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#1 Posted by Porcelain_Snake (193 posts) -

i was thinking about loading times and games and im curious as to what game has the longest. so in this topic we'll all list what we feel is the longest loading time in a game. 
some rules: 
1. no pc titles, thats depending on hardware, so consoles only. 
 2. installation time doesnt count, so this doesnt turn into a ps3 hate thread.  

with that in place im gonna say resident evil outbreak. i only played offline but it seemed to take almost 15 seconds just to open a door. made backtracking absolute torture.
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#2 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6805 posts) -

One that stands out to me is Far Cry 2, it had really bad loading times.

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#3 Posted by AgentofChaos (1575 posts) -

Stuntman for the PS2 was ridiculous.

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#4 Edited by monetarydread (2838 posts) -

Smackdown 2, Legacy of Kain are a couple I can think of off the top of my head, but all PS1 titles were horrible. OOh... Soldier of Fortune for the Dreamcast had load times that lasted minutes at times.

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#5 Posted by Tonylope (212 posts) -

Jade Empire, it usually took a minute on every loading screen even in tiny areas. It was just so tedious...

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#6 Posted by SoftButtCheeks (142 posts) -

Smackdown vs Raw 2006 on the psp. I believe its a minute 30 wait for 1 match with created wrestlers.
 
Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex for the ps2. I recall playing bop-it while it loaded.

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#7 Posted by spaceturtle (1660 posts) -

I know you said no PC titles, but STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl and Clear Sky both have TERRIBLE loading times no matter what hardware you got. Even with the latest of PC hardware that loading screen would take you a good ten minutes to load. So I think this qualifies.  :P

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#8 Posted by Vision (794 posts) -
@SPACETURTLE:  And that is why PC games are not included in this thread. 
 
I am running it on just about 2 year old hardware and loading times are at twenty seconds max.
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#9 Posted by Meteora (5844 posts) -

I don't know about consoles, but the I think I recalled the Sims 2 always have and will have had bad loading times; especially if you have a large chunk of expansion installed. Apparently the game doesn't utilize duo CPU cores or something.

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#10 Posted by Noodlearms (611 posts) -
@SPACETURTLE said:
"I know you said no PC titles, but STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl and Clear Sky both have TERRIBLE loading times no matter what hardware you got. Even with the latest of PC hardware that loading screen would take you a good ten minutes to load. So I think this qualifies.  :P "

Ten minutes? I don't think I've ever waited more than maybe a minute or two in either of those games.
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#11 Posted by Bucketdeth (8252 posts) -

I remember when my 360 was dying, Oblivion took several minutes to load.

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#12 Posted by CannonGoose (405 posts) -

Oh man, Oblivion on the 360 was horrible with the load times!

In the STALKER games if you disable prefetching it makes all the loading quicker and gives you less stuttery gameplay.

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#13 Posted by Tasus (547 posts) -

The Mass Effect games has some pretty long loading times.

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#14 Posted by Catarrhal (877 posts) -

I've heard about Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) for the XBOX 360; I haven't played it, but I've seen this video, and it's difficult to imagine worse load times than that. The video in question consists of approximately twenty seconds of game play interspersed between a cumulative four minutes of loading time. That's an incredible ratio!

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#15 Posted by Porcelain_Snake (193 posts) -

@Catarrhal said:

"I've heard about Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) for the XBOX 360; I haven't played it, but I've seen this video, and it's difficult to imagine worse load times than that. The video in question consists of approximately twenty seconds of game play interspersed between a cumulative four minutes of loading time. That's an incredible ratio! "


 

sweet. jesus.
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#16 Posted by ZanzibarBreeze (3219 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid 4, in between areas. Sometimes an area would take a minute (like on Drebin's truck, for example) to clear and the loading would take another minute. And then you have to press start to continue. Cool.
 
@Porcelain_Snake said:

"2. installation time doesnt count, so this doesnt turn into a ps3 hate thread."
Oh, and the install times. :)

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#17 Posted by eldiax (648 posts) -

It's a PC title, but the loading was extremely slow with any kind of hardware - The Witcher (before the enhanced edition and the patches).

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#18 Posted by Shirogane (3641 posts) -

Mana Khemia on PSP was really bad, mainly cause it did it constantly. Also, it lagged as well, for no particular reason. 
If you mean each loading screen being really long then...nothing comes to mind that's not on PC.
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#19 Edited by spaceturtle (1660 posts) -
@Vision: 
Are you seriously saying you load up Shadows of Chernobyl and Clear Sky in 20 seconds?? If that is in fact what you are actually saying, you are either crazy or you are lying your brains out. When I say it takes about ten minutes to load up those games I might be exaggerating quite a bit. But it does seriously take three to five minutes to load up even with the latest hardware. Of course, with the better hardware it goes faster, obviously.
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#20 Posted by Bones8677 (3513 posts) -

Heavy Rain gets kind of annoying, probably because they chose to have creepy close ups of the character's faces. Yeah, great idea for a loading screen guys. >.>

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#21 Edited by Vision (794 posts) -
@SPACETURTLE: I won't deny i am a crazy mf'er, i am not a liar though. I can't stand lying. :)
 
loading up the game itself takes longer than 20 seconds of course(it doesn't take more than a minute though) but loading in-game is fine.
 
I might aswell add that i've only played SoC.

EDIT: I just loaded up the game and it didn't take more than 30 seconds.
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#22 Posted by TheGreatGuero (8881 posts) -
@AgentofChaos said:
" Stuntman for the PS2 was ridiculous. "
In it's defense, the long load times whenever you wanted to do a retry would provide you with a good two minutes to wreck havoc and let out your frustration before trying again.
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#23 Posted by spaceturtle (1660 posts) -
@Vision: 
Don't even know why I pointed out the "crazy-stuff". I mean, we are all part of this community arent we? There is no crazier place than GB is all I'm sayin'. Anyways, yeah, when loading up a game was what I was refering to. While the loads in-game arent that bad, like you said. But I personally still think it is a bit too long.
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#24 Posted by CannonGoose (405 posts) -

On my piece of JUNK computer (actually an iMac with a Windows XP partition) STALKER games take about 1-2 minutes to load after choosing my save file. Subsequent loads are usually 20 seconds to a minute long.

Static Lighting probably has something to do with it.

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#25 Edited by Asurastrike (2306 posts) -

Lost Odyssey had ridiculously long load times (15-30 seconds) at the start of every single random encounter.

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#27 Posted by Pazy (2769 posts) -

Smackdown vs Raw 2006 for PSP has terrible loading times, though its a fun game and I still love creating wrestlers and move sets I cant bear to play that game since I once sat for half an hour to try out my new wrestler versus my old wrestler. You cant create the intro sequence either because the loading for the intro sequences can rival the time it takes to load the entire match. And in the "Create A..." modes you can wait a minute (or more) for a piece of clothing or a move to appear.

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#28 Posted by Vision (794 posts) -
@SPACETURTLE:  Oh it is definitely too long compared to other games. I have seen worse though.
 
And yeah you have to be atleast a tad crazy to be a part of this community, the baddest assest of them all. ^^
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#29 Edited by SeriousCat (62 posts) -

 
Extreme Pinball for the PS1

The only thing I can remember about it is how it took forever just to get a table loaded up. Little did I know the company responsible would go on to do games like Gears of War.

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#30 Posted by Castro (942 posts) -
@Pazy:  That's the first thing that came to my mind as well. I haven't played the game myself, but I remember this video circulating around back in the day. It's worth watching all the way through for the music:
 
 
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#31 Posted by FirePrince (1796 posts) -

Turok:The new one. 
That game made a terrible first impression.About 2-3 loading times at  the beggining.All 2-3 minutes.
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#32 Posted by RandomInternetPerson (823 posts) -

Soldier of Fortune for the Dreamcast and Crash Nitro Kart for PS2

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#33 Posted by CL60 (17117 posts) -

Smackdown vs raw 2006.

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#34 Posted by BionicMonster (1046 posts) -

as soon as i saw this thread i was reminded of the horrible load times in Turok:Evolution for the GameCube. I'm pretty sure that some were over a minute long.

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#35 Posted by GeekDown (1180 posts) -

Need For Speed Shift has some pretty long load times. Even if it's installed it takes way too long.

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#36 Posted by danielkempster (2721 posts) -

While I'm sure it doesn't have the longest loading times ever, Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly on PlayStation 2 had serious loading time issues. Typically, you'd have to wait a minute or more for the next world to load. What's more, the loading screen has a loading screen! Admittedly, this is probably the least of that game's problems, but you can't deny that those are some pretty ridiculous load times for what was technically just a shinier version of the PS1 games. 
  

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#37 Edited by Lawrens (678 posts) -

Bayonetta before patch on the PS3, fucking piece of shit. 

I remember PGR4 being pretty slow too on the 360 without installation. Never played this but:

  

  
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#38 Posted by natetodamax (19467 posts) -

It's weird when I start up Oblivion. When I hit Start at the menu, it locks up for almost a minute so it can load all of my saves (almost 500 saves I think) and the DLC.

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#39 Posted by dubios451 (157 posts) -

Morrowind for the xbox, I often took bathroom breaks when I had to fast travel or load.

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#40 Posted by Chyro (356 posts) -
@Castro: 
 
Which brings up a good point.  Why in the hell do they still do that?  Have a screen load just for a press start?  Dude, just go to the main menu.  What is the point of a press start screen?  WHY?!
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#41 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

Pretty much any of the WWE Smackdown games, especially when loading 6-man matches with created wrestlers.
Some of the games took 3-5 minutes to load them up.  Then still had to load inbetween each of the entrances, and then again before the match..
 
And that's what happens when you make a game on the PS3/360 still using an engine created for the PSOne.

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#43 Posted by JJWeatherman (15011 posts) -

I don't know how many people have played the Games On Demand version of Ninja Gaiden Black, but oh my god. It scrolls through a very lengthy intro text two full times and then a bit more before it loads the game. Ridiculous.

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#44 Posted by bonbolapti (1732 posts) -

There's a part of me that feels Afrika is in a constant state of loading.

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#45 Posted by Jadeskye (4392 posts) -

Sonic for the Xbox 360. christ that is insane.

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#46 Posted by Fierrze (202 posts) -

I don't know if saving time count as a load time, but Populous on PS1 the saving took like 20mins and it used all the blocks in a memory card.

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#47 Posted by Metal_Mills (3501 posts) -

 

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#48 Posted by Deadmanforking (587 posts) -

The Naruto PS3 game had pretty long ass load times.

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#49 Posted by weegieanawrench (1965 posts) -

Uncharted 2 sometimes had bad loading times, although that was mostly before you even got into the main menu.

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#50 Posted by J0n3s1 (293 posts) -

Crah Bandicoot the Wrath of Cortex..