What games have sunk their hooks into you so much that you’ve actually replayed the main singleplayer campaign several times? I don’t mean multiplayer games where you replay levels in each match, and I don’t mean strategy games like Civilization where each game is a unique campaign. I mean singleplayer games with a story, stories that you repeat despite knowing how they end because there’s something about that world that really grabs you; some reason you particularly enjoy experiencing it from within. Like a favourite movie, only you can linger more meaningfully over the parts you enjoy the most.
For example, and for no particularly good reason (“achievements” are not a good reason), I’m on probably my half-dozenth playthrough of Half Life 2, having completed it on PC, then original Xbox, then along with Episode One, then as part of the orange box on 360, then on PC again on Steam. City 17 both horrifies and fascinates me, and there’s something powerful about that abandoned landscape (particularly Highway 17 and the road to White Forrest) that really strikes a chord with me. You wander through humanity’s twilight, where we’re on the way out but individuals are still hanging on, waiting their turn to disappear, without hope. It’s civilization as it becomes a ruin. It’s haunting and beautiful, and it still evokes strong feelings even though I am now completely aware of what’s coming next and know the levels well enough to see behind the curtain. It’s got a certain magic to it anyway.
And, even if Half Life 2 isn’t your thing, I doubt I’m alone in the condition I’m describing.
What are your addictive favourites?