For the record, I'd have to say I'm past the point where any game could "own my life" for even a short span of time. I still love to play, but the days of playing four, five, six or more hours…I just can't do it anymore; my eyes won't handle it and in truth, I'm happier with the balance I've got now.

But there was a time, years ago, back in my college days, when one game really was on my thoughts just about every waking hour, and my loyal readers won't be surprised to learn that it was Final Fantasy Tactics . It's just that there was so much to think about, what with all the Job classes and the unlimited number of ways to approach any given battle with any combination of fighters. Plus, the turn-based gameplay had me riveted…so many times I'd sit, stare, my mind a whirl, attempting to settle upon the absolute best course of action. Then there were the times when I just wanted to create the single greatest party ever, which was common for me in those days (I did that in just about any RPG I played).

Perhaps my greatest achievement was playing through the entire game without once losing a battle or letting anyone turn to crystal (you'll know what I'm talking about if you're familiar with the game). That's not as hard as it sounds, though, not if you power-leveled like I did. It was just a challenge at the start, really. 🙂 I also just had to know everything there was to know. For instance, how do you get the Chaos Blade? Or where is the Robe of Lords? And how do you get Cloud? How do you unlock Nelveska Temple? How do you go about getting all the best rare items in the Deep Dungeon? Those types of things.

So what game was it for you?

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godsman
godsman
8 years ago

It was definitely Pokemon for me. I played them numerous times, each spending over 100 hours. It was definitely the most amazing discovery. The new titles are laughable.

MartyRules
MartyRules
8 years ago

I always over look handheld games, but ya, pokemon is too addictive. Should be ruled a drug haha

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

Same here.

MartyRules
MartyRules
8 years ago

Socom back in the ps2 days, played a couple of times till I fell asleep with the controller in hand. Others have been Kingdom Hearts series, Ratchet and Clank, Burnout, Budokai, Midnight Club, Star Wars-Battlefront, there's just so many I enjoyed. Honestly ps2 era was the golden era for me in gaming.

Crazy3001
Crazy3001
8 years ago

Yes, I'll never forget Socom 1 & 2! I had the best time playing those games. The community was just so fun. Everyone played nice and actually communicated strategically. I don't think I'll ever have a gaming experience like that again. (Unless maybe they make a remake… Yeah right) RAHEEELAA!


Last edited by Crazy3001 on 12/20/2012 8:57:36 AM

Siris86
Siris86
8 years ago

When I first got a Playstation (after many years of anticipation), I powered throught FFVII, FFIX, Tactics, and Chrono Cross back to back. It was a blissful 200+ hours…Did you ever get a summoner to learn Zodiac?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

Of course. 🙂

The key is to learn the Knight ability Equip Armor and knock her Faith way down so she can withstand the Zodiac attack and stay alive to learn it.

THEVERDIN
THEVERDIN
8 years ago

Red Dead Redemption had to try to get to 100%

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

Took me like 25 to 30 hours to 100%

VampDeLeon
VampDeLeon
8 years ago

I share in common with you Ben on it being a Final Fantasy title, though mine would have to be Final Fantasy IX. I remember when my mother picked up the game from the rental section in the supermarket home saying "Hey, there's kids in this game, I think you'll like it." While it wasn't my first Final Fantasy game, it was the first that I actually finished (not including the sidequests of course).

The amount of time spent on playing Hot & Cold Chocobo Hunt and learning every character's abilities easily exceeded the main story's game length. Last thing being on how lighthearted the game is, it's very relaxing playing through it from the beginning to end… and coincidentally, I actually am replaying it again. 😛


Last edited by VampDeLeon on 12/20/2012 12:38:55 AM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

Most all FFs occupy a very special place in my heart, and I've done just about everything in all of them. And that includes beating Ozma in FFIX…I was just about to die and in a last second bout of desperation, I chucked a piece of Dark Matter at him…9999 damage…dead. I totally yelped like a little girl. LOL


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 12/20/2012 1:07:57 AM

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
8 years ago

well my days of playing a single game excessively are behind me now but when i was young back in the PS2 era i pretty much only had a few new games a year and had to make do. the ones that stick out most.

well 2003 i pretty much just played 2 games the entire year GTA Vice city and tony hawk 4. i got them both for christmas 2002.

THPS4 was my first hawk game at first i didn't really like it but once i got good at it it was like the greatest thing sense sliced bread. god it was so freakin fun probably the only game i'd say i was truly addicted to in my life seriously it got bad there for awhile. it got to the point where i'd see the guy skating when i closed my eyes.

as for Vice i wouldn't say i was addicted it was just so big and had so much to do that i could keep finding new stuff to do so it was a good bang for your buck kind'a game.

so yea those are 2 i'll never forget.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Easily Anarchy Online. Three years straight where I hardly did anything else in my spare time – and still I have not done all or seen everything in that game. Imagine that.

I've never experienced anything near that in single player games (for obvious reasons, imo) but I really did get totally immersed in Fallout 3. Due to the very open nature of the game there was so much room for actually roleplaying the game, and boy if I did. Long travels cross the map with my trusty dog by my side, scavenging for materials to make weapons, and just totally enjoying myself.


Last edited by Beamboom on 12/20/2012 12:59:38 AM

homura
homura
8 years ago

For me it's Ragnarok Online (the best mmorpg), played it actively for about 3 years or more, 4 hrs and sometimes 12 hrs a day. Those memorable epic guild siege as a Critical Assassin like the time we occupied a guild with only the 4 of us versus 20 or more members of the other guild and after that day they reformatted their guild and changed their name, what a shame, haha. Those party boss hunts. Ah! the memories.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

I could sit at a campfire sharing stories from my days in mmorpgs for hours, I think. There really is nothing like it.

Jalex
Jalex
8 years ago

I've (sort of) had two experiences like that.

The first time was when I initially played 'Metal Gear Solid.' It was during a weekend sleepover at my friend's house. I wasn't allowed to play M-rated games at the time, but I didn't have to watch him play for long to become intrigued. He said he liked it, even though he wasn't very good at it. I eventually took over the reins, starting my own game and spending approximately the next 15 or 16 hours straight playing the game beginning to end. I'd never done that before, and haven't since. I loved it so much that I began saving for a PlayStation 2 so I could play the sequel, and I've loved 'Metal Gear' ever since.
That may not be quite what you're looking for, but I think my next experience definitely is:

'Dragon Warrior VII.' My father actually bought me that game on a whim, thinking it would be my type of game. And boy, was he ever right. I completely lost myself in that. It was one of those games I couldn't wait to get back to, and made it more difficult for me to concentrate on anything else before I reached the end. The experience was actually elongated quite a bit when my sibling decided to erase all my saves on that memory card, forcing me to start all over. After that, I copied all my 'Dragon Warrior VII' save files to a backup card, just in case. And even after I finally completed the game, I honestly wanted to start all over almost immediately. And I did. But being such a long game (I don't know if I've ever heard of anyone completing that game without passing the 100 hour mark), I had it in mind to create two different playstyles:
One taking into account how many bosses there are in the game, and level grinding to the appropriate point before taking on each one so my Hero would hit the level cap by the time I faced the 'post-game' bosses.
The second taking advantage of the class system (which is especially difficult to do if you intend to level grind as I did in my first playthru), mastering each class as soon as Dharma is available.
That was great, and made it easy to play for years….until the PlayStation 3 became my main console and I decided to do all that again for my virtual memory card. Completely worth it too, as that game still holds an incredible amount of appeal to me.

(Wow. I didn't mean to type all that).

telly
telly
8 years ago

I adored MGS when it first came out and did absolutely everything in the game. Got all the endings, got the James Bond tux, got the bandana and then that SICK Predator-style camo, covered every square inch of the map just for the sake of doing it. I would literally run circles around enemies and searchlights with ease, just because I knew I could. I got SUCH a kick out of being unseen and powerful. It's why I still love the series so much, frankly.

Corvo
Corvo
8 years ago

Final Fantasy 12. Yeah not everyone's favorite but the side quests were so much fun. When i found yiazmat i almost crapped myself. I saw those health bars and didn't know where to even begin.

Final Fantasy 10 was something else i played around that time too. Both games were back to back for me and they were always my go to games. X's music and story were my favorite, and 12's side quests kept me playing till i 100%'d it. Till this day, i still have not killed Omega mark XII.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

FF12 owned my life a little in the sense that you really had to commit to that sucker to survive such a big nasty world. It wasn't easy having enough gil either, you had to go hunting.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Aside from the Final Fantasies, both Fallout 3 and Skyrim owned me big time. F3 was really my first experience with a persistent world. I still play F3; I'm just a born scavenger/explorer.

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

There's too many for me to count or track, really. I can't say I've gotten as adept with any one game as much as Ben has with FF: Tactics, it would seem to me.
I've become pretty dang knowledgeable about some of them, but most of the games I invested a lot in seem like bottomless pits.

gungrave
gungrave
8 years ago

FF7, DOOM, FFXI, Mortal Combat, COD:MW

Undertaker575
Undertaker575
8 years ago

3 games for me

1. GTA IV
2. GTA San Andreas
3. Call Of Duty 4 (ruined every other cod for me)

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

A hacker ruined my experience in COD4, after that I said f*** it, I ain't going to own another COD MW game.

Hand_of_Sorrow
Hand_of_Sorrow
8 years ago

gta san andreas & killzone 2 mp.
i think far cry 3 will be added to that list.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
8 years ago

All these, in the following order.

Final Fantasy 7
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Call of Duty 4

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
8 years ago

Probably the last game to truely do that for me was Fallout 3 goty editidion. Easily spent over a hundred hours with the game. There was just so much to do in the game plus I was a big fan of the overall humour/quirkiness of the world and characters. The game does have its technical problems…it's a Bethesda game on the PS3 afterall. It liked to freeze up on my PS3(especially Broken Steel) but I still loved it. Loved the DLC from a content and game design standpoint. Only its flawed techincal execution holds the game back.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I just stay away from the parts that I know freeze up. The alien ship and Point Lookout and the war simulator all work pretty good for me. I don't like being away from Galaxy News Radio broadcast for long anyway 🙂

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Gotta love Galaxy News!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Mortal Kombat II at the arcades. As teenagers we scraped together all we could to play that game and master the moves and fatalities.

Kryten1029a
Kryten1029a
8 years ago

GTA San Andreas. I had it at launch for the PS2 and bought it again when it came out for the XBox. I wasn't sick of the game, but you can only hear "Hollywood Swinging" or "The Ballad of Amos Moses" (named him after a man of the cloth/called him Amos Moses) so many times. In fact, I actually BOUGHT an XBox just so I could have my custom soundtrack!

Jed
Jed
8 years ago

I put a lot of time into FFVII, but I only really did the main quest.

I'd say Fallout 3 is the game that I spent the most time on. I played through it several times before I finally went all out to get the Platinum trophy. I'd say I've spent easily over 1,000 hours total. And I still haven't played through most of the DLC from the GOTY edition (mostly because of glitches). Even with the glitches it's one of my favorite games ever.

Gordo
Gordo
8 years ago

Jeanne D'Arc on the PSP. 75 hours…
Strategy RPG with an historical fantasy twist. Brilliant. Time sink.

Apart from that 50 hours on Fallout 3. Nothing else has come close as I'm usually through a game in 20 hours.

Fifa on the Vita might be close though as 80 15 minute games must add up to a few hours!

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
8 years ago

Jeanne D'Arc is an unappreciated game that's for sure. I fell in love with it as well, but I didn't do the optional arena battles. I wanted to though, because of the story implications, but I was too lazy ;P

___________
___________
8 years ago

none, i dont think ive ever spent a few weeks playing the same game let alone months.
once ive finished a game and done everything there is to do i very rarely go back, once you have experienced everything its just too predictable and well easy.
takes the fun out of everything if you have already done it before.

Heartless Angel
Heartless Angel
8 years ago

Mine would have to be Final Fantasy XII. I think I clocked almost 800+ hours on that one. Finished it maybe 3 times. On my 2nd playthrough I treated the game like FF Tactics, cause of Ivalice. I have lets say Vaan be the ninja. Started out as a thief then promote him to a ninja. I didn't complete his license board. I only chose abilities that would fit a thief/ninja. He has all the agility license and almost little HP. I also choose which esper would suit a certain job class. Damn them for not releasing an english version of the International version.


Last edited by Heartless Angel on 12/20/2012 3:48:05 AM

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
8 years ago

Good god. If we count all the ones from when I was younger, I'm sure there are more than I can remember. Off the top of my head though, there's Mario 3, Megaman 2, Super Mario World, Street Fighter 2, FF4, FF6, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Lufia 2, X-COM, FF Tactics, Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries, GoldenEye, Ocarina of Time, FFX, Halo, WoW, Morrowind. That's what I can think of right now, at least.

Solid Fantasy
Solid Fantasy
8 years ago

Not sure where to begin. Some of the best days of my life were spent playing Twisted Metal 2 and 3 with my friends.
I remember being so consumed my MGS for one summer. When I was younger Wario Land and gameboy Zelda had there glory days. But overall I think FFVIII might take it. I was pretty hell bent on doing it all on that game. I think there is a solid 200+ in there.

Dirt
Dirt
8 years ago

Having just finished the spectacular Far Cry 3, I just realized that I continued playing my save at 11:00 am on Wed. and it is now close to 5:30 am the next day. Never has a game engrossed me as well s FC3 has. That's just personal opinion, though.

On another note, I do have 560 recorded hours of play time on Just Cause 2. That game is impossible to beat.

Edito
Edito
8 years ago

Final Fantasy X and Metal Gear Solid 1 thos 2 are just part of my life…

jlch777
jlch777
8 years ago

GT3, GT4, and GT5….:)

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
8 years ago

final fantasy XI for a full 5 1/2 years (and according to my login time back then.. half of those 5 1/2 was spent logged in.. which means I had to have been playing 12 hours a day everyday for 5 1/2 years)… and Im looking forward to doing it all over again with FFXIV when it hits the PS3 this Summer

Dante399
Dante399
8 years ago

I must say it started with Mortal Kombat 2 then it just carried on with The King of Fighters from 95 to 2000 then was substituted with TEKKEN 3 to 5. Monster Hunter series took a lot of my life too. I don't think there is a perfect game. The only perfect game would be the game I make myself; a subjective perfect score of 10s.

YenooR
YenooR
8 years ago

Final Fantasy Tactics
Football Manager 2007
Oblivion

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

Final Fantasy 11 sucked me in. The community in that game was better than any MMO I have played. I made some really great friends, and had some really good party experiences. On top of that when you actually got to doing the story missions for FF11 boy was it good. I often wish that FF11 was ported and reworked into a single player game because the story needs to be experienced by more people. That game I played on and off for a good few years. Everquest was a close second with time I spent playing it.

Other games I have spent way to much time playing would have to be Day of Defeat:Source…I still play it and it released in 2005 so yeaaah. Tribes 2 I played religiously too for about 4 years when it released in 2001.

But the single player game that dominates this list in Monster Rancher 2. My friends and I spent 100s of hours collecting CDs and seeing what monsters were on the discs and we actually made a catalog of the really rare monsters on certain CDs. Then we got really competitive and trained monsters and would fight them against each other. That game owned most of my life for a couple of years.

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

ff11 was the first mmorpg I attempted to get into. When games like EQ were popular I was sort of compelled to try one, but EQ just wasn't doing it for me stylistically. A buddy of mine and I both got FFXI when it was new and played it for about 20 hours, or so. I quit before long but that game became a starting point for a genre obsession for him. He eventually picked up WoW and spent TONS of time on it. I on the other hand learned that those games just weren't for me. I played WoW about 40-50hours, or so, and then said good bye. Haven't been compelled to do anyhing mmorpg since.

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

I totally got out of MMORPGs after FF11. I tried to get into WoW and like you put in not that many hours. I played for the free month and quit. The only MMO that has grabbed me since then is Guild Wars 2. It is just so fun to play, its not like most MMOS where the combat isn't fun or engaging. It feels more like an action RPG to me and not a typical mmo with slower hotbar combat.

But I think MMOs are largely a waste of time 😛

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

I loved FFXI. I put a lot into that one. I tried going back in recently, but I'm so lost now. Plus some RMT's hacked my account and robbed me blind. That pissed me off. (At least the left my Joyeusse)

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
8 years ago

MMORPGs aside (looking at you Everquest and WoW), the game I probably spent the most time with was Vagrant Story. It's not my favourite game (still up there though!) but for some reason I kept on going back to it. I just absolutely loved the world of Lea Monde, and exploring what mysteries within. It felt so mysterious and so the optional stuff beckoned you further and further into the depths. I couldn't get enough of it!

I was trying to hit Grand Master Breaker rank, but that was too hardcore for me. I did however end up obtaining most of the titles (like achievements), even the monstrous 30 hit combo one. Ouch that was a pain!

At the point I got to through NG+'s, I could kill the hardest optional boss, Asura, with one combo. The boss that instilled fear in me as I had lurked the pages of my strategy guide feared me no more. However, the first time I got to her on my second playthrough, I was dealing one damage per hit, and it was really hard to bring her down. Right up there with the hardest optional bosses in Square history.

ChaseHammer
ChaseHammer
8 years ago

Pokemon Blue -> Yellow -> Silver

Ape Escape (Ps1)

Metal Gear Solid.

SOOOO MANY HOURS OF MY LIFE!