Well, it’s the summer again, and that means absolutely nothing is coming out anytime soon! (This is especially true this year because of the upcoming console launches.) Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and not be bored. Here is our, Best Things to Do During the Summer (When Nothing Seems to be Coming Out)
1) Play The Last of Us
Seriously; why have you all not played this yet? This is the frontrunner for game of the generation and is easily Playstation 3’s best exclusive game. It will take you on an emotional roller-coaster and leave you wondering what all that was about. I refuse to speak of any of the game’s narrative points in this post, but suffice it to say, this is a MUST play. Then, once you’ve beaten it, play it again on Hard….then Survivor…the Hard+ ….and Survivor+…..and the multiplayer is good too…….
2) Enjoy the games you might have missed over the Holidays (or the New Year)
Okay, none of us have enough money to buy all the stuff we want to play. (Disclaimer: There might be people who enough money that they CAN buy all the games they want to play, but I’m assuming that most of us don’t.) As such, there are probably some things that got missed in the shuffle this year. Did you miss Sleeping Dogs, Darksiders II, Dishonored, or X-COM. What about the downloadables that might have slipped off your radar? Games like Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Guacamelee, Sound Shapes, Journey, Mark of the Ninja, and The Unfinished Swan all come to mind, and should be played. There is probably a backlog of games that you like that are now totally cheap. Take advantage of all your newfound free time and play some of them. They might make your list of best games you played THIS year….
3) Clean up that Pile of Shame
We all have one of these too. Games that are in our collections that have been left unfinished. Whether it is a JRPG you just got bored with, or a game that you liked that got put to the wayside because something else came out; you should hunker down and complete it….or get rid of it. You will want to have a clean slate going into your new console and so when fall hits, all bets are off. The odds of you going back and finishing these things gets slimmer and slimmer the longer that new system sits in your living room, so take advantage of this time and finish some of those guys up. You also don’t want dead weight in your collection either, so if you know you’re not going back, and there is no emotional attachment to it, be done with it. Cull the heard….
4) Watch E3 Videos….then Pine over Them…
A lot of stuff gets announced at E3, and if you have a job…I doubt you’ve seen all the coverage and interviews. What better way to get excited for what’s coming than by looking at all in lovely HD video. IGN has tons of hours of content that will last you through the summer and beyond; making the wait for the fall all that much harder. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but they are idiots. Watch as much of that stuff as possible…Greg Miller makes some good jokes.
5) Enjoy your other hobbies
I try to do other stuff besides write about and play games. Now that the summer is here, I have more time to indulge in said activities. Read some books, go to the beach, rock climb; whatever tickles your fancy. You have some spare time on your hands, so go enjoy it in a way that you know you will. I’ve already downed a couple of books that have been on my shelf, and I’ve been indulging my outdoorsy tendencies occasionally too. Find something else that you love and do it…like this guy….
or maybe not….that guy is crazy
6) Troll the Internet
Just Kidding…don’t be that guy.
7) Play The Last of Us
Please refer back to Number 1