The holidays are a time of joy. A time to reflect with loved ones and enjoy a day off. Even though the 4th of July is typically celebrated with burgers, brats, and beer (not to mention a healthy dose of fireworks), that doesnÂt mean you canÂt get in some epic gaming. In fact, here are five games that are just begging to be played on Independence Day, and IÂm here to tell you why.
#5 - Marvel Heroes
I can hear the cries of, ÂWHAT?!Â now. Even though Marvel Heroes hasnÂt been a darling of the media, this is a perfect game to play while celebrating the 4 th of July. WhatÂs more American than donning a brightly colored spandex suit and rushing out into the town to beat the holy hell out of the bad guys? From the moment we decided to dump a bunch of tea off the docks and into an east coast harbor, our citizens have stood up for whatÂs right. That means that when the call to grab your mask, slip on a cape, and go bust some supervillain heads comes, youÂd better heed it!
On a less preachy and ÂÂMURICA!Â level, Marvel Heroes really is a good game to kick back and play this 4th of July. With everything going on throughout the day, youÂre not going to have a lot of time. This is a great way to hop in for 10-15 minutes and destroy everything and everyone you see in your path. ItÂs a great stress reliever and also a great game to stick the kids on to keep them from getting underfoot.
#4 - Guild Wars 2
What does Guild Wars 2 have to do with anything related to the 4th of July you ask? Can you say, ÂBecause Sky Pirates, Bitches!Â? Seriously Â Sky pirates are at the heart of a devious plot in LionÂs Arch and itÂs up to you to stop them. You owe it yourself -- NAY, YOUR VERY COUNTRY! --to rid the land of these dastardly destructors of justice.
Okay, that may have been a little over the top. In reality, this is another game where itÂs very easy to hop in for a short period of time and get some killing or questing done. With the astounding amount of things there are to do in GW2 (crafting, jumping puzzles, hunting, exploring, dungeon crawling, questing), youÂll always find time to accomplish at least one task on your personal list. When youÂre done, you can salute the flag and send me a thank you note.
#3 - PlanetSide 2
ThereÂs nothing more American than blowing things up on the 4th of July Â especially when those things are your political enemies. Taking that train of thought to a whole new level, Planetside 2 gives you the means and method to do just that. Combat is fast-paced and brutal. Unlike the British Army of centuries past, you wonÂt find anyone wearing bright red outfits while walking side-by-side down the middle of a street. (Okay, you might, but if so, youÂd damned well better take a screenshot and send it to me.)
I donÂt know about you, but holidays are never a relaxing time for me. As such, itÂs nice to have a good stress reliever handy and Planetside 2 fills the bill quite nicely. Free to download, free to play, and free to kick your enemyÂs pixelated ass, itÂs a good source of some quick relaxation. It may not be quite the same as slipping away to the garage to smoke a cigarette, but it wonÂt stink up your clothes and breath, thus allowing you to avoid lying to your friends and family about how youÂve quit smoking. Now quit jonesing for that sweet nicotine treat and go shoot some newbs in Planetside 2!
#2 - EVE Online
ThereÂs no other game on the market that has more continual battles on massive scales than EVE Online. Combine this with the fact that wars are regularly fought and lost, lasting for weeks on end, resulting in territorial control, and youÂve got a recipe for explosive goodness. Invading lands, going to war over resources and territories? It doesnÂt get much more American than that. So what if itÂs in space? And with massive ships of incredible power? That just means the battles get to be that much more explosive. The more explosions we have on the 4th of July the better, too. Am I right?
Of course I am! Now quit your groveling. Get your ass out there, cook those brats and then get your ass back in here to make your fleet run on Alpha Gamma VI and beat those bastards back from your sector of space. While the combat is pretty and intense, itÂs really the ability to set skills to train while youÂre offline (and you knowÂ doing this thing called spending time with your family) that really matters, making this an excellent choice for your 4th of July gaming needs.
#1 - Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic is like a textbook, verbatim reading of the preamble to how our nation was formed. After battling for millennia, the Sith were finally reduced to two (thanks for that, Darth Bane!), the Republic was in shambles, and the time for change had come. A bunch of rebels decided they werenÂt going to be ruled by the Empire any more. They took up arms, hopped in their space fighters, and laid those Sith bastards to waste. All in the name of freedom, glory, and the Force!
Okay, maybe thatÂs not exactly how our own history went, but itÂs pretty damned close. Whether you choose to join the Empire or the Republic, SWTOR has some incredible gaming to keep you entertained on the 4th of July this year. Each class has its own engrossing storyline that will immediately suck you into the lore and realm of Star Wars. No other game has lightsaber combat even remotely as satisfying as that of SWTOR. In fact, you might even say itÂs impressiveÂ most impressiveÂ but you are not a Jedi yet. So get in there and fix that problem!