10 Great Games For Stress Relief
Increasingly, gaming is seen as an activity for all ages, rather than just something for teens and young adults to enjoy. A perfectly enjoyable recreational activity, gaming can help anyone leading a busy lifestyle to relax and ease a bit of stress, not to mention simply have a bit of fun. Even the wildly popular Netflix original series House Of Cards seems to have made note of increased adult attention to gaming, as its sinister lead character senator Frank Underwood has been shown on multiple occasions playing an action-packed console shooter to relieve stress at the end of the day. Now, in the case of the Frank Underwood character, stress is probably an understatement, as he spends his days scheming in Washington, D.C. with the most powerful people in the world. But nevertheless, gaming is an excellent stress relief tool for any busy adult! With that said, here’s a look at 10 games – on apps, on major consoles, and online – that are ideal for stress relief.
We recently posted a review of this exciting new title from Respawn, and frankly it looks like the next big thing in shooter gaming. Set for a March release on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Titanfall is packed with the kind of action that just helps you to take out some frustration!
Call Of Duty
For the same reasons we listed Titanfall, the Call Of Duty franchise remains at the pinnacle of stress relief gaming. There’s just something about simulated combat gaming that can calm down your real life.
Robot Unicorn Attack
This cult favorite gaming option from Adult Swim online is so mindless and ridiculous that it winds up being brilliant. It’s an arcade style game complemented flawlessly by an absurd but catchy soundtrack, and it can help you zone out like few other games out there.
In an interesting way, Minecraft is all about achievement. And constant, unceasing improvement and achievement is a great way to make yourself feel better after a busy, stressful day.
For some, online poker can be a stressful activity, but for those who know how to play, playing a few hands can be great for the mind. At partypoker, users can even enjoy some friendly but realistic competition with other live users through various tournament formats, and the mental exercise can be soothing.
The latest FIFA game from EA Sports is undoubtedly the best, and offers you the thrill and raw joy of sports in a way that consumes your attention. Whether you’re simply playing games or managing a franchise, it’s a great way to divert your attention from your busy life for an hour or two.
Grand Theft Auto V
GTA V is brilliant for stress relief in that you can do pretty much whatever you want. It’s not just about the action and shooting, as with Titanfall or CoD. Rather, GTA V is a chance to just go nuts and act ridiculous for an hour, all in the context of a beautiful, advanced game.
Super Smash Bros.
The Nintendo classic is arguably one of the best for someone who needs to loosen up. What can be more calming and relaxing than combat between cartoonish, animated icon characters?
Assassin’s Creed missions can be a bit tedious and at times frustrating, but the open world format allows some of the same action as GTA V, in that you can essentially do whatever you like!
If you’re looking for something truly mindless that can help you to simply zone out, there are a lot of apps you might enjoy. But Fruit Ninja is at the top of the heap for mindless entertainment.
Sometimes you just need to unwind and relax. And if you have any interest in gaming, the combination of entertainment, action, and relaxation offered in these games can be the perfect tool for easing some stress!