short but sweet pc games

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#1 Posted by Dipset604 (133 posts) -

feel free to add to the list

chronicles of riddick escape from butcher bay

stubbs the zombie

hitman contracts

indigo prophecy AKA fahrenheit

manhunt

max payne

total overdose

#2 Posted by Swizzer-J (41 posts) -
You can't miss Beyond Good and Evil
#3 Posted by Jackboot343 (2574 posts) -

Portal

#4 Posted by Jade_Monkey (4830 posts) -

Half-Life 2: Epsiode 2

#5 Posted by kemar7856 (11506 posts) -

Portal

Jackboot343
portal sucked 2 me it was just a tech demo
#6 Posted by GodLovesDead (9752 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jackboot343"]

Portal

kemar7856
portal sucked 2 me it was just a tech demo

A tech demo? How?
#7 Posted by visceron (2160 posts) -

Prey

COD4

Sin Episodes - Emergence

#8 Posted by duxter1 (409 posts) -

Freedom Fighters!

#9 Posted by greenzealot (285 posts) -

Gravity Bone (It's free too).

#10 Posted by clembo1990 (9976 posts) -
Gun. I picked it up for 2 pounds the other week, well worth a weekend's play.
#11 Posted by SolidKeevo (2092 posts) -

Portal

Jackboot343
#12 Posted by Dipset604 (133 posts) -

i know alot of people are going to disagree with this but...

25 to life

#13 Posted by Papitar (2377 posts) -

Portal

Call Of Dutys

Half-Life 2 Episodes

#14 Posted by kozzy1234 (35230 posts) -

Prey, Beyond Good and Evil, Arx Fatalis, Portal and Bioshock.

#15 Posted by krazyorange (2619 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jackboot343"]

Portal

kemar7856
portal sucked 2 me it was just a tech demo

Please explain this.
#16 Posted by Kaelken (531 posts) -

feel free to add to the list

chronicles of riddick escape from buther bay

stubbs the zombie

hitman contracts

indigo prophecy AKA fahrenheit

manhunt

max payne

total overdose

Dipset604

Apart from Max Payne, you have poor taste

#17 Posted by BontraXenderKyl (707 posts) -

Portal

Call Of Dutys

Half-Life 2 Episodes

Papitar

It takes like 7/8 hours to finish COD2.

What about Red Baron Arcade? Something like 3/4 hours.

#18 Posted by Lonelynight (30041 posts) -
Max Payne 2.
#19 Posted by -Master_St3ve- (1421 posts) -
I second Chronicles of Riddick and Max Payne. Buy those now.
#20 Posted by danb0 (445 posts) -
I enjoyed Prey, it was a good short FPS with some nice additional gameplay elements added in. For $10 you can't really go wrong.
#21 Posted by rmfd341 (3808 posts) -
Stranglehold...
#22 Posted by 555SSOO (1873 posts) -

POP is short...but not so sweet :P

#23 Posted by sub-raid (1613 posts) -
Portal it's a great game
#24 Posted by XRED_0 (775 posts) -
Crysis Warhead.
#25 Posted by naval (11109 posts) -

along with those mentioned, Mask of the Betrayer

#26 Posted by kemar7856 (11506 posts) -
[QUOTE="kemar7856"][QUOTE="Jackboot343"]

Portal

krazyorange
portal sucked 2 me it was just a tech demo

Please explain this.

because it is one u just go through rooms clearing puzzles :( the same type of rooms and theirs no combat it seem like they were just testing the concept it wasn't really a game
#27 Posted by krazyorange (2619 posts) -
[QUOTE="kemar7856"][QUOTE="krazyorange"][QUOTE="kemar7856"] portal sucked 2 me it was just a tech demo

Please explain this.

because it is one u just go through rooms clearing puzzles :( the same type of rooms and theirs no combat it seem like they were just testing the concept it wasn't really a game

Welcome to the puzzle game genre.
#28 Posted by Dipset604 (133 posts) -

[QUOTE="Dipset604"]

feel free to add to the list

chronicles of riddick escape from buther bay

stubbs the zombie

hitman contracts

indigo prophecy AKA fahrenheit

manhunt

max payne

total overdose

Kaelken

Apart from Max Payne, you have poor taste

how could you hate riddick and hitman?

#29 Posted by krazyorange (2619 posts) -

[QUOTE="Kaelken"]

[QUOTE="Dipset604"]

feel free to add to the list

chronicles of riddick escape from buther bay

stubbs the zombie

hitman contracts

indigo prophecy AKA fahrenheit

manhunt

max payne

total overdose

Dipset604

Apart from Max Payne, you have poor taste

how could you hate riddick and hitman?

Those are all excellent games (although I haven't played fahrenheit). You, sir, are the one with poor taste. And as dipset says, how can you possibly hate those?
#30 Posted by mhofever (3954 posts) -

[QUOTE="Dipset604"]

[QUOTE="Kaelken"]

Apart from Max Payne, you have poor taste

krazyorange

how could you hate riddick and hitman?

Those are all excellent games (although I haven't played fahrenheit). You, sir, are the one with poor taste. And as dipset says, how can you possibly hate those?

hitman felt long for me , but i guess it's because i kill my targets in style :P

#31 Posted by Dr_Brocoli (3724 posts) -
[QUOTE="kemar7856"][QUOTE="krazyorange"][QUOTE="kemar7856"] portal sucked 2 me it was just a tech demo

Please explain this.

because it is one u just go through rooms clearing puzzles :( the same type of rooms and theirs no combat it seem like they were just testing the concept it wasn't really a game

Errr.... You seem like a mindless person who is fascinated by violence no offense. And there IS combat, you can die, you get shot at, how is that not combat? And it has an AMAZING storyline. You probably couldnt even notice the story i bet.
#32 Posted by jjtiebuckle (1856 posts) -
Avencast, Warcraft 2 with cheats.. ok so any Strategy game with cheats is pretty quick "Enter cheat- win level" lol
#33 Posted by passedit (8 posts) -

Is the criteria here under 12 hours perhaps?

I'm not sure about Bioshock. Some people like to run through games rather 'gung ho' (and shoot everything in site rather than use stealth etc), but I think it's only fair to allow for reasonable exploration etc. The Half Life Stories never felt short to me, but maybe that's my perception. I certainly never felt short-changed, or that they should have been longer.

Also, I tend to play my video games on "Hard", which can make a serious difference to the game-length. These days I am prepared to give up and start again on "Normal", as dying all the time doesn't necessarily enhance the enjoyment of the game.

As a rule, the 'shorter' games on the PC tend to be console conversions, at least for the big 'First Person' type action games. PC owners have always expected more content than console owners, but I personally really value good quality console conversions. At their worse conversions are lazy 'ports', with poor frame-rates, downsized graphics and awkward controls, but at their best they are actually improvements on the original console versions. I do like my games shorter these days, as I expect a lot of adults my age do. I actually get quite concerned when reviewers essentially say "you can spend hundreds of hours picking up these gems" etc. I'd rather go Vegas and drink myself to death on the slot machines. Honestly, get a life.

A good console conversion was Call of Cthulhu (based on the Lovecraft book). It can be hard in parts, but is an excellent first person horror/story/part-time shooter with a nice 'gamey' engine. My memory of it was about 12 hours? It didn't feel that short, but I don't think I spend more than a few days playing it. The experience was like being part of a film. Outlast was another recent 'horror story' one I played (around 7 or 8 hours) and I enjoyed it, though it wasn't as good as Cthulu. It's good to know the Riddick game is a shorter one. I actually own it (I got it in a Steam flash sale once) so I'll install it and probably play it next.

I think these type of video games should be priced the same as watching films in the cinema. So if a fair average price for a watching a movie was 5 pounds for 2 hours (I know it can be less or more at times) - then a fair average price for a video game would be 20 pounds for 8 hours in my eyes. For the past 20 years video games have been quite similar to the film industry - conceptualisation, voice acting etc. Of course, they will eventually come down in price too, whether as DVD films or budget games.

#34 Posted by Arthas045 (5156 posts) -

Altered Beast

RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE!

#35 Posted by IvanElk (3798 posts) -

N-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-nECRO POST!

Is it really hard for people to look at the date?

#36 Edited by MonsieurX (29981 posts) -

4 years ago

#37 Edited by PredatorRules (7803 posts) -

A tale of Two Sons

PS. LET THIS POST RISE

#39 Posted by passedit (8 posts) -

@IvanElk: I didn't look at the date because for me that's completely irrelevant here, and worthwhile games short or otherwise are hardly just the most recent ones anyway. If you've got a link to something better (or more recent or whatever) then please give it - I just want to see some useful information on shorter-play games. They are all that probably millions of us have time to play.

#40 Edited by insane_metalist (6040 posts) -

CoD - CoD4, MW2, BOII, Ghosts
NFS - Most Wanted 1 & 2, Hot Pursuit
DiRT
Gears of War
Mortal Kombat
Fable III

#41 Posted by nicecall (428 posts) -

most recent game i played that i could call fairly short but sweet would be Saints Row 3. its easy, fun, and you can probably finish it pretty quickly before you get bored with it.

someone mentioned Portal already, thats a good call, its pretty short but worth playing.

I'll also mention Starcraft 2 WoL and Hots, it only takes a few days to finish the campaign on each of them, probably less then 15 hrs each game. The storyline is interesting enough to keep you finishing the game before you get bored... but the original Starcraft is quite opposite, if you buy the original game and expansion packed with it, it'll take a very long time to play through it all.

#42 Posted by ExtremeBanana (152 posts) -

DOOM.

#43 Posted by IvanElk (3798 posts) -

@passedit said:

@IvanElk: I didn't look at the date because for me that's completely irrelevant here, and worthwhile games short or otherwise are hardly just the most recent ones anyway. If you've got a link to something better (or more recent or whatever) then please give it - I just want to see some useful information on shorter-play games. They are all that probably millions of us have time to play.

Just make a new thread lul. Necro'ed threads get locked. (well if the moderators notice it)

#44 Posted by bussinrounds (2122 posts) -

[QUOTE="Dipset604"]

feel free to add to the list

chronicles of riddick escape from buther bay

stubbs the zombie

hitman contracts

indigo prophecy AKA fahrenheit

manhunt

max payne

total overdose

Kaelken

Apart from Max Payne, you have poor taste

how could you hate riddick and hitman?

Don't forget Manhunt. I'll add Fallout 1, it's short for an rpg.

#45 Posted by ferrari2001 (16874 posts) -

I enjoyed Bastion immensely and it's rather short.

#46 Edited by passedit (8 posts) -

Some really useful suggestions. I didn't know the first Fallout was ultimately short. I started it once, but uninstalled it as it had quite a slow start and I thought the whole game might take weeks if not months. DIRT is worth knowing about for a short racing game.

The secret with playing DOOM is to avoid looking for all the secrets! From my memory many of them could take forever to find.

I've built up this large Steam library of games that have been on offer over the past few years (I wonder how many people do this) and have got to the point where I know I'm never likely to get through them now. I'm starting to put a bunch of mostly short ones in a toplay folder. I have a few that have been suggested so far, though I installed Manhunt - I like older games - but it just wouldn't play on my new laptop (I wonder how often that happens with Steam games too).

@IvanElk:Maybe they didn't lock it because it's not date-relevant? Sometimes on forums you get called up for thread repetition, and then someone posts a link to the older thread. I got to the thread via anothre search engine for what its worth, where old pages can appear new simply because they reappear at the top of the generated list. It's a side effect of the way information is retrieved and presented I suppose.

#47 Edited by kweni16 (10 posts) -

are these the type of games that you could finish in a day? sorry newbie here...but looking for short games coz i've been busy lately

#48 Edited by kraken2109 (13027 posts) -

Limbo

Mirror's Edge