What constitutes replay value to you?

One criteria for a good game is it's replay value, or at least that's what review sites have taught me. A game like Call of Duty: Black Ops can net play times of several hundred hours with it's diverse and enjoyable online experience. But does that make it a better game than say; Super Mario galaxy 2, which has maybe forty to fifty hours in it's lifetime? I suppose the Question I'm asking is: does more playtime equal better game?

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Xander-RKoS2784d ago

Replay value can be found in any game. I know people who play Wii Fit, Wii Sports, and other games that some reviewers have stated have no replay value, just as much as the more popular games.

Exhaust2784d ago

Yeah it really just comes down to individual preference. But its a very thought provoking article.

NecrumSlavery2783d ago

Showcase Replay or game you only play to show off technology isn't real replay value. If you cant replay alone, its got low replay value. but replay does not necessarily reflect quality. AC2 is amazing & I platinumed it. I will never play it again. I have no reason too. I had a great time and look forward to ACB/AC3.

StanLee2783d ago

For me, replay value is multiple story arcs and endings. I find it difficult to watch a movie a second time much less replay a game knowing its plot and ending. I find the greatest replay value in multiplayer as it's a dynamic experience. I also find replay value in games where I find the game world interesting and worth exploring, most RPGs. That's not to say I replay many of these games but after the initial story is completed, I can wonder the game world exploring. I've put about 70 hours into Fable 2 and 100 hours into Fallout 3.

TheNartist2784d ago

I'm a disgaea man myself, but I'll play some brain age every now and again.

SMOK3xFFx2784d ago (Edited 2784d ago )

A new experience each time. Multi-player is really good at this, different people, different outcomes. Like most people I generally don't like re-playing a game's single player right away because all that happened in the story is fresh in my mind.

Also yes more play-time makes a game better hence why reviewers use replay value as a review point.

Xander-RKoS2783d ago

There is more to a game than just play time isn't there? Like, a long game can suck in the end, but a short game can still be fun. I know I've played Sonic Adventure 2 Battle like a million times, and I usually just marathon that game.

Heck, Super Metroid is speed run-able, and that's a great game but its really short if you know what you're doing.

SMOK3xFFx2783d ago

Who said their isn't more to a game then play time?

Kai10002783d ago

I think when it comes down to it replay value has a strong standing in what makes a good game but I don't see replay value as, "I play this game for hours on end every day" I think replay value is more like, "I have not played this in a few weeks, I'm going to play it again" and its just as fun the next time around. I get bored with some games that other reviews say has great replay value, but something as simple as wii sports, SA2B, and even LoZ. there is nothing new each time I play, and there isn't any online play to keep it fresh but the game itself is good enough to make me want to play it again and not get bored with it.

Orionsangel2783d ago (Edited 2783d ago )

Well for me if a game keeps giving me a new experience coupled with enjoyment. Then I'll keep wanting to play it. Gears1 multiplayer or RDR for example. I know if I play them I'm bound to have some new experience, like in Gears something like an impressive kill or something funny happening will get my friends and I laughing. There's this comradery that happens between your friends and what happens in the game and plus you never know who you'll meet online.

RDR is the same way, like most sandbox games you can explore and try new things just for fun. GOWIII for example doesn't have good replay value. Because the game is too linear for it's own good. It's following a set path and no matter how you battle a boss. The boss will always behave the sameway. That's why right after I beat GOWIII I sold it.

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