Considering how often video-game marketing proudly touts more than 100 hours of gameplay content, it’s understandable if certain would-be gamers assume they don’t have time to pick up a controller.
With the pandemic keeping everyone at home, now is the time to start ticking off your list of unplayed games.
Thankfully Liberty Games, the UK’s largest games room retailer, has revealed the video games that will take the shortest amount of time to finish, so you can have the satisfaction of finishing a mammoth task.
Using data from a Ranker seed list, and HowLongToBeat.com, the company was able to find the number of days it would take to beat the top 20 most popular games.
The quickest game to complete
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII takes the shortest amount of time to complete, taking a total of 14 hours and 48 minutes – or just over half (0.6) of a day.
In second and third place are Call of Duty: Black Ops and Human: Fall Flat, taking 16 hours and 55 minutes, and 20 hours and 53 minutes to complete respectively.
Five different Call of Duty games features in the top 20 for the quickest video games to complete, making it a must-have game for the month-long lockdown.
Other notable games on the list were action/platformer boss rush game, Cuphead, which would take you 22 hours 57 minutes – or almost a full day (0.9) to complete.
While Insomniac’s PlayStation 4 action-adventure game Spider-Man would take roughly 33 hours 32 minutes or just under a day and a half (1.3) to finish.
The most difficult games to play
If you’re wanting to entertain yourself for a little longer this lockdown, then why not try to complete the games with the highest difficulty rating?
Studio MDHR’s Cuphead is revealed to be the most difficult game to play, with a difficulty score of 4.25 out of 5.
The action game is then followed by Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege with a score of 3.77 out of 5, taking 36 hours and 21 minutes to complete.
The third most difficult game to play is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild with a difficulty score of 3.45 out of 5.
In contrast, the easiest game to play during lockdown is Roblox, with a difficulty rating of 2.53 out of 5.
The multiplayer game will also keep you occupied during lockdown, as it takes 30 hours and 21 minutes, or 1.2 days, to complete.
The longest game to complete
Fortnite takes a staggering 237 hours and 8 minutes, or 9.8 days of non-stop playing, to complete.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is second, taking a total of 187 hours and 31 minutes, or 7.8 days to complete, and Red Dead Redemption II is third, taking one week to finish.
If you’re looking to play a substantial game with ease, from the top 10 games that take the longest to complete, Forza Horizon 4 has the easiest difficulty rating of 2,71.
The racing game takes a total of 106 hours and 19 minutes, or 4.4 days to complete.
Retro arcade games
In comparison to modern-day video games, the average game of Pac-Man takes around 51 minutes to complete the main story, or around 18 hours and 30 minutes for the whole game at one’s leisure.
The record for completing a perfect game of Pac-Man on an arcade machine is 3 hours and 33 minutes – an impressive 4.5 times quicker than the shortest video game.
Commenting on the research, Stuart Kerr, Technical Director at Liberty Games ( https://www.libertygames.co.uk/blog/most-popular-video-games/ ) says:
“With the nation back in lockdown once again, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the busy months we’ve had, and focus on time to relax.
“We were keeping ourselves busy during the first lockdown with different hobbies and tasks, and so now is a great time to focus on yourself and do what you enjoy.
“Playing video games has proven to reduce stress levels, and we can certainly do with that in these trying times.”