Summer’s now in full blast, and your palms are probably itching from all that humidity. It’s the perfect time to finally play through your backlog of video games.
In this list, you’ll be looking at games that require a month or two to truly appreciate and maximize your gaming experience with them. Games that can be played intermittently won’t be included since you can enjoy them even if you spend only an hour per day on them. That is not to say that you can’t do that with these recommendations. You can, but you may need a whole summer vacation to fully immerse yourself in these games.
Now prep your summer cove, fire up your KRIPP machine, and thrust all systems go with these titles.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2015’s Game of the Year comes first in this list. The Witcher 3 can easily give you around seventy hours of playtime. That’s just for the main story. If you want to explore every side quest and uncover every secret, then expect to sink over hundreds of hours into the game.
The Witcher 3 features an open world – a vast one and way more massive than any other open world games that are currently out. It’s not just in terms of geographical size too. The game world contains a copious amount of fun stuff to do, like horse racing, scavenger hunts, romances, a card game, and even brothels.
For those who haven’t been following the series from the beginning, each installment in The Witcher trilogy features its own main plot, so you do not have to start with the first game.
It is recommend that you do though. You may also want to read the source materials—novels written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski to really delve into the lore. Even though the games are faithful to the books, the latter can still enhance your appreciation of the series.
The Mass Effect Trilogy
Okay, it may be cheating to list three games together, but the original Mass Effect series should be played as one continuous experience rather than three separate titles. In point of fact, your save files can be carried over to each successive entry. Thus, any decision you make in the earlier games can make ripples across the entire trilogy.
For example (and spoiler alert), in the first and second games, you have the option to kill the last fertile female of an endangered alien race who preyed on the other alien species and came close to overrunning them. Doing so will effectively doom that race to extinction, and the galaxy no longer need to fear them again.
Should you choose to spare their species and depending on your specific choice, they may return in the third game as an ally against a greater foe or lurk in the dark corners of space to hunt you down.
Most people consider Mass Effect 2 as the pinnacle of the series. However, don’t discount the third game. There used to be a controversy over the unfinished nature of its “multiple” endings when the game was first released; however, the developers have since released a free DLC that expands on those finales. The patched up result yielded a more satisfying ending, not great but still satisfying. Even then, the rest of Mass Effect 3 felt like a culmination of all your decisions in the previous two games.
The original Mass Effect trilogy is a character-driven story filled with gorgeous cinematic moments. Something that Mass Effect: Andromeda, the latest entry and supposedly the start of a new trilogy, didn’t quite have. Even though it had its moments, Andromeda was ultimately a flawed game that couldn’t hold a candle to its elder siblings. So just stick to the OG trilogy.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Here’s a relatively new one. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a open world role-playing game set in fifteenth-century war-torn Europe, specifically in the Kingdom of Bohemia of the Holy Roman Empire.
Where the previous two games were fantasy and sci-fi respectively, Kingdom Come: Deliverance grounds its story in history. You play as Henry, the son of a blacksmith and who soon gets embroiled in the political intrigues between Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund and King Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia.
It’s realism isn’t just restricted to its setting; the gameplay, too, is as realistic as games can get.
For example, the protagonist needs to eat and sleep to recover their health and, you generally cannot fight two or more enemies at once and expect to win easily, and should your character get injured, you will bleed to death unless you patch yourself up.
Eager to Play?
Any of these three will keep you glued to your seat for the entire summer. It may be a good idea to stock up on groceries first so you’ll have more time to play.
That said, don’t miss out on these titles and just let them be a midsummer night’s dream. Dawn’s just a heartbeat away, and when the dog days begin, dive into the worlds of these recommended summer games.