Fathers mean business. They are not in on any games. Your old man would probably whoop you if you played all day long. But today gives you a leeway to whoop your dad, but not literally. Or have fun enjoying a monster mauling your paps, pun intended. I know that idea sounds awesome, but let us make today a day of bonding and appreciating fatherhood with some games heavy-laden with fatherhood themes.
Parenting is a full-time job, but we all agree most of us are just winging it. Not knowing exactly what to do in some situations, but fathers still put up a brave face and seem to have everything in control.
Salute! To all the fathers. Happy Father’s Day.
GOD OF WAR
This is an action-adventure game whose powerful story is sure to impact many due to its surprisingly relatable story about a father and son.
The game premise is based on parenthood, being all about doubt and fear since one does not know whether whatever they are doing is good enough or will be a screw up.
In the game, Kratos reverts to his former role as a father in the world of Norse gods and monsters.
He must battle for his survival while also teaching his son how to do so.
As a mentor and protector to his son, he somewhat succeeds where the gods have failed by encouraging Atreus, his son, to focus on his humanity.
THE LAST OF US
The game introduces us to Ellie and Joel’s world, showing how their father-daughter bond grew and shattered over the post-apocalyptic years.
Joel is a tired survivor who does various jobs to get food, clothing, and a place to sleep. His companion, a young girl named Ellie.
In the beginning, Joel vows to transport her through a post-apocalyptic of what remains of the United States. His fatherly instincts kick in and he has to do what he has to do to make sure Ellie is safe and kicking.
The two eventually become inseparable, although forced together by circumstances in a world where trust and faith are in extremely short supply.
The two finally develop a sort of dysfunctional father-daughter relationship.
TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD
Even though this game is not about a real father, it is based on a familial understanding that exists even if there is not a biological tie.
The episodic adventure game is set in Georgia shortly after a zombie apocalypse and follows Lee, a convicted criminal who looks after a young girl named Clementine.
He takes on the role of her protector to assist her in reuniting with her parents.
Throughout the game, Lee and Clementine’s relationship is strengthened by his growing sense of care for her.
The game is packed with great dad moments, like Lee teaching Clementine how to shoot a gun, or to tie her hair back in case zombies want to grab it.
OCTODAD: DADLIEST CATCH
This is about a dad caught up in two worlds. He is a caring husband, a loving father and an octopus.
Even though he is posing as a suburban father, he finds simple tasks like making coffee and mowing the grass unusually difficult due to his lack of opposable thumbs and, indeed, bones.
Octodad fights fiercely and hides his struggles because he adores his family.
It is a game about doing your best and hoping no one notices how hard you are trying to keep up with the bare minimum of personhood while just winging it.
WHO’S YOUR DADDY
This is another casual multiplayer game featuring a clueless father attempting to prevent his infant son from certain death.
This game tests ones parenting skills in a competitive setup, but the upside of the game is that you can choose to play as the father or the toddler.
As the daddy, you must prevent your baby from getting hurt through methods such as locking the cabinets and placing dangerous objects out of harm’s way, as the baby attempts to overcome its father’s attempts to protect it in various ways, including drinking bleach and sticking forks in electrical outlets.