According to many gamers, video games and marijuana are a perfect pair. There is even some evidence that shows that the right amount of the right strain even improves video game performance in the same ways it improves performance in physical sports. But, performance benefits aside, cannabis can also make colors deeper and brighter, making a visually appealing game even more stunning. It can also increase empathy and imagination, drawing gamers even further into whatever fictional world they choose to explore. With that in mind, here are some of the best games to play while high.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
This one goes to the top of this list because it’s one of my personal favorites, both sober and otherwise. It has an interesting main storyline, but in my opinion, that isn’t this game’s greatest strength. The game’s strength is its depth and wide range of side quests. Each quest has a story, and many of them are much more complex than a simple “Hey Mr. Witcher, we need you to kill a monster.” You’ll do plenty of that, but you’ll also get to search for lost treasure in sunken ships, fight other witchers, attend parties, and do plenty more as you explore a beautiful Central Europe-inspired continent. You’ll also probably spend quite a bit of time playing Gwent, the game’s surprisingly addictive card-based minigame.
If you haven’t played the first two games, don’t worry: you’ll encounter characters from the previous two games, and past events will be mentioned, but the game is still enjoyable without that knowledge. If you want to know, though, I would recommend reading some synopses on the internet rather than playing through the first two games. They play completely differently from Wild Hunt, and they don’t look or feel great compared to more modern games.
If you’re a PC gamer, you’ve probably heard of these. They’re worth playing if you haven’t already, and they’re probably worth playing through a second time if it’s been a while. These games both mix exposition and humor into a first-player puzzle-solving experience in a way that is completely seamless and unobtrusive, with no moments that break immersion. They’re hilarious, fun to play, and great to pair with an evening smoke session.
Monster Hunter: World
I’ve been playing Monster Hunter games for several years, and I always enjoyed the series. However, previous installments pale in comparison to this latest release, which includes so many huge quality-of-life improvements it makes the old games just feel like work. The comically large weapons that your character uses in his or her battles with monsters feel visceral and satisfyingly weighty. Game environments are loaded all at once, with no loading screens moving from area to area – and they all look great. Hunters can go questing solo, or they can join a team of four to battle huge monsters. It’s fun to play, and contains moments of intense battle as well as moments to relax and enjoy the scenery as you explore several different environments.
The Stanley Parable
This is a unique, story-driven first-person exploration game. It’s poignant, meaningful, and thoroughly enjoyable. It’s also best without any spoilers, so I won’t say too much about it here. If you want to enjoy a game and give yourself some things to think about, give this one a try.
There is only one word in this game: journey. The word appears during the game’s opening, when a solitary wanderer in the desert crests a sand dune to spot of mountain on the horizon. From that point on, the game is nothing more than what it claims to be: a journey across the desert, toward the mountain. The art style is gorgeous, and so is the whole game. It’s not very long – one Kotaku reviewer says it took him only two hours, both times he played through it – but it’s a great, beautiful two hours, and it’s a perfect game to play through after smoking a bowl.
This one didn’t quite make the list, just because it’s so popular that I doubt there are many gamers who haven’t heard of it. Minecraft has a reputation as a kid’s game – and it is – but, it’s enjoyable for older gamers too. And, it’s even better with marijuana. It’s fairly relaxing and slow-paced, which can be quite nice when paired with Indica-dominant strains (I’d recommend Sativas for most games, personally). There is plenty to do in the game, but oftentimes it’s more fun to relax and enjoy a simple life of farming, mining, and building things. It’s constantly getting updated, so you won’t run out of things to do.
Bonus 2: Skyrim
I almost didn’t add this one to the list because… Well, duh. Skyrim is one of the most highly acclaimed games of all time. It has a 14.3 square mile map, and nearly every acre is packed with new scenery and new quests. You can spend hundreds of hours trying to find everything (and even then, you’re nearly guaranteed to miss some things) or you can get distracted and spend ages developing your career as an alchemist. If you’re one of the six people who hasn’t played this game yet, I highly recommend picking it up. And, if you have played it before, check out the workshop on Steam! Modders are constantly creating new content for the game, so even if you play full-time, you won’t run out of things to do anytime soon. Definitely one of, if not the, best games to play while high in the CC office.