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How long to beat Video Games


I was looking up how long to beat a game I was playing, and found user submitted times for games, and there is a website dedicated to how long to beat games:


http://howlongtobeat.com/

(Why bother making a thread, well 1st there is something very interesting they have that they didn't years ago when I used the site. As a highly active user of Steam, you can insert your ID, and it lists every single game you own, AND, it will list how long it would take on average to beat that game, and even though you can individually do that, whats cool is, it adds up all your games for a grand total, so you can see how long to beat every game you own on Steam.

2nd reason to make a thread, since I plan on being an active user on the website (cause the information they offer is really something special), I plan to upload all my times, and hope others will to, cause I know a lot of gamers are here at WF.)


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Re: How long to beat Video Games

Yeah I use that site all the time. Makes me choose what game to play pretty often like when I feel more like playing a 25 hour RPG instead of a 65 hour one. Though I'm way off a lot when I finish games. Currently on my first playthrough of Metal Gear Solid 3; HLTB has an average of 17 hours and I'm at 19 with probably one fifth of the game left to go. Then you got a game like Okami which IIRC I beat in 10 less hours than the average. Still, one of my go-to game sites. Fascinates me to look that stuff up.

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Re: How long to beat Video Games

Yeah, a lot of the times on that site are WAY off though

And it's impossible to account for how every person plays a game so any time given is a guess based on absolutely nothing.

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Re: How long to beat Video Games

I'm not a fan of overly long games. I like to finish each new virtual adventure in short order, then move on to the next one. Hence I use How Long to Beat quite alot.

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Re: How long to beat Video Games

Their system is a little weird, cause I don't really get the difference between "Main + Extras" and "Completionists", cause I thought Main + Extras was 100% beating the game.


For example, I played Crysis beat it last night, Steam says I played 23 hours.

Average time was 10-13 hours, while Leisure was 18-36 hours.

Leisure on the Main + Extras best described my play on Crysis and it is spot on says 23 hours and 10 minutes. I went super slow in beginning stocking fools, and I did every secondary mission except 1.

I'll probably use the Leisure with the Main + Extras setting, especially for games like Arkham and Asssassins (even though I've beaten all but the newest).

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Re: How long to beat Video Games

I guess that main + extras would be SOME sidequests and exploration. Imagine doing the main part of Borderlands 2 and enough sidequests to stay on a good level vs. doing every sidequest in Borderlands 2 and all NG+s.

Completion, to ME, would be doing absolutely everything that can be done, though it's unlcear based on the game, and looks really inaccurate sometimes on the site. E.g. anyone who's played Donkey Kong Country Returns should know it will absolutely not take only 35 1/2 hours to do everything in that game; getting shiny gold on every time attack (maybe even just gold), and do all of the mirror world. This is because to get 100% in that game you don't have to do any of that....because the game goes up to 200%, which some might not consider part of "completing." Time attack in general doesn't affect percentage AT ALL in the game, but if you haven't done it have you really "completed" it? Up to the person playing, I guess. I mean it does say 200%.

Sometimes people just can't agree on what "completing" the game is. E.g. an RPG like Final Fantasy VI where "100%" in terms of speedruns it is just getting all characters and espers, where someone else might consider Strago's blue magic and Gau's rages a part of it.

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Re: How long to beat Video Games

Size matters.

I hate really short games but I'm a very slow player that likes to create numerous playthroughs of games that allows it *those are my favorite types btw*.

I'd say on the scale of how long it takes to beat a game I'd be way down the line on the longer side as I love to take my time with games and do as much as possible.





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Re: How long to beat Video Games

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Sometimes people just can't agree on what "completing" the game is. E.g. an RPG like Final Fantasy VI where "100%" in terms of speedruns it is just getting all characters and espers, where someone else might consider Strago's blue magic and Gau's rages a part of it.
You don't want to fall down the rabbit hole of what counts as "complete" in Final Fantasy games. I'm doing a perfect run of Final Fantasy 7 since they just released it on PS4 and man the community has some crazy requirements for a perfect game.

You have to do some pretty insane things like creating glitches that force the game to have you fight a boss twice in a row just in order to get 2 copies of whatever, unique, one time only item the boss drops. Or other crazy things like getting 99 copies of a piece of equipment that is only acquired in one specific part of the game and then forever becomes unavailable, forcing you to fight a specific enemy over and over again in order to get it to drop the item or steal it from him until you have 99 copies. You also have to hold on to certain items that the game expects you to use, just so you can boast having a complete inventory. Then there's stat maxing, which in FF7 requires tons of resets in order to get the game to give you the right stat boosts for HP/MP on level up.

Oh, and then there's FF12, where a complete game requires you to get items that enemies have a 5% chance to drop, fighting optional bosses that LITERALLY take hours to defeat and making sure you don't open some random treasure chest early in the game that forever makes a certain unique piece of equipment impossible to ever acquire

And I can't forget FF 9, where you have to do everything in the game under a very strict number of hours, otherwise a certain unique item near the end of the game will not become available to you. Having to do everything in the game under a time limit, is insane.

FF X requires you to win that hard storyline blitzball game and dodge 200 lightning bolts for one character's ultimate weapon and get an insane time in a very poorly designed mini game for another character's weapon

The FF series doesn't get enough credit for just how hardcore it can be

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Re: How long to beat Video Games

I don't really play to beat, I play to enjoy. Particularly things like Skyrim and Fallout.
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Re: How long to beat Video Games

Depends honestly. I can enjoy long games, but if the game is fun and enjoyable, the length doesn't factor for me. I can play Transformers Devastation multiple times which one of the shorter games I've played but I can play only Dragon Age Inquisition like once and never touch it again.

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