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Which games do you think have the best pacing?

For me to name a few:

Resident Evil 4 - This is the king when it comes to pacing in games and the reason why it's my favorite of all time. Never a dull moment and the game switches between battle, puzzle and bosses with great finesse. Environment and enemy changes are done to great effect as well.

Uncharted 2 - Besides the stealth levels in the beginning, I feel like the rest of the game is nearly a perfect ride with barely any moment overstaying its welcome.

Super Mario Odyssey - Not having to restart a level from the beginning after getting a moon really keeps the flow going.

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I'm not sure how exactly to judge what constitutes as good pacing in a game, but I think Ori and the Will of the Wisps is great at this. The game constantly transitions between different moods expertly. Intense escape sequences, peaceful calm moments, challenging boss battles, puzzles, exploring, everything. Every area in the game has a completely different feel to it and even though you can do the areas in different orders, it always feels like the next one is a perfect contrast to what you've just experienced.


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I think the third act of RE4 left a bit to be desired, at least in terms of the setting. First and second acts were great, though. Definitely agree with Uncharted 2. I would add TLOU1 alongside it.

You already named my top pick, RE4. It does such a masterful job of ratcheting up the tension, easing off to give you a breather, then jacking up the pressure again in a rhythm perfectly calibrated to be intense but never tiresome.

Bayonetta 2, Wolfenstein The New Order, Doom 2016, Doom Eternal, and the original Dead Space are also brilliantly paced.

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Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI.

Chrono Trigger for sure. Most traditional Zelda games have good pacing too, but if I had to pick one I would say A Link to the Past. As for a more modern title...Jedi Fallen Order was pretty on point I felt.

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The Last Story. It's a great more modern JRPG without the bloat. It's pretty short. Not as short as SNES era RPGs which were usually 10-15 hours at most. While I love JRPGs most are badly paced as they are bloated. Xenoblade is a rare exception to me. Well Xenoblade 1. Xenoblade 2. I like X a lot but it has some issues. A recent offender to pacing is Persona 5. Great game but dear god does it drag itself with the Memento stuff.

Stylish action games do this well with the likes of Bayonetta & DMC. Zone of the Enders 2 is very well-paced. The more recent MK story modes are well done. Yakuza 0 and Judgment are masters of this. Nier and Nier Automata.

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Metal Gear Solid
Gears of War 1
Twilight Princess
Chrono Trigger

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When I read this title the Final Fantasy games immediately came to mind, especially FF1-10 era, i.e. when Sakaguchi was working on them.