The Monthly Question October 2017


It’s the AAA video game season and we’ll soon have more games fighting for our attention than we have time for. To make matters worse, this month we will see the launch of PlayStation VR. Despite all the shiny new games there are some we continually go back for.

To shine a light on the games we continually go back to, I asked the PS Nation writers:

What is your comfort food game?
Glenn Percival (PSN ID: Torgo)
I have a few recently:
Rocket League is always great to play no matter when or where, and your session can last a few minutes or a few hours without the need to worry about advancing a story or finding an exotic drop.
Uno has always been a great distraction for me dating back to the release on the 360. The new game for PS4 has been eating a lot of my free time lately, as it’s incredibly solid and has a great deal of different options and variations
– Funny enough, and the only game I have installed on my phone (beside what I have on there for the Gear VR) is Bejewelled Blitz. It’s my go-to for wasting a few minutes while I’m waiting for whatever.

Matt Engelbart (PSN ID: WithSwordAndGun)
I absolutely love Rocket League. They have continued to update the game with free content and maps. There are experimental maps, different game modes, and the different mutator settings. Whether I want to relax and try something new or feel the need the compete, I come back to Rocket League week after week.

Damon Bullis (PSN ID: Zia74)
For me it is NBA Jam. It’s a simplistic enough game that anybody can pick it up, but it hits the competitive nerve when needed. It also reminds me of playing Arch Rivals and NBA Jam in the arcades as a kid as well. I wish that they would just keep doing roster updates every year for five bucks or so and every fourth year do an update to the game for $20.00.

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Ben Palmer (PSN ID: CNPalmer)
I have to say that my “comfort game” would have to be any of the LEGO games. The gameplay mechanics, characters, and levels all bring a unique and fun aspect to just sitting down to play a game and enjoy it.

The added benefit of the humor in these gems from the team at TT Games is just great and the variety of franchise choices from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Indiana Jones is amazing. These are games that are kid friendly, girlfriend/wife approved, and can be played solo or cooperatively as well.

Keith Dunn-Fernández (PSN ID: son_of_ottie)
When I’m upset or don’t feel well, my go-to game is Peggle 2 on PS4. It’s distracting without being nerve-wracking or annoying. It has score chase, Trophy whoring, and strategy elements. Others in the category are Tennis In The Face and King Oddball. Good, clean, carefree fun!

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Michael Cwick (PSN ID: The1stMJC)
I have so many “comfort food” games, but I should keep this post short and mention just the important one.

Since the game released in 2001, I have found myself going back to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 whenever I want to shut my brain down and relax. To this day I keep my PS2 Slim near my entertainment center just so I can play THPS3. The controls and achieving 100℅ have become second nature and the game will forever be one of my all time favorites.

Honorable mentions: Any MLB the Show game and Tetris on the GameBoy.

Andy Richardon (PSN ID: andyscout)
Rock Band and DJMAX are probably my comfort games. Every so often I feel the need to boot one of them up and just play some music. When I do, I often end up playing for quite a while too. I’m glad DJMAX Portable 2 doesn’t have a timer built in because I don’t think I want to know how much time I’ve spent playing that game.

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John Payant (PSN ID: johnnyp70)
So, as much I could go with the NHL franchise, or even any and all versions of Tetris, my shepherd’s pie/mac and cheese/meatloaf game series has to be Street Fighter.

Harkening all the way back to Street Fighter II on SNES, these games are like a comfy pair of slippers on a cold winter’s night. They’re not always the greatest fighting games, but I can’t help but always have one at the ready to either play solo, or call up my buddy to have a marathon Ryu/Ken session. I am definitely not very good, and don’t play much online, but I love these games no matter what. That’s comfort food-YUM!

Rey Barrera (PSN ID: sindred)
I play Rygar NES at least once every two months. It’s my go to game when I want to relax with something old and fun. Despite its RPG look and style, this game must be completed in one sitting as there are no save points or passwords. Fortunately, save states and emulation have made it easier to deal with, but I still end up playing through it in one sitting when I do.

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Shawn Hiers (PSN ID: Smag99)
My comfort food game is a PC title that just came to the PS4, Star Trek Online. I got the STO bug back when it originally launched six years ago. I played it for about a year and went on to other things but I went back to it when it went Free to Play. It didn’t become my comfort game until my head injury but it has been ever since.

I just feel comfortable in that universe, and while some of the systems can be complex, I feel at home with them. And what is great is that I have made some really good in-game friends and have had hundreds of hours in enjoyment. I have not been able to stop playing STO on the PS4 since its launch there and it has been my go to game ever since.

Your Turn
These are the games we play over and over again. What are yours? Tell us in the The Monthly Question thread in the PS Nation Forums.

Thanks as always to John Payant for editing.

Written by Matt Engelbart

Matt Engelbart

I love all things video games. When I am not gaming I am watching the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, BBQing, and reading.

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