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Val's top five replayable Video Games

Written by Top 100 Arena on 2012-06-04
You know you have a winning game when someone is willing to sit and replay it, but how many games are so good that you will replay them over and over? I have a lot, so it's hard to narrow it down to just five, but I would have to definitely say the following games are the best of the best, because I have a custom built computer just to enable me to keep playing them.

5 F.E.A.R

While certainly not the oldest of the games I love, F.E.A.R stands as one of the best of the more recent FPS I have played, and not merely because of its graphics, or it's once cutting edge game A.I. I play it because even as familiar as I am with the game, it can still make me jump in the dark with the light off. Those moments of pure paranormal horror assume so much more creep factor because of the ultra-realistic, and ultra-mundane setting. While getting this to run on my current rig is a pain due to the lack of wide screen or ultrahigh res graphics, it nonetheless remains a favorite for two reasons. Paxton Fettel, and, of course, Alma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpL-zmw2xqQ

4 Final Fantasy VII

Though I am a huge fan of all things Final Fantasy, Seven has always been my favorite. No matter how many times I have played the game from beginning to end, it never has failed to be just as intricate and gripping as it was that first time. From the humor of Red XIII in a sailor suit, to the horror of Sephiroth burning Nifelheim, the trials and travails of Cloud Strife are just damn fine story telling. And of course, there is no other villain quite as villainous, or as hated as Sephiroth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx3duFYCcho

3 Tomb Raider 1

Yes, it's dated, and yes, trying to get it to run in anything but windows 98 is damn near impossible, but despite the dated graphics, and despite the fact that the remake has massively improved the overall gameplay, there is still nothing that quite matches the first time you see that tyrannosaur coming out of the dark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgjdFlUtgHI

2 System Shock 2

I am royally pissed at not being able to get this game to run under my current video card. If you've ever played System Shock, you'd understand why Bioshock, no matter how good it was, was still a disappointment. From a game system where you could upgrade your character as you went, to the immensely flexible ability to play in nearly any gaming style you chose, from stealth to standup brawler to psionic superman, System Shock 2 remains one of my most replayed, and tweaked games to date. With the Rebirth patch bringing the old models to new levels of detail, and the extensive fan base having brought the graphic textures up to much higher levels of resolution, this game still manages to hold its own with newer shooters. And of course, there's S.H.O.D.A.N: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOFZ5fv_pb8

1 Xenogears

If Square ever remakes this game in high res, it is to be hoped that they will actually finish the second half of game to the level of detail in the first. I love Xenogears because it has one of the single most complex storylines, and most completely realized worlds in Square history, surpassing even the majority of the FF series. From the opening moments of the introductory video to the final moments of the ending FMV, Xenogears has an intricacy that very very few games have ever come close to matching. If you've never played Xenogears, I recommend finding a copy, because Xenosaga, as much as I love Kos-Mos, just cannot hold a candle to the original. For sheer epic awesomeness, Xenogears stands alone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9RB2bSVKO4&feature=related

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