TA Top Five: Comfort Games

By Marc Hollinshead, 4 years ago
Not all games are full of explosive action, heart-breaking stories and fast-paced gameplay. While these games can be fantastic and provide hours of entertainment, there are times when we as gamers need time to unwind and feel fully relaxed when switching on the console. We don't want to scramble our brain with tough puzzles, nor do we want to be thrown in the deep end and be in the midst of an apocalyptic disaster. Instead, we want to switch off and play something to make us feel very chilled out. This week we're going to take a look at those comfort games that help our brain to rest while still having tons of fun (as suggested by Skridger).

Honorable Mentions

Deepak Chopra's Leela
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This definitely is the least well known game on the list, but when looking at games to relax us, this certainly fits the bill. The concept of meditation and breathing exercises sounds strange for a game, but with the use of the Kinect, Leela is able to be a game that physically helps us to relax our bodies and put our mind at ease. Sounds perfect after a tiring day at work!

Earth 2

Destiny may have not been well received by the public, however it still manages to create a feeling of relaxation with its content. MMO's are structured around a lot of repetition of particular activities like dungeons and daily/weekly challenges, and Destiny is full of them. This repetition is one of the reasons why a lot of people quickly disliked the game, however, jumping on for an hour or so and getting your bounties/weeklies done is an easy way to ease the strain on your brain.

Top Five

5. Civilization Revolution
Comfort Games Civ Rev

There's something about being in charge of something or acting as a ruler in a game that evokes a sense of calmness. Like the original Sim City games, Civ Rev lets you enjoy your very own kingdom of sorts rising up into a great nation, and simply watching all the goings on is surprisingly pleasurable, although you aren't actually doing anything. The slower nature of the title means that you don't have to be on your toes at every moment or feel deeply engaged with the game, but you can jump in and still feel like you're in a game worthy of your time.

4. The Elder Scrolls
Comfort Games Elder Scrolls

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are gigantic games. Once you are let loose in Tamriel in either game, it's almost overwhelming as to where you should go next, but the sheer beauty of Cyrodiil and Skyrim cause both provinces to be extremely inviting. When you aren't battling beasts and taking part in epic quests, roaming through the land is one of the most relaxing and comforting experiences you can have in a game. The ambient music that plays in the background of both games add to the experience and as you look at the view, it's hard to not appreciate the work that went into creating both of these places. I spent many hours wandering Tamriel and it was one of the most soothing and relaxing times I've had in my gaming life.

3. Tetris
Comfort Games Tetris

Although it's been going for a long time, even now many gamers are able to casually zone out while playing Tetris, including our very own Matrarch who, while discussing this week's list, said that it gives her hands something to do while she focuses on other things. The fact that the game almost becomes a sort of distraction shows that it requires barely any brain power. The simple yet addictive gameplay of lining up the many falling blocks is oddly soothing because the game involves just that one task and not much else. It's these mobile style games that help to relax us with something that is so easy to do and yet can keep us playing for hours and hours.

2. The Sims
Comfort Games The Sims

Just like Civ Rev, there's something about being a ruler in a game that really ups the enjoyment. For years, many gamers have enjoyed ruling over the lives of their sims and making their lives a misery all the more fun, and it is still going today with the release of The Sims 4. It's a game that never ends, and it's only as fun as you make it. The open ended nature of The Sims means that you can play however you want and there is no hurry as to what you should do next. Simply turning on the sims' free will, creating a house for them, and watching them go about their business is still a perfect way to play so you don't technically have to lift a finger to enjoy what the series offers.

1. Minecraft
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Love it or hate it, Minecraft is everywhere in the gaming world. The premise of having endless possibilities and building whatever you want in a game is something that a huge number of people have found too hard to resist and it has increased in popularity incredibly over the last couple of years with the console releases. Whether you're walking around the blocky world looking for more resources, mining your way through the ground for the sheer pleasure of it, or creating crazy and imaginative objects, Minecraft is a simulation title that is easy to get into and stay on for hours on end while your brain rests. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but at its core, Minecraft is a title that is there for you to just sit back and enjoy.

So there are our picks for the top comfort games. People find many different games relaxing so it's impossible to fit them all in. Let us know what game you go to when you need to switch off in the comments.

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Marc Hollinshead
Written by Marc Hollinshead
To summarize Marc in two words, it would be "Christian Gamer." You will usually find him getting stuck into story heavy action-adventure games, RPG's and the odd quirky title when he isn't raving about Dark Souls and Mass Effect. Outside the world of gaming, Marc attends and helps out in his church on a regular basis and has a not-so thrilling job in a supermarket.