Who needs people to make us feel better about contrived, card-selling ‘events’ like Valentine’s Day when we have videogames? Here are a few to make you remember just why it’s great to be on your own.
The Last of Us
It was our favourite game of 2013 and, to make things even better, has a chunk of single-player downloadable content coming on Valentine’s Day. So that’s a whole game, plus an extra bit of great content to get you through the day.
Sure, there’s a multiplayer mode in it, but we recommend entirely ignoring that, just like you do with personal hygiene when there’s nobody in your life to impress.
Get it on: PS3
A vast action role-playing game with incredible depth, fine presentation and some of the most rewarding in-game mechanics out there? Sounds good to us.
This is an ideal recommendation for the men out there feeling emasculated after a jilting – Darksiders II features one of the manliest voiceover casts ever encountered, instantly replenishing your traditional stores of manliness. If you’re after something more female-focused, read on.
Get it on: PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC
Tomb Raider came out twice in the space of a year, though admittedly both times it was the same game – nevertheless, it tells you something. What, we don’t know. We do know that it’s a great game, though.
Lara Croft’s adventure in the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider serves as Girl Power, Aretha Franklin’s Respect and Destiny’s Child all rolled into one when it comes to female empowerment. And if the boys get Darksiders II, it’s only fair that the girls get a game too.
Get it on: PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC & Mac / PS4 / Xbox One
Redshirt is a social network simulator with its tongue firmly in cheek and a love for classic science fiction splashed all over its garish colour palette.
It’s perfect for the singleton because… well, we’ve all been there – embarrassing ourselves on social networks, fresh for the entire world (or our friends list) to see. Why not limit your shame to a virtual social network? Much easier – being turned down hurts less that way.
Get it on: PC
The Walking Dead
Telltale Games’ take on the zombie-infested comic book has gone down as one of the finest adventure games in recent memory, if not all time.
But why would you play it on Valentine’s Day? Because it’s a game that allows you to form deep, caring relationships with others before ripping them away from you and leaving you cold and alone, for no real reason. Happiness!
Get it on: PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC & Mac / Vita / iOS
FTL: Faster Than Light
A game where you manage a spaceship on its long, ever-chased voyage sounds boring, but FTL is actually one of the best games of the last few years.
And anyway, when you’re done with looking for love on this planet, wouldn’t you want to take to the stars to find intergalactic romance? As such, FTL operates as the perfect training tool for anyone who doesn’t want to live – and love – on this planet anymore.
Get it on: PC & Mac
This is something dismissed by some as ‘not a game’, but they are both in the minority and wrong. Gone Home is a fantastic experience – a game of exploration and story, and one that sticks with people long after it’s done.
Gone Home is perfect for those spending Valentine’s Day alone. After all, what screams being on your lonesome better than a game where not only do you have no significant other, but in which your entire family has disappeared without trace?
Get it on: PC & Mac
Fallout: New Vegas
While it was originally released bug-ridden and half-broken, Fallout: New Vegas has been fixed up to the point where it is the best of the contemporary Fallout games. It’s massive, open and as atmospheric as they come.
And as we all know, there are many things one uses to plug the gap that is loneliness. In New Vegas, you can use gambling to plug that gap as well as many other horrible, terrible vices we can’t go into here. And you can play for hours without encountering another soul. Bliss!
Get it on: PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC & Mac