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5 Games to Beat the Summer Heat

I don’t hate summer. The grass is green, the trees are lush, and who doesn’t like to take a dip in a pool, or experience that first blast of air conditioning for the year?

You know what I do hate though? I hate sunburns, sweating like a hog in an oven, and air so thick outside that it’s like walking through people-soup. I hate the heat.

If the summer heat has you down, here are five games to help you chill out. Stay frosty.


Remember the late 90’s when it seemed like there were snowboarding games everywhere? Seemed like they were trying to keep pace with the other extreme sports games out there. But when they all disappeared, snowboarding went with them. That was until Ubisoft dropped Steep on us. Steep lets you snowboard, sky, or glide your way down some of the steepest mountains ever seen in games across massive open regions.

#4–Indigo Prophecy

You know what helps beating the heat? A multi-viewpoint story that starts with a homicide and ends up indulging in everything from old world prophecies and new age entities. Indigo Prophecy is one of those games people will argue eternally about, but one thing is for sure; there’s a lot of snow and it’s enough that it’ll chill you out.

#3–Batman: Arkham Origins

Surely you knew this was going to be on the list; while Batman: Arkham Origins was rough around the edges, to say the least, at its core it was everything we love about the Batman: Arkham games and more. Taking place on Christmas Eve in the middle of a blizzard that brings Gotham City to a standstill, Batman finds himself a target for several assassins on top of the normal amount of villainy he has to put up with on a typical evening. At least the deep snow will make enemies hit the ground with just a little less bruising than open concrete.

#2–The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Todd Howard had no part in this suggestion, only the desire to beat the heat. A good way to get through three months of the tortuous summer burn is to engross yourself in the setting of Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has a lot that can be said about it, both bad and good, but something that has always felt superb in every iteration of its obscenely long lifespan is the mix of a fall and winter-like settings, depending on where in the map you are at the time. You have plenty of snow, plenty of forests with turning leaves, and open plains and rolling hills that are reminiscent of rainy late year afternoons. It’s anything but the burning of the sun, and that’s a good thing.

#1–Lost Planet

Lost Planet is all about surviving the terrors of a frozen wasteland. If it’s not enemy raiders you’re dealing with, it’s massive bugs and all their cohorts. Sometimes you’re on foot, trying not to freeze to death, and other times you’re able to utilize a mech to help you take things down. Hope you like blizzards, because it almost never stops.