With eyes glued to the TV screen and hands practically attached to the controller, hardcore gamers might sit on their couches for hours on end with no bathroom breaks. This fascinating creature can go for long periods of time without food or water, living off on only the thrill of the gameplay at hand. A long and satisfying game usually means that buying it is money well spent, especially with Final Fantasy games clocking in at 100 hours or so. Still, there are some games out there that are awesome but are just unbearably short. Here are some great video games that are incredibly fun to play, if only they were longer.
Star Wars: Force Unleashed II
Anything that has to do with Star Wars is always cool, and when you pop in some Darth Vader in there, it just gets even better. In a game where you get to wipe out hordes of stormtroopers in battle, there’s no possible way it could suck, right? Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and in this case, an all-too-soon end. Star Wars: Force Unleashed II gives you a rousing good time and just lets it end abruptly right there. With merely about 4 hours of gameplay, it’ll get you to that final boss battle with Darth Vader faster than you can say, “The Dark Side”.
Imagine a world where you can parkour off buildings beating bad guys, taking free-running to a whole new level. Then, imagine the heartless souls at EA taking that away from you too soon right when you’re getting into it. Mirror’s Edge can be finished in a couple of hours especially if you opt to use weapons, but if you want to try and make the most of the gameplay, chuck those guns out the window and just parkour your way through. It might still be too short, but at least Mirror’s Edge leaves us with a beautifully haunting soundtrack with its theme, “Still Alive”.
Wanted: Weapons of Fate
An introductory level that starts in a crashing plane? How much more adrenaline can you pump out of that? Not much, apparently. Wanted: Weapons of Fate should have been one of the most enjoyable games in its genre, but instead, it became forgettable because of a measly 4 hours of gameplay. Even with the thoroughly unique idea of curving bullets through environments in awesome slow motion, all 9 levels of the game just weren’t enough. And to think you used up about $60 for that? Brace yourself for an overstock at the trading stations, then.
This game was never really meant to be long, and honestly, it is one of the best ones ever made. A ground-breaking puzzle game that revolutionized people’s view of gravity and trajectories, Portal essentially just lets the player and various objects teleport through flat planes. With such a simple premise, you would think that it gets boring, but the gameplay never gets stale, proving that its 2-3 hour length is as lean as it needs to be.
If you think that such a lame name can’t possibly have worldwide success, think again. Critically acclaimed Flower is just a simple game where the player controls the wind and navigates the petals of a, well, a flower. As a game that strikes a chord in everyone’s heartstrings, its focus is not on dialogue or fighting off enemies but on emotional cues and beautiful environments. The highly visual game aims to evoke positive feelings in gamers, and, accompanied by heart-rending melodies, it certainly does relieve stress even if just for 15 minutes.
While games on the Playstation, Xbox, and the PC are usually meant to have long playing times, casual games, on the other hand, are intentionally short but have numerous replayability features. Popular even among non-gamers, casual games on these platforms can be played anytime, anywhere, even during bathroom breaks:
Amazon Fire – This nifty new TV from Amazon can play all kinds of hardcore games like NBA 2K14 and even the old school Double Dragon Trilogy, but it’s got room for casual games, too. Grab the Amazon controller and enjoy the all-time favorite, Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Running around with those not-too-smart “cousins” of Gru is a joy in itself.
Ouya – A microconsole that can handle casual games on its Android operating system, Ouya can sure pack a punch as a project that began via Kickstarter. Download games without the hassle of scratching CDs, with its top-rated game Bomb Squad. Exciting explosions are afoot as you cause mayhem with your friends in this whopping 8-player game for all kinds of parties. What could be more fun than blowing up your friends, right?
iOS mobile – Apple was never short of good casual games for its loyal fanbase. Everyone has played the annoyingly addicting Candy Crush Saga, but have you tried the Apple Design Award 2013-winning Ridiculous Fishing? Bright colors and sharp angles are not what make this game unique-it’s the fact that you, as a fisherman, cast your line and fling your catch of the day into the sky to shoot it. Yes, shoot it. It’s not called ridiculous for nothing!
Android – Android phones have so many games to offer, most of them free and homebrew awesomeness. Amidst all of these choices, it is simply a must to mention that neverending war between birds and pigs-who even remembers how this began in the first place? Angry Birds Space Premium ups the ante on the classic, now with gravitational effects along with meteors and all that space madness. Those birds have never been angrier than this.