I miss having a summer break, where I could spend all of my time playing video games and staying up late to watch Netflix marathons. Now I’m at work 9 hours of the day, including some weekends, so the time to play video games and to get other things done is becoming incredibly elusive. Luckily, the Steam Summer Sale just happened and I was able to stock up on some games to keep me preoccupied for when I do have a couple hours of free time. These games are great options for keeping you busy throughout the summer too!
1) The Witcher 3. I know you’ve probably heard a lot about this game from me already, but the sheer amount of content could keep someone busy for months. I’ve done one playthrough with dozens of hours and I still haven’t discovered half of the world. You rejoin our favorite monster hunter Geralt, as he searches for his long lost love, Yennefer, and his adopted daughter, Ciri, while trying to evade the dangerous spectral riders of the Wild Hunt. If you like dark and gritty fantasy RPGs with colorful characters and fun combat, this game is definitely worth investing in.
2) The Talos Principle. Released last December, this is a fun first-person puzzle game. You play as a newly-conscious android who follows the voice of Elohim to find out if he’s worthy of “enlightenment.” Some puzzles are easy while others are difficult and take a while to go through or figure out that little trick you would need to get to the next section. One piece of advice I received was to think of the entire game as a puzzle, not just individual puzzles. If you’re up for a challenge, get this game.
3) Ori and the Blind Forest. Do you like games with cute characters, great music, and a great dreamy and spiritual atmosphere? Then this game is perfect for you. You play as Ori, a small gaurdian spirit who searches for a way to restore his forest home. Be warned, this game is NOT EASY. It constantly introduces new mechanics that add challenges to your journey. It’s the kind of game where if you do get stuck, you need to leave a section until you have unlocked more abilities to get past the next obstacle. Be sure to check out this unique 2D platformer.
4) Dragonball Xenoverse. “Cha-La, Head Cha-la!” Yes, I am a huge Dragon Ball Z fan, and I don’t really care what you think! This game is a perfect button-masher action, that revisits a lot of the classic battles from the Dragon Ball Z series. You can play in three modes: Universe Mode, that progresses the story of fixing the Dragon Ball Z universe timeline; Parallel Quest mode, which are the side missions; and World Tournament Mode, which allows for online play against other characters. A great game to pass the time until the Dragon Ball Z: Ressurection ‘F’ movie comes out later this year!
5) Life is Strange. What would you do if you had the power to turn back time? Never have I played such a heart-wrenching decision making game. And never have I played a game that didn’t require another playthrough if you wanted to change your decisions…or regretted them. You play as the character Max Claufield, a senior student at one of the country’s best photography schools. After witnessing a traumatic event, she discovers that she can turn back time and fix any mistake she may have made or said previously. Wibbly Wobbly, Timey-Wimey, stuff. This game does a great job of making sure all decisions have a grey area, and all choices are equally difficult with unexpected consequences. If you’re a fan of games like The Walking Dead, or other click-through exploring games, then this is essential to add to your repertoire.
Thanks for reading! I know the Steam Summer Sale is over now, and many of these games are full price again. However, I certainly think that these are worth the investment, or at least you should be ready to jump when the next sale happens! Many of these are available on multiple consoles, so look at those options too. Happy gaming!