If you feel like only no new video games to play, you’re not alone. Covid-19 has hit the video game industry hard, and delays continue to increase. The only new game I finish in 2022 is Forbidden Horizon in the West (that was amazing), and while I was expecting Disney Dreamlight Valley and Knight of GothamThe rest of the year looks pretty quiet.
That’s why I’ve relied on replays to get me through. I discussed before playing the game is a an important part of my relaxation routine. If I don’t escape into the vivid world of video games for a few days, the change in my mental health is noticeable. And without a steady supply of new releases, my old favorites still show me over and over again.
However, what I’m really satisfied with is replay art. I play different games all the time. If I’m caught up in a story, I’ll usually flip through a game the first time around to get to the end and understand what’s going to happen. During the second playthrough, I went much slower and became a bit more mature, paying more attention to my gear and exploring all the dark corners of the map.
Playing on a new platform adds even more dimensions to replayability. Sure, it’s the same game – but it’s a completely different way to experience it.
I have never shy about my love for Block effectand I’m actually playing it again for the third time since Legendary version remaster released last year. First and second time, I played it on my PS5, but this latest? I’m experiencing it on a handheld device—Steam deck.
I honestly don’t know what’s so exciting about replaying a favorite game on a mobile system, but I want to replay every game I’ve ever loved on this little device. I feel the same way about playing my favorite games on Nintendo Switch again — I chose Final Fantasy X / X-2 reworked for the device and thoroughly enjoyed working my way through the story of Tidus and Yuna again.
Part of it for sure is that I know the heart of the story so I don’t need the big screen to see the world truly immersive (I’ve never been a fan either). yes to play the game on the best screen or the highest possible graphics settings. I just need it to be playable). Plus, being able to start it up and turn it off instantly is a huge plus. Because I already knew what was going to happen, missing a little dialog here and no big deal.
And can take the handheld and play on the plane or in the hotel (I’ve been traveling much for work) is such a comfort. Playing on a handheld also makes it easy to get in and out of a favorite game, if you’re into that genre. For the most part, I’m a game exclusivist — it’s the easiest way to get really immersed in a video game — but there’s certainly appeal to switching between multiple games if you’re into the game. The type of person who gets bored with a game. (If you have strategic saves, I’m trying to do this Block effect play through, you can even just replay your favorite scenes.)