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This is a list of video games with the longest scripts, referring the the amount of text/dialogue contained in a game.

This list uses three methods to determine the length of a game's script:

  • Line count - The number of lines of dialogue used.
  • English word count - The number of English words used. For originally Japanese games, this refers to the length of the English translated script.
  • Japanese character count - The number of Japanese characters used. On average, one English word is roughly equivalent to around three Japanese characters, though it can vary depending on the game.[1] The Japanese character count here is measured in kilobytes (KB, equivalent to 1024 bytes), due to Japanese characters varying in size from one to two bytes each.

The majority of games on this list mostly fall under the visual novel (VN) and role-playing game (RPG) genres, due to their greater emphasis on storytelling and dialogues than other genres.

Overview

The length of video game scripts can vary, from early video games which often had hardly any dialogue at all, to feature-length scripts found in modern action games with similar amounts of dialogues to movies (average 5,000-10,000 words), to longer RPGs with similar amounts of text as novels (average 50,000-100,000 words) to visual novel (VN) games which contain even more text and dialogues than most novels (some VN games have more text/dialogues than even the longest novels).

The amount of dialogues found in RPG and VN games is largely due to the longer length (compared to films) as well as the interactivity (compared to both films and novels); this allows many of these games to include interactive elements such as non-linear branching plots, multiple endings, and hidden/optional dialogues, which often require more writing/dialogues than the linear plots found in films or novels.

Comparison

English word counts for popular epic literature:

Video games

Game title Genre Line count
(thousands)
English word count
(thousands)
Japanese character count
(KB)[1][2]
France Shoujo ~Une fille blanche~ Visual Novel 144 5650
W. L. O. Sekai Renai Kikou Visual Novel 148 4570
Hello, world Visual Novel 85 4570
Oretachi ni Tsubasa ha nai Visual Novel 59 4330
Little Busters! Ecstasy Visual Novel 110 1300 4200
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Latest Edition Visual Novel 106 4150
YU-NO Visual Novel 99 1300 4000
Clannad Visual Novel 101 1290 4010
Fate/stay night Visual Novel 95 1000 3950
ToHeart2 XRATED Visual Novel 3830
Grisaia no Kajitsu Visual Novel 67 1000 3820
Rewrite Visual Novel 101 3650
Steel Visual Novel 113 3560
Little Busters! Memorial Edition Visual Novel 105 3450
White Album 2 ~closing chapter~ Visual Novel 61 3410
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn RPG 57 1000
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai Visual Novel 45 3380
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Visual Novel 40 950 2820
Planescape: Torment RPGVN 75 800
Tsukihime Visual Novel 66 750 3170
Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! Visual Novel 86 3090
Little Busters! Visual Novel 75 2850
Dragon Age: Origins RPG / ARPG 68 740
Muv-Luv Alternative Visual Novel 54 2800
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru Visual Novel 40 2620
Muv-Luv Visual Novel 64 2550
Baldr Sky: Dive 2 “Recordare” Visual Novel 48 2470
ToHeart2 Another Days Visual Novel 2470
Deus Machina Demonbane Visual Novel 2410
Fate/hollow ataraxia Visual Novel 44 2300
Baldr Sky: Dive1 "Lost Memory" Visual Novel 44 2260
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Visual Novel 35 730 2270
Chaos;Head Noah Visual Novel 32 2170
Baldr Force EXE Visual Novel 27 2040
To Heart PSE Visual Novel 1850
Steins;Gate Visual Novel 39 620 1830
Chaos;Head Visual Novel 25 610 1800
Final Fantasy VII RPG 107 600
Icewind Dale II RPG 63 600
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic RPG 15 600
Katawa Shoujo Visual Novel 33 490
Mass Effect 2 RPS 25 450
Mass Effect 3 RPS 40 430
Baldur's Gate RPG 23 430
Ever 17: Out of Infinity Visual Novel 25 420 1910
Air Visual Novel 50 1740
White Album Visual Novel 1660
To Heart Visual Novel 1600
Kanon Visual Novel 39 1540
Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shōjo Visual Novel 40 400 1570
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Stealth TPS 33 400
Sharin no Kuni, Yūkyū no Shōnenshōjo Visual Novel 30 1120
Phantom of Inferno Visual Novel 1100
Kara no Shoujo Visual Novel 25 1040
Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life Visual Novel 30 400 790
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Stealth 32 380
Metal Gear Solid Stealth 31 370
Fable II Action RPG 370
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable RPG / VN 340
Shenmue Sandbox ADV 42 330
Tales of Vesperia Action RPG 27 310
Xenogears RPG 300
Cross Channel Visual Novel 42 300 1360
Kagetsu Tohya Visual Novel 22 1150
Kana: Little Sister Visual Novel 700
Xenon: Mugen no Shitai VN / ADV 21 540
Mass Effect RPS 20 300
Game of Thrones Action RPG 270
Sakura Taisen 3 ~Pari wa Moeteiru ka~ TRPG / VN 260
999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors VNADV 37 250
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4 VN / ADV 240
Sakura Taisen 2 ~Kimi, Shinitamou koto Nakare~ TRPG / VN 220
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney VN / ADV 80 210
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 3 - Trials and Tribulations VN / ADV 74 200
Neverwinter Nights RPG 200
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide RPG 200
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark RPG 200
Deus Ex: The Nameless Mod RPS 13 200
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 RPG 44 190
Deus Ex: Human Revolution RPS 18 190
Chrono Cross RPG 180
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue RPG 44 180
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal RPG 10 180
The Legend of Sword and Fairy RPG 170
Final Fantasy IX RPG 38 170
Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra RPG 160
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2 - Justice for All VN / ADV 86 160
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Action-Adventure 160
Final Fantasy VIII RPG 20 150
Final Fantasy XII RPG / ARPG 21 150
Deus Ex RPS 147
Chrono Trigger DS RPG 140
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together SRPG / TRPG 130
Final Fantasy XIII RPG / TRPG 18 130
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-Adventure 130
Dark Souls Action RPG 130
Grand Theft Auto IV Sandbox TPS 80 130
Dishonoured Stealth 130
Final Fantasy X RPG 22 120
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Stealth 15 120
Snatcher ADV / VN 24 110 530
Star Ocean: The Second Story Action RPG 110
Final Fantasy XIII-2 RPG / TRPG 18 110
The World Ends With You Action RPG 110
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings TRPG / RTS 23 105
Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time Action RPG 100
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Stealth 21 99
White Album 2 ~introductory chapter~ Visual Novel 11 520
Metal Slader Glory ADV / VN 17 510
Kishin Hishou Demonbane Visual Novel 450
Assassin's Creed II Stealth 80
Fallout: New Vegas RPS 65
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action RPG 47
Hitman: Absolution Stealth 45
Fallout 3 RPS 40
Halo 3 FPS 30
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Action RPG 30
Clannad: The Past Path Visual Novel 16 98
Star Ocean Action RPG 95
Kingdom Hearts II Action RPG 20 94
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose RPG 90
Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht RPG 90
Radical Dreamers: Nusumenai Hōseki VN / RPG 90
Neverwinter Nights 2: The Wizard's Apprentice Chapter II RPG 90
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance SRPG / TRPG 19 88
Breath of Fire III RPG 86
Lunar: The Silver Star RPG 21 85
Sakura Wars V: So Long, My Love TRPG / VN 84
Grandia RPG / TRPG 80
Eternal Sonata RPG / ARPG 80
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Action-Adventure 8 80
Final Fantasy Tactics SRPG / TRPG 13 76
Mother 2: Earthbound RPG 72
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift SRPG / TRPG 13 72
Grandia II RPG / TRPG 70
Shadow Hearts II: Covenant RPG 16 70
Sakura Taisen TRPG / VN 70
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei Visual Novel 5 330
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa Visual Novel 5 280
A Blurred Line RPG 70
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City Sandbox TPS 70
Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast RPG 4 70
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years RPG 17 69
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Action-Adventure 68
Shadow Hearts RPG 11 64
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Action RPG 13 64
Valkyrie Profile RPG 62
Sakura Taisen 4 ~Koi Seyo, Otome~ TRPG / VN 60
Chrono Trigger RPG 8 60
Analogue: A Hate Story Visual Novel 59
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Action RPG 12 55
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Action-Adventure 51
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride RPG 50
Xenosaga: A Missing Year Visual Novel 50
Suikoden RPG / TRPG 48
Mother 3 RPG 47
Portal 2 Puzzle 47
Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII ARPG / VN 45
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-Adventure 45
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-Adventure 44
Final Fantasy VI RPG 13 43
Final Fantasy X-2 RPG 13 40
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Action RPG 8 40
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Action RPG 7 40
Xenosaga: Pied Piper RPG / VN 40
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-Adventure  Sandbox 40
Heavy Rain ADV / VN 40
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen RPG 37
Tales of Monkey Island: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood Adventure 2.5 35
Kingdom Hearts Action RPG 6 33
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Stealth 5 33
Final Fantasy V RPG 4 33
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Action RPG 7 32
Shadow Hearts: From the New World RPG 6 31
Resident Evil (remake) Survival Horror 31
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Action RPG 5 30
Rule of Rose Survival Horror 29
Assassin's Creed Stealth Sandbox 28
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals RPG / Puzzle 28
Secret of Mana Action RPG 27
Resident Evil 2 Survival Horror 27
Illusion of Gaia Action RPG 6 27
Vandal Hearts SRPG / TRPG 10 26
Metal Gear: Ghost Babel Stealth 26
Final Fantasy IV RPG 6 25 120
Phantasy Star IV RPG 25
Phantasy Star 2 RPG 25
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Role-Playing Shooter 3 22
Final Fantasy III RPG 21
Resident Evil (original) Survival Horror 20
Dragon Warrior III RPG 20
Halo 2 FPS 10 20
Phantasy Star 1 RPG 18
Resident Evil Code: Veronica Survival Horror 16
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake Stealth 5 15
Final Fantasy II RPG 3 14
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Survival Horror 14
Mother: Earthbound Zero RPG 14
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Sandbox 13
Vagrant Story RPG / ARPG 12
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Action-Adventure 6 12
Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror TPS 11
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Action-Adventure 11
Final Fantasy RPG 2.5 11 30
Breath of Fire II RPG 10
Halo: Combat Evolved FPS 5 10
Metal Gear Stealth 2 9
Grand Theft Auto III Sandbox 9
Dragon Warrior II RPG 8
Dragon Warrior RPG 7
Final Fantasy Adventure Action RPG 1.5 7
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest RPG 1 6
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Metroidvania 5
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Action-Adventure 3
Resident Evil: Dead Aim Horror Shooter 2.5
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Action RPG 1.5
The Legend of Zelda Action-Adventure 0.5

Video game series/compilations

Game series/compilation Line count
(thousands)
English word count
(thousands)
Japanese character count
(KB)
When They Cry series 170 11700
Nasuverse (Tsukihime & Fate universe) 205 11140
Baldr Force & Baldr Sky 119 6770
Fate series 139 6250
Final Fantasy I-XIII (excluding XI) 2280
Muv-Luv 119 5350
Baldur's Gate series 98 1840
Higurashi: When They Cry 85 5980
Umineko: When They Cry 85 5720
White Album series 5590
TsukihimeKagetsu Tohya 88 4890
Clannad & Tomoyo After 135 1690 4790
Baldur's Gate: 4-in-1 Box Set 94 1680
Metal Gear Solid series 144 1440
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni & Kai 80 1400 5650
Baldr Sky 92 4730
Chaos;Head & Steins;Gate universe 71 4000
White Album 2 72 3930
Mass Effect Trilogy 85 1170
Baldur's Gate II: The Collection 67 1180
Icewind Dale: The Ultimate Collection 100 1020
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection 85 900
Compilation of Final Fantasy VII 820
Ace Attorney 1-4 810
Sharin no Kuni 70 2690
Xenogears & Xenosaga series 730
Sakura Wars series 700
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 31 660
Sakura Taisen: Premium Edition 610
Neverwinter Nights & Expansions 60 600
Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright trilogy 570
Final Fantasy: Ivalice Alliance 89 510
Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga 27 500
Xenosaga series 430
Icewind DaleHeart of Winter 37 430
Chrono trilogy 410
Kingdom Hearts 73 360
Xenosaga Trilogy 340
Star Ocean trilogy 310
Sakura Taisen 1 & 2 290
Lunar 1 & 2 65 270
Final Fantasy XIII & XIII-2 36 240
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition 200
Shadow Hearts 33 165
Final Fantasy X & X-2: Collector's Edition 35 160
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence 22 150
Mother/Earthbound trilogy 133
The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition 115
Final Fantasy Collection 23 110
Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection 23 100
Phantasy Star: Original series 96
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Limited Edition) 89
Final Fantasy Chronicles 14 85
Final Fantasy Anthology 17 76
Resident Evil: Original trilogy 72
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy 62
Final Fantasy: Original trilogy 48
Dragon Warrior: Erdrick trilogy 35
Resident Evil HD Collection 27
Final Fantasy I & II 5.5 27
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords 15
Dragon Quest I & II 15

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