Up For Debate - What Are Some of the Best Short Games You've Played Recently?

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Dec 25, 2017 5:30 PM
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It would be fair to say the AAA industry can occasionally be accused of bloat. Games have rarely been bigger and more content-filled, but as anyone who values time more than money will attest, this isn’t always a good thing. In among all the Assassin’s Creed Origins, Witcher 3’s and Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s of this world, it can be immensely satisfying to break it up with some short games.

Brevity is a wonderful quality, and there are games out there can spin tales as epic as any 100-hour JRPG but that can be played within a single lazy afternoon. They trim the fat, delivering short, sharp, varied experiences where the credits roll long before you’ve grown tired of clearing out yet another monster nest.

This year I’ve completed some absolute monsters, including Breath of the Wild, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Nier Automata, Stardew Valley, Dragon’s Quest VIII and Xenoblade Chronicles, to name but a few, and it’s been nice to sink my teeth into a few palette cleansers in between.

A few neat ones I played this year included What Became of Edith Finch, Superhot VR, and Orwell. The less said about the former the better, as it’s the sort of game that deserves to be played unspoiled. Suffice to say, Edith Finch has a fascinating approach to storytelling and surprisingly ambitious mechanics that make its three-hour or so length an absolute joy.

Superhot VR meanwhile was only about two hours long, but the sheer exertion involved in being an absolute dual-wielding badass forced me to break it up into 30-minute chunks before coming up for air. If you haven’t played Superhot VR or the standard version, do yourself a favour and grab it pronto.

Lastly, there’s Orwell, a rather relaxing snoop-em-up that delves into government surveillance and issues of privacy following a terrorist attack in a fictional city. Some of it’s a little bit ropey but the general vibe of perusing through fake Facebook profiles, emails and phone calls was intoxicating.

So what are some of your favourite short games that you’ve played recently? Do you prefer a tightly structured experience to an open-ended sprawl, or are short games a waste of money? Let us know below!

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11:47 Jan-03-2018

Superhot VR!

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12:19 Dec-29-2017

Last day of June.

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12:24 Dec-26-2017

I myself disagree entirely about short games. Can't stand em. Knowing that a game is short usually puts me off it entirely.

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11:09 Dec-26-2017

I bought Momodora. Its a game both good and short from what I hear. I have yet to play it though. I will let you know when I do :P

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09:10 Dec-26-2017

What remains of edit finch was incredible! i was blown away by it, didnt expect much at first, but how wrong i was!

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07:39 Dec-26-2017

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. It is only circa 3 hours long, but the story is so immersive, and almost from the get-go you feel connected with the characters and their trials. Truly, this game is a gem, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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16:23 Dec-26-2017

My main problem is that I know how this ends before playing it because the stupid Gamespot review had a spoiler right at the start

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07:38 Dec-27-2017

That's a damn shame, because the ending was one of the most moving scenes in the game. I won't spoil anything for prospective players of the game, but I remember watching the ending scene, right after the two brothers reached the Tree of Life, and I kept praying to God that the sanctity of that place would somehow prevent what I knew was about to happen.

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06:57 Dec-26-2017

Kingdom New Lands

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02:14 Dec-26-2017

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice . Try it. With closed headphones. Ya will hear Demonic voices in yer head.

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01:32 Dec-26-2017

ECHO is a great game with new interesting mechanics

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21:56 Dec-25-2017

Ori and the blind forest was fun even though the first playthrough may take longer, subsequent playthroughs are about 6 to 8 hours but still as much fun

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21:55 Dec-25-2017

I guess I'd say Portal, Doki Doki Literature Club and Bastion.

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21:39 Dec-25-2017

Just played Portal for the first time ever today, guess that counts.

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20:27 Dec-25-2017

bastion is a great game, it can be completed in less than 8 hours. also Oceanhorn is a shorter more relaxed version of Windwaker.

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20:00 Dec-25-2017

skyrim lol

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18:51 Dec-25-2017

Life is Strange is shortish but Human Fall Flat is a blast.

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19:23 Dec-25-2017

Ah yes, LiS. I guess how long it is depends on whether you're there purely for the plotline or also don't mind getting a little sidetracked - probably anywhere from maybe 6 or so hours to around 15.


It took me about 14 hours (according to Steam) to finish Before the Storm, but cut down the paused AFK/alt tab time and that probably cuts down to maybe 8 or so hours.

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02:04 Dec-26-2017

lol same happened to me, it just freeze and have to restart like 15 times during the hole game

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18:33 Dec-25-2017

I think some of the short games I have played back when I was a noob abt PC are only a few flash games from which after playing, I would feel the satisfaction of completing a AAA game. I know everyone is gonna laugh on this but I did have fun playing them and I used to rant on how great they were to my buddies and parents who patiently listened to my ranting with a smile enough to please me.

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18:21 Dec-25-2017

doki doki

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19:02 Dec-25-2017

yes

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18:02 Dec-25-2017

Gunpoint, it's a fun, short puzzle/action game with interesting mechanics and a nice soundtrack. Finished it in 2 hours.

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19:02 Dec-25-2017

great game

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17:41 Dec-25-2017

Ode, its a ubisoft game

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17:36 Dec-25-2017

life is strange 2 episode 3

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