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Why Do We Replay Certain Games?

In looking at the games I frequently play over and over throughout the years, I've noticed there doesn't appear to be one single recurring reason.

So what is it exactly? Why do we find ourselves playing through some games and not others? Why do we finish some and go, "oh man, I'm playing this again immediately!" (and then it never happens), and finish others and say, "that was cool but I'll probably never touch this again" (and then play it ten more times)...? What's the determining factor? Is there one? Obviously, one could argue that nostalgia plays a very large role; we often want to relive our lost years, a time when everything seemed simpler, when our entertainment seemed purer and more fulfilling. Of course, our mind subconsciously blocks out any of the negatives for the sole purpose of deifying that precious memory, but we're aware of that, right?

So nostalgia factors in, as does the quality of the game. We don't play garbage over and over. But wait...I distinctly recall playing 3D Baseball for endless hours - even did a 162-game season twice - and that game was hardly the class of the PlayStation era. Plus, I've played a few RPGs that really weren't all that great and yet, there I go, running through 'em again (Granstream Saga and Thousand Arms, anyone?). So obviously, personal preference plays a major role, as one might expect. Oh, but hold on a moment...what sort of preference? Preference for the genre or a particular atmosphere? The only GTA I'll go back to play from time to time is Vice City and it's because I'm a big fan of the '80s setting.

Still, what's the deal with Hot Shots Golf? I don't play golf; I don't watch golf; I play no other golf games; the series itself isn't drop-dead fantastic, and yet, I'll play and adore every last HSG...and keep playing 'em over time. So maybe we need a sub-genre called "personal playability," i.e., there's just something about a game that pleases you, and while it's difficult to pinpoint the source, it continues to attract us like a magnet. Lastly, we've got those addictive - almost annoyingly addictive - little games that can grab hold and never let go; it's why we can all play Tetris today and still have fun. Man, this is all way more complicated than I thought. Then again, maybe it's just me.  That's very, very possible.

So, why do you think you replay the games you do? Why are certain games in your permanent replay rotation? Have you really thought about the "whys?"  Or am I just over-analyzing for no reason?

11/26/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (51 posts)

NoOneSpecial
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 9:27:01 PM
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Very true. I thought i was done with MGS4 forever when i (finally) beat it, but now im on my third playthrough. BUt others i havnt touch in forever when i thought i would.

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matt99
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 9:37:43 PM
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Excellent article! I think one of the reasons why I play certain games that are alright but not great over again is because of a certain part of gameplay. For instance I play Timeshift at least once a month, its not an amazing game but I just love the enemy's reaction when I freeze time and take his gun.

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 9:37:50 PM
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Funny timing, Ben. I've been yearning to get into Psychonauts since you posted that article yesterday.
I think the reason is that Psychonauts does everything well and in a way that works together so cohesively. I could find a game with better platforming, better puzzles, a better story, etc... but i'm not going to find a game that puts it all together in such a perfectly polished package.
So if i play a game that is just great platforming i feel like i'm missing a puzzle aspect. So i'll go play a great puzzle game, but then i feel like i'm missing a great story. On and on and on. But a rare game comes along that give us everything at once and you really dont need anything else to be entertained.

For example, right now i'm playing GT5 (and loving every single second of it), but i feel the need to play something with a bit of a story or narrative. So i'm going to find some kind of RPG to play on my psp to keep the balance.

But then there are games like the original Gran Turismo that does one thing and does it so incredibly well. At times i dont want a game that does everything, i want to do one thing and i want the game that is best at it.

So there are games that mesh everything together in a way that the grand total is much more than the sum of its parts (Uncharted 2, anyone?), and games that only do one thing but are nail it so perfectly that nothing can come close. Everything else is really just filler until we grow tired and go back to our favorites.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 9:48:53 PM

I'd like to play Psychonauts again, too, but I only have it for the Xbox and the 360 isn't b/c, so..........

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 9:54:06 PM

I'm pretty sure you can get the pc version on Steam for just a few dollars. I'm not rebooting into windows to check for you ;)
If not PS2 copies go for about $15 from what i've seen, which is high for a used ps2 game, but still worth every penny.

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SmokeyPSD
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:21:14 AM

It is indeed on steam, I'm gonna grab it when I'm actually gonna have time to play it. It's all Gran Turismo right now and even Battlestar Galactica on Bluray.

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BTNwarrior
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 9:45:10 PM
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I still sometimes go back to play some metal gear solid, and hitman, aside from that the only games that i can think of that have pulled me back in recent years are persona 3 and freedom fighters. Out of those all i like my mgs and persona for story and i like my hitman and freedom fighters for gameplay. Now that i think about it i need to get some of my friends together and play some freedom fighters

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BikerSaint
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 10:18:30 PM

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Oxvial
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 9:45:52 PM
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Castlevania LoS was okay but, after I finished it I couldn't help but return to symphony of the night =/ , hate how we are never going to get a 2.5D Castlevania game that isn't a portable.

Oh well gonna save some bucks for the 3DS, 2.5D Castlevania game.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 1:40:44 AM

The game is REALLY good though.

I mean sure you 2D/2.5D would be great but that does not take away from how good LOS is. Underrated game...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 10:01:01 PM
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LOL @ Granstream Saga "I think there's some magic in the basement." Something about that lame game made me play through it all, and while I couldn't do it again, it was simple to pick up the last save and make a different decision to get the other ending.

As far as replaying certain games ad infinitum it really is hard to pinpoint why. Maybe it is something unique about each game we do that with. For me, it depends largely on my mood, nostalgia, and just where I am in life.

Every winter I get in a mood to hunker down, stay in, and play Zelda Ocarina of Time while the snow falls and let it take me back to the day it released.

I've played Dante's Inferno a half dozen times because every time I see something new, or connect something to the Epic Poem in a new way.

Final Fantasies 7-10 beg for attention because each had so many great moments which are linked in their own abstract way to real life situations.

There are many factors I guess, but the best part of being a collector and not a trader is that when you get that call, the game is still right where you left it :)

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johnld
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 10:19:11 PM

i want to replay final fantasy 7-12. i got 11 but i didnt play it at all. what i wanted was the hard drive. it sucked because it wont work without a network adapter and you cant access it for gamesaves. you can copy game saves to it as storage but you cant access those saves in game.

I want to replay my final fantasy games mainly because i want to see all the cutscenes again. i liked that ffX had a cutscene viewer, why the hell did they take that feature out anyway? they're basically known for their cutscene quality. anyway, even the viewer wont stop me from playing the games over again. i want to see the cutscenes in final fantasy 13 because, lets face it, the quality is top notch. however, theres no way in hell am i going to replay the whole game over again. not going through that kill tube again. dont get me wrong, i like FF13 as a game but not as a final fantasy series entry. the fact that they actually included and auto-battle feature shows how they're straying from typical final fantasy experience.

right now i'm 69% from platinum and i dont feel like going back to playing the game again. it just seems like the rest of the things i need to do is just a chore. I already put so much time into maxing out each party member and just felt disappointed with the results. being taken out easily or being unable to take out certain enemies any easier than when i was of lower lever is irritating. i know people said spend time getting better equipment but the items needed for this are rarely dropped, i mean really rare. i think i took out that giant turtle more than 300 times and barely got 50 platinum ingots (sells for a lot) and 4 trapehedrons (ultimate weapon upgrade) and upgrades arent cheap at all. that also when i used all the items to increase drop rates for items.

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BikerSaint
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 10:24:26 PM
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These days, I like the big open area sandbox games & I'm most liable to go back now & then to games such as FarCry2, The Saboteur, inFamous, & GTA whenever I want to take a break from bum-rushing my backlog of other games.

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hehateme
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 10:27:02 PM
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to me mario is the best game for replay value... it might be the only game that is not online and is that much fun to play... to me anyways.. i remember at the time playing 007 for endless hours on a 20" tv split 4 ways and still remember fun good times... gears of war multiplayer stole years of my life... lol overall final fantasy has logged more hours in my life than any game ive ever picked up part 1-10x2 that is,,, over 600 hours easy
there was nothing more fun to me than to level up binge for hours and hours

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Scarecrow
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 1:42:25 AM

Mario games are timeless, it's how inviting his games are that make you play them no matter the year/time.

It has to be everything, from his personality to the character/environment designs to the gameplay.

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Highlander
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 10:40:22 PM
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This is a good question, and I think that there are multiple answers.

I've gone back and replayed every Ratchet game and I think that is because those games are simply sheer fun.

I play Hot Shots Gold and a few other games off and on, and again, it's because they are fun.

Soul Calibur I can play over and over, but it *is* an arcade game after all....

I've replayed Xenosaga Episode one several times, and replayed Episodes 2 and 3 a couple of times too. I replay those because theya re fun, I like the system, I love the story, and actually feel a little emotional attachment to the characters. In other words It makes me feel good to play those games again.

GT I can play forever, and Burnout Paradise is always good for a blast if you're in that mood. I actually did a speed run through Burnout Paradise to see how quickly I could complete the game (around about 24 hours of play time)

Uncharted 1 and 2 are games I have repleayed, I played them both to Platinum, but have actually played them through again for the heck of it. I like Drake and the otehr characters, they are fun, but Uncharted is like Ratchet in that the game play is simply entertaining and fun. Yes it can be hard, but it retains the fun element.

Games I've stopped playing are games that become a chore, or I don't enjoy. I stopped playing Civ thanks to Civ 4 which is just too much of a chore. Sim City 3000 ended my enjoyment of that series too. The same is true of any game, once it becomes a chore it's pretty much over for me.

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SmokeyPSD
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:19:01 AM

A series like civilization and old instalments are a bit different though, the new versions are more just refinements of the old games, Gran Turismo is even the same. I rarely would revisit the older versions.

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CHAOS THEORY X
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 10:40:26 PM
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I just lost alot of my old PS1 games in a move and I was devastated...FF 8&7, Jet Moto 2, G Darius, Crash 2, Spyro and many others. I was so devastated I bought them all on Amazon already

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sunspider13
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 11:13:42 PM

I still have my copy of G Darius. Love that game.

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___________
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 10:46:44 PM
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enjoyment.
i always try to replay every game i buy if i can, obviously thats hard when there games like fallout new vegas and when theres so many games releasing.
but in the drought next year ill definitely be going back and replaying enslaved, CLOS which im only about 1/4 through.
fallout new vegas i might go back to, IF they fixed all the god dam bugs!
value for money too, pointless spending 120 bucks on a game and only playing it once.
not to mention allot of games these days have alternate endings, or weapons you can only get going through a specific path.
infamous for example.

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Temjin001
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:06:41 AM
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I dont know, really. I assume it's a combination of things that speak to our interests in a mixture of ways we both recognize and don't recognize.

I think it can be as un-recognizeable as the way the game causes our neural transmitters to operate. Games invoke different intensities of thinking at varying duration. Some games are less stressful and more enjoyable than others which may produce a more optimal balance of critical thinking that serve as a catalyst to endorphin release. Anyway, just a theory.

While I usually don't play most games to complete every aspect of them, I do find myself drawn to favorites where the game simply compels me to play it more often than others. I also find spending more time with a game serves as indicator to me as to how enjoyable the experience is. For example, while I've completed the main portion of Ratchet: CiT, I've been compelled by the memory of how enjoyable the game was so now I've gone back to it to complete more of what the package has to offer--My Blaster Runs Hot! =D I really recommend the game to any self respecting gamer. It was one of the better games released last year.

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Ricochet
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:07:20 AM
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Just plugged in Katamari for the PSP. Addictive and addictive as hell! For some reason, the experience feels better than the PS3 counterpart.

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Danny007
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:08:38 AM
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I like to once and a while go back and replay some ps2 games. Ever since I got my PS3, it hasn't had much usage. I'm currently replaying Shadow Of The Colossus.

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LittleBigMidget
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:12:35 AM
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I replay games because
A. I want all the trophies
B. I am a collector and if the game is really that awesome I try to 100% getting all unlockables.
C. I replay a game for nostalgia (WOOT WOOT for Super Mario 64 and Ocanria of Time)
or D., The game is just that damn good, so good that I replay it just for the experience again.

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main_event05
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:12:50 AM
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Depends on the game and by the i mean the Gen.
i.e. when life has me stressed i play PS Classics cause they remind me of when things we're simpler. That's the main reason for me. But as far as just picking a a game i've beat once or twice and playing it over just for the hell of it, i'll never know.

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SmokeyPSD
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:16:39 AM
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A great game is a great game. I replay games constantly as I don't have a lot of time of day for majority of games which come out now. I havent bought any modern warfare or call of duty games for instance. I have constantly played time and time again after a few years an old classic Rise of the Dragon point and click adventure game on the PC though. It's not just nostalgia, it's about great game design. old or new.

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sirbob6
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 1:36:06 AM
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I personally think what makes people replay a game is simply enjoyment. For example I have played though Ace Combat 04 at least 15 times because some parts of the campaign are so fun and crazy. Another would be KZ2. When you storm up the stairs of a certain building toward the end of the game. The enemy is desperate and in complete disarray, the music is pounding, fires every where, and a near endless supply of flame thrower ammo and electro grenades. At this point I just forget all of the combat training I have learnt and just enter a mindless blood lust. It is truly one of the funnest moments in an FPS ever.

Another reason I replay is because I am a bit of loot whore. I need to find everything and level it up to the max. My personal favorite would be Ratchet and Clank. During the second playthough I usually finish getting all of the gold bolts and leveling up the weapons to the max level. This will take a while to do but it is so fun and the maxed out weapons and the Insomniac area are excellent. Another one would be MGS4. There is always one more thing to unlock when you finish, one more gun you missed, one more easter egg to find. I am on finished my 5th play though about a month ago and I plan to restart as soon as I finish plat DA:O.

Now I will not replay a extensive RPG or a game that I have invested 100+ hours in. This is primarily because I do not have the heart to go back and grind my way back up over a course of dozens of hours for little reward besides some sense of accomplishment.

Ultimately it comes down to what a person enjoys.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 1:48:04 AM
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Ben, this is a very tough question/analysis.

But I think many factors come into play when replaying a game so many times.

I think the strongest being the atmosphere, if it's an atmosphere you like you'll go back to it many many times.

Compare the environments in San Andreas to the ones in Vice City. Doesn't the environment AND mood play a big factor in why you actually go back to the game?

You can't tell me Mario's simple yet subliminal world doesn't bring you back? The black torpedoes, the "dense" forests in Super Mario World....

In rpgs it's the Besaids....the Midgars...the very warm towns in Thousand Arms, etc.

I think the environments/places a game takes place in is a BIG, or the biggest factor in why we actually..............go back to them, literally.
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Even in Gran Turismo, I know Grand Valley, Super Speedway, Trial Mountain, and other legendary tracks will be there. I actually think FIRST about the race track than the car when memories of the game come to me.

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SixSpeedKing
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 2:36:07 AM

Yes I agree strongly with your comment.

A very big part of wanting to replay a game, at least for me, is the immersivness/environments of it and how it makes me feel while playing it. If it evokes a lot of emotion and I am very connected/immersed then I will want to play the game over and over again. Even if there are no different endings or new things to see etc.

I guess you could say its all about the experience of it.

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HighOnFire
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 5:42:55 AM

That is exactly what I was going to say is atmosphere. That is what makes good games great. That is how certain games take over your brain to the point you have to go back once its over. Bioshock, Demons Souls, Dead Space...those to me are replayable because of the worlds they are in. The one game I have replayed the most is Half Life 2. That had the most believable world and the best pacing of any game I can remember playing.

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A2K78
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 1:59:21 AM
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why do we replay certain games? it obvious, some are built in a way that is its impossible to put the games down.

Take the Aero Dancing games, despite their relative shortness the very fact the experience constantly changes when doing air-to-air and air-to-surface missions is enough to bring me back. The end result is the fact that I have logged nearly 200hrs of gameplay time. The same goes for MFSX..the massive amount of free content that constantly get put is enough to make it impossible to put down.

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SILVERAMMO
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 2:31:27 AM
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this happened to me with all the pokemon games, mgs3 , and vice city

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ChronowerX_GT
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 6:43:30 AM
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When the PS2 was my main console I always went back and played Driv3r although the game was awful. I didn't like it but I'd always take a ride. 30 mins later I'd be bored but still playing it. Just addictive in a bad way.

I've also done the same with every GTA game although they're always good and there's far more to do so it's not so strange that you can spend hours on end playing them.

But Fallout 3, great game. I want to play it again but just haven't got that urge to. Instead I'll pick up and play mirrors edge or something like that. Mirrors Edge is still a great game but really isn't in the same class as Fallout.

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JackC8
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 8:14:14 AM
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Looking at the games I've played many times, there are certain very obvious factors they have in common:

A great variety of gameplay, environments, and strategies that the player needs to use. That all adds up to an experience that can be replayed many times and never gets old.

Good characters and an involving story. I feel like I want to spend time with the people and I care about what happens to them. I want to complete the missions because it matters - they're important.

Good atmosphere. No matter if it's a pastoral setting or a terrifying horror game, I need to be drawn into it and feel like I'm actually there.

Creativity - presenting the player with something unique and original makes for a memorable experience, and when something's memorable, I want to experience it again.

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DemonNeno
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 8:25:25 AM
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To me, some games are a lot easier to enjoy. Instead of replaying for the reason of trying it with a higher difficulty level, I simply replay for fun factor alone. Then, there are fun games that end in multiple ways. whether it's for a different ending or different decisions that can be made (good samaritan vs barbaric killing machine). Most of the time I find that there isn't a good reason at all. Some games, it seems, make me put down the controller more often than I got on a marathon. This leaves me with an urge to try and push myself to higher limits.

In the end, I feel like the originality of a games fun factor will bring me back to it the most. Since there are always plenty of games to try for the first time, some that deserve replaying never make the cut.

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Gone
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 8:51:38 AM
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I mostly replay racing and fighting games. When someone cuts me off in traffic or pisses me off at work, I take it out in the games (Game Venting).

When I drove off in that red Mercedes SLS AMG, I was pissed because they didn't want to give it to me for free, after all the hard work I do.

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beharris9
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 7:26:59 PM

Vice president of dubious product acquisitions

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Alienange
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 10:38:41 AM
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I used to replay games back when I was broke. Now that my game library is huge I'm much more inclined to just play a game once and move on to the next.

Thing is, I love certain game mechanics. I LOVE the Bethesda RPGs. Sneaking and scavenging like that? There's nothing like it. I'd go back to Fallout 3 for sure but now NV is out so why bother? I'll get my fix on the new one. Same for Assassin's Creed and Rockstar offerings.

So yeah, I think it's like you say. We enjoy a "particular atmosphere" and it brings us back. Whether it be to the exact same game or the sequel.

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Fane1024
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 3:55:16 PM

I am Fane and I endorse this message.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 10:19:54 PM

Alienange,
I see you said you've got huge library, so how how many game do you have?

As a games collector, I always like to hear that others also have a good(and big) collection of games too.
If I remember right, I think Orvis & LittleBig Midget also said they're gaming collectors too, although I haven't a clue to how big or many games they have, or for what systems.

I just bought another six 360/PS3 games last night so now I'm up to 85 for my 360 & 76 games for my PS3.

Grand total for all the collections in my library is now at 1755(with at least a few more to be added every week).

BTW, if interested, I do have about 10 doubles for the PS1, Ps2, & original xbox that I'd willing to trade for other titles I don't already have.

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Mornelithe
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:00:02 PM
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Some games I replay out of a desire to improve my skill, like CoD 1/United Offensive on PC. At the heigh of my obsession with that, I was conquering it once a month on Veteran, with only a pistol and a bolt-action rifle (when applicable, there was a stage inside of a tank though, unavoidable). This also went hand in hand with me watching the Band of Brothers Boxset once a month too, the reason for that was two-fold. One, I love WW2 era history, so BoB + CoDUO is a wet dream for me. Two, I'm a freekin whirlwind of death in those games. My father and his friends don't invite me to their games anymore hehe.

Games like HSG, I play that fairly regularly also Ben, it's just a fun game, occupies time, and it's easy to put down. Unlike say, WoW where you get into it for an hour and you're glued there for the next 10 days.

Then there's games like Uncharted, where....beating it once just wasn't enough. Beating it twice, wasn't enough, beating it 5 times (technically platinum'd twice. Once pre-trophy, once post-trophy) however, was just right. It's just a fantastic game, that there was so much about I enjoyed, I couldn't just let the ending credits be the last of it =)


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THEVERDIN
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:47:00 PM
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For me Twisted Metal PS1, and DIE HARD trilogy.

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AcHiLLiA
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 1:55:18 PM
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Alot of games that I have great looking atmosphere and that's what brings me back.
COD: UO for PC, no doubt one hell of a game.
Now just remaster it for the new gen. systems and I'll be more happy.

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LightShow
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 5:03:35 PM
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i play jak and daxter straight though every year on christmas eve. its the first game i actually completed waaaay back when i was a kid. its about the memories there.

these days, after i beat a game (10X%) i just look forward to the next one. I doubt theyre making any more jak games (bawls) so i'm left to enjoy what made me love them all in the first place.

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beharris9
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 7:24:45 PM
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I think sometimes a game with a really good story and/or main character can bring you back to a game. just like we all watch some movies over and over again, even if its only for a couple parts. I loved the characters and story in the Legacy of Kain games and played those through a bunch of times because of that. Those of us who are completionists also will go back to a good game to make sure we did/got everything in it. Good article, good topic.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 7:28:16 PM
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I don't often play games over a second or third time, but those that I do are more often on the PSP than the PS3, as it is simply more accessible. When it comes to the PS3, I constantly charge myself with playing one game at a time, and playing a series. It's an idiosyncracy of mine. But those that I do replay are largely for fun, or trying to find different things and play styles within the game. It's a wonder.
Peace.

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Robochic
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 10:12:18 AM
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I like to play game over again incase I missed something that I found out later from a friend or online. But Unchartered I'll play over and over again damn good game, just waiting for the re-release to go onsale near christmas would love all that extra stuff.

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spiderboi
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 11:42:53 AM
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This gen, the only games I played again are MGS4 and Uncharted 2. Heavy Rain, I will when I get my Move (and somehow forget some of the sequences so that I will come as a surprise to me again when I play). Some games don't really require you to play it "again" as technically you can never "finish them. Take for example LBP and MNR. I'll throw a book to anyone who says they have completely played all there is to play for these games to consider having played it completely through. It's just not possible, with the huge amounts of creativity.

For older games, I like to play FFVII, FFVIII and FFIX from time to time as they are the most geniuine (IMO) RPG experience for me. Nothing beats those games. I would like to replay my PS2 games if it hadn't died on me (I just defeated young ocelot and fell into the cave when it died). But yeah, games that make you experience the game rather than just play it (effectively immersing you into its reality) are those worth playing.

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spiderboi
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 12:02:25 PM

*it will come as a surprise

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Gravelight
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 1:04:33 AM
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One game I always end up going back to is Resident Evil. It's not the zombies, it's not the characters, and it's not the series that holds me fast to this title. I can't forget it no matter how hard I try (though I haven't tried, lol). I guess it's from being the first game I played on the PlayStation as well as the first game that scared the unholy tird right outta me. My best friend peed his pants the first time those infected dobermans came crashing through the hall windows. And, yes, I admit that I screamed like a B***h when the hunters arrived in the mansion. Screeching then swiping my head off with one lick. The eerie sounds of an old horror film in the background and navigating through an unknown estate that has enemies in all the places you wouldn't think there would be. Yeah, it had to be a freaking impressive game (mentally) to leave that kind of scar. Also, I know....don't say it, Final Fantasy VII, lol. THE best story ever told in the history of mankind, even though it was fantasy. That game grabbed most of the U.S. and all of Japan by the balls and never let go. At the time it released it was like Marilyn Manson's Anti-Christ Superstar tour. Shocking, everyone loves it, we can't seem to put it down, ahead of it's time, and Made your kids follow along. So it's not just the memory, it's the experience in time followed by many detailed memories. My brain hurts, kudos on this subject Ben. Now i'll be awake for hours playing Resident Evil....again.

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Gravelight
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 1:04:36 AM
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