We've got a very surreal few months ahead of us, following the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). For many, it means a period of self-isolation with not much to do, but fortunately enough, it's a moment gamers have been preparing for ever since we can remember. With an opportunity to play through some of the best the industry has to offer, we've put together a list of essentials that you should check out if you're given the opportunity...
7. Ori and the Will of the Wisps - PC, Xbox One
Following on from the huge success of the original title (Ori and the Blind Forest), Ori and the Will of the Wisps sees players reunited with the titular spirit as they embark on a familiar but ultimately unique journey. The platform-adventure Metroidvania video game has been published exclusively for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows, and is available immediately following release for all those who are subscribed to the Xbox Game Pass. With the majority of reviews placing this one on at least a 4.5/5, you'd be a fool to give up the chance to give it a go.
6. DOOM Eternal - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch
Developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, DOOM Eternal is the follow-up to the hugely-successful DOOM reboot in 2016. Pushed back from its original release date by four months, the title will become available on Friday (March 20th, 2020) and allow gamers the chance to Raze Hell! Players take control of the Doom Slayer and progress through the game using "push-forward" combat, encouraged to take the aggressive approach when surrounded by countless enemies using whatever weapons they can get their hands on. It's a chaotic and intense play, but one that feels incredibly rewarding whenever you make it through to the end.
5. Planet Zoo - PC
If you're looking for something a little more relaxing, then Planet Zoo is the way to go. Construction and management simulation games have always been entertaining, but Frontier Developments have taken it to the next level with stunning graphic design and more freedom than we've ever seen before. Whether you want to jump into a Sandbox mode and create without limits, or follow the Campaign levels that see you helping out at a bunch of different locations, you'll be entertained for hours.
4. Ring Fit Adventure - Nintendo Switch
For those who like to keep up with their exercise and workout routines, Ring Fit Adventure on Nintendo Switch could be the perfect answer. Combining the worlds of video games and fitness, you can choose to put together your own routine, or follow the Campaign mode that actually delivers a pretty entertaining narrative, from beginning to end. Just don't pull a muscle!
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nintendo Switch
Hitting shelves on Friday (March 20th, 2020), Animal Crossing: New Horizons looks to tick all of the boxes longtime fans of the franchise have been asking for. One of the big changes to the series looks to be coming in the form of construction, allowing players to build bridges across rivers, dig through mountains and more. Allowing gamers more freedom than ever before, New Horizons could be the most impressive instalment to-date, with reviews already cropping up and calling it an essential purchase for anybody who owns a Nintendo Switch.
2. The Sims 4 - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Entertaining gamers for over 20 years now, The Sims is a franchise that shows no sign of slowing down. There are constantly new expansions and ideas being worked on by the team behind-the-scenes, allowing for players to consistently evolve and adapt their gameplay. One of the most exciting new additions came with the Stuff Pack Tiny Living, in which you’re challenged to create a home for a Sim – or family of Sims – using as little amount of tiles as possible.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch, Wii U
It may be over three years old, but The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still one of the most playable and impressive titles available on the Nintendo Switch. If you haven't found the time to indulge in Link's most-recent adventure just yet, self-isolation could be the perfect excuse to sink countless hours into his questing.