There are some video games that are so fun that I find myself replaying them regularly. And if my Steam gaming stats are anything to go by, I’ve logged considerable time with the following games after so many playthroughs. I’ve tried to choose games that are all fairly recent here, but for a list of some great older games, see Snake’s Top Tens from 2005.
The Tropico series is all about managing a tiny island nation in the Caribbean, and the third game in this series definitely does it best. There’s something very addicting to this game in its delightful blend of economy management, city-building, and island vistas. Because your island only starts with roughly 50 citizens, you can connect with their individual needs and preferences and fulfilling those feels very rewarding. The near infinite combinations of variables for the presidente, scenario, and island makes Tropico 3 that much more replayable.
Company of Heroes
The accurate portrayals of World War II weapons and combat and the exceptional graphics are the two main factors that make Company of Heroes so enjoyable to play. There’s nothing better than seeing a mammoth German Tiger tank crushing everything in its path with all turrets firing and the ensuing visceral fireballs and carnage. And on top of this brutal combat comes a very intelligent strategy game where the balance of power is constantly shifting, keeping you on your toes. The campaigns (Normandy, Market Garden, Caen) in Company of Heroes are great for occasional replaying, but the skirmishes are even better for a quick bout of WW2 action. (Best if consumed with Band of Brothers.)
Red Faction: Guerrilla
Red Faction: Guerrilla is Grand Theft Auto with explosives. Who knew that the creative destruction of buildings could make for such enjoyable gameplay. On top of that, you feel like your actions are actually having an effect on the world as you start completing missions and freeing zones. But mainly, blowing stuff up never gets old. (Highly recommended to go xliveless, though.)
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
Dark Messiah combines a lot of the features I love in a game. It has great first-person combat, character development via a skill tree, plenty of loot to find and equip, sneaking around and stealth kills, and nice graphics and level design. The combat alone is quite intense and takes some careful choreography from the player; so, executing the perfect attack is very rewarding. All of these RPG elements combined with the combat and great locales make for a wonderfully replayable adventure.
Call of Duty: World at War
World at War is like playing a non-stop action WW2 movie. And everything about this game is focused on keeping the action coming. Normally I would be opposed to constantly spawning enemies in a game, but here they only force you to ferociously press on. It’s an amazing-looking and -sounding game as well. Even though the full game can be played in only a few hours, I find myself playing the game (or portions of it) over and over.