In this day and age, more and more people are identifying themselves as gamers, using desktops, laptops, phones and tablets to experience the thrill and rush of gaming. Naturally, the number of people who play games is only expected to rise in the coming years as more technology easily allows us to game anywhere, any time.
There is nothing more relaxing then settling down at the end of a long, hard day and playing your favorite video game to let the stress melt away. From real-time strategy to first-person shooter to role-playing games, everyone has a favorite type of #videogame. The one common denominator is that everyone is looking for a fun experience from the game of their choice. So let’s take a look at the top five single-player games.
1. Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004 Edition)
This game was created in 1987 and was one of the most popular games of the '80s. It saw a total remastering and rebuilding in 2004, which included huge amounts of new content and a totally new graphics engine. The game is massively fun and endlessly replayable.
The player starts off as a seaman looking for his kidnapped family, but by the end of the first cutscene, you're in command of a small ship that sails the Caribbean. As a player, you can choose to look for your missing family, hunt for treasure, bounty hunt the most famous pirates in the world, or just sail around sinking ships.
One of the most unique aspects of Sid Meier's Pirates! is that your character ages and will eventually be forced to retire. This allows for multiple playthroughs, making it impossible to finish the game in one lifetime. It's filled with humor and action and is good for hundreds of hours of fun! If you enjoy arcade-style games that are fun and don’t take themselves too seriously, then this game is for you.
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2. Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault
This is the grandfather of all World War II #shooters, released in 2002. This game puts you in the boots of US Army Ranger Lt. Mike Powell as he fights his way across war-torn Europe. The game is famous for using many scenes and locations from the film #SavingPrivateRyan, and despite its age, it has an intensity and thrill beyond modern shooters.
Allied Assault also has an amazing soundtrack. The engine may use outdated graphics, but its missions and combat had a surprising depth and really makes the player feel like they are in the heart of World War II. If you enjoy FPSs that don’t spoon-feed you and are historically accurate, then Medal of Honor may be the game for you.
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
When it comes to the simple joy of the human craving for exploration and adventure, few games can compare to the massive scale of #Skyrim. The game was released in 2011 and builds upon the already established world of the Elder Scrolls. In this installment, you play as a hero known as the Dragonborn, who has the body of a man but the soul of a dragon. The game has almost unlimited replayability due to the scale of the map, the number of quests and character development.
Skyrim's real strength is its slow pace. The environments are so beautiful that often I found myself just logging in to walk around forests or swim in a river. If you enjoy large open-world games that involve lots of exploration, then Skyrim will be a joy to play.
4. Command & Conquer: Red Alert
The Command & Conquer franchise is one of the most famous and bestselling #RTS series in video game history. Red Alert is a game that takes place in an alternate history that sees the allies facing off against the #USSR. The game took advantage of the RTS format and highlighted fun, dynamic action along with live-action cutscenes that told a story that was directed at the player.
The game used the basic RTS format of earning resources, and building a base and army to fight the opposing faction. It's a cool snapshot of history as Red Alert was created not long after the end of the real Cold War and thus showed many of the worries and hopes of the world at the time. If you are a fan of RTS games, then Command & Conquer: Red Alert is worth checking out.
5. Diablo III
Diablo III comes from #Blizzard, the same studio that produced the #Warcraft games and World of Warcraft. Diablo III is the third day in the Diablo franchise. The game is based in a separate universe and borrows heavily from Christian apocryphal books regarding the order of Heaven and Hell and the various demons and angels that populate them.
The main character plays as one of six classes and embarks on a epic journey to defend Heaven from the Prime Evils. The game is done in the style of an action real-time strategy and is seen from a top-down view. #Diablo3 has combat that is dynamic and fun, and is jam-packed with interesting characters and villains. It also features a rich lore based in a dark yet hopeful world.
It's also a living game, as Blizzard continues to patch and add new content free of charge. With the creation of the bounty system and adventure mode, the game feels more like an open-world adventure then a closed narrative story. If you enjoy games that are fast and heavy on the action with thousands of loot items, then Diablo III is for you.
The most recent game in the franchise is Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. Check out the trailer below.
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What games do you find to be the most fun? Let me know in the comment section below!