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Top 10 games to play for the Forever Alone on Valentine’s Day 2017

Yet another Valentine’s Day has come and for some it’s the same case as last year or the year before that, nothing special planned because there’s no one to have plans with. While for others, this has only recently become a reality.

Don’t fret though, we’ve got your back yet again as we present 10 games that the forever alone, or in some cases recently alone, can play on Valentine’s Day. If you’re wondering why we said yet again, check out our 2016 top 5 list here.

Similar to last year’s article, we’ve included a variety of games from different genres and consoles/platforms, most of which have been released within the past year. Because they’re of different genres, these games are listed in no particular order.

 

League of Legends/Dota 2/Smite/Heroes of the Storm/Heroes of Newerth… You get what we mean

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Photo courtesy of League of Legends Youtube

We open this list with a genre (we understand that this is cheating) that wasn’t introduced within the past year but still remain to be most games in this genre remain to be some of the most played titles of recent times despite how toxic some of, if not all, the MOBA communities are.

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Photo courtesy of MMOHuts

There’s nothing like forgetting about Valentine’s Day by hopping onto a 5v5 match and competing with and against other people who also didn’t have other plans for the day.

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Photo courtesy of Steam

If you’ve always thought of getting into a MOBA title, well, Valentine’s Day may be the best time. A game in League of Legends or Dota 2 may last up to over an hour and that’s just perfect for letting the day go by while honing and improving your skills.

And if it gets too toxic, just invite a friend or two… or four… or nine and hop into a game. Whether it be serious try harding or a silly match with the silliest compositions and builds, it’s bound to keep you and your friends busy throughout the day.

All the games listed are free on the PC with Smite being the exception because it’s also available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

 

Final Fantasy XV

The next game on the list is a game that expanded the Final Fantasy franchise, literally and figuratively. Final Fantasy XV is the first title in the Final Fantasy franchise to have an open world, allowing the players to go on side quests or hunt and gather various materials when they please.

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

The game lets you play as Noctis, the Crown Prince of Lucis who is on his way to Altissia to get married to Lunafreya, former princess of Tenebrae, as peace terms with the Niflheim Empire. Noctis embarks on his adventure along with his bodyguard, Gladiolus; his advisor and prodigy military tactician, Ignis; and his friend, Prompto.

The game gives you so much to do from fishing to playing the pinball game, Justice Monsters Five, and it’s enough to keep you busy throughout the day and then some. For more ideas on what else to do in the game, visit our article here.

This Valentine’s Day won’t go to waste if you start your journey with the 4-man boy band-like group of Noctis and friends. You can think of it like going out with bros, killing monsters, and trying to understand what’s happening around you. You know, just your regular day out with your bros.

Final Fantasy XV is available at DataBlitz for PhP2,995 for the PlayStation 4 and PhP 2,715 for the Xbox One. It can also be purchased on the PlayStation Store and the Microsoft Store for the Xbox One for USD59.99.

 

Pokémon Sun & Moon

This is perhaps one of the more niche games on this list, being viable only if you currently own a Nintendo 3DS. However, this latest installment of Pokémon is a refreshing addition to the franchise.

 

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The familiar Pokémon formula which we’ve gotten used to over many generations of the game has just gotten a reboot. This is the first iteration of the game that has gone away with the gym system and replaced it with a trial and kahuna system that will test players’ skill and the strength of their Pokémon just as well, if not more.

If you haven’t picked this up and own a Nintendo 3DS, it’s about time you did and Valentine’s Day may be the perfect day to take a virtual vacation to the Hawaiian-inspired Alola region to start your adventure of collecting new and old Pokémon and raise them to be the lean, mean, and adorable fighting machines that they were meant to be.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are available at Datablitz for PhP1, 950 or on the Nintendo eStore for USD39.99.

 

Clash Royale


The first mobile game on this list is Supercell’s freemium mobile strategy game, Clash Royale.

Carrying where they left off with Clash of Clans, Supercell released their next mobile game in March 2016. Unlike their previous games, there’s no building or raid mechanic. Instead, it lets you collect cards, level them up, and put together an 8-card deck to face other players in the different Arenas.

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Photo courtesy of Google Play Store

Ultimately the goal for each game that you enter is to destroy more of your opponent’s structures (two Crown towers and one King Tower).

Each game can last up to 3 minutes and up to 5 minutes if on tournament standard. It may look like a pretty straight forward and simple game, but you’ll soon find out that how you build your deck and where you place your cards can be the reason you win or lose.

This game allows you to tap into your competitive side and play from your phone or tablet. You know, if this year’s Valentine’s Day has you deciding to stay in bed but wanting to play. All you need is a smartphone or a tablet and a stable connection to get yourself started.

It can get addicting trying to win and get more and more chests, enough to keep you busy throughout this Valentine’s Day.

Clash Royale is available for free on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

 

Overwatch

Next is the 2016 Game of the Year, the Blizzard team shooter Overwatch. Simply because we doubt this list will be complete without it.

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Photo courtesy of Overwatch website

If you haven’t heard of Overwatch, well you’re missing out on a lot of fun. From a vast variety of characters each with their own unique abilities and personalities to beautifully built maps each with different goals, this new title brought in even gamers that didn’t play much first person shooters.

You may find yourself screaming at a teammate that just refuses to get on the point or push the payload but you’ll find yourself queuing up for another game regardless.

Whether you play alone or with friends, Overwatch is a game that can bring you and your friends hours and hours of fun.

Overwatch can help you pass the time while learning, improving, and familiarizing yourself with the game’s different characters and their skills. It may bring some salt to your Valentine’s Day but it’s still better than remembering you don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day.

Overwatch is available on Battle.net for USD39.99 and on the PlayStation Store and the Microsoft Store for Xbox One as the Origins Edition for USD59.99

 

Stardew Valley

Last year’s top five included Sims 4, this year we’re including the indie farming simulator, Stardew Valley as the simulator to enjoy on Valentine’s Day.

It was released early last year and quickly rose up the Steam Top Seller list.

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Photo courtesy of Steam

Stardew Valley is a game that resembles the farming simulator, Harvest Moon. Some game mechanics that both games share include marriage, seasonal changes, animals (which include livestock), and, of course, farming. Stardew Valley also has some form of combat and a dungeon which players can explore.

The game will definitely get you playing in-game day after in-game day and soon you’ll realize that Valentine’s Day is over without much thought. In addition to this, the game has a marriage mechanic that gives players a choice to get married to one of the game’s colorful characters, whether a girl or boy. Yes, you can get married on Valentine’s Day in Stardew Valley.

It was initially released on PC, but has since been released on all platforms including OS X, PlayStation, and Xbox One.

Stardew Valley is available on Steam for PhP419.95 and on the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store for Xbox One for USD14.99.

 

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

We can’t forget the strategy game fans out there and one of the biggest titles that was released in the past year is Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.

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Photo courtesy of Steam

The sixth iteration of the Civilization title introduced some interesting mechanics, one of which is district building which requires players to plan out their city placements even more. In addition to this, it presents the leaders in a more cartoon-like art style and the fog of war as a map instead of the Civilization V’s clouds.

This game will not only put you at the helm of an entire civilization but it will also have you making policies for an entire nation, founding more cities, and defending against other civilizations.

The franchise is known for keeping players of the game saying, “Just one more turn,” and it is precisely that phrase that gives us a good reason to add it to this list. If you enjoy turn-based strategy games, not only will you see your Valentine’s Day go by quickly, but you’ll also get the satisfaction of that victory screen if you managed your civilization well.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is available on Steam for PhP2,190.00.

 

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

There’s nothing better than celebrating your Forever Alone with a good horror game and one of the best horror titles that came out in the past year is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

After staying a long while in the action game genre, Resident Evil needed a reboot and this is exactly what Resident Evil 7: Biohazard does. It’s a game that successfully pulls the Resident Evil franchise into the survival horror genre. It may not have as much gun wielding but it brings the fear factor back.

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Photo courtesy of Steam

You play as Ethan Winters, a man who is in search for his wife, Mia. This leads him to a derelict plantation inhabited by the Baker family.

The game has you constantly fear what lies beyond what you can see while running for your life. If this doesn’t spell survival horror, I’m not sure what does. And there’s nothing like a scaring yourself on a day like this, right?

For those of you that prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a good horror game, well, this will definitely get your heart pumping.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is available on Steam for PhP1,599.00 and on the PlayStation and Microsoft Store for Xbox One for USD59.99.

 

For Honor

The next game is the latest of the games on this list and it is set to be released in the Philippines by 12 nn. For Honor is an action, hack and slash game developed and published by Ubisoft.

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Photo courtesy of Ubisoft

It brings three of the most badass historical armies into one game, these being the Vikings, Knights, and the Samurai within a medieval fantasy setting.

Players are given a chance to play four classes, the well-balanced Vanguards, the fast Assassins, the slow but tanky Heavies, and the Hybrids that are able to use uncommon skills.

In addition to this, they boast a tactical combat system that forces players to time their attacks and be precise with blocking and positioning their character.

Its single player campaign puts the players into the world of For Honor that tells the story behind the conflict between the three factions, the Legion, the Warborn, and the Chosen in each of their perspectives and their interactions with bloodthirsty warlord Apollyon. While its multiplayer allows players to play in various game modes including a one-versus-one duel, two-versus-two brawl, and a four-versus-four skirmish.

What better way to celebrate a Forever Alone Valentine’s Day than by battling other players online and testing your skills with your preferred class and weapon; hacking, slashing, and blocking your way through Valentine’s Day and to victory in-game.

For Honor is available on Steam for PhP2, 239.00 and on the PlayStation Store and the Microsoft Store for Xbox One for USD59.99.

 

Dating Sims

Okay, we understand that we’re cheating with this entry but what is a game list for the Forever Alone on Valentine’s Day without dating sims. Last year we mentioned Hatoful Boyfriend and HuniePop. This year we’ve included two mobile dating sims, Mystic Messenger and Burn your fat with me!!.

 

Mystic Messenger

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Photo courtesy of Apple App Store

The first of which is a South Korean dating sim for the ladies. The players take on the role of a female character who downloaded a mysterious app that leads her into living in a closed, secured apartment owned by someone named Rika who is the founder of a charity organization known as Rika’s Fundraising Association.

There she meets six guys, the remaining members of RFA, and can choose one out of the five love interests, each of which has their own route and background, as well as digging out the truth behind the RFA.

What is unique about this specific dating sim is that the characters can call you and you can call them to hear their voices in real life.

Mystic Messenger is available for free on Android Play Store and the Apple App Store.

 

Burn your fat with me!!

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Photo courtesy of the Google Play Store

Our second dating sim is a dating sim meets fitness app. It’s a Japanese visual novel game that requires the player to clear fitness goals like doing a certain number of push-ups within a time period. It does have a training mode wherein you choose your exercise, target reps, and time limit with Mayu Uehara, your in-game childhood friend.

Completing this may take longer than just one day, but getting started on Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be too bad as well. Not only are you passing the time with a dating sim on your phone, you’re also setting a goal for yourself and giving yourself a reason to start working out. That reason, of course, is to finish the game.

The game is available on Android Play Store for USD2.49 or PhP 110.00 and on the Apple App Store for USD1.99.

 

Well that’s this year’s list.

Whether forever alone, with the family or with someone special this year for Valentine’s Day, we hope you have a love-filled day!

 

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Overwatch APEX Season 2 Playoffs: Lunatic-Hai wins over Meta Athena, to face RunAway in Grand Finals

RunAway’s opponent for the Overwatch APEX Season 2 Grand Finals has been determined, and it’s Lunatic-Hai, as they snap Meta Athena’s 21 match win streak in the fifth game of their best-of-five series.

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The first game on Nepal saw a quick 2-0 win for Lunatic-Hai. The first round on Sanctum saw a bit of a back-and-forth, though Lunatic-Hai does get the advantage after some teamfights. The second round on Shrine had another long brawl between the teams, but Lunatic-Hai take the point, with them successfully defending Meta Athena’s pushes until the end.

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The next game on Eichenwalde had Lunatic-Hai’s EscA put on a good defensive effort as McCree, as they defend from Meta Athena’s first two pushes. Meta Athena did capture the point on their third push, though they get held to overtime on the way to the second, but they still cap it. Lunatic-Hai prevented them from reaching the final point though. When it was Lunatic-Hai’s turn to attack, they capped the first two points in good time, with Meta Athena’s Sombra pick not working out. They won out in the end, thanks to key plays by Who.r.u’s Genji.

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Down 2-0, Meta Athena bounced back in game 3 on Hanamura, as they take the two control points with plenty of time to spare; with Lunatic-Hai’s Torbjorn pick not being effective in stalling them. As Lunatic-Hai goes on the attack, they pick up their usual Tracer/Genji/Winston dive lineup and they take first point fast. But they get held on the second point, with Meta Athena mounting a successful defense until the end

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Lunatic-Hai still had map point coming into the fourth game on Dorado, and EscA goes Mei on the defense. Meta Athena’s Libero also goes for a Mei of their own, and they make a crazy boost to catch Lunatic-Hai by surprise as they take first point. Libero then led Meta Athena to take the second point, and they almost take the last, but they were stalled by Miro’s signature Winston. With Lunatic-Hai now on attack, they go with their tried-and-tested dive comp, and take the payload to the first point quickly. EscA then picked off Meta Athena’s players heroes to help the team take the next, but they fail to reach the last point, giving Meta Athena the win.

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With the game now tied 2-2, the series went to a deciding game five on Hollywood. As Lunatic-Hai defends on the first round, Tobi again went with Torbjorn, which wasn’t the right play as Meta Athena captured the payload point fast. They fail to capture the next point though; even if the payload was only meters away. Lunatic-Hai went on the dive once again, and they take the first point in one push; and they carry their momentum to win the game, and the series 3-2.

Lunatic-Hai and RunAway’s Grand Final best-of-seven will take place on April 8 at 5:00pm PHT. But before that, Meta Athena will face LW Blue in the third place deciders match in three days time.

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EU LCS Week 9 in review

Week 9 in the European League of Legends Championship had interesting surprises but at the same time had predictable results.

ROCCAT continued to ride the momentum that started when they won against Origen in week 7. What was more impressive from ROCCAT’s performance was that they faced Misfits, the second best team from Group A and ROCCAT looked very decisive.

Game one looked pretty close early in the game but ROCCAT successfully won team fights near the Baron pit which eventually gave them a slight lead. After baiting and planning to take Baron multiple times, ROCCAT was finally able to take the big purple worm down and win a team fight shortly after. This led to a strong push from ROCCAT to close out the game. They had an even more dominant performance in game two taking an early lead which they snowballed to sweep Misfits.

Fnatic and GIANTS Gaming had an exciting series after GIANTS surprised Fnatic in game two to force game three in what many would’ve thought would be an easy series for Fnatic. What was more interesting was the surprise Kayle pick for Fnatic’s mid laner Caps in game one which got an early kill and started to split push.

Vitality continued to struggle through week 9, although they looked impressive against H2k-Gaming. Ultimately they were swept by Splyce in day one and lost to H2k-Gaming 2-1. Similarly, GIANTS Gaming and Origen also all their games in week 9.

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Group A standings after Week 9. Courtesy of lolesports.com

ROCCAT and Fnatic are still fighting to secure the last Playoff spot in Group A. ROCCAT will be facing G2 Esports in Week 10 while Fnatic will play against G2 Esports and Misfits. If ROCCAT wins against G2 Esports, Fnatic will have to win against Misfits and G2 Esports in order to secure the playoff spot. However, if ROCCAT loses against G2, Fnatic will just need one more win to enter the Playoffs.

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Group B standings after Week 9. Courtesy of lolesports.com

Group B on the other hand has their three teams secured in the Playoffs; Unicorns of Love, H2k-Gaming, and Splyce. With the three teams so close to each other, each win in the last week of the regular Split for the three teams may be the difference between first, second, and third seed.

Splyce will be facing against both Unicorns of Love and H2k-Gaming in week 10 and because seeding has yet to be set in Group B, these two series maybe the series to watch for fans of the teams in Group B.

 

Featured photo courtesy of lolesports Flickr

 

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CS:GO ECS Season 3: Fnatic, Virtus.Pro complete EU League roster

The European League roster of the Esports Championship Series Season 3 is now complete, as Fnatic and Virtus.Pro make it through the ECS Europe Promotion. The two teams defeated North and Space Soldiers in Best-of-Fives respectively to qualify.

Fnatic’s Bo5 against North started on Overpass, where they take a 9-5 lead on the T side at the half. They then close out the game on the 25th round, following great plays from olofmeister and flusha. The second game on Cache was much closer though; while Fnatic took a 10-5 lead at the half, North responded and pushed the game into overtime, which they ended up winning with a 19-17 final score.

The series was tied 1-1 coming into the third game on Cobblestone. The first half was a tight one, with Fnatic managing to take a small 8-7 in the end. The second half wasn’t as close, as Fnatic took the game on the T-side with a final score of 16-11. The last game on Inferno though was much like the second round, with Fnatic taking a 10-5 lead and North fighting back and sending it into overtime. But this time, it was Fnatic that took the win, with a final score of 19-16.

Virtus.Pro was the second team to qualify, which they did after defeating Turkish team Space Soldiers. The first game on Train saw SS taking a commanding 13-2 lead at the half, only for VP to claw their way back and sending the game to overtime. VP won in the end 19-17. The next game on Inferno wasn’t close, as SS took the win 16-8.

Game 3 on Overpass was another close one, with a score of 8-7 at the half in favor of VP. SS then sent the game into overtime which VP one, much like the first game. The next game on Mirage was also quite close, as VP held only a small 9-6 lead after the first half. SS put up a good fight on the second half, but VP managed to win in the end 16-13, and they take the series 3-1. While VP did win the series, SS showed that they have the skills to challenge top teams if they continue their performance

The ECS Season 3 European League will start on March 31, 2017.