PC games have a major edge on console ones thanks to some stronger power and much more depth. While consoles tend to go more for shooters and sports games, PCs are home to real-time strategy games and a lot of RPGs. Something about the PC just lends itself well to games that can consume dozens or even hundreds of hours and players love them. They require a lot more patience than most console games but are worth it for the experience.
This means there are plenty of PC games out there whose lengths put the longest console ones to shame. Sure, some major console RPGs can boast lengthy times yet PCs can showcase far more. That’s especially true for RTS games which take up so many hours at a time. Some have story modes that can be short but completionists can go wild trying to find every piece of gameplay they can. From RTS to RPG and FPS, here are 20 of the longest PC games out there and how long it takes to enjoy it all.
20 Hearts of Iron II Complete (255 Hours)
Most WWII strategy games open during the war and end in 1945. This game, however, plays it differently by starting in 1936 and going through 1948. Not only can they play as any nation of the time but have the ability to create a new country gaining independence during the conflict. Besides land and sea battles, there’s also the internal politics complicated by war. It uses real events but the ability to play a new post-war world where, say, USSR dominates England or Germany wins. That means hours of play to enjoy a new take on the conflict.
19 Europa Universalis III (259 Hours)
You can’t throw a rock at a PC store without hitting a real-time strategy game based on past empires. Yet this is still very impressive for how players can choose one of 250 nations from between 1453 and 1789. From there, they build that country up, focusing as much on the economics and national ideals as the combat with other nations. It builds on historic events and the choices of time periods and real figures means it can take over 250 hours to finish. That’s a long way to spend building up Europe.
18 Dungeon Defenders (261 Hours)
Mixing genres is tricky but this game does manage to pull off an RPG alongside tower defense. The players can choose one of four distinct hero classes and put together a defense of a castle from various monsters. The gameplay allows for upgrading of skills and traps while also allowing the fun of crafting major defenses to handle the waves of enemies. Thanks to the variety of enemies, castles and skills, a full game can take 260 hours and very addictive to handle this challenge.
17 Victoria II (261 Hours)
RTS fans do love the Victorian era and its great potential for play. This game offers a lot with players choosing a different power of the time and building an empire. What makes it fun is that it offers a chance to take over areas that weren’t well known at the time such as Canada and much of Africa. That mixes with the internal management of the nations and covers a century in time. The main story takes 25 hours while the ability to mix real historic events with fantasy expands it majorly for a good take on the time.
16 Men of War: Assault Squad 2 (274 Hours)
There’s no story mode to this game which may put some players off. However, it does boast a good WWII strategy game that puts much of the focus on tanks. It can run the gamut from huge assaults to single player sniper missions and the wide range of play means it can take nearly 275 hours to get through. Reviews were rough yet it’s one of the longer WII RTS on the market which may appeal to fans of the genre.
15 Victoria: An Empire Under the sun (275 Hours)
It’s a very familiar concept as something about the Victorian era lends itself so well to strategy games. But this one doesn’t focus on military matters but rather internal ones as the idea is controlling industrialization and the internal politics of an empire. It actually has been praised as one of the most realistic economic simulations ever made. Sadly, the rest of the gameplay was rough with poor reviews. But if you get past the steep learning curve, it can offer plenty of fun in a new style of strategy.
14 Dynasty Warriors 9 (284 Hours)
The Dynasty Warriors games have long been mocked a bit for their incredibly repetitive nature. Yet there’s something so addictive about charging in and wiping out dozens of enemies at once with a sweep of a sword or spear. As always, the goal is to build up your own private empire taking out enemies and the game expands on the ancient China setting with more open world fun. It may take a while to get through but for fans, it’s the biggest Dynasty yet.
13 Space Engineers (286 Hours)
This sandbox game gets attention for how much fun it puts into space exploration. The title is no misnomer as engineering plays a big part in things. Miners and other workers regularly build and take apart spaceships and will explore for more materials. The physics are quite realistic to show the challenges of building things in zero gravity. The 16 hour story mode can expand to over 280 hours and the game has been a hit with its ability to put players into orbit.
12 Crusader Kings II (294 Hours)
This strategy game takes place near the end of the 8th century and the challenge is clear: Pick a single ruler across Europe and take on their life, affairs and lands (and those of their heirs) for the next 800 years. Unlike other strategy games, this boasts a human element with families and actually caring for the fates of the people. The interpersonal relationships play a huge part in how things work just as they do in real life. That means the already-whopping 65 hour story mode can be expanded to nearly 300 hours which is a true crusade.
11 The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth (298 Hours)
This very bizarre game gets attention just for its wild storyline. It’s based on the Biblical story of a mother convinced she’s hearing God tell her to sacrifice her child. Isaac then has to go through a mix of puzzles and dungeon crawling to escape. The storyline is short, just four hours but it’s the gameplay that makes it longer. The combat has the nutty concept of Isaac using his tears against monsters and collecting their fallen energy to power his escape. It may not be a story to pull folks in but it does boast nearly 300 hours of play.
10 RimWorld (298 Hours)
This unique sim has the plotline of a spaceship crashing on a remote planet. The player can pick one of several survivors, each with their own unique personality and abilities and craft them to try and build a new colony. There’s the possibility of being a tyrant or a good person and the point is to procure enough resources to finally escape the planet. The story mode takes 34 hours while the plethora of quests and the ability to take on new characters means just under 300 hours of space sim fun.
9 Killing Floor (304 Hours)
This cooperative first-person shooter follows a familiar story: A military group is dropped into a London overrun by monstrous zombies and have to fight their way through to stop the infection from spreading. The game had additions like “perks” that gave the players a chance to upgrade their skills and weapons as the game progressed. The story mode lasted 18 hours but the various explorations and side quests (along with player vs player mode) can stretch over 300 and thus keep players busy blasting the undead.
8 The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (307 Hours)
This was the game that truly made the Elder Scrolls the franchise it is today. It brought the first-person combat and exploration to the forefront and made the entire game work wonderfully. Its map of almost 62, 000 miles was amazing for its time as were the 750,000 NPC about. There was also the multiple endings depending on which faction the hero helped which made it very replayable. Thanks to various expansions, the game can suck up over 300 hours and still ranks as the second-longest Scrolls game yet.
7 Sid Meier’s Civilization V (324 Hours)
The Civilization games have long been known for their addictive nature. Numerous players talk of how they wanted “just one more turn” and the next thing they knew, it was six hours later. There is a story mode but players generally just enjoy playing as various factions and building up from nothing into an empire. The diplomacy is improved as is the combat features and the idea that the best way to win is to be the first nation to develop space travel. Thus, it’s no wonder it can swallow 325 hours of time to be the best of the series.
6 Has-Been Heroes (327 Hours)
Sold exclusively through Gamestop, this has the fun idea of a group of once-great knights who have fallen in power relegated to protecting two princesses. Naturally, things go crazy and they have to step up for a big quest. The 17 hour story mode has some promise but reviews were rough on it not working as hoped. The chain attacks and combat likewise drew criticism for their repetitive nature. Despite all that, the game does boast a lot of quests that can take 327 hours which is impressive for a mixed bag of a game.
5 Payday 2 (395 Hours)
This popular sequel enhances the great first-person shooter which can have four players working together as a gang of thieves. It’s a great crime drama that can take about 22 hours for the main story missions. The fun is how the players can go from simply knocking off a convenience store to plotting a high-powered heist of a major casino. The action is well done and the city is well designed to ensure plenty of exploration. 400 hours in an FPS may seem a lot but the game makes it worth the pay.
4 Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (400 Hours)
While Oblivion and Skyrim are big, Morrowind remains the largest Elder Scrolls game. This “Game of the Year” edition brings together the various DLC and other expansion packs into one huge package. The storyline alone can take nearly 50 hours but as Scrolls fans know, that’s just the start. There’s scores of places to explore, sidequests to take and other adventures to endure amid the action. It all adds up to the stunning experience of one of the greatest RPGs ever created that can suck fans in amazingly well.
3 Kerbal Space Program (413 Hours)
It may look like it’s aimed at kids with its goofy characters. However, this game has been praised for its very realistic take on the difficulties of creating a space program. The story mode alone can take 117 hours but that’s just the start. The amazingly well-done physics engine allows for great space adventures and building a program up. Even NASA has been using it as a tool to help win folks over. Thus, for 400 hours, gamers can enjoy being as close to the space program as possible.
2 Hearts of Iron IV (423 Hours)
The latest in the popular WWII strategy games, the storyline for this is pretty big, taking 44 hours. It has the fun idea of taking control of any nation from 1936 and be able to build them into a far greater powerhouse than they were in reality. Aside from the usual building of armies, there’s also a “diplomatic” function where players can approach other nations for pacts and treaties which can actually gain them more land than just pure conquest. The various ideologies involved also had fun so it’s no wonder fans can spend over 400 hours playing and crafting their own version of WWII.
1 Gwent The Witcher Card Game (472 Hours)
The Witcher games are well known for their huge depth and taking dozens of hours to complete. But some may not be aware that the longest of the bunch is a card game. It does have a story mode which can be completed in under four hours involving pitting various factions of this world against one another. For the competitions (which many Witcher fans are), it would take 472 hours to get through all the various tricks and turns and shows how any game involving this amazing fantasy world can suck folks in for hundreds of hours.