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Top 20 Longest Video Games of All Time (2021)

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Top 20 Longest Video Games of All Time (2021)

Let’s kick off this list of the longest video games of all time by noting something very important. This list is a combination of our own personal experiences, plus data shared by HowLongToBeat, a site that collects game completion data. Your experiences with specific games may vary greatly.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Longest Video Games of All Time

According to most people, Dragon Age: Inquisition is the longest of the modern Bioware games. Like some of the other WRPGs on this list, the main story isn’t actually all that long, but most people are definitely playing a lot of side content, and that pushes DA:I into the 80+ hour range.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Longest Video Games of All Time

Just like Dragon Age, the actual story of Oblivion will probably take you around the same as your average RPG; that being around 30-40 hours. However, we all know that barely anyone just played Oblivion for the story. You’re getting sucked into side quests along the way, and that will put your average play time well into the 100+ realm.

Fallout: New Vegas

Longest Video Games of All Time

Seeing a running theme here? It won’t last throughout the whole article, but yes, Fallout: New Vegas is yet another game where, main story-wise, the playtime weighs in at a manageable 30 hours or so. It’s when you start going down the rabbit hole of exploring the desert wastelands of what was formerly Las Vegas, though, that you start dipping into a 100+ hour experience.

Divinity: Original Sin II

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Divinity: Original Sin II is easily one of the longest video games out there. Its a D&D-inspired WRPG that gives you so much freedom to create your own personalized character, and allows you to approach quests with a lot of latitude and creativity. Divinity: Original Sin II’s campaign is lengthy enough clocking in at around 50 hours. However, you can expect to spend around a 100 hours+ just interacting with the world, completing side quests, or messing around with friends in co-op.

Baldur’s Gate II

Longest Video Games of All Time

Baldur’s Gate II is one of the all-time great classic iso-RPGs and the inspiration for modern games in the genre like the excellent Pillars of Eternity. What a lot of classic iso-RPGs have in common is that they are long… very long. Just going through the main quest of this one will probably take around 70+ hours, and you can easily up that number into the 100s by going all-in on the side quests.

Final Fantasy XII

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Most Final Fantasy games are going to cost you at least 40 hours, but Final Fantasy XII takes the cake for the non-MMORPG entries. Assuming you’re not going out of your way to blaze through the main story with the lowest stats possible, and you spend time doing quests, and hunts, you’re looking at roughly 100 hours for a completionist’s run. The Zodiac Age remake can considerably speed this up via its fast-forward mechanic, but it’s still a sizable amount of time.

Xenoblade Chronicles II

Longest Video Games of All Time

Xenoblade Chronicles II carries on the series’ tradition of being long AF. It can easily clock in at 100 hours+ just for a normal run-through. If you spend completing side objectives though, it can even approach 200 hours, certainly making it one of the longest video games around.

Persona 5 Royal

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Persona 5 might have one of the longest games in terms of pure main story time completions on this list. Even just casually going through side objectives, and playing the game normally without any kind of guide is probably going to take you almost 100 hours. If you’re trying to get all the social links and Personas, you’re looking at 150 hours+ easy (again assuming you don’t use a min/max guide). With the Royal content added on though, this can balloon even further to as much as 250 hours, ensuring you won’t step away from the experience for a good long while.

Rainbow Moon

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Right up there with Persona 5 is Rainbow Moon. The storyline alone will probably run people almost 100 hours if not more, and then you also have extra objectives to keep you busy for even longer if you want as well.

Fallout 4 (Complete)

Longest Video Games of All Time

What makes Fallout 4, another super long open-world WRPG, stand out from some of the other games on this list is its substantial amount of DLC. Nuka World alone adds a very sizable area to explore on top of the already massive Commonwealth zone. Even without mods, Vanilla Fallout 4 plus its DLC will easily take people over 100 hours, assuming you’re not just pushing through the main story as quickly as possible.

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (Complete)

Longest Video Games of All Time

Again, like Fallout 4, Skyrim has a massive area to explore from the start. There are guilds to join, side quests to complete, and much much more. You can also lump in the massive Dragonborn expansion, which throws one of the locales of Morrowind, Solstheim, into the mix as well. Like all of the other open-world WRPGs on this list, your experience is going to vary, but for most people, get ready to sign on for as many as 200 hours of playtime to complete everything.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

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Xenoblade Chronicles X takes the cake in a series of games that are very long, and is arguably the longest JRPG of all time (depending on your definition of it). The main story will run you long enough, but there is so much extra content for completionists that you can easily spend over 150 to 200 hours in Xenoblade Chronicles X if you wanted to.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Complete)

Longest Video Games of All Time

Although Skyrim gets more attention these days, Morrowind still has the heart of the purists of the series. It’s the game that bridges the early years of the franchise with the modern age. It features many of the same open-world elements, but without the luxury of total fast travel and map marker hints. Because of the extra work you’ll need to put in, you’ll be spending a lot more time in Morrowind without a guide, with most estimates falling somewhere around 100 hours for a standard run and 300 hours for a completionist’s run.

The Witcher 3 (Complete)

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The Witcher 3 is a massive game, with a ton of well-written content and worthwhile side content. It’s all so well done that it’s almost impossible to resist going off the beaten path to complete them. The Witcher 3 also features lengthy expansions, and putting that all together, you have an experience that could take over 200 hours to complete.

Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite

Longest Video Games of All Time

This is where it gets tricky. The Monster Hunter series is known for being a massive time sink, because of the amount of grinding that you’ll need to do to see the game through to its end. While there’s a lot of choices in the series we could have gone with, Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite takes the cake. Most players according to HowLongToBeat report taking almost 150 hours just to complete the main story and completionist runs taking a massive 455 hours. All the styles averaged together ended up at 237 hours roughly. There’s no doubt that if you want spend ungodly amounts of time on your PSP/Vita, Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite is the way to go.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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If you find yourself wanting to escape into a game for an extended period, there are far worse options than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Filled to bursting with odd quests, hidden temples, and collectibles to uncover, the world is one which offers players more than enough to keep them occupied well past the point when other games would be rolling their credits. An average playthrough focused on the main story will typically clock in at 100 hours, but if you’re doing everything you possibly can, then that total will be closer to 187 hours.

Red Dead Redemption 2

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There’s a reason so many people have claimed that they got lost for weeks in Red Dead Redemption 2. A culmination of Rockstar’s open world design, the game is a scarily detailed portrayal of life in the dying days of the wild west. There are bounties to track down, hidden treasures to find, strangers to interact with and secrets aplenty to uncover. To even take a passing glance via the main story could run you over 100 hours, with a completionist’s run doubling or even tripling that time frame, depending on your skill level.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Longest Video Games of All Time

It wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to say that Kojima put everything and the kitchen sink into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Though its open world may seem a bit barren compared to more recent titles, it still contains a bevy of different facilities to infiltrate, missions to complete, and different methods of completing them. As such, completing everything the game has to offer takes a fair bit of time, with current estimates sitting around 162 hours.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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The total playtime of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a tricky one to nail down, especially since it continues to see support from Nintendo well after release. However, it has been determined that if you aim to complete all of the game’s base content, you can expect to sink as much as 366 hours into the game. Yes, you read that right. For context, that’s a whopping 15.25 full 24-hour days of your life dedicated to the game.

The Binding of Isaac (Complete)

Longest Video Games of All Time

Don’t let The Binding of Isaac’s indie status fool you. It’s a gargantuan game to take on, especially when you factor in all of its DLCs and updates. Undertaking the main story alone will run you roughly 50 hours, and that’s if you’re good at twin-stick shooters. If you’re not, you can expect to tack on another 30 hours thanks to how much you’ll be dying. If you’re aiming for a completionist’s run though – meaning you’re aiming to get every character, item and secret ending – then that playtime will grow to upwards of 230 hours.

That does it for our list of the longest video games of all time. Let us know what you think down below in the comments.

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