Best Video Games to Unwind With

You worked hard all day. Maybe you even worked an extra half hour because hey, no more commuting! Then you checked the kids’ homework, set them up with fun crafts for the afternoon, then made dinner.

Now the kids are in bed. Your partner is unwinding with a beer and on their phone. How do you relax before heading to bed and doing it all over again?

Well, call me a geek, but I’ll never say no to a good video game! I’m a lifelong gamer, and my (embarrassingly large) collection contains quite a few relaxing games that help me de-stress. These are a few you should try to help you take it easy.

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
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Having launched right when the quarantines started going into effect, the latest Animal Crossing has become the new outside for people social distancing. People have already had date nights, birthday parties and even weddings on the game, using the real-time and social connection features to stay close to loved ones and pass the time.

Being a social simulation game, this isn’t a game where you’ll be fighting monsters. This is a game where you’ll be building a happy community of animals – it’s a great escape from the real world and is perfect for all ages.

2. Slime Rancher

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This game owned my life for the entire month of January! You play as Beatrix LeBeau, a young woman who travels to a lawless planet full of adorable slimes. The object of the game is to just build the best farm for you, whether that means having one of each slime, making tons of money, or just finding using breed combinations.

And if you’re looking for a little story, Bea occasionally will receive Starmails from an old friend named Casey…

3. Tekken 7

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For those among you who really need to blow off steam, a fighting game might be best for you. Although 5 is my personal favorite, Tekken 7 has a decent roster and tons of customization options. Some unique characters like Eliza from Tekken Revolution are available for purchase, along with guest characters like Geese from Fatal Fury, Noctis from Final Fantasy XV and Akuma from Street Fighter.

The story format is a bit of a deviation from older Tekken games; a la Tekken 6, 7 follows the perspective of an “outside” character and ultimately relates it back to the Mishima family.

4. Persona 5

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RPGs allow for dungeon crawling that provides an endless stream of monster fights, and Persona has a dungeon you can visit time and time again throughout the game. If your Phantom Thieves are leveled up enough, you could wander through Mementos for hours and work toward filling up the compendium. You could also pursue the many sidequests the game has to offer, or try to max out your Confidants. I don’t know about you, but working toward such a level of completion is a pretty fun way to relax at the end of the day.

Stay safe, stay sane and game on!

Published by Briana Hernandez

Just a freelance copywriter and social media strategist.

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