Many games of today rarely have that lasting appeal. They?re barely the same as the games in the past. (like Super Mario Bros. 2, Metroid, Sonic The Hedgehog, Golden Axe, etc). With modern games, you just breeze through them, and once the story is done, you could hardly push on any further, and you start to wonder if it was worth the money you spent.
This doesn?t mean that there are no more games that cast their spell on you to keep playing them. There are tons of open world games, but few of them actually makes you keep reaping those trophies, achievements, unlockables.
Grand Theft Auto 5
This game is a serious bang for the buck. At $39.99, you will be blasting your way in a crime-spree city for more than hundreds of hours as there are tons of neat things to do after clearing the main story. You don?t even need to finish the main campaign to get distracted with other things to do here, with the ultimate goal in mind to become a millionaire playboy, and by owning Los Santos, literally.
So you?ve defeated all the gym leaders, walked the path of champions in the Victory Road, caught some nifty legendary pokemons, and even smashed the Elite Four. Are you done? Barely. Finishing the main quest in Pokemon only gives you the stuff you need in order to properly play the game. Badges to collect, breeding, uncovering secrets, and of course, CATCHING THEM ALL.
The True Vault Hunter Mode is going to be unlocked once you cleared the already lengthy main campaign of the game. Yes. You go back at the beginning, but this time, you?ve got all your guns, XP, kit, and the most important factor for a game?s replayability; TOUGHER enemies and BIGGER challenges.
Shadow of Memories
This one?s an old game that was released for PlayStation 2, but worry not, you can still find a copy of this somewhere for the PC. Either way, if you have access to the game, you can play as Eike. A man who was destined to die, but had the ability to prevent his death, only to find out that other things will cause his death eventually. The game practically starts at the end of the story as it goes backwards. This means that, you can only get into the real deal of things once you finish the game once. Not only this, but certain actions and investigations also affects the outcome of the game for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th time that you beat it. This will get you the REAL ending. The game?s relatively short, so replaying it is not going to be much of a hassle.
Honorable mentions are;
Red Dead Redemption, Dark Souls, Dragon’s Dogma, Star Ocean (1,2,3, and 4), Valkyrie Profile 1 and 2, GTA San Andreas
There’s probably more, but it’ll take a while to properly evaluate them if it’s actually worth giving them another shot once the main campaign is over. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes anyone?
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