Phenomenal Video Games That You Should Only Play Once

This shouldn’t put these games in diminished standing amongst their peers, though. These games are at their fullest when they aren’t over-prodded by the ever curious gamer.

Bioshock: Infinite

Bioshock is a great series of narrative-heavy first person shooters that bring a particularly unique set of mechanics to the genre. It’s always fun to shoot lightning bolts out of your hands, and the game’s focus almost always tends to be how twisted and dramatic the story is – especially in Infinite.


Once you play through the last half hour of it, you can never look at Bioshock: Infinite the same way again. One of the biggest plot twists in games is when the ending is obvious, but so well executed that it remains impactful. You can never have that “first time” back, though, and romping through Columbia again will not bring you back from behind the veil.


The evocative and almost ethereal adventure that Journey takes players on is really only great once.


When you find random travelers (other players) and investigate the incredibly elegant spaces you’re lead through, everything comes together organically. Words are replaced with visual and audio cues, and the effort to get to the end is one that will never feel powerful a second time around. Every new environment relies on some form of “WOW” factor that you can’t unsee and get re-surprised by.



Outlast, like Bioshock: Infinite, relies on the unknown to keep its plot compelling. Jump scares and near misses with crazy killer creatures are abundant and keep you on your toes most of the game. But after you know what’s around every corner, the game becomes less of an experience and more of an exercise – which would be fine for a game with many difficulty levels or leaderboards, but Outlast’s replayability options are pretty small.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Skyrim is an incredibly long, detailed game that compels you the turn every stone and skin every yeti for 100+ hours. It’s not uncommon that your Dragonborn could end the game leader of all of the continent’s guilds, Thane of all of their settlements, and a well-known real estate tycoon. There is little reason to do everything in that game a second time.

 Source – Gamepedia

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