RPGs have a reputation for being extremely long when compared to other genres. Nowadays, major triple A franchises receive a lot of criticism for having only around 20 hours of single-player gameplay in their campaigns, which usually leads to other game modes or multiplayer in order to pad out their longevity. RPGs on the other hand, rarely ever skimp on raw content, often offering their players dozens of hours of gameplay. With that in mind, here’s ten modern RPGs that you can play for over 100 hours.
10. Fire Emblem Fates
You might think that splitting up Fire Emblem Fates would have been a cash grab by Nintendo, but the reality is far from that. Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation are all 35-45 hours’ experiences by themselves, and they each offer a unique story, missions, and characters for you to experience. If you’re new to the franchise, I highly recommend starting with Birthright.
9. The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind
This is probably the most obvious game to include on this list. The Elder Scrolls Series is known for its expansive and detailed worlds, and that includes its TONS of quests and activities in its main game and all of its DLC. Morrowind in particular had one of the longest story quests in the series clocking in at about 40 hours. Add up all of the side quests and other activities that the game has to offer and it will put you well over a hundred hours.
8. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengence
One of the hallmarks of the Disgaea series is that it allows you to level your character to 9999. Of course, it wouldn’t be nearly as successful as it is if it was all mindless grinding. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengence features over 23 unique character classes on top of the main cast. If you’ve never played a Disgaea game before, think of it as a grid based strategy game, not too different from Fire Emblem. The main story alone can keep you busy for over 50 hours and the extra quests, challenges, and the item world can keep you going long after that.
There’s no way that Destiny would have made this list had The Taken King not been released. Before the newest DLC came out Destiny suffered from a lack of fun end game content and a monotonous loot cycle. Now the game is better than ever and is a great experience to play with friends. With The Rise of Iron DLC coming out on September 20th, now might be the perfect time to top off your light levels.
6. Persona 3 FES
While Persona 4 is certainly more of a fan-favorite, Persona 3 FES offers more content as a whole in the form of its two different campaigns. Persona 3 FES is also the perfect starting point for those looking to get invested in the Persona franchise before Persona 5 releases in the West in February. For completionists out there, gathering every persona will keep them occupied for weeks on end.
5. Fallout 4
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s highly doubtful that you would have missed out on one of the biggest RPG releases of last year, but in case you haven’t played Fallout 4, there’s plenty of content to keep you occupied. By itself, playing Fallout 4 might not make the hundred-hour mark, but with the recent addition of Far Harbor and the Nuka World DLC putting in a hundred hours to this fantastic game should prove quite enlightening.
4. Xenoblade Chronicles
It’s a shame that Xenoblade Chronicles arrived so late in the Wii’s lifecycle, because this open world JRPG is one of the best games the console has to offer. Xenoblade Chronicles takes a totally non-linear approach to its gameplay, leaving its players to explore its beautifully crafted world however they please. The main story plus the sidequests and collectibles easily add up to over a hundred hours of gameplay.
3. Borderlands 2
Borderland 2’s longevity doesn’t come from its abundance of missions and sidequests, but rather from its addicting loot system. Not knowing what rare weapon might be around the next corner is thrilling, and the sheer number of different weapons creates endless replayability. Borderlands 2 has tons of missions and DLC that can keep you occupied for hundreds of hours.
2. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
While not quite as popular in the West, the Monster Hunter series is an absolute cash cow in Japan. For anyone not familiar with the games, Monster Hunter is just like it sounds- killing monsters to earn money and other rewards. The customization options for your character are vast, and the co-op feature allows you and your friends to take on monsters far in the mountains or deep underwater. The amount of marks in the game will keep you keep you from having any social interaction for a long time.
1. World of Warcraft
I may have lied when I said Morrowind was the most obvious choice on this list. Some might consider it cheating to put WoW as the last game in this list due to the fact that most MMOs are designed to entertain players for hundreds of hours, but I decided to go with WoW because it was the game that set the precedent for the genre. As a game that created infinite replayability, World of Warcraft sucks players in with its promise of loot, raids, and a sense of community. I’m very good friends with people who have spent more than an entire year of their lives playing WoW. Even if you feel like you’ve missed the train with this MMO juggernaut, it’s worth trying at least once.
It’s always difficult to find game that can entertain us for multiple weeks at a time. Gamer’s time is valuable, so it’s always important that we invest the time we have into the games that we love. RPGs are the perfect genre for those looking for long game to play for multiple weeks before finishing, and they are the perfect games for those of us who just can’t put a game down after starting.