For some reason, the people behind Dying Light 2 are incredibly proud that their game will take 500 hours to fully complete. They boasted on Twitter that it would take longer to achieve this than to walk from Warsaw to Madrid.
Now, is it possible that Dying Light 2 is such a great work of art that it justifies taking 500 hours to complete, and that not a second of that is wasted time? Is it possible that Dying Light 2 needed to have 500 hours worth of content for it to fully explore all its themes and messages? Sure, it’s possible. And in fairness to the developers, they later clarified that the “story” will only take 100 hours to clear. But it’s also a zombie game, so I’m betting that even that 100-hour commitment is filled with a lot of useless content that’s not driving at anything meaningful.
So as a point of comparison, here are some of the things that you could do in the same 500 hours that Dying Light 2 seems to think it’s worth.
7) Go on a three-month holiday. If you break out the calculator, you’ll realise that 500 hours works out at 62.5 working days (eight hours per day). Divide that by five and you’ll realise that if you were to take a holiday to play the game you would need to take a three month holiday, replacing the working day with gaming time. If these comparative numbers aren’t boggling your mind yet, over how obscene it is for a game to ask for 500 hours of your time, how are they not?
– Matt S.