¿En qué juego has pasado más horas?

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The cycle of videogame discourse loops around again, an ouroboros chewing its own tail and pausing only to vomit up one of the same half-dozen topics we must apparently discuss again and again, until the world’s ending. This time, the cyclical serpent has barfed out the subject of how long a videogame should be. Do your best to ignore it. Let’s talk about something else instead. Let’s simply peruse our libraries, look over our save files, and take note of those games we’ve decided are worth dedicating, say, to pick an entirely arbitrary number at random, 500 hours to.

What game have you spent the most hours in?

Here are our answers, plus some from our forum.

Wes Fenlon, Senior Editor: Tragically all my League of Legends stats have been erased since I played, but in the span of roughly one year, mostly in 2011, I played something like 800 matches. At an average of 40 minutes a match, that comes out to more than 500 hours that year. I played so much it literally haunted my dreams.

Halo 2 and 3 got more of my time on Xbox, though. According to the Halo site’s surviving stats, I played 2,969 matches of Halo 2 and 2,905 matches of Halo 3. At an average of 15 minutes a match, that’s about 1,500 hours between the two. Not so bad, considering that took place over about five years!

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Nat Clayton, Features Producer: It’s been five years since the game went offline, and longer still since it was actively played, but bloody Super Monday Night Combat still sits at the top of my Steam most-played with a healthy 1,020 hours logged. An old high school bud got me into a beta just before graduating, and I spent the next two years with little else to do but get really, embarrassingly into a doomed shooter-MOBA hybrid. Nothing racks up game hours like being deeply depressed and unable to find work between school and university, but the community was tight-knit in the way tiny communities tend to be, and I eventually ended up travelling Norway with an American guy from the scene. 

I’ve spent a lot of the last decade hoping something, anything else would overtake it as my most played game. I imagined it’d be Splatoon 2 for a minute, racking up a whopping 720 over the course of the pandemic, but considering I put 700 of my 800+ hours into Apex Legends in the last 7 months alone, I reckon it’ll take the podium sooner or later. I’m also completely ignoring my World of Warcraft playtime which, having been an on-again off-again subscriber for over 16 years, must easily overshadow everything mentioned above. I finally cut the habit in 2019, and I’m not going back now just to check my hours.

Dave has 1107 hours in Football Manager 2019

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Dave James, Hardware Lead: My answer really has to encompass a series of games, because I’m one of those Football Manager obsessives, and as such I will plough my available game time into a new iteration of the game every single year. I have deliberately not totted up the overall time I’ve spent playing FM since it came out, partly because I don’t ever need to see that number, but also because I can’t find play time stats for its Championship Manager progenitor which I also sank a huge amount of my life into.

But a quick check of Steam shows my most-played version of the game was Football Manager 2019 with a hefty 1,107.7 hours, a little over the 1,062.7 hours I spent with FM2018 the year before, or the 1,007.1 hours of FM2017.

The series is, however, a stark reminder about just how much having children affects the time you can spend gaming. FM2020 has but 841.5 hours of my life, FM2021 a paltry 393.1 hours, and FM2022 just 113 minutes. 

The lesson for everyone here is a simple one: don’t have kids, they ruin everything.

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Katie Wickens, Hardware Writer: Rimworld was my saving grace throughout uni, before I even had many games on my PC at all, because who can afford games while studying? My system was reserved mostly for game design so I literally had two games installed. That way I could concentrate on getting my degree… and drinking. But Rimworld helped me pass the time relatively productively as I could just leave it playing in the background while I wrote my design journal, until the hordes of rabid squirrels decided to attack, of course. 

Those 324.9 hours are but a fragment of the true time spent hunkering down in mountainsides with my pawns, though. Another 20 hours flew by straight off the bat, the first time my friend ever showed it to me. He went to bed and woke up the next morning to me, red-eyed, and hunched over his PC like “I built a base, look.” 

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I clocked up another hundred hours or so on my boyfriend’s PC during the year between uni and finding gainful employment, so it’s safe to assume the number is closer to 450 hrs. Basically, I’ve been training in colony management for some time. Can I put that on my CV?

Sarah has played a priest in WoW for 303 days, 19 hours

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Sarah James, Guides Writer: I’m actually a little scared to think about the amount of time I’ve spent in World of Warcraft but here we are. My priest sits at 303 days and 19 hours and is the character I created when I returned to WoW during Mists of Pandaria. This is the one that I’ve played the longest, though I did main a warrior during the second half of Warlords of Draenor and a demon hunter for most of Shadowlands, so good chunks of playtime aren’t included. A decebt amount of time was spent raiding, though a lot of it can probably be attributed to doing laps of Orgrimmar/Dalaran/Oribos while chatting to guildies on Discord.

Aside from that, Valheim comes in second at 603 hours played. Errr… go big or go home?

Mollie has played FF14 for 75 days

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Mollie Taylor, Trainee News Writer: Absolutely nobody on the PC Gamer team will be surprised to know that Final Fantasy 14 is my most-played game. Steam will lie and say I have 1,161 hours logged, but I started playing it on a PlayStation 3 back in 2014 so it’s a bit more than that—the in-game timer shows I’ve put closer to 1800 hours into it, which is nothing in MMO time. I only ever tend to spend around 50 to 300 hours in most games I play, so it’s rare for me to hit four digits. I’ve come close with games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and The Sims 4, but Final Fantasy 14 is the first one to finally hit that milestone. 

Lauren has 952 hours in Civ 5

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Lauren Aitken, Deputy Guides Writer: It’s more likely nearer 1000 as I had a non-Steam version on the go for a while. I’m pretty sure it was a disc copy? Anyway, it’s a classic, what can I say? Either that or my The Witcher 3 PlayStation first playthrough at around 420 hours. I just like Gwent, ok?

Phil has 1771 hours in Guild Wars 2

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Phil Savage, Editor-in-Chief UK: It’s Guild Wars 2 for me—really the only MMO I’ve properly sunk my teeth into. And despite it being one of the most alt-friendly MMOs around, over 94% of my 1,771 hours with it has been spent on one character. It’s a nine-year-old game, so those hours are spread out across a long period, with some significant breaks. But with an expansion arriving in February, I’d expect that total to rise dramatically this year. 2,000 hours here we come.

Evan has 980 hours in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Evan Lahti, Global Editor-in-Chief: I’m feeling dwarfed by some of the numbers on our team, yow. CS:GO still sits atop my humble hours-played pile on Steam with 980, despite not having played it seriously since 2017 or so. For the stretch 2013-2015 it was one of the only games I was playing. 

As I’ve gotten older I think it’s only natural that you lean away from games that require skill maintenance to keep up with, partly because the friends around you are doing the same. The other factor is the mindset that our job at PC Gamer instills: covering games creates a pressure to be playing a breadth of different things, to be diving into what everyone’s talking about. I’d love to know what future game will supplant the shooters at the top of my permanent record.

Lauren has over 2045 hours in Guild Wars 2

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Lauren Morton, Associate Editor: I was also going to say Guild Wars 2, but it turns out that those hours don’t hold a candle to the number I spent in the first Guild Wars. I have a total of 4,456 hours in the original and 2,045 in GW2. Even combined, they don’t match the hours Sarah’s spent on just her Priest. I’ll just sit on down. 

Over on Steam, it’s The Elder Scrolls Online, though it only reports 503 hours while my real total from the standalone ZOS launcher is probably double that. MMOs seem like such obvious winners though. My top-played singleplayer game is Dragon Age Inquisition with 337 hours.

Rich has over 2600 hours in Rocket League

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Rich Stanton, News Editor: Just over 2,600 hours in Rocket League, tipping 1,000 in CS:GO, and a couple of respectable showings for FromSoft. The tragic thing is that this doesn’t include my Rocket League playtime on PlayStation 4, which is where I played it for the first few years, or Switch, where I play it pretty often now. I’ve spent hundreds of days of my life chasing a ball in a rocket-propelled car. Maybe I need help.

Andy has 390 hours in The Witcher 3

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Andy Chalk, US News Lead: I’m feeling like an absolute scrub reading all these numbers. I think my Quake 2 playtimes from way back when would give me a respectable showing but that’s all long gone—the big dog in my Steam library these days is The Witcher 3, at 390 hours, followed by Wasteland 2, Fallout 4, and Battletech. I haven’t touched any of them except Witcher 3 in years.

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Morgan has 1400 hours in Rainbow Six Siege on Steam, with another 600 or so on console

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Morgan Park, Staff Writer: Between PC, PS4, and Xbox, I have around 2,000 hours in Rainbow Six Siege (though my Steam number is around 1,400). I don’t wanna know how many days that is. Runners up include 700 hours in Day of Defeat: Source, 260 hours in Mount & Blade: Napoleonic Wars, around 200 in Hunt Showdown, and 150-ish in Hitman 2. I don’t know how to check Overwatch playtime, but if I did that’d probably be second or third.

Chris has 418 hours in Team Fortress 2

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Chris Livingston, Features Producer: On Steam it looks like TF2 takes the cake despite the fact I haven’t played it since probably around 2010. Not captured by Steam is The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, in which I have two characters who each have 200-hour saved files, and a third with around 50 hours. So I’m gonna say that’s truly my most-played game. I have to imagine I spent a couple hundred hours playing Doom 2, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, The Sims 2, Unreal Tournament, and a few more before Steam was a thing.

450 hours in Oblivion felt like a lot until I saw almost everyone else at PCG has over a thousand hours on their most-played lists. Sometimes way over that. Now I’m suddenly wondering: have I just never found a game I really, truly loved? Damn.

Tyler Colp has 2,677 hours in Overwatch

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Tyler Colp, Associate Editor: Like Mollie and Sarah, MMOs sucked all the time out of me. I don’t have hard numbers for World of Warcraft, but I know I have at least 150 days or more clocked into that game. That’s at least 3,600 hours spread out across several characters because I’m indecisive. As any MMO player knows, the game becomes a thing to do while chatting with friends on voice chat, so that’s where most of my hours come in. I’m still fairly new to Final Fantasy 14, so I’m only sitting at 68 days, or 1,632 hours. I’m sure it’ll get worse.

All of these hour counts would be surprising if I went back in time and told my younger self what kind of curious decisions I’d make in the future, but the real shocker to me even now is my Overwatch hours. I remember scoffing at Blizzard making a first-person shooter when it was announced and reluctantly buying it on launch day (which is also my birthday) to join my friends. Now I have over 3,500 hours in it across several accounts. At this point I know too much about the game and its history. I never thought I’d spend so much time in a game that it’s infiltrated all parts of my brain, but here I am.

Alan has 368 hours in New World

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Alan Dexter, Senior Hardware Editor: The surprising one here is Spelunky. I knew I’d spent a bit of time dying to surprise snakes, errant boulders, and pointy sticks, but never realised I’d managed to tip over the 100-hour mark. Quality game though. I’ve obviously spent too much time in New World, and I’ll freely admit that. And Skyrim is just a really great game (with a terrible interface). There are a couple of games that don’t appear on this list though, including Cyberpunk 2077 (146 hours) and Apex Legends (1012 hours). 

Es otro MMO que se lleva la victoria: jugué WoW durante muchos, muchos años y acumulé el tipo de horas de juego que avergüenza a todo esto (estamos hablando de muchos miles de horas aquí). Lo que hace que sea un poco extraño que no lo haya tocado en casi un año y, sin embargo, no lo extraño en absoluto. 

Jody has 287 hours in Total War: Warhammer 2

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Jody Macgregor, editor de Weekend/AU: Tengo más de 300 horas en Skyrim, contando Oldrim y la edición especial. Dado que esas son entradas separadas en Steam, coloca a Total War: Warhammer 2 en la parte superior de mi lista. Tengo 287 horas en eso y todavía no siento que esté cerca de terminar con eso. Todavía no he jugado una campaña de hombres bestia, y nunca terminé mi carrera de duende o elfo del bosque.

Jugué 219 horas del primer Total War: Warhammer, ¿cuál supongo que es una campaña menos? Veremos si el tercer juego lo derriba de la percha.

De nuestro foro

mjs warlord: no puedo probar que hice esto, pero comencé a usar Warframe cuando salió por primera vez y en el momento en que dejé de usarlo tenía poco más de 2800 horas, dejé de usarlo porque un día inicié sesión y todo lo que había comprado o luchado por ¡se había ido! De alguna manera mi cuenta había sido hackeada.

Frindis: Además de mis casi 11 000 horas en Rust, obtuve alrededor de 3 000 horas en WoW. Eso es lo máximo que he jugado en un juego. No estoy seguro de por qué, pero cuando miro mi historial de transacciones de WoW, no muestra nada más antiguo que mi compra de Diablo 3 del 19.07.12. Puede que tenga algo que ver con el rediseño de la BlizzAccount.

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Pifanjr has 576 hours in Civilization 5

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Pifanjr: Según Steam, es Civilization V. Sin embargo, noté que el total de horas de Skyrim Special Edition se restableció cuando se actualizó a Anniversary Edition, por lo que podría haber tenido más horas allí, aunque probablemente sea similar.

Realmente nunca me he quedado con ningún juego por mucho tiempo, así que dudo que haya juegos que no sean de Steam que superen ampliamente las 500 horas, aunque probablemente haya algunos que al menos se acerquen.

Withywarlock: No tengo los detalles porque esto fue en la Xbox 360, pero The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion estará fácilmente en las miles de horas, ya que lo jugué religiosamente durante años. En la versión de PC, incluido Morroblivion, tengo 177 horas registradas. Sin embargo, en Steam, la mayor parte de las horas que dediqué a un juego fue con Total War: Warhammer II por las razones obvias de que es una gran estrategia con ejércitos muy diversos y mucha fantasía militar. Podría jugar eso en un momento, tbh.

WoodenSaucer: Lo máximo para mí son 221 horas en Skyrim. Suelo jugar partidas más cortas y realmente no dispongo de tanto tiempo de juego. Conozco a un tipo en otro foro que tiene más de 19.000 horas en Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. No me preguntes cómo. No está mintiendo al respecto porque acabo de mirar su perfil de Steam y actualmente tiene hasta 19,864 horas en ese juego.

DXCHASE has 3600 hours in Destiny 2

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DXCHASE: Para aquellos que leyeron algunas de mis publicaciones, esto no es sorprendente jajaja. Esto no cubre las 1000 horas o más que pasé en el juego cuando estaba en Battle.net. También me gustaría agregar que hay unas buenas 500-700 horas de tiempo de inactividad allí y para la comunidad de Destiny 2 estos números son números de novatos jajaja. Entonces, en total, aproximadamente 4.5 – 5k horas. Y eso es solo Destiny 2, nunca jugué Destiny, también soy líder/fundador de un clan completo, así que jugar con nuevos jugadores/miembros del clan es parte de la diversión.

Johnway: Path of Exile por una milla rural. Poco menos de 1.450 horas.

Las ligas simplemente le dan vida al juego cada vez y son características bastante importantes, por lo que me conviene jugarlas. El juego final es extrañamente adictivo. Nunca lo superé, pero lo suficiente para mantenerme ocupado cada vez. En general, probablemente sean los desafíos de cada liga con la posibilidad de botín lo que me mantiene en marcha. Pero si no hay ningún buen botín o la liga es un poco rara, renuncio más temprano que tarde.

Kaamos_Llama has over 400 hours in Battle Brothers

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Kaamos_Llama: Acabo de superar mi juego más jugado recientemente con Battle Brothers en 400 y pico (y todavía soy malo en eso), pero si sumas mi tiempo en Total War Warhammer 1 y 2 es alrededor de 720 y son los mismo juego en realidad, ¿verdad?

De todos modos, en los últimos 10 años, antes de que realmente usara Steam, no había forma de saberlo y tenía más tiempo cuando era más joven. Sin embargo, estoy bastante seguro de que nada estaría cerca de las 11.000 horas.

Ryzengang: Podría intentar verificar el tiempo de juego de Runescape/Old School Runescape de mi vida en todas mis cuentas, pero probablemente estaría profundamente perturbado, así que me abstendré de hacerlo. Digamos que son más de 5000 horas y dejémoslo así. World of Warcraft dura aproximadamente 1,000 horas si solo cuento mi principal. Aparte de esos dos, realmente no tengo una gran idea. Algunos de mis juegos más jugados fueron (en su mayoría) en la consola (por ejemplo, Borderlands 2, Halo 3, OG Modern Warfare).

ZedClampet: Tengo 3550 horas en Warframe. En algún momento me cansé de lo aburrido que era parte del contenido nuevo (para obtener este elemento, calculé que, en el mejor de los casos, tenía que hacer la misión de 15 minutos 107 veces, pero ese era el mejor de los casos). y deja de jugar.

Tienen una gran comunidad, pero terminé jugando solo la mayor parte del tiempo, principalmente porque estaba haciendo cosas que otras personas no querían hacer y las hacía de una manera que ellos se habrían burlado. Por ejemplo, cuando las personas querían nivelar un arma, había un mapa al que se agruparon y fueron, y tomaría aproximadamente una eternidad nivelar tu arma al máximo (eran eficientes para matar cosas, pero no para ganar XP de armas). Además, se esperaba que jugaras un marco determinado y cumplieras ciertas funciones. Pero mientras tanto, tenía una forma de nivelar mis armas por mí mismo en 10 a 12 minutos, y podía jugar en cualquier cuadro que quisiera. Prácticamente todos los goles fueron así. Los jugadores pensaron que había una manera correcta y una manera incorrecta de abordar todo, y esperaban que los siguieras, pero sus métodos en realidad no eran los mejores.