What is The Perfect Game Length?

You have to factor in many things when weighing up the perfect length. Firstly genre; a fifty hour single-player action game would never get finished, an eight hour RPG would leave people feeling cheated. Secondly, variety; if you're doing the same thing over and over for twelve hours, you will definitely get tired of it by the final quarter. No amount of jazzy cut-scenes could prevent a repetitive stop-and-pop from leaving you with a dull feeling in your gut whenever you think about playing the game again. Thirdly, context; if you're trying to beat the game over a weekend, you'll stay on top of the difficulty curve but you might get exhausted with it by the end. Space it out over six months and you'll keep having to re-learn the controls and mechanics and wandering around not knowing where you should be (Final Fantasy XII, I'm looking at you). It's easy to just say that it depends on the game, but Drake's Fortune would have been more digestible minus the last hour or so of frantic blasting.

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HighDefinition3812d ago (Edited 3812d ago )

I don`t maybe, I`m crazy.

GameGambits3811d ago

Maybe the title should read "how long to merit a purchase?"

For me any game less than 20 hours of content with no replay value is a rental no matter how good it is. There's very few games I made exceptions to on this rule-Bioshock and Dead Space being two I can name.

60 dollars is a lot no matter how you cut it and I want the game to last me AT least a months worth of my leisurely time taken up by it. That's just how I expect it and why buying non MP component games is almost a thing of the past for me with the exception being RPGs.

solidsnakus3811d ago

exactly, i think you just nailed it right there. as long as a game has over 20 hours of gameplay , be it SP ,MP, or coop combined its gotta be over 20 for me to pay 60$ on launch date.

RememberThe3573812d ago

There is no perfect game length, in general, but there is a perfect length of an experience.

One game may be 30hrs and an other may be 8hrs, and they both could be the perfect length.

KKanjiAnkh3812d ago (Edited 3812d ago )

The perfect gamelength, are the ones that, can be picked up in your library, an infinite amount of times, just so you can relive those moments, that are forever talked about.

I know the article used all those variables, I just simplified it, through experience.

Good games should never stop at your console of choice.

tmt3453812d ago

You make, a very, good, point, don't, you think, so, I just love, those things, that, should be, periods.

KKanjiAnkh3812d ago

I, luv, the, ones, where, I, say, kick, rocks, dot

-MD-3812d ago (Edited 3812d ago )

Anything worth 60$ should be at the very least 10 hours long. RPGs should last between 30-40 hours while FPS should last between 10-20 hours.

Certain games/genres don't work like this though most fighting games only last an hour or two but can be replayed hundreds of times with multiple different characters.

Bnet3433811d ago

Call of Duty 4 campaign did not last 10 hours I can tell you that much. If you're going to tell me "well it had multiplayer" then you should of refined your comment.

Halo3 MLG Pro3812d ago (Edited 3812d ago )

Like RememberThe357 has said, it just depends on the game and genre. Sometimes I just want the game to end and other times I want it to keep going. I'm currently 30 hours deep in Fallout 3 and loving every minute of it. I can easily put another 30 hours or so. I also played and beat Dark Sector and I wanted that game to end quick. Than of course their are games with multi-player. I easily put a few hundred hours in Halo 3. So their are a few things you have to consider to find that perfect length.

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