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Roguelike – Game Length is not a Selling Point

About two month ago, I ordered Dark Souls from a certain unnamed Canadian store. They ran out, and as a result I got the game for about half the price. I’m a pretty big fan of getting games for cheap and an even bigger fan of getting them for free. And buying the game for a little less that day made me a little happier. I spent the next 70 hours – not all in one sitting – struggling my way through the dark dungeons of Lordran.

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christheredhead2369d ago (Edited 2369d ago )

I would have to agree to disagree. I prefer quality of quantity, but game length is almost always the deciding factor on new games. For those that have disposable income, its not much of a burden. I mean I'm not poor by any stretch, but I just can't bring myself to pay 64 for a game I will beat in one day.

The last time I made that mistake was with god of war 3. Im a huge fan of the series and it was an incredible experience, but I beat the game in 5 hours, which was the next day. I was in no way rushing. The replay value was almost non existent and I felt extremely cheated. Would I want god of war 3 to be longer? Well no, not necessarily, as that would just drag on. Its sort of mandatory to keep certain games short so they dont become mundane and boring. I'm not asking them to artificially extend the length of short game by adding pointless tasks as "content." It is what it is, but its definitely a tough selling point for me.

64 dollars for games of that structure is something I will pass on every time, regardless of how great they are. I can get better value for my money with a lengthy rpg or an in depth multiplayer game. Something like that can hold me over till the one time, 5-6 hour experience has price. dropped.

dedicatedtogamers2368d ago

Depends on why it's taking so long. TECHNICALLY, Super Ghosts 'n Goblins on the SNES takes no more than 2 1/2 hours to beat (and by "beat" I mean beat it twice).

But it will take you dozens of hours of practice and trial-and-error before you can get to the point of beating the game. So, is the game 2 1/2 hours long, or is it longer?

Personally, I enjoy challenging games like Dark Souls. My first playthrough took me about 65 hours. My second playthrough took less than 25 hours. My third playthrough took 8. I'm on my fourth playthrough and I'm about 20 hours in (I'm taking more time with certain things). I'm enjoying every minute of it.

christheredhead2367d ago

Yes definitely. First time around on dark souls took me around 70 hours. In total I have around 280 hours logged on dark souls.

Its more about replay value and longevity than just a one time experience. 8 hours of gameplay is fine as long as there is something to do afterwards. All these overly cinematic games offer nothing but a base story and although great, leaves a shallow game to sit on your shelf afterwards.

Son_Lee2369d ago

It IS a selling point for me. Just ask RPGers. Games aren't cheap; gotta get your money's worth. That being said, games can drag for too long. This is why I've always said the perfect game length is 20-30 hours. If your game is on the short side, extend the value of it. Add more content, new game plus (ALL games should have this), unlockables, new campaigns, etc.

Baka-akaB2368d ago (Edited 2368d ago )

30-40 by default is my ideal , outside of rpgs . It basically mean that i can at least play the game 4-5 hrs every days of a whole week before finishing it .

Between daily life , alternating at least one other game and sometimes plain exhaustion after work , it means that a game would at least last me two weeks .

SlxTeN2368d ago

If a game is good I want it to last.

kramun2368d ago

I don't like it when a game finishes in 8 hrs or less, too many games do nowadays. When you splash the cash on games you want them to last you.

I think the days of the 8 hour campaign should be long gone by now. All the set pieces in the world don't mean much if the game doesn't last you a fair amount of time, and I don't want MP inflating the length time because I'm only interested in the SP.

SoapShoes2368d ago

You see, I don't care if a game ends in 8 hours as long as the experience is amazing! If it's just that great, I'll play it over and over again. For example, Uncharted 2 & 3 I have beaten the campaign multiple times.

Yeah if it's 8 hours and a poor experience or one that I did not enjoy a lot I would be let down but length really is a non factor to me depending on the game.

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