The Top 5 Games to Play Whilst You’re on the Road

Picture this – You’re on a long road trip or a journey somewhere and all you want is a few hours to yourself playing an awesome game. That’s not too much to ask, is it? And some of us don’t just want to play Pokemon Go thank you very much.

There is plenty of high quality, fun games for your laptop that don’t require a specced up laptop to play them. So stop squinting at your smartphone trying to work out what that pixel is you’re looking at. Charge your laptop and buckle your seatbelt as we take you through a list of The Top 5 Games to Play Whilst You’re on the Road.

Football Manager 2017

For the soccer or football fans out there, Football Manager 2017 is what it says on the tin. A management simulation game where you take control of a football team, manage the backroom staff, sign players and aim for glory.

Football Manager 2017 is by far the best game in this long running series. With an impressive 3D match engine, you can watch your team score goals in real time.

This game is deep, its seemingly endless tactical options and a list of tens of thousands of real players make it an overwhelming experience at times. Choose a team from over 20 countries and start your journey to football stardom.

The game has multiple game modes, like creating a club and online leagues that you can play with friends. Setting up a game can feel slightly daunting, but Football Manager 2017 has a quick game mode where that’s all taken care of. You can even create the avatar for your manager as he paces the sidelines in deep thought.

FTL

Faster That Light came out in 2012 and is still one of the most successful games that came from a Kickstarter campaign. It’s easy to see why as you try to survive the harsh realities of space exploration.

FTL is a roguelike indie game that has elements of ship management and combat included. Sound like your dream game as a kid? Well, me too, and it doesn’t disappoint.

This game is so addictive. It’s one of those games that make you constantly tell yourself that this is your last 10 minutes before you turn the PC off. It’s definitely the longest 10 minutes of your life, but in the best way possible.

It’s exciting and challenging in a way that makes the action in space somehow feel fresh. The old school graphics are a welcomed and easy on the eye, and the sound design is also great.

FTL is like having Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica put in a blender and mushed up for general consumption. Okay, so that might be a bad analogy, but what I’m trying to say is that in FTL you get to be Captain of your or Space Ship. What’s not to like?

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga is personally one of my all time favorite games. So I will try not to fanboy too much on this one. Trust me, however, when I say that the story in the game is incredible. It’s a tale of betrayals and friendships, with some extremely difficult choices thrown into the mix.

You follow the story of two sets of warriors and adventurers as they journey across the landscape in a war-torn Viking style world. The visual of The Banner Saga goes a long way to compliment the story. It’s beautiful in a hand drawn style that’s straight out of your favorite animated fantasy.

The Banner Saga is an RPG game with turn-based combat. The combat mechanics aren’t anything to shout home about, they’re basic and what you’d expect in a turn based strategy.

This game isn’t about being the most in-depth strategy RPG, It’s the characters and their stories that make you fall in love with this game. The Banner Saga can be somber at times and light hearted at others. The brilliant writing and its excellent art style make you want to know more about the lore in the world.

Papers, Please

The premise of this game might not sound that interesting, but underneath the tag lines and descriptions, it offers much humor and often brings out your darker side.

Papers, Please is a game about border control. You play a border control officer in a corrupt communist style country. You’re tasked with checking passports, looking at visas and basically being the gateway to the country. Don’t like the look of this guy? Fine, send him home.

The game has some weight to it though as you can’t just send any old person home. Making mistakes by denying the wrong person or letting said person in, and you will be docked pay. If you’ve had your pay docked so much you can’t pay your rent or your medical bills, then say goodbye to your family, as they’re going to die. No, that’s not a joke.

This game doesn’t take itself seriously and if you’re okay with that, then you’ll feel right at home. Papers, Please is almost like the Cards Against Humanity of Video Games. It’s fun but at times often crude but in a good way.

Want to play it? Buy it here.

Her Story

Her Story is a unique game on our list. It’s a full motion video game that puts you in the world of being a police investigator. To put that in simpler terms, Her Story is almost like watching a movie.

You are a police investigator trying to solve the case of a missing person. Her Story takes place entirely at the personal computer of the detective you play. Your job is to search through interview recordings and database records, piecing together the evidence of what really happened.

This game is not for the faint hearted. It’s brutal in the sense that it really won’t hold your hand; this is your case to solve on your own and you can be as thorough as you like.

Her Story won’t please everyone, that’s for sure. At times it’s slow and actionless, but the story progresses at a leisurely pace. Instead of watching a movie on your journey, why not try your hand at being a detective. Hunt for the truth and make your own mind up. Is she lying or do you believe her? That’s for you to find out.

Want to play it? Buy it here.

Conclusion

So there you have our list of The Top 5 Games to Play Whilst You’re on the Road. You won’t need a highly specced laptop for these; all you need is the battery life to play them.

Do you agree with this list? What are your favorite games to play on the go? Hit us up on Twitter and give a good thrashing.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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