Another afternoon and there isn't much to do. Yes you can go to a near store and pick a new game but there are some free options! You can play ‘X’ again… Nah i mean it was a good game but not for playing again!
So, what makes players to play a game over and over?
Challenge Is the Key
This makes players thirsty to play again and game designers know it so well! For example Call of Duty Zombie Mode, As you play it for the first time you will lose in first levels but after a few try, Your skill increase and you reach higher levels, Kill stronger zombies and enjoys more! However there is a disadvantage here, as you finish it and kill every zombie then you are much less likely to play it again because you won and already saw everything! There is nothing to worry about, these game are hard and long enough to satisfy you.
This “Challenge” is more important for little games (2D and smartphone games). Their gameplay and graphics are usually simple and we can’t compare them with huge games! So, these games should be challenging and addictive. You will understand better if you ever played “Doodle Jump” or “Fruit Ninja”, always want to break high scores especially if there are some rivals.
Good Story Matters, But it doesn't make you more likely to play again (even sometimes make it less likely). However some stories are meaningful rather than just a simple story about someone who has to defend earth from some aliens. Maybe “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” is a good example of a good story about technology, It is one of my favorite games which I think it’s worthy
Even greatest stories are only nice when you don't know what comes next!
Problem will be easy when it solved
Even Thinking about replaying them make you bored. I don't mean that they are boring, both "Trine" and "Portal" are very nice games and force your brain to stop shooting and think!
It's obvious that replaying them when you know the answers will burn the fun part.
Multiplayer feature can be “The Key” sometimes; Real experience comes when you play your favorite game with friends. Pick “Fifa” and remind them that they can’t win you when you have Real Madrid (There is no fun in winning a computer!), or start “World of Warcraft” and kill a boss together.
Yea Fourth now but I’m actually won that game
Some games are big enough to offer a new experience if you decide to play them again. “Skyrim” is very good example, this time you can pick another character, Fight for other side and focus on something else then you can see the new experience!
This is good to possible choice for players, choosing character abilities or choosing what to say and… .
Strategy games are good, too. You can change your strategy again and again to make 4 vs 1 possible and easy!
Sometimes you just miss the old games and you want to try them again (Stronghold Crusader for me) or go to a free world such as “GTA”, Race with Police and kill some people in sidewalk.
I think I write all factors that make us play a game again and it will be good if game designers regard them so we can enjoy a game many times!
Did I miss something? Mention it in comments.