What game are you afraid to replay, because it might ruin your memory of it?
You know the saying "Never meet your heroes*?
For me it’s Final Fantasy VII
I was never able to get into JRPG games as a kid. Maybe they weren’t my type of game, maybe I was too young to appreciate them.
FF7 changed that for me. It was my first completion of a JRPG and still my favourite one ever.
I played through it not long after it came out, maybe a year or so after release. I used my brothers playstation, and our 27" curved screen Sony television. I wish I still had that set.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and it changed my views on JRPGs forever.
Once I was done the game, I felt like the game had a lot more to offer with extra materia and other things to do. I went to the computer and found a complete walkthrough and printed it out, with the intention of doing everything.
My second playthrough I did just that. I did every quest, got every materia, and I even bred Chocobos to get the gold and black ones.
Fast forward to this year. I was hanging out with my brother at his place, playing some retro games on his various old computers. He had his playstation (exact same one he bought back in the day), and I decided to boot up FF7. Lo and behold, the same game I used when I was probably 18 years old was right there, untouched on his memory card since I last put the game down.
I almost cried…
I asked him if could borrow the memory card for a while, to try and copy the data and preserve the save file, and he obliged.
I wanted to play through it again, but honestly I’m a little afraid to. I don’t want to change or tarnish one of my most treasured gaming memories. I know it’s a great game, and I know I would enjoy playing it again, but 20 years from now, I want to remember my original playthrough, not my revisit.