These are our picks for the fifteen best games to complete 100%. This list includes fun and engaging games that don’t feel like chores to complete.
To be fair, however, completing a game 100% requires a lot of work and it can get somewhat grindy. But these fifteen entries don’t have too much grinding or an exceedingly repetitive nature.
It’s best not to rush these games. Instead, you should take your time with them; you should play them in a thoughtful, disciplined manner in order to not get bored halfway through. They also are quite replayable.
Risen by Piranhabytes might be a game that you haven’t paid much attention to in the past. This incredibly unique and immersive RPG is a flawed but unforgettable experience that will keep players engaged for nearly one hundred hours. Its many achievements are related to a number of side quests and activities like killing enemies. While it might take some time and some effort to obtain the 100% mark, it’s sure to be a rewarding experience.
14. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade is one of the best psychological horror games that depict mental illness in such an artistic yet terrifying way. This game is not as long as some of the other entries on the list, and many of its achievements are related to the main story. But the campaign experience itself is what’s so fantastic about Hellblade. By the time you’ve completed it fully, you’ll definitely be looking forward to the upcoming sequel, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.
13. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
One of the best Immersive sim games of all time, Deus Ex: Human Revolution offers a fabulous RPG stealth experience. This is one of those games that require more than a single playthrough to fully complete, and its achievements are some of the most engaging I’ve seen in a game from before 2015. It’s a great blend between really challenging and simple, and with purposeful and patient progression, you will obtain 100% completion in less than 70 hours.
12. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger might be one of the greatest Western shooters there ever was. While this game is rather short, that’s exactly why it’s fun to 100% complete it. Along with the main story, there are other gameplay modes that will keep you engaged for about 15 hours. There aren’t many games that you can fully complete in 15 hours but Gunslinger really is a worthy experience. It features an excellent visual style and some of the most epic gunplay experiences in gaming history.
11. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
One of the greatest open-world GTA-like games out there, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is the enhanced version of 2012’s Sleeping Dogs. This game is set in Hong Kong, and the map is small but extremely dense with tiny and immersive details. It also comes with all the DLCs and to 100% complete it, it would take about 50 hours. This is one of the games that I really had a blast completing because of its extremely fun gameplay mechanics and just how impressive the open world is.
10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Because Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has only one fighting style and the game is not deep in terms of weapon or armor variety, it’s easier to 100% than other FromSoftware games. It still offers superb replay value and hundreds of hours of gameplay.
The consistent nature of combat and enjoyable exploration promote the replay value. Collecting various collectibles and doing side quests are fun.
Playing it more than a single time is basically the way to go. You’ll definitely have every achievement and item by the time you reach NG+7.
9. Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 may be one of the most difficult games to attain 100% completion, but its masterful open world and beautiful visuals keep players coming back. It’s safe to say that this is Rockstar’s best masterpiece so far, and almost every aspect of the game is tight and consistent.
There are a multitude of collectibles to find, and most of them reside in beautiful unique locations. There are side quests that tell marvelous stories about the world and society of the late 19th century and early 20th century.
It will take you more than 200 hours of in-game time to get all the achievements and 100% complete it, but this is such a good game that it won’t get boring for a long time.
8. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The free next-gen update for this masterpiece is out now. So it’s a great time for anyone to revisit The Witcher 3. While it doesn’t have a conventional checklist for 100% completion, you can still attain it by getting all of the achievements and aiming to do every single quest without failure.
Also, you can spice up the gameplay by doing challenge runs: for example, a playthrough without the HUD on the maximum difficulty. There are also a great many mods. This game won’t be forgotten for a long, long time to come.
7. Batman Arkham City
Batman Arkham City is the single greatest Batman game of all time and arguments are not necessary. Because of its absolutely masterful world design and story, many players consider it the greatest superhero game in general.
Everything in this game feels as if it has a meaning. For example, the riddles and Riddler trophies aren’t simply there to fill the space. Collecting them is key to taking down a powerful criminal, and taking them down is Batman’s purpose. The small but tightly-packed game world is a joy to explore.
Simply put, you don’t want to miss out on this game.
6. Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5 is the latest and greatest entry in the brilliant Forza Horizon franchise. Like the previous games, it delivered up to its expectations in a breathtaking manner.
There are a multitude of vehicles for you to explore the beautiful land of Mexico. The Horizon Story quests return, and there are an uncountable number of missions, collectibles, and races.
I think many of you would agree it is probably the best racing game today. It will surely take more than 200 hours to attain 100% completion but it’s so good, you can’t help but play it for hundreds of hours.
5. God of War and God of War: Ragnarok
Both 2018’s God of War and the brand-new masterpiece God of War: Ragnarok are exceptional games. These are open-ended games that reward exploration and gathering resources. Every part of the game looks and feels hand-crafted and the game world is richly detailed.
There’s a clear reason why God of War Ragnarok won several of 2022’s Game of the Year awards. Aiming for 100% completion in these games will prove to be a fun and engaging journey.
4. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Like The Witcher 3, Dragon’s Dogma doesn’t have a conventional checklist for 100% completion. But the satisfaction of completing it can still be obtained by aiming for all the achievements. These achievements encourage the player to explore every major location on the map and reach the highest player level.
Combat is the main focus of the game, so there is a lot of combat-related gear you can find. Collecting them helps you gain achievements. Play this before Dragon’s Dogma 2 comes out.
3. Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 is a very linear third-person shooter, and it can be classified as one of the best in the genre. There are collectibles at every level and these give insight into the story of the game others permanently upgrade your weapons.
There is also a collection of challenges to complete. You can attain all this by simply playing through the game multiple times. Plus, it doesn’t get boring at all, because the shooting mechanics of this game are second to none. I personally return to the game every once in a while and it never gets old.
2. Just Cause 3
The gameplay freedom and environmental destruction Just Cause 3 offers are only seen in a handful of other games. The beautiful island of Medici is full of locations to explore and outposts to take over. There are races, challenges and other achievements too.
The world of Just Cause is basically a huge playground where you can cause unimaginable amounts of chaos. It also goes on sale pretty often on sites like Humble Store. Occasionally, you can get the game plus all the DLCs for less than $5. There’s no reason not to play this.
1. Elden Ring
Elden Ring‘s innovative gameplay itself encourages the player to explore and collect as much stuff as they possibly can. Like some other entries here, there isn’t a checklist. You can simply play the game at your own pace and aim for all the achievements.
You will spend about 200 hours in this game to obtain all of them; I doubt if you’ll be done even then. The gameplay possibilities of Elden Ring are insane. As I said in the Sekiro entry, this is one of the more difficult games to attain 100% completion, but it sure is worth it.