As part of my attempt to get back into the swing of things here on GIO, I’ve decided to do one of my favorite things to write; a top 5 list! This also happens to be the first thing I’ve written related to gaming in a while, so it’s good to be officially  back with this blog. For this list, I’ve decided to look at games that have taken up a lot more time than I expected, and just maybe moved on from to experience other great gaming experiences (though these games kept me hooked for a reason). This is my top 5 games that I’ve played way too much. Enjoy!

#5 game that I’ve played way too much: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

This might seem like an odd choice for this list, but it’s also a great choice. In the same year as Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed III, and Diablo III, I was playing COD: MW3. Some would say that it had a good enough multiplayer to warrant playing for a while, but I might have missed some really great gaming experiences while these games were coming out, even (I was also playing Black Ops II, but no where to the extent that I was playing MW3). Call of Duty is a rather decent franchise that seems to get a bad rep, but it doesn’t make much sense me now how I was able to play this game for so long and miss some great gaming experiences.

#4 game that I’ve played way too much: NCAA Football 12

Note that I didn’t actually buy this game in 2012. This was just the only NCAA Football game that truly interested me. I played this for an inordinate amount of time (so long that the disk has actually stopped working now). It was fun to run my own franchise and try to make a winning team that could pull off a national championship steal. Or I could just skip that and make my own player and make him the most legendary player in college history. Of course, I can’t play it now, but it was truly great when I got a chance to play it.

#3 game that I’ve played way too much: Bioshock Infinite

This might seem like an even odder choice, but again, it makes great sense for me personally. This game was the game that got me to say, “I want to be in the industry”, and I don’t kid when I say that. I spent a lot of time trying to do pretty much anything imaginable in that game. Unlockables? Searched. Easter Eggs? That tear of “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival was mine. 1999 mode? All the way to the boss battle with Elizabeth’s ghost mother (couldn’t beat that part to save my life). This game holds a very special place in my heart solely because of how much it made me want to work as a journalist in the gaming industry. That should easily translate to be saying this as well; I played this game way too much for it being a single player game. Most of that was, admittedly, to try and figure out just what the heck was happening in that game (the story confused me to no end when I first played through it, but I’ve since been able to understand it by actually trying to see how every little detail worked out). I even stopped playing Dead Space 3, didn’t get a chance to get to The Last of Us right away, and missed Saints Row IV for this game (I did finish Dead Space 3 eventually, I did play The Last of us, and I did get to experience the stupidity of Saints Row IV afterwards).

#2 game that I’ve played way too much: Far Cry 3

Remember what I said earlier about MW3 stopping me from experiencing Far Cry 3? Well, when I did get around to playing Far Cry 3, it stopped me from playing a bunch of games in 2013, including COD: Ghosts for a while, AC IV: Black Flag, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist, to name a few. Heck, I’m playing through it again right now, just to unlock as many of the special weapons as possible (like Shadow, for example). Far Cry 3 has definitely taken up a good amount of my gaming time.

I’ve told you guys about some the games that have taken up more time than any other. But one game has them all beat. So much, in fact, that I don’t think I’ve played any game before it more (nor have I played a game more after).

#1 game that I’ve played way too much: Fallout: New Vegas

Some people may remember that I’ve mentioned in a blog or two before (most notably my top five games of this generation) that I’ve played Fallout: New Vegas more than any other game ever. I’ve easily put (as of right now) about 350 hours into it. I love this game (even if it’s not my best game of this generation). I have a lot of fun just playing in the very desolate (yet somehow very lively) world that Obsidian created with Fallout: New Vegas. From gambling at the casinos to the hours and hours (at least 100 hours, I’d say) that can be lost in the side missions, there’s a lot to do other than the main string of missions. The large assortment of different special weapons is just amazing to me (even if I haven’t been able to find all of them [curse you Vicky and Vance]). I really did enjoy this game (and I still do to this day).

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog. Tell me in the comments some games that you’ve played for longer than you feel you should have, which games you agree/disagree with being on this list, or just how you enjoyed the blog. Have a nice day!