We’ve crossed halfway through the 31-Day Mage Challenge! The best part has been reading everyone’s wide range of interesting and personal responses to these questions, and that includes our readers. Thanks for dropping all those comments!
As we make our way out of this forest, we return to a specialty here at The Well-Red Mage: memories and nostalgia. So then…
“What is a Game You Have Played Through the Most?“
The Timely Mage
You probably know my answer to this already but it’s Final Fantasy VIII. I typically don’t replay games, especially long or tedious ones, but I so enjoyed it that I wanted to relive it all, discover every little secret, and completely exploit the game by getting the -ga spells before leaving on my first mission. However considering my limited options as a kid I’d say I also played through games like Sonic, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Altered Beast, and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts just as much if not more.
The Black Humor Mage
Although it’s a recent game, I definitely played Metal Gear Solid V the most. I bought it day-one for PS3 because I didn’t have a PS4 at the time. I put over 200 hours into that save file because I was trying to platinum it. When I got it for the PS4, I got it again. I’m trying to platinum it again, and so far I’ve put it 95 hours. That’s too much time, looking back at it.
The Rage Mage
Only a couple of has-been hacks like Penn and Teller would create a game like Desert Bus, which simulates a 45mph bus drive from Tucson to Las Vegas in real time (8 hours of continuous, un-pausable gameplay). Making it to Vegas “awards” you with a point, and you can then make a return trip back to Tucson and get another point after another 8 hours. Bear in mind that those are 16 hours of your life you’ll never see again, although if you’re playing Desert Bus, you probably don’t care. Charities have apparently picked up on enduring Desert Bus playthroughs to raise money for humanitarian stuff, which is ironic considering it’s killing the people who are playing it to raise money for people who aren’t, so they can live. Government conspiracy. As for hateful me, I marathoned it to see if I could work on my psychoses. I developed Capgras and Stockholm Syndromes, Apotemnophilia (I’m typing with only two fingers) and Dissociative Amnesia concerning my time playing Desert Bus.
The Green Screen Mage
Halo: Combat Evolved. I have beaten this game more time than I can count. My brother and I ran through this game on co-op when it came out so many times on all the modes to get all the extras and then another 30-40 times just cause. I have replayed this game at least once a year since I was little and I always replay through the series when a new one comes out. It’s also a good game to play when you’re frustrated and you just need to destroy.
The White Out Mage
Probably Kirby’s Adventure. I love that game! Kirby is so cute and there are all the secret doors to find!
The Well-Red Mage
So for me it’s a toss up between Mega Man X and Chrono Trigger. The former is short enough to complete in a few hours or less and I used to play it like once a month. Such a rockin’ game. But Chrono Trigger, sweet Chrono Trigger… I can see photographic memories of almost the entire game. I remember holing myself up in my bedroom one summer’s break in high school, covering my windows with blankets and sheets, and plowing through the game over and over and over in order to get every single ending. I’ve gotten the super hard Dream Project ending multiple times by beating Lavos with only Crono at the start of the game (a new game plus), which lets you meet caricatures of the developers and artists behind the game, personalities like Yasunori Mitsuda, Akira Toriyama, Nobuo Uematsu, and Hironobu Sakaguchi. I’ve replayed the game on SNES, emulator, PlayStation, and Wii Virtual Console. I’d like to think I know it like the back of my hand. So though I’ve sunk in hundreds of hours into single playthroughs in games like Final Fantasy XII or DC Universe Online, it’s definitely Chrono Trigger that I’ve played “through” the most. And I have no regrets.