Top 10 Video Games for a Virtual Spring Break

  by Kate Spalla.

Dead or Alive Paradise

Dead or Alive Paradise

Everyone in college gets a spring break, but not everyone gets to go to a debaucherous tropical party. Here are our picks for some of the best games to help you head to a luxurious destination without shelling out thousands of dollars to go to Spring Break. As an added bonus, we can guarantee that you will not contract any kind of STD from playing these games.

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2Destination: Tropical Panau Island
If you couldn’t make it to lovely Acapulco with the MTV crew, settle for the next best thing, the sunny island-country of Panau. It’s got everything you need: sun, snow, surf, a ruthless dictatorial government, casinos and something called the Mile High Club. You really can’t have a better spring break for $60.
Release Date: March 23, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Endless Ocean 2: Blue World

Endless Ocean 2: Blue WorldDestination: Underwater Around The Globe
If you’ve always wanted to take a cruise, but you just haven’t been able to succumb to the draw of all you can eat buffets and shuffleboard on the high seas, then Endless Ocean 2 is just what you need. Strap on your scuba gear and swim with the dolphins, chase after schools of fish and even test your luck with the sharks. Just remember that you’re not really in the ocean, because wearing that scuba suit on your couch is going to get hot.
Release Date: February 22, 2010 Platform: Wii

BioShock 2

BioShock 2Destination: Rapture
It may not be as relaxing a vacation as some of the other destinations on this list, but Rapture never fails to impress. With some of the most breathtaking settings ever in a game and all that water, you should feel just like you’re at some tropical destination, as long as you can ignore those splicers that are trying to kill you.
Release Date: February 9, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Dead or Alive Paradise

Dead or Alive ParadiseDestination: New Zach Island Resort
If you just can’t get enough of staring at hot ladies in bikinis, then you may go blind playing “Dead or Alive Paradise.” There isn’t really a whole lot to do at the resort except take pictures of the “DOA” girls, try to befriend them by giving them gifts and play a few minigames. It’s a little creepy, but it also sounds like the perfect game.
Release Date: March 30, 2010 Platform: PSP

Yakuza 3

Yakuza 3Destinations: Okinawa and Tokyo
Maybe you don’t want to head somewhere explicitly tropical, but you’d like have access to a beach as well as a big city where you can have some fun. Well, “Yakuza 3” is perfect for you then since it’s set in the seaside village of Okinawa as well as the big city of Tokyo, both of which offer plenty to do. Go golfing, gambling, play darts or rejoin the ranks of the Yakuza and take down the bastards that are trying to shut down your orphanage. Ya know, it’s your choice.
Release Date: March 9, 2010 Platform: PS3

Tropico 3

Tropico 3Destination: Tropico
“Tropico 3” not only lets you go to the islands, it lets you control one. As El Presidente you’ll be in charge of managing an island, and either take the island from banana republic to world power or drive it into the ground. If you’ve ever dreamed of what it must be like to walk a mile in Castro’s shoes, your prayers have been answered.
Release Date: February 16, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360, PC

Bermuda Triangle: Saving the Coral

Bermuda Triangle: Saving the CoralDestination: Bermuda Triangle
Feel good about how you spend your spring break by playing the puzzle game “Bermuda Triangle: Saving the Coral.” While it might not make you feel like you’re actually at the beach, it’s a whole lot safer than flying through the Bermuda Triangle during a thunderstorm.
Release Date: February 2, 2010 Platform: DS

Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition

Resident Evil 5 Gold EditionDestination: Kijuju
Africa is a great place to spend your spring break. Just think of all the good you can do there, and “Resident Evil 5” is proof of that. Save the world, yet again, as you unravel the story behind Chris Redfield’s latest adventure. As an added bonus for procrastinating, the “Gold Edition” comes packed with additional content such as new costumes and additional missions that weren’t available in the original release at a discounted price.
Release Date: March 9, 2010 Platform: Xbox 360, PS3

Tales of Monkey Island

Tales of Monkey IslandDestination: Monkey Island
Expect the unexpected, as anything can happen on Monkey Island, like pirates coming back from the dead to kidnap your loved ones. OK, that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but Guybrush Threepwood manages to turn his misadventures into an entertaining way for you to spend your time off from classes.
Release Date: December 17, 2009 Platform: PC, Wii

Cave Story

Cave StoryDestination: Mysterious Underground Caves
Everyone likes to get a little adventure into their spring breaks, so why don’t you go spelunking with “Cave Story.” After all, there’s nothing like waking up in a mysterious cave, not knowing who you are or how you got there. Come to think of it, that sounds like it could happen on most people’s breaks.
Release Date: March 22, 2010 Platform: Wii