Why don’t people complete games? It’s an age-old question and one that many feel has an obvious answer. After all if the game is as great as everyone says, then surely no one will have a problem completing the likes of Call of Duty, Batman Arkham City or Red Dead Redemption? To name a few.
In the Twinstick offices we had a little chat about what games we haven’t played or what we haven’t finished and even we were surprised by some of the clangers we dropped. We compiled our collective ‘pile of shame’ However, this did lead us to wonder if we were just like everyone else. We consider ourselves avid gamers but even we fail to complete games. This lead us to some interesting discoveries about some of the biggest games out there.
So why do people fail to complete games? Well there are literally hundreds of reasons. Firstly the person playing may become disillusioned with the game. Something they thought would be for them, simply didn’t pan out that way. We can all say that at least one game in our lifetime has left us feeling bitterly disappointed.
Online gaming has become bigger and it is often believed that many pick up Call of Duty and Fifa year on year, not so much for their campaigns, but to pit their skills against other players.
Gamers habits obviously have a lot to do with it. For example, some gamers love to get lost in Skyrim for days on end and may only dabble on other games. Some gamers can’t wait for the latest game and often ditch the one they were playing in favour of whatever is flavour of the month. Some of us are just to busy to finish a game, whether this be a never-ending campaign like Dragon Age Inquisition or whether it be something short and sweet like Never Alone, it is hard to determine how much time the general public has.
Trade-in value also plays a part, whilst I don’t expect this trend to have a huge impact on a games completion, but, for example, someone senses that the game they own is rapidly loosing trade-in value, they may trade it back in early to get a decent return value in the hopes of re-purchasing the same title when the game becomes cheaper.
Let’s face it, some games are just too damn hard and if you invest your time in the likes of Bloodborne, Ninja Gaiden or the Dark Souls series, completion may be far away.
Perhaps you are one of those people who hates it when a game ends, for fear of disappointment. After all there is little worse than when you are really enjoying something, only for you to sense that this enjoyment is coming to an end. So you put it back on the shelf, find another title or perhaps delve into the multiplayer that you tried convincing yourself you wouldn’t enjoy.
Whatever the reasons we decided to take a look at some of the most popular titles out there and give you an idea which games the public enjoyed completing and which ones they didn’t. The results may surprise you.
We based our research on the Playstation Network’s Trophy System. For those unaware, the Playstation Trophy System tells you how many people, as a percentage, have unlocked a particular trophy. So for example out of everyone who played Shadow of Mordor on PS4, only 35.6% of them unlocked the trophy that signalled the end of the game.
We at Twinstick Gaming understand that this isn’t an exact science, as certain trophies glitch and become unattainable and that we sadly can’t take into account the amount of Xbox players who have completed the games in question (although PS3/PS4 exclusives should be accurate). This survey will hopefully give you at least an indication of what people enjoy playing, campaign wise that is.
Sadly there are no trophies for game completion on big titles such as FALLOUT 3, FALLOUT NEW VEGAS, THE FIFA SERIES & SKYRIM.
The statistics in this article are accurate as of 13th April 2015.
ASSASSIN’S CREED SERIES 47% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete Assassin’s Creed? It’s one of the biggest selling franchises of all time selling around 74 million copies worldwide on all formats. This household favourite has soon become an annual title, but does year on year mean increased popularity? Sales may suggest so but do people truly enjoy finishing these historical inspired stories?
- Assassin’s Creed 2 47%
- Assassin’s Creed Revelations 47%
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood 44.2%
- Assassin’s Creed 3 39.6%
- Assassin’s Creed Black Flag PS3 37.3%
- Assassin’s Creed Black Flag PS4 33.9%
Assassin’s Creed 2 is the critics favourite and judging by this the fans favourite too. For us at Twinstick Gaming we felt that Assassin’s Creed 2 had the strongest character, with the cavalier Ezio, as well as the most intriguing and mind-blowing storyline. However, it is Revelations that is the surprise in this table. Critically the game was slated as a glorified standalone expansion that added little to nothing to the series but Ezio’s popularity and a short completion time are what, I am guessing, made gamers see this poor title through to the end. Sadly there is no trophy information for the original Assassin’s Creed.
THE LAST OF US 41.1% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete The Last of us? Arguably one of the most compelling stories ever in gaming history, one of Sony’s flagship titles and winner of over 200 gaming awards. We saw people literally crying at the games’ opening and screaming with anger at the games’ ending.
Or so we thought.
No matter how controversial the ending only 45.1% actually saw this amazing game through to the end, and that was with the game set to EASY. Maybe it was the harrowing emotional roller coaster ride that made gamers put their controllers down? Of course this game was available on PS4 too so we thought we’d give you the full stats on PS4 and PS3.
- Last of Us PS3 45.1% Easy – 32.6% Normal
- Last of Us PS4 39.7% Easy – 30.5% Normal
Interesting to see how people opt for the easy option
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 17.8% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete Red Dead redemption? Yes, only a small portion of people who picked up the amazing Red Dead Redemption actually completed it. One of the few titles that managed to truly encapsulated the wild west, sold millions of copies and is regarded by many as a masterpiece. So good in fact, that you don’t have to finish it – apparently.
Now this is only a spoiler alert for 82.2% of you, but our hero reaches a tragic end. Something fans of the game don’t seem to realise is that after this tragic end, there is an epilogue to play through. So whilst 24.8% of you witnessed Marsden’s demise, little did you realise that there is more to play. Having said that, the fact only 24.8% reached this point of the game deeply saddens me.
LEGO SERIES 47.9% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete Lego games? The Lego series is increasingly popular and you’ll often find 3-5 Lego titles occupying the UK Top 40 Games Chart at any one time. Loved by adults and kids alike, but which is the most popular Lego title of them all? Now when we say completion we aren’t talking about 100% completion were players unlock every character, mini kit piece and red brick, but when players manage to complete the main storyline.
- Lego Batman 2 PS3 47.9%
- Lego Movie PS4 40.5%
- Lego Pirates of the Caribbean PS3 39.5%
- Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 PS3 38.3%
- Lego Hobbit PS4 36.9%
- Lego Marvel PS4 36.8%
- Lego Batman 3 PS4 34%
Unfortunately we couldn’t acquire the details for Lego Batman 1 and Indiana Jones but will update as soon as possible (Star Wars 3: Clone Wars and Star Wars Complete Saga don’t have a completion trophy).
L.A NOIRE 24.7% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete L.A. Noir? Admired for its motion capture technology, L.A Noire sold around 5 million copies but that wasn’t enough to save Team Bondi from liquidation.
The game itself was perhaps harshly criticised by certain circles but there was little denying the game was somewhat of a one trick pony. Collect the evidence and use it to detect if a suspect was lying. The puzzles were not exactly challenging and the repetitive nature of the game perhaps lead the remaining 75.3% of you to switch the game off.
BIOSHOCK INFINITE 37.2% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete Bioshock Infinite? Ah yes, the enigmatic Bioshock Infinite. A game were everyone raved about the huge twist and bomb shell at the game’s conclusion.
I say everyone…. I mean only 37.2% of you. And that was on EASY. Only 26.3% of you bothered to complete the game on normal. The varied gameplay, compelling storyline and wonderful artwork was apparently not enough for some gamers of this critically acclaimed masterpiece. What does it take to hold a person’s attention?
UNCHARTED SERIES 44.6% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete the Uncharted games? Naughty Dog’s other critically acclaimed series Uncharted has sold millions across the globe. The Indiana Jones inspired treasure hunting experience is seen as the alternative Tomb Raider.
Nathan Drake’s adventure in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is what captured the publics imagination and brought the series to the forefront, so much so that a fair number of you played from start to finish, 44.6% of you……..on easy.
- Uncharted 2: Amongst Thieves 44.6% Easy – 36.1% Normal
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss 39.1 Easy – 32.3 Normal
- Uncharted Drake’s Fortune 38.7% Easy – 27.9 Normal
- Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception 35% easy – 28.1 Normal
THE ORDER 1886 39.7% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete The Order 1886? Everyone complained about The Order’s length but it appears that even short campaigns are beyond the reach of most gamers.
Granted this could have been due to the poor game play and relentless cut scenes but still you can complete The Order in about 5-7 hours. Although judging by the scathing reviews The Order endured, Sony will be relatively happy with this stat.
TOMB RAIDER REBOOT 47.9% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete Tomb Raider? Just when you thought Tomb Raider couldn’t get back on top Square Enix come out with a rather enjoyable reboot of our favourite treasure hunter Lara Croft.
The new sleek look appealed to host of new fans but also re-invigorated the old fans. With over 6 million copies sold 47.9% of you on the PS4 and 47.5% of you on the PS3 fully enjoyed Lara Croft swinging, jumping and climbing her war through a new adventure. Let’s see what the new Tomb Raider can do for fans.
GTA V 33% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete GTA V? The biggest selling game in the world, suspected at around 45 million copies shipped/sold worldwide, has seen exactly 33% of you complete it on PS3 and 23.6% of you on PS4. If that stat could be applied to Xbox One & Xbox 360 owners then we are talking around 14 million of you completed this game.
That is impressive, especially as the game is littered with side quests, other activities, a huge online multiplayer and a propensity to encourage players to go on a rampage rather than playing the game properly, it is surprising anyone found the time to complete this game at all. However, according to PSN only 0.6% of you achieved 100% completion so you all still have work to do.
BATMAN ARKHAM SERIES 46.1%
Why don’t people complete Batman games? Batman has rapidly become one of the most popular franchises out there and is widely considered the best superhero game ever made, holding off some of Marvel’s best attacks. This, like GTA, consists of tons of side quests and collectibles so it wouldn’t be surprising if some of you didn’t make it to the end of this series. Well as you can see that isn’t quite the case. The Arkham series peaked at 46.1% of you finishing the rather compelling Arkham City. Yay Bat Fans.
- Batman Arkham City 46.1%
- Batman Arkham Origins 43.4%
- Batman Arkham Asylum 31.8%
HEAVY RAIN 58.1% COMPLETION
Why DO people complete Heavy Rain? Easily one of the most completed games out there. Heavy Rain sold in the millions and was a console seller. The heart wrenching story and the intriguing murder mystery was too compelling for gamers to put down. Of course, the fact that the game would never show you a ‘game over’ screen probably helped – even if you got all your characters killed, it was still technically possible to ‘complete’ the game.
Players would switch between four characters, attempting to solve the identity of the Origami Killer and save the life of a little boy named Shaun, knowing that every decision you made shaped and reshaped the games’ plot. With well over 20 different endings it would be safe to assume that of the 58.1% who finished this game, many replayed this Playstation Classic over and over.
Battlefield 4 31.5% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete Battlefield 4? Seen as Call of Duty’s rival the one thing both the COD and the Battlefield series have been accused of is boring campaigns. It’s no secret that either game is largely played for their addictive and intense online multiplayer, but how many of you ventured into Battlefield 4’s campaign. 31.5% of you on easy & 21% Normal.
Quite low, but maybe higher than you suspected. It was no secret that Battlefield servers have had a multitude of issues since day one, maybe that’s what compelled many of you to play the campaign but what is striking is how many played the game on easy as opposed to a normal difficulty setting. I’ve often sat amongst Battlefield players who complain that COD isn’t realistic and full of ‘quick scope cheats’ and that Battlefield is a ‘proper’ game. Well that stat doesn’t exactly suggest that Battlefield is for ‘hardcore’ gamers.
CALL OF DUTY SERIES 26.9% – 62.7% COMPLETION
Why don’t people complete Call of Duty games… usually. This is the one you’ve all been waiting for. For a couple of reasons. Are Call of Duty games in decline? Sales would suggest a dip but let’s face it, COD sells in the millions, but could this stat suggest that the campaign quality is on a slippery slope? The other reason many of you will be interested in this stat is to see which Call of Duty game had the most popular campaign. You may be surprised.
- Call of Duty: MW3 – 62.7%
- Call of Duty: MW2 – 33.4%
- Call of Duty: World At War 29.3%
- Call of Duty: Black Ops – 28%
- Call of Duty: Ghosts 27.1% PS3
- Call of Duty: Ghosts 26.9% PS4
- Call of Duty: Advance Warfare 26.9%
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare has no trophy data
So there you have it. Whilst we may not have produced an answer to the question: why don’t people complete games? – there is little denying (in terms of Playstation Games) what campaigns hold the most attention. So tell us the reason you don’t complete campaigns. Are games just not as good as they used to be or do you just not have the time? What campaigns can you not get enough of? We want to hear your stories so leave a comment below.