Some of us gamers enjoy the summer, but not for the sun or for the friends or even the hot dogs. Nope, we love it for one reason and one alone, more time to enjoy our sweet games. But I understand the summer does have a drought of new releases and we need some titles to eat up our time. So I give you 5 games hand for avoiding summer sunlight. And also, this list is not set up in any particular order just 5 games that I recommend.
Sure this game may be a little dated, but it ages like a fine wine. Simple and elegant. Reminiscent of the classic game pachinko, Peggle is a game where you shoot a certain number of balls at a deluge of colored dots hoping to hit all of the orange ones to beat a level. But with online leaderboards, slow-mo, and epic music, this game is hyper addictive. It isn’t easy to beat some of the later outings and multiplying your score by hitting an insane number of dots with one shot just scratches a gaming itch. The concept may be a little hard to grasp in writing but if you have played this game you know what I mean. This addictive piece of time killing joy is insanely cheap and easy to find, so make sure you grab it to avoid that pesky summer sun. Also Peggle 2 was announced at the EA press conference during E3 so you might want to catch up.
#4 Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
Whenever somebody mentions this game I have to go back and play it. Hours of my life have been wasted away in the building of what I would consider to be the perfect theme park. Some may argue that the two previous titles were superior to this one, but with it’s deep simulation, 3D graphics, and interesting little quirks, this game is a joy to figure out and master. It is a PC only title and you can find the platinum edition (which includes it’s two add ons…soaked and wild) for around 20 dollars on steam or gog.com.
Now this game is known for it’s dark tone and black and white graphics,which may not sound too summery. But there is something about basking in the sunlight after a long session of this game that just makes you appreciate life more. A simple 2D platformer with no apparent story. No, the story in this game must be absorbed through it’s atmosphere and what your mind can put together. Really one of the few games that I can say has a true underlying sense of beauty. If you haven’t heard of this title then I hope you enjoyed that rock you were living under, but now would be a great time to catch up with this modern indie classic.
#2 Shadow Complex
Also a 2D platformer, but this one with a more up front style. You wield guns and gain items to explore new areas of the sprawling complex in which this game takes place. Castlevania and Metroid fans rejoice in the “Metroidvania” goodness of this fun title. With its action movie style this game is a perfect way to get the explosions you need in a day of summer gaming, and also sports an interesting and intriguing story that grows larger than you might suspect. It was included in one of the Xbox’s first “Summer of Arcade” promotions and ever since I bought it I have felt inclined to play it every summer since.
#1 Deus Ex: Human Revolution
As I write this article, I am also multitasking by playing this game. RPG fans will have a blast this gem due to it’s rich world and deep leveling system in the form of game changing augmentations. One of the many draws to this game is the fact that it supports so many different styles of game play. Whether you consider yourself a silent assassin or a pissed of soldier this game will likely make you very happy, mostly due to the augmentations which give you certain abilities such as invisibility, super strength, x-ray vision etc. Making every encounter highly flexible and always calling your name for a second play through. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an absolute joy and will easily eat up many hours of the day.
Do you agree, or maybe not? What games are you playing to get through the day? Sound off in the comments below.