My video game life is quite interesting these days. Usually, I’m playing whatever new release is out rather quickly in order to write a timely review about it. It’s still fun that way, but hardly what I’d call a laid back playthrough. And when you’re done with most of these games, especially the single player-heavy ones, you’re done, that’s it. There’s really not that much to go back to later.
Then there are the perennial games that never go out of style, but I would hardly describe as a “leisure” activity either. They may have been out for a while, and can be a lot of fun, but I have to say I’m usually incredibly tense during a match of Halo, League of Legends or Call of Duty. They require a decent amount of focus and can induce copious amounts of rage when they don’t go properly.
That leaves game that I would classify as true “leisure activities.” Games that are actually pretty relaxing to play casually. I don’t think there are really all that many for me, but if I had to pick a few, I have to say that quest/looting/ARPG/MMO type games are what I’m talking about. You can play Torchlight 2 or Diablo 3 or Guild Wars 2 whenever you want, for however long you want, and don’t have to worry about playing either fast, or competitively. You can simply quest, level and loot at your own pace, and I find this to be the most rewarding game type when I’m really just trying to unwind.
What about you? What games do you play when you want to relax?