Games can be a flexible medium of entertainment in the sense that each player can have a different experience from the same source – and most of the time, that experience is influenced if not governed by the time you spend playing that game. Sure, some of us enjoy spending dozens upon dozens of hours ticking every box and unlocking every trophy – but if those challenges aren’t designed the right way, it can really sour the experience for completionists. And to that effect, here are 15 games that you should avoid completing to 100%.

Please note that most if not all of these games are really great in their own right, and 100% completion criteria aren’t exactly indicative of the general experience of playing these games.

With that out of the way, let’s begin:

Yakuza 0

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The Yakuza games are known for stuffing a ton of content into a rather small open-world space, and Yakuza 0 is no different. Completing the game to a 100% would require completing every side quest in the game, playing through all the minigames, eating all the dishes available at restaurants, and completing all related combat challenges. What makes Yakuza 0 a markedly more difficult game to tackle is the fact that some of this progress isn’t shared between Kiryu and Majima, so be prepared to spend dozens upon dozens of hours doing the same chores again and again if you wish to get that coveted platinum.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight might not be the best game of the series, but it is one that you should definitely see through to the end. The side content is pretty compelling, with Riddler trials and the Most Wanted list obviously being two of the biggest highlights. But once you check those off, you will be tasked with obtaining all Riddler trophies scattered across the map. Some are easy to get, but some can be really tricky to get if you don’t know exactly what to do and how to do it. So it’s best to keep a guide handy if you wish to walk down that path.

The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe

The Stanley Parable is one unique experience, and one filled with all sorts of intriguing messages and thought-provoking questions that lie within these mundane corridors. As such, it stands to reason that the only way to complete it to a 100% would also involve some unusual things as well – including but not limited to altering game settings, speedrunning the game in under 5 minutes, and finally – waiting for a total of 10 years after getting all the other trophies for the coveted platinum.

Grand Theft Auto 4

Grand Theft Auto 4 might be one of the most underrated games of the long running saga, and sure – it’s a great game through and through, but completing it to a 100% is going to be a frustrating endeavor nevertheless. Getting all collectibles is rarely a fun time in any game, but easily the hardest part is shooting all the pigeons in Liberty City. If you have somehow managed to complete this one hell of a game to 100%, we salute you.

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 takes place in a gargantuan open-world that’s spread across 1,000 virtual kilometers – and you know that it’s going to be a pretty hard time for completionists. Even if you manage to knock down all enemy bases and complete all missions, a glitched out water tower and a respawning Fuel Shaft will make it impossible to complete the game to a 100%. And yeah, those are two very nasty bugs – so you can’t really do anything without resorting to mods or cheats.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game that rewards player curiosity, and that should mean that completing it to a 100% is going to be a fun time – right? Actually no, since you need to collect every Korok seed in the game – 900 to be precise, defeat every miniboss in the overworld, fully upgrade Link’s inventory, and obtain all collectibles in the game. Even if you manage to plow through this exhaustive checklist, one last treasure chest remains inaccessible if you don’t resort to exploits. So much for nothing, I guess.

Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2 is perhaps the best game in the trilogy, and naturally – players would want to spend more time with Isaac Clark and his adventures after the credits roll. Thankfully, the game gives you a challenge list to work through – and once you do that, you can unlock the platinum for the game. Most challenges are pretty tough and can be completed with a bit of practice, but the “Hard to the Core” challenge is easily the most frustrating of the bunch. It requires you to complete the entirety of the campaign on the highest difficulty, and you only get a total of 3 saves for this run. One wrong move, and you’re back to the last save point – and this makes Dead Space 2 one of the worst games to see through to 100%.

Payday 2

To get 100% completion in Payday 2, you will have to obtain all the achievements in the game – and this means over 1000 achievements! Sure, some of them are easy to obtain – but some can be rather challenging if not frustrating. All in all, you’re going to need a lot of time to tackle this game with an estimate of around 500ish hours for 100% completion.

Gears 5

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In keeping with the traditions of the first game in the seires, Gears 5 also features an extensive checklist of achievements that you need to get through to attain 100% completion. While the single-player aspect of the experience is rather easy to complete, you will have to spend a lot of time grinding in multiplayer to check the required boxes – but the worst part is that you’re going to need a dedicated group of friends to play with you to help you in this arduous journey.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

crash bandicoot 4 it's about time

Crash Bandicoot 4 is an amazing platformer with plenty of style and substance, and while it is only decently challenging if you only wish to roll the credits – those aiming for the platinum are going to be flustered with the amount of feats you need to do for it. Each level has a total of six gems that need to be collected, and each of them is associated with specific achievement criteria like getting through a level without dying. Then there are the brutal time trials, the N.Verted levels, and a ton of other stuff that you need to do for 100% completion.

inFamous

Despite its age, inFamous still holds up as a fun action-adventure game that you can enjoy to this date. But if you wish to achieve 100% completion, you’re in for a rather hard time. On top of having to complete every story mission and side quest two times – one using good powers, other using evil powers – you need to fully upgrade your character for each loadout, take over all territories in the game, perform all stunts, and finally collect every Blast Shard in the game. It’s a lengthy ordeal, and also a frustrating one.

Pokemon Ruby And Sapphire

Completing Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire is a lot like most other entries in this long-running franchise; it’s a matter of completing the Regional and National Pokedex. But that’s no easy feat, since you are looking at 202 and 386 Pokemon respectively that you need to collect to achieve this feat. Sure, you could grind your way to the regional Pokedex but to complete the National Pokedex – you need to obtain some of the most rare Pokemon from other versions. You could technically trade them in with your friends, but chances are you’re going to have to grind your way through those versions as well to complete one National Pokedex.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain lets you lose in a well-crafted sandbox with plenty of moving parts, and then challenges you to use your tools and abilities to bend those systems to your own will. It’s a really fun time, and it’s only natural that you might want to obtain all achievements in the game while you are at it. But that’s where the fun can transform into sheer frustration, since you will need to complete every mission with an S-rank, complete all-side ops, get all blueprints, extract all animals alongside a lengthy list of long endeavors.

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight looks like a charming action platformer on the surface, but underneath that inviting visual presentation lies a challenging Soulslike that dares the player to master its mechanics to get through the hallowed ruins of Hallownest. But the hardest of challenges are reserved for the completionists, who need to defeat every boss, collect all equipment, find all Charms, Nail Arts, Mask Shards which will slowly advance you towards 100% completion. And if that’s not enough, you can aim for the even harder 112% completion as well. Hopefully, you’ll be done with it before Silksong arrives.