Game console collecting dust? Or has it simply been assigned as the dedicated Netflix machine? Video games are an expensive and time-consuming hobby. When there are things like work, school, and kids to think about, it’s hard enough to eek out a little “you” time. Gone are the days when you could sit down and binge on one game. You may not have time to commit to those crazy-long 100-plus hour games, but chances are that you have at least three or four hours of wiggle room.
Digital marketplaces like Steam, PSN, and Xbox are quickly becoming the place for video game transactions. These new outlets allow smaller titles that wouldn’t be cost effective to release on brick-and-mortar retail shelves into the mainstream market.
These games usually cost anywhere between $5 to $20, so your budget won’t suffer. But the best part is you can finish them in an afternoon (three to five hours), without worrying when you’re going to find the time to pick up the controller again. It’ll be like you’re just sitting down to watch a Lord of the Rings movie (an extended edition, that is). Here’s our list of 12 games you can complete in one afternoon.
1. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Need a heartwarming, fantastical story to whittle away an afternoon? Brothers has exactly that. Play as two brothers traversing a world filled with giants, gryphons, and other creatures making their way to a tree with the cure to save their dying father. The left and right joystick each control one brother. Some have found the mechanics to be a little disorienting, but the game isn’t heavy on thinking fast on your feet, so you’ll have time to get your bearings with the controls. Gameplay is mostly made up of small puzzles in the 3-D world that aren’t too difficult to solve.
Time to beat: 3-4 hours