What's The Video Game You Just Keep Going Back To?

What's The Video Game You Just Keep Going Back To?

Every once in a while, when I've got a couple hours to kill or just feel a certain craving, there's always one game I'll pick up: Sid Meier's Colonization. This unlikely 1994 Civilization spinoff is a top-down strategy game set in the 16th and 17th centuries. As an explorer from one of four major European powers, your job is to head to sea with nothing and somehow build a thriving, sprawling country. The white Australia starter kit. You can farm for crops, fight off foreign nations, trade with indigenous peoples (or burn down their villages), build up an army and eventually start a revolution.

It's a brilliant game, full of minute-to-minute decisions that require smart thinking and planning. And I love it, not just because it's so rewarding to create an efficient network of well-staffed colonies but because everything about the game feels comforting, from the little pixels that make up each citizen to the way the indigenous people will always, without hesitation, try to ambush and steal any treasure you might find. I've spent two decades playing this game, on and off, and I know all of its intricacies and rule-sets like the back of my hand, if the back of my hand were a pixelated land to conquer. I've even grown fond of the weird janky bugs — pro tip: try to keep your ships on separate tiles or else they might accidentally swap cargo — and the horrible tendencies of Colonization's annoying AI opponents. It's comfort food to me.

So what about you, Kotaku readers? What's that video game you just keep coming back to, year after year? What's your video game comfort food?


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    Halo 1, ODST and sometimes Reach.

    Also Resident Evil 4.

      Halo 1. All the time. Me, a mate, beers and legendary library run. Carnage.

    I don't think I'll ever stop playing Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - gotta hit that 100%

      I'm with you, man.
      Binding Of Isaac is eternal.

    I have a big enough backlog that I'm usually playing something I haven't played before. That being said though, I do tend to regularly (annually mostly) have a run of games like Breath of Fire III, Suikoden II, Four Heroes of Light, Alundra and other older PSX/DS games.

      Alundra is still better than every following Zelda game.

      ...yeah I said it!

    UFO: Enemy Unknown (original 1994 version). Play that game to completion at least once a year. Still just as good as I remember it the first time round, quirks and all.

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    It's gotta be DOOM as in all the early ones be it Doom, Doom 2, Ultimate Doom etc and Command and Conquer Generals, such a fun RTS.

    Dune II: The Building Of A Dynasty (1992, I'm feeling old).... Can get a bit annoying not being able to select a group of units, but I love it so much. Always play House Harkonnen

    Super Mario Bros on NES. I've never stopped playing it.

    Heroes of Might and Magic 3

      Yes! This game was my childhood! My family's too! Me and my siblings would always play this. (My older sister would almost always win.) I'm actually doing my IT Website project on this game!

      Yes yes yes.

      Heroes of Might and Magic 3.

      And a hundred times yes again.

    WoW - current iteration is on Nost's vanilla servers. I just can't get the hook all the way out.

    Secret of mana, first good RPG for meme, still looking for first person remake.

    WoW is my "game between games" in that ill play a new release to completion then once im done with it ill go straight back to WoW until the next game im looking forward too comes out.

    Edit: if the drought goes on and i happen to get bored with wow, then ill jump to either skyrim, fallout: new vegas or fallout4, or X3 terran Conflict with the Albion Prelude expansion

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    Banjo Kazooie, pokemon gen1, ocarina of time, age of mythology, warcraft 2 &3, wow, europa universalis, victoria 2.

    Also right now i cant stop going back to heroes of the storm. Its an absolutely infuriating game. Balance patches take forever, matchmaking is broken, its still in preseason 9 months after release and will be for a long time yet. I've uninstalled a few times but keep coming back.

    Fallout and Fallout 2. Think I've finished both, annually (at minimum) since their release.

    Tetris. And also started playing Dark Souls 1 again :)

    One? Just one?

    Halo 3 couch multiplayer, swords and shotguns.

    DARK SOULS.

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