Naithin of Time to Loot made a pretty interesting post about a 5 Games Challenge. It is sort of a challenge where he is allowed to play only five games of his choice for a year. If the idea seems curious to you as well then just read his post for all the details.
Initially I thought that if I was in that situation my picks would be pretty easy as there are enough games with good repeatable content that I enjoy and could keep me entertained for a year.
But the more I thought about it the more I realized it was not quite that simple. I have a very fickle mind. What I feel like playing can completely change overnight. Even if I am heavily playing a certain type of game for a week that desire to play it might simply vanish the next day as I feel like playing something different. Extend that for a whole year and I am not sure I could comfortably do it.
Yet for the sake of this mental exercise let me try to pick five games that could last me for a year.
EDIT: This is embarrassing. As Naithin pointed in the comments turns out I already did a post like this last year! With the same title too! XD
Oh, well, for anyone curious on how my list change from the previous year, you can find the post here.
When it comes to games with good replayable content it is hard to beat the Civilization games. The latest entry in particular not only has a lot of different civilizations to pick from, each with their different specialties, but there are plenty of interesting options to generate maps making it hard to predict what kind of game you will get.
And that isn’t even getting into unlocking achievements! There is a ton of them in Civilization VI and to this day I haven’t even got all the ones from the base game. If I were to play just to unlock the achievements it could end up taking me the whole year!
Skyrim Special Edition/Fallout 4
Ok, I am cheating with this pick. But since they are essentially the same game just with different flavors and settings I am counting it as one.
Now here is the thing: I don’t actually love these games by themselves. What I love about them is their potential, something that is often realized by the modders. The mods not only keep the games fresh, they often made me realize how much better these games could be better with a different system or a certain addition.
As long as there are good mods out there to play these games with I will keep playing them.
Fate Grand Order
While I chose the other games in this list for their depth, replay ability or both, Fate Grand Order has none of those. I mean, 90% of the time I can just use a quickly made together team and finish any content available. It is only with Challenge Quests and Boss fights when I actually need to think about a strategy.
Yet I have been playing this game constantly for the last… two years? Three? I don’t even remember anymore. The point is I don’t see myself stop playing it any time soon. With the constant stream of content in the form of events and new chapters I am also not worried about getting bored with the game. My only nitpick is that some of those events can be so grindy as to take too much time. Time that some times I wish would be spent playing another game! But I guess that is just the nature of most mobile/online games.
Final Fantasy XIV
At this point this pick is kinda in shaky grounds. Partly because at the moment of this writing I just have not been feeling like playing Final Fantasy XIV at all. I mean, I still have plenty of story that I want to see. The problem is it is locked behind an iLevel requirement and I just don’t feel like grinding to get the gear upgrades I need.
The other reason is the economy here is pretty crappy right now. That means I need to cut down certain costs. Final Fantasy XIV is on the table for those cuts. Even now my plan is still to just unsubscribe once I finish the story patches for Shadowbringers… which my whole procrastination to get those gear upgrades isn’t helping with but I digress.
The point is, as much as I love this game, as much as I want to see where the story goes, the reality is I don’t know how much I’d play of this game in a span of a year. If there wasn’t the economic factor I wouldn’t mind it that much. Unfortunately that isn’t the case so this makes this picky a tricky proposition.
Some times I am more in the mood for something more action-oriented. Unfortunately most of the action games that interest me don’t lead themselves all that well for replayability. Splatoon 2 however might be the exception.
I say might because I played a lot of the first Splatoon game. And I mean a lot. For a few months I’d play it for about 30 minutes every day and enjoyed every minute of it. With Splatoon 2 I didn’t get hooked as much, probably in part because it initially felt so similar to its predecessor, of which I had enough of a fill of. The other part is because when Splatoon 2 released there were (and still are) a whole lot of other games competing for my attention so it keeps getting neglected.
Still I keep meaning to delve more into Splatoon 2 and get the most out of it. Being limited to 5 games in year would be a good excuse to do that.
Naithin also came with the idea of doing an actual challenge event with this idea. Except that instead of a whole year it would be just a month with the option of doing a post every day about the games being played.
I’ve been pondering if I should participate too. The reason for all my pondering is basically one of motivation. As far as challenge goes being limited to 5 games in a month isn’t hard, it is actually pretty easy. Posting everyday though is hard and not something I can commit to right now.
But I do want to post more and I am thinking that I might just take the idea and do some experimentation with it. I am just not sure about the details and even if I do it might end up just a personal thing that I won’t even do a public announcement about. We’ll see.
Picking just these 5 games was hard. In fact every time I thought about this list I kept picking one or two different games than the ones that ended here. I would even bet that if I were to actually try to play only these games I’d regret picking them in less than 3 months.
I guess that is the interesting part about these thought experiments: we can play with some extreme scenarios without having to actually go through them and have regrets. Because, really I doubt I’d enjoy doing this challenge for a whole year.