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There's nothing quite so frustrating as an unfinished game.  For most of us, there are always games that were too difficult, too boring or too long to finish.  We try to justify one way or another why we didn't finish a particular game, but a part of us always feels cheated.  An unfinished game is a stain upon our honor and no matter how much we try to deny it, the stain cannot removed until we have completed the offending game.  I have such a game and that game is Skies of Arcadia: Legends.

Skies of Arcadia: Legends was neither boring nor was it too difficult.  Some might argue that it was too long, but that's a matter of personal preference.  I immediately fell in love with the game's setting and the vibrant characters.  I loved the roaming sky sections and the ship-to-ship combat system.  What I didn't love so much was the random encounters during the open roaming sections or the dungeons.  I felt like it was disruptive to the game and I eventually stopped playing even though I had completed nearly half the story.  I later sold the game and tried to forget about it.

Years passed and I always meant to get around to finishing it, but the price for a new copy was more than I was willing to pay.  Then, I read an article that said SEGA was planning on releasing an HD version of the game.  This would be the push that I needed to complete the game.  I am a fan of HD remakes mainly because it's great to replay an old adventure with a fresh coat of paint.  I waited for an entire year for SEGA to give any more details about the remake, but the plans were by all appearances cancelled.  I finally broke down and bought the game completely new for an ungodly price.  The question is was it worth it?

I would say that it was absolutely worth it.  Now, I am a more patient gamer.  I realize that every battle gives me the potential to earn more experience and stronger spells.  I no longer find myself running from every random encounter that I can.  Put simply, I appreciate this game more than I ever could.  Perhaps it was a mistake to put this game down in the first place, but I believe I needed to mature before I could truly understand what a magnificent game it is.  So, for all of you who think it is too late to finish the game that got away, I say hope springs eternal.

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