I am not the kind of person who ever aims to Platinum a game. In fact, I’m not even the kind of person that regularly finishes games. For example, I played a lot of games last year, and really enjoyed most of them. I played enough of those games to be able to articulate what I liked and didn’t like about each of them. But apart from games I reviewed for TheGamer, I did not finish a single game till the very end of the year, when having a little free time during the holiday season gave me the time to finish Spider-Man 2.
Those are really bad stats, and I felt so awful about it that I made it my new year’s resolution to finish at least one game this year. That’s a really low bar, yes, but when there are so many games a year I want to play, I have to give some things up. I don’t like that I do this, to be clear – I don’t think it’s fair for me to judge a game’s quality until I see its conclusion, and I’m very hesitant to claim to have really experienced a game if I haven’t finished it. All this to say, it’s a miracle I ever finish a game at all nowadays, and I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever been dedicated enough to Platinum a game in my life.
And yet, for the first time in my life, I felt a pull to play Infinite Wealth until there’s nothing left for me to achieve, despite the fact that I haven’t even finished the main story yet. This is, realistically, a pipe dream, especially considering that my job requires me to play more than just one game. In fact, there are at least eight games I want to check out in the next two months alone, and hyperfixating on a single game means giving up time that could be spent discovering new games to love. It’s not a very efficient use of my time. Also, Infinite Wealth is a very big triple-A game that could take forever for me to finish, so actually doing this will be a huge project.
I would not usually even consider trying to Platinum a triple-A. I’d likely get bored with doing the same thing over and over again very quickly and give up. I wasn’t born with the kind of personality that allows me to grind for levels in video games or do mini-game challenges over and over again until I achieve the necessary timing or score to get a gold. But I know I won’t get bored of Infinite Wealth, because there are multiple games within it.
If I finish hunting down every substory, I can go knock out some of the Crazy Delivery courses. If I’m sick of that, I can go on some dates with the Miss Match app. If I’m feeling like exploring the city, I can go on a hunt for pictures for the Photo Rally. Or if I want to do something mindless but engaging, I can work on getting my Dondoko Island just perfect for my potential guests. I can get into fights. I can do Drink Links. I can challenge trainers to Sujimon battles. I can test my general knowledge at the Ounabara Vocational School. There is always something else to do, and there is so much variety that there’ll be something for every mood. How could I ever get bored?
But I know there’s a good chance I’ll never finish everything that Infinite Wealth has to offer me. The fact that I’m thinking about chasing a Platinum at all doesn’t mean that I’ve suddenly changed as a person and will never leave a game unfinished again, it really just means that even though I know there are other games to play, I’m not ready to let this game go just yet. Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth feels like my 2024 Baldur’s Gate 3 in how much it’s moved and impressed me, but that might also be a bad thing: I haven’t managed to finish Baldur’s Gate 3 either.
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