Ever just sit back and wish life had some sort of Ctrl + Alt + Del function? Better yet some sort of save system where you could jump back to a previous point and retain the knowledge of future events? While most sit on their hands and wait for modern science to make the above remarks a reality, I on the other hand can’t help but think of how I would use that ability to experience great games for the first time again. To truly go back and immerse myself in a game for the first time, again. It would be a remarkable thing considering the amount of times I’ve gotten all nostalgic about playing some random game from my past, and then upon playing it again I realize I can’t truly enjoy it because I’ve done it all before. It feels like a wasted effort to entertain myself. So in the words of Blink 182 “let’s try this one more time with feeling”.

Silent Hill: Origins

While I never got around to actually finishing Silent Hill: Origins as a ten year old I explicitly remember the four hours I did get to play (before my mom made me give the game back to our neighbor). From the get go when the trucker protagonist enters a burning building I knew I was going to turn my pants fifty shades of brown. The game sets the typical Silent Hill atmosphere up in a fantastic way when players try to pull the body of a young girl out of the burning building and the fire seems to suddenly intensify as the burnt little girl blurts our “JUST LET ME BURN!”. As a ten year old my initial reaction was “Okay don’t touch the creepy kid, get out of the fricken house.” After a quick internal argument I decided to pick up the little girl and carry her out assuming that was the only way to actually progress the game. I don’t remember much else beyond that point other than wandering around a hospital for hours on end before my mother kicked the door open like a Spartan warrior because my wonderful sister narced on me for having a mature game she hadn’t okayed.

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Really glad I never met this thing.

Mass Effect (Series)

It goes without saying that Mass Effect is one of the most beloved game series in history. The reason I’d love to erase the memory and start over with a clean slate is the fact that I loved my choices so much I couldn’t bring myself to do a second play through. I attempted to on Mass Effect 3 and made it about thirty percent through the story before the fact that I went from being a man with morals to a colossal jerk to every one (sans the character I was trying to hook up with) finally bothered me so much I stopped playing. So given the chance to take on the Reapers with a clean ticket I would love to go back and see what happens when I choose the other options.

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Halo: Reach

My personal favorite entry into the Halo franchise, Halo: Reach has superb customization that hasn’t been matched by any other entry into the series so far. I really felt like I had made an extension of myself in my Spartan. From the sniper netting on his neck to the armor lock ability that angered so many of my foes I’ve yet to meet a multiplayer game that I have enjoyed as much as Halo: Reach since it’s release. I put over two days of my life’s time into that game, reached Commander rank in the games multiplayer and scored over 1000 gamer score of the Halo Reach’s available achievement score. The only regrets I have for the game is that I completed the game’s marvelous campaign offline instead of online where I could have enjoyed it with my friends.

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I’m sure this will work exactly as planned

L.A. Noire

Running around in the 1940’s as a detective may not sound like a particularly enjoyable cup of coffee (worst food joke ever, right?) but Rockstar Game’s L.A. Noire managed to make me want to explore the 1940’s Hollywood setting to the fullest extent of my abilities. Not only that but I had a proud older brother moment a few days ago when my sister beat the game and felt the same way I did about the ending, no worries I won’t spoil it for the few that haven’t played. Cole Phelps’ story is one that fills the player with woe in a fantastic array of cases to solve as well as Mr. Phelps own tragic personal life sets to tank his impressive rise from street cop to Detective. I’d particularly love to go back and visit the brief segment of the game where Phelps is involved with the Black Dahlia murder case, one that has intrigued and astounded many people to this day.

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Mirror’s Edge

While first person platforming doesn’t work in most games, Mirror’s Edge handled it pretty well. The game encouraged players to avoid combat as frequently as possible in order to keep Faith’s flow of movement going, allowing her to cross bigger gaps, run faster, and if need be deliver a kick to the face (or groin) after wall running. I can recall that the story had a few minor plot holes with it, but that seems to be the only major problem with it as I recall. I really enjoyed the games use of colors to make certain characters, buildings, and objects stand out against the drab background of a city overtaken by corruption. Most of the important areas and some of Faith’s routes are marked by red coloring, per the cities resistance decision.

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Yu-Gi-Oh Dungeon Dice Monsters

I can’t remember any other series lacking a decent game like Yu-Gi-Oh. I have heard the argument that the Xbox 360 version of Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s (not that kind of “D”) was a pretty solid title, but let’s be honest after the Battle City Tournament every other Yu-Gi-Oh show didn’t quite stack up to the original. Back towards the end of season one Yugi and his pals faced a blind admirer of Pegasus (Duel Monster’s creator) named Duke Devlin. Duke had developed a new way to play Duel Monster involving the same arena structure, dice that allowed players to attack, defend, summon monsters, etc as well as a new life point system. This is the game Yu-Gi-Oh Dungeon Dice Monsters allows players to experience first hand. It works surprisingly well and I remember having very few negative things to say about the game. The main problems were the spike in enemy difficulty was so sharp players could get stuck for days against the same duelist and the whole “DIMENSION THE DICE” tag line that was spewed out every move got old fast.

I would love to dump this game from my memory and get a new copy for my Game Boy Advance and go to town on this game just for the sense of accomplishment I got from defeating the more challenging duelists on the roster. In fact the first time I swore was while playing this game. I was facing Master Duelist and known cheater Pegasus; I was down to my last heart point. Pegasus went to take out my only monster on the field, he ordered his creature to destroy my Dark Magician which would have left me wide open for slaughter on his next turn. Right as he attacked I activated the Dark Magician’s special ability, the Magical Hats. My Dark Magician was hidden from his attack, and as a bonus a trap was hidden below one hat that would destroy Pegasus’s last heart point. After several nail biting turns Pegasus was down to two hats, in one hat was my trap and in the other my Dark Magician. Pegasus sent out his attack and struck the hat that had my trap in it! Pegasus’s attack was directed at his last heart point and I let out a hearty “F— Yeah!” that unfortunately earned me a mouth full of soap and two days without games. Worth it.

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Dead Rising 2

I’ve mentioned before that Dead Rising 2 is by far my favorite of the Dead Rising series. I played it so often that I had a system for how I played the game. I figured out which quests gained me the most XP, and which weapons were the easiest to mass manufacture and still maintain a high level of damage. I even went as far as to jump everywhere as opposed to running because it was faster and allowed me to move through clusters of zombies with relative ease. It took me pretty close to three play throughs to level up to the max level and upgrade Chuck to his fullest extent which allowed me to move through the game so fast I was able to start achievement hunting with little fear of death from the undead masses. Soon I had unlocked many of the games achievements, such as Zombie Fu an admittedly annoying achievement that required me to grind 1,000 bare handed zombie kills, and Father of the Year for bringing Chuck’s little girl every possible present.

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They see me rollin, they hatin.

There are so many other games I’d love to go back and play again for the first time. It would be near impossible to fit them all into one article. There’s the obvious games like the Left 4 Dead series, GTA V, the Uncharted series, Heavy Rain, my favorite series Gears of War and countless others. Given the opportunity I’d even love to go back and visit the array of games I had on my Sega Genesis. For those of you who read this article and thought of games you’d love to delete and experience all over again, feel free to leave us the names of those titles below.

About The Author

Allen S
Editorial/Reviews Team, Manager

I started gaming when I was seven years old. I started my own game studio when I was twelve, went to school for game design. Now I work here and also on my own YouTube channel