While some of Australia may still be stuck inside for a little while longer, many people may be struggling to find stuff to do to help pass the time. You’ve tried hosting virtual dinner parties and you’ve baked as much banana bread as you can possibly eat, so now you’re in the mood for something completely different.
Video games could be the perfect antidote for isolation boredom. Whether you are on your own or have roommates or family members to play with, there’s a wide variety of games that could keep you entertained for hours.
So grab your blanket and some pillows to keep you warm and comfortable as the temperature drops and immerse yourself into some of the top video games.
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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
It’s the first original game for the franchise in over 10 years, and with a brand new art style, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time could be your new latest obsession.
In this new edition of the game, Neo Cortex, Dr N Tropy and Uka Uka have escaped after being stranded on a far away planet. After years of failed attempts, their success has come with another problem — a hole in the fabric of space-time, fit for an evil scientist ready to dominate the multiverse. Now, it’s up to these two marsupials to stop them.
You can play as Crash or Coco, as well as new playable characters, such as Neo Cortex, to provide an alternative perspective during the quest.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
You may have already heard your friend rave about it during lockdown, and we’re not surprised. After having one of the most successful Nintendo Switch launches ever, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become the second best-selling game ever in Japan.
The game allows users to enter a brand new landscape and craft the world from scratch. Although this may be confronting if you are used to the bustling world full of animals and it may take a lot more time, it could be much more rewarding in the long run.
During a period where free time is all you have, having the ability to be creative and accomplish something could be the thing you need to get through isolation.
If a shooter game is what you fancy, Overwater could be the one for you.
This game is well and truly a product of modern times with heroes of many backgrounds and ethnicities roaming around this incredibly colourful world you can play as. As a team-based shooter game, you can rope your siblings, roommates or friends in and enter this world together. There are plenty of different modes to play in, so you can either get acquainted with the game or challenge yourself regardless of your experience level.
Its sequel is yet to be released unfortunately, however, the first game should hold you over during lockdown and have you reeling for the next one.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Fans of the Zelda franchise may have already given this highly-rated game a go, however, if you haven’t, it’s definitely worth a play.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is different from its predecessors since, rather than forcing the player to find new items during certain points in the story, they have made most of the Hyrule available from the very beginning.
Every game is said to be completely different with players having the ability to change the game through emergent gameplay, which is always great for those who are looking to have more control over their game.
Super Mario Maker 2
Even if you are not a seasoned gamer, we can almost guarantee that you’ve heard of Mario.
Players are able to not only design their own course and create their own levels to beat, but also upload their creation to the server so it can be played by others in the game as well. Players can also play as a single player learn all the basic platforming mechanics while following the interesting story.
Challenge your family and family and use your creative skills while you are looking for things to keep you stimulated.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
If you are looking for a game that will keep you occupied for as long as possible, Fire Emblem: Three Houses will keep you busy for the long haul.
With three branding storylines that continue changing and encourage the player to make decisions on the fly, as well as a fourth as premium downloadable content, you would need to take your time to explore them all. There are also seven levels of difficulty so you don’t need to come into the game as an expert.
If you are into tactical combat and ever-changing stories, this issue of the Fire Emblem series could be the one for you.
It’s a classic game that many of us would know and love to play when we’re trying to kill time on the train or while you’re waiting for an appointment. So why not give it a go while you’re stuck at home with too much time on your hands?
Tetris Effect is this game you know, but with incredible visuals that are sure to keep you in awe of the colours and patterns on your screen and sounds flowing in through your ears. It is said to have ‘synaesthetic effects’, so this game could be more of an experience than most.
Give your mind a workout while you marvel at the beauty of this game that is typically incredibly addictive at the best of times.
The Last of Us
You might as well get acquainted with this game while the HBO series is in the works, which is said to enhance the story of the game.
The Last of Us and its sequel follows violent survivor Joel and fourteen-year-old Ellie as they set out on their journey to smuggle young Ellie out of an oppressive military quarantine zone during a post-pandemic zombie apocalypse. It’s also worth noting that the sequel has been praised for its inclusion of lesbian, minority, and transgender characters.
Although it might be a little eerie to play with all that’s going on in the world, it may be the thing you need to come to terms with our new reality.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Although lockdown can be a lonely time, some video games, like Call of Duty: Warzone, are a great way to connect with people from all over the world.
This combat game is home to up to 150 players playing around the world. The story follows on from Special Ops, which is a game mode in the series, where Al-Qatala invaded the city of Verdansk. In Warzone, Al-Qatala is gone and has left a series of operators from different alliances, among whom tension has been building for years.
The game recently got a bit of an update where a new location has been opened up, a new mystery to solve, a loot train and the ability to play music in the game so it’s definitely worth checking out.
We’re rounding out this list with another battle royale game.
In Apex Legends, players can choose to play as one of 13 different outlaws, soldiers, misfits, and misanthropes and use their unique skills to survive in the game. Again, you can connect with and join forces with other players in the game to form a strong squad of powerful legends.
If you want to feel less alone while you’re in lockdown, jumping into the game and building your squad could be a great move for you.
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Words by Jessica Testa
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