I don’t think it’s possible to accurately tally up the thousands upon thousands of hours spent playing video games in my lifetime. I’ve owned fourteen platforms in my time and have quite literally poured my heart and soul into all of them. There have been games I’ve given weeks or months of my life to, and others that I’ve offered a mere glance to, before packing them back into their case, never to be played again.
Retrospectively, I’ve bought or been given games that – unbeknown to me – I’d still be playing time and again, many years later. What might seem the most ordinary of titles could prove to be a hidden gem for me, and I’ll revisit it once every so often. Conversely, a title could be so superb in all aspects possible, that it makes clear sense that I’d want to experience it several times over. Here are five of the games I just can’t help but go back to.