Let’s face it – Weed and video games go hand in hand. I don’t know a single stoner who doesn’t enjoy a good time waster – be they in self-denial that they’re a gamer and playing on their phone, an avid gamer eagerly waiting for the latest game console, or somebody with more money than time building a balls to the wall gaming PC. There are any number of games I could prattle on about for hours and hours, and how amazing this part is, or how addictive that mechanic is – but there’s really only a select few that I felt were truly enhanced by using Cannabis.
We’ll be doing multiple installments – this one will focus on single player games, and another will be focusing on couch-lock local multiplayer games. No online games unless you can share a system and share a joint while playing.
This is my own personal list, and there’s no ranking or hierarchy – just a bunch of experiences that were brought up from great to incredible with the help of a little buzz. There’s an infinite number of games you could substitute for any number of reasons, but if you haven’t checked out these games before and have the opportunity to I highly recommend you check them out.
Wayyy back when I was in college – I had a minimal budget for games and hardware. I was happily playing what I could on my craptacular eMachines laptop – when I picked up a Dreamcast for about $40 – because I had heard of this new thing “torrenting” and I could download games and burn them, and play them on my Dreamcast without modding it.
One of those strange games I downloaded was one I had never heard of before – I wasn’t sure it had even been released in Canada. It was called “Rez”. It was probably about 2 am and I had my headphones in, the disc was still warm from the CD burner, and I popped it into my Dreamcast. I was pretty blasted at about 8/10 and had no idea what to expect from the oddly named sega game. I also had no idea just how much this ill-gotten game would have an impact on me.
A bright white screen flooded my room and a loud droning filled my ears. It all went black as I hit start a few times and then faded into a pulsing techno beat with rudimentary pulsing vector shapes and polygons surrounding and attacking me. The beat builds and becomes more complex as the enemies explode into colours and sounds around you.
Rez is easily described as an on rails shooter, but it eventually became so much more to me. One of my all time favourite games, Rez is my go to for the discussion of “Can Games Be Art?”. Since that night I’ve purchased every single version of Rez available in North America, as well as it’s Move / Kinect based psuedo-sequel “Child of Eden”
Rez infinite is the newest version – you can play with much sharper visuals, and there’s a new “infinite” mode – playable in VR. This was an instant purchase for me and the reason I bought a VR headset. If you’ve never played Rez before – I recommend ripping a few dabs of amber first, following it up with a nice sativa – turning the bass up and turning the lights down low. Open your mind to something a little different and I’m sure you’ll become entranced by Mizuguchi’s masterstroke.
You can pickup REZ: Infinite on Steam for PC, Or on the PS4
FIre Emblem: Three Houses
A series I’ve been an avid fan of since the gamecube was in its heyday, the Fire Emblem games are one of the best for unwinding at the end of the day with a ‘no rush’ approach. Turn based strategy games like this allow you to methodically plan your best attack, and experiment with different tactics to overcome the enemy.
Not only are they incredibly fun games, with satisfying game play – they have plenty of opportunities to take you hand off the controller for a moment without having any penalties. So you’re free just “stop” playing for any amount of time, *at* any time to say- pack and light a bowl, load up your vape, heat up a nail or roll a quick joint. I’m currently working my way through the latest installment on the Nintendo Switch – “Fire Emblem – Three Houses” and as great as it is – its incredibly similar to previous entries (available for much less cash as well) on the 3ds.
Enslaved: Oddysee to the west
This one always sticks in my memory. It was one of the few games that actually made me care about the characters, what happens to them, their relationship, and the ultimate conclusion. The game is all about Monkey being forced to escort Trip back to safety – against his will through the use of a slave collar.
It’s an action game, and although it was a little unpolished (even when it was released in 2009) the characters are what propelled me to see the ending. Andy Serkis of Gollum fame provides the voice and motion capture for monkey- and it definitely shines through the xbox 360 era graphics.
Grand Theft Auto 5
A modern classic the moment it came out during the PS3 and 360’s twilight years, it has since moved to xbox one, PS4, and PC where it’s seen a fresh coat of paint, continual online updates and on PC a slew of mods for the single player campaign. To this day it still pops up in the best seller lists and will likely do so until we eventually get GTA 6
The original GTA defined a genre. The release of GTA III showed us a massive sprawling city to conquer, a whole host of stories, side quests, properties, stunts, topped off with a bangin soundtrack. San andreas was the wackiest Grand theft auto we got with jetpacks and such. GTA IV was a milestone for gaming but had plenty of its own flaws. They turned the silliness dial back too much and it seemed to lose a piece of itself to Saints Row 3.