QOTW: What game are you most ashamed you never beat?

Every week the hosts of TalkRadar present and answer a new "Question of the Week" - a personal inquiry which unearths some of our deepest, and sometimes most sinister, gaming memories. Everyone is encouraged to answer each week's question, so go ahead, tell us your most glorious, nostalgic, or shameful story!

This week's question:

What game are you most ashamed
you never beat?

Sure you played it, you just got...distracted, and then you moved on. So what if it is a classic? It's not your fault the final boss was so cheap! You'll get back to it one of these days...

Answer this week's question in the comments!

Questions can also be answered in the QOTW forum thread. Our favorite posts this week will be read next week on TalkRadar 53, and appear in the next edition of this article. Listen to TalkRadar 52 tomorrow for our answers!

Last week's question:

What game do you always go back to?

Wow! We had a ton of replies to last week's question. Thank you to everyone who participated.

We saw a lot of Half-Life mods in the comments (Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat), which is understandable, because those are addictive as hell (as our own Chris Antista will testify). There were also tons of great classics and obscure titles, which for one reason or another, stuck with you (we love to see love for the 8-bit).

Of course, it wasn't all old school - Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Mass Effect, and Elder Scrolls were mentioned a several times. At least a couple of us in the office have been glued to Mass Effect on and off for the past year. Oh, and GR's own Justin Towell reminded us of his affinity for Christmas NiGHTS, which we will commence making fun of him for.

Below are a few of last week's answers that tickled our collective fancies, but since we can't feature them all here, check out last week's article and forum thread for more...

nyef wrote...
"katamari damacy no doubt. I always feel better when I roll up random objects in a ball."

Above: Therapy 

Schmegeggi wrote...
"I always go back to Jedi Academy and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, both on the PC. I've murdered half my time on earth with those two."

Baconator96 wrote...
"God bless you Warcraft III. I may yell at you like a crazy person when my custom spells dont work, and i may get more than a little upset at you when my teammates ditch me middgame for the nth time. But youre always there to pick up the pieces afterwards. I salute you Warcraft, and all your hot undead action."

txtIanC wrote...
"Texas Hold 'em. No game around beats the enjoyment derived from putting everything on the table. I currently live in a cardboard box under an overpass with my dog, but I digress. When life has got you down, you can always try betting to get a new one. It's a fun game."

icecreamhendrix wrote...
"Battletoads on the NES and SNES. I love me sum goat horns"

KREATIVEassassin wrote...
"...Metal Storm - An obscure NES game that I can blast through in under 15 minutes without taking a hit. I've spent a lot of time with it and it's one that I keep going back to constantly. I love it."

Above: Jūryoku Sōkō Metaru Sutōmu! 

ssj4raditz wrote...
"Crimson Skies on Xbox. I never get tired of it, for whatever reason. It's just always fun to zip around the open sky and gun down enemy planes and zeppelins. It's just never gotten old for me, not matter how many times I finish it, I'll always be willing to go back for more."

TURbo wrote...
"X-COM UFO Defense. Saw my dad play it when I was 5. Played it at 11, then I haven't played until last year. The main reason I play it is there isn't many games that have good turn based combat, and resource management."

TheOtherOne wrote...
"For me it´s Solitaire for Windows. I play a few games every day since I discovered my first Windows 3.11 had such a game. That game NEVER gets old for me. Oh, and also Metal Gear Acid 1 and 2. Those games have something that keeps me returning to them. I wish they would make 3."

Above: Solitaire, the official game of procrastination 

May 21, 2009

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  • AntistaSmellsLikePizza - May 29, 2009 1:47 p.m.

    i never finished Fight Night Round 3 :(
  • sharper16 - May 28, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    The first Splinter Cell game. I could never get past that level where you were trying to get inside of LAX.
  • speno93 - May 27, 2009 9:28 a.m.

    read fouth last word as cursing, wasn't paying attention
  • Hobojedi - May 27, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    Bioshock.. I came really close to beating it ( I think ), and then I put it down, then came back a few months later and found my saves were gone..
  • pinoklin - May 26, 2009 8:39 p.m.

    im personally ashamed for never beating monkey island 2....i mean i did it..but had 2 use a faq../cry.....the other game i never beaten is monkey island 3 on mega monkey difficulty..its hard as hell and im ashamed of not being able to beat my favourite games...sniff
  • lukeskater - May 26, 2009 4:16 a.m.

    Never finished any of the GTA's even though i own all of them and love them all... i never finished goldeneye on the n64 either, always got so close on the 2nd last lvl but could never do it.. never finished any of the mario's either. and for some reason im realy ashamed about never finishing cod 1-2.. im gonna finish all these now thanks GR!
  • DoctorGordonFreeman - May 26, 2009 3:11 a.m.

    One of my favorite game series of all time is Kingdom Hearts. Ironically I've never beaten the first 2 (the second being chain of memories). I am currently re-re-re-playing the first one, and will have it beaten by tommorow. I hope to buy the Chain of memories ps2 version to get back into it.
  • dathing8 - May 26, 2009 2:47 a.m.

    Lost Odyssey.. I got past the second disc and just lost interest. This reminds me that I have to go back and beat it. Thanks GR!
  • Wolf007 - May 25, 2009 11:21 p.m.

    I ought to be shot but I never finished MGS4. I don't know why, I have beaten all the other MGS games but with Mgs4 i just sorta quit.
  • Ninja-KiLLR - May 25, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    ratchet and clank size matters. it came with my psp and but that last guy is just to hard for me. i wish i had other ratchet weapons in that game. *fondly remembers harbinger and Anti-matter sniper rifle*
  • FlyinMX - May 25, 2009 7 p.m.

    Super Mario Bros. 3 is the game I am ashamed to have never beaten. This is despite the fact that I was not even a year old when it was released. I played it a lot when I was young, often borrowing Super Mario All-Stars from a neighbor to play the remake. I got all the way to the last world, but everything became so difficult in one level that I couldn't finish. Now that it is available on the Wii VC, I bought it and thought I would finally finish it almost two decades later. But I can't be bothered to play it, I want to play it but I just won't for some reason. I got to the second world once and haven't picked it up since. Maybe with summer fast approaching I can purge this demon and finally finish it... probably not...
  • Jam1000 - May 25, 2009 1:45 p.m.

    Bioshock. ...There I said it. I'd even go as far to say as it's overated ;], to each his own eh?
  • sniperscope - May 25, 2009 6:11 a.m.

    Chrono Cross. Great game, awesome opening sequence, and good story. I am deeply ashamed I never fineshed it. I even had the guidebook, but I just never got around to beating it. I tried again about a year ago and, I just...stopped, again. It really sucks. I would love to finish it and maybe I will someday, but I doubt it.
  • BowserIsKingHippo - May 25, 2009 3:58 a.m.

    Ahead of my time, but I havent gotten halfway through,much less BEATEN the first Mario game. reCaptcha: fizzles call Fizzles have phones?
  • solidocelot - May 24, 2009 6:28 p.m.

    kid icarus, the first game i owned, i haven't been able to beat it in like 15 years, it was too hard when i was little and when i start playing it again i lose interest. the other would be the original legend of zelda, i beat the last two dungeons and was on death mountain and didn't save, the lights went off and all my progress was lost, never tried again
  • AssBurgersFTW - May 24, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    Guild Wars, people blast through that game in a month and somehow it took me 3 years to get to lv 20 and I'm still not done- DAMN YOU CRYSTAL DESERT!
  • key0blade - May 24, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    Chrono Trigger definetly. Yup, the best game evar and not even beat, that final boss is a bitch lol
  • erreip199 - May 24, 2009 2:09 p.m.

    GASP Super mario 1 n 3 on the NES ive owned those 2 way before i wasted ur stupid oxygen and i still cant manage to beat them even if im a cheap ass and resource to the stupid shortcuts DAMN u lvl 8!!
  • LePsycho - May 24, 2009 9:44 a.m.

    Fallout 3, bought it at the same time as Far Cry 2 and tried to play both at the same time, didn't work!
  • animeman - May 24, 2009 12:52 a.m.

    I have never not beaten a game I play even if I rented or borrowed it.

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