Video Games

3 Role-Playing Games That Will Suck Away Your Remaining Life

Many people swear that video games are a great way to cope with some of life’s worst struggles, while others swear that all video games do is take up time. One thing’s for sure, though: there are some games on the market that will suck away as much of your soul as you’re willing to give. That’s because they’re designed to make sure they’re the only ones you play.

Here are some of the best video games you can play if you have too much time on your hands. Whether or not you feel fulfilled at the end of the day is up to you to decide.

Fallout. The most recent installment of the Fallout franchise is Fallout 76, a game that takes us into a multiplayer variant of the world with which we’re all familiar. Like all Fallout games, the action takes place in a post-apocalyptic world devastated by nuclear fallout from a long-past war.

Fallout 76 will be slightly different, because it acts as prequel to the other games. Instead of being set in the far future, you emerge from the vault before anyone else in order to help build your own society. Like all games in the franchise, it promises immersive and expansive gameplay.

Final Fantasy 15. This was a contentious addition to the series, and the first open-world Final Fantasy title at that. While it will undoubtedly give you a lot to do over a great many hours, many players didn’t appreciate the lack of fan service–or the story. While the combat mechanics were easy to learn and fun to use, they’re not necessarily enough.

The villains and their motivations weren’t very fleshed out. Even the playable characters suffered from too much “personality” development instead of complex character development. Add that to an already confusing, convoluted plot, and the game isn’t for everyone.

Disgaea. This series is one of the most unique ever created, and will provide countless hours of entertainment to players who are willing to throw them away. While the main story can be completed in short order, the real goal is getting as powerful as you possibly can–you play as a demon overlord, after all.

While most RPGs top characters out at level 99, the recent Disgaea 5 and all other games in the franchise top out at level 9999. The game is easy to play, but difficult to master. When you do, becoming a god is a walk in the park. This game is one of the most addictive, fun, and downright goofy experiences you’ll ever have.

All Time Best Video Games

Video games have been part and parcel of the teen/young adult cultural experience for going on 40 years now, since the advent of the video arcade that featured games such as Pong, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Tempest.

Soon thereafter, the arcade started moving into the living room, as video-game consoles became all the rage with Atari, Nintendo and others through the 1980s. Then, things have evolved to unreal proportions, where video games are now immersive experiences of virtual reality and some of the commercials look like trailers for blockbuster movies.

And before, while it was just you, a quarter and the computer inside the video game, now you have an interactive experience where a person can put in a game at home and play with thousands of others from all over the world – and even communicate with them in a social-network setting.

The evolution of video games has created its own demographic – the gamer.  And gamers have been vital in developing franchises in the gamer world, as certain games became hugely popular and spawned sequels and expansions of the franchise. Here, we’ll list for you (in no particular order) five of the most enduring video-game franchises of all time. If you are even a casual gamer, chances are you’ve played one of these or at least know somebody who does.

Mario

Mario is “The Simpsons” of video games, as the little plumber man started as one of the characters on the old 1980s arcade classic, Donkey Kong. He was the one who had to jump over the barrels that the gorilla, Donkey Kong, would roll down the ramps. Mario broke away from his primate friend and spread his own wings, combining with his brother, Luigi, to create Super Mario Bros., followed by MarioKart. He’s been around for 30 years, but he doesn’t look like he’s aged a day considering he has infinite lives and never dies.

Sims

Who wants to live an alternate reality?  We’re not alking a fantasy world, but a world that is plausible and yet is not your life. Welcome to Sims, the game that has developed highly successful franchises over the last 15 years since it first launched. With Sims, you can create entire towns and people, putting it whatever houses and businesses of your choosing and even control every aspect of the lives of the people you place in that town.  You could create a “relationship” with that crush and make her fall madly for you, or you can create a bully and finally stand up to him!

Call of Duty

Perhaps one of the most famous military/war franchises around, Call of Duty was one of the first such games to reach popularity. A very realistic game will garner a lot of players and will last a long time in the gaming subculture, and CoD meets that standard with its sights and sounds. It is one of the early adopters of an immersive experience, as if a player is actually in a war zone and surrounded by mayhem, starting with a World War II motif and moving forward through several of the most prominent military actions over the last 75 years – and even into new areas we’ve never broached in real life.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Like Sims, Sonic is another cartoon-like game, with a furry little friend named Sonic who runs rampant. Originally a Sega creation, little Sonic has been a rival of Mario on Nintendo system games for a number of years. He hasn’t had his own game in years, but his supporting role with Mario has been enough for him to have a popular recurring role with many gamers.

Resident Evil

Perhaps the zombie apocalypse idea came to root here with this horror-themed franchise that has lasted 20 years and has spread its storyline (yes, it has characters and a storyline!) over 12 games.  If you have ever loved horror films and always wanted to be in one, this is about the closest you may ever get. Enjoy it, because there are no Academy Awards for surviving.