One of the joys of my day is getting to sit down in a game which promotes solo play. Games that remove external communication and allow you to play at your own pace and relax, without working as a team can sometimes be jus what you need.
The following are my favourite games to play solo, and my recommendations for when you need a little solo down-time.
Red Dead Redemption II
The size of the game is scary. You can complete the game with huge sections still unexplored and it’s one of the most difficult games to achieve a 100% completion rate on. Not because of it’s difficulty, but because of how much there is to work through including spotting every animal in the game, owning all guns and weapons, plus kitting yourself out with an array of clothes. This is in addition to the near endless side missions, treasure hunts and horses to find.
If you’re after a solo adventure to get your teeth into, this is a great choice. It doesn’t rank higher on the list because despite it’s beauty and the intriguing story I found it a little slow.
Detroit: Become Human
Detroit: Become Human makes the list through sheer ingenuity. The ability to tie multiple variations of the same game into a compelling story each time is a joy to experience. The aesthetic of the game is eerily realistic to the point where the environment feels completely authentic.
One or two more dynamics within the game where you could take control beyond wandering around and choosing your moral position in certain circumstances would improve the experience further, but it’s a fantastic game with a simple game mechanic.
Final Fantasy VII
Fresh characters and subplots have been introduced to this re-make, and the turn-based combat has been revamped with stylish real-time action.
Despite this version only part one of the original Final Fantasy VII saga, it’s a lengthy and enjoyable game filled with new material which clocks a completion time of just under 40 hours for an experienced gamer.
Uncharted 4: A thief’s end
Nathan Drake makes his final outing in the most grown up game out of the Uncharted series. For the solo gamer, there’s more to do and play around with, as it’s less linear and more open world. You have control over where to visit next and can spend as much time as you like in any one location.
Uncharted 4 is one of the quicker games to complete on my list, but the time you spend doing it is highly enjoyable and a fast-moving affair.
A welcome return for the Doom series, and it’s been rebooted in style. The quickest game to complete in our line-up, but that’s the nature of the experience. It’s fast, frantic and rarely gives you a second to breathe.
There’s plenty of replay value too with items to unlock and harder difficulties to attempt and then decide not to do.
Doom Eternal is a step up on Doom, almost doubling the typical game play time required to complete the game from the 2016 hit. There’s additional added features to this game, including secret encounters and trials throughout the normal gameplay. You’ll unlock cheat codes, albums and suits as you progress making this one of the best Doom games in the franchise.
There’s plenty to get your teeth into, and plenty of things getting their teeth into you too.
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 had a huge sales boost with Henry Cavill’s Netflix series. The Witcher 3 is frankly massive, perhaps only beaten by Horizon Zero Dawn and Red Dead Redemption II in terms of scale.
The Witcher 3 has infinite combinations of weaponry, suits, potions and even in game decisions to make which directly affect the storyline.
In my opinion the greatest ever superhero game produced, Marvel’s Spider-Man and it’s three DLC extensions mean it’s simply a huge game. Out of all of the games on the list it ranks highly for playability with a very complex movement system which enables you to truly feel like Spider-Man. That is is a success on it’s own.
The main storyline incorporates a huge amount of much loved characters, and some gentle references to other superheroes. The side missions, apart from a couple, don’t feel like bolt ons to extend the amount of time you play the game, and actively feel like something you want to take on, rather than tick off.
What an unbelievably game. The level of detail that goes into this story is worthy of an Oscar. At no stage does this game get repetitive, or dull. It’s quite easy to want to play through this game numerous times a year and still want to play it again. The ranking system is genius, and way you can level up helps to make the journey through the game more satisfying.
You’ll easily spend 40 hours on this game, and more if you choose to try to work through everything, or indeed attempt the game on harder difficulties.
Horizon Zero Dawn
One of the most impressive stories set in the future developed within a video-game. Whilst progressing you unlock the mysteries of the world you’re in within a plot that’s entirely plausible. The games map is huge and you can walk right from one end to the other if you wish to. There are mini tasks and multiple weapons you can rank up. The enemies, or machines you encounter are very impressive, especially the bigger creatures.
Combining my love of sci-fi and dystopian stories with an open world with a script and characters you genuinely feel for gives this game my top rating for dedicating some solo time to.
Please do comment below with your own top 10 lists for games focussed on solo gameplay.