It’s been a wild year, are you looking to finish it completely immersed inside of a massive game that you can play for hundreds of hours? Then you’re in the right place. Here’s a collection of games for a variety of platforms that will keep you busy for countless hours so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
1. The Witcher 3
Between the main quest, great DLC, and everything else there is to do in this game, you could easily rack up 100 hours if you aren’t in a huge hurry. The Witcher 3 is a 10/10, won GOTY countless times over, and is a must-play, especially now that you can usually pick it up on sale. CD Projekt Red have earned the right to be considered one of the most player-friendly devs out there. We see you, keep it up.
2. Total War: Shogun II
This 2011 strategy game by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega has a lot of meat on the bones. The tactical campaign map is considered the heart and soul of the game. There are 9 different clans that you can play as (10 with the DLC), so that alone keeps things fresh. 16th century Japan is at stake, will you be the one to conquer it? For all you completionists out there, you’re looking at putting in easily at least a few hundred hours.
3. Pillars of Eternity
This Obsidian RPG was crowd-funded back in 2012, and was released in 2015. Just rushing through the main story alone is a good 50 hours or so if you really aren’t taking your time, so to dig in and do all of the extras will have you clocking in well over 100 hours.
Pillars is a throwback to late-90s PC role playing games, and the spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale.
4. Civilization VI
True story, the first time I ever played Civ, I started it up around 11pm. Fast forward, I took at my clock and it’s 11:30… am. Time completely flew by, and that’s why its so easy to rack up so many hours in any of the Civ games.
5. GTA V
There’s so much to do in every GTA game once you’ve completed the main story. Add online into the mix, and an on-going attempt to answer all of life’s most puzzling questions, and you’re going to need at least a hundred hours for this one.
It’s already been a couple of years since Destiny launched, but this follow-up from the people who brought you Halo has a lot of staying-power. All it takes to hit the covered 100 hour mark for an online FPS is three hours a day for a month. If you missed it the first time around, now that you can pick up a copy for $10 it’s definitely worth it, you’ll get your money’s worth the moment you open the box.
It was released to mixed-reviews from critics, but gamers voted with their wallets and made it one of the most successful launches for a new franchise in gaming history.
When you consider that there are still people stacking hours on Oblivion, it’s not surprise that Skyrim has seen a similar fate. You can put some serious time into this game, and that’s before you ever start playing around with mods and going for your second, third, fourth runs…
8. Pokémon: Sun and Moon
The main story alone is going to take anywhere between 20 hours (If you’re really rushing), up to 40 hours if you’re playing at a leisurely pace. Now, when you factor in all of the extra stuff to do, and of course catching ’em all, you’re looking at a lot longer. If you want to 100% the game, the average time is right around the 100hr mark according to howlongtobeat.com.
9. Dark Souls III
The countless hours that you can pour into Dark Souls III don’t even include trips to the store to replace the controllers you’re going to smash. Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls have gained a reputation as the go-to game for gluttons of punishment, and not only are they incredibly difficult, but they’re long games as well, so the torture doesn’t end anytime soon. Ashes of Ariandel adds another 4-6hours on top of the 100+ you’re looking at to complete the main quests and extras.
Some people find Minecraft absolutely tedious and impossible to get sucked into, but for those who got bit by the bug, there’s no turning back. You may stereotype the audience as those with tons of free time, like kids or teenagers in smoky dorms, but you can’t deny the impact this game has had, and parents like it too because it inspires creativity.
11. Diablo III
The hugely-anticipated Diablo III was released by Blizzard in 2012. Everyone who remembers going to school on Monday with a sore index finger from clicking through dungeons non-stop all-weekend from Diablo II was excited to aggravate old injuries, and for everyone else it was a great introduction into the series. They got rid of a lot of the little annoyances from previous Diablo games and streamlined things a lot more, but that was also a point of criticism from people who felt that Diablo III lost some of the charm of it’s predecessors.
In any case, Diablo III offers plenty of content for singular players and,even before the DLC, it’s not tough to rack up hundreds of hours once you get into doing runs to collect rare items. The Reaper of Souls expansion pack alone can add an additional 100 hours in play time, too.
12. Fallout 4
Fallout 4 is very accessible and easy to get going with, and it can last you countless hours of immersive gameplay, especially when you start digging into the DLC. Multiple play-throughs are a necessity, especially when you make different decisions and use different skills and weapons.
We could have just as easily included the other modern Fallout games on this list, too, they all have tons of content to explore, with no shortage of interesting things to discover.
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