Video games aren’t just for rainy fall days; they’re for any time that you want to dive into a universe that isn’t your own. Video games are the cushion you can lay your mind on, forgetting everything that stresses you out. Crack open the window and let the white noise pour into your ears while you decimate NPCs. If you feel like taking out your day on real people, strap in with PvP online battles. Vanquish your foes while traversing vast, virtual distances.
Video games aren’t made like this one. A bundle of the animation that makes early 1900s cartoons what they are: that movement where they’re bobbing up and down. The fun extends through the levels as you begin to memorize them: the only path to success (unless you’re a savant or the prophesized one, foretold by the elders).
The plot is simple and straight to the point. This is a two-dimensional platform. Think of an arcade game:
“Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings” (Steam).
This game is fun (in 30-minute spurts). After too many times of dying from your inability to memorize levels and survive the 3-hits-and-you’re-down rule, you slowly begin to go mad with rage. You will rage-quit—often. And Nokia doesn’t make a controller. They really need to.
This is a hack-and-slash RPG. It’s no Diablo II, but it’s still a great video game. Nothing snaps you out of the mundane like massacring hordes of demons. It’s the usual: Diablo wants to take over everything. The storyline is what draws the player in. Great cinematic sequences make it feel more real.
From the looks of things, they might’ve nerfed Magic Find. The most addictive part of the Diablo series is farming the big bad bosses for legendary items and such.
Trover Saves the Universe
From the co-creator of Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland, we get a weird game:
“Your dogs have been dognapped by a beaked lunatic named Glorkon who stuffed them into his eye holes and is using their life essence to destroy the universe. You’re partnered with Trover, a little purple eye-hole monster who isn’t a huge fan of working or being put in the position of having to save the universe. He’s also not that big a fan of you quite frankly, and neither am I.
(Jk, you’re great)
Only you and Trover can save everything in this bizarre comedy adventure.
This is an odd game” (Official Website).
The amount of dialogue surpasses the amount actually needed for the game. There are hours upon hours of lines that might surprise you upon a second playthrough.
The humor is absurd and morbid. It’s a tasty retreat from the confines of what constitutes as “small talk” between adults, nowadays. It’s very similar to the ad-lib sounding the Rick and Morty dialogue.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty!
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysey was the first of many of my favorites over the years. The universe is intense. The quality of lore does better than many fantasy novels.
“Late one night [Abe] overheard plans from his boss, Molluck the Glukkon, to turn Abe and his fellow Mudokons into Tasty Treats as a final effort to rescue Molluck’s failing meatpacking empire!
Can Abe change the fate of thousands and rescue the Mudokons? Can he escape the dark recesses of RuptureFarms and the desolate, uninviting, and downright terrifying surrounding environment?” (Viceron).
The nostalgia is rolling in the back of my head—rattling, with the desire to get up and play this golden nugget again.
If you want to get lost in a beautiful universe, then pick up this game and hug it with your mind.
The Lovecraftian horror that makes those go insane who look upon Eldritch monster gods. Like the ending of the movie Mandy, the world you end up in is surreal. There are multiple realms where you will find otherworldly demon-like creatures. You’ll see humans transformed into hideous abominations that would make Frankenstein look like a stud in comparison.
The Dark Souls people made this behemoth. This means that you will die—a lot.
It’s not on Xbox One! This is a compelling argument to chuck your XBOX One through a Gamestop window and ask for $6 towards the PS4 you’re going to replace it with.
If you don’t intend on playing it, watching the playthrough is well worth your time. It’s more interactive than a movie.
This is an odd little trinket from the box of indie video games. According to Wikipedia, it is a 2.5-dimensional, platformer puzzle game.
It’s a short game in terms of how long the story is. Without spoiling the ending, it is one of the weirdest endings of any game out there. You’ll be scratching your head for a little while. The ending is also a secret one. This game is perfect for a rainy day because it’s short enough that you can finish it in less than a day.
Super Meat Boy
This is the sequel to Meat Boy. It will create a rage-quit-inducing experience. It’s one of those games that you can pick up and put down in an instant. This makes it absolutely ideal for rainy fall days.
Super Meat Boy Forever is coming soon!
God of War (2018 Norse Mythology)
The God of War series is absolutely amazing. This game is not for a one-day endeavor, but it’s just so darn good that you’ll want to go get rain-pneumonia, just to play another day. The storyline is heavy enough to sink a ship. Please—if you won’t play it, watch the playthroughs of all the series. They’re good enough to be movies!
Grand Theft Auto V
The Grand Theft Auto series is made by Rockstar, the epicenter of video-game controversies. In the game, you go get a prostitute, and then murder said prostitute for the cash you just spent. You get police stars and you shoot at them, slowly gaining stars until the national guard has to come to murder you.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Mario video games are always a great way to pass the time. They’re lighthearted and mind-consuming. Any Mario game will do, but this one is the highest rated (in terms of semi-recent).