Playing games on another level
It's now painfully obvious that I play games differently to others. I had joked with a co-worker just before playing Borderlands 2 online with him for the first time that I played a very different style. From what he told me, he didn't expect what he saw. I was fearless, and that wasn't always a good thing. If there was a point that I had to get to, I was already half way there before he could turn around. I don't loot boxes for ammo, I just run, shoot, kill, pick up what ever was on them, and keep running. I don't think it's because I want to finish the game faster, I just don't see the point in us wasting time in a fictional world where death is not permanent. Sure, games such as The Last of Us, the Silent Hill series, The Evil Within and Alan Wake did change the way that I played for those game, but overall I still had this "throw caution to the wind" play style where I didn't care too much about the outcome be it good or bad.
Borderlands is a great example for showcasing the way that I play. With the New-U stations, one can "accidentally die or become dismembered" and thanks to digistruct technology you can come back as if nothing had happened, and you get a free ammo topup as well. There's no better way of saying "Death is not the end" to a gamer. Now that I think about it, Borderlands might have been the game that started me on this style of gameplay. Worst part about it now is that I still have Borderlands 2 and Borderlands The Pre-sequal to finish on Xbox One, as well as Borderlands (JP) inbound which will be amusing to play as my limited Japanese is really rusty.
Recently I'd found myself doing the same thing with Fallout 4. After 48 hours of game play I had finished the game with only a handful of achievements that required replaying older saves to get. Every now and again I'm reminded by either watching my partner play, or from reading comments that other people play games at a much slower "casual" rate. This for them is probably more enjoyable and engaging, so am I missing half of the game by rushing? I don't think I am. I can remember key things and events with clarity. Sure I might miss a few things here and there because I didn't do a certain side-quest, but in a game like Fallout 4, can you really experience everything on your first play-through.
I don't know if I'll ever be able to change the way that I play games, it just doesn't feel right to casually plod through a game. I need to find the fastest route from A to B and try to then circumvent it somehow to make it faster. I've contemplated on my next play-through of Fallout 4 to do three things. Turn of Quest markers, Don't use Fast Travel, and Read everything! This should slow down my play rate to almost a crawl. Sure I might still try and kill things faster with a gung ho attitude, but I might actually be able to experience what others get from games, that or drive myself batty. I should probably look at streaming this sort of event. Fallout Four Fridays? No Markers, No Fast Travel, and Read Everything! Yeah that sounds boring as hell, but it might actually be amusing to do.