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Five games that are perfect for Father's Day

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! If you are a dad and you want to get some gaming time in after a nice family lunch or activity, then we’ve got you covered. If you woke up today and realized that you didn’t get your dad a gift (for shame!) then why not get your dad the gift of gaming?

With the spirit of Father’s Day in mind, I’ve got five suggestions to either play yourself as a father or to gift to that special person who you call dad, so check them out below.

God of War

God of War, also jokingly referred to as Dad of War by some, sees the triumphant return of Kratos, who is now a father to a boy called Atreus. God of War features magnificent environments, a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, a world built on Norse mythology that leaves nothing to be desired and extremely satisfying.

However, the stand-out thing about God of War for me is Kratos and his relationship with Atreus as Kratos tries to be a good father, teach his son about the dangers of the world and drop words of wisdom throughout the game. Ultimately, God of War is all about this amazing father/son adventure and the hardships they face, both from the world and through their relationship with one another.

If I could only pick one day to experience on Father’s Day, it is definitely the PS4 exclusive masterpiece, God of War. Check out the first hour of God of War on its highest difficulty, because maybe you are up for a challenge this Father’s Day.

Stardew Valley

If you are looking for something more relaxed than God of War, then Stardew Valley is definitely a must-play. The game doesn’t centre around being a father, but it does give you the option to become one. In Stardew Valley, you aren’t just a dad to a child, but also to the farm and everything you work so hard towards, even those crops!

For those who have never played Stardew Valley, you can become a dad after you are married and after you have upgraded your farmhouse for the second time. At some point when going to bed at night, your spouse will either ask you if you want to have a child or adopt one, at which point you can say either yes or no. In the spirit of Father’s Day, I suggest you say yes.

The Last of Us Remastered

We’ve all been so excited about The Last of Us Part II at E3 this year, but the original is still one of the best games you can ever play, even five years after its release. Joel and Ellie aren’t biologically related, but arguably the best part about the story of The Last of Us is how Joel, a hardened man set on his goals and emotionally closed off after a tragedy, comes to love Ellie like he would his own child.

As the story progresses, the two grow close and Joel has to make difficult decisions and look after little Ellie in a post-apocalyptic world. The Last of Us is one of the very few games that actually made me shed tears and it was because of the amazing relationship being built throughout the game between Ellie and Joel.

Dad’s Quest

I normally refrain from recommending Early Access games, but Dad’s Quest is just perfect for a quick gaming session on Father’s Day, and it will only set you back R38 on Steam right now. The game doesn’t take long to complete and it is still a work in progress, but for me, it was a fun and hilarious experience this morning.

“Blending story-based 2D platforming with the inventory management and interesting characters of a traditional RPG, Dad Quest is set within a universe where children are indestructible weapons. Dads strive to raise their Child by teaching them new skills and providing toys deadly to their enemies. Meet other Dads, vanquish enemies, pay off debts, and engage in deadly combat via sanctioned arena fights. Embark on the Dadventure of a lifetime!”

The Walking Dead Season 1

Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season 1 has one of the most powerful and gripping stories ever told in a video game. Set in the same world as the TV show, based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, Telltale’s The Walking Dead is arguably the best game the developer has ever created.

The game throws impossible choices at the player as they try to survive, but the thing that really got to me the most was the relationship between a convict, Lee Everett, and a young girl called Clementine. Lee takes Clementine under his wing and they make it through so much, as their relationship becomes that of a father and daughter, which you can see in every action and emotion shown in the game.

Their relationship and how it builds towards a devastating moment throughout the five episodes left me in disbelief and shock. If you haven’t played the game already, then you are definitely missing out, as it is an emotional journey that very few games can match.

So, there you have it, the five games I think are just perfect to play on Father’s Day or give to your dad if you haven’t picked a gift yet.

What other games do you think would be perfect to play on Father’s Day? Let us know in the comment section below.

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