We treat some video games as unique experiences, but others that we can’t get enough of even after the credits roll. Whatever new experiences come our way, there are certain games that we come back to over and over again, either to uncover new secrets, to improve our skills, or just because they provide a warm blanket of familiarity. So what games do we have, the Game Informer personal, completed the most times? Read on to find out and feel free to share your most played games in the comments!
Thu: Sonic the hedgehog 2
Number of parts: 30-35 (or more)
I don’t play games very often, especially as I got older. This is due to both the decrease in free time and the increase in the income available to buy more games. It’s not a flex. I was a broke kid, so once I got my first job at 16 and was finally able to buy my own stuff, I started to value new experiences more than revisiting old ones, even the ones I absolutely adore. As a child, things were different. I usually haven’t had any new games, or anything for that matter, until the end of the year for Christmas and my birthday (which is in November). So, I replayed the games ad nauseam and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 saw more back-and-forths than anything else.
Although I grew up with an NES / SNES, I was a big Genesis kid. Sonic 1 hit me at the perfect age, and the character won me over with his rad’tude. Sonic 2 has improved on 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 Tails forever). When I grew up and started replaying the game through various collections and ports, I played it at least twice a year. My best run is to complete the game in under 40 minutes while collecting all the Chaos Emeralds (and never missing a bonus stage).
I don’t have an exact tally, but I would say it’s at least 30-35 games. It’s probably more, but I’ll keep it modest. It’s been a few years since I last bought Sonic 2, but the Sonic Origins reveal has rekindled the flame to take one more trip through the Chemical Plant Zone.
Thu: Final Fantasy X
Number of parts: 7
I entered the RPG genre relatively late in my life as a gamer. Although I spent countless hours on the first console I ever owned, the SNES, I never played RPGs on it – I know, profanity! My first real RPG experience came when I opened my Game Boy Color on Christmas morning with a copy of Pokémon Blue. While I have replayed Pokémon Red / Blue / Yellow several times, this was my second RPG ever which is my most replayed game.
Final Fantasy X completely blew me away when I first saw it at a friend’s house; I knew I had to buy it for my PS2 immediately. I struggled through it a few times on PS2 before enthusiastically purchasing the remaster for Vita years later so I could play it on the go – the dream. Since then, I have purchased the Remastered Collection on PS3, PS4, and Switch.
Fast forward to 2021 and I just finished my seventh game of Final Fantasy X. In my first runs I was mostly story driven, but have since expanded my experience to include Celestial Weapons, Aeons. hidden, hidden spheres, Blitzball, Monster Arena, and more. The story, the turn-based combat, the nostalgia, it all suits me perfectly, giving me a fun and comfortable thing to look forward to every two years when I decide it’s time to experience the heartbreaking, but triumphant again. tale of Tidus and Yuna.
Games: Mass Effect Trilogy, Dragon Age Trilogy
Number of parts: 34 (mass effect), 21 (dragon age)
I don’t mind replaying games if they have a big enough impact. In fact, I find comfort there. There are so many amazing games that just feel right at home. For me, there are a few that I leaned into more than I probably should. The Mass Effect trilogy, for example. I have over 34 playthroughs now and honestly? So many more to come. BioWare has done an incredible job of making these characters meaningful and real, even seeing some of these characters (looking at you, Garrus and Tali) having their own lives outside of Commander Shepard. Feeling the loss, the love, the struggle to survive – everything in this story makes me want to come back and embark on the Normandy again.
In a similar vein, BioWare’s other franchise, Dragon Age, holds a similar place in my life. I’ve recorded 21 playthroughs from this trilogy so far, a lot just to learn more about the story, because every time I play I find something new, something that matters. It also made me incredibly excited about Dragon Age 4, which I have spoken about in excruciating detail in the past.
If I don’t want a huge story correction, there are two multiplayer games that I have invested a lot of time in. Destiny 2 with over 3000 hours and Elder Scrolls Online with over 6000 hours. If you are not enjoying your time, why gamble? It’s nice to get lost in a digital world. Forget the everyday, become something bigger than yourself. This is why I spent so much time dedicating to these types of games and also why I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Thu: Persona 3
Number of parts: 5.5
If you ask me which Persona game is my favorite, my answer never changes: Persona 3. It just happened at the right time. The PS2 had a glorious RPG library, but you could also say that it was also plagued by quantity rather than quality. A lot of RPGs felt ‘too alike’ as we moved into their lifecycle later … that was until I picked Persona 3. I’ve always enjoyed the darker, more mature tone of the series. Persona, but Persona 3 introduced social connections, which was a game-changer and engaged me on a new level. Something about the life simulation elements and interacting with social connections to learn their stories made me feel connected to the experience in a way I had never experienced before. I think it’s because the social connections brought a very relevant element to the game; we all struggle in life and need help coping, and it has shown the power we have to change someone’s life just by giving them our time.
So, after I finished my first part of Persona 3, I had to replay it and see all the social links that I had missed. There is also something to be said about mastering how you optimize your time in each game. Fortunately, other versions, like Persona 3 FES and Persona 3 Portable (P3P), gave me even more reasons to restart the game. New social ties meant new possibilities, and P3P allowed me to see the game. story in a new light as a female character. To date, I have played the game five times, which for a long RPG is quite an achievement in itself. I am currently halfway through my sixth part, which I am currently broadcasting. I still see the magic of Persona 3 and why I loved it all those years ago, even though my opinions on some characters may have changed. Turns out Junpei isn’t as adorable the older you get. That said, Persona 3’s power over me lies in his social connections and how he involves them in the adventure to the end.
Thu: Tony Hawk’s subway
Number of parts: Innumerable
I rarely play video games again; life is short and video games are long. However, when I was a kid I used to replay Tony Hawk’s Underground from start to finish when I was bored. It only took a few hours, so it was a good way to fill the time, and it remains my all time favorite game to this day. Between you and me, reader, I have no idea how many times I’ve done this. But for the sake of all the other staff, let’s say I’ve done it 248 times.
And now, dear readers, it’s your turn: which games have you completed the most times and what keeps you coming back to them?
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