Some one on the wargamer forums mentioned a sequel to the Mafia game called, erm....Mafia 2!!
And it got me wondering...why did I complete that game so many years ago?
I mean, I have a shed load of games. Some you can play to completion (EUIII, Civiliazation IV, Rainbow Six Vegas), others "not to completion" (F1 99-02, GTR2, Flight Sim X)
There are, from what I recall, 3 games I have "completed" in my life...Mafia, Max Payne and Call of Duty 4. There could be more, but those "stick out".
So why do those games stick out...out of the "hundreds" of games I played?
The immediate answer that springs to mind is STORY. Each one of those games has "a story" and not just any story...a compelling story. You really want to see what goes on with the character...you bond with them in a way you do not or may not with other games.
Alot of my games can be classified as "non -ending" in that, for example GTR2, when I complete a season, I can start a new season and up the ante as it were.
But of all the games I've EVER completed (and I am sure there are more than the 3 I mentioned), these 3 stick in my mind because the story was excellent.
So I think maybe I need my games to "tell me a story" and be compelling about it, if I am to remember it.
I tried to find my old copy, but must have sold it at a car boot sale. So I bought it from Game for £4.99. Well...that was this afternoon at 12pm. It's now 01:51 and I've just decided I MUST STOP in order to be ready for tomorrow's BBQ....the story is fantabulous. You immediately warm to the character. You understand why he has to/will do the things he has to do.
I am completely sucked in again!
The game, for any people who like FPS games, is an absolute must buy...and it's so cheap now. AND...it will get you up to speed for Mafia 2.
When I bought it and played it, it was the best £29.99 I paid for a game, ever. For £4.99...even though it's my second time round, I can't help but feel I'm ripping off the devs...they produced a gem here.