Sometimes when your head is not in the books and when you’re not exhausting yourself working, it’s nice to sit back and play a game or two. However, if you have ample time to kill then you are going to want to play a very rich and detailed game. Whether that is a game that has hours of grinding or a game with nearly endless collectables to find, it’s nice to play a game with a lot of content. Simply put, you might as well play a game worth your money!
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
The original Ratchet & Clank trilogy is one of the greatest video game series of all-time. Every single game is well worth your time, but Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando takes the cake. This is a 3D platformer that relies heavily on weapon-based combat. In each world you go to, there are a number of different missions to complete. Also, on each planet, there are a certain amount of Platinum Bolts that can be found. A lot of these Platinum bolts are in difficult locations and it’s extremely fun to traverse all of the planets looking for all of them.
You can also upgrade all of your weapons and it’s truly a magical feeling when you see the upgraded version of each weapon. Every time this happens, the game doubles in excitement. The combat is just so fun that using different combinations of weapons is a joy and hours were spent just looking for enemies to try ideas on. I speak from experience on this.
That is just scratching the surface, though, because Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando has a challenge mode. After you beat the game, you have the option to start again and keep all of your weapons, armor and health so you can continue to upgrade them. This adds significant replay value so you can achieve every single upgrade possible. Trust me, they’re all worth your time!
Although Banjo-Kazooie doesn’t have quite the content of Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, there is still a lot to do. Banjo-Kazooie is yet another 3D platformer, but it has much more of an “open-world” feel. The worlds you traverse are enormous in size and most of the time take hours to complete. The true joy of Banjo-Kazooie lies in its level designs and collecting. There are water worlds, snow worlds and possibly the greatest world in video game history: Click Clock Wood. There are so many items to collect in each world: Jiggys, notes, Jinjos, skulls, etc. Some of these items are hidden quite well in each world; which makes them more exciting to collect.
The main item you will collect, though, are Jiggys. Some of them require you to defeat a boss, some where you need to complete a task, some where you have to find it hidden in the level and so on. They are extremely fun to find and some of them take an enormous amount of skill. Speaking of skill, Banjo-Kazooie is a game that will test yours. You’ll need to think outside of the box (sometimes a literal box) with some of the puzzles the game throws at you. There is a perfect amount of challenge in this game, and it adds to the enjoyment of the levels and collecting. If you combine all of these factors, you have the greatest Nintendo 64 game of all-time.
Taking a break from 3D platformers, we come to one of the best sports games ever made. Realistic sports games are great, but nothing can touch the magic of the Street games. NFL Street specifically remains the best one ever created. The gameplay is absolutely insane because of all of the chaos. You can get some great action considering how there are very few real “rules.” It is so satisfying to completely obliterate your opponents when you set your tackling attribute to 20! Performing other types of experiments such as that kept me busy for a couple of days with my radio on in the background and a cool beverage nearby.
One mode in particular, though, keeps this game from becoming stale: NFL Challenge Mode. You get to build a team from the ground up and customize all of your players along the way. There are specific challenges you must complete to get development points, and that is undoubtedly the best part about the game. Some are as simple as diving into the endzone while others are as difficult as shutting out the Dolphins to 36. There is a tremendous amount of variety to all of the challenges and the ability to pick and choose between them is a nice touch. Once you complete challenge mode, your customized team should be compromised of mega-stars. The ultimate goal is then playing against the NFL Legends to test your skill.
Mario Kart 8
With all of the DLC that has been released for Mario Kart 8 over the years, it has become one of the grandest Nintendo games ever made. Including all of the DLC, there are 48 tracks in Mario Kart 8 and over 30 characters. The visual presentation of the tracks is why this game is so amazing to play. No other Mario Kart game can compare to the number of epic tracks in this game. The updated gravity changes also add an interesting element to the gameplay, and there are also some terrific new items.
That being said, the online play in Mario Kart 8 is where all of your time will be spent. The Mario Kart 8 community is quite large and there are always several different tournaments you can join. If you don’t want to do that, though, you can simply race with friends online. I remember one series of races where one friend of mine got hit by a blue shell near the end of the race four times in a row. The words he said were ones that shouldn’t be repeated in print. It’s the moments like that which really make the game shine (except perhaps for my friend, but he also has a story now as well).
No matter how you spend your time online with Mario Kart 8, make sure you are doing it safely. The safest way to play Mario Kart 8 online, because at any time a hacker can come and ruin your day, is with a powerful Virtual Private Network (VPN). It will mask your IP address and keep your connection safe as you play. That way you don’t have to worry when playing online games.
If you ever have some spare time to kill, then I highly recommend playing any one of these games. If you have played these games, how many hours of gameplay did you clocked in? What video games do you play in your spare time? We would love to know your thoughts, so please leave a comment below.
About the Author: Isa is a freelance blogger, writer and huge video game enthusiast. She loves firing up her old systems and hopes you’ll take a look at the above games.