I was recently thinking about how I rarely play games for more than 2 hours even in games that are built to have that “one more turn/game” feeling, but there are a few exceptions where I was so into a game that I played much longer in one session than I’m used to.
I have two games that come to mind: Harvester and Firewatch.
When I played Harvester, I hadn’t heard much about it outside of it being a game that reveled in violence. When I started, I was so shocked by what I was experiencing that I actually completed the game in one sitting. I even had to restart the combat sections multiple times since I didn’t manage my items correctly the first couple of times I tried. I had to see the ending, but I was mostly disappointed.
For Firewatch, I was having such a good time that I also couldn’t help but finish it in one sitting. I think it was probably better for me that way as it let me experience the narrative more cohesively as opposed to being stretched out over multiple play sessions. It also took a bit longer for me to finish as I spent a good amount of time exploring the environment, taking in all the details.
What games did you enjoy so much or were so interested in what was next that you found yourself playing much longer in one sitting than you expected?