Today is officially the longest day of the year. Here in London, the sun rose at 04:43 this morning and is due to set at 21:21 tonight. That gives us a total of 16 hours, 38 minutes and 20 seconds of daylight – so what better way to use it than cramming it full of video games?
Unfortunately for most of us, we’ll be stuck at work and so there’s very little chance of that happening. Bosses seem to frown upon you skipping out of meetings to find a quiet room to play your Switch, for some reason. But what if you’d been prepared and had arranged to take the day off: which games would you be spending it with? Here’s a breakdown of my own longest day.
04:43 to 05:00:
Just enough minutes to make a cup of tea and gobble down some toast. If you’re going to do an extended gaming session, it’s a good idea to get some breakfast before you start.
05:00 to 07:00:
Time to warm up with The Elder Scrolls Online
. After recently purchasing the PC version so my other-half and I could play with Tim
from GeekOut South-West
, we’ve become hooked all over again
and reached just under 50 hours in our first week alone. This time I’ve gone for something completely different and am aiming for a tank build; in the past my characters have tended to focus on magic and healing. It’s a change I’m liking though, because I love being able to run into battle and feel like I’m immovable.
07:00 to 10:00:
At the time of writing I’m partway through Lamplight City
and think I’ve only got a few hours left, so what better time to finish it. I tried the preview build back in August
but it’s taken me a while to get around to playing the full version. If you like detective stories it’s definitely worth a go: certain gameplay elements are like L.A. Noire
and going down the wrong line of questioning can close parts of your investigation or cause you to accuse the wrong person. It’s pretty ambitious for a point-and-click.
10:00 to 13:00:
has been on my radar since March 2014, when Red Thread Games
shared the world premiere of its trailer
during a developer session at EGX Rezzed
. I adore the Dreamfall
series (even though I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to finish Dreamfall Chapters
) so the thought of playing another narrative-driven release from the team makes me excited
. While investigating the disappearance of the protagonist’s sister in a remote village called Graavik, I’d made a quick sandwich to keep me going.
13:00 to 15:00:
Now for something completely different. Steam’s
recommendations can sometimes be a little hit-and-miss
but occasionally it does throw out something interesting. El Tango de la Muerte
is a quirky little rhythm game where you have to learn the tango to win the heart of your loved-one. Inspired by the best Latin American soap operas and with a touch of melodramatic humour, I can see myself spending a couple of hours on the dancefloor and throwing a few shapes (digitally-speaking).
15:00 to 21:00:
Next up would be Observation
. Stories Untold
turned out to be one of my favourite games of 2017
so I’m looking forward to playing No Code’s
latest release. The idea of uncovering what happened to Dr Emma Fisher and her crew through the lens of the space station’s artificial intelligence (AI) sounds intriguing – and there are bound to be a few surprises if the developer’s previous title is anything to go by. During these six hours of investigation, I’d also take delivery of a Chinese takeaway for dinner too.
21:00 to 21:21:
Maybe there’d be time to fit in a quick quest in The Elder Scrolls Online before the end of the day? I know what would happen though: my other-half, Tim and Jake would already be online and we’d end up playing for several hours.
So there you have it: the video games I’d spend the longest day of the year with. Now how would you spend your own?