5 Games That Give You the Most Play Time

Video Game Play Time

Are you ever setting in front of your favorite gaming platform asking yourself what to play? Do you find yourself beating some of your most anticipated titles of the year in fewer than eight hours of straight playing? These are feelings all hardcore gamers experience from time to time but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a few games out there that have the capabilities of soaking up hours of their day for days on end. There are a few games/ series out there that just seem never ending. Take games like LA Noir, Sleeping Dogs or the Saints Row series for example; all these games will provide gamers with a long but fun experience. When gamers are hardcore, they tend to play for long stretches of time and the games they are playing seem to get shorter and shorter. We need to really experience games not finish them in less than a day. So what games are on our list to provide you the most playtime?

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

Maybe not the longest game compared to series like Final Fantasy, games in The Legend of Zelda series or other classics but Far Cry 3 offers length in its own way. There are plenty of difficult collectibles to get your hands on; 3 different kinds to be exact, and a long story that can be finished in two different ways. There is an addictive multiplayer mode and a separate cooperative mode that provide for a lot of play time in itself. It might not be the longest game in history but it is included on the list because of how long one could play each of its different modes. While a lot of long games out there are set to consume time by one mode Far Cry 3 lets the player spend hours of time in 3 different ways. It may only take around 30-40 hours for PlayStation and Xbox 360 reward systems to tell you that you’re complete but when you look at the game as a whole it is only half done once the player gets all the trophies and achievements. We are looking forward to DLC, it will only add more playtime to this already long game.

Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2

Gearbox Software has presented a grand way for players to spend hours of their lives and that is with Borderlands 2… and grand is an understatement. This open world setting follows the events of another extremely lengthy game, Borderlands. Taking the setting of five years after the events of the first game, Borderlands 2 offers an addictive system of cooperative game play with friends, leveling up characters, slight character customization and a whole lot of weapon swapping. The huge map allows players to constantly find new areas and find chests to discover even more useful items. The addictive process of leveling up each of the vault hunters becomes a lifestyle for some. If you haven’t yet been captivated by Borderlands, you have most likely seen a friend or two go missing from the face of the earth because they are playing this one game. Borderlands is a series that has a huge fan base and it is obvious why; not only because it’s a great game but because one could poor so much time into the game without ever seeing the same thing twice.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV

Although most games in the Grad Theft Auto series qualify to be on this list we will highlight Grand theft Auto IV because it is the most recent release in the series. To completely do most everything you can do in the game, or well more so get all achievements/ trophies in the game the player will end up playing the game for 70 plus hours. Grand Theft Auto IV is chock full of stuff to do. The single player story can take the player up to 30 hours to complete on its own and that’s not including anything the player wants to do on the side. The games on this list are primarily open world, Grand Theft Auto being no different, which means there is always a lot to do on the side of the main plotline. This game features multiplayer and a bunch of different DLC packs that just add more playtime to this already extensive title. As we go over the length of Grand Theft Auto IV we will add that Grand Theft Auto V is on its way just to put a smile on your face!

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

One of Bethesdas most beautifully crafted games not only looks good on screen but it will maintain that beauty throughout the entire game and more. Skyrim is just one of those games that get addictive to the player and can be considered one of the best RPG’s to ever exist. This game is compiled to up to 100 plus hours of gameplay, offering some of the most game for your buck. The vast open world setting, leveling up system, main plotline, collectables and side quest will keep any player busy for longer than they could have ever imagined. Having done everything there is to do in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is like spending a lifetime with a controller in your hands. There will most likely never be a moment here the player feels like ‘there’s nothing left to do’. If you are looking for a game to soak up hours of your life and have yet to play Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim then this is the game you have been searching for.

Pokémon series


Pokémon is considered to be the longest games in gaming because of a few things; no not how long it takes to defeat the elite four but how long it would take someone to acquire every Pokémon and level them up to level 100. It is unknown how long it would take someone to do this legitimately but we can figure that anyone who is attempting to do so has spent well over 100 hours on each Pokémon game released. In most Pokémon games one can transfer their Pokémon from the previous game onto the new game. In this case if you were to play each game to the fullest, catching and leveling up every Pokémon you will have spent over 100 hours on one game but once you transfer them all over you can add that hundred hours to the hundred hours you spent on the new game and so on. If someone were to collect every Pokémon in the Pokedex and level them up to level 100 legitimately then their journey would not even yet be complete…there are still shiny’s to catch of each one and train them to level 100! The game can probably never be completed legitimately to the fullest extent.


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6 Comments on "5 Games That Give You the Most Play Time"

  1. He-Man January 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Fallout 3 and New Vegas,
    Mass Effect 1/2/3,
    KOTOR 1/2,
    Any free to play MMORPG,
    Team Fortress 2,
    Any good FPS with multi-player support.

  2. Jay January 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    How come nobody ever mentions Sim City?

    • Jim Girgenti January 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Good point, one of our writers actually loves the Sim City games and Sim City would indeed give you a hell of a lot of play time.

  3. Me January 17, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Any RPG !

    • Jim Girgenti January 17, 2013 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Good Point! Also keep in mind that these are just 5 games, no the top 5.

  4. jeremiah January 17, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    minecraft belongs on this list

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