Video games in 2017 are ridiculous, and I mean ridiculous.
Gone are the wide-eyed, casual days of the 90s when children would huddle around their Sega Mega Drive, boot up Sonic and spin-dash their way through a handful of zones before battling the final boss. Start to finish we could get a few hours out of a game – double that if we played it twice.
Nowadays, video games are growing exponentially. Worlds are so lush and full of life that you can spend hours just spanning the landscape before you even figure out what the plot is supposed to be.
Simulators and turn-based strategies have added more features every year to the point that reality fades into an ill-favoured alternative that we decidedly shun. And the advent of massive multiplayer online games has seen us not just take Player 2 along for the ride with us, but Players 3 – 200 as well.
Be you an adventurer, assassin, or world leader, if you're looking for your next game to give your life to, here are 10 humongous ones you'll completely lose yourself in.
Without further ado, lets start with the daddy of them all...
10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The only criticism of Skyrim, and Bethesda games in general, is that they can be too open. Creating your character at the start is always a thrill, but after battling through caves and dungeons, all of a sudden... you can go literally anywhere.
What's left before you is 15 square miles of mountains, towns, cities, dungeons, caves, dwarven ruins, elven castles - all of which are populated with exciting characters, quests, permanent, lasting choices, and the most hideous spiders ever.
Seriously, fantasy RPGS. Why always spiders?
The scale of the game is so epic that it's virtually impossible to complete. The main story may take you 30 hours, but once you inevitably delve into a sidequest that takes your fancy, you'll soon find yourself over the 100 hour mark.
It might be smaller than it's cousin, Fallout 4, but is without parallel for choice and variety.