As I Get Older, I'm More Likely To Enjoy Shorter Games
Yeah, I was young once, too. I went to college.
In short, I remember what it was like to have plenty of time on one's hands. It was a big reason why I loved my RPGs, and why I was disappointed if any RPG lasted less than 40 hours (boy, was I pleased with the likes of Star Ocean: The 2nd Story).
But these days, I'm plenty happy with a 8-10-hour adventure. I really am. I can't sit and play games for longer than 2-3 hours at a clip, anyway, and it's oftentimes less than that. It takes me months to work my way through games in the Assassin's Creed and Grand Theft Auto franchises; no matter how much I enjoy them, I don't really have the time (or inclination) to play them constantly throughout the week.
This is why I've started to embrace shorter games, anyway. Yeah, Heavy Rain didn't take long to get through, and you may recall all the backlash about the game being only four or five hours long (the same backlash suffered by The Order: 1886). And yet, I thought the length was perfect. The fact that I went back and played through it a half-dozen more times is a testament to the greatness of the game and its branching storylines, but I was plenty fulfilled with just one play-through. Same was true for the excellent Journey.
I can absolutely guarantee that many older games feel the same way.
2/18/2015 9:51:45 PM Ben Dutka