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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265 74
Portal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation, Microsoft Studios

2
189 74
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

3
149 66
Journey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Sony Computer Entertainment

4
133 69
Star Fox 64 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Nintendo

5
123 63
Limbo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios, Playdead

6
111 62
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation

7
108 60
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Electronic Arts, Sega, Tectoy

8
115 68
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

9
67 32
Undertale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
michael-foster added Undertale

10
86 49
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

11
89 53
Mega Man X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Nintendo, Capcom, Majesco Entertainment

12
102 65
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Aspyr, Activision Blizzard, Crave Entertainment

13
71 41
The Wolf Among Us is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
lalispeter added

14
71 45
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Gathering of Developers, Valve Corporation, Electronic Arts

15
50 27
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ChrisManor added Nintendo, Konami

16
78 53
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation

17
75 54
Castle Crashers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios, The Behemoth, Sony Computer Entertainment

18
56 39
Super Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

19
55 39
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Aladdin

20
43 28
Luigi's Mansion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ChrisManor added Nintendo

21
49 34
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
AlexanderRay added Virgin Interactive, Capcom

22
72 59
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios

23
57 46
Shovel Knight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

24
44 35
Bastion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ferna2593 added Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

25
62 55
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Sony Computer Entertainment America

26
49 42
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Infogrames Entertainment SA, Atari

27
61 55
Braid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios, Number None, Inc.

28
66 61
South Park: The Stick of Truth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Ubisoft

29
46 45
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: T... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Ubisoft, Universal Studios

30
14 10
Firewatch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Vectorwork added Firewatch

31
55 59
Heavy Rain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Sony Computer Entertainment

32
34 41
Sonic Generations is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

33
57 75
The Walking Dead: Survival Ins... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

34
2 3
Saya no Uta is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added JAST USA

35
5 9
Super Paper Mario is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Vectorwork added Nintendo

36
25 38
Trials HD is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Ubisoft, Microsoft Studios

37
26 40
Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Studio Pixel, Nippon Ichi Software, Indie game

38
24 38
Alan Wake's American Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Nordic Games GmbH, Remedy Entertainment, Microsoft Production Studios

39
1 6
Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added Visual Art's, Prototype, KineticNovel

40
7 17
Fortnite is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
princ3ss.13 added Epic Games

41
22 40
Guacamelee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Guacamelee

42
23 45
Spelunky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Mossmouth, LLC, Indie game

43
18 40
Ape Escape is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Sony Computer Entertainment

44
19 48
Dragon Ball Z: Sagas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Atari, Atari, Inc.

45
0 5
True Remembrance is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added

46
0 5
Narcissu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added

47
16 46
The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
seeyouatfuckyouj added Cdp.pl, Atari, Atari

48
12 42
Alien Homonid is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Alien Homonid

49
6 36
The Path is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
lalispeter added TransGaming Inc., 1C Company, Tale of Tales

50
4 35
Ranker Video
RichardWare added Systems Nominal