Twitter users may have recently noticed an ongoing debate about appropriate game length. Final Fantasy VII Remastered has caught flack from some fans since it is “only” about thirty-seven hours long (close to the length of the original game). People are sensitive to the length, however, because the remake only covers Cloud’s adventures in Midgar, which is barely a sixth of the overall story, implying that we may see the narrative broken up into several different games before finally completing. Compared to other RPGs like Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition and Persona 5 Royal, each of which offer over 100 hours of content, Final Fantasy VII Remastered might somehow seem a little light. However, looking at other classics, including almost the entire Final Fantasy series and Chrono Trigger, it’s safely at or above the length of many heavyweights in the genre. Plus, compare it to many action games – Final Fantasy VII Remastered dwarfs the eight hour standard for linear titles. Where do you stand on all of this? What is your ideal length for a game?
For me, it depends widely on genre, but a solid ten to twenty hours is great and works best for my schedule. It’s enough time to build a compelling world and story, and I can actually beat it in a reasonable number of days while staying on top of law school. There are exceptions, though – my three favorite games are Persona 4 Golden, Persona 5, and Red Dead Redemption 2, all of which I spent over sixty hours on. When I get sucked in, I get sucked in.
What do you think is the ideal length for a game? Long? Short? Does it vary by genre? Let us know in the comments!