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

2
176 63
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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

4
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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127 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

6
111 61
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

7
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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101 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

9
98 58
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Aspyr, Activision Blizzard, Crave Entertainment

10
57 26
Undertale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
michael-foster added Undertale

11
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

13
66 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

14
74 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

The Best Dragon Pokemon of All Time

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74 47
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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63 38
The Wolf Among Us is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
lalispeter added The Wolf Among Us

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47 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

18
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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72 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 Super Nintendo (SNES) Games

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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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65 53
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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48 36
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Aladdin

25
54 43
Shovel Knight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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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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48 38
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is listed (or ranked) 27 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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60 51
Braid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Braid Microsoft Studios, Number None, Inc.

The Best Flying Pokemon of All Time

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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 2
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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1 0
Fortnite: Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
princ3ss.13 added Fortnite: Battle Royale

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55 68
The Walking Dead: Survival Ins... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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30 37
Sonic Generations is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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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
True Remembrance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added True Remembrance

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0 0
Saya no Uta is listed (or ranked) 38 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) 39 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) 40 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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23 36
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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24 38
Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 42 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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21 36
Guacamelee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Guacamelee

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23 41
Spelunky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Spelunky Mossmouth, LLC, Indie game

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18 35
Ape Escape is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Ape Escape Sony Computer Entertainment

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15 41
The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
seeyouatfuckyouj added The Witcher Cdp.pl, Atari, Atari

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17 45
Dragon Ball Z: Sagas is listed (or ranked) 47 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 39
Alien Homonid is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Alien Homonid

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5 33
The Path is listed (or ranked) 49 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 32
Ranker Video
RichardWare added Systems Nominal