You guys loved it – raved about it. I could hear the chants across the web. Well, metaphorically. All this to say, my last burn out article was such a hit it’s time to milk it to death. I’ve got a whole new list for 2018 of the best games to cure your gaming burn out! (In no particular order)

5. Stardew Valley

This game, not ironically, appeared in my last article as well. Although many elements are familiar such as farming, crafting, monster slaying, and the daily grind of making a living; Stardew Valley has managed to keep it extremely fresh. And speaking of refreshing, this game is pretty easy-going. You don’t feel the pressure of “I have to finish this game”. You can take your time, do what you enjoy most and soak in the whole experience; a very welcome feeling when coming off long single player adventures or extended fury-filled multiplayer sessions.

4. Nier: Automata

I feel like Nier fills a very specific hole in this list. Action games wouldn’t normally make it on here, but Nier is so abstract (and short) that it’s perfect for your next adventure. I don’t have much time on my hands these days, but even at the end of Nier, I said to myself “It’s Over?”. But the secret is that the game is just beginning! It’s meant to be played through multiple times as different characters. You see things from different perspectives and fill holes in the story. Each character even has their own unique way of fighting enemies to keep things interesting. Nier doesn’t even tie itself down to one camera view. Sometimes you’re 3rd person, then it’s a platforming sidescroller, then it’s an overhead camera, etc. The game is so off the wall you’re sure to love it.

3.  South Park: Fractured But Whole

Make sure you get your grandmas permission before you play this one because if someone catches you playing this game you are done. I don’t think I’ve ever been mid-stream (not that stream) and thought to myself “Oh my goodness. I can’t show this to the public.” But TFBH will probably make it on the list of one of the best releases of 2017. It’s unique mix of RPG and turn-based fighting elements make it unlike anything else out there. You will be laughing and blushing so hard you’ll forget you were ever tired of video games. It’s literally just like watching an unrated South Park movie but you’re in control.

2. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

I unfortunately never had the opportunity to play the original Luigi’s Mansion for the Gamecube, *shakes fist at parents*, but I finally got my hands on a cube this Christmas at the ripe age of 25 (thank you, Helen).  I did, however, have the joy of borrowing Dark Moon from a friend and it was absolutely incredible. The gameplay is amazing and the in-game mechanics are a joy. I never knew what I was missing out on. Dark Moon has just the right mix of puzzle solving/ghost hunting/treasure finding to always keep you engaged. It’s also on the 3ds so you have the benefit of being able to turn on the tv or something while you play which can be nice after having to be so focused on a more intense game. .

1. Battlefield 1

(I know, I know, I know, I know100)
Who DARES put a high-stress multiplayer game made by the dirtbags at EA on this list; number 1 to boot!? I do and I tell you why. I like to play Overwatch. I like to play Overwatch almost every day. I have more hours clocked than I care to say or tell my girlfriend. But after all of those beautiful, vibrant hours; I had one itch that just could not be scratched. I missed shooting a real gun and fighting realistic enemies. There’s just something about the headshot explosions that makes my heart melt. I was afraid to buy BF1. I had heard the horror stories of Overwatch players never able to return to the blandness that is war games. But I made the leap. I made the leap and I have not regretted once. I have had so much fun getting back into BF1 that I have not played Overwatch since (except that one time. POTG with Pharah too). If you’re going to make the jump back over to the dark side, I would highly recommend you take that leap with BF1. I have nothing to say about COD.

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