Congratulations! You’ve survived another year and there’s a temporary respite ahead of you, perhaps even one with at least one guilt-free week of being allowed to don your most festive slacks while you let your body recuperate over the festive season. There’s no better way to unwind than with some video games, and no matter what platform you choose, you’re going to be spoiled for choice. However, we all know the best holiday games are the ones that can be completed in a modest amount of time, occupying a reasonable amount of your day while providing maximum bang-for-your-buck entertainment.
We’ve got a few afternoon delights rounded up below, ranging from polished superhero adventures that can be bested in a few days, underworld dramas that can devour your attention over the course of a week, and indie darlings that’ll leave you feeling introspective once the end credits have rolled.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
One of the launch games for PS5, Spider-Man: Miles Morales gets double-points for a campaign that is perfectly paced and for being a Christmas-themed game. With extra power and responsibility in comparison to Insomniac’s 2018 Spider-Man game, the PS5–and PS4–spin-off provides a fascinating take on the newest web-slinger as he establishes his own identity as Harlem’s Spider-Man. Electrifying powers, deadly villains, several extra costumes to unlock, and the trademark web-swinging system for getting around New York City makes Miles Morales’ debut adventure a fantastic weekend game, especially when you’re looking to sit back and spend a few hours relaxing with fun gameplay and compelling storylines.