I replay games constantly. Probably too much, actually, because I’m up to like 800 games on Steam I’ve never even installed. Every time I scroll through my list of games I own on Steam, there’s always at least five that I don’t remember buying, or forgot I owned.
For example, I’m just finishing up replaying Pokemon Fire Red. I’ve been streaming myself replaying Sonic Unleashed on Twitch, which will be the third time I’ve played that entire game from beginning to end, on top of the literal hundreds of hours I’ve spent on a full-clear save file replaying my favorite levels. I’m also finishing up a replay of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, after season 2 of Castlevania on Netflix got me in the mood. I just put out a video on my Youtube channel about replaying Sonic R. I make a note to replay Donkey Kong Country every Christmas. etc.
Meanwhile, I have Crysis Warhead installed, a game I’ve never played before and wanted to play after finishing Crysis 1 in 2017. I’ve had Warhead installed for around 11 months now and never even booted it up once.
My tendency to replay stuff comes from a place that I grew up poor. So that’s just kind of what I learned how to do. For over a year, I used to come home from school and play Parappa the Rapper from start to finish, almost every single day. I did the 100% full clear on Final Fantasy VII largely without using a guide because I’d spend hours revisiting all of the towns, talking to every single NPC, just to see if anyone had different dialog. I meticulously combed the entire map looking for any secret entrances. I put over 100 hours in to that game, largely because it was one of the only games I had.
So now, in 2019, where you can end up with 20+ free games a year no strings attached, I still find myself going back to the classics. I mean, shit, I’m looking at copies of Yakuza Kiwami, Uncharted 4, and Titanfall 2 that have never even entered the disc tray on my PS4.
But that replay of Symphony of the Night has to be at least my eighth time.