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I can't believe this really says much about my gaming skills, which I know are far from "leet" (make that 1337 if necessary).
There's no way I'm a top gamer. Far from it. I selected "casual" (or whatever the equivalent was) for my gaming level on Xbox Live, and readily admit to being no more than a casual gamer when I play. Me beating a game, or finishing a game, is something that just doesn't happen that often.
Granted, I did get through the original Diablo game, and later Diablo II, and the Diablo II expansion game. I played through most of Star Wars Galaxies, and through all of the available levels of World of Warcraft as well. But when it comes to console games, unless you are talking about a sports title, I almost never see "the end" of the games.
That is, until recently.
Example number one: I recently played through all of the game Marvel Ultimate Alliance. (See review/comments about same in prior articles). Played through as in finished. End game. Finito. Fin. Done. Saw the end movies, saw the cinematics, and got credit for the achievements for finishing the game.
Then, not long after, comes number two: the fairly awesome Call of Duty 3 game. Played through the campaign mode and found myself staring at the credits as they scrolled by after one of my most recent times of playing the game. Again, not something that I normally ever see.
Normally it's more like my experience in playing a game like say Ubisoft's Blazing Angels. I played through a fair amount of that game but great incredibly frustrated with it and wound up disposing of it (traded away via Switchdiscs) so I wouldn't have the temptation of playing it any more.
I admit, I still start most games on the "easy," "normal," or "rookie" type levels, but finding myself finishing these games leaves me wondering if the games really are getting easier, or if I am somehow getting a little better at playing them (not bloody likely).
In anycase, having finished off COD3, I'm glad that I have Gears of War (though I admit to being frustrated playing it!) to play. Hopefully I can keep myself busy playing through more of it. Once I do that, perhaps I'll get to give Rainbow Six: Las Vegas a good run, or maybe I can get back to Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (something I've never finished up). Or maybe I could actually even seriously start playing Oblivion, another game I have and haven't even made a dent in.