Up For Debate - How often do you replay games?

Written by Neil Soutter on Sun, Jan 3, 2021 2:00 PM
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Video games are great and we all love them, there’s no doubt about that. They offer us a new experience, often giving us access into a brand new world that we can explore and learn about, or take us on adventures where the story sticks with us for a long time, or even just providing us with a limitless supply of fun and engaging gameplay.

But arguably what’s one of the greatest things about video games is their replayability, as most games can be replayed time and time again and still offer the same amount of enjoyment as the first time. So with that said, we’d like to ask you guys how often do you replay games?

For the purpose of this question we’re also going to say that this only accounts for games that you restarted from the beginning, not just restarted at the last checkpoint or carrying on from where you left off a long time ago. If that were the case, then I’ve replayed Spelunky over 1000 times by now. But how many times have I restarted the game from the beginning with absolutely nothing, nada, zilch? Well, never, and I don’t intend to.

However, games like The Witcher 3, Deus Ex (the original one), or even obscure titles like Brutal Legend are all in my own top most replayed games of all time, and that probably says what kind of genre of video games I love the most. But what we want to know is how often it is that you replay your favorite games, and which ones are they?

Maybe you play a small narrative indie game or restart your run of a particular roguelike every few months. Maybe you tackle your favorite open world RPG every year and aim to make different narrative decisions or discover even more of what you missed in your last playthrough. Maybe you never even finish replaying them, and instead just restart the beginning to create a new character and see what happens.

I’ve probably replayed Skyrim about 50 times now, but have I ever completed the game more than once? Absolutely not, yet I still manage to find even more content that I didn’t find before in the base vanilla version.

So what about you? How often do you replay games? Which games do you replay the most? Let’s debate!

How often do you normally replay your favorite games?

Why do you replay them?

Is replayability a factor when buying new games?

Apart from RPG which genre provides the most amount of replayability?

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07:23 Jan-04-2021

I Sim Race alot and that has the most replay value for me since the objective is to get good and no matter what your always trying to get better and you will always discover a cool way to get faster and then you adapt your entire Race Craft

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07:25 Jan-04-2021

to incorporate that trick. same thing for when i use to play Battlefield 2142 after my friends vanished and the Game went offline singleplayer with bots was still fun as your finding new ways to improve your loadout and hold your ground. TH

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07:26 Jan-04-2021

THE LOSS OF BOTS AND MOD SUPPORT IN MODERN SHOOTER IS A PURE SHAME. THATS WHY I PICKED UP RAVENFIELD AND HOLY **** WHAT A FUN TIME THAT IS

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02:01 Jan-04-2021

I generally only replay games that have multiple ways to play through them or that force you to choose between different playstyles or content. And also, I rarely replay games that have a playtime of more than 25 hours or so, because I barely have time to play new games anymore.

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23:41 Jan-03-2021

I don’t even finish any games lmao. I think that if I were to take an example of 100 games that Ive played I finished maybe 5% of them. Not even that.

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23:36 Jan-03-2021

I never replay games, once i passed a game that is it. Notable exception are the STALKER ( passed all games 3 times a couple of years ago ) and Metro Series ( played 2033 and Last Light two times while Exodus only once ).


The main reason for me is because i dont see the points, sure if a story has multiple endings i might get a different ending however as i play the game how i would like it then i would probably select the same things again.

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21:49 Jan-03-2021

These days I mostly just beat a game once. But every now and again there are games I know I'll come back to eventually. Mostly smaller indie titles but one game I know I'm gonna enjoy replaying is Astral Chain for the Switch.

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19:20 Jan-03-2021

I usually replay, or should I say revisit, games for that "nostalgia" feeling, especially games I grew up with. (FIFA 99-03, Mafia II, Far Cry, Diablo II, Age of Empires to name a few..)
But with so many over 40-50 hours it's harder and harder to replay them in their entirety.

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20:31 Jan-03-2021

I know the feeling all to well.
Time is a commodity that you have less and less of, as you age.

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21:20 Jan-03-2021

Indeed it is. Not to add the part were I grow up and my view towards games changes with time and I become more picky. Let's just say that I'm not throwing my money at almost everything as I used to. At least, this way, I'll have less games to replay!

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18:42 Jan-03-2021

Last replayed GTA V because of a storry and investments for Lester missions. Can't force myself to replay The Witcher 3, I don't have enough time…

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18:18 Jan-03-2021

Is there not a never option?

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22:39 Jan-03-2021

Yeah, I was looking for a never option too. I never replay a game no matter how much I love it. I feel like I'm wasting my time playing a game I've already experienced instead of experiencing a new game. Except for game that I didn't finish in the past and I've lost the save files, only then I would play it again.

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17:04 Jan-03-2021

whenever I get hyped enough after seeing the said game on youtube or internet. Or if randomly remember I haven't played it in a long time.

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16:18 Jan-03-2021

Pretty sure that same article was already been out here like a year ago.
So Warcraft 3 and TFT is the game i like to replay from time to time

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15:40 Jan-03-2021

Final Fantasy 7 & 9, Bioshock 1 & 2 would be the games I've replayed the most. I have about 20 other games that I keep saying to myself I'll replay at some point, but the problem is that I've been playing so many open world games in recent years there's no longer the time to fit both them and any smaller current releases into the time I have available.

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15:04 Jan-03-2021

My most replayed games are Mass effect 2(beat like 6 times), GTA san andreas (6 times once on android), witcher 3 (twice). Few of my favorite games i sometimes go back to for example metro series before the launch of exodus.

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14:58 Jan-03-2021

I often go back to my classic tomb raider games from tomb raider 1 to tomb raider chronicles, love them so much, massive fan/obsession and added mods keeping them fresh

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14:48 Jan-03-2021

RTS FAN HERE. And Despite having the latest hardware. I still play Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge.

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14:37 Jan-03-2021

i only replay whenever i upgrade my pc, to enjoy better fps and graphics :)

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20:33 Jan-03-2021

Are you more impressed with the game on your replay (because of the better visuals etc...)?

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14:29 Jan-03-2021

I usually don't do it but I have done it with The Witcher 3

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14:26 Jan-03-2021

I usualy play old games that I like in every 4-5 years.

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14:25 Jan-03-2021

Aside from the choice above, I would definitely replay games when I get a new PC component, like better CPUs and GPUs.

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