I’ve been stuck in limbo of late. I don’t have that much time to play games in long sessions, and when I do, I’m not really in the mood. I don’t know if it’s my anticipation for Destiny 2 (yes, I know) or if I’m maybe suffering a bit of gamer burnout.
Either way, I still play games, it still is the best way to relax and unwind after a long day at the grindstone. So what do I play? Well, I was recently introduced to a game called Thumper thanks to Garth, and let me tell you, this game is right up my ally. It’s a rhythm-based reflex platformer, of sorts, with a horror element to it. You race as a beetle down a narrow track, and have to time twists, turns and jumps by pressing the X button (on PS4), and moving the left analogue stick accordingly. It sounds simple, but it works, and it gets blindingly fast. I’m gunning for a perfect run for each level, so it’s going to take me a while. Oh, and it looks fantastic in VR!
I love games like this, something that you can kind of switch off your brain and just go through the motions. If you think too much, that’s when you start making mistakes, but it still gets the blood pumping! Another favourite of mine, if I only have 20 minutes, or waiting for someone, is Resogun, a bullet hell space shooter. I still go back and play a few levels from time to time, and see if I can beat my best scores.
So what type of games do you keep falling back on? I know people like sports games for this, others might enjoy a bit of time with something like The Sims, or Stardew Valley. Some might do a few laps of (enter favourite racer here). For me, it’s these brightly coloured, rhythm based action games that have no plot. Games like Thumper, Resogun or Super StarDust Ultra.
So let me know in the comments, I’m kind of curious to see if what some of you might suggest.