Naithin, of Time to Loot, suggested this writing prompt over the Blaugust Discord:
For one whole year you are only allowed to play five games (including DLCs).
Apparently it is something that started on Twitter and is now making the rounds through the blogosphere. Naithin decided to add a few rules though because he felt that just being allowed to play 5 games for an entire year wasn’t punishment enough!
These are Naithin’s rules:
- The consequence for playing a 6th title?
Playing anything outside of your pre-selected five titles will result in any gaming device you touch spontaneously combusting. (Ooooh, Spooky! Halloween ya’ll!)
- Selections aren’t limited to a single platform
So if you wish to select some Switch titles, some PC, some PS4 etc — this is OK.
- All DLC for a given game is fine and included within your pick
As the original tweet, all DLC for a game included. I will further specify, that this could be unreleased DLC at the time of making your selection.
- Mods (even Total Conversions) are also OK
But they can’t rely on the assets of a game you haven’t selected to work. (e.g., The Skyrim TCs for Morrowind and Oblivion require the original assets.)
- For a series of games, each entry is an individual selection.
If you want Dark Souls I, II and III — that’s three of your five picks.
If are curious about Naithin’s picks for this challenge you can check it out here.
My five games
Any kind of list like this is tough. Even more so when you consider these are the only games you will be allowed to play for a whole year. Specially for someone who has some vastly mood swings like me which makes me completely abandon one game to play another out of the blue!
Final Fantasy XIV
This one is pretty much a no-brainer. The game receives constant updates with new story content, optional dungeons, etc., has regular events, has a bunch of optional content and we can unlock all classes in one character. If that wasn’t enough I also have two other characters, one which I am also trying to get all classes to the level cap and the third one which I am just trying to unlock one class for each role.
If by some miracle that I was able to complete all of that in less than a year, in the last update Final Fantasy XIV added a New Game+ mode which I could use to replay my favorite story parts.
Just this game alone could keep me pretty busy and entertained for a whole year. If it wasn’t for the question of variety and that I what I feel like playing can change just as fast and randomly as a lightning strike I wouldn’t even have to pick other games for this challenge.
Skyrim: Special Edition
This is one of my “comfort foods” of gaming. Whenever I feel like playing something that doesn’t require much brain power and where I can just putter around in a fantasy setting this is the game I go to.
Plus there is always some new interesting mod to download and test. And if I ever get crazy enough I can try to make my own mods to get things exactly how I want them to be.
Runner Up #1: Fallout 4 which is a similar “comfort food” and I can try to build settlements to scratch my creative itches.
Runner Up #2: Fallout: New Vegas. Same reason as both of those but with an actual good main story.
Runner Up #3: The Outer Worlds. I haven’t played this game yet but from everything I hear it is like Fallout: New Vegas but without the bugs and I don’t know how moddable it is/will be.
I haven’t gotten the latest DLC yet with the natural disasters (I keep forgetting about it) and there is a ton of civilizations that I haven’t tried and achievements I haven’t gotten. So just that could keep me entertained for a while.
Runner Up #1: Crusader Kings II. It is a completely different beast in terms of strategy but the insane types of stories and decisions we can make from this game makes it worth it. Granted, I am terrible at it and haven’t been able to even form an empire yet. Maybe playing it for one year I could get better at it! Ok, I probably wouldn’t but one can dream!
Runner Up #2: Stellaris. Something between the mechanical gameplay of Civilization and the insanity of Crusader Kings II this is another game I found pretty fun to play. I have yet to finish my first playthrough of it but I already thought of some different alien civilizations/scenarios I’d like to play!
The Sims 3
Yet another of my “comfort foods”. I love to come up with silly concepts for my Sims families and see how it works out. I also like to try building houses for them, even though I am completely terrible at it and it always ends up looking more like an alien tried to mimic human construction.
I also like to take the occasional challenge made by the community. My favorite of those being “The Random Legacy Challenge.”
Runner Up: Stardew Valley. This I’d play just for chilling and have a good time. Really, there isn’t much I need to say about this game. 🙂
Some times I get in the mood for something with more action and the Yakuza series is always good for that. Although all the Yakuza games are good in their own rights, I decided to go for Yakuza 0 for a few reasons: first, I haven’t finished the game myself yet, only watched a friend streaming it. Second, of all the games I feel it is the one that has the best “complete” package, i.e., the story is good, so is the gameplay and the mini-games. Lastly, it has Majima as a co-protagonist, with his own storyline, and Majima is the only other character in the series so far that is as awesome as Kiryu.
I will admit though that I am not completely sure about this pick. I mean, I love the game but it is a single-player game and doesn’t have as much replayability as the other games in this list. So it might be harder to make it last for a whole year.
On the other hand considering how I constantly get distracted by other things and end up stopping and restarting games like it was out of fashion then it might actually work out.
Runner Up: Spider-Man. The only reason I haven’t picked this game for my list is because I barely played it. Also I am very picky about the portrayal of my favorite characters and given that Spider-Man is my favorite super-hero I’d really would like to see the game’s whole story before passing a verdict. Having said that, what I played of it was pretty fun and it did seem to have a pretty good potential for just puttering around the city, stopping some random criminals and just having a fun time. 🙂
There are so many other games I considered putting on this list. In fact I am pretty sure that if I were to do this list again there would be a few differences.
I am also pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to stick with just these five games for long as I’d miss not only other games in the same genres as these but also others that I didn’t cover here like jRPGs, Visual Novels, adventure games and so on.
Soon enough I’d be hit by this challenge’s curse and see myself forced to find another hobby to fill in the void cause by it. (Damn you and your curses, Naithin! XD)
I am just glad this kind of challenge is just a fun mental exercise. 🙂