Total Nerd The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting  

Chris Abraham
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List Rules Try to include newer games for the list- old games are fine, but almost all of them can be beaten in one day.

Although gaming for hours on end can be fun, sometimes gamers just want to plop down and complete a game in one sitting. For this list we've compiled some of the best video games that you can beat in one play-through, ranging from space shooters and side-scrolling platformers to beat em ups and adventure games. We've tried to avoid adding games from older consoles, but it's hard to leave off classic like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man X.

More recent examples of amazing games you can beat in one day are Braid, Limbo, and Journey. These games prove that playing video games doesn't always need to be a 3 day gauntlet, but rather just an amazing experience no matter how long you're playing for. Vote for your favorite short video games that don't take long to beat, and fee free to add your own to this list if they're no already included! 
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Portal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Portal Valve Corporation, Microsoft Studios

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174 63
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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140 59
Journey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Journey Sony Computer Entertainment

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118 55
Limbo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Limbo Microsoft Studios, Playdead

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124 63
Star Fox 64 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Star Fox 64 Nintendo

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110 61
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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102 55
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Left 4 Dead 2 Valve Corporation

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99 55
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Sonic the Hedgehog Electronic Arts, Sega, Tectoy

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57 26
Undertale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
michael-foster added Undertale

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94 58
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Aspyr, Activision Blizzard, Crave Entertainment

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83 49
Mega Man X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Mega Man X Nintendo, Capcom, Majesco Entertainment

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47 21
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ChrisManor added Castlevania Nintendo, Konami

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65 38
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Max Payne Gathering of Developers, Valve Corporation, Electronic Arts

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73 46
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Left 4 Dead Valve Corporation

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63 38
The Wolf Among Us is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
lalispeter added The Wolf Among Us

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73 47
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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46 26
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
AlexanderRay added Devil May Cry Virgin Interactive, Capcom

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71 50
Castle Crashers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Castle Crashers Microsoft Studios, The Behemoth, Sony Computer Entertainment

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69 51
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Gears of War Microsoft Studios

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40 24
Luigi's Mansion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ChrisManor added Luigi's Mansion Nintendo

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49 35
Super Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time

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60 47
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Sony Computer Entertainment America

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64 52
South Park: The Stick of Truth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added South Park: The Stick of Truth Ubisoft

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54 43
Shovel Knight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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47 36
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Aladdin

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43 32
Bastion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ferna2593 added Bastion Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

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60 51
Braid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Braid Microsoft Studios, Number None, Inc.

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46 38
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Infogrames Entertainment SA, Atari

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11 3
Firewatch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Vectorwork added Firewatch

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43 38
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: T... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game Ubisoft, Universal Studios

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52 52
Heavy Rain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Heavy Rain Sony Computer Entertainment

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4 1
Super Paper Mario is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Vectorwork added Super Paper Mario Nintendo

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55 68
The Walking Dead: Survival Ins... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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30 37
Sonic Generations is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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0 0
True Remembrance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added True Remembrance

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0 0
Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added Planetarian ~Reverie of a Little Planet~ Visual Art's, Prototype, KineticNovel

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0 0
Saya no Uta is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added Saya no Uta JAST USA

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0 1
Narcissu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added Narcissu

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23 35
Alan Wake's American Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Alan Wake's American Nightmare Nordic Games GmbH, Remedy Entertainment, Microsoft Production Studios

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24 37
Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Cave Story Studio Pixel, Nippon Ichi Software, Indie game

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22 35
Trials HD is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Trials HD Ubisoft, Microsoft Studios

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21 35
Guacamelee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Guacamelee

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23 40
Spelunky is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Spelunky Mossmouth, LLC, Indie game

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18 34
Ape Escape is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Ape Escape Sony Computer Entertainment

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14 40
The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
seeyouatfuckyouj added The Witcher Cdp.pl, Atari, Atari

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16 44
Dragon Ball Z: Sagas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Dragon Ball Z: Sagas Atari, Atari, Inc.

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12 38
Alien Homonid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Alien Homonid

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5 32
The Path is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
lalispeter added The Path TransGaming Inc., 1C Company, Tale of Tales

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4 31
Ranker Video
RichardWare added Systems Nominal