There are a lot of unique categories of videos to choose from around YouTube videos. Entertainment reviews, how-tos, and music playlists are just a few of many types of videos I watch on a weekly basis. Whether I just want to kill a little bit of time or have something on when doing writing work, I can always find an assortment of videos on YouTube.
Lately I have been getting into a new subcategory of YouTube videos out on the internet. They have become my new favorite types of videos to watch every so often. It takes one of my favorite hobbies and augments the experience even further. I am talking about… Longplay videos.
A longplay video features a video game being entirely played out to the very end. Each video showcases the player going through every and any aspect of the game for 100% completion. Every objective, item, and bonuses are collected throughout the game with barely any mistakes made. The longplay video is a smooth sailing throughout the entire journey of the game; it is opposite of a speedrun video where the player beats the game as fast as they can.
This year I have watched through great longplays featuring some of my favorite games from childhood. Here are a few great longplay videos I watched through:
Super Mario All-Stars
The first longplay video I watched was from one of my favorite video games of all time, Super Mario All-Stars. Super Mario All-Stars was an all-in-one bundle featuring Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3. The longplay clocks in at over four hours and fifteen minutes, going through each game. It was nostalgic and heartwarming to watch one of my favorite childhood classics being played out to the fullest.
Next longplay on the list was Paper Mario. Paper Mario was a CLASSIC staple for the N64, being one of the best Mario games around. I have certainly beaten this game multiple times, but it was great to discover the hidden treasures I missed beforehand. This longplay clocks at over nineteen hours and eleven minutes showcasing every battle, bosses, badges, star pieces, quiz shows, recipes, letters, and any other small tasks were deemed necessary in the game. While it was one of longest longplays I have ever been through so far, it certainly was quite the trip down memory lane.
Donkey Kong Country
It was time to move away from Mario and into Donkey Kong with Donkey Kong Country. Donkey Kong Country was one of the first (and greatest) games of the Donkey Kong series. Donkey and Diddy battle through baddies in order to fight K. Rool. This was one of the shorter longplays of the game itself, clocking itself at over an hour and fifty-one minutes. I have personally beaten this game more times than I can count, but it certainly was enjoyable to watch it played out this way.
Donkey Kong 64
Last, but not least, is Donkey Kong 64. Donkey Kong 64 was one of the best 3-D platformers I played for the N64. Donkey, Diddy, Tiny, Lanky, and Chunky band together to defeat King K. Rool. Currently I have started a little over an hour of this longplay that is over thirteen hours. Even after just one hour alone, I have already been enjoying this longplay so far.
Those were some longplays I have watched over the past months on YouTube. They may be long (some VERY long), but they are definitely worth the nostalgia trip. Longplay videos are worth checking out if you want something casual to watch.