Summer video games could keep us away from the sun for hours

Total War: Warhammer leads a slew of video games providing as good a reason as any to swap Hong Kong’s searing heat and humidity for the relative cool of the indoors and action-packed adventures at your fingertips

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 May, 2016, 1:35pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 May, 2016, 1:35pm

People love summer for a variety of reasons – swimming pools, barbecues, running around half-naked on a beach.

Those all have their place, but the best part of summer is hunkering down indoors with your beloved gaming machines while you do your very best not to melt. Unfortunately, I’ve had to grow up and no longer get summers off. But I won’t let that stop me.

Here are a few options I’m considering as I prepare my summer bunker – I mean my apartment:

Doom

I’m a little too young to be a diehard Doom fan. By the time I was old enough for the hyperviolent alien extinction simulator, I had already latched on to similar titles such as Halo. However, the name commands respect. I’ll be interested to see how it is received. If everyone raves about it, I may come around. I am a firm believer in peer pressure.

Total War: Warhammer

I am far more certain about this title than my other suggestions. The Total War franchise is as rock-solid as they come when it comes to real-time strategies, and Warhammer may be just as strong. Some people are concerned about the melding – typically Total War sticks to historical periods such as Medieval Europe or Ancient Rome – but I’m certain it will be fantastic.

The only thing that can trip this game up is technical issues. Developer Creative Assembly has struggled with bugs on a few previous Total War entries, so let’s hope they are properly exterminated.

Overwatch

This game is a slam dunk. I couldn’t put down the beta version, cramming 14 hours of gameplay into a few days. That’s a lot for me at this point in my life.

Overwatch is a beautiful mashing of Team Fortress and League of Legends, which are probably my two favourite PC games of all time. Developer/publisher Blizzard knows strategy (StarCraft), and its sister company Activision knows shooters (Call of Duty), so it’s no surprise they were able to mix the two so well.

We will have to give Blizzard some time to balance the characters and maps out. There will probably be some server issues. But that’s to be expected of a new multiplayer game. I truly believe this could be as addictive as League of Legends. And I’ve played League every week for about six years now.

No Man’s Sky

It’s almost here (scheduled release date June 21). My body is so ready.

I’ve been gushing about this game for nearly two years. You know it’s about space exploration in a nearly infinite universe.

No man had better even try to speak to me once this game drops. If you see me out in public the week of June 21, know that I am only out there because I am working or gathering supplies for the voyage ahead. I like talking to random people about my stories, but it will have to be done during the other 51 weeks of 2016.

Associated Press