MY opinion) thats why I went for the rental

With Deus Ex 3 I was stuck in the main menu for 20 minutes just listening to the awesome music, I just KNEW it was gonna be an brilliant game
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claud3  +   720d ago
yes or less, i can judge it that quick
UnSelf  +   720d ago
I had a problem like dis when I was younger. Bought okami day 1. Played it for 2 hrs and hated it. Didnt play it again for another 2 years and now it's one of my fav games of all time
cpayne93  +   720d ago
I didn't like metal gear solid 1 when I first played it. Controls felt awkward to me, but now its in my top 3 games of all time.

There's quite a few games that I didn't like at first. Not sure how you can know that quickly.
hennessey86  +   720d ago
No
I give them at least a couple of hours solid play before I make any kind of judgements
majiebeast  +   720d ago
Depends on the type of game.
Tetsujin  +   720d ago
I agree; depending on the type of game determines how long it takes for me to either like it or hate it. I've played some games where I couldn't put the controller down (Fallout 3) and some games I didn't even make it past the first Cut Scene (Final Fantasy 10-2).

My longest stretch was when Fallout 3 first came out, and I remember playing from 9 pm to 8 am the next day (and I had to work in a couple of hours from that). Shortest stretch was the opening of Final Fantasy 10-2, while the opening song was playing I put the controller down, told my friend if I ever see something that stupid again I'd disown him.
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soundslike  +   720d ago
I wouldn't own half my library if I made such rash judgements. Learning curves vary, so should your patience.
Cam977  +   720d ago
Yep. I haven't touched AC3 very much due to a poor start; it feels like I'm role-playing on the ship, a fundamental flaw that shouldn't have been added. However, maybe in experiencing franchise fatigue, so far, I'm fairly let down.

Lets compare AC3's beginning to previous releases.
AC1 - I can't remember.
AC2 - You escape Abstergo.
ACB - You defend Monteriggioni.
ACR - You use stealth to reach the fort.
AC3 - you're restricted to an on-rails section of the game with no wow factor that is impossible to fail. In addition to this, THE CHARACTER IS RESTRICTED TO A SNAIL PACE WALK. Very poor start for such a prestigious series that had generally started with a bang.
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Tzuno  +   720d ago
AC3 is a wanna be. Same S..t different location. As for a 15 min it does to be smart enough not to annoy player with 15 min of unsinkable cut-scenes and retarded tutorials.
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Buljo  +   720d ago
A couple of hours is stretching it.. Excellent games are known from the start. Those that take hours to intrigue you, those games aren't as good.

I played AC3 for hours. Didn't get better.
I played hours of Far Cry 3. That gets better every hour and it starts bloody good.
I finished Dishonored. Short as it is, it's marvelous from the start.
I was engrossed by the atmosphere and gameplay in Batman Arkham Asylum from the first couple of minutes, finished it about 7-8 times.
Same goes for Arkham City which I believe I am on the tenth playthrough right now.
Uncharted 1 and 2 are great games that are excellent from the start (haven't played 3). Same goes for God of War 1-3.

If it takes hours for the game to get fun and interesting, then the game isn't as good as it's presented. Of the most recent games I have played, AC3 is rubbish. Wasn't fun at all.
sitharrefus  +   720d ago
it depends on the game. Honestly i play it to the very end and so far, Far Cry 3 didnt dissapoint, the game got better all the time xD hopefully they add DLC soon.
Scissorman82  +   720d ago
Has there ever been a game with a really slow start without much going on and then completely took you by surprise like mid-way through?
Vlaitor  +   720d ago
I'll give a game a couple of hours.
You can have only a glimpse of a game in 15 minutes. Sometimes it goes so much deeper.

FF13 for example. Jesus, it takes like 12 hours before free roaming.

X3 - After 4 hours I just felt it was not my kind of game
Eve Online - After 10 hours I was so boring I wanted to hurt myself.
Eamon  +   720d ago
Yes defintely!

Some of the best games ever made always made sure the first sequence was engaging enough to keep players in the game.
amaguli  +   720d ago
While the first 15 minutes tends to be the rule of thumb for movies and I believe the first 5 for tv shows, that is kind of too quick to gauge a video game.

I mean, the average length of a game is 6-8 hours, and if it is an RPG then at least 15-20 for the short ones. I also go for the first 2 hours, and if it doesn't improve and then I move on, but that is just me.
Scissorman82  +   720d ago
When I think RPGs that hooked me instantly, I'd have to go with FFVIII: the opening CG was perfect.
pixelsword  +   720d ago
No but it helps.
HeavenlySnipes  +   720d ago
Mass effect's beginning wasn't that exciting, and wandering around the citidel just to talk for 30 min was boring af

Game was great after that though lol
ApolloTheBoss  +   720d ago
5 to 8 hours for me. After that I'm done.
UnholyLight  +   720d ago
If a game is an absolute chore to get through the first 6 hours which are all TUTORIALS?...and I get fucking pissed at it **cough AC3 Cough** It's garbage

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