Coronavirus Quarantine: Here Are The Best Games To Pass The Time

We get how it’s a privileged take, but if you’re one of the many people that are staying at home right now because of the coronavirus quarantine, then there’s no better time than to fire up the consoles (or gaming PCs) and enjoy the dopamine that comes with playing video games. And you’re not alone because this month saw gaming servers start buckling as gamers are more online than ever before, what with the entire country under quarantine and lockdown because of the pandemic.

Sooner or later, we’ll have to do something to face this pandemic, but for now, an hour or two (or more, because where else would you go?) of video games is a good way to de-stress from all the sobering news you can find on the television.

As such, below are some of the best games that feel right for the moment:

Stardew Valley

Remember “Harvest Moon?” Well, think that, but add a modern 8-bit art style and you essentially get what this game is about. A small town farming simulator, the game lets you plant crops (and harvest them), fish, go hunting in caves and court the girl of your dreams. Not to worry, however, because it goes beyond all that and has endless replayability.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Think “Minecraft” meets “Dragon Quest,” and you’re basically set. However, unlike the more sandbox-approach of “Minecraft,” this game has more of a role-playing structure and has a great pace when it comes to introducing more advanced concepts and mechanics.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Coming at the best time ever, “New Horizons” sees you stranded on an island, where you build a house, start meeting friends and gradually do more fun things. It also follows a real-world calendar and clock, so you always have something to do.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

If you want something more engaging, then give this one a go. You play a monster-hunter-for-hire named Geralt, and you spend the game’s expansive world hunting monsters, looking for gear and meeting lots of great characters. It also has around 100 hours of content, with tons of replayability. One of the best.

Tetris Effect

You know what this is: It’s the classic “Tetris,” although amped up with great music and hypnotizing visuals. You can easily get lost for hours in this one.

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