If you’re like me, an Xbox One owner who doesn’t care for the Halo series, you’re probably getting a little tired of all of the Halo hype. So, to keep you entertained until some better games come along (like Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront) I thought that I’d suggest four of my favourite time filling titles!
State of Decay
This game has been one of my go-to titles for a good few years now. On the Xbox 360, it was easily one of my favourite games. On the Xbox One, the Year One Survival Edition has given me hours of joy. It’s one of those titles that’s super easy to get in to, to put down and then enjoy again a few days or weeks down the road. You can flit in and out, spend hours playing or just play for half hour or so, it’s incredibly versatile. So, whilst I’m ignoring my friends (Alex, Thinkbad Monkey and Con, Romnomnom), talking about Halo 5, I’ll be trying my best to keep my community of computer generated survivors alive.
How to Survive
This zombie survival game received relatively mixed reviews when it was first released. But I personally loved the title! It’s easy to play and fun to boot. How to Survive is simple to pick up, with an easy twin-stick layout. But the survival mechanics really keep you on your toes – you not only have to contend with the undead, you also need to make sure that your character isn’t killed by the elements, or by starvation, dehydration or sleep deprivation. It’s also an awesome game to play co-operatively with a friend, and it’s a game that I love to flit in and out of when I’m looking for a time filler.
Super Time Force
The manic platforming mayhem that is Super Time Force was a real surprise for me. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it quite as much as I did. I was gripped by its awesome gameplay mechanics and the fast paced nature of the gameplay. I was pretty much hooked from the off! It’s a different way to play a platformer, with time control elements which encourage you to plan ahead and focus your attacks (particularly for boss fights). I’m not a huge platform gamer, but I very much enjoyed Super Time Force. Plus, the tongue in cheek story and the hilarious dialogue is the icing on top of the cake.
I’ve been jumping in and out of Project Zomboid for the past few months, and I think I’ll continue to do so for months to come. It’s a fantastic game to spend an hour or so playing, here and there. You can go scavenging for supplies with your character, clear out some pesky zombies that are blocking a rout, or inhabiting a resource rich area. You can even build your base and prepare for the long-haul. I know that this is technically the third zombie survival based game in the list, but those types of survival related games are great picker-uppers. Project Zomboid is on Mac and PC at the moment, and it’s dirt cheap. It’s well worth picking up, particularly if you’re a fan of games like H1Z1 and DayZ.
There are also other fantastic survival based games which act as brilliant time fillers, titles like Don’t Starve, Sheltered and The Long Dark.
Are you a Halo fan? If not, which games will you be playing to keep you interested until your next big title? Let me know in the comments below!