The lights are on
If you're a gamer, you're no stranger to summer release droughts, but
this time doesn't have to be such a downer. You can view this break as an
opportunity, whether it's trying a new genre or preparing for your favorite
We know gaming dry spells can be rough, especially when you have free
time on your hands and can't find anything that grabs you. We hear you loud and
clear, so we've compiled a list of tips to prevent your PC, consoles, and
handhelds from collecting dust. These ideas should help keep you at bay until
the fall releases inundate you. Then you'll have bigger problems, like how to
stay on top of everything... but that's for another day.
Get Out Of Your
Element: Try A New Genre
We all have our comfort zones, and breaking out of them is
difficult - but you never know if you're going to enjoy something until you
give it a chance. The worst-case scenario is that you realize it isn't for you
and move on. The best case? You find something new to love. The summer slump is
the perfect time to put your all into something unfamiliar, as you're much more
likely to actually devote the time necessary to grasp its mechanics and give it
a fair shot. Maybe open-world games have always intimidated you, or maybe
you're worried you're not a worthwhile adversary in shooters. Leave your fears
at the door, put the time in, and emerge with a new perspective.
This especially extends to daunting genres like MOBAs. Game
Informer's PC editor (and resident MOBA expert) Dan Tack imparted some wisdom,
saying prepare for the toxicity of being new, practice using bots, and then try
to enter the arena with friends, other new players, or seasoned vets willing to
help. "Learn and have fun together with a full team of five and it will make
your entry into the genre a lot easier," Tack says. "There's a lot of improving
and learning to do during your first hundred or so hours of a new MOBA, but it
doesn't have to be an arduous experience."
Make Old New Again
HD collections and remastered editions have provided us
another excuse to play some of our favorite games. These also come with perks
beyond just improving the graphics, since new gameplay and DLC is often included.
The Last of Us is one of the best games from the PS3 era, and the recent
remastered edition just gives you another reason to step back in. RPG fans have had their treat of HD collections with releases such as, Final
Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster,
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix,
and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles. Other genres haven't been left in the dark
either, with Ratchet & Clank,
Devil May Cry,
and Silent Hill collections also available. And that's just scratching the surface.
Maybe you've forgotten some important parts of these titles,
or maybe you just want to relive them. Either way, reacquainting yourself with
a game you adored is a nice trip down memory lane. Now might just be the best
time to take that trip, as there is nothing pressing begging for your
attention. Who knows? Maybe you'll see the game in a whole new light.
Get Ready For The
Fall Flood By Playing Previous Iterations
This fall and beyond will see new entries in powerhouse franchises like Dragon Age, Assassin's Creed,
The Witcher, and Far Cry. If you missed a past game or want to refresher on the
sprawling storylines, now is the time to play them. This is one of the best
ways to get even more excited for what's to come. I recommend giving Dragon
Age: Origins another go, so you can fully appreciate Morrigan and Leliana's return. If you can fit Dragon Age II in, try to for Varric's awesome
one-liners, but Origins is the more important of the two. As for The Witcher,
at least play the second the game, Assassins of Kings, but you really can't go
wrong with playing through the entire series. After all, this will be Geralt's
final hurrah; you should send him off in style by celebrating his best moments
again. At the very least, you don't want any missing gaps as you approach new
entries in long-running franchises. Now is the perfect time to rectify your
Read on to the next page for more tips!
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