100% completion

I have never achieved 100% completion on a sandbox game. Generally, I am only interested in completing the main missions in the game, often not even bothering to finish all the side quests, unless they will provide me with items that will make completing the main missions easier. I just don’t have a lot of interest in scouring the entire map in order to find every little secret, as the game ceases to be fun and becomes work.

For the first time, I’m trying to get that elusive 100%. I’m playing Brütal Legend, and right now I’m at 93% and have completed all the main and side missions. I still have 38 serpents to free and 8 hidden metal objects to raise. I’m trying to do all of it without consulting an online guide, but I’m not really sure if I’m going to be able to hold out, as it’s getting to be very time consuming.

Do people really enjoy finding everything in a game? For even the games that I absolutely love, I’m not so gung ho that I feel I need to scour every virtual inch of terrain.

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3 Responses

  1. i totally know what you mean about the pointlessness of 100% completion these days. for ex., back in the days of the original NES i had the time to spend burning every bush and bombing every rock, but nowadays there may be kids who would do something similar for a zelda game, but fo rme it’s just way too pointless for it to be at all worthwhile.

  2. I detest finding all the hidden items in a game. Unless it gives you some in game reward to make what you are doing that little bit more satisfying. That’s not to say I won’t try and find them because of some built in mechanism in my brain to find everything.

    I can only equate to the pokemon people who have to catch them all.

  3. It’s funny you made the Zelda reference, gzd, as I’m playing through the second quest of Zelda for the first time, and the monotony of burning bushes and setting off bombs is getting to me a little.

    I think the 100% completion serves the same purpose as achievements and trophies. It’s just another status symbol to try to elevate oneself above other gamers. When I was younger, I might have gotten caught up in all of it, but at this point in my life, whether someone else considers me a hardcore gamer really doesn’t matter.

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