There are the all-time greats, ranked by just how fun they are to play in the carefree summer months.
The summer is a fantastic time to play video games. Many of us can recall fondly those days in July and August after school ended, waking up on a particularly humid morning while everyone else was still asleep, and setting up in the basement to play through some levels of GoldenEye on the N64. Being outside is great, sure. But when it’s too hot, and there are lawn mowers everywhere, and mosquitoes are biting you constantly, the outside world can be hell. The respite of retreating to an air-conditioned game room in front of your favorite console is unparalleled.
There is no defined genre for “summer games.” But when we say, "What is the best summer video game?” you’ll surely have some strong picks in mind. We’re rounding up our 10 favorite games to play in the summer, old and new, with a heavy emphasis on the titles that drew us together as kids—and continue to give us an excuse to avoid the heat to this day.