Picture this, you’re on your way home, it’s Friday and you already plan on sleeping in for the weekend. What is the best thing to do after a long week of hard work? That’s right, play video games! But you don’t want to boot up a competitive shooter of some sort just for some 17-year-old to clap and teabag you live on Twitch. No, this time you want a more soothing experience. Something to help you get your mind off things for once. Even in video games you deserve a break so here’s our 10 Best Cozy Games to Help You Relax.
10 Cozy Games to Help You Relax
Of course “cozy” can be a tad bit subjective since everyone has their own preferences or understanding of the word, that’s why for this list we went around and gathered some titles that the majority can easily relate to.
10: Stardew Valley
We’ll start off with a familiar face. Stardew Valley! With its on the nose setting of you turning your back on the big city to live a peaceful life in the sticks, it’s no surprise that this farming and life sim easily won the hearts of many! Gathering crops, minerals, interacting with the locals of Pelican Town, feeding precious minerals to Abigail. This game lets you do it all, and at your own time too! You have complete control of your own schedule so you can be as busy as you want to be.
9: Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Who are we to not mention Harvest Moon while Stardew Valley is on this list? It’s a well-known classic that has dozens of likeable characters, festivals, activities and a compelling story to keep you seated while you reminisce about your childhood memories. Friends of Mineral Town instantly became a fan favorite due to its rich and fast paced nature. Go on and give this one another go, don’t forget to print out all of the character’s schedules before you start!
8: Cities Skylines
Here us out for a second, yes the first two titles mentioned were about leaving the big city and starting a new life in the boonies. But if you’re looking to relax and happen to know a few things about urban planning, then Cities Skylines is right up your alley! You are in complete control when it comes to managing districts, policies, taxation, road networks, even where the sewage goes is completely up to you!
There’s something simply satisfying about watching your own city move around and grow while the one you commute to has you sit in traffic tor two hours. If you’re looking for a cozy time sink then is perfect for you!
7: Slime Rancher 2
If Slime Rancher was so good why isn’t there a part two- oh wait there is. The voices in your head will definitely calm down once you explore a colorful new world, collect new slimes and immerse yourself in the game’s vibrant design, graphics, and visuals. As always there is no wrong approach to play the game as you have complete freedom with what you want to do. You can either make mad Plorts or simply opt in for charm and aesthetics rather than profit.
It may come as surprising but yes, Subnautica can be relaxing and cozy. As long as you stay in the Safe Shallows! Still sticking to the theme of doing everything at your own time, Subnautica lets you do this as you are in no obligation to rush things once you are given control at the start. Gather materials, discover the colorful local fauna, investigate ancient alien bases and uncover the truth that will set you free. Figuratively and quite literally.
5: Euro Truck Simulator 2
Okay let’s return to planet earth for a while. Who doesn’t enjoy a good long drive? People find that rather therapeutic. Now when it comes to trucking of course there’s going to be a schedule, but at the end of the day it’s still your choice if you want a long drive across Europe or just a quick last minute delivery into the next town.
Manage your very own fleet of flat noses and even customize the inside of your cab. Euro Truck Simulator 2 lets you do a plethora of things including avoiding traffic and speeding. After all, it’s about the journey, not the destination.
4: Power Wash Simulator
A pressure washer can be quite useful around the house, but that’s expensive and Power Wash Simulator isn’t! You get the same healing feeling when you move from place to place and take on jobs varying in difficulty. There’s nothing more satisfying than blasting away at dirt and getting paid at the end of the day. Just make sure to remember your real life responsibilities as well!
3: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
You saw this coming a mile away. There’s no way we’ll be finishing this list without including Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Once again you’re stuck with Tom Nook and his love for Bells, along with a sizeable debt. But the good thing about this is that you can pay it off without the risk of being evicted!
Interacting with anthropomorphic animals with different personalities is definitely going to give you a good chuckle as you manage a deserted island and transform it to something close to a hamlet complete with houses that you can customize to the very last piece of furniture.
A game that helps you meditate. Unpacking has an unusual appeal as you never really get why it’s relaxing to unload boxes to fill in an empty room. But you still do it anyway, and you enjoy it above all! The more you grow up, the more you start to appreciate the little things. That or you have very bad OCD.
This game really emphasizes the meaning of “show, don’t tell” as you learn about somebody else’s life the more boxes you open. It’s perfect for casual and laid back gamers who enjoy a bit of organizing and decorating on the side.
Venerable Minecraft. For all who places their last block, there are young ones out there who places their first. Minecraft is like a photo you pass down from one generation to the other. As more people cross paths with it, more fond memories are made. From your very first Creeper ambush to the time where you discover your first set of diamonds. The feeling of accomplishment and confusion as you make your very first dirt house mixed with Obsidian. You didn’t even need to think back then, you just build.
There’s never any harm to try doing it all over again. Minecraft can always be played on your lonesome, or with your closest friends so go ahead and unwind for the weekend, you deserve it!
Hogwarts Legacy: How Good Is The Character Creation?
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Hogwarts Legacy is just around the corner, and if you’re one of those people who always expected an owl to crash into your bedroom to give you a letter of invitation to the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry then congratulations, you’re still a child at heart. One of the many things that muggle-borns are keeping a close eye on is the character creation as this always has been a huge selling point for gamers who wish to see themselves in the game their playing. No argument needed there as it simply adds to the immersion. We’ll see just how good the character creation is by giving it a good wangle!
How Good Is The Character Creation In Hogwarts Legacy?
As the game is still said to be a “work in progress” not everything is set in stone just yet. There’s plenty of options to go through however so let’s see if you can either look like a Korean pop idol of some sort or a child that looks like a melting candle.
So the first thing you will notice once you go to the character creation screen is the plethora of Presets offered to you. This is a good start for players who just want to dive right in and explore the second-floor girls’ lavatory.
Once you have chosen your base look you will be taken to the Facewear section where you can choose your facial structure from a set of fifteen portraits. Some players may prefer having sliders when it comes to specific parts of their custom character’s face as they really have every intention to see a carbon copy of themselves in-game.
When you’re satisfied with the shape that you chose you can also go and specify a skin color and some glasses for your character. Hogwarts is known to have a rather diverse community of students so go be yourself and choose which suits you the best!
Moving on to Hairstyles you have two customization choices, your hair color, and the actual style of well, your hair! There can only be so many options for hair in any game as it’s quite difficult to build this from scratch compared to sculpting the bridge of your nose or adjusting the height of your temple.
Hair can be quite a delicate part of customization, especially when not all options are available to you. Nevertheless, you still have enough choices here to either look like Anton Chigur or The Daywalker. Props to you if you got any of that!
Next is the Complexion tab, you have the option to give yourself a slight blush if or some freckles and moles if you have any. We weren’t kidding earlier either when we said that you can look like you aged prematurely. That’s what the scars and markings are for! At the end of the day it’s all about getting your features down to a T!
On the following tab we have Eyebrows. Most options that we went through gave us the impression that everyone back in the 19th century had time to shave, and that’s a good thing! You can tell a lot from a person’s eyebrows after all. Just don’t get caught looking!
After choosing the shape that fits your fancy you can go and apply any color to it, most likely you will choose the same color you chose for your hair but hey, it’s your choice that matters here so go crazy! The same goes for your eyes as well.
For the final touch, you have four more options. You have two choices for your character’s voice which should’ve had more in our opinion. You can also change the pitch of that voice to resemble yours. Lastly you have your difficulty selection which is pretty straightforward, you also have your character name and which dormitory you want to be sent to.
The character creation in our opinion is good enough where it stands. It’s not great but it’s definitely not bad either. Having the option to choose a preset or create your own character completely from scratch (sliders and all) is a recent concept that players have been searching for a lot lately and it’s much appreciated that Avalanche Software gave that to us.
While others are happy with the choices they’ve been given, we can still see some possible complaints that will go after the Facewear section as limiting your features to only fifteen options is a very daring move given that there’s a chance that a player out there might not get the look they’re after.
It all just goes back to the sliders since this gives the player a more precise selection when it comes to making adjustments to their looks, plus there weren’t too many options for body-type either. It’s not a long list of shortcomings but you will have to take these into consideration if you’re the kind of gamer who spends more than an hour in the customization screen. We’re still looking forward to the game however so don’t let any of that bring you down. Thank you, and see you in the world of magic!