30th October 2014 - Replaying Video Games.

One thing I've noticed about gaming over the years is often replaying a game can be a different experience to how it felt the first time it was played. With many games it can be simply the case of going through the same motions of linear story while being fully aware of what happens next, but with some games it can be a totally new experience. Sometimes things may be noticed that the player wasn't aware of the first time round.

I've got a game called Perfect Dark Zero that I've repeatedly played, both online and offline, for about six years or so. The best way to describe it is that it's a first person shooter that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's kind of camp over the top humour with quirky graphics. Some of the game Achievements are so extreme that I don't think I'll ever fully complete the game. It took me a number of years to get the 1000 online melee kills Achievement. Recently while playing it online I was hiding in the corner of a building and could see moths flying around a light. When I shot the light the moths immediately dispersed flying around the building. In all the years of owning the game I never noticed that feature of the game.

In the game Mirror's Edge it wasn't until I played it the second time that I realised the man helping Faith was actually the chief of police that tried to warn her away at the beginning. The cutscenes in the game have cartoony style graphics for some reason and that's why I didn't realise.

The picture below is from Tomb Raider on the PS4 showing a beautiful rainbow that I wasn't aware of the first time I played it. I wonder how many other features of games, that must have taken a long time to create, haven't been noticed by players.

A beautiful rainbow in Tomb Raider.

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