Jul 06, 2020

Best Games to Play While Stuck at Home

Currently, people are limited in what they can do. Movie theatres are closed, there’s nothing new to watch on TV as most professional sports are on hiatus, and retail stores are limited in their services. On the other hand, gaming is smashing all-time records. That’s all well and good if you’re already steeped in the comings and goings of video games. But, if you’re one of the millions of people looking to dip their toe in to the waters for the very first time, then you’ve landed on the right article. Today, we’re going to take a look at some games you should consider diving into while stuck inside.

  • I know, I know. How much fun can an exercise game truly be? The answer, actually, is a lot of fun!

    Released for the Nintendo Switch in October 2019, Ring Fit Adventure wasn’t on many people’s radar. However, judging by current sales figures, it appears that the rest of the world has officially caught up to Nintendo’s vision.

    Acting as the Switch’s answer to Wii Fit, Ring Fit Adventure combines exercise with RPG mechanics. As such, it asks the player to use the included Ring-Con controller and leg strap to squat, crunch, press, and pull the baddies away.

    Ring Fit Adventure is a fun and engaging way to get in some cardio while stuck at home. That is if you can get your hands on a copy.

  • From one of the most difficult games to get a hold of to one of the most widely available, it’s Stardew Valley!

    It’s difficult to describe the appeal of this massive indie hit. Part dungeon crawler, part farming simulation, Stardew Valley asks you to live the simple life. Plant crops, explore caves, build relationships — Stardew allows you to tackle it at your own pace.

    Available on PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile, Stardew Valley is easily one of the most relaxing games ever made. A trait that is especially desirable when stuck at home.

  • Technically, Jackbox is a series of party games that encompasses a total of six game collections, or Party Packs. Each Jackbox Party Pack comes with a selection of five party games designed to be enjoyed with friends using cell phones, tablets, or laptops.

    What makes this one such a great game for those stuck at home is that it can be played remotely and only one person has to buy the game! Simply start a game, send out the connection code, and play along with your friends.

    Jackbox is a real game-changer for those missing their monthly board game night.

  • It’s safe to say that you’ve heard someone somewhere talking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The latest addition to the Animal Crossing franchise was released in early 2020 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch and has built a community of gamers the world over. In fact, the game is a sales juggernaut. Even besting the likes of Mario and Zelda.

    Give New Horizons a look and you’ll see why everybody is playing it. It’s cute, it’s cuddly, and it’s incredibly engaging. Plus, it’s the perfect remedy for anyone forced to be cooped up inside for far too long.

  • Considering all the time on your hands from staying at home, there’s no better way to fill it than with a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) game. Most have years of content to play and vast communities to engage with.

    From Final Fantasy XIV to Star Wars: The Old Republic to Guild Wars 2, there are plenty of MMOs to choose from. However, if can only choose one, we recommend World of Warcraft.

    With over 15 years of support, WoW has grown into an all-encompassing experience. You can explore all the new content and features brought in by the latest expansion. Or, you can turn the clock all the way back to 2004 and experience the game in its original form. Your options are endless.

    Although WoW is certainly not for everybody, thankfully you can try the game for free by downloading the Starter Edition.

  • If you’re going stir crazy from being cooped up all the time, there’s no better way to stretch your virtual legs than by exploring the Pokémon equivalent of the United Kingdom.

    In Pokémon Sword and Shield, you explore Galar, a region full of wonderful sights and mysterious happenings. On your quest to become League Champion, venture through the expansive Wild Area, catch a wide variety of the titular critters, and battle giant versions of your favorite Pokémon in multiplayer raid battles.

    If you can’t get enough of Galar, you can buy the Expansion Pass. This pass gives you access to Sword and Shield’s two DLC areas: the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra. These new areas offer new story content to experience, Pokémon to catch, and features to explore. Currently, only the Isle of Armor expansion is available as the Crown Tundra will release in the fall.

  • Few single-player games receive as much praise and fanfare as God of War for the PS4. The franchise’s first dive into Norse mythology has been widely praised for its atmospheric level design, intense combat, and jaw-dropping story.

    Since the game has been out for a couple years now, you should be able to snag a copy on the cheap.

  • Speaking of modern-gen classics, consider diving into Grand Theft Auto V. That’s if you’re over the age of 18, of course.

    GTA is undoubtedly one of the most popular game franchises of all time. With an outstanding 130 million sales and counting, GTA V reinforces that fact.

    GTA is known for its rich open worlds filled to the brim with content. So much content, in fact, that it’s very easy to get lost in all the side content. However, you’d be missing out GTA V’s excellent narrative. Instead of handling just one main character, you take hold of three separate people whose story arcs intertwine in surprising and entertaining ways.

    More than that, GTA V comes with GTA Online, a limitless digital playground for you to wreak havoc in with your friends. As the game grows older, this constantly updating online world has become the game’s defining feature.

  • A lack of professional athletics is enough to make any fan go bonkers. Once again, gaming comes to the rescue.

    Whatever sport you’re in to, it’s safe to assume that there’s a gaming equivalent. While nothing compares to cheering on your favorite team in-person or by yelling at your TV, these games will certainly scratch that itch.

    Plus, if you don’t really care about updated rosters, you could buy last year’s version for pennies on the dollar. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy saving a little money?

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