Top three summer games

Mairead Hickey relives fond memories of the summer with her three favourite games.

19th October 2015

Pokémon Black 2

While no longer the flashiest of the pokémon series, Pokémon Black 2 remains one of my favourites. In response to the drastic rise in adult players within the pokémon community, this sequel continues a surprisingly mature storyline while still packed with new and interesting content to keep you busy. The Pokémon World Tournament is an excellent post-game addition, as it allows you to battle gym leaders and champions from other regions. Another bonus is that you don’t have to wait until endgame to transfer in pokémon from your previous games files, which was the case in Pokémon Black and White.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

This game is another fantastic blend of fantasy-themed drama and hard-core battling. There’s something to be said for smashing your way through several bosses in a single afternoon; I myself find it quite cathartic, particularly after a visit from annoying relatives. The storyline is both complex and captivating, and if that isn’t your cup of tea, there’s a whole wealth of post-game content for you to immerse yourself in. Not many games are so enjoyable after being restarted and played over and over again, but Sentinels of the Starry Skies is definitely one of them.

Mario Kart Wii

If dramatic storylines and countless boss battles aren’t your thing, then Mario Kart Wii is a brilliant alternative. Whether you’re playing through on your own or have friends over, this game can be as stressful or stress-free as you like (depending on how competitive you are). I’ve made my peace with how utterly rubbish I am at this game, but if you prefer to have a winning streak, there’s plenty of extra content to occupy you on a rainy day. While simple, Mario Kart Wii is genuine good fun to play, and I would definitely recommend it.

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