While online gaming and multiplayer options are as robust as they’ve ever been, it’s still nice to grab a cup of coffee on the weekend and take some time to yourself. Whether by choice or by necessity, being able to fully enjoy a game without the internet is great.
No internet scenarios can come in all shapes and sizes. Long commutes with your Switch at hand, infrastructure work in your area, or just a desire to play games like you used to. Regardless of the circumstances, there are some great games to play when you’re offline.
10/10 Disco Elysium
Before the heyday of video games, people actually sat down and read novels (unbelievable, right?). Well, Disco Elysium gives you a similar experience since it’s a story-heavy mystery RPG with tons of interesting ideas and characters.
Disco Elysium has been praised to no end by many, and for good reason. The game is infinitely deep, with an intriguing plot, memorable characters, and amazingly deep choices. The game takes a while, but time flies thanks to how interesting and original it is.
9/10 Red Dead Redemption 2
One thing that a game could offer in terms of offline play is exploration. Few games do that better than Red Dead Redemption 2. With a large sandbox of a map in the wild west, the game lends itself perfectly to playing for hours on end. It’s not like the gigantic world is empty either, as it’s filled with several events, characters, and iconic locations.
The game is revered for a reason. Even just galloping around on your horse in this world feels rewarding in its own way. You can absolutely spend hundreds of hours in Red Dead Redemption, even without following quests, which makes it a great game to play if you don’t have internet access.
8/10 God Of War Ragnarok
While the newest game on this list, God of War Ragnarok, is no less iconic than any of the other entries. To be fair, God of War (2018) can also be added with Ragnarok here, as both games provide great gameplay and a deep story. Ragnarok feels a bit more freely explorable, though.
The game itself is built impeccably. You could realize you’ve spent hours exploring and killing Odin’s Ravens before getting back to the story. Speaking of the story, it’s one of the best you can find nowadays. The characters, plot, and overall whimsy of this game are just incredible.
7/10 Enter The Gungeon
If you don’t want to invest hours into an expansive RPG or an intriguing story, roguelikes are your best bet. While the game of choice could be any of the classics, such as The Binding of Isaac, Slay The Spire, or Hades, Enter The Gungeon is a safe bet, as it’s one of the best.
The game has content worth hundreds of at least, with unlockable bosses, weapons, and characters. The reason Enter The Gungeon beats the others of its kind is the incredibly smooth gameplay. The mechanics are beautifully implemented, and the flow never feels interrupted.
6/10 Divinity: Original Sin 2
One of the most fun activities that doesn’t require internet is straight up getting together with a few friends and playing D&D. Well, Divinity: Original Sin 2 allows you to do so without having to organize a session with friends.
While Divinity is a great experience when played online with friends, it can be an absolute blast when played solo too. Especially in harder difficulty settings, planning and building a party and experiencing the story to the full is a joy.
5/10 Lego Games
While none of the Lego games are known for being pioneers in the genre or especially innovative, what they are is pure fun. These are the comfort food of action puzzle solving games, and are great games to play if you’re offline for a while.
The real allure of these games is how optimized they are for completion. Even after beating the story, you’re going to have several hours worth of collectibles to find and unlock. Another great thing about them is the vast array of IPs. It’s really an all-you-can-eat buffet of iconic franchises.
4/10 The Outer Worlds
For those looking for a more immersive RPG with tons of action, akin to Fallout or Skyrim, The Outer Worlds is a great pick. This is the spiritual successor to Fallout New Vegas and it feels like it. The core gameplay is awesome, with great gunplay and the option to solve obstacles in a myriad of ways.
The Outer Worlds shines especially with how funny and clever it is. With a heavy satirical approach to capitalism and consumerism, the game has constant moments of hilarity. A great game to lose yourself in for a few hours until the internet comes back.
3/10 Batman: Arkham Series
Speaking of immersion, the Arkham series of games is quite likely the greatest superhero games of all time. Arkham City may be the obvious choice here, but any game in the series is worth revisiting, especially after the underwhelming release of Gotham Knights.
Many players have already invested hundreds of hours into this series and completed it, but even then, just flying around Gotham is such a joy. The story also holds up, so it’s a fun time to revisit the iconic game once again from scratch.
2/10 Planet Coaster & Planet Zoo
Planet Coaster and Zoo are made by many of the people that worked on the Tycoon games years ago, back when online gaming was only just becoming popular. As such, the games are fully enjoyable without a connection.
The sandbox nature of these games adds unlimited hours to their replay value, with tons of content to experiment with. After all, these are tycoon and management games, meaning you can set your own goals, introduce your own challenges and start all over again if you grow tired of your current establishment.
1/10 Pokemon Nuzlockes
Pokemon is the biggest franchise in the world by far, and while the more recent games were disappointing, the series still is one of the best at what it does. If you lose connection, it could be the perfect time to try your luck at a Nuzlocke Challenge.
The Nuzlocke Challenge is a self-imposed set of rules, aiming to make any Pokemon game you’re playing much harder and exciting. The rules are simple, limiting your Pokemon captures and preventing you from using Pokemon once they faint. This way of playing a Pokemon game makes it way more interesting and challenging, which the games could use to be honest. You can also pick whichever your favorite Pokemon game is to do try out.
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