NOTE: I was unable to get this article out earlier, unfortunately. I have decided to post it anyway, since the games it lists are enjoyable any time of year. Original article as follows:
Game day is almost upon us. You’ve got an immense task ahead of you this weekend: game for 24 hours to collect donations for a CMN Hospital of your choosing. You’ve chosen which hospital you want to collect donations for, you’ve mentally prepared yourself for the long gaming session ahead, but you totally forgot to plan which games you actually want to play. You have 24 hours! Playing any old game won’t get you through the whole day—it’ll barely get you to the first coffee run. Here are five 2015 games that are sure to make the hours pass:
Super Mario Maker
A marathon just wouldn’t feel right without a Mario game. What’s great about this particular Mario game is that it never actually ends. You can create your own levels or play levels created by the gaming community. With the endless combinations of enemies and obstacles spanning from Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario Bros. 3 to New Super Mario Bros., you and your friends will have plenty to tinker with. If you really want to pass the time, try creating extra challenging levels and watch your frustrated friends take turns to try and beat them.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The latest Metal Gear Solid game lets go of the complex story from the previous entries, in favour of perfected gameplay. You have both Afghanistan and Africa to sneak through, and each location presents several main ops and side ops to take care of in any way of your choosing. Play through one mission stealthily; play through the next as a supersoldier badass—be Big Boss. And don’t forget the small matter of using the Fulton Recovery System to develop a truly secure Mother Base.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
If you have never played an Uncharted game or are a series veteran, the appropriately titled Nathan Drake Collection contains all three main-series games for you to play. Each has a fun story with engaging characters and Hollywood production values. If you are a solo Extra Life participant looking to pass the time with some third-person shooting combined with climbing mechanics, this is definitely the game to play. What better way to prepare yourself for the upcoming Uncharted: A thief’s End than by playing the previous entries in the series? Saving children and hunting treasure, good for you!
Destiny: The Taken King
Maybe Metal Gear and Uncharted are a little too single-player focussed for you. You have a decent party of friends participating in Extra Life and want to spend time playing cooperatively or competitively. The Taken King offers a story expansion to the base game, Destiny, as well as some new multiplayer maps amongst other features. Both the base game and the expansion offer fun social opportunities for you and your friends to face off against each other or to team up and defeat the alien scum in the main story mode. The real time passer comes when you and your friends dedicate yourselves to grinding—gotta get that level up, Guardian.
Halo 5: Guardians
Yet another shooter that offers both co-op play and player vs. player modes! Not only does Halo provide an excellent campaign with gameplay that is more enjoyable than it has ever been, but you can share the experience with friends over Xbox Live. And if you really want to show off the size of your posse, you can play the new Warzone mode. With huge maps and several in-game objectives, this 22-player competitive mode presents long battles with exciting gameplay that is conducive to a fun collaborative experience with friends. For a solo experience, and for bragging rights, try beating the campaign on Legendary all by yourself to earn the coveted Lone Wolf achievement.