Games range in time investment. Plenty of acclaimed adventures will only take you a few hours of your time. On the other side of the spectrum, there are some behemoth titles that could keep you busy past the 100-hour mark – perhaps even much more.
These games are either packed to the brim and encourage you to see everything they have to offer, or are stuffed with mechanics so deep that it’ll take you days just to understand them properly. Either way, some titles in the industry will have you playing for dozens if not hundreds of hours as they try to make every dollar you spend worth the investment.
10 Persona 5
When you hear people talk about 100-hour games, Persona 5 and its Royal re-release are often games that get brought up. Persona 5 is a monstrous RPG/life-sim. Most players take over 100 hours to beat it, and that’s without doing any of the extra challenges, acquiring all Personas, or going out of their way to optimize their confidant strategies.
There is so much story in Persona 5 that it feels like a long-running TV show of its own. You are put in a year of high school for a group of teenagers, and you’ll be traveling through the streets of Tokyo and the Metaverse every single day.
9 Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Monolithsoft quickly made a name for itself with the release of Xenoblade Chronicles and the inclusion of its protagonist in Super Smash Bros. For the sequel, despite having a skeleton crew of their initial team, Monolithsoft delivered once more on a massive-scale action RPG with Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
This is another game with a massive story, plenty of side quests, and tons of characters to add to your lineup. You could burn right through to the finish, but you’ll be missing out on a lot of key items, blades, and story beats. Even without including the Torna DLC, this is a game that easily took many over 100 hours to complete.
8 Divinity: Original Sin 2
If there was one game that emulated the Dungeons and Dragons experience, Divinity: Original Sin 2 would likely be that game. You pick from a list of characters, and customize their stats, personalities, attributes, and more to explore a fantasy world. You can even team up with a party of friends as you uncover every nook and cranny of this game.
Going through the first few chapters alone will take dozens of hours, and beating the game is no small feat either. This game is brimming with detail, unique characters to find, and scenarios that no one else will experience. The game is also incredibly replayable, so get ready for another 100 hours.
7 Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world game inspired by the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As such, it has mountains of content to experience. What’s more, you can access this content at no upfront cost. You’re free to explore the world, partake in side quests, and tackle strange monsters.
However, Mihoyo designed a game that wants to suck its players in, meaning there is a plethora of things to do. The game also continuously gets bigger with new events, characters, and locations to explore. It’s hard to see an end in sight for this game. Reaching the end credits will easily take you over 100 hours, and you’ll still want to keep playing.
6 Elden Ring
FromSoftware stated that Elden Ring would take around 30 hours to beat. Once the game launched, players quickly realized that the developers drastically undershot this estimation. Elden Ring is a game that feels like it never ends.
Just when you think you’ve seen everything the map has to offer, you uncover multiple new areas with their own Legacy Dungeons, catacombs, and quests to boot. Elden Ring will keep you busy for dozens if not hundreds of hours, especillay if you want to experiment with multiple builds. Add in co-op and PVP, and it’s easy to see how this game has such a long estimated playtime.
5 Sea Of Thieves
Sea of Thieves was something of a disappointment for many at launch, but Rare has worked to create one of the largest and most inviting pirate simulators on the market since. Sea of Thieves keeps pumping new content and events into its world, meaning that you and your friends will play a long time before you see those credits roll.
The playtime can vary depending on your party’s skill level, if you’re playing with friends, etc., but you’ll want to keep coming back for more if you make it that far. There’s never enough gold to keep a pirate satisfied.
4 Disgaea 5 Complete
NIS America has a firm grip on how to create an in-depth, engaging strategy game that players will want to sink hours into. Make no mistake, you’ll need to set aside a lot of playtime if you intend on beating Disgaea 5 Complete. There are few tactical games that give you such control over your team that you can recruit any enemy you see on the battlefield.
You can hold diplomacy meetings, burn through story missions, or try your luck at upgrading your allies’ gear. Disgaea 5 Complete is so deep that even a single playthrough likely won’t be enough to understand everything you can do in the game. That’s without mentioning all the extra content in this version.
3 Elite Dangerous
If you’re looking for the most in-depth, unique space video game, look no further than Elite Dangerous. This game tasks you with exploring the numerous planets of the Milky Way Galaxy in a ship of which every element can be fully customized.
To simulate this sci-fi experience, there is so much to take note of that new players find overwhelming. The developers are still pushing forth new updates and content, meaning the end is almost never in sight if you take the leap into this game. Keep in mind that new updates aren’t being released on consoles, though – only PC.
2 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Nintendo’s latest Animal Crossing game wants you to log on for about an hour a day to check on your villagers, build up your island, and more. That said, it will likely only take a few months of routine play to pass the 100-hour mark.
The reality is that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is packed full of content, options, and new mechanics for you to play with. With a recent DLC release, the game has only gotten drastically larger since its launch. By the time you finally get K.K. Slider to play live on your island, who knows how many hours you’ll have sunk into it?
1 Monster Hunter World
When Capcom came out with Monster Hunter World, there was no telling how big of a game it would be. Not only was it popular with Western audiences (a first for the series), but it was also stuffed with so much content that many players still haven’t completed it.
The sheer amount of options, monsters, and upgrades to sift through is daunting, which is part of what makes it such an enticing experience. Add in the Iceborne expansion, and you’ll be busy for a long time before you see the credits roll.