I think the problem may be that these smaller companies are spending so much on graphics etc that the story suffers as a result. I know nothing about how games are developed, but I can see graphics becoming an issue when you have to render them in 2D/3D or in HD.
That being said, I have finally forced myself to play 11 hours and 30 minutes of PSMD, and I have finally, FINALLY gotten away from Serene Village and into an actual part of the game I can enjoy. Maybe now I can actually finish this darn thing without feeling like busting my forehead on the desk.
Good luck. I've yet to play more than two-three hours of any PMD game... And I've bought them all aside from the newest.
To be fair, I mostly only replay games these days, and currently in doing Tales of the Abyss on my 3DS. I've surprised myself on hours spent earlier on it, as ve reached 250 hours on the current files, however I know I didn't "buy" continued playtime from my first couple runs. I imagine I've got around 450 hours on this handheld version... However that again is discounting the PS2 version I have, which I believe is around 600 hours. I'd check if my PS2 wasn't dead ;_;, but ye.
And yet, if I were to have a list of how many hours I've spent on Pokemon Showdown, I'd probably cackle like a maniac or die trying, because I play about an hour or three everyday there. HM, I'm gonna try and calculate that, actually. Alright, so, during high school I played Pokemon Online and Showdown inherently, not paying attention in classes at all. That means, between hours 7:30 to 14:30, I played PS/PO. I went to school 190 days a year, that was over the course of three years.
Of course, I played on average 4 hours roundabout on the days I did not attend school (I know this, because I'm addicted to schedules), meaning I had 175 days a year with 4 hours played over those 3 years.
6090 hours so far
Of course, this I ignoring the days I spent fully playing the game, or the days I didn't play at all, but yeah. That's at least the high school years. Next is the last year of middle school which was went I discovered Shoddy Battles, a game I didn't play as much as the others, but again mainly in school hours (I'm hopeless). So 8:00-14:00 was school hours, meaning 6 hours. But I can remove about two hours a day from this because we had a teacher that hated computers (well, they all did, but none really stopped us) so that means 190*4 which is 760 hours. Alright, now the last years since highschool (two years I believe) I've played about, lets say 2 hours on average a day. So that's 730*2 which is 1460
So from this I think we can say about 8310 hours spent on Pokemon Competitive simulators over the course of 6 years.
Finally, how much is that in days/months/years?
A year is 8760 hours, so I'm 450 hours away from that, meaning I've got 18 days and 8 hours left until I've reached the milestone of wasting a year of my life in a game about poaching cute monsters and forcing them to fight eachothers. If I add in the hours I've played in-game, I'll probably get another 6-700 hours, so yeah.
Note: All calcs have been made in head, if anything is wrong, please spout out like a Scarf Kyogre.
So! With that said, can I possibly add Pokemon in general to my "completed games list" or would that be insufficient experience?