These are the longest open-world video games, ranked by how many hours they’ll steal
Everyone knows that quality is more important than quantity in video games. A massive open world with hundreds of hours of gameplay may sound good on the surface, especially if it’s worth your money. But what happens when there’s nothing but empty spaces and uninspired quests? It happens.
The Dying light two was recently attacked for promising 500 hours of gameplay. Techland was disappointed and quickly reacted to inform fans that they didn’t have to play 500 hours to enjoy the zombie adventure.
It got me thinking: What are the longest open-world games in? Is there a correlation between length and quality? I visited HowLongToBeat to discover the top 10 open-world games that gamers have spent the most time in to find out more. They’re gallstone cold classics, and, perhaps most importantly, they have a minimum playtime that is nowhere near the completionist. In other words, make a game that is easy to beat, and your players will be happy to play for hundreds more hours.
Dragon Quest XI – Echoes Of An Elusive Age (56 – 122 hours).
Recently, I played Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age on Nintendo Switch and was shocked at how absurdly long it was.
Dragon Quest XI is a huge game, even by JRPG standards. If you only care about the main story, you can expect at least 56 hours of gameplay. You can easily double the time if you want to experience everything that adventure gives you.
The Long Dark (20 to 171 hours).
First-person survival horror The Long Dark can be completed in 20 hours. This means that most players who stop for food, drink, and showers would likely finish the game in just a few days.
There is a large gap between the maximum and minimum playtime. The game’s survival mode is very challenging and allows gamers to randomly drop into any part of the world to fight against the elements.
Red Dead Redemption 2 (49-1773 hours)
Red Dead Redemption is a game that refuses to end, much like Dragon Quest XI. Arthur Morgan’s epic journey through the wild west takes nearly 50 hours. It is emotional and, arguably, too long.
Although I would have loved to cut a few chapters from the Rockstar game, it is hard to argue with its masterful world and characters. It is no surprise that many players who complete the campaign are content to continue exploring the vast open world and meeting the bizarre characters.
The Legend Of Zelda – Breath Of The Wild (50 – 188 hours)
This one is not surprising to me as someone who spent over 300 hours on Breath Of The Wild over several playthroughs. I think 188 hours is more than enough.
Breath Of The Wild is the true star of the show. Its vast open-world is truly the highlight. It’s a giant puzzle box, full of secrets, and grounded in a great physics engine that encourages experimentation at every turn. You can run to the end of this game in just over an hour. Who among us would not want to play in Hyrule as much as we like?.