If you hope to one day garner respect in convention showrooms and internet forums, there are a few video games you should say you've played. These titles are pillars of the industry, and are nearly unanimously referred to as some of the best games of all time. However, there's a big difference between playing these games and actually finishing them.
If you're hoping to experience the best games of the last two console generations, be prepared to devote well over 100 hours to a single title. The hefty commitment can make some players feel the need to fudge the truth a little bit, as there are only so many hours in a lifetime.
A number of different factors compel people to lie about beating videogames. Some titles are so challenging that they're almost impossible to beat, whereas others demand literal weeks of a player's life. This has only become more true as games have grown in size, as modern blockbusters offer countless hours of content to keep players hooked.
Even after defeating Alduin, the World Eater, there's still so much to do in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Players can embark on a plethora of side quests, guild missions, and other tasks that will keep them exploring for well over 200 hours.
After the game was released, Bethesda put out three expansions packs — Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn — that add even more content to an already sprawling game. Hearthfire gives players the option to build houses and adopt children, which means that one could theoretically live a virtual life in the game forever.
To top it all off, Skyrim's Radiant Quest System — which generates quests for you based on your progress in the game — insures that there will always be something to accomplish in the game.
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Even in an age where the average blockbuster game clocks in at around 80 hours, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is still abnormally massive. Speedrunners have been able to reach the credits in about 25 hours, but this feat requires a completely bare-bones playthrough. Factoring in the countless side quests, contracts, and hidden events strewn throughout the game, the average player will spend around 200 hours making their way to the end (and that's optimistic).
Discounting all the planned encounters, another big factor in The Witcher 3's unbelievable length is how vast the game's world is. The continent is separated into several different regions with cities, towns, and villages spread throughout. Every town has an eclectic population of NPCs to interact with, and the wilds are filled with hidden treasures and treacherous caverns.
To 100% the game, you must explore every last corner of this gigantic world.
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Disregarding Dark Souls II's crazy length and plethora of achievements/trophies, the sheer number of boss battles in this game makes completion a near-impossible task. Some bosses are optional, which is a small reprieve, but perfectionists won't be able to accept the easy way out. You have to be a straight up masochist to deal with the game's insane difficulty, and there's no tutorial to explain the franchise's many systems and statistics (if you want to get good, you'll have to consult a fan-made wiki).
The task of completely finishing this game is one of biblical proportions.
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According to developer BioWare, it can take a player anywhere between 150 to 200 hours to complete all of the content in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Even if you stick to the main story, it'll still take you around 20-40 hours to reach the end. However, once you reach this point, chances are you'll be so immersed in the continent of Thedas that you'll spend countless more hours exploring the rest of the world.
While the base game is massive, there are also five expansion packs that add new storylines, missions, regions (among other things) to the core experience.
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