We deal with some video video games as one-and-done experiences however others we will’t get sufficient of even after the credit roll. No matter what new experiences fall into our laps, there are specific video games we discover our means again to repeatedly, both to search out new secrets and techniques, to enhance our abilities, or just because they provide a heat blanket of familiarity. So what video games have we, the Game Informer employees, accomplished essentially the most occasions? Read on to search out out and be happy to share your most performed video games down within the feedback!
Game: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Playthrough Count: 30-35 (or extra)
I don’t replay video games fairly often, particularly as I’ve gotten older. That’s on account of each shrinking free time and an growing disposable earnings to purchase extra video games. That’s not a flex. I used to be a broke child, so as soon as I obtained my first job at 16 and could finally buy my own stuff, I started valuing new experiences greater than revisiting outdated ones, even those who I completely adore. As a child, issues have been totally different. I usually didn’t get new video games, or something for that matter, till the top of the yr for Christmas and my birthday (which is in November). Thus, I replayed video games advert nauseam and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 noticed extra return journeys than anything.
Despite rising up with an NES/SNES, I used to be an enormous Genesis child. Sonic 1 hit me on the good age, and the character gained me over along with his rad ‘tude. Sonic 2 improved upon the original in every way and remains, in my opinion, the perfect Sonic game. I played it over and over, sometimes alone, sometimes with my brother using the half-baked co-op (I’m the older brother, so he was perpetually Tails). When I obtained older and started replaying the sport via numerous collections and ports, I performed it not less than twice a yr. My greatest run is finishing the sport in underneath 40 minutes whereas amassing each chaos emerald (and by no means failing a bonus stage).
I don’t have a precise depend however I’d say it’s roughly 30-35 playthroughs not less than. It’s in all probability extra, however I’ll keep modest. It’s been a couple of years since I final picked up Sonic 2, however the reveal of Sonic Origins has reignited the flame to take yet one more journey via Chemical Plant Zone.
Game: Final Fantasy X
Playthrough Count: 7
I obtained into the RPG style comparatively late in my gaming life. Though I poured numerous hours into the primary console I ever owned, the SNES, I by no means performed RPGs on it – I do know, blasphemy! My first true RPG expertise got here once I opened my Game Boy Color on Christmas morning alongside a replica of Pokémon Blue. While I’ve replayed Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow a number of occasions, it was my second RPG ever that’s my most-replayed recreation.
Final Fantasy X completely blew me away once I first noticed it at a pal’s home; I knew I had to purchase it for my PS2 instantly. I might go on to battle via it a few occasions on PS2 earlier than excitedly shopping for the remaster for Vita years later so I might play it on the go – the dream. Since then, I’ve purchased the remaster assortment on PS3, PS4, and Switch.
Fast ahead to 2021 and I simply wrapped up my seventh playthrough of Final Fantasy X. In my preliminary runs, I largely mainlined the story, however I’ve since expanded my expertise to incorporate the Celestial Weapons, hidden Aeons, hidden spheres, Blitzball, Monster Arena, and extra. The story, the turn-based fight, the nostalgia, all of it strikes an ideal word for me, giving me a enjoyable, snug factor to stay up for each couple of years once I resolve it is time to as soon as once more expertise the heartbreaking, but triumphant story of Tidus and Yuna.
Games: Mass Effect Trilogy, Dragon Age Trilogy
Playthrough Count: 34 (Mass Effect), 21 (Dragon Age)
I don’t thoughts replaying video games if they’ve a sufficiently big impression. In truth, I discover consolation in that. There are so many wonderful video games on the market that simply really feel like dwelling. For me, there are a couple of that I’ve gone into greater than I in all probability ought to. The Mass Effect trilogy, for one. I’ve over 34 playthroughs now and actually? So many extra coming down the pipeline.BioWare did a tremendous job at making these characters feel meaningful and real, even seeing a few of these characters ( you, Garrus and Tali) having their very own lives outdoors of Commander Shepard. Feeling the loss, the love, the combat to outlive – all the things about that story drives me to need to return and board the Normandy as soon as extra.
In the same vein, BioWare’s different franchise, Dragon Age, has an identical place in my life. I’ve clocked 21 playthroughs of that trilogy to date, a variety of that simply to get extra of the lore as a result of each time I play I discover one thing new, one thing that issues. That’s additionally obtained me extremely excited for Dragon Age 4, which I’ve talked about in excruciating detail in the past.
If I’m not wanting an enormous story repair, there are two multiplayer video games that I’ve invested some critical time into. Destiny 2 with over 3,000 hours and Elder Scrolls Online with over 6,000. If you’re not having fun with your time, why play? It’s good to get misplaced right into a digital world. Forget in regards to the day-to-day, turn into one thing greater than your self. That’s why I’ve a lot time tanked in these varieties of video games and in addition why I don’t see that altering anytime quickly.
Game: Persona 3
Playthrough Count: 5.5
If you ask which Persona recreation is my favorite, my reply by no means adjustments: Persona 3. It simply got here on the good time. The PS2 had a wonderful RPG library, however you can additionally say it was additionally tormented by amount over high quality. A variety of RPGs have been feeling “too much of the same” as we obtained later into its lifecycle … that was till I picked up Persona 3. I at all times appreciated the darker and extra mature tone of the Persona sequence, however Persona 3 launched social hyperlinks, which turned such a game-changer and engaged me on a brand new degree. Something in regards to the life-sim components and interacting with the social hyperlinks to study their backstories made me really feel related to the expertise in a means I by no means had earlier than. I feel it’s as a result of the social hyperlinks introduced a really relatable ingredient to the sport; all of us battle in life and need assistance getting by, and it confirmed the facility we have now in turning somebody’s life round by merely giving them our time.
So, after I accomplished my first playthrough of Persona 3, I needed to play it again and see all of the social hyperlinks I missed. There’s additionally one thing to be stated about mastering the way you optimize your time every playthrough. Thankfully, different variations, like Persona 3 FES and Persona 3 Portable (P3P), gave me much more causes besides up the sport once more. New social hyperlinks meant new potentialities, and P3P let me see the story from a brand new perspective as a feminine character. To date, I’ve performed the sport 5 occasions, which for a protracted RPG is a feat in itself. I’m at present midway via my sixth playthrough, which I’m at present streaming. I nonetheless see Persona 3’s magic and why I beloved all of it these years in the past, even when my opinions on some characters could have modified. Turns out, Junpei isn’t fairly as lovable the older you get. That being stated, Persona 3’s energy over me is in its social hyperlinks and the way it includes them within the journey till the very finish.
Game: Tony Hawk’s Underground
Playthrough Count: Innumerable
I hardly ever replay video video games; life is brief and video video games are lengthy. However, once I was a child, I used to replay Tony Hawk’s Underground from start-to-finish once I was bored. It solely took a couple of hours, so it was a great way to fill time, and it stays my favourite recreation of all time to this present day. Between you and me, reader, I’ve no clue what number of occasions I did this. But for the sake of one-upping everybody else on employees, as an instance I did it 248 occasions.
And now, pricey readers, it is your flip: which video games have you ever accomplished essentially the most occasions and what retains bringing you again to them?