How many save slots do you use during your first playthrough?

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#1 Posted by Speeny (1510 posts) -

For me, I usually just keep it to one. I don't like everything to be cluttered. Maybe I'm weird. Lol

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#2 Posted by heljar (107 posts) -

Depends on the game. But I've used all the slots on many games. I've had a few bad experiences from games where I've forgotten to do something important and I can't go back and fix it. And basically get stuck. It's better to just lose a few hours of playtime and reload and earlier save instead of having to play the whole game again.

And I remember on Majora's mask I had to juggle two savegames because I had some difficulty fighting off the aliens on the farm and didn't want to start the cycle again everytime I lost.

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#3 Posted by npiet1 (2089 posts) -

Depending on the game 2 at most for the same reasons of Heljar or because I'm not sure if its the right choice if its a decision.

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#4 Edited by RSM-HQ (8217 posts) -

Some of my favorite games restrict to a one save system. And because of my OCD keep it always minimal, likewise am not a fan of clutter.

Not to mention always came across as cheating to an extent in my view, if you're saving too much you likely suffer from a lack of personal confidence, and feel the need for an extra advantage to rethink and memorise immediate events.

Only resorting to more saves if it's in a game prone to crashes and events that breaks progress. A lot of P.C. games are built with these issues. Dusk was a recent example.

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#5 Posted by Peasly (289 posts) -

Like other people have said it depends on the game. Usually save at the end of a days play. Don't like a lot of autosaves cluttering things up.

Playing Elex, change of pace from AC: Odyssey (and open world fatigue, hope). It's an old game but you can at least tell it how often you want to autosave for..!!

Sometimes i just like to wander about in a game.. Not too much going on in my face all at once..!! ;)

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#6 Posted by Mandzilla (4037 posts) -

I learned the hard way playing Ninja Gaiden NES (kinda cheating to use saves I know) that you should always use more than one. Had to defeat the second last Boss with no power ups because I screwed up and saved at a disadvantageous point.

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#7 Posted by heljar (107 posts) -

@RSM-HQ: I guess we're very different. My first real interest for games arrived when I first discovered King's Quest and other Sierra-games. I learned the hard way it's important to save often. I could die at every turn. And I've played some badly designed games where I can get stuck if I've forgotten to pick up an object or do some important task before moving on. It's not funny to have to replay the whole game again rather than lose a few hours to restore a previous save. At least for same games I keep multiple saves from various parts of the story. But I'm replaying Phoenix Wright now on Switch and only use the one save since that's all I need. And I don't mind playing games with automatic save and nothing else. Depends on the game.

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#8 Edited by tocool340 (21356 posts) -

Depends on how long the game is. I normally create a new save slot as sort of a bookmark for every time I reach what feels like a crucial point of the game. That way, if I find myself later in the game realizing I missed something very important around that junction of the story, I don't have to replay the entire game in order to reach that point...

I especially do that for games that I'm given choices to choose from that affects the entire story of the game like Mass Effect or Dragon Age....

I also create additional saves just to make it easier to revisit favorite cutscenes/part of a game that I don't feel like replaying the entire game to reach...

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#9 Posted by RSM-HQ (8217 posts) -

@heljar: I'm all for perseverance, but to be honest wouldn't willingly give bad games the time of day. If it becomes clear they're badly designed it's really not worth my time.

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#10 Posted by heljar (107 posts) -

@RSM-HQ: I only meant in that particular aspect. I've been burned a few times with games like these. They can be great otherwise.

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#11 Posted by Archangel3371 (27577 posts) -

Depends on the game but I usually rotate between 5 and 10 different save slots.

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#12 Posted by Litchie (23711 posts) -

Mostly just make more than one slot if I'm replaying a game. Just because it feels bad to just erase your previous progress. :P

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#13 Edited by Comma (25 posts) -

I tend to keep to 1 slot per playthrough. I'm a neat freak.

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#14 Posted by mrbojangles25 (43781 posts) -

I make a new save every time, just in case I find a spot memorable, I can go back and try it again.

I loathe games that only have autosave/lack manual save options.

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#15 Posted by Speeny (1510 posts) -
@RSM-HQ said:

Not to mention always came across as cheating to an extent in my view, if you're saving too much you likely suffer from a lack of personal confidence, and feel the need for an extra advantage to rethink and memorise immediate events.

Great point.

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#16 Posted by warmblur (2155 posts) -

I miss that most PC FPS don't have quick saves like they use to.