March Video Game Challenge Progress Report (Extended Edition): Saints Row IV

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you sometimes have to admit to yourself you might have taken on more than you’re able to handle. Maybe you got too ambitious or you didn’t carefully plan everything out in your head. Whatever it may be, this is the situation I found myself in when I made the attempt to play and finish Saints Row IV.


When I took on Saints Row IV as my game pick for February, I knew it might be a tall order finishing the game in a month. There were plenty of missions to complete and the potential for snags I may encounter with some of the missions along the way. As I carved out some free time to play this game, I realized I wanted to spend more time on it. I could have stuck with my original plan and focused on just the main story missions and possibly finished the game within the set goal I made for myself, but it was a Saints Row game. I tend to find most of the side missions as fun to play as the story ones.

After not reaching my goal last month, I thought it’d be reasonable and attainable to extend my challenge into March. It’d give me a chance to enjoy the game better and I thought it’d be a cinch to finish everything I wanted to complete in Saints Row IV. Unfortunately, I was wrong and for a few reasons. I either found myself out of the house on more weekends than I thought I’d be or there were much more important issues I had to deal with first and it took away time from really playing any sort of video game for much of the month. I regret to admit that this game remains unfinished and the challenge a failed one for two months in a row.

Looking back on it now, I think it might have been better if I started with a video game that was a little easier to take on for my comeback in the video game challenges for the blog after a brief hiatus from them. I was eager and I simply wanted a game I knew I’d have no trouble committing to for a month. While Saints Row IV is a really fun game to play, I don’t think I was quite prepared to truly fit it into my schedule when much of my personal life started taking over. I might have failed at meeting my goal, but you’ll definitely see this game pop up again in a redux edition for my video game challenge. I’m hoping I’ll be better prepared next time when I decide to play this game again.

Next week, find out which game I’ll be playing for April!

6 thoughts on “March Video Game Challenge Progress Report (Extended Edition): Saints Row IV

  1. I can definitely understand having trouble finishing a game due to time constraints! I have a bad habit of juggling two or three games at once, so it takes me a long time to finish one of them and sometimes I abandon them along the way. Anyway, I’m excited to see what you end up playing in April! 🙂

    1. It’s really hard to find time for everything you want to do as an adult. I really thought I was going to have a good window of time to play, but stuff kept coming up that made it impossible to sit down and play. Then by the time I was ready, I didn’t have the energy anymore. 😦 It’s really bad! I’m hoping my next pick for April will yield a better result.

  2. Better luck next moth Simpleek! Isn’t it odd how difficult it is to simply finish a game as an adult? What was once the easiest thing in the world to do has become a challenge. 😀

    1. Considering I got into gaming more into my adulthood, I’ll definitely say that around my early to mid-20s it was much easier for me to play and finish games. Life circumstances can change by a lot as you get older. It does make me wish I got into games a bit earlier. I could have appreciated the free time most of my gamer friends experienced in their youth. 🙂

  3. Real life is what it is, sometimes, right? Nothing you can do to change that. (Plus, let’s face it, sometimes real life is okay. Just sometimes, haha.) This is one of those games that you need to make time for. And if the time isn’t there, then it’s better wait. After all, becoming a wacky superhero in a wacky world is no easy task! Hopefully you’ll have time to get back to SRIV soon…the world needs you, Ms. President! 😉

    1. Haha, of course! I wouldn’t want to abandon the world to the likes of Zinyak and his army of aliens. 😀 It is true how some games are better off being played when more time can be spared to really enjoy and concentrate on them. Saints Row IV isn’t one of those games to breeze through when you kinda want to do everything. As you said, life happens and it’s often beyond our control. At least the games will always be there when we’re ready to come back to them, right? That’s always a comforting thought!

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