Addicting Video Games That Will Keep You Awake At Night
We appear to have hit the glass ceiling with graphical design, as so many developers have moved away from trying to create the most accurate facial technology ever, or the most eye-popping particle effects, instead refocusing on gameplay and substance over style.
Grand Theft Auto V
From one titan of the open-world genre to the grandaddy and all-round King himself, it goes without saying that GTA V is a mammoth beast of barely comparable proportions. I mean, just look at the Top 10 sales chart right now – you’ll see it’s still sitting in the top 10, four years later. Which is just crazy.
However, it’s testament to just how polished and hand-crafted Rockstar ‘do’ open-worlds, that there’s always something to see and do in this all-new version of San Andreas.
From main story missions to collectibles, going on crime sprees to completing side-missions, vehicle challenges or just exploring to your heart’s content, GTA V is a genuine world of potential on the other side of the screen – something no other game can match to this degree.
Not since the heydays of Harvest Moon have we seen farming sims just ‘work’ on consoles. Thankfully, although Nintendo haven’t delivered a landmark instalment in the series in quite some time, developer Eric Barone thought he’d make his own, delivering the endlessly charming Stardew Valley as a response to said lack of games, and as an innovation on all its core formulae.
To that end, yes, you’ve got a farm to run, plants to water, animals to look after and produce to trade, but there’s also a dungeon to explore, social circles to get lost in, quests to complete and a story involving the evil corporation JojaMart who seem intent on overtaking the delightful town of Stardew.
All of this is paired against a fairly tight daily time window, meaning every in-game morning you’ll have to balance your wants and needs against an energy meter and the time of day itself.
To say that this setup encourages the “Oh go on then, ONE more time…” mentality is an understatement. It weaponises it, embodying that style of gameplay to make one of the most immersive titles of the generation.