The weather is getting hotter, the days are getting longer, and school’s finally over. That means its summer, the perfect time of year to stay in and play video games. You’ve probably been busy throughout the year, working or studying, not being able to find the time to properly engross yourself within a virtual universe. But for the next few months, with nothing but time on your hands, you could easily go crazy with the sheer amount of summer gaming possibilities in front of you. That’s why I’m offering some tips to help you properly spend your summer the way you should: in front of a screen.
Start a Saga
With three months to spend, now is the perfect time to pick up that longform game just collecting dust on your shelf. When sitting down and immersing yourself within a game, it’s rather unpleasant to have to draw your attention away to the responsibilities of the real world. If you’re anything like me, you probably enjoy focusing solely on your game, binging through it and fully experiencing everything it has to offer, so it’s difficult to do so when work or school gets in the way. But now, games like The Witcher 3 are waiting for you to drop in and traverse their worlds. Pick up one of these epics, submerge yourself in its universe, and become a part of a grand adventure. Just be sure to get up every now and then to have a snack.
Many modern games now include multiplayer modes, which increase playability and give players new ways to experience how to interact with the game. Uncharted 4, for example, has an amazing multiplayer component filled with all sorts of content, while the new season of Diablo 3, which brings updates to the armor sets and new items to find, has recently begun. The best part of multiplayer games is that they never have to end. As long as there are players, there will always be a new challenge for you to attempt. Whether competitive or cooperative, multiplayer games force you to think about how to beat another person, rather than the game’s internal logic. Why play with friends outside when you can play inside?
Spend Wisely, or End Poor(ly)
As much as I would like to, I can’t own every game. With emulators, I can come close, but nothing beats using an authentic cartridge or disc. Unfortunately, in order to utilize this level of authenticity, money must be spent, and games can cost a lot. Starting this month, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Mighty No. 9, No Man’s Sky, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE will be released, not to mention Final Fantast XV, Yooka-Laylee, Telltale’s Batman, The Last Guardian, and Torment: Tides of Numenera throughout the remainder of the year. There’s a lot of games to get excited about, but you can easily blast through your wallet if you aren’t careful. Choose a few games that are absolutely necessary for you to play, and you can always purchase the others at a later date. With that in mind, however…
With summer beginning, online vendors will offer their wares for exceedingly lowered prices. The most notable of these is the Steam Summer Sale, in which some games can be discounted as much as by 90 percent, but Origin and GoG also have their own sales. Even if you don’t play half of the games you purchase, having a backlog is never a bad idea when you’re looking for something to play. I understand the desire to just buy and buy, but as I mentioned above, a little fiscal prudence is never a bad thing. Scour the sales in their entirety and make a list of titles you want and know you’ll play, and, if you have a couple extra bucks, why not fill out your library a little more?
Hit the Backlog
Probably the most important tip I can offer is to play the games you already own! Somewhat mentioned in the first section, there are a ton of games that we already own, purchased throughout the busy year, that are waiting, aching to be played. Unfortunately, as is often times the case (and especially more so in a digital collection), they go unplayed and ignored, leaving us to purchase a new title when these words come out of your or my mouth: “I have nothing to play.” If you simply look back to what you have already bought, you’ll most likely find a myriad of games you completely forgot that you owned. Forget about picking up Star Fox Zero when you haven’t even beaten your own copy of Borderlands 2. If there’s an upcoming release you’re looking forward to, it’s okay to spend some cash on it, but rather than looking outward for new games, search inward.
I hope some of these tips help to make your summer of gaming just a little more enjoyable. What games are you planning on playing this summer? Let us know in the comments below!
(Credit to Chocolate Pixel for the art used in the featured image)