The Tom's Hardware Defintive List of PC Games: Most Playable Hours

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The Tom's Hardware Definitive List of PC Games: Most Playable Hours

Are we living in a new "golden age" for PC Gaming? Of course, it is impossible to give a definitive answer. The distance of time and a heaping dose of nostalgia are both necessary prerequisites for any "golden age". And, while it may be easy to argue the merits of one generation over another, one thing is abundantly clear: PC Gaming in 2017 is more widespread and more accessible than ever before. The maturation of digital distribution, a new diversity of platforms, and the adoption of x86 CPU architecture by console manufactures have together, created the perfect environment for a PC Gaming renaissance. PC Gamers have access to more games than ever before, including overlooked titles from past generations and current games that would have been either too costly or too difficult to port. Games are so ubiquitous that you're more likely to hear complaints of having too many games, rather than too few. The number of "good" games is now so great that even the hardest of the most hardcore gamers struggle in their search to find the very best.

To help navigate this brave new world for gaming, Tom's Hardware is in the process of assembling the definitive list of PC games in a number of genres. We've already put a few lists together, but the number of titles is lacking. While the Tom's Hardware Editorial team is few in number, the Tom's Hardware Community is legion. With your input we hope to assemble a list of the best and worst PC games that can truly be called definitive. Over the next few weeks we'll be collecting Community feedback across multiple categories. Once we have a sufficient number of submissions, we'll have the Community vote on the most popular, with a showcase of the winning games on the Tom's Hardware homepage.

This thread will decide the best PC games with the most playable hours.

To help get you started here are the Editorial Team's list of best PC games with the most playable hours. Remember we're looking for suggestions that aren't on the list below.

May the best game win!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Grand Theft Auto V

Arma 3



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  1. I second Stellaris. Soooo many hours, not to hard to get in to either.
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  2. I have the most hours in Just Cause 3.
    I spent over a year wandering around and blowing stuff up before I decided to try to "finish" the game.
    Once I finished, I immediately erased my save game and started over.
    Reply to JoeMomma
  3. Civilization IV

    Just one more turn!
    Reply to Maarsch
  4. Diablo 2: there are still playing a game from 2002...

    what about mmo? there is no limit to amount of time you can play them, perhaps just your sanity.

    Civ games are time sinks, I agree with that one.
    Reply to Colif
  5. What about Fallout?

    Any of the fallouts has a good amount of quality hours to play.
    Reply to FireBlitz
  6. Morrowind wins easily any of the elder scrolls series and probably any other game that I know.
    As for replayability, I would say Civ IV and Civ V.
    Reply to chegalhavara
  7. Factorio!

    So many hours, and even still in early access!
    Reply to JDCalvert
  8. Civ V - more hours for me than PornHub!
    Reply to sillynilly
  9. I've actually been weaning myself off Witcher III. 2nd playthough and somewhere between 100-200hours. I just started to feeling too guilty for not playing/finishing other games.

    Both Metro's and Crysis 2-3 all in 3d. These games rock in 3d and I'd don't even know how many times I've replayed them.

    Kings Bounty Series.
    Reply to ledhead11
  10. Overwatch, Knights of the old republic, half life 2, battlefield 2, mass effect 2, Borderlands, and a few racing games, like F1 and project cars.
    Reply to opforce
  11. Fallout 4
    Civ V
    Reply to SaschaG
  12. Single playthrough? Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3 both come in at over 200 hours. I've done a 200 hour Skyrim playthrough but it had over 50 mods. Dragon Age Inquisition is about 140 and I think Andromeda will be close after DLCs. New Vegas with a few mods took about 120.
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  13. reason I mentioned mmo: I used to play wow and one of my characters had a year of ingame play time on it (real time), so I expect anyone who played it for more time than I did would easily beat that and that is in the 1000's of hours. I assume some Eve online players can beat that easily too.
    Reply to Colif
  14. Starcraft 2
    Civilization series
    Reply to rohs42
  15. Have to echo the civilization series.
    Reply to Sophianicirony
  16. I still play civilization 2.42.
    Unfortunately, it is a 16 bit game that only runs on a disappearing 32 bit windows.
    I keep a pc just for this purpose.

    Of the others, Civ IV is good, V is beautiful, but 6 is dumbed down graphics.
    Reply to geofelt
  17. Factorio.

    I have 400 hours on Steam since February and I almost never start the game and spend less than four hours in it. It isn't turn based but it does have the Civ problem of there is always just one more thing to do. Research is stalled because there isn't enough steel for the piercing rounds because iron throughput is low because my miners have run out of ore? No it is a power death spiral because I am still using coal boilers to run the factory. Ill just go jump start the steam engines and set up a small solar field to get me by until... its 4 am and I have to be at my real job in three hours.
    Reply to lilcinw
  18. Factorio and Mount & blade:warbands
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  19. Some like skyrim and witcher 3 add to the playable hours if nothing else but for the various choices, order in which someone chooses to do things, which side they pick to fight on etc. Can be played through several times and changed up a bit from the previous run. Compared to say a scripted game like cod ghosts or similar that shove you down a narrow path toward the goal with predictable enemy counts and movements. Two different types of gameplay, fps vs rpg but in the end they cost about the same at release and skyrim/witcher 3 offer a LOT more gameplay. Weeks/months vs hours.

    Ghosts was my first cod game for pc and my first run through getting used to everything, a couple hours a day I think it lasted maybe 2-3 days? I didn't even complete old 8bit nes games that fast.
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  20. Definitely Skyrim for me. Over 1000 hours in the game itself, plus over 100 hours in the Creation Kit writing and testing mods. Skyrim SE not so much, since it won't play on some of my older hardware.

    Fallout New Vegas comes in second with almost 900 hours. Only wrote one mod for that one for some reason.
    Reply to imrazor
  21. Definitely Fallout 4. I have a ton of hours in it. I love building settlements, upgrading weapons and armor, finding legendary items, arming and armoring my settlers, and so forth.
    Reply to decembermouse
  22. 6,792 hours on Steam playing Empire:Total War Generally play as the Brits, although I will occasionally play as Sweden or Russia and usually play on the most difficult battle and second most difficult diplomatic/ non-battle setting.
    Reply to Gurg
  23. I've got 3000+ hours into Skyrim on 4 play-throughs; I'm at 264 hours on Skyrim SE, first play-through; and, heck, I still play Oblivion! LOL
    Reply to Anton Hunter
  24. Factorio...It's only "slightly" more addictive than air. We are all doomed when they actually finish making it (its only at version 0.15).
    Reply to Gaspipe
  25. The Combat Mission series, at least the first three versions. God knows how many hundreds of hours were spent by individual players just on the demo even before the first game was released...

    Then we have the Microsoft Flight Simulator series, as well as Steel Beasts (modern armored warfare tactical simulator, not so much a "game").

    Kerbal Space Program is where I more lately has spent lots and lots of time.
    Reply to Olle P
  26. 102 hours into Mass Effect: Andromeda with 93% completion. after a couple large DLCs have dropped this will be one of the longest newer games around.
    have completed the main campaign with 8-10 sidequests still available, mostly just "scan item" quests.

    put 105 hours into a Fallout 4 run after the Nuka World DLC released last year. the original playthrough being near the same with zero additional content.
    also 115 hours into Witcher 3 GotY with a NG+.
    Reply to JohnBonhamsGhost
  27. You gota add the Command and Conquer Generals and Command and Conquer 3 to the list. Tons of gameplay there for hours on end.

    Another one that I played a lot was Portal 2's community test chambers, unlimited gametime in those.
    Reply to TechyInAZ
  28. You should also add battlefield 4 game. I played most of the time.
    Yes, GTA 5 is very nice and impressive.
    Reply to haydenmathew
  29. C&C RA franchise, Overwatch and GTA V. Have Witcher and BF4, but yet to play them. Switched to BF1 instead when it came out. Got BF4 a couple of weeks before that :D
    Reply to MasterChief86
  30. I've noticed in open world games, stealth playthroughs tend to take more time. How do games like Dishonored and Thief hold up in terms of playable hours?
    Reply to imrazor
  31. My son and I continue to play both borderlands and borderlands 2 as well as the DLC's. There is always new and random guns to find through out the game.
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  32. Well I have 660 hours on Fallout 4.

    The other game I have played as much or more is Master of Orion 2.

    The other two main mentionable are Diablo 2 and Morrowind.
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  33. for single player games I will say Fallout 2. In my opinion it's the best title of the series and the game literally let's you do anything, resulting in lots and lots of different possible playthroughs. Also I second the "one more turn" for Civilization IV.

    If we're talking about MMORPGs then my answer will be World of Warcraft. I had to quit the game so that I could play other games :)
    Reply to Baelzaden
  34. DUH - CSGO ? Most playable hours also in 2017 :)
    Reply to mihail
  35. Kerbal Space Program.
    Total War: Warhammer.
    Project Cars.
    Darkest Dungeon.
    Wasteland 2.
    Dwarf Fortress.
    City Skylines.
    Planet Coaster.
    Reply to Magical Hippy
  36. Magical Hippy said:
    Kerbal Space Program.
    Total War: Warhammer.
    Project Cars.
    Darkest Dungeon.
    Wasteland 2.
    Dwarf Fortress.
    City Skylines.
    Planet Coaster.

    I would second Dwarf Fortress!
    Reply to Zachary Singer-Englar
  37. There's too many! lol. I got GTAV for online, a buddy runs a FiveM server and the community is great and we have a blast, so who knows, hour-wise, I'll sink into that? I haven't even played past two missions in the singleplayer, GTA Online is where the fun is for me in RP. But everything listed in posts on this thread, and then some. For the really long games? I've played a boatload of DbD. MMO-wise back-itd I played a lot of WoW. Simulations, strategy, revisiting old games that are playable now like the original X-Com!
    Reply to John_561
  38. geofelt said:
    I still play civilization 2.42.
    Unfortunately, it is a 16 bit game that only runs on a disappearing 32 bit windows.
    I keep a pc just for this purpose.

    Of the others, Civ IV is good, V is beautiful, but 6 is dumbed down graphics.

    Not sure on patch 2.42, but I have gotten Civilization II to run off my Civ II disk in Windows 7 64bit. It was about 18 months ago though so not clear on how I did it, but it took me about 30 minutes or so to find a thread somewhere on how to do it.
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  39. Gotta add StarCraft/Brood War to that mix -- no idea how many hours I've played since I first bought it back in 1998 (& yes, even with the digital downloads, I actually do still have my physical discs).

    Also have to add Halo:CE in there, at least for multiplayer purposes. When I'm in the mood for multiplayer FPS, right now my 2 go-to games are Halo:CE & BF4.
    Reply to spdragoo
  40. This is how I broke it down for myself, talking just PC games anyway;" class="img lazy">

    Based off this list I put together of games that I have played:
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  41. @loki1944 You need to spend less time making charts and more time playing games. j/k
    Reply to imrazor
  42. Heroes of Might and Magic 1-3
    Battle for Middle Earth II
    Reply to Rykion1
  43. Of the 3 Borderlands games, I have put the most hours in Borderlands 2. I've played them solo, with my son, and in the past with my then girlfriend.

    However, somehow, one game has gotten me to exceed my total number of Borderlands 2 hours.

    Don't Starve. I don't quite know how or why. It's simple, and it's repetitive. But, I'm always finding a new way to do something a little differently, a little better.

    And, I haven't even done much with exploring the underground areas, nor with playing in Adventure Mode.
    Reply to King_V
  44. Mount and Blade Warband + Mods...I have literally spent 1000s of hours on this game. Most addicting and deep game when you dig into it.
    Reply to Michael J Davis
  45. Michael J Davis said:
    Mount and Blade Warband + Mods...I have literally spent 1000s of hours on this game. Most addicting and deep game when you dig into it.

    Warband is also my go to game when I lose interest in any other game.
    Reply to manleysteele
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