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Things I hate about videogames part 1: Making videogames longer than they need to be

Brash Games writes "While I do appreciate that gamers want their money’s worth from a videogame purchase, I for one despise games that are extended just for the sake of having a few extra hours worth of gameplay. I have nothing against long games but with so many fantastic games just waiting to be played, I simply cannot abide a videogame that prioritises length over enjoyment".

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digitaleraser2041d ago

Agreed. More killer, less filler.

teething2040d ago

I also agree, for the most part. I have less time, so sometimes a good game that I can finish in a weekend (or piecemeal over the week) is satisfying.

The thing is... good games (ME2, AC2/brotherhood/revelations) feel short even if they are very long. Crappy/mediocre games always feel long, even if they are short.

So in the end, make games better. They can be long, but don't use filler.

Hanif-8762040d ago

I need the most out of my $60 therefore make them as long as possible. Also, i bought GTA IV The Complete Edition and i've put in over 50+ hours in the game and i still have't got all the trophies yet, i got all online trophies though.

konnerbllb2041d ago

Yep. Posted in the article as well but The Darkness 2 was the perfect length in my opinion. Great story, great gameplay, perfect amount of game time. It was refreshing.

Alos882041d ago

"Sure, I get why people complain, why they bemoan the fact that the latest Call of Duty is only 4 hours long when they have handed over £40, but honestly, do you really want more?"
In that example yes, 4 hours isn't sufficient for a full price retail release.

I_am_Batman2040d ago

This is a reply to your post below.

"Why would you want to play a boring game at all, regardless of length?"

"I rather have a short great game than a long boring one. And if they're both boring I would prefer the short one too."
Ok first of all that statement wasn't meant to be taken serious. I should've added a smiley or something. But still I want to explain another thing.

I always try to finish any game just to see how it ends. You never know if you will like a game or not until you've played it. Assassins Creed has gotten very good reviews and when I started playing I really liked it but after a while it became so repetative that I couldn't push myself to finish it. If it would've been short enough I would have finished it and probably even liked the game because the only thing it did wrong was to let you do the same things over and over again. If I would've finished it I might have considered buying the sequel.

Baka-akaB2040d ago (Edited 2040d ago )

Just FYI and saying , most of the reviews criticized the game for its repetitiveness , at least most popular outlets did day one of release .

And i doubt you'd be that happy if it stopped right after the first two big assassination , since it's were it gets annoying .

I can only agree with Alos88 , a boring game wont become magical because you cut off its legs and shorten it .

Making a far more enjoyable experience too short is just more detrimental imo . it's not as if you couldnt stop if you find the game too long and boring , at that point you shouldnt even care how it ends .

In the reverse case what can you even do ? You no longer have additional content , beyond replays and potential dlcs

PS : You really missed out on AC2 then , the game is far more than its predecessor gameplay wise .

I_am_Batman2040d ago

I don't say it should've ended after the first two big assassinations but it should've ended before it did. You say I shouldn't care for the end of a game that bores me but you're also telling me that I've missed out on AC2.

1. The only thing that makes me buy a sequel is it's predecessor. How can I trust the developers if I didn't like the first one?

2. Even more important is that I'm a story interessted gamer. I really like original stories with unpredictable plot twists but since I couldn't push me enough to play through the story of AC1 why should I care how it continues in part2?

Baka-akaB2040d ago (Edited 2040d ago )

Aside from the current argument , i really urge you to try AC2 nonetheless ...

Even moreso if you care for plots like i do . AC1 was just a failure on multiple levels that were detrimental to it's otherwise excellent plots and art design , and i doubt any variation of length would change that .

AC2 push it's qualities way further while fixing most of the issues with the first game .

It's a different beast , a new story with a new hero , that doesnt truly rely on the first game . Most AC2 fans didnt even play the first game and didnt miss out

Baka-akaB2041d ago (Edited 2041d ago )

Completely disagree , as i grow older i'm more and more infuriated with the length (or lack of length) of games .

"We all want our money’s worth but personally, I’d take additional quality over additional quantity any day of the week."

Except i've yet to see the two established to be intertwined and correlate . When was it stated that longer = less quality ? Thus i see your logic flawed as you are just by default accepting the koolaid and BS excuse publishers came up with , when they first had to justify such decisions .

"Sure, I get why people complain, why they bemoan the fact that the latest Call of Duty is only 4 hours long when they have handed over £40, but honestly, do you really want more?"

Except it is getting shorter each time and yet worse each time .

I've gotta ask where are those games that had in your opinion inflated length detrimental to their qualities ? Where are they ?
Pretty much all of the lenghty games of yore gave you ways to rush through them and their main plot .

Meanwhile i could easily list 4X more games that were far too short and not even packed with more diversity and less repetitiveness as a result

I_am_Batman2041d ago (Edited 2041d ago )

Final Fantasy XII, Oblivion, Fallout 3, GTA 4 were all too long for me. I mean not just too long but too long for the story they tell and for the gameplay variety they offer. I totally understand that these are critically acclaimed titles thus many gamers may disagree with me on my point but I can imagine myself having a better time with those games if they would have been shorter.

Games like Heavenly Sword and The Darkness 2 are among my favourite games this gen despite it's short length.

I rather have a short great game than a long boring one. And if they're both boring I would prefer the short one too.

I see why many gamers won't pay full price for a short campaign without a multiplayer mode though.

Alos882040d ago

Why would you want to play a boring game at all, regardless of length?