Top 10 Most Complex and Involved Games
Hey, GameDynamo readers, it's been a while! I've been traveling in Asia, and now that I'm back, I thought what better way to celebrate than to make a list of the most complicated, deep, and involved games out there. These are the beastly games that take hours, days, even months to complete! I'll leave out open-ended games that by nature have no ending, like MMORPGs, social games, and Minecraft.
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This is a no-brainer as a selection. In fact, any The Elder Scrolls game could be included here. While the main narrative in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has you trying to defeat the dragon god, Alduin, you can do hundreds of side quests, join guilds, and hunt down dragons. You can even turn into a vampire or a werewolf, and there are hundreds of skills to gain, as well as countless pieces of equipment to uncover. Skyrim, both the province and the game, are easy places to lose yourself in, especially with a riveting plot and a world you care about. It's scary how big this game is.
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
I really loved Grand Theft Auto IV, but GTA: San Andreas was just a monster of a game. The whole state was at your disposal, and San Andreas was huge with its three cities (metropoli really), Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas. There's also all the territory in-between which, amazingly, didn't necessitate a load screen. It was a task just crossing the geography! CJ's appearance is customizable depending on how much he eats and what he decides to wear. There are more than 200 vehicles and tons of mini-games including basketball and gambling at the horse races. Side quests abound, and gang wars rage between different territories. And I haven't even started on the massive plot involving CJ's quest to find out why his mother was murdered! This game is immense by every standard of gaming.
3. Zelda: Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time
Most Zelda games are massive, with tons of hidden secrets. I'd go so far as to say the original Zelda popularized and inspired the idea of mini-games and exploration in general. I bombed every wall and lit up every bush in my quest to find new rupees and heart containers. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time both had to be included as they were enormous Zelda games. OOT has hundreds of sidequests and mini-games, from finding heart containers to racing Epona and exploring Hyrule in 3D for the first time (and I'm not even including the Master Quest which was included later on a promotional disc!). The recent Skyward Sword is just a gigantic game from beginning to end. Check out this link for help finding Gratitude Crystals in Skyward Sword.
4. Batman: Arkham City
Playing an open world action game as the Dark Knight is more sublime than I ever could have imagined it to be. This is probably the shortest game on the list, but every minute of the game is packed dense with action. Batman has new gear, an improved combat system, and a fiendish cast of villains to fend off against. In every way, Batman: Arkham Asylum perfected the formula Arkham Asylum started. Add in side villains, new Riddler trophies, and throngs of mobs revealed by Detective mode, and Gotham feels like a vibrant metropolis that needs Batman's aid. Finally, you get to play as Catwoman! Check out this list to find cheats and easter eggs within the game!
5. Persona 3
Persona 3 is one of the biggest JRPGs in existence, with over 150 Personas to mix, combine, and fuse. The story is epic and one of the best around. There are countless ways to spend time including raising attributes, making social links, and trying to develop romantic interests. Tartarus is more than 260 floors tall, and an optional dungeon gets opened during the last month. I've played a lot of JRPGs, and none took me as long as this one to complete.
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He has been working in film and games for over a decade. On his off time, he likes to travel the world. His short story collection, Watering Heaven, was just published by Signal 8 Press.
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