A large, expansive open world complete with zombies and the whole survival factor. Dying Light drops players right in the middle of a gorgeously dark post-apocalyptic setting ripe for the exploring. The controls are easy to learn and the gameplay is engrossing. If you’re a zombie fan, this is a must play.
No Man’s Sky
A lot of people will refuse to acknowledge the fact that No Man’s Sky is on this list, but it’s still a title worth experiencing in our opinion. If you’re looking for a chill game with some jaw-dropping visuals while you coast through endless space and visit hundreds of alien planets, this is the game for you.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
You control a character created from a dead ranger and an Elf-lord hellbent on avenging their slain loved ones. For all you Lord of the Rings fans, prepare to live out all (well almost all) of your wildest fantasies in this open world. Grab a drink, some snacks and settle in for some serious single-player gaming.
This steampunk-esque title is set in the 1900’s within the confines of a floating city. You’ll be hard pressed to find any reason to be disappointed with Bioshock Infinite as it includes the classic addicting gameplay features on top of a visually stunning world. The story is long and twisted with plenty of mystery to pull you through the entire game.
This game comes as close to playing in a live anime as it gets. Control the high school aged main character while splitting your time between multiple comrades, tasks, and oh yeah, fighting the baddies in distorted mental palaces. It’s easy to lose track of time with the in depth mechanics and compelling story for 80+ hours.
Alright, it doesn’t get much more tranquil than Stardew Valley. Every detail about this game from the graphics and music, to the quirky neighbors draws you in. It even mixes in some light combat and progressional pieces to switch it up if you get tired of tending to your cash crops. Build a life in this small town and feel your stress melt away.
Torchlight II takes on a Diablo style feel with some great style. The gameplay is structured so that a single player can beat the game, but it does have the option for multiplayer. Battle your way through enemies in search of loot and build an unstoppable character.
Strategic turn-based games never get old. XCOM 2 brings players back into the fray with difficult missions and enemies that will work your brain. When you’re not in the heat of battle, you’ll be managing and upgrading your squad to make the most formidable alien extermination force.
The AI in this game can provide an endless amount of fun and difficulty. With dozens of different ways to victory, no match is ever the same. Between trying out all of the different play styles and tweaking the AI to make each round unique, you’ll be sure to log a ton of hours in this game.
Quite possibly one of the best side scrolling RPG games of all time. Darkest Dungeon takes players into a dark gothic world filled with death. Manage your mix matched party of different heroes and journey into different dungeons. The gameplay is brutally hard and money is always tight, but Darkest Dungeon is an amazingly unique experience.
7 Days to Die
More zombies, but this time you get to build your own defensive fortress and see how long you can survive. It offers deep customization options to keep you occupied and multiple ways to slaughter the endless waves of undead. If you happen to get eaten – which you inevitably will – just fire up another game and have at it again!
The Last of Us
You control the main character, Joel, whose mission is to escort a teenage girl by the name of Ellie across the post-apocalyptic United States. Faced with hostile humans and flesh eating mutations, the story of this game is what will really draw you in. It didn’t become one of the best-selling games for no reason, try it out.
Salt and Sanctuary
This game takes on the feel of Dark Souls in side-scrolling form. It comes complete with difficult but deep combat mechanics that turn even small fights into something interesting. You’ll be faced with large scale bosses that seem impossible to defeat, but we’re sure you can find a way.
Take the addictive turn-based combat that Civilization games offer and put a crazy fantasy spin on it. Endless Legend puts players into a gorgeous world with tough AI opponents and maps that actually change as the matches go on. There are a ton of features that will take some time to master, but Endless Legend promises to keep you happy and entertained while you become the master.
Wolfentein: The New Order
Set in an alternate reality where the Nazis won WWII, Wolfenstein: The New Order has a driven story to keep you interested alongside the buttery smooth gameplay. It’s a phenomenal experience that any gamer should get their hands on. Go kill some Nazis and save the world.
Kerbal Space Program
This game will challenge you perhaps more than any other you’ve played. The graphics are as real as they get while you try to construct a working spaceship that can propel your small Kerbals into the unknown. Endless trial and error are what makes this game so great.
Red Dead Redemption
Play the classic cowboy role with a twist. In Red Dead Redemption, you gain access to a large and versatile Midwestern world ready for the taking. The creators did a really great job at making the whole experience immersive and rewarding as you blast through the bad guys.
Prepare yourself for an adventure of trippy proportions. Entering the bizarre yet beautiful world of Psychonauts is literally something out of a dream. You will encounter puzzles, strange characters, and even a milkman that insists his milk is delicious despite it’s exploding nature.