10 games that will make you happy


Everybody's Golf

Everybody's Golf is a wonderful place to relax because at the end of the day, you just know the scariest things around are a mummy duck with her ducklings in tow and a raccoon. Which runs away when you get near. Everybody's cheerful, the sun is shining... everything is right with the world in Everybody's Golf. 

Above: That's not a murderer/stalker waiting in the bushes. Sometimes it can just be a spectator, you know


Innocent Life: A futuristic Harvest Moon

Who'd have thought a robot child trying to fit in with humanity by growing plants would turn out to be the best entry in this laid-back series? This 'futuristic Harvest Moon' is a pure delight and we're right there with every little success of said robot child.

Above: No Ozzy Osbourne-style rib breaks on this quad bike


Guitar Hero

Never mind the fact that the franchise has been run into the ground through a billion incremental upgrades, the fact remains that playing a plastic guitar and hearing the result sound as good as Slash, Morello or Gibbons is a revelation. Heck, I even had a blast playing the Van Halen one and I'm not even a fan of Van Halen.

There's just something about feeling the music under your fingers as opposed to under your thumbs that makes Guitar Hero awesome.

Above: Ahh, a flashback to simpler times


A Boy and His Blob

How many games do you know that have a 'hug button'? And the blob loves his master so much... but not as much as that boy loves his blob! Hey - get your fingers out of your mouth.

Above: A loving hug, or testing to see if the blob tastes like marshmallow?



Whether it's the 1986 original or any of the excellent home conversions of OutRun 2, there's just a serene feeling of happiness when you play OutRun. The palm trees, the timeless music, the red car, blue skies, blonde girl in the passenger seat... even when you're travelling at night in the less inviting stages, the smoothness of the passing scenery is entirely pleasant on the eye. There should be more games like this.

Above: This needs to come to XBLA and PSN... even PSP would be a start

Which games make you happy? And don't say Killzone. Or Splatterhouse. Hello Kitty is acceptable... if you're comfortable with that.

30 Mar, 2010


  • Fata1Stryke - April 6, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    GEARS OF WAR!!!!! But honestly, The Maw and Castle Crashers both have my vote. 'Splosion Man too, maybe.
  • tacoman38 - April 5, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    katamari damacy. enough said.
  • Danielnoctis - April 3, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    FFVII FFVIII and Kingdom Hearts do. FFVII EVERYTHING. just remembering it. (though the endless stairs, Don Corneo and the 100th spectator ticket are a treasure to me) FFVIII I love its magnificent architecture. (Balamb, Timber, Dollet, Galbadia, F.H) KH Twilight Town on a sunset and its music playing on the background...
  • Dillman502 - April 3, 2010 5:04 a.m.

    ape escape or tomba! makes me happy.
  • JohnnyMaverik - April 2, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Persona makes me happy... that and Manhunt... LOL, no, not really, Manhunt is depressingly shyte -_-
  • FinderKeeper - April 2, 2010 12:39 p.m.

    Kingdom for Keflings. Especially with my Xbox Live avatar walking around and helping the Keflings build everything. The Maw is full of cute. Especially when he's eating Yums... then he's *literally* full of cute. ;-) Last but not least, CASTLE CRASHERS! The map music alone is enough to make me grin. The opening titles also crack me up (damn that's a big chicken)!
  • Kytl - April 2, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    Mario Galaxy it's all so beautiful....*goes to play Gusty Gardens*
  • sofaku - April 1, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    i cant believe people said littlebigplanet i love it but if there is any game that is more frustrating i havent played it.
  • GameManiac - April 1, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    Now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
  • mdiaz033 - April 1, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    the caption under a boy and his blob is hilarious! i'd say LBP but some user made lvls are viscous and relentless on those poor little sack people : )
  • 64DD - April 1, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    clearly youve never played lego star wars 2 with an 8 year old, cus it makes u want to stab ur eyes out.. :(
  • steven8932 - April 1, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    katamari damacy! i'm shocked it wasn't named
  • jakab11 - April 1, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    Final Fantasy XIII, (and the others of course) makes me happy, though I can't pinpoint exactly why, it's just euphoric for me
  • DriveShaft - March 31, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    No Flower or Crash Bandicoot? Ah, that Innocent Life has been collecting dust on my shelf for a while O_o
  • Conman93 - March 31, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    Little Big Planet! Its so charming that I cheer up every time I play it. Also any of the toon Zeldas put me in a great mood :)
  • SallyRimwash - March 31, 2010 6:08 p.m.

    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon. what a wierd and wonderful world that was, evil plan? turn japan into a giant dancing stage! if you lose? choreographed dance!
  • TrollMan - March 31, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    GOD OF WAR 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • rxb - March 31, 2010 11:47 a.m.

    Id say chime, a low stress puzzle game.
  • wrapdump - March 31, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    Nights and Nights Christmas for me. And Sonic CD.
  • pimlicosound - March 31, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    "The Maw" makes me happy. You never really get hurt, the Maw himself is adorable, the world is colourful, and your ever increasing power and size makes for a rewarding trip.

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