Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is an audiobook-related freebie, annnnd…I’m really going to run with that “freebie” designation, because below follow my Top Ten Favorite Games to Play While Listening to Audiobooks!
1. The Sims. I’ve played The Sims on a regular basis – several times a week – since 2000, a fate that no other game series can challenge. Whether I’m exploring their digital worlds, telling fanciful stories, or fooling around with the architectural tools, it’s my favorite game to play to just relax with.
2. EuroTruck Simulator II/American Truck Simulator. These games, identical save their maps, allow players to take jobs shuttling goods from city to city, all the while dodging police, navigating traffic, watching out for hazards, and going through weigh and toll stations. Unless you’re navigating a roundabout, boarding the Channel tunnel, or parking, though..it doesn’t require a lot of attention, so it’s good to have something to listen to.
3.Sid Meier’s Pirates (2004). A rare instant favorite, Pirates allows players to sail the Carribean, and…do whatever they want, really. Sacking ships, hunting pirates, ballroom dancing, fencing, treasure hunting, scoundrel-chasing, fighting battles on land and at sea — it’s all here.
4. Civilization III. I say Civ3 deliberately, because I know it so well I can play without having to be too attentive. I’ve modded mine extensively over the years, from adding new units just to play with, to turning my advisors into Star Trek officers. (I even found how to edit the game’s script to have a little fun…)
5-7. Vice City/San Andreas/GTAV. Although the GTA series is mostly known for the amount of chaos players can create, I’m perfectly happy just driving the taxi and listening to podcasts while picking up virtual passengers, or in the case of San Andreas, going on trucking missions.
8. Mafia is another favorite to combine tax missions and podcasts, set in a thirties-era city reminiscent of Chicago or New York.
9. Star Wars Battlefront (the original) is another where I can just zone out, shooting droids or clones.
10. Red Dead Redemption 2 may find itself on the list, as I spend more time hunting all the critters — or fishing — and less time being an outlaw. I include it in anticipation, since I’ve been playing it nonstop for going on a week now.
That’s it, really!