Older gamers will remember the PS1 days when big JRPGs would come on anywhere between two and four discs. Some games did not even have to be lengthy to have multiple CDs. With a lot of cutscenes, audio data, and FMV sequences, a shorter eight or ten hour game could easily go across several discs.
Believe it or not, plenty of games from the PS3, PS4, 360, and Xbox One era came out on multiple disks.
Most think these times are over, but those dedicated to physical media know this not to be entirely true. The games below are either too big for one Blu-ray disc , or else their Xbox 360 version had to come on multiple DVDs due to their comparatively small storage space.
Last Of Us Part 2 (Two Blu-Ray Discs)
This PS4 exclusive is simply massive in every way, including the giant tears that will roll down your face during several emotionally charged scenes. Few linear single-player games take more than 24 hours to beat, so it makes sense for this amount of data to fill up more than one disc. Is this a new standard for Naughty Dog games? Will all of their games come out on two discs from now on?
Final Fantasy 7 Remake (Two Blu-Ray Discs)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Two Blu-Ray Discs)
Blackwater in Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games is the king of the open-world genre, and each game in their catalog brings something new to the table. Red Dead Redemption 2 eschews the goofy antics of Grand Theft Auto for a grounded Old West tale.
The story has enough content to fill up several seasons of a television show, as the main character goes from a faithful outlaw to doing whatever he can to make up for his past mistakes. It’s so big, the epilogue is about as long as an average game.
Max Payne 3 (Two DVDs On Xbox 360) On the PS3 almost no games required multiple discs. However, several Multiplatform games required two DVDs on the Xbox 360. Max Payne 3 is not a particularly long game by any means, but it is packed with details and is one of the best looking games of its generation. The 2012 first-person shooter still holds up today, though most would recommend playing it on PC for the optimized visuals and frame rate. Just be prepared fo an extremely dour protagonist, though he’s certainly justified in his rage and sorrow.
Final Fantasy 13 (Three DVDs On Xbox 360) People nostalgic for the PS1 Final Fantasy games might be better served playing Final Fantasy 13 on the Xbox 360. It will bring them back to the old days of having to change discs, really making the adventure feel grand. The PS3 version comes packed in one on Blu-Ray, which is pretty impressive considering the game’s length and its gorgeous graphics. The thirteenth mainline entry polarized fans, but it definitely did some things right, like the intriguing battle system.
L.A. Noire (Three DVDs On Xbox 360) This open-world detective game forces players to find hints, carefully interview suspects, and point out the perpetrator to multiple cases. The game utilizes extremely advanced facial capture technology for incredibly lifelike performances. The amount of data put into the world was too much for one DVD. Where the PS3 could handle it on one Blu-ray disc, the Xbox 360 version came on three DVDs. The game has since been re-released on modern platforms, so there is no reason to go back to the 360 version.
Mass Effect 2 (Two DVDs On Xbox 360) Like many trilogies, the middle Mass Effect is often considered the best. The first game has some jank, the third game botched the ending for many, but Mass Effect 2 perfects the gameplay while having one of the finest cast of characters in any RPG.
With such a fine game, no Xbox 360 owner minded having to switch discs in the middle of the adventure. Hold off on replaying through the trilogy until May 14th when the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition comes out. 3
Grand Theft Auto 5 (Two DVDs On Xbox 360)
Characters on a helipad at night in the city from Grand Theft Auto 5
Grand Theft Auto 5 is such a massive and impressive adventure, it is hard to believe it initially came out on PS3 and Xbox 360. On the latter, the adventure came on two DVDs. The first disc was simply a data install, however, so you did not have to switch between DVDs in the middle of the campaign. GTA 5 was re-released on PS4 and Xbox One in 2014, and a version for modern consoles is set to come out in the future as well.
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