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It’s finally the weekend, and you don’t have any plans. Yay!
I know, this isn’t the normal response. But sometimes, you just want a little alone time with your game console and your couch. Or maybe your friends are just being dicks and decide to hit AC for the weekend, a day earlier than your job will allow you to and you want to get those inconsiderate asshats off your mind (you know who you are…) But with so many options and so much time, it can be hard to figure out what to play if you don’t have the cash for a new game.
Well you’re in luck! There are plenty of games out there that are older, but absolutely amazing and the amount time you can sink into them is limitless.
For the loners, plan-less and the not-gambling-this-weekend, here’s our Top Five Games for a Slow Weekend!
5.) Lost Odyssey
We start the list with an Xbox 360 exclusive and probably the most under-appreciated game on this list. From Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series, this game pulls the combat system of traditional RPGs and adds them to a tragic, powerful story of a man who outlives most of the friends he had in his twenties, that shows his new company wasn’t just going to depend on FF for its success. In addition, every entry of “A Thousand Years of Dreams,” is the first time written text on screen has been enthralling. Plus, RPGs take a long time to finish, so you may be canceling other plans you’ve made.
This one may win the “duh” award on this list, but it doesn’t take away the fact that it’s awesome. Eighteen fully upgradable skills, a level cap higher than eighty, ten playable races, more than a hundred missions/quests, dozens of fully crafted locations…need I go on? You could log over a hundred hours on Skyrim and still find a list of things to find and do. Basically, if you’re still angry at your selfish friends when they get back, you’ll have plenty to do until/if you make new ones!
3.) Hitman: Absolution
If video games are the outlet for your anger, this is the game for you! Absolution starts with 20 missions with the variability of the past games, adds a scoring system that makes point-based competition fun again, challenges to complete and custom challenges so you can make your own missions to challenge people with. You’ll be making new, better, more considerate friends in no time!
2.) XCOM Enemy Within
I’m actually pretty surprised this one’s not number one for a plethora of reasons, but it was a photo-finish contender. Changing the mold by making squad-based tactical combat viable (and freaking flawless) on consoles, Enemy Within should be in every gamer’s library. Combat is ridiculously varied, soldiers can be customized in a ton of ways, your order of research can modify the way you play the game, and even owners of the older Enemy Unknown will love the new MECs and Gene Mods. Plus you can name your soldiers after that guy who just texted you about winning $200 on Blackjack and not feel as bad when he bites it on the higher difficulties!
1.) Civilization Revolution
The ultimate “where the hell have the hours gone” game. Civ has a long history of being great (see any year in Strategy Game awards), but Civilization Revolution is better for a two reasons: it’s more streamlined, not requiring a textbook to learn how to play, and you can complete a full game in a few hours, meaning you won’t get stagnant with the same map/opponents/techs/etc. In addition, the difficulty levels go from your buddy on Blackjack to your buddy on Roulette (hehe, he didn’t know the odds) without knowing everything in five stages. Casual strategy with depth will send your free time packing until you notice the light of the rising sun.
What games do you boot up when you have a long stretch of time to kill? Drop a comment below and tell us which are your favorites!