The last couple weeks of classes are always the most stressful. After eight months with roommates, all those annoying little things they do are about to hit a boiling point, and nobody needs that added aggravation when trying to write term papers and cram for exams. There’s no better way to keep them out of your hair while you study than by distracting them with a video game, and here are 10 of the best games to do just that:
For the roommate that … thinks he or she is smarter than everyone
Shut up your brainy roommate with a copy of “Picross 3D.” The game’s logic puzzle will bend and twist the mind into shapes that don’t actually occur in nature. Hopefully, some of the later levels of the game will really drive home the point that your roommate needs to keep quiet the next time he or she gets a B+ on a paper.
Release Date: May 3, 2010 Platform: DS
Super Street Fighter IV
For the roommate that … deserves a punch in the face
Since actually punching your roommate in the face might jeopardize you continuing your education, why not do it virtually? “Super Street Fighter IV” improves on last year’s already superb “Street Fighter IV” by adding new characters, levels and modes that should definitely help you ease your dorm room frustration and make your living situation a little less awkward.
Release Date: April 27, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
America’s Test Kitchen
For the roommate that … definitely didn’t go to culinary school
If you’re tired of those putrid smells emanating from the kitchen when your roomie tries to “cook” dinner, then “America’s Test Kitchen” is the solution. While it isn’t exactly a “game,” it will help teach proper cooking techniques while offering up recipes for chefs at every level. It’s a must for anyone who relies on food to live.
Release Date: March 28, 2010 Platform: DS
For the roommate that … takes it to the extreme
If your roommate lives and dies on a skateboard, then he or she will be able to virtually break as many bones as desired in “Skate 3.” Not only does the game allow for some insane moves, but your roomie can take over the city with up to five friends in the games’ newly developed co-op mode. It’s the next best thing to actually hitting the skate park, breaking an arm and ending up in the hospital for the next two weeks — next best thing for you, that is.
Release Date: May 11, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
For the roommate that … hearts pugnacious marsupials
Remember when your friend had a Sega Genesis growing up, and a weird game involved an opossum? That was the classic “Rocket Knight Adventures,” and that heavily armored marsupial is back in a new adventure on Xbox Live, PSN and PC. While that general concept might be a little confusing, “Rocket Knight” is the perfect game to keep your roommate occupied while jumping from platform to platform, battling wolves and pigs to save the family.
Release Date: May 12, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
For the roommate that … thinks your room is haunted
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to scare your bunkmate just a little bit, and “Dementium II” can do it in the palm of the hand. A whacked-out story, set in the disturbing Bright Dawn Treatment Center, means that “Dementium” has all the makings to be one of the most frightening games on the Nintendo DS.
Release Date: May 4, 2010 Platform: DS
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
For the roommate that … calls soccer “football”
Is your roommate planning on spending the summer break in South Africa with plans to check out the World Cup? If so, then EA’s “2010 FIFA World Cup South Aftrica” might be a good way to bring an end to the semester. Hopefully your roomie will spend some time hitting the pitch, and leaving you alone.
Release Date: April 27, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP
Dead to Rights: Retribution
For the roommate that … loves dogs
Since September you can’t seem to figure out why your roommate won’t stop talking about beloved Fluffy left at home. If your friend miss the dog so much, maybe Shadow, the lovable scamp of a pup in “Dead to Rights: Retribution,” will suffice until he or she can return to the canine life mate. Hopefully your roommate will be able to overlook that Shadow is a hardened member of the K-9 unit who’s ready to tear attackers to shreds if the situation warrants it.
Release Date: April 27, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
Monster Hunter Tri
For the roommate that … likes to hunt monsters
Did you get stuck with that roommate that spends every moment drawing mythological creatures, dinosaurs and other odd abominations? If you did, then “Monster Hunter Tri” is the perfect game to provide distraction while you try and cram for your last chem test. Your dorm mate can set out to capture the biggest fiends in the game with “friends” while you enjoy some uninterrupted peace and quiet.
Release Date: April 20, 2010 Platform: Wii
Lost Planet 2
For the roommate that … doesn’t believe in global warming
Picking up 10 years after the first “Lost Planet” ended, the sequel takes place in the jungles of E.D.N.III. Where the planet was once covered in snow, E.D.N.III has melted and is now full of jungles and tropical areas — and also really, really big monsters. Have your roommate help put an end to the planet’s civil war while shooting giant worms in the face. Just try thinking of a better way to spend a reading day.
Release Date: May 11, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC