While online gaming and multiplayer options are as robust as ever, it’s still nice to grab a cup of coffee and take some time to yourself at the weekend. Whether by choice or necessity, being able to fully enjoy a game without internet is great.
Internet scenarios don’t come in all shapes and sizes. Long commutes with your Switch at hand, infrastructure work near you, or just a desire to play games like they 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 (can’t believe it?). Well, Disco Elysium offers you a similar experience as it is a story-driven mystery RPG with tons of interesting ideas and characters.
Disco Elysium has received unending praise from many, and with good reason. The game is infinitely deep, with an intriguing storyline, memorable characters, and amazingly deep decisions. The game takes a while, but time flies because it’s so interesting and original.
9/10 Red Dead Redemption 2
One thing 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 Wild West map, the game is perfect for hours of play. It’s not like the gargantuan world is empty either, as it’s filled with multiple events, characters, and iconic locations.
The game is revered for a reason. Even galloping around on your horse in this world feels rewarding in its own way. You can spend hundreds of hours in Red Dead Redemption even without following any quests, making 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) starring Ragnarok can also be added here as both games offer great gameplay and a deep story. However, Ragnarok feels a bit more freely researchable.
The game itself is immaculate. You might realize you’ve spent hours researching and killing Odin’s ravens before returning to the story. Speaking of history, it’s one of the best you can find these days. The characters, storyline and overall mood of this game are just amazing.
7/10 Enter the dungeon
If you don’t want to invest hours in an extensive RPG or an intriguing story, roguelikes are your best bet. While the game of choice could be any of the classics like The Binding of Isaac, Slay The Spire or Hades, Enter The Gungeon is a safe bet as it is one of the best.
The game has at least hundreds of content with unlockable bosses, weapons and characters. The reason why 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 to meet up with some friends right away and play D&D. Well, with Divinity: Original Sin 2 you can do it without having to organize a session with friends.
While Divinity is a great experience when played online with friends, it can also be an absolute blast solo. Especially on harder difficulties, it’s a joy to plan and build a party and experience the story to the fullest.
5/10 Lego games
While none of the Lego games are known for pioneering the genre or being particularly innovative, it’s pure fun. These are the comfort food of action puzzle solving games and great games when you’re offline for a while.
The real appeal of these games is how optimized they are for completion. Even after you’ve played through the story, you’ll need to find and unlock collectibles for several hours. Another great thing about them is the wide range of IPs. It’s truly an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring iconic franchises.
4/10 The Outer Worlds
For those looking for a more immersive RPG with loads of action, similar to Fallout or Skyrim, The Outer Worlds is a great choice. This is the spiritual successor to Fallout New Vegas and it feels like it. The core gameplay is fantastic, with great gunplay and the option to solve obstacles in countless ways.
What really shines about The Outer Worlds is how funny and clever it is. With a strong satirical approach to capitalism and consumerism, the game constantly offers moments of hilarity. A great game to lose yourself for a few hours until the internet returns.
3/10 Batman: Arkham Series
Speaking of immersion, the Arkham game series is probably the greatest superhero game of all time. Arkham City might be the obvious choice here, but every game in the series is worth revisiting, especially after the smashing release of Gotham Knights.
Many players have already put hundreds of hours into and completed this series, but even then, just flying around Gotham is such a joy. The story holds up too, so it’s a fun time to revisit the iconic game from scratch.
2/10 Planet Coaster & Planet Zoo
Planet Coaster and Zoo are made by many of the people who worked on the tycoon games years ago when online games were just getting popular. Therefore, the games are fully enjoyable without a connection.
The sandbox nature of these games adds unlimited hours of replay value, with tons of content to experiment with. After all, these are tycoon and management games, which means you can set your own goals, bring in your own challenges, and start over if you get tired of your current setup.
1/10 Pokemon Nuzlocke
Pokemon is by far the biggest franchise in the world, and while the more recent games have been disappointing, the series is still one of the best at what it does. If you lose connection, this could be the perfect time to try your luck at a Nuzlocke Challenge.
The Nuzlocke Challenge is a self-imposed set of rules that aims to make every Pokémon game you play that much harder and more exciting. The rules are simple, capping your Pokemon catches and preventing you from using Pokemon once they pass out. This way of playing a Pokémon game makes it a lot more interesting and challenging, which frankly the games could use. You can also choose which is your favorite Pokemon game to try.
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