Sometimes you’re busy and you just want to kill some time for a few minutes. Then there are other times when all you want to do is get lost in a world that is not the world we live in. That’s something video games are perfect for.
Most single-player games span at least six to 10 hours these days, but other games make them look short by comparison. If you’re looking for a game that will keep you busy for weeks, we’ve gathered a few that should be exactly what you’re looking for.
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
None of the games in The Witcher series have been short, but the third installment is by far the longest so far. This feels like a living, breathing world — one that is very much affected by how you play the game. If you’re looking to kill time while you wait for Cyberpunk 2077, this is your best bet.
2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
Skyrim has been out for years at this point, but that hasn’t stopped people from playing it over and over again. Whether you’ve played it or not, this is a game that can keep you busy for weeks on end, and that’s just for a single playthrough.
3. Persona 5 Royal
The original version of Persona 5 wasn’t a short game by any stretch of the term, with many players taking in the neighborhood of 100 hours to finish it. The definitive edition of the game, Persona 5 streamlines some elements of the original game but also adds characters and a new palace, meaning it will take even longer to finish.
4. Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar’s open world western is more than Grand Theft Auto with horses, and it may just be the best game the studio has ever produced. Just finishing it will take you close to 50 hours, but doing even a portion of the extra missions will push that time up to 70+ hours.
5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed is another series where nobody has ever accused the games of being too short. That said, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the most sprawling entry in the series to date. The main story alone will take you 40 hours, and that’s if you don’t do a single side quest or collectible hunt. That could take you near 80 hours, and that doesn’t even include the DLC.
6. Dark Souls III
The most skilled gamers when it comes to the Dark Souls franchise can make it through the final game in the trilogy in just over 30 hours, but that doesn’t describe most of us. Tackling the games many extras and optional bosses put that time closer to 50 hours, but you can nearly double that if you want to find everything that game has to offer.
7. Dragon Quest XI
This most recent entry in the Dragon Quest series takes most players around 50 hours to beat, and that’s if they rush through the story. If you take a more leisurely stroll through the game, you can expect it to last as long as 100+ hours.
8. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The final Hideo Kojima-helmed entry in the increasingly bizarre Metal Gear Solid franchise is also the longest, thanks to its open-world take on the series’ stealth action gameplay. Just beating the main story will take you nearly 50 hours, but there are boatloads of side quests that get you gear and resources to help you on future missions.
9. Monster Hunter: World
While most people tend to play Monster Hunter: World online, you can play it without ever encountering another human. Of course, this means it will be more difficult, making an already long game even longer. In this case, that’s a good thing.
10. Final Fantasy XIV
We’ve decidedly left multiplayer games off this list for the most part, but the truth is that Final Fantasy XIV has a story worthy of a single-player game. You’ll need to dive into the occasional dungeon with a group, but otherwise you can almost play it as a single-player RPG.
11. Elder Scrolls Online
As with Final Fantasy XIV, the Elder Scrolls Online feels less like a traditional MMORPG and more like an Elder Scrolls game that just happens to have real people in the world in addition to NPCs. If you prefer not to group up, this game is even more friendly to solo play.
Looking for More Long Games?
RPGs are probably the genre known best for producing extremely long games. We’ve included a few on this list, but there are plenty more out there. For example, take a look at our list of the best RPGs for the PlayStation 4.
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