It’s a mighty crowded world of entertainment out there, from movies to television to music to video games, and it’d be easy to get lost amidst it all. It’s the latter medium we’re going to take a look at today, as we here at Goliath have done our best to sort through the muck and bring you 10 classic video games you can (re) play in times of trouble. If it’s your first time through any of these, we’re very envious; these are all, in some fashion, games that are not to be missed. Engrossing stories, legendary graphics and medium influence are why they’ve been chosen, and as such you’ve got little reason not to trust us and have a go at any one of these (be prepared to surrender your precious extracurricular hours, they’re addictive). So whether you’re sick of new games, fed up with the latest superhero movie, or just plain bored, boot up these classics to kill a few hours.
10. Mass Effect (BioWare)
The first in a trilogy consistently hailed as one of the greatest ever, Mass Effect may not have the smoothed out game play of its sequels (Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3), but it does have the good fortune of being the inaugural entry of the series into the video game canon. Combining elements of the RPG (role playing game), FPS (first-person shooter) and sandbox game, Mass Effect is a stunning achievement which features one of the most captivating video game plotlines of all time, where you play as Captain Jack Shepherd and try to foil a plot for intergalactic destruction by the evil Saren and his compatriots. Complete with spaceships, aliens and a hefty dose of sci-fi technology, all rendered in beautiful graphics, Mass Effect remains one of the all-time greatest video games you can easily sink 100 hours into.