5 Games to Play When You Feel Like a Tired Vegetable

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We’ve all been there. It’s the end of the day, or the week, or something, and you finally have some time to sit back and relax. You want to do some gaming, but the very thought of loading up your last save in Fallout 4, tackling another long quest in The Witcher 3, or fighting another grueling boss in Bloodborne makes you want to lie down on the floor and whimper.

A lot of days I’m so exhausted from all of the usual life stuff going on that I don’t have the mental energy to play a game that requires intense focus. I love difficult games, but I’m not always up for fighting my way through a particularly obstinate level or area over and over again. My friends struggle with this as well; they love playing games, but when they go to do so, nothing they find actually helps them unwind.

Another hurdle we face is that a lot of games take a decent amount of time per play session. If I only have an hour or so of downtime, there’s no way I want to start playing a game where I know I’m only going to get through part of a mission before I have to go do something else. Sometimes what we need is bite-sized gaming: games that we can pick up and put back down quickly and easily.

Since just finding suitable games can be the hardest part, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite chill-out games for you to peruse. Read More

7 Games You Should Be Riding the Hype Train For in 2016

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We’re barely into the new year, but I’m already super excited for the 2016 release lineup. Puzzle games, platformers, bold stylization, and Batman all have a special place in my heart, so I present to you here my completely biased list of games that you, like me, should be counting down the days to. I was especially glad to note that almost all of these games will be available on Xbox One, since I feel like its 2015 lineup was a bit lackluster. And look! Some of these will be available for Mac, too!

Without further ado, here is my countdown to my most anticipated game of 2016.

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Through the Woods Game

Through the Woods Is Terrifying

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Through the Woods is a third-person horror game by Norwegian developer Antagonist, and it made me scream in front of a crowd of people.

Let’s back up. In Through the Woods, you play as a woman whose son has been kidnapped by Old Erik. Old Erik, the woman explains in a voiceover, is basically the bogeyman—a creature in a story used to frighten children. Before Karen’s son was taken, she didn’t think Old Erik existed.

The player comes in as she’s exploring a forested island in the middle of the night, looking for her son. As you explore, she continues to explain what happened in a voiceover to another person, who sounds like either her therapist or a police detective.

It’s a neat way to do exposition, and in scarier parts of the game I kept reminding myself, “Hey, at least she lives, right? This means I’m not gonna die, right? Right?” Read More