Up For Debate - You have a 500GB hard drive on a deserted island, what games did you bring?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Apr 25, 2021 5:00 PM
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It’s 2021 and you’ve somehow found yourself on a deserted island. You’ve been given the chance to bring a single 500GB hard drive with you that you can stuff as many games as you want on there. What games did you bring with you and why?

For the sake of simplicity, let's not worry about any survival elements that you may find yourself in, like gathering food, finding shelter, or even a way to supply electricity or the internet in order to even play your chosen games. You’ll be living on this island for the foreseeable future, without any worry of how to actually survive.

Additionally, this has to be a game that is already out now, at this very moment. Games like Far Cry 6 or the elusive Grand Theft Auto 6 are not available right now. But every other game that has ever existed up until this point is yours to choose from, no matter the required hardware. However, it has to be a digital game: no board games, tabletop RPGs, or physical sports etc. are allowed.

It can be a single player game, or a multiplayer game, or a mixture of both, but it will just be you on this island. So no games that you intend to play with friends on the same screen. You could bring a multiplayer game to play with friends or others online with, but there’s no such thing as couch co-op on this island. Nor can you download any mods as it has to be the base vanilla experience.

The world of video games is your oyster, but the only constraint is the hardware: it has to be available on a single PC. The Bloodborne PC port is not out yet, and you can’t bring anymore hardware other than your PC: so that means no VR, and no consoles. Only PC. 

Which games did you choose?

So what do you think? What games would you take on a deserted island with you? Would you take single player games? Or multiplayer games? Or both? Would it be something with a lot of replay value? Or just games that you would like to experience the story for for one last time? Let’s debate!

How many games are you bringing with you?

Are they mostly single player or multiplayer games?

Why did you bring them? 5 votes each

Is 500GB enough for you?

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19:59 May-02-2021

With 500GB you can fit the retro arcade and console emulators with all the roms you'd want, all DOS games, flash player games, and small 200MB games like Duck Game and Undertale. And still have space for a couple of modern 100GB games.

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06:21 Apr-28-2021

If I take COD MW/Warzone, I may even have enough space for one of the next updates, fingers crossed.

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18:09 Apr-27-2021

500 GB today are like...6 AAA Games... So no, not enough.

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23:41 Apr-26-2021

World of Warships, GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2, Hearts of Iron IV, Victoria 2, Europa Universalis IV, Battlefield 3 & 4.
I think that should fit - barely

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14:33 Apr-26-2021

Yesterday only I destroyed my 500GB 2011 5200rpm dried :P

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12:33 Apr-26-2021

Stranded Deep lol

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08:17 Apr-28-2021

so you can live out the fantasy of escaping right? hahaha man id probably try and convince you to take Assassins creed black flag as well in that case

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10:26 Apr-26-2021

PRIORITY MUST HAVE GAMES
F1
Assetto Corsa+MODS
Red Dead Redemption2
Project wingman
Cloud punk


GOOD TO HAVE GAMES
Assetto Corsa Compettizione
Need for speed hot pursuit
Battlefield 2142 for bots
Assasins Creed Black Flag

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10:30 Apr-26-2021

DONT MIND THESE GAMES
Crysis 1+2
Prototype 1


GAMES THAT MIGHT REALISTICALLY HELP ME SURVIVE AND ACTULY RETURN TO SOCIETY
FLIGHT SIMULATOR 2020 (i can retrace my original Flight Path if i flew and see at aprox what time did i crash rem

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10:34 Apr-26-2021

remote islands nearby which match the island that i am on and then see whats in my nearest vicinity and if anything passes from nearby then the next will be build a map and figure out a way back
acctuly we should get a game show with this

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10:37 Apr-26-2021

HONORABLE MENTIONs
GTA V size is the reason it gets left out
ABZU no actual Replayabilty
alot of NEED FOR SPEED TITLES but only 2010 has to be there no matter what
NO SHOOTERS NO TOMB RAIDER NO MAX PAYNE holy **** what is happening toME

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10:39 Apr-26-2021

though if i get a really good racing rig (Steering wheel and seat)along with a really capable pc and breathtaking CRAZY HUGE MONITOR so i get like 4k 120fps with ray tracing and DSR action then i will be happy with just a few games and not

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10:40 Apr-26-2021

even try to come back

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17:04 May-01-2021

You've taken this very seriously.
May I ask how many games you've played so far?

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09:59 Apr-26-2021

Why a 500GB Hard Drive. When there's an 8TB M.2 SSD. Which can be converted to a usb?

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11:40 Apr-26-2021

Because that would be too easy

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23:44 Apr-26-2021

I don't think I even played 8TB worth of games in my entire life

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17:07 May-01-2021

Doubt you'll have to wait too long...
Newer AAA games are well over 100GB (per game)

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09:12 Apr-26-2021

Emulators and complete NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy (Regular, Advance, Color) collections, take up about 4GB of HDD space.
Think about that.

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09:12 Apr-26-2021

Osu! and Dirt Rally 2 are all I need, only 2 games I have had installed on my PC during the last year or so.

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09:10 Apr-26-2021

Elite:Dangerous
Crusader Kings 2
Terraria
Stardew Valley
Fritz 17
Divinity Original Sin 1&2
Pillars of Eternity 1&2
Tales Of Maj'Eyal
Drox Operative
Grim Dawn
Children of Morta
Disco Elysium
Distant Worlds:Universe
Rimworld
Stellaris
Cities: Skylines
Euro Truck Simulator 2
Endless Sky
Sunless Sea
Sunless Skies
Mount & Blade: Bannerlord
Football Manager 2020
Skyrim Special Edition
X3:Terran War
Race the Sun
Yakuza:Like a Dragon
Yakuza 0
Dwarf Fortress


and that leaves about 100Gb for save files.

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10:34 Apr-26-2021

You know that Elite:Dangerous is an Online Game? An Can't be played Offline?

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18:25 Apr-26-2021

While that is unfortunately true, whether a game is online only didn't really matter for this question.

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17:09 May-01-2021

Haafie got ya there

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07:40 Apr-26-2021

Alex Kidd must have, supermodel 2/3 games . tomb raiders , many naomi games, mame, obviously the new crash bandicot series, cos nobody finishes those in a hurry.RDR2? ugh i guess .far cry 3/5/6 ,hundreds of ps1 games jonah lomu rugby

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06:46 Apr-26-2021

Forget about the games, if I only had a HDD instead of an SSD I would just shoot myself in the head.

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23:45 Apr-26-2021

I've been using an SSD for the first time in my life for the past month now...AND IT IS AMAZING
And it's an M.2 NVME - so I guess I went from worst to bet storage tech in one giant leap for Calgonakind

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06:28 Apr-26-2021

1 Tetris. I don't have much time to play on a deserted island since my "game" is running away.

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06:26 Apr-26-2021

Stalker - Minecraft - CS1.6 - Age of Mythology - Hearts of iron IV

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04:48 Apr-26-2021

I would say a mix of old games and new games. There was no talk of the specs of the PC I have, may have, may find on this island.

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02:33 Apr-26-2021

DMC 5
Witcher 3
AC Odyssey \ Valhalla
Horizon Zero Dawn
RDR2
Batman Arkham Knight

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00:47 Apr-26-2021

ac origins
nfs heat
amazing spider man
horizon zero dawn

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21:47 Apr-25-2021

RDR2
GtaV
Beam NG
UEBS
horizon zero dawn
The witcher 1,2 and 3
All yakuza games (at this point ijm probably over the 500gb hard drive/SSD)

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21:37 Apr-25-2021

Strategy:
Warcraft 3 - 1.5GB
Company of Heroes 1 - 4GB
YGO - 500MB
Civilization 6 - 6GB
EU4 - 3GB
Rise of Nations - 2GB
Age of Mythology - 1.5GB
Total War Medieval 2 - 5GB
StarCraft 2 - 15GB

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21:49 Apr-25-2021

Action Games:
Prince of Persia trilogy - 12GB
DMC 1-4 - 20GB
Dark Souls 1 - 7GB
Metal Gear Rising - 5.5GB
Castlevania Collection + GBA + DS = 1GB
Dark Siders 2 - 7GB
God of War 1, 2, 3 CoO, GoS - 22GB
Bayonetta 1 - 7.5GB
Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection - 20GB
MGS 1-4 - 12GB
Bioshock 1 + 2 = 15GB
SVR2008-1G

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21:55 Apr-25-2021

Uncharted 1-3 - 20GB
Hitman Blood Money - 3GB
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory: 3GB
Legend of Zelda up to Major's mask + GBA = 2-3GB
Tekken 5 - 1.4GB
Ratchet and Clank for PS2 and PSP = 6GB
Sega Genesis Collection = 600MB
Megaman collection - 2GB

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02:18 Apr-26-2021

I take it you would take a PS3 to play the Uncharted games.

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11:59 Apr-26-2021

If I have to. :D
Nobody limited me for my systems and I can swap the HDD.

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01:13 Apr-27-2021

Smart

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22:04 Apr-25-2021

RPG:
Morrowind + Oblivion = 6GB
Dragon Age Origins + 2 = 20GB
Final Fantasy 1-10 = 6.6GB
Fallout NV - 6GB
Jeanne d'Arc = 1GB
Ys Seven = 600MB
Witcher 2 = 12GB
Hexyz Force = 600MB
Diablo 2 = 2GB
Yggdra Union = 16MB
Tactics Ogre - 700MB
WoW 3.3.5 = 10GB
Mount&Blade Warband = 700MB
Gothic 2 - 1GB
NWN2 - 2GB

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22:18 Apr-25-2021

EQ 5-9 = 3GB
MH4U = 1.5GB
Chrono Trigger = 600MB
Tales of the Abyss = 2GB
Legend of Mana = 300MB
Fable 1 + 2 = 6GB
Dark Souls 2 SotFS = 12GB
KoA:R - 7GB
Fire Emblem Awakening - 1GB
Bravely Default - 1GB
SMT4 - 1GB
Sands of Destruction - 64MB
Etrian Odyssey - 32MB
Lunar Knights - 50MB
SoM - 16MB

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22:26 Apr-25-2021

Total 400GB so far.


Witcher 3 + Dark Souls 3 = 50GB


450GB total


Racers:
Gran Turismo 6 - 20GB
NFS HP2 - 2GB
NFS:UG2 - 2GB
Assetto Corsa - 7GB
Dirt 2 - 5GB
F1 2002 - 2GB
Trackmania Nations + United Forver = 5GB
Burnout - 3GB
Automodelista - 600MB


Total: 496.6GB

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22:28 Apr-25-2021

Other:
Minecraft(why the hell not if I'm gonna have all the time in the world to play, might play for some nostalgia and red stone fun) - 100MB
Prince of Persia 3D - 500MB - nostalgia
Dungeon Lords - 1GB - nieche
XIII - 700MB


Sadly no space left for shooters, might rethink some choice and add a shooter or a few.

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20:52 Apr-26-2021

windows 10 = 100+gb?

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21:43 Apr-26-2021

I assumed it's 500GB solely for games.

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21:43 Apr-26-2021

Also windows 10 is 25GB

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02:12 Apr-26-2021

Holly crap. That's one hell of a list.
Kudos for taking the time to write it.

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11:58 Apr-26-2021

Thanks. :)
I left out a few bigger in size games and I kind of didn't have space for shooters, I could sacrifice a few games in the list to get something like Halo2, CoD4, BF2/BC2, R6:3 and such.

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100% Yes [1 votes]
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Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Radeon HD 7970 OC Sapphire Edition 16GB
Core i5-9600K 6-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX Vega 64 Gigabyte 8GB 16GB
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| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
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Xeon Processor X5690 GeForce GTX 1070 Zotac AMP! Xtreme 32GB
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Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz Intel HD Graphics 630 Mobile 32GB
0% No [2 votes]
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Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Gaming 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
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100% Yes [4 votes]
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Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
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Core i7-5500U 2-Core 2.4GHz GeForce 940M 2GB 8GB
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