25 Games That Can Give You Over 100 Hours Of Gameplay

In our current climate of economic depression and mass penny pinching, we’re all looking for ways to save a bit of bob now and then. I took the extreme route for this when it comes to food shopping, to the point where I haven’t eating anything aside from tins of baked beans for the past year. I’m sure some would argue that I could buy real food if I stopped forking out for games, but I think we’d all agree that having fun is more important than nutrition.

Good health is overrated, but you can’t argue with having a good time. That said, there are times when even gaming budgets have to take a hit, so we’ve compiled a list of games that will offer you as much bang for your buck as possible. Some are old and cost effective, some are new and more expensive, but all of them ought to offer you hundreds of hours of solid gameplay.

Stay tuned for more news and updates.

Update: This article was updated on December 1st, 2014 to include recent games.

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  • LibertyForAll

    any open ended build game SimCity, Minecraft, The Sims, The Anno series, Tropico, any game that offers a sandbox mode

    They don’t have endings!

  • Geovane

    Where’s Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning? :D

  • Miniasis

    Hmmm….What about Diablo 1 or 2 (with battlenet), Baldurs Gate series, Elder FREAKIN Scrolls!!! Just sayin…

  • logat890

    Chrono trigger isnt that long 40hrs or so. You can easily breeze thru the mulitple endings after that cuz you’re already leveled up , no dynamic leveling in this game. The writer doesnt know jack!

  • Bhumi Abimanyu

    farmville and farmville 2. over than 1000 hrs gameplay

  • Racbir Singh Bhurji

    i like sleeping dogs reminds me of streets of rage. A great game is Suikoden 5,,1,2,,3 and Romancing saga on ps2, and Zelda link to past on sness. Danm so many games. Monster hunter, skyrim, witcher, dragon age, revenge of shinobi 1 ..lol etc…

  • daKid

    Or just any JRPG…

  • thinkdunson

    escape velocity (made by AmbrosiaSW). i still play the last one (nova) every once in a while. by the description, it sounds like Elite might have been EV’s inspiration.

  • Bob

    Pokemon, Monster Hunter, (If multiplayer counts) Star Wars: Battlefront, Mass Effect, Xenoblade Chronicles (hopefully the sequels has even more), Mario Kart, and even Kingdom Hearts. If nothing else from m list, MONSTER HUNTER. G-Rank is proof that that game has hundreds of hours of play. I am about 300 hours in (don’t judge me, I’m boring) and I JUST made it to G-Rank.

  • Isaac Hoppe

    FFXII is THE worst example of a Final Fantasy game having lots of gameplay. It doesn’t, actually. It’s just glorified collection quests. And since combat in the game is so clunky unless you let it play itself, there’s just no feeling of immersion to any of it. Add to that the excruciatingly political plot… You see where I’m going with this? The “playability” in FFXII is just a hook to torture the player. I felt abused by that game more than any other I have ever played.

  • Eric Wells

    A couple are missing – Little Big Planet series offers unlimited gameplay due to the users always creating content, as well as Persona 4 Golden for the Vita – well over 100 hrs

  • Patryk

    Great list, here’s mine in no particular order:

    – The Elder Scrolls series
    – Fallout series
    – Disgaea series
    – Deus Ex series
    – Diablo II
    – Torchlight II
    – Grand Theft Auto series
    – Civilization V
    – Borderlands 2
    – Mount and Blade: Warband
    – Final Fantasy series
    – Dragon Quest series
    – Pokemon series
    – Arma 3
    – Baldur’s Gate I and II
    – Xeno series
    – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Probably forgot a lot.

  • elyanley

    Does someone know were the art from the thumb of this article is from? (very disappointed I couldn’t see this awesome picture completely)

    To the topic, so many gaming franchises in which you can spend hours.. like, Baldurs Gate I and II, specially thanks to the awesome modding community these Games have..
    The Suikoden Franchise is also not to bad in this regard..
    Shin Megami is of course another one, I love their Games so much..

    and you can go on and go on, only picking 10 gaming franchises is hard.

  • Thor

    they could have added TF2 on here, i only played a little bit 1,090 hours but i have seen people that have over and some people have over 5K

  • renynzea .

    Based on Steam, my top 3 single-player would be The Sims, Skyrim, and Borderlands 1/2. Tons of replay value in all 3 of those.

  • Zloth

    Heh, there’s so many games that meet this criteria that it makes the comments at least as interesting as the article! I’ll throw Egosoft’s X3: Terran Conflict onto the list, too.

  • Alina Modiliani

    Robot Unicorn Attack


    Upon loading up the game and probably startling Google Chrome itself with the absurdness of what I was playing, the word disappointment temporarily fell out of my vocabulary because after even 30 seconds of playing my head was filled with rainbows, amazement, and awe at how simultaneously simple and entertaining the experience was. Aside from the frightening array of colours that would distress even the hardiest of retinas, everything about this game is unbelievably simple and easy to grasp. Taking the fact that you are a mechanical unicorn as given, you are thrown into a bubblegum world of fantasy and sparkle which, upon witnessing it with your own eyes, will make you understand what those Skittles talk about when they bang on about “tasting the rainbow”. As a robot unicorn, your job is to simply run endlessly across terrain, jumping intermittently when the ground beneath you ends and landing on the next platform. The jumps become increasingly difficult as you progress, with terrain and giant star-shaped obstacles getting in your way.

  • Ralopoz

    Harvest Moon and Rune Factory games also offer over 100 hours of gameplay

  • Battalion X

    Dragon Age origins..

  • vibe runner

    Putting ME3 over ME2 was an insane choice, with DLC ME2 is *much* longer, unless you include multiplayer. But if you include multiplayer then your favourite COD will suffice too, I have several THOUSAND hours invested in MW2.

    Fallout New Vegas deserved a mention with Fallout 3.

    Completely agree with Saint’s Row and Red Dead Redemption, Sleeping Dogs could do with some love too though perhaps it would struggle for 100 hours.

    Watch Dogs isn’t good enough to warrant inclusion.

    Assassin’s Creed peaked with AC2, a huge and brilliant game.

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