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

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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