BySimon Rune Knudsen, writer at Creators.co
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When you spend your hard-earned cash on something, you expect a certain amount of value in return. That's a dominant truth in today's society, unless you've developed some kind of phobia for money. If that's the case, read on, as this list might inspire you to waste it in easy ways.

As a reasonably stingy human being, you're probably looking for products on sale when you go grocery shopping, and you're consistently making sure that whatever you buy is of decent quality. The same goes with , where you want at least around 10 hours of solid gameplay, depending on the genre in question and cost.

That's what you tell yourself, anyway.

Ranking The 15 Shortest Major Games In Recent Years

Sadly, a lot of video games aren't actually able to deliver even 10 hours. You'd be surprised how many high-end development games (the so called triple As) feature a ridiculously low amount of content. So little, you feel a bit scammed when you're done playing them.

"Never again!" you swear, as you raise a clenched first towards the sky! But when the next Call of Duty comes out, you find yourself standing in GameStop, holding a freshly purchased copy of yet another Activision game. Curses! To help you avoid these situations in the future, we've compiled a list of the 15 shortest major games in recent years, ranked. You could also check out our ranking of the 25 longest games ever created, if you're into that sort of thing.

DISCLAIMER: The list does not include indie, puzzle or arcade games. Score attack games doesn't qualify either. We’re not counting multiplayer modes, only story campaigns with a definitive end-point.

15. 50 Cent: Blood On The Sand

[Credit: THQ]
[Credit: THQ]
  • Genre: Third-person shooter
  • Release year: 2009
  • Developer/publisher: Swordfish Studios / THQ
  • How long to complete: 6.5 hours

Shit goes down after rapper 50 Cent and his crew G-Unit play a gig in a unnamed Middle Eastern country. For a handful of hours, you'll be shooting terrorists and blowing stuff up as one of the world's most gangsta rappers in what can only be described as a very brief but hilarious game.

14. Silent Hill 3

  • Genre: Survival horror
  • Release year: 2003
  • Developer/publisher: Konami
  • How long to complete: 6 hours

The Silent Hill series is known for featuring some truly terrifying gameplay, and Silent Hill 3 is no exception. But even though survival horror games are rarely long, six hours is simply too short a time for you to be able to immerse yourself entirely in the creepy setting. A shame.

13. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

[Credit: Activision]
[Credit: Activision]
  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Release year: 2011
  • Developer/publisher: Infinity Ward / Activision
  • How long to complete: 6 hours

The Call of Duty franchise is notorious for featuring very brief campaigns and single player modes. And the Modern Warfare series especially so, with Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 being the shortest of the bunch.

Do not buy this game if you don't like the FPS experience online, as that's basically all it is. The campaign is both generic and finished very, very quickly.

12. Mirror's Edge

  • Genre: Action-adventure platformer
  • Release year: 2008
  • Developer/publisher: Dice / Electronic Arts
  • How long to complete: 5.5 hours

This parkour game featured some pretty revolutionary game design. Jumping around on buildings, cars and people as the iconic character Faith in a dystopian society was a lot of fun. Too bad the fun only lasted a little more than 5 hours, after which you'd be like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ as there was no multiplayer at all.

11. Wanted: Weapons Of Fate

[Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
  • Genre: Third-person shooter
  • Release year: 2009
  • Developer/publisher: Grin / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • How long to complete: 5 hours

This game has a lot in common with Enter The Matrix, the Matrix spin-off game from 2003. Like, they were both actually a more pleasant experience than the movies they were spawned from, Matrix Reloaded and Wanted. They also both feature A LOT of bullet time.

Wanted: Weapons of Fate continues the story of the movie. Or at least it's supposed to, but its limited length makes sure the game doesn't really get anywhere story-wise.

10. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2

  • Genre: Action-adventure platformer
  • Release year: 2010
  • Developer/publisher: LucasArts
  • How long to complete: 5 hours

Where the story of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was edible by Star Wars fans, things got out of hand in The Force Unleashed 2. Playing as a clone of a non-canon character who'll eventually die just isn't very exciting. No matter how much Force lightning you can conjure. And the fact that the whole thing is over in 5 hours doesn't make anything better.

9. Medal Of Honor

[Credit: Electronic Arts]
[Credit: Electronic Arts]
  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Release year: 2010
  • Developer/publisher: Dice and Danger Close Games / Electronic Arts
  • How long to complete: 5 hours

Taking the Medal of Honor franchise into present day, this game featured some intense Afghanistan wilderness combat, for 5 hours. The graphics were nice, for 5 hours. You could also play as a Taliban terrorist/rebel, for 5 hours. All in all pretty good, except for the fact that it only lasted 5 hours.

8. Homefront

  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Release year: 2011
  • Developer/publisher: Kaos Studios / THQ
  • How long to complete: 4.5 hours

A lot of first-person shooters on this list, huh? Homefront has an interesting story where the US is occupied by a unified, communistic Korea. You fight as a rebel to liberate your country in what can only be described as an unpolished gameplay experience. During the few hours you'll spend with Homefront you can't shake off the feeling of the game being released before it was finished as both story and gameplay seem rushed.

7. Watchmen: The End Is Nigh

[Credit: Deadline Games / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Deadline Games / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
  • Genre: Action beat 'em up
  • Release year: 2009
  • Developer/publisher: Deadline Games / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • How long to complete: 4.5 hours

Playing as either Rorschach or Nite Owl, two of the legendary Watchmen, sounds great, right? Well it isn't. Not in this game at least. Its gameplay is repetitive, and the story is underdeveloped and boring. In this case, 4.5 hours feels like forever, and you'll spend most of it wondering when Dr. Manhattan is going to show up. The end isn't nigh enough if you ask me!

6. Terminator Salvation

  • Genre: Third-person shooter
  • Release year: 2009
  • Developer/publisher: Grin / Equity and Evolved Games
  • How long to complete: 4 hours

The third movie-based game on the list, Terminator Salvation is disappointingly short. Which is kind of astonishing, considering the rich franchise it draws from. It's basically ideal for creating exciting video games. But alas, we only got this 4 hour experience that — in spite of decent gameplay — is as memorable as the movie. Wait, what movie?

5. Kane And Lynch 2: Dog Days

[Credit: Eidos]
[Credit: Eidos]
  • Genre: Third-person shooter
  • Release year: 2010
  • Developer/publisher: IO Interactive / Eidos
  • How long to complete: 4 hours

Playing as the two low-life but hilarious criminals Kane and Lynch is fun, as they have some unfitting remarks about almost anything you come across. Still, you can't help but grow tired of Kane and Lynch's narrow, episodic gameplay, and eventually feel disappointed about the extremely lackluster main story.

4. Portal

  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Release year: 2007
  • Developer/publisher: Valve
  • How long to complete: 3 hours

Portal is by no means a bad game, it's far too creative, revolutionary and fun for that. But the story in this popular Valve game is really, really limited. The company made amends to that in the sequel, but that doesn't change the fact that Portal's initial single player mode is finished way too quickly. Though it was just a bonus game in The Orange Box...

3. Section 8

[Credit: SouthPeak Games]
[Credit: SouthPeak Games]
  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Release year: 2009
  • Developer/publisher: TimeGate Studios / SouthPeak Games
  • How long to complete: 3 hours

Yet another first-person shooter that was clearly tailored for multiplayer play, Section 8's campaign is a mere three (!) hours long. Meaning you won't even be able to understand what the hell is going on in this intergalactic sci-fi shooter before it's over. But that's okay, as long as you enjoy multiplayer brawls and matches to the death. If not, don't get anywhere near this game.

2. Rogue Warrior

[Credit: Bethesda Softworks]
[Credit: Bethesda Softworks]
  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Release year: 2009
  • Developer/publisher: Rebellion Developments / Bethesda Softworks
  • How long to complete: 2.5 hours

There's a lot of things wrong with Rogue Warrior, a game loosely based on the experiences of Richard Marcinko, the founder of the US Navy's SEAL Team Six. It features poor controls, multiple glitches, a rushed production, uninteresting gameplay, very limited multiplayer and broken and exploited combat techniques.

All of these wrongdoings are packed into a mere 2.5 hours-long story mode, which is, if nothing else, pretty impressive.

1. The Bouncer

[Credit: Square]
[Credit: Square]
  • Genre: Beat 'em up
  • Release year: 2001
  • Developer/publisher: Square
  • How long to complete: 1,5 hours

The story about The Bouncer is a strange one. The beat 'em up game showed great promise in its first hour, and you'd become increasingly excited about the prospect of diving deep into this street-wise and different JRPG with great gameplay and interesting characters.

A couple of minutes later you realize that was it. The Bouncer is over, after 90 disappointingly amazing minutes. Why, Square? WHY!?

So used to Japanese games often lasting 50 or more hours, The Bouncer's length still seems like a standing joke. Maybe some developer lost a bet or something. Good thing the Survival Mode was all right.

What game's length were you most disappointed by?

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