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Published April 2nd 2020
Ready Player One?
We're all facing a lot of time in our homes for the next little while and so finding things to keep us entertained is paramount. I mean, there's only so much Netflix you can watch, right?
Well, the good news is, if you have a gaming console or even just a PC, there are plenty of games that will help you while away a really good amount of time whether they be building or simulation games or exploration, open-world style games.
For Living Your Best Virtual Life The Sims
Where to play: Computer - PC/Mac
The ultimate time waster game, The Sims allows you to live vicariously through your sim who can go out, go to the gym or the museum and socialise with everyone whilst working their way up the career ladder and having a family. Build the house of your dreams, be monogamous or date around – you can truly do whatever you like in this ultimate simulation game. Enjoy living your best virtual life in the universe of The Sims where there is no coronavirus and no lockdown!
For Open World Fantasy The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Where to play: PC/Xbox/PS4/Nintendo Switch
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
My favourite game ever – The Witcher 3 is now quite a few years old, having premiered in 2015, but it still stands the test of time as one of the best open-world games around. Don't be put off if you haven't played the first two Witcher games as you don't need any of the background and you pick up the mythology of the storyline along the journey in Witcher 3. There are up to 200 hours of potential game play in this epic adventure, so there is plenty to keep you amused for weeks on end. The graphics and scenery are beautiful, from the Polish village inspired swampy Velen to the snow-tipped splendour of the Skellige islands. There is so much to love about this game still and for those who really get into it, there is also a brand-new Netflix series based on The Witcher mythology starring Henry Cavill.
For Western Gun Slingin' Fun Red Dead Redemption 2 Where to play: Xbox/PS4
Red Dead Redemption 2
This 2018 open-world Western offers up over 40 – 50 hours of gameplay just for the main storyline alone. With the open-world format, though, there is plenty more to explore and like Witcher 3, the graphics are sublime from the greenery of the wild west to the New Orleans-inspired city of Saint-Denis. The storyline follows gunslinger Arthur Morgan and his gang at the time of the decline of the Wild West. There's shoot outs, heists, fishing and bounty hunting to be done, all in addition to the main storyline.
For a European Mission Assassin's Creed – Odyssey
Where to play: Xbox/PS4/PC
If you're sensing a bit of a theme here in open-world games with gorgeous graphics, then you're on the money. The well-established franchise, Assassin's Creed's best instalment, Odyssey, takes players on a journey through Greece in 431 BC. The game's main story can be completed in 50 hours, but with side quests and more exploring to do, there are many more hours to be spent playing Odyssey. Nominated for multiple design awards and also for Game of the Year upon its release, this instalment is definitely a beautiful way to explore the world from the comfort of your couch.
For Old School Silliness Two Point Hospital Where to play: PC/Xbox/PS4/Nintendo Switch
Two Point Hospital
You can go real old school and play the crazy Two Point Hospital game where you get to build your very own hospital. Based on the hugely successful Theme Hospital, Two Point Hospital replaces Theme Hospital's famous 'Bloaty Head' disease with 'Light Headedness' so there are definitely great nods to the original game that brought hours of fun to kids growing up in the late '90s. Progress through the levels, building hospital after hospital, trying to make each of them financially viable and pleasing patients at the same time. But beware – the game definitely throws you a few curve balls as you progress through the levels!