Bored at home during the quarantine? Well, luckily for you, video games are the perfect outlet to burn a few hours of your time. If you have no idea where to start, I have a few recommendations for whatever you’re looking to play.
First and foremost, you probably have kids to entertain while they’re at home all day. These games are perfect for kids of all ages and will keep all of you entertained.
Animal Crossing New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)– This is the most recent edition of the classic Animal Crossing series. Players will arrive on their very own private island and make it their own. With endless amounts of things to do and a gorgeous art style, you and your kids are sure to spend plenty of time on this perfect escape from reality.
Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (Nintendo Switch) – Everyone has played Mario at some point in their life. This version refines the formula and adds some new features, including being able to play with four people. If you’re looking for some classic fun, Mario never fails to deliver.
Overcooked (1 or 2; Xbox, PS4, Switch, PC) – A wonderfully chaotic game about running the kitchen in a restaurant, this game is a great way to work on teamwork. Players also attempt to manage the chaos of running the kitchen in weird and wacky ways. This game can be played co-op with up to 4 players.
Lego Games (Most platforms): I’m leaving this one up to you to decide because there are several different ones you could choose from. From Star Wars to Harry Potter, Marvel to DC, the options are seemingly endless. Whichever game you decide upon, you are sure to find laughs and a great time playing through lego recreations of your favorite movies.
Next up we have casual games. These are games anybody can pick up and play regardless of skill level or experience with video games.
Stardew Valley (Everything) – Looking for a way to lose 4 hours of your time and not even realize it? That’s what Stardew Valley will do once you sit down and start playing this chill farming simulator. While the main task in the game is to manage your farm, there’s so much more once you start to get down to it. Whatever fits your fancy there’s probably something for you to do in this game. Highly recommended.
Minecraft (Everything) – You know it, and of course it’s a perfect game to play right now. Let your creative juices flow in this blocky, open-world sandbox game. And build the house of your dreams, or go slay a dragon. Whatever floats your boat.
Pokemon Let’s Go (Switch) – A remake of the original games in the series, Pokemon Let’s Go focuses on the simple part of Pokemon – catching them all. Removing a lot of the time-consuming RPG elements that might turn some people away from the game, this version is recommended to those who just want to sit down and catch some ‘mons.
Rocket League (PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch) – This wild combination of football (soccer) and cars seems odd at first, but the second you start playing you’re hooked. One of my personal favorite games, it’s simple to pick up but difficult to master. Being stuck at home, now is the perfect time to hone your skills.
Got a group of people to entertain? Why not try some of these options out!
Mario Party (Switch) – The classic party game, play it with up to 4 people and let that competitive spirit come out once again as you battle to reign supreme (My personal favorites of the series are 3, 5, and 8)
Jackbox Party Pack – This compilation of party games can be played with up to 8 people and all you need is a mobile device! With several different games to play, they can get a little crazy! (Note, some of the themes in these games are mature so be sure to make sure it’s appropriate for kids)
Mario Kart (Switch) – Looking for a race? Mario Kart has been the go-to kart racer ever since it debuted in 1992, and the formula still works to this day. Race with up to 4 people in the crazy racing game sure to keep everyone on their toes!
Castle Crashers – This beat ‘em up wouldn’t be the first thing that comes to mind when seeing the art style, but with some great 12-year-old comedy and great multiplayer options, this is a great option to pick up.
For those who don’t have kids or just find themselves with tons of free time, these are for you.
The Witcher 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch) – One of the best RPG’s in recent years, based on the book series, the third iteration of the Witcher series follows Geralt of Rivea on his adventures throughout the lands. This game has everything that you could ask for in an RPG, and you will absolutely get your money’s worth out of this game if you enjoy RPG’s.
Destiny 2 (PC, Xbox, PS4) – The sequel of Bungie’s hit looter shooter game, Destiny 2 expands off what worked in the original and made everything bigger and better. The game has gone free-to-play and includes tons of content from the get-go with no extra cost. If you’re looking for a game to grind out, this is one that will keep you occupied for hours (don’t ask how many hours I’ve spent playing this game).
Borderlands 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox) – The third game in the infamous Borderlands series from Gearbox is a looter shooter, but expect a little more wackiness and snarky, sarcastic humor in this one. The gameplay is crazy because players have an arsenal of weapons that explode when you reload and guns that walk. These weapons will draw a few laughs on their own.
Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, Xbox) – If you like boss battles, then Monster Hunter World is the game for you. In this monster-slayer RPG, you fight giant mythical creatures in order to create better gear and slay bigger creatures. With a wide variety of monsters to fight and more than 10 play styles, this game is sure to fulfill your monster-slaying needs.