The Longest Video Games in History

The video game has absolutely exploded in the last 20 years, starting as nothing more than a fun pastime to an international industry worth countless billions. People from all walks of life are starting to enjoy video games in all their different formats, from simple 2D platformers to massive, open-planned games that can take hundreds of hours to complete – and this latter category is what more players are starting to focus on, especially as the prices of games continue to increase and gamers want more bang for their buck. For those that are wanting a real time sink to spend their evenings on, these are the longest games ever made in terms of sheer hours.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Dragon Age series has become a fan favourite, with many fondly remembering the original of the trilogy; a game that seemed impossibly massive at the time. And while the sequel was released to mixed reviews, it was Inquisition that truly brought the franchise back to life, but this time with a scale that was many times larger than its predecessors. In fact, just one of the cities in Inquisition is the same size as the entire map of the original, making a truly large game that takes around 84 hours in total to complete from start to finish. Of course, the Dragon Age series is known for its multiple choices and endings, meaning that it can take a number of tries to get the desired ending.

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls, much like Dragon Age, is a franchise that prides itself in the vastness and freedom that’s offered to players; massive, sprawling maps that can take countless hours to fully explore. The Elder Scrolls online was not very popular when it was first released, with many complaining of the bugs and lack of content, but the developers behind the game were determined to make sure it was in a playable state. This led to a much larger, more complete game that can take about 100 hours per expansion to get though, making it almost without equal, unless compared to

Ark: Survival Evolved

Anyone familiar with the game of Rust will most likely have heard of Ark, a difficult and frustrating game that offers almost endless re-playability, depending on what the player wants out of it. Players begin as nothing more than a naked individual in a dangerous land, full of man-eating beasts and dinosaurs ready to kill them at a moment’s notice. It takes around 130 hours to get from a naked character to one that’s zooming around in advanced armours and riding massive dinosaurs through the landscape. Ark is known as a challenging game that can be rewarding after many hours are invested into it.

World of Warcraft

While it might not be quite the same as the other games, World of Warcraft is a worldwide MMO that has long been the reigning king of things to do in the game. And while there’s no way to measure how many hours one would need to finish the game from start to finish, as there are countless things to do, there are a lot of players out there that have put in thousands and thousands of hours.