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#1 Posted by sofakng (25 posts) -

 Like most people, I don't have a ton of time and while I really love RPGs I don't have enough time to invest 30-40 hours into a single game. Besides that, I usually lose interest after playing a game for 10-15 hours.

So... what are some of the best games under 10 hours? (any system, preferably recent)

For example, I've just beaten Modern Warfare 2 (single-player) and it lasted around six hours and it was amazing. I've also heard that a bunch of PSP/DS/GBA games are really fun (Mario RPGs) and are short. Unfortunately (fortunately?) I don't take a train or bus to work so I really could only play the PSP/DS/GBA at home.

Also, I'm not really interested in "casual" puzzle games or whatever. 

#2 Edited by Emandudeguyperson (2501 posts) -

Metal Slug 1-6, even the Anthology, but you will go back to it, trust me. 
Also, your username is missing an "I" in between "K" and "N" I believe.

#3 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4712 posts) -

Brutal legend is fairly good and about five hours.
#4 Posted by The_Dude (799 posts) -

I might get hated for this, but I actually enjoyed the "Lost" game, it was pretty short and you can get it for stupid cheap.

#5 Posted by BobbyStrong (15 posts) -

Wipeout HD on PSN is great if you're really pressed for time.  2-10 minutes of Wipeout HD is so fun and action-packed it feels like 30 minutes of another game.
The same goes for the PSP versions, Pure and Pulse, but if you're not going to be mobile, HD is the way to go.

#6 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare   
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2  
Medal of Honor: Airborne 
Bionic Commando  

#7 Posted by mracoon (4990 posts) -

Portal is a great short game.

#8 Posted by Slippy (735 posts) -

The majority of games this gen barely crack 7 hours, so take your pick.
#9 Posted by AgentofChaos (1565 posts) -
@Emandudeguyperson: Metal Slug is amazing, good call.
#10 Posted by Nasar7 (2862 posts) -

Any of the GBA/DS Castlevanias.

#11 Posted by Progman9000 (258 posts) -
@mracoon said:
" Portal is a great short game. "
Possibly one of the greatest short games.
#12 Posted by zombie2011 (5096 posts) -

Gears of War 1 and 2 

#13 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3720 posts) -

Persona 3 and 4.

#14 Posted by guiseppe (2844 posts) -

Portal, I'd say.

#15 Posted by Video_Game_King (36271 posts) -

Panzer Dragoon Saga, Conker's Bad Fur Day, BioShock, etc.

#16 Posted by MKHavoc (1307 posts) -

Stranglehold wasn't bad and I remember finishing it in a single day.

#17 Posted by Buscemi (1106 posts) -

The Knytt-games are crazy short. Like just a little over an hour. And they're free too.

#18 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -


#19 Posted by Dalai (7092 posts) -
@JeffGoldblum said:
" Persona 3 and 4. "
And maybe throw in some Oblivion for variety.
#20 Posted by AlexB (1023 posts) -

God of War 1 and 2 come to mind

#21 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3720 posts) -
@Dalai said:
" @JeffGoldblum said:
" Persona 3 and 4. "
And maybe throw in some Oblivion for variety. "
That or any of the Final Fantasy games, preferably the IV remake for the DS.
#22 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -

Castle Crashers

#23 Posted by OhdK (203 posts) -


#24 Posted by Bigandtasty (3204 posts) -

Shadow Complex, Dead Space (it might take 10-12 hours if you go slowly; took me 8 hours), what the above dudes said.

#25 Posted by Toxin066 (3338 posts) -
#26 Posted by pause422 (6259 posts) -

Uncharted 2. I beat it in under 10 hours...by far the best single player game this year to me. Followed closely by Arkham Asylum and inFamous.

#27 Posted by rjayb89 (7730 posts) -

Heavenly Sword.

#28 Posted by Emandudeguyperson (2501 posts) -
@MKHavoc: Oooh that's a good one.
#29 Posted by TobyD81 (1235 posts) -

Portal. It's cheap, too!

#30 Posted by imhuntad (310 posts) -

Any call of duty game.

#31 Posted by Emandudeguyperson (2501 posts) -
@imhuntad said:
" Any call of duty game. "
COD 2 begs to differ.
#32 Posted by DBrim (125 posts) -

Another for Portal. 
I'll throw World of Goo out there, too.  Got that a few weeks ago and I'm finally playing through it.  I'm enjoying it quite a bit so far.

#33 Posted by Khann (2916 posts) -

Beyond Good & Evil

#34 Posted by cdstacker (89 posts) -

gravitybone, less than half an hour to beat and free.

#35 Posted by Bubahula (2197 posts) -

one more portal vote. also shadow complex.
#36 Edited by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

'Splosion man. To 'splode is to love.
Also, Portal if you're one misguided few who haven't played it.

#37 Posted by Adamantium (885 posts) -

MGS4, clocks in at 5 hours for the Big Boss title, about twice that if you're just playing for some fun.

#38 Posted by ThatFrood (3418 posts) -

A rousing game of monopoly or perhaps some settlers of catan shouldn't take more than two hours.
#39 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6506 posts) -

Because I'm bored, I'll bite.  One for each system I've owned or played, and a few PC games spanning the last 20 years or so.
Arcade - Simpsons Arcade 
Nintendo - Super Mario Bros 3 
Genesis - Sonic 2 
Super Nintendo - Super Street Fighter 2 
Playstation - Twisted Metal 2 
Nintendo 64 - Mario Kart 64 
Playstation 2 - God of War 
Xbox - Pirates! 
Gamecube - Super Smash Bros. Brawl 
PS3 - Shatter 
Xbox 360 - Halo 3 
Wii - Boom Blox 
PC - Quest for Glory series (early 90's) 
         Full Throttle (mid 90's) 
         The Sims (late 90's) 
         No One Lives Forever (early 2000's) 
         Portal (late 2000's) 
DS - New Super Mario Bros. 
PSP - Tekken 5
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#40 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6407 posts) -

Okay, Im going to say it ....
Wanted Weapons of Fate. I can tolerate repetition for some reason 
#41 Posted by Video_Game_King (36271 posts) -
@Sparky_Buzzsaw said:
Gamecube - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
....Random facepalm pics would not do this justice. Not even the collage types.
#42 Posted by roach (107 posts) -

Call of duty 4 is one of the best examples of a great, but short game. Also it sucks you in and you CAN'T STOP PLAYING! Seriously, I beat it in one sitting on multiple occasions. Portal is great as well, but it doesn't (at least for me) have the same suck you in factor like, say, Cod 4. But, if you played Portal cos you bought The Orange Box, there's always Half Life 2 Episode 2 there. It's an awesome action game that'll keep you on your toes the whole time (which will take 4-6 hours, depending on skill).

#43 Posted by spankingaddict (2746 posts) -

Braid and World of Goo are amazing short and cheap games...

#44 Posted by DewRequired (122 posts) -

Mirror's Edge was right around 10 hours I think, maybe a little less. Great game either way. Braid and Portal are both fantastic arcade games too.

#45 Posted by Meteora (5789 posts) -

Modern Warfare 2 and Portal.

#46 Posted by Whisperkill (2969 posts) -

Mirror's Edge
#47 Posted by Seedofpower (3951 posts) -
@mracoon said:
" Portal is a great short game. "
The best.
#48 Posted by fuzzyponken (694 posts) -
@DewRequired said:
" Mirror's Edge was right around 10 hours I think, maybe a little less. Great game either way. Braid and Portal are both fantastic arcade games too. "
Wow, 10 hours? It took me like 4-5 to finish. 
#49 Posted by DewRequired (122 posts) -
@fuzzyponken said:
" @DewRequired said:
" Mirror's Edge was right around 10 hours I think, maybe a little less. Great game either way. Braid and Portal are both fantastic arcade games too. "
Wow, 10 hours? It took me like 4-5 to finish.  "
I just remember finishing it within a day or two of getting it, and spending close to 45 minutes on one mission towards the end of the game trying to finish it without using a gun. Time gets a little blurred at that point... could've very possibly been closer to 5 hours. lol
#50 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -

Resident Evil 5, Portal (as everyone mentioned, as it's great and short), Bioshock maybe.