1. Fallout 3
Fallout 3 is arguably the most successful game in the Fallout franchise and for good reason. The main storyline only plays a small part in the gameplay (roughly 6-10 hours or so) however the sheer volume of other quest lines to follow, the hundreds of NPC’s you’ll meet and the vast size of the open-world will have you exploring for hundreds of hours. Alongside the plethora of quests you can also try to locate all the unique ‘Bobble heads’ and the rare weapons to squeeze out some extra hours.
If all that isn’t enough then trophy hunters will be pleased to hear that to max out the Gamerscore/Trophies for Fallout 3 you’re required to reach the maximum level of 30, 3 separate times on each of the different karma levels. Even then it’s not finished, as accompanying the main game are five downloadable content (DLC) expansions to the game. They work to extend the main storyline and level cap, open up an entire new map and deliver extra weaponry and armor. With all the DLC installed it could probably take weeks to fully complete, if you pick this game up be prepared to say some fond farewells to your social life.
This game has taken the world by storm; originally a simple block placing game where you build structures to defend yourself from nocturnal monsters, Minecraft has grown into so much more. It began as only available for PC but it now reaches users on Mac and Xbox 360, bringing thousands of minds together to create some truly unique and innovative structures. It’s this creativity that’s where you’ll lose the hours playing this one. 100 hours will seem like a second during the reconstruction of the Minecraft Death Star or BeetleJuice rollercoaster ride (YouTube them, seriously) and any other thing you could imagine. Think Lego only cheaper, with monsters and less damaging to your feet.
Pokémon is (or should be) a key member of any and every gamer’s collection, having been around for many generations the games have touched millions of lives. As it happens they’re also great time consumers. The main story of the game can take literal days to complete, whilst training and collecting every little pocket monster will take a fair few weeks. Earlier games such as Red and Blue are limited to the 151 original Pokémon but if we travel forward in time to Pokémon X and Y you’ll probably be looking at nearer 800 that’ll require collecting and then training to level 100. All that catching, training, exploring of expansive regions and battling will easily rack up your game time to the 100 hour mark and most likely way beyond.
Now hang on, stick with us on this one. It’s sadly common knowledge that the more recent installments in the Call of Duty (COD) franchise are more of an excuse to print money than an excellent progression in the FPS genre. Although the campaigns are generally lackluster and short lived, days upon days of gaming can be clocked up the black hole that is COD Multiplayer. Level up, unlock new weapons and attachments, level up some more and gain more. It’s basic, simple and crazily addictive and will easily eat away the days. When you max out the levels and think you’ve conquered the game you can then prestige, basically resetting everything back to 0. You’re able to prestige a whopping ten times meaning you’ll be playing until they release another COD for you to master.
If Fallout 3’s post apocalyptic exploration isn’t your cup of tea then you might prefer its fantasy universe brother, Skyrim. This is the fifth installment in the hugely popular Elder Scrolls series, bringing danger, dragons and destiny to the franchise. You follow the trials and tribulations of The Dragonborn, an unlikely hero who can speak the old language of the dragons. Along the way you’ll fulfill more quests than you can shake a stick at, the metaphorical stick can also be used to defend yourself against the native creature you’ll come across whilst exploring the visually stunning array of environments. In total you’ll be easily spending 40-60 hours in Skyrim, a figure only increased when you add the available DLC and their extensive quest lines. In a recent update to the game you can also reset maxed skills (similar to prestige mode in COD) to 0, thus removing the previous level cap and making the game playable for as long as you can stomach it.
What’s the most recent game to have claimed 100 hours of your life? Any games you’re aiming to hit the 100-hour mark in? Let us know in the comment section below!