RPS Asks: What’s Your Rainy Day Game?

By John Walker on August 27th, 2012 at 9:54 am.

Scenes earlier today.

It’s a bank holiday in fair Blighty, which means the RPS team are all defiantly sat on the beach, clutching our bucket and spade for warmth, as the pounding rain fills the moats in the sandcastles we’ve built. But that doesn’t mean our minds aren’t turned to gaming. Right now, as the rainwater washes Alec out to sea, we find our thoughts drifting to our studies. What are our favourite rainy day games? What are the ones we go back to, to fill those spare holiday hours when the sun won’t come out to play? Shouldn’t someone call the coastguard?

So what are the ones for you? Which game can you reliably fall back on, the one you never delete from your HD no matter how much space you need, the one that can always be depended upon to gobble up the long, dreary hours? What is your rainy day game?

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  1. Hisui says:

    Dota 2. Nothing cheers you up more than the thought that you’re better at everything than all those foul-mouthed dimwits on both your team and the enemy team.

    • Askeladd says:

      The scourge?

      “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOB, L2P”
      “OMG USE THAT ABILITY”
      “I’M PRO, YOU NOOB!”
      “GG, LETS END THIS, SORRY GOT NOOB TEAM, FAST FINISH PLEASE”
      etc.

      Oh, and don’t forget the always loved PING TO DEATH: “PINGPINGPINGPINGPINGPINGPINGPINGPING”
      giving idiotic commands in an already unfavorable game.

      It’s not really cheering me up, since I seem to have bad luck with my team most of the time. Still Dota 2 can be intriguing and that’s why I play it.

      BTW. I like rainy days, if there’s enough sun between them.

    • alilsneaky says:

      dota 2 hasn’t been in beta for a year… how can you call something your rainy day game when you haven’t even had six months with it.

    • Magnusm1 says:

      Guess that means you are the only person in the world that buys wards.

  2. Jams O'Donnell says:

    Dredmor. Always-reliable, laptop-friendly Dredmor. You also don’t have to ever delete because it is tiny. Victory for all.

    • kukouri says:

      Is it really obvious I am pimping out my own game if I say Tiny Troopers and reply to a comment near the top? I won’t say that then.

      Lately Tilt to Live has been my fall back game along with World of Tanks. Dredmor is sucking my back in with the workshop tho. Loving the workshop.

    • jikavak says:

      Yep,DoD is such an amazing little roguelike.

  3. phelix says:

    STALKER. That game is so immersive I forget it’s raining at all.

    • lith says:

      Until it starts raining in-game…

      • MurraySwe says:

        Immersion at its best, I’d say.

        • Tom says:

          love it when weather conditions sync.

          • LennyLeonardo says:

            Remember how you could synch the weather in Black & White to your local met office? It was so pointless it was charming.

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            DrScuttles says:

            There are times I prefer wandering the Zone than the streets of Tottenham.
            Finally adjusted the Clear Sky settings to run pretty well, so it looks like my plan for the day involves Breaking Bad, Stalker, work.

          • CrookedLittleVein says:

            “There are times I prefer wandering the Zone than the streets of Tottenham.”

            Are you me?

          • scaryeric says:

            Meta rain

    • brulleks says:

      I would be continuing my first play-through of Stalker: Clear Sky (with Complete mod), but I’ve just reached THAT BIT of it, without being pre-warned. If you’ve played it, I’m sure you’ll know what THAT BIT means.

      I must now wait until the rain has doused my seething anger before returning to it, so I’m going to give Alan Wake a go this afternoon to see what it’s like.

      But the one game I will definitely be playing at some point today, come rain or shine, is Minecraft. I am now three months into hacking out the Largest Cavern Known To Cubeman so that I can erect my own version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon within it.

      • phelix says:

        Ah, the something-something-Controller-in-underground part?

        • brulleks says:

          Nope, the developers-thinking-its-amusing-to-steal-all-the-money-I’ve-spent-hours-scavenging-and-selling-items-for bit.

          Biggest dick move that any game involving trading can ever make.

          • theallmightybob says:

            If you hate it that much, i think there is a glitch where you can keep all your stuff, just not the money. just drop it all on the ground outside the door leading to the ambush. then after the ambush walk back up and it should be there? I remember that working for me on my second run through the game.

          • phelix says:

            True, true. When that happened to me I quickloaded and dropped my stuff outside…. only to be notified by the game 20 mins later that I should go on a quest to ‘recover my stuff’. Yay.

      • Rinimand says:

        I can definitely agree with STALKER being that kind of game, but Clear Sky? Not really, even with the mod. I’m still more a fan of SoC that CoP and just can’t seem to enjoy CS really.

    • dbspin says:

      Came here to say Stalker: Shadow Of Chernobyl: Complete (2012). Playing through again at the moment. Dat atmosphere!

    • AlonePlusEasyTarget says:

      Funny how I was playing the game while it’s pouring outside later to find out this article. I don’t know why but maybe because the weather just fit in with the dark and gloomy atmosphere in the game that it become the game when I play on rainy day. Dark Souls will quickly be another one for me.

  4. Gnoupi says:

    Startopia. Always.

    • ThePengu says:

      I signed up to say.
      Keep being awesome.

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      TheApologist says:

      Ooooo you’ve just inspired me to dig my copy out. As such, you might just have made my day.

    • Desmolas says:

      Well shit, now i know where my Scottish rainy day is going…

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      Dilapinated says:

      Startopia was a brilliant game.

      ..Dammit, there goes my day.

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      RossBorkett says:

      this

    • Pamplemousse says:

      We once has the game running on 4 of our computers and we had a big lan match.

      It’s a real classic.

    • Bank12 says:

      Logged in to say you are freaking awesome.

      Loved playing with the terraforming tools to the detriment of my society.

    • pat.bateman says:

      I bought and never played. Reinstalled and it supports 1920×1080… nice!

    • Bonegrinder says:

      Thank you for reminding me of this excellent game. I just now reinstalled it.

    • Shaz says:

      Startopia! YAY!
      I’m always surprised to see anyone else mention it. I didn’t know about Startopia until my husband found it in a discount bin (wow, PC game discount bin, haven’t seen you in ages). He brought it home thinking I’d like it and I fell in love. Anytime I’ve mentioned it over the many years since then, I’ve been met with nothing but blank faces. Sad.

      It’s not my eternally-installed rainy day game (that would be Thief 1 & 2, well, FMs for them mostly) but Startopia is a game I keep going back to. Makes me happy to see it here! :D

    • Jakkar says:

      Oh Mucky Foot… I purchased Urban Chaos on the Playstation Network a few days ago, to relive the memories of a real development studio. Humour and innovation, way ahead of its time, but nothing compared to their masterwork. Frootendoopendoop, doopen.

  5. Text_Fish says:

    It used to be CS 1.6. Then it was CS:S. Then it was TF2. Now it’s CS:GO.

    Yeah, I pretty much do whatever Valve tell me. We don’t mention CZ though.

  6. LionsPhil says:

    UT99. SMAC. Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup.

    • Snargelfargen says:

      DCSS is perfect. Need more games that can be played with a cup of coffee in hand.

      Another good one is Heroes of Might and Magic 3

      Edit: Crap, why didn’t I think of Alpha Centauri before now?

  7. fightclubdoll says:

    Psychonauts =-)

  8. lordcooper says:

    Dwarf Fortress and Armageddon MUD have seen me through many a rainy day, with CK2 slowly murdering it’s way into the family.

  9. GameStunts says:

    I think I can always go back to Grand Theft Auto and be reliably entertained no matter what. Especially GTA IV, have completed that a few times, and it’s DLCs.

    Good long stories with fun things to do.

  10. Halkyon says:

    Anno (year). It’s always sunny.

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      RedViv says:

      Same here. This one, or really most things that allow me to sit down and grow stuff. Cities, towns, transportation.

  11. Victuz says:

    I… actually don’t know. I have many games I love but I don’t think I play a specific one during the mentioned “rainy days”.
    I’m more likely to play a specific genre of games rather than one specific title. During those days, I’d say it’s the strategy/4x type of games.

    Oh and Dwarf Fortress. But I play that whenever I listen to an audiobook or generally do anything else that doesn’t require my full attention.

    • The Random One says:

      I would consider it almost sacrilegious to play DF without its lovely acoustic guitar soundtrack…

      • Mad Hamish says:

        I’m convinced that it’s a large part of DFs success. It’s bloody hypnotic I can’t tell where it ends or begins or how long it is. It makes it seem like a dream.

      • Tacroy says:

        I’ve been playing DF since the 2D, Hidden Fun Stuff is on the right era and I never realized it had any sort of sound track at all.

    • Acidictadpole says:

      It changes a lot for me too. I’ll usually have one ‘mess around’ game and one story game that I’m playing at a time. Messing around can be anything from a driving/flight sim to 4X.

  12. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    torchlight. the next time I look up from my computer the sun is sure to be shining. or it might be winter.

    For mood swings i like some open-world chaos, like GTA4, Just Cause 2 or more recently some Mafia 2 due to the rekindled conversation on the forums.

    • GameStunts says:

      Oh I loved Mafia 2, great game with fantastic cut scenes and open world feel. I liked the whole story.

    • woodsey says:

      I love the winter portion of Mafia II for snowy/freeze-your-balls-off days. I do wish so much more of it had taken place in the winter-time.

  13. Stromko says:

    I’d have to go with Minecraft (modded). The only reason it isn’t beaten out by Mount & Blade: Warband or Dwarf Fortress is I’ve already played so much of those two games that it’s hard for me to get stuck in long enough for them to engage me. It varies though.

    There’s really no single game that I would always feel like playing from one week to the next, even when I’m bored and just want to play SOMETHING.

    • disperse says:

      Yeah, it would be Minecraft for me too. Nethack is usually the first game I install on a new PC but I have to admit I play a lot more Minecraft and always have it installed for those moments where I’m not interested in a narrative-based game.

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    Hidden_7 says:

    Either a Bethesda game (any, whatever I haven’t played in the longest) or an adventure game (also any, sometimes classics I haven’t played in awhile, but oftentimes ones I never got around to playing in the first place).

  15. Sine says:

    Civilization 4. That eternal time-sink…

  16. MrCraigL says:

    Blood Money or Skyrim or Sup Com:FA or Sins of a Solar Empire or some old adventure like Outcast. Rainy days are the best.

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    drewski says:

    Red Dead Redemption.

    Sorry, PC :(

  18. Firenz says:

    Any Paradox game, I always have one or more on my PC and you can waste/while away hours playing through HoI3 as Portugal or Vicky 2 as Ecuador.

    • Anvilfolk says:

      I’m Portuguese, and I tried HoI3 as Portugal. I either get gobbled up by Spain or literally nothing happens ever :(

    • lexoneir says:

      I love playing as portugal. Down ol’ south america way.

  19. ShadowBlade says:

    Doom(1-2), UT99, Starcraft, Total Annihilation and Quake 3 haven’t left the HDD in many, many years. I suspect Left 4 Dead 2 will stay around for a long time too :)

  20. woodsey says:

    Usually I’ll take the opportunity (especially if it’s the summer) to play something like Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory during the day, as opposed to having to wait until it’s dark outside to play it. Alternatively, DayZ or L4D2/Payday would probably see some lovin’.

  21. E_FD says:

    Alpha Centauri. Sooner or later, I always come back to it.

  22. Arcadia says:

    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3. It’s just so perfect. Oh and Deus Ex. And UT99. And Quake I/II. And Heroes III. And VVVVVV. And Uplink.

  23. Mr. Mister says:

    Just Cause 2. Not even the widest (single payer) RPGs will take you that much time to reach 100% completion, and CHAOS is the best sorta redefinition of grinding I’ve ever seen.

    • mcwizardry says:

      Too bad it’s technically impossible to 100% Just Cause 2 due to a bug.

      • LionsPhil says:

        *eye twitch*

        • Mr. Mister says:

          If you’ee talking about the missing three vehicle parts, gun parts and water toeer, there’s a mod that adds them.

          If you’re talking about a bug involvung Black Gold mission, it can actually let you surpass 100% completion.

          Also, plane races are the awesomesauciest, specially if you cross the finish line with your plane on fire due courtesy of some SAMsites. Except that one bonus checkpoint of Bridge of Death, which basically requires you to go up through the small gap between the two rails with yoir plane sideways.

          Fuck that bonus checkpoint.

      • brulleks says:

        I’m assuming you mean a technical bug and aren’t just referring to the godawful plane races, which stopped me from bothering with 100% completion?

        • beetle says:

          the plane races aren’t bad if you cheat and use a maxed rowlinson instead of the provided plane. if I remember correctly this also works for some of the parachute missions.

          • LionsPhil says:

            Heh, I did that for one of the supposedly easy bastard courses. It’s one nippy little (armed!) bird at level 6.

      • Tusque D'Ivoire says:

        The plane races are the best. I can’t wait for inclusion in the multiplayer mod…

        You are talking to someone who gold-medaled all the airfield missions in GTA:SA.

        • LionsPhil says:

          I’d say the freefall/chute ones are possibly the worst, due to that damn camera.

          • Mr. Mister says:

            I’ve heard that dual sticks make the job much easier; but I’m not gonna bother (I’m to used to mouse4 assigned to grapple). The trick is to start falling without much forward speed.

    • westyfield says:

      JC2 and Saints Row 3 are mine. Whatever mood I’m in, they’ll cheer me up.

  24. Xardas Kane says:

    SMAC, Civ4 or 5. A no-brainer really, those games simply don’t end in a single day.

  25. Rao Dao Zao says:

    Unreal Tournament is always a banker. Depending on how much time I’ve got (i.e. if on holiday), I might do an end-to-end of Sonic 3 & Knuckles (in the Sonic Mega Collection, natch) with the volume ramped up. Might also crack open Warcraft III to play a singleplayer RPG map or two (the Rexxar campaign is for sunny days).

  26. Antony_256 says:

    Outrun.

    • siegarettes says:

      You are my hero.

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      Hodge says:

      Yeah, I’ll second that. I used to consider it a guilty pleasure until I read the Retro Gamer feature on it and realised how much thought and design had gone into it. Now it’s just a pleasure.

      The Coast2Coast sequel from a few years back is worth a gander too. It was around $10 both Steam and GamersGate the last I checked.

      • Antony_256 says:

        It’s not being sold anymore. Sega’s Ferrari license expired.

  27. Spacewalk says:

    Hexen, but that’s my everytime game.

    • Eophasmus says:

      Ah, I’m replaying Hexen at the moment with the Doomsday source port. It’s lovely, but I can’t see myself replaying it again for another 5+ years.

  28. Snegletiss says:

    It’s anno for me too. And rise of nations.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    When autumn arrives and evenings get dark and rainy, my thoughts turn to Amnesia. And horror/apocalypse titles like Stalker.

  30. bladedsmoke says:

    Dwarf Fortress. Small enough in size that I can keep it on my HD without worrying about space, vast enough in scope and ambition that there’s never a point where I’ve exhausted any of the possibilities.

  31. quintesse says:

    CS:Source, on holiday right now so I don’t know if it will be CS:GO from now on ;-)

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    barelyhomosapien says:

    Supreme Commander: FA; With some AI mods installed you can always expect a decent fight from it and nothing eats up those hours quite like a little bit of stompy robot mega war with or without friend(s)

    It always surprises me just how good the game still looks as well.

  33. Luke says:

    Thinking about this for a second, I came up with Nethack and Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup, N and Rayhound… and then I remembered that I still have two Eve Online clients on my main drive even though my subscription lapsed about 2 years ago. Yeah. Those aren’t going anywhere.

    *gloat* They’re not really ‘rainy day’ games though, as it hasn’t rained here since about April, and probably won’t until October. =P *endgloat*

  34. Beanchilla says:

    X-COM! Either that or CS 1.6 or GO depending on Laptop or PC at the time.

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    Lambchops says:

    Spelunky and Audiosurf.

  36. BestFriends4Ever says:

    You let the weather affect your gaming choices? NOOBS! NOOB TEAM!! not PRO like me.

  37. Lolmasaurus says:

    For me? I have to call it Mount and Blade: Warband with the floris modpack. Hands down my favourite strategy game, also dayZ; because I just never get tired of that, especially with friends.

  38. JonasKyratzes says:

    Master of Magic.

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    AmateurScience says:

    Well on *this* particular rainy day I can’t seem to stop playing Dark Souls. It has consumed me.

  40. Kobest says:

    I’m working through my backlog, so for now, Gemini Rue will do the trick. :)

  41. WhatKateDoes says:

    I am Scottish, and therefore not on Holiday *shakes fist*

    ..but if I were on hol… I’d still be shaking my fist because I havent got Guild Wars 2 yet….

    …so maybe I’d be practising the best way to jump out of a spinning vehicle going over a cliff in Just Cause 2…

    • Ravenholme says:

      Likewise, but the Elderscrolls series or Dungeon Keeper tends to be my mainstay of rainy days.

      Nothing like a little evil to keep you warm when you’ve got wind and rain coming off the North Sea.

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      Malibu Stacey says:

      Same, at work. If I wasn’t it’d be Dota 2 or the freshly purchased & downloaded Just Cause 2 (or Demon Souls on PS3).

  42. thedudeabides52 says:

    Civ IV, GTA IV or Sim City 4. Everything’s better in fours.

    • phelix says:

      Cimcity 4 <3.

      That game still sucks up my whole day if I happen to start.

  43. Bob says:

    Deus Ex and Freelancer…and their assorted mods. The mods get installed/uninstalled but those two games are a permanent fixation.

  44. Kemipso says:

    Baldur’s gate 2. I wish the game would get old some day but it doesnt seem to want to (also, the obligatory Civilization).

  45. Shadowcat says:

    “Weird Worlds” (rainy or otherwise).

  46. kalelovil says:

    Simcity 4 or Mount&Blade.

  47. stone says:

    Sid Meier’s Railroads! Can always go back to it..

    • cptgone says:

      read your comment, guess what i’m doing now?
      that’s right, installing Sid Meier’s Railroads :)
      choo choo!

      too bad it crashes so often though.
      and it’s been ages since we got a new railroad managment sim. what’s wrong with game companies? don’t they want free money?

  48. Slinkyboy says:

    Nehrim.

  49. JuJuCam says:

    Blood Bowl.

  50. Groove says:

    I work in oil and don’t have a bank holiday. So my rainy day game is wishing I was playing Guild Wars 2.

    In related news, screw you all =(