So you love playing games, but just don’t have the time to invest on those blockbuster titles that may take 10-20 hours out of your life. Here is a list of what I consider to be the Top 5 Games for casual gamers, these games can satisfy the appetite for even the veteran players out there. But won’t take you an eternity to complete, also these games have amazing graphics that are on par with the major hits out there, and the icing on the cake, great story. Most of these games deliver a robust, intriguing story, that will make you latch on until the end. These are recent tittles that I’ve completed myself, you can take a weekend for one of these games and be able to complete it. In no particular order here is the list:
The Walking Dead: Michonne
This game is based on the ever so popular “The Walking Dead” comic book created by Robert Kirkman. Published and Developed by Telltale Games, this game is delivered episodically, with episode 1 out now. Each episode will take you about 1-2 hours to complete, and there are 3 episodes planned for this short game. The game is heavily focused on story, with the player having to make choices that affect the outcome of the story. Most of the gameplay is done through quick time events, where the player has to push the appropriate button, or point the analog stick in the appropriate direction before meeting certain death. Being heavily focused on story, this game is very entertaining even if you don’t have all the backstory from the comics, because these stories although related to the comics, are standalone to the game.
Layers of Fear
For the horror fans out there, or those missing the P.T. demo, this is the choice for you. Layers of Fear is a psychedelic/psychological horror game focusing on story and exploration. You explore a constantly changing Victorian-era mansion, experiencing visions and environmental changes caused by the characters crumbling psyche. This game is a first person horror story, where you unravel the events through the thorough exploration of the ever changing mansion. The atmosphere is tense in this game, and it will keep you on edge until the very end, there are multiple endings to the game, based on your exploration of the mansion. But you can finish this game in one weekend. This game was available earlier as an early access to make sure the game was polished for commercial release, let me say that the jump scares and tense moments are finely crafted in this game, and will scare even the most hardcore horror game veteran.
Unravel is a 2d puzzle platformer, the game looks fantastic, based on the environments of Northern Scandinavia. You’ll use a character named Yarny, made entirely from yarn, with this tiny little character you must traverse through different obstacles, like swinging through trees, hitching a ride on a kite, etc. The amazing graphics make this game very entertaining, it pulls you into this amazing world and doesn’t let go. The game has no spoken dialog, but it is a very heartwarming story, told entirely without words, you must use Yarny to unlock this heartwarming story. This 2D game is great for the Mario veterans.
An indie game developed by Campo Santo, Firewatch is a first person mystery, set in the year 1989. You play as a fire lookout named Henry in the Wyoming wilderness, your only point of contact into the real world is your supervisor Delilah. You communicate with Delilah through a handheld radio as you explore the environment. This story driven exploration game is heavily focused on story, and the choices you make affect how the game unfolds. Another short entertaining game that you can complete in one weekend, I won’t spoil the story for you, but I highly recommend that you play through this game at least once.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy (China, India, Russia)
This is a 2D/3D platformer game with stealth mechanics, the game was released as a DLC in 3 parts, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China, India and Russia, respectively. And you can now purchase a physical disc containing all 3 games. You play as a different assassin with a different back story for each of the games, and of course each game takes place in a specific region (China, India, and Russia). The games look fantastic, and the mechanics are well polished. The story for each assassin is rich and deep, some of the better stories in the assassins’ lore in my opinion. Being the collector that I am, I picked up the physical copy containing all 3 stories, I think you get more bang for your buck that way. These games are worth playing and won’t suck all the time out of your life.