The Top 10 Stress-relieving Single Player Games

The 10 Best Single-Player Games To Play At The End Of A Long Day

In the age of multiplayer games, sometimes you just need a nice single-player.


Work, school, kids, family... With everything going on in life, we all deserve a break every now and then. Something simple, relaxing, where you can sit on the couch and curl up while you're immersed in another world. Books and movies often satisfy these needs, but every once in a while you need something to interact with, where people are changed by your direct actions—but not in the way that can potentially get you fired from work.

With these single-player games, you'll never need to worry about any of that. The satisfaction of playing these ten games will more than make up for both that hard day and the fact that you'll be staring at the screen for 20 minutes in total disbelief at the end.

Warning: These games are rated M and tend to contain blood/gore. This setting can be turned off in some, but not all.

1. "Nioh" (2017)

Rating: M

Devices: Windows PC, PS4

Genre: Action-adventure, RPG

While the close-combat action may be a bit clunky, Metacritic's rating of 88/100 speaks for itself when it comes to this 2017 hack and slash game. Rather than being given an easy tutorial, "Nioh" thrusts you straight into what you think is standard game play—only to make you regret not appreciating those overpowered paladins in the beginning. Fighting yokai and other beasts in this Sengoku-era hack and slash has never been more fun.

2. "NieR: Automata" (2017)

Rating: M

Devices: PS4, Windows PC

Genre: Action, RPG

Using a combination of simultaneous hack-and-slash and third-person-shooter techniques, "NieR: Automata's" game play definitely takes some getting used to.

But as all challenging games do, you don't have that time. Instead, you're thrown into an almost Star Fox-like combat before you land and emerge as android 2B who must use both her gun and blades to proceed. With multiple endings that revolve around topics such as war, mechanical autonomy, self-sacrifice, and an Adam and Eve created by machines, "NieR: Automata" is a must for lovers of both action and plot alike.

3. "Persona 5" (2017)

Rating: M

Devices: PS3, PS4

Genre: JRPG

I'm the kind of person people hate to play with; I rush into battle, I kill everything in sight, and good luck if we have friendly fire turned on. "Persona 5" changed that.

I never play turn-based combat games for fairly obvious reasons, but the 93/100 Metacritic score convinced me to at least give it a try. The beginning starts off incredibly slow, introducing a high school-aged boy falsely accused of assault with a phone app he cannot delete, but things quickly escalate as you uncover evidence of greed, abuse, and sexual assault at the hands of the school's volleyball coach. By enlisting the aid of those around you, you begin to take down bigger and badder bosses until you become unstoppable in the eyes of the universe. This 100 hour game is well worth your time.

4. "Dark Souls III" (2016)

Rating: M

Devices: PS4, Xbox One, Windows PC

Genre: Action-adventure, RPG

Prepare yourself for pain and punishment. "Dark Souls III" is the final game in the "Dark Souls" franchise and undoubtedly the hardest. Despite the fairly cliched plot of "hero is risen from the dead, hero fights villains, then hero fixes the issue threatening the world," the detailed game play and challenging battles make "Dark Souls III" stand apart from all the rest. Like "NieR: Automata," several endings are available to the player.

5. "Jaws Unleashed" (2006)

Rating: M

Devices: PS2, Windows PC, Xbox

Genre: Action-adventure

Were you that weird kid who was always rooting for the shark in "Jaws?" Then "Jaws Unleashed" is the game for you. An admittedly horrific game riddled with weird side quests and awful graphics, there's something about smashing boats, terrorizing innocents, and eating anything that gets into your path that makes up for it all. Like your favorite blanket, this bloody and often cannibalistic game will always be here for you at the end of a long day.

6. "God of War" (2018)

Rating: M

Devices: PS4

Genre: Action-adventure

Unlike the previous "God of War" games, the eighth installment, aptly named "God of War," sends Kratos and his son, Atreus, on an adventure to spread his wife's ashes. As they make their way through the nine realms, they're attacked by beasts from Norse mythology.

So if you want to play an absolutely amazing game where you play as a father to a prepubescent boy who throws their poor kid into battle with giants, this is right up your alley.

7. "Shadow of the Colossus" (2018)

Rating: M

Devices: PS2, PS3, PS4 (remake)

Genre: Action-adventure

Unlike the standard action-adventure game with dungeon crawls built in, "Shadow of the Colossus" is a nice throwback to when games were fairly linear. With no NPCs, dungeons, or even small monsters to hone your skills with, you play as a young man set on resurrecting a shrine maiden, Momo, by defeating the sixteen colossi in a forbidden land. Whether he succeeds or not isn't the problem—once you identify the colossi's weak points, that is. Instead, it's what you become afterwards.

8. "Attack on Titan 2" (2018)

Rating: M

Devices: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC

Genre: Action, JRPG

Based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga, the second installment in the Attack on Titan game franchise, Attack on Titan 2, starts off with dozens of people getting devoured by giant, mindless, humanoid creatures and little preteens deciding to join the military... Isn't that fun?

Playing as a secondary character fighting alongside the primary cast, much of your survival depends on the bonds you form, the weapons you create, and figuring out how to maneuver on a three-dimensional plane rather than a two-dimensional plane.

9. "Dishonored" (2012)

Rating: M

Devices: Windows PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Genre: Action-adventure, stealth

Oh Bethesda. Don't worry though, there aren't any cartwheeling dragons in this one—in fact, I've only ever experienced the slightest of issues with "Dishonored."

A former bodyguard falsely accused of murdering the Empress, you set off to seek revenge against her true murderer and clear your name. Whether you choose to disarm everyone quietly or go in guns blazing is up to you, but those decisions will influence the degree of "chaos" your ending will lead you towards. With a combination of steampunk, fantasy, and hack-and-slash elements, what would be a niche game quickly becomes worthy of its BAFTA Games Award for Best Game win.

10. "Rise of Nightmares" (2011)

Rating: M

Devices: Xbox 360 (with Kinect)

Genre: Survival horror

If you ever had the pleasure of using the Xbox 360 Kinect, you know that it had some incredible potential for exercise and fighting games. When the tracking mechanisms aren't making you do the macarena, Rise of Nightmares is simply the best game to turn to. While trying to save your wife from an evil scientist, the jump scares, difficult villains, and attempts to not fall off the train within the first five minutes of the game is something all horror lovers could enjoy.

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100 Instagram Captions You'll Want To Use Right Now

Quotes, lyrics, sayings, and other ideas for Instagram captions!

When it comes to Instagram we are often thinking about what to use as a caption for our photos that we take that we really want to post on Instagram. Sometimes we post the photo without a caption and sometimes we just use an emoji because we're stumped on finding a good caption to use for the photo. So we go the short route and just put an emoji as a caption for our photo. Well whether it is a selfie, a friend pic, group pic, or just need a caption for the photo, here are 100 captions to use for a photo. Some are lyrics, some are quotes, and some are just a quick caption to use on your photo. Also here are some accounts that are worth following:
















Here are Quotes To Use As A Caption/ Lyrics To Use As A Caption/ Quick Little Sayings To Use As A Caption: for your Instagram photo that you wish to post!

1. Life goes on, with or without you.

2. Don't Worry Be Happy! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy.

4. Be Confident.

5. Be Positive.

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar.

7. Chillin' with my peeps.

8. Go big or go home.

9. What's the deal?

10. The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12. Life is a gift.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you used to be.

16. I don't need any part-time people in my life.

17. Get the gist.

18. Boy, it's the 21st Century, get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy!

20. I woke up like this.

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.

23. Last day of class!

24. I donut care!

25. Got my donut and coffee today.

26. Happy as a clam

27. Beach days are the best!

28. A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With you, I forget all my problems. With you, time stands still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great.

33. "Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." — "Lilo & Stitch"

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person, but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears a billion times.

36. She's got that red lip, classic thing going on.

37. I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? Maybe?

42. "I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't." — Buck Owens

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. "Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars." — Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars — Coldplay

46 . I keep dancing on my own — Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself — Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you — Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness — Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am limited edition!

52. Turn that frown upside down.

53. Smile, it's the best thing a girl can wear!

54, Stay true.

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. "You're the king, baby I'm your queen." — Taylor Swift

57. Best Friends Forever!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life.

60. I know you like, first-name-basis.

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl.

63. Frisky Friday!

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations. — "The Fault In Our Stars"

65. "Maybe our okays will be our infinities." — The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because I'm a little unsteady — Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life.

68. She's the beauty and he's the beast.

69. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney

70. "If you can dream it, you can do it." — Walt Disney

71. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days." — "The Lion King"

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — "The Lion King."

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — "Mulan"

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — "Beauty and the Beast"

76. "All it takes is faith and trust." — "Peter Pan"

77. "A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." — "Winnie the Pooh"

78. "If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." — "Ratatouille"

79. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." — George Bernard Shaw

80. "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — "Hercules"

81. "Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." — "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." — "Winnie the Pooh"

83. "Giving up is for rookies." — "Hercules"

84. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." — Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." — "The Lion King"

86. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln

87. "An unexamined life is not worth living." — Socrates

88. "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." — Rabindranath Tagore

89. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

90. "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." — Pamela Hansford Johnson

91. "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." — Swami Sivananda

92. "Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity, but embrace it." — Kevyn Aucoin

93. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'," — Audrey Hepburn

94. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." — Walt Whitman

95. "My power's turned on, starting right now I'll be strong." — Rachel Platten

96. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." — Buddha

97. "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." — Rabindranath Tagore

98. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" — Muhammad Ali

99. "Why don't you be you, and I'll be me." — James Bay

100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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Just Like Any Other Toxic Relationship, It's Time To Breakup With Your Phone

Our phones are our individual prisons and you need to free yourself.


Cell phones. Ever wonder why they're called "cellular devices?" Well, the suffix "ular" means "relating to," or "resembling." And "cell," well, the first thing you think is a prison cell! So, cellular devices resemble a prison. We trap ourselves in them. We go behind the gate, close and lock the door, and throw away the key. We place our full identity in what we put on social media. We waste precious time scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We send memes instead of talking to someone face-to-face. We Snapchat the people right beside us, instead of just talking to them.

You know when you're in a toxic relationship, everyone tells you to break up with that person. They're bad for you. They only hurt you. You're better than that. Our relationship with our phone is like that too. So, break up with your phone! You don't need that negativity, that comparison, or that judgment.

I'm a teenager. I'm supposed to be the one attached to my phone, right? Well, I'm the "odd" one who actually wants to see your eyes and not have our phones around when we talk. I hate how it's so accepted, and encouraged, to neglect the necessity of human, face-to-face conversations with words coming out of our mouths. Our thumbs move faster, and more frequently, than our mouths do anymore.

I wish there was a national day where all electronics were forbidden, making you go an entire 24 hours without them.

Eventually, after you go through withdrawal, you would come to love the world you so often ignore. I promise. This January, I took the whole month away from social media. Even taking away that part of phone use was eye-opening. The sky is pretty, the birds sing, people actually dress up. There's also this thing called the outdoors — it's really cool! I don't know, I'm just glad that I haven't caught the millennial-bug. It's contagious, so beware.

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