Video Games

Have you played a game for 500 hours before?

Much has been said about how long the games will take to complete this week. After developers of Dying Light 2, Techland, boasted that it would take 500 hours to complete the entire game over the weekend, the collective Internet’s groan over revelations was reported to be heard from the most remote places in space. Personally, I think it’s an unreasonable character for a single player game, but as someone who also keeps an active spreadsheet of all the different playing time stats (yes, really), it got me thinking too. Is 500 hours really meaningless in the grand scheme of things? I asked the team which game is the most played on Steam to find out.

And as it turns out, Dying Light 2’s 500-hour completion time didn’t really get any on some of our favorite time hogs…

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My most played games on Steam are not a true reflection of my most played game. At the top of the list is Skyrim, in 92 hours. Supposedly I’ve seen that unlock movie cart a few times. There’s a surprise entry from the original Mass Effect from 2007, at 40 hours (Mass Effect 2 sits comfortably below it at 32, which is apparently the same amount of time I spent playing Disco Elysium). My most played game is Dragon Age: Inquisition, which I used on PlayStation to begin with, which I know I played for More than 200 hours. predictable. But times have changed. All of these games date back to the time I was in my late teens and early twenties, when I had none Act So the most important factor when considering which game to buy is how much of that empty space it will fill. These days I have, like, a job and other hobbies. The most recent list I ran is completely different. Excerpts from indie games during lunch breaks; 3 hours of WorldBox.

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I thought my most played game on Steam would be the delightful endless roguelikelike from The Binding Of Isaac but nope, it’s Destiny 2. More than 2000 hours In MMOFPS Bungie, it seems. Given that I’ve seen and done just about everything, over and over, over the course of several years, yes, it does. Roguelikelikes and multiplayer games: the things you’ve played for as long as possible. I am both grateful and sorry that I don’t have stats on old Quake and Half-Life mods; Perhaps it would be best if I didn’t know exactly how many years of my teens and early twenties I went there.

In college, my housemate and I decided we needed a break from two grueling years of League Of Legends. So, we moved on to Counter Strike: Global Offensive and really got into training on aiming, mouse DPI settings and whether we were claw handles or palm grippers. which was translated to 362 hours Out of focus I haven’t been able to repeat it since. I suppose it left me some transferable skills, like getting a semi-good aim in FPS games and a nice Zowie mouse. The university makes a lasting impression, huh.

My time-draining game is almost certainly the amorphous blob of Modern Cold Warzone Vanguard Royale, but this uses Battle.Net and my playtime all mixed between the four titles. The war zone alone is proud 214 hoursSo let’s not delve into all of that. On Steam, things are actually getting a little messier, with Assassin’s Creed Origins topping out 92 hours. There’s just something about those rolling deserts that screams replayability and I loved every second of it. It’s really weird because I don’t like sand. It’s rough, rough and annoying, and it’s spreading all over the place.

I somehow accumulated 2815 hours In Dota 2. Here are some stats to consider as I slowly turn to stone on a chair: That’s 117 days, 14 Apollo 11 missions and, according to Google Maps, enough time to walk from my London apartment to a nice restaurant in Singapore. With a few days to spare.

As I’ve been heartbroken in the past, the most played game on Steam (largely my perpetual shame) is Shadow Of The Tomb Raider in 130 hours. At least 100 of those hours were spent reflecting on her benchmark, though, so I’m stating it’s automatic exclusion (hey, I’m making the rules here), and leaving actual The most played game named Death Stranding, comes in 99 hours. I haven’t really had a continuous live service game to spend many hours with, and the 100 hour mark tends to be the time I take advantage of most open world singles games these days. I also stopped playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in 99 Hours on Ubisoft Connect, although Valhalla definitely wins the title in 112 hours.

When asked which game is the most played in my Steam library, I thought for a moment: “Ah, it sure must be Factorio, the king of automation games!” Unfortunately, she still has a few hundred hours left. Turns out, I underestimated the amount of time I spent in Rocket League in that glorious first year or two. In about 700 hours I reached the title of Grand Champion, the highest rating in the game, and then I played another 400 hours well after that before the advent of the Battle Royale era, bringing the total up to 1121 hours. It is quite satisfying to know that the game that I spent the most hours on is also the game that I got the best for the rest of the player base. I imagine that won’t happen often, given the number of hours many of my friends dive into the likes of Dota 2 and CS: GO. The best part, though, is that when I get back into the Rocket League (and do occasionally), it only takes a game or two for all that skill and muscle memory to come back. In other games, if I come back after a month of not playing, I feel like the player base has completely left me. With Rocket League, well… it’s like driving a car.

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Getting #1 in my Steam library* is Max Gentlemen Sexy Business! in a 63 hours And still counting. MGSB! It was released at the end of February 2020, just in time to become a manic during the first UK lockdown. It’s an addictive mix of dating sim, business handsome, and surreal comedy that often finds me still in my pajamas at 1pm on a boring day early in the pandemic, wondering where my morning went but at least having so much fun during a dreary time. I finally slipped away after the original story faded around the 48 hour mark, but the 2.0 update jam packed last October (including loads of new stories, mini-games, and unlockables, as well as a true ending) drew me in again. Now, the massive amount of extra content means I’m expecting to break 100 hours easily before I’m really done.

* For a proper comparison, though, it’s worth noting that I did a pretty good job More than 700 hours In The Sims 4 on Origin.

But dear reader, have you ever spent 500+ hours playing a video game?

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