Do You Mind Shorter Game Campaigns?
Many complain that video game campaigns are shorter these days. Others, especially those who have gravitated toward multiplayer, really don't care.
Now, one historical fact before we continue- During the early days of the industry, video games were really short. Going through Super Mario Bros. or Contra actually wouldn't take any time at all...minus the dying, of which there was always a lot. Due to the much higher difficulty and the amount of time required for trial-and-error, those games seemed crazy long when in reality, the full amount of play time rarely came in at over two hours. Just nobody beat 'em in two hours without cheat codes.
But anyway, when people complain these days, they're basically comparing current generation titles to the last generation. It's true that campaigns were longer then but as I've said in the past, I have no issue with games being shorter these days. And no, it's not because I spend most of my time with multiplayer fun (I actually hate that, usually); it's merely because I don't have the time I used to. So when I play one of the Uncharted's, I never feel like I'm being short-changed; the length seems just about right and the story never feels rushed. It's just right, I say. Actually, campaigns that are longer than 12-15 hours feel really long to me now.
So what do you say? Are you annoyed that games are shorter? Or as you get older, do you find that with less time, shorter single-player adventures are preferable? Do you feel like you're getting your money's worth? Me, I pretty much always do if the game is great.
8/23/2012 9:20:03 PM Ben Dutka