The games that saved me from the post

It’s the end of May and I’m watching shows at the Elden Ring. After more than 150 hours of roaming Middle Earth, I feel the familiar bitterness that sets in whenever I finish a game I love. I have overcome unimaginable horrors and become Alden Lord in my own personal adventure, all while riding atop a splendid double-jumping steed; And now? Recovery from this rally will become a personal struggle for the rest of the year.

The Elden Ring has taken over my life. When I wasn’t playing it, it was the only thing I wanted to do. When I was scraping other games for work or fun, tasks like getting to Raya Lucaria Academy or conquering Malenia were in the back of my mind. I stopped eating red lobster because it gave me terrible flashbacks of being inexorably spat out by the gigantic crustacean of Liurnia dei Laghi. The Elden Ring joins the ranks of Grand Theft Auto III, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild as games that have become a borderline obsession for me, and the resulting calm has been hard to come by.

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I’ve been playing for commitment to my job, but nothing has caught my attention. This isn’t a problem for the games themselves, but they’ve had one hell of a journey to follow. I was also not sure what kind of experience I wanted since Elden Ring ticked so many boxes. Should I keep looking for another massive title like Dying Light 2, for example, or enjoy something much smaller and more experimental? Worse, the answer can’t be “Keep playing the Elden Ring.” As much as I loved it, I didn’t want it to be an anchor that kept me from enjoying everything the year had to offer. I had to move on.

Luckily, the first game that got me back on track was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. As an old school TMNT fan, I have been looking forward to checking out Tribute Games for a long time, I arrived successfully Just what I wanted offering a trendy and trendy look on a grainy formula. The mindless but satisfying scrolling action was a refreshing break from the more calculated and stressful Elden Ring battles. Then he does a killer retro soundtrack and nostalgia ballads. It may not have offered much in comparison, but that comforting familiarity revealed that playing Elden Ring left me too mentally exhausted to handle a more mechanically intense title. When I pushed Shredder to the curb, I was hungry for something a little bigger, bolder, and tougher.

Enter White Neon. While Shredder’s Revenge gave me something familiar, Neon White B won me over by offering me something refreshingly original. I love platformers, and the game’s innovative implementation of card-based shooting and focus on fast running has given me something new to obsess over: leaderboards. How many extra seconds can I take out of a platinum round? Can I continue to assert my leaderboard dominance on my friends list? My competitive side has found a new challenge to sink its teeth into. Like the Elden Ring, Neon White offered the gratifying feel of “Me vs. The Game ”, a challenge that forced me to hone my skill and timing to overcome his obstacles. Or, in shakier layman terms, you needed to “get good” again.


After making my mark in Heaven, I was about to find my rhythm and felt ready to take on something more. Seemingly out of nowhere, a small indie game called The Looker has attracted positive buzz online as a fun parody of Jonathan Blow’s mystery puzzle game The Witness. I liked The Witness enough to want to give The Looker a shot. I’m glad I did, because within minutes, he won me the title of best comedic title I’ve played in a while. The game is a humorous deconstruction of Blow’s 2016 mystery that hits hard on its pretentiousness and the disorienting nature of puzzle games as a whole. Not only are the gags funny, but the mysteries of The Looker, which parodies The Witness, are really clever in their own right. k Completely free gameI highly recommend anyone who has played The Witness enough to give The Looker a shot. My playful creation renewed my enthusiasm to see the other exotic experiences out there, and the Elden Ring mist portal that had been holding back my enthusiasm for other games completely dissipated.

Elden Ring treated me so well that I convinced myself I’d never find a game that would do the same thing. I think this is still true to some extent; It’s the game of the year for bullet. Sometimes the game is so great that you forget everything else or don’t want to look for it. In retrospect, I was also afraid to enjoy anything less just because it wasn’t an Elden Ring. To that end, it’s worth walking away and not immediately trying to fill that void with something else, which I probably should have done sooner. There’s probably some breaking advice out there somewhere, and I’m thankful I’ve already found a bunch of other fish in the sea.

The games that saved me from the post-elden episode meltdown