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 approach again to many times, both to seek out new secrets and techniques, to enhance our expertise, or just because they provide a heat blanket of familiarity. So what video games have we, the Game Informer workers, accomplished probably the most occasions? Read on to seek out out and be at liberty 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 attributable to each shrinking free time and an rising disposable earnings to purchase extra video games. That’s not a flex. I used to be a broke child, so as soon as I bought my first job at 16 and will lastly purchase my very own stuff, I started valuing new experiences greater than revisiting outdated ones, even people who I completely adore. As a child, issues have been completely different. I usually didn’t get new video games, or something for that matter, till the tip of the 12 months 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 a giant Genesis child. Sonic 1 hit me on the good age, and the character received me over together 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 eternally Tails). When I bought older and commenced replaying the sport via varied collections and ports, I performed it no less than twice a 12 months. My greatest run is finishing the sport in below 40 minutes whereas gathering each chaos emerald (and by no means failing a bonus stage).
I don’t have an actual depend however I’d say it’s roughly 30-35 playthroughs no 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 bought 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 sport.
Final Fantasy X utterly 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 wrestle via it a few occasions on PS2 earlier than excitedly shopping for the remaster for Vita years later so I may 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 determine 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 large enough influence. In reality, I discover consolation in that. There are so many superb 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 really feel significant and actual, even seeing a few of these characters (taking a look at 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 the same place in my life. I’ve clocked 21 playthroughs of that trilogy to date, a number 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 bought me extremely excited for Dragon Age 4, which I’ve talked about in excruciating element prior to now.
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 out to be one thing larger than your self. That’s why I’ve a lot time tanked in these varieties of video games and likewise why I don’t see that altering anytime quickly.
Game: Persona 3
Playthrough Count: 5.5
If you ask which Persona sport is my favourite, my reply by no means modifications: Persona 3. It simply got here on the good time. The PS2 had a wonderful RPG library, however you may additionally say it was additionally affected by amount over high quality. A variety of RPGs have been feeling “too much of the same” as we bought later into its lifecycle … that was till I picked up Persona 3. I all the time appreciated the darker and extra mature tone of the Persona sequence, however Persona Three launched social hyperlinks, which turned such a game-changer and engaged me on a brand new stage. Something in regards to the life-sim parts and interacting with the social hyperlinks to study their backstories made me really feel linked to the expertise in a approach I by no means had earlier than. I believe it’s as a result of the social hyperlinks introduced a really relatable factor to the sport; all of us wrestle in life and need assistance getting by, and it confirmed the ability we’ve in turning somebody’s life round by merely giving them our time.
So, after I accomplished my first playthrough of Persona 3, I wanted to play it once more 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 Three FES and Persona 3 Portable (P3P), gave me much more causes besides up the sport once more. New social hyperlinks meant new prospects, 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 cherished all of it these years in the past, even when my opinions on some characters might 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 entails them within the journey till the very finish.
Game: Tony Hawk’s Underground
Playthrough Count: Innumerable
I not often 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 sport 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 workers, as an example I did it 248 occasions.
And now, pricey readers, it is your flip: which video games have you ever accomplished probably the most occasions and what retains bringing you again to them?