Should single-player games be short and sweet or long and hard?

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If it’s an rpg with an amazing world with rich characters and a world just waiting to be explored. You level up so that you can become stronger and finally overcome the obstacle that didn’t make you access that part of the game world.

FPSs normally are over before you’re done with them but again it depends on the narration and the replayability of those levels. Dishonored/Prey/Deus Ex offers a wonderful diversity of options and paths while offering a good chunk of action gameplay.

The one disadvantage that rpgs have is senseless grinding that forces you keep playing the same section or kill the same enemies over and over until you can properly level up or sell their loot for better equipment. The mining sections in Mass Effect 2 were the biggest blemishes on an otherwise perfect game.

An open world always seems more appealing than a linear corridor but the manner of story telling placed into that game world plays a huge part in investing time into exploration.

But you can also blast away at baddies over and over again in a six hour linear corridor shooter with the same gleeful abandon you would get by stomping over roaches(I know). That would make for a lot of repetition but you could come back months later and say “Oh yeah, this is still fun!”

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  • holybagpipes

    Yeah it’s tough nowadays just to make time for video games. But short games with good stories make for nice experiences.

  • I don’t have time anymore for insanely long hard games I like short and sweet but not too short I still want the false sense of accomplishment and good storyline

  • Bulgingsnake

    It’s not a gaming site, it’s a everything site.

  • Mystical_Me

    Okay. I am not a gamer so not sure this site will work for me. I was going to try and post something on music but I guess you have to be a mod or whatever. I hope everything works out with the site.

  • Bulgingsnake

    I’ll look into it

  • Mystical_Me

    I tried to “like” a thread. Tells me my email is invalid?

  • ThisGuyHere17

    At 60 bucks a pop it better be long and difficult.

    Side note: did this article get posted so that Bulge could say “long and hard, real hard?” I think so. Winning.

  • Beastly beast

    The witcher 3 is ridiculously long. Probably my favorite rpg ever. Even though it’s long its all quality.

  • Beastly beast

    Always long and hard.

    See dark souls.

  • Game companies need to have multiplayer servers set aside for grown-ups…

  • PQG 1991

    You really should it’s a really good franchise check it out when or if you have the time

  • Mr. Perfect

    The last time I tried multi-player, it was full of kids that were trying to outhack eachother. It was unplayable.

  • Mr. Perfect

    My wife likes it long and hard.

  • The more single player content, the better. Fuck multiplayer. Fuck 11 year olds shooting their mouths off without knowing that while they are busy trying to taunt you with some lame ass crack about them fucking your mother, that little do they know, but their mom was a total slut in high school, giving blow jobs to half the football team, who once let her history teacher fuck her in the ass to improve her grade…FUCK those little assholes. They shouldn’t be allowed to play video games until they have finger banged a chick or at least touched a boob or something.

    With that being said, I prefer playing single-player campaigns. I like being able to pause the game when needed, I like being able to play whenever I want, and be able to quit when I want. Shoot, I still screw around in GTA V Single player, long after completing everything there is to do, just because it’s still fun. I don’t care much for Final Fantasy style grinding, where you spend hours and hours just repeating the exact same task to build up experience/level up, that’s bullshit. But overall, as long as the single player element is fun, I prefer doing that over multiplayer any day. So give me lots to do.

  • Bulgingsnake

    Big time

  • holybagpipes

    I’ve heard of them but not played them.

  • PQG 1991

    Even though it is not an open world RPG I particularly enjoy the fire emblem series series particularly awakening which was the one that made me become a fan of the franchise

  • holybagpipes

    Well said, sir. Well said.

  • holybagpipes

    The Witcher 3 was the longest I’ve played. Not that it was hard, it was hard enough to get time to play it!

  • holybagpipes

    The Witcher 3, Dragon Age Origins and Vampire The Masqerade were those ones.

  • holybagpipes

    Could you share some examples with us?

  • 🦄Sam

    Yes

  • Villain

    I’m not a big video game guy but if I’m playing a game I love I can play it forever. The longer the better IMO.

  • PQG 1991

    Exactly…

  • 🦄Sam

    Dongs then.

  • PQG 1991

    You know something you play wi… I mean play… something you play…

  • 🦄Sam

    Games?

  • PQG 1991

    Long and just the right level of difficulty would be best

  • PQG 1991

    You are not talking about the games. Are you?

  • 🦄Sam

    A long & hard video game is a good video game. Unless it is FFX2.

  • 🦄Sam

    What he said.

  • Bulgingsnake

    So fvcking long, and hard, real hard.