Got the sniffles? Confined to your couch? Taking a sick day doesn’t have to be a totally miserable experience. Instead of watching boring daytime TV all day, a sick day can be a perfect opportunity to do some serious gaming. Grab some tea, a soft blanket, and get comfortable. Here are 5 games to keep the sick day blues at bay.
5 best games for a sick day
5. Life is Strange
Sick of watching the same old murder-mystery reruns on TV? How about solving the mystery yourself? Life is Strange lets you do exactly that. Life is Strange lets you take on the role of Max Caulfield, a high school girl and aspiring photographer as she returns to her small hometown to attend a prestigious art school. After reuniting with her childhood best friend, Chloe Price, the two girls soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of star student Rachel Amber.
Here’s the catch: Max also has the power to turn back time. It’s an original twist on the traditional mystery genre, and soon leads to some really mind-blowing time travel moments. The game is also episodic, so you can binge it just like a TV show. With Life is Strange 2 releasing in September, this is the perfect opportunity to catch up on the series. You can also check out Life is Strange: Before the Storm, which sees players taking control of Chloe as she first gets to know Rachel.
Minecraft is probably one of the most relaxing games out there, and can make for endless blissful hours of play that will make that sick day fly by. Your imagination is your only limit as you explore a huge world, build massive structures, and search for hidden areas. The game’s soundtrack is the perfect background noise to chill to, and will help take your mind off your runny nose. The game also has a huge modding community, and if you find yourself bored with the basic experience, you can check out any number of the fan-created maps and game modes.
3. Grand Theft Auto 5
If you’re looking for a quick dose of adrenaline to help fight off those sick day blues, GTA 5 is the perfect cure. The game has hours and hours of content, meaning you can play all day and never get bored. You can experience the single player campaign as you control three small-time criminals, Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. The three soon find themselves pulled back into the world of high-stakes bank heists in the glittering city of Los Santos, a sprawling metropolis based on real-life Los Angeles.
You can also jump into the game’s multiplayer mode to create your own character and make a name for yourself in the criminal underworld. You can work for a variety of shady characters and take on heart-racing jobs from smuggling to escort missions and more.
If multiplayer is more your thing, hop into Fortnite. The game is free to play and available on any major console, and with 100 players in each match, it’s an easy way to fend off that sick day loneliness. Hop into Squad Mode to work with your team, or fly solo as you try to achieve Victory Royale and come out on top. The game is hugely addicting, and you can play round after round without ever getting bored.
If you do find yourself looking for a different experience, you can also check out Save the World mode. It’s a co-op experience that pits a group of players against a horde of cartoonish zombies. Though most players flock to the game’s hugely popular Battle Royale mode, Save the World is also immensely fun and can provide hours and hours of play.
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Is their any more perfect game to enjoy on a sick day than Skyrim? We don’t think so. You could play for hours and hours and still not come close to experiencing everything this game has to offer. A sprawling game world houses majestic vistas to explore, factions to join, and epic quests to take on as you work your way up from amateur adventurer to dragon-slaying hero. You can become a werewolf, join a mysterious faction of assassins, or hunt dragons and other monsters through long-forgotten dungeons scattered in the lost corners of the world. You can also choose your adventuring companions, build your own house, and customize a character to your liking. Soon enough, you’ll be so wrapped up in the world of Skyrim that you’ll forget you were ever sick.
Escaping into the world of a video game can be just as effective as any medicine. Whether it be a cold or a cough, check out these games next time you find yourself couchbound.