Up For Debate - If you could play any game for the first time again, which one would it be?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Jun 13, 2021 5:00 PM
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Video games are a great source of entertainment for anyone of any age, but as with any other medium and piece of art you can only ever experience them for the first time once. No matter how long you wait until you play/watch/read something again, it will never be exactly like that first time.

All those emotional moments, those twists and turns, character developments etc. will only ever be as significant as the first time you play. You can arguably get close to that first-time experience, but will never be able to re-experience it for the first time ever again.

So, hypothetically, let’s say you can play any game for the first time again, which one would it be and why? You can only choose one though, so choose carefully.

There’s a plethora of games to choose from, and as games have improved and evolved over the years, storytelling ability and technical achievements have also increased. So I’d wager we’ll see more games in the Discussion area below from within the past few years rather than any older games.

That’s not to say any older games didn’t have the same emotional impact as any of the new ones, but it definitely seems like more and more games these days have exceptional storytelling and gameplay.

For me, and this is probably a pretty cliche answer, but I would have to choose The Witcher 3 as my choice. To me that was, and still is, the best game I have ever played and has had a lasting impact on how I play and perceive other games and stories of other mediums. If I could only experience 1 game for the first time again then that would absolutely be my choice, without a doubt.

But what about you? If you could play any game for the first time again, which one would it be? And why? Was it a fairly recent game? Or something from when you were younger? And do you feel the quality of games overall has improved recently? Or has it stayed the same or even gotten worse? Let’s debate!

Do you think the overall quality of games has improved recently?

What is your favorite genre of video game?

Do you prefer a good story good gameplay or an equal balance of both?

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16:12 Jun-16-2021

The Witcher 3. Soulsborne series, Mass effect trilogy.

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15:48 Jun-16-2021

Final Fantasy VIII.

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18:34 Jun-14-2021

Half Life 2

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16:49 Jun-14-2021

Mass Effect trilogy,Witcher 2 and 3, Prey 2006, Max Payne 1 & 2,F.E.A.R., Vampires the Masquerade - Bloodlines, Diablo II LoD, Assassins Creed 1,2 and Brotherhood.Duke Nukem 3D.Many of this i love replaying just for the fun of the gameplay itself,tho.

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13:47 Jun-14-2021

Yakuza

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11:32 Jun-14-2021

Witcher 3. Oh what i wouldn't give to replay it for the first time again!

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08:49 Jun-14-2021

RED DEAD 2 sure it was a very engaging story and seeing what happened to aurtur felt wrong but SPEC OPS THE LINE really made me question alot of things. i can easily say this movies games show that war is gruesome but we are due to the cons

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08:53 Jun-14-2021

constant exposure to it sorta now numb to the whole shock and horror factors of war but in spec ops i truly felt guilt for my actions. think before acting as you can be wrong, so very god damn wrong.

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08:19 Jun-14-2021

SKYRIM. OMG SKYRIM..............

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10:26 Jun-14-2021

This. Was so disappointed Bethesda didn't show Skyrim 2 at E3 :(

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09:03 Jun-15-2021

If course not they said that last gen consoles were too weak to even consider starting development and thus they most likely started development of TES VI in 2019 when current gen consoles got dev kits.

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16:59 Jun-14-2021

Amen!

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07:05 Jun-14-2021

Persona 5 and its not even close.

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05:20 Jun-14-2021

Witcher 3 of course

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11:33 Jun-14-2021

dem feels

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02:52 Jun-14-2021

Soulsborne series but still it doesn't matter because you still gonna die a lot on 2nd and a 3rd playthrough

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00:58 Jun-14-2021

The first story that captivated me was Final Fantasy Tactics. I was in love with that game as a kid. Also, I remember playing Morrowind for the first time and just having my mindblown at every aspect of the game back then. It was my first open world RPG after my dad got me into D&D and I was just in awe. Would love to go back to that time and just admire it even more. Also New Vegas. That's something I wish I could play for the first time every time I play it.

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00:08 Jun-14-2021

Chrono Trigger for the story. Mind blown after the initial Magus arc.

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23:06 Jun-13-2021

GTA San Andreas, Max Payne 1/2, Fallout New Vegas, The Witcher 3, Assassin's Creed 1/2/3

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22:24 Jun-13-2021

GTA San Andreas, here we go again

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21:38 Jun-13-2021

Final Fantasy VIII

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20:51 Jun-13-2021

So many, can't choose one...
Warcraft 3
God of War 1-3
Dark Souls
Prince of Persia Trilogy
WoW
Final Fantasy IX/VI/VII
Battlefield BC2
CoD 2 or 4
Assassin's Creed 2
Tomb Raider
Uncharted


Really I should stop, way too many games...

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20:36 Jun-13-2021

My game (or rather serie) would be Mirror's Edge. Not for the story, but for the gameplay and environment. Both games captured it so well and I have been so eager to explore the map. I can still remember the first time I heard that MEC would be open world. The execution of the story is not that great, side missions are limited and repetition based, but the art style and the gameplay of Faith is simply amazing. I really wish EA will make another one, but it's so unfortunate that both games didn't sell that well, so the chance for a new game is quite small

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20:10 Jun-13-2021

RDR 2
Batman Arkham Series
Spider-Man 2018 (wish it was on pc)
Assasin's Creed 2

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22:23 Jun-13-2021

lol I miss read your reply at first, I thought you said "which was on pc" instead of "wish it was on pc"
I was gonna ask what did you use an emulator or something else
I hope sony port it to PC with all their other great games there is a greater chance of that now more than ever

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19:51 Jun-13-2021

God of war

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