Why are the best games so short?

Discussion in 'NDS - Console and Game Discussions' started by sillypatterson, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. sillypatterson

    sillypatterson GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    United States
    not -all- of them obviously, of course there are some great long ones. But from time to time, you play a game that only lasts 6-15 hours, but it's pure perfection throughout.

    Phantom Hourglass is one (though it's on the longer side), Orcs and Elves (coming soon to DS!) is another. I beat the latter over a day, playing it on my smoke breaks at work, and then accidentally ignoring my boyfriend for a few hours after I got off of work. [​IMG]

    Two questions for ya. What's your favorite short-tastic game that never lets up?


    What's there similar to Orcs and Elves, but for the DS and possibly GBA? I've already got Mazes of Fate, is there more?
  2. BakuFunn

    BakuFunn Flameproof.

    Apr 6, 2007
    United States
    New York
    My faveorite short game EVER?
    I would say Megaman Zero 2. beat it 8 times. Only takes me about 40 minutes.
    Also, kirby nightmare in dream land. I love the Meta knight mode!
    Cant think of any for DS though
  3. Devil_Spawn

    Devil_Spawn GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 6, 2006
    they arent short, you just play them excessively
  4. pasc

    pasc GBATemps official GBA Freak

    Sep 9, 2006
    Gambia, The
    Yep, the execss playing makes it. Like when I was playing Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicles ^^.

    To name a long one: The Legend of Zelda: The ocarina of time. I start to understand why everyone wants it on the DS. I really know what I missed the past years, it was that one game !
  5. robowns

    robowns Member

    Aug 5, 2007
    if they ported OOT to ds i think i would cry with hap-e-ness
  6. lagman

    lagman I wish I was green.

    Former Staff
    Nov 5, 2003
    Me, To You
    That applies for almost all the good things in life [​IMG]
    Just enjoy it while it last.
  7. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    I loved Orcs & Elves on my mobile, I hear its a port with a load more added on to it. ID said that they wanted it to look better but apparently what they have done is the best that the DS can do... [​IMG]

    Anyway you are right the best game seem very short, but then some other games that are long get a bit boring the longer they go on so you can't win really.
  8. Sinkhead

    Sinkhead yay p1ngpong.

    Former Staff
    Nov 22, 2006
    Across the pond
    Maybe it's not the games that are short, it's just that you play them so much it seems short [​IMG]
    That's what happens with me anyway

    - Sam
  9. KarmaUK

    KarmaUK GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 29, 2007
    For a cynic such as myself, it's typical of life! /cry

  10. Joey Ravn

    Joey Ravn F*** you, Nintendo!

    Aug 29, 2007
    Well, Pokémon was a blast, and I wouldn't say the 70 hours I spent on it are on the short side [​IMG]
    Can't say about Zelda, I don't like that game. But everyone seems to be complaining about how short and easy it was...
  11. KarmaUK

    KarmaUK GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 29, 2007
    70 hours, 50 of with is waiting for the battle scene to begin! Heh! [​IMG]
  12. cheapassdave

    cheapassdave GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 9, 2007
    United States
    ...its that and seeing Bidoof's stupid face a million times... :'(
  13. MillionsKnives

    MillionsKnives GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 26, 2006
    United States
    I enjoyed the New Super Mario Bros, even though I found it to be quite short. Half-Life 2, also a fairly short game.

    The game I was probably most disappointed with because of its shortness was Windwaker. I ended up taking a break playing this game because I didn't want to beat it too fast, then forgot all about it and never beat it till 2 years later.

    We need more long and awesome games.... like Fallout. Well maybe that game isn't that long, but it was to me back when it came out 10 years ago [​IMG]
  14. Pigwooly

    Pigwooly GBAtemp Fan

    May 1, 2007
    United States
    Well obviously with a short game they can spend more time making each moment action packed and awesome, whereas with a long game, they have to spend a lot of the development time just making it long rather than making it awesome.

    Also a short game won't start to seem boring whereas a really long game might seem to drag towards the end because the gameplay gets stale.
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