The Games We Keep Coming Back To: Video Games With High Replay Value

Over the years, gamers have been given a plethora of video games to play on various consoles. As amazing as some of these games may have been, most of them lack a certain element: replay value.In the present age of gaming, it is nothing for a consumer to go to the store or jump online and pick up the newest game on the market. After purchasing the game and putting hours or maybe even a few days into the game, then what? Well that game will do one of three things: it could just sit on a shelf as part of a collection, it could be passed on to a friend for them to play, or it could be sold back to a retailer for a fraction of what it was originally purchased it for.

Every once in a while, a gamer ends up finding those few games that they not only fall in love with, but love to play over and over again. These games still have replay value and are still entertaining and nostalgic to the player. These could be games that we grew up playing in our youth, or games we just recently discovered and regret not knowing about sooner.

Here are our favorite games with high replay value and a few reasons why we are still playing these games.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

2011 – PC, PS3, Xbox 360

2013 – PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

I was first introduced to the Elder Scrolls series after playing Oblivion. Even though I got into the series a few games late, I immediately fell in love with everything it had to offer. Skyrim offered the same style of game play as Oblivion (open world, level up tree, guilds, etc) but it also improved upon them as well. The reason I’m still playing Skyrim is because of the freedom it offers its players. Not to say that other games do not offer the same freedom, but there is a certain charm about Skyrim (even with the glitches) that I cannot get enough of. – Tom Kolbert

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Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires

2006 -PS2, PS3, Xbox360

Dynasty Warriors is a “hack and slash” game based on Chinese historical figures from the text “Records of the Three Kingdoms.” The game is incredibly fun and I highly recommend these games if you like fighting endless waves of enemies. The only real challenge lies within officer fights and finishing main objectives before time runs out. This game in particular (in my opinion) is better then the other Empire games (so far). It is simple, fun, and it’s a game that you can get lost in for hours. -Tom Kolbert

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Final Fantasy X

2001 – PS2

Remaster – 2013 – PS3/PSVita

Remaster – 2015 – PS4

Final Fantasy X is my second favorite game from this series. The main thing I love about this game is the turn based combat system. The cast of characters, the sphere grid, the plot, and even blitzball make this game great. Even though the dialogue is super corny and the main character is a bit of a wuss, I find myself replaying this game at least once a year. Plus the game contains a lot of secret items as well as Aeons which can be difficult to unlock. – Tom Kolbert

Favorite Quote: Tidus: “AH HA HA HA HA HA HA” 

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Crash Team Racing

1999 – PlayStation

I didn’t have a Nintendo 64 growing up, but I did have an original PlayStation. So while everyone was playing Mario Kart 64, I was playing Crash Team Racing. This game is my favorite racing game to this very day.  As much as I love Mario Kart 64, CTR had something Mario Kart didn’t. It had a story mode, unlock-able characters, and the fact that I grew up playing it gives it some extra special attention. – Tom Kolbert

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Final Fantasy Tactics

1998 US – Playstation

2007 – PSP

My favorite Final Fantasy game of all time is this one right here. A turn based strategy game where you control units on a title grid and battle enemies while progressing though an in depth political story line. The game is absolutely brilliant, the combat system is easy to pick up but holds endless possibilities. I spend the majority of my time leveling up my characters early on because game is very difficult if you fall behind on levels. In addition, there are certain points in the game where if your characters are not strong enough you can get stuck in the same spot forever, forcing you to restart from an earlier save point, or the very beginning if you only had one save. The game also has secret unlock-able characters which I love taking the time find. I am currently playing this game on my PS3, since it allows me to play original PlayStation games. Despite the fact that I have shelves full of video games for multiple systems. Final Fantasy Tactics will always be my favorite game ever, and that decision comes from its story, game play, and most importantly, its replay value. – Tom Kolbert

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Call of Duty: WWII

2017 – Xbox One, PS4, & PC

Truly, you could substitute most Call of Duty titles for the sake of this list. However, Call of Duty is one of the most underrated series when it comes to replayability. WWII‘s thrilling single player campaign, fan favorite Zombies mode, and ultra deep online multiplayer gives gamers reasons to come back day after day. The addictive multiplayer is better than ever with WWII, giving players a new hub-like experience (think Destiny), more perks and upgrades than ever, and of course arguably the best mechanics of any shooter to date. There’s no doubt that WWII will be a game you’ll want to revisit years down the line, even after a few more Call of Duty titles have released. Josiah LeRoy

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Mario Kart 8

2014 – Wii U

2017 (Deluxe Edition) – Nintendo Switch

I shared a similar love of Crash Team Racing as my colleague mentioned above, growing up as a Playstation gamer and always finding solace and enjoyment in the various titles in the Crash Bandicoot franchise. It’s no secret that Mario Kart has been a staple of the racing genre, as well as the different consoles and handhelds that Nintendo has released over the years. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe takes the crown in terms of replayability. Few party games are as deep and even fewer are as accessible to the casual gaming audience. Mario Kart 8: DeluxeJeff Pawlak, I’m coming for you. features tons of tracks, beloved Nintendo characters, and customization options that not only look gorgeous in stunning full HD, but have me coming back for regular doses.  Josiah LeRoy

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Batman: Arkham Asylum & Batman: Arkham City (Batman: Return to Arkham)

2009 (Arkham Asylum) – Xbox 360, PS3, PC

2011 (Arkham City) – Xbox 360, PS3, PC

2012 (Arkham City) – Wii U

2016 (Return to Arkham Collection) – Xbox One, PS4

Did you truly think I could partake in a list such as this and not include any Arkham references? Of course not, Bats! Arkham Asylum & Arkham City are my two favorite video games ever made. Both are included in a fantastic re-release called Batman: Return to Arkham. The collection includes both games’ full DLC packages too, so there’s quite possibly no better value on the gaming market. Each game is distinct in its setting and feel, yet retain the overall, underlying arch that ties both stories together so wonderfully. While Asylum is smaller in scale, some prefer it to the wider, sprawling map of City. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve purchased each game 3 times. I have completed Asylum 100% twice, though City has eluded me. I think we both know what the answer to that is: time to jump back into Arkham! Well, after Jamie LeRoy beats it, of course… Josiah LeRoy

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What games do you find yourself coming back to and, perhaps, even repurchase? Tell us in the comments below!

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