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What's the deal with long video games?

With the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the impending release of Fallout 4 making video game headlines throughout the year, you’d be forgiven for thinking people enjoy long games. Of course, Metal Gear Solid V and The Witcher 3 have both sold incredibly well, as well as reviewing exceedingly well (Metal Gear Solid V and The Witcher 3 have at least, with Fallout 4 not yet out). Both games have also received their fair share of positive fan reaction, but they have also received a fair amount of backlash largely down to the same reason – their length.

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uth111028d ago

I've been wondering the same thing. I haven't bought any of the games on the list because I don't have the time to really get into them

Irishguy951028d ago

Having time for short quality games or having time for one long quality game. I'd pick the cheaper option

UltraNova1028d ago (Edited 1028d ago )

My time for playing gets shorter by the day and in all honesty I have no damn idea which I prefer...

Until recently I preferred short(er) quality titles that I could finish in couple weeks. Then I picked up Dark Souls - Prepare to die edition on my ps3. GOD...I found my self thinking of strategies to defeat a certain boss or traverse an area while at work or out with friends. At home all I'd do was play DS...2 months, 98 hrs and 156 Soul Levels later I was hooked so much I couldn't believe my self.

Now I can only think of sinking another 100 hrs on DS2 before DS3 comes out...

Short quality games or long quality games? I cant decide anymore...

jb2271027d ago

Its according to whether or not you enjoy variety in playing experiences. The same open world w/ the same mechanics gets old for my tastes fairly quickly. I need some variety to shake up the experience a bit, and I personally feel like I'm wasting time when half of it is spent traversing the same open world for the dozenth time. I can understand that some gamers like to pour a lot of time into a single title but I'd rather have multiple differing experiences because my attention span is pretty thin these days.

SpinalRemains1381028d ago

You're all mad.

Longer games mean more for your money. Longer games are the last hope for the industry that puts out games like Force Unleashed 2 and its 4 hour campaign.

I say the longer the better.

ravinash1028d ago

12 hours is about right for a story driven game.
8 hour is the absolute minimum, assuming there is either a massive replayability or multiplayer section attached to it.

I do enjoy long games, but I don't have the time any more to spend hours playing. So it's nice to have the option of games I can play till the end and finish the story.

Shadowsteal1028d ago (Edited 1028d ago )

Video Gaming is an expensive hobby. Most would rather lose 400 hours for their $60 as opposed to losing $60 and getting 8 hours of entertainment you might not get back to once you're done with it. To be honest most long games like Witcher 3, MGS5, Fallout 4 and so forth have a main campaign that take maybe 30-40 hours so you can just do that and ignore the side objectives. So you can still finish the story in say a week.

ravinash1028d ago

Yes, but I'm a completionist, so if there are side missions, I'm going to feel compelled to do them. :-p

opoikl1028d ago

Or you wait for those rare gems like MGS1-2-3-4 that make you want to replay them over and over again to try out new strategies and find new easter eggs.

Roccetarius1028d ago

Longer or larger games could also very well mean less quality content, which is what these games suffered from, or will in the case of Fallout 4.

Fallout 4's lifespan lies with the modding community.

Shadowsteal1028d ago

It's not fair make the judgment. Oblivion had a big world but barebones, modding added live to it. Skyrim had much more content but after its modded, vanilla was considered barebones. So any game could potentially have less content once compared to the game after mods.

DanteVFenris6661028d ago

People over hype mods. Went crazy when I first got pc. Than released most of them were garbage and game breaking as none of those modders know proper game design. So I just stuck to convenient mods or artistic. Which really didn't add much to the game. Just tweak a bit where I thought needed to be tweaked.

ninsigma1028d ago

The value for money doesn't necessarily come from the hours you put into it. I would rather play an 8 hour epic than a 50 hour bore fest. I don't want every game to be really long. Obviously rpgs are long games and then there's open world games like mgs 5, mad max and fallout 4 and that's cool but I don't want every game I buy to be as long as those are. Very rarely do I buy games that are as long as those. Last one I got was witcher 3 and bloodborne before that I don't know. Now I have destiny which is basically as long as you want it to be and I'm investing a lot of time in it. The next one will be ff15 and horizon zero dawn. In between that I have the shorter games like uc4, halo 5, gears 4 and ratchet and clank to name a few. I much prefer diversity in the length of games. The way I see it is not every game suit all those hours in which case if every game were to become that long we'd start losing games like uc, tlou, halo etc. Can't be having that! :p

jb2271027d ago (Edited 1027d ago )

I absolutely agree w/ everything you've said. I'm also really hoping that the open world trend doesn't keep killing off proper narrative focused campaigns. The only upcoming open world games that I really feel will have a lot to offer for my personal tastes in a narrative sense are Horizon & Mafia 3. Thought Mafia 2 had a cool story that actually made me want to see it through to completion, and I'm liking the setting & themes of the third even more. As for Horizon it seems like the lore is very interesting and the actual game world will have a wide variety of settings w/in its open world to go along w/ some compelling combat and mechanics that could create the perfect balance of what an open world game should be for my own personal tastes. Seems like you and I have pretty aligned tastes in regards to open worlds so I may have to try out Witcher 3 soon, I keep hearing so many great things about how the narrative is actually worthwhile, but do you need knowledge of the prior 3 games to get the full experience?

In any event I really crave focused experiences like UC4 and it just seems like those are becoming fewer & further between these days, kinda has me wishing the open world bubble would burst enough so that only the best of the best will continue making them and all of the other devs would just focus on making a more diverse range of gaming experiences.

ninsigma1027d ago

Yeah I don't like the trend that has started among gamers since last gen that games should be massive open worlds and that's it. Wwe'll lose so much. Witcher three is great, definitely try it out. It has a huge rich world with plenty of things for people to do whop want to do that but you can also just do story if that's your thing. I didn't play the previous games so you're good to go with this one! It was designed with newbies to the series in mind. Yeah I like games for their story, it's what draws me in, doesn't need to be 50 hours for that to happen though I do like a few. KH generally takes 25 to 30 hours but I love those games and am excited for KH 3.

GUYwhoPLAYSvideoGAME1028d ago (Edited 1028d ago )

In a world where there are a billion quality free to play games, where I can buy some last gen games, that i know are amazing and I still haven't played for less than $10 bucks, and where steam sales happen. I have realized that looking at quantity as one of my main reasons to get a game, for me, is a bad habit.

Pretend you're like me, and you live at your parents house, they're loaded with food, but you still go out to eat, are you going to go to the place with the most food for your money, or the place where you're most interested in trying out what they have. I don't go out to eat (buy games) because I'm running out and I need more, I buy food because there's something special that I want, that I don't already have at home.

Assassin's creed, to me, looks like somebody selling me a 30 pound slab of steak, and they didn't cut any of the fat off. It would look more appealing if they cut the fat, and decided to add seasoning or something.

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--bienio--1028d ago

Nothing Witcher 3 is amazing and is long enough for me:)

deadpools_n641028d ago

I prefer to get my money's worth. Especially before DLC.

Hasswell-NeverCold1028d ago

Well, rpg games should take a while to finish.
But if most of that content is repetitive and not much thought put in to it. I would rather take more compact version.

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