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#1 Posted by SunBroZak (1350 posts) -

For a lot of games, the first experience is usually the best experience. Be it because there's a twist you don't see coming, a world you've never seen before or simply the joy of discovery. So I ask the question: if given the choice, what games would you once again want to experience for the first time?

Bioshock is probably my go-to answer. I'd love to relive the experience of exploring Rapture for the first time. And of course, there's always the you-know-what.

Shadow of the Colossus and Dark Souls also rank pretty high. Shadow of the Colossus for it's, "OH MY GOD, IT'S HUGE". Dark Souls for it's, "Oooh, a ches-WHAT THE FUCK".

#2 Edited by themangalist (1747 posts) -

Fallout 3. I wish I didn't look at any screenshots, watch any trailers and gameplay, read the WHOLE prima strategy guide, BEFORE playing the game. (the anticipation was killing me back then :( ) Learned my lesson after that, only looked at a whooping three screenshots and watched one trailer of Skyrim before release, ended up amazed.

I wish I went into Fallout 3 only knowing you play in an underground vault, without even knowing who the developers are.

#3 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -

@themangalist: Came in this thread to also say Fallout 3. My first time playing through that game was magical. I oddly had that near exact experience with Fallout 3 - I knew almost nothing about the game, as I did not follow its development and I only really picked it up since it was on sale around Christmas time. Popped it in and it became one of my favorite games of all time.

Also Metal Gear Solid 2. That shit is still crazy.

#4 Edited by Grissefar (2830 posts) -

Demon's Souls


no fuck that, I'm not going through the pain of killing Tower Knight for the first time again.

#5 Posted by BaneFireLord (2957 posts) -

I would give the top half of my left pinkie toe to be able to experience walking out of the sewers in Oblivion for the first time again.

#6 Edited by Daneian (1251 posts) -

Witcher 2, Mass Effect 2, Mother 3

#7 Posted by Disaya (290 posts) -

Oh this is really hard to decide but I have a couple. I totally agree with Bioshock, I remember being blown away the first time you see Rapture and I spent a good amount of time starring out at the ocean outside the windows. Other than Bioshock I would have to go with Thief, I played that hours after hours just failing but I loved it. Then Minecraft, maybe a weird answer but there was something about figuring everything out for yourself and not really knowing what to do and just always dying that was very fun.

#8 Posted by heis24 (43 posts) -

Metroid Prime

#9 Posted by themangalist (1747 posts) -

@breadfan: I envy you so much :( But it's still one of my favourite games of all time too!

#10 Edited by BigJeffrey (5178 posts) -
#11 Edited by ilovebees (75 posts) -

Mass Effect 2, Oblivion and Fallout NV. I got totally sucked into those games, and had no problem playing for long stretches.

#12 Posted by clumsyninja1 (816 posts) -

Xenogears, FFVII, the Last of Us, uncharted, Arkham.

#13 Posted by Gruebacca (570 posts) -

I guess it depends on whether you played the game at launch or not. I mean, it'd be nice if I could wipe my memory completely of some games, but at the same time the rest of the world would still remember. Half the fun of playing Bioshock Infinite for the first time around launch was seeing everyone try to figure out what everything meant. Wiping my memory of that game to play it for the first time again wouldn't be the same.

As for games I personally didn't play around launch, I'd pick Mass Effect 2. The suicide mission was one of the greatest moments I've had in recent gaming memory, mainly because I had no idea how it worked other than your crew members could die for good, and that kept it tense.

#14 Posted by Levio (1786 posts) -

Curse of Backdraft. The customizability I was able to put into my skeleton archer was amazing. His backstory was that he lost his wife and children to crusaders, so now he hunts them down with his bow.

#15 Posted by Stonyman65 (2871 posts) -

Every Metal Gear game, especially 4. Resident Evil 4. Super Mario World.

#16 Edited by OneKillWonder_ (1832 posts) -

Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Fatal Frame, any good horror game basically. Condemned 2 especially. The bear chase was so unexpected but ended up being one of, if not the best part of the game. Fallout 3 was pretty amazing the first time through, too.

#17 Edited by Zeik (2757 posts) -

Persona 3/4 maybe. The first time playing through those games was an experience few games have matched. Especially Persona 3, since I had very little idea of what to expect, which is very rare these days.

#18 Edited by development (2623 posts) -

I wish I could play Dark Souls on launch day. That game-launch mystery that surrounds games like Dark Souls or FEZ is a one-of-a-kind thing that you really only get one chance at experiencing.

#19 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

The advantage of a bad memory is that one can enjoy the same good things for the first time several times.

Friedrich Nietzsche

#20 Posted by SunBroZak (1350 posts) -

I wish I could play Dark Souls on launch day. That game-launch mystery that surrounds games like Dark Souls or FEZ is a one-of-a-kind thing that you really only get one chance at experiencing.

You're referring to the game devs invading the early players? That would have been a blast to see.

#22 Posted by Irvandus (2881 posts) -

Fallout 3, WoW, Bioshock.

#23 Posted by Jawshua (268 posts) -

Tales of Symphonia.

#24 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4807 posts) -

Folklore and Muramasa.

#25 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3085 posts) -

So god damn many. Probably Diablo 2.

#26 Posted by Captain_Insano (1563 posts) -

Most point and click adventure games. Especially The Secret of Monkey Island.

#27 Posted by Dot (163 posts) -

Fallout 3

#28 Posted by stonepawfox (236 posts) -

if i could turn back time to before all MMO mechanics were thoroughly detailed on the internet in easy to use websites then i guess world of warcraft, because holy shit was that game a force on me. and even though nostalgia has painted a rosy picture of what it was, if i could forget all about it...well, i'm sure i would still play the hell out of that game

#29 Posted by development (2623 posts) -

@development said:

I wish I could play Dark Souls on launch day. That game-launch mystery that surrounds games like Dark Souls or FEZ is a one-of-a-kind thing that you really only get one chance at experiencing.

You're referring to the game devs invading the early players? That would have been a blast to see.

Never heard about that. But it's not really any different than nowadays, where you have hackers and tweakers invading level 1-10 areas.

#30 Posted by Turambar (6892 posts) -

All of them.

#31 Posted by TangoUp (314 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption for the sheer sense of exploration in the Wild West.

All three Uncharted games for the sense of mystery.

Mass Effect 2 for the epicness.

Call of Duty 4 for the best FPS story ever. #dealwithit

Prince of Persia 2008 (with the epilogue included)

Braid (and even on my second playthrough, I couldn't remember the solutions to all puzzles)


#32 Edited by MikeJFlick (444 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid 4, such a fantastic experience.

#33 Posted by mindgarden418 (60 posts) -

Difficult but I would probably go with Deadly Premonition. In this gen it was one of the only games I played where I wanted more at the end, or wished I spent more time doing the stupid side quests and whatever before finishing it. It's an odd choice I suppose, but eh!

Also Ocarina of Time, Ace Attorney, SMT Nocturne and Planescape: Torment.

#34 Posted by hollitz (1612 posts) -

Journey, Metal Gear Solid 4, Persona 4, Ocarina of Time.

#35 Posted by ConfusedOwl (965 posts) -

I'll say Fallout New Vegas. I loved it so much the first time through and I've gone back again already. I plan on doing it again now that I have all the DLC.

#36 Posted by Dan_CiTi (3510 posts) -

Okami, Wind Waker, Mother series, MGS series.

#37 Posted by Animasta (14719 posts) -

@turambar: but then you'd be ultra terrible at games and have to learn all that shit over again D:

as for me... Nier, SMT3: Nocturne, Alpha Protocol, New Vegas.

#38 Edited by AlexGlass (688 posts) -


#39 Posted by YOU_DIED (703 posts) -
  • Dark Souls
  • Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
  • Black Mesa (call me crazy, but I like it better than HL1 & 2)
  • The Witcher 2
  • System Shock 2
  • Max Payne 1 & 2
  • Serious Sam TFE
  • Halo 1
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • GTA 3
#40 Posted by WilliamHenry (1217 posts) -

Mass Effect 2. Saints Row The Third.

#41 Posted by Juzie (168 posts) -

The Legacy of Kain series, Planescape: Torment or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

#42 Posted by shinjin977 (799 posts) -

souls franchise, FF5-10, Shadow Hearts series, Nier, Bastion and Shadow of Colossus.

#43 Posted by TechHits (1391 posts) -

uncharted 2

and saints row the third.

#44 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12110 posts) -

KotOR was the first "real" RPG I played, and the idea of choice (for as binary as it was) was an incredible concept for my young mind, so I wouldn't mind seeing that pan out again. Same goes for Oblivion and the scale it presented.

#45 Posted by Eqtriz (26 posts) -

Half-Life and Silent Hill 2

#46 Posted by Gutterkisser (220 posts) -

I'd have to say Fez, actually. That initial sense of discovery opening new doors, then the slow dawning of just how nuts the game really is... I'd love to experience that again.

Enjoyed revisiting it on PC but it's just not the same.

#47 Posted by zombiepenguin9 (529 posts) -

I'd say Oblivion and Halo: Combat Evolved. Both really defined specific periods of gaming for me, and I still play both to this day.

#48 Posted by zenmastah (989 posts) -

Half-Life and Fallout 1&2...maybe FF VII.. not so much for the twists but id like to have that feeling i had when first played them again.

#49 Posted by Nightriff (5335 posts) -

Dragon Age, I devoured the game and wish I could play it again with the same enthusiasm

#50 Posted by Caustic_Fox (112 posts) -

Half-Life 2, Beyond Good & Evil, and Descent 2. I really loved the atmosphere in Half-Life 2. A twist in BG&E's story took me by surprise. And seeing that full cinematic intro of Descent 2 really blew me away the first time I watched it.