12 Days of Blogmas: 5 Replayed Games

Hey! Listen. You know that popular Christmas song called the 12 Days of Christmas? Athena over at AmbiGaming came up with a cool holiday themed community collaboration idea to gamify that kinda-as-annoying-as-Navi song (that we all love or hate). Basically, it’s a countdown list each day that ends up with 364 items, times however many bloggers do this, at the end of the event (something like that… my maths is bad). Be warned that my singing voice is terrible, but here we go, eh!

🎶 On the 8th day of Blogmas, the gamers said to me: What are five games you’ve played more than once? 🎶

1) The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time

I’ve easily played this game 20+ times… and it never gets old. I remember my childhood BFF watching me play through the game on several occasions (maybe I should do a Let’s Play sometime!!). I loved this game so much that writing a guide for it was a fun side project for young me. I don’t think I ever wrote farther than the Fire Temple. Hm. Maybe I’ll pick up that project again one day!

Blogmas 8 - Water Temple OoT
I know this game so well I can beat the Water Temple blindfolded… with one hand tied behind my back… not really 🙂

2) Dragon Age II

I went into this game knowing absolutely nothing about it or the Dragon Age series, so thankfully, I had NO IDEA I was supposed to hate it. Oops!

As the story goes, I was in college and visiting my folks for a long weekend. I forgot to bring gaming things so I grabbed the PC version of Dragon Age II at Walmart to play on their computer, solely because the dragon on the cover looked pretty badass. That was my very first BioWare experience and I loved it!! The copy-paste environments didn’t bug me at all since the characters felt so alive. I’ve completed 4 playthroughs in an attempt to see everything (yes, I even betrayed someone to their master just to see what happens… I felt so awful I immediately reloaded a previous save)

Blogmas 8 - Dragon Age II
Even after 4 playthroughs, Hawke’s blunt sarcasm cracks me up every single time 😂

3) Metal Gear Solid 2

I’ve always wanted to get into the Metal Gear Solid series! It had fallen off my radar and into the depths of my video game backlog pit (along with many other game IPs, sadly). I’ve heard great things about MGS2 and gave it a spin for the first time during New Year’s Eve 2017, while playing alongside an expert friend. There are just so many cool things about this game! I loved the many secrets to discover while watching Raiden/Snake do their badass stealth thing.

The lure of the Platinum trophy called out to me, which required me to complete 5 playthroughs on various difficulties (Very Easy, Easy, Normal, Hard, Extreme), while collecting ALL the Dog Tags from guards. I can’t believe I accomplished all that! At the time of this post, I’m still a long way from Platinum (the 500+ VR missions are tough, man), but I’ll always be proud of myself for managing to beat all the bosses on Extreme mode.

Blogmas 8 - MGS2
Loved the overall inspiring message underneath the hella complicated story! Also not sure why Snake and Raiden had shades during some playthroughs…. 😂

4) Diddy Kong Racing

Ah, the memories. Childhood me enjoyed the heck out of this kooky kart racer. The Adventure mode was amazing, and although the story was really weird, little LightningEllen loved it. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve conquered Wizpig (both on the island – spoilers for a 21-year-old racing game incoming – and in his super secret space lair).

Blogmas 8 - Diddy Kong Racing
Wizpig kicked my ass so many times during my first playthroughs. Nowadays I consider myself a Diddy Kong Racing expert 😎

5) Mass Effect Andromeda

I’ve done two playthroughs of the “worst “Mass Effect game ever for one important reason: Platinum trophy. 😈 Ahem. There were a few trophies I missed on my first time around so a new trek through the Andromeda galaxy on Insanity difficulty was required. That was a fun time! Using the NG+ option and spec’ing as a Master Engineer (so I could hide while my minions destroyed everything) worked well for me. I also avoided most of the side content and decided to get male Ryder’s perspective on playthrough #2.

Blogmas 8 - Mass Effect Andromeda
I… may have named him Snow Ryder… Yep. Adding Final Fantasy XIII references to any game I play is an important side quest for me. 😛

I wish I had more time to replay games. If I did, the original Mass Effect and Final Fantasy XIII trilogies would be getting a thorough revisit, for sure. Maybe I need to fix my Platinum trophy addiction problem first…

Oh and to continue the Blogmas song:

🎶 … 6 future failed resolutions, 7 babbling blog posts, 8 cool characters, 9 games a backlogged10 playing reasons, 11 games I love, and the link to my 12 gaming memories! 🎶

Be sure to check out the host Goddess of Wisdom’s version of the song thus far (including links to other participants, eh).

⚡Thanks for reading!⚡

If for some odd reason you want to read more of my posts, you can find a somewhat organized (and usually up to date) archive of my ramblings… I mean, articles here!

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I'm a wannabe writer and an avid video gamer with a slight (okay, maybe extreme) Amiibo addiction. I'm from the coastal province of Nova Scotia in Canada, eh. When I'm not gaming, I have a steady job thing I have to go to. It pays for the gaming thing though. :)

10 thoughts on “12 Days of Blogmas: 5 Replayed Games”

  1. There are a ton of games I’ve completed multiple times the uncharted games, all the mass effect games, the last of us, life is strange, the God of war games, all the devil may cry games, dead space trilogy, a lot of the assassins creed games, basically if I liked a game I’ve been back and played it through many times its never the same as that first playthrough but there is a sense of nostalgia and with rpg’s and games like that there’s always different choices to make that definitely make them worth multiple playthroughs.

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    1. Great games there! I could do so many more playthroughs of all the Mass Effect games if I had time.

      Good point with the first playthrough! Nothing can ever compare to the first time seeing a cool gaming world. The sense of wonder really adds to the gaming experience.


    1. Believe it or not, I’ve only done one playthrough of FFXIII… and I forget a lot about it… I kinda feel like a fraud, haha. I have hopes they’ll do a remastered trilogy soon, then I’m all over that next playthrough 😀

      I love the MGS feeling of hiding under a box and not getting caught by cluess guards! Oh and the adult magazine lure cracks me up every single time, hahaha. 😛

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  2. Skyrim, Fallout 3 and Fallout 4… Problem is, I take my ethical system with me into the game so my path is generally the same. My boys might wipe out an entire town and go on with their lives; but, I feel real feelings for the NPCs.

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