We all know how exhaustive the quarantine can be, boredom, constant scrolling through our social feeds, browsing endlessly to try and find some show to watch on netflix. What a pain. Well, if you have a PC and a pension for video games, or simply wish to try something new, then these games are perfect for you.
- Final Fantasy 14 (XIV) Endwalker
If you’re aware of games such as World of Warcraft, then please give this game a try. It’s an MMORPG, which means massively multiplayer online role-playing games.You play as the Warrior of Light, a chosen champion to a goddess speaking into your mind through a crystal, you get to learn of what happened to the world, how the wars have affected it, the varying forces at play and finally witness the conclusion of years worth of painstaking effort put in my development team. The story has been running for nearly 10 years now, and the final conclusion to this arc has just been released to massive praise. I can personally attest to it sinking far too many hours of my life, be it experiencing the amazing story, gorgeous visuals or spending time loving every second of making new friendships, rekindling old ones and doing one of the plethora of things you can do as a group. The game is free to trial up to level 60, no time limits, nothing. A proper free to play experience until the ending of their award winning expansion, Heavensward.
- League of Legends
League of legends is quite possibly one of the most popular games in the world, it’s a household name and rightfully so. It’s quick to pick up, free and a lot of fun with friends or even by yourself. Those of you who have been flicking through Netflix might notice the hit show “Arcane” which is based on this game. Some of the major characters from the show are playable within the game as “Champions” that seek to destroy the enemy nexus. You have unique abilities, spells, animations and much more, even skins for those of you who enjoy that. The trailer below showcases some of the characters you might be familiar with from Arcane.
- Elden Ring
If you frequent the gaming circle then you might have heard of Dark Souls, one of the hardest, brutal yet oh-so satisfying games to beat. Well, Elden Ring is their next title created with the help of George R.R Martin, known for his incredible writing with the original novels that were adapted into the hit TV series Game of Thrones. The combat is very similar in style to Dark Souls 3, a brutal hack and slash hybrid with incredible visuals, gorgeous landscapes and amazing music. God, the music, every score is expertly crafted, fine tuned for each boss encounter, you truly feel hyped by simply hearing the orchestral glory in the background as you get absolutely pummeled by the ridiculously difficult bosses.
- Halo Infinite
Master Chief is one of the most prominent characters in all of video games, plenty of gamers grew up alongside his journeys, playing each and every iteration of the games that came prior. Halo Infinite is the newest and one of the most ambitious games in the franchise yet. With a vast open world for the first time in the game’s history, you will absolutely sink hours at a time into the amazing story of Halo Infinite. Witness the plight of Master Chief as he comes to terms with the ramifications of the game that came before, relive the glory days with the man who speaks few words but speaks them with conviction and weight. This space shooter also comes with a completely FREE TO PLAY multiplayer on Steam. You don’t need to pay a penny as you enjoy the game modes on offer, huge battles of 40 players, fun arcade modes and all else, entirely free.
- Monster Hunter Rise
Face it, we’ve all imagined it at some point. What would the world be like if there were massive monsters you were forced to deal with, that exact fantasy is what the Monster Hunter franchise is based on. You scout, capture, hunt, and build your way through the world inhabited by humans and monsters. You craft guns, bows, swords, hammers and all types of armour to deal with and slay these menacing creatures. You get to play with up to four players in a cooperative effort to take down the biggest of threats. It is thrilling, exhilarating and absolutely, positively fun! Nothing beats the satisfaction of absolutely destroying the craggly armour on the surface of a massive behemoth of a monster, or perhaps slice and dice its tail. Shoot from a far and be a proper menace, or maybe even leave all the fighting to your allies as you use buffing weapons instead.
Have you played any of these? Let us know in the comments below