Since the start of the 8th gen, games have seen quite an inflation of lengh, becoming longer and longer, introducing lite-RPG mechanics in genre that previously wasn’t built around it.
Game as a service culture is of course a big part of this and I’m still shocked by the time I’ve spent on some titles, but the fact is that more and more, I feel like games tends to be less memorable, dense, and focus than they were.
The last exemple of it for me, is the game I’m currently playing : The Callisto Protocol.
Despite being “short” (like 12 to 14 hours) the game massively overstay is welcome with repetitive ennemies and level design. It drags way too much with very little new mecanics to justify himself.
Open world is a trend that destroy overall enjoyment of games for me. The two games that did Open world just fine for me in term of lengh are Sonic Frontiers (because he has in fact 5 overworld quite varied in activities) and Halo Infinite which is quite short and focus.
Dark Souls I and III are both fantastic games. Elden Ring seems like four time bigger and as a result was a shore for me because of it. It just didn’t seem to justify it.
I begin to think that games should be way shorter (like Callisto Protocol could easily be 5 to 6 hours game and a much better one because of that change of scope !) and they could retain the same price has the 8th gen. AAA Gaming has a whole seems to lack fresh ideas and iterate too much and for too long on derivative formulas.
I don’t know if this is something you feel about gaming nowadays, but I find experiences like A Short Hike, Hellblade, Halo Infinite (even if there is repetition in this one too) to be better games not because they do something different, but because they are doing less, are much more focus and the scope isn’t about being a crazy long adventure.
My point is : if your game has little to offer in term of fresh ideas, you should focus on this difference and don’t try to be the next big open world game or don’t be afraid to offer a short experience.
I don’t know what you guys think about it, maybe I’ve just played too much videogames and I’m bored of them in general ?