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Especially if they can offer infinite replay value on single player
You can mention games whose replay factor is due to multiplayer as well, but please make it clear if it's the case
(replay factor = you can play it as many times you want without getting boring - even if you already finished the game)
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Dragon Age Origins...maybe. i have replayed it so many times and it never got boring, atleast for me
Because you got a different background story for every combination of race and class you chose. The "origin stories" were quite long and would influence the rest of the story. I never understood why the Dragon Age franchise never again reached this level of detail and ambition for storytelling.....
Indeed, after a time period, you don't mind getting back to it.
Crusader Kings II, the only game you'll ever need.
+1 for that
The best Strategy game ever created :D
Holy shit how did you manage to have 3x more hours than me!!! ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE.
+1 Add Europa Universalis IV, and the other Paradox grand-strategy games to the list too.
Roguelite games will be the easiest answer, in my opinion.
You can check some great title like The Binding of Isaac, Nuclear Throne, & Dead Cells.
There's a ton of roguelite games other than 3 I mentioned above which offer you hundreds of exciting play hours, so you can check it out on your own.
Binding of Isaac for sure. +1
+1 for Isaac, I surprised myself how much I played it. My first time playing a roguelike and ended up with 100+ hours. Didn't think I would get that much out of it but was surprised how addictive it was.
FTL: Faster Than Light
If going for lots of time and replay rogue-likes are a good bet. I've really enjoyed going back through Risk of Rain multiple times. Dead Cells, Sundered, Binding of Isaac, etc.
+1 Risk of Rain is awesome for this purpose.
Dota 2, Multiplayer
You’ll never get the same experience twice ever again. Infinite combination of hero selection and abilities interactions.
Not necessarily infinite, but:
I must mention despite of hating myself for doing that:
I have rather specific taste, if you want something more simple, you have some suggestions above (e.g. binding of isaac), I'd definitely get bored playing simple rougelites - being procedural doesn't mean it has infinite replay potential or that the game won't bore you before you even manage to finish it. I liked DD though, so maybe I just didn't play any good ones apart from that one.
Came here to mention CKII and Warband; was beaten to it. 458 hours in CKII, and 866 in Warband, even without mods. If I ever installed Warband mods I'd probably starve to death…
Civ! Not sure which one is best but I've played Civ II and Civ V, both great games. I hear IV is better though.
You may find them boring from the start though, depends what kind of games you like :)
Civ 3 is much better than Civ 4, and looks similar to Civ 2 (Isometric, not zoomed-in-done-imo-poorly).
Oh nice! I actually have that one but haven't tried it yet.
For me Civ 3 was the worst.
I played all of them, starting with 1, but 4 was where it peaked for me.
To each his/her own.
Civ 3 was really boring. IV had everything.
I love the Dungeons games. I played endless hours on Dungeons 2. I have Dungeons 3 via Humble, yet to play it though.
Civilization is a good one too. I've played "Civ IV Beyond the Sword" a lot as single player.
Most good RTS games have infinite replay value.
Darkest Dungeon (roguelike), Mass Effect Original Trilogy (shooter-rpg), Dungeon of the Endless (roguelike), Age of Empires II (civ growth and war strategy), Enter the Gungeon (roguelike), Offworld Trading Company (see AoE2), [squints at steam} ....uhhhhhh Audiosurf (arcade music thing)?
think a proper answer to this question really needs to take in your specific taste in games to see what applies. even the most generous of procedural generation and best designed AI can be super boring if that's not what you're into.
Space rangers is rather infinite
Oh, good choice! I had sort of forgotten about this, but it is a wonderful game!
Terraria has a lot of replay value. Over seven years after its release it's still getting patched with new content by the indie developers. I have a lot of respect for devs like that who have a passion for their games and listen to the community.
Football manager, but it will consume all your time if you don't stop :P Good to see many say CK is so good as i already had in plan to play it quite soon. I played Victoria games and they were very good too.
+1 great game. If you like football (Soccer)
I think Kingdom game series is might what you ask for.(Kingdom Classic, Kingdom New Lands, Kingdom Two Crowns)
I've already played Kingdom classic about 8 times (won twice) and now I'm going for the 100 day achievement. What have I done? I got hooked right before exam period.
If you like racing games then this Trackmania United Forever
One of my favourite racing games of all time, infinite replay value due to thousands of player-created tracks.
Warframe, by far. You grind without the eternal feeling that you are grinding.
The game is so big and the possibilities are so many that you'll take years to explore it all.
Also, constantly updates, new weapons, new characters, etc with the randomly generated maps, the game is ALWAYS fresh.
Infinite is a pretty lofty ambition. I think by that point what you're asking for would be exclusively limited to a game development software or a creation sandbox (including the RPG framework that is Bethesda games, but also more open-genre sandboxes like Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet).
Earth Defense Force 4.1 and hopefully 5
I find sports games (NBA Playgrounds 2, Super Mega Baseball 2, Madden 19, any recent FIFA game, etc) to have tons of replay value.
If you combine pre-Steam and Steam time, I've probably got 1000 hours in Euro Truck Simulator 2. (American Truck Simulator isn't quite as replayable because there's only a few states so far, but it should get there someday).
Modded Skyrim and The Long Dark have both hooked me for 900+ hours.
I think Parkitect has a chance to be in that same tier, since it's basically an upgraded version of the first two Roller Coaster Tycoon games and I absolutely put hundreds of hours into that franchise.
Pinball FX2 and Pinball FX3 have a lot of replay value because of the variety of tables.
Your mileage may vary depending on your taste in games, of course.
+1 to Pinball FX2 and FX3 <3
Diablo 2... Pick your poison with classic; LoD expansion; modded Eastern Sun mod is really good, IMO.
Don't Starve and Don't Starve Together (both also have a workshop full of free mods)
Oxygen not included
The original zoo tycoon and zoo tycoon 2 with all of its
Apparently Skyrim (although I haven't tried it)
Plague Inc Evolved
Most of the Civ games
City Skylines and various other city builders
SIMs franchise games
Stardew Valley is good for a solid 2-3 playthroughs
Baldurs Gate. Best Old School RPG. Epic story, many playable races, classes, difficult options.
Dota 2 / Overwatch. MP games.
But for SP game I can definitely mention Romance of the Three Kingdoms. That's why I'm looking at new Total War: Three Kingdoms intently.
Book of Demons
All the Total War have infinite loads, so... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Fighters, tycoons, city builders...