Weekend Opinion: Your most addictive game


Some titles just get under your skin. This experience cannot be explained to the casual gamer. Trying to do so makes you seem a bit strange. When you get completely invested into a game, it becomes a lifestyle. You remember NPC’s by name. You know the game’s map like your own suburb and quests eat into valuable sleep time. We’ve all been there, but which one cost you the most?

In Monster Hunter... this is a small enemy.

Personally, the game that almost killed me was Monster Hunter 2 on PSP. For those that have never dabbled in this crazy game, it has a learning curve like nothing I have ever played… and this meant I was hooked from the word go.

After smashing out as much of the single player as I could handle alone, I started playing with a group and before I knew what was happening I had put in over 250 hours that I don’t even remember giving up. Each achievement only lead me to obsess over how to beat the next one, and when I found myself on YouTube watching battles and writing notes, I knew it was time to put the game down and go find a girlfriend…

So guys, what’s your poison?

What game has claimed the most hours of your life?

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  • Anonymous

    Warhawk consumed my life and was my first online multiplayer experience. Suffice to say, I was late to the whole online multi party, but I could not get enough of it. After knocking out 330 hours I only stopped playing because of the lack of servers. WIth its spiritual successor Starhawk out next year, I’m already planning time to get re-acquainted and re-obsessed with it all over again. 

  • Anonymous

    Lets see… where do I start lol.

    Monster hunter 2 for me as well, and two other mates. After playing my copy, one of the mates went out and bought a psp just for the game.

    mgs 3 was another – I can’t remember how many times I ran through that game, but it was a lot. 

    Baldurs gate 2, I had totalled over 150hrs with my one character by playing co-op between two friends. I don’t know how many times we went through the game, but it got to the point where I knew every inch of the levels.

    Age of Empires 2 ate up a lot of my time as well, it was probably one of my first games I ever played online.

  • http://twitter.com/Northy179 Northy179

    World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Diablo 2, Skyrim, FF8, halo…. yup, those were the big soul suckers

  • Redaxe33

    Baldurs Gate. That game killed 150 hours of my teen life.

  • Josh

    Final Fantasy 7, that game wasted 75hrs two times!!!!

  • BorchedBavens

    Any of the recent total war games. I keep playing them and the campaigns haven’t changed and its just the same shit over and over again but i can’t stop.

  • Thrillho

    As sad and shameful as this sounds, the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. I’ve played through that game five times. Yeah that’s right. Feel free to come over to my house and give me a wedgie. 

    Also Oblivion took over 100 hours of my life and I did Fallout 3 three times in a row because of its damn addictive missions! 

  • Anonymous

    I remember tagteaming FFX and KOTOR2 at the same time. I finished both twice and was so obsessed that I’d play them during the commercials while the (now unsurprisingly) ex-wife and I were watching TV… CRAAAAAZZZYYY!

  • Anonymous

    Counter-Strike. Which is a big part of the reason why I stopped playing it.

  • Anonymous

    thought of another one, gt4 – must of spent around a year on it.