Flamebait Friday Debate – Was God of War 3 Too Short?

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[Update: As has been pointed out the headline didn’t make sense and that is entirely my (Gavin) fault, the original headline was asking whether Uncharted 2 was to long which then changed to God of War 3 being to short and I felt Uncharted 2 was a better headline… but left the too short part. Idiot…  So it’s back to God of War 3. The article should make more sense now]

The topic of game length has been popping up a lot lately, and it’s about time that we sorted this out once and for all. So let’s get our debate hats on.

People always consider a 5-6 hour game to be too short, with the general unspoken rule being that a games campaign should at least be somewhere around the 10-12 hour mark. Times are changing though, and game campaigns are getting shorter and shorter. At the same time, we still have releases like Fallout: New Vegas and Red Dead Redemption offering hours and hours of game time, at the expense of a lot of traveling / fillers / mini-games and so on.

People still tend to see 60 hours of aimless wandering as way more value than 6 hours of direct, focused gameplay and storytelling. We are forking out a LOT of money for games these days…

So speak up, let’s hear it.

Last Updated: November 5, 2010

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