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Must play 360 games that aren't too long

chuck steakchuck steak Registered User regular
edited April 2008 in Games and Technology
I'm borrowing my brother's 360 for the next two and a half weeks (just got an HDTV, woo!). I want to make the most of it, since I won't be able to afford one of my own for quite some time (and may get a ps3 instead for blu-ray).

I'm looking for games that take around 10-20 hours or less to complete, or are worth just putting that much time in. So no Mass Effect or Oblivion. Also, I really don't like FPS controls with a controller. I tried COD4 but turned it off in frustration after 20 minutes of fighting with the controller. However, I'm playing Bioshock right now and am loving it a lot, so if the gameplay isn't too twitch based and the game is good enough I can suffer through the frustrating controls. I'm going to try Burnout next, but aside from that I'm not interested in racing games, and I have all of the sports games I'm interested in.

So, once I'm done Bioshock, what should be next on my list? I want to get through (or mostly through) at least 2-3 more games.

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    MarvellousMMarvellousM United StatesRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Dead Rising and Lost Planet. Many are going to disagree with me but I'm sticking to recommending these two.

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Gears of War, Portal in the Orange Box, and Dead Rising.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Actually, you can push through Mass Effect in about 15 to 20 hours—skip the sidequests and just do the main stuff. I clocked in about 19 and that was after giving up on hours and hours of side missions, and frankly I wish I had abandoned them way earlier. A friend of mine got through it in 14 hours and loved every second of it; all killer, no filler.

    If you've any interest in it, you should check out Gears—I think even PC FPS people agree the game just feels built for a controller and works well around it, and that's easily doable in 8-10 hours on the Casual setting.

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    chuck steakchuck steak Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Lunker wrote: »
    Actually, you can push through Mass Effect in about 15 to 20 hours—skip the sidequests and just do the main stuff. I clocked in about 19 and that was after giving up on hours and hours of side missions, and frankly I wish I had abandoned them way earlier. A friend of mine got through it in 14 hours and loved every second of it; all killer, no filler.

    If you've any interest in it, you should check out Gears—I think even PC FPS people agree the game just feels built for a controller and works well around it, and that's easily doable in 8-10 hours on the Casual setting.

    I'm a bit OCD with games though, especially RPG's (which is why I don't play them much, I get overwhelmed and then bored). I have to explore every bit of a game and I can't stand knowing I missed stuff in a game.

    I've played Gears for about five minutes, and I do remember being suprised by how well the controls worked. I'll have to beat that for sure. And I completely forgot about Dead Rising. I wanted to play that so bad when it came out, I'll have to pick that up for sure.

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    Nitsuj82Nitsuj82 Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    CoD4 will take up about 5 or 6 hours, and then the multiplayer will take up the other 13 days that you have the 360 in your possession.

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    ChewyWafflesChewyWaffles Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Condemned

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    SamphisSamphis Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Crackdown. A thousand times Crackdown.

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    GigGig Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Devil May Cry 4...


    ...assuming you haven't already played it for the PS3. >_>

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    chuck steakchuck steak Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Nitsuj82 wrote: »
    CoD4 will take up about 5 or 6 hours, and then the multiplayer will take up the other 13 days that you have the 360 in your possession.

    Already said I tried it, can't stand the controls. But if it's that short, maybe I should give it a run through on easy just for the experience. Would it be worth it for that?

    Also, I have Orange Box for PC.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Assassin's Creed? I think that's short.

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    PolloDiabloPolloDiablo Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Honestly, I thought Army of Two was a blast. It wasn't too long, either.

    Just try to find a human partner. I haven't tried it with the AI one.

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    ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Halo 3 is wickedawesomesauce.

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    TrevorTrevor Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Condemned and Condemned 2 are both fairly pretty and shiny and short and fun.

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    MooreningMoorening Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Samphis wrote: »
    Crackdown. A thousand times Crackdown.
    I second this. The first game I played on my 360...I had to borrow it, now I want it back just to tear ass through the city as the badass super agent.

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    Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Oblivion.

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    IgortIgort Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Dead Rising and Lost Planet. Many are going to disagree with me but I'm sticking to recommending these two.

    Yeah, pretty much these.

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    ZercofZercof Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    My god! Crackdown is an amazing choice!

    Oblivion?... he said he's OCD with RPGs, and I think this is a bad choice :?
    I'm a HUGE morrowind fan, but theres no way you should get into Oblivion in just 2 weeks...

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    DissociaterDissociater Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I'd recommend Saint's Row.

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    FaceballMcDougalFaceballMcDougal Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Halo 3 on newb mode or whatever is pretty fun, and shouldn't be too bad if you suck at using a controller. Hell my wife beat it solo and she doesn't play many games at all.

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    RainbowDespairRainbowDespair Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Pac-Man: Championship Edition. I was never a big fan of the original Pac-Man, but Pac-Man:CE blows it away in fun and playability. IMO, it was one of the top 3 games for any system in 2007 and since a game only takes 10 minutes max, it certainly meets the not too long requirement.

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    AshendarkAshendark Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    CoD4 (after you get used the controller it controls perfectly)
    Crackdown
    Condemned 1&2
    Assassin's Creed
    Portal in the Orange Box
    Gears of War

    None of those should take very long to beat and are awesome.

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2008
    Oh God. i knew there were reasons besides GTAIV to buy a 360. Now...can I fit Mass Effect, Crackdown, Dead Rising, CoD4, Halo 3 and Assassins Creed in before April 29th?

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    Nitsuj82Nitsuj82 Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Nitsuj82 wrote: »
    CoD4 will take up about 5 or 6 hours, and then the multiplayer will take up the other 13 days that you have the 360 in your possession.

    Already said I tried it, can't stand the controls. But if it's that short, maybe I should give it a run through on easy just for the experience. Would it be worth it for that?

    Also, I have Orange Box for PC.

    Shows what I read.

    But yes, it's worth it.

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    chuck steakchuck steak Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I don't think it's a matter of me getting used to the controller for FPS's. I've played a whole lot of halo back in the day and various other shooters since, and I've just come to realise that I suck at using a controller to shoot things. And I've tried Halo 3, it's just not my thing.

    Are Crackdown and Assassins Creed pretty short? I'm getting Gears and Dead Rising for sure, so I can probably fit one more game in. If you guys had to pick between AC and Crackdown, which would you pick?

    I might have to just not give this damn thing back... way too many games I want to play.

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    JebralJebral The guy nobody pays attention to Down South in the land of free thinkingRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I don't think it's a matter of me getting used to the controller for FPS's. I've played a whole lot of halo back in the day and various other shooters since, and I've just come to realise that I suck at using a controller to shoot things. And I've tried Halo 3, it's just not my thing.

    Are Crackdown and Assassins Creed pretty short? I'm getting Gears and Dead Rising for sure, so I can probably fit one more game in. If you guys had to pick between AC and Crackdown, which would you pick?

    I might have to just not give this damn thing back... way too many games I want to play.

    Neither of them have a very focused single player, and while Assassin's Creed is cool, there just aren't as many opportunities for pure awesome fun as in Crackdown. Especially with Crackdown's DLC.

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    GanluanGanluan Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Dead Rising's story mode takes (literally) 6 hours, since it's based on real time. You could play it through 2-3 times (which is the best way to play it, in my opinion) and still put in the amount of time you specified.

    I just saw you mentioned you're getting it though, good move :P I just picked up Crackdown myself so I'm interested to see how it plays out.

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    Uncle_BalsamicUncle_Balsamic Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Dead Rising, Crackdown, Condemned, Condemned 2, Assassins Creed, Saints Row, Gears of War, PGR3/4, The Darkness (if you can get used to the controls, it's not twitchy).

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    DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Get a bunch of MS Points and go crazy on XBLA. There are TONS of shorter games worth playing... N+, Rez, Geometry Wars, Carcassonne, Catan, Poker Smash, Puzzle Quest, and Bomberman, just to name some favorites, and that's not even getting into the classics you might not have played (Symphony of the Night, etc) with tons of amazing games at $5-$15, if you spend the the $50-$60 you'd spend on a full game on XBLA titles, you can get a half-dozen games that are well worth your time.

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    fragglefartfragglefart Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Earth Defense Force 2017!

    Also Project Gotham Racing 4.

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    BrymBrym Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I'll put in a vote for Assassin's Creed. If you play it just to complete the story, and not to get all the achievements, it is quite short. And if you're ignoring all the optional missions, then the main criticism against the game--repetitiveness--won't apply.

    Also, I'd advise against too many XBLA games. Many of them are of the type where you don't just play through them and are done. Instead, they're the type that you keep coming back to for mulitplayer, or to get a high score. A game like Pac-Man CE or Geometry Wars may be "short" in theory, but I've spent more time playing them than I have most of my retail games. I think if you loaded up on a bunch of games like that you just wouldn't have enough time to really dig into them and "get" what makes them so great.

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    corin7corin7 San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    The Darkness.

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    Ramen NoodleRamen Noodle whoa, god has a picture of me! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Mass Effect really isn't too terribly long. I beat it last weekend and clocked in at around 12 hours. It was also one of the best gaming experiences I've had in a long time and I'm already playing through again.

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    Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    You could finish Assassin's Creed AND Crackdown extremely quickly. Both are astounding games and both can be obtained cheap-ish nowadays.

    I'd recommend Dead Rising too, N+ from the XBLA and, if you haven't played the xbox version and I know it's an odd suggestion, I'd recommend downloading Psychonauts too. It's relatively short and enjoyable.

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    wenchkillawenchkilla Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I rented Army of Two for my friend's 360 yesterday and we beat it together in one day. Co-op is a blast, we loved every minute of it, and it had the perfect length - let us do everything we expected but did not overstay its welcome. Great two person rental. But if it's just you, one controller, and the 360, pick up something else.

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    OhioOhio Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Off topic a little but when you played Army of Two with your friend, it sounds like you did it split-screen.

    In the age of Xbox Live, I've grown to hate playing split-screen since, well, it takes away half my screen. I'm more used to having my own screen and playing with others online.

    That said, it sounds like Army of Two is really fun playing with someone in the same room. Can you tell me how it handles the split screen (vertical or horizontal?) and if you felt like you could see enough of what was going on when you were playing that way?

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    SnakeDoctorSnakeDoctor Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Crackdown is a MUST play for any 360 owner. It can drag out if you're anal about agility orbs but you'll probably be having too much damn fun to notice.

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    desperaterobotsdesperaterobots perth, ausRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Crackdown. Forever Crackdown. And Mass Effect for sure; it needn't be long if you focus on the main storyline only and avoid the side quests. The main story line is where all the omg is located anyway.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Crackdown. Forever Crackdown. And Mass Effect for sure; it needn't be long if you focus on the main storyline only and avoid the side quests. The main story line is where all the omg is located anyway.

    Seriously, I can't stress this enough. The last four or five hours of the game are pure, uncut heroin injected straight into your eyeballs.

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    shutzshutz Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    DeathPrawn wrote: »
    Get a bunch of MS Points and go crazy on XBLA. There are TONS of shorter games worth playing... N+, Rez, Geometry Wars, Carcassonne, Catan, Poker Smash, Puzzle Quest, and Bomberman, just to name some favorites, and that's not even getting into the classics you might not have played (Symphony of the Night, etc) with tons of amazing games at $5-$15, if you spend the the $50-$60 you'd spend on a full game on XBLA titles, you can get a half-dozen games that are well worth your time.

    In all the time I've had my 360, I have to say at least 90% of the time I've played games on it has been spent on XBLA games.

    It all depends on what you want or like to play, but you really MUST try at least these games:

    PacMan C.E. Trust me.
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, unless you've already beaten that in some other form and didn't like it enough to beat it again (although, if you're good at it, it means a bunch of cheap achievements... a few of which are fun to get.)
    Catan: yes, it's a board game. But it's much deeper than it looks, while being easy enough that you'll pick it up within less than an hour. Online play is lots of fun.
    Rez HD: this game is BEAUTIFUL! And it's SO good!

    Another one I've been playing a lot of, but I don't consider it unavoidable: E4 (Every Extend Extra Extreme).
    I would recommend Puzzle Quest, but I have that on the DS, and to me, it works better as a portable game. Regardless, it's a great game that you won't be able to finish in two weeks unless you skip a lot of it (or play it full-time.)

    But with just the four I mentioned first, you would be covered for the period you say you'll have the 360.

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    DysonDyson Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Halo 3
    Call of Duty 4
    Gears of War
    Mass Effect -- just the main story line

    Average length of around 8 hours (more for ME, around 12), but all very good.

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