5 games with the best replay value

What exactly makes you want to play through a game more than once? What makes it “replayble”? I will use 5 games to answer this question and analyze the replayability factors.

“Replay value” is defined as “the entertainment value obtained by playing a computer game more than once”.

Generally there are 10 types of replay value:

  • branching story where player might play again to get different endings
  • character customization that will allow the player to play using a different play style
  • randomization
  • achievement completion
  • perfromance grading — perfectionism
  • playing again with new insight giving you a new perspective
  • unlockable characters and items
  • ability to replay missions
  • an atmosphere that makes the game feel like home

Dark Souls

Let’s first have a look at a game that is being listed as one of the most replayble and as the most popular game to speedrun of all time.

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Binding of Isaac

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Fallout New Vegas

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Super Meat Boy

Super Meat boy is a successor to the famous 2008 hardcore retro platformer “Meat Boy”. The player controls Meat Boy, a sort of a boy with no skin, attempting to rescue his girlfriend Bandage Girl from the evil Dr. Fetus. The game is known for its hardcore difficulty and an insane number of retro easter egg and secret glitch levels, featuring more than 300 levels.

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Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is a pixel-art top-down shoot-em-up full of visceral gore. It was made with Game Maker Studio, which is often (wrongly) considered to be an immature game engine, but some great games like Spelunky or Undertale were also made in it.

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INTP, Master’s degree in comp-sci, Creator, indie game developer, director, writer, photographer. I like BJJ, Jungian psychology, mythology and memes.

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