Sometimes the weather can put a damper on our outdoor plans. That doesn't necessarily mean that we have to sit idly by as rain washes our plans away. Video games provide a great alternative to many activities that are normally performed outdoors. These virtual simulations of our favorite outdoor pastimes will help you get your fix until the weather clears up and you can go out and play for real.
Available for the Nintendo Wii, Active Life Outdoor Challenge is a great way to get some exercise from the comfort of your own home. The game comes with the Active Life Mat that allows you to get right into the action. With activities like river rafting and running, this game is guaranteed to keep you moving without leaving your living room.
While parts of this game may not promote healthy exercise, Grand Theft Auto 5 features tons of side missions and activities that simulate the great outdoors. You can jump out of airplanes and helicopters, compete in a bike race, and even play a round of golf. The outdoor activities are endless and are sure to provide any outdoor enthusiast with hours of fun on a rainy day. It is available on most platforms.
This Xbox One game puts you right into the heart of the action with motion control. The motion sensor puts you into the game as you compete in a number of different sports such as soccer, tennis, and climbing. The online community adds to the experience, allowing you to join a team and see how you stack up against other teams in a variety of different competitions.
Cabela offers an extensive list of games for the avid hunting enthusiast. The winter can seem to drag on forever for those of us who love to hunt, so these games are a great alternative. They put you into a number of realistic environments and allow you to hone your hunting skills no matter the time of year. The Big Game Hunter games are available on a wide variety of platforms from mobile to PC.