When we look at a game purchase, typically one of the first things we judge is how long is it going to last us. In terms of game length, replayability is king - the ability to do the same thing over and over without getting it getting boring or repetitive. Games like Crusader Kings II and Minecraft thrive on replayability, knowing that every time you head in you’re going to be playing the same game but have a completely different experience.
Cinematic adventures take a different tack, and deliver a completely different experience. Games like The Last of Us and Ryse: Son of Rome thrive on delivering this one size fits all experience, where every playthrough is carefully orchestrated to be much the same. For some though, the prospect of a 5-10 hour linear playthrough is a much more enticing prospect than attempting another daunting runthrough of The Witcher 2, much in the same way rewatching a movie is more commonplace than rewatching a TV show.
Multiplayer is another aspect that adds untold value to some titles, for some players. Even now, almost 20 years after its launch, the appeal of Quake’s online ensures gamers are still playing it to this day. For me the prospect of going through an old game again now seems a waste of time when there’s new titles constantly coming out, but I used to take pleasure in running through classics like Goldeneye, Ocarina of Time, and Half-Life. Again. And again. And again.
What do you think are the qualities that ensure is playable over and over again? Is being replayable just the same as being addictive? What are some of the most replayable games you’ve ever played?