When I used to watch NYPD Blue years ago, there was always a 30-second recap of ongoing story arcs at the beginning of each episode, prefaced with the voiceover "Previously on NYPD Blue". It was helpful, and also hinted at what might be important in the upcoming episode. Now I watch LOST and that show recaps the same way. I like it.
Can I get this in my games too? I'd actually go back and finish some games if they reminded me what I had just done and where I was headed when I had to save and put the game aside for a month.
Just a thought.
I'd also like a chocolate milkshake.
I agree. I ALWAYS put down games for months at a time, and no matter how many times I come back to it I wind up restarting and usually stopping at the same place I stopped before. A recap would be nice so I can recall what I've done, and what I'm supposed to do.
In MGS3, your food goes bad if you stay away from the game too long. I'm pretty sure it's been over a year since I've played. ICK.
Which is to say games are smart enough now to know how long it's been. Really no technical or mental excuse not to add the sort of aid Matt mentions.
One of the incarnations of Pokemon was supposedly added a brief recap whenever you reloaded your game.
Dragon Quest VIII has a "talk to your party" option, where they each go on about your current situation and what you should probably be doing. It doesn't recap the plot in the general (hint: defeat the super-evil dude), but it's pretty good at giving you some mental cues to recall where you were and what you were doing.