Top 10 Games You Skipped Work For
If there’s one thing we gamers consistently lack, it’s time. So when Monday morning rolls around and you haven’t finished the campaign in that game you were hoping to conquer over the weekend, what can you do? Simple, call in sick for work. Here are ten games that you probably missed work or school over.
10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
I don’t care if you’re tougher than the cold-blooded killer Marv from Frank Miller’s Sin City, when you hear the inspiring melodies of Koji Kondo, your heart just melts. The Legend of Zelda series has had a history of forcing people to stay at home, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was no exception. Turning away from the cartoonish ways of its predecessor, Twilight Princess gave us the closest thing to a realistically proportioned Link that we have seen yet. And he could turn into a wolf. So yeah, epic win.
9. Halo 3 and 4
If you are eighteen or older and live in the United States, Halo 4 forced you to make a difficult choice: Continue Master Chief’s journey, or go out and vote? Well, if you wanted to do both, you undoubtedly considered calling in to work that day. In fact, I wonder how many people left work early “in order to do their patriotic duty” and ended up skipping the polls entirely to hang out with Master Chief and Cortana instead.
8. Grand Theft Auto IV
Be honest. When GTA IV hit store shelves, you called into school or work, right? We don’t blame you. After all, it’s pretty hard to focus on your work after a ten-hour felony binge. And as long as we’re on the topic of Rockstar’s flagship game series, it’s probably best that you start saving vacation hours for GTA V, which is due out this spring.
7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
War never changes. That’s certainly true in the Call of Duty series, which seems to be perfectly content just riffing on the same chord it played back when the first Modern Warfare landed. Still, Modern Warfare 2 continued the grand American tradition of being so engrossing that having just a weekend to play it simply wasn’t enough. Cough cough, general manager. Looks like you’re going to be pulling a double today while I stay home and “recuperate.”
6. Gears of War 3
In Gears of War 3, the Gears story takes its darkest turn yet. Humanity is near the brink of extinction, food sources are significantly low, and our heroes are floating aimlessly at sea on a dilapidated ship. The decimated world caught up in a war between man and monster is the setting of not only the beginning of the game, but the beginning of a no-call/no-show at work.
5. Metal Gear Solid 4
We’ve followed, staggeringly, the convoluted anti-government web of conspiracy that is the Metal Gear Solid series since Solid Snake’s youthful days. Yet MGS 4 kicks it up a notch by showing us a very aged Solid Snake who’s still doing his patriotic duty to save the world from its conspirators. Even if the final battle didn’t make you quit your job entirely, you probably at least missed a few days just watching the cutscenes.
4. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
I shouldn’t have to say much about World of Warcraft; it’s probably the number one cause of divorce in America, after all. So you’d think employers would know by now to just keep their businesses closed whenever an expansion comes out. Unless they plan on selling the game itself, of course.
3. Diablo III
Good ol’ Satan. We just can’t seem to put him down for good. In Diablo III, he’s at it for the third time, releasing evil upon the world and causing the hero of your choice (mine is a monk) to go out and fight every single demon fist to fist before reaching an epic showdown with Diablo himself. Diablo III tantalized us with its gobs of ungodly loot, forcing us to spend hours upon hours of killing, looting, and leveling up. It sort of got to the point where some of us forgot we even had jobs, didn’t it?
2. Mass Effect 3
The battle to stop the Reapers from literally destroying the galaxy comes to its questionable conclusion in Mass Effect 3. You’ll have to rally every known race in the galaxy under your leadership and launch a full-frontal war against them. That sounds a tad bit more important than crunching numbers and making phone calls at your stuffy office job, doesn’t it?
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
If you’re not waiting in line already for this title by now, you’re probably getting dressed to do just that. Call of Duty: Black Ops II comes out at midnight tonight, and we hope you’ve come up with a good excuse for work tomorrow. We all know you’re staying home. Don’t lie to us.
Date: November 12, 2012
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