If you’re a lifelong fan of video games, you’ve no doubt encountered gaming masterpieces that impacted you in a way you’ll never forget. Games that tugged at your heartstrings, changed the way you look at the world, or surprised you with incredible plot twists. These are memories that will last a lifetime, but there’s always a part of you that wishes you could shed those memories, if only temporarily, to experience them fresh again. Out of all the games you’ve ever played, which one do you most wish you could play for the first time again?

Having been impacted by so many games over the years, it’s hard to narrow the list down. Interacting with the inhabitants of Termina in Majora’s Mask for the first time opened my eyes to just how much depth and emotion NPCs could add to a game, and experimenting with how my decisions affected their day to day lives was incredibly rewarding. I can’t even count how many times I cracked up laughing at the zany characters and bizarre scenarios on my first run of EarthBound. Capcom’s Resident Evil: Revelations was probably my most-played game on 3DS (and continues to be a mainstay of my Nintendo Switch), but nothing will replace the sense of horror and intrigue I got when exploring the Queen Zenobia for the first time.

If I had to choose just one, I might have to go with a more recent title.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was an adventure that captivated and immersed me more than any other game has in years, if not decades. I’ve never been particularly fond of massive open worlds (as they usually end up feeling barren to me), but from my very first step into Hyrule in Breath of the Wild, I never wanted to put my controller down again. Every time I’d mark a point of interest with a beacon and begin my sprint towards it I’d end up distracted by a half dozen other things to do along the way, and before I knew it, an hour had passed and was nowhere near my beacon. Experimenting with the physics engine became something of an internet phenomenon, with excited players sharing new tips, tricks, and secrets for weeks after launch. It seemed like there was always something new to discover, and every bit of it was magical.

Breath of the Wild is a game I’ll certainly be playing for years to come, but with hundreds of hours logged in the game and stored in my memory, I’d give more than a few rupees for the ability to see Hyrule for the first time again. What game do you wish you could play with a fresh mindset? Leave your answers in the comments below!

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