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The 9 most addictive games of recent years

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Video games have to be one of the few things where the word ‘addictive’ is a superlative rather than a warning. Some games have the power to swallow up people’s time to the point where whole days disappear in what seems like the blink of an eye – which is awesome! Unless they totally destroy your life/relationships/family, which isn’t so awesome.

The big question is, of course, what are the most addictive games of recent years? The titles that get their hooks so deep into your skin, you'll want to melt them down on a spoon and mainline them into your veins (please don’t actually do this). Here are the 9 games that will lure you in with a teaser sample, and never let you go – in a good way, of course.

Published Dec. 30th 2015
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I had to just go check. I played almost 40 hours of Civ5 over this past week. I have jet lag now.
  • Rob Thubron
    Featured Correspondent
    My former World of Warcraft addiction was a major factor in the break-up of a previous relationship. I regret nothing.
  • Samuel Smith
    Featured Contributor
    Hooked on Rocket League and Diablo III here! I also know plenty of Minecraft and Candy Crush addicts.
  • Jay Ricciardi
    Contributor
    I remember the first time I played Civ 5, lost 6 hours to that game immediately and thought it had only been 2. That games is dangerous.

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