Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed with my day-to-day life, it’s nice to have another story to dive into. Maybe that’s in the form of a book. Or a film. Or poetry. Or even an album. For me, it’s usually video games. I like diving headfirst into a completely different world. I like taking on the interactive role of the protagonist and completing quests and challenges. So, here is a list of my top five games (not ranked in any order).
The Last of Us
The Walking Dead
Based on the hit comics by Robert Kirkman, Telltale Games (RIP) brought to life a five-part, episodic, game that explores a completely new take to the franchise. You play as Lee Everett, a man who is doing his best to survive in this brutal, post-apocalyptic world, all while protecting a young girl named Clementine. The story is interactive and adapts to the choices that you make. The story is tailored by how you play.
God of War (2018)
This particular game is actually the 8th installment to the franchise. The story is based on ancient Greek mythology and follows Kratos, a Spartan warrior who is exploring the Norse realm of Midgard alongside his son, Atreus. It is a land that is inhabited by vicious monsters and warriors. The game leans into Kratos learning to grasp his role as a father and a mentor as he needs to learn to control the temper that drives him into pure rage. You do not need to play the other games in order to play this one.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted is a video game series that has four installments to the franchise. I’ve played them all and I believe that this is their best one. With its graphics, score, gameplay, its diversity in location, and the story itself is just overall stronger. Throughout the series, you play as Nathan Drake, an explorer who travels across the world to, well, explore historical mysteries. I checked out this series because it’s the same company (Naughty Dog) that created The Last of Us. I highly recommend it if you enjoyed that game.
The Wolf Among Us
Telltale Games (Again, RIP!) brought to life another licensed title—The Wolf Among Us is an episodic adventure game that is based on a comic called Fables. In a fictional town called Fabletown, located within modern-day Manhattan, magical creatures and characters from your well-known fairytales and folklores live among us in a disguise known as “glamour.” If they don’t, they are re-located to a rural community called “The Farm.” You play as Sheriff Bigby Wolf, formerly known as the Big Bad Wolf. When the town starts to become terrorized by what is perceived as a serial killer, you and Snow White team up to uncover the mystery that soon becomes an entangled mess that weaves everyone in one way or another.