Sayonara Wild Hearts
As far as games that bring me peace of mind and over all calm, I have no game that guarantees that result more than Sayonara Wild Hearts. In this gorgeous game you play a young person who has their heart broken and must come to terms with it.
In the story, narrated phenomenally by Queen Latifah herself, you metaphorically dive into your mind and tackle your inner demons in metaphorical battles that would make even Scott Pilgrim jealous.
Speed through the forest on a motorcycle and defend yourself by robotic wolfs, chase down a biker gang who has the ability to cut canyons through the city, ride a car through the desert at sunset. All set to an entire album created specifically for the game complete with lyrics making this the first album in over a decade I could listen to without skipping a track.
Along the way you not only defeat your inner demons but you learn to accept them as part of who you are and learn to make peace with yourself. That makes this one of the best ideas for when you’re stressed out as the entire game is about searching within yourself and finding that which is leading you astray. I love it so much.
Tearing through this game your character learns to stop pining over someone they’ve never met as the songs will literally state, and as your character heals, it feels like you’re being healed at the same time.
If you need some peace and calm in your life and can keep up with the game, Sayonara Wild Hearts feels down right medicinal. It is a rehab clinic for a troubled mind.