Whew this last winter sure did a number on us; Single Digit temps, angry Global Warming debunking Polar Vortexes, and snow drifts that shut down even the most well prepared cities, there were many days in these past few months were best spent safely tucked away in our homes with one...or maybe six blankets and a bottle of Sacra... Well okay not Sacra since Dan Abnett has yet to demand Games Workshop turn it into a real drink...so I will have to settle for Cocoa. Anyway,what better way to pass all this time then to explore some games best suited for the marooned gamer? Here are a handful of titles that I used to battle the winter blues, (in some cases almost literally), or to help forget the snowy apocalypse outside my window. So next time you are trapped in your home because of weather, sickness, or just simple lack of motivation to open the door and deal with the people on the other side, you may want to revisit some of theses titles or check them out for the first time.
Stuck in a snow covered wreck, the wind gusting by your body, strewn across a barren icy wasteland. You look up and...wait...how the hell did a Claptrap get here? What better way to get over cold weather blues then digging yourself out of a snowy tundra, and proceeding to shoot, explode, burn, melt and electrocute your way out of this frozen hell hole, taking as many of these annoying bastards with you! Borderlands is perfect for foul weather angst, especially since you go from snowy regions to tropical areas, desert expanses and a few others of interest. Perfect for when you and your friends are stuck at home, as the fun is greatly magnified with a group of friends. You can find it for PS3 or XBOX 360, but I prefer the PC experience myself due to the enhanced graphics and particle effects.
Assassins Creed: Black Flag:
Want to get away? Why not travel to the Caribbean during the golden age of Piracy? Can't find a travel agent to promise you that trip? Well Assassins Creed: Black Flag can make it happen. The AC series is great for soaking up lots of time and attention, as there are lots of side missions and items to collect in the world, and the tropical setting Black Flag provides is a great opportunity for escapism. Plus who doesn't want to be a freaking assassin-pirate? Best...combo...ever. It's available on all the systems currently being supported, but again I am partial to the PC assuming you have a rig that can provide power that matches or exceeds the new generation of consoles.
Elder Scrolls V Skyrim:
I'm not gonna deny being a life long Elder Scrolls fanatic. As long as they keep pumping out games that stay true to the heart of the series, I am going to be a good little Bethesda zombie and gobble them up like they were Phillip Blake's Brains. (I can dream can't I?) On top of the expansive world to explore that Bethesda has given us to run around in, if you go for the PC version, you get all the added joy of what the modding community can bring to you. Nearly limitless replay value and a must have for days where leaving your room just is not going to happen.
Do I really have to explain this one? Okay maybe a little. A large open world game, with an expansive storyline and a decent multi-player that has some interesting quirks to keep in fun. GTA is GTA, and although others have imitated it, none have really matched the experience Rockstar provides.
For those looking for a distraction that will take up a little more brain power, FEZ is a good choice. Fez is a 2D puzzle plat-former based in a 3D world. This dynamic makes for some interesting mechanics and challenging puzzles. However I find these challenges never cross the line into rage inducing, keyboard smashing frustration, and can definitely leaving you feeling like you accomplished something. FEZ can be picked up for cheap on Steam.
Looking for a different kind of puzzle game? This one might do it for you. Space Chem gives you the task of building a network of complex industrial facilities to turn resources into refined products. The concept may not sound that interesting, but the game can be quite rewarding as you see your industrial machine plug away at high efficiency based on the machinations you put into motion. Long Live the Industrial Complex!
Worms Clan Wars:
Another Cheap Steam Title and the latest in the Worms game series. Worms is fun, goofy, insane and incredibly hilarious when played with others. There is a high level of customization in terms of building your team of worms and setting the types of game rules you prefer. Once you have that all hashed out, go out there and shoot, bomb, teleport and...sheep your team of worms to victory by killing off all your friends worms. Whether you are winning or losing this game can be fun, and even produce air sucking levels of laughter at the crazy things that can happen. Added bonus, if you only have one machine among a group of people in the house, you can still make the game happen.
Hopefully with these titles you will find those days when you're stuck in your house - much more entertaining, and bring a swift end to the isolation. If you feel there is a game that should be added to this list, let us know in the comments below.