If there is one good thing that came out of the coronavirus crisis, it’s that now we finally have the time to enjoy and try out all those video games on our wish list. Another great thing is that the social distancing practice and quarantine coincided with the year when we welcomed some of the biggest and best games ever, including sequels that we’ve been patiently waiting for.
It’s just like those golden days when school was out or you had an off-day: chilling at home, it’s just you and your favorite characters. Full immersion into the enchanting, exhilarating world of the ancient past or the distant, imaginary future. Hours passing by like minutes and the ever exciting urge to win and thrive. The only difference is that, these days, the coronavirus crisis scarily resembles some of the apocalyptic scenarios we’re used to seeing in our games.
Nevertheless, even in these scary, uncertain times, video games can help us find our grounding, relax and enjoy the present moment. It’s definitely better to spend your time at home enjoying yourself and relaxing than constantly worrying and checking the news. So, here are our top 10 picks for best video games to play for when you’re stuck at home:
Doom Eternal is one of the best first-person combat online games of all time. It’s the fifth sequel of the hit Doom series, which is considered to be the pioneer of first-person shooter games:
- Doom (1993)
- Doom 2: Hell on Earth (1994)
- Doom 3 (2004)
- Doom (2016)
- Doom Eternal (2020)
The premise: the armies of hell have invaded our realm. It’s time to fight back and save the world! You will be playing the character of a space marine in a grim world of the undead.
The main appeal of this game compared to other first-person shooter hits is that it’s incredibly fast and thrilling. Thanks to the powerful graphics and intense characters, you’ll experience a rush like in no other game out there.
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Alyx, dubbed after the main character of the game, is a 2020 release following Half-Life and Half-Life 2 that you simply have to try. Even if you haven’t played the previous issues before, you’ll be thrilled by the action in this game.
Half-Life Alyx is a VR game, where the mission is to obtain the superweapon Combine. Obviously, you’ll be met with a lot of challenges before you actually get to that point. You can look forward to an unpredictable and action-packed storyline.
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Life is Strange is a game issued in episodes, available on Windows, macOS, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Life is Strange 2 is a choose-your-own-adventure game where you will take the character of a Mexican-American teen Sean Diaz.
While playing, you will be surprised around every corner and you’ll surely be fully emerged into the plot of the game, helping you to remember that life could be even crazier than it is now, during the coronavirus crisis.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed is one of those PC games that are best enjoyed when you have a lot of time so you can really dedicate yourself to the gameplay and enjoy even the tiniest details.
In this sequel, you will follow the adventures of the famous Odyssey and play your way through the mesmerizing world of Ancient Greece.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The evergreen Counter-Strike is, like always, the go-to choice for fans of first-person shooter games. This is an awarded game that’s a frequent feature on eSports events.
The Battle Royale mode Danger Zone for a maximum of 18 players was added to the game in 2018. Also, the developer decided to allow the game to be played for free online! After Valve introduced this change to CS: GO, a game that doesn’t get significant updates all that often, the world’s gone wild again for this goldie.
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Monster Hunter World
Issued by Capcom in 2018, Monster Hunter: World is one of the perfect games to play for any player interested in rich storylines with an exciting goal. In this game, you’ll be taking the role of, you guessed it – Monster Hunter – and kill monsters to receive weapons, armor and gear.
Monster Hunter: World sold in over 15 million copies so far, making it the best-selling Capcom game in history. Check out why it’s so popular!
The Witcher 3
The Witcher is a world that took the world by storm, from the book, game, Netflix series and “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” soundtrack. Simply put, The Witcher is a game that will leave you spellbound and a bit obsessed with the characters and the story.
The book was originally written in Polish, but luckily, reached audiences around the world with the help of professional translation services. The Witcher has been translated to all major world languages and is especially appreciated in Poland and Eastern Europe.
In the Wild Hunt, The Witcher 3, you will be helping Geralt of Rivia find his missing daughter.
Death Stranding was issued in late 2019 developed by Kojima Productions and issued by Sony. The scenario of the game is eerily resembling the environment apocalyptic prophets are announcing for the coronavirus crises: it’s set in the US after the Death Stranding, while the player controls the delivery man Sam Porter Bridges whose task is to reconnect isolated colonies that survived the stranding.
The background events resemble Stranger Things because the creatures who have destroyed Earth come from a mysterious realm that’s between life and death.
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Civilization VI is a captivating strategy 4X game where the player’s goal is to develop a civilization, just like in previous issues of the so-called Civ, from its earliest stages to becoming a world superpower. This is done through the exploration of other countries and nations, collecting treasures, founding new settlements and cities, attacking others and much more.
Sid Meier’s Civ VI uses the basic premise of a 4X (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) game and adds so many sophisticated layers of plot, features and interaction options that it truly became a masterpiece.
Total War: Three Kingdoms
Enjoy another turn-based strategy game, this time set in China during the times of the Three Kingdoms. In an ancient setting, you will choose to rule one of the country’s 12 factions. Your goal will be to eliminate and beat all other factions in China and become the total ruler of the kingdom.
This game is developed into the tiniest details, and you’ll feel like you are a part of a real battle that will change the face of the world forever. It received great reviews from critics, who praised it for its storyline elements and gameplay driven by characters.
This year and 2019 have really given us some of the most exciting games and sequels of all time. There has been something for any type of player: from rich storylines, fantasy, first-person shooter to apocalyptic or ancient.
Games are, among many other things, a great way to escape reality. In cases where it’s overdone, this escapism can be a negative thing. However, in times of the coronavirus quarantine, a little escape is something we all need from time to time. Use these games to relax, reconnect with your skills and preferences, enjoy some alone time and spend quality time at home.
Mark Blackwood is a professional localiser cooperating with some of the world’s biggest content publishing platforms. Mark is also a certified translator at TheWordPoint working in language pairs EN-FR and EN-DE. He’s an avid language learner and teacher who likes deepening his knowledge of foreign cultures by travelling and exploring new countries.