The Games That We'll Be Playing Forever

I've always been fascinated by those games that we return to over and over again. I like to refer to them as "forever games". They are the ones you've either played since you were a child, or the ones that feel like favourite movies you know line by line.

With new games constantly coming out, it can be hard to justify returning to an old favourite. But sometimes you just need to revisit a classic and mine new experiences out of a game you know really well.

I recently sat down with two fellow Kotaku staffers, Gita Jackson and Kirk Hamilton, to talk about our favourite forever games and why we might just be playing these on our deathbeds.

Some of ours include Dark Souls, Dwarf Fortress, Streets of Rage 2, and Stardew Valley. As an avid player of both Tetris and Lumines, I'm pretty sure Tetsuya Mizuguchi's upcoming Tetris Effect will easily find itself in my rotation for life. The trailer's song even says "I'm yours forever. There is no end in sight for us."

Which games do you love to replay from time to time? Are there some games you haven't even realised you keep installed on your PC or continue to buy over and over again on different consoles? Let me know down below.


    Baldur's Gate 2 is my forever game. Skyrim comes a close second.

    I often load up Kengo/Sword of the Samurai from PS2.
    Still one best combat systems I've ever seen.

    Age of Empires II, I've kept it installed though out my continuous PC upgrade.

    Although last year (I think), I finally joined the digital age and bought it on steam

    Metal Slug.
    It's always Metal Slug for me.

    Rollercoaster Tycoon, and Transport Tycoon. Doesn't matter which versions of either, they're all a hoot to go back to at any time.

    Plants versus Zombies. The original and still the best. I had it for PC, Nintendo DS and on mobile, and when I got it free on Origin On the House it found my old PC saves and I was hooked again.

    Diablo 2 until such time there is a successor to the throne (likelihood is never).

    Heroes of Might and Magic 3 until the day I die.

    I often find myself wandering around the Capital Wasteland, The Commonwealth or Tamriel.

    Dark souls 2
    Resident Evil 4
    Castlevania Symphony of the night

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series
    Uncharted series
    Football Manager

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