People Are Sharing The Games They Enjoyed But Can't Play Again, So You'll Need To Pause Yours For This One

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As with many gamers, there are some video games that I absolutely love but just can't endure another playthrough. Once was waaay more than enough.

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So we asked the BuzzFeed community which game (or games) this is for them, and here's what they shared:


1.Telltale's The Walking Dead

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"I tried once just to play Lee as an asshole (because obvs I didn’t the first time) and it’s impossible. 😢 I also think the emotional impact is the best on the first playthrough.

On the second playthrough, you realize just how linear things are and how much your choices don’t actually have a huge impact. It ruins the magic."


2.The Last of Us Part II

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"The game was fantastic, but holy shit, it was the saddest game I’ve ever played in my life. I loved how they told the characters' stories, but some parts were so hard to watch. I cried so much and couldn’t stop thinking about it after I finished it. I just don’t think I’d be able to play it again."


3.Far Cry 5

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"The ending (MAJOR spoilers) is some bullshit. You spend the whole game trying to save your coworkers, and then, at the very end, the entire world explodes and your remaining coworkers and friends die in the subsequent crash. The icing on the shit cake is that you then get trapped in a bunker with the cult leader."



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"Love that it called out Ayn Rand. Hate that it scared me."


5.Lost Odyssey

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"I not only don't have a working Xbox 360 to play it on, but even if I did, I'll never experience that feeling I had the first time I played it. I remember not really enjoying the first quarter or so of the game. It was fairly generic of [Japanese role-playing games] and sort of boring, but when I started unlocking the '1,000 Years of Dreams' segments and eventually encountered the main character's grandchildren, it completely won me over.

"Some of those '1,000 Years of Dreams' stories had me crying from how beautifully written they were. I swear that you could collect them together into a short story compilation and people would be praising them as high art. And from there, I was completely enchanted by the story. And I know I'll never have that same level of wonder and connection with it because I already experienced it."


6.God of War

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"I just think this game was so good and the story did so well that, personally, I don’t feel like I need to play it again. I got to the end and was just so happy from playing such an awesome game that I was happy to take the disc out and trade it back in the next day. There was nothing else that game could give me in terms of enjoyment, as the whole game was such a thrill ride anyway! I can’t wait for the next one!"



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"I played Skyrim on my husband's Xbox 360, but the 360 'red-ringed' and couldn't be brought back. I lost hundreds and hundreds of hours of game play. I can't bring myself to start over after all the time I put into that game. When they eventually release the new game, I'll of course play it, but for now, I'm not going anywhere near Skyrim."


8.What Remains of Edith Finch

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"Amazing story and breathtaking visuals, but it's a game that's so bittersweet, you can't play it again and relive the family's stories once you know how each arc ends. No spoilers, but there are definitely clues and major foreshadowing that become chillingly obvious if you do replay. I definitely recommend playing it or watching a playthrough of it. You won't regret experiencing the game once at least."


9.Heavy Rain

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"Once I knew who the killer was, not even the different endings could entice me to go through it again."


10.Gears of War Series

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"I’ve loved the Gears of War games my whole life. But after playing Gears 5, I can’t. You have to choose between Del and J.D. to die, and that’s too emotionally draining. Not to mention that poor Dave gets replaced by Jack, only for Jack to die again!"


11.Dark Souls

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"Took me long enough to beat it, but never again. I couldn't even tell you how many times I died."


12.Fatal Frame III: The Tormented

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"It was a really good game, but honestly, it made me so scared, and you only had a camera to fight off ghosts (which could kill you)! I like playing horror games with guns so I feel safer lol, but the reason I won't play it again is that the ending was really sad. I cried like a baby at the end."


13.Life Is Strange

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"I was fascinated by the story and immersed in it, especially with how it's told. However, I was deeply affected by the last few parts, and especially as someone with a background in photography, I just haven't been able to think about that game in the same way again. It's just tainted for me now."


14.Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

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"I grabbed it at a resell store because it had an interesting game mechanic and I was about to be without internet for a weekend. I knew nothing except what was advertised on the box. I ended up absolutely WRECKED. The ending had me SOBBING-sobbing. I haven't been able to bring myself to play it again, but it remains on my shelf, and I recommend it to my friends when they ask. It's really a great game, but oof, that ending got me."



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"I knew there were alternate endings, but I also knew Flowey would remember if I reset the game, and after getting the good ending, I didn't fancy being judged for undoing it."


16.Dragon Quest Builders 2

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"Story was too good to play again. Wouldn’t feel the same, and knowing what I know now about what I’d have to do…nope, I’ve suffered enough 😂. Great game, though!"


17.The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

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"The tower got infuriatingly hard, and the final boss fight was near impossible to beat. I play as far as seeing Linebeck's grave and stop every time."



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"Not because I didn't absolutely love it or it was especially difficult, but because the storyline is so perfect and touching on the first playthrough that I'm worried if I replay it, I won't have the same pure experience."


Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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