13 of the Longest Games to Play While You’re Stuck at Home

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So, chances are, thanks to the coronavirus, you’re stuck indoors. How should you waste away the time, you’re probably wondering. Well, how about by playing some video games?

There are, of course, thousands of video games available across all the current formats. If you want some titles to really sink your teeth into though, there are many that fit the bill. On this page you’ll find 13 of the biggest games we can think of, available across PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and even Stadia. That’s right: you don’t even need to own a console to enjoy some of these.

So, if you want to to occupy yourself with something that will take up 100 hours or so of your time, play one of these games. They’re all great, and many of them are cheap now, too. Some of them are even included in services such as Xbox Game Pass or PS Now, which you might already be paying for.

1The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch & PC

If you haven’t played The Witcher 3 yet, what is wrong with you? But also, now is the perfect time. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is simply epic – an open world action RPG that is truly gargantuan in size. What’s really impressive about it is that even its side content is engrossing. And if you want to spend even more hours with the game a couple of expansions are available that are definitely worth checking out. In fact, if you pick up the Complete Edition of the game, they’re already included. Honestly, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the perfect game to play right now.

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2Nioh 2

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Available on: PS4

Nioh 2 isn’t for those who shirk away from a challenge. Those who like their skills to be tested, however, will be in their element with it. With a lengthy campaign and lots of side missions, Nioh 2 is a game that can eat up a hundred hours or more of your time, especially if you find yourself dying quite often. Its combat is tense and exhilarating, keeping you glued to your screen, and did we mention there’s a loot system? Yeah, there’s a loot system, so you’ll do doubt spend countless hours just trying to loot or craft the perfect gear. If you haven’t got a PS4, the original Nioh is also great and is also massive. That’s available on both PS4 and PC.

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3The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch & PC

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the biggest games ever made. It’s also one of the best. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like an adventurer trapped in a fantasy world, Skyrim is the game for you. You can explore, take on quests, be a hero, or just dick around like a fool. It truly is up to you. Just hope that you don’t run into a dragon, because they’re tough, just you’d expect them to be. Whatever you decide to do, you will find yourself immersed, and the hours will just fly by.

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4Persona 5

Available on: PS4

JRPGs tend to be long, but Persona 5 is possibly the longest we’ve ever played. It’s a good job it’s good, eh? Jump into Persona 5 and by day you can partake in school life. At night, however, you’ll be exploring the supernatural ‘metaverse’, delivering justice to those who deserve it and giving hope to the downtrodden. While Persona 5‘s gameplay is enough reason to play the game, it’s the story that will have you hooked. And if you wait until the end of the month Persona 5 Royal will be available – an updated version of the game that’s pretty much better in every way.

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5Diablo 3

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Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch & PC

Diablo III might not appeal to everyone, but to those people: we challenge you. What’s not to like about being a fearsome warrior, smashing your way through hundreds upon hundreds of demons? Throw into the mix endless loot, treasure goblins to chase down, so many armour and weapon upgrades, and you’ve got one of the most addictive gameplay loops known to mankind. It only takes around 10-12 hours to run through Diablo III’s story, but that’s when the game truly begins. With endless dungeons and rifts to make your way through, you’ll have sunk hundreds of hours into Diablo III before you know it.

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6Borderlands 2

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Available on: PS4, Xbox One & PC

We could have chosen any Borderlands game, but Borderlands 2 will forever have a special place in our heart. And with its huge suite of (excellent) DLC, it’s still probably the longest game of the series. If you want to see and do everything that Borderlands 2 has to offer, you’ll be looking at at least 80+ hours. But in reality it’ll be a lot more than that once you fall into the loop of hunting for better loot. Borderlands 2’s zany and colourful first-person shooter action is pretty much what we all need right now to forget the real world.


7Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Stadia & PC

If you go straight through Red Dead Redemption 2‘s story without engaging in hardly any side content, it’ll take you about 50 hours. But you shouldn’t do that, you should take your time. Why? Because the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is absolutely beautiful. There’s so much to see and do, and if you just run through the story as fast as possible you’ll probably miss a lot of it. Although you will be tempted, because Arthur’s story is edge-of-the-seat stuff; you’ll want to see what happens to him next. The good news is you don’t even need a console to play Red Dead Redemption 2, either. Pick it up via Stadia and all you pretty much need is a decent internet connection.

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8Forza Horizon 4

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Available on: Xbox One & PC

Ah, driving through the great outdoors. It’s but a distant memory right now, but Forza Horizon 4 is here for you. Playground Games’ epic open world driving game is set in a reimagined Great Britain, allowing you to drive freely and take part in events all across the country, from the sleepy lanes of the Lake District to the busy streets of Edinburgh. Actually, with no people around it’s rather realistic; just imagine everyone’s on lockdown in the game too. But Forza Horizon 4’s real draw is its absolutely mammoth selection of races and events; it’ll keep you busy for weeks. On top of that is a huge collection of cars to unlock, online play to take part in, and some excellent DLC packs. There’s enough to keep you entertained throughout the lockdown and beyond.

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9Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Stadia & PC

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey doesn’t feel like an Assassin’s Creed game all that much. However, that doesn’t stop it from being highly entertaining and hugely engrossing. In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey you’re given a huge world to explore. Following the main story to completion will take tens of hours, but there’s so much worthwhile side content that you’re liable to get distracted frequently. There’s also a large amount of DLC for the game, adding yet more meat to the narrative. It’s all rather fantastical, too, making it captivating. Not only is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey one of the longest games available, it’s also one of the best.

10Monster Hunter World

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Available on: PS4, Xbox One & PC

Just because you can’t go outside, it doesn’t mean you can’t play with your friends online. Monster Hunter World is a great game for that. Alone or with friends you can explore a new world and mercilessly slaughter its wildlife. Although don’t feel too bad about it, as most of it is huge and terribly vicious. The basic version of Monster Hunter World is huge, taking 50 hours plus of your time to beat. There’s now also the Iceborn expansion, however, which drastically extends the playtime and adds new endgame content. Needless to say, you could easily find yourself spending a couple of hundred of hours playing Monster Hinter World.

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11The Sims 4

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Available on: PS4, Xbox One & PC

How long is The Sims 4? Well, how long is a piece of string? The Sims 4 keeps going, as long as you want to keep playing, basically. You’ll create a Sim – or a family of Sims – and guide them through their lives. Get an expansion pack or two and you can accompany them to work, experience life in a city, or relive your university days. While you’re stuck indoors, you can live vicariously through your Sim, who’s currently carelessly gathering in the park with all her friends. But it’s cool, there’s no coronavirus in Sims world.

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12Grand Theft Auto V

Available on: PS4, Xbox One & PC

Chances are you’ve probably played Grand Theft Auto V by now. It has been seven years since its release. If you have: simply play it again. Or jump into some online play in GTA Online. If you haven’t though, Grand Theft Auto V remains one of the biggest and most expansive open world games out there. If you’re not making your way through the mammoth campaign, telling the story of three very different protagonists, you can simply hang around Los Santos, enjoying an array of outdoor activities that are currently a mere pipe dream in the real world. Go see a film, visit the seaside funfair, play a round of golf or enjoy a spot of skydiving – the sky is quite literally the limit.

13The Division 2

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Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Stadia & PC

The subject matter of The Division 2 might be a little close to home right now – a virus that’s wiped out most of the population? Yikes. But despite the worrying similarities between a fictional video game world and our actual planet right now, The Division 2 offers a hell of a lot of gameplay for those of us stuck inside our homes. Its campaign is huge, seeing you take control of a Division agent who has been deployed to keep as much order as possible in the city of Washington DC. The city’s a shell of what it used to be, but among its wreckage you’ll find dozens of missions to take part in, side stories, enemies to kill and civilians to save. Add in online play, an engrossing loot system and more, and you’ve got a game that’ll keep you occupied for at least 100 hours.

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