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It used to be, when I got a new game I’d play it through to completion before moving on. A large part of that choice was economic – buying games was a luxury when I was a kid – but it was also how I liked to play. Why move onto something else if I could squeeze even a drop more entertainment from a game?

Now that I’m older, and there are so many great games vying for my time and attention, I find myself becoming more of a grazer. If I’m not playing a game for review, I’ll bounce between several games in the same time frame. Here are some of the games I’m currently juggling, along with my lame excuses for why I haven’t just settled in and beaten each one. Yet.

Am I alone here? Do you guys have several games in your queue at any given time, or do you like to finish up a game before moving on?


Dragon Age II

I was pretty excited for this one, but it hasn't grabbed me the way Origins did. I've probably spent about five or six hours playing Dragon Age II so far. I haven't encountered anything as interesting as the monster in the screenshot, though. Phil Kollar tells me that encounters require a lot more strategy when you get further into the game, which is encouraging. As it stands, combat has been pretty dull. The story hasn't really kicked off, but I'm assuming that it's one of those slow-burn type things. This is probably highest on my "OK, it's time to put this thing to rest" list. It's a shame that it feels a lot like homework.


Crysis 2

Predator 2 is one of my favorite movies, so it wasn't surprising that I love Crysis 2's cloaking-enhanced suit. I'm trying to be as sneaky as possible, so I've been replaying the same dumb mission over and over again. I'm not sure if it's even possible to make it through the section without being detected. As it stands, I'll try it a few times before enemies start noticing me and I eventually get blown apart. If I approached it like a traditional shooter I'm sure I would have beaten this thing by now. I guess I'm stubborn sometimes.


Torchlight

This is my go-to game right now when I have a few minutes to kill. I can sit down and feel like I've made a little progress over a short period of time. I don't think I could sit down and plow through the entire game in one big ol' binge, but it's the perfect back-burner game for me.


LittleBigPlanet 2

I played the first few levels of this one with my son until it got too difficult for him (he's only four – cut him some slack). I continued by myself, but it's not as much fun as a single-player game. No, I haven't gone online and played with strangers. I'm too old and crabby for that. Maybe I'll have Tim Turi over sometime and we can knock out a few more levels.


Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Confession: Sometimes I remove the batteries from a controller and give it to my son. Then I play this game while he thinks he's actually racing. I've played through 60 of the missions this way, and he hasn't caught on yet. Did I already mention that he's only four and that you should cut him some slack?

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