Soapbox: I can’t keep up with the games on the service


The way we play games is changing – or the way I play games is changing, at least. Historically, I was always the only player. Of my favourite games, Shenmue Saga is the only one I have actually played many times.

And interestingly enough, Shot — I’ve played at least half a dozen times on PlayStation 2 West, and I have no idea why.

I digress, anyway.

The argument is this: there are more games out there than ever before, and yet more and more of our time is taken up by those titles. Recently, I have found that I continue to return to many of my favorite games, whether it is to win triple rewards in the new GTA Online promotions or to open FIFA 21 and NBA 2K21 Ultimate Team packs.

The issue has gotten so bad, to be honest, that I have considered making a calendar to prepare my playtime.

This is a snap rule, of course: I shouldn’t plan my free time sessions. But while I love the fact that new content is continuously received by my favorite games, I find it stressful to keep up. Judge me later if you wanted to, but I wanted to add Eric Cantona to my Volta soccer team—but in order to do that, I would have had to give up playing my Demon’s Souls just to gain the points needed to unlock it. It’s gone forever, and if I don’t put Cyberpunk 2077 on the shelf, I’m afraid that Dua Lipa will, too!
It’s a first-world, first-order problem, but I suppose that’s a problem. With its pulsating LED lights and dramatic pyrotechnics on the goal line, I love the look of the new Rocket League season. But I can’t imagine ever getting the time to unlock the good stuff in Psyonix’s soccer sim with my schedule already so packed.

Also available in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War are Double XP and a brand new Combat Pass, but I guess I’m going to have to miss it.

Even single-player games have gotten into the action, especially those published by Ubisoft.

This month, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has a holiday-themed festival, and you can take part in all kinds of activities to win tokens that can then be exchanged for unique equipment. It looks like a lot of fun, and I’d love to get involved, but I haven’t even begun the Viking epic yet-all it’s going to be over by January 7th, and I’m going to miss it.

In the meantime, GTA Online’s latest heist is competing for my attention, and the Ultimate Team activity list of Madden NFL 21 is as big as my job backlog. Honestly, I feel like there’s so much to do sometimes – it’s daunting.

I understand, of course, that I’m a one-off – I play a lot of games.

For the ultra-hardcore fans, these seasonal updates and limited-time objectives are – to reward them for playing and keep them involved. But I want to see as much as possible; I love the look of a lot of the material being applied to these titles, as indicated above. Plus, the new season of ‘Fall Guys’ looks like great fun!
I guess I’m going to have to accept that I’m not making a lot of this material for me – I’m probably never going to get to see it. Wow, that’s a real shame, but I think I’ll have to let it go unless I want to return to high school-style schedulers. I’m going to continue playing GTA Online; I’m going to keep playing FIFA 21 and NBA 2K21. But I can’t devote myself to any service-based game – these days, it’s hard.

What service games have you committed to, and can you keep up with them? Did you find yourself leaving any titles only because you were too busy? In the comment section below, keep your interest registered.


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