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For some reason there is still a huge misconception that video games are bad for you. They make you violent. You’re irresponsible and lazy if you play them. For me, that is the complete opposite.
Playing PlayStation games makes me forget my problems associated with my mental health. They calm my anxiety. They distract me from my depression. You can read more about how they help me here.
I’ve played many games in my life, but here are my top 6 games that help my mental health the most:
In the game. you get to take control of the wind as you explore and navigate beautiful, captivating environments. You get to explore them at your own pace, and you’ll find peace and harmony along the way.
The gameplay is truly unique, because you play the game by physically moving the controller. It makes you feel more apart of the game’s world and makes for a more mindful experience.
- Fighting darkness
- Good vs. evil
Disney mixed with PlayStation games? Hell to the yes.
Kingdom Hearts is an RPG (roleplaying) series that follows a boy named Sora as he teams up with Disney‘s Donald Duck and Goofy to fight many notorious Disney villains. Within the games, you’ll figure out the true meaning of friendship, as well as the true meaning of darkness.
What I love so much about this game is the concept of darkness. My favorite quote of all time actually comes from the first game.
Deep down, there is a light that never goes out.
I like to think of the darkness being my depression. The light is my heart that keeps me beating.
Uncharted is another series that owns my heart. Rich history? Hidden treasures? Count me in.
The series follows Nathan Drake as he uncovers some of the most notorious lost cities in search of the greatest treasures. He has to unearth many difficult puzzles and gun off several enemies along the way. Plus, there’s some romance, which always keeps me going.
And can we just talk about him some more for a minute? Nathan Drake is the absolute funniest video game character out there. Throughout the series, he will keep you laughing. Usually because of the infamous crap.
- Hand-eye coordination
- Strong family values
Brothers is a true gem. The story follows two brothers who set out on a journey to try to save their father by bring back the “Water of Life.” They face puzzles and explore lands they’ve never seen before.
The game is filled with breathtaking scenery and a sense of honesty that is hard to come by in many games. These brothers must rely on each other to survive. Where one is weak, the other must be strong. When one is scared, the other must be brave.
It’s good to note that the actual game play is very unique. It’s like you get to play co-op using only one controller. One half of the controller controls one brother, and the other half controls the other. It definitely takes some trial and error, but it’s so worth it.
NEED FOR SPEED
- Hand-eye coordination
I’ve been playing Need for Speed since it’s debut on PC. There are many NFS titles in the franchise, and they’re my favorite type of racing game out there.There’s not too much storyline to these games, but they definitely get your adrenaline pumping.
If you like an open world concept mixed with decked-out cars, you’ll truly appreciate NFS for what it is. Plus, these games always have the best soundtracks ever, which is never a bad thing.
- Quick judgement
This game is truly unique, because you have complete control over who lives and who dies. Every choice you make has a consequence. If you’re not fast or steady enough, someone is going to die.
Good thing, it’s just a game.
What are your favorite video games? How do they help your mental health?
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