I am dad, hear me whinge. Too many games, not enough spare time, for all my non-work hours are spent kissing grazed knees, explaining why you cannot eat the food in that cupboard, constructing awful Lion King dioramas out of toilet roll tubes and being terrified that the next jump from the sofa to the armchair will go fatally wrong. I’m lucky in that my job to some extent involves playing games, so by and large if there’s something I really want to check out I can find a way to, but I appreciate that there are many long-time, older or otherwise time-starved readers for whom RPS is a daily tease of wondrous things they cannot play.
Now, clearly I cannot magically truncate The Witcher 3 into three hours for you, but what I can do is suggest a few games from across the length and breadth of recent PC gaming that can either be completed within a few hours or dipped into now and again without being unduly punished because you’ve lost your muscle-memory.
These are a selection of games that will give you a decent working sense of what’s out there these days, but don’t demand 20+ hours of your time to complete, or a daily investment to be any good at. Games you can start playing knowing that you’ll be able to finish them – I don’t know about you, but I have so many abandoned open-world games littering my hard drive. I never uninstall them, convinced I’ll come back –
but the time the chance arrives, a dozen more have been released.
So these, instead, are games which actually fit into an adult life. Clearly, these are not the only ones – suggestions below are entirely welcome.
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