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Six 100 Hour Single-Player Games (That Are Worth Your Time)

Matthew Byrd

The spread of the coronavirus has forced many people to stay in their homes in an effort to limit the impact of this potentially deadly disease. In turn, this has led to millions of people looking for ways to not only keep their minds occupied but to relieve some stress during these difficult times.

Video games are obviously a great way to do both of those things. The question is “Which video game should you play?” While there’s really no wrong answer, there’s something to be said for taking the time to beat one of gaming’s great epics.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some single-player games that may last you up to 100 hours and are worth your time.

Final Fantasy 12

Final Fantasy 12 has always existed in a weird place in terms of legacy. It doesn’t have the prestige of the older titles and it doesn’t draw the conversation that certain controversial new titles do.

What Final Fantasy 12 is, though, is arguably the series’ finest hour in terms of storytelling. This game’s sweeping epic narrative helps flesh out one of the more fully-realized worlds in franchise history. Yes, Final Fantasy 12 starts slow, but the payoff is more than worth it.

If you’re a JRPG fan (or have been looking to get into the genre) this is an essential experience that will last for around 100 hours.

Persona 5

Is this the best JRPG of the last five years? There’s obviously a debate to be had on that subject, but what we can tell you is that Persona 5 is certainly one of the best overall experiences of the last few years.

Persona 5 is a game that’s mostly about style and weirdness. As if its colorful characters, worlds, and interface weren’t a good enough reason to check it out, Persona 5 also happens to boast a fascinating story that could very well last you until around the 100-hour mark.

Even if you don’t think this game is up your alley, the unique qualities of Persona 5 make it worthy of your (considerable) time.

The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

Wait, why Morrowind? Aren’t there newer (maybe even better) Elder Scrolls games to recommend?

The better part is debatable, but yes, there are newer Elder Scrolls games available. However, Morrowind remains one of the best Elder Scrolls games in terms of sheer depth. Its world is huge and brimming with stories, its character creation options are unrivaled in terms of gameplay depth, and this is still one of the most aesthetically pleasing open-world games ever made.

You might need a few mods to smooth the rough edges, but Morrowind is at least a 100-hour masterpiece.

Forza Horizon 4

This will probably be the most surprising game on this list. A racing game that will last you 100 hours or more and is worth all that time? What’s that about?

Well, the truth of the matter is that Forza Horizon 4 is one of the most underrated games of the last few years. It’s an absolutely massive racing title that will overwhelm you with sheer content options even before you start obsessing over perfecting your mechanics.

Forza Horizon 4 also features lovely outdoor environments, which is always quite nice whenever you’re dealing with potentially being stuck inside for long periods of time.

Red Dead Redemption 2

If you really want to blow through Red Dead Redemption 2 to see its story, you can almost certainly do so in far less than 100 hours. However, that’s not really how you should experience this game.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is meant to be played at a more casual pace. You’re supposed to interact with your gang, explore every corner of the world for secrets and sidequests, and enjoy the tales large and small that nearly everyone in this game has to tell.

If you play Red Dead Redemption 2 like that, then you’ll get at least 100 hours out of what many people consider to be Rockstar’s masterpiece.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Ok, ok, you got us. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is not out yet. Not only does that mean that you can’t actually play it yet, but we’ve also got to wait and see how the game’s considerable fanbase reacts to New Horizons‘ changes.

Having said all of that, we feel pretty confident telling you that you’re going to love New Horizons. Previous Animal Crossing games could easily last you several hundred hours if you were determined to get the most out of them, and they didn’t feature the number of curated gameplay options that this sequel does.

Some are already calling this the best Animal Crossing game ever made. We don’t know if we’re quite there yet, but we’re pretty close to arriving at that conclusion.