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These 25 absorbing PC games will take days off your life

These magnificent games required that you play them for many days and not just hours. Your tenacity will be well-rewarded.

Many games today are designed to be played in short bursts. They’re meant for people with limited time and too many distractions. That’s okay! It’s a great way to spend time, blasting through some Rocket Leaguematches or Valorant.

Sometimes, however, you need something more. These 20 amazing games are perfect for anyone looking to entertain themselves during a long time at home, or to simply enjoy a complex and satisfying experience. These are the best long-running PC games you can play. Even better, they can be streamed using GeForceNow or Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming. No GPU is required.

The best long-running PC games

Age of Empires IV

Microsoft

Age of Empires II is still a standard in real-time strategy gaming. But that’s just one way to scratch the AoEitch. Age of Empires IV stays true (almost tootrue at times) to its original formula. It offers four campaigns with branching landmark choices that will change the direction of your empire. There are eight empires you can play in multiplayer battles and skirmishes. Every civilization has its unique advantages and quirks. You can win the game in many different ways.

Although it’s not as deep as AoE 2 yet, that game has been around for more than 20 years. Age of Empires IV is still fun and rich. It’s also a solid foundation for future updates. You can get it “free” with a monthly Xbox Games Pass subscription , the best deal in PC gaming.

Forza Horizon 5

Microsoft

Forza remains the most pure arcade racer, while Forza H5 is the perfect open-world adventure series. It’s never boring to chase down hidden vehicles in Mexico barns, especially with new races and goodies around every corner. You can easily change the car class to alter the feeling of any race. You’ll enjoy cruising down the streets and collecting all 500 cars if you are a completeist looking to check off every box.

Age of Empires IV is also available on Steam. However, it’s also part of a $10 per-month Xbox Games Pass for Windows.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

It took a very long while to remake one of the most loved JRPGs ever. And it could have been very difficult. But this re-imagining Final Fantasy VII does almost everything right. This is not a true remaster that only has the assets re-rezzed over the original. It literally tells the story of Cloud, Aerith and Sephiroth in broad strokes, while also going deeper than the original. It’s not only the story that has been changed. Combat now uses team-based combat, which feels both fast and fluid in pleasing ways. Although the PC port Final Fantasy VII Intergrade may be a bit lacking, it’s well worth the effort if you are a fan and want to delve back into the original.

Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood is the spiritual successor of the Left 4 Dead series. It was developed by L4D developers Turtle Rock and offers a long campaign with high replayability. A new card system, which mixes up combat encounters for you and your team members, adds to the tried-and true zombie shooting. Although it’s more difficult and requires patience, the rewards for clearing a level are just as great.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

C’mon. This is Mass Effect – and not just the first, but all three of the sci-fi space epics, as well as all DLC expansions and expansions. This more than 100 hours of gameplay. The trilogy is a must-play if you haven’t already. It truly is legendary. Even if you have already battled the reapers, wooed your crewmates, or played the trilogy, the Legendary‘s graphical enhancements, improved technical polish, and rejigged mechanics for ME1 make it worth the effort.

Days gone

Days Gone, an ex-exclusive PlayStation game, made the jump to PC in 2021. This followed in the footsteps of Horizon Zero Dawn. Although this game isn’t as popular as , a large part of it is because of its slow start. Days Go takes many hours to get the game moving, and some people become exhausted in the first act. You’ll still enjoy this gritty, post-apocalypse, open-world zombie game if you keep at it. There are a sick motorcycle, and terrifying hordes that will come at you like an ocean. It currently has a very positive rating on Steam, after thousands of players have reviewed it. You can finish the main story in about 50 hours. How To Beat claims that you can play the game for up to 100 hours if your wandering around and finding all the extras. Days Gone is indeed.

Valheim

Normally, we don’t consider Early Access games on lists like this. The game is a true sensation. It sold over 6,000,000 copies its first month. Hot damn.

Valheim is a cooperative survival RPG in which you, along with up to 10 others, control Vikings in a “procedurally created purgatory.” You fight against nature and monsters and try to establish a foothold on the world through impressive base-building mechanics. You can also play it solo. You will find it satisfying to slowly gain skills and materials in order to explore more of the vast open world. You will be able to pick off the boss of each biome. This will trigger a series of events, such as killing the frost dragon, which will cause mountain drakes to rage and attack your encampments.

Although there are still many areas for improvement, Valheim delivers an incredible experience with a low price of $20. This is a unique social experience. You can even go fishing!

Microsoft Flight Simulator

The series was neglected for many years. Microsoft Flight Simulator2020 was well worth the wait. It’s impressive in scale and scope. You can travel the entire world. The game was launched shortly after a hurricane hit the United States. You could fly in Flight Simulator to the center of the storm, while it battered the coast. It’s rewarding to return to places you have already visited, even though the planes available handle differently. Get out your flight stick and get ready to be entertained for a long time.

Hitman 3

Agent 47’s final chapter, Hitman3, is short in traditional terms. If you are a skilled player, each level can be completed in about an hour. New players will likely complete the campaign in less than a dozen hours.

However, you don’t need to buy Hitman to mainline the campaign.

Hitman 3 is a sequel to Hitman 2 and Hitman 2 (which I recommend you play first). It has a lot of levels that are complex, detailed, and have distinct cause-and effect murder sandboxes. There are seemingly endless ways to neutralize targets. It’s a lot of fun to replay levels of times, not just once but twice. This allows you to discover new areas, try out new disguises and find unusual ways to stealthily murder people in your quest for new high scores. The Hitman Trilogy by IO Interactive has been one the most impressive gaming achievements in recent memory. It is a perfect blend of old-school gameplay and modern-school gameplay, humor and seriousness. You’ll have hours upon hours of laugh-out-loud fun if you put your mind to it. You can play the tutorial level to get a feel of the mechanics.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

The Persona series is more popular in the west. However, the mainline Shin Megami Tensei JRPG series, while very similar, is quite different. The Persona games have a strong focus on the upbeat stories of teenage heroes taking on the world. While the SMT games tend to be darker and more lonely. Shin Megami Tensei III HD Remaster has a party similar to Persona. However, instead of learning a character roster through a scripted story you will be able to recruit demons to fight in the world. They are usually dispensable. It’s best to not get attached to your party members, as SMTIII is notorious for its difficult difficulty. You will frequently die and lose demons. Grindy, turn-based combat is the key to this game. If you make it through Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne you will feel like a god. You’ll be happy to know that you have made it through one the most impressive HD remasters.

Yakuza series

It has been a long wait but finally, the Yakuza games are available on PC.

It is a worthwhile journey. Yakuza alternates between comedy and soap opera with greater grace than any other series. It makes you laugh before it hits you in the stomach. It’s an interesting dichotomy that only gets more fascinating as you get to know Majima and Kazuma Kiryu and the rest Yakuza. Kiryu’s tiny slice of Tokyo has changed over time, making it a unique character. Sometimes Kiryu’s actions can leave scars that the city cannot recover from. It’s an amazing story.

Elite: Dangerous

The elite sequel to the beloved of the Amiga-era, is massive. This huge game takes you to the center of an enormous universe that has more than 400,000,000–yes billion0–individual star system with their own planets and asteroids, players, etc. The game’s connectivity requirement allows for new features to be added constantly. It took approximately 30 hours to travel from the reviewer’s start point to Earth’s Home System.

Elite: A better introduction tutorial would have been a great help. This universe is vast and expansive. It receives regular updates that add in new story and gameplay enhancements. After years of being primarily focused on vehicular gameplay, the game now features foot-based combat with The Odysseyexpansion. Star Citizen, take your pick.

Wasteland 3

Wasteland was our favourite game of 2014. It marked a wonderful return to form for CRPGs. Wasteland3 is better than ever. It has a beautifully designed world, a more simplified gameplay, and a compelling story that will keep you playing. It’s a turn-based tactical game that never feels stale. This is unlike Wasteland II. The game responds to your choices brilliantly. It’s also much more polished.

Is Wasteland3innovative It’s not. It’s a fantastically executed project. This is the Falloutsuccessor Bethesda has never achieved. This post-apocalyptic adventure is worth the effort.

Crusader Kings III

It can be difficult to run a country. Crusader King III is much more user-friendly than its dense, but beloved predecessor. Paradox has also given the game a more friendly feel with a deep tutorial. This friendliness fades when your nephew plots with a group of witches to take your throne. Crusader Kings III is the best grand strategy game yet. It has incredible levels of complexity and flexibility as well as insane political maneuverings.

Crusader Kings II was a cult favorite. Crusader King III took the crown. This can be done in hundreds of hours and you will only scratch the surface.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk2077 was CD Projekt Red’s first Triple-A title after the legendary Witcher3. It became a sensation and then its reputation was tarnished when it launched on the last-gen consoles in a terrible state. It’s still worth checking out on PC. There are bugs. Night City feels alive unlike any other virtual city. It has dense streets and an unparalleled verticality that opens up many paths. There are hidden secrets everywhere. CD Projekt’s writing is still the best in class. The deep character builds give you tremendous flexibility, while missions can often have more than one outcome. A robust photo mode gives you hours of entertainment if that’s your thing.

Cyberpunk 2077 can be completed in about a dozen hours if you only focus on the main quests. But the real depth lies within the many side missions and gigs and exploring every corner of Night City. Enjoy your time, take your time, and remember that the quests are varied and offer many options. You can always jump back in with a completely different playthrough once you’re done.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar’s highly acclaimed, huge open-world Western finally arrived on PCs after a long wait. The Red Dead Redemption 2 on the PC is the best way to play. There are many options and stunning graphics that can bring a GeForce RTX 2080T to its knees if the eyes get too excited.

This is one of the longest games I’ve ever seen, and it’s enriched by all the distractions. The story is more interesting than the simple act of wandering around the vast landscape, hunting animals, purchasing pomade for Arthur Morgan’s mustache and caring for our horse. Rockstar created a living world in this area, and you will want to spend some time there.

Temtem

Pokemon has not had a great PC counterpart despite its popularity. is a homage. I mean that it’s as close as Pokemon could be without being sued. It’s like the Oreos of videogames.

But I don’t complain. Sure, it’s a bit disorienting visiting Professor Konstantinos and picking from three starter Temtems and capturing your first definitely-not-Pidgey in a card instead of a ball. It becomes second nature, though. Temtem improves upon the source material in certain ways, increasing the difficulty and depth of two-on-two battles. It would have been a lot easier, but it is in Early Access. This is the closest Pokemon clone we’ve ever seen on PC.

Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium is like Planescape Torment if Planescape put you in the shoes a drug-addicted cop who has just come off a horrible crash in the middle a murder investigation. Your party consisted of warring voices and emotions shouting at you instead of others. There was no combat.

It’s our most transformative RPG in a while and our best PC game of 2019. It transforms around you. This is due to the skills and voices you listen to in your head, as well as the wild impulses that are suggested by those whispers. It’s amazing stuff, and we won’t be able to cover it all. Check out our review for more details. It’s more than you could possibly eat, as developers claim the game can last between 60 and 90 hours. And, it just shouts for repeated playthroughs.

Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds is a great choice for deep roleplaying that’s more Fallouty than Disco Elysium has strict CRPG roots. The Fallout New Vegas spiritual successor that you have always longed for. It’s great.

Planet Zoo

Planet Zoo is dangerous. As I was writing this, I thought, “I guess, I’ll go to the Steam Workshop and look at what people are working on.” But then, almost an hour passed as I looked through donation bin covers, custom flower arrangements, and other fences. I saw that someone had made a McDonald’s.

Frontier’s builders have an amazing construction team, both Planet Coaster and Planet Zoo. Planet Zoo is the best place to start if you’re looking for a way to design every detail of an exhibit. You can also watch animals live their daily lives and watch the simulation unfold. It’s great for that, too.

It’s one those games that I hate to quit , and after tonight’s Steam Workshop trip, it seems like it’s time to get back to it.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

A good isometric role playing game can be a great way to get you hooked. This sequel to 2018’s Pathfinder, Kingmaker raises the bar in nearly every respect. The game engine was completely redesigned to address the concerns of the predecessor. Pathfinder. Wrath of the Righteous is now much more accessible than the original. Although the story is not Kingmaker it still follows the Pathfinder tabletop adventure path. Wrath of the Righteous has deep, involved quests and mind-bending combat encounters. There are also plenty of customization options to keep you busy for weeks and months.

Final Fantasy XIV

It’s amazing that we have made it this far. Let’s not forget Final Fantasy XIV was terrible at its initial release. Square Enix put an end to it. Stole it. They rebuilt the game completely from scratch, and then released Final Fantasy XIV : A Realm Reborn.

From humble beginnings, came perhaps the most popular MMO of all time. Perhaps even more. Leif Johnson says, “There is no question that Final Fantasy XIV deserves inclusion in discussions about the best Final Fantasy gaming experiences of all time.” But here’s the catch. To fully enjoy the best parts of Final Fantasy XIV, you’ll need to spend over 100 hours working through six years worth of story and grind. This article is perfect for you, so why wait? Make your own cat-lady now and give it a try.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

The original Divinity was one of the most popular PC games in 2014. This was due to its deep and systematic combat. It felt almost like an isometric CRPG if it had survived the 2000s instead of being wiped out. Original Sin 2 has a better experience and is ranked alongside The Witcher 3 among the top role-playing games of this decade.

Original Sin 2 doubles the XCOM--like mechanics, but the real improvement was in the story. It would be an understatement to say that narrative was an afterthought of the original. Divinity 2 takes it to the next level, weaving in compelling dialogue with Larian’s trademark mechanics-first approach. Your character’s unique traits (race, upbringing, etc.) can alter every quest, dialogue, interaction, and interaction.

The game takes around 80 hours. You can roll your characters, change the characters in your party, and even play it all in four-player coop mode. This game is very replayable. This is how it works!

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky may not be the game that people want it to be, but it’s come a long way since then thanks to a lot of free upgrades. Multiplayer! Crafting is easier! Base building

When we re-evaluated the game, I said, “If your still somehow hoping for that “Wow” moment, exploring the ‘limitless’ universe. No Man’s Sky continues to be the most egregious example of procedural generation’s failures. You keep seeing the same plants, rock formations, et al., and watching the ingredients being combined into new combinations, like a Taco Bell version.

However, No Man’s Sky is much easier to play than it was when it first came out. It’s worth looking at if you are looking for a light-space sim, an Elite Dangerous, or a Star Citizen that allows you to relax and enjoy the outdoors. I’m sure this applies to some of the people reading this.

Witcher 3

The last chapter of Geralt of Rivia’s trilogy of witchers mixes the dark, realistic atmosphere that the series is known for with an open-world reminiscent of Skyrim — but it’s so much more.

I won’t ruin the experience. Wild Hunt received a rare five star review. It also easily won PCWorld’s 2015 game-of-the-year award. This is my personal favorite video game. You can finish it in 60-80 hours if you are rushing. Do you feel more adventurous? Expect to spend up to 200 hours exploring the world and slaying monsters.

XCOM 2

XCOM2 increases tension by putting you on offense. XCOM is now a guerrilla force in a conquered world. Your commandos must lead a group of soldiers who are willing to risk their lives in order to defeat the threat. This is no joke. If one commando dies under your control, he takes his valuable experience with him. You may find your squad filled with rookies and not seasoned veterans, which could force you to restart the game.

XCOM2‘s turn-based tactical combat is difficult. Both maps and enemies are randomly generated for each battle. However, the game allows you to plan your moves well in advance. The strategic phase is where you manage finances, expand XCOM’s influence and research new alien tech, et al.. It is important to strike the aliens where they hurt while also avoiding their counterattacks. You must also manage scarce resources. It’s excellent.

You can replay the game almost endlessly, but if it gets boring, you have two more modes that turn XCOM 2 into completely new games. War of the Chosen, an official Firaxis expansion, adds tons of new enemies, storylines and weapons. The sublime Long War 2 total mod mod greatly extends the game’s duration and increases the importance of the strategic maps and resource planning. Both are excellent.

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