Huge game worlds, many missions and even more sideline activities – Rockstar games have been offering all of this for years. But why do the games offer so much time-wasting potential even after the main story is over?

GTA 5 - Grand Theft Auto V

Which rock star fan does not know: Hour after hour goes by the end of the main story is getting closer and closer. Finally you did it – after days of gameplay. But unlike other games, you still have something to do afterwards. And something else. And then nothing more.

But stop – there is still the online mode. Or the possibility of simply wandering through the open game worlds of GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2. And ZACK – the next week is over. But why does it happen so quickly? What is Rockstar’s recipe for success? I have a guess.

Rockstar found the recipe for success for time-wasting games – what’s it like?

GTA 5 is meanwhile almost eight years old. And yet it is still one of the most popular games currently making the game charts. Red Dead Redemption 2 has been on a similar path since its release almost three years ago. How do these games do it over such a long period of time to cast a spell over us?

First of all would be there the extensive story, both games have to offer. In GTA 5 you create the main story according to the portal HowLongToBeat in just under 30 hours, in Red Dead Redemption 2 you sit at least 50 hours. If you add all the side missions, you need almost 50 hours with GTA 5 – with RDR2 it is almost 80 hours.

How is it then that so many players have several hundred, some even over a thousand hours of play have collected? This is due to the long-term motivation that Rockstar knows how to maintain. In particular, the included online modes offer even more long-term opportunities to invest time.

Red Dead Redemption 2 - [PlayStation 4]

Red Dead Redemption 2 – [PlayStation 4]

GTA Online and Red Dead Online are eternal cash cows

Rockstar has a legitimate interest in keeping the players engaged for as long as possible. In both online games you have the option of paying real money a chunk of in-game currency that makes it much easier for you to access a lot of content.

And there is enough new content. With Los Santos Tuners for GTA Online and Blood Money for Red Dead Online, Rockstar has given its two currently most successful games fat expansions with new content. And it’s completely free for all players who own the basic game. But somehow it must also be worthwhile for the developers …

This development is particularly noticeable in GTA Online. For years, many fans have been complaining about eternally long grind spirals with low yields. The sometimes very overpriced prices for real estate and vehicles are also frequently and heavily criticized.

The intention is clear: buying in-game currency should appear more attractive. But then why don’t the players run away from Rockstar?

Immersive and dynamic game worlds – the backbone of GTA 5 and RDR2

The game worlds of Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are extremely spacious and varied. Lots of random events and encounters – no matter whether with NPCs or with other players – provide unique gaming experiences that are difficult to reproduce.

Many YouTubers and streamers use GTA as a playground with endless possibilities. Missions are of secondary importance – the main thing is to fool around. The German YouTube group PietSmiet For example, likes to play Catch or Hide and Seek in GTA Online. The Canadian YouTuber VanossGaming became known for GTA videos in which he plays pranks on his friends or throws half the server into chaos.

And many fans, the Red Dead Online or GTA Online, also display this gambling behavior play privately or with friends. Funny challenges, glitches or pranks are just the cherry on the cake.

Too often do we find ourselves enjoying the view over the prairie of New Hanover from the back of our trusty steed at the top of a mountain? And how often do we try to snake our way through the traffic as nimbly as possible on the Los Santos motorways?

Rockstar has created worlds in which you just love to spend time. And someone has to imitate them first. No matter what updates are coming for Red Dead Online and GTA Online, this fun is hard to upgrade … or destroy.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto 5 are popular time-wasting games that can keep you busy for months. One of the main reasons for this long-term motivation is probably the immersive game world, with a new experience lurking around every corner. But what about you guys? How many hours of play have you invested in RDR2 and GTA 5? And why? Feel free to write us your opinion on Facebook!