I have about 300 games in my steam library and I tend to finish very few. But I’ve been finishing more. Here’s some things that help me:
1. Be judicious about what you buy and return it if it isn’t what you expected
Often I find that I’m looking to buy something rather than looking to play the game or, alternatively, I’m looking for something like the game but it doesn’t live up to the hype. I’ve never regretted returning a game. What I do is when I want a game I add it to my wishlist. I can’t get a game unless it’s on my wishlist and has been for at least a week. Often I find either the immediate urge to get the game or the desire to get the game at all fades with time.
2. Don’t be afraid to just watch a let’s play or just the cutscenes.
I have so many games where the gameplay is not my cup of tea but I’m interested in the story. Often they’re 70 hours or more and I just don’t have that time any more. I just watch the cut scenes or a let’s play and maybe I decide to get the game, maybe I don’t. There’s no shame in it.
3. Sometimes you can burn out on a game you love. Put it to the side but keep a list of games you’ve done this with
Sometimes I love a game but I get bored or I hit a lull in the story and it loses me. I found this when I got to the desert in BOTW and about 40 hours into Into The Breach without winning it once. Don’t feel bad for putting the game down. I’ve made a list of the games I’ve done this with and it helps because often I do want to revisit these games, I’m just craving something different. I look to this list when I’m craving something new and often find I’m actually craving something from one of the games I’ve put aside.
4. Look for shorter experiences
There’s a lot of brilliant 4-8 hour games out there. Often they don’t have the marketing budgets of the 70 hour epics so you might not have as much excitement to get them but take a plunge! It’s unbelievably relieving to actually finish a game after months of muddling through endless roguelikes, half finished midpoints and time guzzling multiplayer games.