The world is going through a rough patch right now and most of us are finding ourselves alone and separated from those we rely on for support. What’s the best way to attempt to bring order your life and adjust to this new reality? Play some video games!
Whenever I start to feel out of control or generally anxious, I generally turn to a certain type of game. Simulation and infinite play games allow you to exist in a world that can be carefully ordered and molded to suit you and your playing style. These are some of my favorites.
There’s not much I can say about this game that hasn’t already been said. Spend your free hours setting up a farm, searching for stones and filling out the local museum. Get married, have a baby, get divorced and make friends in this virtual community while tending to your crops and animals for years on end. Available on almost every platform, this game will suck your days away.
Leave your problems on Earth behind in this simulation gem from Haemimont Games. Your goal is to create a successful colony on Mars by mining for building materials, constructing livable habitats and growing enough food to keep your colonists satisfied. Meteor strikes and colonist dissatisfaction make it difficult to maintain a thriving population but successfully presiding over your red paradise is escapism at it’s finest.
I’m generally not a fan of games that require hours of tutorials to figure out. However, I do love space games and once you get the hang of it- Stellaris is a great way to burn some time. Start out as a tiny, isolated space empire and scout and battle your way through claiming the galaxy as you encounter new species and odd political intrigue.
No Man’s Sky
I won’t miss the opportunity to recommend one of my favorite games of all time. If you haven’t gotten your hands on a copy of this infinite space gem, by all means, stop reading and do it now! Fly around the universe by yourself or with your crew and complete large scale community missions to get away from it all.
Animal Crossing (any of them!)
Look, I can’t add anything to the chorus of critics calling Animal Crossing: New Horizons the must have game of the Covid-19 crisis. I will say that at $60, this is a pretty pricey purchase for most people. Fortunately, there are options. If you have a smart phone (who am I kidding, of course you do), download the also awesome Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, which is free- even though it’s constantly bugging you to make in app purchases. You can also snag the DS version- Animal Crossing:New Leaf- at a pretty good price. Cute animals asking favors is a much needed remedy to the current news cycle- so load it up and start fishing!