As a mobile gamer, you’ve been pretty frustrated with games that your phone couldn’t accommodate. Not everyone has a phone that can handle heavy graphics needs, and most of us are short on mobile space, which makes us delete all the videos and photos we have to make more room.
But we all have games that we love too much, even if each update makes our phones overheat a little bit more. If you plan to play these games, be warned: you may have to delete other apps or ditch your phone entirely for a new one.
Updated July 1, 2023 by Vanessa Esguerra: Mobile devices like smartphones are getting bigger, more powerful and more advanced. This allows mobile game developers to push the boundaries even further with what they can achieve on such a small platform. Bad side? The games keep getting bigger. We have new, extremely powerful candidates to join the list, which will enable some of the most GB games on the Play Store and App Store.
14 Player unknown battlefields
PUBG has been running on mobile for a few years now, so it’s no surprise that updates can accumulate a lot of data. You will need 3GB of free storage space upon initial installation. But over time, due to updates to the map and other game modes, the average file size for many active players has become 8 GB.
PUBG is a must-have for first-person shooter players and offers all kinds of wacky skins, whether it’s for your character or your rides. But be prepared to have enough space for it, as it consumes more overtime.
13 My Hero Academia: The Strongest Hero
Unsurprisingly, the action anime RPG is a whopping 8GB in size after its first download. However, this is probably not a big problem for My Hero Academia fans who are getting impatient waiting for the final season of the anime. Some fans may want to escape the reality of manga updates with this game.
However, you can explore the world of My Hero Academia through Deku and experience what it’s like to be a hero in the making in a mobile game if you’re willing to spare 8GB of storage space.
12 DRAGON BALL WITH DOKKAN BATTLE
Maybe you are much more into old anime and are a fan of arcade games. DRAGON BALL Z DOKKAN BATTLE fits that bill and it’s a lot of fun watching Goku fight in cool action sequences. But even as a Dragon Ball Z fan, you’ll be a bit reluctant to download this game with a total file size of 8-10GB.
Or maybe no file size is too big for you when it comes to your favorite anime, and you’re already clearing 8GB of data from your phone to make room for that game.
11 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
The mobile JRPG Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is on this list with a whopping 10GB, which is shocking since the original download size shows 133.2MB. But with all the battles and events you’ll be doing while following an interesting story, it’s safe to say that the file size will grow over time.
Whether it’s exploring worlds, browsing the many chapters, or collecting characters from this very popular gacha game with a cute pixel art style, you need to make room for it in your phone and life, because this game will take up a lot of your time also for research.
10 Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds
This visual feast of an open-world game is recommended with at least 10 GB of free space on your phone. At first glance, Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds on iOS requires 1.6GB of your mobile space, but with its expansions and updates, it’s no surprise to hear that it will end up demanding a lot of space on your phone.
If that doesn’t put you off playing the game, we can’t blame you, as it shows a distinct style that has Studio Ghibli’s fingerprints on it, from the animation to the music.
9 Tower of Fantasy
To play smoothly in Tower of Fantasy, you need 12 GB upon installation and much more. This open-world role-playing game takes place in a future timeline where humans have been driven from Earth to a planet called Aida due to dwindling resources. In this futuristic sci-fi world, you wake up with your memories erased in the Astra Sanctuary.
You’ve probably already noticed that RPG games with an open world setting require a lot of space to run smoothly on your mobile device, which is a big sacrifice but worth it if you love the game.
8 Life is Strange: Before the Storm
For a game that’s been out for a few years, it might come as a surprise that Life is Strange: Before the Storm takes up at least 10GB of storage space. Instead of following Max through the story, you play through 16-year-old Chloe Price, who becomes Rachel Amber’s friend. Every decision in the game is important and has consequences that affect the game’s narrative.
10GB of storage is definitely worth giving up if you’re a Life is Strange fan and want a prequel to the original game starring Max. It is also relatively shorter to complete as you need a total of 13 hours of gameplay to complete the game.
7 Alien: Isolation
A stealth horror game and a mobile game don’t seem like a sound combination, especially when it’s guaranteed to give you a jump scare that will make you throw your phone away. Alien: Isolation is just that game, and you’re a brave man for risking dropping your phone.
But creepy creatures aside, the 11GB file is even more swoon-worthy. This game will eat your memory in the name of giving yourself a heart attack. Anything for a good old shock if the file size didn’t scare you off in the first place.
6 Honkai: Star Railway
The first Hoyoverse game on this list is Honkai: Star Rail. This turn-based RPG is fun and detailed, but compared to its predecessor, this game’s space to explore is limited. But even the lack of areas to explore doesn’t save this game from coming in at 10GB, and that’s a conservative file size that’s expected to grow after many more patches.
Not everyone can customize most Hoyoverse games on their phones, so they’ll probably have to pick one or two (at most) of the four mobile games from the same company.
5 Call Of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty: Mobile has been available since 2019. Over the years, it has seen a lot of changes in terms of game modes and even mechanics, with various skills being added to the game. Not surprisingly, it managed to collect 15 GB of game data.
That’s a big jump from the original 1.9GB claims on Google Play and the App Store. However, it is an irresistible game to play with friends and has a nice FPS, even for casual players.
4 Honkai Impact 3rd
As invested as you are in Kian, Raiden, and Bronya’s shops like Valkyries in training, watching 10-18GB of your storage gradually get wiped out by updates and events can be painful for anyone with even that little storage space.
It’s part of the pain of falling in love with Honkai Impact 3rd, and despite the huge file size, you can’t seem to let it go because you’re too deep into the story and have collected too many battlesuits to leave your account. If you haven’t started yet, it’s never too late to start playing.
3 Diablo Immortal
Set somewhere between Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction and Diablo 3, this MMOARPG will eat up about 14GB of your storage space. Diablo Immortal follows the aftermath of Tyrael’s destruction of the World Stone and how Skarn attempts to patch together the pieces of the World Stone to ensure an eternal conflict.
Diablo Immortal is primarily one of the most downloaded games and it does not disappoint in delivering, especially in combat and overall gameplay. Although it received mixed reviews, it is still as popular as ever and you should see for yourself if this game lives up to its hype.
This alien invasion game will invade your phone and require 17GB of free space to avoid installation issues. But if you want a game that will give you nightmare fuel when aliens invade in 2035 and have total control over human civilization, then pick up this great turn-based strategy game and try to fight against said aliens.
It’s also a good buy since you’re buying XCOM 2: War of the Chosen and four other DLCs as a bundle in this collection.
1 Genshin Impact
Hoyoverse aims to release a new country every year, which explains why the file size is gradually increasing for Genshin Impact. Its mobile version, both on iOS and Android, requires a whopping 20 GB to install the game with all its files.
This open world game has grown significantly in size since its release. But we can’t blame you for having it on your phone, especially if you want to never miss your daily orders and want a portable version of the game. 20GB for one app is painful, but it’s not a bad sacrifice because you never miss a day in the game, right?
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