(upbeat music) – Hey guys, Metal Jesus here.
Now I don't need to tell you that these are very bizarreand frankly, stressful times.
But it's nice to have videogames as a distraction.
However, most games, they'redesigned to challenge you and honestly kinda raise yourblood pressure a little bit.
So I thought it might bekinda fun to take a step back and maybe highlight some games that are designed to maybe make you relax, make you chill out a little bit.
Let's take a look.
(clanking) ♪ Ba da, ba da, ba da, hey ♪ ♪ Ba da, ba da, ba da, ba da, hey ♪ ♪ How it's going ♪ ♪ Ba da, ba da, ba da, hey ♪ ♪ Ba da ba ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ (air whooshing) The game that comes tomind for most people when you think of chilland relaxing games, of course is going to be Journeys.
Let's go ahead and start with that one.
Journey originally cameout on the PlayStation 3 but then got ported overthe the PlayStation 4 and that's the version thatyou're watching right here.
And Journey really madean impression on me when it first came outbecause it was so gorgeous, so unusual, and just so cathartic.
The premise of this game is kinda simple but also mysteriousbecause it doesn't give you a lot of details andfrankly you don't need them.
But basically you are thishooded character that starts the game in this vast desert and then you see a mountain way off in the distance with alight beaming out of it and that is the journeythat you wanna take.
Your character wants toget all the way to the top of that mountain, but alongthe way you'll explore a land that is full ofpast history and disrepair that is both sad and alsobeautiful to look at.
And then if you're online, the game will automatically match you sometimes with other players that are playing at the same time.
But unlike every other multiplayergame that you've played, this one is very uniquebecause it doesn't identify the other real person asplaying and you can only communicate with them withlittle musical chirps.
This is a game that is both beautiful, it's mesmerizing, it'sabsolutely wonderful.
I love this game.
I've actually played andbeaten it now four times and each time I jutsmarvel at it's simplicity and the way it makes me feel.
It's just a really fantastic game.
(gentle music) (wind whooshing) The next game I wannatalk about is called Abzu and this game is kinda thepolar opposite of Journey because Journey had you inthis kinda desert world, but in Abzu, you are completely underwater on this ocean world.
And the games are verysimilar in style and scope because some of the peoplethat worked on Journey came over and worked on this game.
And so in this game, it's allabout exploring underwater.
You play this nameless diver that can basically exist foras long as she wants down here.
And essentially what you'retrying to do is restore life to this ocean.
Now, I will admit that thefirst time I played this, I rather notoriously didn't get it and didn't necessarily love it.
But I think it's because I wasin the wrong frame of mind.
This, like Journey, is a game where it's all about exploration, it's all about discovery, and just taking your time and relaxing.
And so because of that, I've been able to look back on this game with kind of fresh eyes and a new perspectiveand really appreciate it for what it is.
So again, if you like Journey, you're probably gonnalike this one as well.
Moving on, I wanna switchover to another genre and that would be adventure games.
Many adventure games are justperfect for taking your time and just chilling out and there is certainly noshortage of adventure games over the last couple decades, but I do wanna start off by showing Riven.
I just recently bought Riven on DOD.
com and of course, it is the sequel to Mist and again, it's a game where you just get lost in the world, you take your time, you go at your pace.
You're exploring the worldand solving a bunch of puzzles and it just looks beautiful.
Now of course, it's datedby today's standards, but I think you can allappreciate it for what it is.
But then you have BrokenSword which is perhaps maybe a more traditionalstyle adventure game where it's animatedcharacters on the screen, walking around talking to characters, interacting with them, trying to solve a mystery, doing adventure stylethings like puzzle solving.
And of course I have to do a shout out to one of my favoriteadventure games of all time.
I feel like I talk about this game a lot cause I do love it so much and that is Full Throttle.
So yeah and just an absolutelywonderful adventure game that actually starssome great voice actors.
Mark Hamill is in this game very famously and just a wonderful game.
But of course, you can't forget the Professor Layton series that I originally played, I think on the DS, and again, they're story driven and they got really funny characters but really, it's a bunch of puzzles and again, you can go at your own pace.
There's practically no pressure to race through these games.
You can take your time.
(air whooshing) Next upI wanna talk about a game that I recently got into andthat is No Man's Sky Beyond on the PlayStation VR.
Now, at it's heart, No Man's Sky has kind of always been a very chill game.
It's really more about gathering resources and building things andthen eventually escaping into the sky off of your first planet that you originally start on and then you justexplore this vast galaxy.
But the reason why Iwanna bring it up here is because when they releasedit on PlayStation VR, they added this creative mode here, which essentially allowsyou to just have fun.
It makes the game into a sandbox.
So you don't have tonecessarily do all the grinding.
You can immediately, upon starting a new game, hop into a ship that just flies away and so it's a much morecasual, a much more chill kind of version of the game.
If you just wanna getin there and explore, just fly around and discovernew planets and new creatures, you can totally do that in this version.
Next up I wanna talkabout a genre of games called walking simulatorsthat have been kinda popular over the last decade orso and to be quite honest, they are perfect for chillingout and just relaxing.
So the first one I wanna talk about is What Remains of Edith Finch.
And the way to think of these games is really just kind oflike a living, breathing novel or book.
Essentially that's what they are.
They're called walking simulators because you're kind ofalways going forward, but the difference between these and other games is that there mightbe some light puzzle solving to advance onto the nextsort of area or chapter or however you wanna kinda describe it, but really, the narrative is coming at you and you're just kind of unlocking the next narrative or the next thing.
It's a fine line but onceyou play one of these, you'll notice that thereis definitely a difference between a walking simulatorand say, an adventure game.
And one of the coolthings about this genre is that I feel like developers have used this medium to tellsome very interesting stories.
So for instance, inthis game, Edith Finch, you are a family member that comes back to a childhood home to discover the history and kinda what happened to your other family membersand each family member has a story that isunlocked within their room.
And those stories go fromthe whimsical to the bizarre and this is actually areally interesting game, so I enjoyed it quite a bit.
(eerie music) (birds chirping) – [Narrator] Now, Iwas up in the big tree.
I promised dad I wouldn'tclimb it anymore.
All I cared about waseating that momma bird.
(upbeat music) – [Metal Jesus] And the other game I wanna mention in this genre is called the UnfinishedSwan and you can see by the footage here, it is unlike anythingI've ever played before.
Especially in the early levels here where essentially, everything is painted white and there are no shadows and so the only way thatyou can see where to go is to throw these black paint balls that will then cover and expose what is in front of you andexpose the way to the next area.
And it's kind of crazy.
It feels a littleclaustrophobic in the beginning, but don't worry becausevery quickly you'll get past this beginning sectionhere and then it starts introducing a bunch of other colors and I guess, kind ofgameplay styles or at least, variations of that.
But really, this gameis telling you a story that would normally be in book form, but this is a video game andso it's interactive and yeah, it's a total trip.
It's pretty cool.
(gentle music) And speaking of novels, well, I would be remiss if I didn't actually mentionedthat a lot of people, especially over the last decade or so, have started to discovervisual novels as games.
We saw lot of these inJapan, but I do feel that they're startingto make their way over and become popular in North America and other territories and yousee one that I played here and I enjoyed quite a bit, called Vall Halla, theCyberpunk Bartender.
And these visual novelsare almost all text and then also graphics to be seen.
So there's almost never anyreal meaningful interaction.
Although, in this game you are a bartender and so it does task you to mixing drinks that a customer would require and so sometimes thereare interactive moments in these visual novels.
Like maybe you'll go from room to room or interact with somethingin the background.
But what makes it differentthan an adventure game is that 99% of the timeit is either reading or hearing a characterspeak to advance the plot.
They're usually very passive.
(air whooshing) And thenI wanna mention something that you may already havein your game collection, especially if you are a fanof open world driving games and that is Forza Horizon 3 and 4, because forget that youcan actually just skip all of the races, all of the career mode, and just drive around.
I originally discovered thiswhen I had Test Drive Unlimited on my PSP years ago.
That game allowed you to drive around this Hawaiian island.
It was huge, it was massive, and again, you could skip everything and just take in the scenery.
Of course, nowadays, the graphicsare just infinitely better and absolutely gorgeousand so here you see Forza Horizon 4, whichtakes place in the UK.
What's cool about thisone is that it actually has four different seasons.
You see it, I'm drivingaround in snow here and one of my favoritethings to do is just take an old roadster that's not super fast and just cruise around and take it all in.
But I think my favorite one would be Forza Horizon 3 which takes place in Australia and thereason why I love this one is because it's so muchdifferent than Seattle, where I live, and it's just so gorgeous.
No matter where you drive, it's stunning to look at.
And what's cool is the gamesupports you doing this, because it will actuallytrack and tell you how many of the roads in the open world you have discovered and I gotta tell you, it's very addictive to try to find all of the roads and just drive downevery single one of them.
And so there are times whenI will pop this game in, kick back on the couch, and just take a drive in a place that is absolutely stunning and completely relaxing.
All right, guys.
Well that's a quick lookat some of the games that I would recommend you check out if you just wanna chill out and relax.
But I know that's not all of them.
I know that you guys aregonna have a ton of great suggestions for people.
Please post them downin the comments below and let's share it.
Let's help each other out in these crazy and uncertain times.
So thank you very much for watching.
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