The Longest Games Ever

Highlights

  • Long video games can provide great value for your money, but the length alone doesn’t determine quality. Developers of these extremely long games might think otherwise.
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, and Gran Turismo 4 are among the longest games ever, with playtimes ranging from 78 to 79 hours.
  • Harvest Moon: Back to Nature, Persona 3, and Might & Magic: Heroes 6 are also lengthy titles, offering gameplay ranging from 81 to 87.5 hours.

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There is no hard and fast rule about how long a video game needs to be. After all, great games come in all lengths. There are some wonderful brief games that only last a few hours and can be beaten in one session. There are also fantastic titles on the other end of the spectrum, though, that last hours upon hours.

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It’s all about what is done within the time. So, more doesn’t necessarily mean better. Yet, the developers of the following games may disagree since they made extremely long titles. In fact, according to HowLongToBeat, they have the longest main stories ever.

Updated October 2, 2023 By Ben Jessey: Long video games can be great as they allow you to get your money’s worth out of a title. After all, if you’re spending $70 on a game, you don’t want it to end after only a few hours. Of course, you don’t want certain games to drag on too long, either. But if the game is good, then the more content it provides, the better.

The games we put on this list certainly don’t short-change you regarding length. In fact, they’re the longest titles around. And in this update, we’ve added a few more to the collection.

A game has to have at least 10 main story times submitted to HowLongToBeat and something resembling an ending to be considered for the list.

11 Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – 78 Hours

One of the many monsters you will face in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

Monster Hunter Generations is a spin-off to the main Monster Hunter series. Yet, despite being a spin-off, it’s a lot like the mainline titles. This is because every mission tasks you with hunting large, dangerous beasts.

The Ultimate version is an HD port for the Nintendo Switch, and it’s even longer than the original title. In fact, it’s 24 hours longer, as you need around 78 hours to finish all the main quests in this version.

10 RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 – 78.5 Hours

Rollercoaster 2 Screenshot Of Pink Rollercoaster

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is a management simulation game that you can play for as long as you desire. You are free to build the most impressive and lucrative theme park possible. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t complete the game in a sense.

There are a host of different scenarios that place you in a unique park and give you an objective to complete. Finishing them all takes about 78.5 hours. This hefty playtime is due to how long some of the more difficult scenarios take to beat.

9 Gran Turismo 4 – 79 Hours

Gran Turismo 4 Screenshot Of Yellow Car

Most racing games don’t have an average completion time since they don’t technically end. Gran Turismo 4 is different, though, as it has an actual conclusion in the form of end credits. It isn’t the end of a major narrative or anything like that. Instead, you unlock the credits once you win the Gran Turismo World Championship.

This series is only unlocked after beating all the beginner and professional events. So, it’s the climax to your racing career, which is why it deserves a credit sequence. It takes about 79 hours to get it.

8 Harvest Moon: Back To Nature – 81 Hours

Harvest Moon Back To Nature Screenshot Of Characters Talking Next To Hospital

Harvest Moon: Back To Nature is a farm simulation game that actually has an ending. The story begins with you as a child, but you soon grow up and take ownership of a farm. You have to build the place up over the next few years while building relationships with nearby residents.

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You can even get married in this game and have a kid. Who you decide to spend your life with and how well you build up your farm impacts your conclusion, which will arrive after about 81 hours. This lengthy time is understandable, as the game’s story spans several years.

7 Persona 3 – 82 Hours

Persona 3 Screenshot Of Protagonist With Sword

Persona 3 tells a wild and compelling tale about a high school student who joins a special group known as the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (aka SEES). This group investigates a strange anomaly called the Dark Hour. In the process, they battle monsters known as Shadows in a mysterious tower they can enter during the Dark Hour.

When you’re not doing that, you’re living a typical teenage life. These quieter moments contain life and social simulation elements. To give both aspects of the game enough attention, it would have to be quite long. It certainly accomplishes that by lasting 82 hours.

6 Might & Magic: Heroes 6 – 87.5 Hours

Might & Magic Heroes 6 Screenshot Of Gameplay Including Grassy Area and Several Characters

Might & Magic: Heroes 6 is a turn-based strategy game that contains a few RPG elements. It’s set in a fantasy world called Ashan. The place looks beautiful, but it could soon become a battleground due to an impending war between angels and demons.

Caught up in the conflict is a family of heroes. This tale lasts around 87.5 hours. The measured and strategic gameplay is likely part of the reason the game is so long.

5 SnowRunner – 93 Hours

Snow Runner: Trailblazing In A Humvee Up A Snow Filled Mountain

SnowRunner puts you in the shoes of an off-road trucker who has to navigate difficult weather and dangerous terrain to make deliveries. You don’t just deliver whatever you want to wherever you want. You have specific contracts and tasks to complete.

The contracts serve as the main missions, and they vary in difficulty. To complete all of them takes around 93 hours, according to the users on HowLongToBeat. So, it’s one of the longer adventures you will experience in gaming.

4 Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite – 99 Hours

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Screenshot Of Knight And Monster

In Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite, you hunt monsters. In fact, most of the game’s missions revolve around slaying beasts of some kind.

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Sometimes you need to track and kill towering creatures. On other occasions, you have to dispose of smaller monsters, but there are typically more of them. There isn’t much story in the game, but you can still beat it by finishing all the missions, which takes around 99 hours or so, depending on your skill level.

3 Persona 5 Royal – 101 Hours

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According to HowLongToBeat, Persona 5 Royal takes a few hours longer than the original Persona 5. Both of them are incredibly long games, though, about a secret group known as the Phantom Thieves. These teenage vigilantes attempt to change the hearts of evil adults.

They don’t do so with interventions and influential speeches. Instead, they have the power to go into the Metaverse, which contains their target’s desires. From there, they can make them change their ways. The group targets plenty of people in the game. Plus, there are life simulation elements and plenty of long story conversations. So, it’s no surprise the game is so long.

2 Kerbal Space Program – 114 Hours

Kerbal Space Program Take Off

It’s debatable whether a game like Kerbal Space Program can be considered long or short, considering it doesn’t really end. The career mode sees you run a space program where you send little green creatures into space using vehicles you create. There are an unlimited number of randomized contracts you can complete.

However, there is one contract that tasks you with completing the Ultimate Challenge. To some players, this is essentially the final challenge you need to do to say you beat the game.

1 Library Of Ruina – 122 Hours

The bookkeeper Angela from Library of Ruina in her gold-tinted, candlelit library.

Library Of Ruina is a unique game where you run a library. Yet, instead of giving out books and organizing your shelves, you battle your guests. More specifically, you control your librarians who fight your guests. The battles incorporate card play, dice rolls, and plenty of strategy.

There are many battles to participate in and guests to fight. Plus, there is a fair amount of lengthy story scenes also. This is why the main story lasts a staggering 122 hours.

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