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Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Aelph on February 28, 2007, 04:32:22 PM
I've read most of the old posts on the board, and haven't seen this come up (at least not recently): How often do you revisit RPGs you've already finished? Are there certain aspects that might make you more likely to revisit particular old ones?

I'm curious because, for the first time, I've been playing some of the earlier FFs on the GBA (well, on the DS, but... yeah), as I was too young to play them the first time around. I've been gaming since 1988-ish, but at 4 years old, I wasn't exactly the audience those were aimed at... I was too busy sending Mario falling to his death. It seems like as soon as I finish a game with one set of jobs/classes, I immediately want to try again with a different set-up, a different group, and a different dynamic... just out of curiosity. And, of course, there's the added bonus of then having that much more gaming time, which is important when you're a poor 20-something.

And, um... hii'mnew. I'm Emily. Nice to meet you. I've only recently been pulled back into the world of gaming -- around last summer, when I got a DSLite -- after a hiatus of about 10 years (I always had a Gameboy of some sort, someone gave me a Gamecube, and I got a DS soon after they came out, but I've had nothing else since the N64). I was more an action/platformer/puzzle type as a kid, but I'm developing into an RPG-addict extraordinaire. And since I've only just gotten into them, I've got a wonderful wealth of back-catalogue to work through... and to feed my addiction, I've scraped and scrimped enough to get myself a PSP and a PS2 to go alongside my Nintendo fixation. I'm currently playing Tales of Eternia (love it, love it, love it), Kingdom Hearts (yes, the original -- but I'm already looking forward to 2) and FFXII (since that just got a release here in Europe). So I'm a newbie both here and to RPGs generally, but I'm an eager little beaver, so give me a chance. Or at least don't hurt me too much.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: CluelessWonder on February 28, 2007, 04:54:53 PM
Hello, welcome to the boards.  You actually read the rules and didn't just do a "I'm new" thread!   I think you'll do well here.

Anyways, I don't replay rpgs unless I never finished one and I can't remember what the hell is going on.  Rpgs are just too long for me to replay.  I'd rather take the free time that I have and experience something new.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Losfer on February 28, 2007, 05:13:57 PM
Well met, Emily.  Welcome.

I tend to replay RPGs whenever I get the chance.  Back when I was younger and had lots of spare time, I'd play every RPG I got twice.  Once on my own, then again with a strategy guide to get a "perfect file."  But this is impossible to do now with working so much and other bollocks and such.

Now I only replay the GOOD RPGs.  :P  I've replayed all the Fire Emblem games many times save for the GC one only due to not having a GC at this time...

Once I have the ability to play NTSC games again, I'll be playing Valkyrie Profile again.  For the fifth time.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Marshmallow on February 28, 2007, 05:21:12 PM
I replay particular games when I feel nostalgic for them. Sometimes I'm not as completionist during a replay as I am the first time I play through the game, and I'm more apt to skip text because I've already read it before, but I do enjoy playing games I've already beaten.

Other times I'll buy a game, play it until close to the end, quit, and come back a few years later, only to start a whole new file in which I actually complete the game.

I'm most likely to replay games from the Suikoden and Final Fantasy series, and I at least take a bit of time playing games that have a new game plus feature.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Crown Clown on February 28, 2007, 05:29:56 PM
First and foremost, welcome. It feels a bit odd for me to welcome anyone seeming as I'm quite new as well, but just roll with it.

I replay a lot of my RPG's. Though I was much more intense with it when I was younger. These days, I've developed a strange sense of perfectionism instead. I'll treat you too a good example from just a few minutes ago.

I'm currently replaying Final Fantasy IX for like the eighth time in my life. It's one of those games that I always can replay after a while. Once more, I'm going for the "perfect file" which pretty much is the goal every time I replay a game. I remember when I was younger I would actually run through a game so I beat the "story" as soon as possible, and then start a new file and try to get everything possible. Any ho this is what happened.

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I'm in Lindblum at the moment, partaking in the Festival of the Hunt. Seeming as I have this part of the game imprinted in the back of my head I wasn't expecting much difficulty. Problem is, I have a habit of mixing up where the Zaghnol, hope I got that spelled correctly, is in the Buisness District(he's at the shops, not at the church). Due to this mix up, I only had about 30 seconds left on the clock when I found him. One slash away from killing him, my time runs out.

But I was still in the lead, and as such, I won despite failing to kill the beast. But I couldn't accept it. So I turned off the game. And I'll just have to do it better this time.

That's a good example of how serious I take my gaming.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Sagacious-T on February 28, 2007, 06:42:15 PM
I rarely replay RPGs. Only a few have kept me going back, The Elder Scrolls with fan-modifications specifically.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: D-Rider on February 28, 2007, 06:45:34 PM
I'm always replaying old games.  I don't spend $50 on something I'm not gonna use repeatedly.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Seultoria on February 28, 2007, 07:06:28 PM
Besides my old Pokémon games, the only rpgs I've played through a couple times are Tales of Symphonia and Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Viarca on February 28, 2007, 08:02:29 PM
I tend not to use guides/walkthroughs during the first play through of a game, but if I really enjoyed something, I will on occasion look to see if I missed anything significant.  Final Fantasy Tactics ended up getting replayed so I could get the hidden characters/content.  The other reason I’ve replayed something is to get alternate story arcs or endings (the Star Ocean games and Tactics Ogre come to mind).
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Dade on February 28, 2007, 08:51:28 PM
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I'm always replaying old games.  I don't spend $50 on something I'm not gonna use repeatedly.


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Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Ramza on February 28, 2007, 09:32:36 PM
I wish I could replay games more often than I do. The most time I had to replay games where those lovely middle school and high school years. As such, this is what i can remember playing:

FFV - I've beaten it 3 times now if you include the GBA game. I beat it once for fun, then I wrote my own walkthrough on the 'net the second time through (it was crap but it had screenshots to guide you), then again for FFV Advance.

FFVI - 4 times on this one. The first time I beat this, I had this weird glitch; when I went to get Gogo, one of those construction-worker-dudes kicked me off the bridge. In fact, he kicked me off the bridge a good half-dozen times. The last time it happened, I was SO angry that I mashed on my controller as I fell from one screen to the next. Then, I hit start to use potions/ethers (low hp/mp from the random encounters), and TADA! I had 99 of every item in the game, including the Paladin Shield, Ragnarok Sword, and whatnot. In Espers, I had Odin and Raiden simultaneously, which is supposed to be impossible. It was excellent. But I felt like it was cheating, so I beat it a second time that same year. Then there was the PSX remake. Ten years later, GBA port.

Chrono Trigger - Only fools didn't take the time to get ALL the endings. This took me three complete play-throughs instead of two, cuz I missed a few my second time around.

Alundra - Once by myself, once with a friend and my little brother...we had WAY too much fun with this game.

Star Ocean: The Second Story - Once with each protagonist in the lead. The first time I totally missed everything and got a crap ending. The second time I was on my way to the best ending, but I missed some trigger to get the last event with Chisato...it pissed me off.

Final Fantasy Adventure - I beat it once per summer for about...six summers in a row. It was my "family road trip" game.

Final Fantasy Legend II - Same as Adventure, but slightly less awesome for me. I probably beat it 3 times.

That's about it...except, more recently, I'd say I beat Ys: The Ark of Napishtim either 3 or 4 times and gotten really good at Time Attack.

I wish I had more time to play RPGs more than once, but as a devoted reviewer, I try and portion my time out evenly for as much stuff as I can. Currently, I can boast that I've beaten 101 RPGs...I won't stop until at least 200! :)

Ramza

PS - Welcome. You sound hip.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Prime Mover on February 28, 2007, 09:41:22 PM
I find myself replaying RPGs from time to time, especially last year during the pre-Christmas draught (before Okami, FF12, Tales of the Abyss, Twilight Princess, etc.) But I notice something, I hardly ever finish a game that I'm replaying. I usually get about 3/4 the way through and think, "eh, that was fun, onto something new". The only epic games I've only completed multipul times are Chrono Trigger (twice, and not on +) and Metroid Prime (about 3 or 4 times, all within a period of about a year). But so many great games, while being even better the second time through (FFVIII, FFIX, and Skies of Arcadia, in particular), I find myself turning off just before the point of no return.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Masamune on February 28, 2007, 09:50:52 PM
I replay RPG's I especially like or that I feel the need to play again in order to understand the storyline better.  Overall, I've probably played through FF8 and Chrono Trigger atleast 5 times apiece.  Probably my favorite 2 rpgs of all time.

Other then that, I only replay certain games.  I've beaten and played through all of the FF games atleast twice.  Some games just age better then others.  Also, some games get ported (nearly all of the FF games for example) and I enjoy playing them on a different console.  I've yet to meet another person who owns FF7 and 8 for PC.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Dincrest on February 28, 2007, 09:58:51 PM
In terms of replaying, it all depends on the game.  If the game is relatively short and has a new game plus feature where I can do a more rapid playthrough to get alternate endings, then yeah I'll replay it.  

If it's a 60 hour game, it's rare that I do.  Granted, back in ye olden days, I did replay Persona 1 multiple times (150 hours total) and enjoyed it every time, but I don't have that kind of time any more, which is one reason why I tend to go more for adventures and digital novels because they're fairly short and often have loads of replay value.  I'm lucky I even have time to beat those 20 hour or less digital novels (which I love so dearly.)  

I've gotten all but 3 or 4 endings in Yo-Jin-Bo and thanks to the fast forward feature, playthroughs are quick now.  

I like if a game has replay value (i.e. Chrono Trigger) but I'm more compelled to replay if it's 20 hours for one playthrough than 60.

If I have a GameShark, that's a different story.  I've often Gamesharked my way through the Midgar segments of FF7 multiple times (and to the Golden Saucer many times too) because Midgar and Golden Saucer are my favorite parts of the game.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Sketch on February 28, 2007, 10:54:35 PM
I really don't replay through many games, since I always seem to have other games on my plate (I'm not too fond of juggling multiple games). If I do hit a period of time where I have nothing to beat/want to play, then I usually end up popping in Final Fantasy IX, which is one of the few games I've actually felt the need to replay.

Sometimes, playing through a particular game reminds me of games that I've beaten in the past, which always gets me thinking and craving to replay them. For instance, I recently got the original Shadow Hearts game, and playing that has really sparked new interest into playing its sequel, seeing as though they are tied together storywise to a certain extent. It's also reminded me a lot of the Legend of Dragoon due to the timed button press battle system, so I'm definately going to give that a replay once a game drought rolls around.

Then there are those games like Threads of Fate, which are short, sweet, and very easy to replay through due to their overlapping game files and New Game + features. It's a shame that not many games give you a worthwhile New Game + feature, since that'd probably give me a lot more motivation to replay certain games. :P
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Leo on February 28, 2007, 10:58:24 PM
I can only think of Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VII, Seiken Densetsu 2, and Xenogears. They all have a memorable cast of characters, great soundtracks, and lots of unforgettable scenes. It depends on how big of an impact the RPG had on me, either through character development, setting, or storyline.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Ryos on February 28, 2007, 11:59:03 PM
Although I've spent time replaying old games, I've very infrequently played them all the way through again.  Partially it's because I have way too many games/things to do, partially it's because too many RPGs are too long. That's great for the journey since the conclusion is long in coming, but that doesn't lend itself to replays very well. :p  The RPGs I've revisited most often are those with multiple endings, since I'm very interested in seeing the alternate conclusions, and game paths (which is unfortunately not nearly as common in JRPGs :p).
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Cauton on March 01, 2007, 01:19:31 AM
It depends a lot on the game, really. There are certain games that I've played through more than once - Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Xenogears and Chrono Trigger just to name a few. My main driving force when playing RPGs is to experience the story and characters, so the games I replay must either have an exceptional story, or really good gameplay (or a mix of the two) - otherwise I will not bother to go through them more than once.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Aelph on March 01, 2007, 08:12:44 AM
Thanks for the welcomes. :-)

The idea of going back through a game for the story is interesting -- I would have thought that doing so would be boring, because you'd know all the ins-and-outs and secrets, and all the mysteries would already be solved. But then I thought about it a bit more... and considered how often I re-read the same books over and over and over again, and never get tired of them. Of course a game's not going to be any different in that respect.

Although some of you have mentioned replaying more when you were younger, I don't think I would have had the patience to replay a story/text-heavy game when I was young (if I even had the patience to play it in the first place, that is)... Well, I would have by high school, but that was during my off years. I think I'd be much more likely to replay now than then. I've also found myself sometimes replaying much more slowly -- i.e., when I have just a short while to play, I don't want to let myself get too sucked in to something I won't have time to spend hours on, so I'll just have a few minutes at an old game,  where I know how it turns out, and I won't forget what I've been told to do next. (I do that... irritating, that is. And rather sad. ;-))
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Bloodstar6078 on March 01, 2007, 09:48:05 AM
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Hello, welcome to the boards. You actually read the rules and didn't just do a "I'm new" thread! I think you'll do well here.

There were rules? I don't remember reading them, lol.

Anyways Welcome.

I have to agree with some of the others. I replay games all the time when I feel nostalgic or when I have nothing else to play.

I've probably replayed FFVIII well over 5 times, and I just bought Legend of Dragoon again if that tells you anything (never should have gave that away... now I just need to find Legend of Legaia and I'll be happy).
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: CastNuri on March 01, 2007, 12:17:15 PM
Ooh, didn't see this topic. Welcome to the boards, Aelph. :P

I almost never replay RPGs (or games in general, DMC aside) but I make exceptions for games that I haven't played in a long time. Nowadays I feel like re-playing Chrono Cross, Legend of Mana, Legend of Eternia...lots of playstation stuff.

It's more about the nostalgia for me. I'm not the sort who likes completing a game 'to the max', what with all the side-quests and such.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Willy Elektrix on March 01, 2007, 12:43:58 PM
What makes me come back and play an RPG again is excellent character customization. If I can go back through the game with a different type of party or character that requires a different play style, then I'll probably do it.

A good example is Final Fantasy 1 (which I've beaten with almost every party combination I can think of). With PC RPG's, Fallout and Baldur's Gate kept me coming back because of the different types of characters I could play. Really, any kind of job system or customizable skill system fires me up...
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: GrimReality on March 01, 2007, 01:31:12 PM
I am at the point in my life where I barely have time to play an rpg once, let alone 2 or 3 times. There are far too many good games out there for me to play, than to go back and play something I've already been through. I miss enough good games as it is.
Anyone wanna spot me some cheese?
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Evil Gately on March 02, 2007, 05:34:08 AM
First off, hi Emily! Welcome to the 'Fan! It's always nice to see a fellow Brit around these parts, too!

I think I've replayed most of the RGs I own, especially the 8/16-BIT era stuff.  Phantasy Star, Shining Force, etc. all got quite a hammering when I was younger. I'm currently replaying KotOR II and Shining the Holy Ark, so yeah, I do replay quite a lot.

ps,

Masamune, I've got FFVII on PC!
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Raze on March 02, 2007, 07:29:59 AM
Back when I was a kid I'd play FF2/4 over and over. Two things were different back then though. For one, not many rpgs came out. And if one did I probably wouldn't be getting my hands on it until christmas. If I were lucky blockbuster might have one, but their selection was downright terrible back then. Not that it's particularly great now(Uh..no DS section? I could kinda see that honestly, but then they carry psp games?), but it's like a goldmine compared to what it used to be.

 For another, when you're younger you're more creative. I'd just be running from point A to B on the world map for the fifth and in my head I might imagine something like say, a conversation between Yang and Cecil. Being that I'm now 29 instead of 13 I won't just be able to satisfy myself with content that I just made up in my head.

 Almost no RPG that comes out is designed with replay in mind and a new average rpg will be more fun than replaying a great RPG. There's newgame+ type things pretty often, but these actually turn me off more than want me to play again. Putting me at the start of the game at level 99 isn't going to be fun for me. In fact it's going to be incredibly boring.

 A game needs forks in the plot and character customization to make me want to replay the game now. Things like the sphere grid or liscence board touch on the character customization, but get it wrong in that you eventually get everything. A fork in the road should lead to a choice that leads to vastly different characters. What you do instead is just go down both roads and the customization becomes trivial. Not too many games have that seiken densetsu 3 'play me again, but in a different way' thing going for them.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Alisha on March 02, 2007, 08:06:42 AM
um i played through the original valkyrie profile about 10 times. theres so many characters and unlike vp2..... each one is unique. i played through xenosaga 3 twice because i wanted to check the alternate skill paths and i missed a lot of sidequests and such in my first playthrough. typically theres 2 reasons i'll replay a game
A.nostalgia
B.gameplay
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Aelph on March 02, 2007, 09:37:43 AM
Quote from: "Evil Gately"
First off, hi Emily! Welcome to the 'Fan! It's always nice to see a fellow Brit around these parts, too!


I'm a fake Brit. I'm actually American, but I've been living in Britain for about 3 years now. ;-)
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Willy Elektrix on March 02, 2007, 01:38:56 PM
Quote from: "Raze"
A game needs forks in the plot and character customization to make me want to replay the game now. Things like the sphere grid or liscence board touch on the character customization, but get it wrong in that you eventually get everything. A fork in the road should lead to a choice that leads to vastly different characters. What you do instead is just go down both roads and the customization becomes trivial. Not too many games have that seiken densetsu 3 'play me again, but in a different way' thing going for them.


Totally. What's even better is if your character's abilities make you approach the game in an entirely different way. SD3 is cool, but all the different abilities are essentially combat abilities. So, really, you play the game in the same way, you just fight battles differently (granted, SD3 is all about fighting battles, so it's still great fun). A different example would be Shadowrun for Genesis,  where there are a ton of non-combative abilities that completely alter the structure of the game, combat and otherwise.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Losfer on March 02, 2007, 01:48:29 PM
Quote from: "Aelph"
Quote from: "Evil Gately"
First off, hi Emily! Welcome to the 'Fan! It's always nice to see a fellow Brit around these parts, too!


I'm a fake Brit. I'm actually American, but I've been living in Britain for about 3 years now. ;-)


Harhar.  I'm a Canuck living in Britain.  Welcome to the lands of eternal rain.  :P
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Dincrest on March 02, 2007, 04:42:02 PM
Re: what Raze said.

Some genres of games like dating sims are totally like that in terms of forks in both.  Dating sims are very stat driven and not only do choices made in the plot determine which girl's storyline you'll follow, so will how you build your character.  Meaning, if you want to go after the artsy girl, best do what you can to build your stats in artistic ability and creativity.  Want to woo the girl on the track team or swim team?  Can't unless you do gameplay stuff that ups your athleticism stat.  

Love adventures are different in that it's all plot and there are multiple endings solely based on the choices you make in the story (like Choose Your Own Adventure.)  Pre-set characters and all that.  

In terms of RPGs, look at something like Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.  There are a whole slew of ways to customize your main character as well as many choices/forks in the storyline that determine your path and ending.  However, that game is so long that I would not want to replay it.  75 hours on one playthrough is enough for me, even if I didn't do half the side stuff.  

For me, I find that visual novels and dating sims are more replayable than RPGs, but that's just personal taste on my part.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: James8BitStar on March 02, 2007, 07:45:11 PM
I'm okay!  I replay!

Sometimes I'll feel like going through a game again.  I like to wait five years between replays in order to make the experience fresh again.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Lard on March 06, 2007, 10:26:18 AM
I replay games all the time.

I usually whip out Grandia (the first one) about once a year and go through a marathon session in about 3 days to get through it.

Great game.

I usually take a couple of weeks to play through Suikoden 1 and 2 about once a year as well.

Hi, I'm also new btw.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: DisturbedAngel on March 10, 2007, 01:02:39 PM
I tend to find myself replaying older games all the time, almost more than I complete the newer games. I've beat Chrono Trigger, FFs 6-10, and the first three and last Suikodens more times than I can count. (ok Ive only beat suiko v twice, but I just got it for christmas gimme a break!) It seems that whenever a newer game can't hold my attention, I always take a break and immerse myself in nostalgia. Or whenever I hear a track from one of my old favorites, that gets me itching to play again. Makes it tough considering I have a bunch of old rpg soundtracks on my Zune.

(I'm new too, shhh don't tell anyone)
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on March 11, 2007, 05:34:38 PM
Usually I only replay an rpg if I never finished it first time round, so I can remind myself of the plot and learn how to play it again. Thing is, I've only ever completed an unfinished rpg on a  replay once and that was FF 6. All the other times I've tried to do everything better and then eventually given up  from boredom. Same goes with ones I have finished already.
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Ventrue on March 12, 2007, 01:50:47 PM
Welcome, Emily. ^^ I'm a lurker most of time since I'm currently unable to play games much (and until a few months ago I had no PS2 >< missing all of the "new" generation after the original PS/Saturn/N64) :P
But anyways, I like to replay most games I finish, but sometimes I dont get to finish the second run. The ones I did replay and finished are:

Phantasy Star IV: Love it up to this day. The first electronic RPG I had the pleasure of trying out \o\~ I never had it myself, just rented about every weekend for months during middle school XD And I never had the bad luck of having someone else renting it in the middle of the week and erasing/overwritting my File. But yeah, I just had a lot of fun playing it and replayed about 7 times. There was a point where I played from the start and got to finish it before the weekend ended x.x

Final Fantasy IV: Ok, theorically I didn't "replay" since I only got to finish it once. Basically I played it on SNES, reached the last boss, but couldnt beat it. After many attempts I got fed up and quit trying. Many years later I get the PSX remake and try the game again, finally reaching the last boss once more and killing it after over 30 (no joke) attempts on the last boss.

Final Fantasy VII: For a long time it was my only game on PSX. As a result I played it and replayed several times. Even used GameShark at a point ot get access to Sephiroth, as well as Aeris. It was fun beating the Weapons with her. Sephiroth sucked because I never managed to find out the code to control him, if there was one, so he kept on casting random elemental shit, which cured Emerald >< It's a fun game, and I might try it again soon. Need to try some odd MATERIA combos as well as rewatch the storyline.

Final Fantasy VIII: My second PSX game. I was already kinda burnt out of playing FFVII and beating it in every way possible. I loved FF8, in fact it's my second favorite FF up to this day. Specially because of the setting on which the story takes place. Who never dreamed of studying in a Garden? X) And I plan to try that again soon, because I never got to make a "perfect file" on it despite replaying about 2-3 times. Quistis rules.

Final Fantasy Tactics: My favorite FF. I never got to make a perfect file on it either, and I never owned it (rented and later on borrowed from a friend). Anyone wanna send me a copy? A PSP with the upcoming remake also works lol >< The storyline is amazing, and it was what got me replaying multiple times, though the battle system and character customization helped on that X) I also used to know the logic behind some GameShark Codes back then, and with that I was able to create my own jobs and stuff like that on my 3rd replay. It could get 'buggy' at random points though :/

Xenogears: One of the best RPGs ever. I've replayed this one 2 times, but oh wow, they were totally worth it. After the second replay, I just worked on perfecting my file. Sometimes when bored I would just turn it on and do some deathblows on random mobs to pass the time. As a result my characters were all lvl 85+ when I stopped playing this game XD The Kislev Arena was pretty fun too, I liked playing versus my friends there 8D~ As good as some fighting games.

Chrono Trigger: I find its storyline pretty weak. But the OST, along with the game system and the character design really draw me in. I played it a lot just to kill random mobs, like Xenogears. Got all endings. Oh, I did it on the PSX remake, never played on SNES (my cousin said I was "too dumb to understand RPGs" when I was little and saw it for the first time, it was a year before I played PSIV, my first RPG as mentioned above).

Chrono Cross: I like it more than CT. Finished it the first time, then before I started a New Game+, my Memory Card was damaged and I lost all data in it T_T I ended up replaying it, finished again. Started, but never got to finish a New Game+ though.

Legend of Mana: Not sure why I replayed this. But I did. It was fun, lots of customization, the several plots are light and some characters just have charisma (Elazul and Pearl's plot was my favorite).

These are the ones I remember, there may be more I've replayed but dont come up to my mind right now X)
Title: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: arizlaan on March 19, 2007, 01:45:07 PM
I all ways finish what i have  started, no matter how long it takes .I love old school games...If it wasn't for old games non of the this next gen games would have made here....I would replay a game if the story is great..I dont mind the graphis at all..
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Fyle on June 21, 2012, 11:35:59 PM
That highly depends on the game.

I used to generally replay an RPG at least I once but...

now that there are so many games out there I can't even play through all the new ones I want too and sometimes don't finish what I have.

A few games that I replayed recently are Skyrim and  Dragon Age : Origins ... that's about it I think since I got back into gaming in the last year. This is why I love ARPGs like Diablo and Torchlight. to me nothing makes me wanna replay a game more than randomization.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Aeolus on June 22, 2012, 12:27:24 AM
That highly depends on the game.

I used to generally replay an RPG at least I once but...

now that there are so many games out there I can't even play through all the new ones I want too and sometimes don't finish what I have.

A few games that I replayed recently are Skyrim and  Dragon Age : Origins ... that's about it I think since I got back into gaming in the last year. This is why I love ARPGs like Diablo and Torchlight. to me nothing makes me wanna replay a game more than randomization.

Whoah! Necromancy much?

But not to waste this post I might as well add that one of these days I should get around to replaying DQs V and/or VIII.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Ramza on June 22, 2012, 12:56:09 AM
I've replayed a few PS1 RPGs thanks to the PSOne Classics (for a GOOD price!!) on PSN. Specifically ... Alundra, FF7, and Vagrant Story. I will probably also re-play Chrono Cross and Legend of Dragoon this way. And if I'm feeling REALLY ambitious, Xenogears too.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on June 22, 2012, 01:05:21 AM
I replay the classics frequently, though maybe not to completion as i've finished most of them several times. By classics i mean the 90's Square games like FF 5-9, mana and CT. Suikoden, Breath of Fire.and Shadow Hearts are on that list too......as are others.. SNES to the PS2 generation had the best Rpg's ever. Jrpgs anyway.
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Post by: beLIEve? on June 22, 2012, 11:06:19 AM
welcome emily i lurked this site for like two year before i took the plunge i don't think i've ever really introduced myself formally my name is brian and i'm a rpg junkie it's really all i play aside from a few action titles, i missed the psx era so i'm slowly working on a backlog as well while trying to keep on top of current gems too.

the only ones i can remember replaying are ff1. i'm in the middle of ff4 right now. the reason i replay is usually i get right to the end and don't finish i gotta finish dragon age one of these days but i'm thinking i might restart from the beginning.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: DPB on June 22, 2012, 11:48:13 AM
Not all that much. I've tried replaying plenty, but it's rarely as much fun as the first time round. It's better when I wait a number of years between playthroughs, long enough to forget parts, but even then some of the older games don't live up to my memories of them.

I wish more games offered alternative paths so there was more of an incentive to replay them.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: cj_iwakura on June 22, 2012, 12:04:57 PM
If I do, it's always on a higher difficulty. With SMT games, I go after the uber boss.

A game has to be REAL good for me to do this immediately after it.

Riviera was the last game I did that for.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Der Jermeister on June 22, 2012, 01:37:49 PM
I typically only replay RPGs to get an updated opinion on them so I can rewrite previous reviews I did for them, although there are rare instances in which I'll actually go through a game again, for instance, recently with Ys Origin or Valkyrie Profile DS so I could see all the endings.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Legaia on June 22, 2012, 02:01:34 PM
I replay through RPGs often. Heck, I'll even make a save file right before every boss in a game so I can pick it up and play an awesome battle immediately.
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Post by: Pmayo on June 22, 2012, 02:18:46 PM
I really should have replayed Nier for the second ending. I loved the game, and I hear it only gets better on the second play through, but for some reason or another, before I had a chance, I lost my save file. Now I need to wait awhile before I feel like playing it twice over.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Aeolus on June 22, 2012, 09:19:15 PM
I really should have replayed Nier for the second ending. I loved the game, and I hear it only gets better on the second play through, but for some reason or another, before I had a chance, I lost my save file. Now I need to wait awhile before I feel like playing it twice over.

That's okay, it seems like everybody loses their save files sooner or later.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: D-Rider on June 22, 2012, 09:26:26 PM
I'm always replaying old games.  I don't spend $50 on something I'm not gonna use repeatedly.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 22, 2012, 09:58:54 PM
I do, though! I rarely if ever replay games, let alone 50+ hour games. Tales games are the only non-Pokemon RPGs I've ever replayed...and maybe FF4.
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Post by: neogalahad on June 22, 2012, 10:11:01 PM
Mass Effect 1...I've beat that game at least 13 times. Twice on the PC, all the achievement finishes for two separate xbox live profiles which is like eight each, and 3 more for different choice lines for ME2. And I've only beat ME2 four times and ME3 once...depending on the extended cut of ME3 I will play it more.

Chrono Trigger/Cross, Final Fantasy 9, Divinity 2 Dragon Knight Saga, Radiant Historia and Zelda (all) are on my list of multiple finishes. Putting them on a list makes me want to revisit more of them but there are just too many good games right now that going back is almost a waste of time.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Champlooz on June 23, 2012, 10:52:49 AM
I rarely replay RPGs and never do so right after I finished them. The only RPGs I ever replayed are the SNES and PS1 ones because of nostaliga, but I have a hard time finishing them then because I lose interest after some time and I know the end anyway.
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Post by: Maxximum on June 23, 2012, 11:32:33 AM
I think the only RPG I've beaten multiple times was Suikoden 1. Its easily one of my favourite jRPGs as well as being relatively short. I do have a tendency of restarting a game multiple times after putting it down for too long, but I assume that doesn't count.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Bytor on June 23, 2012, 11:14:37 PM
Catherine and Nier are the only two I've played through more than once. One problem is I have so many games in my backlog I wanna start something new no matter how good the game was the first time.
Title: Re: Replaying RPGs?
Post by: Klyde Chroma on June 24, 2012, 09:00:04 PM
I typically won't restart an RPG til it is old enough to be new to me again-LoL.... There are SOME exceptions however.... I played through FF6 enough times to literally recall parts of the script verbatim... heck, I could probably draw maps of the dungeons from memory... Most of those play-through's were in my childhood though.

The stuff I replay now is all, as was stated by a few others, in the interest of nostalgia coupled with the fact that some older titles just have no equal in my mind. I did however go through a period of my life where I was so inebriated I can't remember anything of the games I played.... some of those have demanded my attention again over the course of the last 5 years or so since becoming sober.... sad as that may be.
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Post by: PotRoast on June 24, 2012, 09:53:23 PM
I used to replay RPGs all the time. I've beaten pretty much every SNES RPG I own at least a dozen or so times. With the PS1 I started to cut back a bit. Though, I've still beaten pretty much all my RPGs for it at least twice. Well, except for FFVII, which I would take out once a year to beat up until the end of high school. I think I might have beat it once again while in college too. I don't think I've beaten a single PS2 RPG twice, and my backlog of unbeaten RPGs for the PS2 dwarfs all my previous systems.

I think I'm in the same boat most of the other people here are in: as I grow older, I have more disposable income to spend on games, but less time to actually play them. I only replay RPGs now if I'm in just the right mood. And even then, it's almost always an SNES one that I can blow through most of the content in 8 hours (i.e., a weekend with a modest amount of playtime).