Friends, gamers, countrymen. Lend me your ears. The season of Spring is beautiful, but ’tis a double-edged sword. After all, it is during this season that many people suffer from allergies or just regular sickness. What’s more, people often find themselves stressed during their day-to-day lives. In this particular season, I have found myself ravaged by allergies. Fortunately, the release of The Legend of Zelda The Breath of the Wild has been extremely helpful in passing time while feeling ill, especially with the portability of the Switch. With that said, I’d like to recommend some great games to play if you are stressed or under the weather.
Life Simulation Games
The absolute best games to play are the ones that have no real objective, where you can just play at your pace. Games like The Sims or Animal Crossing are prime examples of these kinds of games.
Exploration In Open-World
Gamers who play Open-World games will either just go from objective to objective, or explore the world around them. If you’re looking for a relaxing game, doing the latter is definitely recommended. Always wanted to look around the world around you? Now’s your chance. These days, there are many open-world games to choose from, but I personally recommend the aforementioned Breath of the Wild, Grand Theft Auto V, or Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Now, a bit of a disclaimer: if you’re really sick and/or contagious, this might not be the suggestion for you. But if the party game in question has online multiplayer, you can circumvent this problem. What’s more, if you find yourself stressed, playing a party game with friends can help out immensely. Party games that have a large reliance on luck such as Mario Party or Fortune Street are the perfect games for just relaxing and having fun with friends. Just don’t get too competitive!
General Genres To Avoid
If you’re sick or stressed, there are a few things you will want to avoid in gaming. Some examples include:
- Quick reaction games, like Bayonetta or Devil May Cry. Depending on your level of sickness, you may not be able to react as well, and if your stress level is high, you may not be able to focus.
- Generally difficult games, such as Dark Souls or Ninja Gaiden. The reasoning is similar to the quick reaction games with an additional caveat: successive failures have the very real chance of making your stress or sickness worse.
- Overly competitive games, such as sports games or shooters. These games are mostly harmless in single player, but can be a trying experience if you compete with others, especially if you yourself are really competitive!
Well, that about wraps up this list. If you are sick or stressed, I hope this helped, and if you are neither, hopefully you’ll remember this when you are. What are your go-to games for sickness or stress? Let us know everywhere @wtfgamersonly, or to me at twitter!