Unless you've been living under a rock, then you probably know that Lost is finally wrapping up this Sunday after six long seasons of viewers trying to figure out what the hell is going on. In an onslaught of programming worthy of Oscar coverage, ABC is looking to maximize eyeballs (and ratings) by blasting you with five and a half hours of pure Lost.
First up, you have Lost: The Final Journey. A two hour retrospective that takes you through what's been going on, in a very futile effort to catch up the people who haven't been following along. Then there's a behind-the-scenes at the pilot (from way back in 2004), and interviews with cast members. After that, the the two and a half hour long finale episode, which promises to frustrate viewers and cause some people to tear their hair out in anger. And if that weren't quite enough, ABC is also serving up Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost.
That's almost one-quarter of an entire day devoted to Lost. Enough, we say! There's plenty of ways to put those hours to good use in the world of video games, and we're going to tell you how.
Red Dead Redemption : This game is the latest addiction at G4, with staffers brazenly admitting to waking up at 3am just to play. There's something extremely addictive about this title, proving that Rockstar has some secret formula that makes you obsess over their games. Unless they involve ping pong. On Sunday, forget about numbers, flashing-sideways, and candidates. Instead, skin the shrinkwrap off of this sucker and pop it in. You'll be able to get through the opening cutscene, find a better horse, acquire a lasso (for the Dastardly achievement) , and earn a bunch of dough skinning critters and tracking down bounties. Of course, the beauty of this sandbox game is that while all of that Lost junk unfolds on television, you could just ride around and do nothing.
Alan Wake: While the sunshine is blasting down outside, pull down your shades and bust into this scary-as-hell experience. You won't be thinking about tropical shores and mai tais while you flashlight your way through evil and unravel a mystery as bizarre as the junk happening on that island. The game is broken up into episodes, each one with its own "Previously on Alan Wake," so you can retain some of the television feel. With five and a half hours at your disposal, you could light up the darkness through four episodes if you're skilled and headstrong, or three episodes if you're a little more cautious about charging into creepy forests and fighting shadows.
Splinter Cell: Conviction : Sam Fisher came back with a bang, almost literally. Since there's not really much of a stealth element in the game, you can make as much noise as you want and blitz through this game in just under six hours. No longer is creeping through the shadows in a funkified wetsuit a requirement, now you can make as much noise as you want and easily come out on top. Even Sayid would be proud of all the interrogation techniques you get to put to use. Leave the television off, turn the Fisher on, and this way you'll be able to leave the single player behind you and jump into the Deniable Ops co-op modes. Honestly, the multiplayer games of Hunter, Infiltration, Last Stand, and Face-Off are much more enjoyable.
World of Warcraft: Six hours is a considerable chunk of time to a serious WoWer, especially when starting from scratch on a brand-new character. With that much time to kill, even a noob could blast through the lower levels and make it up to the teens by the time the bell dings. Of course, this just starts you down a road of late nights and bleary eyes. More experienced players might be able to hit the low 20s, or possibly go even further as a Blood Elf or a Draenei because they have better-designed starting levels. If you've never played the game before, this gives you a leg up when the Cataclysm expansion shakes things up. Or if you're a jaded, crusty, level 80, turn over a new leaf and start fresh with a new character.
Lost: Via Domus: We realize that some of you are going to have a hard time fighting the urge to turn the television on and watch along with everyone else searching for answers. So, we're throwing you a bone. You can easily finish all of the gameplay that Lost: Via Domus has to offer without having anything spoiled for you. That's because the game happens entirely within the first 70 days as they were portrayed on the show, and these days, roughly three years have elapsed. So you're in the clear. You play a random survivor of Oceanic Flight 815, and you interact with some of the main characters who are mostly voiced by stand-in actors. Especially enjoyable is old-timey prospector sounding Locke.
We know some of you are going to ignore this list and watch anyhow, so while you're killing time on Sunday waiting for your precious show, you can check out these games perfect for Losties.