What games have you bought more than once, and why?
Maybe you wanted a digital copy to replace an aging physical copy. Or one of those Complete Gold GOTY Ultimate Everything editions to get all the DLC for a game you already had. Maybe you wanted a game on a different platform for the sake of cross-play, or convenience. Or you forgot you owned it already until you went to activate the key from a bundle. Look, it seemed like a bargain at the time.
Natalie Clayton: Tragically, I first played The Orange Box on Xbox 360. My PC at the time had become a sputtering mess that would blue-screen maybe a third of the time you tried turning it on, mind, and I did have a brief run as one of the best Scouts on console TF2. But the call of modding was strong, and when I finally got a decent laptop, Valve’s bundle was the first thing I bought—and I immediately set to work downloading every custom campaign I could find while getting to grips with the Source mapping tools myself. I rarely (if ever) released any of those maps, but it pretty much kickstarted my short career in game development.
Here are our answers, plus some from our forum.
There is another reason though, which has only occurred to me now. There’s something really satisfying (exciting?) about replaying a game from scratch on a new platform. It’s not the same as just picking the ‘new game’ option from the menu because you’ve already done it—it doesn’t feel new. I don’t think it’s an achievements thing either, though there is a certain amount of satisfaction when you see those pop up for the first time. I don’t know, maybe I’m just weird.
Sarah James: I’ve done this with quite a few games but the main culprits are Final Fantasy X/X-2, Final Fantasy 12, and the Final Fantasy 13 trilogy. The first two I own on four (4) separate platforms, while the FF13 trilogy I own on three. Why? I’m not really sure. I think it’s mostly because I adore them and the thought of not being able to play whenever I want is actually upsetting. Not that I can think of a scenario where I wouldn’t have access to at least two of them but better safe than sorry!
Morgan Park: I may or may not have purchased Rainbow Six Siege… six times. I started out on PS4. Then a year later a friend wanted to play with me but only had an Xbox, so I bought us both used copies. Then I finally got a good PC and had to try the game there. Then I bought a copy for my partner (who never played it, understandably) and one more time for a friend on PC when it was discounted. I’m not sure if buying games for other people really counts, but I do feel ridiculous owning Siege on all three platforms. It’s a miracle I haven’t bought it on Stadia yet.
Tyler Wilde: I mostly own doubles of games because I had them on disc in the ’90s and then bought them again a decade or two later on Steam, or remastered in some way. Who knows where my Zork: Grand Inquisitor DVD is? (Yeah, that’s right, I had the enhanced DVD-ROM version.)
Andy Chalk: There are a few, but the one that leaps immediately to mind is Plants vs. Zombies. I bought it digitally from PopCap, and then picked up (in no particular order that I can recall) the standard boxed edition, the Collectors Edition with a little Sunflower model, the Disco Zombie limited edition, and a DVD-box copy that I saw somewhere for 99 cents. I have a feeling there’s another box around with a different figurine—a Pea Shooter, maybe? Anyway, Plants vs. Zombies is the perfect videogame, and if I ever run across any more editions I don’t already own, I will absolutely throw money at them. From our forum
Colif: Only reasons I have for buying a game again are: 1. to actually play it again, games such as Sacred 2 weren’t on Steam until way after release. Convenience more than anything.
2. To play it on a different format. I bought Diablo 3 on PC, PS3 & PS4. 3. To play it on a new console. This sort of applies to Diablo 3 but its more Journey.
mainer: The primary reason I’ll buy a game a second time is to have a digital version of an older game that I have in physical form; either DVD, CD, or even on a set of ancient floppy disks. Digital versions of these games will usually run fine (although some need some tweaking) on modern systems and are fully patched to the latest version. I do wait for sales, bundled deals, or the occasional freebie before making a re-purchase. JCgames: I bought a second copy of Mechwarrior 5 because I wanted to play with friends LAN style at my place. It’s a really fun co-op game that has crossplay between Steam and Epic.
Frindis: Besides freebies on multiple platforms, I have bought two different versions of Skyrim (Special and Legendary edition) because of the mods I could use with them. So far haven’t accidentally bought same game twice, but I have done that with books before.